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SIM2 launches next-generation line of 3-chip, DLP-based projectors

Sunrise, FL—February 5, 2014: SIM2 USA, the sister company of SIM2 Multimedia, the Italian manufacturer known worldwide for innovation and video performance, announces the next generation of 3-chip, DLP-based projectors for home cinema.

Designed to provide a professional Hollywood moviemaker experience, the new Grand Cinema projectors incorporate the latest in high-performance projection technology and SIM2’s expertise, making them the widest, most aggressive model line in luxury home cinema.

The six new models that make up the Grand Cinema series are the LUMIS UNO E, LUMIS 3D-PF, SUPERLUMIS, SUPERLUMIS Pro, SUPERLUMIS DUO, and the ultra-exclusive, limited-edition FUORISERIE. Prices range from $26,000 for the entry-level LUMIS UNO E, to $120,000 for the SUPERLUMIS DUO.

The new Grand Cinema models use SIM2’s proprietary design, three-chip DLP architecture and are filled with technological advances, including (depending on the model) new connectivity, selected components, remote monitoring and control, and much, much more.

Intended specifically for people who appreciate perfect hi-tech craftsmanship and state-of-the-art image quality, the Grand Cinema projectors rely on a combination of proprietary electronics, processing, and high-power lamps to deliver stunningly bright images (up to 10,000 ANSI lumens) without compromising colorimetry or contrast ratio.

“SIM2’s unparalleled success in home cinema now continues with the new Grand Cinema series,” says Maurizio Cini, President. “These new models also renew our commitment to our dealer partners to provide competitively priced, innovative and powerful projectors that produce exceptional Hollywood picture quality.”

Commercially available from the end of February, SIM2’s new Grand Cinema series will be showcased on March 4, 2014 at the Luxury Technology Show, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street, in New York City.

Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Projector Manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of Top Class/High End custom digital video projection systems and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not just branding, but also a prestigious mark of excellence! SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

For more information visit www.sim2usa.com

Audinate Announces Support for AES67 Standard

Amsterdam, Netherlands 4 February, 2014- Audinate announced today that it plans to incorporate AES67 transport in its Dante™ media networking solution. Dante has rapidly become the market leader and the dominant media networking solution for audio networking.

The new AES67 standard provides interoperability recommendations for professional quality audio networking in the areas of synchronization, media clock identification, network transport, encoding and streaming and session description. The AES67 standard was published by the Audio Engineering Society in September 2013.

Dante is a complete media networking solution designed for high quality AV streaming. The A/V industry has embraced Dante because it is easy to set-up, delivers a broad and robust feature set and is the most interoperable networking solution available. “Audinate does not see networking protocols as competing technologies but more like tools in a media networking toolbox. From the beginning Audinate has incorporated and built upon standards to develop the Dante solution,” stated Aidan Williams CTO Audinate. Williams adds, “AES67 will provide another option for interoperable Layer-3/IP-based audio networks in the future.”

Dante already implements a Layer-3/IP-based transport but AES67 will provide an alternative open standard using the Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). To achieve interoperability, AES67 mandates a specific RTP payload format for delivering audio over IP networks as well as methods for exchanging information about audio streams. RTP is already used extensively in communication and entertainment systems that involve streaming media such as VoIP telephony, video conferencing, and IP television. As Dante can do today, RTP is also a routable L3 transport, so it is possible to send synchronized audio over multiple subnets for routed campus networked applications.

Dante is primarily built on standards. AES67 will meet customer’s desire to use an open IP based transport option as part of the Dante solution. AES67 can take advantage of Ethernet switches with IEEE-1588 precision time protocol support, but unlike some other network standards, does not depend on specialized switches in order to operate.

Audinate’s announcement already is endorsed by an extensive group of major pro-audio OEMs.
Bosch has selected Dante for it networking technology in its OMNEO networked products.
“Bosch Communications Systems has always been strong supporter of open media networking standards,” says Bill Scott, Vice President of Engineering and Technology. “We are pleased Dante will incorporate AES67 as a transport option in the future, to meet our customer desire to have an open IP Layer 3, based solution.”

Yamaha has selected Dante for several products as the default networking solution due to its automatic discovery of devices, descriptive text-based labeling, audio channel routing, control & monitoring and its high proven and scalable networking, stated Terry Holton General Manager
at Yamaha R&D Centre from Yamaha Commercial Audio. “By adding AES67 support, this re-affirms our decision that Dante was the right networking choice for future-proofing media networks.”

