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Audio-Technica U.S. Names Alliance Audio Visual Group Rep of the Year

STOW, OH, July 17, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products for over 50 years, has recognized Los Alamitos, California-based Alliance Audio Visual Group as its Rep of the Year for the 2012/2013 fiscal year. The award was presented to Alliance’s Matthew Jensen, Principal, and Jim Chase, Account Executive, by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO, and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also in attendance were Doug Swan, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, MI/PRO Audio, and David Marsh, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. Jensen and Chase accepted the award on behalf of other Alliance personnel not in attendance, including Kenny Andrews and Karen Lopez. Alliance represents Audio-Technica in the region of Southern California and Southern Nevada.

Audio-Technica held the awards ceremony to honor its dedicated force of manufacturer’s representatives during the InfoComm Expo on June 12, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. The A-T Rep of the Year recipient was congratulated for outstanding sales performance and bestowed with Audio-Technica’s beloved Samurai doll award. Alliance Audio Visual Group was acknowledged for its consistent success in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service.

Michael Edwards said, “Audio-Technica has an excellent team of manufacturer’s representatives, and Alliance Audio Visual Group has distinguished itself over the past year with a high level of service and support, which A-T is proud to acknowledge. We appreciate the relationships they have developed with their customers and their extensive knowledge of the A-T product line.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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System Integrators and Contractors Embrace Lowell Manufacturing

PACIFIC, MO, July 17, 2013 — Products from Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for over 65 years, have become a leading choice for contractors and system integrators nationwide. From boardrooms and professional multimedia areas to arenas and houses of worship, educational facilities, theaters and other fixed installation projects, Lowell rack, power and audio products continue to be specified by high-profile audio/video professionals.

“My relationship with Lowell Manufacturing actually began with my father being friends with company founder Ben Lowell, so I not only have a business relationship, but a long-term personal relationship with the company,” stated Mark Schultz, Systems Engineer for Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Parson Technology, a leading system integrator that established its business in 1927. “As a system integrator designing and installing audio visual and voice data, as well as security systems for healthcare, houses of worship, casinos and gaming, retail stores, sports complexes and hotels and resorts, we employ Lowell equipment racks and ceiling speakers on most of the projects we do for our clients. Lowell has an extremely wide selection of products that not only are high quality and cost effective, but they also have convenient features that are not available from other manufacturers.”

DeWayne Rains, Vice President of Operations for Nashville, Tennessee-based Audio Electronics, Inc. (AEI), a full service Audio/Visual Company specializing in providing national retail, restaurant and hospitality clients with customized In-Store Music & Messaging Networks and Digital Signage solutions, echoes Schultz’s comments: “I’ve been working with Lowell for many years and specify their rolling floor racks, wall-mount racks and shelves, and wall-mount and rackmount volume controls for a variety of installations. The fact that their products are made in America is always important to us, plus John Lowell and his team take great pride and care in what they do — and that comes through when you get a Lowell product. Their customer service is second-to-none. I can order a rack for one of my clients like JCPenney, Cracker Barrel or O’Charley’s and have it the next day. That’s customer service.”

“We’ve standardized our installations using Lowell racks and accessories,” stated Jon Baker, President of Springfield, Missouri-based Audio Acoustics, a leading installer of premium sound and video systems since 1968 specializing in commercial audio/video, health care and education market sectors. “We use several types of their eight-inch ceiling speakers, including the LT series, for music and paging. We’ve been working with Lowell for over 10 years because they offer an extremely comprehensive range of quality products that we feel sound good, install easily and are competitively priced. When you compare the quality of a Lowell product to other choices on the market, with Lowell, you are getting a real value in every sense of the word. Additionally, they offer great customer support, are very responsive and truly understand our needs as a system integrator.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Vi1 Digital Console Can Mix Sound Anywhere In LA County’s New Grand Park Using Unique Fiber-Based A/V System

LOS ANGELES, California – Opened in 2012, Grand Park is a 12-acre oasis of lawns, courtyards, fountains and plazas located in the heart of Los Angeles County. The new park is host to music, performances and entertainment year-round, under the auspices of The Music Center, one of the world’s largest premier arts destinations. Performances can be held in a number of Grand Park’s multi-use stages, spaces and lawns, thanks to a unique system of “media hydrants” connected by fiber optic cable and a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital live sound console that can be quickly moved into place to any location where it’s needed.

