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Extron Now Shipping IPCP Pro 250 High Performance Control Processor

Extron IPCP Pro 250Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IPCP Pro 250 IP Link Pro Control Processor. The Extron IPCP Pro 250 is a versatile, high-performance control processor designed for centralized AV control in small to medium-size applications. As part of the new IP Link Pro Series, the IPCP Pro 250 is engineered to be faster and more secure in almost every way. It features advanced security standards and Gigabit Ethernet, which ensures compatibility with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. It also supports Extron LinkLicense which enables the use of third party devices as primary control interfaces. The IPCP Pro 250 is an ideal choice for controlling multiple devices and signal types within an AV system. more

FSR Extends Line of Table Box Offerings With Introduction of T3-DV2S

New model ideal for single users, needing access to HD HDMI video/audio source input and AC power sources

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, adds to its family of Table Box products with the launch of its new T3-DV2S Table Box unit. This new solution is intended for single users where convenient access to HD HDMI video/audio source input, and AC power sources is required. The T3-DV2S allows users to power and connect their laptop or any HDMI source to an external video display and house sound systems as well as connect with network, phone lines and other AV system infrastructure.

All T3-DV2S models are HD ready with an HDMI pass-through connector, standard grounded AC outlet and openings for two keystone snap-in connectors. The two keystone openings, supplied with two blanks, can be populated with a variety of snap-in connectors including network, telephone, RCA or mini stereo audio, to custom configure the units to suit unlimited applications. A large selection of keystone style snap-in connectors, including USB DC powered charging stations to charge digital mobile devices, are available separately from FSR.

“FSR is always working hard to offer our customers in the professional audio/video markets innovative and reliable solutions that meet a variety of needs,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “We are proud to be able to grow our popular family of Table Box solutions with the addition of the new T3-DV2S. These new models, fitting a 3 1⁄2-inch round opening, are not only stylish with round and square covers available in black, brass or aluminum to blend with the décor, but the small footprint provides an un-obtrusive solution to any interior. AND, they are HD ready!”

There are options for one or two button momentary switches / bi-color LED arrangements on the cover bezel that enable user control input and status indication for an external control system application. Screw down terminals are provided for fast, convenient cable termination.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

INTERNATIONAL BAKERY CHAIN MAISON KAYSER GOES HI-FI IN NYC WITH ASHLY AUDIO MULTICHANNEL PROCESSORS AND AMPLIFIERS

Maison_Kayser_Bakery_1NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 2014: In only a few short years, French artisanal bakery Maison Kayser has opened five successful bakery/café locations in New York City that complement its dozens of locations throughout Europe and Japan. Its U.S. licensees have taken care to make every aspect of Maison Kayser NYC resonant with the brand’s international prestige, and, as a result, its French-trained bakers and upscale service and atmosphere have raised the bar in The Big Apple. High-fidelity sound is an important component of that atmosphere, and local A/V integrator Essential Communications specified Ashly Audio integrated signal processors/amplifiers to deliver high fidelity with 24/7/365 reliability.

“This client is understandably particular and demanding,” explained David Schwartz, owner of Essential Communications. “Canned music through a stereo wasn’t going to cut it. Added to the challenge were the cool surfaces and building materials that they preferred, as do many such establishments these days. Those materials are highly reflective. After allowing the client to learn that simpler solutions wouldn’t do the job, we stepped up the Maison Kayser template to include modest acoustical treatments and Ashly Audio processing and amplification, which gives me the ability to fine-tune each zone for maximum intelligibility and musicality.”

Maison_Kayser_Bakery_2Indeed, a hallmark of the Maison Kayser brand is that the seating area is divided into separate sections that naturally suggest separate audio zones. Using Ashly processing gives Schwartz individualized equalization, dynamics, and volume control, which he uses to bring each zone into perfect balance. The input at each location is dead simple: nothing more than an input connection that allows staff and management to play music from their personal devices. “It’s nothing fancy, but it has to sound great,” said Schwartz. Different locations use different loudspeakers from Community, Tannoy, and SoundTube. Some locations use Ashly ne-Series multi-channel network amplifiers with optional onboard Protea™ processing, whereas other locations use Ashly Pema™, which combines an 8×8 Protea Matrix processor with either a 4- or 8-channel network power amplifier. Either way, Maison Kayser gets high-end multichannel processing and amplification in a small, two-rack space footprint.

“Ashly builds a good, solid product, and they’re located nearby,” said Schwartz. “The support Ashly offers is always timely and helpful, which is especially important for us because we’re often creating evolving solutions for customers who require very individualized systems. We can always call Ashly and get a human on the phone who knows the products inside and out. The company and its people are very human, which is rare these days. For me, that factors into my specifications as much as anything else.”

At the time this was written, Essential Communications was designing another Ashly Audio-centered music playback system for Maison Kayser’s sixth New York City location.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Barix Centralizes In-Store Radio for Dutchman Hospitality Group

Transition to IP audio simplifies scheduling, playout of music for Ohio retail and hospitality campuses

ZURICH/MINNEAPOLIS, October 28, 2014 — The Dutchman Hospitality Group specializes in helping its guests slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. Keeping with this philosophy, the company has turned to Barix to centralize its in-store radio programming on its core IT network, transitioning to the Barix Store&Play IP audio solution to simplify the scheduling and playout of content on three of its largest retail and hospitality campuses.

