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AWARD-WINNING HIGH SCHOOL INNOVATES WITH DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS

CARROLLTON, GEORGIA: Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Georgia is an exemplary institution. It has earned the Georgia School of Excellence Award three times, and its innovative (and demonstrably effective) approach has been highlighted by U.S. News & World Report. Recognizing that its infrastructure is critical to its success, Carrollton High School recently undertook a $1.5 million renovation of its aging gymnasium. In addition to comprehensive structural work guided by Southern A&E (Austell, Georgia), the renovation included an all-new sound reinforcement system designed and installed by Performa Technologies (Millbrook, Alabama). To address the school’s longstanding complaints about indistinct, unintelligible gymnasium sound, Performa President LaDon Findley specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers because of their remarkable pattern control and fidelity.

The gym seats approximately 1,750 students for basketball games, other sporting events, or assemblies. Although the school considered leaving the old gymnasium as it was and building an entirely new facility, it didn’t have the real estate. “The economically sensible thing to do was to gut the old gym,” said Findley. The overhaul included a new hardwood floor, new bleachers, new lighting, a new HVAC system, a new lobby, a new concessions area, and updated lockers and restrooms. “The sound system was critical,” explained Findley. “The school had received innumerable complaints in the past about the terrible acoustics. It was a tremendous challenge to understand what the announcer was saying.”

Part of the solution involved damping the room itself. The ceiling now supports Auralex ProBanners, which cut down noticeably on the room’s otherwise lingering reverb. Although they considered treating the walls as well, Findley realized that Danley Sound Labs offered an effective, and ultimately more economical solution. “Two of the hallmarks of Danley’s designs are well-defined pattern control and distortion-free reproduction at any volume,” he said. “I knew we would be able to keep the direct energy off the walls and focused on the bleachers, which did away the need for costly wall treatments. Moreover, Danley’s great fidelity directed at the bleachers would improve intelligibility in its own right.”

In the center of the gymnasium, Performa Technologies installed four Danley SM-96 molded-horn, full-range loudspeakers. Two address the home-team bleachers and two address the visitor’s side. To either side, an additional SM-96, paired with a Danley TH-MINI subwoofer, delivers stereo content to the larger home-team side. Eight Danley SH-MINIs provide delay coverage of the uppermost bleachers. A Yamaha IMX644 rack-mounted mixer gathers input from microphones and music playback devices and, via two Crestron touch-panel controllers, allows scene changes and output configurations appropriate for the room’s multiple uses. A Danley DSLP48 processor provides loudspeaker and subwoofer conditioning. Crest amplifiers power the system. And lastly, a local RF transmitter provides output for the hearing impaired.

“Carrollton High School is jubilant about the new, intelligible sound system,” reported Findley. “It’s a complete turnaround.” In addition, the school now has flat screen monitors placed throughout the atrium and concessions area so that fans won’t miss a minute of the on-court action. A state-of-the-art scoreboard with video playback completes the upgrade from a rickety past to a well-tuned future.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

ATLANTA’S PERIMETER CHURCH PUTS DANLEY IN THE HANGER

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Perimeter Church in suburban Atlanta, Georgia does a fantastic job of ministering in a way that connects emotionally and culturally with all members of the church community. Middle and high schoolers attend services in The Hanger, a 1,000-seat sanctuary devoted to the themes that resonate with the unique challenges and aesthetics of young adults. However, in the five long years since its completion, The Hanger has suffered from grossly inadequate sound reinforcement, including poor coverage and anemic bass. To remedy the situation, Perimeter technical director Steve Simmons designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs-based system that now delivers even coverage and enough clean, undistorted bass to “knock the breath out of you,” in Simmons’ words.

“The original system was terrible from day one,” Simmons said. “We had a left-center-right system, but each cluster was comprised of boxes that worked poorly together. If you were in the beam of some components, you got boomy, indistinct low-end. Other components conveyed the high-end, but not with the same coverage pattern. As a result, there were only a few select seats that got anything close to a balanced frequency response. The rest rode complex peaks and valleys of sound pressure and pass band.” In addition, the floor-mounted subs were spaced improperly and thus contributed a floppy, interference-riddled bass response to the existing full range mess.

