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BenQ to Unveil Innovations That Matter at 2014 International CES

Company’s Expansive New Lineup Designed to Enrich Every Facet of Life From Home to Business to Classroom Settings

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 19, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., a world-leading visual technology and solutions provider, today announced its new product lineup for the 2014 International CES. Featuring a wide range of award-winning digital projectors, professional and gaming monitors, interactive large-format displays, and LED lighting products, BenQ is unleashing exciting new developments designed to ‘Bring Enjoyment and Quality’ to life and deliver what matters most to people — because it matters.

“BenQ continues to experience above-market growth across several segments of the consumer electronics marketplace,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “With forward-thinking innovations such as our Colorific projector image quality, SmartEco energy-saving lamp technology, and RevolutionEyes enhanced visual monitor performance, BenQ is leading the way with purpose-built solutions that deliver incredible value and the very best user experience to our customers. We’re looking forward to CES as we introduce a number of unique products to kickstart 2014.”

MHL Support for Optimized Cloud-Based Content Delivery — Because Mobile Entertainment Matters

New Stylish EW40 Series Cloud Monitors
Sleekly designed to complement today’s trendiest home and office environments, the BenQ EW40 series monitors available in 24-inch (EW2440L) and 27-inch (EW2740L) models enable easy notebook PC, cable, console gaming, or smart device connection using simple Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology. As a result, users can transfer small-screen content directly to the monitor from any portable device, as well as enjoy cloud-based content from today’s popular streaming services such as Hulu(TM), Netflix(TM), Aereo(TM), and more.

New Ultra-Lite Portable LED Projector
Delivering 700 lumens to turn any wall into an entertaining projection experience, the BenQ Ultra-Lite LED short-throw projector allows users to fire up a presentation on the road or enjoy a movie in any room of the house. This compact, portable device features 720p HD resolution, two built-in 3W speakers powered by SRS surround sound, 3D-ready projection, and MHL mobile device wireless connectivity.

A New Home Cinema Star is Born — Because Entertainment Matters
Providing consumers with the ultimate in 3D home cinema enjoyment, the new W7500 projector is accredited with Full HD 3D Certification by TÜV Rheinland, one of the most reputed certification institutes in Europe. Powered by DLP(R) Link(TM), the W7500 delivers stunning 1080p 3D images without crosstalk so consumers can enjoy brilliantly rendered 3D movies directly from Blu-ray players, live sports via cable or satellite, and 3D console video games without any additional setup. The W7500 also provides Colorific(TM) picture quality boasting more than one billion colors, 2,000 ANSI lumen high brightness, a 60,000:1 ultra-high contrast ratio with a dynamic iris, and support for all HDMI 3D signal formats.

A New Gaming Monitor to Make Every Second Count — Because Winning Matters
The all-new XL2720Z is the world’s first gaming monitor to adopt Motion Blur Reduction technology — BenQ’s latest innovation designed to support gamers by providing an ultra-smooth, blur-free gaming experience via improved resolutions, faster response times, and quicker refresh rates. As a result, players obtain more fluid gameplay thanks to sharper video quality made to improve FPS performance. The unit is equipped with ZeroFlicker technology to allow gamers to practice for longer periods, while Low Blue Light technology manages the exposure of blue spectrum light emitted by computer screens, further contributing to more comfortable viewing. To help gamers protect their eyes during extended periods, the monitor provides several adjustable low blue light levels that automatically adjust emission without affecting quality. Using the XL2720Z’s GROM feature, gamers also gain the freedom to custom-build their personal gaming experience with their preferred refresh rates (100/120/144Hz), display resolutions, and screen sizes.

New Boldly Designed Mac(R)-Compatible VA Monitor — Because Good Looks Matter
With no printing, coating, or adhesives on the surface, the new VW2235H provides a simple look made to complement any of today’s contemporary home and office environments. Equipped with ZeroFlicker(TM) technology for a softer screen experience and BenQ’s exclusive Senseye(R) Human Vision technology, the VW2235H enables users to easily connect any MacBook using the monitor’s M-book mode. The result is the recreation of authentic MacBook picture quality on the larger, wide aspect ratio display. Other preset Senseye calibration settings include BenQ’s “Reading Mode,” which automatically adjusts the monitor to simulate the warmth of reading paper, and an improved “Eco Mode,” which balances performance with energy efficiency to reduce power consumption by up to 44 percent.

