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SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS TAKE METRIC HALO GEAR ON THE ROAD

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 2013: Rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis’ most recent release, The Heist, grabbed the number one spots on the Billboard U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts and quickly sold its way to Platinum status. It was a fast start that shows no sign of letting up, as the duo recently garnered seven Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Same Love”), Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. That’s an incredibly rare feat for any artist, let alone a duo whose inspired musicianship and honest lyrics leave their street credibility untouched by such towering industry benchmarks. Perhaps just as telling, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were “the most streamed” artists on Spotify in 2013. Although they spent the fall of 2013 packing arenas all over the U.S. in support of The Heist, in the downtime between gigs they turned their attention to the music that will form its follow-up, and Metric Halo is with them along the way.

Capturing and working out ideas on the road is often seen as a balancing act between quick-and-dirty methods that are fast, on the one hand, and higher-quality techniques that take more time and thought to set up, on the other. Lewis largely avoids that compromise with a Metric Halo ULN-2 interface. “The ULN-2 is a pretty unique interface,” he said. “It has two good-quality pre-amps and yet it’s small enough to fit into a carry-on. It also acts as a great interface for Pro Tools, or any other audio program that I use. Macklemore and I have used it countless times on the road.”

After using the Metric Halo ULN-2 for a short while, Lewis was alerted to Metric Halo’s collection of seven plug-ins, sold together as the Metric Halo Production Bundle. He has already used a number of the plug-ins to mix new music in the studio and on the road. Among them are Character – a plug-in that models the sonic signature of a wide range of classic and contemporary audio gear; HaloVerb – an authentic-sounding reverb, Precision DeEsser; and TransientControl – a unique dynamics processor.

“Character is great when I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with something that doesn’t have the right texture,” Lewis said. “It can pull out different pieces that weren’t there before. I love HaloVerb and use it all the time. It has a good variety of feelings and a full range of spring and hall sounds that work well on vocals and instruments.” Some of Lewis’ uses are particular to rap and hip-hop: “Rap vocals have a lot of punch and can get very sibilant. The Precision DeEsser does a great job of cleaning that up. Finally, I didn’t expect the fairly simple TransientControl plug-in to be as useful as it turned out to be. Now it’s one of my favorite plug-ins because it can capture the accents in a recording. For instance, when I have a break beat and I really want the snare and kick to pop, but I’d like to lose everything else in the recording, I use TransientControl.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

WEATHERPROOF DANLEY OS-80 LOUDSPEAKERS COVER ONTARIO HOCKEY ARENA

ONTARIO, CANADA – DECEMBER 2013: The J.D. McArthur Arena seats 3,500 for ice hockey games and 3,000 for lacrosse games and resides within the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. The Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League and the Owen Sound Woodsmen of the Ontario Lacrosse Association both call it home. Although thoroughly modern in most respects (including private boxes and a restaurant), the arena suffered from a sound reinforcement system with poor intelligibility and impact. A recent renovation, led by Straight Street Event Services of Cambridge, Ontario, took the sound system from terrible to fantastic with the replacement of the existing loudspeakers to the fully-weatherized Danley Sound Labs OS80s.

“The owners of the hockey team wanted a better experience for their ticket holders,” explained Keith Broughton, an independent contractor who led the design and installation on behalf of Straight Street. “The existing system did not provide clear announcements, and the quality and SPL of music playback did not cover all seating areas sufficiently. Many people complained that they couldn’t understand the announcer, and, this being a fairly small town, those complaints reached the right ears… many times!” Keith Kissner, the owner of Straight Street Event Services, who has a trusted relationship with the owners, hired Broughton to help evaluate the owners’ requirements, evaluate the existing system, recommend a solution, oversee its implementation, and test and tune the system after installation. In addition, he added, “and I would take the heat if the new system didn’t live up to expectations!”

Kissner and Broughton have been using a Danley TH-115 subwoofer in a rental application and were impressed by its performance. Based on that experience, together with the realization that it was precisely the “conventional” aspects of conventional loudspeakers that had so failed the McArthur Arena, Broughton scheduled a two-day trip to visit Danley headquarters in Georgia. “The folks at the ‘lab’ treated me very well,” he said. “They made me feel welcomed and answered all of my questions. They’re clearly interested in building relationships with the people who use their products. Southern hospitality is alive and well!”