Based in Amish country in rural Walnut Creek, Ohio, Dutchman Hospitality Group sought a unified solution to deliver audio programming across multiple buildings to maintain a consistent and pleasant customer experience — a feat that proved impossible with separate CD players and the “everyone’s a DJ” approach. The company put its IT contractor, Mark Greenawalt of Makarios Networks, in charge of finding a cost-efficient solution that would offer better control of the overhead music in each building.

“When we made the business decision to have a single source of overhead music on each campus, the challenge of distributing the audio seemed to require pulling new wires between each building,” said Greenawalt. “I discovered Barix Store&Play while conducting research, and discovered that their solution converts audio to data packets for network distribution, before converting back to audio at the playout point. Once I realized we could use our existing infrastructure, it became clear that transitioning to Barix would save a lot of time, labor and money. The devices are inexpensive, and the ease of setup made the overall transition very affordable.”

Since discovering Barix, Greenawalt has since transitioned Dutchman Hospitality Group’s Walnut Creek and Sugar Creek campuses, which include multiple buildings spread across large areas, featuring a mix of retail stores, restaurants and inns. In the Ohio town of Berlin, the company is streaming music from the Berlin Farmstead Restaurant to the Carlisle Country Inn a quarter-mile down the road, taking advantage of Barix’s flexibility in networking audio across separate, distant properties.

The Barix Store&Play solution is configured to minimize use of network resources, downloading programs for playback on a scheduled basis. The network architecture includes a central Instreamer device on each campus to encode audio into files for streaming over the network; and Exstreamer devices at each remote building to receive and decode the files back to high-quality audio. With fiber-optic connections and a Gigabit Ethernet backbone already in place, Greenawalt had the Barix system online and streaming audio across all assigned locations within days. The IP-addressable Barix solution has operated flawlessly, producing outstanding audio quality with exceptional reliability.

“Being a musician, I have to say that I’m very impressed with the sound quality,” said Greenawalt. “But the ease of configuration and reliability is what really makes this special. The Barix receiving devices plug directly into our sound systems, instead of requiring investment in new amplifiers and loudspeakers. As one representative in a two-person IT department, having a low-maintenance solution is huge. It really is a set-and-forget system, with no wires to pull and no extra materials or components required.”

Looking ahead, Greenawalt expects that the Barix system will be used solely for the purpose of reliable background music distribution, but envisions opportunities to scale the network to additional locations on each campus as new services develop.

“The Barix IP audio solution strikes me as having an internet radio station for our own private campuses,” he said. “The sky is the limit in terms of where we can take it in the future. Considering its flexibility and ease of configuration, I’m not sure there is anything you can’t do with this system in terms of audio distribution if you are thinking creatively.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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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

Extron Now Shipping DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

Extron DSC DP-HD A
Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 3840×2160 @ 30 Hz with reduced blanking, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure.

“The DSC DP-HD A delivers an essential feature set for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals with HDMI-based AV systems,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The input loop-through connection preserves the DisplayPort signal at its original resolution for local monitoring, while the powerful scaling engine and video processing capabilities ensure consistent, reliable signal conversion with high image quality.”

The DSC DP-HD A offers several features that enhance and simplify AV system integration. EDID Minder automatically manages EDID communication between the source and display to ensure reliable operation. The DSC DP-HD A includes a buffered DisplayPort input loop-through that provides an output signal for a local monitor. Additional audio capabilities include selectable audio muting and output volume control. The DSC DP-HD A includes a convenient analog two channel audio output for sending de-embedded audio to a sound system or other audio destination. This output can be set for stereo or dual mono.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdansvideo

For more information on the DSC DP-HD A, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdanspr

GETRMR.COM IS THE NEW GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ON RECURRING REVENUE AND MANAGED SERVICES

GetRMR.com, sponsored by ihiji, provides technology professionals with resources and an online community to assist with managed services and recurring revenue

AUSTIN, TX – October 21, 2014 – ihiji, global leader in remote network management solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring and launching a new industry resource, GetRMR.com. The online resource center is devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and education on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) and managed services.

“ihiji wanted to bring dealers, manufacturers and industry experts together to provide centralized resources and a support community for technology ihiji_GetRMR.com Home page screen shot_Oct2014professionals who are adding new recurring revenue services to their business,” says Michael Maniscalco, ihiji VP of technology. “As the industry continues to evolve it is clear that recurring revenue and managed services are very important to long term success.”

The GetRMR.com website will feature sales and marketing collateral, templates, expert advice and technical content from managed service trade professionals and industry bloggers, as well as educational white papers, success stories, and much more. Those visiting GetRMR.com can also access community discussion forums to obtain and share insight and best practices on the ever-expanding world of recurring revenue and managed services.

