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HARMAN’s AKG Introduces CBL31 WLS and STSDAM+ Tabletop Microphone Solutions for Wireless Use

VIENNA, Austria – HARMAN’s AKG is introducing a pair of world-class tabletop microphone solutions for wireless use. The CBL31 WLS and STSDAM+ both offer durability and flexible housing options and are ideal for meeting rooms, courtrooms, conference rooms and houses of worship.

The AKG CBL 31 WLS and STSDAM+ are based on heavy-duty tabletop mechanics and due to their heavy weight, are highly shock-absorbent and hold the microphone firmly in place. Various AKG pocket transmitters (including the WMS40/45/420/470 and DMS700) fit into the housing of both the CBL31 WLS and STS DAM+, to transform the stations into complete wireless solutions.

Both models offer a rugged mute switch (more than 25,000 switching cycles) that controls the microphone, plus an LED bar to clearly show the status. A 3.5 mm input jack plug allows connection of either up to four AKG CBL410 or a laptop to transmit the audio signal of a presenter to the local PA system.

The CBL31 WLS also includes the well-known cardioid capsule CK31 from the DAM Series. It is designed to fit a variety of AKG transmitters, including the PT40/45/420/450/470 and DPT700.

The STSDAM+ is designed to fit AKG DAM+ Series microphones, including the GN15/30/50M and CH41/43/49.

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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HARMAN’s AKG Aids International Understanding: New CSX IRS10 Infrared Language Distribution System from AKG Ensures Uncompromised Security and 10 Channels of Digital Transmission

VIENNA, Austria –HARMAN’s AKG introduces the new CSX IRS10 infrared language distribution system. Ideal for conferencing, tour guide and assistive listening applications, the CSX IRS10 offers 10 channels of digital infrared transmission and uncompromised security.
The next-generation AKG CSX IRS10 is based on a 10-channel PPM (Pulse Phase Modulation) technology, ensuring absolute security. The system is easily expandable to any room size. PPM also always uses the whole LED panel, regardless of whether someone is using one or 10 channels, which leads to the same radiation power and coverage area even if one is changing the number of needed channels.

The heart of the system is the CSX BIR10 breakout box. It takes either the channels of an AKG CS5 system or any other 10 channels fed to it and modulates them on the infrared carrier. Two new radiators transmit the IR light into the room. The two radiators (CSX IRT3 and CSX IRT4) differ in terms of radiation angle. AKG now offers a floodlight for lower ceilings and a spotlight to cast the IR signal a greater distance, making it the ideal solution for any kind of room.

The receivers offer two jog dial selectors to select the requested channel and to adjust the output level to the headphones. Both functions, as well as battery status, are shown on the OLED display. A standard 3.5mm stereo jack plug enables connection to headphones. A charging/storage case for 50 units is available to charge the 2700mAh NiMh rechargeable batteries (up to 20 hours operation time).

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.

HARMAN’s dbx Is Now Shipping Its DriveRack® PA2 Loudspeaker Management System With Mobile App Control

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx is now shipping its DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications. The DriveRack PA2 makes it easier than ever to set up a system and control it on the fly using via an Android®, iOS®, Mac®, or Windows® mobile device or laptop.

The original DriveRack PA revolutionized audio for bands around the world by providing all of the processing they needed between their mixer and amplifiers to optimize and protect their loudspeakers. The DriveRack PA2 takes all of this functionality to an entirely new level, at a price point that offers outstanding value. A brand new Wizard allows for faster and easier set-up, new AutoEQ™ provides professional touring-quality room EQ and incredibly accurate Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™) ensures freedom from feedback in any room.

The DriveRack PA2 can be set up and operated from a compatible tablet or smartphone via Ethernet using the free dbx PA2 Control App, available at www.dbxpro.com, the iTunes® Store and Google Play. Users have access to a host of configuration menus and on their mobile device or laptop, with full-color graphical displays that give ready visual indications of the parameters being adjusted. The DriveRack PA2 can also be operated via its front-panel controls and display.

The DriveRack PA2 provides a comprehensive suite of system tuning and optimization tools. Its improved AutoEQ enables automatic and precise equalization of the loudspeakers to the venue in which they’re installed to achieve smoother, more accurate in-room frequency response. A new AFS Advanced Feedback Suppression feature automatically finds and dials out any problematic feedback-producing frequencies.

