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William Kentridge’s Soundscapes Come Clean with PreSonus

tumblr_musesiMeAL1r064gzo4_1280 copyJohannesburg, South Africa – January 2014…  Acclaimed South African-born artist William Kentridge has a well-deserved reputation for the unusual. His work spans the audio and visual spectrum, from drawings and prints to operas and charcoal drawn animations. In his latest installation, “The Refusal of Time,” Kentridge fuses sculpture with digital video and complex, multi-layered soundscapes to create a multimedia work that is both powerful and compelling.

The viewer is immersed with five video screens covering three walls, running separate but interwoven program material accompanied by a multi-channel music and sound sculpture. There is a sculpture of a man holding a big megaphone, as well as a giant wooden, breathing elephant in the middle of the room, making reference to Charles Dickens’ Industrial Revolution. The soundtrack includes music composed by Philip Miller, as well as spoken word, including Kentridge’s own voice from the megaphone, and of course, the elephant’s breathing. The end result is a clearly unique and intricate audio/visual installation.

2-2013-06-10 309 copyThe man charged with the logistics of running this complex and unusual setup is engineer/sound designer Gavan Eckhart. With an installation requiring sophisticated mixing and matrixing and powerful signal processing, Eckhart chose the PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL as the central audio hub.

A four-channel bed of music forms the sonic foundation, blending samples of African languages and chants atop Miller’s orchestral array of trumpet, trombone, tuba, grand piano, and various percussion. The quadraphonic surround mix is sent, via four of the AudioBox 1818VSL’s outputs, to four JBL Eon powered monitors.

On top of this mix is Kentridge’s spoken-word soundscape: the man with the megaphone. Here, Eckhart had to think of a creative way to achieve just the right metallic, low-fi sound. “The megaphones are a big component of the whole piece,” he says. “I came up with the idea to just grab some car speakers and mount them in tin cones on tripods and see if it worked. Fortunately, it did. That low-quality rattle and hum those cones produce is actually part of the beauty of the piece.” Four more outputs from the AudioBox 1818VSL feed the car speakers via a four-channel amplifier.

1-2013-06-10 325 copyThe installation includes a total of seven Mac minis: five running video playout, a sixth running the audio, and one more as master controller. With most of the installations residing in large warehouse spaces, it’s easy to imagine the potential for things to degenerate into a muddy-sounding cacophony. But Eckhart says the AudioBox 1818VSL is more than up to the task.

“The AudioBox 1818VSL gives me enough matrixing and discrete outputs to route all the individual signals,” he says. “But more than that, it has a nice, well-defined sound that really allows me to get a good separation between the beautiful musical backdrop and the spoken word with these distorted car speakers.”

The AudioBox 1818VSL’s onboard signal processing helps to further define and refine the mix, says Eckhart. “I find that the EQs are very useful for shaping the sound and achieving separation. If it’s a very bass-heavy room, I can just roll off a bit of lows or bring a bit of sparkle to the speakers instead of having to remix and re-export it. It lessens the processing demands on the computer and gives me a tremendous amount of control to create a clear and well-defined soundscape.”

Since its debut at the Dokumenta 13 festival in Kassel, Kentridge’s “The Refusal of Time” has been installed at numerous museums worldwide, including Rome, Paris, and Eindhoven, with new installations scheduled in Germany, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

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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.

Meyer Sound LEO Powers Bassnectar 360° New Year’s Eve Show

On New Year’s Eve, approximately 17,000 “Bassheads” converged at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to usher in 2014 with Bassnectar, the electronic music DJ whose immersive live shows have earned him legions of devoted fans. To ensure an equal experience for all attendees, the 360-degree event featured a rotating stage, as well as the largest Meyer Sound LEO™ large-scale sound reinforcement system to date.

“The sound was spectacular, and incredibly even for an in-the-round setup,” says Brendan Hoffman, FOH engineer and production manager. “From FOH at one end of the arena up to the stage and the higher seating sections, differences were negligible. It was a gut punch on the floor and a gut punch at the top level.”

