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Press Releases For : October 23, 2014

Christie Displays Broad Advanced Technology Solutions for Government Sector at GTEC 2014

Canadian visual and audio technologies leader Christie®, is bringing its broad range of advanced visual displays, and processing and collaboration solutions to Canada’s GTEC (Government Technology Exhibition and Conference), which takes place October 27-30 at the Ottawa Convention Center. The four-day show attracts over 6,000 participants and is the primary forum for government and private sector communities to gather and exchange ideas and advance the business of ICT in government. Christie’s diverse solutions of single or multiscreen and 3D projectors, powerful compact LCDs, digital signage and collaboration and content management tools, lets government agencies and businesses display, monitor, control, interact and collaborate with their visual assets – from any source. The Christie booth includes the Christie Phoenix®, Christie® Brio Team+, Christie GS Series projector, Christie® MicroTiles® and a selection of flat panels all showcasing how Christie’s broad solutions deliver quality, dependability, and peace of mind at a low cost of ownership for government agencies and beyond.

Christie DHD555-GS Projector

Christie DHD555-GS Projector

Christie Phoenix allows collaboration anywhere at any time
Christie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data for thousands of simultaneous viewers regardless of location, breaking through the physical walls of any control room, broadcast set or boardroom to encompass a global workplace. It consists of one or more Christie Phoenix hardware nodes as well as web-based management software connected through using a standard IP network. Using the powerful Christie Phoenix, community-owned utility and gas companies, government agencies, along with transportation and telecommunications centers can make quicker and more accurate life-critical decisions, and share appropriate data even in the most challenging of environments. Christie Phoenix is renowned for ease of use and its ability to encode, decode and simultaneously display over 1000 video sources on multiple displays walls using multiple desktops.

Christie Brio – the future of collaboration
The award-winning Christie® Brio family of meeting presentation and collaboration solutions allows users to connect, collect and share content through a single unit. The family includes Brio Team, Brio Team+ and Brio Enterprise. At GTEC, Christie will display Brio Team+, with an integrated wireless access point that eliminates the need for apps or additional hardware to mirror the full desktop of tablets, phones or laptops as 30 fps HD video sources in a collaboration session. Ideal for meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Brio Team+ can also display high quality video content at native resolutions through DVI video inputs that support video output sources 2560x 1600 at 30Hz or 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz with HDCP.

Christie GS Series Projector
Making its GTEC debut is the Christie DHD555-GS. Part of the 1-chip DLP® Christie GS Series, the DHD555-GS eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It features wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility. Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality, making it ideal for board and conference rooms, government buildings and agencies and a variety of small venue applications. Easy to install, the Christie DHD555-GS includes display port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT connectivity.

Christie MicroTiles and Christie Flat Panels – Ideal for any large display
Christie MicroTiles, the world’s first fully-creative modular building blocks to create digital canvases of any size or shape fit seamlessly into any décor or room. Combining both DLP® projection and LED, they produce brighter images and a wider colour palette than conventional LCD or plasma displays. They self-calibrate and are designed for maximum image quality in high ambient light environments such as control rooms, broadcast sets, educational facilities and many more indoor applications.

The booth also features the Christie FHD552-X LCD flat panel. This 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel (only 3.5mm when tiled) flat panel display offers full HD resolution, high pixel density, and LED-backlit screen so images look sharp at any distance – all with energy-efficient operation and low cost of ownership.

Christie flat panels are in numerous private and public spaces all over the world including the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus, with the tallest MicroTiles wall in the world, and the university’s Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP), a research initiative that pays student researchers to develop new uses and markets for interactive display technologies. Download Christie Book of Shapes for more digital creativity using MicroTiles from around the world.

