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High-end sound without cables: Sennheiser presents RS 220 digital wireless headphones

Old Lyme, Conn., January 9, 2012 – High-end audio fans attach great importance to loss-free transmission of the sound signal between the source and the ears. In the past, wireless audio transmission has come up against its limits. Now however, audio specialist Sennheiser is opening up a new class of wireless listening with the new RS 220 wireless headphones. The digital wireless headphones have a full, detailed sound while offering total freedom of movement.

Headphone development is driven by the challenge of reproducing sound that is as lifelike and direct as possible. Up until now, cabled headphones had a far better audio quality than wireless headphones. But now, the RS 220 from Sennheiser is setting new standards. “With these digital wireless headphones, we have succeeded for the first time in combining wireless music enjoyment with high-end quality,” said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management at Sennheiser Consumer Electronics, describing the new RS 220.

Superior wireless listening pleasure
Many years of experience in the field of wireless transmission and audio technology have gone into the development of the new digital headphones. Dynamic transducers with powerful neodymium magnets ensure clear, lifelike audio reproduction with a frequency response of 19 to 21,000 hertz. The maximum sound pressure level of the open, circumaural headphones is 106 decibels. In the RS 220, the transmitter sends the audio signals to the headphones without compression via a stable 2.4 GHz connection using the so-called Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technique. “This is a frequency spreading process in which the output signal is spread to a width of 22 MHz by means of a specified bit sequence. If interference occurs at one point within this frequency range, the output signal experiences no interference as the data is transmitted with redundancy, in other words several times. As a result, only a minimal and inaudible part of the whole information is affected and the overall sound quality is not influenced,” explained Axel Grell, Senior Acoustical Engineer at Sennheiser. The headphones have a range of up to 100 metres without the need for the transmitter and receiver to be in the same room. A further advantage of the transmission process is the low latency and thus minimum delay of the audio signal.

Choice of several connection possibilities

The sound quality of a set of headphones is decisively dependent, among other things, on the connection between the audio source and the headphones. As the data between the transmitter and receiver is transmitted wirelessly in the RS 220, the feeding of the data from the audio source to the transmitter is particularly important. For this reason, the headphone system has an analogue, a coaxial digital and an optical digital input. Discerning users can decide themselves on the type and quality of the audio signal being fed in. Sensor buttons on the transmitter or directly on the headphones enable users to switch back and forth between the sources.

Lifelike sound experience
An important means of creating a musical effect is the transition between quiet and loud passages, as can be heard for example in Ravel’s Bolero. Conventional digital data transmission sometimes reduces this dynamic range, as an optimum signal volume for the entire data package is often assigned to the information when the analogue signal is converted into a digital data package. To preserve the original dynamics of a piece of music, the RS 220 completely dispenses with the automatic level control function. The data of the digital sources is transmitted unchanged, and the user can manually adjust the reference volume for the analogue inputs. As a result, the system comes very close to the audiophile ideal: a lifelike sound experience.

Maximum comfort
Operating the RS 220 is extremely easy. An on/off switch, controls for selecting the audio source and tracks, as well as a volume control are directly integrated into the headphones. There is also a control to individually adjust the volume balance between right and left. Setting up the wireless headphones for the first time is equally easy. Simply connect the transmitter to the audio or video device using the chosen connector, put on the headphones and switch on. The headphones come with rechargeable batteries that guarantee up to eight hours of listening enjoyment and which can be conveniently recharged while still in the headphones. As an added feature, the transmitter can also be used to supply a second optional set of headphones – for shared listening pleasure. The RS 220 will be available in late January and carries a street price of $599.95.

