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Cadenza Collection, The New Side of SANUS

Hot on the heels of their new TV Wall mount line that will be shown for the first time at CEDIA Expo 2013, HTSA member, SANUS announced today a new line of high performance media furniture named the Cadenza Collection. SANUS will introduce the Cadenza collection at CEDIA Expo in booth #2010, to provide consumers and installers with furniture solutions that blend aesthetics with technology and functionality. The new collection includes two flat panel media consoles and one audio video media cabinet to create an organized, safe and beautiful media arrangement in any home.
 

 

 

Developed by professional AV integrators and SANUS’ own in-house furniture designers, with an understanding of high-performance AV systems, the Cadenza Collection has the capacity needed to work seamlessly with top-of-the-line electronics and sound bars, while keeping gear neat and running cool. Cadenza includes unique, wood rack mount shelves and hidden rack rails and built-in cable management channels. To combat component overheating, the Cadenza series features built-in ventilation on each internal shelf and each removable back panel.  All pieces in the collection have the ability to add cooling fans; giving electronics the environment they need for optimal performance.

The Cadenza Collection is inspired by the simple and functional elegance of Scandinavian design. And as an added advantage, the new line can hide a complete rack mounted system within and allows for hidden storage to easily conceal repeaters, control processors, streaming media players, routers, and other small components.

“We’re so pleased to showcase this new and advanced line at CEDIA Expo. We strongly believe the Cadenza Collection meets the needs and desires of professional installers and audiophiles alike,” said Steve Frank, Director of Product Management. “We’ve combined professional integrator expertise with our in-house design team to allow for the simplicity of rack mounting inside high-quality furniture that looks custom-built.”

Visitors to booth #2010 at CEDIA Expo will be able to experience a Cadenza media console fully-loaded with the SANUS EcoSystem™ for an easy single power solution in an AV rack. Featuring switchable and always on low voltage ports, LED lighting solutions, USB-charging ports, as well as a thermostat kit to monitor rack temperature and activate fans, the EcoSystem saves time and space and leads to a clean, unobstructed showcase for a well-designed AV rack, all compatible to fit inside the Cadenza Collection. Cadenza pieces are enveloped with the beauty of walnut or American ash hardwoods and come fully-assembled. The SANUS Cadenza collection includes:

Cadenza53 53 Inch AV Cabinet

  • 26 AV rack unit with three adjustable wood rack mount shelves
  • Supports up to 200 lbs (22.6 kg)
  • SANUS Ecosystem compatible
  • MSRP $1199

Cadenza61 61 Inch Media Console

  • 22 AV rack unit  (2×11) with two adjustable wood rack mount shelves
  • Accommodates flat panel TVs up to 70 inches or 150 lbs (68 kg).
  • Center channel speaker opening with configuration option to handle even wider sound bars or LCRs (up to 59” wide)
  • Multiple height options
  • MSRP $1499

Cadenza75 75 Inch Media Console

  • 22 AV rack unit  (2×11) with two adjustable wood rack mount shelves
  • Accommodates flat panel TVs up to 80” or150 lb (68 kg).
  • Extra-large Center channel speaker opening with configuration option to handle even wider sound bars or LCRs (up to 73” wide)
  • MSRP  $1799

 

 

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Rock for Oklahoma Benefits from HARMAN’s JBL and Crown Concert Audio System

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena recently hosted Rock for Oklahoma, a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims that featured Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne and Built to Spill. Concert audio was provided by Oklahoma City live sound rental contractor Miller Pro Audio (www.millerproaudio.com). Owner Danny Miller and his crew, FOH Engineer Nick Walsh, Systems Engineer Aaron Oliver, and Systems Tech Kip Montgomery provided the PA with a system comprised of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers. Proceeds from the event benefitted the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

The system utilized for the concert included 18 JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements per side for the mains, plus 12 VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements per side used for out fill. Side fill was provided by three VT4888 elements and four VERTEC VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers per side. In addition, 36 JBL SRX728 2×18” subwoofers supplemented the system’s low end. All loudspeakers were driven by Crown I-Tech 9000 HD and I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers.

Although the Chesapeake Energy Arena has an installed house PA system, the Miller Pro Audio team decided not to tie into it for the event, which drew more than 15,000 people. “The VERTEC arrays were more than capable of covering the venue adequately,” explained Oliver.

