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Point Source Audio to Launch World’s First Modular Intercom Headset Built for Pro Audio Applications

Petaluma, Calif. — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” miniature microphones, will introduce its CM-i3 intercom headset—offering a revolutionary combination of in-ear performance, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity—at InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913). This robust feature set make these headsets ideal for concert venues, front of house operations, multimedia production, personal entertainment and other professional trades relying on convenient two-way communications.

The CM-i3 intercom headset uniquely offers lightweight comfort and the binaural sound isolation required in a wide variety of specialized fields as well as personal communications. Whereas traditional head clamp style headsets can provide excellent sound isolation, their bulkiness and weight is not optimal for sustained wearing. At just 1.8 ounces, Point Source Audio’s latest product is the first to solve this challenge with a patent-pending solution that reduces the weight by as much as 90% compared to traditional headsets, and possesses incredible ease in switching from left, right, or left and right listening modes to create the desired audio mix.

Providing the ultimate in modularity for audio professionals and enthusiasts alike, the CM-i3 headset is designed using Point Source Audio’s superlative EM-3 in-earphones, but users will have the capability of switching out the supplied earphones with in-earphones of their own choice, if desired. The swappable in-earphones feature offers the ability to create a custom product that satisfies users’ personal preferences for audio quality and greatly improves the product’s serviceability and life.

The CM-i3 headset’s binaural capability provides a more dynamic range of use than traditional monaural headsets which are unable to filter environmental audio or interchange between left and right channels. Rather than requiring the user to remove the entire headset to check environmental sounds or interact with others, the user can simply remove one or both earphones to exit the listening mode or monitor a combination of feed audio and surrounding acoustics. This benefit makes it an ideal solution for control rooms, camera operators, stage and screen technicians and a variety of high-noise environments that require selective noise reduction or cancellation and increased audio intelligibility.

“Our new CM-i3 is a declaration to the audio industry that you don’t have to choose between size and comfort versus performance when selecting an intercom headset,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “We aim to solve the nagging challenge currently in the intercom headset category. To that end, the CM-i3 leverages our company’s expertise in miniaturization to provide long-wearing comfort, dynamic operability and earphone customization—a first-to-market twist.”

Point Source Audio’s CM-i3 intercom headset will be demonstrated to attendees of InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913) in Las Vegas and is expected to be available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide beginning in Q4 2014. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant Annotator with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Annotator 300, a high performance, hardware-based annotation processor that allows a presenter to draw, point, or type over live presentations using a touch display, graphics tablet, or a keyboard and mouse. The HDCP-compliant Annotator 300 includes HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a universal analog video input, and three simultaneous outputs including two HDMI and a DTP twisted pair output. It also features advanced Extron video signal processing with a high performance scaling engine and fast, reliable switching. The DTP twisted pair output extends HDMI and bidirectional control signals to a DTP receiver over a single shielded CATx cable up to 330 feet (100 meters). The Annotator 300 offers a wide range of annotation tools and controls, all easily accessible by the presenter using an intuitive on-screen GUI. more

Extron Introduces New Compact Four Input Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the Extron IN1604 HD, an HDCP-compliant four input scaler that features three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and an HDMI output. It is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices. The IN1604 HD provides the convenience of fast and reliable switching, along with a high performance scaling engine for HDMI and analog video sources. Also included are a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control. The IN1604 HD joins the recently announced IN1604 DTP, which features an Extron DTP twisted pair output. more

Casio Expands Signature LampFree® Projector Lineup for the Hospitality Space

 

CASIO EXPANDS SIGNATURE LAMPFREE® PROJECTOR LINEUP FOR THE HOSPITALITY SPACE
New Projectors Equipped with Fifth Generation LampFree® Technology, Built-In Memory, USB Display and Wired LAN Projection 

DOVER, NJ, JUNE 3rd, 2014 Casio America, Inc., a pioneer in the LampFree® projection space, is pleased to introduce a new lineup of Signature projectors. Geared for the hospitality industry, the new lineup of Signature projectors offer Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which combines a laser, fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. Now in its 5th generation, the improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source offers a 30 percent increase in light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s LampFree® portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hours lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation. The average user will save an estimated $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamp projectors.

