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FSR’s New CORE Product Line Addresses Floor Space Challenge

COOL OVERHEAD RACK ENCLOSURES OFFER SOLUTIONS FOR CLASSROOMS, BOARDROOMS AND MEETING ROOMS

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, is debuting its new CORE family of products to help solve the challenges of today’s classrooms, boardrooms and meeting rooms where floor space has reached an all-time premium.

With FSR’s Cool Overhead Rack Enclosures (CORE), which consists of the Ceiling Box family of above ceiling rack enclosures, and the brand new Top Shelf wall mounted rack enclosure, the company can offer viable options to facilities which can no longer afford to devote floor space to equipment racks or credenzas.

“Let’s face it, many facilities today just don’t have the same amount of floor space any longer to devote to large equipment racks,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With our new CORE family of products, FSR has the solution. We are thrilled to be able to introduce these powerful options to the industry, which includes the Ceiling Box family and Top Shelf wall-mounted rack enclosure, that target today’s challenges of space constraints.”

The Ceiling Box family is installed in a standard 2’ x 2’ or 2’ x 4’ drop ceilings and provides from 2 ½ rack to 4 full rack spaces for equipment mounting. Optionally, the Ceiling Box family can be equipped with a projector pole mount adapter so that the projector can mount directly to the ceiling box and cables can disappear through the pole.

The newest member of the CORE family is the Top Shelf wall mounted rack. Top Shelf mounts to a wall just below the ceiling in installations without a drop ceiling or where space above the drop ceiling is limited. The Top Shelf provides four rack units of mounting space and the plastic cover allows RF and WiFi signals to pass unobstructed between the equipment and the room.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Antelope Audio Brings Good Cheer to the Audio Community with Holiday Sales on High-End Converters and Clocks, Including Zodiac+, Trinity and Eclipse 384

Antelope Audio announced that it is once again offering significant year-end, holiday discounts on its most popular and accessible products designed for audiophiles and audio professionals. Between now and December 31st 2012, select Antelope dealers will be offering the company’s Zodiac+, Trinity and Eclipse 384 at a discount of 15 percent off street price.

“Good clocking and conversion are fundamental building blocks towards achieving the best possible audio quality,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “By taking advantage of our holiday discounts and acquiring Antelope’s best-in-class technology, audiophiles and music professionals can measurably improve the performance of their systems, whether they are listening to music or creating it.”

Antelope Audio’s clocking and conversion technology is used by the most discriminating engineers and mastering professionals in the music, film and television industries, and is a staple in many famous recording studios around the world. The company’s popular line of Zodiac D/A converters represent an elegant solution for nearly any home A/V system, and can dramatically improve overall audio performance.

Following is product and pricing information for items included in the sale:
Zodiac+ HD Mastering 192kHz DAC: Was $2,696, now $2,299
Trinity Universal HD Master Clock: Was $2,995, now $2,549
Eclipse 384 Mastering AD/DA Converter: Was $6,995, now $5,946

To take advantage of Antelope Audio’s holiday discounts, customers in the U.S. may contact Sweetwater.com, Vintage King, Alto Music and JSS. For complete product information, please visit the Antelope Audio website.

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Iconyx Delivers a Top-Down Approach for Two Aquatic Centers

chilliwack renkus heinzChilliwack, BC, Canada – For an audio professional, creating a sound system for a large aquatic center is not a simple task. The combination of high walls, corrugated metal roofs, and an abundance of concrete, glass, and water makes for an acoustical environment that is far from pretty, even before it’s packed with noisy revelers.

Rising to the challenge was Chilliwack-based Go Audio, the company behind the audio installations at both Cheam Leisure Centre and cross-town neighbor Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre. Both projects employed a very novel design approach featuring the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered array.

Unlike most applications where the steered array is used as a vertical column line array, the approach at the aquatic centers involved suspending the Iconyx from the roof overhead, and steering the beams to focus the sound away from the walls and other highly reflective surfaces.

The Cheam project came first. Go Audio’s Mike Evans called Fred Gilpin of Renkus-Heinz distributor Contact Distribution, and asked him to have a look at the project. “We’ve worked with Fred on other projects, including a church in Vancouver that had very challenging acoustics,” says Evans. “We installed Iconyx IC16 and IC8 there and it worked great, so we were confident that Iconyx would be the best choice.”

