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Symetrix Announces 2014 US Rep of the Year and International Distributor of the Year Award Recipients

Outstanding sales growth and support for the leading DSP brand underpin the awards given to Production Audio Video Technology (PAVT) Pty and Bormann Marketing (pictured).BormannGroup wTrophy2
 

SEATTLE, WA — 17 DECEMBER 2014: In the continuation of a long-term tradition to acknowledge excellence among its business partners and associates, digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has announced that Bormann Marketing has won Symetrix 2014 US Rep of the Year, while Production Audio Video Technology (PAVT) of Melbourne, Australia, has been named International Distributor of the Year.

Based in the City of Hopkins, Minnesota, Bormann Marketing is responsible for Symetrix sales and promotional efforts throughout the Mid-West. A previous recipient of the Rep of the Year award in 2012, Bormann Marketing has fully surpassed all of its sales objectives in the last 12 months and registered the greatest year-on-year growth by US territory.

Principal Jon Bormann comments: “I am delighted to accept this honor on behalf of our entire crew, who are completely dedicated to helping Symetrix grow. We believe wholeheartedly in the company, and feel that the recent product developments and introduction of Dante support for the SymNet range have really helped to broaden the brand’s appeal in recent years. Moving forward we will continue to support Symetrix with our present extensive training programs.”

Tim Murray, who heads western US regional sales for Symetrix, adds: “The fact Jon and his team have won Rep of the Year in two of the last three years speaks volumes. As we continue to sustain our overall corporate growth through evolving technology and product offerings, Bormann Marketing has been at the forefront of our independent rep force’s efforts with partner trainings, showcase events and, of course, exceeding sales goals to name just a few.”

Consistently strong brand representation and the successful provision of substantial Symetrix systems to high-profile customers, including the University of Sydney, are among the factors that informed the selection of Australia’s PAVT as International Distributor of the Year.

Graeme Stevenson, PAVT managing director, comments: “It’s great to be acknowledged for the hard work put in by our team to help build the Symetrix brand from a high quality product with a niche user base to something with greater traction in the Australian/NZ AV industry. We’ve made a big push to ramp up our Symetrix training offering, and have been actively involved in supporting a number of customers who have made the move to use Symetrix for the first time. Essentially, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and ‘mucked in’ to make sure our end-user clients and integration partners are all comfortable using Symetrix products, and are happy with the results.”

Mark Ullrich, international sales manager for Symetrix, adds: “PAVT provides exceptional attention to all aspects of distribution, from sales and marketing, to technical support and training. They create immense value for the customer and the result has been impressive growth in a competitive marketplace. I applaud and thank the entire PAVT team for their outstanding efforts, and look forward to continued collaboration and success in the coming year.”
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With a current and broadly-based product portfolio that encompasses both open architecture (Edge, Radius 12×8, Radius AEC) and fixed architecture (Jupiter, Zone Mix 761) solutions, Seattle, USA-based Symetrix is the global leader in digital audio signal processing. From a founding base in the studio and MI communities, Symetrix has emerged to take a defining role in commercial audio, its products now a default choice for large-scale installations in performance venues, sports arenas, educational establishments and many more. Benefiting from a worldwide distribution network that has seen its products specified in over 100 countries, Symetrix nonetheless continues to spearhead the entire design and build process from its Seattle HQ. The manufacturer is now enhancing its readiness for a new era of AV networking through its licensing partnership with Audinate, whose world-leading Dante media networking solution is fully integrated into the SymNet DSP platform.

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Biamp Systems Releases Tesira(R) 2.3

Award-winning DSP platform adds IEEE 1722.1 functionality, enhanced reporting capabilities, Audio-Technica(R) microphone software, and telephony support

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Dec. 16, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative networked media systems, today unveiled Tesira(R) 2.3. Part of the company’s award-winning line of digital signal processing (DSP)-based products, the platform’s newest release introduces IEEE 1722.1 AVB support. Tesira 2.3 also includes greater reporting capabilities for expanders, a new dedicated software block for Audio-Technica’s Dante(TM) microphones, and increased telephony support. more

Extron FOX USB Extender Plus Now Shipping

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the receiver features an integrated four‑port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

PlayhouseSquare Adds New NEXO M6 System For Hanna Theatre

Hanna Theatre GEO M6

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, opened in 1921 and would go on to host such stage and film luminaries as Al Jolson, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Ethel Barrymore, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin and Yul Brynner. PlayhouseSquare assumed management of the Hanna in August 1999 following its purchase of the Hanna Office Building, which houses the venue. In 2008, the Hanna underwent a renovation to add a thrust stage, re-work its seating to 550 and become the main performance base for PlayhouseSquare’s long-time constituent, Great Lakes Theater.

Today, the theatre plays host to Shakespearean plays, big bands, musical theater, and corporate events. They recently upgraded the sound system to reflect the latest in line array technology, the NEXO GEO M620, installed by NAC Technologies, Cleveland.

“The system that was previously installed during the earlier remodel was a ‘design by committee’; a nice system but it left a lot of dead spots,” states Rick Galbraith, NAC Technologies. “Size and cost always weigh in, and the client was very concerned about the size of the array and also on a very tight budget.”

