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Argosy Console Introduces the AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line

Desks Designed for Durability and Ergonomic Flexibility to Meet the Demands of the Professional Engineer

Eldon, MO – Argosy Console announces the introduction of the AURA line of Sit-Stand workstations, designed specifically to meet the demands for aesthetic design, utmost durability and ergonomic comfort required by professional engineers who spend rigorous days and nights working in the studio.

The AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line offers engineers the ability with a push of a button to instantly and seamlessly raise or lower their workstation from 27” to 42” height in matter of seconds – allowing them to alternatively sit and stand without disrupting their workflow. The AURA’s electric lifting columns ensure complete stability of the workstation at any height, and offer nearly noiseless operation.

“With our eye on aesthetic design that Argosy has become known for, we have also partnered with industrial providers on technology for this line which has a high safety rating and offers performance standards only previously found in the medical industry.” says David Atkins, Argosy Console CEO and Design Director. “By incorporating anodized aluminum dual lifting columns with three part guidance, the AURA Sit-Stand workstation line offers a high degree of stability and operates at a very low noise level. “

The AURA Sit-Stand line is available in a larger studio-size (520) as well as personal-size (260), offering flexible and personal options for the way that individual engineers work.

The AURA Sit-Stand is available in multiple configurations. All models feature under-mount racks on the left and right. For your upper work area, choose from a spacious wrap-around desk surface, or add upward facing racks on the left and/or right wing of the desk.All the AURA Sit-Stand models provide internal cabling accommodations and pass-through for computers and multi-screen monitoring needs and feature attention to detail including a padded armrest, sliding accessory drawers, and perforated steel cover panels. By incorporating other optional accessories, such as articulating monitor arms for multi-display functionality, speaker platforms, and blank panels Argosy’s AURA offers engineers the ability to simply and easily transform the most common workspace into a Dream Studio®.

The entire line of AURA Sit-Stand Workstations and accessories is available now.

About ARGOSY
ARGOSY is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for leading recording control rooms, post-production houses, film facilities and high tech venues worldwide. The company prides itself on responding to clients’ individual application-specific needs using a variety of custom materials and unique finishes, with careful attention to aesthetic design and ergonomic details. Since 1994, Argosy products have been installed at thousands of award-winning facilities in countries worldwide.

Build your own dream by visiting www.argosyconsole.com

ARGOSY® and Dream Studio® are registered trademarks of Argosy Console, Inc.

RTI Selects Ultimate Integration as Manufacturer Representative for the New York Metro Area

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 16, 2012 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it has appointed Ultimate Integration as its manufacturer representative in the New York metropolitan area. Under the agreement, Ultimate Integration will act as an extension of RTI’s sales and marketing team throughout New York City, Long Island, lower Upstate New York, and Northern New Jersey. more

Acoustics First® adds Speaker Isolation Stands to improve sound at the source


Acoustics First now carries the ISO-L8R155. These speaker isolation stands make a perfect complement to the www.PhaseFOAM.com or www.ToneTiles.com acoustical systems. Just as both systems allow you to adjust the acoustical material to tune your room, these speaker isolation stands instantly improve the focus and sound of studio monitors. Each box ships with all the parts to create a short or long stand. For use in critical listening environments, these speaker stands are great in recording studios, home listening, mastering suites, desktop gaming and more.

Speaker Isolation Stands (IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155)
Set of two stands (Right and Left)
Product Code: AFISO-L8R
$99.00 ea.

***Free Standard Shipping Through the End of July 2012**

Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

AVocation Systems New 8×8 Matrix Offers Independent or Simultaneous HDMI and Analog/Digital Routing

Broomfield, CO – June 20, 2012 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio (HX-0808HA). The HX-0808HA is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include eight independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Distributing audio over HDMI can present challenges for many installations. With HDMI signals fed directly to displays, listening to the same source through a set of speakers in the same room is not always possible with a conventional HDMI matrix. AVocation’s new matrix provides eight HDMI, eight analog audio (RCA), and eight digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs that address this problem specifically. Each input/output supports simultaneous or independent routing of HDMI or analog/digital audio. Digital audio can also be broken out and routed independently for maximum flexibility.