In deploying the VERTEC system, the crew had to deal with a number of large, hard surfaces such as signage that was located throughout the arena. In addition, because of its physical location it proved impossible to hang any speakers from a large video screen.

Oliver was able to avoid any unwanted echoes from the large, reflective surfaces and work around the video screen by using the JBL Line Array Calculator II V1.2 system setup software to determine the physical placement of the line arrays to achieve optimum coverage. He noted that the VT4889 and VT4888 are extremely versatile in their ability to achieve the best-possible coverage angles, even in difficult architectural situations like the Chesapeake Energy Arena where the arrays could not be hung in all of Miller’s preferred locations.

Miller Pro Audio chose the Crown-powered JBL VERTEC system for its ease of use, high efficiency and great sound. “The ability of the VERTEC line arrays and Crown amps to work together and take advantage of the latest V5 DSP presets enables us to deliver a level of sound quality that’s just stunning – big and powerful yet smooth and even with exceptional clarity.”

“All the performers were really happy with the performance of the PA,” Oliver concluded. “Lots of ‘thank you’s’ all around. All in all, a great day.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

IMT’s Interactive Video Learning Sponsors CLO Symposium Awards

Premiere Event Focuses on Advanced Learning and Development Productivity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Video Learning (IVL), a new high definition broadcast training division of Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) is sponsoring the gala CLO Symposium Awards Dinner on September 30 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

 

 

 

 

The theme of the 3-day symposium is “Chief Learning Officer Solutions for Enterprise Productivity,” with a concentration on boosting employee performance and sharpening the corporate competitive edge.  When learning and development are accelerated it creates a catalyst for growth and magnifies individual and organizational performance.  The challenge for chief learning officers is to take a real learning vision and put it into action.  The Chief Learning Officer Magazine Symposium explores in depth how this can be accomplished, using education to magnify an organization’s performance.

Chief Learning Officer Symposium
Monday, September 30 — Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Rancho Las Palma Resort & Spa

CLO Learning In Practice Awards Dinner
Monday, September 30, 2013 Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception, Dinner, Awards Presentation and Entertainment.
Learn more at:  http://www.CLOsymposium.com/fall

ABOUT INTERACTIVE VIDEO LEARNING (IVL)
Interactive Video Learning (IVL), a division of IMT, is an interactive high definition broadcast training platform, linking instructors and students in real time, across multiple locations in a rich and dynamic multimedia classroom experience.
IVL was designed from the ground up to reach students where they are. Whether in a classroom or on an Internet-connected tablet, IVL connects each student with high quality video and multimedia instructional content.  With the IVL platform, students are connected to instructors and other students in a rich, multi-dimensional learning environment.
Learn more at: http://imtglobalinc.com/interactive-virtual-learning

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
Integrated Media Technologies Inc. (IMT) is a digital media and technology company with offices in Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, and NYC.  In 2011, Inc. Magazine ranked IMT as the 25th fastest growing private company in the Technology Services industry.  IMT serves the telecommunications, media & entertainment, IT, institutional, commercial real estate and hospitality sectors with a broad range of solutions designed to drive new value and efficiencies from technology.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com tel: 877.761.9770

New JVC Projector Line Boasts Industry’s Highest Native and Dynamic Contrast

DENVER, September 26, 2013 – JVC today announced a new, expanded line of home theater projectors that delivers substantial improvements in image quality and achieves the industry’s highest native and dynamic contrast. The performance boost is driven by a new imaging device, upgraded version of the company’s e-shift technology, 4K source compatibility and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture.
With its new line, JVC continues to offer the industry’s highest native contrast performance, further improved this year by a new D-ILA device and a new wire grid polarizer. JVC has also added a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture that can dial in even deeper blacks. And projectors equipped with 4K e-shift3, the latest iteration of the company’s e-shift technology, feature a 4K signal input (60P) so that now both 4K and 2K sources can be displayed as 3840 x 2160 images.

