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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.

Control4 Launches Video Intercom Solutions with New Touch Screens and Door Station

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Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Control4 Launches Video Intercom Solutions with New Touch Screens and Door Station

High-performance In-Wall and Portable Touch Screens with full-motion video intercom and wideband audio deliver dedicated control and crystal clear communications.

Las Vegas, NV– January 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM PT – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, introduces its new video intercom solutions, which include the Control4® 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera, the Control4® 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera, and the Control4® Door Station.

This new video intercom product family provides dedicated, always-on control functionality along with a convenient high-quality communications experience for homes and businesses. Each new product within the family features an integrated camera delivering H.264 full-motion video along with integrated speakers and dual microphones utilizing beam forming and wideband audio to deliver a high-fidelity experience. With activation of a Control4® Intercom License, consumers can enable whole-home or business communications and message broadcasting, as well as the ability to control auto-answer and “do not disturb” settings.

“Our video intercom family is an exciting new addition to the Control4 offering,” says Control4 President and CEO Martin Plaehn. “By adding the Door Station and the new Touch Screens to Control4 systems, consumers are able to see and communicate with others inside and outside their homes or businesses. We’re creating an exceptional audio and video intercom experience that is completely integrated with the full Control4 automation system.”

Central to the video intercom solutions is the new Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera, a sleek capacitive touch screen that is dealer-configurable as a portable or tabletop solution for use on a countertop, desk, end-table or nightstand. It supports Wireless-N and Ethernet connectivity, and is powered either by Power over Ethernet (PoE) or AC power options. The Portable enables seamless video-intercom interoperability with other Control4 video intercom-capable products, and audio intercom compatibility with the current 5” and 7” In-Wall Touch Screens.

The new Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera features the same sophisticated design and technology as the 7” Portable for high-performance in-wall control. Like Control4’s existing touch screens, the new 7”In-Wall is an elegant addition to any room.

Rounding out the Control4 video intercom solutions is the new Control4® Door Station, providing an exceptional video intercom experience from outdoor locations such as a gate or front door — enabling consumers to see who’s requesting entry from the safety and convenience of their home or office. In addition to supporting WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, with AC or PoE options, the Door Station includes two contact sensors and one relay for monitoring as well as opening doors and gates.

“Our goal is to consistently deliver insightfully simple solutions that enrich families’ lives and enhance businesses,” adds Plaehn. “We believe our video intercom solutions will do just that.”

The Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera has a US MSRP of $999 and can be ordered now for expected availability in February.

The Door Station comes in three stylish colors (Satin Nickel, Satin Black and Venetian Bronze), has a US MSRP of $799 and is expected in Q2 2012. For pre-installations, Dealers can order Door Station Back Boxes now, for availability in February.

The Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera has a US MSRP of $999 and is expected in Q2 2012.

The Control4 Intercom License has a US MSRP of $399 for unlimited devices within an installation. The licenses are available now.

For more information on Control4, please visit www.control4.com.

About Control4
Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses by offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy, and security through more than 2,200 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 72 countries. By delivering insightfully simple personalized control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.

Press Contact
Caster Communications 401-792-7080
Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com
Lauren Simmen lsimmen@castercomm.com

Copyright© 2012 Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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Control4 Announces New High-Performance Automation Controllers

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Control4 Announces New High-Performance Automation Controllers

New one-room and whole-home controllers dramatically enhance consumer experiences with fluid on-screen control, blazingly fast media access, and instantaneous responsiveness.

Las Vegas, NV– January 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM PT – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, announces two new models to its family of automation controllers: the flagship HC-800 and the versatile HC-250. Designed to maximize the power of Control4’s award-winning operating system, the
HC-800 and the HC-250 provide the ultimate Control4® experience for speed, performance and flexibility at an exceptional value for homeowners and businesses.

At the center of Control4’s updated line of controllers is the new HC-800, a powerful, flexible, multi-zone controller designed to serve as the cornerstone of any Control4 installation, no matter how large or demanding. The HC-800’s lightning-fast, next-generation 1.8GHz high-performance dual-core processor delivers instantaneous, interactive on-screen control and browsing of even the largest media libraries.

While the rack-mountable HC-800 measures in at an ultra-slim 1RU, it doesn’t skimp on connectivity with two RS-232 ports, six IR ports, and four contact and relay switches. It also features enough analog and digital outputs to deliver four independent zones of audio without the help of a secondary media player. Certified HDMI audio and video connectivity enables simple integration with the latest displays, A/V receivers, and surround processors, while component video connectivity guarantees compatibility with legacy systems.

