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Atlona Products on Display at ISE 2014

PRO MXM Modular Matrix Switchers
The new 4K-compatible AT-PRO-MXM-8 and AT-PRO-MXM-16 customizable, card-based, modular matrix switchers from Atlona(R) have been engineered to provide multiroom AV signal processing and distribution, single-point control for multiple digital and analog signal types, and a flexible foundation that allows for future system expansion and upgrades. Available in an 8×8 configuration for smaller systems, or a 16×16 configuration to accommodate larger and more demanding installations, Atlona’s Pro-Series matrix switchers are custom-configurable with expansion input/output cards that satisfy nearly any application or system requirement. For maximum compatibility, the devices offer universal cards that support legacy signals including DVI, VGA, composite, component, and S-Video, as well as balanced audio embedding. Additional expansion cards offer advanced connectivity options for full support of Ultra HD (4Kx2K) and DisplayPort. To boot, the switchers offer simplified control of connected devices and third-party control systems via IR and RS-232, while Ethernet connections contribute to simpler setup thanks to GUI and TCP/IP control.

Photo Caption: PRO MXM Modular Matrix Switchers
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New AT-HD-CLSO-612 Multiformat Switcher
New from Atlona(R) at ISE 2014 is the AT-HD-CLSO-612 switcher. Ideal for classroom and boardroom applications alike, this switcher delivers the convenience of two HDMI(R), two HDBaseT(TM), and two VGA inputs (RGBHV, component, S-Video, and composite via dongles), which provide connectivity for virtually any device. On the other side, it provides a scaled HDBaseT output to optimize the resolution displayed in the room. The AT-HD-CLSO-612 is also fully Ultra HD (4Kx2K) compatible, enabling up-scaling to 4K from any source. In terms of audio, the solution provides de-embedding, a microphone input, balanced in/out analog audio, and master volume control directly from the front panel. Finally, the AT-HD-CLSO-612 switcher features an intuitive icon-based OSD in English, Spanish, French, and German and offers flexible TCP/IP, RS-232, and IR control.

Photo Caption: AT-HD-CLSO-612 Multiformat Switcher
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AT-HD-M2C HDMI(R) Multichannel to 2-Channel Audio Converter
The Atlona(R) AT-HD-M2C accepts and converts Dolby(R) Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround(TM), and DTS-HD Master Audio(TM) into a two-channel stereo format that is compatible with displays and legacy devices such as an AV receiver or zone amplifier. The AT-HD-M2C’s multichannel EDID takes the guesswork out of managing audio for each source, with no programming required — just plug and play. A variety of output ports, including S/PDIF, HDMI(R), and analog L/R allow audio to pass to devices that don’t support HDMI, while still passing both audio and video to HDMI displays.

Photo Caption: AT-HD-M2C HDMI(R) Multichannel to 2-Channel Audio Converter
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HDMI(R) and VGA/Audio Transmitters and Receivers With Scaling Capabilities
At ISE 2014, Atlona(R) will also showcase its new HDVS family of HDMI(R) and VGA/Audio transmitters and receivers — the AT-HDVS-TX box, AT-HDVS-TX-WP wall plate switcher/transmitters, and AT-HDVS-RX scaler/receiver with signal transport via HDBaseT(TM). Specifically designed for today’s commercial AV marketplace, these products provide connectivity and control for installed AV systems by enabling the use of both VGA and HDMI sources, in addition to control of connected devices. Both the AT-HDVS-TX and AT-HDVS-TX-WP can be used for simplified switching and control or as input and output devices in larger systems. Equipped with Power over Category cable (PoCc) capabilities, the devices do not require any power source at the wall plate, further simplifying the installation process.

Photo Caption: HDVS Family of HDMI(R) and VGA/Audio Transmitters and Receivers
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Company Quote:
“As we continue to expand our solutions portfolio, Atlona remains committed to designing innovative products that enable reliable AV signal distribution for both home and enterprise environments. We’re proud to showcase our complete line of distribution products at ISE, which delivers dependable, scalable AV signal routing from source to display while simplifying installation and reducing system complexity and costs.”
– Ilya Khayn, president and CEO, Atlona

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

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Preston Soper Wins Audio System Tech Of The Year Award

Jim Brammer & Preston Soper


Preston Soper was recently honored as Audio System Tech of the Year at the Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas, NV.

