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TED2014 Speaks Up with DPA Microphones

McCune Audio, full-service technical event specialists, rely on classic 4088s and d:screet 4060s to mic guests and props for the renowned conference

VANCOUVER, APRIL 3, 2014 – Heard by thousands of people through live audiences, simulcasts, webcasts and recordings, and millions more through online video engines, the annual TED Conference requires gear that matches its prestige. With discussions that address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, microphones are vital to all TED audiences. To provide the ultimate in sound quality for presenters and performers at TED2014, technical team from McCune Audio/Video, the symposium’s sound services company, relies on DPA Microphones’ classic 4088 Directional Headset Microphones and d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone.

TED2014 marks the second time that DPA Microphones is part of the audio setup for the conference. The McCune Audio team used the same selection of mics at last year’s event because of the high-quality audio of both mics and comfortable fit and feel of the 4088, each requests from production crew workers and presenters, respectively.

“For years, the post-production crew was trying to get us to reduce the amount of room acoustics we were hearing in the recordings,” says Nick Malgieri, McCune’s Head of Audio for the TED Conference. “Because of the live PA system in the room, there was a slap-back echo always happening in the voice. We really used some pretty extreme processing paths with our previous mics just to try to help us get ahead of the issues. Once we switched to DPA 4088s, the added isolation let us really scale back on the processing. The sound was so much better that the post-production crew asked us to deploy ambient mics to capture the energy of the venue. That led us to the d:screet 4060s, which we use to pick up a lot of the stage noise from the props and scenery on set, such as chalkboards during presentations, a fire organ for a pyrophone performance or a target being hit by an archer.”

The versatility of the DPA mics also plays an important role in the audio support at the TED Conference, which hosts 12 90-minute shows over the course of five days. Throughout each of these individual productions, Malgieri and his crew need to mic as many as 10 separate presenters speaking for up to 18-minute segments each. In these instances, the audio team uses the 4088s. The shows also incorporate other types of presentations, such as musical, theatrical or dance performances, or magical acts, which require the 4060s.

“The technology setup for this show is very important because of the high turnover and the way the show is actually produced,” explains Malgieri. “We are doing three shows a day, with only an hour or so to reset between them, so we need high-end gear that can keep up with the constant demand and rigorous use.”

As one of DPA’s most popular products, the 4088 is ideal for a variety of performing and vocal presentations. It is designed for acoustically demanding live performance environments, where background noise and feedback is a concern, and boasts the same open and natural sound qualities of the company’s other legendary microphones.

Originally designed for use with wireless systems in theater, television and close-miked instrument applications, the d:screet 4060 capsule is highly unobtrusive. Because of its small size, this tiny condenser mic exhibits an exceedingly accurate omnidirectional pattern, and therefore does not need to be aimed directly at the sound source to achieve quality pickup.

As the technical specialists of record for the TED Conference since it began, McCune Audio/Video provides live sound, projection and video production services for the event. Over the course of its 82-year history, McCune has been involved with some of the nation’s top events, including the final Beatles concert – held at Candlestick Park, the Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. They have also supported a variety of speeches for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

3G Productions Supports Marc Anthony In The Round At Barclays Center

Marc Anthony recently capped off a series of successful engagements at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Mohegan Sun Arena and Prudential Center with a triumphant Valentine’s Day weekend performance in the round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After successfully providing audio for the first three venues, 3G Productions was faced with the task of ensuring even coverage for Anthony and his 15-piece orchestra performing in the round from a revolving stage in the cavernous arena.

Asked about the challenges, 3G Crew Chief Will Taylor explained, “the biggest was taking the tour from a typical end stage configuration with 70 boxes to over 128 enclosures in the round. We used d&b J-Series during the tour and for Barclays, we flew four hangs of 14 for the longer throws at the ends of the arena and four hangs of 18 for the sides to get the vertical coverage we needed because the building is so tall, over 110 feet to the top seats. We also had 16 d&b J-sub and 8 J-Infra subwoofers that we combined with the barricades because the concert was sold out and we didn’t have the real estate to put them where we normally would.”

“The show sounded great,” Taylor continues, “but we had so many amps for the 360 degree coverage, we needed about 150 ft. of cable bridge to get from one end of the arena to the other with upwards of 400 ft. cable runs per cluster. But even with all of the musicians, background singers, boxes, cable, inputs and additional techs, the client was very happy with the coverage and how the show turned out.”

