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DiGiCo SD5 Debuts at ProLight+Sound

A decade after the launch of the D5 Live, British audio solutions manufacturer DiGiCo launches its new incarnation, the SD5. As you would expect, the SD5 fits directly into the D5’s shoes, but benefits from the advancements made possible by DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing™.

“We’ve evolved a lot over the past decade, both in terms of the way we use the available technology and our understanding of what our customers really want and need,” says DiGiCo’s managing director, James Gordon. “SD5 is the culmination of that combined knowledge, so we want to make it the next generation D5 Live.”

The SD5’s worksurface is a low noise, heat dissipation worksurface benefiting from Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology, yet its five digitally driven full colour TFT LCD screens, three of which are touch sensitive, have a new configuration that allows easy access to single or multiple users. There are also two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDM) and quick access buttons are positioned down the left side of the channel screens for fast and easy navigation.

Incorporating the master screen into the worksurface design has allowed for complete user feedback, but maintained a lower profile meter bridge. This still allows clear visibility of those on stage for the user, with everything in close reach to the mix position.

As with all SD range consoles, the SD5’s superior headroom, dynamic range and audio quality are of paramount importance and its feature set surpasses any other console in its class.

As standard, the SD5 comes with a 2Gb fibre optic system, which is capable of running 448 channels of I/O at 96kHz, plus 56 console-to-console tie lines, allowing connection to up to 14 of the SD variant racks. There are three redundant MADI ports and local I/O includes eight microphone inputs, eight line outputs and eight AES I/O (mono).

The SD5 has 124 input channels; 56 configurable busses, plus up to 5.1 master; a 24 x 24 fixed matrix; DiGiTubes on every channel, buss and output; 24 assignable Dynamic EQ; 24 multiband compressors; 24 stereo effects; 32 Graphic EQ; 10 x 4 (40) RGB backlit macro buttons; plus the ability to add a Waves upgrade.

“The SD5 has some DiGiCo added extras as well,” adds Gordon. “The D5 Live was the first ever console to have an integrated light bar, so of course, the SD5 has that as well. We’ve also included keyboard illumination and convenient headphone hooks to save you having to borrow a drumstick to hang up your headphones.

“The D5 was at the forefront of the live world moving over to digital mixing and SD5 is the perfect way of taking that pioneering spirit to the next level.”

HARMAN’s AKG Debuts Perception 170 Stereo Set At ProLight & Sound 2012

FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s AKG is proudly launching the new Perception 170 condenser microphone set at ProLight & Sound. Consisting of two factory-matched, small diaphragm condenser mics, with cardioid polar patterns, the P170 Stereo Set extends both the successful Perception Series and studio sets by the Vienna-based microphone manufacturer.

Designed for the home recording and live club market, each pair is selected from a large quantity of individual mics to create a matched pair that enables stunning and convincing studio recordings.

“AKG has helped artists achieve great musical success with studio sets, from our C414 and C214, to the C451. The P170 Stereo Set will bring convincing sound when used in the home, studio or in a small club at an affordable price,” stated Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, recording and broadcast, AKG. “With the P170 Stereo Set, musicians and sound engineers will be able to record a true, convincing stereo sound, backed by the quality and reliability of AKG.”

At a price of €199, the P170 Stereo Set offers the highest SPL capability and the only set with an attenuation pad, which enables recoding for loud instruments as drums or brass, and underscores the proven AKG reputation for quality and workmanship around the globe.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

HARMAN’s AKG Discreet Acoustics Modular PLUS Series Delivers Improved Modularity And Quality For Conferencing And Presentations

FRANKFURT, Germany – With a continued focus of providing the highest quality and most versatile microphones available, HARMAN’s AKG announces its latest addition to its installed systems – the Discreet Acoustics Modular PLUS Series. With a wide range of goosenecks and installation modules available, compatible with existing AKG CS5 modules, the Discreet Modular PLUS Series offers optimal adaptation for all types of room setups and speakers, with quick microphone capsule exchange – options never before available from a conferencing system.

The reliability stemming from the models’ LED Ring underscores the ability to reduce the risk of operating errors, sturdy material to reduce fatigue and improved protection from signal block outs. The LED Ring uses special circuitry to operate off standard phantom power, as two separate leads carry supply voltage and provide extra shielding to the audio signal.