In addition to the new GetRMR.com initiative, ihiji has significantly reduced prices for the company’s invision remote network management tool by offering annual licenses versus tiered service plans, a move that simplifies and better supports the sale of recurring revenue services that drive recurring monthly revenue. Additionally, ihiji invision has been further enhanced with new features such as cross-VLAN network scanning and extended reporting capabilities that improve both network visibility and overall performance. Remote network management solutions such as ihiji invision provide the digital backbone that RMR programs need to succeed by delivering the intelligence and insight necessary to manage and maintain systems remotely, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Technology professionals interested in learning more about recurring monthly revenue, commonly accepted best practices, and proven methodologies are encouraged to visit GetRMR.com. For additional information about GetRMR.com or ihiji invision, please contact ihiji at info@ihiji.com, call (512) 538-0520, or view this video.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (406) 446-1283Katye@KMBComm.com

 

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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce 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 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 FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

Extron Now Shipping Single-Gang DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI

Extron DTP T HWP 331 DExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D, single-gang Decora®-style transmitters for sending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx cable to Extron DTP-enabled products. The DTP T HWP 231 D extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP T HWP 331 D extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). The one-gang form factor provides maximum space efficiency in wall mount, floor box, and furniture mount applications. The transmitters support computer video up to 2560×1600, HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. Both models also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. They feature remote power capability, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The single-gang wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

Extron Now Shipping MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron MLC 55 SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC 55 RS and MLC 55 RS VC. These economical, easy-to-use MediaLink controllers are used for common AV functions such as power, input selection, and volume in single display applications. They feature a sleek new look, with redesigned backlit buttons and magnetically-attached faceplates that hide the mounting screws and configuration ports, giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Both models include unidirectional RS-232 and IR display control, as well as discrete ON and OFF display power controls. The MLC 55 RS VC model features a newly-designed, larger volume knob for smooth, precise volume control of Extron MPA Series and select XTRA Series amplifiers. Flexible mounting options allow the controllers to be installed virtually anywhere, including walls, lecterns, or tables. more

Two Symetrix Jupiter 8 Turn-Key DSPs and ARC-WEB Control Technology Power Corner Entertainment

1919HOUSTON, TEXAS: Corner Entertainment is a recently-opened entertainment constellation located in Houston, Texas. It features a restaurant (Corner Table) a bar/nightclub (The Oak Bar), and a second wine and mixed drinks bar (1919). Though distinctly named, the three concepts flow together, both physically and in the vibe that unites them. That vibe is perhaps best described as high-class, but relaxed. Though the aesthetic and the quality of the libations and cuisine might justify it, Corner Entertainment is decidedly not stuffy. Houston-based integration firm LoGo Audio Video Music designed and installed Corner Entertainment’s high-performance, cost-effective audio system using two Symetrix Jupiter 8 fixed architecture standalone DSPs with smartphone control for the managers provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB.

“For small- to mid-sized installations, the Symetrix Jupiter is the only processor I’ll use,” explained Jay Gonzalez, LoGo AV’s founder and chief designer. “I’ve used a wide range of processors from different manufacturers, and I’ve experienced a surprising number of failures. When I have issues like that with a processor, I can’t use it again. It’s just too stressful! In contrast, the Symetrix Jupiter is always rock-solid and incredibly easy to work with. My programmer has had zero issues and loves that connecting with the Jupiter is as simple as plugging it in. And of course, Symetrix’ studio-grade sound quality is amazing and gives my clients a sound system to be proud of.”

Corner Entertainment’s audio system is divided into two completely separate halves: one that runs the restaurant and a second that runs the bar. Inputs to the restaurant system include a wireless microphone for events, a tie-in from a small mixer on a patio where bands set up, an iPod dock, and a Pandora music service stream. With eight inputs, one Symetrix Jupiter 8 accepts those sources and provides all of the necessary equalization, dynamics, and routing control. Crown CTS-Series 70-volt amplifiers power SoundTube SM500 loudspeakers. The Jupiter 8’s eight outputs feed eight separate zones, selected to give Gonzalez and his team maximum flexibility to tailor output levels and processing for a perfectly tuned system.

CornerTable_PatioSource selection and volume control are provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB technology. “They were excited by ARC-WEB,” said Gonzalez. “It’s cool technology that’s also very practical and, like all the Symetrix products I’ve worked with, rock-solid.” The owners and managers are set up to use ARC-WEB, but in the event that they aren’t available, LoGo Audio Video Music installed a hard-wired backup. A Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote located at the equipment rack provides redundant control.

The area that Corner Entertainment beautifully renovated to form its bar areas was constructed in 1919 (hence the name) as a sawmill to process local oak trees (hence the name) for upscale residences in Houston. Its inputs include a wireless microphone, an iPod dock, a Blu-ray player, an HDMI audio de-embedder, and a DJ tie-in from the wine bar area. Again, a Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP handles all of the system processing, and Symetrix ARC-WEB and ARC-2e control technology allows source selection and volume control. With sixteen QSC AD-S82Hs and two QSC GPW subwoofers powered by beefy QSC PLX-3602 amplifiers, “it can get dance club crazy” in the bar areas, in Gonzalez’ enthusiastic words. A separate VIP area, dubbed “Lexington’s,” has its own Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for separate input selection and volume control, as well as a dedicated flat-screen for presentations or screenings.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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