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Meyer Sound Introduces Galileo Callisto 616 AES Primary Array Processor

The new Meyer Sound Galileo® Callisto™ 616 AES primary array processor is a powerful hardware and software solution for driving and aligning Meyer Sound loudspeaker array systems. Combining versatile alignment tools like U-Shaping™ equalization and delay integration with a full suite of digital AES3 and analog inputs and outputs, the Callisto 616 AES serves as a flexible mastering tool for delivering digital audio to satellite Meyer Sound processors, including Galileo Callisto 616 processors and Galileo 616 and 408 processors.

“The Callisto 616 AES adds a new level of control in commissioning sound systems as it allows engineers to precision calibrate individual elements or zones using the satellite processors, and then they can use the AES primary processor at FOH to make further adjustments to the overall system using tools like U-Shaping,” explains Todd Meier, digital products manager at Meyer Sound. “Together with the Compass® control interface, this pairing provides the ultimate FOH system mastering tool and makes tuning sound systems much more efficient.”

The two-space, rack-mounted Callisto 616 AES includes six inputs, 16 digital outputs with eight mirrored analog outputs, and a full digital matrix processor. Working in tandem with the Compass control software, Callisto 616 AES is optimized to be a mastering tool that makes it easier to manage loudspeaker systems and shape overall system response. The U-Shaping equalization comprises five bands with adjustable slopes, widths, and gain. Five bands of complementary phase parametric filters are available on each output. An additional five bands of parametric filters and standard TruShaping® equalization are available on each input.


Additional features include delay integration for automatic alignment of Meyer Sound line arrays, and atmospheric correction to maintain high frequency response regardless of changes in temperature and humidity.

To assume impeccable sonic performance for analog audio signals, Callisto 616 AES employs A-D-A conversion with 24-bit resolution at 96 kHz sampling. Internal processing is at 96 kHz with 32-bit floating point resolution. Latency is fixed across all output channels regardless of processing applied, and dedicated connectors are provided for seamless integration of Meyer Sound’s SIM® 3 audio analyzer.

Galileo Callisto 616 AES will begin shipping early February.

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France’s Dubbing Brothers Installs Meyer Sound for Dolby Atmos Mixing Stage

Located on the outskirts of Paris, Dubbing Brothers is a world-leading postproduction center for adapting major films into foreign languages. Its recently renovated Dolby Atmos mixing stage is now equipped with a Meyer Sound system, which has supported the dubbing and remixing of films including “Escape Plan,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” and the Dolby Atmos mix of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

“When we decided to update our main 7.1 mixing room to Atmos, we wanted monitoring of the highest quality,” says Mathieu Taieb, sales director for Dubbing Brothers. “We knew other major post-production houses were using Meyer Sound for Atmos, so we arranged a session to listen to a Meyer Sound system. We were very impressed with what we heard. The sound was dynamic and precise, warm, and never aggressive. Both bass and high frequencies exhibited very high resolution.”

Supplied by Paris-based cinema audio specialist 44.1, the loudspeaker system was designed to Dolby Atmos specifications. It includes three Acheron® 80 screen channel loudspeakers, four X-800C cinema subwoofers in the front, two X-400C cinema subwoofers in the rear, and four HMS-12 and 34 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers.

“I enjoy mixing on the system immensely,” says Taieb. “You can work all day on a movie with very high dynamic levels, and not feel tired or mugged by the sound. I’m continually impressed with the precision and clarity.”

Designed and supervised by Paul Henri Wagner of 44.1, the complete technical renovation of the room includes new wiring, a 244-channel/48-fader Avid System 5 mixing console, and two Pro Tools HDX systems.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in St. Denis, Dubbing Brothers has satellite offices in the USA, Germany, Italy, and Belgium. The firm provides a complete range of audio, video, technical, and creative services for the global film and video entertainment industries. Dubbing Brothers operates under the leadership of Philippe Taieb, president and CEO, and Alexandre Taieb, general manager.

