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AUDIO-TECHNICA UNVEILS ATCS-60 IR CONFERENCE SYSTEM

ATCS-60 IR— Company offers contractors and system integrators a flexible, portable wireless infrared system with easy setup, intuitive operation and unmatched security —

STOW, OH, June 24, 2009 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, expands its Engineered Sound® range of meeting/conference room offerings with the ATCS-60 IR (infrared) Conference System. The ATCS-60 is a fully self-contained wireless distributed audio system using infrared communications technology, designed for corporate, government and educational applications. The system offers many impressive and practical features, providing ease of setup and operation, and eliminating the need for microphone wiring and ceiling speakers.

The ATCS-60 IR Conference System offers all the advantages of infrared communication – including security, high noise immunity and low power requirements, to name a few – and features wireless microphone units (ATCS-M60). As a result, it offers more flexibility, with freedom to easily change microphone locations and system configurations. Even for a conference scenario of over 100 participants, the setup takes far less time than other conference systems. The system also features sophisticated functions such as simultaneous interpretation for one native language and up to three foreign languages; automatic camera tracking to follow the switching of microphones; optional minutes recording; along with other features that help improve conference efficiency. The ATCS-60 system can also be fully portable.

The ATCS-60’s infrared technology offers secure communication. Since the infrared signal stays within the room, a meeting cannot be picked up or intercepted elsewhere, which can often be an issue with conventional RF systems.

The ATCS-60 system consists of the following components:
ATCS-M60 Microphone Unit (base unit)
ATCS-60MIC Dedicated standard-length Gooseneck Microphone
ATCS-A60 IR Transmitter/Receiver Unit
ATCS-C60 Master Control Unit
ATCS-D60 Distributor (splitter)
ATCS-B60 Battery charger
ATCS-C60MAG Software

Setup of the ATCS-60 IR Conference System is simple and intuitive: the applicable number of ATCS-A60 IR Transmitter/Receiver Units (aka Transponders) are placed on the room’s ceiling space (or flown/elevated for full portability), and connected back to the master control unit with 75 ohm coaxial cable. Each ATCS-M60 Microphone Unit, with dedicated ATCS-60MIC microphone, is set on the conference table (one for each participant) and assigned a discrete address; beyond that, it’s virtually plug-and-play. Each ATCS-M60 Microphone Unit features a built-in dedicated loudspeaker, which will return the entire system’s audio (minus that conference member, therefore preventing feedback and echo).

The system operates in two modes, manual and automatic, allowing for a number of different meeting styles and levels of formality. In manual mode, which works like a “discussion system? (commonly used with a more formal approach to corporate meetings), each meeting member pushes a button to request to speak, and each request is recognized by the meeting’s chairman. In manual mode, the system’s ATCS-C60 Master Control Unit controls whether requests to speak are accepted in first-in-first-out or last-in-first-out order. This mode accepts up to 150 microphone units. In automatic mode, which accepts up to 50 microphone units, all channels run through a “smart? mixer, which turns each microphone on and off depending on whether or not that meeting member is speaking. The mixer can be set (via the ATCS-C60 Master Control Unit) so that from one to five people can talk simultaneously.

The ATCS-A60 IR Transmitter/Receiver Unit has an oblong 120-degree coverage pattern. The ATCS-D60 Distributor acts as a splitter, expanding the Master Control Unit’s four IR Transmitter/Receiver Unit connections so that up to 16 ATCS-A60 units can be placed on a room’s ceiling space, depending on necessity presented by room size and shape.

The system’s included ATCS-C60MAG software allows users to monitor and control the system using a computer screen with a graphical interface patterned after the room layout. An advanced version of the software can record meetings for electronic minute-taking. The ATCS-M60 Microphone Units can run on battery power (LI240 Lithium ion battery, charged with ATCS-B60 Battery Charger) or via AC power with a standard adapter. Finally, the Master Control Unit features an RS-232C connecting port, for control via third-party units by AMX™, Crestron® and others.

Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica VP of Marketing, states, “The addition of the ATCS-60 system to our extensive range of contractor and system integrator products, represents Audio-Technica’s total commitment to providing install-sound solutions. The new infrared conference system joins A-T’s hard-wired microphones, RF systems and the ultra wideband SpectraPulse® wireless microphone system, offering engineers, sound contractors and installers a complete range of conference system options.?

The ATCS-60 system will be available in Fall 2009.

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