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Live Events Professionals Come Together for InfoComm 2013

Hands-on learning, Live Events best practices to be focus at leading commercial audiovisual show

InfoComm 2013 will introduce the latest trends, best practices and solutions for the Live Events industry, at the annual show, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. InfoComm 2013 will feature exhibitor pavilions, technology demonstrations and educational programming for live events professionals including access and hands-on training for the newest and most advanced in rigging equipment, LEDs and projection systems, large-venue audio systems, lighting fixtures and controllers and more.

Live events have become more intricately designed, with demand for spectacular visual effects and stunning sound clarity. “Whether for a concert or a product launch, audiovisual professionals are tasked with putting on an engaging, exciting event,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “The training, sharing of best practices and access to all the top manufacturers at InfoComm 2013 will aid today’s AV professionals in exceeding their customers’ expectations for excellence.”

Lighting & Staging Pavilion
The Lighting & Staging Pavilion, located on the show floor, is the hotspot for equipment demonstration and testing, presentations and interactive trainings geared toward live events professionals. The Production Camera Showcase, featuring the latest video cameras, will allow attendees to participate in a post-production experience with feeds from the showcase stage, and the Rigging and Staging Demo will find IATSE professionals demonstrating safe rigging practices using truss, motors, hardware, lights, line arrays, LEDs and safety harnesses.

InfoComm 2013 Lighting and Staging Exhibitors include:

● A.C. Lighting
● Christie Digital
● Daktronics
● JBL
● Elation
● Chauvet
● Barco
● Dataton
● TMB

Staging and Live Events SuperTrack

InfoComm University™ is offering education for business and operations managers, including Staging and Live Events Management; Digital Image Content in Live Event Production; Business Trends in Rental & Staging; Must-Have Technology for Your Next Event; Principles of Live Mixing; Audio 401: Limiters, Equalization, and Multi-Zone (Distributed) PA Systems; and Mix it Up — Live Audio Workshop.

InfoComm 2013, the largest commercial audiovisual show, expects more than 35,000 attendees, including commercial service providers and end-user technology managers from wide-ranging market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment. Along with a trade show floor that exhibits the latest from all of the industry leaders in audiovisual, staging, signage and more, the educational programming provides attendees with opportunities to develop skills and update certifications during the conference.

For more news on InfoComm 2013 before, during and after the show, visit infocommshow.org
or follow the show on Facebook, and Twitter and the InfoComm 2013 Blog.

InfoComm is sponsored by Blackmagic Design, Christie, Crestron, Panasonic and Samsung.

DVEO Approved for Membership in the Intel® Technology Provider Program — Designation Comes as DVEO Launches New Video Distribution Server and 40 Channel Transcoder that Utilize Multiple Intel® Xeon® Processors

San Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of CMI, announced today that they have been selected as an Intel® Technology Provider: Gold Partner. To attain Gold Partner status, Intel® requires partners to meet specific sales and training requirements.

“We are proud and honored to be selected as a Gold Partner,” stated Scott Grizzle, Product Manager for DVEO. “Our membership in this program reinforces our position as a rapidly growing provider of video transport equipment, including solutions for streaming, encoding, decoding, transcoding, time shifting, and more. Most of our systems are built on dependable Intel® Xeon® 4, 6, and 8 Core processors.”

At the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8-11, at booth SU6505, DVEO will demonstrate numerous products that utilize Intel® Xeon® processors. Featured products include the Reality Live™ video content distribution server, the MPEG Magnus™ 40 channel transcoder, the Xaris™ Video playout server with HD SDI or ASI outputs, the Infinity Streamer™ continuous HLS streaming appliance, the DelayServer IP™ time delay system, and the Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch™ graphics, EAS, and video clips inserter.

The Intel® Technology Provider Program is designed to support the sales and marketing efforts of all channel partners that specify, design, build, or resell Intel-based technology solutions through a single, integrated membership program. The Intel® Technology Provider Program provides its partners with the resources to deliver Intel hardware and/or technology solutions that effectively address customers’ business challenges. Intel partners receive access to in depth training via webinars, seminars and events, and training courses.

