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Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase Latest HD Studio and Production Cameras at InfoComm 2012

WOODBURY, New York – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, announces its presence at this year’s InfoComm, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 13th to 15th. The company will display its keys offerings, including the new SK-HD1200 portable HDTV studio and EFP camera and the Z-HD5000 HDTV production camera within Hitachi America’s booth (C5425).

“InfoComm affords us a great opportunity to strengthen our business with both broadcasters and customers in the AV industry,” said Sean Moran, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America’s National Sales Manager. “Hitachi Kokusai offers HD cameras with superior price performance, which we believe to be a top priority due to the budget constraints experienced by everyone in the corporate, government and educational video industries. We’re proud to offer products that are affordable without compromising quality or functionality, and we look forward to connecting with attendees at InfoComm. The InfoComm audience represents many of our oldest and most loyal customers as well as new, potential customers looking to us for more cost-effective solutions for their AV needs.”

Hitachi’s new top-of-the-line SK-HD1200 handheld HDTV production camera offers the most advanced digital processing technology available, resulting in low-noise, high dynamic range pictures. The SK-HD1200 features three 2.3 million pixel 1080/60p Ultra-Advanced CCDs, 3Gbps HD-SDI signal handling from end-to-end, and has the capability to switch between progressive and interlaced signal processing, transport and outputs. The camera system simplifies and lowers cost with its ability to use an optical routing system to connect multiple camera heads to any number of CCUs.

Also on display will be the Z-HD5000 HDTV camera, Hitachi’s most economical, high-performance, multi-function Studio and Field production camera. The first HDTV model camera in the company’s popular, affordable Z Series product line, the two-piece dockable Z-HD5000 camera offers the flexibility needed for multipurpose applications including studio, field and mobile video production. Offering high light sensitivity coupled with low vertical smear, the Z‐HD5000’s three 2/3‐ inch native 1080i CCD sensors produce 850 TVL of resolution, F10@2000 Lux, and HD Signal to Noise (SNR) level of 58db for a sharp, clean HD picture.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

The RapcoHorizon Company Provides Reliable Audio for Cain’s Ballroom

TULSA, OK, JUNE 13, 2012 – The RapcoHorizon Company (InfoComm 2012, Booth C11619), a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, has been chosen as the exclusive snake and cable provider for Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a 20-year relationship with RapcoHorizon, Cain’s recently selected a custom rack-mount Venue splitter snake, Concert Series sub snakes and RoadHog microphone and monitor cables to provide the ultimate in sound quality for the 1,700-person-capacity venue.

Ranked by CNN as one of the “Top 10 Fabulous U.S. Music Venues,” Cain’s Ballroom began its musical history as a ballroom dance venue in the 1930s. Today, it is primarily utilized as a concert hall, hosting as many as 20 performances each month. With concerts by artists in a myriad of genres—from rock and country to heavy metal—the venue relies on its RapcoHorizon gear for flexibility and durability.

“With so many different types of musicians using the gear, our cables take a lot of abuse,” says Russell Law, III, house engineer for Cain’s Ballroom. “I really like the jackets on the XLRs – they’re reliable and that’s the main goal I was looking to achieve.”

The RapcoHorizon RoadHog XLR cables in use at Cain’s offer a unique design for the working musician, as their rugged construction does not sacrifice sound quality. The outer jackets are made of durable yet flexible PVC. The cables’ pure copper conductors and shields provide a superior sound and reliable operation, night after night. With as many as 12 mixes during any given show, Law relies on the RapcoHorizon cables to send audio to the monitors, which ensures clarity of tone. Law relies on the Extras are kept on hooks backstage, in case the setup calls for additional cables. The RoadHog microphone cables run audio to the various Shure and Sennheiser microphones. All of the RoadHog cables guarantee a clear, crisp tone in a rugged casing.

Given the abundance of RapcoHorizon cables in use, Law relies on RapcoHorizon’s custom rack-mount Venue splitter snake and Concert Series sub snakes to ensure a neat, organized stage. RapcoHorizon’s Venue Series, the company’s highest quality product, offers the best construction of cable and premium connectors. The Concert Series is a premium quality product line, which provides a unique construction of cables and connectors manufactured with pure copper conductors and braided shields, coupled with top-brand connectors. All custom RapcoHorizon snakes are hand soldered and individually tested to ensure performance, frequency response and durability.

