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Antelope Audio Names Vintage King Audio “Dealer of the Year” for its Pro Audio Category

Santa Monica, Calif., December 19, 2011 — Antelope Audio has named Ferndale, Michigan-based Vintage King Audio its 2011 Dealer of the Year, Pro Audio. Vintage King was recognized for its outstanding sales performance, customer support and overall product knowledge of Antelope Audio’s master clocks and digital to analog converts (DACs).

“We are pleased to present Vintage King with our Dealer of the Year award in the Professional Audio category,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio. “Since its founding in 1988, Vintage King has been an essential resource for the pro audio community, serving the market with not only the best products but also an incredibly knowledgeable staff. In 2011, they have done a fantastic job with Antelope Audio’s products — particularly with our Trinity and 10M clocks.”

“We are proud to have won Antelope Audio’s Dealer of the Year award,” said Jeffrey Ehrenberg, West Coast Sales Manager for Vintage King Audio. “Our goal is to supply our customers with the best audio gear in the world, and we believe that Antelope Audio’s Trinity/10M combination is the best word clock in the world. I let people audition this unit, and it kind of sold itself. I have had Grammy award-winning engineers say that it has made a remarkable difference, making their mixes more lifelike.”

Trinity/10M: A winning combination and category-leading features
Antelope Audio’s Trinity features sophisticated varispeed functionality, the ability to simultaneously generate up to three separate word clock signals of sampling rates up to 384Khz, as well as three discrete HD video signals and standard definition video. The Trinity also features 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking, which allows for even greater detail and frequency response. By adding the Isochrone 10M Atomic Clock, users can attain an even more accurate clocking reference, ‘supercharging’ the already outstanding qualities of the Trinity.

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Antelope Audio Names Sound Science Dealer of the Year in its Consumer Audio Category

Santa Monica, Calif., December 19, 2011 — Professional and audiophile gear manufacturer Antelope Audio named Castle Rock, Colorado-based Sound Science its 2011 Dealer of the Year for outstanding sales performance, customer support and overall product knowledge of its product line of digital to analog converters (DACs).

“We are pleased to recognize Sound Science as Dealer of the Year in the Consumer Audio category,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio. “In 2011, Sound Science delivered very impressive sales results on our Zodiac product line, while introducing many music lovers to the Antelope Audio brand. We are thrilled to have Sound Science carrying our products and we are pleased to be playing an important part in their business”

“It is a great honor to be recognized by Antelope Audio in this way,” commented Neal Van Berg, owner of Sound Science. “When I first listened to the Zodiac, I was taken aback. The Zodiac is more musical than other DACs on the market and is also very competitively priced. It is an easy sale and it sounds great.”

Unprecedented detail for listeners

The Antelope Audio Zodiac DACs help music affectionados experience a new level of detail, sound clarity and warmth. Featuring a plug and play interface that connects seamlessly to a Mac, PC or just about any other digital media source, Zodiac DACs deliver up to 384kHz resolution audio, dramatically improving the listening experience on both loudspeakers and headphones. Antelope’s proprietary clocking technology, which is shielded from other electronic components to maintain a consistent temperature, is at the core of the Antelope sound and results in astounding accuracy, dynamics and stereo placement of the audio.

Zodiac DACs are particularly attractive also to audio consumers who use headphones, being designed for precise monitoring with a wide range of headphone impedance. Ultra linear, dual stage headphone amplifiers, which are controlled by a dedicated volume knob deliver smooth sound at both high and low levels.

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Listen Technologies Announces New 2012 North American Dealer Price Catalog

Listen Technologies announces the release of its annual dealer price catalog for 2012. The catalog offers all Listen solutions including the new Wireless Listening systems designed to meet the 2010 ADA requirements. The catalog also includes the new Wireless Conferencing solution and a lower price on the CDS 4000 Discussion systems which has become a solid “go to product” for many rental partners.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies Corporation announced the release of its 2012 dealer price catalogs. The Listen dealer catalogs have become an important tool to many dealers who offer Listen solutions for Assistive Listening, Tour Group, Language Interpretation, Soundfield and Conferencing.