Broughton’s requirements for the new loudspeakers were exceptional vocal clarity, high directivity, good visual appeal, and even coverage across the spectrum. A lightweight, easy-to-rig design was also important, as was a weather-resistant enclosure since the arena becomes very humid during the transition from lacrosse to hockey. “I originally spoke with Ivan Beaver, Danley’s chief engineer, about the Danley SM-80, which met my requirements,” said Broughton. “He turned me on to the new Danley OS-80, which has the SM-80’s characteristics plus a truly weatherproof enclosure and less overall weight. My visit to Danley headquarters gave me a chance to listen to the product and to talk with Ivan about its technical points. I left confident that the OS-80 was the right product.”

The new system covers the seating area only and was “piggy-backed” onto the existing control system. The Straight Street installation team removed the old loudspeakers and amplifiers and left the rest of the house system as it was. Broughton added a new Xilica processor, which conditions the system and feeds three Crest Pro9200 amplifiers. The amplifiers power five sets of four Danley OS-80s each (twenty OS-80s total), and the remaining channel powers a new Danley TH-118 subwoofer mounted over center-ice. Broughton and the Straight Street crew mounted the OS-80s directly on the roof trussing with the included yokes using beam clamps. “Director of Danley University, Doug Jones was also very generous with his time, and walked me through the use of the speaker prediction software,” he said. “That further convinced me that the OS-80 was the right tool for the job. Its 80-degree pattern is perfect for covering the front to rear seats and proved to be just as the Danley speaker prediction software had indicated.”

He continued, “The J.D. McArthur Arena may not be a big ticket install compared to what Danley usually does, but to this client, this is THE big ticket item. As you can imagine, my reputation, the reputation of this sound company, and the satisfaction of the client were riding on this products ability to deliver. The OS-80 and the support from Danley both exceeded my expectations. Danley included high-grade wire with the weather resistant coupler, they pre-lubricated the hardware, and they coated the grill with weather resistant film. Those details were not lost on me or the installation team! Both the arena technical staff and the hockey team’s director of marketing met the initial audio demonstration with a big ‘WOW, we have never heard sound like that in here!’ In fact, the members of the arena tech crew were so impressed that they want to add more Danley OS-80s to cover the ice area.” We are very happy with the OS80 and hope to use more Danley Sound Lab products in the future.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Symetrix Announces Rep Award Winners: The Farm • CS&A • Native Media

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 2013: Closing another record year, Symetrix, DSP solution specialists, announces its annual U.S. regional sales representative award winners. Based in Roseville, California and having represented Symetrix for 25 years, The Farm AV earned Rep of the Year, while on the opposite coast venerable Cardone, Solomon, & Associates (CSA) earned Highest Sales Growth. The recently launched, Texas-based Native Media successfully leveraged owner Michael Austin’s decades of industry experience to earn the Symetrix Outstanding Sales Achievement Award.

“All of our representatives have done very well for us and our new products this year, and we thank each of them for their hard work on behalf of Symetrix,” said Dane Butcher, Symetrix Chairman. “The Farm, CS&A, and Native Media stood out in a very crowded field and earned this special recognition. With the introduction of Radius AEC to round out our advanced SymNet Edge and Radius 12×8 open architecture Dante scalable DSP solutions, we enjoyed significant growth this past year and look forward to continued growth in 2014. We couldn’t do it without our nationwide group of experienced independent sales reps.”

“Symetrix has created a real cultural connection with the customer. And by the ‘customer’ I mean the integrator,” explained John Hood, principal of The Farm. “Our firm’s loyalty to Symetrix begins with [Symetrix founder] Dane Butcher and his ongoing commitment to keeping Symetrix at the leading edge of the industry. Symetrix has been our rock. The management at Symetrix understands the independent rep model, and it shows in Symetrix’ continuing success.”

“All of us at Cardone, Solomon, & Associates are proud to be recognized by Symetrix for our achievement,” said John Cardone, co-owner of the firm. “We have been very happy with the way Symetrix has been bringing new products to market. They understand and listen to our customer’s needs, and that is what ultimately drives sales.” Michael Austin agreed, adding: “‘Flattered’ would be the only word to describe the feelings here at Native Media, LLC on winning the Symetrix Outstanding Sales Achievement award! Symetrix has evolved over the years into one of the leaders in the DSP world by producing the most complete line of forward-thinking products available. Native Media strives to be a ‘new style’ rep firm; one that works to provide the best in support and service. Symetrix really steps up and gives us the tools to meet those goals.”

