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Technomad Upgrades Audio Presence at Club Med Sandpiper

BOSTON, January 30, 2012 — Systems integration firm Axxentos of Fort Lauderdale, Florida turned to Technomad upon evaluating the outdoor audio needs of Club Med Sandpiper in nearby Port St. Lucie. The new outdoor audio systems, featuring 14 Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers, comprise part of a property-wide renovation alongside indoor AV upgrades and general construction projects.

Club Med Sandpiper’s 400-square-mile resort property exists in southern Florida’s sweltering climate, requiring durable outdoor audio systems that can withstand the year-round heat, humidity and moisture. The resort also required high-quality loudspeakers that could power full-range, high-volume audio over long distances, and reproduce soothing background music at clearly audible levels.

“I’ve learned what gear can survive in harsh environments over the years, and from all the outdoor installations I have done, only one company reliably endures the elements — and that is Technomad,” said Olivier De Kegel, owner and president of Axxentos. “They also produce great sounding audio.”

The external pool system proved the biggest challenge as De Kegel had little guidance from the resort, other than that management wanted a nice-sounding background music system during the afternoon and a louder system in the evenings. He installed two Technomad Berlin loudspeakers, the largest loudspeaker in the company’s range, to handle both requests with one system. The Berlins accommodate every activity from Bingo to full-blown nightclub-style events.

Axxentos installed a 70-volt infrastructure to accommodate long cable runs from a new central audio headend to various areas, including the bar. Ten Technomad Vernal 70-volt loudspeakers power the bar zone, delivering music and entertainment to guests enjoying daytime activities and the nightlife.

Two Technomad Noho loudspeakers also welcome guests with high-energy music audio at the entrance as they check in, with lower-volume background music playing in between arrivals.

“The resort wanted a system they could easily manipulate at the welcome area to balance loud and soft audio, and the Nohos offer power that is closer to the Berlin but compact enough for installation at the entrance,” said De Kegel.

Elsewhere, Axxentos installed AV systems in new conference rooms, built a mobile DJ unit and renovated a large theater system, merging existing equipment with some new components. But the outdoor audio systems remain the crown jewel of the resort upgrades.

“This was my largest installation to date, with some interesting upgrades and unique challenges,” said De Kegel. “They went from being fully analog to a more digital, centralized model. There won’t be any dull nights with the high-quality audio systems they have, and the durability of the Technomads ensure they won’t have to replace the outdoor systems every two years.”

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.

Niles Introduces New Compact Subwoofers With Bracket Mount Capability For Commercial Installs

Expanding its line of powerful high-fidelity subwoofers, Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced the introduction of two new stylish compact subwoofers designed for use in all kinds of light commercial, retail and restaurant environments, the new Niles SW6.5 and Niles SW8 subwoofers.

“With these new stylish and powerful compact subwoofers, installers can provide high-quality bass for any commercial application, especially those where floor space is at a premium such as restaurants, houses of worship and classrooms,” said Mike ‘Sparky’ Detmer, President of Niles. “These subwoofers outperform their larger rivals and offer superior sound quality, design, and installation flexibility thanks to their wall and ceiling-mounting capabilities.”

Engineered to provide powerful, high quality bass from a small, attractive package perfect for consumer-facing businesses, the SW6.5’s and SW8’s ultra-compact sizes and fingerprint-resistant piano-black accents present an aesthetically pleasing profile that complements any decor. With the built in bracket mount and optional OmniMount® 30.0 ST-MP (purchased separately), these subwoofers can be wall- or ceiling-mounted, making them the ultimate bass solution for restaurants, bars, houses of worship, classrooms and any other location where installers need powerful, high-quality bass without sacrificing on appearance or floor space.

Installers can extend the subwoofers’ placement flexibility even further by going wireless with the optional Niles SW-T wireless transceiver and SW-R receiver that easily attaches to a built-in mounting port on the rear of the subwoofers. With both LFE and stereo line level inputs, and unbuffered stereo pass-through line outputs, up to four subwoofers can be wired from a single receiver output, greatly simplifying the design and installation of multi-sub systems.

