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Stampede Brings 2012 Big Book of AV Tour to Five Cities Across the United States

The industry’s largest ProAV dealer tour will visit five cities across the United States from March through May, featuring new digital signage display introductions from leading manufacturers and special events targeting architects, designers and K-12 education AV/IT buyers.

AMHERST, NEW YORK, March 13, 2012 — North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour begins this Thursday when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. kicks off its 2012 Big Book of AV Tour (BBOAV) with an event-packed program at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The inaugural dealer event will take place the day before the 2012 EHX Show opens at the Orlando Convention Center — and that’s no coincidence, according to Stampede President Kevin Kelly, who today promised that the 2012 BBOAV Tour will eclipse all previous tours in terms of products, seminars, and special events designed to help ProAV dealers better meet the needs of their customers.

According to Kelly, “We’re committed to providing our dealers with all the knowledge and tools they need to grow their businesses, so we have designed a complete schedule of focused training seminars to coincide with important new product introductions. Among the topics being covered will be digital signage, low cost video conferencing, and touch technology.

“No other company comes close to providing the range of ProAV solutions that Stampede offers. As the largest ProAV distributor in North America, our dealers aren’t limited to choosing from just one or two solutions. They have a full range of options that will better help them to create more customized solutions that fully meet their individual needs,” Kelly emphasized. “What’s more, every member of our sales and support team is an expert in one thing: ProAV. And that means our dealers are receiving the most expert advice to be found anywhere in the industry today.”

The idea of hosting stops adjacent to other industry events is new to the 2012 BBOAV tour, Kelly said. “Coordinating with other industry events allows us to get the largest possible number of end users on the show floor, where they can discuss prospective projects with dealers and integrators and learn about new products directly from the manufacturers. Holding our first event on the day before the 2012 EHX Show is one example. We are looking into other opportunities and will update the tour as needed.”

The 2012 BBOAV Tour is also expanding its focus to include architects and interior designers, as well as educators, by hosting special pre- and post-show events, specifically dedicated to each vertical market. At every stop of the tour, a special “Architect Power Hour” will take place from 11:00AM – 12:00PM, and each day will conclude with a special “Educators’ Reception.”

“By offering these professionals special hour-long expositions, our manufacturers and dealers will have the opportunity to showcase their best and newest products to audiences beyond the traditional AV installer,” Kelly said. “As architects and interior designers are increasingly incorporating technology into their products, and since technology is a vital element of an educator’s tool-kit, these dedicated sessions are a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.”

The 2012 Big Book of AV Tour will feature more than 40 exhibitors including Atlona, BrightSign, Canon, Chief, Christie, Draper, Gefen, Hitachi, Kramer, LG Panels, Mitsubishi, Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.

Other stops on the 2012 Spring Tour include:

March 20, 2012 Philadelphia Airport Marriott Hotel
April 16, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
May 9, 2012 Dallas, Texas
May 22, 2012 Chicago, Illinois

All BBOAV events run from noon until 7 p.m. Dealers are invited to select their date/city and register at 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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Xantech Control Solutions Are a Sure Bet for Albany OTB Clubhouse Race Book

Keeping tabs on 249 separate flat-panel displays for ardent horse-race wagerers is a snap, thanks to Xantech WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller and Xantech
CSPLCD64GW and CWTC10 wired and wireless touchpanels

CARLSBAD, CA, March 13, 2012 — Albany, New York residents don’t have to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City for off-track betting action in comfortable surroundings and lots of options. Instead, they can stay right on Central Avenue in the state capitol at the new OTB Clubhouse Race Book, where they can watch live horse racing and other sports on 249 flat-screen panels throughout the OTB super-parlor, a one-of-a-kind flagship facility featuring fine dining and a theater-sized screen, among other amenities. Behind the scenes, keeping the Racing Center running smoothly are technology solutions from Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution. The entire AV system, consisting of 249 Sharp 60-inch LCD displays and Sony 55- and 46-inch flat-panel displays, as well as the sound system, is controlled via six Xantech WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controllers and five Xantech CSPLCD64GW 6.4″ Commercial Touchscreen Displays and CWTC10 10.4” Wireless Touch Controllers. The Xantech units and other AV systems components were installed and integrated by Com Tech, Inc.