The Modular PLUS Series’ interface module connects the high-quality gooseneck to the phantom power source, which adds flexibility to all mounting modules. The self-cleaning connector is reliable, inconspicuous and safe – allowing for simplified and cost-effective microphone replacement. The goosenecks themselves are tested under extreme circumstances, bent and twisted into extreme shapes, ensuring their quality and flexibility.

“AKG has specialized in developing, designing and manufacturing quality microphone capsules for more than 60 years and the Discreet Acoustics Modular PLUS Series is a testament to the continued strategy to offer the best in sound in any mic’d application,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager Installed Sound and Conferencing, AKG. “The variety offered through the Modular PLUS Series, from the power offerings to the mounting and capsule modules, is the best in class and will provide optimum audio for videoconferencing or presentations around the world.”

The CK43 supercardioid condenser capsule offers users a 95-degree pickup angle, ideal for situations where unwanted noise pickup is a concern. The CK49 is a reference condenser capsule with an 80-degree pickup, with clean, off-axis response. It is ideal for use with inexperienced speakers, focusing on the voice when the speaker is distant, and reducing pop if close to the mic.

AKG’s Gooseneck GN155M is a 155cm module with a heavy, shock-mount floor stand that works perfectly as a stand-alone unit or on stages placed in front of a large group of instruments or speakers. HM1000M is a reference-hanging module used to fly mics from the ceiling to record or reinforce music or speech in houses of worship, theatres or conference halls.

AKG’s PAE M reference powering module offers the phantom power for fixed and mobile installation, providing a gold-plated, 3-pin XLR connector. Its wide voltage range fits most mic mixers. PAESP M is a programmable power module for fixed and mobile installation, fitted with a unique binary coded decimal switch to recall operating modes. PAESP M’s noiseless mic switch reduces its level by 26dB, avoiding the irritating crackling sound when phantom power is interrupted. The PAE5 M provides a 5-pin XLR connection allowing audio signal and central voltage to be fed separately.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Premium HARMAN Concert System Featuring JBL’s New VTX Line Array, Crown V-Racks and Soundcraft Digital Consoles Deployed For 2012 PRG Live Entertainment Awards at ProLight+Sound

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN Professional today announced a collaboration with Production Resource Group (PRG), the world’s largest staging equipment supplier, to provide audio components for the prestigious Live Entertainment Awards taking place at Festhalle here March 20, 2012 in coordination with ProLight+Sound. Comprising multiple Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles, Crown’s new V-Racks with BSS Omnidrive HD signal processing and configuration and control via HARMAN Professional’s new workflow-based HiQnet Performance Manager™ software, this high-profile system deployment also serves as the European launch of JBL’s new flagship VTX line array series loaded with JBL’s revolutionary D2 compression driver to provide lower distortion and extended high-frequency response.

“It is a great pleasure for us to partner with PRG and work with Klaus Rahe, Kai Reiss and PRG’s entire production team on this prestigious event,” noted Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional. “Having the opportunity to serve the Federal German Association for the Concert and Promoters Business is quite an honor, We are very pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2012 LEA, while showcasing JBL’s new VTX system in the European public launch of our new V25 fullsize line array enclosure this week.”

To technically support the system and provide onsite application information for end-users, HARMAN Professional product specialists from the company’s Crown, JBL and Soundcraft brands are onsite. Veteran live sound engineer Gert Sanner, having recently joined the HARMAN Professional team to work closely with professional system owners and operators throughout the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region is HARMAN’s audio engineer-in-charge for the LEA and subsequent activities at the PRG stage during the Prolight+Sound show, March 21-24.

In addition to showcasing its most advanced, professional-grade audio technologies at the Festhalle, HARMAN Professional will also have a show presence at Hall 8.0 Stand F32. Schedule for FestHalle activities is noted below:

March 20th – 2012 Live Entertainment Awards Gala
March 21st, 22nd, 23rd – Multimedia light/sound/video spectacular (on the hour)
March 24th – Multimedia light/sound/video spectacular (on the hour) and Musikmesse “Drum Awards”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

NanoLumens Envelops Diners With One-Of-A-Kind LED Display At NYC Dining By Design Event

NanoLumens® is taking its revolutionary new line of LED displays into a totally new environment at the 2012 DIFFA “DINING BY DESIGN” tour that opens today and runs through March 26, 2012 in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City. Resource Furniture, the leading retailer of luxury multi-functional furniture systems, has partnered with top New York interior designer Marie Aiello, of Marie Aiello Design Studio, to transform her dining environment into a “Bioluminescent Evening at Sea” using a uniquely designed NanoLumens LED display that surrounds diners with high-resolution video content specially produced for the exhibit by PixelFire.

