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JVC UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST HANDHELD 4K CAMCORDER

GY-HMQ10 Records Four Times Resolution of 1080p to SDHC/SDXC Media Cards

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the GY-HMQ10, the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, which captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Powered by JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840×2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.

“We’re witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering. “The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn’t have considered it.”

High resolution 4K still picture imaging has been around for several years in DSLR cameras. Motion video capture with these cameras has always been done at a lower video resolution because of lack of processing power. Likewise, high end digital motion picture cameras may capture 4K images, but often provide a raw data output to an external storage array for later processing—again due to lack of processing power in the camera. There just hasn’t been the ability to capture, process, display and record full 4K images in real time until now.

JVC‘s exclusive Falconbrid LSI processing takes raw image data from the camera’s CMOS device and dematrixes (deBayers) it in real time. Unlike many high end 4K cameras, the GY-HMQ10 is able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real time with virtually no latency. This capability opens up applications in cinematography, medical microscopy, telepresence, specialized observation / surveillance, and live wide-view event coverage.

Using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 records up to two hours of 4K video to economical SDHC or SDXC memory cards.

In addition to 4K imaging, the GY-HMQ10 also captures and records astonishing 1080i or 1080/60p full HD, with extraordinary detail provided by its 8.3 megapixel imager and superior lens. HD is recorded on a single memory card in a format compatible with most editing systems. This combination of superb 4K and HD imaging was requested by attendees of JVC’s 4K forums, conducted throughout North America last year, and is unique in the camera industry.

Another feature requested by forum attendees was the ability to crop an HD image from a 4K frame. This can be accomplished in post production or in real time during camera playback. The “trimming” feature makes HD cropping easy using the camera’s touch panel LCD monitor.

Similar in size to JVC’s popular GY-HM150 ProHD camcorder, the GY-HMQ10 includes a build-in F2.8 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer, as well as a color viewfinder and 3.5-inch touch LCD monitor with a new, intuitive user interface. The GY-HMQ10 is built in a familiar, comfortable and lightweight form factor for hours of field production with minimum fatigue.

The GY-HMQ10 is equipped with manual level controls for audio, with audio metering in the LCD and viewfinder displays. A microphone holder and two balanced XLR connectors with phantom power are located on the handle. The camera is equipped with a built-in stereo mic for ambient sound pickup.

Other features include JVC’s patented Focus Assist, as well as manual and auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma, color matrix, and white balance. Plus, the camera has the unusual capability of live 4K output via four HDMI terminals.

“Historically, JVC has been a leader in camcorder and display technology, and the GY-HMQ10 is our latest breakthrough,” added Shane. “It’s part of a larger move at JVC to bring 4K technology to a wide range of customers.” In September 2011, JVC introduced an affordable line of 4K projectors to the home theater market. The company’s high-end 4K projectors are widely used in commercial flight simulators and planetariums. “4K is the logical step beyond HD,” said Shane. “And JVC is uniquely positioned to lead the industry in this new direction.”

JVC’s innovative approach to professional 4K will be unveiled in a series of industry announcements beginning at CES and continuing throughout 2012.

At a retail selling price of $4,995, the GY-HMQ10 launches today, with market deliveries beginning in March 2012.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theater use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt™ Technology

Blackmagic Design today announced Intensity Shuttle, a revolutionary new video capture and playback solution that uses Intel’s groundbreaking Thunderbolt™ technology. Intensity Shuttle makes the highest quality 10-bit SD and HD video affordable for everyone, in a truly portable solution that’s priced at only $239.

Intensity Shuttle will be displayed on the Intel CES 2012 booth at Central Hall #7253.

Intensity Shuttle features all the video connections needed to connect video cameras, set-top boxes, game consoles, large screen TVs and projectors to a Thunderbolt-enabled computer. The attractive inline design includes HDMI, analog component, composite and S-Video inputs and outputs. These high quality HDMI and RCA connectors are the worldwide standard for connecting digital and analog consumer video equipment.

