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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO GA-2021 LINE ARRAY SYSTEM

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Council Bluffs, IA – April 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce that new Gala Series GA-2021 line array elements are being updated with revised flyware and that a new transport case is available. While the new flyware provides greater versatility, the new enclosures remain fully compatible with existing GA-2021 systems and can be used together should customers wish to expand their current systems. more

New PESA Xstream Live Wins NewBay Media Best of Show Award at NAB 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the PESA Xstream Live streaming mobile solution received the NewBay Media Best of Show Award presented by Digital Video magazine at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Developed for iOS and Android smart devices, PESA Xstream Live integrates the PESA Xstream with a downloadable mobile app to produce a unique viewingexperience. With access to four independent viewing choices and synchronized audio sources, the user controls a personalized viewing experience. Social networking is tightly integrated into PESA Xstream Live, allowing users to interact real time during an event. The solution also includes revenue generating ad insertion capabilities for targeted advertising and messaging.

PESA Xstream Live can be fully managed either locally or remotely. A built-in Web server utilizes a management console for complete control. Streaming distribution can implemented thru PESA Xstream Live – or for large venues, content can be distributed through a content delivery network (CDN).

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards were evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and were based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were chosen for the award from among hundreds of new products in competition.

“We received a lot of interest from potential customers at our booth when we introduced PESA Xstream Live at NAB, and we are very pleased it was recognized as a Best of Show product by NewBay Media,” said Chris Thomas, PESA CTO. “PESA Xstream Live is a great way to enhance the attendee experience, and its ad insertion capabilities allow stadiums and other venues to see immediate ROI.”

PESA Xstream Live will ship this summer, and venues are encouraged to contact PESA to sign up for the early install program.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Blonder Tongue Wins Appeal in Ktech Patent Litigation

Earlier District Court Ruling Upheld, Holding Three Ktech Patents Invalid

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — April 21, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) and its affiliate, R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC (collectively, the “Company”) announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the favorable U.S. District Court ruling rendered in September 2013 in the patent infringement lawsuit initiated by Ktech Telecommunications, Inc. The Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court ruling that three of Ktech’s patents relating to systems and methods for updating the channel information contained in digital television signals, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,785,903, 7,481,533 and 7,761,893, were invalid because they were rendered obvious by prior art.

“We’re pleased that the favorable ruling reached by the District Court has been affirmed and we can put this matter behind us,” said Robert J. Pallé, Jr., president of Blonder Tongue. “Blonder Tongue takes great pride in utilizing industry standards with appropriate licensing structures, and this verdict further fortifies our strategy, not only for us but also for the broader technical community.”

“The cable television community, including Blonder Tongue, has a rich history of innovation,” continued Pallé, “I’d personally like to thank those who helped exhibit the prior art that existed 15 years ago as digital video standards were emerging. We’d also like to thank our patent attorney and litigator, John McNett, for his tenacity and unwavering determination. We look forward to continuing to develop solutions for our customers and marketing our products throughout the world.”

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. 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, 2013 (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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WOW Vision adds Nucleus Master for Collab8 Eco-system

The WOW Vision Collab8 platform adds a vital new component to turn an enterprise, multiple unit deployment into a matrixed eco-system. The Nucleus Master allows content sharing among Collab8 locations, be they individual rooms or hubs within a space. This server acts virtually as a video matrix for the various Collab8 streams to other Collab8s.
A web interface to the Colllab8 Nucleus Master enables an administrator or super user to switch assign the routing for shared viewing. more

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Markertek Announces Canare Hybrid Fiber-Optic Certification

Saugerties, NY — April 21, 2014Markertek (a division of Tower Products) has announced that they have been officially certified by Canare to build and repair SMPTE 311M hybrid fiber-optic cable assemblies with Canare HFO connectors. The Canare HFO connector offers easy maintenance with a detachable alignment sleeve and insulator. The high quality Canare construction includes stainless steel tip and solder contacts fixed in the insulation housing.

Canare HFO is a field proven design with improved hassle free cleaning. All cables meet or exceed SMPTE 304M, 311M and ARIB BTA S-105B compliance. Canare broadcast camera cable assemblies include 7 color coding rings and 4 pieces of clear heavy walled shrink tubing for fast and easy identification. Markertek has achieved a high level of technical excellence in attaining Canare Certified FC Connector Assembler status.

“We are very pleased to add Canare’s high quality HDTV/SMPTE Cable Assembly products to our fiber offerings and to represent their quality standard and commitment to excellence,” said Chris Fisher, Markertek VP of Engineering. “Canare SMPTE certification continues to solidify Markertek’s fiber lab as the broadcast industry leader for both new assemblies and repairs with our true commitment to quality craftsmanship. Our shop features the very latest in fiber optic termination and testing equipment. We are proud to add Canare fiber assemblies to our certifications which already include LEMO SMPTE and Neutrik opticalCON.”

