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General Cable Launches Gepco® Brand Line of HydroBloc™ Water-Resistant Cables

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, APRIL 4, 2013 — General Cable is pleased to launch its new line of Gepco® Brand HydroBloc™ Water-Resistant Cables. UL rated and in compliance with the TIA-455-82-B Water Penetration Test, the new line of HydroBloc cables is ideal for indoor/outdoor applications and for use in wet locations inside conduit. HydroBloc cables feature an advanced water-blocked construction, a sunlight- and moisture-resistant jacket and a ripcord for ease of stripping for audio/control versions.

The advanced water-block construction of HydroBloc cables starts with a two-ply water-blocking tape for superior protection. In contrast to one-ply tape in which water-blocking polymer is attached to one side of a fiber filament tape, the two-ply tape has the water-blocking polymer sandwiched between two fiber filament tapes, which allows for increased volume of the polymer. In addition, HydroBloc cables (with the exception of coax versions) utilize water-swellable fillers for added protection. This advanced construction results in greater swell heights to better fill any voids and prevent water from migrating down the cable and disrupting any electrical characteristics should there be a cut or slit in the jacket.

The HydroBloc line comes in a variety of cable types, in both shielded and unshielded versions, to cover an array of applications such as data or power control, multi-pair audio, general purpose audio, speaker, communications, power-limited circuits (fire alarm and tray cable), low-voltage industrial process control, CATV and HDTV.

“HydroBloc cables provide an excellent solution for indoor/outdoor applications,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products. “The two-ply water-blocking tape and water-swellable fillers provides superior water protection in all environments.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco® has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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HOSA TECHNOLOGY DEBUTS PWL-400 SERIES POWER EXTENSION CORDS

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Buena Park, CA – April 2013… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the introduction of the PWL-400 Series Power Extension Cords. Equipped with IEC C14 to IEC C13 connectors, the PWL-400 is the ideal accessory for daisy-chaining multiple units off a single power receptacle or for extending the reach of a power cord. The new Hosa PWL-400 is the perfect complement to lighting effects, guitar amplifiers, audio interfaces, wireless audio receivers, and similar equipment. more

Markertek Expands Its Fiber Optic Facility

Markertek.comSAUGERTIES, NY – March 27, 2013Markertek, a global supplier of specialized products and solutions for broadcasting, pro-audio and pro-AV, today announced its expanded in-house fiber optic production facility to better serve its worldwide customer base. Markertek will be showcasing its fiber optic solutions April 8 – 11th at NAB 2013 booth # C5443 in Las Vegas. There will also be a live fiber optic cleaning demo in the booth.

Markertek’s new fiber optic lab manufactures the most specialized collection of highend fiber solutions & custom fiber services for Broadcast, Pro-Audio and Pro-AV. Our in-house shop is fully Lemo trained and ready to build your Hybrid SMPTE 311M compliant camera cables, SMPTE hybrid breakouts, 2 to12 channel tactical fiber snakes as well as custom length ST, SC, LC and MPO cables for studio, outside broadcast or fixed installation.

We also perform full diagnostic and repair services, regardless of manufacturer, with the broadcast industry’s fastest turnaround times. Add in our vast selection of fiber optic rack solutions, adapters, connectors, receivers, transmitters, reels, test gear and cleaners, and it’s no wonder why the industry has made Markertek the #1 Go-to Source for everything fiber.

Markertek VP of Engineering Chris Fisher stated, “It is our goal to be the #1 supplier of custom fiber optic solutions to the broadcasting industry. I believe this newly expanded in-house facility gives Markertek the technical edge to meet and exceed SMPTE 304M/311M standards for custom assemblies.”

To receive a free copy of the Markertek Fiber Edition Catalog visit www.markertek.com, email sales@markertek.com or call 800-522-2025. Customers can also contact their existing Markertek sales contacts for a quick quote or further details.

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly specialized broadcast and pro-audio supply house serving the technical side of the media industry with over 60,000 unique solutions at reasonable prices – supported with dependable advice from actual pro-audio and broadcast video professionals. The Markertek catalog has achieved cult-like status among digital media professionals as the ultimate design tool for creating the electronic infrastructure required to produce the majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits, as well as all other areas in the audio and video industry.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables and specialized tooling.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

RackLink™ System Now Compliant with InfoComm Energy Management Standard


Fairfield, NJ–– With its latest firmware update, all models in Middle Atlantic Products’ suite of RackLink™ Power Management products now fully support InfoComm’s recently published Energy Management Standard. RackLink products provide integrators and facility managers with the necessary features and functionality to implement the standard. These include the monitoring and logging of power consumption, room occupancy and outlet state, as well as individual control of connected devices.

