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“David Bowie is”: Sennheiser Helps the V&A Bring Together Sound and Vision

London/Wedemark – March 20, 2013 – The world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has curated a unique exhibition on one of the most influential artists of our times: David Bowie. Designed to take visitors on an unforgettable, multi-faceted journey of sound and style, “David Bowie is” will open its doors to the public on 23 March. In order to ensure the best audio experience for visitors, the V&A has worked in partnership with audio specialist Sennheiser which – alongside other audio equipment – deployed its guidePORT audio guide system and two immersive 3D sound simulations.

David Bowie has been at the forefront of the world of popular music for nearly 50 years, and his immense creativity positions him as one of the most innovative performers of all time. His work is marked by continual re-invention, intellectual depth, musical innovation and striking visual presentation. Re-tracing Bowie’s creativity and influences from all areas of art, the exhibition shows a wealth of material, including videos, stage costumes, album covers, stage sets, photographs and of course Bowie’s music. For this, the exhibition’s curators, V&A’s Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, were given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive.

Sound at the heart of the exhibition
The exhibition is designed to be an immersive audio experience. Sound quality is therefore one of the most critical elements, and the organisers have drawn on the expertise and technology of audio specialist Sennheiser to craft the exhibition’s rich soundscape.

Fittingly for a tribute to an artist that has embraced technology throughout his career, the exhibition uses leading edge tools to blend sound and vision. Audio guides, powered by Sennheiser’s guidePORT system, automatically provide the music and soundtrack when visitors approach the exhibits and screens, and seamlessly integrate all sound material into the tour. The exhibition will use 550 bodypacks with Sennheiser stereo headphones, offering a simple solution that lets the visitor explore Bowie’s music, art, and style with all their senses.

While two audio events are directly stored on the visitors’ bodypack receivers – a welcome text when entering the exhibition and an “extro” when leaving – all other music and video sound is transmitted as real-time, lip-sync stereo audio from eleven twin cell transmitters. These rack-mount units are located in two control rooms that also accommodate the control PC for the guidePORT system. The visitors’ receivers automatically download the audio when they pass by the corresponding guidePORT antenna units, and “know” which track to play when they approach so-called identifiers, small trigger units placed near the exhibits – just like an indoor GPS.

“This is a fully automated yet entirely personal tour, as the exhibition can be explored in whatever order and at any pace whatsoever. The audio is always played at the right time for each visitor,” explains Norbert Hilbich, Sennheiser Application Engineering, who assisted in the set-up of the guidePORT system. Tours with a tour-guide are possible too. For this, the museum uses a convenient bodypack transmitter with a headset microphone, enabling the guides to both make tailor-made commentary for their guests and trigger any of the pre-recorded exhibition material as they like.

3D audio simulation

The audio voyage through the exhibition culminates in two extraordinary 3D audio experiences. Viewing footage of David Bowie perform live concerts and recordings filmed for TV, visitors are enveloped within a fantastically spatial performance of his music delivered by hidden Neumann and Klein+Hummel loudspeakers. This 3D sound experience is also used during Tony Visconti’s evocative “mash-up” of Bowie songs, created specially for the exhibition by Bowie’s long-term producer.

To enable both stereo and mono material to be played as a 3D reproduction, an upmix algorithm by Sennheiser’s Gregor Zielinsky was used. “We had some really old mono material, not exactly recorded under the best of circumstances”, explained Gregor Zielinsky, International Recording Applications Manager. “With the algorithm and some fine-tuning in the studio we ensured that this rare material can now be enjoyed in an astonishingly new form.”

Geoffrey Marsh, co-curator of the exhibition, said, “’David Bowie is’ will integrate over 300 objects and costumes from the David Bowie Archive with high-quality sound and video to create a seamless evocation of Bowie’s career over five decades. This is the first major UK exhibition where sound is an integral part of the interpretation. Working with Sennheiser on audio delivery has been a fantastic opportunity. They have pushed the boundaries as to how sound can evoke, provoke and inspire visitors and they have created a genuinely multi-media museum experience which has been a challenging objective but one we are delighted to have done with Sennheiser’s support and expertise.“

Paul Whiting, President of Global Sales at Sennheiser, commented: “The Victoria and Albert Museum designed ‘David Bowie is’ to be as much about the sonic as the visual. The Sennheiser audio guide and groundbreaking sound system were installed with this in mind. Our sound engineers have used their considerable expertise and the kind of audio design normally found only at major music events. Sennheiser was innovating when many of these sounds were created, and we have pushed the barriers of sound again to enable you to hear Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke the way Bowie, Visconti or Eno intended.”