Concluded Craig Richardson, Symetrix VP of Global Sales, “Our independent reps are an integral part of the Symetrix success story and I’m very pleased to recognize these three groups for their outstanding sales achievements.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

(pictured above) John Hood, principal of The Farm – recipient of Symetrix’ Rep of the Year Award.

Listen Technologies Announces 2013 North American Representative of the Year

Ellison Northwest, is named Listen Technologies Representative of the Year, 2013.

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—Listen Technologies announced top honors to Ellison Northwest in University Place, Washington. Representative of the Year recognizes the firm that stands out for its commitment and passion in representing Listen Technologies.

“The team at Ellison Northwest was an obvious choice for our 2013 Representative of the Year,” says Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder and VP of Sales Worldwide at Listen Technologies. “They communicate with us regularly, are continually working all of our product categories, doing demos, and have exceeded their sales goals for the year. I congratulate them on a great year and wish them even more success in the year to come.”

In response to being chosen as Rep of the Year, President of Ellison Northwest, Dave Ellison stated “We are honored to have been selected as Listen Technologies’ Rep of the Year. At eNW we share the same passion and drive for Listen products as they do and this passion has directly led to a very successful year for us. We’re looking forward to an even better 2014.”

Ellison Northwest is the company’s representative for Washington, Oregon, Western Montana, and Northern Idaho. Ellison Since 2008, Ellison Northwest has been working Listen’s full line of RF, Infrared and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen solutions, watch this short video. Contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

About Ellison Northwest
Ellison Northwest is a manufacturer’s rep firm serving the Pacific Northwest, specializing in products for the Pro Audio, Pro MI & Sound Contracting market. For more information on Ellison Northwest please call +1.253.564.7209 or visit www.enw.cc.

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Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Frequency Coordination Scores Touchdown with Arena Football League Spectators

When Action Audio Apps helped put spectators on the field by enabling them to listen to the comments of the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators players and coaches, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on the sidelines providing frequency coordination for this game-changing experience.

The technology behind this new media application is a partnership between Q5X’s innovative player mics and transmitters, the only PlayerMic® solution approved by the NBA, and PWS’ expert RF coordination. The system was deployed at all Orlando Predators home games this season and was also used at this year’s Arena Bowl.

The app from Action Audio not only allows users to dial into a particular player or coach but also offers several combined channels, such as the offense or defense channel. Typically four or five players from the offense and four or five players from the defense, along with the coaches and select referees, are mic’d for the games. The free app can be pre-installed or downloaded once the user arrives at the venue. Within a few simple clicks, fans can access the interactive app’s multi-channel keypad and select specific channels for continuous action. In addition, if a user is unable to attend the game, he or she can tune into the “locker,” which offers replay clips from the previous week’s game.

“Signal interference has the potential to be a huge disruption for our apps, so having the frequency coordination experience and expert knowledge of Jim Van Winkle and the PWS team is a huge asset to us,” says Sebastian Failla, Action Audio Apps president. “As we see and envision our company growing into different sports and leagues and arenas around the country, it’s nice to have partners like PWS and Q5X working with us.”

At the heart of the system is Q5X’s QT-5000 RemoteMic. The QT-5000 is a rubberized, flexible, water and sweat resistant body pack that will not injure the wearer even if the player falls on it or takes a direct hit. The QT-5000 RemoteMic is part of the Remote Control Audio System (RCAS), a revolutionary way to control transmitter settings. All aspects of transmitter operation (audio level, change the frequency, etc.) can be remotely monitored and controlled from a computer interface, which allows the transmitter to be adjusted remotely without the need to contact the player. This is a stand-out feature for Action Audio Apps since once the game starts, the company typically does not have access to the players to make adjustments.

With a lot more radio devices in use these days, congestion and competition for the RF spectrum is at an all-time high, and PWS has frequency coordination down to an art form, so we always enjoy working with them,” says Q5X CEO, Paul Johnson. “PWS is really unparalleled in its ability to manage wireless frequencies and keep everything running without interference.”

For more information, visit www.professionalwireless.com.

About Action Audio Apps
Action Audio Apps’ founder, Sebastian Failla, first invented this system in 1999. Through further years of development, their new proprietary technology can now deliver this long awaited enhancement to every single seat in the venue. No matter where you are seated or what the event, from live sports to behind the scenes interviews, you the fan get to be a part of it all! For more information, visit Action Audio Apps at www.actionaudioapps.net.

