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D-Tools Showcasing New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting System Integrator Productivity at InfoComm 2014

Productivity and performance enhancing benefits of the award-winning D-Tools System Integrator software platform to be demonstrated for commercial integrator audiences

CONCORD, CA – June 17, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that will demonstrate for InfoComm attendees a host of new features and enhancements that together, as part of the D-Tools SIX platform, deliver the industry’s most complete and robust system design, estimation, and documentation software platform available. D-Tools will showcase these new features and other new developments in booth C8318 during InfoComm, June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The new Mobile Quote iOS app has been lauded as being one of the most compelling new features of D-Tools’ SIX 2013 platform. A workflow-enhancing application, Mobile Quote represents a fantastic opportunity for electronic systems integrators to work with clients in the field to secure an accurate, and immediately deliverable system design quote. Moreover, that same quote can then be emailed to the client and imported back into the full SIX 2013 software application for integration into the project, seamlessly extending the workflow from the office to the field and back. Mobile Quote is an incredibly useful tool that’s unrivaled in the marketplace.

New Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols and SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols have recently been integrated into the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Straightforward and easily recognized, these drawing symbols represent all facets of audio, video, control, and security pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Interior Designers, CE Manufacturers, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades.

A New Data Library is now available, providing highly valuable information and opportunities for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment, enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information. This update creates branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized SIX users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program.

D-Tools will be conducting a Manufacturers’ Training Session during InfoComm to provide further detail about these and other features within the D-Tools platform. This session will demonstrate how to create a project in D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013, and attendees will learn how SIX’s data-driven workflow links equipment lists to project documentation – including estimates, and drawings (via Visio or AutoCAD), and to effectively manage any project to completion.

Session Title: Creating a Project in SIX 2013

Date: June 20, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session ID: MT57

Registration: Click here

With these additions and the level of support provided through training sessions, webinars, and more, D-Tools is more than just a workflow-enhancing tool for users; it is also a profit-generating platform that now provides a more complete solution with greater efficiency, visibility and analytical depth. InfoComm attendees can learn more about D-Tools through live demonstrations being held during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

Links to Accompanying Images
D-Tools Logos

Link to Mobile Quote iPad App images 

Link to SIX 2013 R2 images

Link to Industry Standard Shapes images

Link to New Data Library images

 

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STEWART FILMSCREEN LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE AND SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED SALES STRATEGY AIMED AT SIMPLIFYING PROJECTION SCREEN SPECIFICATION AND ORDERING PROCESS

New Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria

TORRANCE, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – INFOCOMM BOOTH #C6821 – JUNE 17, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for commercial and residential applications, today announces the launch of a new website and with it, a new solutions-oriented sales strategy. Aimed at simplifying the specification and ordering process, the new Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria. The new website is driven by a content management system that enables robust backend functionality Stewart Filmscreen customers will immediately see the benefit.

The new Stewart Filmscreen website caters to integrators, designers, consultants and end-users who rely on the Company’s unique custom-engineered projection screen manufacturing capabilities for a variety of applications. In addition to high-resolution photography and videos, the new site provides a useful repository of case studies, white papers, BIM and Revit files, and other details needed by those in the technical trades. Andrew Cox, CTS, ISF-C, has been promoted and now serves as both Web and Technology Manager.

A new website is just the beginning. Stewart’s new streamlined approach to the sales and engineering process has decreased estimate turnaround times. Internal systems have been optimized to accommodate a more rapid delivery of information and product delivery times have also been significantly improved.

To support the dynamic new internal sales structure, Vijita U.G. has been promoted to Marketing Communications Specialist. In this new role, Vijita will be responsible for coordinating the communications output and creating marketing and promotional materials. Assisting Vijita in this new role, Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications will spearhead all external PR and media relations and will also work with Stewart Filmscreen customers to curate content.