In this case, the client was Production Supervisor Roly Garbalosa who oversaw the tour for Marc Anthony and CMN (Cardenas Marketing Network). Roly was also fully aware of the challenge: “This was Marc’s first U.S. performance in the round with an orchestra that included 3 trombones, 2 trumpets, 3 percussionists, 3 background vocalists, keyboard, bass, guitar and piano rotating 360 degrees back and forth all night. Besides the eight J-Series hangs, we had 8 sidefill points hung with 3 d&b Q10s each because Marc relies heavily on those, especially for this situation.”

“I’ve known 3G Productions for a long time and typically they do a great show and are very professional. The key to this concert was the advance planning which we needed because we were hanging over 100 points on the same day. We came in at 5am, marked the floors, started working a six and were still polishing details at doors.

“As it turned out, the show sounded amazing and everyone really enjoyed it, including Marc. He brought us in after the show––which is rare––and gave us all high fives. He loved the sound and had a lot of fun.”

The overall system for this massive undertaking also included “racks and racks” of d&b D12 and D80 amps for house and monitors; d&b M2, M4 and Q1 speakers and B2 subwoofers for monitors; a DiGiCo SD7 for Front of House and SD10 for Monitors; Shure PSM 900 and Sennheiser G2 in-ear monitors; Shure, Sennheiser and Audix wired mics, and Shure Axient and Sennheiser 5200 wireless mics.

In addition to Marc Anthony’s Front of House/Band Engineer Jose Rivera and Monitor Engineer Eric “Pyle” Ramey; the 3G Productions crew included System Engineer/Crew Chief Will Taylor, Assistant Engineer Jon Daly, Monitor systems tech Joe “Big Joe” Ramos, and stage technicians Kevin Fuller, Robert “Boy” Valdez, and Jimmy Ibanez.

Summing up the show, Jose Rivera added: “It sounded a lot better than I expected. I’ve worked the room different times––never in the round––and it’s challenging from a coverage standpoint because it’s very high and steep. We wanted to make sure everyone who pays for a ticket enjoys the show. We went in with a very large rig and 3G made sure their pre-design work was done and we had the right amount of boxes to cover the room correctly.

“I had the opportunity to walk the room and the coverage sounded really good. Before we selected a vendor, we narrowed it down to two speaker systems and we’re happy we chose d&b.

Marc was ecstatic,” Rivera concludes. “There aren’t too many shows where he has the opportunity to listen to the band during soundcheck from the audience. For this show, he came in early to familiarize himself with the stage because he hadn’t done one in 360. And when I turned on the PA he was blown away and really impressed with the sound. He was comfortable and happy knowing the people were going to enjoy the show because the reinforcement represented what he and the band were going to do on stage.”

For more about 3G Productions, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

Photo Credit: Carlos Escobar

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

HARMAN’s AKG Introduces CBL31 WLS and STSDAM+ Tabletop Microphone Solutions for Wireless Use

VIENNA, Austria – HARMAN’s AKG is introducing a pair of world-class tabletop microphone solutions for wireless use. The CBL31 WLS and STSDAM+ both offer durability and flexible housing options and are ideal for meeting rooms, courtrooms, conference rooms and houses of worship.

The AKG CBL 31 WLS and STSDAM+ are based on heavy-duty tabletop mechanics and due to their heavy weight, are highly shock-absorbent and hold the microphone firmly in place. Various AKG pocket transmitters (including the WMS40/45/420/470 and DMS700) fit into the housing of both the CBL31 WLS and STS DAM+, to transform the stations into complete wireless solutions.

Both models offer a rugged mute switch (more than 25,000 switching cycles) that controls the microphone, plus an LED bar to clearly show the status. A 3.5 mm input jack plug allows connection of either up to four AKG CBL410 or a laptop to transmit the audio signal of a presenter to the local PA system.

The CBL31 WLS also includes the well-known cardioid capsule CK31 from the DAM Series. It is designed to fit a variety of AKG transmitters, including the PT40/45/420/450/470 and DPT700.

The STSDAM+ is designed to fit AKG DAM+ Series microphones, including the GN15/30/50M and CH41/43/49.

