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Listen Technologies Welcomes New Rep Firm Griffith Sales Associates

To continue strengthening its sales force, Listen Technologies announces the appointment of a key representative firm for Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA—Listen Technologies is pleased to welcome Griffith Sales Associates as the company’s representative for Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Griffith Sales Associates will be working Listen’s full line of Wireless Listening, ListenPoint®, and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation, and conferencing solutions found in venues all over the world.

Griffith Sales Associates brings over 18 years of experience in representing premium audio and video manufacturers in the Southeast US. Their main focus is on offering their customers the best products and AV technology in various markets, with an emphasis on fostering strong relationships with pro AV consultants, integrators, and tour rental companies.

“Griffith Sales is very excited to represent Listen Technologies and its products in the Southeast US! Our goal is to offer our clients the best solutions and Listen Technologies fits this model perfectly,” said Scott Hough, Pro Audio/AV Integration Division Manager at Griffith Sales. “Listen has a respected reputation for delivering excellent solutions to ensure people hear in all kinds of environments and enjoy the full experience they deserve.”

“We’re sincerely looking forward to being part of Griffith Sales’ future success. They bring a depth of knowledge and a commitment to partner and add value to the design, sale and support of the lines they represent. We see this as a great partnership opportunity for success,” stated Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales Worldwide, Cory Schaeffer.

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.

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NOBLE FIDELITY NAMES CHRIS DIXON COMPANY NEW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REPRESENTATIVE

Chris Dixon, owner of Chris Dixon Company (CDC)

RENO, Nev., Jan. 29, 2014 – Noble Fidelity (www.noble-fidelity.com), the company known as the first in the U.S.to be 100percentEU RoHS compliant, manufacturing sustainable “Green” (eWaste) In-Wall/Ceiling loudspeakers, is proud to announce that, effective immediately, Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Chris Dixon Company has been named as its new Southern California representative.

“With the recent launch of our award-winning mk ll version of our most popular loudspeaker – the L-85– as well as our other exciting products and new sales and marketing initiatives, we needed to expand our reach into the vitally important Southern California market,” explained Greg Ford, Principal of Noble Fidelity. “Chris Dixon and his staff have a proven track record in this territory, and they have an outstanding line card. We are proud to have the Chris Dixon Company join the Noble Fidelity team and we are excited to get started with them.”

Considered one of the highest performance loudspeaker manufacturers in the custom installation sector of the consumer electronics industry, Noble Fidelity is also considered to be one of the most “Green” in its product design, and implementation. Founded in 2006 in Carson City, Nevada, Noble Fidelity offers customers and dealers alike, audiophile performance from In-Wall/Ceiling loudspeakers together with unparalleled customer service. The company works with dealers, consumers and the design community with acoustical help, CAD drawings and beyond, so that customers capture the best and most tangible virtues of their investment: value, fidelity, ease of acquisition, ease of implementation and ultimately, genuine and enduring satisfaction.

Chris Dixon, owner of Chris Dixon Company (CDC), said that with Noble Fidelity, he saw a great opportunity to provide a higher quality, moderate cost, Home Theater and custom integration/whole house line of loudspeakers for his dealers without being tied to the local large house distributors, thus eliminating the undermining issues associated with such. Current CDC partners include Triad Speakers, Genelec, AcousticSmart theater designs and seating, Audio Design Associates, Terra, and Anthony Gallo Acoustics.

“There are many loudspeaker manufacturers in our industry working to create a foothold or maintain their market share with our dealers,” explained Dixon, a 35-year industry veteran with more than 10 years experience operating his own company and more than 15 years as a manufacturer’s representative, as well as being a CEDIA and IPRO member. “Many of my dealers are looking for an alternative to their existing whole house and/or A/V loudspeaker products that no longer provide them with the performance or customer service they had grown accustomed to. With our economy exhibiting signs of recovery over the past year and our Southern California dealers showing a greater consistency of acquired work, Noble Fidelity has great opportunity to penetrate the Southern California market. Need I mention Noble Fidelity’s ‘No Internet/Online’ sales allowed? We welcome Noble Fidelity into our line-up.”

For more information, please visit www.noble-fidelity.com, call 888-808-HIFI (4434), or email info@noble-fidelity.com.