Supplied by VER Tour Sound, the LEO system comprised 96 LEO-M line array loudspeakers deployed in four arrays of 14-each for long-end throws, and four of 10-each for the short sides. Four MICA® line array loudspeakers completed each array as down fill, while eight additional MICA loudspeakers were spaced around the stage as front fill. For powerful low-end reinforcement, four arrays of 12-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were flown, augmented on the floor by 12 1100-LFC loudspeakers and 20 700-HP subwoofers arranged in cardioid pairs around the circular stage.

The system was aligned and optimized by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 AES and 12 Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. The low-end arrays were configured and timed to steer energy in a clean donut pattern out to the audience and away from the stage. VER Tour Sound’s Doug McKinley and Chad Fuller handled system design.

“Obviously the bottom end with all the 1100-LFCs was incredibly loud, but it was still clean with tight transients—the crux of this style of music,” points out Hoffman. “It was solid down to 28 Hz.”

Hoffman mixed on an Avid SC48 console equipped with Waves plug-ins and augmented with outboard Avalon compressor-equalizers. Monitor engineer Jayson Pietri also mixed on an SC48, while Bassnectar used a Shure wireless microphone system with an SM58 capsule. Opening the evening for Bassnectar were Zion I and ill-esha.

Social media response has been enthusiastic:

“The amount of bass that this man brings to every show he performs is unreal. The bass will have your sinuses vibrating and your ears itching… which is why people travel hundreds of miles, and wait in extremely long lines in the freezing cold, just to get a wristband to be on the floor,” writes Michael Patrick.

“I find it hard to describe the experience in words. This was my first Bassnectar experience and I am hooked. Thank you for providing me one of my most memorable life experiences—truly,” writes Jenny Hamblen Shreeve.

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Using Meyer Sound Constellation, France’s Vendéspace Doubles as a Symphony Hall and Sports Arena

In Vendéspace in western France, a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system helps transform a sports arena into a premier classical music hall on demand. The audacious multipurpose building project began when the local government realized funds were available for only one structure. As a result, two seemingly contrary uses were combined into a single, architecturally daring, and cost-effective new venue.

“Most multi-purpose venues provide slight acoustic differences between shows as similar as theatre and opera, but certainly not as different as sports and symphonic music,” says Marc Asselineau, acoustician for the consulting firm Peutz France. “It was also a difficult acoustical challenge with the multiple staging and seating configurations.”

Asselineau deduced that, by building an acoustically dead space suitable for amplified music, he could use active acoustics to enhance the ambience for concerts and sporting events. Working with Martin Morillon, Vendéspace director, the team selected a Constellation system.

“We went to Laboral Teatro in Spain to hear a demonstration and listened to a chamber music rehearsal,” says Morillon. “In such a large space, we were amazed at the acoustics, balance, and volume of the music coming from only five instruments.”

Asselineau adds: “Constellation was an excellent solution for Vendéspace, as it does not introduce any coloration into the sound. It was also the most economical option, and it has demonstrated that it can cope with the extreme variability of event staging.”

The installation in the Grand Hall of Vendéspace has more seating capacity than any Constellation projects, providing 4,100 seats for sporting events such as basketball. Other entertainment events can employ either longitudinal or transverse staging. The venue’s transverse “lyric” configuration seats about 2,300 for classical music concerts, while the venue can accommodate 4,900 fans for amplified music.

The system employs 49 distributed microphones for sensing the ambient physical acoustics, and a D-Mitri® digital audio platform with five VRAS™ processors for each distinct reverberation zone. Fifty-eight UltraSeries™ loudspeakers and 12 subwoofers recreate natural room reverberation across the full audio spectrum. One early reflection zone is dedicated to a virtual orchestral shell that can be deployed when needed. Multiple presets allow use of Constellation for any staging and seating configuration.

“At our recent event on the ATP Challenger Tour, the tennis court sounded like it was right at your feet, even in distant seats,” says Morillon. “And with every concert, the conductors, musicians, and artistic directors are all convinced of the quality of the Constellation system.”

