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Muzika InStore Selects Barix as Exclusive IP Audio Playout Vendor

Barix helps Muzika InStore, retailers and other businesses enhance in-store atmosphere and expedite return on investment

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, July 16, 2013 — IP audio specialist Barix is supporting audio streaming and delivery for Muzika InStore, the new Croatia-based in-store audio service that allows customers to manage their own content. Muzika InStore exclusively uses the Barix Exstreamer 100 IP audio device to receive and decode programming at retail stores and businesses, citing exceptional audio quality, reliability, ease of use and low energy consumption.

The Muzika InStore service is a classic “store and forward” operation that includes two in-house developed web applications to support program development and management. The first application, MIT AddSite, gives customers complete freedom to create in-store audio programs that enhance the retail experience or business atmosphere. The second, MIT FTPstats, focuses on network-wide monitoring and troubleshooting. Current clients include KTC d.o.o, a Croatian chain of retail store and restaurants for which Muzika InStore produces 210 weekly promotions and advertisements, and Bluesun hotels and resorts; as well as retail businesses Metro, Emmerzeta, Trgocentar and Trgostil.

Robert Malekovic, CEO of Muzika InStore, says that the Barix devices help to ensure continuous playout of all in-store audio programs, while delivering a quick return on investment for both his company and his in-store clients.

“No operator in the world can guarantee 100 percent availability of the live internet stream, so we developed our ‘forward and play’ operation with Barix so that we do not have to depend on constant connections,” said Malekovic. “Barix devices are extremely reliable for playout and since each device consumes less than 4W of electricity, customers with multiple devices experience a return on investment in less than one year.”

Muzika InStore’s MIT AddSite application assists the creative process, allowing customers to freely and easily add, schedule and delete music, announcements and local advertisements through a central admin section. It also retains all customer information for simple ongoing management, including hours of operation as well as databases, playlists and musical preferences down to specific genres. Users can also generate reports to show proof of play for advertisers.

Once live at a business, the overall system refreshes itself at the same time each day, creates a playlist for the next week and then disconnects from the Internet to save network resources, ensuring that credit card authorization, point of sale systems and other primary retail systems are unaffected.

Malekovic adds that the ease of setup and installation further reduces his cost of investment. Muzika InStore configures the Barix devices for each client, preloading Exstreamers with Barix FTPMP3 firmware and shipping the plug-and-play devices direct to clients. Muzika InStore also preloads USB sticks, which are attached direct to the Exstreamer 100 to provide secondary, local audio source. This is especially helpful upfront to reduce the initial download needs and minimize network congestion. Meanwhile, newly installed devices automatically connect to Muzika InStore’s network.

“We find the new Barix devices on our servers so that the client can immediately start with creation of music programs and management of ads and promos,” said Malekovic. “The devices start and stop playing based on information the client has input within the AddSite application, so there are no manual interactions required by employees of the shop.”

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

MGP Pro HDCP-Compliant Multi-Window Processors Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro, two new powerful, high resolution multi-window processors that enable the simultaneous display of multiple images on a single screen — two windows for the MGP 462 Pro and four windows for the MGP 464 Pro. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. The MGP Pro also provides two simultaneous outputs that generate HDMI and RGBHV video, simplifying integration with different display devices. The MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro are ideal for applications that require side-by-side display of critical quality graphics and video content from multiple sources.

“With the MGP 462 and 464 Pro, integrators can display HDCP-encrypted content in multiple windows, easily incorporating digital video sources into AV systems,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These multi-window processors switch HDCP-encrypted content quickly and reliably, providing performance and flexibility in mission-critical applications.”

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro feature Key Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology that authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching. In addition, the MGP Pro includes Extron’s innovative Graphic Still Store, a feature that enables screen captures of the current output, or images uploaded from a PC, to be stored for use as presentation background images. Live video from an HDMI source can also serve as the background to any presentation.

For large-scale applications, two or three MGP 462 Pro or MGP 464 Pro units may be cascaded to create displays with six to 12 windows. Optional HDMI and 3G-SDI/HD-SDI inputs enable easy integration of digital video sources into AV systems, and together with the HDMI output, allow the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro to operate within an all-digital video system.

To watch the MGP 464 Pro Out of the Box video, please visit: www.extron.com/mgpprovideo

For more information on the MGP Pro, please visit: www.extron.com/mgppropr

Extron Now Shipping EDID Emulator for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the EDID 101H, an EDID Emulator for HDMI signal sources. It features EDID Minder, an Extron exclusive technology designed to provide automatic and continuous EDID – Extended Display Identification Data management, ensuring that the source powers up properly and reliably outputs content. The EDID 101H also features a unique HPD – Hot Plug Detect port that provides control for remote cameras and other signal sources that require a periodic HPD trigger.

