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HARMAN’s AKG Discussion System CS3 Combines Reliability and Ruggedness For Smaller Room Settings

ORLANDO, Florida – Underscoring its reputation for quality and reliability in all aspects of sound, HARMAN’s AKG introduces Discussion System CS3 – the modern, elegant, modular system offers a wide variety of different gooseneck microphone options that can be expanded up to 120 units. With a demand for a more simple solution stemming from AKG’s high-end CS5, CS3 provides users with a plug-and-play, easy-to-use professional system.

The CS3 BU is a 19-inch 2HE transmitting interface device, which controls up to 60 delegate stations. The base station can “work alone” or be remotely controlled by a PC. Multiple working modes enable free or controlled speech as needed during a conference. The base unit is equipped with an extension plug to double the system size with an additional CS3 BU.

CS3 CU (chairman unit) is the system’s microphone station, with options to mute all other delegates and activate the “next in line” feature. The station has a detachable condenser cardioid microphone, available in two lengths – CS321 at 30cm and CS521 at 50cm. The station provides a built-in speaker and two 3.5mm stereo jacks for headphones.

The Delegate units, CS3DU 30 and CS3DU 50 have the same basic features, without the priority and next in line function.

“Over the years, we’ve had phenomenal success in CS5 installations across the globe,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager, Installed Sound, AKG. “The CS3 system provides the smaller venues with an affordable and reliable conferencing system, with the promise of quality and robust audio ability. CS3 has been tested with great attention to detail and will surely be a focus point as smaller companies revamp their conferencing needs.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

The RapcoHorizon Company Releases DesignVision Version 2.0 at InfoComm 2013

Updates Include Streamlined Workspace Functionality and Software Access through Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud Platform

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, announces DesignVision Version 2.0 (DV2) at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 709). Under the new software release, the panel-design program now offers an updated workspace functionality and access to the software through Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud Platform. Ideal for RapcoHorizon’s network of professional systems integrators, dealers and contractors, DV2 enables users to create expert-quality custom installation diagrams for A/V installation projects.

DV2 features a simple interface, allowing someone with no computer-aided design (CAD) experience to create CAD-like setups of custom rack panels, wall plates and floor pocket inserts. Already a great method of speeding up the project quoting process, Azure Cloud now makes the system available in an instant. With the cloud, users have the ability to call up the DV2 report from wherever they are located, including on the job site.

“Since we first introduced DesignVision, our fast-paced world has accelerated further,” says Josh Koehler, IT Director for The RapcoHorizon Company. ”The Azure Cloud functionality will help our systems integrators, dealers and contractors provide real-time updates to their customers. In addition to the quicker, more advanced access options, DV2 also features an updated drawing space. With the new software, users now have one dedicated workspace from which to produce all of the materials necessary, from design to final execution.”

Working directly with the customer, the dealer or systems integrator can utilize the DV2 software’s drag-and-drop feature to place desired connectors directly on the selected panels. Calling on the system’s basic set of design tools, the user can even create a template for engraving. Once the drawing is complete, the dealer has access to an accurate price quote for the customer to view and approve. The dealer can then confirm the design and bill of materials with a RapcoHorizon sales representative to ensure an expedited distribution of the custom panel to the client.

The RapcoHorizon Company’s DesignVision software is available for free download at www.rapcohorizon.com. Users will be required to have a unique login and password, which can be obtained from their RapcoHorizon representative.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RapcoHorizon Company brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The RapcoHorizon Company also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

MASQUE SOUND CELEBRATES 2013 TONY AWARD HONORS

NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2013—When the curtain dropped on the 67th annual Tony Awards at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, emerged victorious, with five of its clients scoring Tony wins and nominations for their respective shows.

Masque Sound clients took home 16 Tony Awards, including John Shivers for Best Sound Design of a Musical for Kinky Boots and Leon Rothenberg for Best Sound Design of a Play for The Nance. In addition to Kinky Boots and The Nance, Masque Sound had also provided custom audio packages for winners Pippin, LUCKY GUY and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

“John Shivers (Kinky Boots), Leon Rothenberg (The Nance), Scott Lehrer (LUCKY GUY), Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm (Pippin) and Mark Bennett (Vanya) are all incredibly talented individuals and amazing sound designers,” says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “We couldn’t be happier for them to receive this prestigious industry recognition.”