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Pexip Infinity Expands Remote Education Capabilities of Texas Education Telecommunications Network

Scalable Meeting Platform Powers Distance Learning for Over 500 Texas School Districts

OSLO, Norway — Oct. 23, 2014 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed video conferencing software, today announced that the company’s Infinity platform has been selected to power the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN). Implemented to support the organization’s expanding distance learning network, the software-based meeting platform enables the TETN to connect a consortium of 20 Education Service Centers, 500 school districts, and the Texas Education Agency. (more…)

Triad Speakers Introduces R-Series – it’s Most Cost-Effective In-Ceiling Line to Date

Portland, OR — October 23, 2014 — Custom made-in-the-USA manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced its new cost-effective yet high-performing in-ceiling loudspeaker line, called R-Series. Three models are available: the R-25 (5.25-inch driver),R-26 (6.5-inch) and R-28 (8.5-inch). Each is a shallow-depth, open-back 2-way loudspeaker system that provides full-range sound and also incorporates the company’s new-and-improved paintable micro-perf grill (both a round and square plastic trim bezel are supplied) to grant integrators added flexibility to blend with the décor of the home. MSRP is set at $300, $350, and $400 respectively, per pair.

The R-Series is Triad's most affordable in-ceiling solutions to date, great for distributed audio applications

The R-Series is Triad’s most affordable in-ceiling solutions to date, great for distributed audio applications

”Triad’s R-Series is designed for cost-conscious music lovers,” says Triad Speakers, Inc. Founder / President and CEDIA Chairman Larry Pexton. ”We’ve designed and engineered each speaker with pride in the United States of America, with the utmost attention to quality, décor-friendly design, and high performance sound – eliminating costly frills and features that add nothing to sound quality.”

“All R-Series models, even the smallest, are fully-engineered to deliver the rich natural sound that Triad is famous for in open acoustical environments, especially in locations that lack the depth required for sealed enclosures,” added Pexton.

Each of the R-Series speakers can be custom paint-matched in Triad’s Portland, OR factory. All are backed by a 10-year warranty. The new models are shipping now.

R-Series Specifications
R-25 Grill Diameter: 8-5/16 inches
R-26 Grill Diameter: 9-11/16 inches
R-28 Grill Diameter: 11-5/16 inches

Drivers
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R25: One 5.25-inch carbon fiber driver
R26: One 6.5-inch carbon fiber driver
R28: One 8.5-inch carbon fiber driver

Tweeter: One 1-inch cloth dome tweeter (all models)

For more information, please call Triad Speakers at 503.253.2600.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications.

A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products.

Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com. Follow us on Twitter @TriadSpeakers and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

FSR Demonstrates Ever-Expanding Leadership Role In Education Market With Launch of Dedicated Website

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, continues to make serious inroads in the education market by announcing the launch of its new, dedicated education website (www.fsr.education). Jan Sandri, FSR president, announced details from the company’s headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, of how it will continue to strengthen and grow its presence and brand recognition even further within education — a key segment of the market. This news follows FSR’s appointment earlier this year of Gina Sansivero as its new director of educational sales.

“We clearly take schools, learning and the education market extremely seriously and feel that many of the initiatives we’ve taken this year have demonstrated FSR’s ever increasing commitment to this important market segment,” said Sandri. “We welcomed Gina to the FSR team in early 2014 to help us continue to expand our role as a leader in this market. Now, we take our commitment even further by launching a web site completely dedicated to this same segment. As technology for learning continues to evolve, along with the needs of those working in various areas of this core industry, it’s imperative that we keep providing our customers with the advanced tools and technologies they need to properly prepare the next generation of thought leaders.”

The new website, which is dedicated to tech managers and end-users, delivers the latest news on technology and infrastructure solutions for higher education and K-12 school systems. Among key social and dynamic features is a blog that helps keep visitors informed of new and emerging industry trends and ideas, a related Twitter handle (FSR_EDU) and a place for visitors to sign up to receive an education specific monthly e-newsletter that will feature current information about trends in education, articles, news and FSR’s products and solutions specific to the education market. Further, the newest FSR case studies are posted to exemplify how FSR’s technologies are used throughout all areas of the education market and how new products and solutions are ever evolving to create an even more comprehensive and cohesive offering to the company’s highly regarded education customers. Additionally it will be a resource for those involved with educational technology to share feedback, requests, challenges and successes so that FSR can address them with solutions tailored to their need.