Any of the eight HDMI inputs on the HX-0808HA can be routed to any or all of the eight HDMI outputs (likewise for the audio inputs/outputs) and EDID/Key management takes care of latency between switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

“It’s crucial for us to be dialed in on what dealers are looking for in future products, and we can only do this by listening to them, and learning the problems that come into play when routing audio with HDMI,” said Trent Mulligan, sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems. “The HX-0808HA is an introductory piece that is the first in a line of upcoming products to address these problems. Our ultimate goal is to solve all of the audio problems that can arise when distributing HDMI.”

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639.

About AVocation Systems
AVocation Systems was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Richard Reisbick, an engineering, design and manufacturing expert with over 25 years experience in the field. The company specializes in industry leading audio/video distribution products including: HDMI and component matrix routers, VGA and component input selectors, distribution amplifiers, serial splitters, video sensors and more. All AVocation Systems products are made in the U.S.A – Broomfield, Colorado – with stringent quality control standards maintained through the entire manufacturing process. AVocation Systems is not just another matrix company.

Credenza Racks Line Expanded with Deeper Options and New Mounts

Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic Products is expanding its offering of C5 Series Credenza Racks to include a variety of new sizes and monitor mounting options. Providing more flexibility to meet the needs of a wider variety of applications, the line expansion includes the addition of deeper models, extender kits and single and dual monitor mounts.

Deeper version Credenza racks provide an additional 4” of useable depth to accommodate deeper components including Middle Atlantic UPS systems with expansion batteries. A different option for accommodating deeper equipment is available for standard size Credenza Racks: new Depth Extender Kits are field-installable and add nearly 3” to the frame’s useable depth while staying within the overall depth of the wood surface.

Enhancing its usability for conference room applications, new Single and Dual Monitor Mounts are now available for attaching one or two larger monitors directly to the Credenza Rack. This convenient alternative to wall mounting monitors can be further equipped with new camera shelves for videoconferencing systems.

Credenza Racks are designed with a steel frame that ships quickly from stock and a separate outer covering that can be tailored to the customer’s specifications. They are integrated with quiet, energy-saving thermostatically controlled fans that automatically run when needed.

For more information about Credenza Racks and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Waldorf Astoria Chooses IMT & Meraki for High-performance Wi-Fi

Roosevelt New Orleans Upgrades as Premiere Hilton Business Showcase

Management at one of Hilton Hotels’ most prestigious properties, The Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria in New Orleans, was having a Wi-Fi crisis.  The proliferation of mobile devices was overtaxing traditional wireless networking and the The Roosevelt was feeling the pinch.

Superior Wi-Fi at top hotels is no longer an option when it comes to high level conferences and company meetings.  Management at the Waldorf-Astoria called on Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) to find a solution to the density of mobile devices that was overburdening their Wi-Fi spaces.

“We thought we had the latest and greatest system, but apparently we were wrong,”  explained Fred Sidhva, a top Hilton manager.  “When our clientele is paying good money for their corporate gatherings, we have to give them a totally reliable Wi-Fi experience.  We needed a new approach, so we contacted IMT.”

Throughout this century and the last, The Roosevelt has strived to provide world leaders, business executives and entertainment icons with an unrivaled meetings and events service. Twenty-three separate and unique meeting rooms and 3 grand ballrooms comprise the hotel’s 5574m_/60 000 sq. ft. of event space offering a wealth of venue options.

“This project was a challenge with a tight deadline,” remarked Garth Gilmour, IMT’s VP Professional Services. “When the Waldorf contacted us, they expressed concern about the supposedly solid Wi-Fi system they had installed.  IMT had already gone through the Hilton standardization process, so we visited the New Orleans location, created a new design for them and were given the green light to proceed.”