“The EDID 101 Series is a toolbox favorite of integrators looking for reliable EDID communication between the many devices used in today’s AV system designs,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The EDID 101H brings Extron EDID Minder technology to HDMI system infrastructure, ensuring that digital sources power up correctly and output content to the display.”

The EDID 101H joins the EDID 101 Series of EDID emulators, which includes the EDID 101D for DVI and the EDID 101V for VGA signals. The EDID 101H is housed in a compact 1″ high, quarter rack width metal enclosure for convenient, discreet installation. An energy-efficient external universal power supply is included.

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

Extron Now Shipping Larger HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of two new, larger HDMI distribution amplifiers as part of its HDMI DA Series product line. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, 12-bit Deep Color, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. They also support HDTV 1080p/60, 2K, and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. For ease of integration and reliable operation, the HDMI DA Series features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices, and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to connected displays. The HDMI DA Series is ideal for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to multiple displays.

“AV system designers and integrators have been asking for larger HDMI distribution amplifiers that encompass the robust feature set of the popular Extron HDMI DA2,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The new HDMI DA4 and HDMI DA6 are the latest additions to our growing line of HDMI products, designed for the demands of commercial AV integration in larger system designs.”

To enhance and simplify integration, the HDMI DA Series offers integrator-friendly features, including automatic input cable equalization, automatic color bit depth management, and selectable output muting, as well as indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Input cable equalization restores and reshapes incoming HDMI signals, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable. The HDMI DA Series automatically adjusts color bit depth based on the display EDID, preventing color compatibility conflicts between source and display. Outputs can be muted independently via RS-232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Additionally, the distribution amplifiers provide immediate visual confirmation of EDID status, HDCP authentication, and signal presence confirmation for each port via front panel LED indicators.

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

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ASPEN PROCESSORS

**** Photo: Lectrosonics Aspen SPN Conference Wideband and SPN Trio Wideband processors ****

Rio Rancho, NM – June 2013… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is introducing two new processors for the Aspen product line: the SPN Conference Wideband and the SPN Trio Wideband. Both units feature the newly developed AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) algorithm with wideband audio response to 20 kHz. This new algorithm was developed to address the needs for a single acoustic echo canceller to handle the challenges of multi-site bridging and an unlimited number of microphones on the system. more

Extron Introduces PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems for HDMI and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems, a family of complete, centralized AV switching and control systems that seamlessly integrate digital and analog video sources. Each system uses economical twisted pair cable for transmitting signals and includes network connectivity for Web-based AV resource management, monitoring, and control. PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems are fully HDCP compliant with support for both HDMI and VGA sources commonly found in modern classrooms. At the heart of these systems is a switcher/amplifier that meets ENERGY STAR® requirements for AV products and includes two Extron-exclusive power saving modes designed to lower energy usage and reduce operating costs.

“As more laptops, Blu-ray players, document cameras, and other presentation sources include HDMI or DisplayPort digital video outputs, it is changing the AV requirements of modern classrooms,” says Casey Hall, Extron Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America. “Our new PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems will enable school districts to install systems that meet their present and future technology requirements.”

Whether you plan to use a flat panel display, ceiling mounted projector, or wall mounted short-throw projector, digital versions of Extron PoleVault, WallVault, and PlenumVault Systems are available to support your needs. Each system includes all the necessary audio and video switching, audio amplification, system control, source connectivity, speakers, mounting hardware, and cabling needed for a complete classroom AV system. All that remains is to add a video projector, screen or flat panel display, and sources.

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

Extron Introduces New Eight-Channel Audio Extractor for 3G-SDI

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the 3G-AE 100, a high performance audio extractor for 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI digital video signals. It automatically detects the incoming 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI data rate, de-embeds up to eight channels of digital audio, and then converts it to line level, analog audio. The 3G-AE 100 features an equalized 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI input and eight analog audio outputs that are switch-selectable to support audio groups 1 through 4. A buffered and reclocked 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI loop-through allows two 3G-AE 100 units to be cascaded to support up to 16 channels of embedded audio. The 3G-AE 100 is ideal for use in applications where digital audio must be extracted from a 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, or SDI signal and converted to line level, analog audio.

“SDI signals are steadily gaining popularity as a way to transmit high definition video signals in commercial AV systems, but converting embedded digital audio into a form that can be used in AV systems has been a challenge,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The 3G-AE 100 joins our growing line of SDI products and provides a simple, convenient solution for de-embedding SDI audio for playback through a house audio system or similar needs.”

The 3G-AE 100 de-embeds eight channels of digital audio from SDI groups 1/2 or 3/4, and outputs it as line level, analog audio on captive screw connectors. Two units can be cascaded to support applications in which 16 channels of audio are required. In addition, the 3G-AE 100 features automatic input equalization up to 500 feet (150 meters) for HD-SDI and SDI signals, and up to 400 feet (120 meters) for 3G-SDI on Extron RG6 cables. Input cable equalization reduces the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable.