The Cheam system includes six IC7-WR powered column arrays, with a Rane processor handling system DSP. “Because of the Iconyx’s very narrow vertical dispersion, we positioned four IC7’s horizontally over the outer walkway, aimed slightly inward,” Evans explains. “We were able to keep the sound completely off the walls and cover just the walkway and a bit of the pool. Two more IC7’s suspended at 45 degrees cover the water with minimal overlap. The coverage is seamless wherever you are, with no need for delays.”

Based on the success of the Cheam project, Go Audio was called back to revamp the audio system at Chilliwack Landing. “That project was a bit more challenging,” says Evans. “The space is configured a bit differently, and there was some ductwork we had to work around as well. We ended up using a total of ten Iconyx boxes to cover everything.” With an existing rack of Crown CTi-series amplifiers and wiring already in place, the decision was made to go with unpowered ICX7-WR units.

Evans reports that management and patrons alike at both venues have been very pleased with the results. “The primary objective was spoken word intelligibility for safety announcements and such,” he says. “But the Iconyx has been great for background music as well. Typically in this sort of environment, it’s just too reverberant to run background music at the levels necessary to overcome the ambient noise. But with the Iconyx, the music is exceptionally articulate, even at lower levels.”

Evans concludes, “I was amazed the first time I stepped out of an Iconyx steered beam and immediately recognized how useful this speaker system would be! It’s very gratifying hearing the clarity Iconyx delivers in these challenging environments.”

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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. 

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PESA Welcomes Dewaine McClellan as International Sales Manager

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced that Dewaine McClellan joined the company on Nov. 5 as international sales manager. He is responsible for sales of all PESA product lines to territories outside the United States and Canada.

McClellan has built his sales career through positions with several communication and video technology companies. Most recently, he served as director of telecom sales for Kavveri Telecom. Previously, he was the Eastern U.S. director of telecom sales for Rymsa and a sales liaison for Telecast Fiber Systems. McClellan also spent more than a decade at PESA in various positions, including sales manager for the Asia/Pacific region and customer service manager.

“We are happy to welcome Dewaine back to the PESA family. Previously, he developed an understanding of our products from both an engineering and a sales and support standpoint, and in his new role he will help the company better serve the global markets,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “As we move to strengthen PESA’s worldwide sales, Dewaine’s experience in working with a variety of clients and broadcast applications will be a great asset in introducing our products to a broader user base.”

McClellan is based out of the company’s main office in Huntsville. He can be reached at (256) 479-4052 or via e-mail at dmcclellan@pesa.com.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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ENTASYS Delivers Low Profile, Big Sound for Legendary San Francisco Theater

communityproSan Francisco, CA – December 2012….. The Lincoln Highway was the first automobile road across the United States, stretching from New York’s Times Square to San Francisco. Marking the road’s western end, high on a hill overlooking the Pacific and the Golden Gate Bridge, is the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. The building, a magnificent three-quarter-scale reproduction of Paris’ Palais de la Légion d’Honneur, is home to a wide and varied collection of ancient and European art spanning more than 6,000 years.

The Palace is also home to the Florence Gould Theater, an ornate 333-seat jewel box auditorium designed by museum architect George Applegarth. Opened in 1924 as the Little Theater, the venue hosts a regular calendar of concerts, lectures and theater performances.

The theater’s massive columns, rounded walls, and domed ceilings create a breathtaking environment, as well as some legendary challenging acoustics. “The room has no acoustic treatment whatsoever, and an abundance of hard surfaces,” offers Joe Orlando of Atwater, CA-based Commercial Media Systems. “It’s highly reverberant, and spoken word intelligibility is pretty much non-existent.” Commercial Media created the system design and assisted the Museum’s production department with the installation.

“The room works great if you’re onstage and you have a good, theatrical speaking voice,” observes John Anaya, Production Manager for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “But for amplified sound, the room has some very problematic reflections. In fact, we found that the best seats in the house for sound were in the very back of the theater, while the front rows had terrible sound.”

Over the years, a succession of audio systems has failed to make a significant impact on the problem, until CMS recommended an upgrade to four Community ENTASYS high-performance column line arrays. A pair of ENTASYS full-range columns are mounted on either side of the proscenium, powered by the museum’s existing Hafler amps.

