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FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K Camera Awarded 2013 Government Video Salute, Used for NASA Space Launch

Cypress, CA – FOR-A’s FT-ONE full 4K variable frame rate camera was awarded a 2013 Government Video Salute Award. Presented by Government Video magazine, the awards honor the 10 most innovative products on the Government Video Expo show floor. GV Expo was held last month at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

In its GV Expo booth, FOR-A demoed the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera with its new 4K extraction system, the ZE-ONE. The company showed high-speed footage from the FT-ONE taken during NASA’s recent launch of the MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft on a 10-month mission to explore Mar’s climate history. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE captured stunning 4K footage of the event with a FUJINON Premier 4K+ PL Cine zoom – the 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 (HK5.3×75).

During his GV Expo keynote presentation, Rodney Grubbs, Program Manager at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, noted the FT-ONE’s performance in his discussion about 4K and NASA’s search for new technology.

“FOR-A is honored to have the FT-ONE recognized as one of the best products at GV Expo, an event where so many great technologies are shown,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “The FT-ONE is ideal in many different applications, from sports and broadcast events to rocket launches. We look forward to seeing innovative, new ways the camera will be used in the future.”

In Government Video’s announcement of award winners, the FT-ONE was described as follows: “If you saw the FT-ONE 4K Variable Speed Camera video that FOR-A showed continuously at GV Expo 2013, you would immediately know why the camera was chosen. Its stunning resolution and hypnotically smooth ultra-slow-motion turned a blast from a tank’s cannon into kinetic art.”

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

About FOR-A

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

CAD Audio Debuts 1600 Series UHF Wireless System


Anaheim, CA––CAD Audio is introducing the high performance StagePass™ 1600 Series UHF wireless system at 2014 Winter NAMM.

A versatile addition to the StagePass™ line, the new 1600 Series system provides 100-channel frequency agile UHF operation for maximum operating range along with CAD ScanLink™ technology to precisely scan, select and link to the optimum channel in any RF environment.

Other features include True Diversity operation to minimize multipath interference along with CADLock™ Automatic Tone Encoded Squelch that eliminates unauthorized transmissions in the signal path.

1600 systems are available as the WX1600 Handheld System; WX1610 Bodypack System featuring the Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature condenser earworn mic, Cardioid Lav and Guitar Cable.

StagePass TX1600 handheld TX1610 body pack transmitters have soft touch multi-function On-Off/Mute/Low Battery/ScanLink status switches with multi-color LED indicators. High quality alkaline double AA batteries provide more than 15 hours of transmitter battery life.

The WX1600 receiver is housed in a durable metal chassis with ¼” and XLR outputs for additional flexibility. System specs include a Frequency Response of 40Hz–15KHz, and Dynamic Range >105dB.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by Booth #6632 Hall A Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Atlona Revamps Atlona Academy Training Portal

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VMP “Lucky Friend” Facebook Campaign Still Open; Winners to be Chosen Feb. 3

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Jan. 14, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communications, and security markets, has announced that its new “Lucky Friend” Facebook contest campaign is still open for entries. VMP will choose two winners at random from its list of current and new followers who “Like” the company on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Video-Mount-Products-VMP) through the end of Jan. 31, 2014. VMP will choose the two winners of the $100 Visa gift cards on Feb. 3, 2014.

“What we’ve been finding is that more and more of our customers are turning to Facebook as an additional resource to find out what’s going on at VMP and within our industry,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “We have great traffic on our website, industry publications do a tremendous job of informing us on today’s current trends, products, and practices, and our sales and rep force are second-to-none in educating and helping our customers. But social media is here to stay and has become a huge and ever-growing information source, and we have embraced it wholeheartedly.”

Fulmer added that VMP is diligent in keeping both its website and Facebook page current on news and product information, and hopes to continue to build upon the audience that visit www.videomount.com and follow VMP’s Facebook presence.

“We greatly appreciate all of our current customers and we want to reward them for their dedication, as well as wanting to welcome and reward new customers at the same time,” Fulmer continued. “We not only post fun topics about what’s happening inside our company on our Facebook page, but we also feature current news items on our products as well as where we’ll be showcasing our lines, such as trade shows and regional events, so customers know where to find us and our representatives at any given time.”