About Quantum5X Systems Inc.
Quantum5X Systems Inc. (Q5X®) is an award-winning London, Ontario, Canada corporation that specializes in the creation of leading edge, wireless audio solutions for the broadcast, sports and entertainment sectors. Breakthrough products include the QT-256® the world’s smallest wireless microphone, the QT-1000 PlayerMic® the world’s only rubber wireless microphone, and the QT-5000™ the world’s first RF remote-controlled wireless microphone transmitter. Q5X clients include ESPN, FOX, Comcast, Turner, Disney, TSN, CTV, ABC and CBS, as well as MLB, the NHL and the NBA. For more information visit www.q5x.com

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

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PreSonus Ships Innovative StudioLive AI-series Active Integration PA Loudspeakers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – January 2014…  PreSonus is shipping its new StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration Loudspeakers, the first active loudspeakers that deliver studio-monitor accuracy onstage. The new line includes the full-range StudioLive 312AI, 315AI, and 328AI and the StudioLive 18sAIsubwoofer. All models are available immediately.

A key component of the StudioLive AI’s design is its use of Active Integration technology. Active Integration combines wireless and wired networking and communications with powerful DSP to create a unified working environment.

StudioLive AI-series speakers incorporate Fulcrum Acoustics’ TQ™ Temporal Equalization algorithms. Taking advantage of Active Integration’s ample DSP, TQ employs multiple, fully addressable Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters to eliminate horn reflections and to correct linear time and amplitude anomalies in coaxial systems. Collaborating with Fulcrum Acoustics’ co-founder, Dave Gunness, PreSonus software designers incorporated custom TQ algorithms with dynamics processing, FFT tools, and performance monitoring into the onboard DSP. The result is a PA system with remarkably clear, coherent, studio-quality sound.

Each full-range, powered, 3-way loudspeaker relies on a custom-designed, CoActual™ 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. Triamplified, Class D power amplifiers in each model deliver a combined 2,000 watts of power.

The StudioLive 312AI comes equipped with a 12-inch ferrite speaker to handle low-frequency reproduction, while the 315AI employs a 15-inch woofer, and the StudioLive 328AI features dual 8-inch ferrite speakers, enabling it to deliver high-powered performance in a noticeably streamlined and compact enclosure.

Each full-range system has a combo XLR/TRS line input and an XLR microphone input with an XMAX™ Class A mic preamplifier and 12V phantom power, as well as an XLR audio throughput. The full-range speaker systems are pole-mountable and have ergonomic side handles, interlocking stacking, and M10 fly points. All enclosures are of lightweight plywood construction.

Three operation modes allow the user to choose DSP presets for their application, such as MP3 playback, live performance, or stage monitoring. Users can also create a custom preset using SL Room Control and store it onboard for use later.

In addition to the full-range, 3-way systems, PreSonus is offering the StudioLive 18sAI, a powered, 18-inch, ferrite subwoofer designed to complement the full-range StudioLive AI speakers while still being flexible enough to work with other powered loudspeakers. A 1,000W amplifier powers the subwoofer. The StudioLive 18sAI offers stereo line inputs (XLR/¼-inch combo) and full-range stereo line outputs (XLR) with a switchable, low-cut crossover.

All StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers include an Ethernet port and a USB port with a Wi-Fi module to connect to SL Room Control software over a wireless network. Expected to be available in Spring 2014, SL Room Control is a speaker-management application for Mac OS X®, Windows®, and iPad that provides both individual and grouped speaker control and includes a 31-band graphic EQ and an 8-band parametric EQ, muting, soloing, and level control, in addition to performance monitoring (over temperature, click detection, and excursions). A network-setup wizard will be included.

Custom accessories for the AI-series speakers include a mountable Sub Dolly to make hauling the 18sAI subwoofer easy and a pull-tested Sub Pole to mount a full-range system atop the 18sAI. An M10 Kit, which contains four M10 eyebolts, lets you fly any full-range model in a permanent installation. Protective covers for the 312AI, 328AI, 315AI, and 18sAI are also available.

