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Bose® Professional System Components Selected for Harvest Bible Church in Cypress, Texas

The church wanted to keep a 1,000-seat sanctuary intimate-sounding, and Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers were able to do just that, filling the room with only six modules while covering every seat perfectly

Framingham, Massachusetts, January 28, 2014 – The Harvest Bible Church in Cypress, Texas, had a challenging agenda: allow its 1,000-seat sanctuary to have an intimate ambience yet still have both speech and music fill the entire space intelligibly and coherently, despite a relatively low 18-foot ceiling and highly reflective surfaces on the walls and floor. And one more criterion: keep the PA system’s profile minimal and as invisible as possible. It might have seemed difficult to meet all of these goals, but a RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems was just the right solution.

Covenant Communications, an AV systems designer and integrator in Houston, used two RM12020 modules, one RM12010 module and an RMS215 subwoofer in each of two L/R arrays, all powered by three Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N eight-channel amplifiers. That was all it took to fulfill all of the needs of this complex acoustical space.

“The six compression drivers in each cabinet from two arrays provided all the directivity we needed to tailor the sound coverage to all of the seats in the worship hall, and we were able to do that without further exciting this challenging acoustical environment with more cabinets yielding higher SPL’s,” observes Joe Smart, the Sales Manager for Covenant Communications and the system’s designer. Noting the concrete flooring, the copious amounts of highly reflective solid drywall, and the fact that there was no acoustical treatment in the ceiling space, he says, “A predictable coverage pattern for the sound was absolutely critical. And that’s why the RoomMatch speakers were the perfect solution: We were able to cover the space consistently and coherently with a minimum number of boxes.”

Smart says he was introduced to the Bose RoomMatch system when his Bose sales representative took him to hear it in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center installation in Oklahoma. “I was greatly surprised and impressed by the even response of the off-axis high frequencies of the system,” he recalls. “I left there feeling confident that I could specify a RoomMatch system for the Harvest Bible Church project, to meet their challenging space and acoustical needs. I talked to the customer and flipped the spec within a week of hearing the RoomMatch system because I was never quite settled on how to solve some of the room dilemmas, but I was confident of what I heard in Broken Arrow. Without the RoomMatch loudspeakers, I would have had to use a ton of boxes and delay lines to achieve the same coherency that we get with just six RoomMatch modules. We’re getting all the benefits of a line array without having to hang more than we wanted to. There is a certain genius in the range of options for putting the boxes together.”

In addition to the RoomMatch modules used in the sanctuary, Covenant Communications also installed 70-volt Bose DS40 ceiling speakers outside of the worship center, to cover overflow areas, networked to, and powered by, the PowerMatch amplifiers. “I’ve gotten more compliments from the end user on this system than other projects I can remember. The system is really musical, and we did it all with a minimum of hardware,” says Smart. “It was definitely a case of less really being more.”

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dB Technologies launches new Composer 4.0 software for DVA line arrays

DVA Composer is an easy-to-use software program for configuring and aiming dB Technologies DVA Series of active line array and subwoofer modules. A useful tool to aid audio engineers plan and deploy the dB Technologies system, the software is designed for intuitive handling, determining the optimum angles and system presets based on the array height, desired range and number of DVA components entered by the user; provides all the mechanical data, frame angle positions and flybar settings; and determines the proper DSP EQ presets.
In the initial Composer section, the user is able to insert facility measurements to effectively determine coverage. Settings include flybar position and height of system, stage dimensions, trussing framework, gap width of L-R arrays, as well as coverage start and end positions, and whether audience is standing or seated. It also allows the user to modify the angle of the ground, and add up to three balconies. From that data input, the user can then view a graph and see the actual prediction of the system including coverage with SPL readings in both graph and prediction views, with the ability to review SPL measurements at different frequencies and distances.
The user is also provided the ability to choose among three different shape modes – J shape, curved array, and hybrid – may be selected to further adapt the system to suit the given venue.
DVA Composer also computes subwoofer configurations and determines the directivity of low frequencies based on the type of setup and number of units. The subwoofer simulation provides the user to choose between six available ground stacked configurations – left-right, center, left-center-right, line, cardioid and endfire. Each configuration also allows the choice of subwoofer dispositions (i.e. vertical or horizontal) and provides the ability to arrange the subs differently for left/right channel and center channel. The subwoofer data determines crossover frequency, delay, phase, position of the subs frontline and the gap between subs as necessary.
DVA Composer 4.0 “is far superior to the original DVA Shape Designer,” says RCF USA technical engineer Tarik Solangi.
What’s new in DVA Composer 4.0?
• Supports all current DVA modules – DVA-T4, T8 and T12
• Supports entire offering of both flyable and ground stack DVA subwoofer modules
• Provides ability to get three-dimensional SPL readings
• Provides ability for manual or auto management for array shape, angles and EQs
• Added ground stacked arrays simulation
• Enhanced Delay Calculation for phase alignment
You can download the DVA Composer 4.0 software free of charge at http://dbtechnologies.com/EN/Products/software_and_controller/composer_4_0.aspx

