Dealer Days: 14th – 15th May 2015

Following last year’s successful event; Indigo are holding another set of Dealer Days next month. The event will take place from Thursday 14th – Friday 15th May at their offices in Bangor, Northern Ireland. This event falls only weeks after Indigo Distribution obtained the exclusive distribution rights for the Elan Home Systems and Niles Audio ranges in the UK as well as Ireland.

Showcasing the full range of brands, covering Home Control, Lighting Control, HDMI Distribution, Home Cinema, Heating Control, Multi-Room Audio, and Structured Cabling, with live system demos. Representatives from Core Brands and WyreStorm will be present at the event and will be holding seminars over the two days. Dealers from the UK and Ireland are invited to come along to meet the team at Indigo, talk to the experts and get some one-on-one time with the manufacturers.

The Indigo offices are only a 15 minute drive from Belfast City Airport and cheap flights are available from most UK cities. Local hotels are also available for booking via the Indigo office.

For more information on the event, contact:

 T. 02891 455 565

info@indigodistribution.co.uk

www.indigodistribution.co.uk

79 Dunlop Commercial Park, Balloo Link, Bangor, BT19 7HJ

 

Dates:

Thursday 14th May:          9am – 5pm

Friday 15th May:                9am – 4pm

 

Event Registration Links:

Thursday 14th May:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dealer-day-may-14th-tickets-16124365411

 

Friday 15th May:

 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dealer-day-may-15th-tickets-16124398510

Core Brands Indigo Distribution
 
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CORE BRANDS APPOINTS INDIGO DISTRIBUTION AS THE EXCLUSIVE UK DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE ELAN AND NILES PRODUCT LINES

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, April 9, 2015 — Leading control, audio and power solutions provider Core Brands today announced the appointment of Indigo Distribution as the exclusive distributor of its award-winning ELAN® and Niles® brands in the UK. The appointment, effective immediately, is in recognition for Indigo’s outstanding contribution to the double digit growth in Ireland of ELAN’s control and automation products as well as Niles audio products. The announcement was made by Core Brands Director of International Sales, Simon Spears.

 

“Indigo, under the leadership of Matthew Booth, has generated an enormous increase in sales for both ELAN and Niles in Ireland,” Spears said today.  “Their understanding of the product lines, the needs of dealers, and the expectations of end-user residential and commercial customers make them the ideal choice to drive our long-term growth throughout the United Kingdom.  They have earned this opportunity and we are confident that our UK dealers and installers will quickly come to recognize the professionalism and commitment to excellence that have made Indigo such an outstanding success throughout Ireland.”

 

Based in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Indigo Distribution is a trade-only high value added provider of smart home automation, home theater, and AV solutions for both the residential and commercial markets.  The Indigo team possesses a strong background in systems design and installation and, as a result, they bring a professional perspective to every project that helps dealers and installers to sell more effectively and profitably while exceeding the expectations of all of their end-user customers.  Indigo maintains a true state-of-the-art headquarters that features a warehouse/distribution facility, interactive training center, and demonstration showroom.  What’s more, the entire headquarters is networked and controlled by an ELAN g! System.

 

“I am absolutely delighted to announce we have the exclusive distribution opportunity for ELAN and Niles products in the whole of the UK as well as Ireland. We are passionate about these brands and about providing incomparable customer service,” Indigo Managing Director Matthew Booth said today.  “My team at Indigo pride themselves on their advanced technical support, as well as their reputation for exceptional customer service. We truly understand the importance of top quality after-sales and technical support in this industry, as well as the importance of building strong relationships with our customers.”

 

The company regularly holds free training sessions for their customers including multi-level Elan g! training and comprehensive training for the Niles Auriel Multi-Room Audio System. The comprehensive training schedule has proven hugely successful for Indigo in Ireland and the company will be expanding this training to the UK to support all Elan and Niles dealers.

 

Indigo and its dealers have been responsible for a number of major commercial installations over the last couple of years, including significant ELAN installations at the Saphyre Restaurant in Belfast, the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, the Ponderosa Bar in Londonderry, and the Kris Turnbull Design Studio in Belfast.

 

Indigo Distribution can be reached at:

79 Dunlop Commercial Park, Balloo Link, Bangor BT19 7HJ, Northern Ireland. 

+44 (0) 2891 455 565

info@indigodistribution.co.uk

 

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft®, ELAN®, Niles®, Panamax®, Sunfire®, Proficient®, Furman®, Xantech® and BlueBOLT® to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.