Dan Farrell, Director of Media and Marketing for Capital District Regional Off Track Betting, controlling the system at the new OTB Clubhouse Race book with a Xantech CWTC10 10.4” Wireless Touch Controller.

Chuck Zarriello, President of Com Tech, says the project had tight deadlines and required a control system that was reliable, cost-effective and flexible enough to integrate both the latest flat-screen displays and 20 older models that were taken from the previous OTB location that the new Tele-Plex Racing Center was replacing. “The WIC1200 is a fantastic controller – powerful and intuitive and easy to use,” says Zarriello, “but just as important is that it’s very cost-effective – we could not have gotten this level of control from other manufacturers at this price.” Zariello says that the cost-effectiveness of the Xantech products creates more than cost savings – it creates confidence. For instance, he says, the wireless touchpanels act as a backup for the wired panels, which control global on/off and channel select for any combination of all of the displays. “That creates a fully redundant system that’s incredibly reliable and at an affordable cost,” he explains. “And the WIC1200s are the glue that holds the entire system together.”

Xantech’s Web Intelligent Controller WIC1200 is a stand-alone room controller for Networked/Web-based control featuring 2 IR Ports, 2 Serial Ports, 2 Contact Closure ports, and 2 Digital I/O ports as well as 2 Ethernet ports (one with POE) for TCP/IP telnet control with less intrusion into facility IP networks. On its own, the Web Intelligent Controller is an Event-driven component with two RS232 ports (configurable for RS422 and RS232) and a single IP port. The Event Manager is capable of Timed Events, Calendar Events, Telnet and Serial Events as well a full FTP site, Web Server and Email Server. The Xantech SPLCD64GW 6.4″ Smartpad LCD graphic touchpanels and CWTC10 10.4” WiFi touch-panel controllers give users the convenience and simplicity of a touchpanel controller in a self-contained unit that is easy to install, easy to program, and, perhaps best of all, easy to afford. Its 640 x 480 resolution with 64K color provides outstanding graphics and clarity.

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

About Xantech
Xantech
designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch-panels and IP control systems for residential and commercial applications, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors, and software programming tools.

Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Xantech is a part of The AVC Group in Carlsbad, California. For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.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® Audio, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON®, and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s Home Technology Group.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Player Software Now Available for the Mac

Digital signage network supports the Apple Mac OS X operating system…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – March 13, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced support for the OS X operating system that enables Mac computers to be used as StrandVision Digital Signage players. This new application for the Mac is being added to StrandVision’s support of Microsoft Windows and Linux digital signage players.

Commented Mike Strand StrandVision founder and CEO, “This new electronic sign platform for Apple gives our StrandVision Digital Signage software subscribers another option to work with our digital signage network. Our cloud-based, SaaS service offers tremendous flexibility as well as a variety of digital signage display options. Now, virtually anyone with an Internet connection can take advantage of StrandVision’s free digital signage software or one of our more robust subscription plans.”

StrandVision offers Internet-based digital signage services that include text, graphics, video and audio, including background music and advertisements. Its flexible setup allows deployment of a single digital sign or a network of electronic sign displays in multiple, even international, locations. An easy-to-use administrator’s portal in the cloud provides a single location for managing all of a subscriber’s digital signage. In addition to designing the pages, the administrator portal can also be used to schedule pages and control where the content is shown within the digital signage networks.

All StrandVision digital signage subscriptions include free consulting services for digital signage installation, design and deployment. A free digital signage subscription trial is offered at: http://www.strandvision.com/free_digital_signage_software_testdrive.html.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Alain Poirier of Radio-Canada Montreal Earns 2011 Gémeaux Award Using Harman’s Studer Vista 8 Digital Console

MONTREAL, Canada – Utilizing an arsenal of cutting-edge audio tools highlighted by a HARMAN Studer Vista 8 digital mixing console, audio engineer Alain Poirier of Radio-Canada Montreal recently earned a 2011 Gémeaux Award for Best Sound in a TV Show (Humor and Variety) for “En Direct de L’Univers,” a one-hour weekly variety show on Radio-Canada French TV Network. The Gémeaux Awards honor French Canadian achievements in Canadian television and is sponsored by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

“En Direct de L’Univers” is a variety/entertainment program that airs live, in which the lives of famous guests unfold before their eyes in songs. Through interviews, the star reveals his/her fondest memories, associating each event with a special song. Viewers learn more about celebrities’ musical universe, as favorite performers of theirs serve up the great songs that have marked guests’ lives. “En Direct de L’Univers” often includes surprise performances and first-time-ever versions of famous songs, producing strong emotions in front of a live studio audience.

