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Media Vision Launches Microphone Buyback Program

An appealing campaign just launched by Media Vision is stirring the industry: the first microphone buyback program. For a limited time, until July 15th 2014, Media Vision is offering $50 per microphone to customers trading in their obsolete or inadequate technology for a new TAIDEN conferencing microphone system. The program is supported by Media Vision’s nine offices across North America and Europe.

Media Vision’s buyback program is available to all. “We accept to trade in any microphone from any manufacturer” says Kevin Stoner, Director of Operations at Media Vision “whether your old solution is a wired, wireless, ceiling-mounted or boundary microphone system, we will take it back and give you $50 per mic.”. With these open terms, Media Vision is making it easy for most organizations to upgrade to conferencing microphones and finally experience intelligibility in their meeting environment.

To get the full trade-in value Media Vision only requires that the used microphones be returned with all accessories, including main unit and cables or batteries, as the company will attempt to recondition them for resale or donation. “If the system is in working condition, we will strive to find an organization in need of those products that you no longer want” says Kevin, “The goal is to keep electronics out of the waste stream”. However, if the old microphones are damaged and reuse is not possible, Media Vision offers to recycle them according to local regulations.

Media Vision’s microphone buyback program combines a financial incentive with sustainable practices; now, wouldn’t you agree it is time to upgrade your microphones?

For more information on the program, including a video presentation, complete FAQs, as well as all registration details, Media Vision has created a dedicated support line on their website and via email: buyback@media-vision.com

About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for multipurpose meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio intelligibility in the room and on the far end for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

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Media Vision Kicks Off Operations in Europe.

Media Vision Global Sales Team

Media Vision is the name that keeps coming up in the conferencing systems market. A long-time TAIDEN partner in North America, the company has just announced the opening of four new offices and warehouses across Europe to support the high-demand for conferencing microphones and language interpretation solutions in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.

With a high-spirited team of 25 exclusively focused on supporting the brand, Media Vision has won key projects in recent years and boasts high-profile references such as the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In North America, the company has four offices – San Francisco, New york, Washington DC and Toronto; They were ranked #535 Fastest Growing Company in 2013 and the fastest growing company in Pro-AV.

The Media Vision European team members will be all out in force at ISE booth 3-A110. François Bestel, Director of Sales in Switzerland, was first to join the Geneva-based establishment in mid-2013. A recognized expert in the field of conferencing and language interpretation, François is best positioned to connect with international organizations.

In November of 2013, Media Vision took another landmark step in its expansion plan with the opening of its largest European establishment in France: a 360 sq. meters office, show room and warehouse near Paris. Antoine Haller has been appointed as Director of Sales for the French company. Driven by his passion for pro-audio solutions, Antoine brings a special expertise for corporate applications, the fastest growing market segment for Media Vision.

The Scandinavian office is opening in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February of 2014 with Sandra Kellermann as Director of Sales. Sandra brings a new perspective to the company having 15 years of experience working for a respected European manufacturer of conferencing systems. She is not only an expert, Sandra speaks fluently 6 languages, she knows the specificities of each country like no other and is able to adapt quickly to the local demand.

Beyond sales activities, the company is also investing in a large rental inventory that will be available to partner companies in need of digital microphones and simultaneous interpretation equipment for all size-events. Media Vision’s fourth European office located in Brussels, Belgium, will be dedicated to rentals with inventory also available in Paris. Wholesale rental has been another field of expertise for Media Vision and US-based sister company Conference Rental. In recent years, all have noticed TAIDEN equipment featured in high-profile events such as the G20 Mexico Summit.

With this remarkable team in place and offices in close proximity to major business hubs, Media Vision is well positioned for success. “We are a truly international company now, combining the expertise that every region has to offer” says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision, “We are strong thanks to our Chinese manufacturing partner TAIDEN always at the forefront of innovation, thanks to our American roots with a business and service-oriented mindset, and finally bringing into this melting pot the European expertise in conferencing and interpretation systems”.

