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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Extends the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Loudspeaker Lineup with Integration of Duran Audio Products

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – In an announcement that merges the legendary HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeaker lineup with Duran Audio’s world-class array of loudspeakers for unique installed sound technology applications, JBL Professional is incorporating Duran Audio’s products into the JBL Professional brand. The move further strengthens JBL Professional’s standing as the optimal resource for installed audio loudspeakers of all varieties. The new products will be sold as the JBL Intellivox and JBL AXYS product series.

“We are excited to add these wonderful, leading-edge products to the JBL lineup,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Market Manager for Intellivox Products, JBL Professional. “Intellivox is a name that is already synonymous with beam steering and speech intelligibility. The products are highly respected by consultants, installers and end-users throughout the world. What Duran Audio has developed in recent years goes way beyond beam steering and their digital directivity technologies also include advanced Beam Shaping techniques—an important and extremely valuable capability that is unique in the industry.”

“The synergy of JBL Professional and Duran Audio is a thrilling development and we strongly feel that distributing our products through JBL Professional’s extensive sales and distribution organization will open doors to many more customers around the globe utilizing our products,” said Nick Screen, Sales Director, Duran Audio B.V.

Intellivox loudspeakers are known for delivering unmatched fidelity in some of the most challenging and prestigious venues around the world, where speech intelligibility is a paramount requirement. The addition of Duran Audio to HARMAN’s portfolio of commercial audio and lighting technology companies underscores HARMAN’s strategy to complement continued growth through targeted acquisitions in adjacent technology and product areas across all geographic and vertical markets.

JBL Intellivox products will be on show at the HARMAN stand at ISE 2014.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Wirebox Media Adds Yamaha CL5 to Production and Rental Inventory

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Wirebox Media (Smyrna, Georgia) has added a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console to augment its existing Yamaha digital console line along with the NEXO systems already in inventory. “We selected the CL5 primarily because our operators are already familiar with the Yamaha interface, design, and software but we also take into account the renowned reliability and stability of the Yamaha digital platforms,” states Tim Harrigan, Owner, Wirebox Media.

In addition to the CL5, Wirebox added Rio3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes. “Integrated with the recommended Cisco switches, we have a redundant network with 500’ of fiber, says Harrigan. The Dante redundant fiber network was a key factor in the purchase. The system was flawless on its first outing for Ted Turner’s 75th birthday party hosted by Jay Leno. As a requirement, all equipment selected for the show was backed up with redundancy, from microphones to generators, which made the CL5 system the obvious choice.”

“The console surface is stellar, Harrigan notes, who was sound designer and mix engineer for the Turner event. The custom layers enabled me to work fast and layout the console exactly as I needed, which is key to event like this with so many elements involved.” Harrigan used the iPad interface to tweak the video mix; on the show network they had the video department 350’ feet down the hall in another ballroom. The second Rio (1608-D) was placed in the video room which supplied them multiple record feeds and playback inputs. The audio team had their own in-ear mixes on the CL5 Aux busses for communications with Harrigan that enabled them to also relocate with the video department to make necessary changes.

For more information on Wirebox Media, visit www.wireboxmedia.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Wirebox CL5 In Action At Ted Turner Bash

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Draper Introduces New Engineered Screen Technology

(Spiceland, Ind.) – In recent years projectors and projection technology have been advancing quickly. Draper is taking projection screen technology another step into the future at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 with the creation of TecVision Engineered Surface Technology. Available in five exclusive formulations to start, TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and grey surfaces with excellent performance under higher room light levels.

“There are few companies in the world who are experts in designing projection screen surfaces,” according to Draper company president John Pidgeon. “Most screen fabrics are made by firms whose primary business is manufacturing textiles for other purposes. We’ve made a major investment in equipment, expert personnel and research time specifically to offer this line of revolutionary new surfaces unmatched by any other screen manufacturer in the world.”

TecVision also offers a departure from typical screen production, according to Bob Mathes, AV Market Manager for Draper.

“Utilizing technologically advanced manufacturing methods, proprietary scientific formulations and establishing the highest quality standard, we are prepared to meet the rigorous demands of today’s projectors and the environments in which screens are and will be used,” Mathes says. “Rather than using “mass-production” methods in order to minimize costs, TecVision screens are individually produced; each and every screen surface is individually formulated, programmed, and manufactured with multiple checks for quality, consistency and uniformity from start to finish.”

These premium surfaces are not sold online and are only available through qualified Draper dealers. They are being seen for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe.

“We are pretty excited about TechVision,” says Pidgeon. “These five surfaces are just the start. The sky’s the limit as far as surfaces we can create to match whatever specs require.”
To learn more about Draper’s TecVision Engineered Screen Technology screens, visit www.draperinc.com/go/TecVision.htm.

About Draper
Founded in 1902 as a window shade manufacturer, Draper, Inc., is a Spiceland, Ind.-based manufacturer of projection screens and lifts and mounts for projectors and displays, providing AV related equipment for over half a century.

Draper has focused a lot of resources on product design, with innovations like the Access family of motorized screens, improved tab tensioning system and revolutionary modular portable screens.
Two and a half years ago we moved our primary focus to the surfaces themselves, and their optical performance. We built a world class testing lab, and worked with consultants and key suppliers to identify and refine ingredients to improve the optical performance of our surfaces. Since then we have introduced many new surfaces to address specific needs in the marketplace. And we developed the new standard in surface planning tools, the Draper Pro Screen Calculator.

Draper products are sold to dealers and shipped throughout the United States and to more than 100 countries. In addition to its Spiceland, Indiana headquarters, Draper, Inc. has sales offices in Placentia, CA and in Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom. Draper also has four wholly owned subsidiaries: Draper Group Ltd., a sales and warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, and three manufacturing companies in Sweden: Draper Europe AB, a leading European projection screen manufacturer; SMS Smart Media Solutions AB, a leading European provider of video projector and flat screen mounts; and Evoko Unlimited AB, provider of the Evoko Room Manager. For more information, visit www.draperinc.com.

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