Following its run at the V&A the exhibition will tour internationally (venues to be confirmed).

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million euros in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

For more information about the V&A “David Bowie is“ exhibition (23 March – 11 August 2013) please contact the V&A Press Office press.office@vam.ac.uk or +44 (0) 2079422502.

The equipment used includes…
(for the tourguide system):
• 550 guidePORT bodypack receivers for visitors (GP EK 3202-5-1)
• 1,000 dynamic stereo headphones (PX 100 II) with hygiene pads
• 11 cell transmitters for transmitting music and soundtrack to visitors (GP SR 3200-2)
• 34 active antenna modules (GP AM 3000) for the cell transmitters
• 48 indoor indentifiers (GP ID 3200-IN) to trigger the audio
• 55 charging units (GP L 3202-10)
• 1 bodypack transmitter with headset mic for a tour-guide (GP SK 3202-0-1 and HS 2)
• guidePORT installation and statistics software
(for the 3D simulation):
• 10 Neumann O 410 three-way loudspeakers
• 4 Neumann KH 870 sub-woofers
• 2 Klein+Hummel IS 153 three-way loudspeakers
• 8 Klein+Hummel IS 123 three-way loudspeakers
• 2 Klein+Hummel IS Sub 215 subwoofers

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JVC to Debut New Products, Upgraded Capabilities for GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Camera at NAB 2013

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will introduce a variety of new products, reveal major broadcast industry sales, and unveil an upgraded version of its handheld mobile news camera, the GY-HM650, at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem connected to the back of the camera via USB, the GY-HM650 2.0 upgrade leverages the camera’s unique dual codec technology to stream live video transmissions in the background while shooters continue to record footage. The camera already records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats – including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD – and is capable of uploading recorded clips to an FTP server.

“Attendees were very impressed with our built-in file transfer technology when we debuted the GY-HM650 at the NAB Show last year, but that just scratched the surface of what this camera can do,” said Dave Walton, JVC assistant vice president of marketing and communications. “We have added direct support for 4G LTE modems and leveraged our unique dual codec technology to generate live TV streams. Now, you can continue to record footage while you transmit video back to your broadcast facility in real time. It all happens in the camera with a small Verizon modem attached, so there’s no backpack or other add-ons required.”

Customers who currently own GY-HM650s will be able add the new features at no charge with a firmware upgrade.

Also at NAB, JVC will premiere its new GY-HM70U ProHD camcorder. With an MSRP of $1,995, the GY-HM70 will appeal to event/wedding videographers and educational users who want a full-sized, shoulder-mount camcorder but have limited budgets. Built around a 1/2.3-inch 12 megapixel CMOS imager and JVC’s advanced FALCONBRID high-speed processor, the camera records 1080/60p, 1080/60i, and 480/60i (SD) footage in the AVCHD Progressive format to dual SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Priced for the entry-level professional video market, the GY-HM70 offers a number of innovative features, including JVC’s unique, hot swappable dual battery system, which allows for hours of continuous, uninterrupted shooting. It also includes a high quality 29.5mm wide-angle GT lens that offers smooth 16x dynamic zoom performance, as well as an optical image stabilizer, auto focus, focus assist, and manual focus, iris, and shutter controls.

JVC’s new PS-840UD Professional Series ProVérité 4K 84-inch LCD monitor will make its NAB debut as well. Designed for commercial installations requiring high quality on-screen images at an affordable price, it has a native screen resolution of 3840×2160, four times the resolution of HD, with 120Hz refresh rate and 10 bit color depth. The monitor is scheduled to ship in June with a suggested list price of $14,000.