Poirier has worked for Radio-Canada for almost 30 years, beginning as a front-of-house and monitor engineer before moving to on-air mixing around 1990. In 1992, he won an Anik Award for the Canadian premiere of “Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio” featuring conductor Carl Davis.

However, experienced as Poirier is, “En Direct de L’Univers” still posed a unique set of challenges. “With shows that are broadcast live, there is no margin for error,” Poirier said. “On top of that, there are a lot of performances and interviews, so it’s always a challenge dealing with the numerous transitions and the very quick pace of the show.”

“It was also a challenge because we didn’t have a lot of rehearsal time,” Poirier continued. “We would come in on a Friday and rehearse for eight hours, then go on air on Saturday at 7 PM. We typically did around nine or 10 pieces of music in one hour and although they are all just pieces of each song, we still had to rehearse them many times, because you might have 60 inputs and 30 seconds to mix it!”

“For a live show like ‘En Direct de L’Univers’ the technology has to be reliable, first and foremost,” Poirier said. “Secondly, when you do a live show, things happen quickly so the console needs to be easy to use-I need to be able to navigate without scrolling through a bunch of menus.”

Intuitive operation is also a crucial part of Poirier’s formula for success. “The technology has to follow the way I work, not the other way around,” he said. “With digital consoles, sometimes it’s easy to paint yourself into a corner, so it’s important that I can customize the board to operate the way I want it to.”

The Vista 8′s ability to handle this pace is another one of the console’s attractive qualities. “The ergonomics of the Vista 8 are perfect for live shows because it’s so easy to operate and the Vistonics(tm) interface is a perfect example of this,” Poirier added. “I can easily change from snapshot to snapshot. My presets on the Vista 8 perfectly mirror my cue sheet, so everything on the console follows accordingly. The filter on the board is amazing because it allows me to tailor the board to recall only what needs to be recalled. That precision helps me do my job better and faster.”

There are six Vista 8 consoles at the Montreal TV facilities, along with a Vista 7 and two Studer D950 consoles. The Vista 8 used for “En Direct de L’Univers” is part of a portable HD audio/video package that can be moved from studio to studio. “We have three different HD audio/video packages that we can install and this is the biggest one,” said Bruno Vigneault, Technical Instructor for Audio, Radio-Canada Montreal. “We can install these packages at a rented location for the whole production season, and we primarily use this one for variety shows.”

As an Instructor at Radio-Canada in Montreal, Vigneault provides training to Vista console operators and sometimes assists them during special events. “All these consoles perform very well and all the engineers just love to use them,” Vigneault said. “It’s very easy to train engineers on the Vista consoles because their operation is so intuitive.”

“The best quality I find for this console is of course great sound quality, but also easy and intuitive operation and versatility,” said Vigneault. “Those capabilities contributed to Alain’s achievement and show the potential for one of the most talented sound engineers in the business using Studer technology.”

Photo Caption: Alain Poirier (left) and Bruno Vigneault

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.

Technomad Makes Loudspeakers with Heat from the Sun

Sustainable process improves quality while significantly reducing costs and carbon footprint

BOSTON, March 13, 2012Technomad redefines sustainable AV with a new partnership that brings solar technology to its already-green plastic loudspeaker manufacturing process. The move slices production costs up to 30 percent while reducing the company’s carbon footprint — and introduces a revolutionary process to the professional audio and AV space.

Technomad has long been associated with sustainable manufacturing, producing durable, weatherproof MilSpec loudspeakers using recycled plastic. As a result, Technomad loudspeakers are often specified into AV projects with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.

Technomad recently teamed up with LightManufacturing LLC, which developed a unique-patent-pending method of molding plastic with solar heat. The company’s unique Solar Rotational Molding (SRM™) systems eliminate greenhouse gasses associated with traditional rotational molding while reducing manufacturing costs — an unusual combination in a world that equates ‘green’ with unaffordable.

LightManufacturing now molds most of Technomad’s popular Vienna and Vernal loudspeakers at its California facility, with larger models to follow.

