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CTS Audio Shows Faith in HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX Line Arrays at National Catholic Youth Conference

NORTHRIDGE, California – Continuing a series of high-profile events using HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, CTS Audio provided a HARMAN Professional audio system for the National Catholic Youth Conference at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Catholic Youth Conference featured a variety of spoken-word, live music and dramatic performances. Given the event’s diverse programming, CTS Audio—which has supplied the sound reinforcement for the bi-annual National Catholic Youth Conference for more than 15 years—needed an audio system that would accommodate this variety in a large stadium environment. Working with production company Declan Weir Productions, CTS Audio designed and deployed a HARMAN audio system featuring JBL Professional VTX line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

The production was configured in the round, with the main PA system including a total of 90 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements (in six columns of 15 each), with 24 S28 subwoofers flown in the center of the main PA loudspeakers in a cardioid setup. Eight VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers provided additional fill. At each end of the stadium, 24 JBL VERTEC® VT4888 midsize line array elements served as delay loudspeakers. Crown I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers powered the system.

According to Mike Taylor, Vice President of CTS Audio, the main challenges of the event included proper time-alignment of the loudspeakers. “We were faced with a complex task of achieving direct sound rather than reflections in such a large stadium,” said Mike Taylor, Vice President of CTS Audio. “And with the design, coming up with a subwoofer arrangement that was even across the room was also a challenge.”

In addition, CTS Audio configured and monitored the audio system with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“[JBL’s Associate Director, Tour Sound] Paul Bauman and [HARMAN Professional’s Application Engineer, Live Sound and Rental for North America] Raul Gonzalez helped us develop a solution utilizing Performance Manager,” Taylor noted. “This enabled us to model and program every loudspeaker in the system before even hanging a single box.”

Although CTS Audio has used VTX frequently since adding the loudspeakers to its inventory, this was the first time CTS supplied VTX for the National Catholic Youth Conference. “The event was a huge success,” Taylor said. “Two years ago we used VERTEC and this was an improvement on an already good-sounding system. VTX is a whole different animal—the enclosures and the high-frequency range are amazing.”

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

JVC Announces New XTREME XPLOSIVES Series Headphones That Deliver Hard-Hitting Bass and Distinctive Rugged Styling

LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2014 – JVC today announced a new lineup of XTREME XPLOSIVES series headphones, including white around-ear and on-ear designs, as well as inner ear models. The signature rugged looks and durable construction of the XX series are all present, as are the heavy-duty Neodymium driver units and Extreme Deep Bass Ports that have made the XX series a favorite among music fans who like their bass delivered with a punch.

The popular HA-M55X and HA-S44X are now available in white, in addition to the already available black versions. These headphones assure full range sound quality through the use of extra-large neodymium driver units: 1.57” (40mm) for the on-ear HA-S44X, 1.97” (50mm) for the over-ear HA-M55X. The combination of the large driver units and the Extreme Deep Bass Ports is what gives the headphones their impressive bass performance.

In inner ear models, the new HA-FR301 features a one-button remote and microphone compatible with iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices, as well as a Smart Switch that allows for compatibility with most other smartphones. The inline single-button remote makes it easy to play, stop and skip tracks, as well as answer phone calls. The tiny remote also houses the microphone. The HA-FR301 will be available in March in black or white.

The current HA-FR201 and HA-FX101 inner ear headphones get new packaging and will be available in white in addition to the six colors already offered: black, blue, green, red, purple and pink.

All XX headphones are designed for comfort and excellent sound isolation to keep outside sounds at bay while also preventing audio from leaking and disturbing people nearby. For comfort even during extended listening sessions, the around-ear and on-ear models feature padded headbands and soft ear pads, while inner ear models include silicone earpieces in three sizes.

Tough rubber protectors not only give the XX series headphones their distinctive looks, they also make them highly durable – the perfect sound accessories for active street use.
The cables and plugs are thick and robust and built to last. The HA-M55X-W, HA-S44X-W and HA-FR301 come with a 3.94-foot (1.2m) Y-type cable of Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) for maximum audio fidelity. All models have gold-plated 3.5mm stereo straight plugs.

The white versions of the HA-M55X and HA-S44X are shipping now. The all-new HA-FR301 will be available in March. The updated packaging for the HA-FR201 and HA-FX101 and the white versions of each will also be available in March.