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly respected supplier of cutting edge digital solutions for the broadcast, pro-audio and pro-AV industry. Our wide range of exclusive custom services, instant access to the very best brands in the industry backed up by award winning customer service makes us unique in the broadcast industry. At Markertek, the customer always comes first.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables, specialized tooling and fiber repairs. Our fiber lab is LEMO SMPTE, Neutrik opticalCON and Canare HFO Certified.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

About Canare
Canare manufactures the best in Pro Audio and Video Cable, 75 Ohm BNC, F and RCA Connectors, Patchbays, Cable Reels, Snake Systems, Assemblies, Crimp Tools and Cable Strippers. In 2004, Canare launched a full Optical Product Line for HD upgrades in the broadcast market. Professional broadcast engineers, sound technicians, A/V facility integrators, design consultants and many leading OEM’s rely on Canare’s product, proven reliability and top notch customer service. Optimize with Canare …the Professionals Choice! Please visit Canare online at www.canare.com.

Enhance Your AES 136th International Convention Experience with Free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” Mobile App

— App for handheld devices provides helpful tools for navigating this weeks 136th AES Convention —

New York, NY, April 21, 2014 — The schedule of events and exhibitors at 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on April 26 – 29, 2014, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, is just around the corner, and the free “AES Mobile Convention – AES Berlin 2014” app is here to help attendees make the most of their convention experience.

Available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) as well as Android devices, the app provides the following tools to enhance your event experience:

The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker and Event information
My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the AES
Keep up with industry news on LinkedIn and Facebook groups
Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature

To download the app for free, please visit http://www.aes.org/mobile/. For further information on the 136th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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Chris Lord-Alge Moves Forward with His Focusrite RedNet-Enabled Workflow

Acclaimed producer-mixer uses RedNet hardware for Springsteen’s recent High Hopes LP and other projects

Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2014 – In recent months, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge has adopted Focusrite’s RedNet Ethernet-networked converters as the interface of choice between his Avid Pro Tools system and his classic SSL 4000 E/G+ mixing console. For more than 20 years, Lord-Alge has brought digital multitrack sessions into his analog console via the Sony 48-track DASH tape machine format, but with tape supplies dwindling, he made the transition to RedNet 2 digital-to-analog converters and other RedNet hardware in late 2013.

Lord-Alge knew that he had found a replacement for the Sony converters after auditioning the RedNet system, consisting of a pair of 32-channel RedNet 5 HD Bridges with three RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters, at his Mix LA studio. “When they put the RedNet rig up I said, did you patch it or not? It sounded like what I like, what I’m used to and what works for me.”

While the switchover to an all-digital nonlinear workflow will obviously be beneficial, Lord-Alge says he would not have made the transition unless the Focusrite system offered the sound character with which he has become so familiar. “I want the sound of my old D-to-A, which is a bit more analog, in some ways a bit more lo-fi. It’s got a bit more glue in there,” he explains.

As the music production process becomes increasingly hard disc-based, the RedNet system was the logical step to take after spending so many years with “Bessie” and “Bertha,” his two vintage Sony PCM-3348 digital tape machines, he says. “I liked the 3348 D-As because they’re hard hitting. The RedNet has a harder impact, like I’m used to. I want it hard hitting—that’s my personal taste. I don’t want hype, and with RedNet I’m not getting hype, I’m getting impact.”

Not that Lord-Alge had any reason to doubt Focusrite’s RedNet before he tried it; over the years he has used a Focusrite Red 3 Classic Dual-Channel Compressor/Limiter across his stereo bus on 10,000 mixes, by his estimation, racking up credits along the way with artists such as Green Day, Muse, Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Rise Against and many, many others.

Recently, with the new RedNet set-up, he has added another Bruce Springsteen project to that extensive list. High Hopes is an album of previously unfinished material that was completed in stages over the course of the past several years and released in early 2014. “The last round of tweaks that I did with Bruce, we had the rig up, so when it came time to print we went Red, baby! It shows that our transition is working,” says Lord-Alge. The High Hopes album topped the charts worldwide in January and features three tracks – “American Skin (41 Shots),” “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and the title track – that Lord-Alge mixed using his Focusrite RedNet system.

“New things I’m working on are going the same route,” he continues. “The transition is definitely fully under way.” Upcoming mix projects include Adelitas Way, Gloriana, Grizfolk, O.A.R. and his fourth album with Rise Against, he reports.

Lord-Alge admits to a sense of relief that he has found a replacement for a key piece of equipment on which he has come to rely and that has served him well for over two decades. “I’ll be able to continue with what I like, transitioning from format to format. It’s not a compromise. That was a big concern to me,” he confides.