Soper, who works with Special Event Services (SES) as lead system tech for the Zac Brown Band, has worked in audio since the early 90s as a driver, live and recording engineer and installation technician with a variety of leading production companies, studios, installers and live venues. In addition to Zac Brown, Preston has toured with the Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer Ministries, Delirious, Govt Mule, Supertramp, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other leading artists.

Asked how he felt about winning the prestigious Parnelli Award, Preston responded, “Recognition by ones peers is a compliment that is rivaled only by acknowledgment from one’s clients. I deeply appreciate and feel honored to be one of the Parnelli award winners. Throughout my life in audio, I’ve been lucky to work with people who are so inspired, talented, and skilled, that I try to take something from them and carry those lessons forward in my own work. Without those who took the time to share their insights, I wouldn’t have been in a position to be nominated or win this award.”

Preston also had kind words for his colleagues at SES and the Martin Audio MLA system used for Zac Brown: “I would also like to express my gratitude for the guidance of Jim Brammer, Jason Farah, and the SES team during my tenure there that has allowed me to grow as an engineer while designing and deploying audio systems for a broad range of clients. Special Event Services’ commitment to MLA as an early network partner and their continued investment in this leading edge technology has helped us provide well-deployed systems, scalable to the different venue types and events with consistent results at every stop on the ZBB tour.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

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Autoscript’s +Winplus+ Software is the Clear-Cut Choice for Precise Prompting

User-Friendly System Provides Flexibility and Resilience in an Intuitive Package

SHELTON, CT, DECEMBER 12, 2013 — For Stacey Torello, owner and operator of Precise Prompting, a full-service teleprompting company, conveying her clients’ messages flawlessly is the key to her company’s success. Whether it’s a live television broadcast, corporate event, film shoot or a taped field piece, Torello relies on Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company, and its +WinPlus+ Prompting Software.

Autoscript’s top-notch customer service and ability to trouble-shoot on the fly is another reason that Torello continues to turn to Autoscript for her prompting software needs. Torello, who has extensive experience with game shows, talk shows, political speeches, movies and sporting events, including Showtime’s live boxing coverage, started using Autoscript’s +WinPlus+ in 2009.

“+WinPlus+ is great when it comes to live sporting events like boxing,” says Torello. “With +WinPlus+, I can edit and prompt at the same time, which is a great feature; one that I have not seen in other programs. If I’m in a live situation and a producer needs me to change copy, that producer can be typing while I’m prompting. That’s a huge advantage.”

+WinPlus+ is a Windows-based software package that adds the ease of “point and click” to an intuitive on-screen edit display. It can provide standalone prompting for both presentation and general production, in the studio or on location. With more than 10,000 systems in daily operation around the world, +WinPlus+ is the most widely used prompting application on the market. +WinPlus+ can be interfaced with all the leading electronic newsroom systems. Designed and used by prompting experts, the software offers the ability to control the run order and edit anywhere within the script, even when scrolling the on-air story, leaving the prompt output unaffected. This adds resilience to the overall system.

“Not only is Autoscript’s +WinPlus+ software great; the company’s customer service is excellent as well,” adds Torello. “Whenever I call to speak with my customer service rep, she’s very helpful. She immediately knows what I’m talking about, and if I have an Internet connection she’ll just sign into my computer, go over my system, see what the problem is and immediately fix it. She is yet another reason why Autoscript is my obvious choice for prompting.”

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.

For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

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HARMAN collaborates with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to provide unmatched audio experiences at T1A

BANGALORE, India — HARMAN International India today announced the successful implementation of a new HARMAN IDX Information Delivery System, a truly integrated airport communications system at Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore, India. The deployment is a part of a comprehensive program by BIAL to deliver world-class facilities and services to its passengers and partners at T1A, which spreads across 1.5 million square feet and has the capacity to handle 20 million passengers/year.

