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Industry Veteran Eli Harary Readies Launch of New Luxury Audio Brand: AudioXperts™

Audio industry veteran Eli Harary proudly announces the upcoming launch of AudioXperts, a new luxury brand that will deliver a collection of unique audio solutions.

“By incorporating the finest materials, and applying the latest technologies, in sophisticated, flexible and intuitive designs, AudioXperts will deliver products that ensure an extraordinary user experience and unparalleled pride of ownership” says Harary.

“AudioXperts represents the culmination of my nearly four decades of love, passion and learning in this exciting field of entertainment,” said Harary, who will serve as President of AudioXperts. “My goal is for AudioXperts to bring out products that allow people to enjoy the one art form that enriches everyone’s soul: Music!”

With over 100 years of combined expertise and passion the AudioXperts Team comes together in order to provide consumers with products that exceed expectations.

The AudioXperts Team:

Eli Harary, President
Celebrating 40 years in the audio industry in both the retail and manufacturing side of the business, Harary is responsible for setting the vision for the AudioXperts brand and is directly responsible for overseeing product ideation and design, as well managing sales and marketing.

Mark Nazar, Director of Engineering
Nazar brings over 30 years of product design and engineering experience to the AudioXperts team. Nazar has led the design of a wide range of products, including active and passive loudspeakers, tabletop radios, and subwoofers.

Jeff Litcofsky, Director of Marketing & Communications
Litcofsky has 20-plus years experience in the audio industry. Throughout his career, he has worked in the areas of marketing, communications, PR, ecommerce, and social media and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in customer service and well-executed product launches.

Marion “Chick” George, Director of Sales Operations
With more than 30 years of customer service and order management/processing and logistics experience in the CE industry. George brings an extraordinary passion for customer advocacy, exemplary dealer relationship skills, and business program management to the team.

John Fischbach, Director of Product Voicing
Fischbach is responsible for the final voicing or tuning of all AudioXperts products, assuring that each and every model accurately reflects the desired sound and performance of the artist. Throughout his career, Fischbach has been directly involved in the recording and engineering of over 50 albums. He has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and was awarded a Grammy for his latest work with Cassandra Wilson. During his 40-plus year career in the recording arts, AES and other Recording Associations, Fischbach has been interviewed for his authoritative and well respected perspective on creating quality sound and the use of new technologies in the Art of Recording and Mastering.

AudioXperts Initial Product Solutions:

In its initial launch, AudioXperts’ unique collection of luxury audio solutions will include models from its 4TV and EVA product lines:

4TV
The 4TV products will provide users with an extraordinary TV and music solution that eliminates confusion, chaos and clutter. The 4TV Audio Entertainment Consoles deliver component level performance along with exceptional ease of use, and their stunning smoked glass and aluminum enclosures integrate perfectly with today’s televisions. The 4TV consoles are designed to fit directly under the TV and feature, patent-pending H.A.R.T. (High Aspect Ratio Transducer) driver technology, Dolby Digital, DTS, instant connection for an optional Apple® Airport Express®, Bluetooth® audio streaming with the CSR® aptX® codec, multiple Surround mode and EQ settings, including an Audiologist approved Voice Intelligibility Enhancement setting, as well as a host of additional inputs and settings, all selected by touch sensitive controls. The 4TV 2112 has an MSRP of $1999.99, the two-piece 4TV 5122 will retail for $3999.

EVA
EVA (EnVironmental Audio) is an impressive collection of eco-friendly and hip tabletop audio solutions. EVA Music Systems deliver powerful performance from a compact size and are thoughtfully designed to maximize the use of recyclable, renewable and biodegradable materials. EVA models include a Dock FM Radio with Bluetooth, a Dock FM/DAB+ Radio with Bluetooth, and a Dock Speaker with Bluetooth. All feature a unique woven wool cover and bamboo case, easy touch controls, Bluetooth audio streaming with the CSR aptX codec, a digital optical connection for the addition of an optional Apple Airport Express, and an expansion port for an optional +Channel Speaker for true 2 speaker stereo playback and performance. The initial EVA models carry an MSRP from $199-$399, and will be available in two environment-friendly finishes, Slate and Sand.

Korners (Coming in September 2012)
AudioXperts’ next addition to its collection of unique audio solutions will be Korners, a range of room/designer friendly high performance component loudspeakers and powered subwoofers designed to truly integrate seamlessly into living spaces.

The initial product offering will be unveiled at an invitation-only event during the first week of August of 2012, in mid-town Manhattan. Products will be available only through authorized dealers, select online retailers, and directly through AudioXperts. More information will become available in August 2012 at the AudioXperts website: http://www.audioxperts.com.