“You’ve got options for your D-to-A: blonde, brunette, redhead, whatever—I picked the red one,” he says. “People have a choice, and Focusrite makes the choice easy.”

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L-ACOUSTICS’ KARA Works the Las Vegas Strip with MGM Resorts

The new KARA rig in action in MGM Hotel/Casino's Sports Book

Touring rig covers events at more than a dozen properties for the hotel/casino chain

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International techs see it all. Sound system requests can be for a single lavaliere microphone setup for a business meeting in the morning, a DJ-fueled and bikini-filled pool party at lunch, a prize fight weigh-in with a mariachi band in a ballroom in the afternoon, and then a headline act in an arena in the evening. When the biggest chain of mega resorts in the Entertainment Capital of the World needed a new system that was both versatile and stellar sounding, it turned to L-ACOUSTICS and a system based on the compact KARA line of loudspeakers. more

Creative Audio Provides HARMAN’s JBL VTX Loudspeakers for George Jones Tribute Concert

NORTHRIDGE, California – “Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show – A Tribute to George Jones” was recently held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and featured a “who’s who” of country music luminaries including Alabama, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Travis Tritt and many more—122 artists in total. Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer who ever lived, was honored in a four-hour concert attended by thousands of people, with live sound provided by Rockford, Illinois-based Creative Audio and a HARMAN JBL audio system that included more than 100 VTX and VerTec® line array loudspeakers.

The 4-hour concert included over 40 performances powered by 56 JBL VTX V25 and 48 VT4888 line array loudspeakers. The stage, located at one end of the arena, featured an in-the-round system consisting of two hangs of 16 V25 line array elements for mains, two hangs of 12 V25 for side fill, plus four hangs of 12 VerTec VT4888 midsize line array elements for rear fill.

“The VTX Series has established itself as the new standard in tour sound,” stated Chris Mentzel, Owner of Creative Audio. “We were confident this system would be the best choice for the many different acts throughout the concert and we were right. The output of the VTX is simply amazing, especially in the high-end, there is absolutely no distortion. No other option out there really compares to the sonic capabilities the VTX offers.”

In addition, the system was backed by 18 cardioid-arrayed VTX G28 subwoofers ground-stacked in clusters of nine per side. “The extended low-frequency of the G28’s is quite incredible. The sheer power the G28 offers meant we didn’t need to fly any subs,” explained Mentzel.

HARMAN’s Crown Audio I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers powered the mains, sides and subwoofers. Additionally, Crown’s I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powered the upstage, rear-fill and front-fill loudspeaker elements with a pair of dbx DriveRack 4800’s for global EQ and routing. All amps in the system were programmed with VTX and V5 Presets and controlled via JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“Overall, the venue indicated this was their first show with an in-the-round system that did not receive audio complaints,” commented Mentzel. “I could not have imagined the success of a show with this many acts performing over a 4-hour period without JBL. They continue to put out the absolute best in tour sound equipment and the VTX is no exception.”

For more information on Creative Audio, please visit www.creativeaudio.us

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.

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Renkus-Heinz Adds Color to New York’s Grey Bar

New York, NY – April 2014… The area around midtown Manhattan is about as busy and bustling as one might expect in the heart of the City that Never Sleeps. Packed into these few square miles is a staggering array of museums, shops, casual and upscale eateries and watering holes.

Since opening its doors last year, Grey Bar has quickly become a popular neighborhood spot for the midtown crowd. The restaurant’s kitchen has been receiving stellar reviews, and the dining room has been perpetually full.

The Grey Bar’s sound system, installed by Rego Park, NY-based Starview Satellite and designed by Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon, and Associates, is designed to keep pace with the club’s ambience, whether it’s the midday lunch crowd or the more upbeat dinner hours. The system comprises a dozen Renkus-Heinz TRX81 two-way complex conic loudspeakers, with four cabinets across the bar and and eight more covering the dining areas.

As Starview’s John Paturno explains, the TRX Series was ideally suited for this application, with a tight pattern control that enabled the sound to be focused away from many of the room’s abundance of mirrors, glass, and other reflective surfaces.

“We were impressed with the flexibility of the TRX81 as well,” says Paturno. “Initially, we had planned on mounting all the cabinets horizontally, but due to some last-minute architectural changes, it became necessary to reorient a few of them vertically. We were impressed with how easily we were able to rotate the horn to achieve the coverage we needed.” Powersoft amplification drives the system, with Symetrix DSP also providing Web-based access to the system. “The owners can adjust the source and volume, even from off-site,” adds Paturno.

The Grey Bar has become an instant hit with the busy urban set, praised both for its menu and its ambience. As Paturno points out, the TRX Series has been a big part of that ambience. “The uniformity and flexibility of the TRX81s provide the perfect non-intrusive backdrop for the lunch and dinner crowds, with the capacity for a more high energy sound for the later night Manhattan crowd.”

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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.

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