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Press Releases For : December 11, 2014

BenQ Announces New Product Lineup for the 2015 International CES

New treVolo Electrostatic Bluetooth(R) Speaker, Pro Gaming Monitors, Design-Focused Displays, and Colorific(TM) Projectors Let Users Do It All With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned digital lifestyle solutions provider, today announced its exciting new product portfolio for the 2015 International CES. Unveiling an all-new showcase that lets users do it all with flying colors, the company’s latest innovations include the official launch of BenQ’s treVolo electrostatic Bluetooth(R) speaker, a new line of fast-paced professional gaming monitors, design-focused photography and CAD/CAM displays, and Colorific(TM) projectors which produce color accuracy that goes far beyond the imagination. (more…)

Fairfax Media Takes Xsan Environment to the Next Level With Quantum StorNext Platform

Redesigned Workflow Enables 40 Percent Increase in Productivity and Greater Scalability While Maintaining Open Systems Collaboration

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 9, 2014 — Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that Fairfax Media, a leading media company in Australia and Asia, has moved from an Apple Xserve-based Xsan to a workflow centered on Quantum’s StorNext(R) platform. The upgraded solution has provided Fairfax with the high-performance storage and scalability it needs to meet growing content collaboration demands and ever-shorter production cycles. In addition, the company was able to make the transition seamlessly because of StorNext’s 100 percent compatibility with Xsan.

Aging Xserve Spurs Search for New Solution
Fairfax’s production system was based on Xsan metadata controllers running on Xserve hardware for collaboration, Xserve RAID storage and Mac workstations running Final Cut Pro as the primary production tool. However, with Apple no longer supporting Xserve, Fairfax decided it needed to look for a new solution partner that would allow the company to maintain 100 percent Xsan compatibility for current Xsan workstation clients while providing enterprise server-quality metadata appliances for rapidly growing collaboration.

As the company looked for a viable alternative, high performance and scalability were not the only critical factors. Fairfax wanted a partner with deep storage experience in media and entertainment, a visionary roadmap for improving workflow efficiency and productivity and a long-term commitment to the market. Other major requirements were an open systems approach and assurance that refreshing the current Xsan network would not disrupt the tools and processes Fairfax’s editors were already using.

“We chose Quantum partly for technical reasons — the products were just what we needed — but also because the Quantum team understands the video production environment like no one else we talked to,” said David McMillan, head of production, Metro Video at Fairfax.

Seamless Transition with Immediate Benefits
Working with Computers Now, an experienced integrator, Fairfax chose a complete StorNext high-performance storage system for collaborative file storage and sharing. The transition required no retraining and was achieved with no downtime.

Fairfax immediately began to see the benefits of deploying StorNext with high-performance Quantum disk storage. Multiple editors can share high-resolution content more easily and efficiently. In addition, because StorNext — like Xsan — supports heterogeneous environments, editors have the flexibility to work with their preferred Mac- and Windows-based clients and applications. All of this has enabled the company to increase the number of clips it can publish per week by approximately 40 percent.

Going forward, StorNext’s scalability will allow Fairfax to accommodate growing demand for its production services. Also, the company is planning to take advantage of StorNext’s uniquely integrated archiving capabilities.

“StorNext AEL Archive libraries are attractive in that they will let us make copies of our content on tape automatically, both to protect it and archive it, while keeping it accessible for rapid re-use,” said McMillan. “This next phase in our StorNext deployment will further speed up our production process and give us a much more economical platform than one built only on disk storage.”

“Fairfax is a great example of a leading media company evolving to meet new content demands and business opportunities,” said Alex Grossman, vice president, media and entertainment at Quantum. “Helping customers make this transition is a key focus for Quantum, which is why we offer a range of customized storage systems specifically designed for advanced media workflows, from Xsan refresh to 4K operations to end-to-end content production and management.”