The PA2 offers numerous additional system-tuning and sonic optimization capabilities, including dbx compression, graphic and 8-band parametric EQ, a new input delay module for delaying the front of house system to the backline, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built-in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems), limiting, loudspeaker time alignment and many additional features.

“Setting up a PA can be one of the most challenging aspects of ilve performing, especially for local and semi-pro musicians who have to do it themselves, but the DriveRack PA2 makes the process fast, accurate and stress-free,” said Noel Larson, Director of Marketing, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Getting great live sound is now as easy as reaching for your phone or laptop.”

The dbx DriveRack PA2 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $499.95.

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.

Hitachi Projectors Help Calvary Church Successfully Expand Following

Jupiter, Florida, March 31, 2014 – When the number of attendees at Jupiter, Florida’s Calvary Church outgrew the main auditorium, in-house Creative Specialist Kevin Hendrix chose to create a video auditorium for the church’s new members. The challenge was to use projectors to create a video experience comparable to being in the main sanctuary.

“We wanted the secondary room to have a similar feel and atmosphere to the sanctuary,” said Mr. Hendrix. “Hitachi’s projectors provide high brightness and their versatility and networking capability has made them very easy to use—for everyone in the church, not just myself!”

A Hitachi CP-WX8265 projector streams live video of the stage in the main room onto the center of a 7×12-foot viewing screen in the secondary room, which seats up to 200 attendees. Two Hitachi CP-WX8255 projectors display song lyrics and message summaries on the left and right sides of the central viewing area.

“The primary function of the Hitachi projectors was to help create a consistent and dedicated environment,” said Mr. Hendrix. “But the projectors can still be used for groups meeting in that room for other programs. After just a month and a half, we’ve already seen meeting groups use the projectors for movie and game nights.”

The projectors’ versatility wasn’t the only attribute that stood out to Mr. Hendrix. “I like a company that manufactures its own products,” said Mr. Hendrix. “The strong warranty and free bulb replacement policy also gave Hitachi an edge over the competition in our decision process.”

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features a brightness of 6,500 ANSI lumens. The CP-WX8255 3LCD projector features a brightness of 5,500 lumens. Both support an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA). The projectors were dealt and installed by Shepherd Multimedia, based in Grapevine, TX.

“With the help of the Hitachi projectors, we’ve actually created a culture of people that prefer that room to the main auditorium—the lighting, the atmosphere and the overall experience all speak to this,” said Mr. Hendrix.

For more information on Calvary Church, visit http://www.calvarychurchfl.com/index.php

For more information on Shepherd Multimedia, visit http://www.shepherdmultimedia.com/

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi
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/.

HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle Is the Go-To Reverb Plug-In for Producer, Trainer and Writer Mo Volans

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Mo Volans enjoys a multifaceted career as a producer, musician, writer and product trainer. He got his groove going when he was signed to the UK’s Global Underground and Subversive Records. For 15 years he wrote, produced and remixed records for major and independent labels, including Positiva, Hed Kandi, Skint, AATW and MOS/Data, where he first got his hands on classic HARMAN Lexicon gear like the 480L.

His electronic music production and composing skills led Volans to producing music for TV and around 2006 he was asked to write an article for Remix magazine, which launched a parallel career as a music writer. Since then he’s written countless features and currently contributes to Future Music, AskAudio and Audiotuts+.

Thanks to his thorough understanding of electronic music technology and knack for explaining it clearly, Volans has become an in-demand producer of training videos. He is now the lead trainer at MacProVideo.com and AskVideo and has produced training and promotional material for a number of major computer music platforms, including Ableton, Logic, Reason, Cubase, Maschine and BitWig. Through all his occupational diversity, his preference for Lexicon has remained constant, and it’s no surprise the tech-savvy Volans has adopted the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle plug-in package.

The Lexicon PCM Total Bundle offers a wide variety of legendary Lexicon reverbs and effects like Vintage Plate, Hall, Room, Concert Hall and other hallmark Lexicon reverbs, and effects that run the gamut from Pitch Shift, Chorus, Dual Delay and Resonant Chords to other completely unique sounds. It’s designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST, Audio Unit or RTAS-compatible platform and with Windows and Macintosh computers.