Danley Sound Labs, headquartered in nearby Gainesville, lent Simmons a few full-range boxes so that he could prove his models. After a bit of tweaking, he settled on left-right coverage delivered by one Danley SH-96 flown wide on each side, with a paired Danley SH-95 turned on its side to provide near-wall fill. “It’s amazing that the old system required numerous units and still failed to cover the room, while Danley managed to do it with basically two boxes,” said Simmons. The center cluster, which is used primarily for spoken word, is comprised of three Danley SH-50 full-range loudspeakers in a tight pack that delivers truly seamless coverage to the entire room.

“The old system used a first-generation DSP that has a well-known problem with a high-frequency oscillation,” said Simmons. “We could hear it if we wore headphones or when the room was empty or if we were concentrating. But when the Danleys came on line, it was immediately apparent… and horrible. It just about drove us from the room. Of course, that’s a testament to the honest and extended high-frequency response of the Danley product, but it also meant we had to get a new DSP stat!” Fortunately, Perimeter’s large campus and system of satellite sites requires a certain amount of gear-on-hand. Simmons replaced the old DSP with a Biamp Audia DSP that he plans to replace when new 2012 models hit the streets. Crown Macro-Tech 5000i amplifiers provide power to the system.

Perimeter’s store of goods helped out a youth conference at The Hanger a few months in advance of the full system renovation. Simmons pulled two Danley TH-115 subwoofers from Perimeter’s standing stock and flew them over the center of the sanctuary. “It was a dramatic improvement,” he said. “We were able to drop the rest of the system by 6dB, but everyone commented that the system sounded louder… and better.” For the full renovation, Simmons added two Danley TH-118s to those boxes for a total of four coupled Danley subwoofers. “It’s very powerful and very even,” he commented. “We now have the percussive, dynamic low end that I had always hoped for.”

The new system is winning Danley adherents. “We have so many services, programs, and events, that we have a crew of technicians,” Simmons explained. “A job candidate spent a couple of weekends mixing in our main sanctuary, which does not have Danley boxes and is quite difficult to mix in. The third week, we asked him to mix in The Hanger. He had never mixed on Danley boxes before, and after the service I got a text from him that said simply, ‘I heart Danley forever.’ When I spoke with him later, he noted that he was able to clearly hear a 1dB EQ boost – the kind of thing that is lost in any other system.” In contrast to the peaks and valleys of the old system, the Danley system is tremendously even. One can walk from wall to wall, and the sound pressure and frequency response is consistent. There are other benefits, too. The Danley clusters, despite their vastly improved performance, are one third the size of the original clusters, and while the old system was constantly cranked, the Danley’s are attenuated by 20dB and still produce enough output to keep the youth jumping in their seats.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SYMETRIX ROOM COMBINE 788 DELIVERS FLEXIBILITY AND FIDELITY AT THE LAKELAND CENTER

LAKELAND, FLORIDA: Known as one of Central Florida’s most venerable entertainment complexes, The Lakeland Center challenges the notion that a facility can’t be all things to all people. The sprawling complex includes venues for sports, entertainment, events, meetings and hospitality and despite the breadth of offerings The Lakeland Center consistently exceeds the expectations of its clients, attendees and guests. Creating such a professional atmosphere requires tremendous flexibility on the part of The Lakeland Center’s facilities and staff, a fact underscored by its recent upgrade to a Symetrix Room Combine 788 processor in one of its three modular meeting/event spaces. The Symetrix Room Combine 788 allows The Lakeland Center’s technical staff to merge or split any combination of rooms using an intuitive interface, with comprehensive, high-fidelity signal processing as a bonus!

Using air walls, the 25,000 square-foot facility divides into as many as eight separate spaces of varying size. The old room combiner was installed in the mid-1990s and operated on outdated mechanical relays. “It worked okay,” said Joseph Havens, the technical director at The Lakeland Center. “We installed it and used its limited flexibility to create a few common configurations. It had no DSP and no analog processing of any kind. Recently, the unit gave up the ghost.” Havens removed its carcass and committed to finding a modern replacement.

Based on its flexibility and power, he chose the purpose-built Symetrix Room Combine 788, which takes up to twelve inputs and matrix mixes them into eight outputs. “As many of the technicians on my staff do not have expertise in the arena of installed sound, I had to have a combiner that was intuitive to operate,” said Havens. “The user interface on the 788 is second to none. The new system is very friendly and not at all intimidating.” Indeed, Symetrix’ simple-to-use software allowed Havens to draw a schematic of the event space on the user interface with each of the eight smaller sections outlined. To combine or un-combine sections, his technicians simply highlight the relevant sections on the schematic.