“This is a blazingly fast controller that can keep up with just about anything you throw at it,” enthused Shawn LeMay, owner of Sound & Theater. Kevin Luther of Blackwire Designs agreed, saying, “The HC-800 is the most impressive controller I have ever tested. The on-screen performance is simply amazing and the speed of ZigBee is unlike anything before.”

The new HC-250 also joins the controller family as an elegant, low-profile form factor, single-room controller with a next-generation 1GHz processor that delivers exceptional speed and power. The HC-250 fits easily behind a TV, on a shelf, or in a rack and features new Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability enabled by a single CAT5 cable providing the electrical power and network connectivity for the HC-250 to control the entire room, greatly simplifying installation for the integrator.

The HC-250 supports both digital audio and video over HDMI, and boasts integrated Wireless-N WiFi and ZigBee for high-performance wireless networking. The HC-250 is perfect for single-room systems including media rooms, home theaters, and conference rooms, as well as for providing fluid on-screen control for each TV in larger residential and light commercial installations.

The HC-250 makes it easier than ever for an integrator to design a one-room AV solution as an upgrade-replacement for less-functional universal remote controls. Consumers can then build upon that system at their own pace — adding additional automation and control functionality over time.

“The performance, capability and design enhancements delivered by our new controllers translate to exceptional consumer experience,” says Control4 President and CEO, Martin Plaehn. “With our new controllers, consumer can browse very large media libraries and enjoy a selected movie, song, or playlist instantly, activate lighting before their finger leaves the touch screen, and control an entire home from their TV instantaneously. It will be hard to find a more responsive and capable system, and that’s going to delight consumers.”

Debuting at CES 2012, the new Control4 HC-800 and HC-250 enhance the current controller family, which also includes the HC-200, HC-300 and the HC-1000.

The HC-800 has a US MSRP of $999 and is available to order now for expected delivery in February.

The HC-250 has a US MSRP of $599 and is expected to be available in Q2 2012.

For more information go to www.control4.com.

About Control4
Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses by offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy, and security through more than 2,200 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 72 countries. By delivering insightfully simple personalized control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.

Press Contact
Caster Communications 401-792-7080
Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com
Lauren Simmen lsimmen@castercomm.com

Copyright© 2012 Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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Christie MicroTiles: A Site To Behold At Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics


Christie display technology is at the forefront of Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) College of Informatics with a striking Christie MicroTiles array, four Christie projectors, and two Christie Spyder X20-1608 image processors managing and controlling the content.
Located in the Digitorium of Griffin Hall – the university’s first LEED-certified building – the 19 wide by 15 high Christie MicroTiles (25 feet wide by 15 feet high) array is drawing rave reviews for its bright, vivid colors and its flexibility in displaying images, videos and graphics.

The 120-seat Digitorium hosts virtual performances, simulations, collaborative gaming, workflow modeling and 3D visualization, all fed to the Christie MicroTiles by the Spyders.

“This project had a strict deadline and it wasn’t an option to miss the opening date of Griffin Hall,” said Kevin Collins, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Diversified Systems, project integrator. “The timeline for installation from paper to completion on this entire project was just six months but integration went smoothly. In fact, it went up just like 1-2-3 and was a textbook integration. The MicroTiles definitely have a very high cool factor.”

“The number of sources we feed into the tiles from the Spyders is huge,” added Shawn Samii, project manager, Diversified Systems. “The MicroTiles receive several feeds including streaming video, HDMI out of a laptop, display footage out of a laptop, AV, cable TV feed, PC graphics, static images, and broadcast STI feeds.”

“In the Digitorium, we have eight opera boxes (four on each side) with computers in each one, which get tied back into the MicroTiles wall – so we can do live interaction,” said Chris Strobel, associate professor of electronic media and broadcasting, NKU. “We anticipate hosting ‘cyber defense’ competitions in the Digitorium, where each team will be stationed in an opera box defending their own computer network from cyber attack.

“We may also participate in various types of “capture the flag” cyberwarfare competitions in that space (which involve both defense and offense). In both cases the ‘BigWall’ functions as high-resolution dashboard/scoreboard that allows the audience on the main floor to track the highly multi-facetted real-time status of the competition.”

“Everybody who has looked at the MicroTiles wall is in utter disbelief,” concluded Samii. “The wall is truly a sight to behold.”