About Nortek, Inc.

Core Brands, LLC is a Nortek company. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: www.nortekinc.com.

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ELAN Techie Update Episode 51

Welcome to ELAN Techie Update Episode 51

In today’s episode:

  • 7.1.559 Firmware Update
  • g! Training - Advanced
  • Dropbox
  • …and finally

7.1.559 Firmware Update:

In the latest 7.1.559 Firmware for g1, gSC2 & gSC10 there is an updated Sonos driver. The driver now has support for Deezer and Tunein Radio

Deezer:

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TuneIn:

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The driver currently supports navigation and playback of local music as well as Favourites and Playlists. The folks in the states are able to have direct control of Pandora through the driver. TuneIn and Spotify are due shortly making Sonos quite a powerful add-on for ELAN g!

This firmware also has driver updates for the latest Denon and Marantz receivers.

  

g! Training - Advanced:

 We are running an advanced ELAN g! training course covering advanced event mapping with Booleans and Variables, custom pages and slaves zones – as well as much more. If you’d like further information on this course or any future ELAN g! training then feel free to drop me or Stef an email.

  

Dropbox:

 

UPDATE: Plex drivers added with a variant customised for Raspberry Pi

 As extensive as the drivers built in to ELAN are there are still a few that we still get asked for. So we have started a Dropbox folder share with IR drivers, icons, serial codes as well as the latest firmware’s. To take part simply send me your email address and you will get an invite from Dropbox. Dropbox will automatically sync any updates to your laptop, so you will not need an internet connection onsite to use it.

 The folder currently has codes for Sky, Roku (IP), XBMC/kodi , Apple TV as well as some handy icons:

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…And Finally

They made more….

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**Contains Strong Language**

Elan Upgrade Following Fire

 
 

AFTER FIRE RAVAGES THEIR HOME, COUPLE UPGRADES TO WHOLE HOME AUDIO AND VIDEO WITH NILES AND ELAN g!

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, December 8, 2014 – After a fire struck the home of Abe and Elina Rodriguez, sending more than half of it up in smoke, newer local building codes mandated that much of their home be brought up to date during reconstruction. When they hired an architect to help rebuild the home and make the nearly 40 required adjustments, their interest in music and home audio came up. This led to a discussion about a whole home audio system and a recommendation to talk with local integrator Digital Logic Systems, who saw that the Rodriguezes were ready to upgrade to a whole-home AV system.

“We were very thankful that the security alarm woke us up, but it took us 20 years to get that house how we liked it and we watched most of it go up in flames,” said Abe Rodriguez. “When we set out to rebuild the home we basically had a clean slate to design and create our perfect house. For me, music is a huge part of my life and I had outfitted our home with extensive stereo systems on each floor. When I met Daniel Solly from Digital Logic Systems it was clear that he could deliver the type of whole-home music system I always wanted, and he said the best way to do it was with the ELAN g! system and Niles in-ceiling and outdoor speakers.”

But as these projects usually go, the system didn’t stop with audio. Solly won the bid over two competing integrators because of his superior knowledge and experience, in addition to the affordable nature of the ELAN g! system compared with other home control platforms. After drawing the designs and consulting with the architect, Solly and the Rodriguezes agreed that it was time for them to have a real home theater and integrated video and security throughout the house.

“Daniel gave us a real theater experience right in our home, and he was able to keep it affordable,” Rodriguez said. “When you add that to the whole-home audio and video, it’s a home run. I think DVR is man’s greatest invention, and now we can watch whatever we want, wherever we want, because all the TVs are connected to the system. We have the ELAN TV remotes in four rooms, so it works the same no matter where we are. We also use the ELAN mobile app on our iPhones and iPads to select music and set which rooms it will play in, which comes in especially handy when we are outside.”

The home now has 12 zones of audio with independent volume and on/off controls, including three surround sound systems in the theater, great room and basement family room. The theater and the great room use Niles speakers to deliver superior fidelity audio, which continues throughout the rest of the home in nine of the other ten zones, including the patio and deck. The great room and basement family room each have a wall-mounted 65” Samsung Plasma TV and the theater impresses with its JVC projector and 113” Screen Innovations Black Diamond projection screen.