FSR is committed to teaching those working in higher education and K-12 about the company’s newest opportunities and solutions for interactive and collaborative learning systems. The new website features the latest company news and events that will offer those interested the opportunity to meet with FSR staff in person at various industry and market specific shows and conferences.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Estonia Public Broadcasting Achieves “Best Sound Ever” with HARMAN Studer’s Vista 5 M3 Digital Console

Studer_EstoniaTALLINN, Estonia – Estonia Public Broadcasting recently upgraded its OB van with a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M3 digital console. The organization chose to make the upgrade in anticipation of the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, which took place July 4-6 in Tallinn.

Sold through ProMedia Inc., Studer’s Estonia distributor, the Vista 5 M3 is being used to mix all audio through EPB’s OB van. The console is also complemented with Studer’s Vista FX engine, a 2U chassis that offers Lexicon surround effects and a graphic EQ, all controlled through the Vistonics™ user interface. Connection to the console’s DSP engine is made directly via two high-capacity multichannel HD links.

“This is the first time we have had the chance to mix 150 channels—with the Vista 5, it’s now possible,” said Vytautas Martinonis, Head of the Radio Technical and Sound Recording Department, Estonia Public Broadcasting. “It’s given us the best sound I’ve ever heard from a digital console.”

The Studer Vista 5 M3 is ideal for small to midsize studios and OB trucks, thanks to its compact size and simple connectivity. The total I/O capacity, comprising various cards including mic/line, ADAT, TDIF, AES/EBU, SDI and MADI, may exceed 1,700 inputs and outputs.

“We chose the Vista 5 M3 because it made the most sense from an ergonomic perspective, and we know this console was specifically built with OB vans in mind,” Martinonis noted. “We have also had a positive experience with the Vista 9 that we use at the Estonia Concert Hall, so we found it to be the perfect choice.”

Martinonis also pointed out that durability was also a key factor in choosing the Vista 5 M3. “It was important to have a console that could perform in higher temperatures and could absorb the movement and bumps that come with being in a portable truck,” he said.

For more information on Estonian Public Broadcasting, please visit www.err.ee

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Martin Audio OmniLine Solves Problems For St. Andrews Cathedral

Sydney, Australia––Wizard Projects, supported by the engineering team from Technical Audio Group (TAG) have installed a large 140-element Martin Audio OmniLine system in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. The system originally needed to be commissioned in time for the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

St. Andrew’s is the oldest cathedral in Australia and one of the city’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture; however such beautiful architecture comes at an acoustic cost with challenging reverberation times making clarity and evenness of coverage across the congregation a constant issue.

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Having struggled with a sound system that failed to deliver clear speech intelligibility and effective live music reproduction, the church’s decision to install a new system reached emergency status with the Royal visit at hand.

Ross Cobb, Director of Music at St Andrew’s, and Canon Chris Allan were given the job of bidding for design, installation and commissioning of a state of the art system with absolutely no compromise in sound quality––to be fulfilled in just two weeks.

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The task was awarded to Wizard Projects, led by senior engineer Michael Sheldrick with an electro acoustic design team of Glenn Leembruggen and David Gilfillan; the final piece in the jigsaw was the proven Martin Audio OmniLine micro line array, supplied by the manufacturer’s Australian distributor, Technical Audio Group.

Cobb had heard OmniLine in similar church installations and was impressed with the system’s consistent coverage, fidelity and low-key aesthetics.

The team identified a number of key design challenges: the church’s long RT time, sub bass placement and beam steering. The unusual logistics of church services involves a 360 degree presentation from the pulpit, a center transept area where choirs and clergy require sound reinforcement and a church where the congregation could sit anywhere at any service and expect perfect sound. On top of that, priests would move through the nave on headset radio mics with open mics for question and answer sessions.

Wizard’s design solution was to deploy an unprecedented 140 OmniLine elements (distributed over 22 hangs) along with six Martin Audio AQ212 dual 12 inch sub bass. Not only was the quantity of elements enormous but so was the DSP control.

Having used OmniLine in other reverberant environments they recognized that a unique aspect of the system is that it can be mechanically arrayed and aimed when used in passive mode but can also be deployed in an MLA [Multicellular Loudspeaker Array] active configuration.

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In MLA mode, each element in the array is separately amplified and processed using FIR filters, based on custom software. This enables the system to not only be mechanically and electronically steered, but allows consistent frequency response throughout the listening area without the lobing associated with straight columns.