“Our website, sales, and associated operations needed to be revamped to better help our customers address the needs of their customers, who are every bit as discriminating as ever before, but have far less time and patience,” said Douglas Brashear, President of Stewart Filmscreen. “We needed to adjust not only the way we did business and how our products were specified and sold, but in many ways, how we went to market.”

Instead of focusing only on product, the new Stewart Filmscreen sales approach is now more oriented to the application and solution provided, and all examples provided will be supported by high resolution photography and video whenever possible, including those of installations in process in order to convey valuable information to those who are seeking to specify or acquire similar systems.

Stewart Filmscreen will unveil the new website and sales approach at InfoComm 2014, where the Company will demonstrate a host of innovative 4K solutions engineered specifically for the highly-discerning commercial market. Headlining Stewart’s display will be a massive 165-inch (diagonal) StarGlas 60 rear-projection screen paired with a Christie Mirage 4K25 projector featuring content shot at 120fps. Cyviz multi-channel edge-blended solutions will also be demonstrated in the booth, and attendees will find a variety of typical screen solutions to couple with laser and other cutting edge technologies to produce the most stunning images imaginable. As Stewart partners understand and InfoComm 2014 attendees will come to learn, where the image truly matters, that’s where you will find a Stewart Filmscreen.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best 4K displays at InfoComm 2014 are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen in booth #C6821. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mailing request@stewartfilmscreen.com, calling (800) 762-4999, or following @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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Crimson AV Showcasing New DSA Series Spring-Loaded Monitor Arms During InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18-20

Heavy-duty single and dual-arm monitor arms feature locking tilt and rotation and provide numerous innovative monitor mounting solutions for restaurants, bars, healthcare facilities and other high-use, heavy use areas

GLENVIEW, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 (InfoComm – Booth #C5430) – Crimson AV, LLC today announced that the Company will showcase its DSA Series Spring-loaded Monitor Stands alongside several new audio video mounting solutions engineered specifically for challenging commercial applications. Expanding on the Company’s mission to deliver professional-grade solutions that are simple to specify, order, install and properly align, Crimson will showcase at InfoComm 2014 a host of new mounting solutions designed for hospitality, entertainment, retail, education, healthcare facilities, houses of worship, venues, and more. Crimson AV has a unique value proposition and fills a much-needed niche. The Company not only provides a comprehensive TV and projector mount lineup of off-the-shelf solutions, it also specializes in custom-configured solutions designed to specification and suitable for virtually every type of audio-visual installation.

New DSA Spring-loaded monitor arms
The new DSA Series articulating monitor arms are a sleek and stylish solution that deliver perfect landscape- or portrait-oriented monitor positioning while freeing up valuable workspace. These elegant yet heavy-duty spring-loaded, full motion mounts accommodate monitors and associated accessories weighing up to 30 lb. Once set in the chosen position, tilt and rotation mechanisms can be locked in place—a feature unique to Crimson and especially useful for high-use environments such as POS, restaurants, bars, warehouses and healthcare facilities. Connected monitors will remain in the selected position until physically unlocked and moved to a new position. DSA accommodate a total weight of up to 30lbs, feature ultra smooth tilt and screen leveling features for easy viewing, and are VESA compatible up to 100x100mm.

Four distinctly different models will be shown:

DSA11 is a single monitor, single link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA12 is a single monitor, dual link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA21 is a dual monitor, single link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA22 is a dual monitor, dual link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

 

All models in the DSA Series feature heavy-duty spring mechanisms to accommodate a wide range of monitors and attached accessories. Highly versatile in their use and application, DSA Series arms are available with a variety of attachment points for easy integration, including Edge clip, Flat base, Through-hole, and Vertical pipe-mounted adapter styles.

Crimson’s industry-leading 10-year warranty and 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that integrators and systems designers are provided much-needed peace of mind that they have chosen the right mounts for the job, and allows them to focus on the more technical aspects of the installation.