Prices for each are:
HA-M55X Black and White $49.95
HA-S44X Black and White $39.95
HA-FR301 Black and White $39.95
HA-FR201 All Colors $29.95
HA-FX101 All Colors $19.95

About JVC Americas Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

JVC Announces Rugged, All-Weather Camcorders

LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2014 – JVC injects action into the camcorder market with the introduction of a line of rugged, weather-proof Everio models that allow video to be shot in most any weather and offer opportunities for creating unique videos that can’t easily be captured with a smartphone or traditional camcorder. The new models also feature an internal, long-life battery – 4.5 hours on a single charge – for even more versatility.

The two new JVC Everio camcorders, the GZ-R70 and GZ-R10, feature JVC’s Quad-Proof structure – water resistance to a depth of 5m/16.4ft, the ability to withstand a drop from 1.5m/4.9ft, as well as dust-proof and freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F – packaged in a familiar camcorder form factor.

The new line offers a combination of performance capabilities and innovative features for those who want to take their videos beyond what a smartphone or other camcorders can deliver. In addition to their weather- and shock-proof attributes, JVC’s new Everio camcorders feature a 40x optical zoom, 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, audio that zooms with the picture, and compatibility with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.

The new Everio line’s Quad-Poof technologies were first offered in JVC’s ADIXXION action cameras, designed for shooting point-of-view action video. Bringing the technology to the Everio series means that all kinds of videos can be created under a wide range of weather conditions. There’s even the “oops-proof” factor – no need to worry if the camcorder is accidently dropped onto the ground or even into a pool. Contributing to the camcorders’ IPX8 certified water resistance and IP5X dust resistance is the internal high-capacity battery, which eliminates the risk of damaging the camera while changing batteries in bad weather. Moreover, Everio is compatible with third-party portable batteries (the type used with smartphones for emergency charging). Video can be shot while charging to go beyond the internal battery’s 4.5 hours, or Quick Charge for one hour and add an extra 1.3 hours of recording time if the portable battery current is over 1.0A.

The definitive advantage that Everio camcorders offer over smartphones is quality optics. Everio is equipped with a large-caliber KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS with high-quality 40x Optical Zoom. With 60x Dynamic Zoom, the 2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Image Sensor maintains the picture’s HD resolution even when exceeding the optical zoom range. And the JVC FALCONBRID engine provides efficient video and audio processing to deliver beautiful images and sound. Adding to audio quality is JVC K2 Technology applied during recording for effective sound restoration during playback. Outdoors, gusts of wind won’t spoil the soundtrack thanks to an original algorithm that effectively attenuates wind noise picked up at the mic.

The two new JVC Everio camcorders are differentiated by internal memory capacity, a built-in LED light is included in the GZ-R70, and the GZ-R10 is available in black, blue and red. They will be available at the following prices:

GZ-R70: $499.95 (Available April 2014)
GZ-R10: $399.95 (Available March 2014)

About JVC Americas Corp.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Americas Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas distributes imaging and home entertainment products for the consumer market, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

The information contained herein was correct as of the time of this release. In some cases it may not match the latest information.

GZ-R70/R10 Primary Features

    32GB (R70) Internal Memory

    QUAD-PROOF Body

    4.5H Internal Long-Life Battery

    40x Optical Zoom (60x Dynamic Zoom)

    2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor

    SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot

    Compatible with Portable Battery and USB Charging *

    KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS

    FALCONBRID Image Processing Engine

    10 Megapixel Stills

    3.0-inch Full Screen Touch Panel

    Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.)

    Intelligent AUTO

    Face Detection / Touch AE/AF

    Special Effects REC (Rough Monochrome / Food Mode / Baby Mode)

    Time-Lapse REC

    24Mbps High bit rate Recording

    K2 Technology in REC Mode

    Auto Wind Cut

    Auto Illumi. Light (R70)

    Built-in Zoom Mic

    1920 x 1080/60P Output

    Everio Media Browser 4 Software Supplied

    Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

* When used with a portable battery of over 1.0A, 5V and over 1000mAh. Compatibility is not guaranteed for all portable batteries. 


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BRAVE THE ELEMENTS WITH IUI DESIGN’S BASS JUMPER WATER RESISTANT BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 7, 2014 – Today at CES 2014, iUi Design introduced a water resistant Bluetooth speaker that combines durability and exceptional sound in a compact design. Complete with a carabiner clip and bike mount, iUi Design’s Bass Jumper is the ultimate portable Bluetooth speaker for the active lifestyle.

Featuring a palm-sized dual-molded plastic housing and metal speaker grill, the speaker has an IPX5 water resistance rating, making it the perfect companion for mountain biking, kayaking, or even a day at the beach.

