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Press Releases For : February 2, 2015

CAD Audio Debuts Versatile MH100 Headphones

MH100R high rez

Solon, OH––CAD Audio is introducing the new precision-built multipurpose MH100 headphones for studio, DJ and general playback use.

The MH100s are a closed-back, midsized design headphone equipped with high output 40mm Neodymium drivers that offer increased power and an extended frequency response of 20Hz-18kHz with exceptional detail and clarity.

Available in black (MH100) and red (MH100R), the MH100s are designed to provide hours of listening comfort with effective isolation from surrounding noise. Their excellent performance for price and solid construction make it an essential tool for superior studio performance, DJs and professional musicians.

Specifications
Frequency Response: 20Hz-18kHz
Sensitivity: 98dB
Driver: 40mm Neodymium
Impedance: 38ohm
Power Handling: 500mW

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com<a

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TAIDEN Digital Infrared Language Distribution is Turning 40… Channels

TAIDEN 40-channel Digital Infrared Receiver

TAIDEN 40-channel Digital Infrared Receiver

The world’s first 40 channels digital infrared receiver, unveiled by TAIDEN this month, will be on display at Media Vision’s booth 3-A118 at ISE. The HCS-5100Plus series is a forward-looking solution based on the growing needs expressed by European institutions. The product is intended for high-fidelity wireless language distribution uses in multilingual conferences.

The HCS-5100Plus new generation language receiver has the same user-friendly design, with a large LCD displaying the complete name of the selected language in addition to the channel number, battery status, signal intensity and volume level. The system main unit audio interface has been upgraded to provide 40 RCA jacks as well as connectivity through Dante.

In large multi-country conference settings, ensuring that language is no barrier to understanding can be a real challenge for conference organizers. Meeting facilities that are intended for multilingual conferences – such as headquarters of inter-governmental organizations – are usually equipped with integrated wired simultaneous interpretation systems. For all other meeting facilities, a portable wireless language distribution solution is required.

TAIDEN’s wired digital conference system offers 64 audio channels enabling meetings in up to 63 languages, the highest possible number. Media Vision has provided such interpreting solutions, in the forms of microphones with built-in language channel selectors or flush-mounted channel selectors in armrests of chairs, for installation in many international organizations.

TAIDEN’s wireless language distribution system uses digital infrared technology. Ensuring crisp clear audio quality and no interference from RF devices, digital infrared language distribution systems are a norm in the conference interpreting industry. Up till now, they were limited to 32 channels or less. TAIDEN’s release of a 40-channel system is thus a major development for today’s linguistic needs, and offers relief to key users such as institutions of the European Union.

Supporting TAIDEN technology solutions for conference interpreting in Europe and North America, Media Vision is proud to offer the new HCS-5100Plus 40-Channel Digital Infrared Language Distribution System, and keep on promoting greater cultural and linguistic diversity.

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About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for multipurpose meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio intelligibility in the room and on the far end for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ Necklace Microphone Earns Prestigious TEC Award

DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ Necklace Microphone Earns Prestigious TEC Award

DPA Microphones_TEC AwardALLEROED, DENMARK, FEBRUARY 2, 2015DPA Microphones is pleased to announce that its d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone has earned a prestigious TEC Award in the Sound Reinforcement category at this year’s 30th Annual award ceremony in Anaheim.

“We are very honored to have our d:screet Necklace Microphone presented with a TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Sound Reinforcement category,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The TEC Awards are the most respected in our industry and we are quite pleased that our engineering team has been recognized for consistently designing industry-leading equipment that meets the continuously growing needs of professionals in our industry. We would like to thank not only the TEC Awards committee for the nomination, but also our customers and the industry at large for voting for this microphone.”

Released at Prolight + Sound 2014, the d:screet Necklace Microphone can be mounted and removed quickly several times by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

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

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

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See and Hear Renkus-Heinz at ISE 2015

 Amsterdam, Netherlands – February 2015… It’s a new year and the start of a busy trade show season, and the annual Integrated Systems Europe Convention is just around the corner. As always, ISE promises to be a busy show, and Renkus-Heinz will be at the RAI Center in Amsterdam, in Hall 7, Stand K175, February 10 through 12, 2015.

