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Christie to Demo Breakthrough 3D Cinema Technology For Premium Cinema Experiences with Latest ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector

Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

“Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them.”

“Christie’s latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters,” added Shaw. “We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie’s 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema’ as some other industry players have promised.”

At least twice as efficient as today’s best 3D systems, Christie’s 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. “Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance – only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient,” said Shaw.

“Dolby 3D’s advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences.”

“Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema,“ said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. “I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world.”

Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.

Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world’s first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.

Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

Austrian Freelancer Lukas Zilka Takes HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to the Big Stage

PURKERSDORF, Austria – Lukas Zilka, a freelancer who mixes audio for live concerts, press conferences, corporate events and national balls, recently elevated his company Live Productions –Event Services with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 mixing console. This upgrade will assist him not only with his own productions, but also with the services he routinely offers to bigger companies.

Zilka is a highly skilled sound engineer who manages audio for some of the nation’s top balls, including the “Bonobonball” (Candy Ball) in Vienna. His previous experience with the Soundcraft GB8 analog console installed at that venue is what led him to grow his business with the Si Expression 3. It is the perfect console to lead analog users into the digital realm, as the controls on the Si Expression feel very much like any analog desk.

“Simply put, the value of the Si Expression 3 is unmatched, as other brands cost an arm and a leg for the same feature set that Soundcraft offers. I mix children’s plays for one of my regular clients, which is a local community church, and as the performance group expanded over the years and became increasingly professional, the small racks on the old Yamaha console couldn’t cut it anymore. I needed more outputs and more faders, so when I saw the Si Expression 3, I knew my search had come to an end,” Zilka said.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 features a mighty number of 30+2 faders along with flexible onboard and expansion I/O options to ensure that every one of the 66 input processing channels can be used. To help the operator power through concerts and events of any size, this console not only boasts the award winning EMMA™ DSP processor, it also comes with built-in FX engines that do not impact the mix regardless of load. To top it off, the fader groups are illuminated with Soundcraft FaderGlowTM, which color-codes the motorized faders for an intuitive mixing experience.

“So far, I’m loving the digital experience,” said Zilka. “I really like the easy handle on all channel parameters, as there is no need to jump into menus to get the effects I want. When I did a charity concert, I noticed the advantage of storable pre-amps, which was not present on my old mixer. I also enjoy using the ViSi app on my iPad for corporate events and press conferences.”

“Overall, Soundcraft delivered on every aspect of its name, providing me with an experience that cannot be found elsewhere for this price,” Zilka concluded. “The Si Expression does a perfect job and helps me create the exact sound that I want. Its ease-of-use features such as FaderGlow are revolutionary for this industry, which contains too many cluttered mechanics from other brands.”

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.

Engineer/Producer Ben Findlay Continues Success With Peter Gabriel Using HARMAN’s AKG K812 Reference Headphones

LONDON, United Kingdom – Ben Findlay, a GRAMMY®-nominated recording engineer and producer, recently added HARMAN’s AKG K812 reference headphones to his setup to achieve world-class sound when mixing the variety of projects that pass through his studio in the United Kingdom.

Findlay’s list of credits includes work with artists such as Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Sting, Lionel Richie and more, but he is probably best known for his work with Peter Gabriel. Over more than 25 years, Findlay has supported Gabriel in the recording, mixing and mastering of multiple projects—a collaboration that continues to this day. “I am using the K812 headphones as we speak on the Peter Gabriel Back To Front Live Blue Ray; I am mixing and I will be using them on the road next year to master the audio for the CDs which we produce of every show from the tour, which I often have to do on the road, in a hotel room. The K812’s are superb headphones that will allow me to effectively do my job in any setting.”