No purchase necessary. To enter, simply click “Like” on Video Mount Products’ Facebook page on or prior to Jan. 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com and click on the “Like Us On Facebook” icon at the top of the Home Page, visit www.facebook.com/Video-Mount-Products-VMP, or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™ Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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BenQ Appoints FineEye Color Solutions as Official Distributor for PG Color Management Monitor Series

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of professional graphics monitors, today announced the appointment of FineEye Color Solutions of Grand Rapids, Mich., as an official distributor for the BenQ Professional Graphics (PG) series of certified color management monitors. Following the successful launch of the PG2401PT in Sept. 2013, BenQ is extending its commitment to serving digital imaging, graphics, and print media professionals with superior products and support.

FineEye Color Solutions is the result of a Sept. 2009 merger between Chromaticity Inc. of Grand Rapids and FineEye Color Solutions of Mountain View, Calif. Chromaticity was founded in 1997 as a color technology professional services provider serving the printing and publishing industry. FineEye Color Solutions was formed as a software start-up to deliver the first truly user-simple and press-reliable solution to complex color reproduction challenges still widely encountered in today’s commercial print production. With its deep roots in inkjet media and the color reproduction process, FineEye Color Solutions provides revolutionary new core technology offering sales, marketing, support, and distribution expertise to the print and graphics industry.

“FineEye Color Solutions’ experience and expertise in proofing and color management is world class,” said John Sweeney, Business Development Manager for BenQ. “They have an excellent track record in helping launch new color technologies to the graphics industry and we’re looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership as we raise awareness of our new PG Series of monitors purposely built for the creative class.”

Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color retouchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, the new BenQ PG Series provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price. The self-calibrating PG2401PT 24-inch monitor covers 100 percent CMYK, 99 percent of the Adobe(R) RGB color space, and is designed to take advantage of today’s most popular cloud-based color proofing services, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud(TM) and PantoneLIVE(TM). To further ensure that on-screen colors visually match off-the-press colors for accurate reproduction, the PG2401PT is FograCert Softproof Monitor certified, as well as SWOP(R) and GRACoL(R) certified by the IDEAlliance(R).

“The BenQ PG series monitors make color-accurate soft proofing truly affordable and reliable,” said Peder Nelson, President of FineEye Color Solutions. “We are excited to represent and promote BenQ in the U.S. market, and champion what we have termed the Soft Proofing 2.0 movement. From the photographer, to the designer and color retoucher, and all the way to the press, everyone in the supply chain will be viewing color the same way, eliminating costly and time consuming intermediate proofs.”

Available now at $999, BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor includes a free hood and is offered with the X-Rite(R) Pro calibrator.

More information on BenQ’s full line of products can be found at www.BenQ.us.

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About FineEye Color Solutions
FineEye Color Solutions, Inc. is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based software development company focused on creating cutting edge color technologies for print and imaging. For more information, visit the website at www.fineeyecolor.com.

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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SurgeX Director Honored by National Trade Magazine

Knightdale, NC – January 14, 2014 –SurgeX, the industry leader in energy intelligence and surge protection, is proud to announce that Lauren Simmen, Communications and Partner Support Director, was recently honored by Technology Integrator magazine as one of the 2014 Young Turks of consumer electronics. The yearly awards honor professionals under the age of 40 who demonstrate passion and productivity and who are blazing new trails in the CE industry while showing leadership capabilities beyond their years.

Since joining SurgeX, Lauren Simmen has played an integral role in strengthening the company’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer initiatives, opening up new lines of communication with dealers, distributors, vendors and other industry partners. She is a key brand ambassador and skillful professional whose efforts have led to greater operational efficiency and productivity.

“From day one, Lauren has been an indispensable team member,” said Shannon Townley, SurgeX President & Energy Intelligence Solution Sales. “She is a valued promotional mind, a sales team motivator, and a great resource for our various industry partners at trade shows and in day-to-day operations. We’re glad she’s on our side.”

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Core Brands Honored With 2013 Most Innovative Product Award From Sound & Video Contractor

Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT Vertical Power Strip Wins Bold Engineering 2013 Award

PETALUMA, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Core Brands(R) today announced that its Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT vertical power strip for A/V racks has been named one of the industry’s Most Innovative Products of 2013 by Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) magazine. As one of only 30 solutions to receive the magazine’s prestigious Bold Engineering 2013 award, the Vertex VT-EXT was chosen by SVC readers from a broad array of submissions.

“Our thanks go out to the readers of SVC, who recognize innovation can also come in the form of a product that simply makes our jobs easier,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “The unique and ingenious design of the VT-EXT vertical power strip saves significant installation time and costs, while providing critical protection and filtration for costly equipment.”