About AudioXperts
AudioXperts is an audio company, dedicated to delivering unique audio solutions, with best in category/class design, incorporating only the highest quality materials, while delivering exceptional sound quality and performance. The AudioXperts Team brings over 100 years of combined expertise and passion in order to provide consumers with products that exceed expectations. By incorporating the finest materials and applying the latest technologies, in sophisticated, flexible and intuitive designs, AudioXperts ensures an extraordinary user experience and unparalleled pride of ownership.

Media Contact
Scott Moody, Marketing Matters
Phone: 954-925-1511
Email: scott@marketingmatters.net

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Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Light Up Cinco de Mayo Spectacular in Puebla, Mexico

When Mexico recently marked the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo – the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, which halted an invasion by the French – 44 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures were on hand to illuminate the nighttime gala broadcast nationwide by Televisa.

The Cinco de Mayo celebrations included an array of festivities and special events culminating in the Cinco de Mayo Spectacular, orchestrated by Five Currents, the production company for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Featuring star-studded tributes, an appearance by the president of Mexico and massive display of fireworks, it was staged at the Guadalupe Fort in Puebla; the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Lighting designer David Grill, of David Grill Associates, Inc., in Mahwah, New Jersey, deployed 44 Sharpy moving heads, which were mounted on the H truss at stage right for the headline talent and behind the main stage as backlights. Although he had previously used Sharpys on shows he directed, the Cinco de Mayo Spectacular was his first implementation as a designer.

“I love Sharpy to death,” he says. “They’re incredibly bright, come in a small package and don’t chew up a lot of power. You cannot possibly get anything else at 189W that has a beam that bright.”

Grill was not only charged with lighting the talent onstage but also illuminating the fort in the background and the hill between the two, which also served as a performance area. “Everything in the environment was really part of the shot,” he notes.

Lighting director and programmer Paul Sonnleitner calls Sharpy “an incredible instrument. It’s magnificently bright at such low wattage – you can get so much light out of the rig.”

Sonnleitner found the Sharpys “fun to use outdoors. We had a huge canvas with the stage, the fort and the hill, and we could paint that canvas with Sharpys. It was fun to put in a prism and various gobos; when you have so many you can do a lot of different tricks with them – and very quickly.”

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “What a great event to be a part of! We’re proud to have our lights be a part of this celebration. Both Paul and David are great collaborators and we look forward to working with them again.”

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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Community Revitalizes Sound in Revamped Pennsylvania Convention Center

Philadelphia, PA – July 2012… The recently completed expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) in downtown Philadelphia is, to date, the largest public works project in Pennsylvania history. The Convention Center, first opened in 1993, was expanded by four full city blocks as part of a 20-year plan to renew Philadelphia’s downtown City Center District, a once-struggling area that has seen tremendous economic growth in the two decades since the revitalization efforts began.

The expansion has earned PCC a ranking as one of the ten largest convention properties in the country. It now spans a massive 2.3 million square feet – 20 acres in the heart of downtown Philadelphia – and features two large ballrooms and seven exhibit halls, ample space to hold two major conventions and several smaller events simultaneously.

“One of the important elements of the expansion project was the installation of a professional quality audio system that would deliver evenly distributed, clear and natural sounding music and speech reproduction throughout these large spaces,” explained Larry McIntyre, senior consultant at Acentech, the award-winning acoustics, audiovisual, and vibration consulting firm who designed PCC’s new audio system.

The sound system, installed by the Philadelphia offices of AVI-SPL, is used not just for delivering music and general announcements, but also to deliver emergency voice notifications. This makes system integrity a critical aspect.

As McIntyre explains: “We incorporated Community’s CLOUD12 Loudspeakers into the system design because of their reputation for outstanding quality and sound reproduction. The fact that they are locally produced was an added benefit.”

Acentech’s audiovisual consultants designed a highly flexible network-based digital audio system utilizing more than 400 Community CLOUD Series 1266, 1266T, and 1299T loudspeakers. Audio distributionthroughout the expansion is provided via a CobraNet-basednetwork that also interfaces with the main building’s analog audio system. Biamp AudiaFusion amplification powers the expansion system.

“We designed the sound system with various controllable zones which we kept small so that any zone failure wouldn’t prevent delivery of the emergency voice notification,” reports McIntyre. “Each zone consists of an amplifier output circuit, wiring and an assortment of Community CLOUD Loudspeakers. Each amplifier is also monitored and fully redundant.”

“AVI-SPL is honored to have played such a critical role in the largest public works project in Pennsylvania history,” added Tom Kelley, AVI-SPL’s General Manager. “Working with valued partners like Community and Biamp Systems, our team implemented a multifaceted audio system that delivers music, general announcements, and emergency notifications, all while maintaining complete system integrity.”

“We’re very pleased with the end result. The system provides the control and monitoring we need with great sound quality,” McIntyre says.

Apparently, the project has made its intended impact on the local economy. Convention bookings and attendance have increased more than 25% since the completion of the convention center’s expansion.

 

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 Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

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