Focusrite, a leader in recording solution and audio distribution platforms, has created Focusrite/Rednet with Dante as it flagship modular Ethernet networked audio interface. Focusrite/Rednet is designed with multiple audio applications in mind, from live sound rigs, to multi-room recording studios, houses of worship, audio distribution installation and post-productions. Rob Jenkins, Technical Director at Focusrite Audio Engineering added “Dante can interoperate with the largest ecosystem of pro-audio equipment, and having AES67 will extend that capability even further.”

Solid State Logic recently launched its first Dante networked product at IBC 2013. “Solid Stale Logic fully support Audinate’s plan to provide an AES67 option for Dante devices.” states Niall Feldman, SSL Director of New Products. “Interoperability was a primary decision in SSL adopting Dante for Network I/O products and we are pleased the addition of AES67 will add further devices to the 100’s of compatible products already available.”

Audinate will deliver the AES67 support as firmware update to OEMs in initial Dante products within 12 months. Dante is now the market leader adopted by over 130 OEMs, as it is the most interoperable, easy to use audio networking platform.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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Extron Introduces the Ultimate Presentation Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP CrossPoint 84, the AV industry’s first fully featured, true 4K presentation matrix switcher. The highly versatile, compact 2U DTP CrossPoint 84 delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an 8×4 matrix switcher with 4K inputs and outputs, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, and comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

Musician’s Friend Awarded CAD Audio Dealer of the Year

Solon, OH––CAD Audio recently presented Musician’s Friend with its Dealer of the Year Award for 2013 at the Winter NAMM Show.

Pictured here with Musician’s Friend President Gene Joly and VP of Merchandising Chris Tso at the award presentation are CAD Audio President Brig Carr, President and VP Sales & Marketing, Tony O’Keefe.

Commenting on the award, Tso said, “CAD Audio products are the perfect blend of quality and value and our customers love them! Musician’s Friend is proud to partner with CAD Audio as their 2013 Dealer of the Year to help more people play music and reach their musical goals.”

Tony O’Keefe added, “Musician’s Friend has been instrumental in promoting and supporting the CAD Audio brand for many years. Their strong commitment to delivering quality products, service and support to musicians everywhere makes our partnership paramount to the continued success and growth of the CAD product offering.”

Photo caption (left to right): Bob Durkee, Merchandising Manager and Jonathan Eggert, Inventory Manager, Musician’s Friend; Brig Carr, President, CAD Audio; Chris Tso, VP of Merchandising, Musician’s Friend; Tony O’Keefe, VP of Sales & Marketing, CAD Audio; Rob Impala, Merchandising Manager, Ryan Genest, Merchandising Specialist, and Gene Joly, President, Musician’s Friend

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

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Christie Delivers the Intuitive Touch and Affordability in Commercial Grade Full HD Flat Panels

Christie® is debuting its new 65-inch flat panel digital display solutions at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. The affordably priced, LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P have a thin profile – just 2.7-inches deep for the touch (T) and 2.1-inches deep for the non-touch (P) version – making for easy installation and complementing any setting with their elegant design. Both commercial-grade LCD flat panels have the reliability and image quality needed for meeting rooms, classrooms and digital signage in corporate spaces, museums, education facilities, houses of worship, theaters, and hospitality and retail environments where conveying the message with bright, brilliant images for long time periods without interruption is essential.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

“Whether it’s touch or non-touch LCD flat panels, Christie has what end users are looking for: high quality, durable and easy to integrate visual display solutions at a low cost of ownership, backed by Christie’s unbeatable customer service and technical support,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “With the Christie commercial-grade 65-inch flat panels, end users can count on professional AV performance with brilliant visuals and greater functionality all at an affordable price tag. They can relax in the knowledge that they have a display designed for long run times each day and years of use with the added assurance of a full commercial warranty. And with their small bezels and super slim profile, the sleek and elegant Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P easily and seamlessly fit any space, while meeting U.S. ADA requirements.”

Mountable in portrait or landscape mode, both flat panels have built-in speakers, offer a wide range of inputs to easily connect any source and support RS232 commands for ease of automation and control, while displaying up to 1.07 billion colors and 4000:1 contrast ratio for true-to-life images.

