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Platinum Tools® Launches EZ-RJ45® Cat5e/6 Shielded Connectors w/Internal or External Ground

CAMARILLO, Calif., August 10, 2012 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, announces the launch of the recently updated EZ-RJ45 shielded Cat5e/6 connectors with internal or external ground. The EZ-RJ45 shielded connectors are now shipping.

“Made in the USA and designed to work on both Cat5e and Cat6 cables, solid or stranded, our upgraded EZ-RJ45 connectors combine the performance exclusive to its predecessor’s design, but now with the advantages inherent to shielded products for an unparalleled solution,” said Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “By shielding the EZ-RJ45, additional electrical isolation means the cables are even less susceptible to electrical interference caused by nearby equipment or wires and, in response, are less likely to cause interference themselves. Additionally, in applications where NEXT, FEXT, and AXT are an issue, using shielded products can be the solution.”

By utilizing the new EZ-RJ45, simplify twisted pair terminations by allowing the wires to be inserted through the connector and out the front, to easily verify the proper wiring order. Pulling the connector down over the cable jacket and seating it tightly in the rear of the connector optimizes electrical performance of the termination. Reducing the distance between the wire twists and contacts also improves performance. Terminate with the patented Platinum Tools EZ-RJ45 Crimp Tools…crimp and trim in one cycle.

Additional features of the EZ-RJ45 shielded Cat5e/6 connectors include:
• Made in the USA
• through holes allow wire pairs to be inserted through front of connector for faster terminations
• EZ to verify wire sequence, reduces scrap
• more reliable and higher performance
• works with solid or stranded wire; separate connectors not required, reducing inventory and confusion
• simple one-piece design; bars or liners not required
• use in Category 3, 5, 5E or 6 compliant data networks
• UL rated, FCC & RoHS compliant
• 50 micro inch gold plated
• internal ground: maximum cable OD: 0.260in.; maximum conductor OD: 0.041in.
• external ground: maximum cable OD: 0.280+in.; maximum conductor OD: 0.041in.

The EZ-RJPRO HD modular crimp tool has been designed to terminate all EZ-RJ45 (Cat3, 5, 5e, and 6) and EZ-RJ11 (4 and 6 contact) plugs and can also be used to terminate most regular RJ45 and RJ12/11 plugs. It provides a ratcheted, high leverage, ultra stable platform for consistent, repeatable terminations. This heavy duty tool is the perfect solution when working with high performance, larger OD cables that are tougher to terminate due to larger wire gauges, thicker, harder insulation on the conductors and pair separating splines. Not only will connectivity obstacles be overcome, but the installer can be assured that every termination will meet FCC specifications.

The patented, rugged PRO HD tool, which will reliably crimp and trim wires at the same time, has an all steel frame, PVC handles, and a rust resistant, black oxide finish to stand up to the rigors of field installations.

This heavy duty ratchet style tool includes integral cable cutter/jacket strippers for round (Cat 3-6) and flat (silver satin) cable, providing optimal pressure to all contacts for a precise crimp while the vertical action assures all contacts are terminated to the proper depth.

“We will continue to innovate and improve our unique EZ-RJ45 connectors and tools,” added Sachs. “Products designed to increase an installer’s efficiency have been the key to our success and they will continue to dominate our product line in the future.”

Please contact Platinum Tools for pricing.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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ASHLY GEAR HELPS BRING LARKIN SQUARE TO LIFE

larkin_square.JPGBUFFALO, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2012: In a Buffalo, New York urban district that was, just a few short years ago, an uninviting industrial area, the Larkin Development Group has revitalized and repurposed old buildings and converted the area between them into a forward-thinking public space. With a footprint the size of a city block, “Larkin Square” boasts whimsical sculpture, functional green space, more

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’s “MEM GYM” GOES ALL DANLEY!

univ_va_mem_gym.JPGCHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 2012: Known affectionately to the students at the University of Virginia as “Mem Gym,” Memorial Gymnasium was constructed in 1924 to provide a home for the school’s basketball team. In 1940, as President Roosevelt was preparing to deliver a commencement address to the University’s graduating class, of which his son was a member, he learned of Italy’s allegiance with more