This year at ISE, Renkus-Heinz will once again showcase why they are the world leader in steerable sound, demonstrating the very latest in groundbreaking loudspeaker technology, including the full line of Iconyx steerable line array systems. Full IC Live and IC2 systems will be on display, as well as all configurations of Iconyx IC-R-II systems with triple tweeter technology, plus the new Gen5.

Also on display will be the highly acclaimed VARIAi line of modular point source array loudspeakers, as well as RHAON II, our exciting new Renkus-Heinz Audio Operation Network — redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up.

As the World Leader in Steerable Sound, Renkus-Heinz will be offering a quick yet highly effective demonstration of the power of digital beam steering. In less than a minute, you will hear what Iconyx can do for you.

Come and meet with the Renkus-Heinz staff, including new company President Roscoe Anthony, VP Sales & Marketing Rik Kirby, VP International Sales Karl Brunvoll, Marketing Manager Margie Ulm, European Sales Manager Håkan Sjöö, and Middle East Sales Manager Norbert Bau, along with representatives from distributor TM Audio. We’ll see you at ISE.

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Press Releases For : January 30, 2015

BVE 2015: FOR-A to Present New Vision Mixer and Server

London ExCel, Stand M30, 24-26 February 2015

Chessington, UK - At BVE 2015, FOR-A will present its latest vision mixer, the new HVS-2000, together with its new Broadcast Box (BB-404) four-channel server. BVE 2015 runs from February 24-26 at the ExCeL London Convention Centre.

Introduced at IBC 2014, the 2 M/E HVS-2000 vision mixer is the newest addition to the HVS switcher family. A flexible unit HVS-2000-10.30.14allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use HVS-2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 HVS2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production.

The HVS-2000 has a number of ground-breaking features and technologies, including MELite™, which transforms a traditional AUX bus into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The MELite feature provides the HVS-2000 HVS-2000-10.30.14with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher.

MELite is the building block for features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 HVS2K engine.

The versatile, cost efficient HVS-2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control. ONStage™ is a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. The HVS-2000 is the first switcher that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite resources. FLEXaKEY allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the HVS-2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 HVS2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included.

The HVS-2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher is now shipping.

FOR-A will also show the new versatile, easy-to-use Broadcast Box video server, offering low-cost record and playout. With a range of codecs and based on industry-leading software, Broadcast Box range offers a cost-effective means of ingesting material and generating different versions from the range of available codecs.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s products, please visit our web site at www.for-a.com

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Lenny Kravitz Goes Wireless With Shure Axient®

NILES, Ill. Jan. 28, 2015—Throughout his career, Lenny Kravitz has always insisted on accuracy in his guitar tone. “He works hard on getting everything just right, especially his guitar,” says Alex Alvarez, Lenny’s guitar tech of 23 years. “He’s just insistent on his sound, which is why he never went wireless. Every time we would demo something, it would never meet his expectations.”

But all that changed during production rehearsals for Kravitz’s European tour in support of his latest album, Strut. After a demo of multiple high-end wireless systems arranged by Tour Supply, Lenny, Alex, and guitarist Craig Ross agreed that Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network was the one system that could deliver his sonic requirements on stage.

“It started as a conversation with Lenny,” Alex relates. “The subject of wireless guitar came up, and I told him there was a system I wanted him to check out. He said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. I would like to, but you know if it doesn’t sound right, I’m not going to do it.’ So I called Lance at Tour Supply to set up a demo.”

With rehearsals being in Miami, Lance Wascom, CEO of Tour Supply, had two days to set up the requested shootout. “We showed two Shure systems, Axient and ULX-D®, plus two other major brands,” he says. “Everything had to come together quickly and accurately, so I flew to Miami to set up the demo. Being that Lenny and Alex are such great clients, we really wanted to offer every level of support possible.”

Axient was the system that Alex Alvarez had his eye on from the start. “I had heard about it, both from Shure and from other guitar techs,” he notes. “The fact that it can detect interference and change frequencies on its own made it really attractive to me, but I knew that if the sound wasn’t perfect to Lenny’s ears, he would just stick with his cable. But since we already use Shure PSM® 1000 in-ears, I figured it was worth a try.”