“The wide variety of RapcoHorizon equipment being used ensures that musicians at Cain’s Ballroom are afforded dependable performance and resilience during every show,” says Lucas McCulley, marketing and artist relations at RapcoHorizon.

Built in 1924 by Tulsa entrepreneur Tate Brady, Cain’s Ballroom transitioned from a garage to a dime-a-dance joint and dance academy started by Madison W. “Daddy” Cain in 1930. The building was sold and refurbished in 1976 before reopening with the current name, Cain’s Ballroom. Since then, the venue has become well known for being one of the top performance venues in the world—having earned distinctions not only from CNN but also by Yahoo as one of “10 Great Places to See a Show.” Pollstar also ranked the venue as number 26 worldwide for ticket sales at club venues. Some notable artists who have graced the stage at Cain’s Ballroom include Snoop Dogg, The Band Perry, Matisyahu, Switchfoot, Flogging Molly, Coheed and Cambria, Smashing Pumpkins and Sugar Ray. Grammy-winning artist Bon Iver performed at the venue on June 2, 2012.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theatre, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

MediaMatrix® Debuts Three New Networkable Paging Stations for ControlMatrix® II Platform

Peavey® Commercial Audio proudly announces the new CM2-APS™, CM2-10d™ and RMP-2™ CobraNet® paging stations for MediaMatrix® digital audio networks. These paging stations interface with the ControlMatrix® II integrated hardware and software paging platform over Ethernet, providing designers and integrators with a convenient method of adding paging stations to their projects with a single network connection.

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Peavey ControlMatrix Series paging systems are installed worldwide in transportation terminals, sporting facilities and entertainment venues, and the addition of these new digital paging stations make installation of ControlMatrix systems easier than ever. more

MediaMatrix® Releases CAB™ 8n Configurable Audio Bridge

Peavey® Commercial Audio has released the CAB™ 8n, a new 8×8 CobraNet configurable digital audio bridge from MediaMatrix® that provides an unparalleled eight individually configured audio channels for networked digital audio systems.

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The CAB 8n is a compact, half-width, 1RU-tall device that allows convenient mounting in equipment racks and under tables. The unique I/O configuration means all the inputs and outputs required can be handled by a single box, and everything can be connected via a single Ethernet cable when used with any standard PoE (Power over Ethernet) network switch or standard power injector. A 12VDC power inlet is included for situations where PoE is not available. more

Crest Audio® Announces New CLh™ 5000 & CLh 2500 High-Efficiency Power Amplifiers

The new Crest Audio® CLh™ Series power amplifiers set a new standard for performance and efficiency for the contracting and installation market. Led by the CLh 5000 and CLh 2500 models, CLh amplifiers feature an ultra-high efficiency amplifier output circuit that reduces weight while increasing output power, reliability and thermal efficiency.

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The Crest Audio CLh 5000 and CLh 2500 are ultra-high efficiency, servo-controlled, class-D power amplifiers that deliver high power through two channels to balanced outputs for the ultimate in common-mode noise cancellation. The CLh 5000 produces 2,500 watts per channel continuous at 70.7 volts, while the CLh 2500 provides 1,250 watts per channel continuous at 70.7 volts (100V export models will also be available). The state-of-the-art CLh series amplifiers deliver this power from a stunning 13 lb. package. more

Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Creates Massive Flown LCD Video Wall for New Surf The Musical Production

Potentially Record-Setting Display Submitted to Guinness World Book of Records

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 14, 2012 — Adaptive Video Walls and Displays (InfoComm Booth C9547), a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall mountable, floor standing, interlocking and flyable video wall frames for multiple LCD, LED and plasma monitors, has teamed up with Sharp Electronics and WorldStage to create what may be the world’s largest flown LCD video wall display. The companies built the display for Surf the Musical, a new musical production in Las Vegas featuring the 1960s Songs of the Beach Boys, and it has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.