Both flat panels seamlessly combine with the Christie Brio multi-site presentation and collaboration solution. With long-lasting LED backlighting, the new flat panels are energy efficient and consume minimal power for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P Flat Panels Deliver:

− Up to four simultaneous touches for the Christie FHD651-T.
− Commercial-grade LCD with anti-glare coating.
− Landscape or portrait orientation.
− Wide range of inputs including DP, DVI, HDMI.
− Support for RS232 commands.
− Seamless integration with Christie Brio presentation and collaboration solution.
− Built-in 10W speakers.
− HD resolution, 360 nit brightness, 1.07 billion colors, 4000:1 contrast ratio.
− An aesthetically pleasing, small bezel and thin profile design, complementing existing architecture.
− Compliance with U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and barrier-free environment standards in other countries (installed depth of under four inches/100 mm).
− Energy-efficient, long lasting edge-lit LED backlighting.
− Less than 0.5W standby power consumption, meeting the most stringent regulations.

The new Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P ship in March with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Bittree NAB 2014 Show Preview

At the 2014 NAB Show, Bittree will display its newest innovations in patchbays and patching solutions, each designed to help integrators and audio/video specialists achieve greater flexibility in rapidly changing media environments. Bittree highlights at this year’s show include a new line of patchbays featuring convenient monitoring and a new line of data feed-through panels.

Bittree Products on Display at the 2014 NAB Show:

Bittree Video Monitoring Patchbay
Bittree’s new 3 x 24 WECO video monitoring patchbay features an innovative design that adds an additional monitor row to the traditional two-row WECO patchbay without exceeding the 2-RU panel height. This new addition to Bittree’s video monitoring patchbay product line will be on display along with a 3 x 32 Mini-WECO monitoring patchbay, showcased at NAB 2013, as well as the one-row WECO and Mini-WECO monitor panels. Because engineers can now use the third row as a test point, this design has enabled new applications for patching — both in traditional broadcast studios and in industries ranging from aerospace and military to large content distribution centers. These patchbays provide an easy and safe way to check transmission paths without breaking the normal. Optimized for 3 Gb/s, the WECO and Mini-WECO monitoring patchbays are available in several sizes and configurations.

Photo Caption: Bittree Three-Row Video Monitoring Patchbays
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Bittree Data Feed-Through Panels
Also at the 2014 NAB Show, Bittree will showcase a new line of 24 wide, flush-mount data feed-through panels developed in response to the rapid growth of IT infrastructures in broadcast and A/V environments. These Cat6 feed-through panels are available in both shielded and unshielded versions. Front panels are silkscreen-numbered and can be supplied with optional designation strips. Bittree’s fiber-optic LC, SC, and ST 24-position panels now also have the same flush-mount design.

Photo Caption: Bittree Data Feed-Through Panels
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Company Quote:

“At this year’s NAB Show, we’re looking forward to showcasing Bittree’s newest innovations in high-quality, high-density patching equipment. As media enterprises migrate to next-generation production capabilities such as 4K, one of their biggest considerations is cost — especially in the realm of cabling and signal routing. By providing a centralized and convenient location for engineers to rapidly patch audio and video signals, Bittree’s solutions offer an extremely effective means of offsetting the additional cabling costs of advanced production.”
– Glenn Garrard, CEO, Bittree

Company Overview:
Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Designed and manufactured to rigid quality standards based on consistency and performance, Bittree’s patching solutions are renowned for their long-term functionality and dependability — especially for mission-critical operations. Based in California, Bittree serves high-profile media and entertainment customers around the world. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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Riedel Communications CABSAT 2014 Product Preview

MediorNet Grass Valley Camera Interface Card for MediorNet Compact
The MN-C-OPT-GV-2 for MediorNet Compact allows the user to connect Grass Valley LDK and LDX cameras and their base stations directly to MediorNet. This provides a solution to route bidirectional camera signals, including all embedded audio and telemetry control data, through the MediorNet fiber infrastructure. MediorNet’s network approach allows the free assignment of cameras to any base station or CCU within the network, providing unparalleled flexibility in setups and eliminating the need for rewiring when production needs change. The MN-C-OPT-GV-2 for MediorNet Compact fits into a MediorNet Compact expansion slot. It provides two Grass Valley ports that connect either to cameras or base stations. The MediorNet Grass Valley card supports all video and sync formats supported by Grass Valley LDK and LDX cameras.