Thunderbolt™ enabled computers connect to Intensity Shuttle using a single cable that is capable of 10 Gbps data transfer speeds, that’s 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800. Intensity Shuttle is powered over the Thunderbolt™ cable and, with no need for an external power supply, is a completely portable device that can be moved easily between laptop and desktop computers.

Intensity Shuttle uses the same high quality electronics as Blackmagic Design’s high end broadcast capture and playback solutions! Now it’s possible to capture live game play, archive family movies and create amazing videos in full broadcast quality 1080HD video! Intensity Shuttle’s HDMI output can be connected to large screen HDTVs and projectors for full high resolution monitoring and playback of your work!

Most consumer video cameras compress HD video to fit longer recordings on to tapes and discs. For video editing compressed media needs to be decoded to play back each frame of video and this puts additional strain on a computer’s CPU and limits real time editing effects. Capturing directly with Intensity Shuttle bypasses camera compression by recording directly from the camera’s image sensor, so a low cost consumer camera can be used to capture full HD resolution video in broadcast quality!

Intensity Shuttle offers the flexibility of working with compressed and uncompressed video in standard definition PAL/NTSC up to full 1080p HD video. Blackmagic Design’s Media Express software is included for a complete capture and playback solution without the need for any additional software. Video files are fully compatible with popular editing and design software including Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

“Using Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt™ technology combines the quality and speed that videographers demand”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It’s incredibly exciting when technologies come together and create new opportunities for the way people work with video. The barriers of working with broadcast quality video have gone forever and everyone can create amazing looking work!”

Intensity Shuttle Features
• SD and HD compressed and uncompressed 10-bit video capture and playback.
• HDMI in and out.
• Component analog in and out.
• Composite video in and out.
• S-Video in and out.
• Stereo analog audio in and out.
• Thunderbolt™ port.
• Powered over Thunderbolt™ cable.
• Supports Apple FInal Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer and leading editing software.
• Supports Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, The Foundry and more design and compositing tools.
• Includes Blackmagic Design Media Express capture and playback software.

Availability and Price
Intensity Shuttle Thunderbolt™ will be available in Q1 2012 for $239 from all Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Press Photography
Product photos for Intensity Shuttle Thunderbolt™, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post-production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Casio’s Slim Series Continues to Innovate the Digital 
Projection Industry

Six New Lamp-Free Projectors Set the Industry Standard by Offering High Brightness, Mobile Connectivity and an Overall Lower Cost of Ownership

LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 10, 2012) — Leveraging its heritage in LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source production, Casio America Inc. is set to introduce a refreshed line of SLIM projectors. The popular SLIM Series, marking its third year of production, has been enhanced with six updated models: the XJ-A141, XJ-A146, XJ-A241, XJ-A246, XJ-A251 and XJ-A256. The new SLIM projectors will be exhibited at Casio’s booth (#10904) at the International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 10-13, 2012. more

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IOGEAR WIRELESS 3D MEDIA KIT STREAMS CONTENT THROUGH WALLS AND NOW SUPPORTS BOTH DIGITAL AND ANALOG DEVICES

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IOGEAR WIRELESS 3D MEDIA KIT STREAMS CONTENT THROUGH WALLS AND NOW SUPPORTS BOTH DIGITAL AND ANALOG DEVICES

One device to stream Full HD 1080p with 3D support and 5.1 digital audio content from up to five A/V devices as well as USB keyboard and mouse integration make the WHDI-certified Wireless 3D Media Kit a hub of digital home activity.

Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 10-13 – Central Hall #7917 – A leader in convergence through connectivity, IOGEAR proudly announces the Wireless 3D Media Kit (GW3DMKIT); the company’s most advanced wireless A/V streaming device available. With four HDMI and one component input, the GW3DMKIT allows five different A/V devices to be connected and conveniently placed without wires running to the HD display or projector. Ideal set-ups with the Wireless 3D Media Kit can stream content up to 100 feet through standard walls, even enable multi-room scenarios.