“I’ve been using Lexicon as long as I can remember,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with almost every model of Lexicon hardware, from flagship products like the 480L in larger studios to my more recent use of the MX and PCM reverb and effects processors in smaller facilities and my own project studios. When I had the opportunity to try the PCM Total Bundle I didn’t hesitate.” Mo quickly found it to be invaluable.

“I’ve been using the PCM Total Bundle as my go-to reverb solution literally since the day it arrived.” Mo uses the plug-in for both his own recordings and in his training courses. “When it comes to demonstrating algorithmic reverbs this is just about as good as it gets for me. If I can call something that’s used in training videos a ‘textbook example’ of something, then the Lexicon is it.”

Anyone interested in electronic dance music (EDM) creation should note that Volans has recently completed what he calls an in-depth six-hour training course for MacProVideo.com on mixing and mastering electronic dance music in Logic Pro X music production software. He used the PCM Total Bundle extensively throughout this course, and for recent online features for Future Music and AskAudio.

Does the PCM Total Bundle live up to what Volans is accustomed to hearing from Lexicon’s industry-standard hardware? “I’ve worked in the studio with Lexicon gear for a long time. Having used the hardware I can say without a doubt that this plug-in is the real deal.” For Mo, Lexicon technology stands out from all other reverb units and plug-ins. “Lexicon manages to create stunning acoustic spaces that no other algorithmic processors seem to be able to touch. The richness of the reverb tails are legendary, and for good reason. I’ve found other processors that can do a good job – but Lexicon consistently nails the non-linear acoustic nature of real-world spaces.”

“Mo has been with Lexicon every step of his highly successful career. The diversity of his work and his consistent use of our plug-ins speaks to the ability of our reverbs to meet the requirements of any style of project he takes on. Furthermore, seeing him using Lexicon to teach a new generation of producers is the best compliment he can give us,” stated Noel Larson, Director of Marketing, HARMAN Signal Processing.

For more information about Mo Volans and his work please visit www.movolans.com.

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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HARMAN Professional and KD’s Southern Cuisine Bring Upscale Dining and Entertainment to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – Bricktown, Oklahoma City’s entertainment district, just got a lot more entertaining with the opening of KD’s Southern Cuisine (www.kdsbricktown.com), an elegant dining establishment that serves up Southern culinary favorites for lunch and dinner – and when it’s late in the evening, transforms into a nightclub with DJs, dancing and live music, all served up through a HARMAN Professional audio system.

The design brief given to Norman, OK system integrator Pro Presenters, LLC and its President/CEO, Steve Patrick, was clear: the ownership group wanted KD’s to have an upscale look and feel, and “New York City club-level audio where we could really push some sound pressure levels.” However, to keep the open, contemporary interior design undisturbed, the sound system had to be completely hidden from view.

KD’s is divided into four areas – dining room, bar, private lounge and patio – and the system had to cover the sonic gamut from subtle background music to live bands and DJs pounding out the volume. In the bar area in particular the owners were insistent upon having dance club-capable SPL, but with so much emphasis placed on the décor, there was no room to hang loudspeakers, let alone large ones. There were also some unique architectural challenges and solutions – including a motorized glass window that runs the length of one wall of the dining room. When the window is closed the bar can get loud while the dining room maintains a lower noise level.

For the bar area, Pro Presenters needed a loudspeaker that could fit into the wall behind the bar while delivering the requisite volume. The company went with 12 JBL AC15 ultra-compact loudspeakers, inset into the framework and placed at a height and in locations to ensure even, unbroken coverage throughout the room. The bar has a floating ceiling, which included a cavity where Patrick and his team had room to install four JBL ASB 6112 compact subwoofers.

Adjacent to the bar is a small performance area for DJs and live bands, where four JBL VRX928LA compact constant curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are mounted on each side of the stage. “These are perfect for this kind of application,” Patrick noted – “they’re small and don’t get in the way of anything but are full-range and sound really good.” Two more VRX928’s and a VRX918 are located in the private lounge.