“The Crimson AV mount line exists to solve a wide variety of installation challenges and is designed to deliver a superior result for any type of installation,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “Our new DSA Spring Loaded Articulating Monitor Stands are no exception. They provide an elegant yet fully functional solution that can be used in a wide variety of commercial environments. Integrators should have at least one DSA available either in the office or on every truck to fulfill upsell opportunities that can easily occur any time they’re onsite with a customer.”

Every product in Crimson’s comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards, designed for maximum install efficiency, and sold for a fraction of the price of competitive solutions, making the line making the lineup a “must see” at trade shows and regional events. Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #C5430 at InfoComm 2014, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About Crimson
Based in Glenview, IL, Crimson AV manufactures a comprehensive yet uniquely differentiated lineup of display mounting solutions designed for Commercial, Pro, and Residential audio-visual applications. Combining enhanced product design techniques, extensive manufacturing expertise, and lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model that delivers superior products for maximum value. Customers benefit from professional-grade products that are backed by unparalleled service and technical support. Uncompromising design and build quality requirements and an industry-leading 10-year warranty ensure each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, by writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on Twitter.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@KMBComm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press and @katyemcgregor.

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DSA Series product images

 

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Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i Come Into Focus at InfoComm 2014

New Recorders Offer Advanced Network Functionality and Multi-Drive Recording for Seamless Integration into Existing AV Systems

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 17, 2014 – Video Devices, mission critical video products by Sound Devices, showcases its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i multi-drive video decks offer comprehensive multi-channel AV record and playback tools for house of worship (HOW), corporate, live event and other production applications.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. Its advanced network functionality along with simultaneous multi-drive video and audio recording makes Video Devices latest PIX products a complete production-ready AV solution. In addition, its ability to be controlled over IP, RS-422 and GPIO make it ideally suited to be integrated into a range of AV applications.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet, offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i can be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

The Video Devices PIX 250i and PIX 270i are designed for mission-critical applications with their dedicated video hardware, and PowerSafe and FileSafe feature sets. Both products are equipped with the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PIX also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should a drive be inadvertently removed during recording; simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files. Powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector, the PIX 270i also offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), Dante audio-over-Ethernet, 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio, eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, making the PIX 270i the world’s first video device that also includes Dante audio over Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio. With its wide range of input and output capabilities, the 270i also offers real-time bridging between the various audio interface types.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i also include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available.

With its built-in ultra-accurate time-code generator/reader with genlock input/output, the PIX is a great master clock for driving a network of devices requiring synchronization. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources.

PIX can be seamlessly integrated into existing AV systems and environments due to its 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension. Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

XTA Launches New APA Series at InfoComm 2014

The first model, the APA-4E8, set to be unveiled on Group One Ltd. stand C11336

LAS VEGAS – June 2014 – Group One Ltd. stand C11336 — XTA is proud to be debuting the APA series – short for Adaptive Processing Amplification – at this year’s InfoComm show. APA’s new power and DSP platforms have been designed to interact intelligently and adapt to prevailing conditions, protecting drivers and significantly enhancing performance from all speaker systems.

By including studio-quality analog-to-digital converters at the outputs as well as the inputs, real-time audio currents and voltages presented at the speaker terminals can be fed back into the DSP in addition to processing the incoming audio, allowing the amplifier to adapt and correct its performance continuously. The tight coupling of the power supply’s behavior through real-time monitoring of the mains supply, as well as over ten temperature sense points, means that the amplifier can adjust its power consumption and output drive to ensure that maximum permissible power is always available.

“We have included the same A-to-D converters that we use in the DS8000D [XTA's Audio Distribution System], which allows us to monitor the outgoing audio voltages and currents to the same degree of accuracy as we do when digitizing incoming analog audio prior to processing,” notes XTA Technical Director John Austin. “These outgoing signals can then be fed back into the DSP [responsible for all the user adjustable EQ and protection] so that it can make adjustments to ensure that any connected speaker driver is being utilized to the best of its abilities, without undue stress to the driver, or the amp for that matter.”