“The Intel® Technology Provider Program gives customers a way to identify companies that have proven their commitment and expertise in delivering Intel® technologies. Gold partners must meet a higher set of criteria for all categories,” said Richard Phamdo, Business Development Manager for Intel. “With their commitment to Intel® Xeon® 4, 6, and 8 Core processors, DVEO has clearly demonstrated that its products are highly reliable. We are pleased to have DVEO as an Intel® Technology Provider Gold Partner.”

DVEO, Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch, DelayServer IP, Infinity Streamer, MPEG Magnus,
Reality Live, and Xaris are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

NAB2013: Digital Nirvana to Show Monitoring Software and Content Repurposing Solution

Broadcast Monitoring Software includes: Flexible Archiving, Real-time Newscast Exporting, and H.264 Support

Newark, CA– Digital Nirvana’s latest version of software for its flagship broadcast monitoring product, Monitor IQ, will make its U.S. debut at the NAB2013 convention (Booth N3434) from April 8-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The MediaPro IQ content repurposing solution will also be shown at the Digital Nirvana booth.

“We’re very excited about this upcoming NAB show,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “Our products are unique in the market and offer capabilities and cost savings that customers are demanding.”

Monitor IQ, for example, is the only broadcast monitoring system that provides centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester™. Monitor IQ combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance.

The latest software includes several features that are a direct result of customer feedback received since the last version was released at IBC 2012. Among the new, customer-suggested features are: flexible content archiving, real-time newscast exporting, and H.264 video format support.

“Each of the features comes directly from customer input,” said Hindocha. “We’ve listened to what our customers tell us they need in a broadcast monitoring solution and created a tool that’s tailor made to address their requirements.”

Because the platform is based on open web services (REST) API’s, Digital Nirvana’s software can be easily integrated with third party products and can scale from one to multiple servers and from one to hundreds of channels. All Digital Nirvana solutions are web enabled, so users can access the software through any standard web browser without ActiveX component.

Another feature that will be demonstrated at NAB is Monitor IQ’s loudness monitoring and audio logging capability, including OEM software licensed from Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. Loudness monitoring is bundled as a standard feature within Monitor IQ essentials, plus and premium versions. Minnetonka Audio’s AudioTools Loudness Measurement module enables Monitor IQ users to measure audio levels, perform quality control monitoring, record and log broadcast signals.

Another unique feature within the Monitor IQ Premier package is the Advanced Metadata HarvesterTM functionality which provides the ability to track any data the system logs and collects from alarms or from the broadcast feed. It can locate where the error occurred in the broadcast signal, collect forensic analysis about the event, and report that data back to the customer. It provides access to the data and to the mapping point of when, where and how that video was recorded. This new feature dynamically enhances broadcast discrepancy reporting by allowing station executives and engineers to hyperlink straight to the reported video and view a problem or issue.

The system has been divided into four packages so that a wide range of broadcasters can take advantage of the company’s technology.

Monitor IQ Starter

This entry-level package offers all the logging functionality necessary for a one- to two-channel system and includes 90 days of low-resolution storage.Searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can be easily edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

Monitor IQ Essentials

Monitor IQ Essentials is a logging and monitoring system that includes all the functionality necessary for broadcasters to ensure regulatory compliance. It includes support for IP as an input source, and loudness monitoring is now bundled in as a standard feature within the package.

Monitor IQ Plus

Monitor IQ Plus includes all of the features found within Essentials and adds several advanced enhancements such as the ability to connect and control Monitor IQ via an iPad, iPhone, or Android interface. This mobile feature makes it easy for field sales reps to show clients their ad content in the context of the broadcast programming.

Monitor IQ Premier

The Premier package extends beyond the capabilities found in the other packages with innovative, new features, such as: ad detection, directors audio track; integration with third party routers and multi-viewers, and advanced metadata harvesting.

MediaPro IQ

The MediaPro IQ content repurposing system for multi-platform distribution offers a low-cost way to repurpose HD clips from cable as well as broadcast. This new solution records encrypted cable feeds in full HD and is ideal for news and sports directors who frequently repurpose content from cable channels. For the broadcast engineer, it eliminates the need to maintain multiple set top boxes, frees up valuable rack space, and removes the cost of multiple DVRs.