U.S. MAP/street prices are expected to be $1,399.95 for the StudioLive 312AI, $1,499.95 for the StudioLive 328AI, $1,599.95 for the StudioLive 315AI, and $1,299.95 for the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. All models are available immediately. For more information visit www.presonus.com/products/live-sound-reinforcement

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About PreSonus

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

 

STREAMZ INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST SMART STREAMING HEADPHONES; FIRST TO INTEGRATE MUSIC PLAYER, STREAMS PANDORA®, TV, GAMES, MOVIES

Salt Lake City – December 20, 2013 – STREAMZ™ (www.streamzmedia.com), a Mozaex® spin-off company, announced today it has released the world’s first smart streaming headphones called STREAMZ™. STREAMZ are breakthrough headphones that allow you to play music and audio from multiple sources, including onboard stored music, streaming online radio, streamed phone music, plus audio from your TV, movie, and game player.

The company will be demonstrating STREAMZ and their BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Surround headphones during the 2014 CES Expo, held in Las Vegas from January 7–10, booth #54009 (inside the iLounge of the LVH Hall).

STREAMZ Headphones Offer Simplicity and Value with Multi-Device Playback

With its built in Android processor, WIFI, Bluetooth, and storage, STREAMZ simplifies and enhances the entertainment experience when enjoying streaming or stored music, movies, games and TV shows.

“When it comes to entertainment there is only one thing more valuable than free, and that is simplicity,” said STREAMZ CEO Douglas Kihm. “You no longer need to bother with a separate player since it’s all built inside. Many people don’t want the hassle of carrying, connecting, and draining the battery of their phone or music player. STREAMZ replaces multiple headphones so that you can enjoy all of your entertainment from any device with one simple-to-use pair of headphones.”

First Headphones to Incorporate Both Auto Detect WIFI and Bluetooth

STREAMZ makes listening to any source of music and audio fast and easy. STREAMZ incorporates both Smart WIFI and Bluetooth interfaces that auto detect and connect to your WIFI internet hotspot, a Bluetooth device such as a Smartphone, or with an optional module your Bluetooth enabled AVR receiver.

Built-In Music Player, HIFI DAC, and Two-Way Speakers Deliver Unmatched Sound Quality

With STREAMZ, people can now enjoy the ultimate in simplicity and uncompromised sound quality.

STREAMZ are based on patent-pending Smart Headphone technology that uniquely delivers higher fidelity music and audio than traditional headphones. STREAMZ are the first headphones to incorporate a music player, a 48 kHz/16 bit CD quality Digital Analog Converter (DAC) plus individual 3 Watt vibration drivers and 160 mWatt dynamic amplifiers.

With its built-in DAC and AMP, STREAMZ delivers CD quality sound with optimum dynamic range, equalization, and amplification which results in incomparable clarity and fidelity. The two vibration speakers uniquely deliver high power and low frequency range audio that you can literally feel.

Since most phones and mobile music players have sub-par quality DACs and amps, they are unable to play true FLAC, ALAC, and WAV CD quality music without adding cumbersome external components. To address this problem, the company built the finest quality audio components inside the headphones.

Unique High Powered Vibration Speakers Reduce Headphone Pressure and Discomfort

Traditional headphones require an uncomfortable amount of pressure on your head and ears to achieve optimum sound quality. STREAMZ’s vibration speakers achieve the same or better sound quality than traditional headphones with little or no head pressure being applied, which results in exceptional comfort.

The four speakers are arranged as bi-amped, two-way speakers with two vibration speakers, and two 50mm dynamic speakers. STREAMZ has soft over the ear leather cushions with collapsible frames and are designed for active, mobile use.

STREAMZ Patent Pending Technology Addresses a Unique Fast Growing Premium Niche Market

STREAMZ addresses an un-served market in the “premium” ($100+ USD) headphone niche, where people want simpler “in-line play controls” to listen to their music, wherever they are and from any device.

The market for headphones continues to experience high growth, especially in the premium sector. Global headphone sales in 2013 were $7B (USD) with a growth of 20 percent per year. According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service, “U.S. sales of premium stereo headphones ($100+) grew 25 percent in units in Q1 2013 year-over-year, accounting for 95 percent of the revenue growth for the total headphone market.”

According to NPD , “more than one-in-three premium buyers cited in-line play controls as ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important in their decision to buy…”. As Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD explains, “Consumers are looking for ways to get the best audio experience no matter where they are or what device they are using.” Continued Arnold, “In fact, features designed to enable easier mobile playback are impacting premium headphone purchase decisions more heavily.”