With a myriad of wireless signals beaming around the home, the IOGEAR Wireless 3D Media Kit ensures latency-free, multi-room streaming by leveraging the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) for connecting HD devices to a TV. The WHDI standard allows wireless delivery of uncompressed HDTV throughout the home with video rates of up to 1080p in the 5Ghz unlicensed band. WHDI also consumes less power than other wireless protocols.

The Wireless 3D Media Kit consists of a wireless 3D transmitter and wireless 3D receiver with inputs including HDMI®, Component and USB. Users can connect a Blu-ray player, DVR/Set-top Box, DVD player, Media Server, computer or even a VCR and stream the content 100 feet through the air.

The USB port on the GW3DMKIT is ideal as a wireless keyboard / mouse connection, allowing mobile control of a home theater PC or laptop within the 100 foot radius. Full access to stored videos, photos and music or management of online social media or work content is a breeze when combined with an IOGEAR wireless A/V keyboard.

“The ability to place a TV anywhere within 100 feet of a source component provides great value in a home or office A/V setup,” says Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager for IOGEAR. “The IOGEAR Wireless 3D Media Kit lets you conveniently share content around the home without the unsightly wires or a visible rack of equipment, something style and space-conscious users can appreciate.”

Additional features of the IOGEAR Wireless 3D Media Kit (GW3DMKIT) include:
• Supports Full HD 1080P, 3D content and 5.1 channel audio
• WHDI Certified
• Inputs: 4 HDMI, 1 Component Input
• 1 USB port for wireless keyboard / mouse control of attached computer, PS3 or other console
• Outputs: 1 HDMI local port on wireless transmitter, 1 HDMI on the wireless receiver, 1 USB on the wireless receiver
• Use with HD and non-HD (analog) devices
• Built-in IR allows user control of hidden source devices
• No software or driver installation necessary

WHDI President Leslie Chard said, “IOGEAR has been developing wireless streaming products for many years so we are proud to have them as an adopter of WHDI’s multi-room audio, video and control connectivity standard. The certification is a testament to the quality of IOGEAR’s wireless products.”

The GW3DMKIT Wireless 3D Media Kit will ship in Q1 2012, pricing is TBD.

For more information on IOGEAR and its connectivity solutions, please visit: www.iogear.com. Follow IOGEAR on Twitter, the company blog, and become a fan on Facebook for additional industry, company, and product details.

About IOGEAR
IOGEAR, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., manufactures innovative Home Electronics and Information Technology solutions that enable convergence through connectivity. Founded in 1999, the company develops products that help integrate technologies, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste. IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The company emphasizes the conservation of natural resources to both employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives program and “Road to a Million Trees” campaign. In partnership with Trees for the Future, one tree is planted for every product purchased on the IOGEAR site or through an IOGEAR GREEN initiative partner.

(c)2011 IOGEAR. All rights reserved. IOGEAR and the IOGEAR logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of IOGEAR. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About WHDI
WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) is the only viable option available for connecting the content on all HD devices to the TV. WHDI technology enables wireless delivery of uncompressed HDTV throughout the home with video rates of up to 1080p in the 5Ghz unlicensed band. WHDI surpasses competitive technologies by providing outstanding and consistent picture quality equivalent to wired HDMI™ cable, low latency, multi-room availability and low power consumption. For more information about WHDI, visit http://www.whdi.org/

Press Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080
Nick Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

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Paradigm Introduces Designer Series In-Ceiling Speakers

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Paradigm Introduces Designer Series In-Ceiling Speakers

Sleeker, low-profile bezels, increased dispersion and a marine makeover highlight enhancements to Paradigm’s custom AMS, SA and Signature Series in-ceiling speakers.

Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 10-13 – Venetian 30-336 – Paradigm Electronics Inc., an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing, announces the new Designer Series, a breathtaking overhaul of the company’s beloved AMS, SA and Signature in-ceiling architectural speakers that includes a number of performance and aesthetic enhancements. Speakers in all three lines now feature new low-profile bezels for a cleaner, disappearing aesthetic, and newly redesigned scrims that are more sonically transparent than ever before.