The HARMAN IDX Information Delivery System is especially engineered for meeting the communication challenges in today’s complex public spaces such as airports, rail stations and others. In this case, the airport communications system comprises a software-based IDX system core and operator interface, as well as JBL Professional loudspeakers, CROWN amplification, AKG noise sensing microphones and BSS audio processing.

The system is a fully managed digital notification system that seamlessly combines audio and visual messaging systems with the airport IT LAN and provides operators with an effective interface for managing complex, rapidly-changing travel information including gate information, boarding details and life safety protocol in the unlikely event of emergencies.

The deployment provides the airport with a highly flexible and scalable solution that can support the airport’s current requirements of Terminal 1 and future expansion plans. This is a landmark installation, as it is not only the first HARMAN IDX Information Delivery System installation at an international airport in India, but also the first IDX system deployment in Asia.

“We are pleased to partner with HARMAN in installing a highly capable, robust and mission-oriented situation management platform at the terminal. Through the new system we will raise the bar in providing unmatched world-class audio experience to our passengers at the Bengaluru International Airport. This sets the foundation for an integrated airport communication system that will serve the airport’s needs for years to come” said Mr. G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, BIAL

“The truly integrated airport communication AV system from HARMAN Professional will provide a premium information delivery solution that minimizes traveler stress, and ensures a positive airport experience. We believe this project has set a new benchmark in the global AV industry,” said M. Lakshminarayan, Country Manager and Managing Director, HARMAN International India.

HARMAN IDX is designed and built to exceed professional audio standards, incorporating premium microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers for the best audio quality available. This IDX system can be found in various leading airport terminals across the United States and project sites across the world, including the recently installed projects at ORTIA International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Bogota International Airport in Colombia. IDX systems are also suited for Mass Transit facility applications Systems like SuperVia Trens Urbanos in Rio de Jeniero Brazil.

About HARMAN
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Masque Sound Makes Triumphant Return to Lincoln Center Theater for New Production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

When the curtain rose on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Lincoln Center Theater, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Sound Designer Mark Bennett and Associate Sound Designer Charles Coes with a custom audio equipment package that would ensure complete and pristine audio surround sound and coverage throughout the venue for the famed scribe’s powerful and dark tragedy.

Macbeth tells the story of the title character and brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness and death. In this new production, Ethan Hawke plays Macbeth opposite Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth.

Bennett and Coes’ goal in designing the sound was to create a flexible system that was capable of delivering a surround sound experience, while also providing complete coverage for every seat in the large, extreme three-quarter Vivian Beaumont Theater. Since Macbeth is a play, and not a musical, Bennett and Coes wanted to create an environment that was as natural sounding as possible.

“The audio solutions that we were able to come up with in collaborating with Masque Sound were great,” says Bennett. “Masque Sound was always able to find alternative ways to achieve our vision, if they didn’t immediately have the ability to do that with their existing inventory. The quality of the equipment that Masque has provided is consistently excellent.”

The Vivian Beaumont Theater has one of the deepest stages in New York City, rivaled only by The Metropolitan Opera and Radio City Music Hall. As a result, Bennett and Coes were able to create tiers of sound in off-stage areas, giving them the ability and flexibility to pinpoint where they wanted the sound to source from in a very large environment.

Another important component of the sound was O’Brien’s desire to have the supernatural world play a large part in the play. O’Brien wanted the show’s “Three Witches” to be able to use the weather as a force to be reckoned with throughout the piece. In order to move the weather and other sound effects around the theater, Bennett and Coes used a combination of heavy Yamaha DME processing and a variety of Meyer Sound loudspeakers, as well as tapping into the Beaumont’s SIAP system, to create rings of surround throughout the theater.

At the heart of the custom equipment package, provided by Masque Sound, was a Yamaha PM5D digital mixing console with a DSP5D editing side car. According to Coes, “The PM5D gave us the most flexibility. It integrated very well with the Yamaha DME’s, which allowed us to accomplish the very transparent vocal reinforcement that we were shooting for. It also provided for a lot of deep control using the delay matrix.”