Introduced in late 2013, the K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features a new open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

“The headphones are stunning, they’re unlike any other pair I have ever used,” Findlay said. “Although you have the physical sensation of wearing headphones, there is no sense of enclosure in the listening experience. This makes the imaging very open and defined by the musical content alone. The response is very flat with no cosmetic lumps or scoops. “

For more information on Ben Findlay, please visit www.benfindlay.co.uk

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Thunder Audio Storms Into 2014 With K2

Prominent Midwest-based SR provider takes delivery of its first L-ACOUSTICS system

The Thunder Audio crew with several of its new L-ACOUSTICS enclosures

LIVONIA, Michigan — Fresh back from the 25th annual Pollstar Awards in Nashville, where they were nominated for “Sound Company of the Year,” Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal and Vice President Paul Owen proudly announce that they have now officially taken delivery of their company’s first L-ACOUSTICS system, the new K2.

Comprised of 36 K2 and six KARA variable curvature WST® line source elements, eight K1-SB and 18 SB28 subs, six ARCS II constant curvature enclosures and 10 LA-RAK touring racks — each housing three LA8 amplified controllers — the sound reinforcement provider’s recent purchase marks one of the very first K2 systems sold in the U.S.

Thunder Audio’s company principals made the decision to join the L-ACOUSTICS family after critically listening to K2 late last year at the manufacturer’s corporate headquarters in Marcoussis, France. Fully aware of the impact that L-ACOUSTICS’ larger K1 system has had on the festival and touring industries, both Villarreal and Owen are equally optimistic about K2′s potential.

Paul Owen (left) and Tony Villarreal at the 25th annual Pollstar Awards at the historic Ryman Theater in Nashville where Thunder Audio was nominated for "Sound Company of the Year"

“In the past, we’ve always purchased large-scale systems based on the requirements dictated by a specific tour or application,” notes Owen. “This is the first time, however, that we’ve taken delivery of a product purely from the standpoint of feeling in our gut that it will be a success. Given the overwhelming reputation of K1 — as well as the more than 20-year legacy of K2′s predecessor, V-DOSC — we knew that getting in on the ground floor of this new system with such a stellar pedigree was absolutely the right choice for us and our client base.”

“With its compact profile, surprisingly light weight and exceptional horsepower, K2 is perfect for so many of our customers — from corporate to touring to theatrical,” agrees Villarreal. “And, of course, the sound is absolutely phenomenal. We A/B-ed it with the other four systems in our inventory and felt that it shined above and beyond anything else. We really have a sense that this is very quickly going to become the number one requested box on the market, and we’re so confident in that fact that we’ve already put in a purchase order for an additional 48 K2 for early next year, which is about the soonest we can get more seeing how popular they are right now!”

According to the two company principals, Thunder Audio is ultimately hoping to set its sights on K1 ownership as well. “In addition to being terrific as a standalone system, K2 is also a great stepping stone for us potentially getting into K1,” Owen describes. “It would make a lot of sense for us to be able to repurpose our K2 arrays as side hangs on a stadium-sized rig, which is one of the big reasons that we began looking into it in the first place. We’ve had some prior clients that have requested L-ACOUSTICS in the past, and with K2 — and eventually K1, perhaps — we’ll be in a position to give them both the service that has been our hallmark and the systems that they’re looking for.”

Villarreal sums things up by adding, “We feel that we’ve definitely made a wise investment here. The demand for the product is strong and the support we’ve received from L-ACOUSTICS has been fantastic. It’s truly a winning combination.”

About Thunder Audio
Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, with a new office and rehearsal space in Nashville, Thunder Audio has grown over the past three and a half decades into one of the world’s top touring sound reinforcement companies. For more information, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

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Extron Pro Series Control Processors Deliver Speed, Security, Power

Extron is pleased to introduce six IP Link Pro Series control processors. All of these are faster, more secure, and more powerful than ever. Built-in Gigabit Ethernet and the latest network protocols allow fast, secure connections with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. IP Link Pro control processors are built to work with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are fully customizable with Extron’s most powerful configuration software – Global Configurator Professional. more

Funky Junk Takes On UK Distribution For Pearl Microphones

Funky Junk, Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services, has added Pearl Microphones to its distribution roster.

