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Press Releases For : February 6, 2015

Hitachi CP-TW2503 Interactive Projectors Bring Excitement to Nauset Public Schools

Hitachi NausetNauset, Massachusetts, February 6, 2015 – Looking to keep up with rapidly evolving educational technology, Nauset Public Schools in Nauset, Massachusetts chose Hitachi CP-TW2503 interactive projectors to bridge the gap from old to new. With the installation of the Hitachi interactive projectors, the children at the Nauset Public Schools have become far more engaged and excited about learning.

Nauset Public Schools is comprised of five school districts. There are seven schools in all: a high school, middle school, and five elementary schools. The total student population is 2,500 with a faculty of 315. Nauset High School is ranked as one of the top 100 schools in the country.

“During the last three years we have made a tremendous push to update our technology,” explained Barbara Lavoine, Director of Technology for Nauset Public Schools. “We wanted to make sure our students were technologically prepared beyond K12 and that they were ‘21st century’ students.”

A variety of interactive projectors and whiteboards have been installed in the Nauset Public Schools over the past three years. More than 50 Hitachi CP-TW2503 interactive projectors were installed in the summer of 2014.

Student feedback on the new technology has been very positive. “The kids love it. They are always excited to use the interactive projectors,” explained Mrs. Lavoine. “In fact, we have found that the students often want to keep using the interactive projectors over playing outside.”

The teachers have also had a positive response to the interactive projectors. “The faculty continually asks, ‘When can I get an interactive projector?’ We have been working hard and most of our schools are pretty well-equipped with this technology,” Mrs. Lavoine concluded.

For more information on Nauset Public Schools, visit http://nausetschools.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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New d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Provide Massive Computing Power for WorldStage

4x4_white_angleWorldStage continues to expand its equipment inventory with the purchase of several new d3 Technologies media servers. The company now has d3 4×4 PRO servers and d3 4×2 PRO servers to supplement their existing d3 4U v2.5 units. The new acquisitions mark another milestone on the WorldStage 4K roadmap, which also includes the recent addition of a Barco E2 presentation system with extensive 4K capabilities.

“We were looking for a media server device capable of handling the 4K workflow requirements we’re starting to see,” says WorldStage’s Lars Pedersen. “d3 offers a variety of video output cards to handle a multitude of signal formats and has the flexibility to meet future requirements as the industry begins to standardize 4K transmission.”

Pedersen also gives kudos to d3′s “plethora of hardware and software features, including Dynamic Edge Blending” and its “enhanced functionality when connecting to external devices, such as sensors, encoders, camera tracking systems and others.” The system is also “extremely powerful” with the ability to handle up to 32 HD layers. The company also utilizes d3′s industry-standard pre-visualization capability that provides real-time renders of pixel-accurate 3D environments.

More than just media servers, d3 is billed as the world’s first integrated video production suite. Based around a realtime 3D stage simulator, it’s a single solution to design, present, communicate, sequence and playback shows. The server works with props, venues, LED screens, projection, lighting and moving set pieces while using a single intuitive software solution on a laptop or dedicated d3 hardware.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Press Releases For : February 5, 2015

BenQ Unveils Latest Classroom IQ Solutions at TCEA 2015

Colorific(TM) Projectors and Interactive Flat-Panel Displays Bring Increased Connectivity, Collaboration, and Energy Savings to Enable Schools to Teach With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2015 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company is kicking off its participation at TCEA being held in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 4-6, by unveiling its newest Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat-panel (IFP) displays, and other collaborative classroom applications. Under its “Do It All With Flying Colors” theme, BenQ joins education leaders and technology experts at TCEA with a renewed commitment to education by offering a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives via the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. (more…)

VideoCentric Launches Pexip(R)-Powered VideoCloud 365 Video Conferencing Service

Flexible Cloud Solution Relies on Infinity to Securely Connect to Any Professional Video Conferencing, Mobile, Lync, Skype, and Web Client