Additional Resources
* Read more details about Fairfax Media’s move to StorNext: www.quantum.com/customerstories/fairfax/index.aspx
* Learn about Quantum’s StorNext Pro(TM) Solutions for Xsan and 4K environments: www.stornext.com/solutions/stornextpro

About Quantum
Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection. The company’s StorNext 5 platform powers modern high-performance workflows, enabling fluid, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for future use and re-monetization. More than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding content workflow needs, including top studios, major broadcasters and cutting-edge content creators. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain(TM) they have the end-to-end storage foundation they need to manage assets from ingest through finishing, and into delivery and long-term preservation. See how at www.stornext.com.

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Quantum, the Quantum logo, Be Certain, StorNext and StorNext Pro are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

“Safe Harbor” Statement: This press release contains “forward-looking” statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Specifically, but without limitation, statements relating to 1) benefits and value to customers from using StorNext solutions and 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future revenue from such solutions, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Quantum on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum’s actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in Quantum’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” in Quantum’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 7, 2014 and in Quantum’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2014. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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Texadia Systems celebrates a successful first year in business, forecasts continued growth in 2015.

DALLAS, TX. –  Texadia Systems, an emerging audio visual integration firm located in Dallas, Texas, celebrated its one year anniversary this month with over 150 commercial and residential design-build installations completed.

“We are incredibly excited about the projects we’ve completed and the growth we have experienced this year.” states Steve Burke, the company’s President and Founder. ”Our team’s ‘Commitment to Excellence’ was displayed throughout several large scale corporate relocation projects and high-end residential systems. By continuing to offer our clients a single point of contact for the design, installation, and continued maintenance and support of the solutions we provide; we stand apart from our competition.”

Texadia expects to continue its growth next year as more and more corporate and residential customers become aware of their services and offerings. “There are many corporate clients that have not yet made the transition from analog to digital in the conference room.” states Scott Birdsong, VP of Engineering. “And now with the increased demand for 4K technology, cloud based conferencing solutions, IP based video distribution, etc.; our customers are challenged with understanding what technologies will help to improve their business. Our focus next year will be to continue to identify those needs and deliver innovative designs, quality installations, and provide the highest level of service to our customers.”

Texadia Systems, LLC is an audio-visual design and integration firm that specializes in both commercial and high-end residential solutions. The company is located in Dallas, Texas and currently supports clients across the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, contact Luz Rodriguez, Executive Services Administrator, at lrodriguez@texadiasystems.com or 214.956.5820.

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Harmonic Enhances Polaris Playout Management Suite With Cost-Effective Integrated Master Control Functionality

Polaris Play Automation Software Offers Rich Application Toolbox for Scheduled and Live Playout in Channel-in-a-Box Environments

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 9, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced its new Polaris(TM) Play channel-in-a-box (CIAB) automation software for the company’s Polaris playout management suite. Tightly integrated with Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum(TM) media server system, Polaris Play blends a rich set of automated ingest, media preparation, and playout workflow capabilities that enable efficient and cost-effective management of up to four fully branded SD or HD channels, each with matched simulcast channels, in a single rack unit.

“Designed specifically for broadcasters with modest playout requirements and budgets, Polaris Play gives users a breadth of control capabilities that enable straightforward management of the critical elements that support an on-air channel,” said Tom Lattie, vice president, product management at Harmonic. “Users can leverage Polaris Play to drive a cost-effective CIAB model for their playout channels.”

Polaris Play provides a suite of master control room (MCR) tools that enable ingest, content preparation, segmentation, preview, and channel playlist control. Scheduled operations can be driven by traffic or by manually created playlists. Coupled with the Spectrum MediaDeck(TM) integrated media server and its high-density I/O capabilities, integrated file services, and native codec and file wrapper support, Polaris Play simplifies deployment and operation of the playout workflow.

The Polaris suite represents Harmonic’s evolving offering in the emerging Media Orchestration category, which is important as workflows consolidate and simplify. Within this suite, Polaris Play offers broadcasters a robust, yet attractively priced, CIAB solution powered by the industry’s most trusted server platform, enabling users to reduce both capital and operating expenses.

