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Press Releases For : April 1, 2014

MultiDyne(R) Appoints Industry Veteran Jim Hurwitz to Senior Management Role

LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. — April 1, 2014 — MultiDyne(R), a leading provider of fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, today announced that it has appointed Jim Hurwitz as vice president of business development. In his new role, Hurwitz will be responsible for developing and marketing new products for MultiDyne to increase the company’s global sales efforts. (more…)

Boulevard Pro Adds L-ACOUSTICS KARA System to Rental Inventory

Anthony (left) and James Cioffi

RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey — Boulevard Pro, a leading NYC metro area audio systems and backline provider, has been assuring clients of great sound since 1986, when owners Anthony and James Cioffi came off the road as musicians, backing up artists like Gary U.S. Bonds and Mink Deville. It’s where they learned the value of having the right technology products for the markets they were working in, from renting out classic Fender Twin amps that clients of their rehearsal studio business in the 1980s knew to come to them for, to more recently having the in-demand products and systems that their live event and touring customers require. Boulevard Pro’s latest addition to that latter category has been the recent addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA package. (more…)

Ohio’s Summit Pro Works Invests in Meyer Sound LYON

To tap into the growing demand for more powerful and versatile sound reinforcement in event production, Summit Pro Works of Dayton, Ohio has invested in a new Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system.

“I heard a demo of LYON in New York, and recognized immediately that it’s a great-sounding system,” says Rob Snyder, CEO of Summit Pro Works. “I was also impressed by its substantial power with its modest size and weight. Together with the fact that it is a self-powered system, LYON gives us a significant advantage when it comes to truck pack and gross truck weight.”

Introduced in January, LYON incorporates the performance of the LEO™ Family in a lighter and more compact package, extending the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a wider range of venues and applications. Summit Pro Works expects the system to find rapid acceptance across its client base, which includes both Christian and secular concert touring acts, summer festivals, civic celebrations, and corporate events.

The system shipped to Summit Pro Works comprises 16 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and two Galileo® Callisto™ 616 array processors. The LYON investment bolsters the company’s existing Meyer Sound inventory of more than 100 units, including M’elodie® and MICA® line array loudspeakers, several UltraSeries™ models, 700-HP subwoofers, and MJF-212A stage monitors.

“Summit Pro Works has been a Meyer Sound house since the company started, and we’ve never looked back,” says Snyder. “The sound quality and versatility are unmatched, and the systems are widely accepted on band riders.”

The LYON system investment was a joint decision by Snyder and John Youker, owner of Summit Pro Works. In addition to pro audio system rentals, Summit Pro Works also offers recording services and custom road case manufacturing.

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Pro Audio Systems Becomes First UK Supplier of Meyer Sound MJF-210 Stage Monitors

Pro Audio Systems (PAS) of Bradford has become the first rental company in the UK to own the new self-powered MJF-210 stage monitor from Meyer Sound. Built for the demanding needs of today’s live productions, the MJF-210 is the lightest stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line.

“A credible stage monitoring package for high-profile work had been the missing link in our rental inventory for some time,” says Brian Lumb, managing director for PAS. “As a Meyer Sound house, we wanted something that delivers the same audio performance, reliability, acceptance, and ease of use that all our other Meyer Sound products provide. As soon as we heard the MJF-210, we knew that our search was over and it was time to invest.”

A self-powered system with a low-profile design and an impressive power-to-size ratio, the MJF-210 contains two 10-inch LF transducers and a four-inch diaphragm compression driver mounted on a 50° H x 70° V constant directivity horn. The drivers are powered by an internal three-channel Class D amplifier.

PAS has added 12 MJF-210 stage monitors to an existing inventory of Meyer Sound equipment that includes MILO® line array loudspeakers, MSL-4 loudspeakers, 700-HP subwoofers, UltraSeries™ and Industrial Series loudspeakers, Galileo® loudspeaker management systems, and more.