To allow clients a measure of control, Havens positioned a Symetrix ARC-K1 rotary encoder in each of the eight sections to control volume. Because each ARC-K1 receives its power and communicates with the Room Combine 788 via a single Cat5 cable, the installation was painless. “At each position, we used the cable from the old system to pull a fresh Cat5 into place,” said Havens.” That allowed us to keep the power supply in the main rack with the 788. The ARC-K1s communicate with the processor and, ultimately, each other (their controls become redundant when sections are combined) via a star topology. It couldn’t have been easier.”

Although The Lakeland Center was, first and foremost, installing a new room combiner, it received a hi-fi bump as a bonus. “The existing loudspeakers and amps were in good shape, so we left them alone,” said Havens. “Nevertheless, just hooking up the Symetrix Room Combine 788, without turning any processing on, significantly improved the system’s fidelity. Before, it had always had that ‘ceiling speaker’ sound, with an emphasis on the midrange. Now it was fuller and richer.” Havens didn’t stop there however, he used the Room Combine 788′s collection of filters, equalizers, and dynamics processors to dial in an even finer sound.

Havens’ experience installing the Symetrix Room Combine 788 was so pleasant, and the functionality it affords The Lakeland Center is so substantial, he now plans to preempt failures in the center’s two other large, combinable event/meeting spaces by installing 788s there as well. “In those spaces, we’ll definitely take advantage of the unit’s ability to combine non-adjacent rooms,” he said.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

SENSIO Announces Creation of Dedicated 3D Video on Demand Service: 3DGO!

MONTREAL — Jan. 5, 2012 — SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO) (TSX.V: SIO) today announced the launch of a 3D Video on Demand (VoD) store: 3DGO!, a unique product to boost consumer 3D adoption. With 3DGO!, consumers across the U.S. will benefit from a complete and user-friendly 3D solution to access and view high-quality 3D titles in the SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D format. Available in spring 2012, 3DGO! will offer a wide variety of dedicated 3D content, ranging from blockbuster studio titles to must-see documentaries, to consumers whose 3DTVs support SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D technology.

3DGO! uses the SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D award-winning technology, providing the highest image quality amongst frame compatible formats. After installing the application on a connected 3DTV, consumers will simply need to select the 3DGO! service to immediately start enjoying 3D content. The transactional model will offer consumers access to a wide 3D library, which SENSIO commits to continue to develop. Neither subscription nor additional equipment is required.

“We committed ourselves to bringing added value to our SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D clients and to keeping them one step ahead,” said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO President and CEO. “We know customers want more 3D content and easy/convenient access to it. This is exactly why we are launching 3DGO!. For the first time, consumers will get easy access to the largest on-demand 3D dedicated library directly from their 3DTVs. 3DGO! is the simplest way to make good use of any 3DTV.”

SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D is a unique frame-compatible technology for high-fidelity stereoscopic signal processing and is easily integrated into display products. Developed and refined by SENSIO for more than a decade, and deployed in the field for seven years, this mature technology has been trusted by the biggest names in content creation for pioneering and commercializing live 3D events in cinemas around the world, as well as for high-profile console games and DVD movies.

Further information about SENSIO and its technologies is available at www.sensio.tv.

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About SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO): SENSIO Technologies Inc. (www.sensio.tv) has been leading the floor in bringing 3D video to the consumer since 1999. Its vision, expertise, and state-of-the-art solutions, based on diversified stereoscopic image-processing technologies, have been trusted by some of the biggest names in the media and entertainment industries to power numerous industry firsts, initiate new business models, and generate immediate revenue with a distinctive 3D offering.

SENSIO enables its clients to deliver the best possible 3D experience for the end-user through a broad portfolio of products, including its flagship, award-winning technology, SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D. Through SENSIO solutions, consumers can access — with effortless interaction and complete peace of mind — 3D content of superior quality to common frame-compatible formats distributed over existing infrastructure (cable, satellite, or over IP) and displayed using any existing digital equipment (cinema, home cinema, TV, game consoles, or PC). SENSIO is listed on the Toronto TSX Venture Exchange.

SENSIO(R) is a registered trademark of SENSIO Technologies Inc.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the company’s expectations with regard to future events. Actual events could differ significantly from those anticipated in this document.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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SENSIO Nominated as Finalist for TV Innovation Awards

IMS Research has recognized SENSIO(R) Autodetect V2.0 as a top technology in the 3DTV field; winners to be announced at the 2012 International CES

MONTREAL — Jan. 5, 2012 — SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO) (TSX.V: SIO) is proud to announce that the company has been nominated as finalist in the 3DTV category of the TV Innovation Awards presented by IMS Research (http://www.imsconferences.com/index.php/tvawards2012), for its SENSIO(R) Autodetect V2.0 technology. Winners will be announced at the IMS Research Cocktail Party, held on Jan. 9 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino during the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas.

