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Parkway Communications updates 7,500-seat arena’s sound with ARCS WIFO arrays

SALINA, Kansas — For the past 35 years, the 7,500-seat multipurpose Bicentennial Center Arena in Salina, Kansas has hosted everything from concerts, theatre, circuses and civic events to rodeos, basketball, roller derby and home games for the local Salina Bombers, champions of the Professional Indoor Football League. But while the venue has undergone a number of changes over the years, the original sound system remained in place until Parkway Communications recently installed a new L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS loudspeaker rig – aka “WIFO” – for the city-owned venue, which is managed by Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum. more

GRAMOPHONE ADDS SVS SUBWOOFERS TO PRODUCT LINEUP

The Maryland-based custom installer and AV retailer is solidifying its subwoofer selections with the addition SVS models.

Girard, OH – May 13, 2014SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces a partnership with Gramophone to become the newest audio brand available from the award-winning, Maryland-based custom installer.

“Being from the Maryland area, I’ve admired Gramophone’s service and custom installation work for a long time,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. “Gramophone is, without a doubt, one of the top AV companies in the business and their partnership in incredibly valuable to SVS.”

SVS makes subwoofers for a wide range of applications, which is important since Gramophone installs some of the most extreme home theaters in the country.  The SVS product line spans extends from the 155lb, 1000W flagship PB13-Ultra ported subwoofer for large home theaters, to the powerfully compact 13x13x13 SB-1000 tailored for smaller rooms and audio systems. SVS also makes a line of unique, space-saving cylinder subwoofers.

“SVS brings a unique energy to the audio segment, like a throwback to the days when performance was king and the experience mattered most,” said Brian Hudkins, Gramophone president. “With SVS, we know our clients are getting an incredible subwoofer experience and a highly supportive, customer-focused brand to back it up.”

Gramophone is a privately held, family-owned company with more than 40 employees, many of whom have been with the company for over a decade. Today, they provide the highest quality home audio and video equipment, as well as expert design and custom installation services.

Andrew Davis, Director of sales and operations for Gramophone said, “SVS has earned the right to be called one of the great American audio companies and we’re excited to share their passion and bring chest-thumping bass experiences to our customers.”

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company’s hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy offer a predictably profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it’s needed.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about Gramophone, please visit http://www.gramophone.com/.

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

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BASSBOSS Creates Custom DJ System for Red Bull and LANAI Rooftop Lounge

New booth as a centerpiece featuring awesome audio power, visual elegance and a very small footprint

Austin, TX (May 13, 2014)
– An elegant venue for dancing, relaxing and socializing, LANAI Rooftop Lounge in the heart of Austin, TX has great views, comfy couches, stylish décor and a diverse crowd that dances the night away to electronic and dance music. Their previous sound system and DJ booth took up far too much space and looked cluttered, without providing quality audio reproduction. LANAI and sponsoring partner Red Bull requested a custom design solution from BASSBOSS designer David Lee, who created a sound system in a DJ booth centerpiece that captures the aesthetic and offers sound that cleanly covers the entire room. The booth requires a very small footprint, leaving more room for customers and decor.

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“The list of technical details that went into making this project sound great and perform ideally for the space is even longer than the extensive list of aesthetic touches that were applied to make it beautiful,” said Lee. The BASSBOSS DJ booth/sound system incorporates a 12,000 W sound system into an elegantly crafted structure that serves as a platform not only for DJ equipment but also as a visual element that focuses attention. The main system components consist of a pair of 21-inch woofers, four 10-inch midrange drivers and two 1.4-inch exit compression drivers on iso-phasic waveguides. Also included is a DJ monitoring system that features dual 8-inch woofers and 1-inch exit compression drivers on tractrix waveguides. On the main system, a 3400 W amplifier module powers each of the 21-inch woofers. The midrange drivers are powered with 750 W each, or 1500 W per side, and the tweeters each have over 500 W available. For the monitors, each side has a 2 channel 700 W amplifier. Four discrete digital signal processors provide crossover, time alignment, equalization and limiter functions.

According to Lesliann Nemeth, LANAI’s Creative Director, the sound is now ideal for the space: “Since it is a custom-built system, we were able to have it set within the parameters of our outdoor music permit, which was a big issue for us before. It is amazing the level of sound we can get being that it is concentrated within the booth.”