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HARMAN Professional And Quail Capital Corp To Provide Equipment Financing Solutions to Audio And Production Professionals

NORTHRIDGE, California — HARMAN Professional and Quail Capital Corp today announced the formation of HARMAN Equipment Finance (H.E.F.) to provide an array of businesses and institutions across the globe with capital to acquire HARMAN’s category-leading audio and lighting technologies including those from Studer, JBL, Martin Professional, Soundcraft and Crown.

Commenting on the program, Phil Tatro, HARMAN, Director of Order to Cash, noted, “This global program is designed to empower HARMAN dealers and customers with the financial freedom to capitalize on current economic conditions and acquire the best AV technologies on the best possible terms. We are pleased to engage Quail Capital to provide our customers with comprehensive financing solutions that will enable them to evolve and grow.”

Quail Capital Corp. had been providing equipment financing to Martin Professional customers for 15 years up to and since its acquisition by HARMAN last year. According to Quail Capital Corp. CEO, Jeff Rudin the shared commitment to innovation and service makes HARMAN Professional and Quail Capital Corp. a strong team: “We are very pleased to work with the sales leaders at HARMAN Professional to provide their customers with financial solutions tailored for the production marketplace. Our more than 20 years serving the entertainment industry will continue to provide the most innovative — and yet grounded — options for our joint customers.”

HARMAN Equipment Finance offers an easy credit approval process for all HARMAN Professional products with terms from 12 to 84 months. See a Harman representative for Special NAMM pricing.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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High-Tech Meets Elegance at Iceland’s Hippest Bowling Lanes

Reykjavik, Iceland | January, 2014 – When a bowling alley houses 22 lanes plus a VIP/private party area, a sports bar, cafe, and restaurant, live DJs, and more than 50 screens to showcase all the best in live sports and entertainment, it’s clear that this is not just another blue collar beer-and-peanuts joint. Keiluhöllin Egilshöll, is a noteworthy blend of both high-tech and elegant design, boasting one of Iceland’s largest AV installations to date and being named Bowlers Journal’s “Best New Lounge/Restaurant.”

Inside this 30,000 sq. foot venue, club-like LED lighting pours over the lanes and neon bowling balls, with sleek, softly lit lounges with plush couches tucked away behind. LCD screens hover over the lanes and line the dimly lit brick walls of the bar and cafe. The restaurant, meanwhile, is free of screens, filling the space with decorative lighting and rustic stone walls.

Despite the venue’s singular elegance, it still presents all the acoustical challenges associated with any bowling alley — hard, reverberant surfaces, ever-changing audio material, and of course, the inevitable din of the game itself. Reykjavik-based AV designers ETOS designed and installed the high-end sound and video systems for this uniquely diverse venue. As ETOS General Manager Jakob Kristinsson explains, the audio system had to not only transmit intelligible announcements over the din of a cacophonous bowling alley, but also deliver full spectrum sound and hefty bass for music and live DJs – hence the decision to go with the power, pattern control, and full-range performance of the Renkus-Heinz CF/CFX series.

Across the six zones covering the 22 lanes and VIP area, ETOS installed 12 CFX151 cabinets, with six CFX18S subwoofers for low end reinforcement. Featuring a two-inch extended range titanium HF driver, and a 15-inch heavy duty woofer that can handle up to 700W, the CFX151s powerfully deliver the full spectrum performance required in the main bowling area. The built-in crossover also includes EQ and high-frequency protection, ideal for the dynamic changes in audio and occupancy levels.

Augmenting the primary setup, six CFX121 cabinets in three zones cover the restaurant area, with four more CF121 units across the four zones covering the sports bar and cafe. Audio networking is courtesy of two Peavey MediaMatrix Nion n6 systems.

The video component of this AV installation is extensive as well, including more than 45 LCD displays and 15 projectors from Philips, LG, and Panasonic. Rounding out the impressive look and sound of Keiluhöllin Egilshöll is a full Crestron controlled LED and lighting system, including five wireless control pads.