“As the TV industry evolves to a true on-demand experience, with users able to access extensive libraries of content to be viewed at a time and place and on the device of their choosing, many new challenges and opportunities are presented,” said IMS Research President Ian Weightman. “The goal of the TV Innovation Awards is to recognize the most forward-thinking companies who are creating products and services that are driving this new TV paradigm.”

“SENSIO(R) Autodetect is the only commercially available technology to provide automatic format detection for all of the most popular stereoscopic 3D formats, and we’re pleased that this unique capability has been recognized by the IMS Research judging panel,” said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO President and CEO. “The TV Innovation Awards have honoured some of the industry’s best-known companies, and we are pleased that SENSIO is considered among today’s leaders in bringing critical 3D technology to market and a richer viewing experience to consumers.”

SENSIO(R) Autodetect was designed to improve the stereoscopic 3D experience of the end user, taking the technical headache out of enjoying the medium. The technology automatically detects, with superior reliability, all the most commonly used frame-compatible stereo-3D video formats (SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D, Side-by-Side, Top-and-Bottom) or a 2D signal. Integrating smoothly into consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers’ products and operating seamlessly with the SENSIO(R) 3D Decoder, SENSIO(R) Autodetect eliminates issues associated with configuration of input and output formats.

SENSIO(R) Autodetect can distinguish the nature of content provided by many platforms, including video-on-demand (VOD), pay-per-view (PPV), programmed broadcasts, IP streaming and downloads, packaged media, and stereoscopic 3D (S3D) console games. Integrated into CE equipment capable of decoding 3D signals, it functions perfectly with legacy equipment (HDMI 1.3 and lower) because it is not reliant on flags or metadata. With this technology, consumers can be sure that the proper image conversion is applied to the detected signal and that the 2D/3D format always matches the content. Viewers don’t need to know in advance which format they will be watching, and there is no need to navigate through on-screen menus to select the appropriate output.

More information about SENSIO and its technologies is available at www.sensio.tv.

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About SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO): SENSIO Technologies Inc. (www.sensio.tv) has been leading the floor in bringing 3D video to the consumer since 1999. Its vision, expertise, and state-of-the-art solutions, based on diversified stereoscopic image-processing technologies, have been trusted by some of the biggest names in the media and entertainment industries to power numerous industry firsts, initiate new business models, and generate immediate revenue with a distinctive 3D offering.

SENSIO enables its clients to deliver the best possible 3D experience for the end-user through a broad portfolio of products, including its flagship, award-winning technology, SENSIO(R) Hi-Fi 3D. Through SENSIO solutions, consumers can access — with effortless interaction and complete peace of mind — 3D content of superior quality to common frame-compatible formats distributed over existing infrastructure (cable, satellite, or over IP) and displayed using any existing digital equipment (cinema, home cinema, TV, game consoles, or PC). SENSIO is listed on the Toronto TSX Venture Exchange.

SENSIO(R) is a registered trademark of SENSIO Technologies Inc.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the company’s expectations with regard to future events. Actual events could differ significantly from those anticipated in this document.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Xantech Brings High Technology to the Ricketts Hall Weight Room at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis

—Xantech WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller and CWTC10 Wireless Touch Controllers create a reliable, scalable and intuitive control system for audio and video —

CARLSBAD, CA, January 4, 2012 — Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution, provided the core technology systems that enabled the “strength and conditioning” training room at United States Naval Academy’s Ricketts Hall to become an advanced state-of-the-art facility. As part of a technology upgrade, AV systems integrator DSL Sound of Hagerstown, Maryland, installed a Xantech control system consisting of the WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller, two CWTC10 Wireless Touch Controllers, CSPLCD64G in-wall touch panels and a host of IPRS232 XtraLink IP modules.