STREAMZ meets these needs with the ultimate in simplicity, in-line controls, device compatibility and quality.
An SDK and a Kickstarter STREAMZ for App Developers Will Soon be Announced

“STREAMZ is 30 years in the making since founding my first company in 1983,” explained Kihm. “We are all visionaries of sorts here at STREAMZ, with a passion to invent and share something amazing with consumers and other developers who share in our desire to design products that will make people’s life simpler and more entertaining. To that end we plan to release a STREAMZ App Software Developers Kit (SDK) on Kickstarter along with a specially priced development model of STREAMZ. We anticipate that the SDK will spur the development of dozens, if not hundreds, of new STREAMZ Smart Headphone Apps, including voice activated Apps and interactive social and informational Apps.”

North American Pricing and Specifications (Contact STREAMZ for International pricing):

STREAMZ Headphones – $549 MSRP USD

Android 1.6 Ghz dual core processor, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8GB upgradeable to 40GB with micro SD RAM card, two vibration and two dynamic speakers, 48kHz/16 bit DAC, 2 channel 3 Watt amplifier and 2-channel 160 mWatt amplifier, microphone input jack, rechargeable battery, and adapter.

Availability – STREAMZ Headphones are shipping March 2014.

Contact Information:
STREAMZ
3785 South 700 East Salt Lake City Utah 84106
Web: www.streamzmedia.com
Sales: +01.801.685.9000
Toll free (USA) 800.866.9797
Email: sales@streamzmedia.com

Disclaimers
All specifications cited are subject to change. All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Streamz © 2013 All rights reserved

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Bolivia TV Upgrades Broadcast Network with IDC’s TITAN Video Encoders and HMR Receivers

Ottawa, ON – As Latin American broadcasters look toward greater technological capabilities at competitive pricing, International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) is pleased to announce a major contract to upgrade the broadcasting equipment for Bolivia TV. Already a valuable customer for IDC since April 2012, Bolivia TV will enhance its capabilities by deploying 7 high performance TITAN Video Encoders, as well as 11 of the rugged and compact HMR Receivers throughout the central South American country. By bundling more software with hardware at a competitive price, IDC is providing Bolivia TV with both leading-edge technology and strong value for money.

Bolivia TV serves a culturally rich population of nearly 10.5 million residents, who enjoy a wide array of interests including art, cuisine, music and sports. Bolivia TV will leverage IDC’s high picture quality to broadcast events nationwide, from the latest soccer match in La Paz to a memorable night with the Bolivian Philharmonic Orchestra from Santa Cruz. IDC’s equipment can also handle many different types of news and sports formats from across the continent, allowing access to more programming than ever before.

“We believe that the winning formula of IDC’s functionality, flexibility and quality coupled with our healthy on-going relationship will be a driving force for Bolivia TV’s success, as we stay a step ahead of the latest technological challenges in broadcasting,” said Ruben Dario Marquez Choque, Technical Manager for Bolivia TV.

The TITAN Video Encoders tackle the unique challenges of professional broadcasting by employing an intuitive system that provides high picture quality in an ISDB-T environment. This extremely user-friendly interface allows operators to set up contribution links quickly and easily.

A perfect complement to the TITAN Encoder, IDC’s HMR Receivers are a series of rugged, compact, multi-format, professional IRDs. The HMR5440 and HMR5442 professional video receivers are ideally suited to broadcast contribution and distribution applications where multiple video formats (SD and HD), interface flexibility (satellite and IP) and content protection (BISS) are required. HMR also offers an unprecedented combination of features, performance and reliability at an industry-leading price.

IDC offers its customers, including Bolivia TV, 20 years of experience as a global leader in digital content distribution. “We look forward to building our relationship with Bolivia TV by providing solutions that offer great value with outstanding results,” said Doug Lowther, CEO of IDC.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries, a service office in Thailand, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

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Masque Sound Welcomes Blockbuster Musical MAMMA MIA! to New Broadway Home with Custom Audio Equipment Package

When the blockbuster musical MAMMA MIA! recently moved six blocks south to its new Broadway home at the Broadhurst Theatre, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, welcomed the smash hit show to its new digs with a custom audio equipment package.