OSLO, Norway — Feb. 4, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that prominent U.K. video communications integrator VideoCentric has selected Pexip Infinity to power VideoCloud 365 — a high-quality “super green” video conferencing service. By incorporating industry-leading software from Pexip, the cloud-based VaaS allows meeting participants to connect on any device using any software, bringing an incredibly simple video conferencing solution to today’s dynamic enterprise environment. (more…)

Stevie Wonder’s Epic ‘Songs in the Key Of Life’ Tour Takes Analog Sweetness into the Present, with Clocking by Antelope Audio

As More Tour Dates are Announced, Antelope Audio is the Sole Clocking Device at FOH and Monitors for Limited Run Engagements, with Zen Studio Capturing Each Performance

1Santa Monica, CA, February 5, 2015: Last fall, Stevie Wonder announced that he would be taking his landmark Songs in the Key of Life album on the road in a limited run, 11-city engagement across North America. The announcement sparked the attention of major U.S. media, since it marked the first time Wonder has ever taken the Diamond-certified album on tour — and almost four decades after its original release in 1976. To be sure, Songs in the Key of Life is an American masterpiece that has helped define the very fiber of popular culture, while influencing countless musicians around the world. A faithful, touring rendition of the album was a daunting endeavor, since the double album took over a year to record and involved over 120 studio musicians.

The tour, which began on November 6th at Madison Square Garden and has now been extended to run through April 12, features a horn section, a choir, background singers and a ten-piece orchestra in addition to the regular band, which is comprised of 11 musicians. All in all, the live touring rig consists of over 40 musicians and 156 console inputs. Bringing Songs in the Key of Life to the live stage and into the digital age has been an enormously challenging task, and the sonic integrity of each performance has been anchored by clocking technology from Antelope Audio.

Finding a Technical Roadmap for a Creative Visionary
2Danny Leake, who has been Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for 22 years, is responsible for providing a spectacular audio infrastructure for each of the shows. To achieve this, he relied on an audio system from Eighth Day Sound, while working closely with Monitor Engineers James Berry (Stevie Wonder monitors) and Rico Gonzales (band monitors): “Stevie is the creative visionary, and basically, whatever he comes up with, I create the technical road map to get it done, and make sure it is achievable from a technology perspective,” he says. “On this particular tour, Stevie was reproducing the original Songs in the Key of Life album. We had a much bigger band, an orchestra with strings, and a choir. Plus a bunch of things that he had done on that album that were impossible to play live. I had to find a way of taking 156 inputs of stuff and turn it into a stereo mix.”

For Leake, ensuring the integrity of signal path and achieving an immaculately detailed soundstage was the first order of business. Before the tour began, he met with Antelope Audio’s Marcel James, who explained that by using Antelope’s 10M/Trinity combination to clock both the FOH and monitor stations, he could achieve significantly increased sonic depth while retaining an authentic ‘analog’ feel. “I tried using the Antelope clocking system at a friend’s studio at Marcel’s suggestion, and it wasn’t a subtle difference. Now we are using the 10M/Trinity combination to clock the entire show at 96k and it sounds really wonderful.”

Antelope: Bringing Analog ‘Back to the Future’
3In an industry conditioned to raise audio quality by focusing primarily on microphones, preamplifiers and loudspeakers, Leake was surprised at the enormously positive effect Antelope’s mastering grade clock could have on the signal chain. “To me, it was more ‘analog’,” Leake explains. “As an engineer, I came up with tape in the analog days. There is a certain depth you get from that — and some of that can get ‘fuzzy’ when you go to digital. But the Antelope clocking made it sound like straight analog: all of a sudden, I had depth, I could hear things that were happening with the reverbs that were more fuzzy before.”

In addition to hearing more depth, Leake says the Antelope 10M/Trinity combination also made a difference in bringing out more detail in the stereo field: “I don’t normally mix very wide for a live show, but the Antelope clocks made a big difference in expanding the sound stage. All this enables me to maneuver better around the console.”

Moving to an external clock was a big step for Leake and the Stevie Wonder tour. “This was the very first time we used external clocking on the console, both at FOH and monitors, and I will never go back,” he says. “We’ve run everything through the Antelope clocks since day one, and they have performed flawlessly — absolutely no problems.”

