Alcons Audio Opens Alcons Audio is a newly founded Dutch company, active in development and manufacturing of professional sound systems for clients in
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Mar 1, 2003 12:00 PM

Alcons Audio Opens

Alcons Audio is a newly founded Dutch company, active in development and manufacturing of professional sound systems for clients in the cinema, installation, and touring industries. The company was set up by former Stage Accompany sales and marketing director Tom Back. Alcons Audio is backed by a group of private investors, with Back and Philip de Haan owning the majority of shares. The company employs seven people, each with 15-plus years experience in the aspects of development, manufacturing, and marketing of professional sound systems.

Stardraw Introduces Partner Programs

In association with the launch of, a Web-based CAD system, Stardraw has introduced bronze, silver, and gold partner programs. The programs offer different ways for anyone who is interested in or whose customers may be interested in online design and documentation systems to earn from or implement applications. The first tier is the bronze package, also known as the Affiliate program. The program allows affiliates to earn a 5 percent commission from all online purchases at that result from a click-through from their site. The silver package is the Partner program. Rather than offer a link back to, the Partner program lets you run the application within your own Web site. All users will generate a 20 percent commission for Partners. The final option is the gold package, or the OEM program, which offers flexibility and full customization of the CAD engine.

Escient Technologies Sells Escient Solutions

Escient Technologies, LLC has sold 100 percent of the stock of its wholly owned subsidiary, Escient Solutions, to Patriot Investments, LLC. Patriot Investments is owned by Mike Alley, former president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank in central Indiana, who retired in July 2002. Escient Technologies is a high-technology investment and management company with operating units focusing on the development of high-tech, user-friendly products and services for home entertainment, data storage, and the Internet, sold worldwide. The Escient Solutions subsidiary is a custom installation firm that sells, designs, and installs integrated entertainment and control systems for residential and commercial sites, primarily in central Indiana.

Stampede Offers Plasma Installation

Stampede, a national distributor of meeting room and home display products, now offers installation service through its authorized dealer network. The service will apply to Stampede's plasma monitors and televisions, including wallmounts and concealed wiring. Dealers are able to submit one purchase order and have a plasma display delivered and installed at any U.S. location for residential and commercial customers. The installation has a 90-day warranty and includes hands-on training.

Da-Lite Recognized by Commerce Department

The United States Commerce Department presented its Export Achievement Award to Da-Lite Screen Company. The Export Achievement Award is presented to companies that have used the services offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce to excel in exporting activities.

Synelec Expects to Beat 2003 Forecast

Buoyed by strong growth in the United States, Synelec has announced, in an advisory to analysts and shareholders, that it expects to significantly beat its financial-year 2003 sales and profit targets. Driven by a 50 percent growth rate in the United States, Synelec claims that the growth is coming from its control-room business in all market sectors. Synelec's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Synelec Telecom Multimedia is in line with the sales objectives of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2003.

Lightwave Founders Launch New Venture

The founders of technology developer Lightwave Communications, which provided networking solutions for more than 20 years, have embarked on a new venture called Logical Solutions. Lightwave Communications was purchased by Lantronix in June 2001. Logical Solutions develops, manufactures, and sells products for the distribution and extension of digital video and switching devices for access and management of server environments.

Herman Electronics Launches Services Program

Herman Electronics has formed a new value-added program designed to support the needs of broadcast and A/V integration customers. The new program will be formally introduced on March 13 at the NSCA Expo at booth No. 722. This program will provide value-added services and cost-saving benefits to the broadcast and audiovisual system integration industry. Utilizing more than four decades of experience in distribution and logistics, Herman Electronics has developed this program for system integrators who have the desire to increase cash flow, reduce operating costs, and improve project efficiency levels.

ICIA Opens InfoComm Registration

The International Communications Industries Association (ICIA) has announced the opening of registration for InfoComm 2003, a conference and exhibition for the A/V communications and systems integration industry, which this year features an expanded lineup of special events, activities, and awards and will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, May 31 through June 6, 2003. Attendees can register online at, using ICIA's exclusive myInfoComm Planner or by mail. The myInfoComm Planner lets attendees create a personalized home page on the InfoComm 2003 Web site through which they can register; make hotel and travel reservations at discounted rates; create a personal, printable show schedule; search for exhibiting companies; and fully explore the show, its educational programs, and networking opportunities. The theme of the 2003 Show is Evolving the Art of Communication, which celebrates the integration of communication technologies into daily lives.

Hartley Peavey Honored with Street Dedication

The City of Meridian in Mississippi renamed a portion of Mississippi Highway 493 in honor of Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics, in a ceremony at Peavey International Headquarters. Officials from the City of Meridian and Lauderdale County joined the Peavey family and employees in celebrating the accomplishments of Peavey and his company during their first 38 years of business. The new Hartley Peavey Drive runs in front of Peavey International Headquarters, stretching from nearby North Hills Street to Meridian's northern city limits.