For amplified events, Vendéspace features a flexible system of 18 MICA® line array loudspeakers, eight JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, and eight 700-HP subwoofers. The MICA loudspeaker arrays can be hung under the retractable center scoreboard for high-volume sporting events. For voice announcements, six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers in the Constellation system can be re-purposed as a distributed system with a preset. The reinforcement system was designed by Cyril Ubersfeld of Best Audio and installed by Tech Audio, both of Paris.

Future events at Vendéspace include volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, ice-skating shows, the St. Petersburg Ballet, a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and pop concerts by Christophe Mae and James Blunt.

Vendéspace is located near the city of La Roche-sur-Yon and is owned and operated by the General Council of Vendée. It was designed by French architect Paul Chemetov.

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LakeRidge United Methodist Church Adds MINA in Its Third Meyer Sound-Equipped Venue

LakeRidge United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Tex. has markedly improved the sound in its main sanctuary with the installation of a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system. Having previously selected Meyer Sound systems for two other areas of the church, Lubbock-based Moyers Group was called upon to design and install the new system.

“Since the new MINA system was installed in the main sanctuary, everybody has noticed the difference,” says Elec Winner, the church’s director of technical ministries. “The clarity of the high end is amazing. Now everything has its proper place in acoustic space, and the coverage from front to back is completely uniform. Our senior pastor is extremely happy. The sound check before the service takes less time, and the gain before feedback is much higher.”

The new system comprises left and right arrays of seven MINA loudspeakers each, two UPA-1P loudspeakers for side fill, two 700-HP subwoofers, and one UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeaker as a choir monitor. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and alignment.

Completing the main sanctuary system are a Midas Legend 3000 mixing console and Shure ULX and ULX-D wireless microphone systems. An Aviom system with Westone in-ear units provides monitoring for the praise band.

LakeRidge’s multi-purpose activity center features a Meyer Sound system with two UPA-1P loudspeakers as the main system and two UPJunior VariO loudspeakers as side fills, along with two USW-1P subwoofers in a cardioid array supplying directional low end. In addition, a pair of UPJ-1P loudspeakers supports traditional services in the chapel. Moyers Group handled all three installations.

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Rumble Audio Post Supports New York Indie Filmmakers with Meyer Sound Monitoring System

With a primary focus to serve New York City’s independent film production community, Rumble Audio Post has installed a Meyer Sound cinema monitoring system. The Brooklyn post facility is now one of three Meyer Sound-equipped post houses in the New York metro area.

“My goal is to provide the highest quality audio services at rates that fit the budgets of most independent films,” says Ryan Billia, engineer and owner of Rumble. “I was determined from the outset that I did not want to compromise on the console or monitoring.”

The monitoring system for Rumble’s mixing stage includes three Acheron® Designer screen channel loudspeakers, two X-800C cinema subwoofers, six HMS-5 cinema surround loudspeakers, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors for system drive and optimization. Alternate presets in the Galileo processors allow push-button setup for television series, advertising, or web-based content. The system was supplied by Sonic Circus of Townshend, Vt.

Billia first learned of the Acheron Designer loudspeaker in news stories about the system installed in the screening room at Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Studios.

“The Designers looked to be the perfect fit,” says Billa. “I received very strong encouragement from Marti D. Humphrey at The Dub Stage in Hollywood, a veteran who is a mentor for many of us younger mixers. He had been mixing on a Meyer system for a couple of years, and he could not recommend them enough.”

In his first months of operation, Billia mixed “Pills,” a music-laden short film directed by Craig Zobel, and two feature-length films, one of which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival.

“I had one filmmaker tell me that with the Meyer Sound system, it was almost like he’d never really heard a film before. The sound is so tight, so focused and controlled.”

Rumble’s mixing stage includes an Avid ICON D-Control console, a complete Pro Tools HD system, a Panasonic PT-AE8000U projector, and a rack of high-end analog outboard processors for sound design applications. Room acoustics were handled by Dave Ellis of Ellis Island Design.

In addition to its main mixing stage, Rumble Audio Post offers a foley stage and a recording booth for voice-overs, ADR, and narration.