The standard, which provides a guideline for efficient energy management of AV systems through the control, monitoring, and conservation of electric power, was published in June of last year. RackLink models are currently the industry’s only available option to meet certain requirements of the standard such as power factor monitoring and providing a fine degree of resolution in their measurement accuracy.

Audiovisual control system solutions company Control Concepts partnered with Middle Atlantic to develop the RackLink system’s critical open-architecture communication with control systems. Control Concepts President Steve Greenblatt also served as a member of the InfoComm Energy Management Standard Task Group. He notes, “Middle Atlantic has shown a commitment to the InfoComm Energy Management standard from the onset of RackLinkTM product development ensuring that the design and control capabilities meet all the requirements in addition to including a host of added features. Middle Atlantic went as far as to upgrade firmware, software, and control modules once the standard was released to address specific nuances added prior to finalization.”

“RackLink was designed to enable the best possible practices in ensuring power-efficient AV systems,” said Bob Schluter, Middle Atlantic Founder and fellow member of the InfoComm Energy Management Standard Task Group. He also noted the ease with which the RackLink system complies with the standard: “All the required measurements are consolidated in one box, so there’s no need to mix data from separate places. RackLink systems also output that data in a useable format that requires no manipulation.”

For more information about the RackLink system and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Extron Introduces High Performance Shielded Twisted Pair Cable for XTP Systems and DTP Series Products

XTP DTP 24 cableExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce a new performance-optimized, 24 AWG shielded twisted pair cable for Extron XTP Systems and DTP Series products. XTP DTP 24 cable is engineered to Extron’s exacting standards of performance and is certified to 475 MHz bandwidth at distances up to 330 feet (100 meters). The cable utilizes an SF/UTP Shielded Foil/Unshielded Twisted Pair design for superior performance in digital video and audio distribution system applications, and features 24 AWG solid copper conductors within overall braid and foil shields. Both Non-Plenum and Plenum-rated versions are available in spools of 1,000 feet (305 meters). To ensure end-to-end cable infrastructure performance, a line of matching shielded RJ-45 plugs, punch down jacks, and couplers is also available.

“Cable infrastructure for twisted-pair digital AV systems has become one of the most important decisions for AV system designers and installers, since the wrong choice will affect system performance for many years,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “XTP DTP 24 Cable is engineered specifically for digital video applications to provide integrators with absolute confidence in signal integrity throughout the largest distribution systems.”

XTP DTP 24 Cable is available in Plenum and Non-Plenum versions, in 1,000 foot (305 m) spools with self-dispensing packaging. XTP DTP 24 RJ-45 Plugs, Punch Down Jacks and Couplers are sold in packages of 10.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

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Atlona(R) Now Shipping HDBaseT(TM) Distribution Amplifier Family

2×4 and 2×8 Units Reliably Extend HDMI(R) Sources up to 328 Feet With Power Over Category Cable (PoCc) for Connected Receivers

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 13, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its AT-HDCAT line of HDBaseT(TM) HDMI(R) distribution amplifiers. Available in 2×4 and 2×8 configurations, the AT-HDCAT units extend HDMI sources to multiple displays over distances of up to 328 feet over a single category cable. In addition, the distribution amplifiers provide Power over Category cable (PoCc) capabilities for connected receivers, simplifying installations by eliminating the need for receiver power sources. more

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Extron Introduces USB Power Plates for Charging Mobile Devices

USB PowerPlate 200 Series

USB PowerPlate 200 Series

Anaheim, California (January 31, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB PowerPlate 200 Series, a new line of architectural-mount, two-outlet USB chargers for powering mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Available in Decora-style, and Extron AAP and MAAP Architectural Adapter Plate form factors, the USB PowerPlate 200 provides two 5 VDC USB power outlets and 2.1 A / 10.5 watts of total power. Its unique design can deliver full power to either USB outlet when only one device is connected, ideal for use with high current-demand tablets.

“The proliferation of mobile devices has created a nearly constant search for a place to plug in a USB charger, not to mention the frustration when that charger is forgotten or lost and batteries are running low,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We designed the USB PowerPlate 200 for easy integration in conference rooms, libraries, student lounges, coffee houses, and other areas where mobile devices are typically used and available AC outlets are at a premium.”