JVC will also introduce a new portable/studio monitor, the DT-F9L5U. Ideal as a camera viewfinder or field production monitor, it features an 8.2-inch IPS panel with 1280×800 pixel array and mercury-free white LED backlight, plus a variety of inputs for current and legacy equipment. Also on display, JVC’s new GM-552D is a high contrast, full HD 55-inch monitor designed for 24/7 continuous operation in broadcast facilities and other applications.

Traditionally, JVC provides one of the NAB Show’s larger booths. Located in the Central Hall, this year’s exhibit will include a presentation area (with seating) to showcase the GY-HM650 2.0. An expansive camera demonstration area will provide hands-on access to GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 ENG cameras, as well as GY-HM790 ProHD cameras in full studio configurations. Another section of the demonstration area will be dedicated to economical camera options, including the GY-HM70 and GY-HM150 models. The booth will also feature JVC’s extensive professional monitor product lines, as well as an area dedicated to JVC’s professional Blu-ray recorders.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

Utah Scientific Announces 4K Routing Switcher

UTAH-100/UDS 4K Signal Support Designed for Ultra-High-Definition TV Production

SALT LAKE CITY — March 19, 2013 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced a major extension of the UTAH-100/UDS routing switcher family with a new range of routing switchers offering 6 Gbps UHD-SDI signal capabilities to support new 4K signal formats (both single- and multi-link) used in ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV production. The 6 Gbps UHD-SDI solutions will provide twice the density (at half the power) and outstanding performance at a substantially lower cost than competitive 3 Gbps multi-link solutions.

The UTAH-100/UDS 4K routers bring a cost-effective signal management solution to the growing world of UHD television. Routers in this new series are available in 32 x 32, 64 x 64, and 144 x 144 matrix sizes, and they offer the same control options as the successful UTAH-100/UDS routers introduced in 2012. Complementing the new 4K routers will be a 4K signal-processing module that provides multiplexing and demultiplexing of 1.5 Gbps and 3 Gbps streams to and from the 6 Gbps format.

This modular system is based on I/O modules with 16 ports, interconnected by a crosspoint fabric that allows any input signal to feed any number of output ports. For mixed-signal applications, the new 4K routers can also be fitted with 3G cards from the UTAH-100/UDS family, providing a full range of connectivity options including coax, fiber, IP-video, and DVI/HDMI interfaces.

The UTAH-100/UDS 4K routers are controlled and monitored through a built-in Web interface that allows users to operate the system from a Web browser for local or remote control. Hardware control panels and an iPad(R) app are also available to control the routers.

“Our UTAH-100/UDS family of routers can be exactly tailored to fit a wide variety of operational requirements in all types of applications,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “The 4K version is the result of our close cooperation with Semtech’s Gennum Product Group, which is rolling out a family of UHD-SDI components for the new signal formats. By working closely with component suppliers, we are able to offer our customers the solutions they are looking for as they incorporate the latest technologies into their routing infrastructure.”

Utah Scientific will demonstrate the UTAH-100/UDS 4K routing switcher at the 2013 NAB Show in booth N4607. More information on the UTAH-100/UDS family of routers and other Utah Scientific products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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About Utah Scientific Inc.
Throughout more than 35 years in business, Utah Scientific has earned its position as worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers by working with customers to meet their needs for advanced signal distribution and control technology. The company’s confidence in its industry-leading products is exemplified by its renowned no-fee, 10-year warranty and validated by multiple Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Leadership Awards. Additional information about Utah Scientific and its products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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Harmonic 2013 NAB Show Exhibitor Preview

At the 2013 NAB Show, Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, continues to set the bar for achieving operational and network cost efficiencies in broadcast and multiscreen production and delivery while enhancing the viewer experience. The company will showcase solutions that enable more efficient multiformat content production, more cost-effective distribution of content over any network, and better support of high-quality video delivery regardless of the display device. Throughout the show, Harmonic also will provide demonstrations of the next-generation Ultra HD digital video format and HEVC compression, as well as the company’s latest Ellipse(R) contribution encoder.

Key Products

Ellipse(R) Contribution Encoder
At the 2013 NAB Show, Harmonic will launch a new addition to the Ellipse(R) line of universal contribution encoders that combines pristine image quality with ultra-low latency. More details will be announced soon.

