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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.

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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.

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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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Apollomonitor.zip
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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MultiDyne(R) Reduces Fiber Count With New FS-18000 Fiber-Saver, Ideal for 4K

The FS-18000 Fiber-Saver Transports up to 18 Optical or SDI Signals Over a Single Fiber, Simplifying Transmission in Remote Locations

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 unveiled a powerful new CWDM remapper/multiplexer — the FS-18000 Fiber-Saver. Capable of transporting up to 18 digital optical or SDI signals over a single fiber, the FS-18000 Fiber-Saver dramatically simplifies the transport of additional signals in remote locations where there is an insufficient amount of available fibers, potentially lowering a user’s transmission costs. MultiDyne will display the FS-18000 Fiber-Saver at the 2013 NAB Show, at booth C10339. more

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ACIR Professional Assists Masters of Illusion Live at The Basie Theatre

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—Whether in Las Vegas or on television, magic has never been hotter. There are more television specials and series involving magic than ever before, and now the hit television show, Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic, is out of the box and into live theatre. Masters of Illusion: Live is one of the greatest magical touring shows in history, bringing the art of stage illusions live in real time to audiences full of magic fans.

In a recent stop at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township) provided engineer Stephen Bonamassa with a Yamaha CL5 and two Rio3224-D input/output racks for use at front of house.

“My work consists of 90% corporate work and about 10% music and entertainment work,” states Bonamassa. “I will say that the CL5 sounds better than other digital Yamaha boards I have used. Features like the touch screen made patching and routing a whole lot easier. I also liked being able to color code input and output channels on the surface.” Bonamassa said another cool feature was being able to assign the right-most bank of eight faders to different presets on the fly. “Having the same option, but different presets, available on the center eight is cool as well. The functionality of the graphic EQ’s on the center eight faders, and the way the input layers flip on the console, independent of what you have punched up on the center and right set of faders are also some helpful features.”

In addition to the CL5, ACIR brought in an entire audio production system including 14 d&b Audiotechnik Q1 Line Array Speakers, two Q Subs, D12 amps’ four Yamaha T3n amplifiers; and Shure SM58s and ULXS4 wireless systems.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Matrox to Unveil Matrox Monarch HD Professional Video Streaming and Recording Appliance at the 2013 NAB Show

At the 2013 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 8-11, booth SL4616), Matrox® Video will demonstrate Matrox Monarch™ HD, a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a Blu-ray quality version for post-event editing.

Matrox Monarch HD

Matrox Monarch HD — video streaming and recording appliance


From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

“Live event producers have been looking for a way to overcome the limitations of today’s content delivery networks that only allow recording and archiving at the lower quality available while streaming,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “Matrox Monarch HD solves this problem by providing two independent delivery channels in a single, robust, reliable box, at an unprecedented price.”

Price and availability
The price and availability date for Matrox Monarch HD will be announced on April 8 at the 2013 NAB Show. To be notified when this product become available, visit our website.

About Matrox
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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