For these sound designers and their shows, the Tony Awards is the culmination of a lengthy process that begins at Masque Sound’s shop long before the acceptance speeches and honors are bestowed on the awards night. Each sound designer works closely with the team of experts and technicians at Masque Sound to bring their vision to life. Masque Sound’s objective is to supply the designers with the equipment they need to create an environment in which every person in the theater feels a connection to the show through what they are hearing.

“Having the opportunity to provide them the systems, expertise and support they need is what we’re in business to do,” adds Hansen. “This was an amazing year for Broadway, and to be able to see John Shivers and Leon Rothenberg walk away with Tony Awards for their hard work and Jonathan Deans, Garth Helm and Scott Lehrer receive Tony nominations is very gratifying.”

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Atlona(R) to Ship HDVS Extender/Scaler Family With HDMI(R) Plus VGA and Audio

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 11, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company will soon be shipping its HDVS extender/scaler family of products. Designed to facilitate the analog to digital transition in schools and corporate settings, the products support HDMI(R) computers, Blu-ray(TM) players, and document cameras, in addition to the numerous VGA computers still in use today. The HDVS transmitter and receiver family will be available in both box and wall-plate form factors. more

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K-array Introduces Anakonda: A ‘Bendable Speaker’ That Can Adapt to Almost Any Integration Environment

Old Lyme, Conn. – June 12, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced the availability of the latest product from its distributed brand K-array. Anakonda is a benda-ble speaker that combines outstanding audio quality with an enormous range of configu-ration and installation possibilities. Anakonda is the perfect solution for a variety of indoor our outdoor applications such as theme parks, museums, broadcast studios and many others.

Since each speaker element is bendable, the Anakonda can be wrapped around poles, columns, or mounted to curved or otherwise uneven surfaces. Speakers are available in 6-foot lengths, and can link to up to 16 combined elements using the Anakonda’s in-tegrated NL4 connectors. The speaker’s dedicated presets support a variety of configurations, including both standalone and combination use wtih K-array KMT Series subwoofers.

“The Anakonda establishes a completely new set of possibilities for rental companies, integrators and end users,” commented Vanessa Jensen, senior product specialist, in-tegrated systems, Sennheiser. “The speaker’s flexible design makes it perfect for both portable and installation designs, indoor or outdoor. With the Anakonda, it is now possible to get great sound just about anywhere.”

The Anakonda looks as great as it sounds. With a sleek and discreet design for which K-array has become well known, the speaker delivers crisp, intelligible audio while enhancing the aesthetics of just about any installation environment. Each Anakonda includes a wall bracket, as well as fabric covers in both white and black to enhance vis-ual appeal and protect against dust.

Adding to its flexibility, the Anakonda is compatible with other K-array products such as the KA40 amplifier and the KMT12 and KMT18 subwoofers. Each KA40 amplifier can drive up to 16 Anakonda (KAN200) elements per channel, and the KMT12 and KMT18 subwoofers can support up to 8 Anakonda’s per channel.

The Anakonda, which is priced at $899.95, is available in the U.S. exclusively through authorized Sennheiser dealers. Below is a complete list of specifications:

Acoustics
Speaker power handling: 150 W (AES)
Frequency range: 150 Hz – 18 kHz +/- 6 dB (1)
Impedance: 64 Ω
Maximum SPL: 96 dB (continuous) – 102 dB (peak) (2)
Coverage: Horizontal: 160°, Vertical: 10°
Crossover Type: External crossover required
Frequency: High pass @150 Hz, 24 dB/oct suggested minimum

Transducers
Full-range: 8 x 1” neodymium cone driver with 0.75” voice coil

Physical
Dimensions: 79.5 x 2.2 x 1.4 in.
Weight: 3.09 lbs.

(1) With dedicated preset
(2) measured with musical signal

K-ARRAY
The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, me-dium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.