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Audinate Doubles Dante™ Ultimo™ Channel Capacity

Portland, OR-December 17, 2013- Audinate, the market leader in digital media networking for the A/V, conferencing, public address, and broadcast industries, announced it is adding a new product to its Ultimo family of products. The new Ultimo (ULT-01-004) supports 4×4 channels of uncompressed audio, double the capacity of the Ultimo (ULT-01-002) introduced at the beginning of 2013. Ultimo is part of Audinate’s portfolio of high performance Dante solutions and is a family of complete, fully-featured, ready-to-use, single-chip Dante™ solutions for networked audio products.

Dante is recognized for its outstanding performance and ease of integration. The Ultimo family incorporates all the differentiated Dante features like automatic device discovery, plug-and-play networking, customization of device names and channel labels and network-based firmware updates. The Ultimo family is a perfect choice for networking powered speakers, microphones, AV wall plates, speakerphones, amplifiers, paging stations, personal monitoring systems, recording interfaces, intercoms, and analog/digital break-in/break out interfaces. ULT-01-004 extends the range of applications that can benefit from the Ultimo low cost Dante implementations

Coinciding with the launch of the new 4×4 Ultimo chip, the complete Ultimo product family will be enhanced to support an even richer set of features including:

• Increased range of sample rates (44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz)
• Pull up / pull down support
• Remote signal presence indication
• Latency monitoring
• Improved clock statistics reporting
• GPIO pin activation

“The new Ultimo chip option, together with the enhanced set of features, opens up a new range of products for our OEMs who wish to have cost effective networked audio-over-IP products using Dante”, said Gary Southwell, Audinate’s Vice President of Product Management. “It provides our customers a system on a chip that simplifies design of a whole new category of products. Dante is recognized by our OEMs to be the easiest feature-rich networking technology to implement, and by their customers as the easiest networking solution to deploy.”

Several OEMs are already developing products based on the new Ultimo features and options, which will be generally available in Q1, 2014.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by 120 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante and Ultimo are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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Legendary Towne Crier Cafe Opens New Venue in Upstate New York, Drawing International Talent and Elevating Sound Experience with Sennheiser

Towne Crier Cafe, Hub for American Roots, Jazz and World Music Since 1972, Re-Opens in Beacon New York with Stunning Decor, Farm Fresh Food and Authentic Sound from Sennheiser

Beacon, NY, December 17, 2013: One of the best music scenes in New York is actually just outside New York City — approximately, 65 miles north in Beacon, New York. The city’s newest jewel is the Towne Crier Cafe, which combines an exquisite Americana-style restaurant, an intimate performance space and authentic sound from Sennheiser — all within a striking new facility designed from the ground up. While the venue is new to Beacon, The Towne Crier Cafe has an established legacy as one of New York’s most unique performance venues, hosting both emerging and established musical acts from here and abroad.

The Towne Crier Cafe, which is near the banks of the Hudson River and close enough to draw audiences from northern New Jersey, southeastern Connecticut as well as New York, is situated in an ideal location. Beacon has a vibrant artistic community with galleries, a thriving music scene and one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums: Dia: Beacon. Towne Crier owner Phil Ciganer says the club has received a warm reception from the surrounding community since its opening — partly because it continues to attract fans from all over the region: “On any given night, people who know The Towne Crier will show up because they’ve known us over the years,” he says. “When people come here, they also enjoy other parts of the town. The city is enjoying a renaissance and we are all working together to make it a nice, regional focal point.”

The facility in Beacon was an oversize warehouse before Ciganer put pencil to paper and began transforming it into an exquisite performance space and restaurant. “Everything from the framing, to the electric, to the sound system had to be built — it was a major project that took more than nine months,” he recalls. Once all the construction and interior elements were complete, Ciganer turned his attention towards the sound system. “The most important thing for me was to have the best sound anywhere,” he says. “We want people to be comfortable here and experience great music.”

The Towne Crier’s relationship with Sennheiser began over a decade ago when Greg Beebe, then a product manager for Sennheiser U.S. and now its president, paid a visit to Ciganer. “Greg was very impressed with what we were doing here and offered his support, so we began using Sennheiser at that point and have been very pleased with the sonic quality and durability of the microphones since,” he says. “When we moved to Beacon, I thought it would be a good idea to reconnect and strengthen our ties, so Tim Moore [Sennheiser artist relations] came to visit to assess the sound requirements we had in the new space.”