With this fresh new approach, Media Vision is now open for business in Europe.

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About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio in the room, including for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

Media Vision Ranked Fastest-Growing Company in Pro-AV Products in 2013

December 23, 2013 – With a 3-year growth rate of 853%, Media Vision has received much recognition in 2013 bringing the tremendous value of conferencing microphone systems to light.

Media Vision ranked #39 on Inc. 5000 list of Top 100 Business Products and Services Companies, higher than any other player in the pro-AV industry. They also ranked #535 for overall Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and were awarded the 31st position in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times, a much sought-after prize for this Silicon Valley-founded company.

The team is sharing some of the secrets of this growth and how they are steadily bringing a niche technology to the mainstream. “It is about the product, the people and most of all about fostering a mindset that embraces challenges, innovation, service and continuous improvement” says Fardad Zabetian, Media Vision’s Founder and CEO, “Within our team and similarly for our manufacturing partner TAIDEN, we are all driven with a goal and a passion for reaching it.”

Media Vision is well positioned to experience further growth in 2014 beyond North America. The company has recently expanded into Europe with offices in Switzerland and France.

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First Electronic Nameplate Solution for Efficient Meeting Environments

With the new product HCS-1030U Electronic Nameplate, TAIDEN has taken one more significant step towards achieving paperless meetings and leading innovation in the conferencing field. Media Vision, the point of contact for TAIDEN sales and support, is proud to offer this new solution already installed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and featured at major events such as for Malala Yousafzai’s address to the UN Youth Assembly in July view video.

“It is hard to believe how much dedicated time and personnel organizations use solely to print and place individual nameplates prior to each meeting.” Says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision, “The Electronic Nameplate is making meeting management more efficient and convenient while representing a significant source of cost savings”.

Available as a standalone solution or as part of a conferencing system installation, the electronic nameplate can display information such as the name and title of participants, the conference name/logo, the company name/logo, the country name, the participant’s seat and more flexible options. Meeting attendees see their information displayed electronically upon sign-in. Sign-in can be done remotely by the operator or by the participant itself using personal IC cards.

The soft display on the front and rear of the unit, with white text on a black background, prevents the nameplate from emitting too much light and delivers great results for photographs and video recordings. With a low power consumption design the energy and environment are also well thought off.

The TAIDEN HCS-1030U is the ultimate solution for modern meeting environments, especially recommended for installation in legislative assembly rooms, interactive training facilities or international conference centers.

Media Vision USA’s New Technology Launch Allows Remote Audio Conferencing in Multiple Languages.

San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2012 – Media Vision USA is pleased to introduce Attend: the world’s first technology solution for multilingual remote participation. Attend allows remote attendees to dial in to a meeting and both listen and speak in their preferred language making use of the same interpreters that are serving the meeting venue.

“The launch of Attend is a great step forward for our company and the international meeting community that we support” said Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA “Enhancing communication in cross-cultural settings has always been our core focus”.

The Attend technology, designed and manufactured in California, is a remarkable addition to any microphone system installation in an organization holding multilingual meetings – most likely international organizations, courtrooms, universities or large corporation. This long-awaited solution will be a source of travel costs savings but the most important is how it will enhance the quality of meetings, as Fardad explained: “Attend encourages the inclusion of more meeting participants and thus more expertise than would otherwise be possible”.

The solution consists in a self-contained hardware unit acting as the interface between the in-room audio system and the teleconference cloud service. The Attend Multilingual Remote Audio Interface offers line-level inputs and outputs to connect directly to the floor and up to 15 language channels as supported by the interpreters at the meeting venue.

The web-based interface to the audio teleconferencing service allows authorized users to create, schedule and manage meetings and decide on a wide range of meeting parameters such as security and login, dial-in or dial-out and VoIP parameters. Once the meeting is in progress, the authorized moderator can use the online dashboard to monitor who is present, what languages are being used, and dial-out to new participants as needed.

