Feb 1, 2001 12:00 PM, Compiled by Elizabeth Price
DPI at Sundance
For the third year in a row, Digital Projection Inc. willprovide projectors for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City,Utah. DPI will supply close to 20 high-performance digitalprojectors to show at least 15 independent digital films for the2001 festival. Sundance will also use DPI technology for itsFilmmaker's Lab in June. Learn more at www.digitalprojection.com.
New Division at Multicom
Industry veteran Sid Lieberman will head a new division atOrlando-based cable TV and high-speed data equipment distributorMulticom Inc. that will provide products and technical assistancefor the traffic signal industry. Find more on Multicom at www.multicominc.com.
Gentner in Europe
Gentner Communications Corp. recently formed GentnerCommunications EuMEA GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary withheadquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. The new office will work toincrease local distribution in Europe, the Middle East and northernAfrica. See www.gentner.com.
Listen Technologies on the Move
Listen Technologies Corporation has opened a new facility inSandy, Utah. Expanded sales and inventory levels helped the companybuild its new home at 8535 South 700 West, Suite A, Sandy, UT84070. See them on the Web at www.listentech.com.
End of the Line
The last three Midas XL3 consoles have rolled off the productionline. Industry professionals have been using XL3s for a decade, andJacques Martin, of Philing Live in Belgium, felt fortunate toreceive the final serial numbers 998, 999 and 1000: “Quiteapart from the end of production, which is a historic event initself, these consoles will remain a reference point among usersfor a number of years.” Other Midas products can be found atwww.midasconsoles.com.
ASPI Best New Company
ASPI, which specializes in the development of digital signalprocessing, was presented the “Best New Company” awardfor its audio conferencing products. The award fromPresentationMaster.com/Knews.com was among several given at theceremony, which can be viewed at www.presentationmaster.com.
“Optical Networks — Promises and Challenges,”a seminar by Lightguide Systems Inc., will be held April 9-11, 2001in Toronto. The course will focus on current and potential uses ofoptical networking technology and will address the obstacles to anall-optical network. For a complete calendar of Lightguide courses,go to www.lightguidesystems.com.
Klipsch Gains THX Approval
Klipsch Audio Technologies earned THX-approval for its KPT-535-Tmodel stage and screen loudspeaker system. To view the product, seewww.klipsch.com.
Cisco Recommends ETS
ETS's Ethernet over ICS adapters are now recommended for use byCisco Systems. IBM Global Services and Cisco have noted that theETS price/performance ratio of ETS adapters for running 10/100BaseTnetworks is an ideal fit for them. See the family of products atwww.etslan.com.
Pixel Opens Atlanta Office
Atlanta is home to the newest Pixel Systems Inc. office, itsU.S. Network Operations Center. With a focus on customer service,the NOC will include the company's first U.S. service bureau forits PIXNET™ system. PIXNET is anintegrated delivery system for broadcasting digital content and adsto electronic displays in both retail and outdoor environments.Richard Lundy was named director of network operations to head theproject. Visit www.pixelsystems.com.
SID Presents Web Site
The Society for Information Display has redesigned andre-introduced its Web site at www.sid.org. Up-to-date articles on industrynews and products are featured on the site, along with an industrydirectory, an international calendar of display-related conferencesand a member directory.
AVW Audio Visual Inc. sales offices have expanded andconsolidated, making AVW a full-service branch operation. AVW nowhas more equipment inventories and staff in a larger Atlantaoffice. For the new address and further details, see www.avw.com.
Barco in Hollywood
Barco's Dlite 10 LED, a custom 6' × 85' curved’Daylight Display videowall, will be installed on the cornerof Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, Calif.Real estate company TrizecHahn Development Corporation choseBarco's wall for use in its Hollywood &Highland® development project, whichwill include shops, restaurants, entertainment facilities, studiobroadcast facilities and cinemas. The Dlite 10 LED will be used forpublic addressing messages, on-premise advertising and off-premiseadvertising. Installation is scheduled for completion in July 2001.See www.barco.com.