For Surf the Musical, the rigged visuals will take up the entire stage backdrop of the show. Crew members will hoist and lower them with powerful winches up to 41 times over the course of the nearly two-hour show. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays engineered an incredibly precise and load-rated flyable frame for the Sharp PN-V601 60-inch monitors, which make up the massive display.

The Adaptive Video wall LCD frame interlocks into eight-deep columns, in the landscape orientation. Overhead rigging beams accommodate one huge five-wide by eight-deep video wall comprised of 60-inch monitors that are flanked by two (four)-wide by eight-deep video walls, which are surrounded in turn by an additional two (two)–wide by eight-deep video walls, for a total of 136 pcs. monitors. The visual experience is extraordinary and the combined crisp and clear displays, along with the use of some external elements, bring the audience onto the stage and into the show, perhaps more than ever before.

In addition to the frames designed for use in this production, Adaptive Video Walls and Displays provides interlocking load-rated frames for many other LCD and plasma models that are employed in many permanent and rental and stage applications around the world, including narrow bezel models produced by NEC, Orion, Samsung and ViewSonic.

“We’re thrilled to provide the backdrop for such an exciting and innovative musical production as Surf the Musical,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “It goes to show how our years of engineering expertise in audio and video-wall frame technology can be leveraged for some of the most stunning visual events and productions in the world. We also want to acknowledge Sharp Electronics and WorldStage for working with us to make this record breaking display a reality. We hope that people will see it and realize just how far the technology has come, and how they can use it to truly add dazzle to their events.”

Surf the Musical premieres on June 19, 2012 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. InfoComm attendees can view components of the Surf the Musical video display at the Adaptive Technologies Group booth (C9547).

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA.

ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

Community Soups Up Richmond International Raceway

Richmond International Raceway is arguably one of the most popular racetracks in motorsports. “America’s Premier Short Track,” as it is known, is home to the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as a full calendar of other events. With most races held under the lights, the 94,000-seat venue is outfitted with the latest in high-tech lighting, signage and sound, including a unique system of rear-firing loudspeakers from Community.

The track is covered by an assortment of Community WET and R-Series loudspeakers, mounted on poles behind the grandstands at a height of 25 to 30 meters. The system, designed by Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) and installed by Parsons Electric, is powered by Lab Gruppen amplification and utilizes Lake Systems DSP to provide delay and processing via a Dante network controller and fiber-optic digital distribution network that streamlines control of audio and video throughout the entire venue. As WJHW’s Jack McCallum explains, the rear-mounted system provides improved coverage and better sightlines for the audience and television cameras.

Selected for their superior weather resistance, powerful output, exceptional coverage and high intelligibility, Community WET and R-Series loudspeakers are a popular choice for many of the nation’s racetracks, sporting arenas and other venues where power and performance are key.

 

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

 

Sennheiser unveils first AVB microphone

Las Vegas, June 13, 2012 – Sennheiser [InfoComm 2012 booth C9736] has chosen the InfoComm show to unveil its first microphone that employs groundbreaking Audio Video Bridging (AVB) technology. The audio specialist is one of the first companies to use this technology in a product, proving that the AVB networking standard is no longer a distant dream.

As a technology leader, Sennheiser has always had a decisive influence on designing the audio world. With the development of the first AVB microphone, the family-owned company is showcasing the application of the new networking standard at this year’s InfoComm in Las Vegas. “We are convinced that AVB will play a major role in the future,” said Sennheiser product manager Kai Tossing. “That’s why we are especially pleased to be able to present the first Sennheiser microphone with AVB technology at this year’s show.”

New technology meets proven audio quality
Sennheiser’s AVB microphone was developed as part of a study. At the moment, it is still a prototype and will not be available in this form as a product in the market. Nevetheless, as the successful outcome of a product study, it proves that Sennheiser’s renowned audio quality can be transmitted into a digital Ethernet network without problems. The microphone also demonstrates that AVB technology already functions as a network technology for tomorrow.

Visitors can experience the Sennheiser AVB microphone in action on the stage in the AVnu Pavillon. More examples can be found at the Sennheiser booth.

Advancing the AV industry with AVB
Sennheiser is a member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video. Its key objective is to establish Audio Video Bridging (AVB) as a standard technology for A/V applications such as microphones, loudspeakers, laptops, beamers and many other devices.