“Due to the room’s architecture we had to mount the speakers much higher than what would have been the optimal height,” Orlando explains. “But the ENTASYS columns enabled us to angle the arrays and focus the sound downward to the seating area, and off the walls and domed ceiling. ENTASYS is really the only system that would have worked in that space.”

“Of course, we were not going to put anything in here that affected the aesthetics of the room,” adds Anaya. “The ENTASYS speakers blend into the space perfectly; they match the walls so well, we find we have to point out to people where the speakers are.”

Anaya sums it up: “It has been like night and day. The clarity in the room is phenomenal.”

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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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Extron Introduces New Three Input Switcher with HDMI and Fiber Optic Outputs

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX T USW 203, a three input switcher with an integrated fiber optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video, stereo audio, and RS-232 control signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for exceptional high resolution image performance, this three input switcher uses Extron all-digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of video images at resolutions up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Analog AV input signals are digitized to ensure that a high quality signal is transmitted to the final destination. To streamline installation and system operation, the switcher includes integration-friendly features such as buffered HDMI output and VGA input loop-through, EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding, auto-input switching, RS-232 control, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX T USW 203 is ideal for a wide range of applications requiring long distance transmission of high resolution content with the highest quality. more

Community ENTASYS Provides the Audio Solution for the Heilig Hart Church

Boom, Belgium – December 2012….. The Heilig Hart (Sacred Heart) church in Boom, just South of Antwerp in Belgium, has recently had a new Community audio system installed by communication and integration specialist, Zelzate-based Tevean nv.

With capacity for up to 700 people and contemporary architecture, the large open space required good pattern control loudspeakers to avoid the reflective surfaces in the highly reverberant environment. Community ENTASYS three-way, full-range, column-line-array systems were chosen for their ideal wide horizontal and extremely narrow vertical dispersion. As the system is used for music and small concerts, in addition to its prime function of speech reinforcement, compact dual 12-inch Community VLF212 subwoofers were incorporated to extend the low frequency and add powerful bass performance.

Providing flexibility with simple control, Tevean installed a Symetrix Solus 8 open architecture 8×8 DSP with control via a Symetrix ARC-2e menu-driven wall panel remote. A variety of Clockaudio and MIPRO ACT-5 wireless microphones meet the fixed and portable requirements of the church.

Mario Clabots, managing director of the equipment supplier, M-Pro, commented, “The client and visitors are very pleased with the excellent audio quality, wide coverage and sound levels the system provides. It achieves very high intelligibility right to the back of the church and delivers the ideal solution for both speech and music.”

 

 

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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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11 Distributors Form Catalyst AV Nationwide Distribution Network of Specialty Products

11 Distributors Form Catalyst AV Nationwide Distribution Network of Specialty Products

Established local-area professionals supporting integrators through personalized selling and servicing

Burlington, MA – December 13, 2012 – Catalyst AV (www.catalystav.com), a new nationwide distribution network comprised of 11 independent distributors that serve the residential and professional AV channels in the US, today announced its formation.

Operating from 16 locations across the US, the Catalyst AV network serves more than 10,000 professional integration companies. According to board member Mike Hench the group is committed to maintaining sustained inventory levels to assure next-day (and where applicable same-day) delivery in the continental U.S.

The members of Catalyst AV share a common vision as to how better serve the integrator and the manufacturer. This includes fostering personal relationships through one-on-one selling and servicing, offering project consultation and design, and providing top-tier technical support.

The group will use its 16 locations to host manufacturer training events and product showcases. Special emphasis will be placed on technologies that frequently cause installation compatibility issues such as networking, media distribution and home control.

”Given changing market conditions and the growing intricacies of systems integration, we believe in-depth support in all these arenas is crucial for the continued sustenance and growth of the integrator’s business model,” says Hench.