Moore recommended a package of Sennheiser’s evolution series wired microphones to cover vocals, piano, acoustic instruments such as guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as well as drums and other instruments. This included several e 935 dynamic microphones for vocals, e 914 small diaphragm condenser microphones for piano, acoustic instruments and room ambience, e 906 dynamic microphones for guitar cabinets and several other microphones including the e 902, e 904 and e 905 to cover drums and other instruments.

Joe Johnson, front of house for the Towne Crier, is elated with the performance of the evolution series, which he has running into a Soundcraft Performer 3 digital console and a Meyer P.A. system: “The e 935 is one of the best vocal mics I’ve ever heard,” he says. “The e 914s have a nice, open presence and a firm low end. We also use these as overheads on the drums — they are so versatile.” The e 935 was recently used as the vocal microphone during a performance by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb. “Jimmy has such a unique voice and an unusual microphone technique,” says Johnson. “With the e 935, you could really understand the diction and his lyrics.”

While the Towne Crier Cafe has established itself on an entirely new level, its overall vision remains the same as it was in 1972, says Ciganer: “Since the beginning, the music has always been the most important thing to me,” he says. “I have always associated Sennheiser with high quality, and Sennheiser microphones have helped us get the sound to where we wanted it to be.”

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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1) Songwriting great Jimmy Webb performs through a Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphone and a pair of e 914 small diaphragm condenser microphones on the piano to an enthusiastic audience in November, 2013.
2) Joe Johnson, front of house for The Towne Crier, mixes a show using a Sennheiser e 935 microphone so artists can hear him clearly through stage monitors.
3) Singer/songwriter Sam Gleason sings through a Sennheiser e 935 dynamic microphone with an e 914 small diapragm condenser microphone on his acoustic guitar.

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Denon Professional’s Broadcast-Quality DN-501C CD/Media Player Now Available

Professional Device Enhances Audio Playback Flexibility With USB and iOS Compatibility

ITASCA, Ill. — Dec. 17, 2013 — Denon Professional, a leading provider of media management and distribution systems for professional applications, today announced that it is now shipping its new DN-501C broadcast-quality CD/media player. Engineered to provide professional-grade playback, the DN-501C supports both CD-DA and CD-Data while allowing users to access iTunes(R) libraries from iOS devices via USB. Loaded with broadcast-rich features, expanded connectivity options, and compatible with Denon Professional’s new Pitch Control App, the DN-501C facilitates flawless, affordable audio for a wide range of installation-based environments.

With support for CD-DA, WAV, MP3, and both AAC and AIFF audio file formats, the 1-RU DN-501C professional CD player adds iOS compatibility to applications such as broadcast, fitness, dance, music rehearsal, studio, front-of-house playback, and background music spaces. The device’s convenient USB port allows users to perform digital playback directly from iPod(R) and iPhone(R) devices while enabling mass storage playback and WAV file ripping directly from CD data. Users can also change audio pitch and perform master key control from mobile iTunes libraries using Denon Professional’s free app for iOS devices.

Packed with performance features, the new DN-501C CD/media player features various play modes including programming capabilities, frame-accurate searching, a dedicated cue button, and up to twenty hot starts, with five directly on the front panel. The professional-grade device also brings +/- 16% pitch control for both CD and USB files with or without master key control. For enhanced reliability, the DN-501C features a new, three-phase brushless spin motor and slot-in CD drive while RS-232C, GPIO, and professional outputs such as balanced XLR and XLR AES/EBU expand the player’s connectivity options. Compatibility with Denon Pro’s RC-F400S hot start remote furthers the device’s ease-of-use as does the unit’s high-contrast OLED display.

“We’ve added several connectivity and performance features that make the DN-501C a broadcast-quality CD player which is extremely easy to use,” said Brian Aiken, applications engineer at D&M Professional. “Equipped with hot starts, solid-state media, and iOS compatibility, the unit provides simple, reliable playback from theater applications to restaurants to sporting events without requiring costly PC-based software systems. The result is a standalone device that eliminates installation complexity while sustaining Denon Pro’s commitment for reliable audio solutions.”