Zen Studio: Ever-Present to Capture the Magic
4While on the road, Leake counts the new Antelope Zen Studio among his ‘most used’ arsenal of tools. With (20) analog inputs, (12) microphone preamplifiers and Antelope’s signature 24-bit/192 kHz conversion all running over a proprietary USB connection, he uses the Zen as a ‘scratchpad’ to capture recordings from every show and to check his stereo mixes from the main L-R console outputs.

“I used the Zen Studio to replace a competitor’s unit, and it really made a big difference,” Leake says. “I love the conversion, and it has a really smooth top end that I am used to hearing from Antelope’s clocks over the main P.A. I would describe the preamps on the Zen as very clear and open, with more depth and detail than on what I was using before.”

For the new leg of the tour, which starts on March 17th in Denver, Leake says it will once again be wheels up with Antelope Audio: “It has been a wonderful experience for me, and also for my monitor engineers: the better the clocking is, the better it is for the whole stereo stage and IEMs. In Steve’s case, his ears are his eyes — so the quality of a stereo mix is all important.”

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Photo captions:
1) Antelope Audio’s Marcel James interviews Stevie Wonder FOH Danny Leake
2) Antelope Audio provided all the clocking for Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ Tour.
3) Danny Leake, Stevie Wonder’s FOH Engineer, in action.
4) Danny Leake, who has been Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for 22 years, is responsible for providing a spectacular audio infrastructure for each of the shows.

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AVL Expo 2015 Emphasizes Audio Training for Pacific Northwest Worship Community

SEATAC, WA — The Audio, Video, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo), a free event for the house of worship community, will return to Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash., on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Doors open for the one-day conference and exhibition at 9 a.m., which will feature shorter sessions to allow more networking opportunities between attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. Now in its seventh year, AVL Expo is presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) in collaboration with Experience Church.tv®.

“From music to sermons, audio is central to a church’s AV presentation,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “This year, AVL Expo is placing a special emphasis on audio, and we’re bringing in some audio industry veterans to help churches improve their mixing and monitoring, stage mic placement, and overall audio designs.”

Beyond audio, the conference program will include sessions on stage lighting, cameras, and streaming, as well as a panel discussion featuring Siegel and other presenters. AVL Expo exhibitors will include Atomos, Broadcast Pix, Chauvet, Clear-Com, Electro-Voice, Pakedge, Panasonic, Shure, Sony, and Yamaha.

Keynote speaker James Hurley has spent more than 15 years as production manager for Hillsong Church’s U.S. campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, and Montclair, N.J. He has traveled throughout the United States and Australia teaching ministries about structure, leadership, mixing, and the practical execution of creative production. With his experience mixing conferences and tours, he designs systems that create high quality productions executed by volunteers.

Randy Weitzel from Yamaha Commercial Audio will present a session on the importance of in-ear monitoring. Weitzel began his audio career touring with Elvis Presley as a sound technician, and has since toured as a monitor engineer with more than a dozen major recording artists. During his career, he was the monitor mixer for the Grammy Awards twice, co-won an Emmy for his sound mixing of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 HBO special, and mixed for Billy Graham’s Crusades in the 1990s.

AVL Expo registration is free for the first two people registered from each church by Feb. 16. Additional attendees will be permitted based on availability, but space is limited. Complimentary lunch courtesy of ABS will be provided. For registration and more information, please visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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The Pursuit of Perfect Sound – Sennheiser celebrates its anniversary: 70 years of innovation

1Old Lyme, CT, February 5, 2015: For decades, the name Sennheiser has been synonymous with high-quality products, excellent sound and numerous innovations that have set new standards in audio technology. This year, the audio specialist is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It remains a family-owned and operated enterprise, now headed by a third generation of the Sennheiser family: today’s CEOs, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, are the grandchildren of the company’s founder, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser.