Pairing a long-throw front-firing woofer with dual long-throw side-mounted passive radiators, the compact subwoofers deliver the power of subwoofers four times their size, making them perfect for any setup requiring more bass in less space.

The subs are powerful enough for any consumer-facing environment and bring theater quality sound to every audio system. The SW6.5 produces 200W RMS power and up to 800W peak power through a 6.5” active driver and two 6.5” passive radiators with a frequency response of 42-200Hz. This unbelievable power is delivered from a cabinet that is smaller than 10 inches-cubed and weighs only 11 pounds.

The SW8 ups the ante, producing 300W RMS power and up to 1200W peak power through an 8” active driver and two 8” passive radiators with a frequency response of 36-200Hz. Once again, this room-filling bass performance comes from an amazingly small cabinet about 12 inches-cubed that weighs only 16.5 pounds.

In addition to the designer-friendly features, the SW6.5 and SW8 have even more technical features that make them perfect for the custom installation industry. They both feature automated turn-on via 12 volt trigger or audio signal sensing and include a built in CAT5 balun to enable audio delivery over easy-to-use CAT5 cable.

The subwoofer’s long throw active drivers feature a black anodized aluminum cone that provides superior rigidity compared to conventional paper cone designs. The dual anodized aluminum cone passive radiators provide additional driver surface area that combine with the active driver to produce higher output than a larger single active driver.

The adjustable frequency control features a bypass positions, eliminating low pass filtering within the subwoofer, and variable phase control (0°-180°) allows for precise phase matching with the main speakers.

About Niles®:
California-based Niles® is a 34-year-old brand recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. Niles is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users that enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, Internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: Niles®, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON® and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s (www.nortek-inc.com) Home Technology Group.

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AED Rent Becomes First Adopter of HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX VT25 Line Array Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that Belgium-based AV rental system provider AED Rent has signed on as the first adopter of JBL’s next-generation VTX V25 line array loudspeaker and as a Strategic Partner in the VTX Network. AED Rent is known throughout Europe as a market leader and a total system provider, making the company an ideal candidate to help introduce the revolutionary VTX Series to the industry.

“Our mission statement is quite simple: To develop and maintain a flexible group of companies on a Pan-European base that offers a total solution for the professional in the AV industry,” said Glenn Roggeman, CEO of the AED group. “AED Rent is not just a rental company but an equipment bank, not only in sound, but also in lighting, rigging and video equipment. What makes this business quite unique is large quantities, industry standards, state-of-the-art products, and a young rental fleet with fast and accurate service.”

The VTX V25 is a revolutionary product that builds on the company’s 65-year heritage of loudspeaker design innovation and groundbreaking technology development. Designed for portable and fixed-venue system operators alike, the VTX Series features JBL’s legendary sound quality coupled with the most advanced sound reinforcement technology and support available.

“We chose to purchase the JBL V25 because I think JBL has it spot-on for the future,” Roggeman said. JBL has always been known as the best component builder. Today, thanks to Paul Bauman, they not only have the components, but also the speaker boxes to make a terrific system.”

The VTX V25 is a full-size, 3-way, high-directivity line array element. The VTX V25 features two 2000W, 15-inch Differential Drive® woofers mounted in die-cast aluminum baffles, with four 8-inch Differential Drive mid-range transducers and three of the revolutionary new D2 Dual-Diaphragm Dual-Voice-Coil Compression Drivers mounted on a 3rd generation waveguide and patented RBI Radiation Boundary Integrator® assembly.

“The technology JBL is using in the V25 is on the cutting edge,” Roggeman added. “If you see how much power the system is driving, it’s way above any competition. If you see the weight of the cabinets—82 kg—this is another attractive element, because in the future, environmental issues will play a bigger role in our business. A cabinet of 110 kg that needs to be transported will be more expensive than a cabinet of 82 kg.”

“We are thrilled that AED Rent has chosen to support the groundbreaking VTX V25 product,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “AED Rent’s technical expertise and leading position in the industry will be tremendous assets in our introduction of the V25 to the market.”

For more information on AED Rent, please visit www.aedrent.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.