MediaPro IQ allows users to easily edit, clip and publish live or recorded content in real-time. Search is based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption, as-run logs, traffic logs, alarm and discrepancy logs and time/date or channel filters.

MediaPro IQ is compatible with such web browsers as: FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. iPad, iPhone, and Android interface are also available. Video can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and XDCAM and other formats for content repurposing.

MediaPro IQ is a cost-effective, all-in-one scaled network device based on open API’s for easy integration into other systems. It also reliably records from IP, ASI, ASI/IP, SD/HD-SDI, ATSC, QAM, NTSC, PAL or DVB-T/C/S2 protocols.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

HARMAN Studer OnAir 2500 for New Thai Shopping Channel

BANGKOK, Thailand — When Korean company CJ O Shopping Co, one of Korea’s major home shopping channels, decided to launch a 24-hour Shopping Channel in Thailand, they commissioned a new HARMAN Studer OnAir 2500 mixing console.

The new fixed frame Studer console was specified in Korea and sold by 101 Technology Co, part of the Mahajak Group.

A subsidiary of the CJ Group, Korea’s biggest food ingredients manufacturer, CJ O Shopping entered into a joint venture with the biggest Thai entertainment and media group GMM Grammy. The aim is to broadcast, through GMM satellite TV, to 12 million households in Southeast Asia.

The OnAir 2500 was recommended by the Korean investors who were already familiar with the Studer platform. According to 101 Technology Co’s Wiboon Lertkultanon, having come to rely on complete reliability and superior sound quality from Studer, the choice was automatic. “Evidence of Studer reliability can be seen is the Vista 5 that we installed for CH-7 … it has been working 24/7 without failure for the past four years, while the Studer 928 analogue desk which it replaced ran for almost 20 years without problem.

“With the OnAir 2500 the price was again competitive and our team is on hand to support it.”

The basic I/O is configured with six wireless mics, CD player, hard disk player and telephone hybrid — with some special sound FX — while 101 Technology’s chief engineer, Banjongsak Wonggawee, assisted the broadcasters to configure the GPIO to control the many players and LED signs. 101 Technology also handled the operator training.

CJ O Shopping is the fifth of its kind launched outside Korea — the four others are in China, India, Japan and Vietnam.

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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Sonnox Releases AAX Version Of Oxford Dynamics Plug-In

OXFORD, UK: The wait is over! Sonnox has announced the release of the highly anticipated AAX version of it’s acclaimed Oxford Dynamics Plug-in. Based on algorithms from the Dynamics section of the OXF-R3 digital mixing console, the AAX DSP and Native versions boast six individual sections: Compressor, Expander, Limiter, Gate, Side-chain EQ, and Warmth function. Both AAX DSP and AAX Native versions can be used as a surround buss compressor/limiter, previously only possible in the TDM version. The Dynamics also benefits from new meters.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames comments, “We’ve had a great number of requests for the Dynamics plug to be next in our AAX development cycle. Post customers have been particularly anxious for this version, as many use it with Avid consoles hand in hand with the Oxford EQ. This new release completes their main ‘go to’ plug-in toolset of EQ and Dynamics for Avid’s AAX format.”

To celebrate the release of the Oxford Dynamics for AAX, Sonnox is offering a 40% discount on the plug-in until March 31st 2013.

Visit www.sonnox.com for more info.

Photo Sonnox has released the AAX version of the acclaimed Oxford Dynamics Plug-In
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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Clear-Com Tempest®2400 System Amplifies Communication at University Of Minnesota’s School Of Music

Wireless Intercom Brings Efficiency and Flexibility to Ted Mann Performance Hall

MINNEAPOLIS, MARCH 7, 2013 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is providing the University of Minnesota’s School of Music’s Ted Mann Concert Hall with improved efficiency in its production communications. The school’s theater recently installed a four-channel Clear-Com Tempest®2400 digital wireless system, enhancing production crew members’ communications during and between a variety of shows.