The first day of rehearsals, Kravitz was not available, so his longtime guitarist and writing partner, Craig Ross, did the initial testing. “Craig really liked the sound and said, ‘Man, Lenny’s got to approve this.’ So we set up two more units for Lenny to check out the next day, and he was very impressed with both the sound and the technology. It turned out to be an easy decision.”

Asked to comment on his adoption of the Shure Axient guitar system, Lenny Kravitz stated, “After 25 years of resisting wireless systems, I am finally free from my beloved cables without sacrificing the organic tone of my guitar and amplifiers.”

Kravitz ordered three dual-channel Axient systems: two each for himself, Craig Ross, and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey. To fully realize the system’s networking and control capabilities, the band also purchased an AXT6000 Spectrum Manager and ShowLink Access Point.

Being Axient certified, Tour Supply’s Lance Wascom took on the task of educating the production crew on the system’s extensive monitoring, control, and frequency management capabilities. Along with Alex Alvarez, Wascom conferred with monitor engineer Josh Mellottsi on how to best integrate the new systems into the Kravitz backline.

“I love the technology,” says Wascom. “Axient tends to blow people’s minds. To see their reaction as it switches channels by itself, and to see how excited the monitor engineer gets when you coordinate all their frequencies in less than a minute… it’s just a lot of fun! It’s especially gratifying to know that you’re making an impact on the crew’s day-to-day workload. Frequency coordination and monitoring can be time consuming and stressful. Axient automates much of this, which saves time and allows the guys to focus on other tasks. In that sense, Axient can be as much as a ‘win’ for the crew as it is for the band.”

While the three Axient receivers sit in racks atop each of the guitar and bass rigs, the tour’s total wireless package is networked together and operated from Mellottsi’s monitor position. Frequency coordination is handled through Axient Spectrum Manager and Shure’s Wireless Workbench® software. Each day, Mellottsi scans for available frequencies and deploys them through the system.

“Between microphones, in-ears, and now guitars, we have so many frequencies that it’s best to have one person manage it all,” says Alvarez. “Of course, what I like best about Axient is that it always has spare frequencies ready to deploy in case there’s a problem. I remember the first time the system changed frequencies on the fly, and nobody noticed anything on stage. Very awesome.”

Alvarez is also very enthused about Shure’s rechargeable battery system, which is used for the six Axient transmitters as well as the band’s 11 channels of Shure PSM 1000 in-ears. “That’s another huge saving grace,” he enthused. “We get far more time out of a full charge than alkalines, and the system actually monitors remaining life down to the minute, so there are no surprises. We used to spend $10,000 in batteries for each leg of a major tour, so it’s not just the responsible thing to do, but they also pay for themselves.”

Having used the system on the Lenny Kravitz Strut tour of Europe, Alex Alvarez reports the Shure Axient guitar systems have been a total success. “We’ve literally had zero technical problems with the system,” he reports. “But with Lenny, it always comes back to the sound. He wouldn’t go wireless unless the system didn’t change what he’s worked so hard to sound like. Shure Axient does that for him.”

Photo credit:  Axient Rack, Courtesy of Photographer Alex Alvarez

Photo credit: Axient Rack, Courtesy of Photographer Alex Alvarez

Photo credit:  Lenny Kravitz, Courtesy of Photographer Mathieu Bitton

Photo credit: Lenny Kravitz, Courtesy of Photographer Mathieu Bitton

About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, award-winning earphones and headphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated is headquartered in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company also has regional sales and marketing headquarters in Eppingen, Germany, and Hong Kong, China, with more than 30 additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

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Meyer Sound LEO Goes “Gangnam Style” with Psy in South Korea

psyPsy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul’s 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed “All Night Stand,” the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy’s music,” says Park Dong Won, the singer’s veteran FOH engineer. “The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I’m not just confident in specifying LEO, but also proud to use it.”

The system comprised dual main arrays, each with 15 LEO-M line array loudspeakers flown over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill. Twenty-four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were arranged in a directional array, with seven MILO® line array loudspeakers per side for out fill and two-each LYON-W and MICA® line array loudspeakers for front fill. Onstage foldback was supplied by two side-fill stacks with two 700-HP subwoofers and four MILO loudspeakers each, along with 20 MJF-212A stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplied drive and optimization.

“Psy was very happy with the LEO system when he first heard it during rehearsals,” reports Park. “He had been using other large-format systems, but discovered that LEO was the first that could deliver clear high frequencies at extreme levels without hurting your ears.”