SENNHEISER
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Optocore’s New Intercom Interfaces Make U.S. Debut at InfoComm 2013

Used with IC44 Boards, Generic X6R-FX and V3R-FX Enable Reduced Channel Needs

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, including pro AV, live and fixed installations and broadcast, is demoing its new generic X6R-FX-INTERCOM-IC44 and V3R-FX-INTERCOM-IC444 interfaces at the Clear-Com booth (921) during InfoComm 2013. The new interfaces are the latest in Optocore’s portfolio of intercom solutions designed specifically for Clear-Com, RTS and AES3-based intercoms.

The X6R-FX-INTERCOM-IC444 has eight line inputs, eight line outputs, eight GPI and eight GPO with relay and auxiliary power outputs for external circuits. The V3R-FX-INTERCOM-IC444 features four line inputs, four line outputs, four GPI and four GPO with relay and auxiliary power outputs for external circuits. The line’s name derives from the IC444 board, which is equipped with two 37-pole connectors, one male, the other female, and provides four line inputs, four line outputs and four GPIO. The X6R-FX can be equipped with two IC444 boards, and the V3R-FX with a single IC444 board.

Optocore developed the audio-based intercom interfaces after fulfilling a custom order for the Norwegian state broadcaster, NRK, with similar systems. For that order, Optocore worked with sister company BroaMan to populate the 4LI/4LO board with four GPIOs to enable bidirectional communication, while incorporating 3G/HD/SD-SDI connectivity in order to allow camera signals to be routed via a single fiber connection to an OB van. This signal can then be uplinked back to the broadcast center, with the monitor picture transmitted to the speaker in the opposite direction.

“These new intercom solutions provide users with a highly cost-effective option for permanent installation and live broadcast applications,” said Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “The addition of the GPI/GPO connections adds even more value to the product, enabling the user to achieve a higher level of communication.”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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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DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013

Company builds on the renowned audio quality of its highly regarded microphones to design new solutions that are ideal for the installation market

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 744). Based on the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard) and its renowned 4060 Miniature/d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, both solutions give AV installers and conference organizers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

As a high-end solution, DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art d:dicate capsules with any of the company’s newly introduced modular active booms and modular active cables. With several capsules to choose from, DPA customers can access the exact microphone and boom or cable combination to meet their needs.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We already had the high-end capsule and preamplifier technology needed to fulfil the audio component, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, desk top, stage stand or even a ceiling suspension, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

In addition to the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on two of its renowned miniature microphones, the 4060 and the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.

These directional gooseneck microphones, which use interference tubes and pre-polarized backplates to ensure speech intelligibility, were originally devised on request from the Nobel Prize organization. In search of a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation at Oslo City Hall in Norway, the organization required a microphone that could stand up to the acoustical challenges of its auditorium. To fit the need, DPA Microphones adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. The company also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses a sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can also be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s innovative adapter that is available for its range of miniature microphones.

Both Podium Microphones will be available to the installation market beginning August 2013. For further information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

HARMAN Architectural Media Systems Debut At InfoComm 2013: Provides Consultants, Contractors, End-users With Superior Experience, Premium Sound, Global Support

ORLANDO, Florida — In an exciting introduction that will immediately transform the design experience for integrated systems consultants and contractors by providing ease of deployment and seamless integration, HARMAN Professional today debuted its new Architectural Media Systems program at InfoComm 2013. Elegant, streamlined and powerful, HARMAN Architectural Media Systems combine the processing power of BSS Audio and Crown Audio’s category leading amplifier technology with the configuration and control capabilities of HiQnet. This solution will provide audio industry professionals with the most complete, versatile platform available for small to large-scale AV system design, with the single point accountability of one-stop comprehensive support and logistics.

“The HARMAN Architectural Media Systems program is the direct result of client input and HARMAN innovation,” said Dan Saenz, Market Manager Amplifier Business Unit, HARMAN Professional. “Working with consultants, contractors and end-users on a wide array of projects using BSS Audio, Crown and HiQnet, we have arrived at a range of processing, amplification and control technologies that work optimally together. These systems are efficient to deploy, easy to maintain and readily expandable. With this system solution, we’re leveraging our HARMAN product portfolio to make it even easier for all parties to get the very best from their AV technologies.”