New Professional Monitors Inspire Creativity and Provide More Comfort — Because Accuracy Matters

BL CAD/CAM Monitor Series
Expanding the BL monitor line, BenQ is set to release a new 32-inch (BL3210PT) monitor, which joins the recently released 27-inch (BL2710PT) model. The wide quad high-definition (WQHD) displays have been specifically designed for 3D printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) applications. With a 2560×1440 WQHD display, Display Pilot software with Auto-Pivot automation, ZeroFlicker(TM) technology, and powerful productivity features such as BenQ’s exclusive CAD/CAM viewing mode, the monitors enable professionals to engage in a more seamless design-to-production process that inspires creativity and increases comfort.

PG Pro Graphics Monitor Series
For photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers requiring consistent on-screen color matching, the 24-inch PG2401PT display provides reliable, accurate, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price of $999. To increase collaboration and simplicity within the creative process, the new display supports today’s cloud-based color proofing systems and comes equipped with self-calibrating and one-click proofing capabilities. The result is print-like color integrity during the entire workflow: from design to print, and over the cloud.

New Projectors That Brighten the Boardroom — Because Business Matters
BYOD-Ready MX600 Projector
The second leading global projector brand in the world will be presenting its brand new business line at CES. BenQ’s units on display will include the compact and lightweight MX600, which uses MHL technology to enable easy tablet, smartphone, and notebook BYOD collaboration. The result is working groups that 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(TM) image quality, the projector delivers accurate, crisp, and long-lasting image quality while casting an amazing one billion colors to the screen. To dramatically lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by extending lamp life and reducing energy consumption — without impacting picture performance — the MX600 projector also features BenQ’s world-leading SmartEco(TM) technology.

P Series Ultra High Brightness Professional Projectors
For professional A/V applications within the corporate setting, BenQ will be showing the company’s new PW9500 large-venue projector. Combining high lumen brightness and flexible installation options, the new PW9500 (WXGA) and PX9600 (XGA) professional projectors offer seven optional optical lens types with advanced functions such as motorized zoom/focus and powered lens shift. The models also provide new brilliant image performance with up to 6,500 lumens of ultra-high brightness, high contrast ratios, and HQV scaling for higher resolutions. With a new interchangeable color wheel system, the series gives integrators the ability to boost mid-tone colors for more life-like picture quality and the flexibility to satisfy specific applications.

New Products That Light Up the Classroom — Because Learning Matters

MW824ST Interactive Projector
Part of BenQ’s growing portfolio of Classroom iQ solutions — a suite of next-generation products designed to future-proof, simplify, and make teaching more collaborative and efficient — the new MW824ST interactive short-throw classroom projector combines power-saving technology with connectivity and performance options to provide next-generation classroom experiences. Equipped with QWrite and PointWrite(TM) capabilities for collective onscreen writing and the ability to collaborate from mobile devices via MHL, the MW824ST creates a more participative process for teachers and students. Also featuring BenQ’s advanced SmartEco(TM) options such as the new LampSave and LumenCare modes, the projector can extend lamp life to an amazing 10,000 hours or provide three years of consistent image brightness.

IL640 Multitouch Display
Also designed to increase interaction within the classroom, BenQ will showcase the IL650 multitouch large-format display at CES. Featuring Omnitapps Multi-Touch Software to bring highly captivating, interactive touchscreen experiences to learning environments, the large double-touch 64-inch screen provides HD resolution, latency-free navigation, and ambient light sensors to adjust screen brightness automatically according to environmental lighting conditions — reducing energy consumption by up to 50 percent without impacting performance. With an ultra-high brightness of up to 1.07 billion colors, PIP / PBP capabilities, and two built-in 12-W speakers, the result is the production of smooth, rich images with no visible color banding for extremely vivid content and quality sound that will captivate, inspire, and stimulate the minds of students.

New P Series Slim Panels to Answer the Most Demanding Video Wall Installations — Because Dependability Matters

BenQ’s P Series of super narrow bezel displays are part of the company’s comprehensive PID (Public Information Display) family, designed to bring unbeatable visual experiences through design, performance, and power-saving features. Unlike consumer-grade monitors, BenQ’s PID screens have been deliberately designed for public venues that demand longer service life, higher dependability, and increased environmental considerations. To satisfy these requirements, BenQ has equipped its P Series with forward-thinking features such as a super narrow bezel design to ensure that content remains the most prominent feature of any video wall installation; a multiple display administrator application that will control up to 98 displays while monitoring system status to prevent power surges; remote management capabilities via LAN controlled connectivity for 24/7 centralized access; color calibration to unify color profiles of all screens within large installations; and ambient light sensors that automatically adjust screen brightness to the lighting condition of the surrounding environment to reduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent.