Polaris Play can be combined with the recently announced Harmonic Polaris Live manual device control application, enabling the Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system to fulfill both production and master control requirements for many live-to-air workflows. The resulting hybrid environment offers powerful and highly efficient integrated master control room (iMCR) capabilities, allowing users to switch between scheduled playout and manual playout of live events based on the schedule or on an ad hoc basis.

“The iMCR model can be a game-changer in that it enables users to drive graphics-intensive live-to-air workflows,” said Lattie. “Together, Polaris Play and Polaris Live offer the benefits of CIAB solutions — reduced equipment costs and workflow complexity — while providing the power and flexibility critical within the most demanding production environments.”

In addition to reducing hardware costs, the iMCR model supports highly flexible and efficient workflows that users can customize with Polaris Live’s simple touch-screen interface.

Polaris Play will be available in the first quarter of 2015. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic’s Polaris(TM) Play software, Spectrum(TM), Spectrum ChannlePort(TM), and Spectrum MediaDeck(TM) products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these products may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products may not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as cost-effectiveness, giving users a breadth of control capabilities, simplification of deployment and operation, flexibility, and efficiency.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2012, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

EDITOR’S NOTE – Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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HARMAN’s Studer Comes Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

TX8 LIVE SHOWBLACKPOOL, United Kingdom – When BBC’s flagship Saturday night Strictly Come Dancing entertainment show relocates once a year from Elstree Studios to the coruscating Blackpool Tower Ballroom, all the production infrastructure likewise heads north, with the OB recording trucks set up in a co-opted scanner park. With the hit show now in its 10th year, BBC Studios and Post Production’s Andy Tapley, and lead Sound Supervisor, Tony Revell, evolved an elegant workflow in Blackpool, mixing the show entirely on three HARMAN’s Studer digital consoles. For the first time on a Strictly OB, the topology was based on a conjoined Vista 8 and Vista 5, alongside a Vista 1, which handled the surround sound mix within Red TX’s reconfigured Red II 3D/7.1 OB truck. This also housed a dedicated grams area.

Both the Vista 1 and Vista 5 were provided by Terry Tew Sound & Light, along with 60-70 channels of radio mic and IEMs. Tew also handled RF frequency management.

States Andy Tapley: “Linking the Studer Vista 8 and Vista 5 Cores via HD provided 96 channel tie-lines, as well as 64 bi-directional MADI streams between the Vista 1 and Vista 5; this meant it was easy to sub-mix and main mix between the two.”

Mixing live in the ballroom was FOH sound engineer Nick Cook. Three of the fibre stageboxes were located by the splits for radio mics and band circuits with the fourth assigned to audience mics. (FOH also took its feeds from these splits).

The multis on the OB’s resident Vista 8, operated by Andy Tapley, carried all band, orchestra and music circuits as well as the dancers’ radio mics, while two fibre multis to Tony Revell’s Vista 5 ran 26 audience mics, presenters’, judges’ and vocal mics.

Both stereo mixes and surround mixes were created in the OB. Stems were provided to Sound Supervisor Richard Sillitto who produced a surround mix on the Vista 1 via the Dolby E encoder and Dolby Audio Tool. The resulting downmix was then compared to Tony Revell’s stereo mix. “I could precisely match the stereo dynamics Tony was using by simply interpreting his mix,” states Sillitto. “But the aim of the surround mix is to put everyone in the best seat in the house; it’s why you want to hear the audience around you.”

Running the I/O architecture via optical fibre were four Studer D21m stage boxes — two each assigned to the Vista 5 and Vista 8 where McBusted were joined by Shirley Bassey (plus a 12-piece string section and backing vocals). This was in addition to resident band leader Dave Arch’s 15-piece ensemble, fed via MADI to the Vista 8, which also handled the string submixes. The Vista 5 provided Grams feeds to FOH and monitors (sound beds, voice overs, tracks for McBusted and couples’ rehearsals).

Other add-ons to the sound desk technology proved equally useful in supporting a first class production. For example, ‘Virtual Vista’ was used to build the desks and the Vista ‘Config’ tool used to design the number and type of channels as well as busses and I/Os for each of the three desks.