Auralex® Now Shipping HoverMat™ Isolation Platform

— More portable, less expensive and lighter than Auralex®’s acclaimed HoverDeck™, the HoverMat™ isolates a drum set from the floor or a hollow stage, reducing coloration from floor resonance and improving sound isolation —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 9, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its new HoverMat™ Isolation Platform. Like Auralex’s critically acclaimed HoverDeck™, the HoverMat isolates a drum set from the floor or a hollow stage, reducing coloration from floor resonance by decoupling the drum kit, thereby resulting in a tighter, more pure sound for both studio and live applications. The HoverMat differs from the HoverDeck by offering a solution that is more portable, lighter and easier to set up & tear down (it simply rolls up) and at a lower price point than the popular HoverDeck. The HoverMat takes up less cubic space than a similarly-sized HoverDeck setup.

The HoverMat comes as a 4′x6′ section of Auralex’s sound-deadening SheetBlok™ sound barrier material, covered with charcoal gray Ozite-type, commercial-grade, road-ready carpet, and is ideal for musicians on the go, worship groups, live performance venues, or anywhere a drum kit needs additional isolation.

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

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Genelec Unveils SpeakerAngle App for iOS Devices

— New app allows users to correctly configure and match the angling of stereo or surround-sound speaker systems —

NATICK, MA, August 8, 2012 — Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to present the SpeakerAngle app for iOS devices, the first digital tool which allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers, helping to ensure optimum audio fidelity. Easy and intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company) and is compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later. SpeakerAngle is available now at the iTunes App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakerangle/id549033688?ls=1&mt=8), at a price of just 99 cents.

In the app, dedicated onscreen speaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each speaker icon continuously display the angle of the speaker. The number boxes also change color to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations, and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left / front right, rear left / rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems). Detailed information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle.

“The new Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of your speakers in your listening environment,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director. “This is a perfect tool for home theater owners, recording engineers, system installers and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any loudspeaker system. The possibilities are exciting, and we look forward to audio enthusiasts everywhere putting it to good use.”

To use SpeakerAngle, simply select the desired mode of operation (Stereo or Surround), then place your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on top of the speaker your want to angle. Set the speaker so that it is facing straight towards you, then touch the corresponding speaker icon so that it lights up. Next, touch the icon’s number box to let SpeakerAngle know that the selected speaker is currently at “zero-axis.” Now physically rotate the speaker inwards (that is, towards the listening position). The selected speaker icon will move accordingly, and the number box below it will display the degree to which the speaker is angled. When the speaker is angled within the industry recommendation of 20 degrees to 45 degrees, the number box changes color, from red to green. When you touch the speaker icon once again (or select any other speaker icon), the number box changes color to orange, and “freezes” the currently displayed angle. Next, touch the paired speaker icon (for example, the right speaker in a stereo system if you have just angled the left speaker). Pick up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and place it on top of that speaker, then touch the number box below the speaker icon. Physically rotate the speaker inwards until the number box changes color to yellow, indicating that this speaker is now angled to the same degree as the first one. To continue experimenting with different speaker angles, you can start from scratch at any time by pressing SpeakerAngle’s RESET button.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Audio-Technica U.S. Appoints Javier Tiburcio as Training & Sales Support Specialist for Mexico and Central America

STOW, OH, August 8, 2012 — Audio-Technica U.S. announces the appointment of Javier Tiburcio as Training & Sales Support Specialist for the territories of Mexico and Central America. He will be responsible for providing product training and sales support to Audio-Technica distributors and customers in Mexico, Central America and South America, as he works as part of the team to grow the A-T brand and increase sales within these regions. The announcement was made by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO, and reflects A-T’s commitment to ongoing growth in the Latin American market.

Tiburcio has extensive and broad experience in microphone sales and training. A native of Acapulco, he has lived and worked his entire career in Mexico, and will continue to be based there. His previous positions at Hermes Music and Grupo Imis have included sales and marketing responsibilities for the A-T brand in Mexico.

An experienced musician and audio engineer, Tiburcio studied music at the School of SUTUM, and digital audio and audio for broadcasting at CECAT, gaining expertise in microphone placement for live sound and recording. He has visited music industry dealers throughout Mexico and conducted clinics and training seminars at a variety of music expos with musicians like Moderatto Drummer Elohim Corona.

