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CORPORATE EVOLUTIONS Cox Changes Name Cox Audio Engineering LLC has changed its name to L-Acoustics US. As part of the name change, the Cox Audio Engineering
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Jul 1, 2002 12:00 PM

CORPORATE EVOLUTIONS

Cox Changes Name

Cox Audio Engineering LLC has changed its name to L-Acoustics US. As part of the name change, the Cox Audio Engineering Web site has been relaunched at l-acoustics-us.com. Jeffery Cox, CEO and general manager of L-Acoustics US, said the change stemmed from a desire to highlight Cox Audio Engineering's relationship with L-Acoustics of Paris, France. “We were waiting for the right timing to unify the company names,” Cox said. “[However], absolutely nothing has changed with regard to the infrastructure of the company.”

ClearOne Gets Go-Ahead for Stock

E.mergent stockholders have approved a merger with ClearOne Communications, which followed approval of the deal by the Securities and Exchange Commission. ClearOne and E.mergent announced a definitive agreement in January 2002, which stipulated that ClearOne would acquire E.mergent for a combination of cash and shares of ClearOne stock. ClearOne develops conferencing products and services, and E.mergent, formerly VideoLabs Inc., develops products and services for multimedia-rich visual communication solutions.

BUSINESS NEWS

Hearing in Tongues

The House Ear Institute's Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) will be available in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and French. HINT evaluates the functional hearing capabilities of hearing aid users, cochlear implant recipients and people who have listening-critical jobs. Experts in the field of hearing and corporations such as the Maico Diagnostics and the Cochlear Corporation worked together to develop the new versions, which will help clinicians compare data and treat patients who do not speak English.
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New Digs for Mix Awards

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has moved the 18th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards to a new date and venue. The awards banquet and ceremony will be held on Monday, October 7 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Proceeds of the awards will be donated to organizations that work for the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, as well as scholarship funds for students of the audio arts and science.

MCSi Changes Gears

MCSi Inc. will divest itself of all computer technology products assets in favor of the audiovisual and broadcast systems integration and services business. The company has entered into an agreement to sell certain assets and assign certain liabilities relating to its computer technology management group. According to MCSi, the company's computer technology division generated about $45 million in revenue from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2002. Company officials said the sale will spur a one-time non-cash loss between $30 million and $40 million.

‘Invisible’ Speakers Get Longer Warranty

Sound Advance Systems Inc. has extended the warranty on its SA2 in-wall/in-ceiling “invisible” loudspeakers from seven to 15 years. The warranty specifies that any SA2 loudspeaker will be free of defects in material or construction for 15 years. SA2 loudspeakers are built into walls or ceilings and covered with wallpaper, plaster or paint so that they are effectively invisible to the eye.

Avast! DMX Sets Sail

DMX Music will be the exclusive provider of music to the Holland America line of cruise ships. The commercial-free music will be delivered to common areas, dining halls and staterooms of each ship. Holland America will use DMX Music's proprietary digital media manager, ProFusion X, which includes song updates supported by CD-ROM or Internet connections.

ART Extends Warranty

ART has extended the warranty of the SLA-1 studio linear power amplifier to three years. Designed for studio and live applications, the SLA-1 began shipping in early 2002. “The warranty extension is a reflection of our excitement and confidence in the product,” said Philip Betette, president of ART.

HST Goes NeoPlanar

American Technology Corporation named HST Inc. as a manufacturer of components for its patented NeoPlanar technology for government and consumer products markets. NeoPlanar is a sound reproduction system that uses a thin film and a single layer of ultrathin, high-energy neodymium magnets. ATC has also announced intentions of purchasing HST, which is based in San Diego.

OPPORTUNITIES

Your Papers, Please…

EH Events and Education, producer of the Electronic House Expo (EHX), has put out a call for papers for the Fall 2002 event. Scheduled for November 11-14 in Long Beach, California, EHX is the leading trade event for the $15 billion connected home industry. Qualified presenters are needed for the conference program, which will include seminars and workshops covering topics such as dealer management and operations, distributed audio and high-end custom installation. EHX presenters will receive complimentary access to all events, publicity in marketing materials and discounted training for colleagues.

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