JVC’s 2014 projectors are the Procision Series DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R, and DLA-X500R, marketed by JVC’s Consumer AV Group, and the Reference Series DLA-RS6710, DLA-RS67, DLA-RS57, DLA-RS4910, and DLA-RS49, available through JVC Professional Products Company. All are 3D-enabled and offer 4K e-shift3.
The new JVC projectors use three sixth generation JVC D-ILA imaging devices. This new device features a pixel gap that’s 40 percent narrower than the previous chip for a smoother picture, a 10 percent improvement in light efficiency for a light output of 1,300 lumens, and improved native contrast, which is also enhanced by a new, third generation wire grid optical engine. As a result, native contrast ratios for the new projectors are:

DLA-X900R/RS67/RS6710 150,000:1
DLA-X700R/RS57 120,000:1
DLA-X500R/RS49/RS4910 60,000:1

To further boost contrast, JVC has developed a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture. When engaged, JVC’s Intelligent Lens Aperture produces deeper black levels while maintaining white levels superior to what’s delivered by competing projectors using a dynamic iris – performance attributable to JVC projectors’ inherent high native contrast capabilities. As a result, the new JVC projectors achieve the industry’s highest dynamic contrast ratios:

DLA-X900R/RS67/RS6710 1,500,000:1
DLA-X700R/RS57 1,200,000:1
DLA-X500R/RS49/RS4910 600,000:1

JVC’s 4K e-shift technology was first developed to upconvert and scale 2D HD content to a 4K signal. With 4K inputs, the new JVC projectors can now process 4K signals as well to deliver a smooth, detailed image. Picture performance is further optimized by a new Multiple Pixel Control (MPC) processor with eight-band detection. The MPC processor offers four presets plus an Auto setting that automatically selects the best upconversion process by detecting the frequency of each pixel.

Picture quality is also enhanced through a new Clear Black feature that provides local area contrast enhancement, and improved Clear Motion Drive (CMD 3). CMD 3 uses a new LSI and new algorithm to deliver a significant improvement in motion artifacts on diagonal lines on 4K and 2K 2D content and 2K 3D content.
Other new enhancements for 2014 are:
• Two memory settings for pixel convergence that can be used to store correction settings for external lenses.
• New smartphone app that provides remote control of the projector, including picture settings.
• Adobe RGB picture mode on the top five models.
Key features carried over from the 2013 line include:
• Active shutter glasses for 3D viewing use RF rather than IR technology to offer more stable synchronization and extended range while avoiding possible interference with IR-controlled devices.
• Lens memory settings – Ten for the DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R, DLA-RS6710, DLA-RS67 and DLA-RS57, and five for the DLA-X500R, DLA-RS49, and DLA-RS4910. These store custom focus, zoom and horizontal/vertical lens shift position. This allows a constant height display of 4:3, 16:9, 2.35:1 or any other scope content without an additional anamorphic lens.

The flagship DLA-X900R and DLA-RS67/6710 are built using hand-selected, hand-tested components and have a 150,000:1 native contrast ratio and 1,500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. For 3D viewing, they come with two pairs of PK-AG3 RF 3D glasses and a PK-EM2 3D Signal Emitter. The DLA-RS6710 also includes a spare lamp and comes with a five-year warranty versus a three-year warranty on the DLA-X900R and DLA-RS67.
The DLA-X700R and DLA-RS57 have a native contrast of 120,000:1, dynamic contrast ratio of 1,200,000:1, and come with a two-year warranty.

The DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R, DLA-RS6710, DLA-RS67 and DLA-RS57 offer ISF certification and are designed to pass the 400-plus tests necessary to achieve THX® 3D Certification (pending) – a promise to consumers of the highest level of quality and performance. All JVC THX Certified Projectors include THX 2D and 3D Cinema viewing modes to provide the most accurate color reproduction available in a pre-calibrated setting, ensuring content is rendered back just as its creator intended.

The DLA-X500R, DLA-RS49 and DLA-RS4910 each have a native contrast ratio of 60,000:1 and have dynamic contrast ratio of 600,000:1. The DLA-RS4910 provides ISF certification and three-year warranty, while the DLA-X500R and DLA-RS67 come with a two-year warranty.

Two current models, the DLA-X35 and the DLA-RS46, remain in the line for 2014.

The new JVC D-ILA home theater projectors will be available November at the following prices:

DLA-RS6710 $12,499
DLA-X900R/DLA-RS67 $11,999
DLA-X700R/DLA-RS57 $7,999
DLA-RS4910 $5,199
DLA-X500R/DLA-RS49 $4,999

About JVC Americas Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC Americas distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

THX is a trademark of THX Ltd., registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All rights reserved.

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Barix Welcomes Ronni Guggenheim as CEO

Seasoned executive makes worldwide company growth a priority

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, September 26, 2013 —
IP audio and control specialist Barix ushers in a new era with the appointment of Ronni Guggenheim as CEO. Based in Zurich, Mr. Guggenheim takes the reins on October 1 — and he has big plans for the company.