The network-based Xantech components provide full control over the weight rooms’ new AV systems, which include an HD Video Matrix system by FSR®, 16 55-inch LG® plasma monitors that make up five zones of video, and an extensive audio system throughout the facility, featuring the BiAmp® Nexia networked digital audio processor. Xantech’s IPRS232 units enable network control of the RS232-based LG monitors; user control is totally accessible via the Xantech CWTC10 10.4-inch WiFi tablets located in the weight room itself and in a control rack. Additionally, users can access the system remotely via iPad or remotely via a dedicated VPN network installed as part of the AV upgrade. This is all made possible through the rich feature set of the WIC1200.

Ricketts Hall is home to U.S.N.A.’s basketball, football and lacrosse team training offices, the locker room for the varsity football team, and the “strength and conditioning facility,” one of three on campus. The new Xantech-controlled audio and video system plays back content including customized weight training video programs, room and conditioning schedules, football and other sports videos, and other related content, stored on a custom computer system with RAID drives and six HDMI video outputs. Multiple screens over five video zones allow for multiple streams of content simultaneously, all controlled and distributed by the Xantech equipment.

“This is the first time we’ve deployed the Xantech systems, and they are working wonderfully, especially considering that no one’s ever put this advanced level of AV systems control into a weight room before,” comments Robert Musser, Sales & Engineering Specialist for DSL Sound. “We were looking for a control solution that was reliable, scalable and affordable, and the WIC1200 succeeded on all counts. It can be controlled via RS-232 wired connections using the IPRS232 XtraLink IP and via iPads remotely on the VPN and it can expand as the system needs to grow. The graphical user interface is especially good, and we were able to create a practical and intuitive control surface that’s easy to use. We definitely plan to use the Xantech equipment again in the future. It’s that good.”

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

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Felix Lighting is First in the US to Acquire Clay Paky ShotLight Wash Fixtures

ShotLight

ShotLight

La Mirada, California-based Felix Lighting has purchased a complement of 26 ShotLight Wash fixtures, brand new to the market from Clay Paky. A.C.T Lighting, the distributor of Clay Paky lighting instruments in North America, finalized the sale.

“By investing in a large package of ShotLight Wash fixtures, Felix Lighting positions itself on the leading edge of today’s lighting technology,” says Bob Gordon, president and CEO of A.C.T Lighting. “ShotLight Wash is a totally new kind of projector that combines an extraordinary 1500W discharge lamp washlight two 1500w strobes in one device. With Clay Paky’s ShotLight Wash Felix Lighting offers its clients a unique new product that will expand their creative horizons.”

Felix Lighting is dedicated to integrating high-tech LED and automated intelligent lights with conventional instruments and supporting a client base that includes concerts, shows, special events, permanent installations and others.

“We’re proud to be the first company in the US to acquire Clay Paky’s new ShotLight Wash fixtures,” says Felix Lighting owner David McKinnon. “We believe these amazing, versatile instruments will be a big hit with our customers who will now be able to combine wash and strobe capabilities in one device.”

In the ShotLight Wash fixture the wash and strobe functions are perfectly integrated and can be operator-controlled with either simultaneous or separate operation and special effects. The strobe function is provided by two semi-circular Xenon lamps working independently: They can either flash together or separately, at different frequencies.

The washlight section boasts an optical unit with extremely high luminous efficiency. It has an 11º-74º electronic zoom; CMY color system, two color wheels and linear Golden CTO; indexable and rotating ovalizing filter; “diamond effect” filter; frost filter; 0-100% hybrid dimmer; and three-phase pan/tilt motor for perfectly silent operation. Its modular construction provides easy maintenance.

The ShotLight Wash’s strobe section is comprised of two special curved, pulsed Xenon lamps, each 1500W with a 500-hour lamp life. It features a special shape mirror reflector; 0-100% intensity control with blinding effect; a flash rate of 0-16Hz; and pre-set strobe effects and strobe/wash effects. It also has automatic over-temperature safety and automatic safety blackout in case of unstable frequency.

“We’re excited about taking delivery of Clay Paky’s ShotLight Wash fixtures and are eager to put them to work,” McKinnon says.
About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Dan Renne Named Lead Developer for High Resolution Systems’ UDC Software

Dan Renne

Dan Renne

High Resolution Systems LLC (HRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Renne to the post of lead developer. Previously he served as a software architect and designer for HRS’s Universal Device Control (UDC) software, providing socket-level programming and support and GUI design.

“We’re very happy to have Dan take on the new role of lead developer for our popular UDC product,” says HRS sales engineer Drew Taylor. “We’re confident that Dan and his team will take UDC software to new heights as the product continues to grow and evolve.”

