From Video to Mounts, from Speakers to Control…Caster Clients totalled more than 500 stories off CEDIA

October 15, 2009

Coming off CEDIA is always a busy time at Caster. With ten clients on the floor, prepping for the show is hard enough, but coming back everyone wants their show reports. The line up of press stories they had is what keeps our clients smiling and keep us slammed through Columbus Day. If you estimate seven clients with two news releases each multiplied times 50 top tier news outlets covering the show, we captured over 500 news articles.

These are some of my favorites this year:

1. Paradigm: CEPro’s Julie Jacobson’s recap of her Toronto trip and blind listening of the new SE speakers attained a lot of buzz. Steven Kim at Engadget sure appreciated the story and supplied his take, the comments are especially titillating

2. Control4: With back to back shows, news from Control4 spanned the energy and utility space and its core business in home automation. Smart Grid News offered this take Texas Utility Choses Control4 for HAN Control and Energy Management while Stewart Wolpin wrote this on the new EMS 100 system for DVICE. Janet Pinkerton’s take on how the Smart Grid is going to impact CE retail and custom installers was a hit over at Dealerscope.

3. NuVo had a tremendous show nabbing  2009 CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Award, Best New Product: Renovia and the press agreed with stories like – NuVo Renovia May Be Harbinger of Future and Twice’s  Retrofit, Remodeling Get CEDIA Expo Focus.

4. OmniMount had a powerhouse of a show as furniture and  TV Mounting Options Continue To Expand and with lots of sightings of their OmniLite Series, New Classic Series and Modena Series, and a huge volume of hourly giveaways posted through their Twitter site.

5. MartinLogan impressed the audio crowd at this year’s  Expo. offers this CEDIA 2009 Martin Logan Booth Tour and highlights MartinLogan Shows Wireless Subwoofers: Dynamo 700 and 1000.

6. Anthem ran a great demo showing of their Statement D2V, fans flocked and the booth was slammed throughout the show. Home Theater Review posted their thoughts on the Anthem Statement D2v with Anthem Room Correction Reviewed.

7. Runco rounded out our clients at CEDIA with one of the most applauded video demos at the show, from their new entry level LightSyle to the debut of their Quantum LED line, the pools of drool were deep and accolades many as attested by Projector Central’s  Runco Takes Xtreme DLP Projection to the Next Level…  and with their Price check – Runco’s LS-3 projector within reach of mere mortals.

All in all, I’d say a very good show!

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Become a Fan of Paradigm on Facebook, Win a Cinema CT System

September 29, 2009

Paradigm Electronics, an international leader in speaker design wants YOU to be their friend on Facebook.

If you are on Facebook click here to find Paradigm’s page. Sign up as a friend of Paradigm and every thirty days, starting October 15th, they will choose a random “Friend” to win one of 6 Paradigm Cinema CT systems. If you are already a friend of Paradigm, you’re already in the draw!  You have six chances to win – and all you have to do is become a fan.

The Cinema CT systems are Paradigm’s most affordable complete and compact speaker systems to date and feature the company’s award-winning Monitor Series technology (the company’s affordable high-end line of speakers). With the Cinema™ CT line, Paradigm delivers real audiophile quality sound – at modest prices.

Cinema110CTWhile you’re there, why not become a fan of Caster Communications on Facebook as well?  We have less than 30 fans people.  This is a sad state.  Help us!

Paradigm Unleashes a Perfect Storm of Sound at CEDIA EXPO 2009

September 23, 2009

Paradigm Electronics, an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing is bringing some serious sound to the show floor at CEDIA EXPO 2009.  With a new version of its award-winning Reference Signature Series, a new hybrid breed of speakers that’s borrowed the best from the Monitor and Reference Studio and a sonic bulldog of a subwoofer.  Paradigm is also announcing its famous Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1™) Room Correction System for every subwoofer in the Paradigm® collection. 

SE Series (Special Edition Collection)

  • Combining elements from the affordable audiophile-quality Paradigm line and higher-end Paradigm Reference line, the SE series speakers brings a new generation of affordable elegance to the company’s vast offerings.  Including the SE1 (bookshelf), SE3 (floorstanding), SE Sub and SE Center, the SE line will boast Paradigm’s SuperDrive technology, which combines very high efficiency with very high output and ultra-low distortion. The drivers represent a best of breed hybrid mix that includes high frequency drivers from the Paradigm Monitor Series and mineral-filled polypropylene bass/midrange drivers handed down right from the Paradigm Reference Studio Series. 

Reference Signature Series v.3

  • Third version of its flagship Paradigm® Reference Signature Series. Thousands of “no-holds-barred” Paradigm research and engineering hours went into developing the Signature Series v.3 speakers, which are the highest-output, most dynamic high-end loudspeakers ever produced.

Reference Seismic 110

  • The Reference Seismic 110 is a state-of the-art subwoofer in a diminutive form factor with every component designed specifically for this application. 
  • While designed to meet today’s demand for a small form factor in a subwoofer, don’t be fooled by the Seismic110’s diminutive proportions. It offers truly groundbreaking (and ground shaking!) performance. The soul of this little sonic bulldog is a unique implementation of the ultra-low-distortion split-coil drive woofer coupled with the muscle of an 850-watt RMS UltraClass D amplifier 

Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1™) Upgrade

  • Paradigm is thrilled to announce the availability of the Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1™) Room Correction System for every subwoofer in the Paradigm® collection. With PBK, the effects of room boundaries on bass quality are a thing of the past. This state-of-the-art bass perfecting system will analyze your favorite Paradigm subwoofer’s response in your room, and then set the correct equalization parameters to obtain optimal sound.