OmniLine is used in a combination of active arrays for the critical areas and passive hangs for spot fill, distributed across 60 channels of 200W-per-channel amps.

The main Western Nave arrays include two banks of 12 active OmniLines with a further two banks of 10 active arrays for the outer northwest pews, while the Eastern Nave has two banks of eight active elements with a further four positions of six active OmniLine for the center of the transept.

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The sub bass system is floor mounted in two banks of three AQ212 with separate amplification and processing for each cabinet, which enables the low frequency to be electronically steered. According to TAG technical director, Anthony Russo, “Because OmniLine has such an extended and usable frequency response to 75Hz, the spectral balance between arrays and subs is even and consistent—a feature not normally associated with a compact array and large bass system.”

TAG also recommended advanced DSP and enabled the church to control the system with iPads, using custom designed GUI screens for simple services, or interfacing with the mixer and digital stage box for full scale services.

Other ingenious design features enable the pulpit’s local OmniLine, mounted a mere 19.6” above, to be ramped down, panned and re-EQed to its opposite partner array via the use of an under-carpet pressure mat whenever a priest uses the pulpit with a live mic. OmniLine’s smooth response is such that only 6dB reduction was required to achieve the pass mark required for gain before feedback criteria.

As Glenn Leembruggen commented, “OmniLine amazes every time we use it; the CAD and filtering predictions are absolutely usable; it’s an amazing engineering feat; there is nothing I have ever worked with that comes close to this product.”

And Canon Chris Allen added, “This has not only been an extraordinary effort but the compliments from the congregation on the clarity of the system are never ending.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About OmniLine®
OmniLine is a versatile, micro-line array designed for installation in a wide variety of architectural environments. Its modular approach and scalability extend its use from foreground applications to sound reinforcement in large acoustic spaces. Intelligent software enables an array to be configured to deliver sound precisely over any vertical angle to fit the venue profile without spilling onto surfaces where sound is not required. Additionally, elimination of high-frequency side-lobes gives OmniLine the advantage over currently available DSP steered columns, making it suitable for high quality music reproduction as well as speech in large, reverberant spaces. Each array is constructed by connecting multiple modules. Up to 32 modules can be connected where both high output and vertical focusing down to low/mid frequencies are required. Smaller number of modules (down to 4) can be used for shorter-throw applications, where vertical focusing of the low/mid frequencies is less important. This scalability means that OmniLine can be used in a variety of applications. Visually, an OmniLine array is slim and unobtrusive, with soft lines that minimize its visual presence in an architectural environment.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

D-Tools and SpringDeck Form Strategic Partnership

Collaboration Gives Manufacturer Partners and Users Seamless Control and Unprecedented Visibility Throughout the Entire Sales Process 

CONCORD, CA – OCTOBER 23, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SpringDeck, an innovative new sales presentation app provider today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that offers manufacturer partners and users the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with never before seen visibility into pipeline activity DTools_SpringDeck partnership image_orangeand success. Users of both systems will be provided the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified and installed.

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools, utilizing up-to-date product specification detail available via D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer Data Library. By reducing the complexities involved, product information will be easily shared from concept to quote, thereby expediting the time it takes to close sales.

“The D-Tools platform has significantly evolved over the years and now delivers an unprecedented 360-degree view of the design, proposal, specification and install process,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “SpringDeck compliments the D-Tools offering by simultaneously enabling a stronger, more cohesive sales presentation that shortens the sales cycle. Our collaboration will provide manufacturers even greater insight into when, where, why and how products are being presented and ultimately sold and installed. This is incredibly valuable data that’s never been offered with this much depth and integration capacity.”

SpringDeck offers D-Tools users a centralized hub that includes access to everything needed for a successful sales presentation. Product cut sheets, videos, and other content from manufacturers are readily accessible, and updated product libraries are available on the go. In-depth analytics provide valuable insights into customer interaction with product information, what products are most popular, and when to follow-up to close the deal.

“We recognized a hole in our industry and we filled it,” said Ryan Sullivan, CEO of SpringDeck. “While there are several solutions for proposals, scheduling, ordering, and system design, nothing exists to help the dealer connect with the manufacturer like SpringDeck does. Nothing is out there to help a dealer’s sales process before the quote. With our new partnership with D-Tools, we’re enabling the natural progression from presentation to proposal and through completion of the installation, with best-of-breed capabilities in all areas.”