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Photo Caption: MediorNet MN-C-OPT-GV-2 Module

MediorNet Now Supports Studer Consoles
Riedel will also present the MN-ST-AL-2, the company’s new MediorNet expansion card for Studer consoles. The MN-ST-AL-2 card provides two ports, each with redundant interfaces, for connecting Studer mixing consoles via the Studer A-Link protocol. In this way, the consoles become an integrated part of the entire signal distribution infrastructure. Users can gain up to 384 channels per connection and realize significant cost savings in cabling and maintenance while benefitting from MediorNet’s unparalleled flexibility and signal quality. Routing of the audio stream is handled by the user-friendly MediorWorks control and management software via drag-and-drop programming, which makes last-minute changes easy and intuitive. Additional routing adjustments can be performed via Pro-Bel commands or the new EMBER+ remote control protocol in MediorNet.

One MediorNet Modular frame equipped with A-Link interface cards becomes a cost-efficient audio router with 4,608 inputs and outputs in just two rack units. The card supports all Studer Vista 5 and Vista 9 consoles, as well as OnAir 3000 consoles.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MediorNet-MN-ST-AL2forSTUDER.jpg
Photo Caption: MN-ST-AL-2 MediorNet Expansion Card for Studer Consoles

RockNet Console Interfaces for SSL, Soundcraft Si, Studer, and Yamaha
Riedel provides RockNet expansion solutions with interface cards for Solid State Logic (SSL), Soundcraft, Studer, and Yamaha consoles. Next-generation firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface makes SSL mixing consoles an integrated part of the Riedel RockNet digital audio network, with complete remote control functionality over all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s renowned independent gain feature. As a result, several mixing consoles can operate with the same mic preamps without affecting one another — a capability that greatly simplifies multiconsole and recording setups. Riedel’s RN.344.SI card enables integration with any Soundcraft Si Compact console, supporting 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. The interface enables remote control of any RockNet mic preamp and also offers the benefit of RockNet’s independent gain feature. The RN.343.VI card ensures compatibility with select Soundcraft and Studer consoles while the RN.341.MY works with select Yamaha consoles and host devices.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-RockNetModule-front.jpg
Photo Caption: RockNet RN.334.MD Module for SSL Console Integration

Other Products on Display:
-MediorNet Modular and MediorNet Compact
-Performer, Artist, and Acrobat communications systems
-AVB Connect and AVB-enabled keypanels
-RockNet 100 and 300 Fiber-Optic Converters and console interfaces

Company Quote:
“CABSAT provides us with a wonderful opportunity to meet with our partners and customers in the Middle East. Our theme for 2014 is the integration and interoperability of our different product families. On a single, real-time network, all of your video, audio, intercom, Ethernet, and data can travel together and be managed seamlessly from a single interface.”
– Ahmed Magd El Din, International Sales Manager, Middle East, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Introducing Focusrite RedNet D16 AES

Focusrite Announces RedNet D16 AES – 16-channel AES3 I/O for Dante audio networks

Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014 – Focusrite announces the new RedNet D16 AES interface, a 1U 19-inch rack-mount interface featuring 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with Ethernet redundancy for maximum network reliability. Perfect for bridging between digital consoles, power amplifiers or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment and a Dante network, RedNet D16 AES has a Sample Rate Convertor (SRC) on each input pair, allowing instant operation with any AES3 source. Word Clock and Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) connections provide synchronization with a wide range of hardware, while S/PDIF I/O allows the integration of equipment such as CD or solid state recorders/players.

Two DB25 connectors each provide eight channels of combined I/O to the AES59 standard, allowing speedy interconnection with other DB25-connected or XLR-based equipment by use of standard DB25 to XLR cables. The rear-panel XLR female input can be used either as a DARS sync source for the Dante system, or as an AES3 audio source replacing input channels 1–2 on the DB25 connectors. An XLR male socket provides a duplicated AES3 outlet for output channels 1–2. The RCA S/PDIF input can similarly replace input channels 3–4 of the DB25 connectors, while the S/PDIF output can replicate any adjacent odd/even pair of the 16 output channels.

The two network connectors on the rear of the unit allow two modes of operation. They can be used either as a primary/redundant network interface, allowing seamless switchover in the case of network failure, or as a daisy-chain port allowing the connection of multiple units.

All the clocking and input/output options of RedNet D16 AES are remotely controlled by the RedNet Control software application for Mac and PC.

Focusrite RedNet will be discussing and demonstrating the full range of RedNet products at the AV Networking World event, taking place February 4, 2014, at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn during ISE. To register your attendance, please click here.