The Tempest2400 is being used for production communication during various types of performances. These include performances by the choirs, bands, orchestras and other large ensembles. They also rely on the Tempest system when transitioning from one event to another. The music department’s previous wired communication system proved to be unsatisfactory in the concert hall because it prevented constant communication with all stage crew. The cables also hindered users’ movement and required frequent repair due to someone accidentally stepping on them. The Tempest2400 wireless intercom gives the crew freedom to roam, extended coverage, and an unlimited number of intercom users via the system’s Split and Shared Modes. In addition, since the Tempest2400 is designed with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, it enables reliable, interference-free operation in the RF hostile areas of campus. This allows production crew members to deliver every cue with optimal clarity.

Alpha Video, a leading digital video systems dealer, integrator and provider of visual communication solutions, as well as a Clear-Com Partner, supplied the university with the Tempest2400 system. Flexibility, user capacity, and widespread coverage along with Clear-Com’s solid industry reputation were key factors in the university’s choice to go with Clear-Com. “We had talked about upgrading our old intercom system for quite a while, and after having the chance to demo a Clear-Com system during one of our larger productions, we knew that we needed one for our performance space,” explains Jessica Solinsky, Assistant Technical Coordinator of the Ted Mann Concert Hall. “Communication with the Tempest2400 has simplified collaboration during performances, especially during complicated stage moves. Because everyone is receiving the information they need to hear, there is smoother coordination throughout and between each show.”

The Tempest2400’s user-friendly interface and easy operations have also raised the bar on production crew efficiency. It is extremely simple to configure and allows the crew to make quick changes to the intercom setup. A specific talk group can also be assigned to each of the four channels on the Tempest2400 to isolate communication between relevant parties.

The main unit of the Tempest2400 is installed in the theater’s amp room, off of stage left. To maximize coverage, the crew has run a CAT-5 cable to the upstage area for the placement of a CCT-RT remote antenna.

The Tempest2400 has helped the school’s music department’s annual Collage Concert, a non-stop concert showcase of the School of Music. The stage manager runs the show from an on-stage location, which requires her to move to different areas in the backstage to ensure that everyone is in the correct position. She must also be aware of the moving set pieces during the position transitions and alert other staff that performers are in position. The Tempest2400 system has allowed her to execute these responsibilities while staying abreast of when other stage workers are finished with their tasks.

“The capabilities of the Tempest2400 system have empowered the production team to take greater ownership of its events and performances,” says Jay Wallace, Regional Sales Manager for Northwestern USA, Clear-Com. “With wireless communication, the university now has the opportunity to think bigger than ever before in designing, creating and executing its high quality productions.”

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

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Jünger Audio Helps TVN in Chile Comply With International Loudness Legislation

In today’s broadcast world where content is monetized through international sales and television signals often cross geographic boundaries, controlling audio levels is just as important for TV broadcasters in countries with no Loudness legislation as it is for those in countries that do.

TVN in Chile is just such a broadcaster. Although Chile has no Loudness legislation, TVN has an international channel – TV Chile – that is broadcast around the world via satellite and therefore needs to comply with the regulations in place in various countries including the USA.

Mauricio Rojo, TVN’s Deputy Manager of Engineering, was charged with the task of finding a loudness control solution that would meet this challenge and, after carrying out tests with several manufacturer’s products, he chose T*AP Television Audio Processors from German Loudness Control specialist Jünger Audio.

“We already had a loudness processor from another manufacture but we wanted something that was more flexible in the final audio chain and has a sophisticated algorithm that could deliver very high quality audio,” Rojo explains. “The Jünger Audio T*AP processor won the test hands down because it was so simple to use and, thanks to Junger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ II algorithm, was able to deliver the audio quality we were looking for.

Rojo adds that price was also a consideration.

“There are entry level products available from other manufacturers that are cheaper but they didn’t offer the same audio quality,” he says. “Considering their performance, the T*AP units were very cost-effective and we had no hesitation in ordering two of them.”

Founded in 1969 as a public channel, TVN is Chile’s main broadcaster with a reach that extends to 98% of the country. With its main facilities in Santiago, TVN also broadcasts a news channel, 24 Horas, and an international channel, TV Chile, which is received via satellite around the world.