“Technomad is the first company in the professional audio industry to take advantage of solar thermal energy,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad. “We’ve always worked on the cutting edge of green manufacturing, being the first company to use 100 percent recycled plastic to make loudspeaker cabinets. The LightManufacturing partnership brings new advantages by reducing our costs while benefitting the environment.”

LightManufacturing’s SRM process uses computer-controlled mirrors to concentrate heat from the sun onto a mold and melt the plastic inside. The sun’s thermal energy is used directly, avoiding the costs of making electricity with photovoltaic panels. The process delivers higher quality parts at a lower cost than traditional rotational molding, with typical savings of 10 to 30 percent. The nearly silent SRM systems use no natural gas or external AC power, and the hardware costs less than traditional rotational molding systems.

“This partnership shows that the solar molding process can deliver high-quality, reduced-cost parts for manufacturers right out of the gate,” said Mark Severy, a consultant at LightManufacturing. “Technomad came to us with a 15 year history of making world-class products. We met their requirements for outstanding quality, lower cost — and zero carbon emissions.”

ABOUT LIGHT MANUFACTURING
LightManufacturing LLC’s unique process re-invents rotational molding and other plastic molding processes through the use of solar thermal energy. The company works with equipment builders, plastic molders, large-scale end-users of plastic components, governments and NGOs to create sustainable and economically-competitive manufacturing solutions. Please call 415-796-6475 or e-mail newclient@lightmanufacturingllc.com for more information.

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

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HARMAN Professional Bolsters Tour Sound Training And Support: Appoints Gert Sanner Tour Sound Market Manager, EMEA

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN Professional today announced the appointment of tour sound veteran and front of house stalwart, Gert Sanner, to the newly created position of Tour Sound Market Manager, EMEA. Based out of HARMAN’s Potters Bar R&D, manufacturing and training facility, Sanner will provide customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with certified JBL VTX and Crown VRack training and support and will lead Soundcraft’s acclaimed “Mixing With Professionals” training program. According to Doug Green, HARMAN Professional, Director of Sales, EMEA, Gert Sanner will provide HARMAN tour sound customers throughout the EMEA region with comprehensive training and support and valuable user-perspective experience from a large body of work on Broadway shows and major tours.

“The addition of Gert Sanner to the new role of Tour Sound Market Manager is an important step in the evolution of our EMEA team. Live sound is in Gert’s DNA: his technical and application expertise across the range of HARMAN live sound products, combined with his many years of touring and training experience, guarantee that our customers will receive the highest level of support in the business,” Green noted.

Gert Sanner’s background includes over 20 years in the live sound industry as a system tech and front of house engineer for a variety of tours and events that range from corporate events to large-scale stadium tours, Broadway shows and all of the major UK festivals. His most recent position was as Deep Purple’s front of house engineer.

In his new position, Sanner will provide onsite training for JBL VTX loudspeaker systems. The 2-day training will cover all aspects of VTX applications from system design, use of HARMAN’s JBL HiQnet Performance Manager(tm) system control and configuration software, and actual operation of the system. The training will cover the use and configuration of Crown VRack amplification racks, which are also part of the VTX system. Sanner will also lead the Soundcraft “Mixing with Professionals” program for the EMEA region. This program has proven very successful in demonstrating and promoting the Soundcraft Vi range and will touch all aspects of digital audio in a real-world context.

Commenting on his appointment, Gert Sanner stated, “HARMAN has an unmatched pedigree in live sound. Its brands and technologies have been central to many of the world’s most iconic live events and I am very pleased to join the team. I look forward to hitting the road once more to meet with customers, to learn from them and to provide training for a compelling range of products.”

Gert Sanner may be contacted by email at gert.sanner@harman.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 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.

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Cabletime introduces graphical mapping feature for MediaStar Media Manager Software

London, 13 March 2012. Cabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar range of IPTV distribution solutions is introducing a new feature to its MediaStar Evolution Media Manager software that will map the location, and check the functionality, of all units, including screens and players, within a graphical representation of the system, or the building in which they are sited.