“This was really the key to enabling the Vista 5 and 8 to link cores,” explained Tapley, “It meant I could build the desk titles with ‘Virtual Vista’ from the comfort of my sofa! It enabled us to drop our Configs into Dropbox and compare tie-lines and MADI routing so that by the time we arrived here we could virtually load the files on USB sticks, and save as snapshots.” These were used to save band and vocal mixes and prefade routings to VT of couples’ mics while dancing. Each snapshot on the Vista 8 fired off a MIDI trigger to the Vista 5 so that the snapshots on each desk would change in unison.

The production team also called on the Studer VistaMix Plus software resource, assigning four separate busses and automixing with the Cedar DNS-8 dialogue noise suppressor. “It makes a huge difference to be able to place the person talking in the centre of the mix and duck any others rather than having something swimming in open PA,” Revell remarked. “Each presenter’s and judge’s mic had it’s own Cedar channel inserted — and this ‘cleaned’ audio was then fed to the VistaMix channel to further improve the signal.”

The eventual mix transmission was sent via MADI to the adjacent CTV OB truck where all vision mixing and VT routing take place.

Tony Revell said: “With this technology, we are able to build the mix accordingly and it is easy because of the MADI connectivity. I can write a custom config for the surround and via an extra MADI card, link all three desks.”

It also enabled the sound supervisor to fire off different reverbs, running QLab on a MacBook Pro, with the ‘Theatre Cue’ list containing the snapshots programmed with MIDI cues.

In summary, both Andy Tapley and Tony Revell say the experience of the conjoined Vista 8 and Vista 5 had been “like having one big desk, requiring just two CAT5 cables to link them. We were able to replicate the studio operation on the OB and it enabled us to concentrate on the content without having to worry about the technical aspects.”

Tony Revell believes that the Studer set up had been given “the biggest workout we’ve ever known,” adding, “to be able to sit down and decide how many channels and mix busses we needed and then customise it for a particular event was really useful.

“It is certainly a huge step forward for us in delivering a show like Strictly live to air from an OB,” he concluded.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Broadcast Pix Offers Trade-In Promotion for Slate Systems

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ has announced its Slate Upgrade Promotion, which allows current customers to trade in an existing Slate™ integrated production switcher for a new Granite™ or Mica™ system. The new systems offer a number of improvements over Slate, including native HD production, dual-channel clip servers that hold up to 180 hours of graphics and animations, and expanded production toolsets.

“Since 2006, Slate has been a solid integrated production switcher for thousands of video professionals around the world,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “This trade-in promotion provides Trade-In Promotionthose customers with an easy upgrade path to native Trade-In PromotionHD production and enhanced workflow tools – and they can save more than $4,000.”

Granite is Broadcast Pix’s large-scale system with up to 22 SDI inputs and 12 SDI outputs. Mica, the company’s mid-size model, includes eight SDI inputs as well as six SDI and two DVI outputs. Both systems support eight channels of file-based content and can ingest cameras in multiple formats, as well as cloud-based content and data from RSS feeds, Twitter, and other sources. The systems ingest and scale all sources with low latency while maintaining constant lip sync.

Version 4.0 software for Granite and Mica features enhanced control of external devices such as robotic cameras, servers, recorders, and streaming appliances. Other improvements include virtual sets, an enhanced customizable multi-view, and ClearKey, a new, highly adjustable chromakey that delivers robust color correction and more realistic shadow and lighting effects.

The Slate Upgrade Promotion ends Dec. 31, 2014. For more information, contact a Broadcast Pix dealer or sales@broadcastpix.com.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Producer/Songwriter Steve Booker Expands Creative Horizons with SSL Duality


“Duality challenges me to be a better songwriter and producer”

LONDON – Steve Booker has expanded his personal production space Cake Sounds Studios, adding a new SSL Duality-equipped control room alongside his existing Matrix powered room. Booker is a Grammy® and Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter and producer who has worked on numerous hits over the years, including John Newman’s Love Me Again and Duffy’s Mercy, selling in excess of 30 million records worldwide. Building on the creative journey he has had with Matrix, Booker based his new, larger recording and mixing space around Duality; a natural progression that is already bringing added creative and sonic drive to his work.