“When we show student projects such as films and animations on the MicroTiles, there is definitely a ‘wow-factor’ that you wouldn’t get with other technology,” concluded Strobel.

Serving as the main Digitorium projector is one Christie HD6K-M with three Christie LW650 projectors located outside the auditorium.

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WorldStage Provides AV Support to Jacco Olivier Art Installation Dotted Across Madison Square Park’s Winter Landscape

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park

WorldStage (the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications) provided extensive AV support for an innovative installation in New York City’s six-acre Madison Square Park where Dutch artist Jacco Olivier’s stop-motion animations brighten the park’s winter landscape. Olivier photographs each stage of his creative process of painting and re-painting images of flora and fauna until the original no longer exists. The resulting stop-motion animations reveal the history behind each painting’s rich color palette and highly textured style.

The exhibition, which comes to life at dusk from December 15 through March 12, 2012, is a presentation of Mad. Sq. Art, the free, contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. It marks the artist’s first public art commission in New York City.

WorldStage was uniquely qualified to handle Olivier’s project: The company has a history of supporting art installations and special events at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art and has demonstrated expertise in outdoor art events at Art Basel Miami, MoMA and the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center.

The company previously teamed with Mad. Sq. Art on Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive light installation as well as last year’s installation of Scattered Light, an innovative piece by the artist, Jim Campbell. WorldStage is one of the few rental and staging companies that is willing and able to support long-term equipment rental, engineering and support for such projects.

At Madison Square Park, Olivier’s images of birds, a deer, a frog, a beetle and flora are seamlessly integrated into the outdoors, displayed on screens suspended from trees, hidden in the bushes and planted in the ground. They animate life in both the park’s heavily trafficked areas and quieter spots and draw parallels to their natural counterparts in the park for 50,000 daily visitors.

“It’s a beautiful project,” says Adam Glick of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. “Part of the challenge was where to position the six screens, how to install them and make them more than just simple displays and projections. We wanted them to be as seamless and natural as possible, and having worked with WorldStage before, we knew they would be able to artfully bring this project to completion.”

“Each piece by Olivier, except for ‘Bird’ and ‘Deer,’ was designed as a self-contained, plug-and-play weatherproof module that requires little to no maintenance,” explains WorldStage project manager Sarah Ibrahim. “Each enclosure is outfitted with heating and fans to maintain a safe operating temperature for the electronics and protect against condensation.” Brightsign HD210 standalone media players were selected for five of the installations for their small footprint, high-quality HD imagery and, once programmed, operator-free playback.

“Deer” sports a 7.5×4-foot Stewart Filmscreen Starglas projection screen and this is the first time one has been installed outdoors. It is fed by a Panasonic PT-DZ570U 1080p 4K ANSI lumen projector housed in a Tempest Blizzard 6550 weatherproof HVAC projector enclosure; a Medialon MIP-HD media player serves as source.

“‘Deer’ is really my favorite piece in this installation, if only for the stellar quality of the projection and screen,” says Ibrahim. “The image clarity supported by the Stewart Starglas screen and the full-HD projection enables viewers to see incredible image detail – even the brushwork in the paintings is clearly evident.

“Rabbit Hole” posed a challenge since its weatherproof enclosure is buried in the ground. “The artist wanted viewers to be able to walk on it and look down onto the piece,” says Ibrahim. “We asked Cigar Box Studios to come up with a solution that was structurally sound as well as air and watertight, so condensation doesn’t form on the inside of the plexiglass. The whole assembly was buried and covered with sod framing the image.”

The up-in-the-air location of “Bird” required an innovative approach to signal processing using AJA HA5 and Hi5 converters for 1080i over HDSDI signal transmission from the monitor in a tree limb to the remote player some 250 feet away.

WorldStage’s experience with art installations and the special requirements of outdoors proved extremely valuable “as the project evolved and went through a few different iterations,” notes Adam Glick. “WorldStage was very amenable to dealing with various changes. They lent us their expertise and everything has worked out great!”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Sennheiser NAMM Booth Stage to Feature Four Days of Performances By Diverse Roster of Emerging Talent

Anaheim, Calif., – January 9, 2012 – Audio specialist Sennheiser (booth 6579) announced that its booth stage at NAMM will once again feature an impressive roster of emerging musical talent. The performances — all of which will feature the latest audio equipment from Sennheiser and its family of distributed brands — will begin on Thursday, January 19th at noon and will continue through Sunday, January 22nd.