“Javier is a tremendous asset for us to expand our sales and training strategies in Mexico, Central America and South America,” said Cajka. “He comes to Audio-Technica with a wealth of experience, and we look forward to all of the great things we can accomplish together.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Genelec 8240A Monitors and 7270A Subwoofer Make the Music at the New Jazz Space at New Orleans’ Former U.S. Mint Sound Like a Million Bucks

— Jazz Theater performance venue on the top floor of a historic building in America’s Capital City of Jazz includes a recording studio that uses Genelec DSP monitoring —

NATICK, MA, August 7, 2012 — The Jazz Theater on the top floor of the Old U.S. Mint Building in New Orleans is designed around the music itself: the small (120-seat) rectangular room is intimate and acoustically pristine, fitted with complex movable panels that provide both diffusion and absorption while offering variable acoustics as they slide into place as needed for different types of jazz artists. As part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Jazz Theater is part of a larger museum that incorporates the State Museum’s already substantial collection of jazz artifacts, a collection that includes sheet music, manuscripts, photographs, records (including what is thought to be the first jazz recording, from 1917) and instruments such as Louis Armstrong’s first cornet.

The theater is a modular 4,000-square-foot performance space with a stage that can be configured multiple ways to accommodate any type of jazz genre. The venue has hosted several great performances since it opened in late 2011, and it’s recorded many of them via its state-of-the-art recording studio at the rear of the space, where reference speakers from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, serve as the monitor of choice. A pair of Genelec 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors, featuring Genelec Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) and the rounded edges and gently curved front and sides of the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure™ (MDE™), provide uncolored and utterly accurate imaging. A Genelec 7270A Active DSP Subwoofer provides additional low end, creating the ultimate stereo-and-sub monitoring system for music as nuanced as jazz.

“The Genelecs work amazingly well in this studio – their imaging and accuracy are the best,” says Sam Brandt, AV Designer on the project and a Senior Consultant with Akustiks, the South Norwalk, Connecticut firm that designed the Jazz Theater’s acoustics and AV systems. Brandt says the Genelec monitors are connected using their onboard AES digital inputs in combination with a digital-thru connection. “The ease of their setup and the way they sound are equally remarkable,” says Brandt. “They are impressive.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Auralex® Now Shipping QuadFusor™ Sound Diffusor

— Versatile and affordable, the Class A QuadFusor™ mates four of Auralex®’s MiniFusors in a 2-foot-by-2-foot array that’s perfect for ceiling or wall mounting —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 6, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is now shipping the QuadFusor™ Sound Diffusor. Made from the same Class A flame retardant molded thermoplastic as Auralex’s acclaimed T’Fusor™, the QuadFusor combines four of the company’s MiniFusors™ and arrays them in an attractive 2-foot-by-2-foot pattern. This Class A fire-rated acoustical diffusor is suitable for commercial spaces and can be dropped into a ceiling grid or mounted to a wall or ceiling.

Versatile and affordable, the QuadFusor offers a rare combination of great performance, Class A flame retardancy, stellar appearance and competitive pricing. The QuadFusor’s surface-variable design includes a proprietary ledge and rear cavity that accommodate the insertion of a rigid substrate such as Auralex PlatFoam™ or acoustical fiberglass, thus improving the device’s diffusion characteristics and adding significant low-frequency trapping. The QuadFusor can easily be installed in new or existing construction. The QuadFusor is Auralex’s latest addition to their complete line of acoustical treatment solutions, perfect for contractors and system integrators at any budgetary level.

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

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP528 / TNP528C TABLETOP INTERCONNECT BOXES

**** Photo: Altinex TNP528 Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect box ****

Brea, CA – August 2012… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP528 / TNP528C Tabletop Interconnect Boxes, two new additions to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug offerings. As a versatile interconnect device, the TNP528 is a hybrid solution with Digital (HDMI®) and Analog (VGA) interconnects, as well as network and USB ports designed for mounting into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system. The TNP528 and its customizable sibling—the TNP528C—offer convenient, one touch access, making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

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