Rane Turns 20
Directed by the same, dedicated team of five people who startedthe business in 1981, Rane is celebrating 20 years of business.Rane will mark its anniversary by celebrating with somethingspecial at each 2001 trade show. See Rane and its line ofproblem-solving analog and digital audio tools at www.rane.com.
Saco in the Game
Saco Smartvision® Corp. has announcedthe installation of its Smartvision LED video display at the DonaldW. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. The 30' ×107', 25mm display is the largest LED video display in eithercollegiate of professional sports. It can display live game action,with up to three images at a time, as well as replays andstatistics.
4MC Installs DPI Displays
International postproduction studio Four Media Company recentlyinstalled ultra-bright DPI HIGHlite 5000gv displays in its Burbank,Calif., office. Chosen for picture quality, resolution andstability, the HIGHlite 5000gv will supplement 4MC'stechnologically advanced audio dubbing suites. Find more atwww.digitalprojection.com.
Panasonic Launches Certified Dealer Program
Panasonic Security Systems Group looks to further improveend-user service and support by forming a Certified Dealer Program.The program requires dealers to meet requirements includingextensive training and the ability to design and install complexCCTV systems. Certified Panasonic SSG dealers will have theopportunity to participate in special training incentives, as wellas having drop shipments to job sites and fast access to technicalsupport and input on future product development. Visit the SecuritySystems Group at cctv.panasonic.com.
Expansion at AVAD
AVAD LLC, distributor of Fujitsu, Philips, Panasonic, Lutron andmany more products, now has four new distribution centers and isexpanding its four current locations. AVAD Rocky Mountain/Primax AVDistributors in Phoenix, AVAD Centra/Allnet Inc. in Detroit, AVADSouthern California/MarketPro Distribution Inc. in Orange County,Calif., and AVAD Northern California/Select Resources Inc. inSacramento, Calif., will provide more convenient, local trainingand application support for customers in these locations. Seewww.avad.com.
BGW Systems Inc. celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year.From its first Model 1000 Laboratory power amplifier designed inBrian Gary Wachner's garage, BGW has expanded to include a completeproduct line of amps, rack mount computers, racks, metal rackaccessories and self-powered subwoofer systems. Congratulate themat www.bgw.com.
ARS Wins Regional Building Awards
The 2000 Lehigh Valley Builders Association annual awardspresented Advanced Residential Systems, Allentown, Pa., with honorsin two categories. ARS earned the “Specialty Project/HomeAutomation for Over $50,000” award for a fully integratedhome in Villanova, Pa., where it integrated more than 150components in home theater, stereo, security and more. The companywon the “Specialty Project Under $5,000” award for athrough-the-wall cabinet for A/V equipment. For details seewww.advancedresidentialsys.com.
EVI Audio Moves
Effective January 9, 2001, EVI Audio Japan Ltd. relocated itsoffices. The new office is at 5-3-8 Funabash Setagaya-ku, Tokyo,156-0055, Japan.
Industry Honors Minilyzer ML1
The Minilyzer ML1 earned NTI a 2000 EDDY award for “SoundProduct of the Year.” Judges honored the ML1 for its ease ofuse and wide function range. NTI products have also recently wonBroadcast & Professional magazine's first prize in“Studio Measuring Systems,” Radio World's“Cool Stuff Award” and Broadcast Engineering's“Pick Hit.” See more from NTI at www.nt-instruments.com.
Growth at Antares
Antares Audio Technologies has moved its corporate offices toScotts Valley, Calif. The new facility provides room for theconsolidated administrative, sales and marketing departments. Theengineering facility will remain at its current location in Auburn,Calif. See www.antarestech.com.