The Class D amplifier design, combined with a highly efficient power supply and generous energy storage reservoirs result in an amplifier that not only is better at converting input mains power into output speaker power with less wasted heat (system efficiency is 80%), but is also able to offer better sustained peak power at low frequencies – where you need it most. A quick start mode, and an ultra low power stand-by mode (with a power consumption of under 0.75W) mean reduced running costs in all circumstances.

According to XTA Technical Brand Manager Waring Hayes, “It’s not so difficult to add a DSP module to an existing amplifier design in the form of a plug-in card, but to provide the level of monitoring and feedback within the amplifier that we wanted – that took a little longer!”

The first model – the APA-4E8 – features four channels of power totaling 20kW peak output into four ohms, and continuous power available of 3400W per channel into four ohms. Four audio inputs allow all four amplifier channels to be individually utilized if required with a full suite of XTA’s world-renowned DSP, including dynamic EQ, FIR (and phase linearization) and classic IIR filtering, mix matrix and the manufacturer’s famously transparent limiters and soft knee compressors.

“What with all the feedback from the PSU and mains monitoring and all the temperature sensors everywhere, the DSP really is at the center of things in the amplifier, and far from being bolted on to the front end – it’s more an engine management system than a speaker management system,” Hayes points out.

The APA-4E8 can route audio from analog, AES or network sources with automatic fallback. USB and internal SD cards offer additional audio choices for playback of emergency evacuation messages, and quick upload of presets or download of performance logging data. The APA series also includes extensive GPIO and remote control covered by Ethernet, USB and RS485.

Housed in a 2U chassis and weighing 28.2 pounds (12.8 kg), the APA-4E8 sports an elegant front panel interface with a large color LCD, which, in combination with innovative user selectable metrics and tricolor multimode panel metering, offers reassuring feedback of the amplifier status from any distance.

New remote software written to run natively on both the Windows and Mac platforms is available and operable via an Ethernet or USB connection.

Hayes sums up by adding, “Ultimately, what counts can be distilled down to sound quality, power delivery, reliability, usability, flexibility and blue front-panel-ability!”

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, ElektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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Contact:
XTA / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 516.249.1399 / Fax: 516.249.8870
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.g1limited.com / www.xta.co.uk

PRG Calls K2 Into Active Duty for National Memorial Day Concert

PRG's initial deployment for K2 was at the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (photo credits: Alan Henig)

Two complete L-ACOUSTICS rigs purchased, one immediately deployed at 25th annual event on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leading entertainment and event production services provider Production Resource Group (PRG) has officially begun upgrading to L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 platform with the purchase of two complete line source array systems. Delivered in mid-May, the sale comprised a total of 48 K2 enclosures and 24 LA8 amplified controllers.

PRG’s inaugural K2 deployment came almost immediately – two dozen enclosures were put into active duty for the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, attended by countless spectators on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 26. This year’s event, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, featured an all-star lineup of performers, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, the U.S. Army Chorus and Air Force Singing Sergeants.

One of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 arrays

Having supported this annual holiday event for over two decades now, PRG’s new K2 rig replaces the call for V-DOSC used in years past. “PRG has been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 system and it went right to work at the Capitol for Memorial Day,” says Randy Hutson, GM of PRG Chicago and vice president of PRG Audio. “We’ve been looking for a speaker system that is versatile yet meets the needs of our most demanding clients and L-ACOUSTICS has delivered with the K2. It is a high-powered, full-range speaker that weighs less, has a small footprint, offers excellent audience coverage with superb audio qualities and can easily support multiple markets, from music concerts to corporate events.”

“The K2 gives us more reach into large-scale venues, such as arenas and stadiums, but does so at significantly reduced weight without sacrificing power,” says Mark Boettcher, project manager at the Memorial Day event and a senior engineer at PRG. “At the same time, its lighter weight means it can go into venues like ballrooms and expo centers that have a lower-load rigging capacity.