All versions of the USB PowerPlate 200 include an energy-efficient, external universal power supply, rated at one million hours MTBF, for worldwide power compatibility.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Belkin Simplifies the Delivery of AV Connectivity Over Long Distances With Release of HDBaseT HDMI Audio/Video Extender

New Low-Cost, Easy to Deploy Solution Provides Universal Protocol for AV over Cat5e Long Distance Applications 

Playa Vista, CA - Belkin today announced its new HDBaseT HDMI audio/video extender solution for high performance AV connectivity over Cat5e long distance applications. The plug-and-play solution eliminates the traditional challenges of long-distance AV applications, including confusing, expensive and time consuming technology, with a quick-to-install solution that can transmit AV over a single Cat5e cable up to 100 meters. Belkin will demonstrate the HDBaseT HDMI AV extender solution at the annual BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition taking place in Tampa, Florida, January 20-24, 2013. 

The Belkin HDBaseT is a point-to-point solution that resolves incompatibility issues across multiple AV brands. It deploys a universal protocol for heterogeneous AV environments without the use of a complex network of runner cables, pigtails, breakouts or color coded wall plates. It also supports custom long-run capability with PVC, Plenum and Riser. The result is a long-distance AV solution that requires dramatically less labor to install and manage.

“We designed our HDBaseT solution to help AV installers achieve more without spending needless time or resources,” said Sydney Wen, product development manager for Belkin. “It’s an ideal choice for long-distance AV environments – including education, government, conference centers and signage applications – because it packs superior performance into a small, plug-and-play solution that requires a fraction of the resources to set up, move and manage.”

The new Belkin HDBaseT is available now through Belkin’s worldwide network of distributors and value added resellers. All HDBaseT products come with a Belkin warranty (up to five years) and 24-hour tech support. For more information, visit http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise. 

Belkin will demonstrate the HDBaseT HDMI AV extender solution at the annual BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition taking place in Tampa, Florida, January 20-24, 2013. For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.bicsi.org/winter/2013/attendee.aspx. 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

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Buckcherry Rocks with The RapcoHorizon Company

As Devoted RoadHog Cable and Custom Splitter Snake Users, Buckcherry will Greet Fans at the Company’s Booth during NAMM

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2012 ― Hard rock group Buckcherry can jam out more than ever thanks to The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment. Whether they’re on tour or at an individual performance, Buckcherry’s band members and techs all rely on the quality of RapcoHorizon’s custom splitter snakes and RoadHog cables. The band will also be signing autographs at the company’s booth during the 2013 NAMM Show (Hall C, Booth 4558) on Sunday, January 27 at 12 p.m.

Designed for the working musician, the RoadHog cables are road ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. Buckcherry used the RoadHog cables most recently on its 15-stop UK tour from northern Scotland to southern England, where the cables stood up to all the abuses typical of a hard rock tour.

“Out of all the shows we played in Europe, we didn’t have one audio incident,” says Buckcherry Tour Manager, Production Manager and Front-of-House Engineer Stephen Shaw. “When it comes to the RoadHog cables, I never have a problem with something coming up. If that does happen, it’s usually the microphone, not the RapcoHorizon stuff. It just takes another potential mishap out of the equation.”

RoadHog cables are built with PVC outer jackets that are durable and thick, yet flexible, and pure copper conductors and shields. This design ensures that the RoadHog cables provide an advanced sound and reliable operation for Buckcherry and other touring bands.

“I started using RapcoHorizon cables during my previous roles with Foreigner and Selena Gomez,” says A.J. “Jukebox” Srybnik, Buckcherry guitar tech. “I had such a good experience—they were reliable, clear and had an impressive single response and durability—the best I’d seen. So, when I started with Buckcherry in 2011 and saw they were using various cabling, I knew it was time to make the call to RapcoHorizon.”

RapcoHorizon cut and labeled every cable to the band’s desired method of organization,, making for easier setup and use. This way, whether it’s running the microphone and instrument cables to the main RapcoHorizon snake behind the drums, or running the vocals to another RapcoHorizon snake down stage, the cable setup saves the band’s crew members from wasting time figuring out what goes where.

“RapcoHorizon has beyond amazing customer service,” adds Shaw. “I can’t imagine working with anyone else. They are just fantastic, going over and above the call of duty. As for the cables, they are well built and do exactly what they are supposed to do. My confidence level is so high with these products that if something goes wrong they are usually the last thing I check.”

RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables are designed to work perfectly no matter how often they are put to use. Srybnik says that employing them every night to run audio to his panel board and effects pedals has been a great improvement from the previous setup. Another benefit of the RapcoHorizon cables is their ability to coil nicely. The quality of the cables and flexible jacket ensure that they not only lay flat on stage, but also roll up easily without causing bends.