“With an emphasis on portability, the Bass Jumper is packaged with a carabiner clip so users can bring along and share their music on any adventure,” commented Al Fortino, Director of Business Development, iUi Design. “Despite the compact size, the speaker delivers a powerful sonic punch and deep bass for excellent sound quality in any outdoor environment.”

The Bass Jumper comes standard with NFC- and Bluetooth-pairing capabilities, as well as a built-in microphone with noise reduction and echo cancellation for hands-free phone use. Also, multiple speakers can be daisy-chained to boost sound volume by using the built-in aux-out jacks. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, the Bass Jumper is capable of playback upwards of 10 hours.

Available in a wide variety of colors, including black, red, and blue or yellow with neon green/pink with neon blue, the Bass Jumper can be matched to any personality or design.

For more information on iUi Design, please visit http://iuidesign.com/

iUi Design can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iuidesignglobal.

About iUi Design
Founded in Hong Kong and Singapore, iUi Design is a dynamic new technology brand dedicated to providing innovative technologies and superior designs for today’s eminently mobile yet connected technology consumer. iUi Design defies the rule that “Design + Quality = Expensive.” Its goal is to provide consumers everywhere with high-quality acoustic performance and wireless convenience without having to compromise on design or quality.

HISENSE INTRODUCES H4 SERIES ROKU TV™ AT CES 2014

Las Vegas, NV – January 6, 2014 — At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hisense, a top five global TV manufacturer, today announced its plan to be one of the first manufacturers to bring a Roku TV™ to the market. Roku TV gives consumers a simple TV experience with access to the Roku streaming platform including more than 1,200 channels that offer 31,000 movies and feature TV shows, music, live sports, news and other programming. Hisense will be showcasing the new H4 series Roku TV™ in 32-inch, 39-inch, 40-inch, 48-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch models.

“By combining Hisense’s television expertise with Roku’s leading streaming platform, we’re providing an exceptional, integrated experience that creates access to the broadest array of content and displays it on one of the best screens in the industry,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “We’re very pleased to work with Roku and we’re confident that Roku TV will be welcomed by our channel partners and consumers alike.”

“Hisense is one of the fastest growing TV brands in the world and is sure to be a favorite about US consumers,” said Jim Funk, senior vice president of product management, Roku. “By joining our streaming and software expertise with their high-quality displays and global scale, we’re able to give consumers Roku TV, an amazing Smart TV at a great price.”

The flagship 50-inch and 55-inch models come with Full HD resolution, a 120Hz native refresh rate and a smooth motion enhancement of UltraSMR 240 for the ultimate surfing experience. The 50-inch, 48-inch and 40-inch models come with Full HD and a 60Hz refresh rate, and the 39-inch and 32-inch models are standard HD and 60Hz refresh rate.

All H4 Series models come with local dimming, built-in WiFi, Advanced Cast Technology, custom remote control, HDMIx3, USB and digital audio output.

The H4 series Roku TV™ provides access to thousands of channels within the Roku Channel Store and will be available this Fall from major retailers in the US and Canada. Pricing will be announced later this year.

Hisense will display the H4 Series Roku TV™ at the Hisense booth 7243 during CES, January 7-10, 2014.

For more information please visit: www.hisense-usa.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HisenseUSA or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Hisense_USA.

About Roku, Inc.
Roku is the creator of the most popular streaming software platform for delivering video, music and casual games to the TV. The Roku platform features the largest and best collection of entertainment available for streaming and is accessible on Roku streaming players, Roku Ready® devices via the Roku Streaming Stick™, and later this year on Roku TVs. Roku products vary by region and are sold in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. Roku is privately held and headquartered in Saratoga, Calif., U.S. For more information, visit www.roku.com.

Roku is a registered trademark and Roku TV is a trademark of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China.

Hisense USA offers a broad range of technology driven consumer electronics products that are manufactured and distributed across North American, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. Hisense USA sells into national retailers across North America, including Walmart, Sams.com, Costco, P.C. Richards, Canadian Tire and more. The Company has established R&D centers in Atlanta, Georgia and San Jose, California to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense Company Ltd. has production facilities in China, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt as well as Mexico and is one of the largest television manufacturers in the world with over 10 million televisions produced per year. The Company has sales offices in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia while exporting products to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

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HISENSE TRANSFORMS SMART TV EXPERIENCE WITH THE VIDAA SERIES

Las Vegas, NV, January 6, 2014 – Hisense today introduced the VIDAA series TV, a full-featured Android-powered SMART TV with multi-core processing and a stunningly simple, elegant and immensely powerful User Interface (UI). VIDAA redefines the current Smart TV landscape with a vastly improved user experience that does not yet exist in the product category.