“Also, the K2 enclosures have the same width as the L-ACOUSTICS K1, so it has complete rigging compatibility with K1 and K1-SB enclosures. That allows us to use K2 for downfill on K1 arrays. And all of that has significant economic implications, making the K2 extremely cost-effective. There’s just so much in the way of flexibility with the system.”

At the National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol’s massive West Lawn, the K2 rig was configured in left and right hangs of 12 enclosures each. These were flown from towers, also used for fixed and moving lighting fixtures, positioned 105 feet downstage of the stage deck. Eight SB28 subs deployed in an end-fire array configuration provided the low-end reinforcement, while 16 coaxial 12XT wedges served as stage monitors. Thirteen LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers, furnished power and processing for the entire system.

In addition to the K2s, the project also used a total of 24 ARCS II systems – two hangs of five each for the invited-guest main stage, two more hangs of five for the reverse satellite stage, and two hangs of two each flanking the K2 arrays for wide horizontal coverage. Twenty-four dV-DOSC speakers, in four stacks of six enclosures each coupled with a single SB28 sub, provided delay while two more stacks of four dV-DOSC were used as guest area fills positioned on a tower on either side of the stage, also used for lighting fixtures and video screens.

With K2′s new PANFLEX variable horizontal coverage technology, the familiar challenge of surface reflections was easily overcome. “The stage was playing directly into the face of the Capitol building, which is flanked by stairs on either side, but centered on a large, ornate glass window – beautiful, certainly, but nothing we wanted to purposefully fire acoustic energy against,” notes Chris “Sully” Sullivan, L-ACOUSTICS’ east coast application engineer. “To solve the problem, we viewed the obstacle in SOUNDVISION, predicted which elements in the K2 array were going to hit it, then simply shifted the K2′s pattern asymmetrically for just those loudspeakers in the middle of the array. We reduced the reflected energy in excess of 6dB, and that was just the direct reflected energy! Combine that benefit with the reduction or elimination of the myriad of tangential off-time tertiary reflections and that becomes a massive win for the whole audience.”

PRG employees with a few of their new K2 enclosures

In terms of overall performance, the K2s were troupers. “What I can tell you is that the K2 system went up very quickly thanks to its lighter weight – much faster than the comparable V-DOSC system it was replacing – and the same goes for taking it down,” says Boettcher, who worked on the event with Alan Henig, co-systems engineer. “And the rig sounded extremely transparent. There tends to be a natural fall off of the high frequencies by the time the sound hits the Capitol steps, but the K2 had extended frequency response past 10 kHz that far out, so the sound was exquisite.”

This year’s Memorial Day concert also saw another first. Previously, the show’s FOH had been mixed using a total of three consoles – a Yamaha PM5D, PM1D and an LS9/32, all connected with multiple copper-cable snakes. This year, PRG ran the entire show on just a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles, with six DiGiCo SD-I/O racks and an SD-Mini I/O rack, connected by two fiber-optic cables, with the FOH mix handled by Patrick Baltzell. “This really unified operations at the site and, combined with the much lighter K2 system, gave us the same amount of punch in a smaller and more efficient footprint.”

The same system will be deployed for the July 4th concert event in the same location. “The K2 will set the benchmark going forward as its predecessor V-DOSC did when it was released years ago,” Hutson declares. “Along with K1, this gives L-ACOUSTICS the leading edge in line arrays and we at PRG are very excited to add K2 to our extensive inventory of L-ACOUSTICS products. They listened to our needs and have delivered an innovative product that will perform for years to come.”

For more details on the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, which was broadcast live via the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Forces Network, visit www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert.

About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology and production services to a wide range of markets, including corporate events, concerts, special events, theatre, television, film and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more info on PRG, visit www.prg.com.

About L-ACOUSTICS
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

Christie Unveils World’s First Commercial Laser Projection System in Shanghai

Christie®, the industry-preferred brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced the unveiling of the world’s first commercial pure laser projection system installed at the prestigious Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13, 2014.

