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Barix Expands Annuncicom Product Range

New low-cost, reliable VoIP and IP Audio devices optimize features and functionality for universal applications

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 7, 2012Barix has successfully marketed its two-way Annuncicom IP audio and SIP/VoIP devices around the world, bringing bidirectional audio streaming and control solutions to various markets within the commercial, entertainment, private sector and residential worlds.

Barix now builds on that success with the introduction of two new Annuncicom devices at InfoComm 2012 (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C11722) that are priced to compete in large-volume projects and applications.

The new Annuncicom 50 is built specifically for OEM applications. Barix is now shipping to OEM partners, including a key player in the education and classroom automation market. The device delivers Barix’s trademark rock-solid reliability, open standards design and multi-format audio capability at a very low cost for OEM customers.

Furthermore, Barix breaks new ground with the Annuncicom 60, a universal, programmable and ultra-compact device that offers the industry’s lowest cost today for reliable IP encoding and decoding. The small form factor is roughly 40 percent the size of existing Annuncicom devices, which are already renowned for offering a compact footprint to systems integrators and end users.

In simple terms, the Annuncicom 60 is an ideal single-zone paging interface device that can decode VoIP codecs as well as MP3, AACplus and PCM audio. Its inclusion of a built-in speaker amplifier, balanced line output and microphone interfaces, serial and contact closure control interfaces, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support is unique to the market — delivering universal functionality at a competitive price.

“The Annuncicom 60 brings full-fledged functionality for low-cost paging and intercom while providing the high audio quality and format flexibility required for background music systems,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. “With advanced capabilities like built-in, efficient amplification and PoE support to simplify installation, the Annuncicom 60 is ideally positioned to support the continuously growing number of IP Audio applications.”

The Annuncicom 60 enables striking cost and technical advantages for applications suited for many markets:
• Reduces cost of entry for Barix IP intercom applications by at least 25 percent
• Reduces high quality microphone encoder costs by at least 25 percent, whether for technical or security-related audio surveillance; or classroom lecture audio capture
• VoIP and MP3/AACplus audio decoding capabilities enable merging of paging and background music applications
• Lowest cost balanced output audio decoder solution for “mono” output applications (paging gateways, AM radio stations, etc.)

The Annuncicom 60 is also the lowest priced IP audio product from Barix to feature a symmetric output, making it suitable for in-store audio and general audio distribution applications requiring a 600-ohm balanced output. The 5W amplifier, when combined with an efficient 8-Ohm speaker, provides enough power for a typical room, hallway, lobby or classroom — making it ideal for single room paging zones and audio “help points” in retail stores and visitor attractions, for example.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

projectiondesign® gets connected: HDBaseT digital interfacing at InfoComm 2012

Demonstrating the future impact of reducing costs, cabling and infrastructure requirements in complex installations

Norway’s projectiondesign will provide high-resolution projector equipped with an HDBaseT interface for video and data connectivity with inventor Valens Semiconductor, part founder of the HDBaseT Alliance, on the HDBaseT Booth C6038 at InfoComm 2012.

“As the preferred display partner, we will showcase the latest in HDBaseT digital interfacing using our projection technology. The demonstration shows the benefits of affordable, high-performance uncompressed video transmission,” says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign.

projectiondesign’s F35 wqxga projector

The HDBaseT interface is a dedicated data, video, power and communications interface that supports up to 10.2 Gbps (effectively 4K2K Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray resolution), audio, control and up to 100 Watts of remote power over standard CAT5e/6 LAN cabling at up to 100 meters in length.

“The future of multimedia distribution looks to transform the AV landscape with HDBaseT, which is why we are so eager to demonstrating this connectivity at InfoComm 2012. The demonstration reflects some of the core values of projectiondesign, namely those of high-performance and technology innovation which perfectly complements our product portfolio.

“We believe that HDBaseT will significantly impact the AV integrators’ complex installation requirements in a positive way – reducing costs, cabling and infrastructure requirements, and work load,” adds Løkke.

“We are excited to have projectiondesign adopting HDBaseT and becoming a member of the HDBaseT alliance, a terrific addition to the growing list of early technology adopters such as AMX, Extron, Crestron, Samsung, Sony Pictures and LG” says Micha Risling, HDBaseT Alliance Marketing Chair.

“projectiondesign is an industry leader and an ideal partner to showcase the benefits of HDBaseT technology, Connecting a projector is now more efficient, affordable and intuitive providing the consumer with a single-wire solution to surpass all their connectivity needs.”