Listen Technologies Announces Videos Showing Integration to Others as a Solution

Listen Technologies announces the release of videos to show the integration of Listen solutions to other manufacturers. These videos came at the request of the dealers asking great questions on “how to” integrate.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies Corporation announced the release of two new videos to show customers how Listen solutions can be integrated into systems and interface to other non Listen equipment. These short clips offer insight on the “how to” and more importantly that integrating Listen solutions, offers a great overall system approach. Listen sees videos as an important tool to many who offer Listen solutions for Assistive Listening, Tour Group, Language Interpretation, Soundfield and Conferencing.

Both videos can be viewed and shared on Listen Technologies’ YouTube channel. These initial “how to” videos feature Listen’s Wireless Conferencing solution interfacing with teleconferencing and videoconferencing systems. To watch the videos use the following URLs.

Teleconferencing Video: http://youtu.be/_OQz7bjxAUI

Videoconferencing Video: http://youtu.be/UDISWzPKOVo

“We realize that often our equipment is only a part of an overall integrated system.” said Peter Papageorge, Listen’s Director of Sales, North America. “The most successful installations are those that our partners involve us in and allow us to guide them on the best way to install Listen solutions with other equipment. We realize that most won’t read a manual or application note and these videos offer a quick view on the “how to” integrate. ”

In October 2011, Listen Technologies began distributing Televic Conference’s Confidea ® Wireless products in North America, maintaining its role as a leader in delivering conferencing solutions to the North American market. For more details on Televic Conferencing visit
http://www.televic-conference.com

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Broadway Systems Hires John Howard as Project Manager

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that John Howard recently joined the company as project manager. Howard will be part of the company’s New York City-based client services team.

Howard has spent more than 20 years in the industry, most recently providing inventory management and business strategies for national cable networks. For four years, as director of scheduling operations for SiriusXM Radio, he was responsible for ad sales operations across more than 200 channels. He also worked as a manager of consulting and implementation projects for VCI Solutions, as well as a senior broadcast consultant and senior account executive for Columbine JDS Systems (now Harris).

“The demand for Broadway’s software and services has been tremendous, and we continue to invest in our delivery and support team,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “We were very fortunate to add someone with John’s experience and know he will be a valued resource to our national cable network customers.”

Howard can be reached at (616) 454-4400 or john.howard@broadwaysystems.com.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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Apantac Launches New Extenders and Matrix Switches at ISE 2012

Apantac continues to expands its line of MT HOOD and MAZAMA signal processing and extension solutions and is launching ten new products at ISE, stand 11 N67.

New to the MT HOOD series:
• HDBaseT extender and receiver set with Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (POE)
• 4×4 and an 8×8 HDMI Matrix switch
• Dual Head KVM Extender to extends VGA, USB mouse, and keyboard over two CAT 5e/6 cables
• A USB Touch Screen Extender extends VGA with USB control over a single CAT 5e/6 cable
• VGA Skew Corrector – provides skew delay correction between the Red, Green and Blue VGA signals being transmitted over CAT 5e/6 cable.

New to the MAZAMA Series:
• DVI Fiber Optic fixed cable extender that extends 1080p signals up to 500 meters up to resolutions of 1920×1200
• DVI Dual Link Fiber Optic fixed cable extender that extends Dual Link DVI signals up to 330 meters, using two multi-mode SC fibers
• HDMI Fiber Optic extender that extends 1080p signals up to 500 meters over a single multi-mode SC fiber

Apantac will be at ISE 2012 on stand 11 N67.

FSR Makes Mounting Mics Easy Work With Elegant Table Box

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR’s new T3-MJ+ Table Microphone Box series furnishes an elegant yet simple solution for mounting gooseneck microphones. The stylish, mini table box, available in a variety of models, accommodates a wide range of tables and lecterns for any applications requiring a gooseneck mic, including conference and boardrooms, courtrooms, state houses, pulpits and control rooms. Jan Sandri, FSR president announced today that all the models are in production and are currently shipping.

The T3-MJ+ is available in three finishes – black, brass and aluminum – to fit every décor. The basic model offers improved noise isolation and features a built-in, acoustically isolated microphone connector to accommodate mics with 3-pin XLR plugs of a diameter of 1-inch or less and provides superior shock and vibration damping.

