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Comprehensive Cable Announces First Pro AV/IT HDMI Cables Specifically Designed For Commercial and Residential System Integrators

Comprehensive is pleased to introduce their new Pro AV/IT series of HDMI cables that are specifically designed for professional systems integrators. These new Pro AV/IT HDMI cables not only deliver the exceptional performance and reliability Comprehensive is known for, they also include new and helpful pro-friendly features for the commercial and residential installation markets.

For starters, Comprehensive’s new Pro AV/IT series HDMI cables feature Comprehensive’s new ProGrip® HDMI connector which helps secure the connection with just enough resistance (up to 16lbs of retention force) to prevent the cable from being unintentionally disconnected.

Another exclusive feature is Comprehensive SureLength® cable length indicators that clearly indicate the length of each cable on the connector mold itself. This simple feature is a huge time saver for installers who constantly have to sort out and manage large groups of cables-long after the packaging is gone.

Comprehensive Pro AV/IT series HDMI cables are also the first professional grade cable to be available in seven (7) professional colors for easy on-the fly cable identification which really helps with rack building and overall cable management. Length indicators and an assortment of colors are huge time savers for installers who are constantly sorting out lengths preparing for jobs and rack building.

What makes all of these features count is the fact that they are applied to Comprehensive’s Pro AV/IT construction which includes a true professional grade 99.9% High Purity copper 26 gauge center-conductor that is significantly more capable and durable than traditional HDMI cables, testing at speeds above 15Gbps, 50% higher than consumer cables. Triple shielding including professional grade tinned copper braiding, a heavy duty CL3 rated extra flexible jacket and a Lifetime Warranty all come standard.

Of course Pro AV/IT Series HDMI cables support all the latest in HDMI technology including 3D, Ethernet Capability for networking, Deep Color, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master audio, audio return channel, and support for 4K x 2K resolution.

Features Summary

• Commercial grade heavy-duty 26 gauge, triple shielded, O.F.C. construction
• High speed rated greater than 15Gbps
• ProGrip® connector helps secure the connection to prevent accidental removal
• SureLength® cable length indicators clearly indicate length of each cable
• Wide assortment of colors for easy cable identification
• Ultra HD 4K x 2K resolution support
• Ethernet and 3D capable
• CL3 rated and X-traflex® jacket
• Lifetime Warranty

For more information about this product, please visit us at www.comprehensivecable.com/gopro, call toll free at 800-526-0242 or e-mail sales@comprehensivecable.com

About Comprehensive

For nearly 40 years, Comprehensive has been the Pro A/V industry standard for connectivity performance, reliability and value. That’s why millions of Comprehensive cables and connectivity products are in use at stadiums, in broadcast and recording studios, stages, boardrooms, classrooms, government installations and now living rooms around the world. Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company is a division of New Jersey based VCOM International Multimedia Corporation.

Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company
Phone: 800-526-0242; Fax: 201-814-0510
55 Ruta Court, South Hackensack, NJ 07606
www.comprehensivecable.com

Martin Audio MLA Mini Pioneers New Ultra-Compact Format


Due to its ultra-compact footprint, light weight and radical design, Martin Audio’s new MLA Mini will be able to share the award-winning and revolutionary MLA technology across a far wider range of smaller-scale portable and installed sound applications requiring the ultimate in fidelity, consistency and control.

Scalable and versatile, MLA Mini’s ultra-compact size understates its output capabilities. A 12-box array can deliver live music in venues of 750-1000 people.

The MSX mini-sub power plant complements the main system and houses the amplification, networking and DSP necessary to power and control itself and four MLA Mini enclosures.

The system can be flown, ground-stacked or pole mounted. In its simplest configuration, four MLA Minis can be pole-mounted above the MSX with precisely adjustable tilt angle, and function as a plug-and-play system, with the user recalling onboard presets instead of using computer control. At the other end of the scale, up to 16 MLA Minis can be flown in an array and powered by four ground-stacked MSX’s.

With each individual cell under software control, ‘hard-avoid’ areas can also be programmed in to reduce sound spill and noise pollution, and vertical coverage can be fine-tuned electronically in-situ without the need to re-rig the array.

Arrays and MSX’s can be remotely controlled from a laptop or wireless tablet running VU-NET™ control software thus eliminating the time and frustration of trial and error tuning.

Each MLA Mini enclosure houses 2 x 6.5”/2” voice coil LF drivers and a vertical column of 3 x 1.4” aluminium dome HF drivers on a 100° horizontal dispersion horn. The 15” reflex loaded MSX can be integrated into flown arrays or ground-stacked separately.

MSX also contains nine channels of Class D amplification to provide cellular drive while the onboard DSP interacts with proprietary DISPLAY2.1™ intelligent software for accurate array optimization.

Applications include small-to-medium scale theater and live music venues; corporate AV events; fixed installations in concert halls, ballrooms and HOW and side-fill for MLA Compact systems.

Asked about MLA Mini, Director of U.S. Operations Rob Hofkamp said, “We are excited to have this latest addition to the cellular drive family of products. With the Mini’s versatile ultra-compact format, integrators will find it very useful in venues up to 1000 seats and a wide variety of installed sound applications.”

Martin Audio Managing Director Anthony Taylor added, “In addition to the physical advantages, MLA’s revolutionary technology now becomes accessible to most budgets for the first time. In theory, every installed venue or touring show can now achieve the controlled delivery and speed of set up that cellular technology allows, no matter how big or small the space is.”

The new system is expected to start shipping end of May 2013.