The Media Manager enterprise software gives full drag-and-drop control of all Evolution IPTV system hardware and screens, as well as enabling the configuration and scheduling of all the digital media, video and signage assets for play-out. System managers can take a floor plan or diagram of the building or system layout and from this create multiple ‘work areas’. Images of the specific Evolution units can then be dropped into the correct location in the work area, where they will be represented by an icon. The icon flashes so it can be quickly located and opens to reveal the full configuration and technical details of the unit. Any loss of connectivity will also trigger an alert, allowing the operator to identify the specific unit and its actual location within the building – invaluable in identifying faults and delivering remedies quickly and efficiently.

Nick Bradford, Managing Director at Cabletime, said: “Our objective with Evolution Media Manager is to enable our customers to get full functionality and performance out of their Evolution system. This new feature ensures that the whole system can be checked easily, and any faults or interruptions can be remedied quickly with minimum disruption to the media or video broadcast. It ensures that maintaining the right content at the right place at the right time is a breeze.”

The new graphical mapping feature is available now on all Evolution units.

The MediaStar range, which has a strong, established heritage, includes TV/AV and multimedia delivery products for use over Cat-5/UTP and IP infrastructures, providing solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.

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AVnu Alliance Teams with UNH-IOL to Certify AVB Products and Unveils AVnu Certification Timeline

Beaverton, OR, March 7, 2012 – AVnu Alliance has named the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent networking and data communications testing provider, as the first test house for the AVnu Alliance certification program of AVB devices. This agreement is a significant step forward in advancing the IEEE 802.1 AVB standards and bringing certified AVB networking products to the market.

AVnu Alliance has also announced the timeline for the AVnu certification program. Starting August 2012, alliance members can submit AVB-enabled bridges to UNH-IOL to begin certification testing. For professional audio products, the testing process will begin in Q1 of 2013. Products by alliance members Avid, Biamp, Extreme Networks, Harman, Meyer Sound, Riedel Communications, and others are expected to be in the first wave of devices submitted for full AVnu interoperability certification.

The UNH-IOL is a neutral, third-party testing service provider that works with other industry consortia including the Ethernet Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and IPv6 Forum.

“UNH-IOL welcomes the opportunity to assist the AVnu Alliance in developing a validation program for AVB technologies,” said Bob Noseworthy, UNH-IOL Chief Engineer. “The possibilities AVnu Alliance brings to establishing seamless digital A/V connectivity are compelling. This certification program provides confidence in the compliance and interoperability of early and future implementations.”

AVnu Alliance includes more than 40 companies representing industries across automotive, pro A/V, and consumer electronics. AVnu-certified devices allow professional A/V providers to have one standards-based unified network that handles all voice, video, audio, and data, while reducing the costs and simplifying the optimization of an A/V network.
“We are very pleased to be working with UNH-IOL as a key part of our interoperability and conformance program,” said Kevin Stanton, AVnu Alliance Technical Work Group Chair. “UNH-IOL’s long experience testing networked devices, especially Ethernet, along with the collective expertise drawn from the expanding AVnu Alliance membership, is quickly moving us toward certification of interoperable AVB networking and A/V products.”

About the UNH-IOL

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards bodies participation and a 32,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. For more information, visit http://www.iol.unh.edu/, or connect with the UNH-IOL on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UNHIOL, on Twitter at @UNH_IOL and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/unh-interoperability-lab.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional A/V markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance Web site at www.AVnu.org.

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Rainier Communications (for AVnu Alliance)
508-475-0025 x112

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WorldStage Lighting Division Names John Healy and Terry Jackson To New Positions

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, is pleased to announce the promotions of John Healy to Director of Production/Lighting and Terry Jackson to Director of Rentals/Lighting.

The appointments mark the completion of a restructuring phase in the WorldStage lighting division that has resulted in greatly improved financial performance while continuing to provide value to clients and being competitive in the marketplace

“We have realigned our management staff to foster efficiency and reinforce our well-known customer service,” says Josh Nissim, Vice President of Operations for WorldStage East. “Terry and John have moved up from project managers to their new roles which better reflects their combined 30 plus years of experience in show business and on-going commitment to our clients.”

Through the strategic use of new technology and by carefully choosing the equipment most suited to the individual project needs, Healy has effectively helped clients realize their creative vision while meeting their budgetary guidelines. Healy says, “I’m very excited about my new role and expect it to allow us to expand our philosophy of client support and collaboration to the next level. WorldStage Lighting is dedicated to serving a wide array of productions from Broadway to major corporate events, conventions, broadcast, concert tours and more. We’re known for our flexibility and ability to quickly provide comprehensive lighting solutions for any application..”