The VIDAA series TV Full HD lineup will be available in March 2014 and features three ultra slim LED models, the 65H7 (65-inch), 55H7 (55-inch) and 50H7 (50-inch).

VIDAA simplifies and enhances a passive, lean-back consumer experience with intuitive channel “jumping” across four content experiences: Live TV, Video On Demand, Media Center, and Applications. VIDAA has built-in WiFi, a Chrome™ browser and also supports screen sharing – enabling pictures, videos and music to be simply shared right to your TV screen from most mobile devices. It also features a 30-button remote control with the most sophisticated built-in air mouse technology, a pop up virtual keyboard and astounding natural voice control.

“Hisense has boldly re-invented the concept of Smart TV with the VIDAA series. By combining a sleek and elegant look with the most intuitive UI and innovative remote control, our television is no longer just Smart – it’s simply brilliant,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA.

Hisense is providing the global consumer electronics community and end-users across the world with the best-balanced coupling of connectivity, functionality and image performance with the VIDAA series. Users can easily navigate content experiences and view them uninterrupted as they slide into view. This new type of user interface was designed to align with the passive nature of the 10-foot, lean back experience, which favors a consumption-friendly experience over complicated interaction.

The VIDAA series will be on display at the Hisense booth 7243 during CES, January 7-10, 2014.

For more information please visit: www.hisense-usa.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HisenseUSA or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Hisense_USA.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China.

Hisense USA offers a broad range of technology driven consumer electronics products that are manufactured and distributed across North American, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. Hisense USA sells into national retailers across North America, including Walmart, Costco, Sams.com, P.C. Richard and Sons, Canadian Tire and more. The Company has established R&D centers in Atlanta, Georgia and San Jose, California to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense Company Ltd. has production facilities in China, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt as well as Mexico and is one of the largest television manufacturers in the world with over 10 million televisions produced per year. The Company has sales offices in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia while exporting products to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

HARMAN’s JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors and AKG Microphones Improve Greater Media NJ’s Statewide Broadcasts

NORTHRIDGE, California – Finalizing a station-wide renovation, Greater Media, Inc.’s New Jersey-market facility WRAT-FM (The RAT) recently installed two pairs of HARMAN’s JBL LSR studio monitors. With a pair of LSR305 studio monitors in a small production room and LSR308 studio monitors in the main production room, the creative department now has a more accurate reference for the commercials, music programs, and promotional announcements they produce. Regional manufacturer’s representative Sigmet Corporation provided the JBL equipment.

“We had what I like to call a ‘snowflake collection’ in our studios in that building – no two pairs of anything were the same,” stated Keith Smeal, Director of Technical Operations, Greater Media New Jersey. “We’re currently working on getting every station on the same platform and the initial installation of the LSR’s has been a very successful starting point. The LSR monitors are a major improvement from our legacy equipment. They produce a nice, crisp and clear high end and remarkably full bottom.”

Leveraging new technology developed for JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, the 3 Series studio monitors feature JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide, which enables the listener to hear greater depth and ambience in recordings.

An additional pair of LSR305’s is installed in the home studio of the program manager of WJRZ, New Jersey’s Greatest Hits-another Greater Media New Jersey station.

Sigmet also delivered three pairs of JBL Control 5 loudspeakers for portable use during radio station-sponsored events. The loudspeakers’ rugged construction and high-performance capabilities provide a clear sound for event participants, whether Greater Media sets up its portable broadcast station on a boardwalk or in a parking lot for a store opening.

During the renovation, Smeal demoed numerous AKG microphones to help improve the sound of the station. A set of microphones provided by Sigmet consisting of C414s, C214s, 4500 BCs, C3000s and a D12 VR was delivered to the broadcast facility. According to Smeal, the AKG microphones were a hit at the station—a nice in-between solution for the DJs while the renovation continues. “We want to ensure we’re sending out the best sound, whether our listeners are in the car or in front of a hi-fi system,” he said

Smeal has plans to use 60 AKG C414s in his studios for a full microphone upgrade in 2014.