Bennett and Coes also utilized a 32-channel playback system to further move the sound fluidly around the surround channels as well as a Meyer Sound Matrix3 Audio Show Control unit. A Meyer Sound-based loudspeaker system was used for vocals including UPA-1P’s coupled with a USW-1P subwoofer, and an array of M1D orchestra and balcony delays. The music system consisted of an array of Meyer Sound UPA-1P’s, USW-1P’s and an additional Meyer 650-P effect subwoofer. For the fills, which were very close to the audience, a passive d&b E-Series array was used.

In deciding on microphone selection, Bennett and Coes began with the idea that they were going to use foot mics throughout with the occasional body mic. As the design progressed, they discovered that by using nearly equal amounts of both, they were able to provide that intimate feel needed for many of the scenes while also aiding in the final transparency of the piece. Masque Sound provided Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid microphones and AKG E460 pre amps for the foot mics. Sennheiser SK5012 transmitters and DPA 4061 lavalier elements were used for the body mics.

“We chose the gear we did because conceptually it allows us to work with the music by installing each cue with a variety of splits,” adds Coes. “This really allows us to separate out what the bass is doing, what the percussion is doing, what the mid-range fills are doing, and then where we are placing the solo instruments per cue. With 15 delayed individual foot mics to every speaker in the vocal reinforcement system and each of the RF mics existing in one of 12 zones on the stage, Mixer Marc Salzberg does a great deal of switching of zones, for individual mics, at any given moment to keep everybody in as accurate a zone as possible.”

Masque Sound also worked with the show’s RF Engineer Adam Smolenski to provide frequency coordination for the 20 channels of wireless plus 12 wireless intercoms that are utilized during each performance.

According to Coes, “With more than 1700 lines of code in QLab, around 300 cues taken for content-only and an additional 30-40 taken for reinforcement, there is an incredible intricacy of the musical and playback content of the show. Masque Sound understood the needs of the project and provided us with gear that can deliver night after night with reliability and stability; that is one of the great aspects of working with them.”

Macbeth opened to rave reviews on Thursday, November 21 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The limited engagement of Macbeth is scheduled to run through January 12, 2014.

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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StrandVision Digital Signage Helps Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Communicate Their Heritage and Values

PABLO, Mont. – Dec. 12, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) are using its Internet-based digital signage system to communicate their heritage and values to CSKT employees, Tribal people and visitors.

CSKT faced a unique communications challenge in finding an innovative, visually interesting way to reach multiple audiences. It selected StrandVision Digital Signage for a display at its headquarters in Pablo, Montana. Since the StrandVision system is hosted in the cloud and requires only minimal onsite digital media player hardware, the CSKT were able to redeploy a surplus computer and 27” display for the initial installation, eliminating out-of-pocket equipment costs. In addition to the display in the lobby, the StrandVision network also broadcasts on the Char-Koosta News public web site for no additional charge.

The StrandVision Digital Signage features regular updates for employees, such as holiday and training schedules, awards and other human resources announcements through text, graphics and video content. Both the in-lobby display and the website digital sign include announcements for Tribal people on the reservation. Notices range from Tribal government news to hunting and fishing dates, healthcare updates, as well as upcoming community events – such as home buying classes, the mission/values statement and local weather, including weather radar that is automatically provided by StrandVision.

Since the CSKT headquarters in Pablo is the focal point for contact with outside constituents, including elected government officials, chambers of commerce, and visitors from around the world, the StrandVision signage also offers an easy way to personally welcome each guest and expose them to CSKT history and values.

“The goal from the start was to make the digital signage an extension of us telling our story. That’s what drew me to StrandVision,” commented Robert McDonald, CSKT communications director. “It’s a powerful tool to help us tell our story in small chapters in a visually interesting way.”

The StrandVision electronic signage network is now poised to be expanded to other locations across the 1.317 million acre – almost double the size of Rhode Island – CSKT Flathead Reservation with local government departments deploying their own implementation of the signage.

“The CSKT are in a perfect position to take advantage of StrandVision’s cloud-based digital signage approach,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “Any location with an Internet connection can be connected and show the programming that includes shared content from Pablo mixed in with its own individually created local programming. With both Web and onsite signage presence, the StrandVision network has the potential to reach virtually everyone on the Flathead Reservation.”