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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DPA Appoints OKNO-AUDIO As Its Distribution Partner In Russia

DPA Microphones has appointed OKNO-AUDIO as its new distributor in Russia, with responsibility for its entire product range including the Award-winning d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, the recently introduced modular active booms from the d:dicate™ Recording microphone and d:fine™ 66 and 88 Miniature Headset Microphones.

Established in 2012, OKNO-AUDIO is a division of Russia’s premier broadcast systems integration company OKNO-TV, which itself has been in operation for more than 20 years. OKNO-AUDIO’s staff have a thorough knowledge of the Russian pro audio market and the company is already a distributor of a number of key pro audio brands including Behringer, Harman Professional, Lab Gruppen, Mogami and Tannoy.

Michael Trolle, DPA’s Area Sales Manager for EMEA, says: “The Russian market is growing rapidly and carries enormous potential for DPA. To maximise this, we need a strong distribution partner with an established presence in the live sound, broadcast and installation markets. OKNO-AUDIO fits this brief perfectly. The company understands the quality hallmark of the DPA brand and shares our proactive approach to developing the market for our products.”

Trolle adds that OKNO-AUDIO has links with other high quality pro audio brands and this brings additional benefits to the partnership.

“Many of these brands complement our product range and OKNO’s ability to offer a comprehensive equipment package gives them – and DPA – additional leverage in the market,” he says.

Renowned for their audio accuracy, reliability and superb engineering, DPA microphones are the first choice for numerous recording and touring artists and sound engineers. The company’s extensive product range also encompasses many other industry areas including broadcast, film, theatre, installation, conferencing and security.
Kirill Pavlov, General Director of OKNO-AUDIO, adds: “It was extremely important for us to become a distributor for such a well-known brand as DPA. The popularity of these microphones is constantly increasing, both among system integrators and in the retail network. OKNO-AUDIO not only possesses one of the biggest dealer networks in Russia, but is also developing its own contract branch of activities by cooperating with theatres, sports complexes and sound recording studios.

Vladislav Manaenkov, co-founder and Executive Director of OKNO-AUDIO, continues: “By being part of OKNO-TV, which is the greatest TV and broadcast integrator in the Russian Federation, we have no doubt that the use of DPA microphones in this field will be valuable and up-to-date. We are proud to be an integral part of the DPA international team and will do our utmost for the brand’s development in all spheres of the Russian professional market.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

GRUNDORF ANNOUNCES 75-110 COMPACT RACK DRAWER FOR WIRELESS SYSTEMS

**** Photo: Grundorf model 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer ****

Council Bluffs, IA – March 2014… Grundorf Corporation, a leading manufacturer of equipment for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the company’s new model 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer for wireless racks. Featuring a rugged metal design with multiple compartments and foam lining, the new Grundorf 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer is the ideal accessory for adding dedicated storage space to protect one’s valuable microphones. The 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer is the perfect rack accessory for touring musicians, audio professionals, and AV technicians in presentation environments, House of Worship, and DJ’s. more

DPA Microphones Allow Jure Tori To Move Freely On Stage

Slovenian accordionist Jure Tori is using DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to bring extra energy and quality to the sound he is achieving on stage. The internationally acclaimed musician recently bought two d:vote microphones from DPA’s Slovenian distributor, Sonus, and is now using them for all of his live performances.

“When you’re playing an accordion, the whole body is involved,” Tori says. “Therefore I need microphones that enable me to move and express myself without limitations. With a DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone attached to my accordion, I am able to pick up the sound of the entire keyboard and really capture the sensitivity of my music.”

A unique and charismatic musician, Jure Tori has performed on stages all over the world, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians such as Austrian double bass player Ewald Oberleitner and guitarist Ariel Cubria. He also plays as part of the group Orlek and recently established the Tori Trio with Oberleitner and percussionist Ganesh Anandan. His reputation as an accordionist is now so well established that his songs are part of the curriculum programme for students of accordion and his compositions have been published by the Slovenian Music Information Center. His music has also been used to accompany animations by Dušan Kastelic (Bugbrain Institute), in movies by Metod Pevec and in various Slovenian and Austrian documentaries.

“My compositions express my personality, traumas and pleasures – sometimes in a funny way and sometimes in a sad way” he explains. “DPA microphones have brought real progress to my music, especially the work I am doing with the Tori Trio. With DPA, I have achieved more live musical energy, improved the quality of the sound and found it much easier to play my instrument.”

DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are renowned for their audio quality and their versatility. Despite their tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, these clip mics are rugged, stable and perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced settings, the mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

“On an accordion, the constant sound of the bass is very important and these microphones enable that sound to be properly picked up,” Tori adds. “They also make it much easier to record live concerts. I have managed to find a good solution for fixing and positioning the microphones on both sides of the instrument and as a result I am really enjoying the sound these microphones are delivering.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

HARMAN’s AKG Offers License-Free Operation and 128-Bit Encryption with DMSTetrad Digital Wireless Microphone System

FRANKFURT, Germany – At ProLight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s AKG is introducing the DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system. Ideal for a variety of applications ranging from concerts and clubs, to conferences, this license-free wireless system offers uncompressed audio transmission, superior RF performance and 128-bit AES standard encryption.

The AKG DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system features an integrated 4-channel mixer, and an antenna front mount kit. With 24bit, 48kHz audio coding, it provides uncompressed studio-quality transmission and a linear frequency response, for uncompromising vocal and instrumental performances. The DMSTetrad’s 128-bit AES standard encryption prevents tapping of the audio signal, which makes it a perfect companion for high-security conferences.

The entire DMSTetrad system features the DSRTetrad Digital Stationary Receiver, the DPTTetrad Digital Pocket Transmitter and the DHTTetrad Digital Handheld Transmitter, available with AKG’s patented D5 acoustics or as DHTTetrad P5 with standard dynamic capsule. Two sets are available, the DMSTetrad Vocal Set including the DHTTetrad P5 and the DMSTetrad Performer Set including the DPTTetrad together with a C111 L earhook microphone and the MKG L instrument cable.

The DMSTetrad can be quickly assembled and ready to use. The DSRTetrad receiver can work with up to four channels of audio in parallel which can be mixed down directly to its balanced XLR sum output. The dynamic frequency selection (DFS) ensures that only the cleanest frequency bands are selected for the connection between receivers and transmitters automatically.

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 workforcew 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.

DPA Microphones Appoints GerrAudio to Lead Canadian Distribution

DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the appointment of GerrAudio as its Canadian distributor. GerrAudio is an established distributor of professional audio equipment for the live performance and broadcast industries across Canada. The company represents some of the industry’s leading wired and wireless intercom, digital mixing console, signal processing and audio test and measurement equipment brands.

“We are very fortunate to be chosen to represent DPA Microphones in Canada,” says Bob Snelgrove, President of GerrAudio. “The quality and performance of the company’s mics are consistent with GerrAudio’s long-standing philosophy of bringing unique audio solutions to the technical teams that support highly creative artists. DPA’s array of products perfectly complements our current collection of state-of-the-art audio equipment. Additionally, while the company’s reputation precedes GerrAudio, we know that many professional users are not fully aware of the flexibility and depth that is available across the product line. To that end, our primary goal will be to provide greatly expanded accessibility to the company through such means as product introductions, education and demonstrations, along with quick accessibility to products and technical support.”

This partnership with GerrAudio signals DPA Microphones’ continued commitment toward growth and customer service throughout North America. To ensure greater product availability for customers in Canada, GerrAudio will carry a full stock of DPA products at its head office in Brockville, Ontario.

“GerrAudio has an impressive reputation as one of the leading pro audio distributors in Canada,” says Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard, DPA Microphones’ Executive Vice President of Sales. “With a local Canadian distributor, we ensure better and more attentive service and support for our new and existing customers in the region. We’re excited about this new partnership and have high expectations for the opportunities it will bring.”

About DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

Belkin Unveils Secure Web Camera Adapter

Only Solution Available that Enables the Secure Use of Web Cameras in Computing Environments where Classified or Sensitive Information is Exchanged

PLAYA VISTA, CA – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today unveiled the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter, the only solution available that enables the use of standard USB web cameras in computing environments where classified or sensitive information is presented. The new Secure Web Camera Adapter includes a host of security features, including anti-tampering mechanism in the outside packaging, one-time programmable (OTP) protected firmware, and complete isolation of the USB circuit from the computer.

