The Buzz: Industry News
Mar 1, 2005 3:15 PM
NEC-Mitsubishi monitors receive iF Product Design Award 2005
NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics’ NEC MultiSync LCD 70 series monitors have been awarded the iF Product Design Award 2005. The Industrial Forum Design Hanover (iF) has recognized companies and design studios for outstanding design-related products and services since 1954. As a winner of the award, the NEC MultiSync 70 series line becomes a finalist for the iF Gold Award. Gold Award winners will be announced on March 10, 2005, at the global technology show, CeBIT, in Hanover, Germany.
ActiveLight hosts NSCA Digital Signage Pavilion
ActiveLight, a distributor of advanced displays and dynamic signage solutions, announced that it will host the Digital Signage Pavilion again at the 2005 NSCA Systems Integration Expo. In addition to ActiveLight, more than 20 companies specializing in various applications of digital signage software, hardware, and screen technology will be exhibiting in the pavilion, which will be set up as a high-end sports venue complete with a basketball court. Current sponsors for the Digital Signage Pavilion include Chief, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung, and Sony.
A free Digital Signage seminar will be offered on Saturday, March 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the conference area attached to the pavilion. The seminar is part of the Digital Signage LIVE technology showcase and seminar series.
New Comprehensive catalog released
Comprehensive’s expanded new 2005 catalog is now available. The new catalog covers more than 3,000 new products, including professional multimedia products for pro video, presentation, systems integration, broadcast, production, pro audio, and home theater applications.
The 224-page catalog includes new Extended Distance HDMI and DVI cables, the new CVG-719DS scaler, and 500Mhz VGA cables, as well as an assortment of digital video products from Focus Enhancements, Canopus, Miranda, Plextor, ADS, and others.
For a free copy of the 2005 Comprehensive catalog, please visit www.comprehensiveinc.com or call toll-free at (800) 526-0242.
TEC Awards auction raises more than $20,000
The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio recently announced that its TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction raised more than $22,000 for hearing health awareness programs. Proceeds were distributed to H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) and the House Ear Institute’s Sound Partners campaign and will also benefit other audio educational and scholarship programs supported by the Mix Foundation.
More than 200 items were sold at the eBay auction, which ran from Oct. 21 through Nov. 7, 2004, in conjunction with the 20th annual TEC Awards. Items included donated audio gear and musical instruments from 38 manufacturers; studio time and services from top audio facilities; and art, photos, and tour paraphernalia from celebrated rockers. Denon Electronics institutes certification program
AV component manufacturer Denon Electronics has begun a sales and installation certification program for its AVR-5805 audio/video receiver. The course will include training in all aspects of the AVR-5805’s multi-zone distribution capabilities, as well as application solutions, installation, setup, and troubleshooting.
According to program guidelines, all sales and installation staff must complete a comprehensive certification course by June 15, 2005, as a prerequisite to selling the AVR-5805.
RTI classes recognized by CEDIA CEU program
CEDIA has recognized remote control maker RTI as a Continuing Education Units (CEU) provider. Dealers who attend RTI’s training courses at the company’s headquarters or AVAD distribution centers, or complete RTI’s series of online training seminars, are eligible to receive CEUs. Interested dealers can contact the company at (954) 253-3100 for more information on upcoming classes or log in to the Dealers Only section of RTI’s website, www.rticorp.com, to register for the online training seminars.
The CEDIA Continuing Education Unit Program was created to help CEDIA Certified Professionals develop their industry and technical knowledge base. Syn-Aud-Con holds events at NSCA
Syn-Aud-Con will hold several classes at NSCA, including a two-day program entitled “Room Acoustics for Sound System Designers” March 8 to 9; “Measuring Sound Fields in Enclosed Spaces” on March 10, 8 a.m. to noon; and “Distributed Loudspeaker Systems” on March 11, 8 a.m. to noon. Syn-Aud-Con will also hold a free reunion March 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Those interested in taking part in the events should register through NSCA.
1st Sound Outfitters distributes pamphlet on noise abatement
1st Sound Outfitters will offer a free pamphlet entitled “Noise Tips for Apartment Dwellers” on April 20, 2005, International Noise Awareness Day. The pamphlet presents 14 fourteen tips for apartment dwellers who want to reduce their sonic footprint. A brief description of how sound migrates into unwanted areas and reasons readers should care about noise intrusion are included. The tips primarily cover home entertainment systems, the biggest source of noise intrusion problems.
Anyone can receive the pamphlet by sending his or her regular mailing address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KrystalGroup generate revenues in excess of $500 million dollars
KrystalVision was founded to distribute plasma screens, LCD monitors, and projectors directly to sub-distributors, resellers, and integrators for a wide variety of markets. The company has offices and warehousing in New York and Los Angeles, favorable shipping locations.
KrystalVision emphasizes flexibility in response time, operational efficiency, and maintaining manufacturer relations. Because of its relationship with KrystalTech, KrystalVision has quickly developed close working relationships with manufacturers including Hitachi, LG, Optoma, Panasonic, and Pioneer.
The company is part of the Krystal Group, a large, privately held consortium consisting of seven corporate entities with more than 500 professionals working in seven countries conducting profitable business activities in more than 50 countries. Krystal Group’s worldwide revenues were in excess of $500 million dollars.
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