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 and operations information display systems); 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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EDITORS – for further information:

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StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
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Soucy Communications Group
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BenQ Brings Mobile Content to the Boardroom

New MX600 Projector Uses MHL Technology to Enable Media-Rich Presentations Via Smart Devices

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 10, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., the world’s No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand and the No. 1 name in short-throw projection, today introduced its new MX600 mobile-friendly projector. Designed to satisfy today’s boardroom’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the company’s latest Colorific(TM) projector features Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) capabilities, an ultra-bright 3200 lumens of lamp power, and BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) technology to enable an incredible 10,000 hours of lamp life while providing intelligent mobile collaboration to any corporate environment.

Featuring a small and light form-factor design, the MX600 enables easy tablet, smartphone, and notebook collaboration using MHL technology. As a result, working groups can transfer any small-screen content from portable devices directly to the projector’s big screen — bringing file sharing and increased interaction to meetings, presentations, and seminars. Equipped with XGA native resolution, 13,000:1 contrast ratio, and Colorific image quality, the projector delivers accurate, crisp, and long-lasting image quality while casting an amazing one billion colors to the screen.

“As BYOD becomes an integral part of today’s connected workflows, organizations are seeking solutions that provide simple collaboration from the world’s wide range of handheld devices,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Using our new MHL-enabled MX600 projector, users gain an extremely easy solution for sharing content while also combining the market’s most advanced picture performance features and energy saving technology. With our new BenQ remote and flexible installation options, the projector is the total package for high-quality, cost-effective content sharing.”

To provide extended lamp life without impacting picture performance, the MX600 projector features BenQ’s world-leading SmartEco technology. In “LampSave” mode, the projector automatically adjusts lamp power to extend lamp life by 50 percent by using just the right amount of brightness, resulting in an amazing 10,000 hours of lamp power with no projection-quality compromises. To further reduce energy consumption, an “Eco Blank” mode allows presenters to blank out the screen whenever projection isn’t needed, while a “No Source Detected” mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes. In “Standby” mode, the projector will lower power consumption to less than 0.5 W during periods of inactivity, providing even greater energy savings.

To bring even more flexibility to meetings, BenQ is introducing its new projector remote which allows users to control MHL content from their smart devices directly from the handheld unit. Simplifying setup, the MX660 also features horizontal and vertical keystone calibration to get presentations up and running rapidly, regardless of boardroom layout or location. To further facilitate installations, the projector features a built-in 10W speaker and allows users to charge their smart devices via the projector’s MHL connection.

Now shipping, the BenQ MX600 retails for $699. More information on BenQ’s full line of projectors is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ 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 America 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.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 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 ‘N’ 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 ESCO Corp., 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., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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John Mayer’s Born and Raised World Tour Relies On HARMAN’s Martin Viper Lighting Fixtures

AARHUS, Denmark — As John Mayer travels the world on his 4-conintent “Born and Raised” tour, lighting designer Nathan Alves ensures the lavish set is deployed quickly and easily to wow fans beyond Mayer’s renowned guitar playing. Supplied by Upstaging, 50 HARMAN Martin Professional MAC Vipers and 18 MAC III Quadrays light up the stage for the 9-month tour.

“We chose Viper because of its size and weight. It’s really the only full-feature light that will stand up to our video backgrounds and the wide variety of other beam-driven graphics on stage. Viper’s crisp beam and flat field really impressed me,” stated Alves. “I have eight instrumentalists on stage at every venue and I require a light that will hold up to everything from the bright spots to the ware and tear of international travel.”

The Quadrays were originally slated as MAC III Arifx fixtures, but after a demo Alves was content with the change. The versatility and dynamic shift the fixtures provided, from a frosted, even wash on a performer to its 4-beam explosion of light in multiple directions, left his options open to keep up with the high energy of Mayer’s performance.