The Shanghai Film Art Center, the first cineplex to be built in China, has just installed the Oriental Mega Screen and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The installation of Christie’s laser projection system at this facility is a clear indication that high-brightness laser projection technology is officially ready to enter commercial operations. Having successfully demonstrated high powered laser projection systems at numerous industry events for the past two years, including the world’s first commercial laser engagement in 2013, Christie has once again accomplished the pioneering feat of placing this groundbreaking projection technology permanently within the reach of the mass audience.

Don Shaw next to Christie Laser Digital Projector

Laser Projection Redefines 3D Cinema
As the pioneer and leader in laser projection technology, Christie is in constant pursuit of maximum brightness and the most realistic color reproduction. Through continuous research and innovation, Christie’s industry-leading products and solutions have time and again captivated and amazed audiences around the world, and constantly elevate the audiovisual experience to new heights. Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness of 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.

With a maximum brightness of up to 72,000 lumens, Christie’s laser technology has achieved an astounding breakthrough, which completely shattered its previous record of 34,000 lumens using conventional xenon lamp technology. Not only does this greatly increase the brightness when viewing 3D content, it also further pushes the capability of high quality visuals and art forms to new heights and restores cinematic colors to its intended realism and brilliance.

One of the biggest advantages of Christie’s laser projection system is its scalable and upgradable architecture, which allows users to precisely select the amount of laser light needed for their screen, with the capability to simply add more laser modules in the future if they wish to increase the brightness. Moreover, using the industry-proven Christie Duo system, there is no practical limit to the amount of light that can be put on a cinema screen. For maximum reliability, Christie’s laser system features integrated cooling in each laser module to provide the right amount of cooling for the lasers that are in use.

Shanghai Film Art Center celebrates installation of Christie laser digital projector

If the mechanical cooling components in one module experience a failure, then only that module goes dark, but the movie can still play very brightly with the light from other modules. Competitive architectures feature a single cooling unit, which represents a high risk, single-point of failure for the entire system.

Smooth Installation of World’s First Commercial Laser Projector
The process of installing the world’s first commercial 4K laser projection system in Hall 1 of the Shanghai Film Art Center by Christie’s highly-proficient technical personnel has been smooth sailing. Boasting a brightness of 60,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a 1.4 gain high uniformity white screen measuring 23 meters in width, these technologies are set to deliver an unprecedented and ultimate visual experience for the audience. Christie is on track in setting a new record in the global film industry with the installation of this cutting edge laser projection system.

“As a pioneer in the visual display industry, Christie prides itself in the pursuit of achieving the highest in brightness and achieving the most realistic color reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

“With our rich experience in the field of laser research and development, and having conducted a number of professional and commercial laser demos, Christie is able to deliver full-fledged laser technology at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The installation has been exceptionally smooth due to our longstanding expertise and practical experience in laser projection technology.”

Christie is the world’s first visual technologies company to receive the US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema.

Christie Leads the Way in Commercial Laser Projection
The event at the Shanghai Film Art Center showcases the capabilities of Christie’s 4K laser projection system in displaying spectacular images that redefine the cinematic experience. From the gleaming bodywork of the hottest automobiles to flying sparks from chainsaw-wielding workers, the minute details on an owl’s feathers to soaring grains of sand generated from swift motions of a shark, the crystal-clear waters of natural landscapes to glimmering lights from multiple windows of a New York skyline at night, Christie’s laser projection system elevates stunning and lifelike visuals to a whole new level.

Guests who attended the event are not just enthralled by this unprecedented visual experience, they are also convinced that this installation marks a new milestone in cinema projection technologies. At the same time, they look forward to enjoying these breathtaking visuals at more theaters in China. The gala event concluded on a high note with the special preview of the Hollywood blockbuster film Godzilla.

“We are very proud to install and showcase the superiority and brilliance of the world’s first commercial laser projection system,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “This revolutionary projector system will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today. This heralds a new chapter in the milestones of global film technology and reinforces Christie’s position as the leader in ushering commercial theaters into a new era of high-brightness laser projection.”