Jensen Launches Site
Jensen tools has launched www.jensencases.com. The site featuresJensen's shipping cases, foam-filled cases, computer and businesscases, and tool cases. It also offers other products such as cartsand trucks, tools and lighting, and electrical products. Jensenprovides a glossary of case terms and tips for selecting a casethrough the site.
Kenwood Captures IR Codes
Custom installers can look to Kenwood USA for integration ofKenwood products with Niles IntelliPad and IntelliControl Systems.Kenwood will not only demonstrate the direct hardware capability ofthe Niles IntelliPad with Kenwood 4000 series A/V receivers, but itwill also supply.lin data files for simple, drag-and-dropinstallation into the Niles IntelliFile II IR interface programmingsoftware. Working together, the companies have been able to offerthe data files to their common dealers for the first time. Visitwww.kenwoodusa.com andwww.nilesaudio.com.
AVI Consumers' Choice
Audio Visual Innovations was named the “Consumers' Choicein Atlanta” for best audio visual business services. AVIrecently opened a new, 8,000-square-foot warehouse in Atlanta andto serve its customers in the region. Visit www.aviinc.com.
B & K Licenses New Technology
B & K Components Ltd. has licensed technology from DolbyLaboratories and the THX Division of Lucasfilm Ltd. for its AVR 307A/V receiver and Reference 30 preamp/tuner processor. The added DTSand THX-approved technology will allow B & K customers totransform their home theater systems into six discrete, clearchannels. See www.bkcomp.comto learn more.
MCM Electronics has added JVC equipment to its line of hometheater products and A/V accessories… The Klark Teknik Groupannounced ART Studio as its distributor for Midas products inBelarus… Employees at Innovated Image, a Virginia-based A/Vcompany, have begun working with Audio Visual Innovations torepresent AVI's Mid-Atlantic regional customers… L-Acousticschose Trius GmbH & Co. to be its exclusive distributor inGermany… Expanding its international presence, Apogee Soundhas added Lightfactor Sales, UK, and KEM Electronics, Greece, toits distributor network… The Alliance of Value-AddedDistributors has a distribution agreement with Remote TechnologiesInc.… Home Automation Inc. added six new internationaldistributors: Alpha Data for the UAE, CCH Construction System PTELTD in Singapore, Control Solutions of India, Aktif Otomasyon &Guvenlik in Turkey and Home Integration Systems Inc. in PuertoRico… ASET International Services is the master distributorfor Philips Electronics' Digital Congress Network system… ADIhas teamed up with NEC America Inc. to distribute NEC's InfoSet 408key telephone system… Crestron announced Sapphire Marketing,Paramus, NJ, as its exclusive sales representative for theNortheast U.S. region… Soundtube selected Eakins Bernstein& Associates to represent the company in the Midwest andPearson & Pearson for the Rocky Mountain states…Grommes-Prcecision's new manufacturer representatives are:Manufacturers Sales & Marketing Services and DeWitt Austin inthe Southern U.S. and Lowery Associates and Bill Bullard &Company Ltd. in the Northeast U.S.