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Listen Technologies Announces DataVisual Marketing as Distributor in Western Canada

Listen Technologies announces DataVisual Marketing as its exclusive distributor in Western Canada to continue building its sales force.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA—Earlier in January, Listen Technologies welcomed DataVisual Marketing as the company’s distributor in Eastern Canada. The Corporation is now pleased to announce that DataVisual Marketing will be its exclusive distributor for Canada.

DataVisual Marketing will distribute Listen’s core product lines, ListenPoint®, RF, IR, and Hearing Loop, for IBC compliant Assistive Listening, Soundfield, Tour Group, and Language Interpretation applications.

The team at DataVisual Marketing has years of expertise and experience. They are a progressive firm that supports its distribution functions with capabilities in field sales support, internal sales assistance, technical & product support, product demonstrations, specifications, and bid registration.

“We’re very excited to expand our audio offerings with Listen Technologies throughout the Canadian AV market,” says Benoit Kislich-Lemyre, General Manager of DataVisual Marketing. “Working with the knowledgeable team at Listen and the addition of their products benefits a great deal, because we are able to provide our dealers with sophisticated audio solutions for their customers.”

“The team at DataVisual Marketing pride themselves on creating great partnerships with their dealers by delivering the best solutions and recognizing great opportunities. We look forward to being part of their future success,” said Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies, Co-founder and Vice President of Sales Worldwide of Listen Technologies.

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 Datavisual Marketing
Datavisual Marketing is a distributor serving Canada, specializing in audio visual, conferencing and network technologies products. For more information on DataVisual Marketing please call 888.294.9889or visit www.datavisual.ca.

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Hitachi Projector Boosts Resident Involvement and Participation at Tara Woods Community

North Fort Myers, Florida, January 31, 2014 – As the central gathering area of the Tara Woods 55-and-older community in North Fort Myers, FL, the center’s clubhouse needs to provide a consistent projection source for all kinds of media. After a previous projector had failed, Wayne Cox’s experience in educational A/V led him to purchase a Hitachi CP-WX8265 projector for the community. The projector was purchased from Harmon’s Audio Visual in Fort Myers, FL.

“There are no window coverings in the clubhouse, so high brightness is a must,” said Mr. Cox, who is a member of a volunteer group called Sound and Lighting that sets up, operates and services all audio and video equipment for the community. “I’ve already received plenty of positive feedback from the community on the brightnesow s and clarity of images.”

The clubhouse seats several hundred and is used for movie nights, bingo and, most recently projected lyrics during the community’s Christmas Carol Sing-a-long.

“Attendance at our movie night has already increased because of the picture quality,” said Mr. Cox. “We are able to rely on the image quality even on the brightest days.”

Mr. Cox, now retired, used to work as the Technologies Manager at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He became familiar with Hitachi products during his time there, recognizing the projectors for their high resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, aspect ratio and connectivity.

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features a brightness of 6,500 ANSI lumens and supports an aspect ratio of 16:10 WXGA.

For more information on Tara Woods, visit http://www.hometownamerica.com/tarawoods

For more information on Harmon’s Audio Visual, visit http://harmonsav.com/

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

Game Creek Video Trusts PESA for Routing Needs at Super Bowl XLVIII

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced Game Creek Video, an HD mobile production company based in Hudson, N.H., will use PESA video and audio routers for FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jason Taubman, Game Creek vice president of design and new technologies, said 75 percent of the company’s fleet is in the New York area to cover the Super Bowl for various clients. The entire truck compound at the game will be connected through PESA video and distributed audio routing systems, he said.

FX, the five-truck production system, which includes five 53-foot expando trucks, is in place at the stadium for the FOX game broadcast. It includes a PESA Cheetah 512×1024 digital video router with embedding/de-embedding, along with a DRS 2048×2048 distributed audio router that supports analog, AES and MADI.

Liberty, on location at MetLife for FOX pre-game programming, includes a 53-foot production unit and a 53-foot graphics and support unit. The main truck features a Cheetah 384×720 digital video router, as well as a DRS 1536×1536 distributed audio router with analog, AES, and MADI I/O. “The whole world has not gone digital,” Taubman explained. “We need a variety of connection methods.”

Northstar, another 53-foot expando, was used on Jan. 28 for Super Bowl Media Day coverage at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., then moved to MetLife for FOX Sports 1 coverage. The truck includes a Cheetah 288×576 digital video router, plus a DRS 704×576 distributed audio router with analog and AES I/O.