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEPLOYS ALTINEX CONTROL SOLUTIONS

**** Photo: First Presbyterian Church's Altar / Stage Area ****

Baton Rouge, LA – June 2012… A member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Denomination, First Presbyterian Church is one of the area’s best known houses of worship with a storied history that dates back to 1827. As the church has grown, so too has its desire to remain cutting edge and relevant to its congregation. In keeping with this tradition, the church deployed both an impressive AV setup and a remote door locking control system during the past several months. In each case, the underlying technology behind the design and operation of both systems is dependent upon state-of-the-art equipment from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

Community Loudspeakers Command Sound at West Point’s Johnson Stadium

West Point, NY, June 2012…   Visitors to Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field in West Point, NY – home to the Army’s Black Knights baseball team – are sure to be impressed by the recent renovations to the historic venue. Located in the heart of this renowned  United States Military campus, the stadium boasts stunning views of the nearby Hudson River and the scenic campus.

The stadium remodeling project, intended to improve the stadium’s technology without altering its architecture, included the installation of a new scoreboard and video display, a state-of-the-art press box, and new stadium-wide sound system.

Thomas DePace, CTS of Advance Sound Company, the Farmingdale-based audio visual consultant that designed and installed the new audio system, explains why he selected Community’s R-Series Loudspeakers for this project.

“West Point is in a unique geographical location on the Hudson River which mixes both salt and fresh water,” says DePace. “That combination can be quite challenging when you’re designing a system that you expect to last for years to come. The Community R-Series speakers are designed to withstand the elements.”

The new system includes Community R.25 and R.5 two-way, full-range, weather-resistant  loudspeakers, black powder coated to coordinate with the Black Knights color scheme. The loudspeakers are pole-mounted approximately 30 feet high using Adaptive Technologies’ Pole Mount Solution. The tight cluster design allows sound to be directed at the baseline stands, backstop and surrounding areas, as well as the field.

“We wanted great intelligibility in close range as well as far range patterns,” DePace explains. “We had to use wider beam patterns because the concessions, ticket booths and bullpens are located outside of the stadium, and we wanted to ensure people in those areas still feel like they are part of the game.”

The system also includes a Shure SCM800 mixer, with DSP covered by Biamp Nexia and Crown Audio CDI series amplifiers to allow for individualized zone level controls.

“West Point is immensely happy with the result of the installation,” DePace says. “It looks nice and clean, and the power and sound quality is what one would expect when attending a United States Army event.”   

 
 
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ASHLY PROCESSORS AND AMPS A DYNAMIC DUO AT TWIN PEAKS RESTAURANT

twin_peaks_exterior.JPGSCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA: Owing to a successful recipe of “man food,” sports and sexy young waitresses, Twin Peaks Restaurant is one of the nation’s fastest growing chains. Part of its brand concept is to build “the perfect man cave,” which includes high-fidelity sound reinforcement to complement a profusion of screens. Clean Media AV recently helped complete a Twin Peaks Restaurant in its hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. To meet the restaurant’s demanding A/V requirements with an utterly reliable, yet still cost effective system, Clean Media AV designed the system around Ashly Audio network-ready processors and amplifiers.

The new Twin Peaks Restaurant occupies 7,500 square feet, which Clean Media AV subdivided into multiple zones so that volumes and input sources could be finely controlled. Nearly seventy high-definition televisions dot the ceiling and walls, guaranteeing that patrons are well positioned to take in multiple games and events more

A HARBINGER OF THINGS TO COME!ONE DANLEY JERICO HORN COVERS AN ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD

newnan_highschool_jh90.JPGNEWNAN, GEORGIA: In many ways, Newnan High School is a unique place that delivers an award-winning education through the collective dedication and hard work of its individual teachers and students. However, Newnan HS also has a lot in common with other high schools in the area and around the country – a vigorous athletics program that raises school spirit among students and helps to bond neighbors in the larger Newnan community. Recently, the school overhauled its 4,300-seat Drake Stadium, expanding it to accommodate 6,000 fans and replacing its dated sound reinforcement system. Rather than concede to the trade-offs and limitations inherent in traditional stadium reinforcement designs, Newnan opted to install a single Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horn JH-90, which delivers point-source, full-frequency coverage for the entire stadium at a total system cost that was fiercely competitive.

The old system had relied on a distribution of limited fidelity horns. Their multiple sources, combined with echoes, led to what any sound professional would recognize as a serious intelligibility problem. However, because it was like the thousands of sound systems that fill high school stadiums across the nation, most Newnan fans simply shook their heads, acquiesced to garbled announcements, and wrote it off as “typical stadium sound.” With the renovation of Drake Stadium’s seating and press box, the school jumped at the chance to update the sound reinforcement system. While school officials certainly expected some improvement, they did not anticipate just how dramatic that improvement would be.