Roscoe Anthony was promoted to Divison Manager of Tascam,USA… Audio engineer Ray Wagner and design engineer Ken Waymonhave joined Lowell Manufacturing Company's expanding engineeringdepartment… Gene Joly was promoted to Vice President of TeacCorporation of America… Stewart Audio appointed Neil Conleyas national sales manager… OAP Audio has announced three keypersonnel appointments: Ted Hickey, Jr., is the director ofbusiness operations; Jarrod Page is now manager of inventorymanagement; and Tim Hogan is quality assurance manager…International Fiber Systems Inc. has announced a number of changes:Andrew Acquarulo, Jr., is president and COO; David Smith isgovernment sales manager; Daniel Hearn is the new Eastern regionsales manager; and Robert Thropp is A&E market manager forNorth America… Responsibility for developing IntelliNetControls' dealer network falls to Lee Lareau, recently appointednational sales manager… Alan Shirley joined Sennheiser as VP,export… ESTA's 2001 board of directors includes re-electedmembers Beverly Inglesby and Erik Magnuson, as well as new membersTim Hansen, Graham Likeness and Warren Cunningham… TheConsumer Electronics Association elected its board of directors andexecutive board members: Ronald Stone, Pioneer Electronics ServiceInc.; Katherine Gornik, Thiel Audio Products; Loyd Ivey, Mitek;Jerry Kalov, Kay Associates; and Robert Borchardt, Recoton.Congratulations to former CEA chairman Darrell Issa on his electionto the U.S. House of Representatives in the forty-eighthcongressional district in CA… Audient plc appointed MartynFlood to be senior design engineer, to work out of Cambridge,England… Manufacturer of audio processors for radio Orban/CRLwelcomes Steve Claterbaugh to its North American sales managerpost… Neil Thompson Shade, president and principal consultantof Acoustical Design Collaborative Ltd., joined the faculty atJohns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory of Music inBaltimore, MD.… QuVIS has hired Jim Graham as VP of sales andmarketing and George Scheckel as VP of the Digital Cinema divisionand content production in Hollywood… At AVW Audio Visual,Dallas, TX, John Kennedy has become a regional VP. Also, industryveteran Judy Thee has been appointed as national entertainmentdirector, working out of Orlando, FL… Atlas Sound hiredSteven Young to be director of marketing and technical sales forits domestic commercial and professional divisions… SaraSalter Ward is now the Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager forCrestron… Vsoft Ltd., maker of application software for videoservices, is joined by Robin Wilson, VP business development…Randy Witten signed up with Newpoint Technologies to be VP ofsales… Sweetwater, Fort Wayne, IN, added four salesengineers: Andrew Diekroger, Duane Shimmel, Brad Slate and MattMartel… Ed Hacker now has two titles at Leitch TechnologyCorporation: president of SiCon Video and VP/general manager,semi-conductors… Jim Peacher is the director of worldwidesales at Clear Com Intercom Systems… Jon Kirchner is thepresident and COO at international digital technology companyDTS… Restructuring and growth at Tannoy brought about theappointments of Brian Denomme, director of operations; MarcBertrand, director of sales; Barry Fox, marketing manager; andMarci Mudfor, finance manager… Raymond Bizal, P.E., took overas the regional manager for the NFPA BuildingCode™ project. He will work out of LongBeach, CA… Rick Cannata returned to Fostex after a short timeat Akai Professional. He is now the Fostex professional productsmanager… Charles M. Salter Associates Inc., San Francisco,rehired Philip Sanders and promoted Jason Duty to be principalconsultants. Brian Brustad was promoted to senior consultant…Amek chose Chris Griffin as Supertrue™automation specialist to provide on-site customer training…The team at Lambda Research Corporation has welcomed its newmanager of consulting services Leo Gardner… Studer enhancedits shift in market focus by reorganizing its administrativeoffices, with Prodromos Constantinou as president of North Americanoperations… Robert Cremer, Aronson Furniture, was elected toa third term as president of the North American Retail DealersAssociation. Mike Fischer, Randy Whitehead, Bill Benson and SandraCombs were elected as board officers. Garey Alimia, MichaelFischer, Barry Gunn and Oliver Dyer were also chosen to joinexisting board members… Albert Savedra came on board as thecontroller/director of administration at TOA Electronics. JohnMurray returned to the company as product field specialist…Experienced pro audio manufacturing project manager JohnBastianelli has joined Tascam as product development manager…The newly created position of national product manager at Now HearThis went to Jess Quintana… Pixel Systems Inc. added RichardAlstedt as VP, sales and marketing… Yamaha's Pro Audio &Combo Division named district manager John Shalhoup the 2000 ProAudio & Combo District Manager of the Year and district managerLon Brannies Commercial Audio Salesperson of the Year. YCA hasappointed Chris Gero to the new position of corporate director ofartist affairs… Theta Digital named David Ripp East Coastsales manager… Utilizing the company's new AutoCADcapability, Greg Hoke has joined Multicom, Orlando, FL, as designdraftsman.