No stranger to NEXO GEO Systems installed in three of the other PlayhouseSquare theatres (installed by NAC), Galbraith said they started by placing speakers in the NS1 prediction software, virtually arranging the array size, coverage, and SPL based on available rigging points. “Available rigging points was our biggest challenge, so after using the prediction software, we determined that three clusters of three M6 speakers would be ideal for the theatre. Considering the size of the clusters, the NEXO GEO M6 system sounds amazing; with zero complaints from the theatre or patrons.”

The GEO M620 is a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. Extremely compact in size and lightweight, the GEO M620 uses a NEXO-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and 1 x 1″ throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz – 19 kHz ±3dB with nominal peak SPL of 127dB. HF dispersion is 80° (120° horizontal), with 20° vertical coverage, 0° to 20° splay when arrayed. The M620 performs in a variety of configurations, facilitated by a fully integrated 3-point rigging system.

Robert Mingus, Director of Production for PlayhouseSquare, was instrumental in the decision to install the NEXO M6 in The Hanna Theatre. “Dave Cooper and Rick Galbraith of NAC have done an amazing job upgrading all of our sound systems here at PlayhouseSquare. We are very pleased and take great pride in the sound quality of our theatres, and I believe this is possible because of the great relationship we have with NAC and their craftsmanship.”

Mingus said the NEXO M6 solved many challenges of The Hanna, but most importantly, sights the sound and compactness. “The M6 system sounds fantastic! Our three-box center cluster weighs only 76 lbs., virtually disappears, and is not in the way of lighting. With special brackets from NEXO, we were able to mount the three box arrays for L + R onto the proscenium for a very clean look. NAC then tuned the room to perfection, avoiding the many problems of getting the sound into the house and off of the thrust stage.”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on the Hanna Theatre, visit http://www.playhousesquare.org/venues/detail/hanna-theatre.

For more information on the NEXO GEO M6 system, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Blonder Tongue Brings Efficiency to IP Video Delivery With New MPEG-2 HD Encoder

By Eliminating the Need for External QAM-to-IP Equipment, HDE-8C-QAM/IP Encoder Enables Cost-Effective and Reliable Distribution of Enterprise Commercial Video Networks, While Providing Superior Video Quality

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Dec. 15, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has launched the HDE-8C-QAM/IP MPEG-2 HD encoder, designed to bring increased reliability, efficiency, and affordability to high-definition video delivery. Building upon the high-performance design and sophisticated feature set offered by Blonder Tongue’s popular HDE-8C-QAM encoder, the new encoder includes an IP output that is compatible with IPTV networks. By providing operators with a direct IP output, the HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder eliminates the need for external QAM-to-IP equipment, making network design simpler and more manageable for operators in the education, enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, government, and pro A/V markets. more

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BenQ Announces New Product Lineup for the 2015 International CES

New treVolo Electrostatic Bluetooth(R) Speaker, Pro Gaming Monitors, Design-Focused Displays, and Colorific(TM) Projectors Let Users Do It All With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned digital lifestyle solutions provider, today announced its exciting new product portfolio for the 2015 International CES. Unveiling an all-new showcase that lets users do it all with flying colors, the company’s latest innovations include the official launch of BenQ’s treVolo electrostatic Bluetooth(R) speaker, a new line of fast-paced professional gaming monitors, design-focused photography and CAD/CAM displays, and Colorific(TM) projectors which produce color accuracy that goes far beyond the imagination. more

Extron New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices Now Shipping

Extron USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announced the immediate availability of the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Draper Announces Yet Another ISF Certification

(Spiceland, Ind.) – Draper, Inc. has announced its TecVision XH900X Grey projection viewing surface has been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for excellent color reproduction and fidelity. XH900X Grey performs very well in moderate ambient light, is well suited for high resolution content, and is 4K ready. This latest announcement means the entire TecVision Engineered Surface Technology line is now ISF certified.TecVision_XH900X_Grey

To be certified by the ISF, a screen has to have a flat spectral response—or color fidelity. In other words, the screen cannot affect the color of the image enough for the human eye to perceive.
Traditionally, projection screens have fooled the eye that things are brighter by using blue tints, according to ISF President and founder Joel Silver.

“The problem,” says Silver, “is if you accentuate the blue that means you aren’t getting the greens or reds you need to build a color-accurate image. We want to take whatever the artist created and bring it to the screen with fidelity.”
“We basically tie ourselves into something called a pure white matte screen –a screen that is a reference color,” Silver says of testing projection screens for color performance. “Neutral white … not a hint of tint to it. The picture you get is what was it was meant to look like from the factory … not tinted.”

Currently available in six exclusive formulations, TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.0 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and grey surfaces with excellent performance under higher room light levels. All TecVision surfaces are also 4K ready, but what most impressed Silver when certifying TecVision is the ability of some of the high gain surfaces to deal with ambient light while preserving color fidelity.

“Finding the color fidelity of high gain materials close to that of no gain materials was wonderful!” Silver says. “Gain without a price to pay is a wonderful thing. I knew from measuring luminance even without the specifications that these screens were high gain, but I wasn’t seeing the penalty of color shift.