“Barix has a stellar reputation as an IP technology pioneer and a very solid technology core, the majority of which is hardware-driven,” said Guggenheim. “We have an opportunity to increase market share by building a broader ecosystem with a stronger software focus.”

Guggenheim certainly understands technology, with recent leadership roles at Minicom Digital Signage and ComQi, a leading global digital signage technology supplier. The latter company formed through a merger between Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii, an effort which Guggenheim drove and executed. He brings additional leadership experience to Barix as former managing partner and CEO of neXius AG, where he drove strategy development and execution for hardware and software technology companies.

Guggenheim will leverage his proven leadership skills and business sense, along with a history of sales and marketing expertise, to take Barix to the next level — an exciting proposition for Barix founder Johannes G. Rietschel.

Rietschel has served as CEO of Barix since its inception in 2001, and will remain with the company as executive chairman and CTO. This will allow him to focus on his visionary and technology development skills as he relinquishes the daily operations and business strategy to Mr. Guggenheim.

“Barix has achieved excellent growth for 12 years, but we have reached a size where we need different entrepreneurial skillsets,” said Rietschel. “I will remain involved in the overall company vision but am getting back to focusing on technology, and ensuring we have the best to offer for our customers. Ronni brings the experience we need to build stronger sales channels and strategic focus worldwide. And I will work with him to guarantee greater acceleration of Barix’s success.”

Guggenheim’s digital signage experience is an ideal complement to Barix’s strategy in the retail and business space, where the company has a strong reputation and global customer base for in-store audio solutions. Guggenheim will bring an overall stronger vertical focus to the company, which also supplies technology solutions to the broadcast, security, entertainment and professional AV/installation markets. He will also further invest in relationships with existing OEM and channel partnerships, while paving the way for new alliances.

“At Barix, we have a well-developed, well-defined and established company that will break through to a new phase of revenue growth by building on the successes of our existing team — a team we will continue to rely on heavily,” he said. “We’ll quickly bring better clarity to our vertical and geographical focus, and we expect exponential development of the company as a result.”

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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MASQUE SOUND TRANSPORTS AUDIENCES TO THE BEGINNING OF AMERICAN HISTORY FOR ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME, 1776

When Sound Designer Kevin Kennedy was given the challenge of creating an authentic audio experience that takes audiences on a timely, rousing and suspenseful adventure into the fascinating first chapter of American history for the American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) production of 1776, he turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, 1776 is a vivid musical look into the revolutionary events that shaped our republic more than 230 years ago as our founding fathers wrestled with infighting, held heated debates, and negotiated compromises while drafting our Declaration of Independence. Filled with glorious music and unforgettable characters, this triumphant new staging is helmed by acclaimed director Frank Galati.

Kennedy has done a number of shows with Masque Sound in the past, so working with them on 1776 was a natural fit. “In the past three years, all of my shows have been pulled from Masque Sound,” says Kennedy. “My relationship with Masque Sound has always been great. Their selection of gear and their ability to provide the equipment I ask for is second to none. Masque Sound’s customer service element is the best in the business and their level of support is unrivaled.”

In designing the sound for 1776, Kennedy’s goal was to take the audience back in time and provide as realistic and authentic a feel sonically as possible. “This musical takes place over 230 years ago and tells an extremely important story in our countries history,” adds Kennedy. “I wanted to give the audience a very natural sound and make sure that the entire room from the front row to the last row felt that they were not listening to a sound system but rather the actual instruments, only louder. The equipment Masque Sound provided, the supplemental speakers and processing, supplemental wireless microphones, pit microphones, etc., complemented the in-house gear beautifully and was vital in helping me achieve my vision.”

To complement the existing in-house audio equipment, Masque Sound provided a custom speaker package featuring Meyer UPM-1Ps and XTA speaker management processors, as well as a monitor package of Aviom A-16II mixers and Aviom A-16D Pro Distribution systems. Sennheiser Pro Quality Lav-Style Transmitters and Sennheiser Pro Quality Dual Channel Receivers made up the wireless and cabled Shure and Neumann microphones and Radial DI’s were also utilized. Masque Sound also provided a video component for 1776. Since the conductor stand’s positioned on a platform and scenic obstructions obscure him, the members of the orchestra as well as the cast cannot actually see the conductor. In order for the musicians and cast to see the conductor and take their cues, Masque Sound delivered a video distribution package including Rackmount VDA’s, Delvcam LCD monitors and a Vitek Bullet camera.