Agreements, Partnerships and Acquisitions
Sennheiser andFuture Sonics
Under a new agreement between Sennheiser Electronic Corporationand Future Sonics Inc., Sennheiser's evolution wireless 300 IEMsystem will be packaged with a professional, universal personalearphone specially designed and manufactured by Future Sonics. Moreat www.sennheiser.com andwww.futuresonics.com.
Beyerdynamic and MIPRO
VHF and UHF wireless system manufacturer MIPRO Electronics hasteamed up in an exclusive distribution agreement with beyerdynamic,Germany. The product line includes wireless microphone systems,portable wireless P.A. systems and wired vocal condensermicrophones. Both companies hope to benefit from the partnership byopening up international opportunities. Visit www.beyerdynamic.com.
MSCi Acquires Intellisys
MSCi Inc. has completed its purchase of a large portion ofIntellisys Group Inc. assets. Approximately 400 Intellisysemployees around the country will join MSCi, working to provideintegrated audio, video and broadcast technical services andpresentation, broadcast and computer technology products.
Harman and Oraios
The Harman Consumer Group has formed an alliance with Web siteinterface developer Oraios Corporation. Oraios will develop sitesfeaturing 3-D virtual-reality graphic interfaces and interactivecapabilities for Harman Kardon, Infinity and JBL brands. Visitorsto the site will be able to shop at virtual stores, “pickup” and examine products close up. More at Harman's Web site,www.harman.com.
SC and Milestek
Svoboda, Collins L.L.C., out of Chicago, sponsoredre-capitalization of Milestek, Denton, Texas. Milestek distributesvalue-added private label and branded electronic connectivitycomponents. SC advisors plan to help expand and provide leveragefor the company in the electronic connectivity market.
Far Blue and Imerge
Technology investment and management group far blue announced a£500,000 investment in Imerge, developer of Internet-enabledhard-disk-based hi-fi and TV products. The investment company“has recognized the fundamental change in consumerelectronics from analog to digital,” according to far blueinvestment management director Chris Fitzsimmons. Imerge is atwww.imerge.co.uk.
Miranda and Network Electronics
Miranda Technologies and Norway-based Network Electronics haveestablished an OEM partnership. Miranda will have exclusivedistribution rights for routing and distribution product dealernetworks in North, Central and South America and will provideproduct support for regional Miranda Network customers. Link to theMiranda Network router line through www.miranda.com.
Owens Corning and Theo Kalomirakis
TKE, a subsidiary of home theater manufacturer Theo KalomirakisTheaters, will take responsibility for product line strategy,marketing, sales and service for Owens Corning'sSelectSound® acoustic room system. Go towww.tktheaters.com or www.owenscorning.com for furtherinformation.
VSE and Group Decision Support Systems
VSE has made a purchase and sale agreement to acquire GroupDecision Support Systems Inc.'s “Collaborative Technologiesand Environments” business. “The acquisition of thebusiness adds a range of important capabilities [and] contractexperience,” said TTD division manager Tom Stallone. Detailson VSE are available at www.vsecorp.com.
Onecall.com and Monster Cable
A/V specialty e-tailer onecall.com has a new partnership withMonster Cable, the high-performance audio and video cable,interconnect and accessory manufacturer. Monster products will beoffered on the onecall.com Web site, using Real Audio, MacromediaFlash and Adobe Acrobat for an enhanced shopping experience. Shopfor products online at www.onecall.com.
Leitch Acquires Digital Processing Systems
Leitch Technology Corporation, Toronto, has acquired over 90% ofDigital Processing Systems' shares. Digital Processing Systems willnow be part of Leitch's broadcast, cable, post-production, Internetand business-to-business product team. Visit www.leitch.com.