Under the hood, all three Guided Soundfield Models (AMS-150R-30, SA-15R-30 and SIG-1.5R-30) now feature the same low-density NLC™ Non-Limiting Corrugated thermoplastic elastomer surrounds as Paradigm’s highly lauded Signature Series floorstanding, bookshelf, and center speakers. The new surrounds deliver vastly improved damping of vibrations and resonances and increased peak-to-peak excursion. Combined with a new motor structure including a three-split voice coil, thicker top plate, and much larger ceramic/ferrite magnet, has resulted in a speaker that plays +3 dB louder with more clarity at higher output.

Other improvements include new convex grilles for stereo/mono models (AMS-150R-SM and SA-15R-SM), which minimize edge diffraction and allow for much wider sound dispersion. This is an especially important feature since in-ceiling models are not installed to accommodate a “sweet spot”, but rather a larger listening area.

Marine models in the AMS line received several upgrades making them an ideal option for boats, pools and anywhere moisture or weather poses an threat. Neodymium grille magnets provide better adherence in all weather conditions, while all three marine models (AMS-100RX, AMS-150RX and AMS-150RX-SM) now feature more corrosive resistant stainless steel, as well as improved drainage channels for enhanced performance, reliability and longevity.

“Given that the typical customer in the market for an in-ceiling speaker is concerned first and foremost with aesthetics,the invisible design of our new Designer Series is an achievement and selling point in itself,” says Mark Aling, Senior Marketing Director for Paradigm. “But we’ve also included a number of performance enhancements across all three lines that make these Paradigm’s best-sounding in-ceiling speakers yet.”

Paradigm Designer Series in-ceiling speakers are now available from Paradigm dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Model lineup and US FMV pricing for the series is as follows:
AMS-100R: $219/ea
AMS-100RX: $299/ea
AMS-150R: $299/ea
AMS-150RX: $369/ea
AMS-150R-SM: $399/ea
AMS-150SQ-SM: $399/ea
AMS-150R-30: $429/ea
SA-10R: $399/ea
SA-15R: $499/ea
SA-15R-SM: $549/ea
SA-15R-30: $649/ea
SIG-1.5R: $799/ea
SIG-1.5R-30: $999/ea
For more information on Paradigm, please visit www.paradigm.com.

About Paradigm
Innovative design, advanced materials, in-house manufacturing, and state-of-the-art engineering have made Paradigm an international leader in speaker design. With more than 250 industry awards for audio excellence and numerous rave reviews from around the world, Paradigm is committed to being at the leading edge of speaker technology and consistently achieving the ultimate in sound for music and home theater.

Press Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080
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MartinLogan Motion SLM Offers Low-Profile Power

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MartinLogan Motion SLM Offers Low-Profile Power
The slimmest MartinLogan speaker ever features a multitude of install options and will change the perception of what is possible from a low-profile speaker.
Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2012 – January 10-13 – Venetian 30-335 – MartinLogan, the world’s leader in electrostatic speaker technology, proudly announces the slender Motion® SLM, a wall-hanging or free standing LCR speaker that is powerful enough to stand alone and detailed enough to be used in conjunction with floor standing MartinLogan speakers. The newest from MartinLogan’s award-winning Motion Series line, the Motion SLM features dual four-inch, ultra-slim fiber cone woofers and dual four-inch high-velocity passive bass radiators, paired with a Folded Motion™ tweeter – all in an ultra-slim profile designed expressly for super-thin TVs.

Slim enough to complement the thinnest wall-mounted HD displays and even projection screens, the Motion SLM steps in where underpowered, unnatural sounding TV speakers fall short. The secret to the Motion SLM’s larger-than-its-size performance is the dual ultra-slim fiber cone woofers and high-velocity passive bass radiators, which provide maximum controlled low-end bass extension from an ultra-slim profile combined with the advanced resolution Folded Motion tweeter. The high-gloss black SLM cabinet is only 1.45-inches thin, for a total wall protrusion of 1.83-inches when used with magnetic grille and included wall mount bracket.