NESDA/ISCET Administers NASTeC Certification

All the administrative functions for the National Appliance Service Technician Certification (NASTeC) program have been transferred to the National Electronics Dealers Association (NESDA) and its sibling organization, the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET). ISCET has been testing technicians for NASTeC, so now the entire program is managed out of the same office. The NASTeC program had been managed by the Appliance Technician Certification Association (ATCA) and an industry consortium consisting of the North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA); its division, the National Association of Service Dealers; NESDA; and its division, the National Independent Appliance Servicers. ATCA had operated out of the NARDA office.

Leitch Product Wins Award

Leitch Technology Corp. was awarded Pick of the Show at the 12th SATISFECIT Pro Awards at the SATIS 2002 trade show in Paris. Leitch was presented with the award for its multistream nonlinear editing system, dpsVelocityQ. DpsVelocityQ combines the dpsQuattrus real-time hardware with an extended version of the award-winning dpsVelocity software into a fully integrated NLE solution. Created in 1991, the SATISFECIT awards are bestowed each year on the most outstanding technological innovations by manufacturers, importers, and distributors in the fields of sound and image.

Shure Establishes Market Development Training Group

Shure recently formed a group within its market development division dedicated to on-site training and education for end-users and channel partners. This new assembly of individuals will conduct product training clinics, educational seminars, and dealer tutorials throughout the United States on topics including audio for churches and educational institutions, as well as live sound in music instrument applications.

TEC Awards Contributes More Than $41,000

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced the distribution of proceeds from the 18th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, held this past October in Los Angeles. The charity event raised more than $41,000 in support of ongoing efforts to inform audio professionals, musicians, and the greater community about noise-induced hearing loss and to provide financial aid for deserving students of the audio arts and sciences. More than half the proceeds were donated to the Sound Partners program of the House Ear Institute (Los Angeles) and Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), based in San Francisco. The remaining proceeds will benefit scholarship endowments for students of the audio arts and sciences at Berklee College of Music, Ex'pression Center for New Media, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Massachusetts — Lowell, University of Miami, and University of Southern California, as well as the AES Educational Foundation and the student assistance program of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services.

NEC Projector Wins CNET Award

The LT158 mobile projector from NEC Solutions (America) was honored with a CNET Editors' Choice award. The award recognizes outstanding computing and electronics products that CNET editors have determined represent the highest quality, design, and service to users. The 4.9-pound LT158 was lauded for its ability to “cram in features typically found in models weighing 5 to 10 pounds.”

ActiveLight Tops Reseller Survey of Plasma Distributors

ActiveLight has achieved top composite ranking of plasma distributors in the plasma market. Pacific Media Associates polled A/V resellers to rate their key large-screen distributor in various aspects such as product selection and availability, marketing support, and after-sale support. According to Pacific Media Associates' research, ActiveLight scored first or tied for first in 7 out of the 11 categories for distributors. Among distributors with ten or more dealer responses, ActiveLight took top honors for sales incentive programs, bid assistance, capable reseller reps, on-time delivery, and Web-based service support.

Music Programs to Air on Holiday Channel

DMX Music has a lineup of specially programmed themed music on the Holidays and Happenings channel. The channel is available to DMX Music commercial and residential customers who receive DMX Music through direct broadcast satellite and digital cable. Spring Break is from March 18 through 24 and celebrates youth and freedom. DMX Music celebrates Sir Elton John's 56th birthday on March 25 and recognizes his musical contributions by featuring his greatest hits.

Daking Relaunches Product Line

Geoffrey Daking and Company — manufacturer of mic preamps, EQs, and compressors since 1994 — has relaunched its product line, has announced a new manufacturing process, and has expanded dealer support for the Daking mic-pre/EQ and Daking FET compressor. The retooled mic-pre/EQ and FET compressor offer solutions for any high-quality microphone, tracking, mixing, or mastering facility. Daking is distributed by Transamerica Audio Group in Las Vegas.

Stiernberg Consulting Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Stiernberg Consulting — founded April 1, 1993, by company President John Stiernberg — will celebrate its tenth anniversary April 1, 2003, as a strategic planning consultancy servicing the entertainment technology industry. Stiernberg Consulting's clients learn to self-sufficiently diversify, seek new opportunities, and thrive by implementing the consultancy's Applied Strategic Planning and Competitive Market Intelligence Systems. Stiernberg Consulting's core clientele consists of entertainment technology product manufacturers, trade associations, manufacturers' rep organizations, systems integration firms, and publishers of trade periodicals addressing the audio, video, lighting, accessories, music, and systems integration market segments. Stiernberg Consulting has also worked on assignments with investors, overseas manufacturers seeking to break into the U.S. marketplace, and other consulting firms.

SpeakerCraft Wins HTSA Award

SpeakerCraft has received the Most Profitable Vendor of the Year award from Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA). The award was presented to Jeremy Burkhardt, executive vice president of SpeakerCraft, during CES 2003. SpeakerCraft was selected to be a vendor partner of HTSA in January 2002. More than half of HTSA dealers are doing business with SpeakerCraft.

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