  • Anthem will be showcasing a turn-key solution for dealers that includes the powerful 50v/D2v processor and the highly anticipated BLX 200 Blu-ray player with Paradigm speakers supporting the audio.  Stop by for a ground shaking demo!

To see the above products live in action, stop by the Paradigm & Anthem booth 3325 in Hall C and say hello!

For more information, press releases and images, visit the Paradigm press page.

MartinLogan Wows at CEDIA

September 19, 2009

MartinLogan, new to the Caster lineup, made some waves at this year’s CEDIA. People were coming from miles around (if you were in the convention center you know I’m not exaggerating!) to check out the demo. Ok, so you missed the boat – what exactly were they showing? Here is Devin Zell to tell you.

Comprehensive Resource Guide and Recommendations for A/V Brands

July 29, 2009

Respected McClatchy-Tribune News Service reporter and blogger Don Lindich recently created a listing of A/V brand websites with personal recommendations for the brands he prefers and uses. Mr. Lindich is as knowledgeable about audio and video technology as anyone in the Milky Way and his recommendations can be trusted if you are considering a purchase.

In his post aptly titled, Don’s Huge and Useful Link Page, 301 to start…, Don offers his recommendations and links in a variety of manufacturers covering areas such as: receivers and amplifiers, speakers, televisions and projectors, Bluray, DVD player and DVD Recorder,  video rental, turntables, pho cartridge, phono preamp, record cleaner and accessories, A/V furniture and Speaker stands, cables, connections, speaker wire, headphones, earphones, table radios, portable audio, camcorder, video making, editing and burning software, cameras, digital SLR, digital image editing and more if you can believe it.

Started Monday 7/27, this resource is already one of the most complete compilations of A/V brands on the web and a great resource. He’s open to suggestions to so if you’re a PR flak or manufacturer whose website isn’t included, contact Mr. Lindich here.

Posted by: Nick

@PRnick and Paradigm Electronics Offer “Recession Antidote”

March 23, 2009 is spreading positivity like peanut butter on a Gala apple. The popular technology blog is doing a series of product give-aways to provide readers with a few drops of good fortune as we all weather an endless torrent of pessimistic economic pontification.

While many will enter and only one lucky reader will win, it’s  also nice to see that world-class, industry-leading audio companies are willing to give back, even when the ecomonic crunch is breaking fillings from Manitoba down to Mozambique.

This contest is only available today, March 23rd, so if you want a chance to win, you’ll have to drop a comment by midnight or before. Here’s the link:

Engadget’s recession antidote: win a Paradigm Cinema 70 CT surround system!

Posted by: Nick

In-wall subwoofers, not just for destroying walls anymore

March 18, 2009

If you’re not reading the editorial cranked out by Brad Grimes and Dan Daley over at, then you care not for pertinent technology issues confronting homebuilders today. One particular article by Mr. Daley is especially illuminating as it deals with a topic that is near and dear to my PR heart.

In his March 2009 article titled, In-Wall Subwoofers: The Final Frontier of Built-In Audio, Mr. Daley states:

Sustained high sound pressure levels (SPL) in the lowest reproducible low-frequency range, between 20 Hz and 40 Hz, has been shown to literally tear the house down, starting with protruding nail heads and ultimately cracking and tearing drywall. And even at non-destructive SPLs, a subwoofer’s connection to a wall could add unwanted resonances (read: distortion) to the low frequencies. So most of us know the subwoofer as that great-sounding, squat intrusion that annoys dogs and interior decorators alike but makes action movies and the Palladium channel things to look forward to. ”

That’s some interesting stuff, I mean who needs a wrecking ball when you have an in-wall subwoofer right, ha? But seriously Dan, it’s great to know this but what’s the relevance to a homebuilder? 

“…subwoofers create another impression: a sense of impermanence, of being in the house but not being part of it, which reduces the potential for builders to benefit from making it part of a home theater of whole-house audio system,” states Mr. Daley. “The flexibility to make subwoofers an in-wall or in-ceiling proposition puts that potential back on the table.”

If I was a homebuilder right now, I’d definitely be looking for ways to differentiate and maybe whole-house audio systems are a good start. The problem now is I don’t know of a trustworthy audio manufacturer who can deliver a solution that is easy to install yet still delivers performance I can put my company’s name behind. If only there were some resource…

Paradigm’s RVC-12SQ uses a vibration-cancelling technique that allows it to be either wall- or ceiling-mounted. Within its enclosure, two 12-inch oval speakers are directly facing each other and firing in phase, which effectively cancels out wall vibrations,” states Daley.  “The speaker assembly is placed in a high-pressure, die-cast chassis to contain vibrations as SPL is increased. An interesting touch is the pleated, molded thermoplastic ring that suspends the speaker cones, allowing smaller speakers to move further and thus attain lower frequency reaches.”

I definitely learned something today, thanks Dan!

Posted by: Nick