Steve Booker“Having Duality is a great challenge to me to take the records I make to another level,” says Booker. “I am at the point in my career where I want to make the best music possible, both creatively and sonically, no excuses. Duality has been a lovely revelation for me to move further into the analogue domain. I produce pop music and the sound Duality gives me feels very commercial. I come from a songwriting background and to me the feel of the sound is almost as important as the composition itself. They need to work together. Duality can be aggressive, it’s punchy and that sound quality works back into my writing and arranging through the MIDI stage, the choice of instruments and the kind of music I want to make. The console has so much to offer, it has opened my eyes to another dimension of creative thinking. Duality challenges me to be a better songwriter and producer.”

Booker discovered his producer/writer mojo while finishing his second solo project A Far Cry From Here in 1996, while living in the U.S. He co-wrote Too Far From Texas for Stevie Nicks’ Trouble in Shangri-La album and subsequently worked with Melissa Etheridge, Lisa Marie Presley and Dionne Bromfield, amongst others. Moving back to London brought Booker his initial success with Duffy and a desire to open his own recording space. After some adventures with a purely controller-based approach, his journey into SSL-powered hybrid production began with Matrix.

“When I arrived back in London, I moved from in-the-box productions to a controller situation to expand my capabilities,” says Booker. “I was then encouraged by an engineer friend to take a look at Matrix along with 16 channels of dynamics in two SSL X-Racks, and that made all the difference. Suddenly the sounds I was using came alive. After a time, we realised that our productions were getting increasingly complicated and that is when we conceived of building a larger studio with Duality at its heart. For example, we incorporated more instrumentation and live orchestration for our Jessie J release and here is where Duality really shines. Yes, we could do everything outboard, but the ease-of-use and creative capacity of having everything you need at your fingertips is a beautiful concept. Duality has become a part of the creative process for me and the console can handle anything we can throw at it.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Listen Technologies Loop Induction Assistive Listening Systems Nominated for “Impact Product of the Year” Awards by Readers of Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions

BLUFFDALE, UT, December 9, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of assistive listening products for over 16 years, is proud to announce that its Loop Induction Assistive Listening Systems (ListenLoop) have been nominated, along with 28 other industry-leading products, for the “Impact Product of the Year” Awards by readers of Commercial Integrator (integration professionals) and TechDecisions (primarily end users).

The Commercial Integrator website listing the nominations states these criteria: “We wanted our end-of-year product coverage to be dictated by the consultants and integrators who read CI and the end users who read TechDecisions. We asked readers to submit thoughts on products that made a significant impact on their businesses in 2014. Maybe the product offers features previously unavailable; Maybe it lowers the price point enough to expand a feature to new customer groups; Maybe it reduces design or installation time enough to save the integration firm on labor; Maybe its features make service easier and facilitate recurring revenue; or Maybe it’s just incredibly cool. We’ve highlighted 29 products that, according to readers, meet those criteria.”

ListenLoop technology makes it possible to extend users’ assistive listening solution to anyone with a t-coil enabled hearing aid or cochlear implant. That means users can offer their visitors or patrons the uniquely personal and discrete experience of listening to an audio signal directly through their own hearing aid—without any additional receivers or equipment.

The nominations page cites the following quote, from Mike Shelton, senior systems engineer, AMT Systems, who experienced ListenLoop via a Commercial Integrator Hands-On Review: “With a typical RF system everybody wears a pack and you have a visual indication that you have a hearing issue. With [ListenLoop, on the other hand] you just flip a switch and you can hear perfectly clear and nobody knows … so people don’t feel like they’re being stigmatized. This makes using the system completely invisible.”

Russ Gentner, Listen CEO, stated, “It is always a special honor to be nominated for accolades by journalists and manufacturer peers, but it is another honor altogether to be nominated by integrators and end users – the individuals using our products out in the real world. We are tremendously proud to be acknowledged as we continue to provide the best solutions in the world of assistive listening.”