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

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Launches Next Generation of Producers with HARMAN’s JBL Professional M2 and LSR Studio Monitors, AKG Microphones and Lexicon Processors

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The first of its kind in the US, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee provides a unique opportunity to students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry, offering concentrations in audio engineering, radio production, broadcasting and other media industries. Fulfilling a key initiative of the project, Pearl Cohn partnered with the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers (P&E) Wing in late 2012, to build a fully functioning, world-class recording studio, creating the opportunity for students to learn music production skills in a professional, hands-on environment. The new studio is equipped with HARMAN Professional’s newest JBL studio monitors, AKG headphones and microphones, Lexicon effects and Crown amplifiers.

The transformation of Pearl Cohn into the Nation’s first Entertainment Magnet High School was the personal project of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Music Makes Us, a music education advocacy group, working to create a world-class learning environment for entertainment arts in Nashville.

Renowned studio designer Steven Durr donated his time and energy to develop the plans and oversee construction of the fully equipped studio. In a remarkable effort, producer/engineers Jeff Balding, Chuck Ainlay, in addition to Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, Terry Palmer, Matt Schlachter, Jon Randall Stewart, Durr and notable members of the Nashville music community rolled up their sleeves as a valuable subcommittee to put the facility together.

“Music education is so important to The Recording Academy, so when we were approached with the idea of Pearl-Cohn’s studio, we were proud to help in the development, contacting key associates in the music world to construct the first-of-its-kind high school facility,” says Susan Stewart, South Regional Director, The Recording Academy. “The studio became a reality with the help of the generous manufacturers and the community, who bonded together to provide students the hands-on environment they deserve to excel in the music industry.”

According to Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, the institution was developed with the desire of engaging students with project-based lessons centered on the entertainment industry theme.

“It was the intention of the school from the start to provide professional-level education. Whether students are going to pursue an audio degree or a career immediately after graduating, they will have the problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills associated with a strong audio-based foundation,” Lorber stated. “With the P&E Wing and HARMAN, our vision of building the all-encompassing studio has far surpassed what we ever imagined was possible!”

The commissioning of the studio at Pearl-Cohn marks the first installation of the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors powered by two Crown iTech 5000 HD power amplifiers. The M2, JBL’s flagship main monitor system leverages 7 patented technologies, JBL’s next generation transducers and its new Image Control Waveguide to deliver exceptional imaging, frequency response and high output to very broad space in the control room. .

The control room also includes a 5.1 JBL LSR6300 system, while edit rooms are equipped with JBL LSR4300 studio monitor systems. AKG microphones and headphones include K271MKII and K240MKII headphones, D12 VR drum microphone, C214s, a C414 matched stereo set and three C451B condensers. Lexicon’s PCM96 Parallel Stereo and Surround Sound Reverb/effect processor was installed. Pearl-Cohn also installed three complete Lexicon plug-in packages.

Pearl-Cohn provides nine audio classes, which have become the most popular courses since the program was established. The studio/audio program has become the centerpiece of a curriculum that includes a student-run record label and publishing company, plus classes in studio techniques for musicians and singers. Students select a pathway—
choosing between careers as producers, managers, engineers, marketing agents, and more—and enroll in classes beginning with a survey of the music industry and progressing into the specific areas of each student’s interest.

“With a student-run record label, a state of the art studio and the support of music industry veterans, the stage is set at Pearl-Cohn for emerging talent to make their mark in the music world. The future of the industry lies within these kids. We are proud to partner with The Recording Academy in support of this project,” stated Mark Ureda, Vice President, Strategy and Technology, HARMAN Professional.

“We want our students to realize their dreams and potential. They enter the program with ambitions and we want them to graduate with the skills that will provide a stepping stone for a successful career in the audio industry and success in life,” Lorber continued. “Having a partner like HARMAN enables us to create a student-centered studio that rivals university and professional facilities. The sound emanating from our studio is superb and we can’t thank our partners enough for helping Pearl-Cohn inspire its students in this top-of-the-line learning environment.”

For more information on the Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, please visit http://www.pearlcohnhs.mnps.org.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN Professional Provides Transportation Centers with Comprehensive, Scalable Audio/Video Solutions

Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore, India features a HARMAN IDX Information Delivery System.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Whether it’s an airport, a railway station or a subway platform, transportation hubs rely on effective communication to ensure their passengers are kept up to speed with schedule changes, locations of arrivals and departures, emergencies and more. As such, the effectiveness of any transportation center’s communication relies on the strength of its communication systems. With the understanding that any communication system is only as strong as its technology, HARMAN Professional offers world-class audio and visual components to ensure information is delivered quickly and clearly to millions of travelers around the world every day.