“We did a lot of comparisons with different speaker brands and different speaker types, because I originally wanted big floor standing speakers,” Rodriguez remarked. “I was told they offer the best sound, but Daniel and my wife convinced me that in-ceiling speakers could not only provide amazing quality sound, but also virtually disappear from sight. This means we don't have to worry about anyone touching them, we don’t have to clean them, there’s no potential for wires to move and we didn’t have to make compromises to position them in each room. Daniel designed the speaker layout very carefully to ensure every spot receives equal volume and dynamic range, and he said the Niles directional speakers helped achieve that.”

Likewise, the couple appreciates that there are no longer cable boxes in every room, and visible wires are a thing of the past. Instead, everything is located in a single equipment rack in the basement, where it is easy to access, maintain and upgrade if necessary.

Beyond consolidated control of audio, video and security that the Rodriguezes implemented, one of the best things about a modern home control system like ELAN g! is remote access that allows the integrator to troubleshoot issues without needing to visit the home. Rodriguez learned the importance of this when there was a small glitch during a party, and Solly was able to log in to the system and fix it quickly. The party didn’t skip a beat, and it was all thanks to a reliable, responsive integrator and a high performance home control system.

By integrating the security system into ELAN g! as well, the Rodriguezes can now view and monitor their home’s security while on-the-go with the ELAN g! mobile app. They know the importance of a security system since that’s what alerted them to their fire. In the future,  the couple may add consolidated control of their home’s heating and air conditioning, among other systems like motorized window shades, surveillance cameras and lawn irrigation.

Elan Universal Remote Controller Debut

 
 

ELAN® DEBUTS WORLD’S FIRST UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROLLER FEATURING BUILT-IN WHOLE HOME CONTROL

The new ELAN® g1 Remote Controller makes the award-winning ELAN Home Control Platform available to every homeowner on any budget.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, December 2, 2014 – A universal remote controller that offers complete home control is now a reality through the new ELAN® g1 Controller from Core Brands’ ELAN Home Systems. Requiring no monthly contract and offering a wide variety of home control functionality, the ELAN g1 is leaps and bounds ahead of other low-cost home control solutions. ELAN has been making the easiest-to-use, yet most powerful home control solutions for more than 25 years, and this is the brand’s first entry into the sub-$1,000 market. That means for about the price of a new TV, users can gain complete control not just of their televisions and home theatres but also of their entire homes.

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The ELAN g1 lets homeowners use a single handheld remote control to manage up to 16 zones of security, two electronic door locks, an audio/video receiver with up to 32 connected TVs, up to 24 lighting keypads, three thermostats, three IP surveillance cameras and up to 16 groups of irrigation. With ELAN’s deep experience in home control, the system is designed to be fully expandable to grow with any user’s home or budget.

Everything comes in one package, including the main controller, the remote and several accessories that installers can use to maximize the system’s functionality. While using the system is as simple as using a TV, ELAN only offers the system through certified professional technology integrators. This provides users with a g! system personalized to their needs. No two users are the same, so working with a professinal integrator allows owners of homes, apartments and condos to maximize the value of their system and ensure smooth operation for years to come. A list certified integrators can be found at http://elanhomesystems.com/where_to_buy.asp.

For more information on the ELAN g1, please visit www.elanhomesystems.com

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About ELAN:

ELAN® is a brand of Core Brands, offering an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft®, ELAN®, Niles®, Panamax®, Sunfire®, Proficient®, Furman®,  Xantech® and Korus® to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.

About Nortek, Inc.

Core Brands is a Nortek company. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: www.nortekinc.com.

ELAN g! in Budget Blowing Nightclub Integration: 20/11/2014

 
 

INTEGRATOR COMBINES ELAN g! WITH BRAND NEW DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY TO HELP HOBOKEN’S HOTTEST NEW NIGHTCLUB COMPETE WITH NYC’S BEST

Reign nightclub goes with the highest bidder to deliver a first-of-its-kind AV installation

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, November 20, 2014 – Hoboken, New Jersey is the newest unofficial borough of New York City, drawing Manhattan workers to its up-scale down-town neighbourhood full of trendy restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The owners of Hoboken’s newest nightclub, Reign, knew they needed to crate a unique experience to stand out among the area’s stiff competition. This meant designing an immense AV system using an ELAN g! system for control, Sound Tube Pendant speakers and subwoofers for put-it-anywhere audio and the first North American installation of a new 10-foot by 20-foot PrimeView Smart Film double-sided glass projection surface.