The DN-501C CD/media player also includes an IR remote control and removable rack ears. Available now, the unit retails at a price of $649. More information on the full line of Denon Professional products is available at www.d-mpro.com.

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About D&M Professional
D&M Professional, the sales and marketing division of Denon Professional, Marantz Professional, and Denon DJ, distributes high-quality professional audio and video equipment for the broadcast, commercial, corporate, DJ, education, government, A/V, houses of worship, security, and related industries. Visit D&M Professional at www.d-mpro.com.

About D+M Group
D+M Group is a globally operating company providing worldwide management and distribution platforms for premium consumer, automotive, commercial and professional audio and video businesses including Denon(R), Marantz(R), Boston Acoustics(R), Calrec Audio, Denon DJ, D&M Professional, and D&M Premium Sound Solutions. Its technologies improve the quality of any audio and visual experience. All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D&M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries. For more information, visit www.dmglobal.com.


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Women in CE to Honor 2014 Class of Legacy Award Inductees at 2014 International CES

Fifth Annual Ceremony to Highlight the Achievements of 2014 Honorees and Recognize Inspiration Award and Woman to Watch Recipients

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Dec. 17, 2013 — Women in Consumer Electronics (CE), an industry organization that promotes the advancement of women in the CE industry, today announced the recipients of its 2014 Legacy Awards. The 2014 honorees are top-level executives from the entertainment, consumer products, market research, and retail sectors. In addition, the organization will be recognizing the Carol Campbell Inspiration Award honoree as well as the newly added “Woman to Watch” recipient.

“Our members continue to inspire us with their remarkable contributions to the consumer electronics industry,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE. “The 2014 honorees are leaders that have displayed a sustained commitment to innovation, growth, and continuous improvement within a broad range of industry areas. This year we’re also excited to celebrate a young rising star with our ‘Woman to Watch’ distinction, as well as pay tribute to our Inspiration Award recipient for her immeasurable contributions to our organization.”

The Women in CE Class of 2014 will be honored at a reception during the 2014 CES in Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 7, preceded by a cocktail hour at 7:00 p.m. The Master of Ceremonies will be Tara Dunion, senior director of communications at Consumer Electronics Association. Tickets to the event can be purchased online.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the 2014 Women in CE Legacy Awards:

Sandra Benedetto — Director of Product Management at THX Ltd.
With over twenty years of senior management experience in the digital video and interactive multimedia industries, Sandra has worked in product management, applications engineering, marketing, and sales, as well as software development and content production on Web, Blu-ray Disc(TM), DVD, and CD-ROM titles. In her current role at THX, she heads app technology development on mobile and smart device platforms.

Sandra holds a graduate degree in communications and technology from New York University and attended the Electrical Engineering program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition, she holds a technical certification from the Institute of Audio Research and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Ramapo College. She is often invited to speak about new technologies and products at industry conferences and events.

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Deena Ghazarian — Vice President of Global Sales and Strategy for Monster Cable Products, Inc.
Before joining the consumer electronics industry in 2000, Deena worked in the world of fashion for 10 years. Deena has worked for ReplayTV, AVAD, and Monster, and from the day she came to the world of consumer electronics, she has paved new paths for many people in the industry. Deena is one of the biggest supporters of Women in CE and believes that servant leadership is the most effective way to lead, practicing it every day by helping her direct reports succeed in their own careers.

Deena is a proud graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a triple degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. She is an even prouder mother of two beautiful daughters, Ella and Chloe, and wife to Artin Ghazarian, a VP of operations with Macy’s department stores.

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Tricia Parks — Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Parks Associates
Tricia leads Parks Associates, a market analysis and research company dedicated to providing meaningful information and counsel to companies offering technology-based products aimed at improving people’s lives. She presents worldwide on consumer trends, market requirements, and industry structure. Parks Associates hosts CONNECTIONS(TM), an international conference and showcase for the digital home held in the United States, and CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe, which focuses on market opportunities for digital products and services in European countries.