The main dining room and two private dining areas (which can be combined into a larger private dining room for bigger affairs) required music that could go from a gentle background level to something louder. Patrick wanted to install loudspeakers in the ceiling but had to work around a number of large circular hanging lighting fixtures. However, the ceiling also had several openings in which additional LED lights were installed – and these openings were also large enough to accommodate 14 JBL Control 26C coaxial ceiling loudspeakers and four Control 19CS in-ceiling subwoofers. In addition, two Control 26C loudspeakers were placed in the ceiling in each of the two private dining rooms, and four Control 28 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers are mounted in the outside patio area.

The loudspeakers are powered by a total of nine Crown amplifiers, a mix of DSi 6000, DSi 2000, CDi 1000, CDi 4000, 280A and 180A models. “These amps just made sense for this installation – their onboard processing enabled us to easily tailor their frequency balance, and other parameters to the loudspeakers, subwoofers and room acoustics. The 280A works in conjunction with a push-to-talk mic in the kitchen so the backline workers in the kitchen can hear what’s going on up front, and the 180A is simply one of the best amplifier values out there,” said Patrick.

A Soundcraft Si Performer digital live sound console handles both lighting and sound for the stage and main dining areas. Patrick chose the Performer because “we felt like it was two consoles in one. One person can do it all – mix the sound for both rooms and control all the lights with onboard DMX-based scene recalls. It’s amazing how much capability is built into this console.” He noted that thanks to the console’s built-in reverb, compression and effects, it also eliminated a lot of rack components they would otherwise have needed in the system.

“The ownership group couldn’t be more pleased with the way the KD’s installation turned out,” Patrick concluded. “The system is completely unobtrusive visually, and perfectly suits KD’s dual requirement for a system that can play quieter music during the day and get everybody dancing at night with sound quality that rivals that of any nightclub.”

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.

New Endemol Sport Studios Back HARMAN Studer Vista 5 Digital Consoles

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands –Situated at the MediArena in Amsterdam, the new Endemol Sport studios have been equipped with two 42-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 5 digital mixing consoles as part of an innovative production design, involving three studios and three galleries on the same fiber backbone.

The consoles were supplied by Heynen, Studer’s Dutch distributors, and installed by system integrator DutchView. These form the audio control of a sophisticated fit-out initiated by Eredivisie Media & Marketing to mark the start of the 2013-2014 Dutch football season. Three new HD studios and production galleries, dedicated to match-day programming and highlights, have been built and equipped for this purpose.

The project’s primary objectives were to improve both the quality of content contribution across multiple platforms and the overall experience for viewers tuning in to the Fox Sports Eredivisie football pay-TV channels.

Undertaking the conceptual design and specification was a team comprising Victor Winkelhage (head of production Endemol Sport), Jinne Tania (consultant Fox/Eredivisie) and SjaakVreeburg (Resources Manager Endemol). It was Vreeburg who produced the tender document, and later acted as project manager for the construction of the studios.

The aim was to achieve an innovative mix of cutting-edge studio technology and IP-based platforms, with direct access from, and full integration between, technology and editing using Riedel MediorNet media networking.

“We can now handle three different live programmes on three different channels, using one video/audio router for the three studios, one intercom system, Virtual studio manager and other software solutions,” said Vreeburg. “The workflow from EVS is directly streamed to the storage facility. We can start editing instantly on up to 12 sets for direct playback in the studio by IP-directory or file transfer to the Fox play-out facility and master control room in Hilversum.”

The conceptual difference of the sports studios is that the content sits right at the center—not only for TV but also for Internet streaming (and C-Cast) of mobile devices and tablets. “This enables us to deal more with sport and less with technical issues,” Vreeburg added. “The combination of incoming lines and the connection to the Studer mixer and the intercom givers us so much more flexibility.”

The Studer solution was adopted on the recommendation of DutchView, supplier of technical facilities and crew, working with Dutch system integrator D&MS. “We knew the quality and flexibility of Studer’s Vista series and were deliberating between the Vista 1 or Vista 5. Jinne and I visited the Integrated Systems Europe Show to satisfy questions about the MADI router, number of faders and stage boxes, Input/Output boards, de-embedding and routing. Niels [Mijnlieff, product specialist from distributors, Heynenbv] provided all the answers we needed and DutchView advised us to opt for the Vista 5 in view of the configuration required.”