HARMAN Architectural Media Systems include signal processing from BSS Audio‘s Soundweb London family, amplification from Crown’s DriveCore Install Series, and networked audio connectivity via the designer’s choice of AVB, HARMAN’s proprietary BLU Link bus, Cirrus CobraNet or Audinate Dante. System configuration and control is provided by HiQnet Audio Architect, with HiQnet Motion Control and Powered by Crown iOS apps providing mobile control. HARMAN Architectural Media Systems are engineered to provide the best user experience for the designer right through to the operator. The systems are built upon a foundation of over 40 years of combined networking expertise, and provide category-leading scalability via distributed DSP architecture and the most transport-agnostic, flexible approach to audio network design. This flexibility is achieved with HARMAN’s new HiQnet Audio Architect software application— designed to be powerful and scalable with advanced integration and persona-centric workflow. HARMAN Architectural Media System projects will benefit from the global training and support network of the company’s worldwide regional offices.

Network designers will have more choice and greater flexibility. System designers will save valuable time and money with the enhanced efficiency of intelligent software. Contractors will have access to a wide range of tools and worldwide, multi-language support. Facility managers will gain easy access to no-compromise audio performance. Most importantly, HARMAN Architectural Media Systems will provide audiences with a premium sound experience.

“It’s truly the best of many worlds: industry-leading signal processing, amplification, software, networking and control technology, working together to provide a uniform experience, seamless integration and the quality assurance of HARMAN,” said Iain Gregory, Market Manager Signal Processing Business Unit, HARMAN Professional. “We’re pleased to debut this approach at InfoComm 2013 and we look forward to working with the consultant and contractor communities as they adopt this solution into their system designs, and as we continually expand the capabilities of HARMAN Architectural Media Systems.”

HARMAN is exhibiting its Architectural Media Systems at InfoComm in Booth 800. Technical presentations are scheduled in Demo Room 202A.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

New Christie Brio Meeting Room Solution Lets Participants Share More

The days of passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologizing for delayed or bungled presentations have ended with the launch of Christie Brio, a new meeting presentation and collaboration system that takes the hassles out of single and multi-site workplace meetings.

Developed by Christie®, a world leader in display and visualization solutions, Brio enables multiple attendees at meetings to run audio and video presentations from their own devices, without scrambling for matching display cables and adapters, plugging in dongles or installing and configuring new software to get it working.

Christie Brio


Straightforward to install and use, Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations showing simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or smartphones, presentations can be added to a meeting as a thought occurs, their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds.

Brio is being unveiled this week at the InfoComm 2013 Pro-AV trade show in Orlando, Fla., and starts shipping this summer.

Share and collaborate like never before
Using a single, low-cost hardware Brio node, any meeting room can automatically show up to five computer screens on that room’s display.”Once the content is processed by the node it can also be made available to other Brio nodes via ethernet. In this way a variety of information – including PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, audio, digital whiteboards, and videoconferencing sessions – can be shown on any display attached to the Brio node, and shared with all the displays in the same meeting.

Brio nodes can be connected via network to multiple worksites on a corporate campus, or across the country. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will see the same presentations, and any Brio node user can share a presentation in the meeting. Brio makes interactive collaboration across multiple rooms and offices straightforward, seamless and immediate, plus the cost of Brio nodes is low enough to equip even remote users in home offices.

Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology. Users in multiple locations can work together on notes and sketches. Any Brio node connected to a meeting allows users, anywhere, to contribute to that whiteboard session.

“We’ve all been in meetings that were slowed down or fell apart because of the many hassles that come up when multiple people with their own laptops and software try to get presentations successfully running on meeting room screens. I’ve seen cheers break out when it all actually works,” said Christian Merrill, Christie Brio product manager.

“Brio changes that, and makes it easy for multiple persons to run presentations at meetings – even across several corporate sites on a network and since Brio is all network-driven, it does not require users to install any new software or use a USB device to make it all work,” added Merrill. “The moment you introduce new software inside a corporate environment, you can have issues with approved software and administration rights. Visitors who need to run a presentation might even be unable to download the needed software, and many people with company issued laptops don’t have admin permissions to add new software. With Brio, if you can get on the network, you are good to go for making and contributing to presentations.”