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Triad Speakers, Inc. adds Cost-Effective Models to Invisible DesignerSeries Line

DesignerSeries is a comprehensive line of high-performing, vibrating-panel sound systems that mount behind-the-wall, making them invisible to the eye. The company has added 3 new entry-level models that range from $500 to $700 MSRP each.

Portland, OR – May 13, 2014 – Triad Speakers, Inc. has added 3 new entry-level models to its DesignerSeries line of behind-the-wall loudspeakers: the DSi-1 ($500 MSRP each), the DSi-2dc dual-channel stereo version ($700 MSRP each) and the higher-performing DSi-3 ($700 MSRP each). The addition of the new models brings the DesignerSeries to 11 models in total. Prior to the DSi-1, MSRP for entry-level was $650.

The DesignerSeries are passive speaker panels comprised of a powder-coated aluminum frame, a rigid aluminum honeycomb core (with paper skin covering) and transducers. All the components — along with the use of a required high-pass cross-over filter (sold separately) — work in concert to create a vibrating element that produces sound waves. The result is a full, warm sound.

All DesignerSeries panels easily mount in between walls studs in typical home construction. The panel’s paper skin provides a high-bond surface for adhesion to plaster, drywall compound, mud skims and veneer. Once covered and painted the panels are invisible to the eye.

According to Triad Speakers’ Marketing Director Paul Teixeira, the 3 new DSi models boast a small footprint (measure 15.75-inches H x 11.8-inches W x 1.6-inches D), thus allowing for even greater installation flexibility.

“Our ability to hit lower price-points on such sophisticated technology gives the Triad dealer more options to place music throughout the house,” says Teixeira.

The DSi-1, DSi-2dc and DSi-3 speakers all carry a 10-year limited warranty. The speakers are shipping now. For more information visit www.triadspeakers.com or call Triad Speakers toll-free at 1.800.666.6316.

For all Triad press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

Harbinger Introduces New VâRi Series Powered Loudspeakers

Powerful, Versatile, and Affordable Portable PA Solution

Thousand Oaks, CA – May 2014… Harbinger Pro Audio, a provider of powerful, affordable sound reinforcement solutions, has announced the debut of the new VâRi Series of portable powered loudspeakers. The new generation of Harbinger speakers is designed to deliver the ultimate in power, performance, and versatility, at an affordable price point.

The new Harbinger VâRi line includes two distinct models to meet a wide range of users and applications, from bands and musical performance to DJs, Karaoke, and presentations. The V2115 is a 15-inch, two-way loudspeaker system that packs 600 Watts of crystal clear power and punch, with high-performance Class-D amplification and deep, solid bass response. The V2112 offers the same feature set in a 12-inch configuration for even greater portability and an even more affordable price.

Both units feature a host of new features, including an integrated 3-channel mixer with auxiliary inputs and XLR balanced line outputs for integrating into larger setups, as well as a built-in limiter and 2-band EQ for unparalleled control. Integrated handles and 1-3/8″ stand mounts are standard on all VâRi systems, making them ideal for both main PA and monitor applications.

“Our customers have been asking for a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use powered loudspeaker, and the new VâRi Series is the answer,” states Harbinger Product Manager Jim Norman. “These speakers are perfect for small and mid-sized gigs, rehearsal studios, DJs, and spoken word presentations. They are truly the most versatile and affordable powered loudspeaker Harbinger has ever created.”

The new Harbinger VâRi Series is available now in stores and online. VâRi V2115 carries a street price of $249.99, with the V2112 model’s street price at $229.99.

For more information, visit the all-new Harbinger website at www.harbingerproaudio.com, or check with your favorite music retailer.

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ABOUT HARBINGER PRO AUDIO

Harbinger Professional Audio brings together advanced engineering and manufacturing technology to deliver high quality sound reinforcement components that offer performance, power, and reliability in an affordable package. Harbinger products are built with rugged, professional components and construction for dependable, rock solid performance.

For more information on the complete range of Harbinger Pro Audio products, contact Harbinger, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.

www.harbingerproaudio.com

Sounds And Silence Coexist Peacefully In New York Public Library, Made Possible By Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight Technology

Audio Spotlight Directional Speakers In Action At NYPL Recognizing the interests of neighborhood youth and their affinity for embracing future technologies, Rice+Lipka Associates sought out to provide the New York Public Library (NYPL) with an exciting, modern makeover of its Hamilton Grange Teen Center situated in the heart of New York City. By focusing on integrating fresh technologies to provide unique social experiences, Rice+Lipka were able to transform the aging facility into an open-concept hangout space full of interest, engagement, and community.