The list of product innovations from Sennheiser is as extensive as it is impressive. Sennheiser has made a significant impact on the evolution of audio technology over the past seven decades, from the world’s very first open headphones, the HD 414, to present-day innovations such as the Digital 9000 wireless microphone system and MobileConnect, an inclusive audio-streaming solution for people with sight and hearing impairments. Numerous patents and awards – including an Emmy, a Grammy, a Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Engineering Emmy‘s® Philo T. Farnsworth Award – bear witness to the company’s unique innovative drive. “In the past, our products have surprised and amazed the audio world over and over again. Why? Because they have gone beyond the common standard. As a result, nobody anticipated them,” says Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, who is co-CEO of the company alongside his brother Daniel Sennheiser.

The beginnings
2The company was founded on 1 June 1945 as Laboratorium Wennebostel – or “Labor W” for short – by electrical engineer Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser in Wennebostel, near Hanover, Germany. Initially, the young enterprise produced tube volt meters. They sold well, but Fritz Sennheiser had higher ambitions: Driven by the ethos of making good existing products even better while advancing new technologies, the lab developed a constant stream of new solutions. The product range gradually expanded over the years. In 1947, Sennheiser launched its first microphone developed in-house. The first “shotgun” microphone followed in 1956, and a year later the company was already producing 100 different types of products. In early 1958, Labor W was renamed Sennheiser electronic – the inception of a brand that ten years later would spark a worldwide boom by developing and producing the first open headphones.

Second and third Sennheiser generation
3In May 1982, Sennheiser saw its first change of generations. Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, son of Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, was appointed Managing Director, while his father became a limited partner. Over the years, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser gradually modernized and inter–nationalized the company’s structure, turning Sennheiser into a GmbH & Co. KG. Cutting-edge developments across various areas of acoustics, and new sales locations worldwide, followed with unprecedented momentum. Sennheiser opened an additional production plant in Tullamore, Ireland, and a branch office for research and development in the USA. An additional plant followed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and a joint venture with Denmark’s William Demant Holding was initiated, forging a path for the founding of Sennheiser Communications A/S in 2003.

4In July 2013, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the sons of Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, took over as the CEOs of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG. Both share their grandfather and father’s entrepreneurial ambition of aiming to shape the entire audio sector through a dynamic culture of innovation and an uncompromised passion for excellence. Thanks to this spirit, Labor W, a start-up based in a half-timbered house in Wennebostel, has grown to become a global player, sustaining a continual increase in turnover over the decades. Today, Sennheiser has more than 2,700 employees, with around half of them based in Germany. In 2013, the family company, whose Management Board still regards independence as a core value, generated turnover of €590.4 million.

A smart approach to the future
As an innovation-driven company, Sennheiser will continue playing a key role in shaping the future of audio. The foundations for this have already been laid with its new Innovation Campus, built on the company site in Germany. “Here, as at our worldwide innovation centers, we will work in cross-functional teams that bring together our breadth of expertise to shape unique solutions, such as ones to individualize audio content even more,” Daniel Sennheiser explains. “In the future, we will align our product development even more closely to customers’ true needs, wherever they arise – on live stages, at professional studio productions, in offices, or simply while listening to music and relaxing – while always striving to achieve acoustic perfection.” With adaptable and increasingly smart products, Sennheiser will keep on developing and delivering future solutions that redefine audio technology.

5Throughout 2015, Sennheiser’s anniversary year, the online magazine “Bluestage” will present exciting background stories about the audio specialist’s products and the corporate history every month. More information is available at: http://en-de.sennheiser.com/bluestage-magazine.

1: Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, Alannah Sennheiser, Daniel Sennheiser, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, Karin Sennheiser (from right to left)
2: Historical photo of Laboratorium Wennebostel in Wennebostel/Wedemark, near Hanover, Germany
3: Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser
4: Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, Daniel Sennheiser (l/r)
5: Timeline of innovations over Sennheiser 70 year history (download here).

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,700 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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Home to NHL Jets Knocks One In With Sound Art and Yamaha CL5

MTS Centre

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The MTS Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba) recently installed a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console along with two Rio1608-D input/output boxes courtesy of Sound Art Winnipeg Inc. Home to NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, the Centre seats over 15,000 and plays host to a multitude of indoor sporting and entertainment events.

Sound Art is a premier international professional sound rental company offering clients complete and comprehensive audio production services. With offices in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto, they provide state-of the-art audio equipment for rental and installations.