In an effort to meet the needs of all Listen dealers the catalog is offered in many versions including hard copy and electronic. The electronic versions are available in PDF (shareable and interactive), Excel or the InfoComm E-Zip Excel standard. To understand what the E-Zip standard is reference http://www.listentech.com/blog/infocomm-ezip-format/

Listen’s preferred method of providing pricing to dealers is via customizable quotes. Listen has established a high standard for responding to inquires and can proudly state that 99% of quotes are sent within 30 minutes or less of their being requested. These requests should be sent to sales@listentech.com.

“When we have the opportunity to provide a customized quote for our dealers, we are able to guarantee the pricing for a longer period of time, we ensure that nothing is missed on the recommendation ensuring the dealer has everything required to complete a project and we are able to build a closer relationship with our dealers.” said Cory Schaeffer, Listen’s Vice President of Sales Worldwide. “The most successful dealers for Listen are those that we customize quotes for on a regular basis. We are able to learn more about them and their clients and this helps us know their verticals better. We then know who best to forward Listen leads to and it helps us understand how our solutions are being used which helps everyone.”

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Compact Manhattan Pub Gets Big Sound with Renkus-Heinz

New York, NY – December 2011… The Pig ‘n’ Whistle in midtown Manhattan is typical of many of the area’s taverns. What the narrow storefront space lacks in width, it more than makes up for in depth and height, spanning two floors and extending far to the back of the building it occupies.

“It’s only about 25 feet wide, but it’s more than 75 feet deep, and there’s an open veranda and dining area upstairs, with a high open ceiling,” says Rich Trombitas of Cornwall-based Cardone Solomon & Associates Inc.

“It’s a beautiful place,” says Trombitas. “The architecture is just stunning, the finish and detail looks wonderful. But sonically it’s very challenging. The stage is located on the second level, and particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when they have Irish bands and DJs in there, the noise level can be a real challenge.”

The main floor is served by three wall-mounted TRX82 two-way cabinets per side, with low frequency coverage augmented by a PNX212 subwoofer mounted in a closet, as well as an SGX-12S sub concealed at the end of a banquet seating area. The second level veranda and dining area is covered by six SGX61 compact two-way boxes, with a second SGX12S sub. The system was installed by Rego Park, NY-based Starview Satellite.

The system design was further complicated by architectural changes during the construction phase that limited the number of viable locations for speaker mounting. “We were originally going to go with six TRX81 cabinets per side, but we replaced them with three of the TRX82s,” says Trombitas. “It’s a longer cabinet, with two 8-inch woofers. They turned out to be perfect for the application, because you’ve got 120 degree coverage that’s uniform throughout the entire listening area. You can walk all the way from the front to the back and the coverage is nice and even.”

Despite the architectural challenges, Trombitas says the end result was a great success. “The owners love the system,” he says. “They’re getting good quality background music during the day, and high-impact performance with great vocal sound at night for DJs and live shows. It sounds great on both floors, with no feedback issues.”

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Greater Beth-El Temple Renovates with Iconyx IC Live

Omaha, NE – December 2011… The restoration of Omaha’s Greater Beth-El Temple is complete after a June 2008 arson fire set by mischievous neighborhood youths that nearly destroyed the Apostolic Christian church, popular among Omaha’s African-American community. The congregation was forced to relocate while the temple underwent a complete renovation. Left virtually an empty shell after the fire, the building required new floors, a ceiling, a stage, seating, and numerous other necessities including a sound system.

Greater Beth-El services include a full musical ensemble playing contemporary Christian and gospel music. Theatrical performances and concerts are also regular events at the temple. According to John Manhart of Direct Pro Audio LLC, the contractor who designed and installed Greater Beth-El’s new audio system, low profile looks combined with large sound capability were paramount in selecting the new system.

“Greater Beth-El needs a sound system that blends well aesthetically with the temple’s décor but still provides enough output to handle their sound requirements,” explains Manhart. “They want to avoid big hanging speaker boxes that might block the view of their stage backdrop and projection screen.”

Direct Pro Audio opted to install an Iconyx IC Live Digitally Steerable Array System by Renkus-Heinz. IC Live’s slim profile and customized color make it virtually disappear into the wall, a major factor in its selection.

The installed system includes two ICL-FR-DUAL loudspeakers, each with 16 drivers per side. The loudspeakers have been custom-painted to blend almost seamlessly into the temple’s stage area and are mounted permanently on both walls flanking the stage. Two IC Live sub-woofers are tucked into a nook just below the speakers.

Other system components include a Roland M-300 digital mixing console and a variety of Audix wired and wireless mics.