As the preservation of quiet is utterly synonymous with public library space, NYPL was faced with the challenge of catering to the increasingly multimedia-centric senses of today’s youth, without adding noise or distraction to the quiet library. Their solution was the unique Audio Spotlight directional speaker systems by Holosonics. A speaker technology unlike any other, the Audio Spotlight provides a narrow sound beam of coverage, with audio levels dropping over 90% only a single step away. Harnessing such directivity, the library could create a tight, well defined listening area, while maintaining quiet for all others outside this zone.

Several of Holosonics’ unique directional speakers were mounted over the circular listening area. Inside the boundary, teens can rock the afternoon away to Garage Band on the Wii, while others study peacefully, and quietly, just outside the isolated Audio Spotlight sound field.

Michael Beach, Project Manager for HB Communications, the AV integrator responsible for the Hamilton Grange install, shares, “The Audio Spotlight is impressively effective at localizing sound.” Beach elaborates, “Libraries are notorious for very closely monitored sound levels, so it’s not every day you see an open air media center with speakers pumping sound out right in the middle of one – the Audio Spotlights make that possible.”

“It’s pretty remarkable to be able to offer the only speaker technology with precise enough coverage to be tolerated in library settings,” states inventor Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, “It’s one of the most demanding environments concerning noise, and this success is a real testament to the Audio Spotlight’s unmatched sound field control.”

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.™

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

KanexPro releases 5-Input Mini HD Scaler with HDBaseT™ output for corporate boardrooms and lecture halls

May 8th, 2014 KanexPro exhibiting at InfoComm 2014, booth N1657 is pleased to release a 5-Input Presentation Switcher & Scaler with HDBaseT™. Based on a high-performance video processing engine that can scale standard definition HDMI, RGB, VGA, C-video and component to HD quality video and audio up to 2K. Ideal for lecture halls, corporate boardrooms and command-control centers, where switching of analog and digital signals are mission critical.

From large congregations such as house of worship centers to lecture halls and corporate board rooms, the growth of routing, scaling and signal distribution has seen many game changing facets over the decade. Some prevailed while others failed. This has helped KanexPro design powerful systems based on integrators needs. Today’s audiovisual systems must support a extensive range of analog and digital A/V formats says Kashyap Khetia, Marketing Head for KanexPro. Switching and distributing these diverse signals can be abysmal for SI’s and installers.

As an added benefit, the HDSC51HDBT provides remote powering by not having to install an extra power outlet to the ceiling or wall, the included receiver handles power over Ethernet to power up eliminating the need for a separate power supply at the remote unit. Perfect for the slim flat-panel LED display or projector mounting that does not have an extra power socket.

AV Control made easy – Wide band IR signals and bi-directional RS-232 control can be transmitted alongside the video signal over the CAT6 connection, allowing the remote device to be controlled without the need for additional cabling. Bi-directional control extension eliminates the need for control system wiring to remote devices.

The HD scaler is housed in a compact 1U, half rack width enclosure that can be installed virtually anywhere, including discreet placement underneath a conference table, cabinet place, inside a credenza, or in a lectern. Visit us at InfoComm, Booth # N1657 for a live demo.

About KanexPro

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. Our mission is always to create top-tier technology reliable and affordable.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Enters Paging Horn Market with CSS-H15 and CSS-H30 Models

NORTHRIDGE, California– HARMAN’s JBL Professional has launched its new CSS-H15 (15-Watt) and CSS-H30 (30-Watt) paging horns—the first products from JBL specifically designed for the commercial sound paging horn market. The new JBL CSS-H paging horns are ideal for public address systems, announcement/paging, intercom, security, alarm and industrial applications.

“Many of our systems integration customers utilize paging horns in their projects, and now they will have access to these top-quality, high-intelligibility, cost-competitive paging horns from JBL at their disposal,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “The JBL CSS-H paging horns provide excellent voice range clarity for a variety of environments.”

Constructed of sturdy ABS with corrosion‐resistant all-stainless-steel mounting bracket and hardware, both models include a built‐in UL registered multi‐tap transformer (15‐Watt for the H15, 30‐Watt for the H30) for use with 70V and 100V distributed speaker lines, with a screwdriver adjustable tap switch, and a bypass position for direct 8-ohm operation.