The Studer platform was recommended for its audio quality, ease of setup, control and operation, the analog approach of the console and the experience DutchView has in working with the consoles. “We have lots of trained audio engineers who are extremely familiar with Studer Vista consoles and operating systems,” stated DutchView’s Robert Reparon. “There is also the possible expansion of the system with additional Studer preamp stageboxes from our own stock.”

Although DutchView has historically been the house supplier for Endemol, and supplied the facilities for the Eredivisies Studio (Dutch Premier League League channel) it nevertheless had to participate in a 3-way tender process. Having nominated DutchView, Endemol and Fox then addressed the configuration details—namely to build three complete new studios (designated 4, 5, and 6) each with four cameras and LED lighting, while Studio 5 and 6 each have six projectors for background projection in the set. The two Vista 5 consoles will mix programs in Studio 5 and 6, alongside Grass Valley vision mixers, Vizrt studio and match graphics.

Each Vista 5 is equipped with the SCore Live processor and accompanied by a 6U 19” Input Output Frame, with a Studer D21m 3U I/O Frame, each frame equipped with redundant power supply. This is populated with five SCore Live DSP boards; SCore Live Bridge board; Sync Generator board; GPIO Board; 12 Mic/Line inputs; 16 analog Line inputs; 24 analog Line outputs, eight digital AES/EBU inputs (stereo); eight digital AES/EBU outputs (stereo); MADI I/O board; threeMADI input/output board (Hub) optical with single mode fiber I/O; two HD board for link to DSP core; two 19” 1U Fan units and two 19” 1U air deflection panels; two19” 1U air deflection panels with cable feed-through; Serial Merger Card; Vista 5 System Software; and Configuration Editor software.

All the signals coming from the venues, the master control room and local play out servers are merged into MADI streams via a third-party audio router. Local studio audio sources (such as mics) are patchable directly to the Studer D21 I/O frame.

The configuration was undertaken by DutchView, whose senior engineers also provided operational training, while Heynen commissioned the systems. In addition, the systems integrator also provides two OB vans for covering four soccer matches during a weekend—both equipped with Vista consoles and D21 routing systems.

Summarized Robert Reparon, “All our audio engineers are very satisfied with the Vista setup in the studios. They feel comfortable during the shows and are confident with a system on which they rely.”

And SjaakVreeburg concluded, “There is no comparison between the present configuration and the situation before, with usage of all eight audio channels, the incoming lines, live studio production, commentary positions and playback from EVS via the excellent interface between Riedel and Studer. This has given us greater flexibility, speed, multitasking, fewer faults and a better operation/understanding between directors and audio technicians.”

About the broadcasters
Netherlands-based television and digital production company Endemol is the world’s largest independent television and digital production company. Fox Sports Eredivisie is a Dutch premium television service owned by Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV, which in turn is held by Fox International Channels (51%), the Eredivisie CV Football clubs, Endemol and the KNVB (Dutch FA).

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.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6™ Lighting Console Wins Inaugural PIPA Award for Best Lighting Controller

AARHUS, Denmark — Underscoring HARMAN Martin Professional’s position as a leading provider of dynamic lighting solutions for entertainment production, the Martin M6™ lighting console was awarded the first ever Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for Best Lighting Controller.

The PIPA Awards are presented to the best audio, lighting, and musical equipment as voted by more than 100 production and entertainment publications from around the world. Martin Professional accepted the award on Thursday, March 13 at an event attended by more than 300 industry professionals.

“We are honored to be recognized by the industry with a PIPA Award for our M6 console at the first ever Prolight + Sound International Press Awards,” commented Matthias Hinrichs, Product Manager, Martin Professional. “The M6 would not have been possible without the support and feedback of the talented global community of lighting designers that work with our M-Series consoles on a daily basis. This award validates our efforts to provide innovative solutions that enable the creative vision of our customers across the globe.”

Designed to easily handle even the most demanding multimedia shows, the M6 console can control everything from conventional and moving lights to the most advanced media server. The console is based on Martin’s proprietary M-Series™ software platform and provides users with a highly advanced visual control surface for fast programming and extensive playback control.