“The guys can stomp on the RoadHog cables all night with their boots, and no matter what they seem to do to the cables, I know I can always count on them to work,” concludes Srybnik. “With other brands, the connectors often have a tendency to come apart during wear-and-tear, but not the RapcoHorizon ones. They have great strain relief and are very durable. The way these cables are manufactured is just exceptional. Using an all-RapcoHorizon rig, I can hear and feel the difference in my cable response compared to the original assorted cables.”

Srybnik says that the guitar and bass players have also noticed a difference in their sound since the RapcoHorizon cables became a Buckcherry standard. He has even been able to get a little more gain and EQ from his gear now that he’s all RoadHog.

Shaw has been with Buckcherry for more than eight years. Prior to joining the group, he worked for such performers as Kid Rock, Chevelle, Drowning Pool and System of a Down, and also toured with the comedian Dane Cook. Srybnik began working with Buckcherry in late 2011. Since then, he has introduced RapcoHorizon into the audio arsenal for the rapper Jay-Z.

Buckcherry is currently promoting its new album, Confessions, set for release on February 19, 2013. Having spent the holidays at home, the band recently took off for a U.S. and Canadian tour.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, 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.

The RapcoHorizon Company RoadHog Cables are the Go-To Solution for Rock Bands Around the Globe

Foreigner and Theory of a Deadman to Sign Autographs at the RapcoHorizon Booth during the NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2013The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, continues to make waves among the rock community as its RoadHog cables are being used regularly by such high-profile bands as Foreigner and Theory of a Deadman. Both bands will be signing autographs during the NAMM Show at the RapcoHorizon booth (Hall C, Booth 4558). Foreigner will be greeting fans on Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m. and Theory of a Deadman will be there on Saturday, January 26 at 3 p.m.

Having recently become a RapcoHorizon endorsed artist, the legendary British-American rock group Foreigner relies on the RoadHog cables, including the company’s new RoadHog SilverHog cables, for every performance. With RoadHog running audio for the guitars and speakers, and SilverHog on the drums and keyboards, the band continues to rock as loud as the first day it hit the music scene.

“I love the RapcoHorizon cables,” says Lorenzo Banda, monitor engineer for Foreigner. “The band’s Front of House Engineer, Brian Simon, and I can hear a clear difference in what the cables have brought to us since we made the upgrade to RapcoHorizon. All of the detail that RapcoHorizon puts into building a cable just blows me away. It is done exactly the way I would do it if I were designing the cables myself. RapcoHorizon spared no expense in making sure we were taken care of and we owe them a lot of credit for that.”

Fresh off a 64-day U.S. and Canadian tour, the Canadian rock group Theory of a Deadman also uses the RoadHog cables for every show. With a rig full of RoadHog and RoadHog SilverHog cables, and RapcoHorizon custom sub snakes, the company’s products run audio to and from almost every piece of the band’s set.

“We’ve tried a lot of different cables in the five years that I’ve been with Theory,” says Harry Mapes, drum and playback tech for Theory of a Deadman. “The RapcoHorizon cables deliver unsurpassed audio quality and are the most roadworthy cables we’ve come across. They are well built and hold up unlike anything we’ve ever dealt with. They are also super durable and deliver great audio no matter what rugged treatment we put them through. We can rely on them to just plug and play every time. The SilverHog, which is a much heavier gauge, once you solder your connection, it just holds no matter what. You’re going to be in good shape after that for a long time.”

RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables are designed with a highly rugged construction, ensuring they stand up to the harshest of touring conditions. Built with durable and thick, yet flexible, PVC outer jackets, the cables boast pure copper conductors and shields. These qualities make the cables road ready and tour tough without sacrificing sound quality. The construction of the jacket also guarantees that the cables not only lie flat on stage, but also roll up easily without any bends.

The latest addition to the RoadHog family, SilverHog is a series of high-end touring cables without the high-end price tag. Built with the original RoadHog jacket, SilverHog cables also have pure silver-plated copper conductors and shields. This upgrade provides a link between ultimate sound quality and extreme durability.

Founded by veteran English musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald and American vocalist Lou Gramm, Foreigner has released nine albums since 1976. The group, which boasts a total of 27 platinum album awards, continues to tour the world today. They were most recently seen headlining the Royal Caribbean Rock Legends Cruise, which hosted the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blue Oyster Cult, Paul Rodgers and Kansas.

Formed in 2001, rock band Theory of a Deadman hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. With four full-length LPs, the band quickly rose to popularity, garnering seven top-10 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts, including two number-one hits. The band’s third release, Scars and Souvenirs, went platinum.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, 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.

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