Tricia has served on a variety of industry boards including CEA’s Home Networks Committee, the National Research Council’s committee for the Partnership to Advance Technology In Housing (PATH) program, the AMD Global Consumer Advisory Board, and CABA. Tricia has a bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College and did graduate studies at the University of Texas.

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Kathleen Thomas — Vice President of Domestic Sales, AudioQuest
Kathleen was raised in the consumer electronics industry, and her first “legitimate” job was as an A/V salesperson at HiFi Buys in Atlanta, and later at Magnolia Audio Video in Seattle. In 2000 she moved to Berkeley, Calif., to work at Sumiko, a prestigious importer and distributor of fine European audio — initially as technical and dealer support, and eventually as a regional sales manager for the Pacific Northwest. In 2007 she joined AudioQuest, earning the Regional Manager of the Year award in her first year, even though she was on maternity leave for part of it. In 2010 she was made National Sales Manager, and became VP of domestic sales for AudioQuest in 2011.

Kathleen lives in the Seattle area with her husband and her two young daughters, who share her love of technology and music.

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Carol Campbell Inspiration Award: Deb Kassoff — Senior Manager, Member Programs CEA
Deb has been in the consumer electronics industry since 2000, overseeing programs that increase engagement and participation in the Consumer Electronics Association’s member activities and policy initiatives. In her current role as senior manager of member programs, Deb manages professional education programs offered through the CEA Small Business Certificate Program and continues to grow the highly successful CEA Mentor Program. She also focuses on involving CEA members in the association’s policy campaigns. In 2009 Deb was recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40″ by the editors of Dealerscope magazine.

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Woman to Watch: Nicole Yelland — Director of Marketing and Communications, Livio
Nicole Yelland ditched the corporate grind in 2010 for a chance to play by her own rules at Livio, which she has succeeded in growing into an award-winning and visible brand in the automotive infotainment technology space. Her scrappy style and tenacious efforts have resulted in co-founding Social Media Day Detroit in partnership with Mashable, securing millions of media impressions worldwide annually, and developing a brand internship program with 100-percent job placement upon graduation at Livio. Prior to joining Livio, Nicole worked as an account executive at Airfoil with clients such as Starbucks, PayPal, and Syneron. She then went on to manage social media for the Detroit Red Wings and was behind the launch of quick response (QR) codes in arena programs, establishing the franchise as the first professional sports team to use this technology and earning national media attention for this effort.

Nicole earned her undergraduate degree in integrative public relations at Central Michigan University. She now sits on the CMU’s Integrative Public Relations advisory board. She is also a member of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Communications Committee, Women in Consumer Electronics, and the GENIVI Alliance Marketing Team.

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Women in CE provides women in the CE industry with a community in which to share essential resources and connect with others who are focused on the same vision of empowerment, building networks, and supporting career opportunities. Member benefits include a mentoring program, online resources, and live events.

More information about the 2014 Legacy Awards Networking Reception and about Women in CE is available at www.womenince.org.

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About Women in CE
Women in CE is an interactive community created to provide women in the consumer electronics industry an environment promoting networking and professional growth through the development of relationships and new opportunities. For additional information about membership benefits and to join, please visit www.WomenInCE.org.






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Invisible projector illuminates massive screen in award-winning private home theater

Pelham, New York’s Advanced Home Environments (AHE), a custom technology integrator specializing in modern home entertainment, control and communication systems, recently completed a private home theater that delivers large-scale visual impact with hidden hardware. Aided by Acoustic Smart, a New York-based home theater fabrication and design company, the award-winning 17’ wide by 24’ long dedicated theater contains a remarkable amount of advanced audio-video solutions, all tastefully concealed within a stylish theater design. At the heart of this 10-seat theater dwells a 3-chip DLP projector, delivering dazzling imagery to a 143” diagonal Stewart screen.