The M6 is Martin’s most advanced console design to date, featuring a total of 44 playbacks, 10 motorized faders, 12 additional faders, and a total of 17 encoders for parameter access as well as Martin’s proprietary LiveBlender™ T-Bar, FastDial™ rotary encoders, and BriteTouch™ display.

For more information on Martin Professional’s M6 console, please visit: www.martin.com/product/product.asp?product=m6

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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.

SunBriteTV’s Backyard of the Year Contest Concludes with Stunning Backyard Featuring Poolside Outdoor Television

THOUSAND OAKS, California— After receiving dozens of spectacular submissions throughout 2013, SunBriteTV’s inaugural Backyard of the Year contest came to a close with Creative Audio Video and Automation named the Grand Prize Winner! President and Owner Kevin Burnley was responsible for the beautiful winning installation, which featured a custom mounting surface, poolside swim-up bar and, of course, a SunBriteTV outdoor television.

“We had worked with the client before and he had already built the pergola and the swim-up bar,” said Burnley. “Our biggest challenge was finding a way to mount the SunBriteTV to the pergola while preserving the view— a custom mount ended up being the perfect solution!”

The installation, which spanned three months from planning stages to completion, features two Polk Atrium6 speakers mounted to the pergola, two concealed Atlas Sound GST-G speakers in the ground, and a SunBriteTV Signature Series 32” 3260HD.

Creative Audio Video and Automation, based in St. Louis, MO, was established in 2011 and has been anchored by Burnley’s 18+ years on experience in the custom install business.

“We’ve exclusively used SunBriteTV in all of our outdoor installations since day one,” said Burnley. ”Many customers approach us and ask about installing an indoor TV outside — this is something we refuse to do not only for their safety, but our own liability.”

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. All models function flawlessly in temperatures spanning -24 to 122°F and feature ruggedized exteriors that can handle any climate. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Hitachi Expands 9000 Series Large-Venue Projectors with Off-White Color Availability for All Models

Chula Vista, California, March 24, 2014 – Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing the availability of off-white-colored versions of all its 9000 Series DLP projectors. The CP-X9111, CP-WX9211 and CP-WU9411 projectors achieve up to 10,000 lumens brightness with remarkable image quality and ease of installation, making them ideal for large venues and staging applications. By releasing off-white editions of the 9000 Series projectors, Hitachi has made it easier for installers to seamlessly integrate projectors into existing environments.

All models feature Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer image processing with controls that enhance sharpness, improve contrast and make fine details clearer. Users can also adjust the effects by three levels according to the surroundings so that the colors of the projected images are the actual colors of the objects they represent.

The 9000 Series projectors also feature two built-in color wheels, enabling users to easily switch between Rich Color Mode, which is ideal for use in environments where vibrant, rich images are required, and Bright Mode, which is ideal for presentations and other situations that require the sharing of information. In addition, the projectors offer built-in edge blending capability that achieves the seamless projection of one image using multiple projectors.

All projectors include motorized lens shift that enables lens shift, zoom and focus to be perfectly dialed in and increases installation flexibility. Moreover, six interchangeable lenses are available to match various screen sizes and installation environments. Projection is possible in diverse installation areas from small conference rooms to auditoriums, convention halls and other large spaces. For added ease of installation, the 9000 Series projectors can be installed facing any direction in 360 degrees, allowing the projectors to be utilized in a variety of ways at a variety of angles.

The 9000 Series feature HDCR (High Dynamic Contrast Range), a function that lets users correct blurred images that are caused by room lighting or outside light sources, resulting in clear images even in bright rooms. In addition, the projectors’ Motion Adaptive Deinterlacer provides focused images, even for fast-moving video.

Lastly, the 9000 Series is equipped with a dual lamp system. Dual Mode achieves a high brightness up to 10,000 lumens in a compact body weighing only 41 pounds. In Single Mode, if one lamp stops functioning during use, the second lamp activates and projects the image with no interruption in the projection. Twenty-four hours of continuous operation is possible with the Alternative mode, which alternates the use of the two lamps.

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

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
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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