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Oct 1, 2001 12:00 PM, Compiled by Elizabeth Price

AES Postponed to November 30 through December 3

The conference and convention of the Audio Engineering Society, scheduled to start on September 21 at the Javits Center in New York City, has been postponed. The official statement from Roger Furness, AES executive director, follows:

“In view of the tragic events that took place [on September 11, 2001] there has been a lot of speculation as to whether the AES 111th Convention would proceed next week as planned. There were several factors to be taken into consideration and a need to have discussions with other parties. For this reason, we did not make a hasty statement.

“We have just returned from the Javits Center, where we had a meeting with their top management. We learned that the New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have taken over large portions of the Javits Center for use in coordinating emergency services. We also learned that FEMA will have complete control of these spaces and any others that they need, for an undetermined period. This obviously makes holding the event as planned impossible. However, we were able to reschedule the convention, rather than just cancel it. Most of the people who contacted us hoped that this would be the solution.

“The new dates will be Friday, November 30 to Monday, December 3, 2001, with the same exhibit, demo and conference space as would have been used [originally].

“We at the Audio Engineering Society would like to thank those of you who took the time and trouble to inquire about the safety of the staff here in the New York office and to wish us well and give us your support. We all appreciated this very much.

“Lastly, at this sad time, we would like to spare a thought for those who have had their lives so much more severely disrupted than any of us. We were, and are, very sensitive to their feelings. Let us hope that we can look forward to better times ahead.”

For more information, visit www.aes.org.

DTV Errors Revealed

Triveni Digital, an LG Electronics subsidiary, conducted an analysis of 23 transport streams supplied by 21 U.S. digital television stations. Triveni used the Stream-Doctor service, looking at DTV transport systems for compliance with ATSC standards. The streams exhibited various errors that could negatively impact viewing quality. The study revealed a 70% PSIP/PSI table transmission interval leading to receivers possibly taking longer to tune and lock up; 48% audio buffer usage, leading to degraded sound quality or lip sync problems; and 39% missing PSIP tables or syntax errors. For further data, or for more information on Stream-Doctor, go to www.trivenidigital.com.

Education Seminars, Remodelling at Pro Co

Pro Co Sound, with support from Neutrik USA, is starting a grass-roots education network to provide critical technical knowledge to aspiring musicians and technicians in the audio and entertainment industries. The rollout of the network will be gradual, with prototype seminars scheduled for the manufacturer's southwest Michigan operations. The first seminar was scheduled this past July.

Pro Co Sound also has released a new pricing guide, announcing a product cost reduction. The company has made major changes to its management and staff and has begun to remodel its product line. The restructure allows Pro Co to effectively double its output.

New TOA Warranty

TOA Electronics Inc. announced plans to increase the warranty period on all Commercial and Engineered Sound products sold to five years from the date of original purchase, beginning July 1, 2001. The new policy replaced all previous TOA product warranties.

Sonance Youth Benefit Tournament

At the 2001 San Clemente Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament, Sonance sponsored a Hole-in-One on the ninth hole and donated a pair of its T2000 in-wall loudspeakers for a tournament raffle. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament go to San Clemente Police Services for its Character Counts and Crime Prevention programs, which strive to help community youth.

AutoPatch Opens European Office

Targeted to strengthen support for AutoPatch's European market, the company opened an office in York, England. The office is a division of XN Technologies Inc. Tony Leedham has been appointed managing director of XN Technologies Ltd. to head up the AutoPatch office.

Stop, Thief

According to a 2000 report of lost revenue in the cable industry, published by the NCTA, cable theft represents losses exceeding $6.6 billion annually. In response, Electronics systems manufacturer Blonder Tongue Laboratories announced an exhibit at this year's National Cable Television Association Show to showcase HomeControl Interdiction Signal Security Equipment. The company also hosted its Third Annual Interdiction Conference at the New Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

New Division at Peavey

MediaMatrix is now an independent division of Peavey Electronics. Previously part of the Architectural Acoustics division, MediaMatix now has its own staff, resources and new product line. The AA division will now concentrate on developing and supporting its new products and personnel.

InFocus Awards

InFocus Corporation's LP130 received the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen “red dot” award for product design. The Proxima DP6150 holds PC World's 2001 World Class Award for best projection system.

Stardraw Sees U.S. Expansion

Stardraw has expanded into America with the acquisition of U.S. distributor R&S Solutions. R&S Solutions will operate under the name Stardraw.com Inc., headed by Randell Green, president.

Philips Licenses Patents

Philips and Digimarc Corp. announced that Philips Digital Networks has licensed Digimarc's patents as part of Philips' Water-Cast Broadcast Monitoring system. The companies will work together to promote broadcast monitoring solutions.

New Division for Almo

Almo established the Almo ProAV Division to service the professional audiovisual and contractor industries with Philips' ProAV products. Andrew Beaudet will lead the sales efforts, reporting to Warren Chaiken, senior vice president of Almo Corporation.

New Facility Spells Growth at Middle Atlantic

Middle Atlantic Products now has a Midwestern distribution facility with 47,000 square feet of warehouse space. The new location is more central and provides room for more product movement and customer service. Middle Atlantic's headquarters are in Riverdale, New Jersey.

The company also announced a U.S. distribution agreement with Anixter. Anixter stocks Middle Atlantic Products' sound and security rack enclosure systems.

Address Change at Behringer USA

Rapid growth at Behringer USA prompted the company to move its offices to 190 West Dayton Avenue, Suite 201, Edmonds, WA 98020. The company had just moved into its previous office 15 months earlier.

PSNI Affiliates Honored

Six affiliates of Professional Systems Network Inc., a 15-year-old national network of system integrators, earned awards for outstanding service and performance, and for quota and sales achievement. Award winners included: Alpha Video & Audio Inc., Edina, Minnesota; Snader and Associates Inc., San Rafael, California; CEAVCO Audio-Visual Company Inc., Denver, Colorado; Video Corporation of America-Fusion, Somerset, New Jersey; James Bass, Sales & Tech Support, Pacific Video Products Inc., Placentia, California; Jan Dragoon Haughney of Crimson Tech Inc., Wilminton, Massachusetts; Jon Bereman of Duncan Video Inc., Carmel, Indiana; and Stan Wagnon of Audio Visual Inc., Lubbock, Texas.

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