To learn more about D-Tools, the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com. For more information about SpringDeck, visit www.springdeck.com.

About SpringDeck
SpringDeck® is a connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients. With the SpringDeck app, products are available at the touch of a screen, sales teams are prepared for the pitch, and clients are impressed with a customized product experience. For more information, visit www.springdeck.com or follow SpringDeck on Twitter and Facebook.

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, project and installation management. The D-Tools platform enables residential and commercial integrators to automate business processes and eliminate redundancies while simultaneously increasing revenues by reducing the time and cost associated with the integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools software 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.

D-Tools Media contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com

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

SpringDeck Media contact
Ryan Sullivan, SpringDeck, (918) 574-6132ryan@springdeck.com

 

 

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Extron Now Shipping DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

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Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 3840×2160 @ 30 Hz with reduced blanking, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure.

“The DSC DP-HD A delivers an essential feature set for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals with HDMI-based AV systems,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The input loop-through connection preserves the DisplayPort signal at its original resolution for local monitoring, while the powerful scaling engine and video processing capabilities ensure consistent, reliable signal conversion with high image quality.”

The DSC DP-HD A offers several features that enhance and simplify AV system integration. EDID Minder automatically manages EDID communication between the source and display to ensure reliable operation. The DSC DP-HD A includes a buffered DisplayPort input loop-through that provides an output signal for a local monitor. Additional audio capabilities include selectable audio muting and output volume control. The DSC DP-HD A includes a convenient analog two channel audio output for sending de-embedded audio to a sound system or other audio destination. This output can be set for stereo or dual mono.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdansvideo

For more information on the DSC DP-HD A, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdanspr

Deluxe Toronto Demonstrates Commitment to World-Class Quality, Outfits New Facility with HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, Crown Amplifiers and BSS Audio Processing

HARMAN_DeluxeTorontoTORONTO, Canada — Deluxe Toronto Ltd., one of the world’s most prestigious and successful suppliers of services and technologies to the worldwide entertainment industry, has completed relocation to a new state-of-the-art facility on King Street West in Toronto. Affirming its commitment to offering the very best in technology, Deluxe has standardized on HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers, and BSS Soundweb London processing.

Deluxe Toronto’s main theaters are equipped with three JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors behind the screen in a left-center-right configuration, powered by Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers and tuned using BSS Soundweb London processing. Deluxe’s largest mixing stage, Mix 1, is also Canada’s first Dolby Atmos-equipped mixing stage (while also being equipped for IMAX). Deluxe chose JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors in its pre-mix room. The monitoring systems were supplied by HARMAN’s distributor, SC Media Canada.

According to Nick Iannelli, VP of Post Production Operations, Deluxe Toronto, the ability to have identical setups in each mixing room not only ensures consistency for its team of audio engineers; it also provides valuable flexibility for its clients.. “Having the same technology in multiple rooms means we can transfer our work throughout the facility to accommodate different schedules, with no change in what we are hearing.”

“The JBL, Crown and BSS technologies are all built to work together,” said Phil Seel, Senior Engineer, Deluxe Toronto Ltd. “So we have this tremendous, integrated package that not only performs incredibly well, it’s also easy to customize for our operation.”

The choice of HARMAN equipment was the result of Deluxe’s extensive evaluation of the world’s best technologies, and the M2 monitors stood out markedly from the competition. “We did a lot of testing with a lot of different systems, and the M2’s sounded terrific right out of the box,” said Mike Baskerville, Manager, Sound Operations, Deluxe Toronto Ltd..

“When we first listened to the M2 speakers, it was so easy to hear the difference compared to other monitors we tested. The flatness and consistency across the room, was very evident, it didn’t matter where we stood in the room. It was amazing!” Iannelli said.

“Mixing requires critical listening. The second we changed something in the EQ, there was an instant response from the M2 speakers. This accurate sound reproduction effortlessly allows us to find the balance among so many different elements. We could hear the difference right away. It makes mixing exciting,” Baskerville said.

