AVAD Keeps Samsung Smart TVs Current with Evolution Kit
HDTV leader offers world’s first display retrofit kit for feature updates and improvements
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 29, 2013 – AVAD LLC, the leading provider of innovative solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, has announced it now offers the Samsung Evolution Kit, a new retrofit device that enables the previous generation of Smart TVs to evolve into Samsung’s new 2013 Smart TVs. Once installed, the plug-and-play Evolution Kit allows consumers to enjoy all of the latest features that the 2013 product line has to offer, including new user interfaces, controls and entertainment options.
The Smart Evolution Kit provides dealers with an exciting new product they can offer their customers that will allow them to update the software that runs on their display without having to buy a new TV. This enables dealers to incorporate new features and enhancements into existing TVs that would ordinarily require a costly hardware upgrade.
The 2013 Smart Evolution kit includes a quad-core processor, GPU and memory for faster processing and multi-tasking. Improvements to the rich feature set and user interface experience include the updated Smart Hub, which adds media navigation and a more personally tailored viewing experience for organizing entertainment, accessing apps and video on demand services. The kit is also packaged with the 2013 Smart Touch Remote, which features a large trackpad and built in microphone for touch and voice control options.
“AVAD supports Samsung’s mission to actively improve upon their already great products—even after the point of the original sale,” said Jim Annes, vice president and general manager of AVAD. “By providing access to rapidly-evolving feature sets, Samsung enables AVAD dealers opportunities for incremental sales by making it easier to secure the best technology and assuring dealers, and their customers, that rather than products becoming obsolete they can upgrade existing products with the latest technology. Serving as an entry-point for integrators to recommend entertainment and display solutions, the Evolution Kit opens up a discussion about video distribution, control and related product categories.”
The kit fits into the evolution slot on the back of the popular 2012 Samsung 7500 and 8000 Series LED TVs, as well as Samsung Series 7000 and 8000 Plasma TVs, and updates them with some of the latest features and functions included in the newest Samsung models. 2013 F7500 LED and above models and F8500 Plasma TVs also include a Smart Evolution slot.
Adding to Samsung’s 2013 Smart TV accessory lineup, the Smart Evolution kit joins two HWF series 2.1 channel soundbars—the 310 watt Bluetooth-enabled HWF750 and the 280 watt HWF450—to provide a full continuum of supplementary products for the company’s successful HDTV product line. The wall-mountable soundbars utilize Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, 3D Sound Plus technology and HDMI or USB support to easily pair with any Samsung Smart TV or integrate into a whole home audio system to boost the resulting acoustic performance.
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About AVAD LLC
As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 23 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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