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OWI Announces New Product Line Up at InfoComm 2011

OWI Announces New Product Line Up at InfoComm 2011

The audio leader offers solutions ranging from ENERGY STAR® Rated/Energy Verified Audio Amplifiers and Space-Saving 4-Channel Audio Mixers, to fully integrated Infrared Wireless Microphone Systems and more

At InfoComm 2011, the largest and most comprehensive pro-AV event in the world, OWI, a leader in audio equipment, will unveil its latest new product line up. AV pros and the organizations they serve will find a range of solutions offered from ENERGY STAR® Rated/Energy Verified Audio Amplifiers and Space-Saving 4-Channel Audio Mixers, to low cost Low Voltage Surface Mount Self-Amplified Speaker Systems and two-frequency wireless Pendant microphones that fully integrate with an Infrared Wireless Microphone System.

ENERGY STAR® Rated / Energy Verified Audio Amplifiers
For AV pros looking for a high efficiency, priority override paging, intelligent monitoring audio amplifier, OWI introduces its AMP-1SGRN “Green? Amplified Speaker Amplifier with Priority Audio Override. The “green? amp has earned UL Environment’s Energy Efficiency Certification (EEC) Mark for ENERGY STAR® compliance, which is an increasingly important goal in helping schools and organizations save energy and satisfy federal grants and guidelines. The AMP1SGRN is ten times more efficient than old style amplifiers and can save you money every month because the amplifier goes to sleep when not in use.

In earning its ENERGY STAR® rating, the digital amplifier operates with 87 percent efficiency, which makes an additional heat sink unnecessary. The system works on maximum power of 25-Watts and enters “Sleep? mode every fifteen minutes.

For added school and organizational safety, the AMP-1SGRN Speaker Amplifier integrates audio with emergency paging via Priority Override. With three audio inputs, the system suspends normal and secondary audio inputs, whenever priority audio takes precedence. This feature is increasingly important, and in some states required, to handle emergencies from natural disasters to lockdowns.

To accommodate people who are hard-of-hearing, the system has a line out for a hard-of-hearing feed. For a clearer signal, the class D power amplifier has low radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI) due to a patented special feature.

The system tests itself every hour, or when a manual button is pressed, to help ensure proper functioning. A green LED signal indicates that the system is working properly, and will occasionally flash green even while in power-saving “sleep? mode. A flashing red LED signal indicates the system is not working properly and needs attention. The amplifier also protects itself from over-temperature, over-current, and over-voltage by shutting itself down in any of these conditions.

Space-Saving 4-Channel Audio Mixer
For those looking to save space and do a 4-channel audio mix, OWI introduces its Media Control MC4, Mic/Line 4-Channel Audio Mixer. Taking about 4×4? of space, the wall-mountable Media Control MC4 can do a 4-channel audio mix with a “hard of hearing? separate output and a unique “Priority Message? input that cannot be turned off with the front panel slider controls. Typical media control devices can take up to 10? or more to mount with four single gang volume controls.

The Media Control MC4 can control, for instance, volume and audio mixing for a projector, laptop, MP3 player, and up to two microphones. The device allows either Line or Mic level inputs on two channels, and all inputs and outputs are balanced so that very long input and output lines are possible, if needed.

Each channel has a rear panel “Trim? control allowing high-level signals to be attenuated and low-level signals to be amplified to achieve a uniform slider position on the faceplate.

The Media Control MC4 is easy to use, with four level controls on four sliders within easy one-handed reach of teachers and presenters to control volume and audio mixing.

For easy installation, the device installs with a standard wall-mounted, two gang electrical box and plugs in with a standard category 5 cable, so there’s no need to wire it. Two 3.5mm, front-panel inputs allow for easy plug in of devices such as a laptop or MP3 player. They shut off the hidden wiring and allow convenient “any audio input.? For added security, four rear-panel, fixed wire inputs safeguard access to input wiring.

Low Voltage Surface Mount Self-Amplified Speaker System
For a low price that makes high-quality audio affordable at schools, hotels, and meeting rooms, OWI introduces its Surface Mount Self-Amplified AMPLV602-2 Low Voltage Speaker System starting at $199 MSRP. The 26-watt, self-amplified, 2-speakers system can be mounted on walls or ceilings and also in covered outdoor areas such as garages, enclosed sunrooms, and other hidden away places wherever audio support is needed.

With an active, self-amplified, two-way surface-mount speaker (6.5? woofer, .79? tweeter) and a matching, passive 4-ohm speaker, the dual speakers put out a generous 26W of sound together. The self-amplified speaker drives the other speaker, eliminating the need for an external amplifier.

By combining the amplifier with the speaker, maximum damping control of the speaker is achieved due to low source impedance. The result is optimum high fidelity reproduction and response without requiring a bulky external amplifier. The self-amplified surface mount speakers feature an aluminum grill, a high-impact polystyrene housing, and a mounting bracket.

Wireless Pendant Microphone and Infrared Wireless Microphone System
For hands-free audio support that allows presenters to walk around, operate a laptop, write on a white board, or otherwise use their hands while clearly being heard, OWI introduces its two frequency Wireless Pendant Microphone with breakaway lanyard. For improved audio, presenters can simply switch to one of two transmitting frequencies, 2.06 MHz or 2.56 MHz, from the pendant.

OWI’s two frequency Wireless Pendant Microphone is designed for use with its CRS-101 Infrared Wireless Microphone System. At a fraction of the cost and support of nearly obsolete RF systems, the CRS-101 system ends audio “drop off?, allowing presenters to be clearly heard throughout small to mid-sized meeting, training and conference rooms.
Where a typical RF microphone system can cost from $2,000 to $5,000 and can be easily damaged when moved from room to room, the CRS-101’s slim, fully lockable, wall-mounted infrared receiver/amplifier/mixer stays securely ready for use in the room it’s intended to be used in, offers storage for microphones, and starts at under $1,000.

At InfoComm 2011, OWI will be at Booth #2971. OWI brand audio enhancement products are available through authorized OWI dealers nationwide. For more information about OWI or its products, contact OWI, Inc. 17141 Kingsview Ave., Carson, CA 90746; phone (310) 515-1900; fax (310) 515-1606; or visit the web site: http://www.owi-inc.com.

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