The LEO system was supplied by Live MISO and designed by Y Hun Lee, systems tech from Sovico, Meyer Sound’s Korean distributor, in consultation with “dB Dave” Dennison, a veteran international system design and tuning specialist.

Park mixed the shows behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console and was assisted by second engineer Ko Jong Jin. A DiGiCo SD8 was used as a sidecar for Pro Tools track playback. Wireless audio for Psy and his special guests was via a Shure UR4D system, with Psy singing through a custom silver handheld transmitter equipped with a Shure Beta 58A capsule.

Released in 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide cultural phenomenon with over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Psy’s popularity in Korea continues unabated as his concert ticket sales, recordings, and video all occupied the number one positions for 2014.

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L.O.C. FOH Mixer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: “Whatever Sound I Put In is Exactly What Comes Out”

L.O.CDanish hip-hop artist L.O.C. became the latest artist to tour with Meyer Sound LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers. Named the “Rødt Lys Tour” (“Red Light Tour”), the production was mixed by Mads Stærke, one of Scandinavia’s most in-demand FOH engineers.

“With LEO and LYON, I know the system will respond musically, so I just let the voices and the instruments do their thing and use much less EQ,” says Stærke, who has worked with L.O.C. for the past seven years. “This system allows me to mix musically, and not technically.”

The touring system comprised 20 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, with four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill and four UPA-1P loudspeakers as additional fill. In some of the larger venues, 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers anchored the main system. Ten 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were driven by the main mix, while 10 more received a separate feed for extreme low-end effects. Two additional 1100-LFC loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were deployed on stage for side fill, while a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and alignment. Risskov–based Victory Tour Production provided the system, with Theis Romme serving as system tech.

According to Stærke, also an experienced mixer of jazz, EDM, rock, and pop, the advantages of mixing on LEO and LYON apply across musical genres. “The first time I mixed on a LYON system was actually a pop concert, and I was blown away by the accuracy and clarity,” he recalls. “Whatever sound I put in is exactly what comes out—the system gives me a very precise and clear feeling of the music. It feels like I can do anything with it. It’s so powerful and physical but at the same time very musical. The 1100-LFCs are also extremely precise in the way they move the air, and are much more powerful than any other low-frequency speaker on the market.”

Stærke mixed the show on a Midas PRO2 digital console, while monitors were mixed on a DiGiCo SD8 digital console. Performers used a Shure Axient digital wireless microphone system with KSM9HS head, in addition to Sennheiser SR 2050 transmitters and EK 2000 beltpack receivers.

L.O.C. has been Denmark’s most popular hip-hop artist for nearly two decades, both as a solo act and a member of the groups Alzheimer Klinikken and B.A.N.G.E.R.S. A two-time Danish Music Award winner, he has been both a coach and a judge on the Danish TV version of “The Voice.”

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Matrox at the 2015 NAB Show — Product Preview

Video streaming and recording appliance, multi-camera recording app and OEM products will be featured

At the 2015 NAB Show, (Las Vegas, April 13-16, booth SL5817), Matrox® Video will showcase the popular Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance, the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording app and the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products.

Also on display will be the Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewer, the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converter and the Matrox MC-100™ dual-SDI to HDMI mini converter.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance

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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

VS4Recorder Pro — Multi-camera Recording App

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VS4Recorder Pro is designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

Matrox DSX — Developer Products

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Matrox DSX Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware, including low profile cards that support up to eight reconfigurable SDI inputs and outputs, with feature-rich Windows and Linux SDKs and powerful tools for quick app development. Matrox technology enables OEMs to create advanced broadcast graphics systems, video servers, channel-in-a-box equipment, contribution and distribution encoders, and non-linear editing systems that provide 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments. Premium hardware features include multiple motion adaptive de-interlacers, up/down/cross converters and video compositors. A constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more) and extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) meet evolving needs.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Christie Delivers Undisputed Performance with Launch of 30,000 Lumen Christie Boxer 4K30 Projector

New Boxer Series of 3DLP solutions introduces the brightest, lightest, smallest, omni-directional projector in its class for rental staging and fixed installations

A combination of the most lumens, the most pixels, and 3DLP® quality combined with the smallest, lightest, yet most rugged design available in its class defines the new Christie® Boxer 4K30 projector launched today. The first offering from the new Boxer Series, the Boxer 4K30 hits the target every time while setting a new industry benchmark for rental staging and fixed installation applications including concerts, amusement parks, projection mapping projects, museums, planetariums and more.