The advanced resolution Folded Motion tweeter features lightning-fast transient response and a surface area eight-times that of a typical 1″ dome tweeter, for clear, highly dynamic and precise sound. MartinLogan’s dedicated in-house engineers carefully crafted the Motion Series as an affordable and compact product line that seamlessly blends the exquisite Folded Motion transducers with powerful, compact bass technology. The result is a smooth, refined sound with stunning dynamic range and jaw-dropping clarity.

Designed for maximum placement flexibility, the MartinLogan Motion SLM can be placed just about anywhere for your convenience. With keyhole slots on the speaker’s back panel that attach easily to the included wall bracket, you can have the SLM wall-mounted and playing in a matter of minutes. If on-wall mounting is not appealing, each speaker also comes with a curved black-glass base that allows it to sit vertically on a shelf or in an equipment cabinet.

Thinking of going horizontal? The Folded Motion tweeter has an 80° x 80° dispersion pattern, which allows the Motion SLM to sound exactly the same in a horizontal or vertical orientation, making them ideal for Left-Center-Right (LCR) applications. Each MartinLogan’s Motion SLM includes “kick-stand” brackets that attach to the back of the cabinet, allowing them to free-stand for horizontal center channel applications. Additionally, the logo on the grille is magnetic and can move and rotate to the proper atheistically pleasing location in any orientation.

The Motion SLM speaker is priced at $499.95 each and is shipping worldwide to MartinLogan dealers.

For more information on the new Motion SLM from MartinLogan, please visit their website at: www.martinlogan.com/motion.

About MartinLogan, Ltd.
Since 1983, MartinLogan has handcrafted high performance electrostatic speakers. Their award-winning designs, advanced technologies, and outstanding customer service have long made MartinLogan’s amazingly detailed speakers a must have for home theater and music lovers around the world. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, MartinLogan’s dedicated in-house design and engineering team carefully creates each speaker to provide unparalleled sound reproduction along with industry leading aesthetics.

Press Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080
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MartinLogan Reveals Motion 20 and Motion 40 Tower Speakers

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MartinLogan Reveals Motion 20 and Motion 40 Tower Speakers
New floor-standing speakers feature MartinLogan’s award-winning Folded Motion transducers, elegant aesthetics, and powerful bass performance.
Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 10-13 – Venetian 30-335 – MartinLogan, the world’s leader in electrostatic and Folded Motion™ loudspeaker technology, proudly announces two new speaker models in the award-winning Motion® Series, the Motion 20 and Motion 40. Replacing the popular Motion 10 and Motion 12 models, both floors standing models benefit from a number of design and performance enhancements including nearly twice the internal volume over previous models (resulting in extended bass performance) and elegantly sophisticated aesthetics with rounded edges and a gently tapered top, all wrapped in a high-gloss piano-black finish.

MartinLogan’s dedicated in-house design and engineering team carefully crafted the Motion Series to create an extremely affordable and compact product line with stunning dynamic range and jaw-dropping clarity. Key to the Motion Series sonic performance is the unique Folded Motion tweeter (similar to tweeter technologies found in ultra expensive speakers), precision high-end Vojtko™ crossovers, powerful woofers, and acoustically inspired cabinet design.

The Motion 20 and Motion 40 are bi-wire capable and feature premium five-way binding posts. A perforated metal grille accentuates the speaker’s powerful elegance while oversized 5.5-inch and 6.5-inch black aluminum cone woofers (on the 20 and 40 respectively) paired with a rear firing bass port adds extra punch in the lower frequencies. The oversized woofer design also creates increased cone area for higher output and better bass response. Reinforced solid internal bracing dramatically reduces internal resonances and standing waves.