For more about MLA Mini and other Martin Audio installation products, please click to www.martin-audio.com

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

World’s First In-Wall Soundbar Makes Home Entertainment Audio a Completely Invisible Experience!

As televisions get bigger and thinner, more and more of them are being hung on the wall making the placement of traditional television soundbars a trickier and trickier challenge. Today, Niles®, the first name in custom installation audio, meets the challenge with the introduction of its theater-grade Cynema Soundfield, the world’s first in-wall soundbar that makes home entertainment audio a completely invisible experience.

The design of the Dolby®-certified Niles Cynema Soundfield is truly ingenious. Put simply, it is a thin metal bracket that goes into the wall and can hold the three 100- Watt dual-speaker modules and a powerful Niles amplifier. By tapping into the empty space behind the drywall, the Niles Cynema Soundfield delivers some serious sound quality and amplification, something that other soundbar manufacturers struggle to do with on-wall or tabletop models. Nobody wants a soundbar that sticks out farther than their TV — and now they don’t have to even consider it.

Finally, TV lovers and film buffs can enjoy theater quality audio without sacrificing the room’s aesthetic. With 48-inch, 55-inch and 60-inch models, there is a virtually invisible soundbar to match any wall-mounted TV. Since this soundbar requires cutting into the drywall, it is recommended to have a professional install the Cynema Soundfield, and the same goes for mounting a large TV. And no home theater is truly complete without a subwoofer to deliver ground-shaking bass, so Niles has also introduced a wireless kit that makes it easy to connect their SW series of compact subwoofers.

What’s more, if the Cynema Soundfield is connected to a multiroom audio system, it can play music when the TV is off. It’s also a perfect addition for game rooms or dens where kids are around, because it can’t be knocked over and it has a special mode that limits the volume. Clearly, the engineers at Niles have thought of just about everything and have crafted an amazingly unique soundbar.

The retail pricing is as follows: $1,599 for the 48-inch model, $1,749 for the 55-inch model, and $1,999 for the 60-inch model. The 48-inch model is also available without an amplifier for $1,195, which allows homeowners and installers to use separate amplification.

For more information on Niles’ Cynema Soundfield system, please visit http://www.nilesaudio.com.

About Niles®
California-based Niles® is a 33-year-old brand recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. Niles is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

Niles 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.

Niles 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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Spyders in the Cloud at EMC World 2013 Conference

If cloud computing sounds expansive consider the footprint of the EMC World annual conference and trade show where a massive 400 x 23-foot curved screen took center stage for speaker support and entertainment and Vista Systems’ Spyder X20s switched content for the 10,000 attendees.

EMC World 2013, at the Las Vegas Venetian/Sands Convention Center, offered businesses the chance to get connected on the latest activities, events and buzz in the areas most important to them. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to take their businesses into the cloud, learn Big Data analytics, secure their data and glimpse the future in virtualized, software-defined data centers. EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service.

Invision Communications of Walnut Creek, California produced EMC World 2013 with Production Resource Group, Inc. (PRG) providing the main staging and Freelance Technical Services, Inc. (FTS) supplying technical engineering for the entire video department, Spyder equipment and Spyder operation expertise. The giant screen was housed in the general session room and was composed of 11 stacked, blended white scrim-like screens across a 400-foot surface.

“The general session room was really wide but had lots of columns, so they decided to put a huge screen in there with a center stage area for presentations and a door for speaker entrances,” explains Timothy J. Durr, president of FTS. “To cover 400 feet of screens we had 11 double stacks of Barco HDX18 projectors suspended from the grid.”

Matthew Carson, PRG’s director of global accounts, knew the size of the big screen demanded a move to Spyder for the 2013 conference. “We looked at the number of switchers and felt Spyder would work best,” he says. “Spyder had the flexibility to add more frames to handle all the screens. And its ease of set up and ability to take care of the blend made our front-end load in a lot easier.”

Content, which consisted of graphic speaker support and EMC-supplied interstitial videos, was developed to fit the 400 x 23-foot screen and ran full screen through 22 Dataton WATCHOUT sources. “The interface between WATCHOUT and Spyder was very smooth,” Carson notes. “We had a high confidence level that they would work well together, and Tim is one of the best Spyder guys in the country.”

Durr says that Spyder also showed off its strength in bringing in all the WATCHOUT sources and adding PIPs with live camera shots of presenters. He deployed two Spyder X20 1608 units running in parallel with 32 inputs and 16 outputs, incorporating Gefen DVI and BlackMagic SDI Front End routing; a third system ran sub-switching to insert the PIPs into the parallel systems. “This made it a lot easier to run and control the show,” he reports. A compact UDC Spyder Touch served as the control interface.

Additional sources included four PowerPoint units, four Flash demo units and two Apple iPad demo units with a pair of Playback Pro Media DDR players for playback. “We set up the video village backstage for the equipment,” Durr says. “All the Spyder control and routing gear were in a 6 x 8-foot area – quite a small footprint to control a huge screen.”

The Spyders also came into play for the closing concert by Bruno Mars. “A bigger stage was built for him,” recalls Durr. “A kabuki drop revealed Bruno Mars and a black drape was behind him with live camera PIPs on either side so the audience of 10,000 could better experience his performance.”

Go A/V Rudy Tessmer supplied an additional Spyder X20 for EMC World’s keynote room where it controlled a 185-foot wide curved screen fed by five double stacks of projectors.

“Spyder performed just great during the conference,” says PRG’s Carson. “It was definitely the right choice.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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