Scheduled performances are as follows and may be subject to change (click here to download complete biographical information):

Thursday, January 19th

• 12:00 p.m. of Verona

• 12:45 p.m. King Washington

• 1:30 p.m. The wellspring

• 2:15 p.m. Border Radio

• 3:00 p.m. of Verona

• 3:45 p.m. King Washington

• 4:30 p.m. Border Radio

Friday, January 20th

• 12:00 p.m. So and so

• 12:45 p.m. Magnolia Memoir

• 1:30 p.m. Chantelle Barry

• 2:15 p.m. Katelyn Benton

• 3:00 p.m. So and so

• 3:45 p.m. Magnolia Memoir

• 4:30 p.m. Marina V

• 5:00 p.m. Katelyn Benton

Saturday, January 21st

• 12:00 p.m. Debby Holiday

• 12:45 p.m. Blame Shift

• 1:30 p.m. Raining Jane

• 2:15 p.m. The Material

• 3:00 p.m. Debby Holiday

• 3:45 p.m. Raining Jane

• 4:30 p.m. Kate Kilbane

Sunday, January 22nd

• 12:00 p.m. Honeymoon

• 12:45 p.m. Chlöe Lear

• 1:30 p.m. Marcus Eaton

• 2:15 p.m. Honeymoon

• 3:00 p.m. The Baron Sisters

• 3:45 p.m. Chlöe Lear

• 4:30 p.m. Marcus Eaton

Each year, the Sennheiser booth stage provides a high-quality, entertaining platform for emerging talent to heard by the over 80,000 people attending NAMM. For more information on artist performances, or to learn more about Sennheiser, please stop by booth 6579 or visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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KLOS Radio Personality Uncle Joe Benson Helps House Research Institute Get the Word out on Healthy Hearing to NAMM Attendees

Los Angeles – January 9, 2012 — As part of its 2012 NAMM Winter Show activities, the House Research Institute (HRI) [NAMM booth 1292, Hall E] will host special guest Uncle Joe Benson of Los Angeles’ KLOS radio on Saturday, January 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. The popular radio announcer and entertainer will be on hand to greet booth attendees while discussing the importance of maintaining healthy hearing and hearing loss protection.

Since 1980, Uncle Joe’s voice has been heard by millions of listeners across Southern California, and his “Off The Record” music/interview program is syndicated on over 90 stations nationwide. As a radio personality on KLOS, his broadcasts reach nearly three million people across southern California.

KLOS has been serving the greater Los Angeles area for over 40 years, and has also made a positive impact through its continued community outreach efforts. The station still owns the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest blood drive in the country and was presented the Crystal Award for its exemplary community service.

“Healthy hearing is a topic that deserves much broader attention — especially within the music community,” commented Uncle Joe. “This year at NAMM, we are happy to help put the spotlight on the topic of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) to educate folks not only on how fragile our hearing is, but also on the measures we can take to protect it and preserve it.”

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is usually painless, progressive, permanent, and completely preventable. It happens when a person is exposed for too long of a time to sound pressure levels of 85 decibels or more, resulting in damage to the sensorineural (“hair”) cells of the inner ear. It can be the result of exposing your ears to a sudden, intense impulse noise like an explosion or gunfire or extended or repeated exposure to loud machinery and recreational activities, such as loud music and video.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss; an estimated 26 million of them between the ages of 20 and 69 have a high-frequency hearing loss caused by too much exposure to loud sound.

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Antelope Audio to Demonstrate its Zodiac Line of High End Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) at T.H.E. Show Home Entertainment Convention in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, January 9th, 2012 — Antelope Audio will demonstrate its audiophile-grade digital to analog converters (DACs) at T.H.E. Show in Las Vegas between Tuesday, January 10th and Friday, January 6th at The Flamingo Hotel, room 4044.

Antelope Audio’s high-end Zodiac D/A converters (DACs) are based on the company’s proprietary clocking and conversion technologies developed for world’s top mastering professionals and sound engineers in the music, film and television industries. Antelope brings to audiophiles’ home environment the highest audio quality available only at the leading and most technically demanding sound studios around the globe.

During T.H.E. Show, music lovers will have the opportunity to experience the pristine sound quality of all three models – Zodiac, Zodiac+ and Zodiac Gold. All of them utilize Antelope’s famous Oven Controlled Clock and Acoustically Focused Clocking as well as the custom USB chip, which allows audio streaming of up to 384 kHz.