“It is important that these sophisticated meetings be handled with a high level of control and security” says Fardad “Remote participants are subject to the same rules as the ones applied to the in-room conference system users and the moderator keeps full control over requests to speak and who is heard on the floor channel.”

The Attend technology is being introduced at the AES convention by Media Vision USA and asserts the company as the lead provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for high-profile meetings including distance communication and multilingual support.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

Media Vision USA Maintains Strong Growth Momentum, Appointing Kevin Stoner as Director of Operations

Kevin Stoner, Director of Operations

San Francisco, CA, August 16, 2012 – Kevin Stoner, following 17 years of experience in communications technology, has joined Media Vision USA as Director of Operations with responsibilities encompassing the oversight, management and guidance of large projects, customer service, and expansion activities.

With its fifth team addition in a year, Media Vision USA, the lead provider of conferencing and language interpretation technologies in North America, is one of the fastest growing companies in the AV industry. But Kevin Stoner, a 3-times marathon runner, can certainly manage the speed.

Kevin will be working out of the New York City office, opened by Media Vision in 2011. For the past 10 years, Kevin was based in Utah where he developed expertise in audio conferencing technologies and leadership skills. “Kevin has a solid track record of overachievements in all segments of our activities including product management, quality control and staff oversight“ says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision “His strategic thinking and focus on the customer experience makes him an obvious fit for the position of Director of Operations, in accordance with our company’s customer-centric philosophy“.

Kevin is excited to be joining the diverse and dynamic team of Media Vision USA. He explains his career move highlighting “the opportunity to have a leadership position and effectively drive business operations in a context of continued growth”. “I see two reasons for this growth: first the company itself and its leadership, and second the products” Kevin explained, following two weeks of training at the California headquarters, “All product lines are very solid; but the TAIDEN 8300 Multimedia Terminals with touch screens show impressive advancements in the market and I am fully confident the TAIDEN R&D team will allow us to keep the edge“.

One of Kevin’s main responsibilities will be to act as Program Manager for the provision of congress microphones and simultaneous interpretation systems to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, a remarkable project recently awarded to Media Vision USA.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

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TAIDEN the Conferencing Technology for 31 Leaders to Communicate in 14 Languages during the G20 Summit

Last month in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the annual G20 Leader’s Summit, the heads of government, heads of international organizations, central bank governors, and other high-profile attendees used the TAIDEN conferencing and interpretation systems to communicate effectively during 4 days of meetings, in multiple languages.

This was the culmination of a series of large events in North America selecting a TAIDEN conferencing rental house as equipment provider to ensure the flawless implementation of meetings. For Media Vision USA, TAIDEN’s exclusive distributor in the US, Canada and Mexico, this is due to the technical features and flexibility offered by the TAIDEN technologies as well as to the availability of large quantities of recent, fully digital conferencing equipment for rental.

“In Media Vision’s TAIDEN rental network, companies have all the right technologies to respond to technical requirements such as all-digital conferencing, 32 channels of digital infrared language distribution, room overflow for the press center or remote interpretation” says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA, “With all the high-profile events done in the past years, our rental network also has the experience to ensure expert setups, prompt adjustments and professional services; The staff is always what makes the difference”.

For the G20, meetings were held in 4 different event sites and about 20 rooms. Remote interpretation was setup for some sessions including for the G20 Leaders’ Dinner and the Press Center with interpreters using the booths in the main Plenary room and receiving video and audio feed from the rooms at the other side of the Convention Center. For the key meetings – the G20 Plenary Sessions with 31 heads of State, including President Obama, and international organizations – the ultimate TAIDEN HCS-4886/50 Fully Digital Conferencing Microphone with built-in channel selector and a large LCD display was used ensuring that the full spectrum of features would be available.

In the past years, TAIDEN conferencing and interpretation systems were also used for the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. Another key statistic: the largest global forum ever held in Mexico, the October 2010 International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference, had a setup of about 1500 TAIDEN conferencing microphone units and 2600 digital infrared receivers for language distribution that worked flawlessly for the 18-day duration of the event.