U.S. MSRP: $1899.99

For more information, please go to: www.focusrite.com/ethernet-audio-interfaces/rednet-d16-aes

Focusrite RedNet D16 AES Interface Key Features:

16 Channel RedNet AES3 Interface for Dante Network
AES3 connectivity allows connection of external converters, effects units, mixing consoles or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment to the Dante audio network

Ethernet Redundancy
Dual rear-panel Ethernet connectors (primary and secondary connectors) allow maximum network reliability with seamless switchover to a standby network in the unlikely event of a network failure. The ports can alternatively be used to daisy-chain additional units.

Sample Rate Conversion on all input channels
SRC allows external equipment to run at any sample rate, irrespective of the sample rate or clocking of the Dante audio network

1U Chassis
Compact design allows maximum functionality in minimum rack space, with a full 16 channels of I/O in 1U. RedNet D16 AES features the standard trademark red anodized front panel

Input and Output on XLR as well as DB25
RedNet D16 AES provides two 8-channel AES59 combined I/O DB25 connections. In addition, a pair of XLR3 connectors duplicates channels 1 & 2

XLR Input for DARS or Digital Audio
The rear panel XLR input connector can either be used as a DARS input or as a traditional AES3 audio input, replacing channels 1–2 of the DB25 inputs

S/PDIF
S/PDIF input and outputs are provided on RCA connectors, ideal for connecting CD players or solid-state recorders. The input replaces channels 3 & 4 in the DB25 connector while the output can be assigned to replicate any adjacent odd/even output pair

Word Clock
Word Clock I/O on BNC connectors allows synchronization of the Dante network to house clock, or syncing external equipment to the Dante network

Remote routing and control
RedNet Control software allows full routing and control from your audio computer system via a software control panel – no hardware patching required

Also included in the RedNet range of Dante break-in/break-out boxes are RedNet 1 & RedNet 2, which offer eight or sixteen channels of line-level analog in and out, with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance; RedNet 3, which interfaces your digital audio systems and components to the Dante network via AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT connections; RedNet 4 which adds eight of Focusrite’s next-generation remote controlled preamps/line inputs with two selectable DIs to your Dante system; RedNet 5, which provides a bridge between the Dante network and Pro Tools|HD systems and RedNet 6 which provides a 64-channel bridge between the Dante network and MADI systems. Also available is the RedNet Dante PCIe card, which is an ultra low latency 128 I/O Dante interface for PC and Mac.

For More information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

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Carl Tatz Design Receives 2014 TEC Award for Studio Design

- Carl Tatz Design shares the prestigious 29th annual TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category with Vintage King for the new Vintage King Nashville (VKN) MixRoom™ -

Nashville, TN: Setting a new benchmark for control room design and performance, the revolutionary Carl Tatz Design (CTD) MixRoom™ concept, which pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex with the unrivaled accuracy of the PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol, has won the 2014 TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category for its new Vintage King Nashville (VKN) control room/show room installation.

“The Vintage King Nashville CTD MixRoom has been an absolute success with our customers since day one,” comments Chad Evans, VKN national sales rep. “With the TEC Award, it gives us great satisfaction to see that our peers recognize it as well. Hats off to Carl Tatz Design for making it a reality.”

The project was very much a team effort due to the very tight time constraints and its unique application of being a MixRoom as well as a retail show room. Everyone involved, from Vintage King personnel to Sound Construction and Supply for the custom designed desk, SkinnyFish Studio Services for the wiring, all the gear manufacturers and the Carl Tatz Design craftsmen, helped to facilitate its completion in time for the grand opening party coinciding with the annual Nashville Audio Engineer Week and Audio Masters Golf Tournament.

“We’re very grateful to the TEC Award foundation for selecting us from among the other highly qualified nominees for this honor, and we’re thankful to Vintage King for choosing us to design their beautiful Nashville facility,” states Carl Tatz, principal of the Carl Tatz Design LLC firm and creator of the PhantomFocus System.

“Congratulations to you Carl. Thank you!! We appreciate your willingness to have faith in the project,” stated Andrew Nehra, Vintage King co-owner.

