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BenQ Becomes Canada’s Favorite 1080p Projector Company

World’s No. 1 DLP(R) Projector Brand Soars Atop Canadian Marketplace With Largest Volume of 1080p Projectors Sold

TORONTO — Oct. 23, 2013 — BenQ Canada Corp., the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector brand and globally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that the company has surpassed competition to become the top-selling 1080p projector brand in Canada for Q2 2013 according to a recent study by Futuresource Consulting. With the release of its W1070 — the first 1080p 3D projector for under $1,000 — and SH910 — the high-brightness 1080p projector designed for large spaces — BenQ has brought premium cinematic and multimedia experiences to more Canadian home theaters, corporate settings, and educational institutions than ever before.

With increased market share to 36.73 percent in the 1080p home projector category and 34.85 percent in the overall 1080p projector category, more Canadian consumers are turning to BenQ’s 1080p projectors to bring price-defying full HD picture quality, 3D content, and high-brightness capabilities to their living rooms, boardrooms, and classroom environments. Based on 2013 Q2 data collected by Futuresource Consulting, BenQ’s ascent atop Canada’s 1080p marketplace is credited to the company’s commitment to releasing market-changing products that combine forward-thinking innovations and consumer-friendly prices.

“The introduction of BenQ’s price-defying W1070 was a major turning point for our industry,” said Lars Yoder, President of BenQ America Corp. “At under $1,000, the unit delivers unheard of performance value by making advanced features, typically reserved for higher-priced models, more accessible to consumers. As we continue to develop and grow into a full display provider of projector, monitor, and digital signage products, we are thrilled to be Canada’s top 1080p projector brand and look forward to releasing more leading-edge solutions in the very near future.”

Supported by a forward-thinking company culture and commitment to category development, BenQ continues to lead the projector marketplace with innovations such as the world’s first built-in 5GHz wireless FHD (WHDI(TM)) projector and the development of Colorific(TM) image quality, which brings more accurate color representation, crisper contrasts, and longer-lasting quality to produce more than one billion stunning colors. In Canada since 2003, BenQ has also lowered the total cost of ownership of its devices through the company’s world-leading SmartEco(TM) technology — allowing projectors to automatically adjust lamp power based on content needs, resulting in increased energy efficiency and up to 10,000 hours of maximum lamp life.

More information about BenQ’s full line of products is available at www.BenQ.ca.

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About BenQ Canada Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ Canada Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.ca.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

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HARMAN Professional Introduces JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Version 1.6

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN Professional today announced the latest update to its patented, award-winning live sound system configuration and control application software, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™. Version 1.6 features improved group muting controls and a new library cleanup tool, along with several other updates including the ability to save files with EQ in Line Array Calculator Tapering/Shading mode and open them in multiple arrays.

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager offers reduced design time, simplified networking, and automated control interface configuration in a true workflow-based user experience for live performance installation professionals. Offered in version 1.6 is the new I-Tech 4×3500 HD firmware version 1042, a critical update for front display operation, a new array and ground stack Auto Amplify button to help guide automatic amplification of loudspeakers, and Group Muting and Signal Generator controls are now available in Test System mode. When selecting groups within the Group list, the affected loudspeakers are now highlighted in the main workspace to aid navigation.

In addition, each Array or Ground Stack now has its own mute button to facilitate left/right testing, time alignment and tuning, as well as the ability to amplify speaker groups from the Configure Array dialog. Overall subwoofer array delay is now completely separate from individual subwoofer electronic delay steering (EDS) delays and the delay panels now show these as two separate values. This new feature allows for more sophisticated low frequency steering for either cardioid or front-firing subwoofer arrays while providing a convenient interface for global system time alignment.

The updated version also provides users with a new library cleanup tool, which helps to eliminate the accumulation of inadvertently large files for archived Custom Racks and Generic Speakers. A new “Clean” button has been added to both the Add Speakers and Add Amplifiers modes to remove custom racks and generic loudspeakers not in the current file from the disk library, as well as the file itself.

“JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.6 further proves our commitment to providing the most complete and useful live sound system configuration and control tool,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director – Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Our customers want to be able to tweak every aspect of the sound design to optimize performance for the specific requirements of any venue and show. Performance Manager provides a user interface that is easy to use in the field, allowing our customers to achieve the best possible performance.”

Performance Manager is available for purchase via license key on the HiQnet website. For more information please visit: hiqnet.harmanpro.com

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.

LifeChurch.tv Continues Expansion, Exclusively Installing HARMAN’s Martin Lighting Fixtures In Venues Across United States

EDMOND, Oklahoma — With 17 locations across five states, LifeChurch.tv hosts more than 50,000 attendees a week during high-intensity services, complete with house bands and exciting sermons. The majority of the 165 services per week throughout LifeChurch.tv are lit with HARMAN’s Martin lighting fixtures. Steinas Systems continues to provide LifeChurch.tv with its lighting gear for a full inventory of lighting and a backup supply to keep the services bright, both in person and online.

“Our services are eye-catching from both the audience and technical side. The worship music portion of our services is similar to what someone would experience at a concert,” states Greg Bacus, Central Team Leader of Technology, LifeChurch.tv. “With Martin, we’re able to deliver what we need for each service in each location, providing a fixture that’s superior quality, cutting edge, and at a price point affordable for houses of worship. By standardizing all of our worship sites with an arsenal of Martin, we can facilitate addressing any down fixtures immediately.”

LifeChurch.tv uses a vast amount of Martin fixtures, including the RUSH series, MAC 101’s, MAC 250’s, MAC 600’s, MAC Manias and Wizards, and Tripix, among others. Six of the LifeChurch.tv facilities also boast HARMAN’s JBL VRX line array elements for sound reinforcement: Tulsa, Fort Worth, Keller, South Oklahoma City , Northwest Oklahoma City and Studio B at its Central Offices.

LifeChurch.tv has 12 venues in Oklahoma, two in Texas, one in Tennessee, one in upstate New York, and one in Florida. Per campus, the technical team uses approximately 30 Martin lighting fixtures, resulting in over 500 active lights, with a va amount of spare pieces ready to be deployed in the case of a failed unit. The church’s “hub and spoke” model allows for immediate response and swap on a downed fixture.

The dynamic church services also integrate video throughout all locations.

“There is a relationship between a manufacturer and the end-user, and Martin’s attention to the house of worship market’s needs sets them apart from others,” continued Bacus. “The difference was clear before and after we decided to work with Martin years ago. The efficiency of the fixtures in power, affordability and standardization are impressive and help make our services visually engaging.”

For more information on LifeChurch.tv, please visit http://www.lifechurch.tv. For more information on Steinas Systems, please visit http://www.steinas.com

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

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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Hearing is Believing at Grace Evangelical Church

Whether it’s listening to the pastor give the sermon or the choir performing, sound distribution at church services is crucial to maximizing the entire congregation’s worship experience. For Grace Evangelical Church, a 2,000-member church located in the Germantown area near Memphis, Tenn., the unique design of its Worship Center, in tandem with its aging and increasingly inadequate technology, was impeding the audio quality of the church’s weekly service. To address the situation, Grace tapped Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting, and video company based in Memphis.

“While aesthetically pleasing, our fan-shaped sanctuary has presented a number of challenges over the years when it comes to delivering a superior audio experience during church services,” said Carl Caspersen, Minister of Music and Media at Grace Evangelical Church. “We called in Elite Multimedia to help alleviate the issues we were having and were blown away by the solution and service they provided.”

