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Authentic Renkus-Heinz Sound for Authentic Irish Pub

New York, NY – October 2012….. Manhattan has no shortage of Irish-themed pubs, but Tir Na Nog on 39th Street is truly a cut above. Step in out of the bustling midtown traffic and you’re instantly transported to a High Street local in Galway or Cork. The décor is at once authentic and unconventional, right down to the LED-laden 300-year-old Irish rowboat, replete with fishing net, on the ceiling.

“The owner, Tony Colbert, owns several Irish pubs and takes immense pride in the design of each of them,” explains Rich Trombitas of Cornwall, NY-based Cardone, Soloman and Associates. “He imports woodwork that’s been salvaged from churches built in Ireland in the 1700s and 1800s, then they design the individual detail to fit the space, and the woodwork is all done by master carpenters. The architecture and décor is simply magnificent – it all looks like it’s been there for centuries.”

Trombitas says the owner was adamant that equal attention be paid to the pub’s audio system, which includes a cross-section of Renkus-Heinz TRX and CFX Series loudspeakers as well as PNX and BPS subwoofers. “Tony made it clear that he wanted more than just background music,” he says. “He wanted a system that sounded consistently great no matter where you’re sitting, and blended seamlessly with the design of the place.”

The system, installed by veteran AV firm Starview Satellite of Rego Park, NY, is divided into numerous zones, with a primary focus on the main dining area and the pub’s expansive and ornate bar, bridging the space from front to back. Sound to the main dining area is handled by eight TRX81 two-way 8-inch loudspeakers. A pair of PNX112 subwoofers recessed into the walls provides extra low end punch.

The bar is divided into two zones, with five more TRX81 units and a built-in BPS12-1 sub covering the front bar area. The rear bar uses four TRX81s and another BPS12-1 sub. Powersoft amplification drives the system.

“The coverage of the TRX-Series aligns perfectly with what we needed to accomplish in this space,” says Trombitas. “The rotatable horn enabled us to mount the units either vertically or horizontally, depending on what worked better in that particular space.”

Ringing the dining area are individual booths, sporting massive 18-inch thick stone walls and burnt beams. “The design is an homage to Irish society at the height of the depression,” Trombitas explains. “The upper class gentry and the peasants can see each other, but there’s a space separating them.”

CFX41 compact 4-inch two-way coaxial boxes are mounted over the booths for added reinforcement. “Their level is down pretty low, about 8dB lower than the mains, just to fill in the mids and highs when the place is crowded,” says Trombitas.

Trombitas reports owner Tony Colbert is truly pleased with the audio quality. “He walked around the entire bar and said ‘it’s absolutely exactly the same, no matter where I go,’ and declared it the best sounding system he’d ever heard in a bar.” And Trombitas adds, “This is probably one of the most architecturally interesting and diverse pub projects I’ve ever been involved in.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Clear-Com Announces Expanded Partnership with Optocore at AES 2012

Continued Partnership Broadens Clear-Com Product Portfolio with New Audio Interfaces for Ultra-fast, Low-latency and Redundant Distribution of Audio, Data, Video and Intercom Signals Over Fiber

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 27, 2012 — Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is announcing its continued distribution and technology partnership with Optocore and its new subsidiary, BroaMan. Two new models of the BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI video and intercom signal transport interface will be shown at AES 2012 in the Clear-Com booth 1218 along with other Optocore intercom/audio interfaces. By combining these new BroaMan interfaces with its current offering of wired, wireless, and IP intercom systems, Clear-Com is the one-stop-shop for audio customers seeking a complete solution for production communications and signal transport.

The DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI intercom and video interface is ideal for any setup that requires distribution of multiple feeds of high-quality audio, HD video, data and intercom. For intercom and audio, the V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI is equipped with (four) four-wire RJ45 ports. The ports are duplicated with reversed wiring so that a matrix or intercom key-panels can be connected to the unit using standard CAT cables. Each port can be used as an independently routed analog line level audio input and output.

The V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI comes with up to five SD/HD/3G-SDI coaxial video inputs or outputs that are converted to and from single-mode DiViNe optical fiber links. The model V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI-1-4 features one video input and four video outputs, while the V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI-4-1 will be supplied with four video inputs and one video output. A video clock output module can be installed in either device. This Black Burst output is derived from a synchronized video source. The V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI can also be equipped with a CWDM module with auxiliary fiber ports to allow for connection of external fiber systems.

“We are happy to continue our partnership with Optocore to bring a variety of signal distribution options to our users,” says Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com. “With the DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI, V3R-FX-INTERCOM and X6R-FX-INTERCOM, users have the option of transporting audio, video, data and intercom in a very scalable solution.”

The V3R-FX-INTERCOM and X6R-FX-INTERCOM are intercom/audio interfaces without video for the Optocore™ distribution network, and will be featured at Clear-Com’s AES booth. When connected over the Optocore network using the V3R-FX-INTERCOM and X6R-FX-INTERCOM devices, intercom audio can be efficiently routed between Clear-Com Eclipse matrices to Clear-Com intercom key-panels. This adds the benefit of dual redundancy and ultra-low latency.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analogue and Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

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RTW SHOWCASES 3G SDI INTERFACE AND 7.1 SURROUND FORMAT FOR SURROUNDCONTROL AND SURROUNDMONITOR LINES AT AES 2012

Enhanced Surround Sound Analyzer Now Supports Blu-ray Disc 7.1 Format

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 28, 2012 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, will introduce at the AES 2012 show (Booth 1144) new options and functional enhancements for its SurroundControl 31900/31960 and SurroundMonitor 11900 ranges. The SD device versions of these products are shipping with a new 3G-enabled SDI de-embedder and Dolby(r) E, DD+ and AC-3 decoders.

The current device firmware now supports the 7.1 DD+ format, ensuring compliance with current 7.1 surround formats for Blu-ray discs and other applications. The 7.1 DD+ format has been implemented alongside the existing 7.1 cinema format on the SurroundControl and SurroundMonitor systems.

RTW’s Surround Sound Analyzer, included in all products in the SurroundControl and SurroundMonitor series, brings the clear and intuitive display method of the original 5.1 format to the enhanced 7.1 environment. Similar to the center channel, the unit displays the newly added side channels using color-coded lines. This way, the user can assess the relationship between the side channels and the phantom sources produced by the lateral-front and rear channels at a glance.

The new software release, featuring a correlation display depicting all possible 7.1 signal combinations, is ideal for professional users working with the 7.1 format. The multicorrelator display has been expanded to read out low-frequency phase errors of all channels versus the LFE, allowing users to make any corrections before phase problems show up acoustically or in bass-management systems.

Featuring the integrated monitoring controller, as well as an optional 3G SDI de-embedder and Dolby decoder, the SurroundControl 31900/31960 flagship unit integrates seamlessly into the production workflows of today’s broadcast applications. The units implement all major loudness standards, including EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. RTW’s Loudness Range (LRA) instrument features the MagicLRA mode, a simple and intuitive view displaying integrated loudness and loudness variances within short time periods. Apart from the monitoring controller, the eight-channel SurroundMonitor 11900 implements all the same metering functions from the SurroundControl systems.

“Due to Blu-ray discs and other current distribution formats, there is a clear increase in the demand for 7.1 audio,” says Mahmoud Chatah, director of marketing and sales, RTW. “The integration of the 7.1 DD+ format in the SurroundControl 31900/31960 and SurroundMonitor 11900 product lines once again demonstrates RTW’s constant commitment to its customers’ evolving needs.”

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