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Audio and Architecture Integrate Seamlessly In Award-Winning James A. Michener Art Museum With HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and BSS Audio Components

Acoustical and A/V design consulting firm Metropolitan Acoustics deployed JBL AC28/95 compact loudspeakers with BSS Audio Soundweb London signal processing at the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Putnam Pavilion.

DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania — The James A. Michener Art Museum recently completed the construction of the Putnam Pavilion, a 2,700-square-foot addition to the existing structure that was the recipient of the prestigious 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia Gold Merit Award. With its three 23-foot-high structural glass walls, some of the largest such architectural glass panels in North America, the building’s design is indeed visually striking. In order to maintain the architectural integrity of the space, Philadelphia acoustical and A/V design consulting firm Metropolitan Acoustics deployed HARMAN’s JBL AC28/95 compact loudspeakers with a BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor and BLU-BIB Break-In Box to overcome some unusual sonic and logistical challenges.

Saben Shawhan, Senior Consultant at Metropolitan Acoustics explained how the building’s unique architecture played a major role in specifying the audio system. “Wherever you have large expanses of glass, you know you’re going to have to deal with the potential for excessive reverberation. Additionally, to give the room a cleaner appearance the ceiling has a series of narrow tracks that are painted black. These tracks house the lighting as well as the sprinkler heads, smoke detectors and rigging points for portable equipment – and the architects also wanted the speakers to be hidden in these tracks.”

The Putnam Pavilion is used for art exhibits, corporate and special events. In addition to background music, sound system uses include support for small musical groups and presentations, so Shawhan needed speakers that would fit in the limited space, and deliver clear, articulate sound with good coverage throughout the space while maintaining a high degree of control. He found the solution in JBL’s AC28/95 compact loudspeakers. “We used 16 of the JBL AC28/95s, which gave us significant output to cover the room. These speakers provide a higher degree of control in the mid-range frequencies than what is available from any other speaker in this size and price range, and the speaker’s 90 x 50-degree waveguide gave us the control over the high frequencies to keep them from bouncing off the glass.”

Because of the varying uses of the facility, audio processing was a major consideration as well, and Metropolitan Acoustics included a BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor with a BSS BLU-BIB in the system design. “We expanded the capabilities of the AC28/95’s with the BLU-100’s extensive DSP capabilities, and used a little more processing power than would normally be required in less acoustically challenging spaces. For this installation we needed more than just a simple mixer. We never know where people are going to set up in the room, so we divided the system into six zones that can be operated independently. A user can turn each zone down or off as needed, and this helps with feedback control,” added Shawhan.

“The Putnam Pavilion is a high-end space and expectations were high for sound quality. Because Soundweb London is a comprehensive processing system, it gives us the zone management capabilities we needed for the installation, and enables the speakers to achieve the best possible sound in an acoustically challenging space,” stated Shawhan.

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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Firehouse Productions Rings In the Holiday Season at Z100’s Jingle Ball 2012 With HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and Crown Amplifiers

NEW YORK, New York — When New York contemporary hit radio station Z100 throws a holiday party, it pulls out all the stops—Z100’s Jingle Ball 2012 was held in Madison Square Garden and hosted performances by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Cher Lloyd and others. The sellout crowd enjoyed an immersive sonic experience, courtesy of more than 100 of HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series and VERTEC® line array enclosures and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

“For Jingle Ball 2012 we needed a system that would provide plenty of power yet have clarity and presence even over an enthusiastic crowd of screaming fans,” said Mark Dittmar, Lead Design and Integration Engineer of Red Hook, New York sound reinforcement contractor Firehouse Productions. “We went all out with a VTX/ VERTEC setup that provided full 360-degree coverage to every one of the 20,000 seats in the Garden.”

Firehouse deployed seven line array columns—two main hangs of 18 VTX Series V25 fullsize line array elements each, two side hangs of 14 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements each and three rear hangs each comprising 12 VT4889’s. Sixteen VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements were used for front fill and 24 VERTEC VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers delivered the low end. All the speakers were driven by Crown I-Tech HD Series amps, with the new 4-channel 4x3500HD powering the center hang.

Firehouse has been relying on JBL VERTEC line arrays for more than 10 years especially in major arena situations. “Along with their superior sound quality and installation flexibility, their focused coverage pattern is ideal for concerts where there’s seating all around the venue and 360-degree coverage is required, yet where the sound has to stay clear, focused and intelligible,” explained Dittmar.

“That said, the JBL VTX Series is yet another sonic step up—the capabilities of the new VTX Series are really quite a step forward. The V25 has so much more low-end power that we didn’t have to fly subwoofers along with the main arrays as we did with the previous Jingle Ball—all the subs were placed on the floor, which meant that we had to hang two fewer arrays in the air, making the installation a little simpler and cleaner.”

“The JBL line arrays and Crown amps are made for each other,” said Dittmar. “The output of the amps can be precisely programmed to match the sonic characteristics of each of the VTX and VERTEC speakers. In particular, the inclusion of the newest VTX and VERTEC V5 preset tunings in the Crown amps really took the performance of the loudspeakers beyond anything we were able to achieve before in terms of coverage, coherence, tonal balance and overall clarity.”

“Jingle Ball 2012 was the first time we ever used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and we wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t have complete confidence,” Dittmar concluded. “Not that a job like this is ever easy, but Performance Manager made doing Jingle Ball 2012 noticeably easier than it had been in previous years.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit www.firehouseproductions.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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

XPAND 3D and AVRover Introduce Co-Branded 3D Glasses for Education Market

LOS ANGELES, California – XPAND 3D and AVRover have partnered to develop and distribute co-branded 3D glasses for the education market. The first 1,000 pairs, which are based on XPAND’s market-leading EDUX3 glasses, are currently being manufactured and will be part of AVRover’s “3D AVRover” portable 3D presentation systems.