The game will be produced in 720p HD, with 55 cameras and 24 six-channel EVS replay systems, plus frame sync sources, 4K composites, graphics, and a “host of new toys” that FOX will reveal during the broadcast, Taubman said. “It’s a pretty straightforward crosspoint matrix,” he noted, “we just have a huge capacity needed.”

PESA has historically been one of Game Creek’s router systems of choice because of product performance and excellent customer support, Taubman said. In fact, Game Creek recently upgraded Liberty to PESA’s PERC3000 IP-based router control system. “It’s been a big plus in giving us better control over the router and providing additional configuration options for our clients,” he added. “We have a long standing relationship with PESA. Their products have been rock solid.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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Christie Delivers Higher Brightness and Value with Upgraded Christie G Series and New Christie Q Series

Christie® welcomes three upgraded Christie G Series projectors to its powerful, industry-leading 1-chip DLP® line-up at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. Providing 6000 lumens and WXGA/HD/WUXGA resolution, the three new Christie G Series models raise the benchmark of single-lamp, high brightness 1-chip DLP® performance at a low ownership cost.

Also debuting at ISE is Christie Q Series. The 1-chip DLP® projector powerhouse with a sophisticated design delivers best-in-class performance with brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA, and WUXGA resolutions.

Christie Q Series Debuts at ISE 2014

Upgraded and Expanded Christie G Series Delivers 6000 lumens and Six-Segment Color Wheel
Boasting 6000 lumens and a single-lamp design, the upgraded Christie G Series is the brightest in its category and provides the exceptional image quality, brightness and dependability that is essential for presentations in board and conference rooms. For higher education, government facilities and houses of worship with limited budgets, the Christie G Series delivers the cost effective solution combined with long-life DLP® technology needed in such environments.

A new category in the upgraded Christie G Series is the Christie DWX600-G with WXGA resolution. The Christie DWX600-G is ideal for applications where the superior image quality of 1-chip DLP® and high brightness are vital but high resolution is secondary. Each upgraded Christie G Series projector is also equipped with a six-segment color wheel for the widest possible color range and more natural, vibrant images. Now shipping with a standard lens included, end users can also choose from a suite of optional lenses.

“As customer expectations change and grow, Christie is in the vanguard of providing brighter and better 1-chip DLP® solutions for a variety of installations and with two upgraded models and a brand new WXGA model, Christie has a complete line-up of 1-chip DLP solutions for every presentation need,” said Curtis Lingard, technical product manager, Christie. “The upgraded Christie G Series is durable and suitable for demanding environments such as signage and museums where the projector will be on for long periods of time. Unique to this class of projectors, the upgraded G Series also delivers multi-projector blends onto curved surfaces seamlessly and effortlessly for a perfect image every time.”

Installation is straightforward with features like optional wireless connectivity and input options including HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. When it comes to authentic images, the Dynamic Contrast feature boosts contrast ratios up to 4800:1 and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture functionality provide flexible display options.

The Christie DWU600-G replaces the DWU550-G and the Christie DHD600-G replaces the DHD550-G. Along with a boost in brightness, the new G Series models also offer 33 percent longer lamp life over the previous models and are equipped with DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training purposes.

New Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Delivers Up To 10,000 Lumens
The Christie Q Series 1-chip DLP® platform with brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolutions is equipped with eClarity™ – advanced image processing that significantly enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. With built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), image ‘washout’ in high ambient light conditions is eliminated by adjusting the dynamic contrast to recapture detail lost by excess ambient light on the screen. Christie Q Series is also equipped with DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training purposes, all in an elegant design.

“Whether displayed in portrait or landscape mode, Christie Q Series sets an industry benchmark for brightness and flexibility in this category of 1-chip DLP,” said Frank Anzures, senior product manager, Christie. “With the finest digital display tools available combined with an unsurpassed commitment to 1-chip DLP® solutions, end users have peace of mind with Christie.”

With the built-in dual color wheel, users can quickly choose between two color wheels to select the one that best suits their content and application.

“The High-Brightness color wheel provides superior whites for better graphic presentations while the Ultra Rich-Color wheel provides an expanded color gamut that rivals cinema color space,” said Anzures. “The Q Series is also equipped with an automation function that allows for easy switching between the color wheels.”

For rental staging applications including concerts, conventions and other events where visuals are a vital component, end users will recognize the Q Series’ difference when blending or warping images from multiple projectors onto flat, curved, hexagonal, or spherical surfaces.

Usable in either single lamp or dual lamp mode, Christie Q Series models include the Christie DXG1051, Christie DWX951 and the Christie DWU951. Both Q Series and G Series ship in March with a three-year warranty, backed by Christie’s industry-leading renowned customer service and support.

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