In addition, Masque Sound also provided frequency coordination for 1776. “With 26 channels of wireless in play on the actors plus the additional headsets and auxiliary equipment, as well as dealing with a production in the theater next door that has a huge frequency list, Masque Sound was instrumental in ensuring that all the wireless channels in use remained interference free and working properly,” concludes Kennedy. “We would not have been able to accomplish what we did without Masque Sound. They are always willing to help a show that comes out of its shop even with the in-house gear. Once again, they did a great job.”

1776 is currently playing at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA. The production opened on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and is currently scheduled to run through October 6, 2013.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once,” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Ireland’s TV3 Equips New HD Studio With Its First HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M2 Console

DUBLIN, Ireland — When TV3 launched in 1998 it became Ireland’s first commercial broadcaster. Today, it remains the country’s only commercial station, operating three platforms—TV3, 3e, and TV3.ie—and enjoys around 25 percent of overall viewership. TV3 presently has two fully functioning studios with two more currently being built—and it was to equip its new 5,000-square-foot HD studio, which will be used mainly for light entertainment and factual entertainment shows, that the broadcaster recently purchased a 42-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M2 along with four Vi Compact Stageboxes.

The M2 upgrade to the popular Vista 5 provides the addition of TFT metering; this is capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a user-configurable lower area.

The station opted to invest in Studer technology for the first time, based on both price and facilities — and in particular the 32/16 fibre stage boxes, according to Jose de Freitas, CTO at TV3, and Simon Dowling, Head of Engineering. But their decision was made only after they had reviewed a number of alternative console options.

Sound engineer John Mullen explains that the Vista 5M2 will initially be deployed for all recordings and live shows in the HD studio. “It has already featured on a late political panellist series, a light entertainment series and as a ‘front-of-house’ desk when the studio is used as a live venue.” Aside from its use both with and without audiences the desk is currently deployed on a 10-part factual entertainment series.

Mullen believes that the desk has represented a wise investment, and that it has the potential to improve workflow as the studio network develops. Meanwhile, the next phase will be to have all technicians—both in-house and freelance—fully operator trained.

“There are many features we like about this desk,” he concludes. “Among them are the DSP Calculator; the General Patch Matrix, for its ease of use and visibility; the GEQ, which is great for creating monitoring/PA mixes;the meter bridge, both for its visisibility and flexibility in configuration; the Monitor Selector/File, for the quantity and flexibility of sources and the N-X [mix minus] Bus — again for its ease of use and flexibility.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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SIM2 Multimedia Defies Common Rules of Home Cinema Installation

Miramar, Florida—September 26, 2013—SIM2 Multimedia is proud to announce a product that defies the common rules of home cinema installation: a pure glass clad cube that looks like a modern piece of art.

A pure black or white interior design complement that fits easily into any décor.

A product with a stunningly bright 2D and 3D picture.

This product is called the CRYSTAL CUBE—the eclectic projector.

“Introduced in New York during the Big Apple stop of our World Road Show, this model wowed attendees, who came from all over the US,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “SIM2 is determined to become the go-to projector company for the US market. We are now able to cover any type of installation, providing not only cutting edge performance but defining new trends in video display technology,” he continued.

Starting at a suggested retail price of $5,000 for a DLP projector that is exclusive and only available through highly select custom dealers, the Crystal Cube will be available by the end of October in two glass cabinet colors: black or white with optional matching color brackets.

CRYSTAL CUBE: the new style in projection, only by SIM2 Multimedia.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Projector Manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of Top Class/High End custom digital video projection systems and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not just branding, but also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

StrandVision and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. Announce Digital Media Player Marketing Agreement for Electronic Signage Networks

The StrandVision R360 Digital Media Player

Low cost, powerful digital signage media player is preloaded with StrandVision electronic signage software and adds several features…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Sept. 26, 2013 – StrandVision LLC and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. today announced a marketing agreement under which StrandVision will sell a new digital signage point-of-display digital media player. The device is based on Shuttle DS61 hardware that comes preloaded with, and is optimized to display, StrandVision’s patented digital signage content software.

Branded the StrandVision R360 Digital Media Player, the new player is a slim (6.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.75”), powerful x86-based Linux digital signage platform that offers the best quality, performance and connectivity to process high-quality digital media. When coupled with StrandVision’s Internet–based, hassle-free, digital signage software, it presents an unparalleled electronic signage package.