With such references, Media Vision USA can only expect that the demand for TAIDEN conferencing and language interpretation technologies to be used for large events will keep on growing in the upcoming years. Companies interested in becoming a member of this rental network can contact Media Vision USA by email at sales@mediavisionusa.com

About Media Vision USA

Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

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Media Vision USA Releases Industry-First Digital Audio Mixer for Conference Systems

San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2012 – The new TAIDEN HCS-8301M Digital Audio Mixer gives conference systems operators control over the audio level of conference microphones, interpreter consoles and system inputs/outputs, all without the need of a PC. This technology, exclusively offered by Media Vision USA, is a stunning new addition to the expansive 8300 Paperless Multimedia Congress System series. With the TAIDEN HCS-8301M Digital Audio Mixer, conference meetings are now able to run at an unparalleled level of efficiency and sophistication.

The HCS-8301M is a robust 15-channel hardware mixer, with fader attenuation at a range of -30dB to 0dB. The operator has control of up to 6 active microphones at any one time during meetings, ensuring effortless real-time volume adjustment tailored to the current speaker’s voice. This mixer features 11 banks of simultaneous interpretation audio (6 channels per bank), allowing the operator to evenly balance the language channels. The onboard dynamic processor offers a 5-band equalizer for the microphone, line in and line out channels and a 3-band EQ for interpretation channels. A high pass filter, mute capability and peak indicator on each channel strip allows even further control of audio.

The mixer’s 10-inch LCD touch screen enables users to easily monitor audio levels, language channels, and system connections. With the use of the touch screen users have access to the mixer’s internal settings, such as IP and network settings, allowing interconnectivity between TAIDEN’s Digital Conference Software.

“This new product from TAIDEN is important not because of its innovation in design, but because of its simple practicality,” said Wesley Sutliff, Product Manager of Media Vision USA. “Who wants to sit at a PC clicking on virtual faders with a mouse? The 8301M from TAIDEN provides a familiar control format for Audio Engineers and System Operators, and that familiarity will allow them to perform their jobs with better efficiency.”

The TAIDEN HCS-8301M adds even more versatility and enhanced control over the industry-leading 8300 Paperless Multimedia Congress System. It is compatible with existing popular TAIDEN products such as the 8318 Multimedia Terminal Unit, the 4886/4330 Delegate Microphone, and the 4385 Interpreter Console. When utilizing the TAIDEN Room Combiner, the mixer remains the unified source for all rooms, delegates or even borrowed interpreter stations. For system operators, the 8301M makes meeting management incredibly simple.

The TAIDEN HCS-8301M Digital Audio Mixer is available throughout the existing Media Vision USA representation network in North America.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

Media Vision USA Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary during InfoComm; Looking back on a Perfect American Journey to Success.

“It took just about ten years for the industry to know we’ve arrived!” said Fardad Zabetian, Founder and CEO of Media Vision USA, as he announced the 10-year anniversary of the company, “Now that the TAIDEN microphones and interpretation systems have become a reference in the conferencing world, Media Vision is ready to take a great leap forward!”

A tremendous growth pace and key contracts signed in the past years have given Fardad Zabetian all the reasons to speak with such confidence. The defining moment being in late 2011, when Media Vision was awarded the contract to provide all congress microphones and simultaneous interpretation systems for the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Since then, opportunities with both the public and the private sectors have surged.

Media Vision USA celebrated its 10-year anniversary during InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas. The company was founded in June of 2002 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following the thriving Silicon Valley spirit, Media Vision’s founding history is filled with the flavors of entrepreneurship, risk-taking, hard work and most of all the dreams of an immigrant making it all happen. In 2002, Fardad was a recent immigrant from Iran who had experienced 8-years of the Iran-Iraq war. America gave him a chance to pursue his dreams; starting a company to enhance communication among political figures, administrators, CEO’s and corporate members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

This all-American story wouldn’t be complete without the collaboration of great partners and team members. The first one to join Media Vision was Wesley Sutliff, now a Product Manager. Later came industry experts Patrick Herlihy, based in Washington DC, and David Dunn based in Toronto. “In the past year only, we have hired four people for technical and customer support,” said Fardad Zabetian “We are doing what it takes to ensure that customers keep on receiving the attention and service they demand. For us, business growth and customer-orientation stick together”.