Bass drivers in both models are located near the bottom of the speaker while mid-range drivers and Folded Motion tweeters are orientated near the top. This driver arrangement offers a strong visual statement but also provides solid low-frequency reinforcement, superb dispersion characteristics and audiophile-quality high-frequency performance.

Compatibility with other MartinLogan speakers adds versatility to listeners building their system piece by piece. Whether it’s a two-channel or home theater application, the Motion Series 20 and Motion 40 are voice-matched to the Motion FX, Motion 8 and other Motion Series speakers which can be integrated to create a richly detailed high-performance surround sound system.

Pricing for the Motion 20 and Motion 40 is yet to be determined; they are scheduled to ship in Q2 2012.

For more information on MartinLogan electrostatic speakers, please visit their website at: www.martinlogan.com.

About MartinLogan, Ltd.
Since 1983, MartinLogan has handcrafted high performance electrostatic speakers. Their award-winning designs, advanced technologies, and outstanding customer service have long made MartinLogan’s amazingly detailed speakers a must have for home theater and music lovers around the world. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, MartinLogan’s dedicated in-house design and engineering team carefully creates each speaker to provide unparalleled sound reproduction along with industry leading aesthetics.

Press Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080
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Anthem Statement D2v and Anthem AVM 50v Processors Get 3D!

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Anthem Statement D2v and Anthem AVM 50v Processors Get 3D!

A new dealer installed update provides 3D switching and automatic passthrough along with other useful performance features.

Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 10-13 – Venetian 30-336 – Anthem, a leading manufacturer of high-end electronics for music, home theater and distributed audio systems, announces a major upgrade to the award-winning Anthem Statement D2v and Anthem AVM 50v. Owners of these high performance A/V processors will now be able to switch between 3D sources on HDMI inputs one through four and HDMI output one, or enable automatic passthrough as a per-source menu option for video output configuration.

A physical upgrade for existing owners of the two Anthem preamplifier/processors will also be available via a new dealer-installed circuit board which replaces two smaller boards for HDMI inputs one through four and HDMI output one, followed by a software update. Complementing the 3D switching and automatic passthrough features, the upgrade equips the Statement D2v and Anthem AVM 50V with video processor bypass for 2D, useful for reference quality video content that doesn’t require cleanup or scaling. The on-screen status display information does not apply in “Through” mode, since video processing is bypassed.

For additional convenience, the upgraded processors automatically match the output refresh rate to the source’s frame refresh rate which is useful for sources that output a mix between
24, 50, and 60 Hz.

In developing the upgrades, Anthem also put both A/V processors through rigorous compliance testing to achieve HDMI 1.4a certification. As a pioneer in the troubleshooting and integration of HDMI, Anthem understands how to utilize these connections to their fullest. The processors are equipped with four additional HDMI 1.3c inputs (for a total of eight) and one additional HDMI 1.3c output (for a total of two), delivering unprecedented connection capabilities for a preamplifier/processor. All inputs and outputs offer Deep-Color support (36-bit).

Anthem’s heralded Room Correction System (ARC-1™) also comes standard with the Statement D2v 3D and AVM 50v 3D. While equalizing frequency response in a room to achieve some generic (i.e. “flat”) response is a common approach to solving problems with room acoustics, it results in an unnatural-sounding spectral balance since it does not account for in-room cues that the human ear/brain mechanism expects. ARC is a true audiophile solution: it differs from other systems in that it uses proprietary processing to compute each speaker’s in-room frequency response and then computes a target frequency response for each to yield the most natural sound as determined by multiple double-blind listening tests spanning many years.

The estimated availability of the Statement D2v 3D and AVM 50v 3D is Q1 2012. Estimated US FMV for the Anthem Statement D2v 3D is $8,999 and for the Anthem AVM 50v 3D $5,999. The US FMV for the 3D upgrade kit is TBA. For more information, please visit www.anthemav.com.