“Having used and loved Pearl Microphones for more than 20 years, I was delighted when the opportunity arose to represent the brand in the UK,” says Funky Junk’s founder Mark Thompson. “These microphones have an exceptional pedigree and history. They deliver great results, particularly on acoustics instruments, and they are built to last. It’s no surprise to me that vintage Pearl Microphones are as much in demand as new ones.”

Pearl’s Chairman, Sven Olof Andersson, says: “We are extremely happy to be working with Mark Thompson and his crew of dedicated professionals in the UK. Pearl goes a long way back in Britain and we will now continue to grow there with an exciting line-up of products and new developments.”

Founded in 1941, Pearl is renowned for its award-winning rectangular membrane technology, which is used for natural and transparent recording all over the world. All Pearl microphones are crafted in Sweden.

Today Pearl is owned by Bernt Malmqvist and a group of private investors who have brought a new business savvy to the company and a renewed passion for the use of Pearl microphone technology.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

Focus 21 Celebrates 10 Years Diamond Status with InfoComm International

Jim Harwood, Focus 21 and David Labuskes, InfoComm International. © Sander Ruijg, courtesy of Installation.

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Design and integration firm, Focus 21 Visual Communications Ltd for the last ten years has held Diamond Certified AV Solutions Provider status from InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide.

Over 50 percent of Focus 21’s technical sales, service and operational staff hold general or advanced InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS™) certification.

“InfoComm recognizes companies that voluntarily improve quality and professionalism through employee participation. We’re delighted that a growing number of companies, such as Focus 21, are educating staff and provide better service to their customers that comply with professional standards,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International.

Jim Harwood, CTS-D, managing director at Focus 21 said: “Our customers always ask what our accreditation is or what standard we work to. They expect systems to use the best technology and designed to be future proof.”

Focus 21 keeps AV systems in check

Focus 21 is using relevant criteria from the InfoComm Performance Verification Standard and checklist on an online cloud based system at various project sites and during commissioning and testing.

The Checklist was introduced by InfoComm International and is a member-developed resource with 162 criteria to determine if the AV system achieves the client’s objective and is performing in accordance with systems design.

“This type of checklist improves standards and ensures that they are constantly evolving,” said John Chandler, HR and training manager at Focus 21.

Focus 21 proactively trains its staff at various knowledge levels on an evolving basis

“InfoComm offers an outstanding framework for young people to grow their knowledge. Currently we employ eight apprentices,” said Chandler.

“What’s also interesting is that The British Standard BS 8590-2014 ‘Code of Practice for the installation of audio visual equipment’ that was released on 31 January 2014 is based around InfoComm’s own standards and Focus 21 meets the criteria for both.”

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

MuxLab Releases HDMI Matrix Switch with HDBT Technology

FEBRUARY 24, 2014, MONTREAL, CANADA – MuxLab Inc. is excited to announce at ISE the launch of a new HDMI 4×4 Matrix Switch (500416-PoE) that allows up to four different HDMI sources to be connected and/or distributed to up to four HDMI displays via Cat5e/6 unshielded twisted pair cable.

The new 500416-PoE works in conjunction with MuxLab’s HDMI receivers supporting up to 230 ft (70m) at all resolutions up to 1080p via Cat5e cable.

“The Matrix’s management functions include pushbutton, IR, USB, RS232 and webserver interface” states Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “This makes the matrix versatile and easy for anyone to use”.

Ideal for applications such as commercial and residential AV systems, classroom projector systems & boardroom systems, the new Matrix is a great new addition to the already thriving and popular line of MuxLab HDMI products.

The 500416-PoE is also available as a PoE Kit that includes 4 PoE receivers (500416-POE-US-KIT, 500416-POE-UK-KIT, 500416-POE-EU-KIT).

About MuxLab
MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer of value-added connectivity hardware allowing CCTV and audio-video equipment to be connected via cost-effective copper twisted pair. For almost 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab is Your #1 Choice for CCTV and Audio-Video Connectivity Solutions.

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For more information;
www.muxlab.com
press@muxlab.com
514-905-0588

 

Extron Introduces the Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased introduce Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

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