Moreover, the Crown amplification provides Deluxe Toronto with plenty of flexibility, regardless of the project. “We need a lot of headroom and dynamic range for a lot of the theatrical mixing we do, and the Crown amps give us that and more,” Baskerville said.

As Deluxe Toronto hoped, the consistency between rooms has paid off in spades. “For workflow it’s been great,” Baskerville said. “Not only are we hearing the same thing, we continue to be amazed at the quality of the sound, even though we’ve all been working in this industry for a long time!”

“Initial exposure to the new rooms has been met with exceptional reviews,” Iannelli said. “Everyone can now hear every single detail in the mix, which actually creates more work for us in the short term but enables us to deliver a better product at the end of the day!”

“The M2’s are a game changer,” Seel concluded. “To have this kind of fidelity in these systems, it’s mind blowing. We’ve never heard anything like this before.”

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is a global leader in media and entertainment services for film, video and online content, from capture to consumption.

Since 1915, Deluxe has been the trusted partner for the world’s most successful Hollywood studios, independent film companies, TV networks, exhibitors, advertisers and others, offering best-in-class solutions in production, post production, distribution, asset and workflow management, and new digital solution-based technologies.

With operations in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe, the company employs nearly 6,000 of the most talented, highly honored and recognized artists and industry veterans worldwide. Deluxe is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. For more information visit www.bydeluxe.com and www.bydeluxetoronto.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014

Meet Smarter: Kramer introduces the VIA Family of Collaboration Products

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Kramer Electronics is pleased to officially announce the introduction of the new VIA product line, including the award winning VIA Collage™, the VIA Connect PRO™, and the VIA Connect™. These wireless collaboration devices allow people to “Meet Smarter” through connection, collaboration, and engagement by providing them with a shared workspace that makes team collaboration in real time seamless and simple.

“We are very excited about the introduction of the VIA family of products because BYOD, collaboration and wireless applications are increasingly critical in today’s converging AV/IT world. The VIA line of products offer the best solutions in the market and we are pleased to add these products to our already comprehensive line of solutions,” stated Dr. Joseph Kramer, CEO of Kramer Electronics.

The VIA Collage won Best in Show awards at the 2014 InfoComm Show from Government Video Magazine, Sound & Video Contractor Magazine, and AV Technology Magazine. The VIA Collage is Kramer’s most advanced and powerful collaboration hub. This wireless device solves BYOD challenges and allows for the effective integration of PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, allowing users to wirelessly collaborate in any meeting.

With the VIA Collage, files can be shared quickly and easily between participants or with all participants at once. The VIA Collage also allows for full 1080p/60 HD video streaming and the main unit even has an HDMI input to allow the integration of an external video source. Up to 6 presenters’ screens can be dynamically displayed on a single display device and up to 12 can be shown simultaneously when two display devices are used.

The VIA Collage is actually a PC so it also supports third party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx®, PowerPoint® and much more. VIA Collage also has built−in 1024 bit encryption for information sent between the Collage and the meeting participants as well as a dynamic room code to prevent unauthorized participation in the meeting. The digital canvas created by the VIA Collage allows meeting participants to all work on the same document in real time and save the results to their device.

“VIA Collage works seamlessly in an almost spooky way. Everyone in the room can help create and edit a common document through their individual devices, then share it with others and save it to take with you. The system automatically recognizes attendees and makes connection − and collaboration − easy,” explained Government Video Magazine.

The VIA Connect PRO and VIA Connect are both effective and compact tools that will greatly improve productivity during meetings while offering the best price−performance in the market.

The VIA Connect PRO allows users to share files, chat with other attendees and collaborate together on a shared document using the whiteboard feature from their own devices, in addition to being able to present their screens simultaneously.

The VIA Connect is a value−oriented, wireless presentation hub that can dynamically tile up to four users on a single screen and allows and attendee to step−in as the main presenter. This is the ideal compact solution for simple connectivity and engagement.

The feature benefits of the Kramer VIA family build incrementally throughout the line. All of the features from the VIA Connect are included in the VIA Connect PRO and all of the features of the VIA Connect and VIA Connect PRO can be found in the VIA Collage.

The Kramer VIA product line presents users with “Infinite Ways to Collaborate.”

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