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Blonder Tongue and Monroe Electronics Collaborate on Emergency Alert Management Solution — Well-Suited for Campus Type Distribution

EQAM-420B EdgeQAM With EAS and One-Net(TM) SE Deliver Customized, Set-Top Box-less, Local Emergency Alert Information

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Feb. 5, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) and Monroe Electronics have teamed up to create a powerful emergency alert information and distribution platform for the campus environment — whether it be university, government, enterprise, retail or stadium — without requiring a set-top box (STB). Monroe Electronics’ One-Net(TM) SE emergency alert system (EAS) has been seamlessly integrated with the EQAM-420B EdgeQAM with EAS from Blonder Tongue, allowing cable operators to deliver customized, local emergency alert information to viewers in a manner that is easy, cost-effective, and scalable. The EQAM-420B with EAS will be demonstrated at NCTC WEC 2014, Feb. 17-18 in Tampa, Fla. at the Monroe Electronics’ booth 304 and by R.L. Drake, a Blonder Tongue subsidiary, at booth 513.

“Blonder Tongue and Monroe Electronics have come together to develop the optimum management and video distribution platform for emergency alert information,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “While the EQAM-420B with EAS supports a broad range of applications, it is perfect for the campus environment based on the need to deliver timely, accurate emergency alert information to all viewing locations, without the need for set-top boxes.”

After receiving emergency alert information from national, local, and private agencies, Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE generates a customized EAS message and transmits the information to the EQAM-420B with EAS for distribution into the television system. The EQAM-420B with EAS features a dual Gigabit Ethernet input and a QAM coaxial output with a separate Ethernet management port, simplifying network connections. The EdgeQAM aggregates multiple SD and HD programs received in IP format and delivers them over a standard coaxial distribution network. Standard programming is replaced with full-screen text, video, and accompanying audio to ensure an impactful reception on the viewer. Since no STBs are needed at viewing locations, it’s easy to reach every viewer at the lowest possible cost.

Based on a modular design, the EQAM-420B with EAS can be scaled to support anywhere between one to hundreds of channels, providing operators with a flexible, cost-effective solution that is perfect for a wide variety of markets, including education, enterprise, healthcare, and hospitality. An intuitive Web-based interface simplifies setup and operation, lowering the learning curve for operators and eliminating the need for IT support. Remote monitoring and control can be performed via a comprehensive user interface that is compatible with standard Web browsers.

“By integrating our two technologies, Blonder Tongue and Monroe Electronics provide a means to communicate quickly, with the maximum impact on viewers,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development at Monroe Electronics. “Our combined EAS management and distribution platform is easy to set up, manage, and monitor, simplifying the presentation of critical information which is so important when lives and property are at stake.”

Controlled by a simple web browser interface, the Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE is FCC-certified and IPAWS conformant, ensuring EAS messages are properly formatted and understood by the viewing audience. Optional AM/FM/NOAA internal receivers allow radio inputs for monitoring any standard over-the-air EAS alerts. Using tiered security enables multiple, simultaneous users, and a unique text-to-speech functionality automatically creates a consistent voice to accompany text messages, saving time and eliminating errors.

Blonder Tongue’s next-generation EQAM-420B with EAS supports up to 64 MPEG-2/H.264 single program transport streams (SPTS) or 16 multi-program transport streams (MPTS). Each program can maintain up to one video and two audio elementary streams. The IGMPv3-capable solution can be configured with one to four modules, each with four adjacent QAM channels for a total of 16 QAM channels (40 dBmV). PMT and PID values are passed through without changes to ensure accurate program information. The EdgeQAM solution also features a soft, IP-enabled EAS trigger and SNMPv2 support for product and network management.

More information on Blonder Tongue products and Monroe Electronics products are available at www.blondertongue.com or www.monroe-electronics.com.

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Photo Caption: Campus Video Emergency Management and Distribution Solution
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Photo Caption: EQAM-420B EdgeQAM with EAS
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Photo Caption: Monroe Electronics One-Net(TM) SE

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About Monroe Electronics
Monroe Electronics began operations in 1954 designing and manufacturing specialized electrostatic discharge (ESD) instrumentation that continues today. From its headquarters in Lyndonville, N.Y. the company provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for all Monroe Electronics, One-Net(TM), and Digital Alert Systems brands. Monroe Electronics’ Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) are the widely accepted standard for CATV with a hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, and service to valued customers around the world. In October 2009, Digital Alert Systems, the leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and EAS merged with Monroe Electronics to further extend its product offerings to radio and television broadcasters and better serve their collective customers into the future.

More information is available at http://www.monroe-electronics.com.

About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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