According to Rick Cope, President and CEO of NanoLumens, the massive 4.0mm pixel pitch display measures 7.5 feet tall by 17.5 feet wide with a 90-degree concave curve in the middle, a unique design that showcases how NanoLumens continues to push innovation in building displays of any shape or size imaginable. The display’s diagonal measurement is approximately 19 feet and features the company’s high contrast, tough face LED boards, which are designed for use in high traffic areas. These boards protect the display from being damaged by people touching the display, bumping into it, or other potential mishaps. The NanoLumens display actually forms two walls of Resource Furniture’s dining exhibit.

“One of the many benefits of this technology is that it can be viewed in close settings without diminished picture quality or blurring,” Cope said today. “This unique feature has allowed us to present the content created by PixelFire in a way that brings to life, through a dynamic, multi-media presentation, the sense of pure luminescence as experienced by the designer while swimming in the waters off of Cartagena, Columbia.”

According to designer Marie Aiello, she chose the NanoLumens display for her exhibit because it allowed her to completely express her creativity without posting any obstacles. “The display is simply an amazing work of art in and of itself,” she explained. “It can be made to conform to any exhibition environment, and the brilliance of the screen resolution is simply stunning, and bathes our diners in an ethereal glow. For this exhibit, the display literally became an extension of my imagination.”

“This one-of-a-kind exhibition is an inspiration,” said Ron Barth, CEO of Resource Furniture. “Just as DIFFA has fused creativity and passion to transform the fundraising landscape, Resource and NanoLumens have united under Marie’s direction with transformative results.”

First introduced in 2010, NanoLumens digital displays remain the only solution of their kind. They conform to fit any surface, are thin, lightweight and energy efficient. NanoLumens is the only company in the world able to reliably manufacture ultra-thin and lightweight, easy-to-install and maintain, seamless 6mm pixel pitch flexible LED displays in virtually any shape or size to meet each customer’s unique requirements.

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids), one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, annually holds their DINING BY DESIGN tour to bring together the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art and architecture to create spectacular, over-the-top dining environments.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. For more than 27 years, DIFFA has been one of the country’s largest supporters of both direct care for people living with AIDS and preventative education for those at risk. For more information visit www.diffa.org.

About Resource Furniture
Since 2000, Resource Furniture has imported and distributed inspired, modern furniture from the finest and most innovative European designers. Ever piece in the Resource Furniture collection is hand-selected for its ability to transform a space with both beauty and functionality.

Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development and component design for unique flexible displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the size, noise and cost issues associated with commercial LED products.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional and AED Rent Host VTX System Listening Experience in Belgium

Pictured left to right: Brian Pickowitz, Market Manager, Tour Sound, Crown; Gert Sanner, Tour Sound Market Manager, EMEA, HARMAN; “Big” Mick Hughes, FOH Engineer for Metallica; Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional; and Glenn Roggeman, CEO, AED group.

FRANKFURT, Germany – On Friday, March 16, AV rental system provider AED Rent and HARMAN’s JBL Professional hosted the VTX System Listening Experience at the AED Demohall at AED Rent’s global headquarters in Willebroek, Belgium. The event included a demonstration of JBL Professional’s next-generation V25 line array loudspeaker in a left-right format, powered by Crown VRack amplification with V5 processing, and mixed on a Soundcraft Vi6 console.

The VTX System Listening Experience began with a technical overview of VTX led by Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional followed by an overview of Crown VRack and JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, presented by Brian Pickowitz, Market Manager, Tour Sound, Crown Audio.

More than 240 professionals from 45 companies attended the VTX Listening Experience, including “Big” Mick Hughes, FOH engineer for Metallica. The afternoon listening sessions featured comparative listening tests between 12 deep hangs of VTX V25, VERTEC® VT4889 and L-Acoustics K1. All arrays were focused for 100-meter throw distance with identical angles and were carefully equalized and level-matched in order to provide a fair comparison.

Following comparative listening tests, Gert Sanner, HARMAN Professional EMEA Tour Sound Manager, demonstrated full left-right VTX system performance including subwoofers using show multi-tracks from Deep Purple to better represent the dynamics of real-world program material. Guest CD tracks were also used in the listening tests and attendees had an opportunity to gauge system performance using their own reference material.

