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Allen and Heath Switches Distribution Companies A new company, North American Pro Audio (NAPA), has been formed to provide United States distribution
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Aug 1, 2002 12:00 PM

Allen and Heath Switches Distribution Companies

A new company, North American Pro Audio (NAPA), has been formed to provide United States distribution for British audio mixing console manufacturer Allen and Heath and will be doing business as Allen and Heath USA. Allen and Heath will be represented by NAPA, ending the U.K. company's business relationship with Utah-based Harman Music Group. Allen and Heath left the Harman International Industries Limited group following a management buyout in June 2001 but continued to distribute its products through Harman Music Group. “This change in distribution is the final step on the journey to full independence, which we embarked on with the buyout last year,” says Allen and Heath's managing director, Glenn Rogers.

NSCA Names Systems Integration Expo Chairman

George Serban, chairman of Serban Sound and Communications, has been appointed chairman of the NSCA Systems Integration Expo. He will serve a two-year term. As Expo chairman, Serban will lead the NSCA Expo Committee, a group comprised of manufacturers, contractors, independent sales reps, and consultants. The group sets rules and regulations for exhibitors and attendees and leads site selection. Serban has served on the NSCA Board of Directors since 2000. Prior to that, he also served a two-year term on the NSCA Regional Council.

Stardraw Teams Up with ICIA and InfoComm iQ

Stardraw.com announced its partnership with International Communications Industries Association Inc. (ICIA). InfoComm iQ — developed, maintained, and delivered by ICIA — is an industry-wide product information database for the A/V market that offers users instant access to up-to-the-minute product information. ICIA takes raw data from manufacturers and rewrites it to be complete, current, and comparable. It is then distributed through third-party dealer Web sites.

Network Electronics Targets Lower End

Network Electronics has launched a complementary series of Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) solutions for lower-end applications. CWDM, a component of Network's flashlink optical transport platform, can transmit as many as 40 channels of various formats — such as uncompressed HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-ASI, gigabit Ethernet, and Telco — on one strand of fiber.

Sennheiser Sponsors Songwriting Contest

Sennheiser Electronic Corp. has donated several mics to the International Songwriting Competition that is underway, with a final award date of November 1, 2002. Sennheiser will give an Evolution EW 335 to the grand-prize winner, an E 835 to each second-place winner, and an EH 220 to each third-place winner.

MCSi Completes Division Sale

MCSi Inc. has completed the sale of the computer technology products division that was announced on April 29, 2002. “The completion of this divestiture represents a major refocusing of MCSi's strategic direction, allowing the company to concentrate on our core strengths,” says Michael E. Peppel, chairman, president, and CEO of MCSi.

NEC Ranked No. 1 for Service and Support

NEC Solutions (America) Inc. has been rated No. 1 for after-sales support in the 2001 Large Displays Reseller Survey produced by Pacific Media Associates. “The Pacific Media report validates the investments NEC is making to take care of its customers,” says Bob Hana, vice president and general manager for NEC Solutions, Visual Systems Division.

ClearOne Keeps Growing and Growing

FSB, Fortune's small-business magazine, ranked ClearOne Communications Inc. No. 21 on its annual list of the 100 fastest-growing small companies in the United States. This is the second consecutive year ClearOne earned a top 25 ranking. Companies were ranked by earnings growth, revenue growth, and total stock return including dividends for the past three years.

Zenith Lowers Monitor Prices

Zenith Electronics Corp. has introduced a new, higher-brightness, high-contrast 60-inch HDTV display. Announced earlier this year at a suggested price of $20,000, the 60-inch plasma-display-panel (PDP) model P60W26 is now available at a suggested price of $14,999. Zenith also has repositioned the other models in its 2002 PDP line, including the new 50-inch P50W26 16:9 HDTV monitor ($10,999), the 42-inch P42W22B 16:9 EDTV (enhanced-definition television) monitor ($4,999), and the 40-inch P40V22 4:3 EDTV monitor ($4,999).

Linn Joins Up with Optoma

Linn Products has partnered with the Optoma Group. Linn will handle the U.K. and Ireland distribution of its new ThemeScene brand — Optoma's first product range to address the high-quality home-cinema market. Linn launched its AV System in 1995.

JBL Starts Up E-mail Newsletter

JBL Professional has introduced its new e-mail newsletter, Pro-to-Pro Installation. The periodic newsletter will update consultants, contractors, and end-users with the latest information on JBL Professional installation range products, as well the latest specification sheets, technical notes, and white papers. The first newsletter is posted on JBL Professional's Web site at www.jblpro.com/pro_to_pro/install1.html.

Hi-Rez Introduces Front-Projection Systems

Gary Guidi — president of Hi-Rez Projections Inc. — and David Wolff, former general manager of Vidikron of America, have teamed up to market a line of CRT front-projection systems under the Crystal View brand name. Available are three CRT projector models — the Crystal View 1, Crystal View 2, and Crystal View 3 — which range in retail price from $28,000 to $60,000.

Tascam Control Modules Available

Tascam announced that control modules for its products on Crestron control systems are now available and free for download from the Tascam Contractor Web site at www.tascamcontractor.com/control/crestron. All infrared and serial remote codes for Tascam products have been captured, including 14 control modules covering 18 products in the Tascam line.

Electrograph Introduces Extended Warranties

Electrograph Systems Inc. has launched its Value Added Plus (VAP) extended-warranty plan. The one- or two-year protection plan becomes effective when the individual manufacturer's warranty expires. VAP is available on all of Electrograph's display technologies.

D-Tools Software Is CAD Compatible

D-Tools Inc. announced that its system design software is fully CAD compatible. Using the D-Tools/Visio platform, a CAD file is imported and work is performed using the standard D-Tools/Visio shapes. When the design is complete, only the D-Tools/Vision-designed part of the CAD file is exported. That is then aligned with the original CAD file, and the original CAD file is never touched, ensuring full compatibility.

Leitch, University Create Multimedia Lab

Leitch Technology Corp. and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have partnered to create a multimedia communications laboratory, which will provide computing and testing facilities to support multimedia-communications research. The Leitch-University of Waterloo Multimedia Communications Laboratory will be the largest of its kind in Canada. Leitch contributed more than $300,000 (Canadian funds) to the project, which included cash and equipment. Leitch is also providing much of the lab's infrastructure, such as audio and video conversion and interface equipment, test generators, and dpsVelocity, which is Leitch's 3D nonlinear editing system.

Cadac Gets into Theater

Cadac Electronics is supplying four J-Type live production consoles in a contract with Singapore's new Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay, scheduled to open October 12, 2002. The J-Types will be used in the main 2,000-seat theater and in the 1,600-seat concert hall.

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