ProMedia(TM) Family of Multiscreen Solutions
The award-winning ProMedia(TM) Suite of software and appliance solutions is engineered to optimize video production workflows for live and high-volume video-on-demand multiscreen applications. New enhancements to the suite include further ad insertion and monetization capabilities, time-shift features, and broad support for ecosystem partners.

At the 2013 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate the recently unveiled ProMedia Carbon MP, a cloud-based transcoding service created for professional applications and available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Powered by the acclaimed Harmonic Rhozet(R) technology used in the ProMedia Carbon transcoding engine, ProMedia Carbon MP enables content creators, service providers, and media professionals to convert broadcast-quality video content quickly and cost-effectively to virtually any standard media format, making it an ideal transcoding solution for a wide range of applications. ProMedia Carbon MP allows users to transcode file-based video content in the cloud on an hourly basis. Users can also access the application’s powerful transcoding engine via a familiar XML API to deploy highly scalable, cloud-based transcoding workflows. In either scenario, the platform’s rich user interface and flexible API allows users to perform a host of critical video operations such as SD/HD and PAL/NTSC conversions, logo insertion, color correction, and multiformat closed-captioning processing.

Spectrum(TM) ChannelPort(TM) Integrated Channel Playout System
Harmonic will announce enhancements to the market-leading Spectrum(TM) media server product line. The Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system will feature powerful new channel-in-a-box capabilities such as dual DVEs with independent branding.

The Spectrum ChannelPort platform speeds the cost-effective deployment of new SD and HD television channels by integrating branding and master control switching with clip playback on the industry’s most trusted media server platform. Fully compatible with Spectrum MediaCenter(TM) and MediaDeck(TM) 7000 servers, ChannelPort fits seamlessly into existing production and playout infrastructures, reducing complexity and cutting the time it takes to launch new services.

Company Quote:

“Our 2013 NAB booth will demonstrate how integrated solutions from Harmonic provide greater flexibility and efficiency while delivering amazing video experiences. We will showcase solutions that address virtually every media production and delivery model today — and support emerging models that leverage technologies such as the MPEG-DASH streaming and HEVC compression standards for even greater efficiency gains.” — Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Harmonic.

Company Overview:

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Caption: Ellipse(R) 3000

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Caption: ProMedia(TM) Family of Multiscreen Solutions

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Caption: ProMedia(TM) Carbon

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Caption: Spectrum(TM) ChannelPort(TM)

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Caption: Spectrum(TM) ChannelPort(TM) Screen Shot

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Sonnet Announces New Thunderbolt Interface Option for Award-Winning Qio Professional Media Readers

Qio(TM), Qio CF4, Qio E3 Available With Included Thunderbolt(TM) Interface and Thunderbolt Cable

IRVINE, Calif. — March 14, 2013 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of its Qio(TM), Qio CF4, and Qio E3 professional media readers with a Thunderbolt(TM) interface option. Sonnet’s Qio professional media readers are high-speed, cost-effective alternatives to conventional card readers for videographers, studios, and photographers alike. The original Qio is the industry’s first device that supports all major HD video memory card formats in one compact high-performance device, reading at high speed from almost any memory card including SxS, P2, CompactFlash(R), SDHC(TM), and SDXC(TM). The Qio CF4 is a four-slot CompactFlash card reader, and the Qio E3 is a three-slot SxS card reader. All Qio models support concurrent file ingest from all slots to increase efficiency dramatically by reducing ingest times.

The new Thunderbolt interface kit option provides a connection from Qio media readers to any iMac(R), Mac(R) mini, MacBook Air(R), and MacBook Pro(R) computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port. Featuring robust locking mechanisms at both ends, the included PCIe(R) interface cable connects the Qio reader to the Thunderbolt interface. An included Thunderbolt cable connects the Thunderbolt interface to the computer or to the end of a Thunderbolt device chain.

“Sonnet’s Qio, Qio CF4, and Qio E3 have become essential tools for many working professionals using Mac Pro(R) and older MacBook Pro computers,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “With the addition of the new interface option, even more users can experience the blazing speed of Thunderbolt and Sonnet’s professional media readers.”