A high-contrast HIGHlite projector from Digital Projection International (DPI) was specifically chosen to drive the theater’s visual impact. “The projector’s quality, reliability and selection of interchangeable focal length lenses made it an easy decision,” stated Peter Sherman, owner of AHE. As the projector needed to be hidden from view, the diversity of lens choices allowed Sherman to hide the projector within a closet behind the rear wall of the theater without compromising the image quality. Complementing the HIGHlite is a 143” diagonal Stewart Filmscreen Cinecurve screen.

In regards to content, a combination of HD DVR cable boxes, Kaleidescape players, security cameras and an internet-enabled Samsung Blu-ray player handle most of the visuals in the theater and beyond. Winner of a 2013 Crestron Integration award, a Crestron whole-home entertainment and control system automates the key systems throughout. The theater also boasts a state-of-the-art Meridian surround sound system with a Meridian 861 Surround Sound Processor and a Meridian 7.2 channel digital DSP speaker system with all of the speakers completely concealed. Sherman made a point to comment on his experience with DPI, saying, “DPI provided us with excellent tech support, both in helping us select the right equipment and during the installation process.” Congratulations to Advanced Home Environments on creating this distinct, impactful theater experience for their elated client.

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

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Digital Projection Inc.
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Broadcast Pix Granite Integrated Production System Anchors Creative Video of Washington HD Mobile Productions

Billerica, Massachusetts – From the Kennedy Center to the National Mall, Creative Video of Washington, Inc., a full-service video production company based in McLean, Va., produces a variety of live events across the Washington, DC region. Although the company maintains a very healthy SD production business – a lot of association meetings are driven by PowerPoint presentations that still use the 4:3 aspect ratio – the company made the move to native HD production with its latest mobile package, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

According to Kirby Whyte, CVW president, the Granite system has been in “almost constant use” since its launch in October 2012. “Frankly, it has become the heart of our HD switcher package,” he added. In addition to meetings, Creative Video regularly provides live video production for trade shows, awards ceremonies, and indoor and outdoor concerts. The company also offers pre-production and post-production services.

Creative Video had been using a Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production system since 2006. “The Slate became a real SD workhorse for us,” said Whyte. “When we decided to upgrade the production switcher to Granite, we built a complete mobile production package and then realized how powerful the Granite was. It was the best decision we ever made.”

The Granite is housed in a six-foot rack, along with two 17-inch monitors, intercom equipment, and CCUs for the package’s Sony HXC-100 cameras. “The advantage to the Granite Server is that you can build it into your engineering rack and do all the wiring permanently,” said Matthew Eidemiller, CVW vice president of production. The patch panel on the back of the Granite makes it easy to connect cameras and other inputs during setup.

On location, an engineer is stationed in front of the equipment rack to handle camera shading. The Granite’s control panel is positioned nearby on a work table, along with two 42-inch monitors and a laptop loaded with Granite’s optional Chyron Lyric PRO 8 graphic creation software. The company opted to install the software on a separate computer so the remote package would not need to be accessed to create graphics during pre-production.

For most live event projects, Creative Video relies on a TD, engineer, and perhaps a content manager (formerly known as a tape operator) who handles clips and CG. The Granite provides the flexibility to adjust to each client’s specific crew requirements. “In our business, it’s all budget driven,” Eidemiller explained. “No two jobs are the same. Having a system that you can customize for each individual job makes our lives a lot easier.”

Creative Video relies several of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view. Eidemiller changes the screen layout based on the type of live program being produced, and will often customize each 42-inch monitor separately to suit the unique viewing needs of the TD and content manager. “Those that have used it on their shows are blown away with how we can set up the screens for both the director and the TD,” Whyte added.

“I’ve always been a big Broadcast Pix proponent,” Eidemiller said. “We beat the system up more than most people. Things get bounced around from moving the system in and out of the truck. I love their customer support. They’re great at talking us through a solution or getting us what we need.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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BenQ EW40 Series Monitors Bring Big Screen Mobile and Cloud-Based Content

All-New Slim Displays Support MHL-Equipped Smart Devices for Optimized Delivery of Mobile Entertainment

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 16, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new line of EW40 series monitors. Loaded with market-changing features aimed at turning mobile content into a full-on experience, the new vertical alignment (VA) displays feature mobile high-definition link (MHL) technology, an all-new Cinema Mode, and razor-sharp 3000:1 contrast ratios to allow for gaming, media streaming, and other external entertainment sources to be easily viewed on the 24-inch (EW2440L) and 27-inch (EW2740L) screens. Equipped with BenQ’s groundbreaking ZeroFlicker(TM) technology, the displays also eliminate traditional LED flicker issues, enabling seamless viewing sessions and increased user comfort.