“The VTX System Listening Experience was an intense, educational and overwhelmingly positive day, with a huge turnout and excellent results,” Bauman commented. “The event enabled us to showcase the distinct advantages of the VTX Line Array Series to a large number of professionals in the region and it was an excellent opportunity to see how the system performed in an outdoor open air situation as a follow-on to arena format testing at the LA Forum VTX Listening Experience.”

In January, AED Rent signed on as the first adopter of JBL’s 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 solution provider to AV rental companies exclusively, making the company an ideal candidate to help introduce the revolutionary VTX Series to the industry.

“We chose to purchase the JBL V25 because I think JBL has it spot-on for the future,” said Glenn Roggeman, CEO of the AED group. “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.”

Audio XL, JBL’s distributor for Benelux, provided outstanding support, planning and execution of the event.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Regal 1940’s-era movie palace reinvented as leading edge live events venue through major audiovisual upgrade

“To reopen the Joy successfully, flexibility and advanced technology had to be key components. Digital Projection’s TITAN Quad projectors open the doors to film festivals, corporate presentations, private parties and so much more.”
-Sandie McNamara, director of marketing, Joy Theater

Atlanta, GA (3-20-2012) – Originally established in 1947 with the distinction of being the first movie palace to be constructed in New Orleans following the Depression era’s period of economic decline, the Joy Theater is one of the few remaining examples of a post-war movie palace. Recently, the Joy’s historical pedigree was given a future-focused boost in the form of a comprehensive facilities update that included bold upgrades to the theater’s audiovisual capabilities. Under the guidance of PSX Audiovisual Technologies, the Joy Theater now contains cutting-edge entertainment components that set it above and beyond other venues in the region.

The Joy Theater’s newest incarnation contains a compelling juxtaposition of past and future. Insistent on choosing only leading edge audio and video solutions, the Joy Theater’s owners approached the update with a very future-focused perspective. Visitors to the Joy will immediately notice the commitment to preserving the architectural flourishes found in such a historic venue. However, the incredible imaging and audio experiences delivered within the theater immediately remind visitors that they are in an exceedingly capable venue. This respect for the past, tempered with a commitment to delivering a very advanced audiovisual experience, makes the Joy Theater all the more compelling.

As the Joy’s heritage was built on showcasing Hollywood’s golden era in grand scale, dazzling imagery was always an integral piece of the update. An expansive 32’6” W x 22’6” D x 4’ H stage area presented the opportunity to employ multiple screens, as opposed to a single image. After significant research and an on-site demonstration, three of Digital Projection International’s newly launched TITAN Quad 1080p-3D projectors were selected to drive the imagery for all three screens. The three Draper screens include one center 27’ diagonal screen bookended by two 13.5’ surfaces. Accenting the imagery is an assortment of JBL Cinema Series and Vertec audio equipment. A Crestron Digital Media system handles all aspects of video transport and control for the venue.

The TITAN Quad projection systems provided solutions to specific venue concerns. Namely, the projectors needed to be extremely bright, yet run quietly with minimal heat output as they had to be installed in an open area, directly above the audience. Delivering 16,000 lumens of remarkable image brightness, DPI’s TITAN Quad projectors are exceedingly efficient for such powerful displays. Their innovative four-lamp illumination system produces less heat, and as a result, the system employs smaller fans, thus generating far less fan noise than previously possible.

Additionally, the four lamp system allows the projectors to produce compelling imagery at all times, even in the unlikely case where a lamp expires during the middle of a production. This redundancy is essential in live performances where it is not practical to take a projector off-line for lamp swaps or maintenance. Ed Vigueira, systems engineer for PSX, highlighted this valuable detail, commenting, “The Quad’s multiple lamp system ensures that, even if you happen to lose a lamp, the show goes on.”

Because of the system updates, the Joy Theater has now been transformed from a movie theater to a fully equipped live venue. “When the theater was built in 1947, movies were the big game in entertainment,” commented Sandie McNamara, director of marketing for the Joy Theater. “As part of the planning process, consumer wants and needs were taken into account.” McNamara continued, “Entertainment today means so many things — live music, comedy, movies, presentations, dinner — there is a tremendous amount of competition.” Today, the Joy is primarily using the projectors to display IMAG events and Scala-managed digital signage content. But this is only the beginning of their plans, as, per Ed Vigueira of PSX, “DPI’s Quads allow the Joy Theater to pursue live simulcast events, film festivals, traveling exhibits and a world of other future growth opportunities.”