The CSS-H paging horns further expand JBL Professional’s lineup of cost-effective CSS Commercial Solutions Speakers, adding to the collection that already includes CSS-8000 Series ceiling speakers, CSS-1S/T surface-mount speaker, and the JBL Commercial-branded CSM mixers, CSR remotes, CSPM paging microphones, CSA amplifier, the new CSMA mixer-amplifiers, and other products that are all designed for the needs of a wide range of commercial applications.

The JBL CSS-H paging horns are also highly weather-resistant (IP-65 rated) for outdoor applications. Both models pass JBL’s 100-hour continuous full-power test to ensure long-term reliability.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

27 Years Of MerleFest Support: SE Systems Relies On Yamaha and NEXO

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held the last weekend of April in Wilkesboro, N.C., this year’s MerleFest included over 125 artists with area roots such as Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard. The Festival is named for famed guitarist the late Doc Watson’s, after his late son, Merle, also a gifted musician. For 27 years, SE Systems of Greensboro, N.C. has provided audio production for MerleFest, and supporting their efforts this year, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. provided four CL5 digital audio consoles to add to the inventory, which already included a lot of Yamaha-NEXO gear.

Two Yamaha CL5s were used for front of house and monitors at both the Americana Stage and the Hillside Stage. “All worked flawless and sounded great,” states Bryan Smith of SE Systems. “At the Walker Center and the Chris Austin Stage, we used four Yamaha PM5D’s at FOH and Monitors. At the Creekside Stage, we used our NEXO GEO D sound system with GEO Subs. On the main Watson Stage, SE Systems provided NEXO 45-N monitors with NEXO NXAMP 4×4 power amps. In the video/recording trailer, a Yamaha O1V 96i Digital Mixing Console was used to route to the DVR’s and converters.”

“This year, a new stage was added to our production, Smith says. It was a small courtyard style stage called The Plaza used for smaller, local acts. We only needed to cover audio in a small area, so we decided to use eight Yamaha DSR 112’s active speakers, four for mains and four for monitors. No subs were required for this stage. The DSR system sounded awesome and it projected just like we expected; the bass was strong, but not overpowering, and a perfect match for this stage.”

“The Yamaha CL5 is a great-sounding, and versatile console that was perfect for use on the Americana Stage at MerleFest 2014, states Melissa Joplin Higley, who mixed front of house. The console, Dante networking and Rio input/output boxes performed consistently. I found the CL5 to offer more flexibility and horsepower, and the Premium Rack Effects are a tremendous advantage.”

Higley said she used much of the CL5’s onboard processing. “I particularly enjoyed the Custom Fader Banks, especially since we used a festival patch; it was great to have each band’s input list consolidated on one page for easy access to channels, and we were able to quickly and easily adapt to many different scenarios, including hosting guest engineers, patching artist stage snakes into our Rio’s, running ears from FOH, etc.”

Jeff Neubauer mixed monitors at the Hillside Stage using a CL5. “I enjoyed the custom page feature that allowed me to just choose the channels that we were using out of the Festival page for each act. The ease of Dante to route audio between consoles was also a nice feature, and I also liked the ability to recall parts and pieces of show files.”

For more information on SE Systems, visit www.sesystems.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, 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 integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional to Host VTX Listening Experience, Highlighting V20 and F Series Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional is hosting a VTX Listening Experience at its Northridge, California headquarters on May 6 and 7, providing a unique opportunity to audition and work hands-on with the new JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeaker and its companion VTX S25 subwoofer, F Series multi-purpose loudspeakers, and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Morning and afternoon sessions will cover the following topics: JBL VTX V20 Technical Overview; V20 Hands-On Suspension Demonstration; Indoor Listening (small format VTX V20/S25 system versus VTX V25); VTX F Series listening session; JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ overview; and Outdoor Listening (large format V20 system with VTX S25, S28 and G28 subwoofer options).
“Since launching the V20 at the Winter NAMM and Prolight + Sound shows earlier this year, we have received overwhelming response from the audio community,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The VTX Listening Experience is a great opportunity for people to hear VTX V20 and F Series for themselves and to have a tour of JBL Professional’s product design facilities.”

For more details and to register for the VTX Listening Experience, please contact Becki Barabas at becki.barabas@harman.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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