“Our international channel is available in Europe, all the Americas and Oceania so it was important that our broadcasts complied with the legislation in place in those territories,” Rojo says. “T*AP’s compliance with all international standards and regulations (ITU 1770/1/2/3, ATSC A85 or EBU R128) was a key point in our final decision making.”

TVN has now installed one T*AP processor on TV Chile’s transmission chain and it will be installing its second T*AP on TVN’s main transmission chain very soon. Both units were supplied by Jünger Audio’s distributor in Chile, Intervideo Ingeniería y Telecomunicaciones Ltda.

“We are very happy with the way the first T*AP processor is performing, particularly with the quality of the audio,” Rojo adds. “Our sound engineers are very satisfied because their final mixes are controlled without compromising the aesthetic of the sound.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

Sound Design Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Grand Opening of New Showroom That Makes Home Control the Main Attraction

Marking 20 years of success and growth as Texas’ premier custom installation firm, Sound Design is opening a new state-of-the-art home technology showroom in the resort community of Horseshoe Bay, Texas on April 1. The new 4,500 square foot showroom puts the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System on the main stage, according to owner Chris Bean, who wants to make sure that it is the first thing clients experience when they walk into the entrance living room!

“What better way to celebrate our 20th year as Texas’ premier custom installation firm than to open a beautiful new showroom with all the latest home technologies?,” Bean said. “We’ve learned a lot over the years, and our experience helped us design the new showroom in a way that presents a relaxing, luxurious ambience that appeals to our local clientele. We used the best-of-the-best in every category, from the Runco 63-inch plasma TV framed and hidden by a VisionArt motorized art print to the ultra-high-end CAT MBX Sequoia speakers and of course the ELAN g! System. We have another showroom in Lakeway, Texas where we’ve been showing off ELAN g! since the system debuted in 2010. When we first got into custom home installation, multi-room audio and video systems were the biggest client request. Today, we are increasingly finding that homeowners and homebuyers are as interested in complete home control as they are in their TVs and music, if not more so. Expandable, easy to use control systems that utilize mobile devices and simplify home living are going to be major sales drivers of the future for both the CI industry and the home building industry.

“Many of our clients are tech-savvy homeowners who have become mobile tech enthusiasts through their everyday interactions with iPhones and tablets, and they want that same instant satisfaction to apply to their household media and home functions. We’re using the ELAN g! System to show them that home control can be just as easy as using an iPhone,” he continued. “Just a few years ago, the most common client request was for an amazing home theater to enjoy the newest DVDs or Blu-Rays. Consumer culture is now moving beyond just high-quality audio and video and our clients are demanding easy, fast, total control of everything in the home from their touch panels, smartphone or tablet. ELAN g! does it in spades, and for many clients it’s simply the best choice out there.”

The showroom is a veritable candy land of top-of-the-line home electronics, starting with the entrance living room that features AV and lighting control from an ELAN TS10 10-inch in-wall touchscreen, an ELAN TS2 in-wall touchscreen and an ELAN HR2 handheld remote. The system distributes audio and video content to an impressive system consisting of a Runco V63 63-inch plasma display, a Planar 2×3 Matrix Wall with six 46” panels, a Planar Mosaic wall with four 46” panels and four 15” square panels, a two-channel audio system that uses two 7-foot-tall CAT MBX Sequoia’s, and a surround system that includes an Integra DTR 50.4 receiver, Newport speakers and two Sunfire HRS-12 subwoofers.

The most unique part of the new showroom is the 640 square foot Simulation Room. Featuring AboutGolf’s newest three-projector continuous curve screen golf simulator, a LaserShot shooting simulator with five-channel surround and 30 competitive games for two players, and a VRX iMotion triple-LCD display driving & flight simulator, this room is literally a virtual playground. Bean wanted to show that he’s an outside-the-box thinker, and that, in this resort community, there is a custom installation professional that can bring dreams to life.

“The Simulation Room is a step forward for CI showroom design and for our company, and it allows us to open the imagination of our clients to show them that anything is possible. Homeowners in Horseshoe Bay are all about recreation and a luxury lifestyle so we wanted to show the unique ways people could enhance their home’s fun factor. From controlling lighting, heating and surveillance cameras on an iPhone to a hyper-realistic golf simulator that makes you feel like you’re really teeing off on the course, our Horseshoe Bay showroom is as state-of-the-art as it can be.”