The installation’s intense schedule compressed about 800 hours into an eight week span to complete the entire project, from design to doors opening. Since then, ETOS reports the system has been performing flawlessly, blending the best in design with the best in technology.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems

L-ACOUSTICS Hits a “Home Run with Fireworks” at Calvary Chapel of Naperville

CCI Solutions retrofits newly remodeled sanctuary with full KARAi system

NAPERVILLE, Illinois – January 2014 — Calvary Church of Naperville, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, recently wrapped up a five-month sanctuary renovation that increased seating from 2500 to 3000 without moving any walls. As part of the project, the church also underwent a full AVL system retrofit, which was designed and integrated by CCI Solutions of Olympia, Washington. more

X2O Media at Digital Signage Expo 2014

Latest Version of the HTML5-Based X2O Platform
The latest version of the X2O platform makes it easier than ever to create and publish rich media content channels to all screen types including video walls of any size or resolution. Built using the HTML5 standard, the authoring application features intuitive, drag-and-drop tools to let users quickly create media-rich channels from HD video, still images, 3D animations, PowerPoint(R) slides, and more. Linking to internal and external data sources has been simplified, enabling users to easily incorporate data-driven graphics linked to corporate databases such as SAP(R) and Oracle(R), Excel(R) spreadsheets, or RSS feeds. With the cloud-based X2O Channel Designer, content managers can easily access the software anywhere, anytime via a Web browser, while the platform’s X2O player supports HTML5 and plays out content in real time to multiple screens including digital signage displays, video walls, tablets, and mobile phones. The open platform also integrates easily with third-party media players such as the Cisco(R) IEC 4600 Series player, the Exceptional 3D media player, and others which will be on display.

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X2O Remote Video Expert
Ideal for enhancing the customer experience in retail, banking, and healthcare settings, X2O Media’s award-winning X2O Remote Video Expert application allows instant video conferencing between customers and specialized customer service agents — directly from interactive displays. This innovative capability is enabled through integration between the X2O platform and industry-standard video conferencing systems and software.

Using touchscreens placed in strategic locations throughout a store, for instance, customers can obtain detailed product information, locate merchandise on a map, browse store ads, perform price checks, consult store websites, and read ratings on products of interest. When further information is required, users can instantly have a live conversation with a customer service agent via X2O Remote Video Expert — enabling seamless two-way interactions directly from the product aisle. In a more consultative setting, and when paired with a second touchscreen, X2O Remote Video Expert enables even richer customer engagement by allowing customer service agents to share files, product specifications, and their desktops in real time — leading to more personalized information in order to facilitate purchasing decisions or create upsell opportunities.

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Social Media on the X2O Platform
The X2O platform allows users to harness the power of social media by displaying user-generated content from popular sites such as Twitter(TM), YouTube(TM), and Facebook. Interactivity can also be easily added by displaying QR codes that users can scan with their mobile devices — enabling extremely convenient access, delivery, and download of information.

SharePoint TV
SharePoint TV on the X2O visual communications platform allows users to create stunning TV-like channels based on content in the popular Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) enterprise collaboration platform and automatically push them onto all screens across an organization, from digital displays to mobile devices and desktops. Using the X2O platform’s intuitive drag-and-drop authoring tools, users can select from a library of smart objects specifically designed to work with SharePoint applications, such as company news and announcements, team calendars, task lists, document browsing, and dashboards. This can be augmented with other user-generated content from social media, yielding relevant company dashboards without any additional programming. Users can then quickly and easily display this information on a variety of screens throughout an organization, including mobile phones, tablets, and desktops. Information updated in SharePoint is automatically reflected on screens in real time, greatly improving the delivery of information without adding additional processes. For timely messages and alerts, information can be entered directly into SharePoint and quickly sent throughout a business or organization, or to one specific person, team, or department. For more creative collaboration and knowledge sharing, employees can also publish videos, images, and PowerPoint(R) slides that appear within the SharePoint interface. The result is a powerful tool for optimized enterprise-wide communications with the look and feel of a corporate TV channel.

X2O Media Speaking at DSE 2014:

Industry Roundtables:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Digital Signage Investments: Technology Trends for Banking and Financial Institutions
Speaker: Vern Freedlander, Vice President of Production Services, X2O Media

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Leveraging Digital Signage Innovations in Healthcare
Speaker: Jay Martin, U.S. Sales Director, X2O Media

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Enterprise-wide Digital Signage Fundamentals
Speaker: David Wilkins, CEO, X2O Media

Company Quote:
“At DSE 2014, we will be highlighting the latest version of our HTML5-based X2O platform and demonstrating cutting-edge applications that showcase its unique capabilities and versatility. Visitors to our booth will experience the X2O Remote Video Expert application, which allows retail stores, healthcare facilities, and more to optimize engagement through a live connection with the end-user. In addition, we will feature a video wall with numerous demos, including the latest version of our X2O Twitter Wall showing real-time, animated Tweets displayed in a dynamic shuffle style where Tweets fly on and off the screen. Not only will DSE visitors be able to view and share Tweets related to the event, but they’ll also be able to upload their Instagram photos for display on the video wall.” — David Wilkins, President and CEO of X2O Media