The 3D AVRover includes a 3D DLP Projector, 3D Computer with 3D Content, three built-in speakers, a mixer amplifier with microphone input as well as XLR out, laptop connections, two locking storage drawers, a retractable power cord, heavy duty casters, and much more. The 3D AVRover provides a complete 3D education solution in a single portable unit, which creates a sharable resource between classrooms
The XPAND EDUX3 3D Glasses feature the fastest active-shutter technology on the market for the best and the brightest 3D images available. Their Extended White-Light Range capability gives them the longest viewing distance in the industry. EDUX3 3D Glasses work without any installation—simply turn them on to view 3D content. The glasses also use standard, over-the-counter CR2032 batteries for easy battery replacement, with an average of 100 hours of battery life.
“We have enjoyed a successful relationship with AVRover’s use of XPAND 3D glasses in their products and the new co-branded XPAND/AVRover glasses are the next step in this collaboration between two leaders in 3D education,” said Jodi Szuter of XPAND 3D. “The 3D AVRover integrates a high-quality, all-in-one interactive 3D learning solution and we are looking forward to seeing our co-branded glasses in schools throughout the U.S.”

“XPAND 3D has been instrumental in bringing a high quality 3D experience to the classroom. We are proud to co-brand such a phenomenal product that has become integral in the 3D AVRover solution,” said Douglas Smith, President of AVRover. “The ultimate goal is to increase student achievement and our collaboration on these glasses is only the beginning of what AVRover and XPAND 3D will bring to the education market.”

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

For more information on AVRover, please visit www.avrover.com

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

About AVRover:
AVRover is leading the education and training industries in creating the highest quality, easiest to use and most secure, portable educational solutions. AVRover helps educators overcome the challenges they face including: increasing student achievement, finding the right technology, engaging their students and making the most of limited resources. Complete educational technology solutions include: 3D systems, portable interactive whiteboards, broadcast and distance learning systems, and wireless Apple™/Android™ device mirroring. AVRovers are being used nationwide in K-12 and higher education successfully engaging students and increasing test scores. Many private schools use them as a recruiting tool. Currently 7 out of the top 10 K-12 districts in the U.S. have purchased AVRovers.

Watermark Community Church Gives Kudos to KUDO

Acoustic Dimensions and Clair Brothers Audio Systems move and expand L-ACOUSTICS PA from interim worship space to new 3,500-seat main sanctuary

DALLAS, Texas — After four years of holding services in its 2,100-seat interim worship center, Dallas’ Watermark Community Church has now moved its congregation into a beautiful new 3,500-seat main sanctuary. Acoustic Dimensions once again served as the consultant for the client and, as it did in the past, specified an L-ACOUSTICS KUDO loudspeaker system, which was installed by Clair Brothers Audio Systems. more

Bay Area High Schools Give L-ACOUSTICS KIVA High Marks

Shalleck Collaborative specifies KIVA and KARA systems for half a dozen secondary school theater venues

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s San Mateo Union High Schools District is currently in the process of remodeling — and, in some instances, totally replacing — the theaters of six of its high schools: Aragon, Burlingame, Capuchino, Hillsdale, Mills, and the flagship San Mateo location. Theater consulting for each of the venues was provided by San Francisco’s Shalleck Collaborative, which specified L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker systems throughout. more

Kramer Introduces the C−HM/HM/PRO High−speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet

The C−HM/HM/PRO is the perfect cable for the most demanding HDMI installations

Kramer Electronics is pleased

C-HM/HM/PRO High-speed HDMI Cable

C-HM/HM/PRO High-speed HDMI Cable

to introduce the C−HM/HM/PRO high−speed HDMI cable with Ethernet capability. The Kramer C−HM/HM/PRO cable is designed for advanced equipment that requires high speed cable connections to ensure a high definition experience with the maximum audio and visual impact.
Kramer’s C−HM/HM/PRO is a recently−released high speed HDMI cable from a series of HDMI cables, all supporting the latest−generation HDMI features including HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), Audio Return Channel, 3DTV, and 4K resolution capability.
The C−HM/HM/PRO features a high data transfer rate of up to 10.2Gbps. It supports resolutions of 720p/1080i/1080p and is ideal for connecting HD devices to HD/full HD plasma/LCD, PSP3, Blu−ray and HD DVD.
The C−HM/HM/PRO supports multi−channel audio stream for external decoding by AV receivers and automatic audio syncing capabilities. It also supports Deep Color, including 24−bit, 30−bit, 36−bit and 48−bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths. This feature makes the C−HM/HM/PRO ideal for multimedia applications or home cinema and surround systems.
The C−HM/HM/PRO is equipped with Kramer’s unique, flexible jacket that holds the cable tightly in place while simultaneously providing flexibility for challenging installations. The C−HM/HM/PRO also comes with Kramer’s pull resistant connectors which can withstand up to 15 lbs of force. This pull resistant connector design is available on more Kramer cables, such as the C−HM/HM, C−HM/HM/PRO, C−HM/HM/FLAT/ ETH and C−MHM/MHM HDMI . The cables are HDMI compliant and are backwards compatible. The gold−plated connectors resist corrosion and provide the best possible connectivity.
The C−HM/HM/PRO can be ordered pre−terminated in a varied selection of lengths from 0.9m to 15.2m (3, 6, 10, 15, 25, 35 and 50ft). It is the perfect cable for highly demanding installations.
The C−HM/HM/PRO is currently in stock and available for ordering from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.
For more information about Kramer cable solutions as well as Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video’s products, please go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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