Accentuating Home or Office Settings With QisDesign LED Lighting — Because Style Matters

Also making their debut at the 2014 International CES are elegant additions to BenQ’s high-end QisDesign lighting product line. Inspired by the world around them, the award-winning LED lamps offer contemporary designs, sensory-rich lighting experiences, and interactive features designed to brighten any home or office environment. Engineered for flexibility, the new Compasso Light allows users to customize the warm white LED light using the lamp’s touch dimmer switch. For further lighting comfort, Compasso’s sliding track along the lamp’s arm lets consumers adjust the lamp to any height or placement preference — even 360 degrees via the unit’s swivel base. With a flexible spine embedded into a rubber lamp shell, the new Hatha Light mimics the bend of the human body, allowing users to freely adjust the lamp to different angles and heights to meet their specific needs. The BE Light, now available in black, is fully foldable and features a unique articulated design, allowing the lamp to be fully extended to a height of 33.4 cm and an angle of up to 135 degrees. When not in use, it can be easily folded flat to a minimum height of 1.8 cm.

Editor’s Note:
BenQ will be showcasing its latest innovations during the 2014 International CES from Tuesday, Jan. 7 to Friday, Jan. 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2, MP25067. For editors interested in meeting with BenQ during the show, please contact Veronica Esbona at veronica@ingearpr.com or +1-954-392-6990 to schedule a briefing.

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Monitors:
EW40 Series: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_EW2740.jpg
XL2720Z: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_XL2720Z.jpg
VW2235H: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_VW2235H.jpg
BL2710PT: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_BL2710PT.jpg
PG2401PT: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PG2401PT.jpg

Projectors:
Ultra-Lite: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_Ultra-Lite.jpg
W7500: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_W7500.jpg
MX600: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_MX600.jpg
PX9600: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PX9600.jpg
MW824ST: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_MW824ST.jpg

Large-Format Displays:
IL650: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_IL650.jpg
P Series: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PH460.jpg

QisDesign LED Lighting:
Hatha: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/QisDesign_Hatha.jpg
Compasso: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/QisDesign_Compasso.jpg
BE Light: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/QisDesign_BE-Black.jpg

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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Extron Universal XTP Transmitter for Multi-Format Analog Video Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T VGA, a universal XTP transmitter that sends multi-format analog video, audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR control, and Ethernet up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. The transmitter digitizes incoming analog formats, providing signal extension of RGBHV, HD component video, S-video, and composite video signals from remote analog sources for high performance transmission. It supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. To simplify integration, the XTP transmitter provides VGA loop-through for source monitoring and can be powered over the same CATx cable. more

Core Brands(R) BlueBOLT(R) SP-1000 SmartPlug Provides Low-Cost Solution for Remote Power Control and Energy Management

Affordable Device Enables Delivery of BlueBOLT Functionality Throughout an Entire Space to Reduce Energy Consumption and Service Calls

PETALUMA, Calif. — Dec. 19, 2013 — After the successful introduction of the BlueBOLT(R) Mobile site, Core Brands(R) today announced that the award-winning SP-1000 SmartPlug is delivering BlueBOLT control to any outlet in the building. Designed to provide low-cost remote power control and energy management capabilities, the device allows integrators to cost-effectively distribute BlueBOLT functionality throughout residential and commercial spaces to lower energy consumption and reduce service calls.

Offering a thin profile of 1.25 inches, the SP-1000 SmartPlug packs energy monitoring, load control and scheduled conservation in a compact form factor that plugs directly into any standard 120V, 15A outlet. Utilizing ZigBee(R) wireless communications, the SP-1000 can be monitored, controlled, programmed and remotely accessed via BlueBOLT’s energy management and control platform via the wired BB-ZB1 gateway.

For integrators, BlueBOLT reduces service calls through remote control of the SP-1000′s two AC outlets from any Internet-enabled device and by automatically rebooting network equipment. In addition, the platform provides real-time and historical power-related data, including energy consumption in kWh and dollars. This data allows installers to categorize and track their clients’ energy usage in residential and commercial settings, and schedule conservation commands to power-down equipment during planned downtime, thereby eliminating wasted power and lowering utility bills.