Integration firm Serious Audio Video knew that their bid would likely be the highest, at nearly $350,000, well above the $200,000 budget requested by the owners, but they also knew that no one else would match their vision and unique style for the club’s AV systems. The core of the lounge’s AV installation is a powerful ELAN g! system that automates the lighting, audio and video, giving the owners fast and easy control of the entire establishment from their smartphones. With more than 90 speakers and subwoofers producing 30,000 watts and a plethora of specialized lighting, tying everything together into a single easy-to-use interface was a crucial factor in the success of this installation.

“The ELAN g! platform allows us to focus on our clients’ needs and without worrying about overwhelming them with complicated interfaces,” said Casey S. Johnston, owner of integration firm Serious Audio Video. “It’s simple to use and can be run entirely from a smartphone or tablet if they choose, so they never have to leave the club floor to make adjustments to volume, lighting intensity or video content. It also gives them the easiest start-up and shut-down procedure for the club’s systems, since they can use a single “Open” or “Close” button that we programmed to turn entire systems on or off.”

According to Johnston, an installation of this caliber also requires special design. In this case, the integration firm created a unique vortex chandelier of Sound Tube pendant speakers that hang just out of guests’ reach on the second floor, and right above guests head on the first floor in an open overhang. “This specialized design took a lot of tinkering to perfect the installation, but the finished product is more than a simple AV system. An eye-catching arrangement of premium quality speakers and subwoofers reflects the lounge’s chic and trendy atmosphere, and when combined with the amazing PrimeView Smart Film projection display it projects an air of exclusivity that guests can’t find anywhere else in Hoboken or Manhattan.”

In fact, this was the very first installation of the see-through PrimeView Smart Film display in North America. It is so new that the instructions were only available in Cantonese, so they flew in one of PrimeView’s technicians from Hong Kong to help with the installation. The resulting screen sits just above the speaker chandelier on the third floor and can play any manner of digital video effects. With the ability to change the appearance of the glass from clear to frosted with the push of a button, the possibilities are nearly limitless and certainly push the club’s atmosphere to new heights.

“Night club installations regularly involve millions of dollars of equipment and this was our first night club project,” Johnston said. “We hit it out of the park so we are hoping to grow that aspect of our business and bring other owners the same level of functionality and unique design in the future.”

About ELAN:

ELAN® is a brand of Core Brands, offering an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft®, ELAN®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, Furman®, Sunfire®, BlueBolt®, Xantech® and Korus® to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.

About Nortek, Inc.

Core Brands is a Nortek company. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: www.nortekinc.com.

Techie Update 07.11.14

Hello Everybody,

Welcome to ELAN Techie Update Episode 50

In today’s episode:

  • Sonos Driver
  • g! Mobile 7
  • g! Training
  • Dropbox
  • …and finally

Sonos Driver:

Good things come to those who wait, and hasn’t it just! ELAN have released their driver for Sonos. It is currently available on the gSC2 and gSC10 controllers and supports Sonos Connect, Connect:AMP, ZP90 and ZP120. For those familiar with ELAN its a similar interface to the Logitech Media Server driver.

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The driver currently supports navigation and playback of local music as well as Favourites and Playlists. The folks in the states are able to have direct control of Pandora through the driver. TuneIn and Spotify are due shortly making Sonos quite a powerful add-on for ELAN g!

g! Mobile 7:

The new mobile app is now released!! g! Mobile 7 is now available for iOS and Android. g! Mobile will continue to work with the HC Series controllers but is optimised for use with the new g1, gSC2 & gSC10 controllers. The new app is much faster when navigating, higher quality graphics and is much much faster handling video like CCTV, especially remotely.

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g! Training:

 

Just a quick thank you to all the guys that attended Wednesday’s ELAN g! training and I look forward to see the guys who are due in for this week’s training. If you’d like to register for future ELAN g! training or any of our other courses then feel free to drop me or Stef an email.

 Dropbox:

As extensive as the drivers built in to ELAN are there are still a few that we still get asked for. So we have started a Dropbox folder share with IR drivers, icons, serial codes as well as the latest firmware’s. To take part simply send me your email address and you will get an invite from Dropbox. Dropbox will automatically sync any updates to your laptop, so you will not need an internet connection onsite to use it.

The folder currently has codes for Sky, Roku (IP), XBMC/kodi , Apple TV as well as some handy icons:

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…And Finally

How did I miss this…..

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Regards

Sam Breen