Company Overview
X2O Media is a leading software developer of real-time visual communication solutions that significantly improve communications throughout the enterprise. X2O’s solutions facilitate the creation and delivery of video and graphics-rich content to digital displays, employee desktops, and mobile devices. Applications include corporate news channels, dynamic corporate dashboards, real-time emergency messaging, and more. X2O’s products and services are sold and supported globally, through a network of experienced distribution partners. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Matrox Mojito 4K Now Offers 4K 10-bit H.264 Intra-Frame Rendering

4K video card for Adobe Creative Cloud lets post-production professionals see every pixel of every 4K frame throughout their workflow

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering with the Matrox Mojito™ 4K quad 3G-SDI 4K video monitoring card for use with Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC on Windows® platforms. Matrox Mojito 4K enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60).

Matrox Mojito 4K video card

“With the Mojito 4K card, Matrox leads the way in 4K post-production with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, providing the only solution that offers 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering for a complete end-to-end 4K delivery workflow,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “Until now, all renders were done at a maximum resolution of 1080; Mojito 4K lets users ingest, edit, render and export in full 4K.”

Matrox Mojito 4K will be demonstrated at BVE 2014 (Excel London, Feb. 25-27, Stand H19).

Key features of Matrox Mojito 4K
• 4K (4096 x 2160), QFHD (3840 x 2160), 2K(2048 x 1080), HD and SD output resolutions
• 60 fps frame rate support, even at 4K resolution
• 2K, QFHD/UFD and full 4K 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
• SD, HD and 3G-SDI connectivity per SMPTE 259, 292 and 424/425M Level A and Level B mapping
• 8- and 10-bit YUV output at all resolutions and frames rates
• Up to 16 channels of SDI embedded audio support
• Bi-level and tri-level genlock input
• Single ¾-length PCIe card with five full-size BNC connectors directly on the card bracket
• Highly optimized Adobe Mercury Transmit plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Prelude™ CC and Adobe SpeedGrade CC
• WYSIWYG support for Adobe After Effects® CC and Photoshop® CC

Price and availability
Matrox Mojito 4K, priced at $1995 US (€1795, £1495) not including local taxes and delivery, is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Support for 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering is part of Matrox driver release 1.1 for Windows, which is available now to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox VideoMatrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour Rolls Cross Country With Clay Paky

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mannheim Steamroller. The distinctive ensemble is marking the 29th anniversary of its Christmas concert tours with a multimedia display featuring a light show and big-screen images and videos synchronized with their music. Lighting designer Richard Jackson has included Clay Paky Sharpy Washes in his rig for the first time.

Mannheim Steamroller debuted their first Christmas album in 1984 combining the group’s signature mix of baroque instruments and rock ‘n roll beats to give a fresh twist to holiday classics. This year two tours of six-member ensembles are playing 80 dates on a Christmas tour running from mid-November to late December.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “It’s great to see our Sharpys added to such an iconic show. I’m glad that Mr. Jackson is getting good use out of them and I’m sure the audiences will enjoy them as well.”

“Mannheim Steamroller is the longest-running, best-selling Christmas show of all time,” declares Jackson, who has been the tour’s lighting designer for the last five years. “I design the show with the production manager and lighting director for the other tour. I go out with one of the tours and do all the programming as well.”

This year Jackson opted for 16 Sharpy Washes, from long-time Omaha-based equipment supplier TMS, as his primary wash units. “Thanks to the versatility of the light, they have become workhorses,” he says. “We have ten in the air and six on the ground. They do a lot of graphical stuff, high-beam stuff. I can go from a wide wash with great smooth coverage from ten of them then tighten them up and get nice beamy graphical stuff.

“What I really like about them is that they work great in the range of venues we play – from a small place with low trim to a big college auditorium or arena,” says Jackson. “I also like their speed – not just movement speed but the ability to change from a color wheel effect to a color mix wash almost instantly. They have also lowered my power consumption, which is I great. I think they’re fantastic!”

Jackson seems to have struck just the right note for the Christmas tour with his equipment. “All the gear has performed flawlessly even in the extreme temperature changes we experience,” he reports.

The LDs for the two tours are Richard Jackson and Patrick Haines and the lighting techs are Justin Borgelt, Tony Gibson and Andrew Shaw.

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