“The SP-1000 expands our SmartPlug offering with a low-cost option that allows installers to more easily deliver the benefits of the BlueBOLT platform throughout an entire residential or commercial space,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “With the SP-1000, AC outlets can be controlled and monitored anytime, from anywhere, using a mobile phone, tablet or computer. All that’s needed is one BB-ZB1 gateway, which can support up to 15 SP-1000 units.”

The SP-1000 is available at an MSRP of $49.95. The BB-ZB1 gateway is available at an MSRP of $99.95.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) remote power, energy and network management provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics’ power source. More information is available at www.mybluebolt.com.

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BlueBOLT is part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R), and Xantech(R) brands.

Nortek Inc. is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Extron Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI and VGA Signals Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

Hackenbacker Tackles the Audio for a Classic Tale of Valour

Award-winning facility Hackenbacker has completed the entire audio post production for The Musketeers, a new 10-part BBC Drama Production for BBC One that will make its television debut next year.

Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and Danny Cohen, Director of Television, BBC (previously Controller, BBC One), this contemporary take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale of The Three Musketeers was created and written by Adrian Hodges.

Hackenbacker’s founder Nigel Heath, who was also re-recording mixer for the series, says: “The Musketeers was pretty much the dream job for us: there were some fantastic opportunities for sound in this series, the stories are brilliant, the show looks amazing and the score by Murray Gold via Air Studios sounds astonishing. All in all, it’s been a fantastic experience. The mixes have run extremely smoothly, which is a testament to the fine work done by our in house sound editors.”

The Musketeers stars Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony who is on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death. When he reaches the lawless streets of 17th century Paris he meets Athos, Aramis and Porthos, the Three Musketeers played respectively by Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company). Although they are primarily Louis X111’s bodyguards, these highly trained soldiers also stand resolutely for social justice, honour, valour and love. To D’Artagnan they are kindred spirits and, despite meeting them in unfortunate circumstances, he soon becomes accepted as part of the group.

The Musketeers also features performances from Peter Capaldi (The Hour, The Thick Of It), Tamla Kari (Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners Movie), Maimie McCoy (Loving Miss Hatto), and Hugo Speer (Bedlam).

The 10-part drama (10×60-minute) is a BBC Drama Production London for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America in association with BBC Worldwide.

Jessica Pope is the BBC executive producer, Adrian Hodges is the creator and executive producer, and Colin Wratten is producer.

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About Hackenbacker:
With more than 25 years experience in the audio post production business, Hackenbacker provides a first class service to the film and television industries. Its award-winning team of sound editors, designers and mixers combine a thorough knowledge of today’s technology with an understanding of the importance of deadlines in order to deliver an exceptional service to all Hackenbacker clients. The facility offers full time technical support and access to the very latest equipment as well as some more esoteric specialist devices. www.hackenbacker.com

Furman and BlueBOLT at ISE 2014

Furman(R) F1500 UPS E Uninterruptible Power Supply
On display at ISE will be the first BlueBOLT(R)-enabled 220-240V Furman(R) product: the F1500 UPS E uninterruptible power supply. Specifically designed for A/V installations within EMEA countries, the battery backup and power conditioning device provides 1500VA of true sine wave battery backup to prevent data loss and allow the orderly shutdown of connected equipment in the event of a power outage.

Featuring Furman’s advanced non-sacrificial SMP surge/spike protection circuit, Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) and Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT), the F1500 UPS E provides professional-level protection, filtration and backup, combined with features engineered specifically for the needs of A/V systems. Ideal for premium A/V systems, installed sound systems, DAW workstations or any electronic device at risk of data corruption or equipment damage in the event of power loss, the F1500 UPS E can be easily expanded via the addition of an optional external battery pack (BATT1500-EXT).

Fully programmable, the unit features built-in RS-232, USB and an intuitive LCD front-panel interface, which displays valuable system and diagnostic information — such as battery time remaining — based on current load and voltage input/output. Critical load management capabilities allow users to prioritize allocations of battery power to connected equipment while the unit’s programmable IR blaster provides safe shutdown of remotely based equipment such as video projectors equipped with bulbs, which can become compromised during power failures.

