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Da-Lite Screen Company and Joe Kane Productions Announce Strategic Partnership

JKP Affinity 2Da-Lite Screen Company and Joe Kane Productions have entered into a strategic partnership to design, develop and manufacture High Definition (HD) projection screens for the Home Theater and Film Production markets. Da-Lite is the leading worldwide manufacturer of projection screens and Joe Kane Productions (JKP) is a leading HD expert and consultant.

“The advent of newer and more technology driven HD digital projectors feature a new generation of optics that make most traditional projection screens obsolete,� stated Joe Kane, President of Joe Kane Productions. One such projector is the new SP-A800B from Samsung, which was developed with the assistance of JKP. With the SP-A800B 1080p DLP display, Samsung and Joe Kane Productions have set a new reference in home theater projector excellence. “Once we had developed the SP-A800B,� continued Kane, “we realized that traditional projection screens were not able to display the incredible detail or uniformity of the image being produced by the projector. We turned to Da-Lite for a solution that would let the professional broadcast community as well as the Home Theater viewer experience the exceptional performance of the new Samsung HD technology.�

The result of the collaboration between Da-Lite and Joe Kane Productions has resulted
in the announcement of the new JKP Affinity Screens from Da-Lite. The first products in the JKP Affinity Screen line include HD Progressive proprietary fabrics. Da-Lite JKP Affinity HD Progressive projection screens feature low gain for an incredibly wide viewing angle and an image uniformity not seen prior to this combination of products. JKP Affinity Screens from Da-Lite are specifically designed for High Definition Professional Broadcast and Home Theater applications.

“When Joe explained the difficulties the new Samsung projector had utilizing traditional projection screens, we challenged our chemists and engineers to develop a new material that would deliver the very best HD digital image in our experience,� said Blake Brubaker, Vice President of Da-Lite Sales. “With the HD Progressive screen fabrics, we have the first materials designed to deliver the next generation of HD digital projector images. We are extremely pleased to launch the JKP Affinity Screens using these break-through projection screens.�

Joe Kane Productions (JKP) was founded in 1982 with the intent of assisting the video industry in improving the quality of the video. Since then, the company has been actively involved in lectures, training, writing and consulting on topics of display standards, including such diverse topics as screen specification for projection displays and specifications for all sorts of equipment used to drive displays. Mr. Kane is a past chair of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Working Group on Professional & Studio Monitors. He has also produced several groundbreaking programs, including A Video Standard, two versions of Video Essentials and multiple versions of Digital Video Essentials.

The new Da-Lite JKP Affinity Screens premiered at this year’s CEDIA EXPO 2008

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Founded in 1909, Da-Lite Screen Company is the leading producer of high quality commercial and residential projection screens worldwide. With headquarters in
Warsaw, Indiana and additional operations in the U.S. and Europe, Da-Lite manufacturers projection screens and accessories to Fortune 500 companies, entertainment and major broadcast networks, education systems and governments
around the globe. Today Da-Lite’s proprietary screen technologies are specified for
the most demanding installations from military training simulators to boardrooms and classrooms to home theaters. Da-Lite has become the “First Name in Projection Screens.� For more information visit Da-lite.com.

Meridian Showcases Award-Winning Digital Active Loudspeakers During CEDIA 2008

CEDIA 2008, Denver, Colorado—Meridian Audio Limited recognized as a world leader in digital audio and video technologies for music and home-theater systems is pleased to showcase the award-winning DSP7200 Digital Active Loudspeakers including the new horizontal center channel during the upcoming 2008 CEDIA Expo. Like all Meridian’s DSP Loudspeakers, the DSP7200 combines state-of-the-art driver and enclosure engineering with multiple, on-board amplifiers for the dynamics and freedom from distortion that only active-speaker design can deliver. more

AURALEX RECRUITED TO OUTFIT CEDIA’S ‘HOME THEATER AUDIO CALIBRATION’ LEARNING LAB WITH ACOUSTIC CONTROL PANELS

DENVER, CO – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, will participate in the debut of CEDIA’s Learning Lab concept by outfitting one of the show’s three labs with Auralex’s freestanding ProGobo acoustical products.