With the introduction of the Thunderbolt interface option for Qio readers, Sonnet has reduced the suggested retail prices by $100 each on existing Qio CF4 and Qio E3 models with either a PCIe card interface option or an ExpressCard interface option. For current Qio, Qio CF4, and Qio E3 owners, Sonnet will also offer for sale the Qio Thunderbolt Interface Kit.

The Qio with Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QIO-TB) has a suggested retail price of $1,099. The Qio CF4 with Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QIO-CF4-TB) and Qio E3 with Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QIO-E3-TB) each have a suggested retail price of $699. The Qio Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QTB-IFK) has a suggested retail price of $399. These products are expected to be available at the end of March. More information on these products is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/mediareaders/index.html.

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Sonnet Technologies at 2013 Musikmesse Show:

Thunderbolt(TM) Expansion Products
Exhibiting for the first time at Musikmesse, Sonnet will feature its latest line of Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) expansion solutions configured with compatible PCIe cards from Avid(R), Universal Audio(TM), RME (Synthax), Lynx Studio Technology, and others. Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express family of Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis products enables the use of full-size professional PCIe cards with Apple(R) mini, portable, and all-in-one computers with a Thunderbolt port. All Echo Express products — which support half- to full-length cards and are available in single- and dual-slot versions — will be displayed along with the award-winning xMac(TM) mini Server, which houses a Mac(R) mini and two PCIe cards connected via Thunderbolt in a 1U rackmount enclosure. All of Sonnet’s Echo Express family and the xMac mini Server feature dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of additional Thunderbolt peripherals.

Echo(TM) Express Pro — Now Supports Avid(R) ProTools|HDX PCIe(R) Cards
Sonnet’s top-of-the-line Echo(TM) Express Pro Thunderbolt(TM) expansion chassis now supports Avid(R) ProTools|HDX PCIe(R) cards, which enable pro audio engineers to build a seamless and highly portable audio editing workflow with just the chassis, one or two HDX cards, and a lightweight computer such as the Apple(R) Mac(R) mini, MacBook Pro(R), or MacBook Air(R). A supplementary connector has been added to the chassis to connect a power cable to PCIe cards that require additional power, including the Avid card. With this upgraded Thunderbolt technology product, plus the purchase of a Sonnet-exclusive power cable kit for Pro Tools|HDX PCIe cards, Mac users no longer have to use a Mac Pro(R) in their workflow in order to exploit the tremendous capabilities of Pro Tools|HDX. The Echo Express Pro is covered by Sonnet’s Pro five-year warranty.

The ProTools|HDX PCIe card joins the long list of expansion cards for audio professionals currently supported by the Sonnet Thunderbolt expansion chassis. Other cards include the HDSPe MADI FX from RME (Synthax), the Universal Audio(TM) UAD-2 line, and Lynx Studio Technology’s AES16e line.

Photo Caption: Echo(TM) Express Pro With Avid(R) HDX Cards
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/echo_express_pro_w_avid_hdx_cards.zip

xMac(TM) mini Server
Sonnet’s award-winning xMac(TM) mini Server securely mounts a Mac(R) mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe(R) 2.0 slots — with a 100W power supply for installed cards — to enable users to harness the power of a full-size pro digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire(R), and RAID controller cards. Temperature-controlled fans deliver strategic airflow to cool the enclosure that fits easily into any 19-inch or deeper rack. Two Thunderbolt(TM) ports — one to connect the PCIe slots to the Mac mini and a second for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices — are included. A USB 3.0 port and a power button on the front panel allow operation of the system without requiring access to the back of the computer. Panel-mount HDMI(R), Gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3.0 cables are included to connect the ports on the back of the Mac mini to ports on the back of the xMac mini Server for convenient external connection. One Thunderbolt cable is also included. The xMac mini Server is covered by Sonnet’s Pro five-year warranty.

Photo Caption: xMac(TM) mini Server
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/xmac_mini_images_newest.zip

Echo(TM) Express II
Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express II, the newest member of its line of Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) expansion products, is now shipping. Featuring two slots, the Echo Express II supports two half-length (up to 7.25 inches long) PCIe expansion cards, such as the Lynx AES16e and the RME HDSPe MADI FX. Equipped with an internal 100W power supply, the Echo Express II is covered by Sonnet’s Pro five-year warranty.