Using an optional IP card, the F1500 UPS E can be operated via BlueBOLT cloud-based power, energy and network management, enabling access from any Web-enabled device. This allows users to reboot the unit remotely to address a myriad of common system issues. Other advantages include the ability to receive email alerts when power anomalies occur; scheduling commands for power-up, power-down or power-cycling; monitoring of incoming voltage in near-real time or over history; and an auto-reboot functionality to resolve networking equipment lock-ups automatically.

BlueBOLT also offers a variety of features designed to closely monitor energy use and eliminate standby power. Users can program individual components for automatic power on/off at certain times of the day to reduce energy waste, while power consumption statistics — including historical energy consumption in kWh — help them better understand energy usage, patterns and costs. In addition, they can set monthly usage budgets and alerts, and schedule conservation commands to turn off electronics in order to completely eliminate wasted energy via “vampire power” or standby modes.

For integrators, remotely managing devices reduces service calls relating to malfunctioning equipment including satellite boxes, DVRs and other A/V components that tend to lock up. Using the F1500-UPS E, integrators gain time and cost efficiencies and lose the inconvenience of having to send a truck or reach behind equipment manually to reset faulty appliances. By setting up email alerts, integrators can also monitor issues and check in on set-ups before clients even realize that a problem has occurred.

The F1500 UPS E will be available Q1 2014.

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Company Quote:
“ISE is going to be an exciting show for Furman, as visitors to our booth will have the opportunity to get hands-on with the first BlueBOLT-enabled product for 220-240V countries: the Furman F1500 UPS E uninterruptible power supply,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “The F1500 UPS E is specifically designed to address the power protection, battery backup and power conditioning needs of A/V systems in the EMEA region, preventing loss of valuable data and equipment damage. What truly sets this device apart, however, is its BlueBOLT remote power and energy management functionality. The ISE debut of the F1500 UPS E is a major milestone for Furman, and we look forward to sharing the moment with attendees in Amsterdam.”

Company Overview:

About Furman(R)
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Furman(R) is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) remote power, energy and network management provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics’ power source. More information is available at www.mybluebolt.com.

Follow BlueBOLT:
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Furman and BlueBOLT are part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R) brands.

Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Sonic Ritual: HARMAN Professional and Premier Production & Sound Services Cast a Spell at Voodoo Experience 2013

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — The third time’s the charm, as Baton Rouge, Louisiana sound company Premier Production & Sound Services, LLC (PSS) found out when it supplied the sound reinforcement system for the Voodoo Experience festival for the third year in a row. The 3-day festival featured a dazzling array of more than 80 artists and more than 100,000 people at New Orleans’ City Park were treated to an epic sonic and musical experience, courtesy of HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX and VERTEC® line arrays, Soundcraft digital consoles and Crown amplifiers.

PSS equipped the festival’s Flambeau Stage with eight JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side and four stacks of three S28 subwoofers arranged in cardioid configuration. PSS also deployed 12 VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements atop the subwoofers for front fill. A total of 28 Crown IT 12000 HD amplifiers powered the system.

Stage sound was furnished by 16 JBL SRX712M floor wedges, plus 12 VT4886 loudspeakers and six VT4883 subcompact subwoofers. All the loudspeakers on stage were powered by nine Crown IT 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

In addition, PSS supplied two Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound consoles for front of house and monitor mixing. Brian Gordon, PSS Head Audio Engineer and Co-Owner and his staff used the JBL VTX-LZ-K Laser Accessory Kit to precisely align all the loudspeakers in the system.

“This was our third year of working on the Voodoo Experience festival and our second with the JBL VTX Series line arrays,” said Russ Bryant, PSS Director of Operations and Co-Owner. “The sound was absolutely awesome. At a large-scale outdoor rock festival like this, the demands on a loudspeaker system are tremendous in terms of the sheer SPL and coverage required—and the V25 line arrays are phenomenal in their ability to deliver clear sound even at high volume, with pristine, effortless headroom especially in the upper midrange and high frequencies.”

The Crown IT 4×3500 HD amplifiers also made life easier for PSS. “Having four channels in one amp allowed us to significantly cut down on the amount of cabling we needed and save a lot of time and labor,” he pointed out. “We are very happy with the flexibility they offer and the fact that they can be optimized for use with VTX and VERTEC loudspeakers using their V5 DSP presets.”