Ideal for bringing order to equipment racks in busy A/V facilities, the Vertex VT-EXT offers eight outlets including three with transformer spacing. Mounting clips with plastic spacers allow the strip to be mounted vertically to an equipment rack, which helps prevent ground loop issues. This vertical orientation enables integrators to use component power cords of various lengths to save space, eliminate cord clutter and reduce installation time and costs. Additionally, the unit features a detachable 10-foot power cord that can easily be swapped out for a shorter cord.

The Vertex VT-EXT can be used as a stand-alone power strip or as an extension of an existing Panamax/Furman power management component, further extending Panamax and Furman’s advanced protection and filtration technologies to deliver clean, safe power to connected equipment.

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About Panamax(R)/Furman(R)
Panamax(R) and Furman(R) have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax and Furman address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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

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

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RTI Introduces Two-Way Driver for Top-Ranked Venstar ColorTouch Programmable Thermostats

RTI and Venstar(R) Partner to Create New Driver That Allows Users to Control and Receive Feedback From Popular Touchscreen Thermostats on RTI Control Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver that allows users to control and receive feedback from the Venstar(R) ColorTouch(R) residential (T5800/T5900) and commercial (T6800/T6900) color touchscreen, programmable thermostats on their two-way enabled RTI control system. For installers, the driver makes it simple to integrate these top-ranked thermostats into an automation system, providing their clients with a single, customized control interface for their entire home or commercial facility.

ColorTouch thermostats are multifunctional, simple-to-use, programmable touchscreen thermostats that provide users with easy access to temperature and heating/cooling status, humidity control support, energy usage information, and conservation options. Compatible with virtually every type of heating and air conditioning system and packed with user-friendly features, the thermostats offer simple configuration, free Skyport(TM) Cloud support for remote access, one-touch “Home” and “Away” buttons, Supply Air Alerts, and much more.

Offering the sleek look of a digital picture frame, ColorTouch thermostats are completely customizable. Users can choose how their environmental information is displayed and easily program a schedule to reduce energy for unoccupied periods. In addition, they can personalize the thermostats’ appearance for their home or commercial facility. The units are available in white. Black, silver, and wood grain faceplates to match any room’s décor are available, while up to 100 photos or graphics can be posted on the screen for use as a custom screensaver and wallpaper.

With RTI’s new driver, residential and commercial users have a slick interface that allows them to receive feedback from their ColorTouch thermostat and view it on their RTI user interface — including temperature, humidity levels, and energy usage information — and make quick adjustments to their environmental and conservation settings from anywhere within a home or facility. In addition, with the RTiPanel application, users can control the thermostat and all other home electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, without having to switch between apps on their mobile devices.

“We are very excited to add Venstar’s ColorTouch thermostats to our rapidly growing list of two-way drivers for home and facility automation,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Venstar’s ColorTouch thermostats are rated at the top of their category by Consumer Reports, are affordably priced, and are sold exclusively through professional distributors in the custom install and HVAC markets. For all of these reasons, they have become incredibly popular and trusted devices, and we couldn’t be happier that our dealers can now easily integrate them into their customers’ automation systems for more convenient control than ever before.”

“Venstar is pleased to partner with RTI and enable this powerful integration between our ColorTouch thermostats and RTI’s home automation platform,” said Steve Dushane, CEO of Venstar. “Together, we are giving homeowners a single access point to control and manage every aspect of their home, including energy usage and costs.”

Joining RTI’s previously released two-way HVAC drivers for Aprilaire(R), Lutron(R), Radio Thermostat Company of America, and more, the ColorTouch driver is compatible with all RTI XP control processors. Using the latest version of RTI’s award-winning programming software, installers can provide their clients with a completely customized, intuitive control experience in a drag-and-drop programming environment.

The ColorTouch driver is available now on the RTI dealer website.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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New Dual Multiplexing Encoder From Drake Enables HD Digital Signage With Single-Unit Solution

DSE 2 PLUS Encodes Analog and Digital Inputs, Yields Multiplexed QAM Output, Offers Bandwidth Savings and Cost-Effective Distribution of HD Video Channels Over Legacy Networks

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Jan. 14, 2014 — R.L. Drake today announced the release of its DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder designed specifically for digital signage applications. Combining encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single, stand-alone unit, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be deployed to simplify HD video distribution for various applications across the worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets. The encoder will be on display in Drake’s booth 513 at the 2014 NCTC Winter Education Conference, Feb. 17-18 in Tampa, Fla.

“The DSE 2 PLUS is a simple-to-operate, reliable, and attractively priced solution for any organization planning to distribute more than one HD channel,” said Andy Ruffin, vice president of sales at Drake. “Handling multiple input types and offering both encoding and modulation capabilities, the DSE 2 PLUS makes it easy to launch or expand digital HD program delivery. Users imagine and create the content, and the DSE 2 PLUS looks after the rest.”