ESP/SurgeX Adds IP Module for Digital Signage, Imaging and IT Power Products

The new IP module can be added to new or existing ESP/SurgeX energy management systems to capture important data and cycle power in real time.

Las Vegas, NV – InfoComm 2014 – June 18-20 – Booth C8725 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence, is proud to announce the Remote Portal, a new module that brings IP connectivity to SurgeX Defender Series Surge+Diagnostic and MultiPak smart energy management systems as well as the ESP Envision Power Conditioning System (PCS). Integrators can now better understand and react to power problems through an IP connection.

ESP/SurgeX already has the industry’s best surge protection technology. Adding remote IP connectivity to its diagnostic software allows ESP/SurgeX integrators to instantly view the history of power quality events, monitor live data, download/upload reports, manage voltage thresholds, and diagnose power disturbances remotely. And because recorded and live power incidents are time stamped, integrators can isolate power quality issues chronologically to identify trends which may be causing disruptions or downtime.

Benchmarking has become a major focus area for facility managers seeking to justify the ROI of technology investments. To help with this process, the Remote Portal compiles and compares power disruption and usage data over a wide range of equipment locations and facilities to provide a cumulative or real-time view of power quality and energy consumption. For benchmarking purposes, the detailed logs and reports clearly demonstrate the improvement in power quality that results from integrating ESP/SurgeX products

“In the quest to maximize uptime and performance, remote troubleshooting and monitoring of power quality and energy usage is a priority,” said ESP/SurgeX president, Shannon Townley. “The Remote Console adds Internet connectivity to our industry leading surge protection and energy diagnostics equipment so integrators can quickly understand power issues, and correct them, without being onsite.”

SurgeX’s Remote Portal can be easily integrated with existing systems or implemented as part of a new installation. Both the MultiPak and Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic models provide professional-grade, Multi-Stage surge protection, EMI/RFI noise filtration, over/under voltage shutdown, first-of-its-kind Cat6 network protection, telephone line and wiring fault protection. The Surge + Diagnostic solution features customizable power protection settings and advanced data intelligence that helps integrators diagnose service calls proactively and keep short and long-term records of power quality. The MultiPak was made specifically for installation behind flat-panels displays and will fit naturally within common mounting mechanisms to protect valuable digital signage and video solutions.

The ESP/SurgeX Remote Portal will be available in Summer 2014, more information is available at www.SurgeX.com. You can also find ESP/SurgeX on Twitter and Facebook.
ESP/SurgeX Remote Portal
ABOUT ESP/SurgeX
ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 37 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit http://www.espei.com.

AURORA MULTIMEDIA INTRODUCES NEW HDBaseT WALL PLATES

— Aurora Multimedia introduces their new DXW-1 series single-gang HDMI Transmitter Wall plate to the One Room – One CableTM product platform.

MORGANVILLE, NJ, (InfoComm Booth #C5430) — Aurora Multimedia, a leader in IP control systems and HD video distribution, introduces its latest HDBaseT CAT Wall Plate. The new DXW-1-TX is a single-gang HDMI Input Transmitter allowing HDBaseT CAT extension up to 230ft (70m). more

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AURORA MULTIMEDIA INTRODUCES NEW HDBaseT RECEIVER

— Aurora Multimedia’s new DXE-CAT-RX3C-A adds embedded Room Control to HDBaseT One Room – One CableTM product platform.

MORGANVILLE, NJ, (InfoComm Booth #C5430) — Aurora Multimedia, a leader in IP control systems and HD video distribution, introduces its latest HDBaseT CAT Receiver: DXE-CAT-RX3C-A. The new HDBaseT receiver adds dual-relays, line-level audio inputs (with mixing controls), de-embedding audio output and internal digital amplifier. Most importantly this version adds an embedded Web-Control Engine for full system automation allowing any web-browsing device to control the entire room or 3rd party control system to automate the entire room. more

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