Anyone who has mixed sound at festivals with dozens of bands can attest that smooth transitions between acts are crucial. “We wound up using the Soundcraft Vi6 consoles for 31 front of house and monitor changeovers,” said Bryant. “I can tell you that the Vi6 was much easier to use than other consoles that were at the festival,” noting that in addition to its superior sound quality, the Vi6 is laid out very much like an analog console, which made it easy for visiting engineers to step right up and start mixing. Another big advantage: “The Vi6 still passes signal while you’re loading show files into it where some other consoles will not, which is a major benefit during the hectic time constraints of a big festival.”

Bryant concluded, “There were four total stages at Voodoo Experience 2013 and we had many people coming over from the other stages telling us that our stage sounded the best.”

For more information on Premier Production & Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.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.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional and Crown Deliver Mega-Scale Dolby Atmos™ Multichannel Sound in South Korea’s Megabox Cinema

ILSAN, South Korea — Megabox is a chain of 58 South Korean movie theaters known for its commitment to leading-edge cinema technology. Moviegoers who attend the Ilsan, Baeksuk Megabox Theater will now be treated to the newest advancement in movie theater sound, thanks to the theater’s recently-installed Dolby Atmos™ surround sound system featuring HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos takes cinema surround sound to an entirely new level of excitement by employing overhead speakers as well as traditional surround speakers to create an astonishingly immersive sonic environment. Sound can originate from literally anywhere – side-to-side, front-to-back and overhead – enabling the directors and sound designers to create a true three-dimensional listening experience.

The system is installed in the theater’s 275-seat M Hall. Designed for critical film sound reproduction applications in medium to large cinemas, five JBL 5672 three-way loudspeakers and five 4342A loudspeakers are deployed as the main left, center and right-channel speakers. Eight JBL 4642A dual-18-inch subwoofers and two PRX618S-XLF extended low-frequency 18-inch subs deliver powerful and authoritative bass, and a total of 48 JBL 8350 Cinema Surround Speakers are arranged throughout the theater.

The loudspeakers are powered by an impressive complement of 16 Crown DSi 4000 and 29 DSi 2000 amplifiers. Crown DSi Series amps are specifically designed for cinema applications with features including onboard DSP, EQ, delay, output limiting, presets for industry-standard JBL loudspeaker systems and much more.

“In order for Dolby Atmos to be heard the way its designers intended, every aspect of the system has to be perfectly optimized,” said Hueng-Sik Jung, manager of Projection Technique Team of Megabox. “The coverage pattern of the loudspeakers has to be precisely directed and smooth throughout the theater and the amplifiers have to be capable of delivering clean, powerful sound at high volume levels. The JBL loudspeakers and Crown amps in the Megabox cinema are ideally suited to these requirements and the sound in our theater is so enveloping and lifelike that it literally almost seems unbelievable at first listen.”

Dolby Atmos employs up to 64 speakers and the proprietary Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor to heighten the realism and impact of movie theater sound. The Dolby Atmos specification requires 105dB peak SPL at the reference point in the theater along with numerous additional stringent technical requirements.

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.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Production Switcher Provides Value and Flexibility to Diverse New Customer Roster

Cypress, CA – Compact and cost efficient, FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher has proven itself ideal for a wide variety of applications. First introduced last year at NAB, current customers of the 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher include houses of worship, universities, public access television stations, major newsgathering organizations, government agencies and network news stations.

Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal house of worship, recently purchased the HVS-390HS as the center of its new control room. Trinity Church regularly webcasts worship services, concerts, and conferences from its iconic Manhattan church, and estimates that the switcher will be used for 450-500 events throughout the course of a year.

“We found FOR-A’s HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher to be exactly what we needed,” said William Jarrett, Trinity Church’s Director of Media, Production & Operations. “The switcher has an easy-to-understand flow, and the ease of use and layout of the switcher inherently made sense to us. The amount of inputs it offers is ideal for our productions, and there’s an elegance about the unit that we really appreciate.”

News organization The Washington Post is another recent customer. The D.C.-based company is using the HVS-390HS along with FOR-A’s VTW-330HS character generator for a video wall application.

The HVS-390HS video switcher is also well suited for schools, and has recently been purchased by both the New York Institute of Technology and Worcester State University. NYIT installed the HVS-390HS as part of a control room upgrade in September. The switcher is being used for hands-on production classes and for video produced for the school’s global digital network.

“The switcher offers great value and features that empower our students,” explained Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. Savran has over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment. “Our 2 M/E switcher provides extensive DVE and keyers options, multi-viewing and routing capabilities, and makes it easy for our students to produce a variety of fast-changing shows.”