Sleekly designed to complement today’s trendiest home and office environments, the BenQ EW40 series monitors enable easy notebook PC, cable, console gaming, or smart device connection using simple MHL technology. As a result, users can transfer small-screen content directly to the monitor from any portable device. Featuring slim bezel lines, true-black color, and a cinema-class video processor for stunning image quality, the EW2440L and EW2740L monitors are engineered to provide today’s cloud-based content consumers with a new level of elegance, simplicity, and forward-thinking features that take picture quality to a new level of enjoyment.

In “Cinema Mode,” the EW40 series monitors heighten the movie experience via BenQ’s exclusive color engine technology, which dynamically adapts to specific video content and automatically brightens dark scenes without overexposing color levels, thus preserving vital picture details. With BenQ’s “Super Resolution,” the displays also simulate high-resolution images in lower-quality video by increasing pixel density — creating an amazing viewing experience regardless of source video settings. To further enhance online videos, the devices’ “Smart Focus” feature highlights selected video windows or screen areas to reduce distractions from other locations on the display.

To enable a more comfortable viewing experience, the EW40 series comes equipped with BenQ’s groundbreaking ZeroFlicker Technology. Flicker — or flashing effect — occurs when a monitor’s LED backlight controller automatically adjusts to changes in brightness levels. Since backlight controllers in regular monitors can cause rapid flickering at a rate of 200 Hz per second when brightness is reduced from its maximum level, user comfort can be compromised in applications where longer viewing sessions are required. Designed to counter this effect, BenQ’s new ZeroFlicker technology has been engineered to eliminate traditional LED flicker issues using a new direct lighting system that enables users to experience improved LED comfort. Using the monitors’ hot keys, users can also easily lower the device’s blue light output to further boost viewer comfort.

For purely audio situations, the EW2440L and EW2740L feature a “Speaker Only” mode, which allows users to connect their devices directly to the monitors’ speakers without powering on the screen. As a result, users experience complete audio immersion while consuming less power. In line with the series’ elegant design features, the monitors sport touch on-screen display and hotkey capabilities, enabling users to switch between settings easily and fully customize their devices.

“As users are increasingly turning to cloud-based content consumption as their main source for entertainment with popular platforms like Aereo, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, and more, BenQ has developed a unique solution that enables enhanced large screen viewing from any video source or portable device,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “With options aimed at optimizing picture quality, consumers can now bring connected entertainment directly into their permanent work or living space through a contemporary, feature-filled multipurpose display.”

Just in time for the holidays, the EW2440L and EW2740L are shipping now at retail price of $299 and $499, respectively. More information on the full line of BenQ products 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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Pro Control Products on Display at ISE 2014

Pro Control Pro.rfz Wireless Range Extender
The new Pro Control Pro.rfz wireless range extender makes it simple and cost effective to extend the ProLink.z processor’s 2.4-GHz ZigBee(R) wireless network to additional areas of a home or commercial facility. This provides users with powerful two-way control and feedback — including song metadata, volume levels, current temperature, and more — via their sleek and powerful Pro24.z remote.

Featuring a durable plastic enclosure, the Pro.rfz can be located up to 70 feet away from the ProLink.z processor. For increased reliability, multiple modules can be added to create a wireless 2.4-GHz ZigBee RF network that instantly adapts to changes or problems within the communication path for greater accuracy.

For installers, the range extender is easily configured via the Pro Control Studio software and a micro USB cable. Providing a clean and simple installation, the Pro.rfz features a detachable wall bracket and can be conveniently powered from any electrical outlet.