Visit Sennheiser at the InfoComm show in the Audio Pavilion, Booth C9736, or in the AVnu Pavilion.

Outline Showcases EIDOS 265 LA Compact Line Array Speakers at InfoComm 2012

Speakers Designed to Work with New FlySub Subwoofer Speaker

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – Outline, the makers of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, showcases the new EIDOS 265 LA Line Array Speakers at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C11549). Designed for small- to medium-sized touring and front of house applications including theater, house of worship and live club installations, the EDIOS 265 LA is an excellent and cost-effective choice for voice amplification, live music reproduction and program material.

“The new Outline EIDOS delivers the sonic quality expected from an Outline product but in a compact form factor and attractive price point,” says Tom Bensen, senior vice-president and managing director of Outline North America. “The engineering challenge was to develop an entry-level line array speaker system that would stand up to the sound quality of a larger system and the EIDOS 265 LA does just that. The speaker system is fully compatible with our new FlySub 15 passive subwoofer and together they deliver a crystal clear, full range sound for smaller venue sound reinforcement applications.”

The EIDOS 265 LA is a passive loudspeaker line array system element. It features two 6.5-inch mid-woofers, each with a 1.75-inch voice coil and ferrite magnet, and one High Frequency (HF) 1.4-inch throat-exit compression driver with a 2.5-inch voice coil. The two mid-woofers are bass-reflex loaded and are housed within the baffle located at the front of the enclosure, creating a semi-direct radiation system. The HF driver is loaded onto the waveguide, which features an acoustic lens specifically designed to obtain perfect summation between HF sections when coupled in an array configuration. The HF assembly is placed between the woofers. This gives a controlled, symmetrical horizontal dispersion (nominally 100-degrees). The vertical dispersion is sufficiently narrow to create a vertical array, but is wide enough to create predictable coverage when used in a ‘curved’ configuration, suggested for this array type.

An internal passive cross-over, utilizing top-grade components, is employed to deftly filter cross-over frequencies between the two active elements. Up to four cabinets can be powered from a single channel of Outline’s T5-DSP power amplifier. Each EIDOS 265 LA speaker has a nominal impedance of eight ohms and can handle up to 500-watts AES and 2000-watts peak. Connection is in the form of two NL4 wired in parallel.

The cabinet is built from high-quality birch plywood and the trapezoidal shape is optimized in order to achieve a very compact size. A sturdy, steel, painted grille, internally covered by sound-transparent foam, provides superior physical protection for the components housed at the front of the system. Four recessed handles facilitate handling and dedicated flight-cases make transportation easy and safe.

“In order to ensure extremely high resistance to stress, corrosion and abrasion, the integrated suspension hardware found on the EIDOS 265 LA is designed using a combination of top quality materials and industrial treatments,” adds Bensen. “The result is a rigging system that is light weight and simple to operate and set up. The angles between the array enclosures are selectable from 0-degrees to 10-degrees, in 1-degree steps, to maximize system coverage and up to sixteen EIDOS 265 LA speakers can be flown in the same array. The light-weight aluminum suspension frame allows the creation of both flown and stacked arrays for system flexibility. If necessary, the array’s low-frequency response can be extended via one or more FLYSUB 15 bass-units to deliver a truly remarkable sonic experience.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4000 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

Peavey® Commercial Audio Unveils Video Scaling & Control for MediaMatrix®

Peavey® Commercial Audio proudly announces it has once again expanded the capabilities of MediaMatrix®, the world’s most flexible and scalable networkable digital audio system. For the first time, systems integrators will be able to extend video switching and scaling to all control interfaces within MediaMatrix projects.

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The new MediaMatrix family of versatile and highly capable video products—the VSC-101tn™, VSC-101™, VSC-51™ and VCAT-HD™ video scalers and switchers—provides an integrated video solution for mid-level entertainment venues, houses of worship, conference rooms and educational facilities. Through this new suite of products, users can configure and control video projects in MediaMatrix installations using the intuitive NION drag-and-drop interface for nControl™, nTouch™ surface-mount panels, the NWare™ Mobile App and more. more

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