Broadcasters ranging from local PEG facilities to worldwide broadcast networks are using the HVS-390HS. Wilbraham Public Access, which serves the local Wilbraham, MA area, recently purchased the FOR-A switcher for use in its television facility. New York’s ABC News is also an HVS-390HS customer, utilizing the switcher for mobile news production for the national network.

Phoenix, AZ-based company Road Dog Show Pros, who specializes in event management and corporate productions, is another new HVS-390HS switcher customer. The company currently has the switcher packaged in a flight pack, where it was first used during a November production in Nashville.

“We purchased the HVS-390HS because of the extensive amount of features it offers at a reasonable price point,” said Andrew Stavro, Road Dog Show Pro’s Technical Director. “A few things that stood out to me are the customizable labels for each source button, the two multi-viewers, and its Web interface. These features make set-up much easier for us. We’ve always found FOR-A products to be high-quality and reliable.”

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS is also ideal for government applications. The switcher is part of the video production setup at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Smart Monkeys, Inc. Soars With Massive Project at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport

Airports wing passengers to their destinations, but they’re not often known as destinations themselves. All that may change with the dazzling architectural entertainment aspects of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), for which Smart Monkeys, Inc. provided technical consulting, systems design, programming and implementation. People may start buying plane tickets just to view the innovative media features enhancing passenger departures and arrivals.

The Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS) has been designed to create both an unprecedented passenger experience and a new source of non-aeronautical revenues for LAX. Developed by MRA International in concert with Los Angeles World Airport’s (LAWA) executive team, the IEMS built within the Bradley West terminal architecture offers the first corporate sponsorship programs in a U.S. airport.

The IEMS consists of seven media features, with approximately 9,600 square feet of combined active display area, designed by Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design, who also acted as creative director for the content.

“We worked two years and a half on the IEMS,” says Alan Anderson, Technical Director at Smart Monkeys, Inc. “The scale of the project is absolutely massive, and it was all produced in one go – not over a period of time.”

“Smart Monkeys was invaluable to this project,” commented Mike Doucette, Chief of Airport Planning at Los Angeles World Airports. “Their breadth of knowledge and ability to manage such a large project under all of our time and critical constraints was critical to the success of this project. We couldn’t have done this without them.”

“All of the media features are inside the TSA security zone, not in the terminal’s entry, so access to the hardware was going to be limited,” Anderson notes. “The system had to be able to run 24/7 and be operated by a terminal media operator who could take 100 percent possession of the system. Since the media features were open to corporate sponsorship, we had to guarantee a system that could display sponsor branding accurately and with minimum downtime to provide revenue for the airport. These considerations guided our choices.”

After Sardi Design recommended Smart Monkeys, Inc. MRA International interviewed them and discovered that “they understood the issues immediately. They really had deep knowledge, unlike anyone else we knew. Environmental media is very cutting-edge, and Smart Monkeys was the most experienced of anyone out there,” said Mike Rubin, head of MRA International Media Features Enhance the Passenger Experience

Of the seven media features comprising the IEMS, six are dedicated to departures and one to arrivals. Montreal’s Moment Factory was executive content producer for the features; LA’s Digital Kitchen was content co-producer responsible for giving expression to the LAX brand across the features and developing the Destination Board content.

The Welcome Wall greets arriving international passengers as they exit passport control and descend to baggage claim. A dramatic 80-foot portrait-mode LED wall bisects the passenger departure bridge with content ranging from stunning atmospherics to joyful scenes of greeting.

The Bon Voyage Wall delivers a unique send off for departing passengers as they clear security and cross the departure bridge to the Great Hall.

The Story Board is a 120-foot long multi-panel LED display that spans the west end of the Great Hall and is suspended on custom trussing so the panels appear to be floating.

The Time Tower is built around the Great Hall’s elevator tower. The 72-foot high, four-sided media feature has an upper surface composed of high resolution 6mm LEDs and a base of 10mm LEDs behind diffused glass panels whose interactive surface reacts to the gestures of passengers as they approach.

Above the Time Tower is the curved Destination Board, which displays flight departure information while entertaining passengers with visual data on destination cities. An arched LED crest displays graceful patterns related to the display.

Two Portals provide a transitional experience as passengers leave the Great Hall en route to their departure gates. Each Portal consists of ten 28-foot tall columns of vertically-stacked 55-inch LCD monitors. As passengers walk by the Portals their movement causes the content to move and transform.