Photo Caption: Echo(TM) Express II
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/echo_express_ii_tb_chassis.zip

Echo(TM) Express SE
The Echo(TM) Express SE is the smallest, most portable member of Sonnet’s line of Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) expansion products. This value-priced product offers full Thunderbolt performance and supports a single half-length PCIe expansion card up to 6.6 inches long, such as a Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo, Duo, Quad, or Octo card. The Echo Express SE’s rugged case is constructed of aluminum to help dissipate heat from the installed card, as well as to protect it during transport.

Photo Caption: Echo(TM) Express SE
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/echo_express_se_r.zip

Tempo(TM) SSD and Tempo SSD Pro High-Performance 6 Gb/sec PCIe(R) 2.5-Inch SSD Cards
Sonnet’s Tempo(TM) SSD and Tempo SSD Pro are PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) 2.0 SATA cards to which one or two solid-state drives (SSDs) are directly attached, with the assembly installing neatly into a PCIe slot without the need for cables or brackets. Unlike other PCIe SSD cards, the Tempo SSD Pro and Tempo SSD utilize widely available 2.5-inch SATA SSDs (sold separately), giving users great flexibility in selecting the SSD capacity and performance that best suit their needs and budget, as well as the option to upgrade easily. Both cards have been updated to support booting in Mac Pro(R) (Early 2008 and newer) computers.

Photo Caption: Tempo(TM) SSD Pro — 6 Gb/sec SATA PCI Express(R) 2.5-Inch SSD Host Card
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/tempo_ssd_pro_w_ssds.zip

Company Quote:

“Across Europe, audio engineers are discovering how Sonnet’s Thunderbolt-enabled products can facilitate mobile and on-location workflows using the portable computers of their choice through integration with a host of complementary cards from Avid, RME, Lynx Studio Technology, and other providers,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “We look forward to introducing Musikmesse attendees to Sonnet’s full range of Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion solutions for today’s audio professionals — from rackmount systems like our xMac mini Server to our Echo Express desktop solutions.”

Company Overview:

Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Calrec at the 2013 NAB Show:

Hydra2 — Audio Routing System Integrated With Third-Party Demos
At NAB 2013, Calrec will showcase Hydra2′s ability to interact with third-party control and production automation equipment. To give broadcasters a sense of Hydra2′s potential as a networking solution, Calrec will exhibit its equipment in a scenario akin to how it would be used in an actual production environment.

Demonstrating the Calrec Serial Protocol will be a Ross switcher emulator in conjunction with Ross Overdrive technology, which will allow for visibility into and third-party control over a number of Calrec audio console settings such as fader position, PFL and cut control for paths on faders, routing to auxes from faders, output level control for auxes, routing to mains from faders, main output level/fader control, and LB/RB input switching for paths on faders.

The SW-P-08 protocol will incorporate a third-party router panel from LSB’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) to demonstrate remote control over input-to-output crosspoint patching. In addition to direct routing of physical inputs to outputs, it can also route to and from a console DSP via Calrec’s Hydra Patchbays.

Artemis Light Audio Console
Calrec will demonstrate Artemis Light, the newest member of its Artemis family of Bluefin2/Hydra2 audio consoles. New for NAB 2013, the Artemis Light introduces a new compact processing rack dedicated to delivering digital signal processing (DSP) and routing capabilities in a 4U enclosure.

Like all Artemis consoles, Artemis Light incorporates Bluefin2 high-density signal processing and Hydra2 networking technologies in the same compact yet extremely powerful and scalable control surface used by Artemis Shine and Artemis Beam. Employing the same hardware and software architecture, Artemis Light can be fully integrated with any existing Hydra2 network.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Artemisdark.zip
Photo Caption: Artemis Family of Bluefin2 Hydra2 Audio Consoles

Apollo Audio Console
Calrec’s Apollo audio console is also being showcased at the 2013 NAB show. Apollo provides unsurpassed processing power and a control surface with displays, touch screens, and light-emitting knobs that detail function and status. Calrec understands that in the fast-paced environment of live broadcast television, users need to have more control at their fingertips. Apollo’s ergonomic design makes two layers of channels available simultaneously, a feature unmatched by competing platforms.