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BenQ’s Ultra-Smooth XL2720Z Gaming Monitor Brings More Detail and Comfort to Competitive Play

Latest XL Series Monitor Introduces RevolutionEyes(TM) Technology for Exceptional Monitor Performance

LAS VEGAS, 2014 International CES — Jan. 7, 2014 — BenQ America Corp. an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today added the ultra-smooth XL2720Z to its winning arsenal of XL first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors. Equipped with gaming refresh rate optimization management (GROM), the new 27-inch display introduces RevolutionEyes(TM) technology for exceptional monitor performance and low blue light technology for striking visual clarity, seamless motion fluidity, and added viewing comfort during competitive play, giving both professional eSports athletes and dedicated gamers the onscreen precision and visual advantages required for edging out opponents.

“In active FPS gameplay, details can make all the difference,” said Bob Wudeck, Director of Retail and e-Commerce at BenQ America Corp. “With our new XL2720Z monitor, BenQ is introducing new advancements — giving gamers better refresh rates and pixel color integrity to improve reaction times via faster, crisper visual quality. When combined with our RevolutionEyes technology, low blue light feature, and refresh rate optimization, players gain a fully loaded monitor made to turn opponents on their heads.”

The all-new XL2720Z gaming monitor packs in all of BenQ’s latest innovations designed to support gamers by providing an ultra-smooth 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. Equipped with RevolutionEyes enhancements, the monitor also provides a new direct LED lighting system that enables gamers to practice for longer periods. With ZeroFlicker(TM), the XL2720Z eliminates backlight flickering at all brightness levels so that gamers can engage in longer sessions with improved visual comfort during action-packed play.

Equipped with low blue light technology, BenQ’s XL2720Z monitor successfully 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. The GROM management systems enable the customization of viewing preferences such as refresh rates (100/120/144Hz), display resolutions, and screen sizes — empowering users with increased control in addition to greater visual comfort.

To give players a competitive edge, the XL2720Z includes BenQ’s Black eQualizer, which enables total gaming visibility by allowing gamers to adjust brightness without over-exposing white levels, revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. To accommodate individual viewing preferences, the Display Mode allows gamers to switch between nine monitor screen sizes, including 17-inch (4:3), 19-inch (4:3), 19-inch widescreen (16:10), 21.5-inch widescreen (16:9), 22-inch widescreen (16:10), 23-inch widescreen (16:9), 23.6-inch widescreen (16:9), 24-inch widescreen (16:9), and 27-inch widescreen (16:9), while Smart Scaling enables players to adjust the screen content on-the-fly to virtually any custom size without impacting controller sensitivity.

For even more control without compromising playing speed, gamers can customize and save display setting presets directly onto the monitor’s S Switch. This allows players to switch swiftly between customized display settings for gaming as well as entertainment using the stylish controller’s scroll button, facilitating fast navigation and adjustment of the device’s OSD settings. For even greater convenience, the XL2720Z is height adjustable and sports a convenient carrying handle to transport the monitor to any LAN party or gaming competition.

Available in Jan. 2014, BenQ’s new XL2720Z gaming monitor retails at $529. Additional information on BenQ’s full line of products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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BenQ Introduces Colorific(TM) Home Cinema Projector

New W7500 Combines Colorific Image Quality With Full HD 3D to Bring Professional-Grade Video to Home Theater Spaces

LAS VEGAS, 2014 International CES — Jan. 7, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today unveiled the new W7500 home cinema projector. Featuring 2D to 3D content conversion, Panamorph lens compatibility, complete connectivity options, 1080p resolution, and an amazing 60,000:1 contrast ratio, the professional-grade device uses BenQ’s Colorific(TM) image quality to turn any home theater setting into an immersive cinema experience.

“BenQ’s new W7500 projector has been designed to bring cinema-quality experiences to the home,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Our latest high-end model is packed with advanced features to give home theater enthusiasts access to epic entertainment. When combined with extreme ease-of-use and flexible setup options, the W7500 becomes one of BenQ’s most exciting Colorific innovations to date.”