“Since its introduction, the Signature series has become our most popular product line with the K-12 education market. These new feature enhancements will further solidify the Signature series’ popularity,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division.

Weighing in at 8.6 pounds, the new Signature projectors offer a variety of features including remote operation capable through Crestron Roomview™, Intelligent Brightness Control, wired LAN projection and MobiShow®. The projectors also provide a powerful 3D graphic experience as each model is fitted with a fully connectable interface, including three types of video and audio inputs, as well as HDMI, RGB and RS-232C terminals.

Equipped with 2 GB of built-in memory, the new LampFree® Signature projectors allow many file formats, such as PDF and QuickTime, to be stored in the projector for quick and easy playback. The can also display content from a PC by connecting the projector and PC through a USB cable, as well as a variety of languages – 10 new in main (total 23) and 8 new in USB (total 18) including Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Finnish, Turkish and Portuguese.

Casio’s LampFree® projectors come with a standard three (3) year parts and labor warranty plus a five (5) year or 10,000 hour warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light source. The new Signature models will be available in July with a MSRP starting at $919.99 through Casio’s national Pro AV dealer network and authorized distributors. For additional information on Casio’s full portfolio of LampFree® projectors, visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.CasioUSA.com.

 

 

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Opticomm-EMCORE Announces the New Genesis XD, a Multimedia Matrix for 4K UHD and Beyond

 

Alhambra, CA –June 1, 2014 – Opticomm-EMCORE, a leading provider of end-to-end multimedia distribution equipment for 4K UHD and beyond, is launching their new Genesis XD (“GXD”) at InfoComm 2014, an all-in-one multimedia matrix solution that converts, scales, switches and distributes video, audio and data for small-to-large connectivity applications.  A four-panel video wall will be created using Genesis XD and Genesis-compatible multipoint products, including their new GBOX Series of compact, throw-down boxes, Optiva system cards, and the new Eclipse HD system.

Genesis XD accepts and converts both analog and digital signals, including HDMI 1.4b with HDCP (now known as HEAC – HDMI, Ethernet, Audio, Control), Display Port, DVI, VGA, Component and 3G HD-SDI.  GXD’s massive 40 Gbps backplane accommodates uncompressed 4K UHD resolutions now and 8K resolutions later, allowing it to serve as a staple for Installers that want a flexible and reliable connectivity platform.  Remote locations can be connected via singlemode and multimode Fiber up to 10 kilometers (6 miles), as well as CATx/HDBaseT or IP/Ethernet up to 100 meters (300 feet).

A notable feature of Genesis XD is the ability to break-away and switch audio separately for professional audio editing and processing requirements.  GXD also embeds digital S/PDIF or stereo analog audio inputs into HDMI and 3G HD-SDI signals, as well as, de-embeds audio from those same digital signals.  Supported data formats include 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, RS-232, CEC, USB 2.0 (for keyboard, mouse, storage devices etc.), and IR, which provides IR control of the source equipment from the display end of the link.

Genesis XD is a non-blocking, full cross-point matrix switch that allows any source to seamlessly connect to one or all displays for continuous, trouble-free operation in critical applications.  GXD is a modular system, expandable and scalable from 8×8 to 256×256.  Initially, GXD will be launched in a 32×32, 9RU frame, allowing for 16 cards input and 16 cards output, with two channels per card.  It incorporates “intelli-scale” technology to instantly scale a video source to the native resolution of connected displays in less than one second.

The multi-format Genesis XD platform can be utilized in numerous connectivity applications, including but not limited to:

  •  Corporate: One building can distribute multimedia between floors via copper cabling then send the same signals to a second building via fiber cabling, all output from the same switch. For AV/IT integration applications, GXD can bridge both audio/video and data networks over the same IP/Ethernet infrastructure.
  • Education: GXD can utilize existing copper and IP infrastructure for video conferencing in classrooms, then convert these and other signals for long-distance transport over fiber, for distribution of seminars, surveillance video and broadcast journalism programs throughout a campus or regional district.
  • Government and Military: GXD can support all video, audio and data for multi-display, high-security, Command and Control rooms, as well as distribute ultra-high resolution interactive video for simulation/mission control applications.
  • Hospital Operating Room: GXD can be deployed as the central switch for all connectivity applications, including archiving operating procedures, live video feed of procedures for long-distance teaching applications over fiber and IP/Ethernet, as well as distribution of multimedia to digital signage/video walls throughout the building.
  • Security and Surveillance: High-definition HDMI and 3G HD-SDI video may be routed through GXD from multiple sources to a single output using a quad-multiviewer card.
  • Worship: GXD offers seamless switching between video cameras and computer graphics, providing reliable, high-quality signal distribution to multiple projectors and screens.