MAMMA MIA! tells the story of the dynamic relationship between a carefree mother and her daughter. The daughter, hoping to build a bond with the father she’s never known, decides to invite him to her upcoming wedding, only to discover that her father could be one of her mother’s three past suitors. A story full of laughs, love and lust, MAMMA MIA! features the hit songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. MAMMA MIA! spent the past 12 years on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, and for the show’s veteran Sound Designers Bobby Aitken and Andrew Bruce and Associate Sound Designer David Patridge, the move was not without its challenges.

The Broadhurst Theatre’s design itself was one of the biggest challenges that the team faced. Although many Broadway theaters share this situation, the box seating on the left and right near the proscenium extends out quite far into the sight line and therefore, slightly overshadows the speakers for some of the seats.

“In order to provide the best listening experience we could for every seat, we used a fairly substantial speaker package,” says Patridge. “We placed d&b audiotechnik E8 loudspeakers both near the proscenium and further back along the sides of the room to give the audience complete coverage. The d&b speakers compliment a main left and right line array of Meyer Sound MINA’s, and extends the coverage to the shadowed areas. It’s very smooth as you go from one side of the house to the other and something we really worked hard to achieve. It’s a smaller house, and in many ways it’s more pleasing. You don’t have as big of a room to fill with a speaker system. That was our biggest challenge, and Masque Sound was once again able to provide us with the gear we needed.”

The move to Broadhurst Theatre also provided an opportunity for the team to upgrade to a digital console and strengthen the front of house mix. “At the Winter Garden Theatre, we were using a Cadac console, one of the last analog consoles left doing Broadway musicals,” adds Patridge. “Although the Cadac has been a reliable workhorse for us, we felt it was time to retire the console and modernize the show, in that sense. Masque Sound provided us with a DiGiCo SD7 digital console for the Broadhurst production. The digital console allows us to eliminate the monitor desk, and with the SD7, we actually mix the monitors to an Aviom system directly through the console. We now have one console mixing both front of house and monitors. In addition, the SD7 takes up only about six seats as opposed to the Cadac, which took up 15 seats in the orchestra.”

As the full time vendor for MAMMA MIA!, Masque Sound also provided a wireless package of Sennheiser SK5212 transmitters and EM3532 receivers, coordinated by Eric Rivera and the Masque Sound wireless department. Since Broadhurst Theatre is sandwiched in between the show Matilda to the east, Phantom of the Opera to the west and a block of theaters just to the north, Masque Sound’s expert frequency coordination team worked hard to ensure there were no signal interference issues between the shows, as theatre walls are not enough to cut off the transmission.

“The spatial considerations in the venue dictate, to a large extent, what equipment you are able to use, and asking Masque Sound to discard the existing rental system and provide us with all new equipment was quite a tall order,” adds Patridge. “They were extremely generous and offered us new gear for the show without having to incur a ton of extra cost. It’s this type of service and support that gives Masque Sound the longevity it has experienced with MAMMA MIA!. The show continues to sound wonderful, and we are now excited to be in our new home.”

In addition to Masque Sound’s equipment, Patridge also credits his talented team with making the move such a success. Production Sound Engineer Kevin Kennedy and longtime original Broadway show Mixer Craig Cassidy were instrumental in ensuring that the move went smoothly. The show brought the same crew over from the Winter Garden, which, according to Patridge, was a godsend in terms of making sure that the move was glitch free.

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 10th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated more than 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by more than 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. Seen in 38 productions in 14 different languages globally and with a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

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

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DK-Technologies Appoints Eurocom Broadcast in France

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has appointed Eurocom Broadcast (www.eurocom.fr) as its exclusive distribution partner in France.

Based in Paris, Eurocom will handle sales, distribution and after-sales support for the entire DK-Technologies range, which includes the Award-winning DK Meter range and the recently launched flagship PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor.

Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, says: “We are delighted to be working with Eurocom in France and feel confident that their expertise and contacts will help drive sales for DK-Technologies. Our metering and monitoring products are already well established in France and, with new products scheduled for 2014, there couldn’t be a better time to refocus attention on the brand in this important market.”

Established in 1996 by owner and CEO Bruno Guers, Eurocom offers a wide range of professional audio products to the radio and television industries, along with installation, cabling and after-sales service and support.

“As someone with many years’ experience in the broadcast and pro audio industry I’ve always been aware of the quality of DK-Technologies’ products,” Bruno Guers says. “I am very pleased that we now have an opportunity to work together and I believe there is great potential for sales growth in France, which will benefit both businesses.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

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