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BenQ Launches its First Full-HD 3D Home Cinema Projector

New W7000 Features 2,000 ANSI Lumen Brightness, 50,000:1 Ultra-High Contrast Ratio, Frame Interpolation, and Native Rec. 709 Color Gamut

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 9, 2012 — BenQ America Corp. today introduced the company’s first full-HD 3D home cinema projector, the W7000. Providing consumers with the ultimate in 3D home entertainment, the W7000 is the first projector in the world to be accredited with Full HD 3D Certification by TÜV Rheinland, one of the most trusted certification institutes in Europe. more

Atlona(R) Unveils New Home Collection Consumer Product Line at 2012 International CES

Atlona(R) Debuts Retail-Ready Audio/Video Connectivity Products Family

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 6, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced the Atlona Home Collection, an all-new family of audio/video connectivity products and accessories designed to provide consumers with the freedom and flexibility they need to connect and enjoy their electronics. With digital content in homes taking many forms and coming from a variety of devices, the new Atlona Home Collection offers the solutions retailers need to help consumers connect, share, and experience their media across multiple rooms, sources, and formats. more

METRIC HALO RELOCATES TO SUN-DRENCHED FLORIDA

mhllogolarge_for-white.jpgSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Without snow shovels and down jackets, Metric Halo is in the process of moving to the Tampa Bay area during the holiday break. A beautiful 10,000-square foot facility in Safety Harbor, Florida will serve as the company’s new management, manufacturing and research & development nerve center. Remarkably, every single member of the Metric Halo staff is moving with the company, which means no break in continuity creativity or sales for Metric Halo’s loyal users. Only the company’s address and phone number will change.

“After a lifetime of braving winter in New York, we’re done,” said Joe Buchalter, president of Metric Halo. “While I’m pretty sure that some of us will be back to the Northeast to visit friends and family, the operative word is ‘visit.’” Metric Halo is timing the move to minimize disruption. The office, shipping, and support departments more

WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL PROVIDE LIVE AND BROADCAST AUDIO FOR CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SHOW

cmt_awards_2011.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2011: The Country Music Television (CMT) Artists of the Year celebration honors five country music artists who stand at the top of the field with an evening of live music at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year, Rob Lowe hosted the proceedings, which included heartfelt performances by the five honorees: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney. As in the past, CMT hired Wireless First, a Clair Global Company to simultaneously provide live sound reinforcement and broadcast sound (the show aired in mid-December), along with RF equipment and expertise. In addition to the impactful Clair i3 line array system, which stays out of television sightlines, Clair Global brought two new products: a custom-built portable RF microphone podium and the CF 1090 Fractal Antenna. Both provided tangible benefits over existing technologies that allowed the crew to accomplish such more

Pro Audio Monitoring System Manufacturer Blue Sky Creates YouTube Video Aimed At Consumers & End-Users

Pro audio monitoring system manufacturer, Blue Sky, has maintained a core philosophy since its inception in 2001: to design and offer products that represent the highest ratio of performance-to-cost as well as a superior sound experience for its customers—from home enthusiasts to entertainment content creation professionals. Taking a cue from its in-depth website “Key Concepts” section, which addresses the company’s philosophy on topics ranging from the “Basics of Bass Management” to the “Truth About Subwoofers”, Blue Sky has created an in-depth video on its own YouTube channel to promote the company, its philosophy and the full line of components and systems it offers for home, personal, and professional studio use. 


Targeted to the end-user and consumer, Blue Sky’s first foray into the world of video was produced by Andrew Wild of Wild Touch Productions. Just over 7 minutes, the video outlines the complete Blue Sky story and showcases the full-range professional monitoring components and lines—from the entry-level 2.1 desktop eXo2 to the mid- and large-scale music/film dubbing systems including MediaDesk, ProDesk, Sky System One and Big Blue. Additionally, you’ll hear raves and reviews from two of Blue Sky’s professional proponents, Chris Unthank, Director of Transfer Operations at Larson Studios and Audio Director/Gaming Sound Designer Greg Allen (formerly of UbiSoft and Electronic Arts).

“Our intention with this new video is essentially to reintroduce the brand to the customer through social media outlets including YouTube and Facebook,” said Blue Sky Vice President Chris Fichera. “Outside of the traditional sales and marketing arena, we want to speak directly to our end-users to reiterate what we are about technically, what makes the Blue Sky brand and products unique—including offering components designed to complement each other and seamless systems built around the bass management concept, and to offer a few raves from some of our hardest-working customers. That’s what we were after and I believe we achieved it.”

STACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY. CALIFORNIA’S STACKED RESTAURANTS FEATURES IPADS AT THE TABLES AND ASHLY NE8250PE AMPLIFIER/DSP BEHIND THE TUNES

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2011: Remember the on-board food ordering systems aboard the starships in the (pick your favorite) Star Trek series? After a long day battling deadly aliens, navigating thorny philosophical predicaments, and contextualizing the human experience, Captain (pick your favorite) would select a meal on a TV screen mounted on the wall and, moments later, food would be either delivered via high-tech dumb waiter or fabricated on the spot from raw chemical constituents. Well, now thanks to the iPad(r) and the visionary team behind Stacked, you too can order your food on a screen (deadly aliens, etc. optional). With an iPad at every table and an addictive app that allows customers to visually build their ideal burgers, pizzas, salads, and desserts, Stacked offers a glimpse into the future. And because everything about the California-based chain needs to live up to our hopeful expectations about that future, A/V integrator No Static Pro Audio Inc. (Burbank, California) delivered hi-fi sound to all three existing locations using eight-channel Ashly Audio ne8250pe amplifiers with onboard DSP and out-of-the-box network-ready integration.

From the customer’s perspective, the iPad ordering system is transparent and easy to navigate. For example, the hamburger builder allows the user to drag tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, etc. from one side of the screen to a virtual burger on the other side of the screen. When they’re finished, they hit “send to kitchen” and a sophisticated triangulation system determines the table of origin and then communicates the order to the cooks. When they’re finished, customers have the option of using the built-in credit card readers to pay for their meal with the iPad. “I think it’s worth pointing out that the food is really, really good,” asserted Eugene Gordon, CEO of No Static Pro Audio Inc. “The technology will get people in the door once, but the quality of every other aspect of their experience will keep them coming back.”

Music is a high priority at Stacked. Chief information officer Brian Pearson is passionate about selecting upbeat tunes from across a range of contemporary genres. The songs reside on a gigantic MegaSeg repository from which a week of back-to-back songs will never repeat – and never let the carefully molded Stacked brand topple. No Static Pro Audio Inc. came to the project on a recommendation from another contractor already involved in the creation of the restaurants, and the pairing couldn’t have worked out better. “It’s fun working with Brian,” Gordon said. “He’s knowledgeable and excited about new technology and great sound.” To tie the Stacked music experience into the Stacked iPad experience, Gordon worked out a little app that allows patrons to review the last five songs that played, right from the table’s iPad.

The sound system Gordon designed for Stacked is both high-performance and cost-effective. Eight-ohm ElectroVoice ZX1-90 full-range loudspeakers provide audio throughout the establishment and JBL SRX718S 18-inch subwoofers kick up the kicks around the bar and dining area. An Ashly ne8250pe paired with an Ashly WR-5 wall-mount remote control comprise the rest of the audio system. The ne8250pe delivers eight channels at 250 watts per channel into 4 ohms (and since Gordon ran two 8-ohm loudspeakers per channel, that’s what they deliver). Moreover, the ne8250 has onboard Protea(tm) DSP and network integration – all in a single unit that is only two rack-spaces high.

Gordon reduced the cost of the project by turning to the Ashly model ne8250pe for the sound system amplification, matrix mixing, control and digital processing. The on-board 8-in x 8-out Protea(tm) DSP processor and matrix mixer provides overall equalization for the system, loudspeaker alignment & delay, and matrix mixing to allow, for instance, satellite TV audio for the bar and, at the same time, background music everywhere else. It also provides auto-leveling and brick-wall limiting. The programmable Ashly WR-5 allows Stacked staff to change volume separately in each zone. In addition, it allows them to select the MegaSeg playlist or the satellite TV as the input source for each zone.

“The Ashly ne8250pe is a high-performance, cost-effective, space saving solution for a place like Stacked,” said Gordon. “We were able to tuck the two rack-space unit into the server rack located in the equipment room, which was dominated by the back-end iPad infrastructure. The amp is reliable, great sounding, and powerful – indeed, Stacked has tons of clean headroom. Mostly to offer peace of mind, we employed the ne8250′s network capability so that we could monitor and change its status remotely.”