Gilmour and the IMT team chose to develop the solution with the new Meraki MR14 dual-radio 802.11n access point series.  “Meraki is leading the pack today because they have realtime tools that are built in,” continued Gilmour.  “We’ve enhanced and integrated those tools through third party interfaces, allowing us to do  a fast and dynamic analysis of the hotel environment.  Just a year ago, that would have required a $25,000 analyzer and a team of technicians working for weeks.”

“We just didn’t have the luxury of time and another giant budget to fix this,” added Fred Sidhva.  “We gave IMT a very small window to work in — just two nights when the conference rooms were vacant between midnight and 3 AM.  We needed a product that could be deployed very effectively, very efficiently, and very quickly.  IMT hit the ground running and got the job done right, the first time.”

An effective wireless deployment requires universal coverage throughout the hotel meeting spaces.  An efficient deployment is like a military rescue: get in and get out.  Gilmour concluded,”We’ve found that with Meraki, the installation time is cut by 40%.  We have to guarantee that everything is working perfectly, but we also have to thoroughly train the hotel IT staff so that they have got everything covered when we leave.”

ABOUT MERAKI
Meraki is the leader in Cloud Networking. 100% cloud-based from day one, Meraki’s architecture delivers out-of-the-box security, scalability, and management to enterprise networks. Meraki has been deployed in over 18,000 customer networks worldwide, including Stanford University, British Telecom, Burger King, Starbucks, and M.I.T. Meraki was named a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN, and won Techworld’s Wireless and Mobility Product of the Year. Meraki is located in San Francisco, California, and is funded in part by Sequoia Capital and Google. For more information, visit: http://www.meraki.com

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company providing scalable technology systems for business operations.  IMT addresses the following major market sectors: Media & Entertainment, Information Technologies (IT), Education, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. Through an active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret, refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum results for clients.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel:  877.761.9770

Barix Expands Annuncicom Product Range

New low-cost, reliable VoIP and IP Audio devices optimize features and functionality for universal applications

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 7, 2012Barix has successfully marketed its two-way Annuncicom IP audio and SIP/VoIP devices around the world, bringing bidirectional audio streaming and control solutions to various markets within the commercial, entertainment, private sector and residential worlds.

Barix now builds on that success with the introduction of two new Annuncicom devices at InfoComm 2012 (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C11722) that are priced to compete in large-volume projects and applications.

The new Annuncicom 50 is built specifically for OEM applications. Barix is now shipping to OEM partners, including a key player in the education and classroom automation market. The device delivers Barix’s trademark rock-solid reliability, open standards design and multi-format audio capability at a very low cost for OEM customers.

Furthermore, Barix breaks new ground with the Annuncicom 60, a universal, programmable and ultra-compact device that offers the industry’s lowest cost today for reliable IP encoding and decoding. The small form factor is roughly 40 percent the size of existing Annuncicom devices, which are already renowned for offering a compact footprint to systems integrators and end users.

In simple terms, the Annuncicom 60 is an ideal single-zone paging interface device that can decode VoIP codecs as well as MP3, AACplus and PCM audio. Its inclusion of a built-in speaker amplifier, balanced line output and microphone interfaces, serial and contact closure control interfaces, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support is unique to the market — delivering universal functionality at a competitive price.

“The Annuncicom 60 brings full-fledged functionality for low-cost paging and intercom while providing the high audio quality and format flexibility required for background music systems,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. “With advanced capabilities like built-in, efficient amplification and PoE support to simplify installation, the Annuncicom 60 is ideally positioned to support the continuously growing number of IP Audio applications.”

The Annuncicom 60 enables striking cost and technical advantages for applications suited for many markets:
• Reduces cost of entry for Barix IP intercom applications by at least 25 percent
• Reduces high quality microphone encoder costs by at least 25 percent, whether for technical or security-related audio surveillance; or classroom lecture audio capture
• VoIP and MP3/AACplus audio decoding capabilities enable merging of paging and background music applications
• Lowest cost balanced output audio decoder solution for “mono” output applications (paging gateways, AM radio stations, etc.)