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ProLink.z/Pro24.z Two-Way Control and Feedback System
The Pro Control ProLink.z control processor and the award-winning Pro24.z touch-screen controller work together to deliver the ultimate control experience. The ProLink.z features an integrated 2.4-GHz ZigBee(R) antenna for bidirectional communication via the Pro24.z, in addition to two RS-232 two-way ports for advanced control and monitoring of devices. Sporting a sleek, sophisticated design, the Pro24.z controller features a high-resolution 2.4-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display, programmable five-way joystick, and backlit hard buttons to enable intuitive operation even in a darkened room. The powerful ProLink.z processor stores macros for professional-grade control and features an abundance of control options, including six routable IR ports with adjustable output strength, two voltage-sensing inputs for improved management of connected devices, and an Ethernet port for network control of a virtually unlimited number of devices. Pro Control’s ProPanel app is also available for the ProLink.z control processor, giving users complete two-way control and feedback over any Pro Control system from the convenience of their iPod touch(R), iPhone(R), or iPad(R).

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Pro Control ProPanel App
The ProPanel app gives end users complete control over any Pro Control system containing any ProLink control processor from the convenience of their iPod touch(R), iPhone(R), or iPad(R). With so many control app options for dealers, ProPanel stands above the rest by enhancing the control experience with unique capabilities such as full two-way feedback including cover art, weather graphics, dynamic image lists, and high-resolution graphics for the newest generation of iPad. Redefining ease of use, the app displays in both portrait and landscape views by rotating the Apple(R) device, with no additional programming required. ProPanel supports local connection via Wi-Fi(R) and offers remote-access capabilities via auto-switching Wi-Fi and 3G wireless — providing users with convenient control and monitoring from virtually anywhere in the world. Additionally, the ProPanel app sports a completely customizable graphical user interface, giving end users a consistent user experience across all Pro Control remote controllers in their system.

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iPro.8 Companion Controller
Designed for end-users that enjoy using their Apple(R) smartphone or tablet as the primary controller for their electronic systems, the low-cost Pro Control iPro.8 companion controller adds the convenience of a dedicated remote with instant connectivity and hard buttons for tactile control. The patent-pending iPro.8 remote works as an extension of the ProPanel app running on an iPod touch(R), iPhone(R), or iPad(R). It gives users the hard buttons and tactile control to which they are accustomed and provides immediate access to common functions such as changing channels, controlling the volume, and DVR transport. The stylish remote overcomes network connectivity issues by using proven and reliable RF technology for instantaneous communication, and is designed for use with any Pro Control ProLink processor with an activated ProPanel app.

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Company Quote:
“At ISE this year, Pro Control will be showcasing a variety of powerful control solutions. Our flagship processor, the ProLink.z, and the award-winning Pro24.z touch-screen controller will be on display and demonstrating how they work together to take full command of electronic systems. We will also be showing for the first time our Pro.rfz wireless range extender — it’s a new solution that extends the ProLink.z’s 2.4-GHz ZigBee wireless network to additional areas of a home or commercial facility. Another highlight will be our ProPanel app for users looking to incorporate Apple devices into their control systems, while our iPro.8 companion remote — a dedicated remote to complement the Apple interface — will also be making its ISE debut. It’s shaping up to be another great show for Pro Control and we look forward to seeing everyone there.”
– Mike Everett, General Manager for Pro Control

Company Overview:
Created by Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), Pro Control is a new remote control brand designed to meet the needs of electronic systems professionals. The product line includes handheld remote controls, control processors, and advanced software for programming and integration. The stunningly elegant handheld remotes have color touch-screen displays and are completely customizable. They can act as stand-alone remotes or sync with control processors using IR, ZigBee(R), or RF communication. The control processors provide rock-solid reliability along with advanced features such as control and feedback from iPad(R) and iPhone(R) devices, A/V receivers, internet radio, lighting systems, security, and HVAC systems. Fast, automated PC programming and cost-effective price points make Pro Control products the perfect solution for conference rooms, theaters, media rooms, and multiroom integration. Additional information on Pro Control and its innovative control solutions is available at www.procontrol.com.

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