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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Auralex Brings Its SonoFlat Grid to Musikmesse 2012

Panels Designed to Help Improve Common Acoustical Issues Including Excessive Reverberation and Flutter Echo in Small- to Medium-Sized Areas
FRANKFURT, GERMANY, MARCH 22, 2012 — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, highlights its new SonoFlat™ Grid panels at Musikmesse 2012 (Hall 5.1, Stand D43).

A new take on its popular SonoFlat product, each Auralex SonoFlat Grid measures 2′ x 2′ x 2″ and is composed of nine 8″ x 8″ beveled squares. Made from Auralex’s proprietary Studiofoam®, these panels offer the impressive mid- and high-frequency absorption that the original SonoFlat panels are known for, as well as the elegant look that makes them a great addition to any studio or home theater.

“The SonoFlat Grid was developed out of our clients’ desires to have a price-conscious foam solution with a completely unique, modern appeal aesthetically,” says Terry Hayes, international sales manager at Auralex Acoustics. “We were able to achieve this with improved low-frequency performance over our more classic Studiofoam cuts.”

The new SonoFlat Grid Panels’ unique design makes them appropriate for both studio and home theater applications. The panels are available in charcoal coloring and are made from Auralex’s melamine-free formula, which won’t crumble with age.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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Digital Signage Takes Center Stage On The 2012 Big Book Of AV Tour With The Rollout Of The New “Spring Ahead” Display Promotion

With the use of digital signage now growing at a rate of 20% annually, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc., North America’s largest ProAV distributor, is putting digital signage solutions on the center stage of its 2012 Big Book of AV Tour. And, as part of this effort, Stampede is introducing its new “Spring Ahead” Display Promotion offering dealers a free 70” film screen, retail value of $1,199, with every integration projector they purchase between now and the end of April 2012.

According to Stampede President Kevin Kelly, “Stampede offers the largest selection of digital signage solutions in North America. In fact, we offer the best commercial and consumer flat panels, digital signage displays, projectors, display and projector mounts, projection screens, cables and connectivity devices from over 100 of the world’s top ProAV manufacturers. When it comes to product selection you can never be too big,” Kelly emphasized. “With our experienced support staff ready to help every dealer determine the ideal solution for each job, our extensive product catalog ensures that every customer’s needs are exceeded. With Stampede, dealers get more selection, more knowledge and more jobs won.”

Indeed, Stampede carries an impressive lineup of digital signage solutions from Atlona, BenQ, BrightSign, Buhl, Canon, Casio, Chief, Christie, Da-Lite, Draper, Epson, Gefen, Hall Research, Hitachi, Horizon Touch Display, InFocus, Intelix, JVC, Kramer, LG, Mustang, Mitsubishi, NEC, Next Window, OmniMount, Optoma, Panasonic, Peerless, Perfect Path, Planar, Primeview, Projection Screens LTD, Rise Vision, Samsung, Screen Innovations, Severtson, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vision, and more than 100 other manufacturers. Stampede is currently in negotiations with several leading solutions providers for the digital signage market, and will release details shortly. More than 80 manufacturers have chosen Stampede and its focused digital signage effort exclusively for ProAV integrators.

“This growing market offers our dealers a tremendous opportunity to generate new business that will also increase sales in all of the peripheral and accessory categories that complement digital signage. By creating special events that allow architects, interior designers and K-12 educators to visit our tour’s show floor, we are helping our dealers reach new markets and allowing more technology buyers to view manufacturers’ top products than ever before.”

Indeed, Kelly emphasized, a number of Stampede’s display solutions providers are using the 2012 BBOAV Tour to showcase their newest and best digital displays, including the following manufacturer highlights:

• Christie will showcase their LW555 3LCD projector and their E Series 1-chip DLP® projectors, including the DWU670-E 1-chip DLP projector and the DHD670-E 1-chip DLP projector on the 2012 Stampede BBOAV Tour.
• Gefen will show its Digital Signage Media Player with Wi-Fi featuring one-line scrolling text, calendar-based scheduling, pre-designed templates and a passive cooling system. The Digital Signage Media Player with Wi-Fi Plus supports a live video feed using the composite input and RS-232 control for display power control. The GefenTV Wireless for HD 1080p Extender sends 1080p full HD content to any display up to 75 feet in distance, can deliver video and audio through walls, and is immune to line-of-sight requirements. Full high definition reception, a small form factor and instant, one-to-one transmission within its 75-foot range makes it ideal for digital signage installations in bars/restaurants, educational facilities, entertainment venues and more..
• LG Electronics is bringing its EzSign TV digital signage solution on the 2012 Big Book of AV Tour. Available in both LCD and LED models, the EzSign TV is a turnkey solution that offers any business owner an intuitive and cost-effective digital signage display system, with the added feature of broadcast television, allowing business owners to simultaneously show branded advertisements and television broadcasts, attracting attention and delivering specific messages to customers.
• NEC Display Solutions will showcase their 6000-lumen PA600X, an XGA multimedia projector designed to provide ample brightness in environments requiring installation projectors. Also featured by NEC is the X462UNa 46-inch ultra-narrow LCD display designed for video wall configurations in professional digital signage environments, including lobbies, public venues, retail stores, transportation facilities and broadcasting, as well as educational settings.
• Samsung is featuring their latest LED-backlit displays to tour attendees, including the UEA46A, a 46” LED LCD display engineered specifically for commercial installations.
• Sharp will be featuring its lineup of AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display Systems, in 60″, 70″ (69 ½″ diagonal) and 80″class sizes during the 2012 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour.

“We are the AV experts,” Kelly said. “No matter how big or small, how unique, or how specialized the job is, we have the best solution. We listen to the needs of our dealers and end users and help choose the ideal products to make every job one worth bragging about.”

For more information about the Big Book of AV Tour, visit www.bigbookofavtour.com.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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CHRISTIE SPYDER X20 VIDEO PROCESSORS PLAY A KEY ROLE AT SAS WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS

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SAS installed four Christie Spyder X20 video processors at its worldwide headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. Two manage and control the content displayed on the Christie(r) MicroTiles(r) walls while the other two manage and control the content on auditorium screens.

SAS, the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market, provides business analytics, data management and IT management software and services to the financial services, government, retail, energy, life sciences, manufacturing and numerous other industries.

Morrisville, North Carolina-based Thorburn Associates Inc., an international acoustics, technology and lighting design firm, worked closely with SAS to determine the company’s needs and recommended the optimum solution. Derek Meares, associate principal at Thorburn Associates and the project’s lead designer, says the Christie Spyder X20 software played a key role in the product’s selection.

“It had the functionality we were looking for: It was easy to manipulate, set up looks, and change them in an automated fashion. This was especially important in the auditoriums where SAS takes its “on-the-road events” in-house – the events are very interactive and they often need to make changes on the fly. Although the content of the MicroTiles walls is more stable, SAS needed the ability to change those looks, too.”

Two Christie Spyder X20 video processors are dedicated to SAS’s two auditoriums. Both spaces feature two rear-projected Christie HD10K-M projectors with a Christie Spyder blending content on 28-foot by 10-foot screens. Two Christie HD6K-M projectors in each auditorium display content for two smaller, flanking screens.

Christie Spyder Manages and Controls Content on Five Christie MicroTiles Walls

A 4 units wide by 2 units high Christie MicroTiles configuration greets visitors as soon as they enter the building and the new SAS headquarters is platinum LEED certified for its green sensibilities. A second 5 units wide by 4 units high MicroTiles wall is nearby in the lobby.

The standout display is a 40-foot long Welcome Wall, in a 28 units wide by 4 units high configuration, which acts as the backdrop for the registration area. The lobby’s 12 units wide by 3 units high Future Wall displays current and upcoming events. In the executive wing on the sixth floor, the fifth MicroTiles wall, measuring 7 units wide by 3 units high, displays computer models, cable television content and digital signage; content from the auditoriums and meeting rooms can also be sent to this Executive Wall.

SAS can transform the lobby into a technology showcase and use the Welcome Wall, in conjunction with the Christie Spyder X20 video processors, to display themed backgrounds and logos for the conference registration areas. Each Christie MicroTiles wall can be repurposed several different ways just by changing the content fed to it by Christie Spyder.

“From my perspective, design support was really critical to this installation,” adds Meares. “We got excellent design support from Vista throughout the process.”

At Thorburn Associates, David Covington was the project designer for the installation. Integrator AVI-SPL installed the Christie MicroTiles at SAS after gaining expertise with the technology from several other large installations.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems was acquired by Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. The acquisition combines the power and flexibility of Vista’s video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie projection systems. Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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