The Home Theater Audio Calibration Learning Lab will house a full home theater system, where students will perform a comprehensive 5.1 audio set up and calibration exercise. Students will go through a typical step-by-step verification and calibration process, including level balance and equalization. Auralex’s ProGobos are extremely adaptable to any room environment and will help to create a more useable and balanced space to demonstrate these calibration techniques. more

JBL Professional Loudspeakers Power Beijing Olympics Fencing Hall, Soon To Be The National Convention Center

Demonstrating the wide variety and interoperability of JBL loudspeakers in one of the world’s largest showcases, the Fencing Hall at the National Convention Center in Beijing recently hosted the fencing and modern pentathlon events at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. This brand new space, located on the Olympic Green, was built specifically for the Olympics.

The Fencing Hall features 14 fencing strips, a warm-up room, stands for thousands of fans, a television broadcasting room, and lounge and shower facilities. With the conclusion of the games, the hall will now be converted to a convention hall. There are also numerous features aimed at lowering the environmental impact of the hall including an increase in energy savings and water conservation. more

Harman Music Group Promotes Reed Grothe To Executive VP Of Sales & Marketing, Adds Industry-Veteran Buzz Goodwin As VP of Domestic MI Sales

The Harman Music Group today announced the promotion of Reed Grothe as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing and the appointment of Harman Professional veteran Buzz Goodwin to the position of Vice President of Domestic MI Sales. According to Rob Urry, President of the Harman Music Group, today’s announcements fortify an already-strong sales and marketing organization and position the group for ambitious sales growth in the months and years ahead. more

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JBL Professional Set For Ambitious Sales Growth, Names Stephen Morris As Executive Vice President Of Sales

JBL Professional today announced the promotion of Harman Professional veteran, Stephen Morris, to the position of Executive Vice President of Sales, JBL Professional. Morris takes up the position having successfully led group-wide sales and marketing for Harman Professional’s cinema business and prior to that held senior sales and marketing roles at sister company, Crown Audio. Today’s announcement was made by John Carpanini, President, JBL Professional. According to Carpanini, the appointment underscores JBL Professional’s commitment to recognize achievement and promote from within but also to continually improve sales and support operations to provide customers in the professional audio community with the products and services they need to be successful. more

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Guitarist Kevin Hunter Finds The Technology To Match His Talent With Eventide Stompboxes

“The TimeFactor and ModFactor offer so much flexibility in a compact pedal.�
– Kevin Hunter, guitarist.

Looking for the perfect combination of versatility, performance and portability, guitarist Kevin Hunter has added the Eventide TimeFactor and ModFactor stompboxes to his repertoire. Hunter, the former guitarist for Jive Records recording artist Lesley Roy, is currently working on a project with producer Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Marianne Faithfull). more

Centronics Launches the HCCX HDMI Powered Repeater

Centronics EHD-Branded HCCX HDMI Powered RepeaterSTEVENSVILLE, Md. Aug. 26, 2008 — Centronics, Inc. (centronics.com), a leading distributor of audio, video, and accessory products for the security, commercial, and residential markets since 1959, is proud to announce the launch of its new EHD-branded HCCX powered HDMI repeater. The HCCX powered HDMI repeater can transmit a 1080p signal up to 30 meters and works with all HDMI as well as DVI specifications. The HCCX is now available with an MSRP of $79.95. more

Meridian Exhibits at the 2008 Pebble Beach RetroAutoâ„¢

Meridian Audio Ltd., the British company whose luxury audio and video components are known around the world, enjoys a reputation for technological sophistication matched only by the obsessive quality of its products. So it is more than fitting that Meridian exhibited during the 2008 Pebble Beach RetroAuto held on August 15-17th in Pebble Beach, California. The exhibition pavilion located immediately adjacent to the main pedestrian entrance to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® is where Meridian demonstrated its stunning new F80 all-in-one entertainment system, engineered in cooperation with Ferrari, the legendary Italian automaker. Meridian also took the opportunity to inform the event’s elite attendees of its many more conventional but no less innovative and elegant solutions for home music and home theater systems. more

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Calypso Control Systems Adds Northeast Regional Sales Manager to Support Demand for Integrated Classroom Technology

HUDSON, WI, Aug. 25, 2008 — Calypso Control Systems, a manufacturer of sophisticated yet easy-to-use solutions for building and using interactive classrooms, has expanded its sales force with the addition of Ben Plewak as regional sales manager for the Northeast region of the United States. more

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