About Anthem
Anthem, part of the Paradigm Group, is a leading manufacturer of award-winning high-end electronics for music, home theater and distributed sound systems sold internationally under the brand names Anthem™ and Anthem™ Statement. Anthem™ products are used at all levels of music reproduction and allow you to virtually “be there” every time you listen to a favorite piece of recorded music or experience the excitement of surround-sound home theater. Headquarters are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Anthem™ and Anthem™ Statement are trademarks of Anthem/Sonic Frontiers International, 2005.

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Flogging Molly Travels The World With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Console

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — Celtic punk band Flogging Molly is currently touring the world with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 as its monitor console. For nearly 15 years, Flogging Molly has played its blend of traditional Irish sounds, hard-edged punk and thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics to millions across the globe.

The year 2011 saw the release of the band’s most important and ambitious album to date, Speed Of Darkness, which debuted in the Top 10 (#9 overall). The album was praised for its “call to arms” during these troubled economic times by such press outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Associated Press, USA Today, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post and many more.

Flogging Molly’s tour manager Aaron Glas has been fond of Soundcraft boards from his experience working with the Vi4 and Vi6 at several venues including the famous Boston, Massachusetts House of Blues. “Once I got comfortable with the Soundcraft consoles, it was noticeable how easy they are to use and how good they sound,” he said. “When I found out they made a smaller and more affordable board using the same Vi series architecture including the Vistonics™, I had to have it for our live show. The Vi1 is very compact which makes it the perfect size for our traveling production. It’s always nice on the road to have consistent, great sound when going in and out of many different types of venues; we knew we’d have a console to rely on that wouldn’t fail.”

Glas even mentioned, “Venues like the House of Blues which have a good variety of HARMAN equipment always sound awesome. HARMAN makes everything easy, and on nights like that, everything works toward a killer show with amazing sound.”

When working with a group that has seven band members, a compact board with plenty of inputs and outputs made the Vi1 an attractive option. “I really didn’t want to have to get a bigger board, and the Vi1 gave me everything I needed and more with enough outputs to do a number of wedges and in-ear mixes,” Glas said. “Other competing boards in the same range couldn’t work for us, since we needed a very compact console with lots of inputs and at least 24 outputs to mix our show”

Chris McCleary, Monitor Engineer, added, “Mixing such a fast-paced show, the Vi1′s intuitive layout allows me to make the fast mix adjustments demanded by such a vast musical diversity on stage.”

For Glas and many others who have relationships with HARMAN and Soundcraft, the support has been excellent. “After developing a relationship with HARMAN, they made it even easier to travel with Soundcraft by helping us source a Vi1 in Europe,” he said. “We brought our show files over and are even able to record using the MADI card in a convenient, efficient way. Everything about the board and the support we’ve received is excellent. I can’t think of a better fit for what we need.”

McCleary summed up, “The ease of use, warmth and clarity gained from using the Vi1 far exceeds that of any competing model.”

For more information on Flogging Molly, please visit: http://www.floggingmolly.com/

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.

SIM2 and ProSource Join Forces

Miramar, FL—January 10, 2012—SIM2 USA is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the prestigious ProSource group, the largest specialty segment and CE merchandising group in the U.S.

“Our alliance with ProSource provides continued synergy among our dealer network,” said Alberto Fabiano, Executive Vice President for SIM2 USA. “A buying group of this caliber offers competitive advantages and cohesively blends with our current market strategy. Despite the challenging economy, we have not strayed from our original position; we continue to manufacture the very best in the luxury home cinema market.”

Representing 950 storefronts and approximately $3.6 billion dollars in revenue for CE products, the ProSource group offers its members critical advantages for maximizing business opportunities with the independent specialty retailer.

“I am excited about this partnership. Today’s announcement brings together two best in class organizations. SIM2′s commitment to high performance products and unparalleled dealer support instantly enhances our position in the marketplace,” stated Jim Ristow, Executive Vice President of HES.

Visit SIM2 in South Hall at Booth 20806 during CES 2012.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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