Morten Lindberg the founder of Lindberg Lyd and the music label 2L, and several times Grammy Award nominee says “The Zodiac Gold is now our preferred DAC for proof listening of our 352.8kHz/24bit stereo master files.”

“The best way to experience Antelope Audio is to listen to our products first hand,” explained Marcel James, director of sales for Antelope Audio. “At T.H.E. Show, we will be reaching a very focused contingent of discerning audiophiles, who are keen to take the home listening experience to the next level. With our unique clocking and conversion technology, they can achieve that goal.”

Zodiac DACs: Unprecedented detail and clarity

The Antelope Audio Zodiacs help audiophile consumers and home listeners 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, the Zodiacs deliver up to 384 kHz 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.

The Zodiacs are also particularly attractive 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.

To learn more about T.H.E. Show or to register, please visit http://www.theshowlasvegas.com.

High-end sound without cables: Sennheiser presents RS 220 digital wireless headphones

Old Lyme, Conn., January 9, 2012 – High-end audio fans attach great importance to loss-free transmission of the sound signal between the source and the ears. In the past, wireless audio transmission has come up against its limits. Now however, audio specialist Sennheiser is opening up a new class of wireless listening with the new RS 220 wireless headphones. The digital wireless headphones have a full, detailed sound while offering total freedom of movement.

Headphone development is driven by the challenge of reproducing sound that is as lifelike and direct as possible. Up until now, cabled headphones had a far better audio quality than wireless headphones. But now, the RS 220 from Sennheiser is setting new standards. “With these digital wireless headphones, we have succeeded for the first time in combining wireless music enjoyment with high-end quality,” said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management at Sennheiser Consumer Electronics, describing the new RS 220.

Superior wireless listening pleasure
Many years of experience in the field of wireless transmission and audio technology have gone into the development of the new digital headphones. Dynamic transducers with powerful neodymium magnets ensure clear, lifelike audio reproduction with a frequency response of 19 to 21,000 hertz. The maximum sound pressure level of the open, circumaural headphones is 106 decibels. In the RS 220, the transmitter sends the audio signals to the headphones without compression via a stable 2.4 GHz connection using the so-called Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technique. “This is a frequency spreading process in which the output signal is spread to a width of 22 MHz by means of a specified bit sequence. If interference occurs at one point within this frequency range, the output signal experiences no interference as the data is transmitted with redundancy, in other words several times. As a result, only a minimal and inaudible part of the whole information is affected and the overall sound quality is not influenced,” explained Axel Grell, Senior Acoustical Engineer at Sennheiser. The headphones have a range of up to 100 metres without the need for the transmitter and receiver to be in the same room. A further advantage of the transmission process is the low latency and thus minimum delay of the audio signal.

Choice of several connection possibilities

The sound quality of a set of headphones is decisively dependent, among other things, on the connection between the audio source and the headphones. As the data between the transmitter and receiver is transmitted wirelessly in the RS 220, the feeding of the data from the audio source to the transmitter is particularly important. For this reason, the headphone system has an analogue, a coaxial digital and an optical digital input. Discerning users can decide themselves on the type and quality of the audio signal being fed in. Sensor buttons on the transmitter or directly on the headphones enable users to switch back and forth between the sources.

Lifelike sound experience
An important means of creating a musical effect is the transition between quiet and loud passages, as can be heard for example in Ravel’s Bolero. Conventional digital data transmission sometimes reduces this dynamic range, as an optimum signal volume for the entire data package is often assigned to the information when the analogue signal is converted into a digital data package. To preserve the original dynamics of a piece of music, the RS 220 completely dispenses with the automatic level control function. The data of the digital sources is transmitted unchanged, and the user can manually adjust the reference volume for the analogue inputs. As a result, the system comes very close to the audiophile ideal: a lifelike sound experience.

Maximum comfort
Operating the RS 220 is extremely easy. An on/off switch, controls for selecting the audio source and tracks, as well as a volume control are directly integrated into the headphones. There is also a control to individually adjust the volume balance between right and left. Setting up the wireless headphones for the first time is equally easy. Simply connect the transmitter to the audio or video device using the chosen connector, put on the headphones and switch on. The headphones come with rechargeable batteries that guarantee up to eight hours of listening enjoyment and which can be conveniently recharged while still in the headphones. As an added feature, the transmitter can also be used to supply a second optional set of headphones – for shared listening pleasure. The RS 220 will be available in late January and carries a street price of $599.95.

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