Be on the lookout for more Stacked locations opening up nationwide. Their plan is to open four to five of the restaurants each year!

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO
With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

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Audinate Partners with Inter-M

Largest South Korean Manufacturer of Pro Audio Licenses Dante™
Portland, OR-Nov. 21, 2011- Audinate announced today that Inter-M, South Korea’s largest PA and installed sound manufacturer, has agreed to collaborate to produce a line of products that will feature Dante, Audinate’s patented media networking technology. Audinate is the creator of Dante, the most advanced audio networking solution that is built using standards based IP over Ethernet.

Inter-M has been building quality commercial sound and professional audio products with a single-mindedness of purpose: “We Make It Easy” for its products to be designed and installed into systems. Known for their P.A Systems, S.R Systems, Consoles, Speakers, CCTV Systems, Wireless System, Microphones and DVR, Inter-M products are featured throughout Korea in Stadiums, Performing Arts Centers, office buildings and Houses of Worship. Inter-M is a publically listed company on the Korean Stock Exchange (KOSDAQ)

“Inter-M is a great brand in Korea and is expanding rapidly around the world.” said Lee Ellison CEO for Audinate. “Inter-M has an aggressive plan to connect their wide variety of products into an integrated system using Dante.”

“We believe having Dante in our systems gives us a definite competitive advantage” stated Wonho Lee, Director if R&D at Inter-M. “We selected Dante because it provides us with an audio over IP solution today, and Audinate is the only company that can offer a viable transition path to AVB for the future.”

Inter-M plans using Dante end-to-end throughout their systems, from Dante-enabled paging microphones, through mixers and distribution units, to Dante-enabled powered speakers.

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company.

About Inter-M
Inter-M has become a leading company with a competitive edge in the audio, video, and communications markets worldwide. Inter-M strives to make great contributions to the community with new products and technology, with many successful high-profile installations around the world. Inter-M is located in Korea and has been in business for 28 years.

LAMBEAU FIELD NEW HOME FOR DANLEY GENESIS HORNS

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 2011: It would be hard to overstate the cultural significance of Lambeau Field. Set in a mid-sized city in eastern Wisconsin, the 73,000-seat “Frozen Tundra” is home to the reigning NFL champion Green Bay Packers. Season tickets to Lambeau Field have been sold out for over half a century, and despite repeated seating capacity expansions, the average wait time for the 81,000 desperate souls on the season ticket waiting list is thirty years. In addition to the high drama of “regular” Packers football, Lambeau Field hosted the 1967 “Ice Bowl,” where -15-degree air (-45 wind chill) provided a merciless backdrop for a contest that would have been historic at any temperature. As part of an ongoing commitment to ensure that game day lives up to its reputation, the Packers recently heeded pleas to improve stadium sound. A new distributed system, based on Danley Sound Labs’ revolutionary Genesis Horn, Synergy Horn, and Tapped Horn loudspeaker technologies, now provides clarity, intelligibility, and punch that has exceeded all expectations.
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Tributaries® Offers Remote Protection and Filtering For Displays and Projectors

Orlando, FL—September 2011— TRIBUTARIES® is pleased to introduce a new addition to its line of innovative AC Power products, the PWRI-XF In-wall AC Power Extension Outlet Kit. Engineered to work in conjunction with T100 and T200 Power Managers, the dual-outlet XF model provides remote protection and filtering for displays and projections.

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Tributaries PWRI-XF AC Power Extension Outlet Kit

The PWRI-XF AC Power Extension Outlet Kit contains three main parts:
• A dual AC outlet with filtering built into a housing that is designed to fit in a dual gang
Carlon® or Raco® box finished with an integral plastic faceplate including a “POWER? LED, for installation behind the TV or projector.

• A Neutrik® 120V/20A UL® rated AC PowerCon® inlet mounted on a single-gang white Decora® wall plate for installation close more

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