Enhanced units, T3-MJ+1B and T3-MJ+2B, offer one or two additional buttons and are custom assembled with momentary or maintain type switches with a variety of switch caps and bi-color LEDs. T3-MJ+1BM and T3-MJ+2BM models feature an internally pre-wired built in mute feature. All models, except the base unit, provide a screw terminal connection to the mic.

A simple process requiring a 2-inch round hole, and less than 1.5 inches of under table clearance makes easy work of installation. An under table shroud is provided as part of the assembly.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.###

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

PROFESSIONAL D.A.S. SOUND SYSTEMS AT THE BROENDBY HALLEN ARENA

*** Broendby Hallen Arena ***

Valencia, Spain – January 2012 … The Broendby Hallen Arena is just minutes away from the Danish capital Copenhagen, and is home to the capital’s own handball team, AG Kobenhavn. This sports arena, with seating for around 5,000, recently overhauled their sound system, installing a number of products from D.A.S. Audio’s vast catalogue of professional sound systems.

Danish firm ProShop Europe was contracted to install the sound system. Project manager Thomas Duch was assisted by D.A.S. Audio Sound Projects engineer Eva Argandoña in pre-configuration tasks and the final adjustment and setup of the system. Given the unique characteristics of the arena, with its uneven stands and other architectural challenges, the studies and simulations carried out by Argandoña led ProShop Europe to install D.A.S.’s Aero, Variant, and BiDriver series, according to the needs of the different parts of the arena. more

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Greendale High School Graduates to L-ACOUSTICS

Clearwing Productions replaces auditorium’s PA with new KIVA-KILO system

GREENDALE, Wisconsin — Greendale High School (GHS), located less than 10 miles southwest of downtown Milwaukee, WI, recently capped off renovations to its Reiman Family Arts Wing with the installation of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA line source system. Designed and installed by Clearwing Productions, the new loudspeaker and amplifier package is now delivering high-fidelity sound reinforcement for the school’s 876-seat Henry Ross Auditorium. more

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“The Passion Play” Resounds With New Sanken Head Worn Mic

COS-11D HWM Shines in Shepherd of the Hills Production    

Each year, California’s Shepherd of the Hills Church presents “The Passion Play,” a large scale musical reenactment of the life of Jesus Christ.  With over 160 cast members, the critically-acclaimed production has become a focal point of activity for one of the nation’s largest non-denominational churches.  This year, Sanken’s new COS-11D HWM head worn microphone was tested out on principle performers by Technical Director and Production Designer Jeff Taylor.

“We had access to an early production unit and gave it a try,” remarked Taylor.  “We were amazed at the sonic quality, not only for the robust singing, but the speech, as well.  Everything just opened up — it sounded as if we were using good handheld ribbon mics.”

Sanken’s new head worn COS-11D HWM utilizes the same miniature components lauded industrywide as the lavalier microphone for  film, TV, and stage. The ultra-miniature new generation microphone was designed for hi-resolution audio and is now available for live stage productions, broadcast, and houses of worship.  The mic is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently good audio with very natural characteristics.

“We tried the new Sanken mic on the cast member portraying Pilate,” explained Jeff Taylor.  “It is a fairly active role and the gentleman is very dramatic, very physical in his performance, and we had no issues whatsoever. ”

“My FOH engineers were really impressed with the overall quality, so we put it on our musical director, Maxine Anderson, who is a professional vocal performer herself.  She is an extremely powerful vocalist, and we wanted to see how the headroom was, so she just let it fly.  The Sanken performed flawlessly.”

Sanken’s new microphone was also designed to provide greater immunity to RF interference.  It incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.  Taylor concluded, “There was a lot of RF flying around on that stage, and the COS-11D performed very well, no issues at all.  We have a big Christmas production coming up and we’re really looking forward to using these new Sanken mics.”

For more information about Shepherd of the Hills Church, visit:
http://www.theshepherd.org

For more info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:  http://www.plus24.net
or phone 323.845.1171

Pictured is the cast of “The Passion Play” at Shepherd of the Hills Church.

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