The renovated temple has seating for approximately 600, but a moveable air wall located in the rear of the temple allows them to accommodate up to 800 people when necessary.

Reports Manhart, “The IC Llive system is low profile, custom painted to match the décor, and has great quality sound output. Nothing else on the market can really do that.”

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Community Announces Promotions in Sales and Marketing

Steve Goodwin

Chester, PA – December 2011….. Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced several promotions within the company’s Sales and Marketing division.

Steve Goodwin has been promoted to the position of Latin America Sales Manager. In addition to his current responsibilities as Marketing Services Manager, Goodwin will now handle all sales for Central and South America and the Caribbean, investigating new distributors and driving increased sales in those territories.

Julie Henn

Julie Henn has been appointed to the post of Senior Sales Associate. Henn’s new duties will include overseeing both inside sales operations and customer service within the company’s Inside Sales Department.

And LizAnne McConlogue has been promoted to the position of Inside Sales Administrator. In her new post, McConlogue will be responsible for order processing and customer service for domestic and international export accounts.

LizAnne McConlogue

“We are very happy to congratulate Julie, Steve and LizAnne on their new positions,” said Community’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Julia Lee. “Community has always been fortunate to have an exceptional degree of loyalty and longevity amongst our employees, with the majority of our people having been with us for many years. It’s a true pleasure to watch people ascend within the company, and to reward their hard work and dedication.”

Henn, McConlogue and Goodwin will all continue to be located at the company’s headquarters in Chester, PA.

 

 

Alcorn McBride Inc. Announces New Distributor in Canada

Randal Tucker and Larry Howard

Randal Tucker and Larry Howard

Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control and A/V equipment for themed entertainment appoints SF Marketing (SFM) to expand their sales and support network in Canada. Effective immediately, SFM is the exclusive distributor for Alcorn McBride products in Canada.

“The Canadian market is important to us and we felt the need to establish a local presence to better serve our customers, as Canada is an expansive country.” said Jeremy Scheinberg, COO. “We looked for a company that would be an extension of our brand, delivering the same level of service and support our customers expect from Alcorn McBride. After spending significant time with the SFM Sales and Technical Teams, we are confident we found a company that matches our stringent criteria.”

Alcorn McBride products will compliment SFM’s current suite of brands including Shure, QSC, and Symetrix. With 28 full-time sales associates, 4 certified technicians, and 10 customer service representatives, SFM is well equipped to provide sales, distribution, and service for Alcorn McBride’s full product line.

“Alcorn McBride products are innovative and well-known in the industry,” said Randal Tucker, COO of SFM. “We’re excited to partner with a leading brand that offers unique value to our customers, and that in conjunction with our other brands allows us to offer a complete multimedia solution for many entertainment applications.”

About SFM:
SFM has been providing professional-quality products and services to the live entertainment and audiovisual industries since 1978. Headquartered in Montreal, the company has sales offices across Canada, and provides education, training, and technical support from coast-to-coast.
About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. Alcorn McBride appears in the 2011 Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the USA. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Community Expands Distributed Design Family with Pendant Loudspeaker

Chester, PA – December 2011….Community Professional Loudspeakers  has introduced the newest addition to their highly acclaimed Distributed Design Series of ceiling and surface mount loudspeakers.

Featuring identical componentry to the D6 ceiling model, the DP6 pendant loudspeaker offers the superior sound quality, exceptional intelligibility and unparalleled performance that has quickly established the Distributed Design Series as a favorite among installed sound professionals.

A true coaxial loudspeaker with an HF compression driver, the DP6 offers Community’s patented Carbon Ring Cone Technology™ and Tru-Phase™ high-frequency waveguide for consistent, wide dispersion up to 16 kHz. Uniform voicing allows the entire range of Distributed Design ceiling, surface and pendant mount loudspeakers to be combined in a single installation with no compromise of consistency from zone to zone.

The DP6 is equipped with a built-in autoformer, allowing the loudspeaker’s full output and performance to be realized with 70V or 100V distribution lines. An easily accessible selector switch on the face of the loudspeaker makes it simple to choose between 8 ohm or 70V/100V operation, while the integrated rear cover conceals wiring and hanging hardware for a clean, aesthetically pleasing installation. Two 15-foot high tensile galvanized steel wire rope suspension cables with integrated spring clips are included.