Using a variety of lines from L-Acoustics, including the new Kiva system, Elite Multimedia designed a new sound system to provide full coverage while achieving optimal clarity to support Grace Evangelical Church’s worship and spoken word. To support the Kiva system, Elite also installed the new SB15m subwoofer extension, two SB18 units behind the arrays, ARCS enclosures for side fill, 8xt for delay fills and four 5xt coaxial speakers to fill in the front area. The entire system is powered by a total of four L-Acoustics amplifiers, with Elite utilizing the DSP within the amps to achieve time alignment and filters.

“The biggest challenge for us was the structure above the drywall ceiling,” stated Wade Russell, Relationship Manager at Elite Multimedia. “There was limited space from the deck of the roof to the drywall, so that presented limitations in means of access to be able to properly fit the rig points for the new system. We only had about 2′ to 2.5′ clearance from drywall to ceiling deck. So our rigging team came up with a game plan to install an access panel door in the drywall and was able to get it done.”

According to Caspersen, the difference in performance and distribution was immediately noticeable to Grace churchgoers.

“You’ve got a few people who are actually hearing a kick drum for the first time,” Caspersen commented. “We’re not trying to win any volume awards; we’re just trying to provide our members with a solid representation of what is happening on stage and the solution that Elite came up with is delivering exceptional results.”
To supplement the sound reinforcement they installed, Elite integrators chose the Midas Pro2 console operating on Digital AES and at a sample rate of 96k.

“The clarity and imaging is impressive to hear,” Caspersen remarked. “In keeping with the vision of the leadership team, the goal wasn’t to be louder, it was to professionally proclaim what is so important to us, both musically and in the spoken word. The Elite team put together an unbelievable solution that we are extremely pleased with. We look forward to working with them on additional projects. ”

For more information on Elite Multimedia and its notable integration projects, visit www.EliteMultimedia.com. Follow Elite Multimedia at www.facebook.com/elitemultimedia or @elitemultimedia.

Electrosonic Captures Second Consecutive AV Award for Consumer Installation of the Year

At a gala dinner on October 11 at the London Hilton, Electrosonic took home the AV Award for Consumer Installation of the Year for the second year in a row. This time the award was for Electrosonic’s work on The Siemens Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by the global electronics and electrical engineering powerhouse.

Electrosonic has won a total of 27 AV Awards since the honors began in 1999. The AV Awards are managed by UK-based AV Magazine but judged independently by senior representatives from user companies and key industry players. They are considered to be one of the most prestigious AV industry awards in the UK.

The Siemens Crystal features extensive AV systems engineered and installed by Electrosonic. Located at London’s Royal Victoria dock, it serves as home to Siemens’ Center of Competence – Cities, a team of multi-disciplinary urban experts. Its public face is a 21,500-square foot interactive exhibition, which guides visitors through the urban infrastructure of the future by examining the possibilities for sustainable mobility, building technologies, power and water supplies, and healthcare. Electrosonic’s support ranged from the entrance to the Crystal to ten exhibit zones and a concluding presentation.

“Once again we are proud to have been awarded the honour of Consumer Installation of the Year,” says Sarah Joyce, VP EMEA. “The Siemens Crystal features innovative interactive exhibits designed to inform the public about the sustainability of cities and how they’re meeting the challenges of security, clean water, energy, transportation, carbon dioxide levels and access to healthcare. Ultimately, it’s an optimistic panorama of what the city of the future could look like if the ideas presented in The Crystal were to be applied. Electrosonic is delighted to have played a part in this meaningful view of the urban society of tomorrow.”

The Crystal was designed by Wilkinson Eye, Architects with Pringle Brandon the interior/fit out architect. Exhibit fabrication was by The Hub; content for the AV and interactive exhibits was created by ISO, All of Us, Clay, Squint Opera, Spirit Link, B12 and Siemens Software. Additional content was produced by Event Communications and Siemens, with exhibit lighting design by DHA Design.

Last year Electrosonic won AV Award honors for its AV support of The Parlamentarium, the European Parliament’s Visitors’ Centre and the first multimedia-rich exhibition to be fully accessible in 24 languages.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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