Sound Design also built a commercial quality home theater that uses a Display Development HD3 projector, a 184” Stewart Filmscreen Luxus Delux screen, A Kaleidescape M300 player connected to a Kaleidescape CinemaOne server in the lobby, a Theta Casablanca III preamp/processor, Theta Compli-blu Blu-ray player, a PrimaCinema server, and a bevy of California Audio Technology speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers.

Since launching in 1993, Sound Design has grown from a car audio and security installation company to become Texas’ premier custom installation firm. Today the company is known for its expertise is designing and installing complete home integration systems, home theaters, surround sound systems, lighting control, central vacuum, security, structured wiring, computer networks and surveillance camera systems. Sound Design specializes in home integration, bringing all of the home’s core subsystems (HVAC, pool control, security, lighting, audio and video, irrigation, garage doors) into one touchscreen control device for every room that can operate all the systems individually. The company currently operates two showrooms to demonstrate the functionalities of its systems.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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BenQ Renews Major League Gaming Sponsorship for 2013 Pro Circuit Season; RL2450HT and New RL2455HM Gaming Monitors Ready to ConQuer at MLG Winter Championship in Dallas

In Gaming Fast Action Requires Faster Response; New RL2455HM Monitor With Blazing-Fast 1-ms GTG Response Time Begins Shipping at Tournament

IRVINE, Calif. — March 7, 2013 — BenQ America Corp. today announced that the company has renewed its sponsorship as the official gaming monitor of Major League Gaming (MLG), the world’s largest competitive video game league, for the 2013 MLG Pro Circuit Season. Kicking off March 15-17 at the MLG Winter Championship in Dallas, top gamers from around the world will compete using BenQ’s RL2450HT and RL2455HM monitors, designed specifically for professional gaming and engineered to meet the specific needs of eSports athletes. Releasing to the public at the start of the event, the new RL2455HM monitor has been engineered exclusively for fast action console gaming, offering a blazing-fast 1-ms GTG response time. more

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GAVA (Gefen A/V Automation) Now Offers a Free “App” for Customers Using Apple and Android Smart Phones and Tablets

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of a free GAVA App to provide users with enhanced access to audio/video devices, window shades and lighting when using smart phones and tablets as the controller. While GAVA does not require an app to operate, the GAVA App does maximize accessibility when using mobile devices.

GAVA is an automation and control system that uses a home or business Local Area Network (LAN) to control all audio/video devices, lighting and window shades in a home or commercial environment. It offers anywhere/anytime control of AV systems with a simple and easy interface that requires little programming. GAVA provides all software and hardware needed for configuration. It uses IP connectivity to access devices in the system including receivers, switchers, Blu-ray players, Apple TV, iTunes, set-top boxes and displays. To install, users walk through a wizard-type setup, and GAVA is given a unique IP address that enables any authorized smart phone, tablet or device with wi-fi or Ethernet access to the system. Although designed to run on a network, GAVA does not require Internet access for configuration or use.

“The new GAVA App uses a caching system on your mobile device so it doesn’t need to re-load data, providing a faster and smoother loading time when you’re using other apps or when you’re on the phone,” said Orrin Charm, GAVA product manager for Gefen. “The GAVA App also makes it easier to find GAVA and to manage multiple GAVA systems.

Another appealing feature of the GAVA App for those who may be on the fence about purchasing a GAVA for their home or business is the free “Demo Systems” mode. When in this mode, GAVA can be demonstrated without an actual system connected or network access.

The iOS App supports iOS versions 5.1 or higher and is available for free download on the Apple iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gava/id599510511?mt=8

The Android version requires Android versions 4.2 or higher, and is available for free download on the Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nomossystem.gavaapp

The free GAVA App is designed to work with GAVA. Users can also integrate Gefen’s Professional Automation Control System (PACS) and Mini PACS systems, which convert IP to IR or RS-232 to control devices without a network interface connection when using the GAVA App.

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