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Atlona(R) Hires Roger Takacs as National Sales Manager for Commercial Accounts

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 1, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced it has chosen Roger Takacs as its national sales manager, commercial. Takacs is responsible for working closely with distributors, dealers, consultants, and end users in the North American AV market to grow and manage the commercial segment of Atlona’s business. (more…)

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FLOVEL to Introduce High-Sensitivity HD Camera at NAB 2014

Camera’s 3 HbCMOS Color Sensor Offers Supreme Color Fidelity, Reduced Noise, and Enhanced Sensitivity

Tokyo, Japan – At next month’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, FLOVEL Company Japan, a FOR-A Corporation group company, will unveil its new FZ-B3 ultra high-sensitivity HD camera. The company will showcase the FZ-B3 within FOR-A’s NAB booth (C5117).

FLOVEL FZ-B3 camera has an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of 0.003 lux for color motion shooting. Employing 3 HbCMOS technology, its three CMOScolor image sensor enables operators to capture high-fidelity color images with low noise at high sensitivity. The new compact camera records in 1080i (59.94Hz or 50Hz) and 720p (59.94Hz or 50Hz) HD-SDI formats.

Superior color fidelity combined with enhanced low-light sensitivity makes the FZ-B3 ideal for demanding high-resolution applications, such as: surveillance, microscopy, ecology observation, day/night policing and traffic control.

“Our new HD camera employs state-of-the-art imaging technology to produce high-quality HD color video reproduction at light levels as low as mere moonlight,” said Mr. Susumu Hotta, Senior Managing Director, FLOVEL. “We’re looking forward to showcasing this new camera at NAB, and are proud to offer it for use in a variety of demanding HD imaging applications throughout the world.”

The FZ-B3 marks FLOVEL’s latest addition to its high-end HD specialty camera line, which includes the FZ-B1 ultra high-sensitivity camera for day and night observation. The FZ-B1 has been used for Aurora observation in Alaska, night time observation from a space station, and deep sea shooting.

The FZ-B3 will be available in June of this year. FOR-A is the exclusive distributor of FLOVEL brand cameras in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

About FLOVEL

FLOVEL Company, based in Tokyo, is a manufacturer of specialized cameras such as ultra-high sensitivity cameras, super high resolution cameras, sports analysis systems, and golf simulation systems. FLOVEL is known to the industry for its 3D cameras, as well as its development of specialty medical microscopy cameras and machine vision cameras. http://www.flovel.co.jp/english/

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 product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Blonder Tongue Launches Customized Solutions for In-House Broadcast Distribution at the 2014 NAB Show

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — March 31, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced two new customized solutions for in-house broadcast distribution applications. At the 2014 NAB Show, April 7-10 in Las Vegas, booth SU10202, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate the AQT8 Series transcoder, which provides channel processing in a high density, low-cost, flexible 1-RU chassis that reduces the equipment, space, and power needed for QAM or IPTV in-house distribution. In addition, the company will offer a sneak peek of its new HDE-4S-PRO encoder, which offers superior motion optimization for professional sports applications.

“Within the in-house broadcast distribution environment, operators need high-quality, cost-effective encoding and transcoding equipment,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of sales at Blonder Tongue. “At the 2014 NAB Show, we’ll demonstrate how our AQT8 Series transcoder allows system operators to affordably create custom-made channel lineups of HDTV programs. We’ll also showcase the HDE-4S-PRO, which is perfect for sports applications that demand fast motion, real time, live encoding of camera feeds.”

The AQT8 Series transcoder inputs eight 8VSB digital off-air and/or QAM signals, and outputs both in IP and QAM simultaneously, providing operators with maximum flexibility for selecting channels and distributing them. Through an interactive dashboard, operators can monitor the performance status of all eight channels. An intuitive Web-based GUI simplifies setup and management, enabling local and remote operation. Two models are available depending on the desired output distribution. The AQT8-IP provides an IP output, and the AQT8-QAM/IP provides QAM and IP outputs simultaneously. Emergency Alert System (EAS) program switching is featured on the GigE output, triggering either an ASI or IP format EAS input and terminal block contacts, allowing operators to comply with EAS requirements.