Featuring high-brightness of 2000 AINSI lumens, full HD imaging, and an astounding 60,000:1 contrast ratio, the W7500 provides premium picture quality to today’s quality-focused home cinema applications. For color precision that matches the human eye, the projector is compliant to the native Rec. 709 color gamut — one of the highest HD video standards available for professional-grade home projectors. The projector is also equipped with frame interpolation to reduce motion blur and make animation more fluid, and is ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation(R) (ISF(R)) — enabling viewers to enjoy a professionally calibrated picture via optimized viewing modes.

Using BenQ’s Colorific image quality technology, the W7500 delivers accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color. As a result, users experience up to 1 billion stunning colors on their projection screens without experiencing light burn or color degradation over extended usage — reducing the devices’ total cost of ownership. Expanding on the device’s amazing feature set are the ability to convert 2D content into full-out 3D experiences — allowing any movie to come to life — and the integration of Panamorph lenses, which allows users to view content in the original Hollywood 2.35:1 widescreen format.

To support the device’s spectacular cinematic capabilities, the W7500 provides a wide range of flexible setup and connectivity options. These include dual HDMI connectivity to easily link external components, horizontal and vertical lens shifting for easy calibration, and a large 1.5 zoom ratio to make installation easy in any room configuration. The projector also comes ready with customizable presets — allowing users to easily adjust the device to their personal viewing preferences — and is equipped with a filter-free optical system which further reduces the projector’s total cost of ownership.

Available in Jan. 2014, BenQ’s W7500 projector retails at a price of $2,799. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Trade IN, Trade UP Program Announced by Yamaha

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced a Trade IN, Trade UP program that will take place January 8 – March 31, 2014. This program is available to all customers who own a Yamaha M7CL-48 (this configuration only) Digital Mixing Console. The trade-in console must be in acceptable* condition. Upon proof of condition and return, the customer will receive a $15,000 credit toward the purchase of a new Yamaha CL5 Digital Mixing Console. This promotion is on a first-come, first serve basis, while supplies last.

“This limited time program will provide end users with the opportunity to own a new Yamaha CL5 console that they may not have had the budget to purchase,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “The trade UP to a CL5 will fulfill many of the features and benefits engineers have been asking for in an affordable package.”

End users should contact their preferred Authorized Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) Dealer for more details. A complete listing of YCAS Dealers, Terms and Conditions as well as all other pertinent information can be found by visiting www.yamahaca.com/cltradeup.

*Yamaha has the sole right to determine if your M7CL-48 console is in an acceptable condition to participate in the program. If it is determined to be unacceptable, they will contact you to arrange its return to you.

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Christie Lights Up TCL Chinese Theatres as Official 4K Digital Projection Partner, with Christie Duo Anchoring State-of-the-Art 932-Seat Auditorium

Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, announced that it is the official 4K digital projection partner of TCL Chinese Theatres for the renovated TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, with the acclaimed 4K Christie® Duo™ two-projector system anchoring that theater’s 932-seat auditorium and lighting up its massive screen.

Christie digital cinema projectors have also been installed exclusively at the adjacent TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, making the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame a “walk with Christie.” TCL Chinese Theatres reopened to the public on September 15, following extensive renovations, with the world premiere of the remastered “The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience.”

The installation of the 4K Christie Duo solution at TCL Chinese Theatres is among the highlights of the extensive, multi-million dollar renovation that have helped the famous landmark make the move to digital. The reopened theater features the brightest 2D and 3D 4K-resolution images in the industry, with the auditorium playing host to a wide range of high-profile events, from world premieres and gala performances, to some of the entertainment industry’s most glamorous celebrations and awards shows.

“The TCL Chinese Theatres is an iconic institution that has played a significant role in the legends and traditions of the entertainment history worldwide,” noted Alwyn Hight Kushner, president and chief operating officer for TCL Chinese Theatres. “The TCL Chinese Theatres’ multi-million renovation efforts included a respectful acknowledgement of the theater’s history, while bringing it into the digital age, thanks to our digital cinema partners, which include Christie. We are also pleased that Christie projection systems are lighting up our TCL Chinese 6 Theatres’ screens nearby. For us, Christie was the clear solution for our non-IMAX 2D and 3D showings.”