Key Factors for Functionality

To ensure the redundancy and robustness of the IEMS, Smart Monkeys, Inc. devised a strong network backbone, created control and data management systems, and specified video servers and players that would withstand the rigors of almost constant operation.

Electrosonic was the integration company for the entire system. Their scope included backend equipment and control room out to the media features and gate displays. The two teams worked hand-in-hand for over a year to bring the system to life.

“Selecting devices for what they do and stacking them in a rack is one way to design a system,” says Stephan Villet, Lead Designer at Smart Monkeys, Inc., “but we believe that there is a dramatic difference between Systems Integration and a fully Integrated System. Our entire industry is talking about AV/IT merging, but using an IT network to transport media and replacing AV-specific connectors with RJ45s is just scratching the surface.”

At the heart of the system is the Smart Monkeys, Inc. ISAAC platform (Integrated Scheduler and Automation Controller). This platform is a Virtualization cluster, comprising enterprise servers and a SAN. The technology allows for unparalleled reliability, redundancy and scalability in an incredibly compact system.

“The equipment takes up just 8 RUs,” Anderson explains, “instead of two or five racks if everything was on individual servers.”

Choosing an enterprise-level IT solution to operate an AV system “is a more pragmatic approach to AV,” he notes. “Our point of view is that the entire world runs on IT; IT doesn’t stop at the doorstep of AV. It can be very useful to an AV installation.”

It’s Smart Monkeys, Inc.’s ISAAC intelligent platform that “makes the system a smart system and not just a playback system,” Anderson points out. “We designed and programmed a system that allows the operator to schedule all the media in the terminal from a single scheduling-engine interface.”

Seven Grass Valley K2 quad-channel play-out units, 20 X-Agora dual-channel interactive players and more than 20 SpinetiX single-channel HD digital signage players can play back media anywhere. Considering the complexity of controlling all the media in the new terminal – not just the content for the media features but the media for the gates as well – Smart Monkeys, Inc. rose to the challenge of making control as easy as possible for the operator.

“We figured out a way to have a unified interface access point for most operations,” says Dennis Cole, Smart Monkeys, Inc. Network Architect. “We designed a web-based GUI that allows everything to take place through the browser. We manage the credentials for users of different levels of the system, then they get into their mode of operation – scheduling, media ingest, monitoring – and access the control panels embedded inside part of the web page.”

Playing It Forward

The control system designed by Smart Monkeys, Inc. is scalable and can be expanded to accept more database information. “We have allowed the corporate sponsors and operator to push things further,” says Anderson. “For example, a sponsor could decide to bring in mobile app interactivity to respond to their communications needs.”

“Our understanding of software programming and our expertise in control architecture drives us to redefine the way AV systems are designed,” adds Mitch Schuh, Smart Monkeys, Inc. Software Architect. “We selected equipment that thrives when controlled via software, instead of more conventional operation.”

Anderson gives kudos to MRA International working with LAX for “setting the bar really high for sponsors. There’s a certain ‘wow’ factor built into the foundation content, but there’s room for that content to grow and soar.”

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal certainly gave Smart Monkeys, Inc. a chance to spread its wings.

“It’s one of the biggest jobs we’ve ever done and shows our ability to manage jobs this size and bigger,” says Villet. “This project also demonstrates that we work best as an integral part of the process active from the beginning when the needs were defined, then designing systems based on those needs and programming and implementing the systems.”

MRA International’s Rubin reports that Smart Monkeys, Inc. “performed remarkably well. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to deliver the system we have. Because this is a public project, they had to design a system that could receive different manufacturers’ products even when they didn’t know what those products would be. And the system had to be very robust and have a lot of redundancy. It had to be designed as turnkey system so that a third party could run it.”

The result is “a stunning success,” Rubin says. “Smart Monkeys, Inc. was the braintrust of the system. Everyone on this team has great respect for them.”

Client: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) – Project Director: MRA International – Design Director / Creative Producer: Sardi Design – New TBIT Architect: Fentress Architects – System Designer and Technical Consultant: Smart Monkeys, Inc – Executive Content Producer: Moment Factory – Content Producer: Digital Kitchen – Systems Engineering & Integration: Electrosonic – Display Technology: Daktronics

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About Smart Monkeys

Smart Monkeys, Inc. specializes in providing advice, project management and programming for show control offering a reliable, high-quality alternative to inhouse resources for project-based consulting, control systems development and project specific system programming. For more information, contact ADD.

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