An extension of the company’s standard HDE-4S-QAM, Blonder Tongue’s HDE-4S-PRO brings efficiency, quality, and affordability to professional sports encoding applications. In addition to the enhanced motion estimation for HD-SDI inputs, the PRO includes an HD-SDI spare and monitoring points — optimizing encoding in real-time environments. Utilizing the MPEG-2 encoder, operators can accept up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously output in QAM, IP streams (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency.

The encoder supports Dolby(R) Digital and closed captioning (EIA-608 and EIA-708) to ensure a superior audio quality. It is also equipped with an EAS interface to support the delivery of emergency messages. A front-panel RF test point allows operators to monitor and test the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished via a user-friendly Web browser.

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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Photo Caption: Blonder Tongue AQT8 Series Transcoder
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Photo Caption: Blonder Tongue HDE-4S-PRO Encoder

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Calrec Audio Commits AoIP Interface Support to Global Customers

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — April 1, 2014 — Calrec Audio has committed support to AoIP networking by announcing its membership in the RAVENNA community by entering into a partnership agreement with ALC NetworX, the company behind RAVENNA. The announcement demonstrates Calrec’s commitment to developing RAVENNA- and AES67-compatible AoIP interfaces for its range of audio consoles through the Hydra2 network. (more…)

Front Porch Digital to Unveil DISTILL(SM) at 2014 NAB Show

New Solution Eliminates Cost and Confusion of Managing Metadata and Associated Standardization, Making It Easy to Capture, Process, Manage, and Retrieve Critical Metadata

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — April 1, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced the release of DISTILL(SM). This new solution, delivered over four simple steps — capture, process, manage, and retrieve — ensures that almost any metadata created at any stage of the content lifecycle can now be easily and effectively managed. (more…)

BenQ Launches ‘BenQ Cares’ With Colorific Projector Upgrade

Program’s First Initiative Aims to Give Back to the Community Via Delivery of Accurate, Crisp, and Long-Lasting Projection Experiences

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 31, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., the fastest growing display brand in North America(1) and the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector manufacturer, today announced the launch of its new “BenQ Cares” community outreach program. To kick off the campaign, the company is inviting those in need of a projector revamp, including consumers, businesses, schools, and organizations across the U.S., to enter BenQ’s Colorific(TM) Projector Upgrade for a chance to win a projector makeover worth up to $5,000. The upgrade is available to LCD projector owners looking to improve the imaging experience of their space.

“We’re launching the BenQ Cares initiative as a way to give back to the community,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Our promise is to deliver color-accurate, crisp, and long-lasting projection solutions that are affordable and valued by our customers. BenQ Cares is a way to extend those benefits and deliver bold and beautiful big screen projection to a broader audience.”

Starting now, any consumer, educational institution, or business LCD projector owner can enter the BenQ Colorific Projector Upgrade by stating the brand and model of their current LCD projector while explaining why their device is in need of an image makeover. Finalists will be selected and then one lucky recipient will win the BenQ Colorific projector upgrade worth up to $5,000. Users can enter the upgrade by visiting BenQ’s Colorific website at info.BenQ.us/colorific. The deadline for submissions is April 25, and the recipient of the upgrade will be notified via email and announced on BenQ’s Facebook page on May 13.

To produce more than 1 billion life-like colors compared to only 16.7 million from most LCD projectors, BenQ’s Colorific DLP projectors combine up to seven different colors to create vibrant, true-to-life images, as opposed to the traditional three-color spectrum from LCD devices. The Colorific devices also deliver up to three times more contrast than similar top-selling LCD models for brighter, higher contrast viewing, as well as providing better picture quality over time since DLP displays do not experience light burn or color degradation after extended usage. As a result, home theater users, educators, and business professionals experience a lower total cost of ownership over the life of their projector, resulting in reductions in maintenance and replacement costs, while ensuring that image quality always remains the same.

For official BenQ Cares Colorific Upgrade rules, visit info.BenQ.us/colorific. More information on BenQ’s full line of Colorific projectors is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the fastest growing projector brand in North America(1), the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, and the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/140331BenQ.doc

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