Craig Sholder, vice president of Entertainment Solutions at Christie, noted that “The TCL Chinese Theatres is part of American history, as is Christie, with our record of more than 80 years service to the cinema exhibition industry. As the official 4K digital projection partner, Christie is proud to ensure that all the content shown at the TCL Chinese Theatres is always thrilling, magical and memorable – the way movies are meant to be.”

The Christie Duo two-projection system, selected and installed through Christie integration partner Southern California Cinetech Services, offers twice the brightness of conventional systems for enhanced 3D, 4K resolution and High Frame Rate (HFR) screenings, enabling TCL Chinese Theatres to deliver an enhanced movie-viewing experience. It features an innovative design that perfectly aligns every pixel on the giant screen for optimal 2D and 3D screenings.

Jim Dukes, Christie senior product manager, noted that the massive screen at TCL Chinese Theatres is an excellent canvas for demonstrating the enormous power and brightness of the total solution that Christie Duo and two Christie Solaria® CP4230 projectors deliver.

“Large screens such as the one at the TCL Chinese Theatres present a challenge to most dual projection systems when it comes to the convergence of the image, which must be perfectly aligned to ensure the sharpest results possible. The Christie Duo’s configuration options solve that challenge by making image convergence quick, easy and consistent,” said Dukes. “Since its introduction, the Christie Duo has been highly acclaimed for addressing the biggest issue faced by exhibitors when screening 3D movies: that is, the delivery of ample brightness to the screen to make the experience memorable.”

Dukes also observed that the dominance of the Christie brand in theaters is also reflected in the exclusive use of Christie digital projection systems in the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres nearby.

“Christie digital projectors are used by leading exhibitors around the globe and are found in more digital cinema installations than any other brand,” he said.

Atlona(R) Now Shipping AT-HDTX-WP Wall Plate Extender

Solution Combines Installation-Friendly Design With Convenient HDMI-to-HDBaseT Connectivity for AV Installations Spanning Longer Distances

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 7, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced that it is now shipping its new AT-HDTX-WP, an HDMI-to-HDBaseT wall plate extender and transmitter. With the ability to transmit HDMI signals up to 4K resolution to support UltraHD television, using power over category cable (PoCc) at distances up to 230 feet (70 meters), the AT-HDTX-WP simplifies installations while bringing improved connectivity and control to installed AV systems.

“We’ve engineered our new AT-HDTX-WP wall plate transmitter to provide simple, reliable HDMI connectivity for custom AV installations, especially those that require the signal to be transmitted from a source to a switcher or display over a distance greater than 30 feet or 10 meters,” said Bill Schripsema, Atlona commercial product manager. “The AT-HDTX-WP compensates for the bandwidth limitations of HDMI cables over those longer distances. For instance, a presenter in a large auditorium can connect the source laptop at the lectern to the wall plate via a locking HDMI connection, and the extender uses a category cable to connect to an HDBaseT-enabled display or projector.”

The AT-HDTX-WP can connect with any Atlona HDBaseT receiver, creating opportunities for more elaborate design and distribution scenarios within a variety of commercial settings. The unit can be powered from an HDBaseT receiver with power, such as Atlona’s AT-HDVS-RX, or the company’s AT-PS-POCC mid-span power supply, eliminating the need for power at the wall plate and reducing the cost and complexity of installation. For further flexibility, the AT-HDTX-WP features complete RS-232 and IR control for compatibility with all of today’s major control systems. The system also transmits audio signals, including Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio.

Available now, the AT-HDTX-WP wall plate fits both U.S. and U.K. two-gang wall boxes and features a rugged steel construction. Additional details and technical specifications for the AT-HDTX-WP can be found at www.atlona.com/HDTX-WP.

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Photo Caption: The new Atlona(R) AT-HDTX-WP HDMI-to-HDBaseT wall plate extender and transmitter

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

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

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

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