High Resolution Systems’ software-based Universal Device Controller has quickly become the product of choice for the live event, staging and rental, worship, corporate industrial and broadcast markets.

Renne, who hold a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from Grand Valley State University, has 10 years of experience and expertise in C#, WPF, HTML, Javascript and socket programming.

“Learning ProAV technology was easy when I joined the team at HRS,” says Renne. “They know the technology inside and out. Together we’ll be working to take UDC software to the next level.”

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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SnapAV Nabs Former Niles Audio Tech Support Manager John Hamilton; Aims to Double Size of Tech Support Dept. and Implement Advanced Support

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has hired John Hamilton as Tech Support Manager.

Hamilton’s career spans product development, sales and training management positions with both consumer electronics manufacturers and systems integration companies. During his 11-year tenure as Niles Audio Corporation’s Tech Support Manager, Hamilton established himself as an industry leader.

In his new role, Hamilton will be charged with the task of doubling the size of SnapAV’s technical support team these next 12 months. He will also handle the development of informational documents including FAQS and technical support bulletins.

”I’m looking forward to taking an already spectacular team to the next level,” says Hamilton. “This is especially crucial given SnapAV’s massive growth and expansion into such categories as media distribution and surveillance, to name few. I see great things in the future and look forward to a long, rewarding career with SnapAV.”

Last year CE Pro Magazine awarded SnapAV’s tech support team with its 2011 Gold Quest for Quality Award.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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Technomad and Electrocom Revitalize Stadium Audio at Historic Tacoma High Schools

BOSTON, January 5, 2012 — Two illustrious high school stadiums in the Tacoma Public Schools system enjoyed vastly improved sound for the 2011 football season, thanks to comprehensive distributed audio system upgrades at both locations.

Lynwood, Washington-based systems integration firm Electrocom managed the upgrades, installing Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers and high-powered amplifiers among other components at Stadium High School and Lincoln High School. Electrocom handpicked the systems to replace aging horn components that were in disrepair and bleeding into adjacent neighborhoods — prompting a flurry of complaints.

The stadiums’ long, rich histories are evident in their grandeur: large, bowl-shaped venue designs with concrete bleachers and expansive sideline space. This made sound improvements — especially even, venue-wide coverage — unusually challenging.

“These are not typical press box installations where we mount and blast away,” said Matt Wright, project manager at Electrocom. “We positioned narrow-dispersion loudspeakers at multiple points, with enough SPL, or sound pressure, to cover the distance of the field in some cases. We also needed a wireless amplifier solution at each stadium to remain under budget. It would have been expensive and complicated to run wires the length of the field and trench into the concrete.”

Technomad PowerChiton4 high-power amplifiers provide the wireless solution for pole-mounted loudspeakers on the visitor sidelines at each stadium. The IP66-rated amplifiers offer a waterproof design for outdoor audio, and a compact, modular form factor for greater proximity to loudspeakers. The 1600-watt amplifiers also pack plenty of power for loud stadium environments.

Wright adds that Technomad loudspeakers provide exceptional audio quality and are among the best at containing audio within the confines of a stadium or similar venue. “The end users are very happy with the audio quality,” he said. “The Technomad systems have improved intelligibility and increased audio isolation from the neighbors at both stadiums.”

Electrocom installed Berlin 9040 and 6040 narrow-dispersion loudspeakers at both stadiums. All Stadium High School loudspeakers mount to four large steel light poles — two above and behind the home side bleachers, and two above and behind the visitor side. Each home side pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers aimed toward the front row at a steep angle to cover the audience. One Berlin 6040 aims outward to cover the field.

One visitor-side pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers powered by a Technomad PowerChiton4 amplifier and RF solution to cover one end of the bleachers. A second pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers and a PowerChiton4 for the near bleachers; and a single Berlin 6040 with a dedicated PowerChiton4 amplifier to cover an extension of the bleacher away from the cluster. Allen PoleStar mounting hardware supports all loudspeakers.

A mix of Berlin 6040 and 9040 loudspeakers cover the Lincoln High School field from three locations behind the home bleachers, including the end zones for audio during track and field events. Berlin 6040s and PowerChiton4 amplifiers cover the visitor side from the front corners of the bleachers.

“These are among the largest stadiums we’ve done and there were plenty of challenges,” said Wright. “Technomad loudspeakers provide high-quality audio, high-frequency intelligibility and strong SPL along with a weatherproof design. And the PowerChiton amplifiers provided a way to get audio to difficult places without being cost-prohibitive.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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