The Yamaha CL5 is used primarily for Jets game production and was chosen for multiple reasons. “The Centre had reached the capacity of its existing analog console, states Iain Graham, Technical Projects Manager for Sound Art. There were serious issues with sub-mixes for the concourse, etc. being altered between hockey games and not being reset. The ability to have a digital signal path from the control room located in the loading dock area, to the press box production booth, was essential.”

MTS Centre CL5

Graham also said in addition to the creation of a digital signal path, it was essential that the Centre be able to use all of the analog ‘trunking’ from the original install. “Dynamics on every channel was a welcome bonus and custom fader layers allow the engineers for various scenarios to only see the faders they need to see. Of course, the ability to use a redundant power supply tipped the purchasing decision to the Yamaha CL as compared to the competition being looked at during the selection process. The touch screen was also very attractive.”

The Centre has recently started to use the multi-track feature of the CL with Nuendo. “Nuendo enables the technical staff to archive shows and also allows offline troubleshooting if an action during a game needs to be reviewed, says Graham. There are significant fines from the NHL if anything interrupts a game, so staying on top of any potential issue is important.”

The Yamaha CL5 was phase two of the audio installed by Sound Art. Previously, the company upgraded both the bowl and concourse PA systems.

For more information on Sound Art, Inc. visit www.soundart.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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SurgeX Introduces Axess Elite with International Electrical Standards for Smart Energy and Power Management

The IP-enabled Axess Elite is a surge eliminating, mains management system that enables users to monitor and control power distribution platforms.

Amsterdam RAI, NL – Integrated Systems Europe 2015 – February 10-12 – Stand 7-T180 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in surge elimination and energy intelligence, introduces its Axess Elite web-enabled mains conditioning and energy management system for the 16 amp CEE7/7 and 10 amp AS3112 international electrical standards. Available in Q2 2015, the Axess Elite is one of the first IP-enabled smart energy solutions to carry these standards and it addresses a growing demand for connected power products internationally.

Combining surge elimination with advanced mains management capabilities, the SurgeX Axess Elite also provides remote monitoring and control of power distribution platforms across multiple sites simultaneously. Custom settings, scheduling and on/off controls can be configured on individual outlets and custom sequences can be created across the entire network with e-mail notifications sent about different issues, based on user-defined conditions.

This unique device gives integrators the ability to manage customer’s systems more efficiently and reduce costs through fewer service calls. One of the most common service calls is for locked gear; a simple fix, but typically requiring an onsite visit to correct the problem. With Axess Elite, integrators can hard reboot locked up equipment remotely via the outlet reboot command. Utilizing AutoPing, a trigger can be set to automatically fire if the Axess Elite fails to get a ping response from the device that has locked up, thus eliminating the time and costs associated with sending an integrator onsite for a simple reboot.

Beyond monitoring and management, Axess Elite measures system energy usage collecting temperature, voltage and current draw measurements. Data is recorded and reported back via a user-friendly GUI. Energy usage data is displayed per outlet to provide a detailed report of the system’s energy consumption by each connected device. The Axess Elite also compiles an internal history log file for advanced monitoring of the system and user access.

“SurgeX has engineered the most comprehensive remote energy management and power protection solution available for the global market,” said Shannon Townley, president, SurgeX. “Axess Elite consolidates energy monitoring, power management, and consumption while providing surge protection from a single, rack-mountable device. This solves a big problem for integrators and their customers.”

The Axess Elite features the core technology behind the SurgeX brand: Advanced Series Mode® (ASM) Surge Elimination Technology. The SurgeX patented Advanced Series Mode Surge Elimination Technology is completely non-sacrificial and eliminates surge energy without producing harmful side effects such as ground contamination or common-mode disturbances. This proprietary technology protects AV equipment from power disturbances that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance, and provides a professional grade power protection product line that is more robust than traditional surge suppression products.