“We never know which way John is going to turn next on this tour, so it’s almost an exercise in clairvoyance,” Alves continued. “I needed to design a system that could go in almost any direction creatively at any moment. Between the speed of the fixtures and the attention Martin paid to the demand of lightweight fixtures, I can do twice as much with half the fixtures, fewer trucks, fewer stagehands and smaller vendor costs.”

The Born and Raised tour began in summer 2013 and runs through April 2014.

For more information on Upstaging, please visit http://www.upstaging.com.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. 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. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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FOH Engineer Zito Uses Waves Plugins on OneRepublic Tour

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, December 11, 2013 —Acclaimed front-of-house engineer Zito (Backstreet Boys, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds) is part of the ongoing trend of leading cutting-edge live engineers turning to WavesLive tools. Zito has been using Waves plugins in the past few years with Avid VENUE consoles and Yamaha consoles (with MultiRack SoundGrid®), and recently, on tour with GRAMMY®-nominated multiplatinum pop act OneRepublic, he has chosen to carry his Waves plugins on a new platform – the DiGiCo SD5 Digital Console.

Zito cites the Waves IR-Live Convolution Reverb, the MV2 and the H-Delay Hybrid Delay as his three must-have plugins. He states, “The Waves MV2 is a life saver in leveling out instruments. It’s brilliant in bringing up low levels without having to squash the dynamics of the instrument with compression. The Waves IR-Live has changed my life. Until now, I’ve been unable to replicate my favorite hardware reverb units using plugins. But now, with the ability to load in IR’s from my favorite reverb units, it has completely changed how I approach using ‘in-the-box’ reverbs. People are shocked at the quality of the reverbs I’m achieving. And the Waves H-Delay is my favorite delay unit ever, period. It’s so versatile, you can replicate anything you want, or come up with creative delay options. The ability to automate has given me unparalleled control over replicating the bands studio effects within, on an easy to use interface.”

On the challenges in mixing FOH for OneRepublic, Zito says, “This band is unique in that they not only perform, but also produce most of their own music. Lead vocalist and producer Ryan Tedder is producing some of the most current popular music out there, which means that the demand for audio perfection is high and their familiarity with the production aspects of their music are keen. There are a lot of specific sounds and effects that I am trying to replicate in the live domain. Using Waves plugins gives me the confidence to know that anything the band may throw at me, I can achieve. There has yet to be a challenge that I wasn’t able to solve using Waves tools!”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers Allow Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, to Dial Back the Volume While Increasing Its Reach

Large and architecturally classic, Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, had an issue with speech intelligibility that was addressed using RoomMatch® loudspeakers with PowerMatch® amplifiers from Bose®

Framingham, Massachusetts, December 10, 2013 – The classic architecture of mid-American Baptist churches is characterized by spareness and utility, with little to distract the eye from the pulpit. However, that same kind of design, featuring hardwood floors and highly reflective walls and other surfaces, can create significant distractions for the ear, as intelligibility suffers from reverberation and echoes. And with the high-frequency drivers in its old PA system faltering, Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas (in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area), also had to increase the volume to fill its 1,200-seat worship center, adding additional sonic clutter to the already highly reverberant environment. Luckily, RoomMatch® loudspeaker systems from Bose® Professional Systems were up to the challenge, and that’s what Media Technology Group (MTG), an AV systems integrator based in Arlington, recommended to address these problems.

MTG designed and installed a new sound system using four RoomMatch® loudspeakers, configured into a single center cluster consisting of an RM12040 module on the bottom, an RM9020 module on top and two RM9040 modules in the middle, all powered by a Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifier. The system was able to overcome all the acoustical challenges of the worship center simply and cost-effectively.

“This system fit the room perfectly,” says James Nance, CEO of the Media Technology Group. “It’s a difficult space, long and narrow and with a 43-foot ceiling, making it hard to achieve good intelligibility. The old system was on its last legs, and they were trying to use additional volume to compensate for reach. The new Bose RoomMatch system let us keep the energy off of the walls and the floors and the front of the balcony, all the areas that were causing the biggest reflection problems. It’s reduced the intelligibility problems significantly without using any acoustical treatment and using lower volume levels. That’s a major accomplishment.”

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