The Annuncicom 60 is also the lowest priced IP audio product from Barix to feature a symmetric output, making it suitable for in-store audio and general audio distribution applications requiring a 600-ohm balanced output. The 5W amplifier, when combined with an efficient 8-Ohm speaker, provides enough power for a typical room, hallway, lobby or classroom — making it ideal for single room paging zones and audio “help points” in retail stores and visitor attractions, for example.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

What to do with my TV now that’s it’s already on the wall.

It’s all in the trend of living room decor. More and more people are realizing that it’s not enough to mount their TV on the wall. They want something more. There are 3 popular option, TV mirror, TV frame, roll up TV art. But which is the right option for me?

First TV mirror, cost $2,000 and up, practicality low. It’s great when you don’t use your TV at all, but if you do. You will quickly realized that the glare produce by the tv mirror is causing you to want to smash it with a hammer. No way by any mean should you get a TV mirror if you are planning to use your TV, plus the fact that it cost 4 times the price of your TV, should keep you a million miles away from it.

Then you have the motorized TV art. Cost? $1,500 and up. Benefit? not much except it look real cool when you are not watching TV.

TV FRAME WWW.LCDFASHION.COM

TV picture frame? cost? $300 and up. Benefits? makes your TV look cool (whether you’re watching or not), compliment your current decor, allow you to used it as a digital picture frame, or to display your favorite artwork. By far the most practical, beautiful, and cost efficient.

KanexPro Introduces Audio De-Embedder with 3D Support

KanexPro (InfoComm booth # C7247) , the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce Audio De-Embedders with full 3D support. Audio De-Embedder is a simple device, designed to extract HDMI audio from HDMI signals. It outputs to analog 2-channel stereo and digital S/PDIF simultaneously providing multichannel audio up to 5.1 surround sound. Supports data rates up to 6.75 Gbps to all channels with HDMI 1.3 Deep Color. The audio De-embedder is HDCP compliant, displaying resolutions to 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200.

Input cable equalization on the audio De-embedder compensates for weak source signals or signal loss when using long input cable runs. Supports wide variety of audio formats from two-channel PCM or encoded bit stream audio for Dolby® Digital to 5.1 DTS® Digital Surround.
The Kanex Audio De-embedder is a perfect problem solver for many applications that require audio extraction from HDMI signals.

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.
KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Russound’s New SLK – Single Line In-wall Keypad Ships, Single-Gang Decora® Styling Makes It A Discrete Keypad Solution

Newmarket, NH (May 29, 2012) Russound, the leader in multiroom audio and video systems introduces its new SLK, Single Line Keypad designed for individual zone control of the C-Series MCA-C3 and MCA-C5 multiroom audio systems.

This stylish single-gang keypad designed for basic zone control contains many powerful features hidden beneath its sleek Decora exterior finish, and with 5 colors options available the SLK is at home in any setting (conversion kit required).

The SLK’s white backlit LCD panel is easy-to-navigate and control. The 5 character display lists current source, volume level and system status information.

For added convenience, users can power the room’s system on/off with a single soft-touch button and even turn off all-zones by simply holding down the power button for 4 seconds. Source selection promptly changes when scrolling through the systems source list with the simple touch of a button.

Additionally, the SLK works seamlessly with “My Russound” application on supported hand-held devices and features an IR receiver for direct control and IR repeating.

For additional information on Russound, visit: www.russound.com.
Russound Single Line Keypad # # #
ABOUT RUSSOUND
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound® product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., USA, Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.russound.com.

Sales Inquiries: Tel: 1 (866) 888-7466 toll-free • email: sales@russound.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis, The OAC Group • Tel: 713/665-8758 • email: roberta@theoacgroup.com

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