Through the years, Media Vision was also able to maintain a rich company culture based on excellence, diversity and positive attitude. The same values were applied when, in 2006, Media Vision selected TAIDEN of Shenzhen, China, as their manufacturing partner. “At the time, TAIDEN wasn’t a major player in North America; but they already had excellent solutions, dynamic strategies for innovation, and most of all, a management and engineering team willing to give its all to succeed” said Fardad, “With the recent release of the 8300 Paperless Multimedia Conference System, TAIDEN exceeded all our expectations. We are proud to be working with them!”. As a result of a six-year partnership, with Media Vision’s sales and marketing drive, TAIDEN is now the leading brand for conference systems in the United States and Canada.

With the announcement of Media Vision’s anniversary, an apparent excitement animated the entire team. “We’re celebrating!” said Wesley Sutliff “We’ve worked hard, even more through tough economic times, now we all feel rewarded for a job well done. Still, it’s only the beginning”. Wesley continued by describing how overall, working in the niche market for conference systems gets more and more rewarding every day, as you know your products are serving high-profile public figures and key decision-makers. “We are providing all microphones and interpretation systems for the 2012 G-20 Mexico Summit this month. So we are all hoping, as an anniversary gift, to see the TAIDEN mics used by the President of the United States!”

Fardad Zabetian concluded his announcement with a note of thanks towards the Media Vision team, our reps and partners, as well as the ever-extending network of dealers and consultants throughout North America. “ I have special thoughts for all of those who believed in the company from the start, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

Fardad Zabetian, Founder and CEO

Media Vision USA Appoints X-Media Sales as Manufacturer Rep in New England

Bob Lowig, conferencing industry veteran, and David Beirut, a reputable sales rep in New England, have recently founded X-Media Sales focusing on the sales and marketing of high quality and cohesive audio video communication technologies. This month, they have joined the sales force of Media Vision USA, the exclusive distributor of TAIDEN conferencing solutions in North America, to represent their lines of professional wired and wireless conference microphone discussion systems in New England, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

X-Media Sales, now carrying the TAIDEN brand in a growing market, is strategically positioned for success. “Some of our largest and most prestigious references are in New England”, said Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA, mentioning a 160-user installation with automatic video tracking for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in Boston and another large custom-designed system for the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. “These days, we are receiving many requests for campus-wide integration projects within universities or large corporations”, added Fardad, “TAIDEN conferencing solutions, such as the room combiner unit, offer the features and flexibility needed for those projects; with X-Media Sales we now have the right support to carry all of them forward”.

X-Media Sales is delighted to represent Media Vision USA and TAIDEN. “They take pride in the quality of products and services they provide; these are the kind of companies we want to represent” said Bob Lowig. On a technological side, one of the products David Beirut of X-Media is most excited to demo to consultants and dealers is the TAIDEN HCS-5300 Digital Infrared Wireless Conferencing system. “With a digital infrared solution, we can guarantee no interference from RF systems” said David “It’s the wireless that works!”

With the support of Media Vision USA’s east coast offices in New York City and Washington D.C., X-Media Sales is now available to respond to any enquiry for TAIDEN conferencing equipment.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio in the room, including for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

About X-Media Sales
Based in Windsor, CT, X-Media Sales is dedicated to representing a line of cohesive conferencing products that seamlessly work together and offer audio and video solutions for any application. Whether tele-video communication needs are for Government, Education, Healthcare, or Corporate applications, X-Media Sales can assist in all aspects of the acquisition process. Through recognized manufactures, consultants and system integrators we provide valuable support from the initial request for design to the final installation and end user training. To learn more, visit www.xmediasales.com

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