“Through the BSS, Crown and JBL brands, HARMAN Professional has become a common choice for cities and airport designers who require reliable and heavy-duty audio equipment for their transportation facilities,” said Van Williamson, Business Development Manager, Commercial Systems, HARMAN Professional. “Furthermore, HARMAN Professional’s IDX system, developed in partnership with Com-Net Software, further adds to our ability to provide comprehensive and scalable solutions for today’s airports, transit stations and other public spaces.”

HARMAN’s IDX System is a seamless audio and visual information delivery solution that provides a highly flexible and scalable way to communicate important information for way-finding. HARMAN’s experience and expertise in audio, matched with Com-Net Software’s depth of experience and knowledge, brings a new and comprehensive approach to information delivery that has not been seen before. The system is designed and built to exceed professional audio standards, incorporating premium microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers for the best audio quality available.”

HARMAN’s brands also offer best-in-class products in every audio category, from AKG microphones to BSS processing, Crown amplifiers to JBL loudspeakers, Martin lighting and more. As a result, HARMAN is uniquely suited to offer fully integrated, scalable audio systems where all components are optimized to work seamlessly together. These benefits are realized in ease of installation for systems integrators, affordable and easy-to-use systems for operators, and—most importantly—clear and effective communication for travelers.

In addition, HARMAN Professional hosts a wealth of resources for customers on their websites, including free software, white papers, application guides, and online training on audio topics and system design. These resources are used by professional consultants and integrators and are accessible to anyone interested in becoming more knowledgeable about audio science and technology.

For more information on HARMAN Professional’s offerings for stadiums and large venues, please visit www.harmanpro.com

For more information on IDX, please visit idx.harman.com

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

Hitachi Outfits the Entire Vancouver Public Schools District with Projectors

Vancouver, WA, December 30, 2013 – Since outfitting its 22 elementary schools, six middle schools and six high schools and comprehensive schools with Hitachi projectors, Vancouver Public Schools District has seen a higher level of engagement among its students at all grade levels. Hitachi’s projectors (purchased by the school district through Troxell Communications) offer dozens of advanced capabilities, such as highly intuitive operation and an unprecedented level of interactivity, that make teaching more effective and efficient and learning more engaging.

Vancouver Public Schools offer basic and advanced training courses for teachers on using the Hitachi projectors and interactive whiteboards, focusing first on the basics of the technology, and then addressing how to effectively integrate the technology into lesson plans.

“The secret to convincing a teacher to buy into the technology is by tying it into the curriculum,” said Steve Stoll, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Vancouver Public Schools. “A lot of our teachers have been excited to adopt features like conferencing, sharing screens and iPad compatibility. Veteran teachers are also seeing the value once they learn how to operate the projectors.”

“I came across an article tracing advancements in educational tools throughout history,” said Mr. Stoll. “Teachers have always pushed back in the transition from quill pen to pencil, pencil to ballpoint pen and so on. But we’ve seen teachers who are genuinely excited to use their new Hitachi projectors to the fullest extent.”

One of the most popular features of the Hitachi projectors is the ability to digitally store recent lessons. “Research shows that when the brain revisits learned information within 24 hours of inception, it has a much higher chance of being retained,” Mr. Stoll said.

Mr. Stoll explains that interactive technology is important for both the teachers and the students. “Even at the kindergarten level, we’ll see kids become accustomed to interactive lessons,” Mr. Stoll added. “In high school, they will often be utilizing the projectors and interactive whiteboards for their own group presentations.”

In addition to the Hitachi projection solutions, the district has begun several other new programs with an emphasis on technology, which include 1-to-1 initiatives where all students receive either iPads or laptops. These programs will expand to all students in grades 3-12 in the coming years.

For a school district so focused on student advancement through technology, Hitachi’s projectors are ideal. Steve Bratt, Manager of Technology Operations at Vancouver Public Schools, was impressed with the ease and affordability of the installation. “The short-throw interactive projectors are mounted in close proximity to the wall, meaning that it’s much more cost-effective and easier than installing a ceiling mount, which normally requires additional power,” Mr. Bratt said. “It also turns an existing whiteboard into an interactive board, which can still function as a normal dry-erase whiteboard on its own.”

For more information on Troxell Communications, visit www.trox.com.

For more information on Vancouver Public Schools, visit www.vansd.org.

For more information on Hitachi Projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia.

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Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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