Using web cameras in a secure environment may cause a security breach if not properly protected. Intruders can exploit computers that are non-secure as a result of web cameras that can view and eavesdrop on conversations, without users being aware that the camera is on and active. 

To avoid these potential breaches, Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International, said that the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is the only product of its kind in the market, enabling the use of web cameras in environments where security or confidentiality are critical. “Belkin’s Secure Web Camera Adapter is the perfect security solution for environments where computers are present and video calls are used to exchange confidential information,” said Artiz. “It is well-suited for boardrooms, offices, defense, the military, and other areas where sensitive conversations take place.”

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is designed to connect and disconnect a web camera and other USB audio devices at the press of a button. Unlike other adapters, the Belkin web camera adapter makes it very clear to the user when the web camera is active and provides warning before deactivating through a lighting and flashing system. If desired, the user is then able to extend the web camera’s activation period through a simple push of a button.

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is easy and  intuitive to operate, and should be used whenever web  cameras are used in boardrooms, offices, and other  areas where sensitive conversations take place.

Key features of the Secure Web Camera Adapter include:

  • Automatic Timer Mechanism – The timer functionality combined with intuitive LED lights indicate when the camera is active and when the user must press a button to extend the video call if desired; a disconnect button allows the user to immediately disconnect the camera when necessary.
  • Easy Integration and Operation – the adapter operates with two simple buttons, with clear visual indicators of operation and approaching cut-off; it is easily connected with a standard USB port, including the supplied cable.
  • Advanced Security Features – the isolated independent microcontroller cannot be hacked, reprogrammed or tampered with, and all firmware is stored on a non-programmable ROM.
  • Anti-Tamper Protection – Secure and rugged housing, an active anti-tamper mechanism, non-programmable firmware, and tamper-evident packaging and label ensure that the adapter remains secure in transit at all times.
  • Increased Reliability – the adapter’s simple hardened design, and low self-discharge anti-tamper battery, provide years of reliable usage.
  • Interoperability and Operating System Independent – supports all USB web cameras, requiring only the web camera driver software on the connected computer, and all Windows, iOS, LInux ad Chrome operating systems that support the web camera software.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government. 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

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Belfast Systems Integrator Niavac Upgrades Inventory with HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Conferencing System

BELFAST, United Kingdom – Belfast-based AV presentation system specialists, Niavac, have upgraded their rental inventory by investing in HARMAN’s AKG CS3 conference system. According to MD James Conlon, this ‘plug and play’ solution is already proving extremely popular with their customers, particularly in the educational and healthcare segments, which form part of their core business. The system was sold to Niavac through Sound Technology Ltd., who distribute HARMAN Professional products throughout the UK and ROI.

Although Niavac—who have been in operation for over 50 years—have run AKG previously in their hire fleet, they canvassed the market to look for the most suitable options before readopting the brand.

“We were recommended to AKG by a third party,” stated Conlon, “but we also looked at the offerings of the other market leaders. I did a complete trawl and then contacted distributors Sound Technology Ltd, placing an order for a 30-station system.”

The old AKG system, he said, had served the company well for many years but was reaching the end of its useful life. “And since we are staging high end conferences and board meetings in areas such as education, healthcare and the private sector, we wanted to replace like for like, but with a superior solution.”

The CS3 System is a modular and flexible conference system suitable for any venue—from corporate boardrooms to council chambers—and its components can be easily set up, and scaled to suit (for instance, one CS3 base unit can support 60 microphones which connect to all relevant devices like PA, recording, external audio sources and camera control systems). The CS3 microphone station comes with a robust interface connector, which makes it easy to interchange the mics, which come in two detachable versions.

Since Niavac are also a major system integrator in Northern Ireland, supplying microphones and portable racks regularly to the education segment, it was important they got the choice right. “We needed the new system quickly, and having had a demonstration of some of the other brands AKG won out on sheer quality, the reliability we had experienced with the brand before, its ease of operation, its competitive price and the fact that it would sit easily in our existing transit boxes,” Conlon said. “Also, it looked very corporate-friendly; with other systems we reviewed [operators] were confused by the button pressing protocols.”

To emphasize his point, Conlon stated that one of their key clients, the local Healthcare Trust “absolutely love it”—adding, “they will attach it to amps, speakers and handheld radio mics.”

For more information on Niavac, please visit www.niavac.com

For more information on Sound Technology, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

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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