 

Genesis XD includes interfaces such as USB 2.0 for remote KVM applications, RS-232 Serial Data and Ethernet for controlling remote devices.  The system can be remotely controlled and monitored through any laptop or tablet to access the web-based GUI.  Other forms of control supported are RS-232 and Ethernet/SNMP commands, allowing third-party control systems to be used. Additionally, it features a front-LCD touch screen for control and to act as a preview screen for any connected video source, eliminating need for a local, dedicated monitor.

For more information visit us at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20, Booth C7716, go to www.emcore.com/opticomm, or call 626-293-3400.

Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 Miniature Mics Now Available World-Wide

Petaluma, Calif. — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” microphone, has expanded the availability of its SERIES8 miniature microphones globally. As attendees to InfoComm 2014 (booth #C10913) will learn, the SERIES8 is available in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. Created for use in broadcast, theater and live production, the SERIES8 miniature microphones have recently been adopted by distinguished venues such as the New York Philharmonic, Universal Studios, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo, to name a few.

SERIES8 mics have set a new standard for performance and durability in a micro size capsule. While the mic elements measure a mere 2-4 mm in diameter, the mics’ robust features are unlike any others on the market today. The omnidirectional microphones feature 148dB max SPL with an “Unbreakable Boom” bendable to 360°. In addition, they are IP57 waterproof rated against water, sweat and makeup, and feature interchangeable X-connectors for wireless compatibility on the spot.

“SERIES8 excels by offering integrators a microphone solution that combines an unmatched decibel rating in a tiny form factor,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “Our design and engineering address concerns over durability and wireless compatibility to meet the needs of the most discriminating audio professionals from the board room to Broadway.”

The SERIES8 cardioid microphones are an ideal solution for performers who require isolation from surrounding performers. The cardioid mics perform best when placed just at the corner of the mouth, which also allows them to maintain an unobtrusive appearance when worn.

With a MSRP starting at $389, PSA’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are now available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about PSA’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES CNK210 AND CNK210S INTERCONNECT BOXES

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Brea, CA – InfoComm Booth C5116… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the CNK210 / CNK210S interconnect boxes. Designed to provide superior connectivity with a wealth of popular interconnect choices already built-in, the new CNK210 (black brushed aluminum finish) and CNK210S (clear brushed aluminum finish) provide the connectivity integrators and end users demand in today’s sophisticated AV environments. more

CLEAR-COM INTRODUCES KEY NEW PRODUCTS FOR HELIXNET™ PARTYLINE INTERCOM SYSTEM

Clear-Com® will present three new product additions that add significant flexibility and functionality to the HelixNet™ digital networked Partyline Intercom System at InfoComm 2014. The new units – HRM-4X Remote Station, HKB-2X Speaker Station and S-Mount – extend the digital product range to satisfy those workflow demands in live event corporate
production as well as arena and stadia and performing arts center fixed installations. Furthermore, HelixNet can be found in command and control business-related applications.

HelixNet is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom system. It was designed as a digital version of Clear-Com’s industry-standard analog partyline system, bringing simplicity, efficiency and a powerful set of intelligent features to those users who require a cost-effective digital communication solution. Up to now the HelixNet line has consisted of the HMS-4X Main Station, the HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack and several interface
modules. The newly launched units are:

  • HRM-4X Remote Station – provides the intercom functionality of the Main Station but without powering the system or housing interfaces, and is therefore
    a more compact unit. The Remote Station provides access to four simultaneous
    channels of intercom communication, plus program audio. It receives audio
    data, control data, and DC power via the same cable, and additionally has the
    capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use
    Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.
  • HKB-2X Speaker Station – receives four channels of intercom
    communications simultaneously over a single cable, and is able to monitor all
    four and communicate on any two of those channels at any given time. The user
    can also receive and monitor a separate level-controllable program feed. It can
    be mounted in a 4-gang wall box or be used with the optional S-Mount enclosure.
  • S-Mount - an attractive yet durable mount that enables the Speaker Station to be used in portable applications. It can be surface mounted or set as a desktop, enclosed
    and secure. The mount and display can be easily adjusted to different angles to
    better suit the user’s requirement. It includes a DC Power connector and XLR-3M
    and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports for easy connection; additionally it has the capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.