For more information, please email sales@listentech.com.

Listen Technologies:

Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen Technologies, you can always connect to meaningful experiences that are defined by pure, focused sound. Listen Technologies solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen Technologies watch this short video or visit www.listentech.com.

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Project LA Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to Bring Color and Life to the Party

HIPLA_ProjectLosAngeles_02_140716LOS ANGELES, California — Project LA, located in the heart of Hollywood BLVD in Los Angeles, installed HARMAN’s Martin Professional VC-Strips to bring excitement and energy to the dance floor. The concept of Project LA is an interactive social experience that is all-inclusive, fun, and mesmerizing. The VC-Strips from Martin Professional were installed in the space formerly the home of the Roxbury, an 80’s nightclub that was brought to life in the classic movie ‘A Night at the Roxbury’.

The art of reflection was important in creating the environment Project LA wanted. “The vision for this project was to create an immersive environment which integrated lighting and visuals with complex reflection,” said Vello Virkhaus, CEO, Designer and the creative mastermind behind visual arts studio V Squared Labs. The layout and design of the space consisted of glass mirrored triangles for reflection purposes with the VC-Strips for light. The triangles were installed on the walls and onto the ceiling for a very modern club vibe.

“The VC-Strips provided us excellent flexibility and optimal data and power transport through the strips, reducing the number of power supply and wiring complexity tremendously,” explained Virkhaus. “This combined with the color life calibration and excellence in manufacturing was exactly what we needed to execute Project LA.”

Achieving the goal wasn’t an easy process. There were many challenges along the way. “The most challenging thing was that upon arrival, 70% of the triangles were destroyed from the collapse of the shipping system and a 2,000 plus mile drive rattling sharp corners into faces,” said Virkhaus. “Parts literally rolled out as the truck door opened. Our entire team, including office staff, came to help re-wire.”

Luckily, the VC-Strips managed to survive the rough transportation. “The VC-Strips survived the most intense transport from Florida to LA in which the packing system for our triangles collapsed,” explained Virkhaus. “Very few of the strips bent.”

Project LA is very happy with the final result. Achieving their vision didn’t come without roadblocks, but they worked around it. “Overall I rate the Martin VC-Strips an A+ on performance so far,” said Virkhaus. “The response has been very positive. We have had colleagues and clients both sharing their enthusiasm for our design.”

For more information on V Squared Labs Inc., please visit: www.vsquaredlabs.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN Professional Audio Supports APEC Welcome Dinner In Beijing

HARMAN_APEC_1BEIJING, China – In an effort to support the most influential economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region, local HARMAN distributor ACE recently provided sound reinforcement for the welcome banquet of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing. ACE supplied a full range of HARMAN audio equipment and technical support, featuring a JBL VTX line array system, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, Soundcraft Vi6 mixing consoles, and BSS BLU-800 signal processors.

Ten national Chinese music performances were the highlight of the evening at the Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), where the banquet was held. Originally used for the 2008 Summer Olympics swimming competitions, the Water Cube is now used for grand theatrical events. On November 10, 2014, it was the perfect venue to welcome international VIPs for the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

To support this unique event, ACE supplied eight VTX V20 loudspeakers and four VTX S25 subwoofers for the main PA. In addition, ACE also provided 10 VTX F15 loudspeakers, 12 VTX F12 loudspeakers for stage monitoring and distributed fill, complemented by four VTX F18S subwoofers for outfill. The system was powered with 16 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and six I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, and processed with eight BSS BLU-800 signal processors. Finally, at the heart of the audio setup were two Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing consoles, providing the technicians with a stable and secure mixing process.

The banquet’s dazzling fireworks and lighting effects were matched only by the high performance PA system. Equipped with the revolutionary D2 dual drivers, the VTX V20 loudspeakers pushed clarity to the extremes as they delivered pure and unadulterated high frequencies at any output level. As always, ACE’s outstanding professionalism and seasoned technical team ensured a beautiful audio-visual feast throughout the night.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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