Automated Setup
Connecting laptops to a Brio node automatically allows their screens to be shared with all displays connected in a Brio meeting, and the platform intelligently displays material in the correct aspect ratio. For multi-site meetings participants use an intuitive network interface to login and set up that is as simple as making a phone call.

Brio also fully supports smart devices like tablets running Windows 8, Apple iOS and Android. Both the node control and presentation connection work the same for tablets and smartphones as they do for PCs and Macs.

“As we thought about what we wanted in a meeting technology, there were three things that were very clear,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “One, it had to be easily accessible, with no special training or driver software that users had to install. Two, it had to tear down the existing communication barriers so that sharing information became effortless. And three, it had to allow users to share multiple types of content. The ultimate goal in developing Brio was to ensure that all participants could share whatever they needed to—to ultimately be able to share more.”

Versatile Playback Capabilities allow participants to share more
Christie Brio nodes fit in standard 19-inch IT racks or can sit on their own, packaged to look good on meeting rooms credenzas. The system supports dual-link and single-link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. Brio can handle a maximum of five sources.

Brio’s playback quality is exceptional, with the option of running uncompressed 1080p video sources. That means video plays as it was intended, with no dropped frames.

Brio removes another meeting room pain point; i.e., running audio from tiny laptop speakers and hoping all the meeting participants can hear it. With Brio, audio input is streamed through the wireless protocol or connected to Brio with standard jacks. The combined audio output is then connected to the meeting room sound system, and meeting participants still maintain individual control of their presentation’s audio volume. Audio is also shared with attached Brio nodes.

Pro-AV, corporate, meeting facility and education professionals can preview the power and potential of Brio at Christie’s booth # 2521 at InfoComm June 12-14, 2013.

Surging Wave of Innovation Creates New Growth Opportunities For Pro AV Dealers, Predicts Stampede

A wave of innovation and new product introductions by a host of leading manufacturers is creating unprecedented new revenue opportunities for ProAV dealers on a scale not seen since before the start of the Great Recession in 2008, according to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, who issued a bullish sales forecast for the ProAV industry on the opening day of INFOCOMM 2013. Stampede is exhibiting a number of innovative new products and system solutions in Booth #3559 of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“I see more opportunity in this industry than ever before, as manufacturers are bringing out interesting products that need explanation, which in turn provides a great opportunity for integration,” Kelly stated today. “We’ve added a number of interesting new product lines to our portfolio during the first half of this year, and every one of them is providing our dealers with an opportunity to not only bring innovative products to existing clients, but to also attract new clients who are looking for cutting-edge ProAV solutions.”

According to Kelly, dealers and integrators can expect to see continued opportunities develop in the near future due to resurgence in the commercial market, as corporations, banking, financial and education institutions accelerate their investment in new technologies and products. What’s more, Kelly predicts that in 2013, as the consumer market sees stable growth, the commercial side will also see increased corporate investments and new growth and spending in the K-12 and higher education market. In particular, Kelly sees video conferencing systems of all levels becoming a huge long-term growth area as consumers grow increasingly comfortable with personal videoconferencing software, such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime, and they will expect easy-to-use videoconferencing technologies to be present in professional work environments.

“To fully realize their future success, dealers need to make a decision about expertise and where they’re going to invest within the marketplace,” Kelly continued. “They need to decide what types of technologies they ultimately want to work with, and which kinds of jobs they actually want to do. We have a movement with regard to the way in which the content is being delivered, and technology such as Samsung’s SMART Platform has very powerful potential, but it’s going to take an educated, focused integrator to leverage that technology, and an aware end user to recognize some of the benefits or the importance of having them explained. This wave of new and exciting technology is creating endless revenue opportunities for dealers both now and in the future.”

One example of the innovative new solutions that Kelly speaks of, and that will be showcased by Stampede at INFOCOMM, is the Circle Technology portable, wireless, paperless presentation system that allows presenters to put content into everyone’s hands without the Internet, anywhere at any time.

“Products like these represent category breaking innovation that reinvigorates the entire market,” Kelly emphasized. “In and of themselves, they offer new revenue while also pulling through sales of more traditional components that complement these new products.”

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1,000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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