The Calrec Apollo console relies on Bluefin2, the next generation of Calrec’s trademark Bluefin(TM) high-density signal processing system, to provide unrivalled resources. Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/track outputs, and 48 auxes.

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Photo Caption: Calrec Apollo Audio Console

Speaking Event:

Calrec is a member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry consortium dedicated to the development and promotion of a professional-quality streaming standard for networked audio and video content based on the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards. At the 2013 NAB Show, AVnu Alliance member Henning Kaltheuner of Riedel Communications is presenting a session.

When: April 11, 12-12:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC Room S227
What: “IEEE Ethernet AVB Standards and Their Applicability for Signal Transport in Broadcast Environments”
Who: Relevant to broadcasters using or considering the use of Ethernet network infrastructures, and the potential of using Ethernet for signal transport in broadcast infrastructures.

Company Quote:

“Audio systems must meet international broadcasters’ increasing demands for more versatility and integration. They must therefore give greater consideration to their networks as a whole. Our Hydra2 demo at NAB will showcase this and illustrate how efficiently those networks can be controlled.” — Henry Goodman, Head of Sales and Marketing of Calrec

Company Overview

Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 35 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital and analog consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec.

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Almo Professional A/V Named Top Distributor and Employer

Almo Professional A/V Named Top Distributor and Employer

rAVe Pro Survey Names Almo “Most Used and Favorite” Distributor;
Almo Corporation Listed as a Top Workplace in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA — March 20, 2013 — The results are in and Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has been named the “Most Used and Favorite Distributor” following the results of a survey conducted by rAVe Pro, an opinionated news organization providing news and commentary. Parent company, Almo Corporation, has also been selected as one of the Philly.com 2013 Top Workplaces in Philadelphia.

The rAVe survey was sent to readers of the rAVe ProAV edition and received over 4200 responses. Results showed that of the 93 percent of AV dealers and integrators who buy from distributors regularly, Almo Pro A/V not only was voted the “most used” distribution company, but also ranked as the favorite.

“To see that the nation’s AV resellers, integrators and consultants are choosing Almo Pro A/V first confirms that our formula for taking care of our partners’ distribution requirements works — we truly care about their success,” explained Warren Chaiken, president and COO for Almo Corporation. “We have assembled a high caliber team of sales, business development and marketing talent while aligning with a carefully selected group of manufacturers. We augment this with the most in-depth training and education programs available to continually help our partners boost their businesses and stay profitable.”

According to Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, “The results of the survey speak for themselves. Integrators notice when distributors are focused on them verses making AV just part of a giant product offering or as an ‘oh, by the way, we do AV too’ approach to distribution.”

The Philly.com Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Almo Corporation is one of 100 companies in the Philadelphia region selected for the 2013 Top Workplaces award.
“It is a great honor for Almo Corporation to win this award, but to me it is not a surprise,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Gene and Warren Chaiken treat their employees like an extended family. They have a created a workplace where people enjoy coming to work and love the company they are working for. People come to work for Almo and they stay because of the positive business environment.”
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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Bigger and Faster is Better With New BenQ XL2720T Professional Gaming Monitor

Newest Addition to Flagship XL Series Features Larger 27-Inch Display and Enhanced 1-ms Response Time for Professional PC and Console Gaming

IRVINE, Calif. — March 19, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the expansion of its flagship XL Series with the launch of its XL2720T gaming monitor for professional and competitive first-person shooter (FPS) play. Packed with advanced features, the monitor comes equipped with a larger 27-inch display, 120Hz refresh rate, and blazing-fast 1-ms response time to optimize gaming performances. Engineered in conjunction with legendary pro gamers, the XL2720T integrates BenQ’s custom settings such as a Black eQualizer, Display Mode, and Smart Scaling to give gamers a competitive edge over their opponents.