Matt Saltzman, Grand Park’s event manager, noted that the entire park is wired with fiber optic cable, buried underground and running to media hydrants located throughout the park that are linked to the main control room. The media hydrants provide digital audio and video connections via a Riedel light pipe data network and are terminated with Cat 5e for audio, video and control. The media hydrants are embedded in concrete and the connectors face outward horizontally for durability and waterproofing. The units are locked with a steel gate when not in use.

“In planning the A/V system for Grand Park, the County wanted to ensure live music and entertainment would be accessible in the widest variety of areas throughout the park,” said Saltzman. “They devised the underground fiber optic system to enable us to do this, rather than have to restrict performances to the stage area. However, to make this idea work we needed to be able to move the mixing console to each area. The Soundcraft Vi1’s digital connectivity enables us to do that.”

With its compact footprint, the Vi1 is relatively easy to move from place to place—and it’s easy to connect the Vi1 to the audio system using a Soundcraft Compact Stagebox. The Vi1 connects to the Compact Stagebox using a single Cat 5e cable, and the output from the Stagebox is then plugged into a media hydrant via Cat 5e. Saltzman notes that this arrangement eliminates the need for anywhere from 15 to 30 XLR cables. In some instances, Saltzman doesn’t even have to move the board—he or one of his staff will use an iPad to control front of house mixing from a remote location.

The Vi1’s built-in processing, reverb, compression and comprehensive EQ and effects eliminate the need for outboard effects racks, further adding to the mobility of the setup. Saltzman notes that all the Vi1 draws very little power, as much as a laptop. “All we need at front of house is literally a single power strip,” he said.

Saltzman points out that the Soundcraft Vi1’s comprehensive control and configuration flexibility make it comfortable for both the in-house staff and visiting sound engineers to use. “It can be set up to ‘feel’ like a traditional analog console, or you can use its tremendous amount of processing and flexibility to take advantage of all of its digital features, like assigning input groups and saving cues on the console’s cue/snapshot system.”

In fact, Saltzman discovered an unforeseen advantage of the Vi1 minutes before one particular performance. “Ten minutes before show time I accidentally pulled the AC power to the console at the end of sound check—without bothering to save my settings. Luckily for me the Vi1 had backed everything up and recalled all my settings. The show went off without a hitch.”

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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.

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Christie Brings Cinema Sound to Vivid Life with the Launch of New Christie Vive Audio

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today launched the groundbreaking Christie Vive Audio™ solution to help exhibitors “complete the experience” for their moviegoing audiences. Designed for cinema, Christie Vive Audio leverages a unique articulated, single enclosure line array speaker design and ribbon driver technology, and combines it with the first use of efficient, high-powered Class D amplification in cinema – all at an attainable price point. Christie Vive Audio’s cinema speakers and amplifiers can be easily and efficiently integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for the ultimate movie viewing and listening experience.
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Complete Christie Vive Audio System

“The introduction of digital technology has sparked tremendous changes in movie content since 2005, but many theaters are still using audio systems designed for 35mm film,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s Entertainment Solutions unit vice president. “With Christie Vive Audio, we have found a way to take all the benefits of line array configuration and put it into a cinema environment by combining it with ribbon driver technology and Class D amplification – all in a single, elegant audio solution that is easily attainable to exhibitors.”
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“Typical audio solutions in the market have not kept up with performance demands of DCI specifications for audio – until now. The Christie Vive Audio integrated solution with its extended frequency response, high dynamic range and ultra fast transient response, along with unprecedented peak-to-average SPL ratios and smooth and even coverage, meets the performance demands of the DCI specification,” said Jim Hall, senior product manager with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions unit. “Christie Vive Audio represents a major leap in cinema sound, with perfect timbre-matching that unleashes the potential of today’s uncompressed digital audio along with leading immersive audio platforms such as Dolby® Atmos™.”
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The complete Christie Vive Audio solution comprises surround and screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to provide audiences with the ultimate movie-viewing experience, enveloping them with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound more natural and lifelike. At the core of the system are the combination of superior sounding screen channel speakers with ribbon driver technology and the proven performance of a line array speaker design, all in a single enclosure.
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This innovative design helps increase the optimal listening area up to four times when compared to conventional compression driver-based audio systems and results in exceptionally smooth and even audio coverage throughout the auditorium. As well, Christie’s Class D amplifiers, which are more compatible with digital sources, are more efficient, resulting in lower operating costs.
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Added Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Audio Solutions, with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, “The complete Christie Vive cinema audio solution can be tailored to the demands of any cinema space, from postproduction studios and screening rooms to traditional and premium large-format auditoriums. Each component of Christie Vive Audio has been specifically engineered to complement the other and combine to deliver a complete solution. By combining the superior performance capabilities of each piece into one integrated solution, Christie Vive Audio brings the next generation of cinema audio to any auditorium.”
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More information on Christie’s new audio initiative can be found at www.viveaudio.com.