“It’s a great challenge,” Silver continues. “Adding gain without paying a penalty in color fidelity requires careful engineering. Compliments to the engineer!”

For more information on TecVision, visit www.draperinc.com/go/tecvision.htm.

Yamaha NUAGE Less Of A “Grind” For Audio Post Facility

Grind_Music and Sound NUAGE

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Grind Music and Sound is a professional audio post-production facility located in Los Angeles, California. Their specialty is sound design & mixing for adventure sports and documentary films and television. With two studios, one mix/sound design room and one composition/editorial room, the Company recently installed a Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System purchased through Hollywood Sound Systems. Co-owners Michelle Garuik, who works mainly in the mix room, sound designing and mixing, and Sangtar Heer who writes in the composition/editorial room, use the NUAGE Room for his albums’ mix.

“We were researching DAW controllers and mixing consoles for the studio and first became aware of NUAGE through the Internet and magazine advertisements a year ago, which led us to the Yamaha Commercial Audio web site, states Garuik. Our first physical contact and demo with NUAGE was at AES in LA. Besides watching the public demonstrations at the Yamaha booth, we were given a private demo by Yamaha’s Marcel Mauceri.” The duo were introduced to John Conard from Hollywood Sound Systems, and the next week given an intensive demo with Hollywood Sounds audio tech, Brett Grossman, and Yamaha’s District Manager David Lees.

“NUAGE’s deep integration with Nuendo was an immediate draw for us, says Garuik. It is much more than faders, pan-pots and the usual four to five things you find on most controllers. Anything you need to do in Nuendo, you can access on NUAGE. Also, the fact that it is a Yamaha Commercial Audio product was another plus for us. Having mixed on Yamaha consoles in the past, we were already familiar with the build quality and support.”

The co-owners had been looking at consoles and DAW controllers for some time and nothing really fit all their needs until NUAGE. “The tactile surfaces give us so many solutions for our different ways of working, Garuik says. After mixing in the box for years, it is great to have instant access to deep features in Nuendo with just a touch of a button. It’s also nice to have different ways to perform tasks enabling us to work faster and more intuitively. The mixing integration with Nuendo is fantastic in speeding up our workflow. With project deadlines having faster and faster turnarounds, NUAGE lets us meet the demands of our partners and makes mixing even more fun.”

Garuik said the ability to store different setups for their individual project needs is a huge plus. Mixing a 5.1 television documentary has a very different setup than mixing a music album, and the ability to switch quickly and seamlessly between those setups was paramount in their decision. The pair has been using Nuendo daily since its inception, first introduced to it at AES in 2000 where their journey began with version 1.0, and using Cubase since the early 90’s.

With Garuik specializing in mixing action/adventure sports projects, some of Grind Music and Sound clients include: Red Bull, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Specialized Bicycles. “Our first television mix on NUAGE was for FOX Sports Training Day “Team Alpha Male” episode, and it went amazingly well.
Grind set up the system with assistance from Hollywood Sound’s Grossman on a Friday, spent Saturday programming quick keys and setting up their system preferences, and on Monday, mixed the 22-minute episode.

“The mix went very smoothly, and having access to 16 faders at once, really sped up mixing for me. The master unit rocker wheel was a dream to edit with; cleaning up edits was faster with less clicking. I was also very impressed with the monitoring integration of NUAGE and the I/O Nio500-A16 unit. The sound was impressively clear.”

In the first two weeks Grind has had their system, they have mixed two shows for FOX Sports, two National Parks educational videos, and a Specialized Bicycle promo. They are also mid-mix on an upcoming documentary for HBO.

“At the end of the day, I feel extremely comfortable on NUAGE, like I had been working on it for years.”

Heer is currently editing and mixing a live DVD concert video on NUAGE of his 2014 Punjabi Virsa North American tour.

For more information on Grind Music and Sound, visit www.grindinc.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Clear-Com Ships New LQ Series

Clear-Com® announced today that it is now shipping the LQ series, a new family of connectivity devices for linking intercom and audio systems over LAN, WAN or IP networks. Based on Clear-Com’s patented I.V.-Core technology, LQ (formerly known as LINQ) provides the industry with the next step in intercom/audio linking technology.

New product family underlines Clear-Com’s continuing leadership in linking technology for connecting audio and communications systems over IP networks

As part of building a communications link, LQ utilizes the low latency audio CODEC OPUS, which features a range of different settings to provide high quality audio on the network bandwidth available. This means that the LQ Series can be used for intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that need to betransported between different facilities. The compact LQ throw-down devices enable connections of 2-wire partyline with call signaling and 4-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. The LQ Series has a 2-wire (LQ-2W2) or 4-wire (LQ-4W2) option. The LQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. A maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.1_LQ

Stephen Sandford, Product Manager, Clear-Com, said, “Since its introduction at IBC 2014 the LQ series has generated a great deal of interest from users that want to expand their remote communications quickly and easily. Clear-Com’s long-standing development of IP-based solutions gives our users the advantage of tried and trusted technology in this important area.”

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