The Axess Elite also comes equipped with the Axess Manager and Axess Manager Mobile, new desktop and mobile apps designed to let users monitor power conditions and control power functions of multiple installations from a single location. Integrators using Axess Manager in multiple locations will appreciate the single interface and the ability to uniquely classify and manage each installation. The streamlined approach makes it easy to identify power-related issues quickly and allows for simple navigation and management of existing installs, especially when new devices and systems are constantly being added to the network.

SurgeX will be demoing the Axess Elite at Stand 7-T180 at the Integrated Systems Europe Show.

To learn more about SurgeX, please visitwww.surgexinternational.com.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 42 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit www.espei.com.

ESP/SurgeX products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

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Beale Street Audio Shipping Nine New In-Ceiling Speakers Powered by Sonic Vortex Technology

Primed to disrupt existing performance expectations for in-ceiling speakers, new Beale models include patented Sonic Vortex Technology, the most significant architectural speaker innovation since the category’s inception.

Amsterdam, NL – ISE Stand 1-P85 – February 10-12, 2015 – Beale Street Audio is making major sound waves at ISE 2015 with the launch of an initial group of nine new in-ceiling speakers powered by Sonic Vortex Technology™, a “twist” on traditional ported enclosure designs that brings true performance innovation to a growing but technologically stale category. Six new in-ceiling models are available with 6.5 and 8-inch woofers as well as three angled in-ceiling models with 6.5-inch woofers. All models feature 1-inch tweeters, an integrated retrofit enclosure and flexible industrial design options.

Beale Street Audio’s patented Sonic Vortex Technology reimagines the traditional ported enclosed speaker design to deliver significantly more bass and a flatter frequency response. This audible improvement is achieved by separating the main port of the enclosure into multiple sections called “fins” that are tuned to ideal listening specifications. The fins compress and move air at a high rate of speed without port noise and also add to the cabinet’s rigidity. Compared to sealed models, the Sonic Vortex design provides a 6 to 9 db boost in the mid-lower bass ranges and a flatter frequency response across the audio spectrum.

The new in-ceiling speakers are grouped into three different classes differentiated by price and driver materials: B (Better), MB (More Better) and BB (Better than their Best). B models feature injected poly woofers and silk dome tweeters to provide smooth sound at a great value. MB models feature ribbed injected poly woofers and aluminum tweeters for broader sound with deeper bass. BB models are the premium solution and feature extremely rigid and accurate carbon fiber woofers and titanium tweeters for maximum detail and power handling.

“I was a custom integrator for many years so I know how tired the architectural speaker category has become. Bezel-less designs and pivoting tweeters have aesthetic and marketing appeal, but do not represent any great technological achievement,” said Jim Murray, founder of Beale Street Audio. “Architectural speakers aren’t known for producing extreme low frequency effects and effortless clarity, but our Sonic Vortex Technology optimizes air movement within the cabinet enclosure to produce astonishing sound levels from such a small speaker.”

Beale Street Audio in-ceiling speakers are also highly scalable. Infinite variable designs for both cabinet air volume and port dimensions allows for flexible industrial design options. The depth and width of the integrated enclosure can vary based on the models, while still providing enhanced bass and better overall performance compared to similar products. The new speakers are also amplifier-friendly since they sound and perform like a sealed speaker cabinet with the same impedance curve.

Murray continued, “We are not just another flash-in-the-pan speaker manufacturer. Beale Street Audio is backed by a 95-year-old multimillion-dollar company with a nearly 50-year history in the audio business. We are shipping product today, we have an aggressive product development strategy and we are pursuing dealers and partners who want a speaker line that differentiates them in a crowded market now.”

Get Reale. Get Beale. To learn more about Beale Street Audio and Sonic Vortex Technology, visit www.getbeale.com.

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About Beale Street Audio

Beale Street Audio is redefining the performance standard for architectural speakers and amplifiers by introducing real innovation to a category that has not seen anything fresh for a long time. All Beale Street Audio speakers feature patented Sonic Vortex™ Technology, a unique enclosure design that produces unprecedented levels of bass output and room energizing dynamics from in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. Backed by customer-friendly policies, and first class operational support, Beale Street Audio prides itself on delivering unsurpassed value to the residential and commercial markets, while being easy to do business with. Learn more at: www.getbeale.com 

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