The Christie Boxer 4K30

The Christie Boxer 4K30

The Boxer 4K30 has six 450W mercury lamps delivering 30,000 center lumens and will make its worldwide debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 10-12 at Christie booth No. 1-H50. At a pre-launch event, held in November with rental stagers at Christie’s Canadian facility, former undisputed heavyweight boxing legend Lennox Lewis was part of the festivities and the boxing legend will continue to champion Boxer Series. Already a global hit with more than 200 units sold worldwide, the Boxer 4K30 delivers, pound for pound, the ultimate combination of power, brightness, performance and durability.

Weighing less than 150 pounds (68 kilograms), the Boxer 4K30 can be carried by two individuals and is built to deliver undisputed performance for any rental/staging fleet or permanent installation. With built-in Christie Twist™, images can be blended and warped from multiple projectors onto curved or irregular surfaces without requiring an external solution. Housed in two 3-lamp cartridges, the six long-life mercury lamp modules are easy to handle, maintain, and change and stock, which means a better return on investment and less consumables.

Users can monitor the lamp hours and serial numbers through Near Field Communication (NFC) with each lamp – simplifying the effort required to track lamp-life and the ability to make fast changeovers so the show goes on. Boxer’s Christie TruLife™ electronics package is equally at home supporting the most demanding high bit depth, high frame rate, native 4K signals as well as seamlessly supporting HD signals, with on-board upscaling making it a simple task to fit it into existing HD workflows.

“The brightness-to-size and brightness-to-weight ratios of the Boxer 4K30 is second-to-none in this lumen level of projector. This translates to not only the lightest projector at 30,000 lumens, but also reduced shipping costs and on-site handling,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “This Boxer 4K30 and the Boxer Series is about our customers winning more bids, winning more repeat business, earning more money per project and satisfying the needs of the most demanding clients. Boxer is optimized to provide an unprecedented user experience and everything from ease of use to lumens to durability to shipping size to weight has been taken into account.”

“At the pre-launch event, everyone was very impressed with Boxer not only for delivering so much brightness in such a small, quiet package, but also for the fact that Boxer was loaded with exciting new features that make it very easy to use. For example, you can monitor lamp life levels using your smartphone and the projector even comes with its very own built-in toolbox,” said Jeevan Vivegananthan, senior director of engineering, Christie. “In developing Boxer, we spent a lot of time with our customers around the world observing their needs and combined with Christie’s own substantive expertise and experience in the field, reflected that in the design. We witnessed a definite user-affinity with Boxer that we’re confident will continue to grow.”

“With the Boxer 4K30 and the entire Boxer Series, the omnidirectional orientation capability means greater installation and placement flexibility. No matter where you place the Boxer projectors and whether the projector points up or down at any angle, the image maintains its integrity and uniformity throughout the performance or presentation,” Vivegananthan concluded.

The Christie Boxer 4K30 has a three-year parts and labor warranty and ships in April.

Christie Boxer Series is equipped with full connectivity including 3G-SDI, HDBaseT, Display Port, DVI-I, HDMI, VGA, and 5 BNC, plus a color LCD preview panel readout, and a complete lens suite.

Christie Boxer 4K30 at a glance:

- 30,000 center lumens for Boxer 4K30 in smallest and lightest design available

- Six 450W mercury lamps with NFC capabilities to simplify lamp management both in the projector and on the shelf

- Unmatched 360-degree operation on any axis

- Longer life lamps allow the projector to continue generating revenue with less consumables

- The smaller, lighter projector reduces both shipping costs and on-site handling

- Built-in lamp confidence with six lamps offers piece of mind during shows
Equally accepts 4K and HD signals, the latter using Christie TruLife’s on-board enhanced upscaler

- Full connectivity for digital sources and a broad range of analog sources

- Preview screen adds confidence in the quality and number of sources available to the projector

The Christie Boxer 4K30 has a three-year parts and labor warranty and ships in April.

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