Available in standard black and white finishes, the Distributed Design DP6′s contoured, contemporary pendant form factor is ideal for restaurants, bars, hotels, ballrooms, casinos, retail and commercial establishments, meeting rooms, convention centers and any other open architecture environments.

For more information, visit www.communitypro.com

 

 

Harry McGee to Spearhead Operations at HARMAN’s Soundcraft, Studer and AKG

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — Experienced international production and operations executive Harry McGee has joined HARMAN’s Mixer, Microphones and Headphones business unit based in Potters Bar, UK.

McGee, who holds a BSc in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, started his career in the US Air Force heading up Operations and later moved on to US Defense Contract Management Command, as Group Operations Director, Northern Europe before taking on civilian roles running Operations for DeLaRue as General Manager, Dione Plc as Senior VP Operations and Vados Systems Ltd. as Chief Operating Officer.

During this time McGee gained his Six Sigma Green Belt and implemented LEAN and Continuous Improvement programmes in each of these previous positions. Passionate about quality and execution excellence, McGee said, “This is a great time to join HARMAN with such intense focus on production and quality across all the brands. I’m keen to bring many of the lessons learned from my military and civilian roles to bear on our business and to accelerate further still, the continuous improvements we have already made. Ours is a fascinating business spanning high-end custom, hand-built consoles, through to high-volume products, all of which must meet the highest quality standards and performance levels. I’m looking forward to it immensely.”

Andy Trott, Vice President and General Manager of the Mixer, Microphones and Headphones business added, “Harry is the ideal leader to take our operations function to the next level. We have so many new products to introduce over the coming months that we need to ensure we are able to increase capacity whilst not only maintaining our excellent quality levels, but more importantly, taking them to the next level.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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FUJINON HD ENG ZOOM CAPTURES BEAUTY OF UTAH HOME AND SCENERY FOR HGTV DREAM HOME 2012

Wayne, N.J. – HGTV Dream Home 2012 will feature a spectacular home just outside of Park City, Utah that one lucky viewer can win in next year’s sweepstakes. The show premieres immediately following the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade on HGTV January 2, 2012, at 1 p.m., with an encore presentation January 3.

HGTV Dream Home, which has kicked off the New Year on HGTV for over a decade, introduces a new fully furnished custom home built just for this special event. The beauty and detail of the HGTV Dream Home 2012 was captured in 1080/60i resolution using a FUJINON HA25x11.5BERD HD ENG telephoto lens on a Sony HDWF900 CineAlta HDCAM Camcorder.

“Since the house is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and overlooking the Provo River, we wanted to give viewers a true sense of its magnificent location and views,” said Rick Porterfield, director of studio and field operations for Scripps Networks Interactive, based in Knoxville, Tenn. “We were blown away by the high-quality images captured by this lens as well as its smooth, easy operation—a real asset whenever we needed to shoot handheld.”

Shot documentary-style, this one-hour show gives viewers a tour of the interior and exterior of the home including its great room, master sitting room, outdoor living room, and hot tub deck. It also features on-camera interviews with the architects, interior designers, landscapers, and builders who contributed to the effort.

Scripps’ Director/Cameraman Jason Grant positioned the camcorder on a tripod in the mountains to capture a variety of beauty shots of the entire vista and the river below, and then zoomed in close to the house. Porterfield noted, “We shot in beautiful, sunny natural light, as well as the home’s interior supplemented with LED and tungsten lighting.”

The FUJINON HA25X11.5BERD is a Premier Series lightweight, compact telephoto HD lens with an F-stop range of 2.0 to 2.8, and a focal length ranging from 11.5 to 288mm. Ideal for documentaries and other electronic field production, this lens offers FUJINON’s exclusive DigiPower zoom and focus servo system for fast, accurate zooming.

Scripps Networks Interactive also recently purchased two HA14x4.5BERM HD ENG Super Wide Angle lenses for other, upcoming network productions.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

About HGTV
HGTV, America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, is one of cable’s top-rated networks and is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households. HGTV’s website, HGTV.com, is the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of 4 million unique visitors per month. The HGTV HOME consumer products line currently includes exclusive offerings of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, will be available on newsstands beginning October 2011.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE:SNI), which also operates Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com), DIY Network (http://www.diynetwork.com), Cooking Channel (http://www.cookingchanneltv.com), Travel Channel (http://www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (http://www.gactv.com).

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/index.html.

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