“As the official gaming monitor sponsor for Major League Gaming, BenQ is devoted to bringing professional-grade performance and innovation to serious competitors,” said Bob Wudeck, Director of Retail and e-Commerce at BenQ America Corp. “The new XL2720T builds on our award-winning XL Series by adding a stunning 27-inch screen and faster response time to give FPS gaming even greater levels of immersion and intensity. By combining advanced features, game-specific presets, and dual HDMI connectivity, the XL2720T is set to become the most complete gaming monitor on the market.”

The BenQ XL Series is designed to handle the most demanding gaming conditions and is used in top-tier tournament play for FPS games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and BattleField, as well as popular console fighting games such as Mortal Kombat(TM). Using an ultra-low 0.002-frame input lag, the XL2720T synchronizes action without latency from mouse motion to give the player complete control over the gaming experience. The monitor’s 120Hz refresh rate and ultra-fast 1-ms response time further bolster player performance to the highest possible level.

With dual HDMI(R) ports, the XL2720T is engineered to provide full HD connectivity with peripherals and console devices including PS3(TM), XBOX(R), Blu-ray(TM) players, PCs, and more. The monitor features a full HD 27-inch widescreen (16:9) display, 12 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and LED backlighting to create genuine colors without increasing power consumption. The XL2720T is also certified for NVIDIA(R) 3D Vision(TM) 2 and supports full HD 3D gaming. For even more vivid viewing, the XL2720T is equipped with NVIDIA 3D LightBoost(TM) technology, which allows for up to twice the amount of original screen brightness.

To give players a competitive edge, the XL2720T features BenQ’s Black eQualizer, which enables total gaming visibility by allowing gamers to adjust brightness without over-exposing white levels — revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. To accommodate individual viewing preferences, the Display Mode allows gamers to switch between nine monitor screen sizes, including 17-inch (4:3), 19-inch (4:3), 19-inch widescreen (16:10), 21.5-inch widescreen (16:9), 22-inch widescreen (16:10), 23-inch widescreen (16:9), 23.6-inch widescreen (16:9), 24-inch widescreen (16:9), and 27-inch widescreen (16:9), while Smart Scaling enables players to adjust the screen on-the-fly to virtually any custom size without impacting controller sensitivity.

In addition, the XL2720T offers preset FPS modes with multiple configurations to optimize the monitor’s display. For instance, using the FPS1 Mode, users can apply settings specifically defined for Counter-Strike 1.6, while an FPS2 Mode will optimize the display for Counter-Strike Source. Both modes automatically adjust brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color tint to give gamers an advantage when spotting and tracking their opponents. Using the Game Mode Loader, players can also store the same gaming presets used by pro gamers in titles such as Battlefield 3, Call of Duty(R) 3, Diablo III, and Dota 2. Gamers can also install and save presets onto the monitor’s S Switch for rapid access; thus allowing them to switch swiftly between customized display settings for gaming as well as entertainment. The stylish controller offers a scroll button that facilitates fast navigation and adjustment of the OSD setting.

With its ultra-flexible height adjustment stand, the XL2720T offers the ultimate in convenience and versatility by allowing operation with just one finger to effortlessly adjust the monitor’s height to suit a gamer’s particular sight level. The monitor can also be positioned either vertically or horizontally and comes equipped with a quick-release VESA mount design. A sleek headphone hook on the back of the display helps to keep accessories organized, while a convenient carrying handle makes it a breeze to take the monitor on the road for a LAN party.

The XL2720T is available for pre-order today and retails for $549 in the U.S. and Canada. For information on the full line of BenQ gaming monitors and to download preset gaming modes, visit Gaming.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, AV and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us or www.BenQ.ca.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

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MultiDyne(R) Dramatically Improves High-Bandwidth Signal Transmission With New HD-6Pack Series of Multiplexers

Capable of Transporting up to 18 HD-SDI Signals Per Fiber, HD-6Pack Also Features 4K Support for Next-Generation Video Services

LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. — March 20, 2013 — MultiDyne(R), a leading provider of fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, today announced that it will demonstrate the HD-6Pack, a new line of CWDM multiplexers, at the 2013 NAB Show, booth C10339. Utilizing the HD-6000, HD-12000, or HD-18000, users can transport up to 18 HD-SDI signals per single-mode fiber, making it an extremely powerful and economical HD-trunking solution. more

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