“They knew that they wanted the new sound reinforcement system located out by the scoreboard just beyond one of the end zones,” said LaDon Findley, principal and chief sound designer at Performa Technologies, the Millbrook, Alabama-based company that installed the new sound reinforcement system for Newnan HS. “The dilemma is that when it gets that far away, there can be a serious reduction in sound pressure level as the signal moves forward in time and space. Southern A&E of Austell, Georgia designed the system to include one Danley Jericho Horn JH-90, which was expressly designed to excel in such situations. Due to some remarkable physics, the JH-90 delivers full-frequency, phase-coherent audio from a single point source with tremendous power.”

Performa Technologies worked with StressCrete to design a custom pole on which to mount the 700-plus pound JH-90 that would safely take it up and over the scoreboard. One DSLP48 processor, four Danley 6.5k amplifiers and one Danley 3.3k amplifier power the massive loudspeaker. Because the distance between the loudspeaker and the control booth is so great, Performa Technologies put evolved and now-cost effective wireless technology to use. A Listen Technologies line-level wireless transmitter conveys signal from the control booth to the equipment rack.

“With just one Danley Jericho Horn JH-90, Newnan High School has received a tremendous upgrade in terms of coverage and intelligibility,” said Jereme Harris, operation manager at Performa Technologies and the person responsible for the installation. “To call the difference between the old system and the new system ‘night and day’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

LaDon Findley, Performa Technologies, Inc. • ladon@performa-technologies.com, (334) 380-1039
Jason Leatherwood, Southern A&E • jleatherwood@southernae.com, (770) 819-7777

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SYMETRIX JUPITER 8 PROCESSORS SIZZLE AT HAUTE NYC STEAKHOUSE

stk_bistro.JPGNEW YORK, NEW YORK: The STK restaurant concept has opened haute steakhouses in major cities around the country, and now its second Manhattan location occupies the ground floor of the borough’s famed W.R. Grace Building. The newly renovated interior is stunning in its elegance and modernity, and music plays a vital role in STK’s contemporary vibe. Indeed, a custom playlist drawing on classic rock, dance, and everything in between gives way to a live DJ on most evenings, and subwoofers mounted within the seating move patrons to the music, literally. In addition to providing the restaurant’s ever-evolving custom playlist, New York City’s EL Media Group designed and installed STK’s high-powered sound system around two Symetrix Jupiter 8 turnkey processors with Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remotes.

EL Media Group differentiates itself by not only providing high-quality A/V system design and installation, but also by more

SYMETRIX JUPITER AND ARC-WEB PERFORM AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

cma_lobby.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Although the Country Music Association is perhaps best known for its annual CMA Awards show, the organization is constantly working to support and promote country music. The CMA’s headquarters in Nashville is a hive of activity and is frequently visited by the genre’s biggest stars and its most promising freshmen. Recently, the CMA decided to convert its atrium into a small-scale performance venue for intimate concerts, parties, and meetings. Morris Light & Sound of Nashville installed its sound reinforcement system, relying on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 processor paired with the Symetrix ARC-WEB Internet-based interface to provide system conditioning and intuitive user control that is accessible from the staffs’ smartphones.

“The idea was that, say, Garth Brooks or some other big name could stop by the CMA and play a small acoustic set as a ‘thank you’ to the staff,” explained John more

Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant HDMI Fiber Optic Extenders

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOXBOX HDMI fiber optic transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI video, audio, and RS-232 control signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for reliability and exceptional high resolution image performance, the fiber optic transmitter and receiver use Extron-exclusive all digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel performance with signals up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Available in multimode and singlemode models, FOXBOX HDMI products include Key Minder®, EDID Minder®, Auto Input Memory, RS-232 control from multiple locations, internal test patterns, and real-time system monitoring. EDID Minder manages EDID communication and Key Minder supports continuous authentication of HDCP compliance, providing enhanced and simplified integration. Compact, low profile enclosures allow for discreet installation such as behind a flat-panel display. more

D.A.S. AUDIO ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION ARTEC SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

**** Photo: D.A.S. Audio Artec 10A Loudspeaker ****

Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … D.A.S. Audio, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the most demanding sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to announce the introduction of the second generation Artec series loudspeakers. Available in both powered and passive configurations, the new Artec series loudspeakers encompass ten models designed to address a wide range of sound reinforcement applications. Featuring wide bandwidth and high SPL in a visually discrete package, the new Artec series can be installed on walls, ceilings, or columns thanks to an extensive selection of optional mounting accessories—and they are an ideal choice for under balcony, area fill, and near field applications. With reduced dimensions and sleek styling, they fit perfectly into multiple surroundings including hotels, restaurants, and convention facilities. more

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