San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. —Sonance has begun shipping new speakers for placement out in the garden or in the ceiling. The company's SoundHenge rock enclosures have been improved to offer a more realistic look, and they're now available in four colors instead of just the original granite. They've also been redesigned to house more models of the company's Mariner outdoor speakers. The en-closures retail for a suggested $400 each. Two new round in-ceiling speakers deliver stereo sound from a single speaker. One features two tweeters mounted at offset angles with a 6.5-inch dual-voice-coil woofer. The second speaker adds pivoting tweeters. The suggested retails are $200 and $300 each. The company also introduced what it said is the first-ever in-ceiling surround speaker, available in the Symphony line.
ARLINGTON, VA. —The Consortium for Electronic Systems Technician Training launched an electronic systems technician training program at the Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel, Md. Participants in the full-time, six-month program receive training in the installation of home systems, including security, custom A/V and home automation. The federal Job Corps program was established in the 1960s as an education and skills-training program for at-risk youth. The consortium's members include CEDIA and CEA.
NEWMARKET, N.H. —Russound plans April shipments of a trio of Outback outdoor two-way speakers, all with swivel mounting brackets and white composite cabinets. They're priced at suggested retails of $199, $299 and $399 a pair and come with 4-, 5- and 6-inch woofers, respectively.
LEHIGH VALLEY, PA. —Lutron expanded the capabilities of its RadioRA wireless-RF light-control system with a line of master controls with dimming capability. The company also introduced IR and RS-232 interfaces for its RadioRA system. The master controls, including wall-mount and tabletop models, permit users to turn on, brighten or dim lights anywhere in the house from one location. The IR interface enables users to control the lighting system from a home A/V system's learning remote, and the RS-232 interface allows lighting-system control from an integrated home-system controller. Because of RS-232's bi-directional communications ability, the RadioRA system will be able to inform the controller that a command has been carried out.
INDIANAPOLIS —The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association completed another round of certification testing, bringing to 350 the number of installers and designers since the testing program was launched in 2000. CEDIA certifies installers and designers at two levels. The association developed the certification program to reinforce its education mission. The program's goals are to increase knowledge and professionalism, assure continued industry growth, and increase the number of new hires to meet companies' needs.