Simon Browne, Head of Product Management, Clear-Com, said, “Our analog partyline system, Encore, has been providing critical production communication capabilities for over 45 years. While the functionality of HelixNet is quite similar to Encore, it is however much more dynamic and flexible, plugs and plays elegantly with most existing cable infrastructure, and allows more intercom channels and users to be on a single system or to be networked than ever before. HelixNet has proved immensely popular with AV consultants, integrators and rental companies that require a simple yet effective digital communication system. These new additions to the HelixNet line round out our digital partyline offering and will continue to provide numerous user benefits that have not been delivered by any digital partyline system before.”

The HelixNet family of products, together with a wide range of other Clear-Com solutions,
will be available for demonstration on Stand C9140 at InfoComm 2014.

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Use a Third-Party Touchscreen with Extron Pro Series Control Processors

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface. This revolutionary new interface allows a third party touchscreen display to be used as a point of control with Extron Pro Series control systems. The TLI Pro 101 includes a scaled HDCP-compliant HDMI input for video preview. The scaled output supports displays from 800×600 to 1920×1200, as well as HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The TLI Pro 101 works with any Extron IP Link Pro control processor, enabling third party touchscreen devices to be used for complete, interactive control of a broad range of source devices. more

D-Tools Adds HydraConnect to Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools System Integrator™ software users now have the entire catalog of HydraConnect products available, giving them the tools they need to specify and integrate advanced HDMI matrix-switching products

CONCORD, CA, USA – May 29, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announced that HydraConnect, a leader in advanced HDMI matrix-switching solutions, has joined its D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. HydraConnect joins the ranks of 150+ other MVP Program vendors in what is now the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the system integrator.

With the addition of HydraConnect to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools System Integrator™ for system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on all HydraConnect’s product offerings. This includes the company’s lauded HDMI matrix switchers, which include automatic setup and interface processing via an onboard LINUX computer. Integrators and systems designers can also access and specify information and pricing on HydraConnects’ other products, including multichannel amplifiers, HDBaseT extenders, and more. 

“HydraConnect is the only manufacturer at this price point to provide integrated HDMI audio stripping and Dolby Digital down mixing,” says Sean C. Greer, National Sales Manager of HydraConnect. “We look forward to partnering with D-Tools and offering significant value to the company’s software community.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Users of System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current data from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install their products. It is also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that the manufacturer is committed to the very best in customer service. 

“Homeowners and businesses alike are increasingly relying on high-def matrix switching to shuttle HD video around the house or office from a centralized source or sources,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “With HydraConnect as an added MVP partner, we ensure that our users have the tools, stats, pricing, and promotional information they need to specify the right products from this respected manufacturer. We are very excited about the opportunities HydraConnect opens up to users of D-Tools software.”

D-Tools has launched its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which enables integrators and sales people to specify HydraConnect products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app is available for download from the Apple App Store and carries a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About HydraConnect
HydraConnect LLC leads the HDMI matrix-switching marketplace by providing the industry’s most advanced system automation, automatic set-up, and interface processing through the use of an onboard LINUX computer. The integrated web-based interface allows installers to use a laptop, tablet or smart phone to automatically setup and test all the connected devices. HydraConnect products that are connected to the Internet are part of the company’s ‘Cloud.’ When software updates are available, they occur automatically without user intervention or dealer visits. This remote access capability enables an installer or factory technician to troubleshoot a system from anywhere in the world. HydraConnect’s patented CEC Control software functions as a ‘universal translator’ among the many HDMI hardware control implementations to eliminate IR flashers. HydraConnect’s patent-pending Dynamic EDID manages mixed resolution displays as well as mixed 3D and 2D TVs. All of HydraConnect LLC’s switching products are made in Denver, Colorado. www.hydraconnect.com

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com
 
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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