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Christie Introduces New Matrix WU7K-J 3-Chip DLP® Projector That Delivers Power and Performance For Real World Simulation

Christie® today introduced its new Christie Matrix WU7K-J 3-chip DLP® projector delivering real world simulation to handle the most challenging of today’s display requirements. Featuring 6,300 ANSI lumens, the projector offers exceptional image quality and is packed with standard features that include full scalability, built-in geometric warping and edge blending, and high performance, image processing with 120Hz capability. The new Xenon-based projector joins the popular Christie Matrix Series family which includes the award-winning 1-chip DLP® LED-based Matrix StIM™ and Matrix SIM, as well as the Matrix StIM™ WQ and Matrix SIM WQ.

“The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is built upon one of the industry’s most innovative technologies, and provides customers with the highest level of system performance and capability available today,” said Dave Kanahele, director of simulation, Christie. “This new projector represents a continued evolution of DLP® technology combined with high brightness Xenon lamp illumination, superior image quality and stability, integrated with our unique Christie Matrix features to meet the most demanding requirements of our simulation customers.”

The Christie Matrix J Series models come standard with Christie AccuFrame™. Specifically designed to address the needs of the simulation market, this feature allows the user adjustable reduction of perceptible image smearing. It supports various frame rates and environments, ensuring the accurate display of high speed simulation content for the most true-to-life displays. Built-in image warping and advanced edge blending is provided by Christie Twist™.

“The most important aspect of this Christie Matrix WU7K-J projector is peace of mind,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “It’s compact, highly reliable and powerful, and includes standard in-demand features to help the virtual training world mirror the challenges of the real world.”

The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is suited to many simulation applications and is ideal for simulation and training applications requiring high brightness and system capability. It offers RGB color matching, full control of gamma curves and grayscale tracking and minimum processing latency.

“Oscars® Outdoors” Summer Film Series Shines Bright With Christie DLP Cinema Technology

With its second season underway as of June 15, “Oscars Outdoors,” a ten-weekend summer film series sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is receiving rave reviews. And integral to the success of its weekend screenings – offering contemporary favorites and classic Hollywood films – is the Christie Solaria® Series CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector.

Oscar Outdoors (Photo credit- Todd Wawrychuk ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Capable of projecting 2D and 3D films at high resolutions and in brilliant color, even through the challenges of outdoor cinema projection, the Christie Solaria projector continues to fill a black-backed, 40 foot by 22.5 foot Harkness screen with amazing images for the 500+ families in attendance most weekends. Complementing the visual impact is an impressive L-ACOUSTICS sound system.

“We improved upon our first season by incorporating the Christie® solution, a higher-quality projection,” said Jay Palmer, Theater Operations Engineer with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The enhanced functionality combined with superb setup by Christie all figured in a very successful debut.”

Besides the Oscars Outdoors screening series, the open-air theater – on the property of the Academy at 1341 Vine St., between De Longpre and Fountain Avenues and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue, just south of the ArcLight Cinemas – has been used by both the Academy and community as an event space for special screenings, educational events and other festivities.

“For more than 80 years Christie has been serving the movie industry and filmgoers, so it was natural that, when approached to assist with this worthwhile project, we readily agreed,” said Craig Sholder, VP for Entertainment Services, Christie. “Our technology is leading-edge and our ability to play well with other cinema offerings ensures successful showings.”

For more information on the Academy’s public events, visit www.oscars.org .

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