Jackson evaluates potential rentals, manages numerous one-off and long term projects and helps guide the office staff and field personnel in the best ways to utilize they company’s in-house inventory while limiting the need to sub-rent outside equipment. He notes that he’s proud to showcase the company’s broad and deep inventory of lighting products. “We’re committed to offering customers the best and most innovative lighting products available today,” he says. “We continue to embrace new technologies and the latest lighting devices and fixtures on the market and in my new role, I look forward to leading our company in that direction.”

WorldStage recently took delivery of more lighting consoles adding two grandMA2 light and two grandMA2 ultra-light control systems and greatly expanding its desk inventory. It also made a significant purchase of Clay Paky Sharpys, the popular compact moving head with a brightness usually found only with much bigger fixtures.

WorldStage also acquired the Martin MAC Aura, the first compact LED moving head wash light with zoom; the VARI*LITE VLX Wash Luminaire, which combines the benefits of LED technology with the best visual performance characteristics of traditional automated fixtures; and Prism Projection’s RevEAL Studio, a solid-state LED alternative to conventional Fresnel-type fixtures that vastly reduces power consumption, heat and maintenance without compromising lighting design.

“With our increased inventory and John and Terry taking on more responsibilities in their new posts, the WorldStage Lighting division is off to a strong start in 2012,” says Nissim. “Customers can look forward to even more of the top-quality products and services they’ve come to expect from us.”

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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Red Rooster Harlem Combines Cultural Diversity, American Roots Cuisine and Compact, Powerful Sound by K-array

New York – March 12, 2012: Red Rooster Harlem is a new restaurant named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy that once stood on 138th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was frequented by prominent musicians, poets and politicians of the day including Nat King Cole, James Baldwin, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and many others. Today’s Red Rooster Harlem embraces the spirit of Harlem’s past, while incorporating the latest technology advancements from K-array, an Italian loudspeaker brand distributed by Sennheiser .

Red Rooster Harlem’s chef is Marcus Samuelsson — a Harlem resident who is regarded as one of “The Great Chefs of America” by the Culinary Institute of America. Samuelsson serves up a menu as vibrant as Harlem’s diverse population. Like the food, the music there is equally as colorful, representing the entire gamut of musical genres — on any given night, you might hear hip-hop, gospel, jazz, soul or Latin. The chosen sound system had to perform equally well across each of these.

Justin Lizama, Managing Partner of The Solidman Group (TSG), was responsible for the system design and chose K-array to ensure the best possible audio experience for both patrons and musicians. “We were looking fora versatile system that could provide even sound dispersion and a sleek visual profile,” he recalls. “I wanted to build something that was exciting from a technology perspective that would keep the aesthetic visuals in balance with the room. The K-array KK 50s were the perfect choice.”

Attaining clear, even dispersion wasn’t easy in an environment fraught with acoustic challenges: “The space includes pillars and very low ceilings, so there is not a lot of room for high speaker placements,” observes Jim Feeney, account executive at The Zeo Group, which assisted in specifying and integrating the audio system. “To keep everything covered, we were able to tuck and hide several KK50s — so there was no longer an issue with clearance.”

K-array: “King of Coverage”

With two stage set-ups — one for everyday use and the other for larger performances — it was important to uphold the visual appeal of the high-end boutique room, while providing high quality audio for both audiences and performers. The system was comprised of seven K-array KH15s and seven KK50s compact line-array elements, two KL 18 loudspeakers, two KL12 MA powered subwoofers and two KL21 MA powered subwoofers. The KK 50s, with a dispersion pattern of 120 x 7 degrees, were placed so they could precisely reach difficult areas.

The sound of the new K-array system is described by Lizama as “super tight and transparent. We see a lot of new equipment every year, and I definitely think that the K-array products are a great advancement in technology,” he says. “If we had used a traditional system, it would not have been aesthetically pleasing — trapezoidal boxes are not fun to look at.”

If you are trying to build a sophisticated room, the audio should be just as sophisticated,” Lizama concludes. “In New York City, space is always at a premium, and in this business, coverage is king. At Red Rooster Harlem, whether patrons are seated by the back wall or in a corner, they hear the same definition and audio quality that everyone else is hearing in the room.”

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