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264, and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD channels over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks. The bandwidth savings provided by the encoder allow users either to double the HD channels they can deliver, or to cut by half the bandwidth required to deliver multiple channels. As a result, DSE 2 PLUS users can leverage existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-resolution format.

Leveraging the technology and engineering expertise behind the proven Drake DSE24 digital signage encoder, the Drake DSE 2 PLUS offers superior reliability and consistent performance. The dual multiplexing encoder receives high-resolution component video, VGA, or HDMI from two separate sources and encodes these inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 at resolutions of up to 1080i. Audio is encoded to Dolby(R) Digital or the MPEG-1 Layer 2 compression format. Support for closed-captioning assures the continued accessibility of captioned content.

The encoder’s GUI-based remote network control and monitoring gives users the option of configuring and adjusting parameters either via an Ethernet connection or by using the front panel. The DSE 2 PLUS is offered as a rack-mount unit, but a desktop configuration is also available.

More information about the new Drake DSE 2 PLUS and other Drake products is available at www.rldrake.com.

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About R.L. Drake
Headquartered in Ohio, Drake is an American cable TV institution that has been designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

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Signature Sound Opus One Earns GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Surround Sound Album and Points the Way Toward Wider Distribution of Surround Sound Music

— The flagship release for the new mediaHyperium3 label, Signature Sound Opus One is a 5.1 multichannel treasure of leading classical recordings produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Herbert Waltl, remixed by GRAMMY® Award winner Leslie Ann Jones and mastered by Michael Romanowski. It represents the next generation of surround sound distribution pioneered by mediaHyperium3 —

— In 2014, mediaHyperium3 intends to provide multichannel music recordings in a file format that can be downloaded to mobile devices and played back in discrete multichannel surround when connected to a surround sound system. Several mix versions will be made available for specific automobile makes and models, and other types of listening environments —

Los Angeles CA, January 3, 2014 — The nomination of Signature Sound Opus One for the GRAMMY® Award for Best Surround Sound Album solidifies record label www.mediaHYPERIUM3.com (http://e2.ma/click/dustj/p7aeub/dq50mc) as a leading innovator serving the growing HD 5.1 surround music category. The recording – composed of performances by artists and conductors including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Jakov Kreizburg; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir, conductor Mariss Jansons; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Mariss Jansons; TrondheimSolistene, conductor Øyvind Gimse; and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, conductor Bjarte Engeset – was mixed in discrete 5.1 surround by multiple GRAMMY winner Leslie Ann Jones and mastered in surround by Michael Romanowski, a top mastering engineer and President of The Recording Academy® San Francisco Chapter.

The establishment of mediaHyperium3 also marks a new era in surround music distribution; utilizing technology developed by label founder Herbert Waltl, Signature Sound Opus One and subsequent titles released on the label will be able to be downloaded in the AAC file format and be playable either as discrete 5.1 recordings on surround-equipped home playback systems or in stereo and discrete 5.1 on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets. This is the first time that such dual compatibility has been offered in a single music download product. In addition, future titles will include different mix versions produced with mH’s proprietary studio technology that will automatically adapt their playback configurations to a wide variety of listening environments, with automotive interiors as an area of focus.

Herbert Waltl is a pioneer in the field of surround music technology and creativity. A noted classical soloist and composer himself, Waltl is a winner of two GRAMMY Awards as a producer, as well as a recipient of a TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, a DVD Entertainment Award for Best Music DVD, and a Surround Sound Music Award. In 2010, he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at McGill University in Montreal. In 2013 Waltl founded mediaHyperium3 and produced a DVD featuring a combination of classical and popular music created specifically for purchasers of the new Mercedes-Benz® SL-Class Roadster, and hailed by audiophiles and music aficionados as an extraordinary listening experience. He envisions the release of Signature Sound Opus One as proof of concept for a business model that will benefit audiophiles, artists and commercial users seeking a premium differentiator for their products.

“We are developing the business with car companies, setting up a catalog of 5.1 surround sound pop, rock and classical music titles with the intention to establish a standard for 5.1 mixes available for special listening environments such as automobiles,” Waltl explains. “Our new surround sound technology truly reflects the potential for surround music as both a compelling artistic experience and as a market differentiator. We intend to create a growing catalog of 5.1 surround titles in many genres of music, and in the process help to expand the surround-music category.”

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