“At StrandVision our goal is to make digital signage setup and administration as quick and easy as possible and the R360 Media Player supports that goal,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “Customers simply plug the device into their display and connect it to the Internet. It automatically selects one of the StrandVision digital signage host servers from the cloud, logs in using a preloaded username and password, initializes the connection and begins transmitting the user’s digital signage content in seconds. Remotely managed digital signage doesn’t get any easier.”

The R360 Digital Media Player works seamlessly with StrandVision’s cloud digital signage servers and requires virtually no local administration. The fully configured player includes universal hardware to mount the unit directly onto a display or a wall mount, making installation quick and simple.

“Joining Shuttle’s innovative hardware with StrandVision’s software creates an easy-to-implement and manage package that will meet its customers’ needs,” said Marty Lash, director, sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.

Complete Digital Signage Solution

The R360 Digital Media Player is remotely updated and managed by the StrandVision patented digital signage software minimizing end-user housekeeping. Each customer unit constantly receives digital signage content updates from the StrandVision Web portal yet can run independently if there is an Internet interruption. The StrandVision player is capable of self-correcting most issues and automatically sends system performance updates and alerts to StrandVision and digital signage system administrators.

In addition to a more powerful processor and increased storage and memory, the new StrandVision player includes several upgrades and features. Wi-Fi® communication, previously a $79.99 option, is now included; a DVI™ video output has been added, along with the previously available HDMI® port for connection to digital displays; a VESA™ mounting kit, which can save up to $150.00 for specialized wall mounts.

Priced at $699.99 (a $180.00 reduction from previous StrandVision media players), the fully configured system, including StrandVision’s patented digital signage display software, is available immediately directly from StrandVision and through authorized resellers and system integrators. An optional two-year warranty that extends the standard one-year warranty to a total of three years is available for $89.99.

About Shuttle Computer Group

Shuttle Computer is the North American subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., a publicly traded company established in 1983. Shuttle specializes in small form factor PC hardware for digital signage, point-of-sale (POS) and interactive kiosks in the retail, restaurant, food service and hospitality industries, as well as motherboards and bare bones systems. For more information, visit http://us.shuttle.com or call 1-888-972-1818.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. DVI is a trademark or registered trademark of SONIVOX, L.P. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing. VESA is a trademark of the Video Electronics Standards Association. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

(for StrandVision)
Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

(for Shuttle)
Nancy Napurski
Lionheart Communications
585-967-3348
nnapurski@lionheartpr.com

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Kramer Electronics USA Opens a BYOD/Wireless Lab

Kramer Electronics USA announces the opening of its new BYOD / Wireless Lab at its corporate offices in Clinton, NJ. This new lab will allow Kramer engineers to test and compare the latest in wireless and wired connectivity products for tablets, notebooks, smartphones, and media players in a dynamic, “real world” meeting room environment.

BYOD’s (Bring Your Own Devices) are fast becoming the preferred portable/mobile computing model at home, at work, and at school. Although these devices can be connected through conventional digital interfaces (Mobile High−Definition Link (MHL®), Lightning, micro HDMI), their small size and lightweight design has increased demand for wireless connectivity, using both 802.11−based and proprietary interfaces such as WHDI™.

“Wireless AV connectivity is here, and growing in importance every day. More manufacturers are bringing wireless products to market and the radio spectrum allocated for wireless AV and IT products is becoming more congested,” said Peter Putman, owner of ROAM Consulting, technology consultant for Kramer Electronics and long−time InfoComm instructor. “The purpose of this room is to let us see how all of these wireless products work together – or don’t – so Kramer can better advise consultants, dealers, and integrators on the best ways to integrate wireless AV into their designs and installations,” concluded Putman.

Putman’s annual InfoComm class on wireless AV connectivity is always popular and has featured live simultaneous demonstrations of a wireless Nook HD+ tablet prototype using WHDI, wireless Blu−ray and set−top box connectivity, and wireless notebook computers running PowerPoint’s and videos. Now, those demonstrations are part of a permanent setup in Kramer’s new test lab.

One of the products featured in the lab is Kramer’s new KW−11 wireless kit, which uses WHDI (Wireless High Definition Interface) technology. The KW−11 transmitter can connect notebook computers, DVD and Blu−ray players, set−top boxes, gaming consoles, and cameras to a companion receiver at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p/60, using HDMI connections at either end.

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