A convenient front panel data rate indicator provides visual confirmation of input data rates for quick identification of the incoming digital video signal. The 3G-AE 100 is housed in a compact 1U, quarter rack width metal enclosure for easy integration into both new and existing AV systems.

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

Extron Opens Product Demonstration and Training Facility in New York

Extron Electronics is proud to announce the opening of a product demonstration and training facility in New York City. At the heart of the new facility in mid-town Manhattan is a large demonstration room, showcasing the latest Extron products and technologies. Hands-on stations let guests experience live demonstrations of video signal processing, AV signal distribution, configurable control, and audio products. A fully equipped, state-of-the-art training room features a 4×2 video wall powered by a Quantum video processor. A conference room, featuring the Teamwork Collaboration System, can be used for meetings and presentations.

“With this new facility in New York, we can expand training classes and it will be easier to reach our customers in that region,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Extron customers will appreciate the opportunity to learn about the newest technologies and see demonstrations of products and applications in a local facility.”

The New York office will host a variety of training programs, including Extron Institute schools and certification courses. It wil also be available for meetings and custom product demonstrations. Other North American training facilities are located in Anaheim, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; and Washington, DC. Extron also has training facilities in China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and United Arab Emirates.

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

LECTROSONICS DEPLOYED AT ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE

**** Photo: Bob Ginger ****

Phoenix, AZ – June 2013… After struggling with poor audio quality, feedback, inconsistent microphone levels and a variety of other issues, the Arizona State Legislature—home to the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives—decided enough is enough. Recognizing that a high degree of speech intelligibility is essential if members of the legislature are to communicate effectively, the decision was made to rectify the situation—and at the heart of the remedy: ASPEN digital audio processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics, all controlled by Intent Digital’s Energize Dynamic Control System. more

Extron Now Shipping Eight Input Scaling Presentation Switchers with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1608, an eight input, HDCP-compliant scaling presentation switcher with four HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs, and dual HDMI outputs. It also features two Extron DTP 230 twisted pair inputs and a DTP 230 output for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The IN1608 provides the convenience of supporting local and remote displays with fast and reliable input switching, and a high performance scaling engine that converts all HDMI and analog sources to the optimal resolution. Selectable output resolutions are available up to 1920×1200, including 1080p and 2K. The IN1608 also includes a host of audio switching and processing features. It is available as a standard model with two stereo audio outputs, the IN1608 SA that adds a stereo 4/8 ohm power amplifier, and the IN1608 MA with a mono 70 volt amplifier. Together with flexible control options and many additional features, the IN1608 provides complete AV system integration capabilities.

“The IN1608 provides complete AV switching, scaling, twisted pair signal extension, and audio amplification in one box,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Integrators can take advantage of the built-in DTP extension to streamline system designs in conference rooms, lecture halls, and other environments with local and remote sources and displays.”

The two DTP 230 twisted pair inputs can receive signals from remote DTP 230 transmitters in areas such as a conference table, lectern, or wall for connecting a guest laptop. The DTP 230 twisted pair output can be used to transmit from an IN1608 in a rack to a DTP 230 receiver behind a flat-panel display on a wall, above a ceiling-mounted projector, or any other remote location. To simplify installation, bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals can be inserted from a control system and transmitted over the single CATx cable together with the video and audio, enabling control of a source or display. The IN1608 can also remotely power each of the DTP 230 transmitters and receiver over the same CATx cable, streamlining system design and installation.

In addition to video switching and processing, the IN1608 can serve as the central component for audio system integration. It includes eight-input audio switching, two mic/line inputs, HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, and several audio processing features for mixing, ducking, tone adjustments, and more. Audio configuration features and options can easily be accessed through the internal Web pages, with an intuitive GUI that provides access to all available adjustments and settings. Two IN1608 models feature integrated power amplifiers. The IN1608 SA delivers stereo power amplification with 50 watts rms per channel into 4 ohms and 25 watts rms per channel into 8 ohms, while the IN1608 MA provides mono 70 volt amplification with 100 watts rms output.

The IN1608 features an advanced scaling engine that can scale HDMI, RGB, component, and standard definition video signals to a common high resolution output. It provides high performance 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing to deliver optimal image quality. To simplify integration of HDMI sources and displays, and to help ensure optimal system performance and dependability, the IN1608 features three Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, and SpeedSwitch®. EDID Minder and Key Minder automatically manage EDID communication and HDCP key negotiation between input and output devices to ensure reliable operation. With SpeedSwitch Technology, the IN1608 delivers virtually instantaneous switching speeds for HDCP-encrypted content.

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

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