“Taking on the demands of just-in-time inventory and providing real backbone tech support like helping with setup, troubleshooting, debugging, etc., truly makes us a key part of the supply chain,” furthers Hench.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (Pacific Northwest / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (California)
• HCA Distributing (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (Plains States)
• SPD (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (Mid-Atlantic)

The Catalyst AV Board of Directors are:
• Mike Hench – Electronics Source principal (former president of The EDGE Distributors Group)
• Steve Presti – Easy Access Distribution principal (former president of DDG)
• Wally Whinna – Allnet Distributing principal (former executive vice president and co-founder of AVAD)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, line shows and training events.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

Verrex Adds Ferentinos to Enterprise AV Sales Team

Verrex's Michael Ferentinos

Verrex's Michael Ferentinos

AV systems integrator Verrex welcomes Michael Ferentinos to its Sales group. Michael, who joins with a broad range of ProAV and broadcast experience, will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 December 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, today announced that Michael Ferentinos has joined as Account Executive for the metropolitan New York area. Mr. Ferentinos will be responsible for matching Verrex’s full range of AV systems design, integration and managed services solutions to corporate market needs. He will report directly to Verrex Vice President of Sales, Bill Chamberlin.

“Overseeing the roadmap for our clients’ conferencing and collaboration strategies requires high-caliber consultative, technical and interpersonal skills,” said Mr. Chamberlin. “Michael is a proven leader in this respect. He is an excellent fit to put Verrex workplace solutions to work for a growing and diverse array of clients.”

Mr. Ferentinos is an industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience in systems integration and technology vendor services. Prior to joining Verrex he was Project Manager for Harris Broadcast working with clients such as the NBA, Fox News, New Jersey Meadowlands Stadium and the United Nations on a broad range of audiovisual and broadcast projects. Additional career highlights include Operations & Project Services Director for Manhattan Crewing Company and increasingly senior roles at The Systems Group, culminating as Production Manager. During his career, Ferentinos has worked with clients such as NBC News, CNBC, the Conan O’Brien Show, ABC Good Morning America, MTV Networks and the National Geographic Channel.

“Exceeding the expectations of my clients is a requisite,” added Mr. Ferentinos. “However, a successful project and relationship means not only am I committed, but the entire organization responsible for delivery. This is an established Verrex approach and clear differentiator that my clients can take real value from. I am excited to join such a client-centric organization.”

Mr. Ferentinos is based out of Verrex’s Corporate & Global headquarters in Mountainside, New Jersey and can be reached at mferentinos@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports conferencing and collaboration systems globally that allow companies to communicate and collaborate through video conferencing and other audio visual technologies. Verrex’s approach is driven by a proprietary quality-management process and focus on documentation to deliver consistency and best-in-class standards across an entire enterprise. Led by full-service offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has built an allied network across 40 countries to share its vision of exceptional integration and support services worldwide. For information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Stampede Helps ProAV Integrator Make The Big Time

Every ProAV integration company has to start somewhere, and that often involves partnering with distributors that can decide the fate of the integrator based on the credit line they extend, the support they provide and the product selection they offer. When Vancouver-based NGX Interactive grew their digital content company into a full-fledged integration firm, they contacted several ProAV distributors and found that Stampede was the only distributor that really understood their business plan and believed in them from the start, extending them a line of credit and even helping them to choose the best products and lend design advice for their installations.

“The problem for a lot of small firms is they have a tough time getting accounts with large distributors due to credit issues and other factors,” said NGX VP of Business Development Thomas Hepburn.“We had been purchasing from local resellers and it just wasn’t a sustainable business model—the costs were too high and there was no personal relationship. One of our friends at a display manufacturer recommended we reach out to Stampede, and once we did they recognized right away that we were a small firm with big ambitions.

“Stampede believed in what we were doing and wanted to get on board, and ever since our relationship with them has been incredible. From the advice and personal support they provide to their never-fail service and on-time delivery, they have helped us grow and deliver amazing ProAV solutions.”

Since partnering with Stampede in 2011, NGX has completed several large installations featuring new technologies such as multi-touch video walls and projection video wallsatthe University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences building and an interactive game that combines carnival-style water guns with a large video wall for a new exhibit at TELUS World of Science BC. The company works on the cutting edge of touch technologies and has also implemented multitouch tabletop displays for several clients.

According to Stampede President and COO Kevin Kelly, “We partner with ProAV integrators of all sizes, whether they are new or have been around for 30 years, and provide them the same unparalleled level of service and support we’ve become famous in the industry for. To succeed in this industry, integrators need to have a partner they can rely on to deliver exactly what they need, right when they need it, and be able to help them choose products and design complex AV systems that delight their clients.
We’re always thrilled when we can help a new partner grow and deliver above and beyond their clients’ expectations. NGX Interactive is just one example of how Stampede supports the little guys, and their story is inspiring to other new ProAV integrators hoping to get their big break.”

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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