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Sennheiser Announces Shipment of its New HDVD 800 Digital Amplifier

OLD LYME, Conn. – July 2, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its new HDVD 800 digital amplifier is now shipping. The new amplifier is designed to provide a crystal clear, brilliant response and is ideally suited for driving the entire line of high-end headphones from Sennheiser, including the HD 600, HD 650, HD 700, HD 800 and other models.

The new HDVD 800 provides a crisp and detailed, distortion-free response — making the listener feel as they were sitting directly in front of the audio source. Designed, developed and manufactured in Germany, the new amplifier is a manifestation of the effort and vision that drives Sennheiser in the development of its high-end products, creating an unsurpassed level of acoustic performance.

Balanced sound image and impressive spaciality?Sonically, the HDVD 800 delivers a balanced sound image, maximum precision and impressive spatiality. It features a fully symmetrical layout that ensures even signal transmission from the source to the headphones. “The fully symmetrical principle effectively compensates for interference and distortion,” explains Axel Grell, Sennheiser’s High-End Product Manager at Sennheiser. “The sound therefore becomes much clearer as total harmonic distortion is minimized.”

The HDVD 800 is also equipped with an asymmetrical input socket; when using this input, incoming signals are symmetrized before further processing takes place. Digital sources are connected to the rear of the unit as an AES/EBU input or S/PDIF (optical and coaxial). The HDVD 800 also features an extra USB input, which offers 24 bit data transmission at 192 KHz*.

Sophisticated materials for a premium touch

A glass panel embedded in the aluminium housing of the amplifier gives a clear view of the top-quality interior of the devices. The rotary potentiometer is mechanically connected to the volume control by a 150mm long shaft. This unusually long shaft allows the signal path between the audio source and the potentiometer to be kept very short, thus preventing possible interference of the signal. High-quality components (Alps RK 27 quad) ensure that the volume is controlled with maximum precision and a fine rotary ‘feel’. Also visible through the glass panel are the cooling element, the audio relay and countless MELF resistors for the amplifier.

The housing, the potentiometer control as well as the rotary switch for selecting the source are all made of anodized aluminium, while the front panel of the housing and the controls are milled from solid material. The HDVD 800, which is priced at $1,999.95, was developed and designed in Germany.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com

*Driverless operation on a Mac from operating system OS 10.5 onwards. A driver is included for Windows computers from XP operating system onwards for 192 kHz operation.

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Solid State Logic Appoints Jay Easley as Vice President of Live Consoles

Industry Veteran Will Lead the Company’s Expedition into the Live Market in North and South America

OXFORD, UK – SSL Inc., the U.S. operation of Solid State Logic, is pleased to announce that Jay Easley has been appointed Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. Previously with Midas and Klark Teknik (MKT), Easley has had a successful sales and marketing career in the live sound market, with many years experience in global audio console launches, acquiring new business and increasing market share. In this new role, Easley brings his vast understanding of the live market to promote SSL’s recently introduced ‘Live’ console, which brings the industry standard, sonic legacy of the SSL brand to the stage.

Working closely with the team in the Americas, Easley’s initial goal is to build industry awareness of the SSL Live Console. He will also work closely with Jason Kelly, SSL’s newly appointed Live Product Manager, to define future product enhancements tailored to the needs of specific clients. Using his extensive knowledge of the performance market through years of successful console placements, Easley will help dealers and mix engineers understand the many benefits of this innovative, advanced technology live sound console.

“Jay’s extraordinary stature in the live sound industry brings a high level of credibility for SSL as we enter this exciting market segment,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “His surgical focus and successful experience in live sound applications makes him the ideal choice to lead the charge for the Live Console in North and South America. We believe the addition of Jay on the SSL team will herald in a new era of technology leadership for the live sound market.”

Most recently, Easley served as Associate Vice President of MKT’s North American operations. In this position, he developed and executed sales and marketing strategies, new product introductions, and delivered presentations, seminars and training classes to clients and partners.

“I am truly honored to work for SSL, a company that I consider to have an unparalleled reputation for excellence and reliability,” says Easley. “I am excited to lead the Live Console business in the Americas. We have the opportunity to show customers SSL’s advanced console technology that exceeds industry expectations for what is now available for live sound. This is SSL and we expect the Live Console will have the same leadership impact on the live sound industry as it has enjoyed with the music, broadcast, post and film markets for decades.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Sennheiser provides unwavering support and flawless wireless as CMA Music Festival shatters attendance records

Nashville, TN, July 1, 2013 – From June 6 to 9, the Country Music Association (CMA) held its 42nd Annual Fan Fair, a four-day music festival consisting of dozens of country performances including current, chart-topping Sennheiser users such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band to ‘heritage’ artists including Kenny Rogers and Oak Ridge Boys.

Each year, the festival gains in popularity around the world and this year was no exception as the total number of attendees exceeded 80,000 over the course of the festival — a 13 percent increase in overall attendance compared to 2012. Sennheiser supported the production with wireless equipment consisting of eight channels of EM 3732-II receivers, coupled with SKM 2000-XP handheld wireless transmitters and MMD 935-1 cardioid microphone capsules.

Curt Jenkins was responsible for the audio as project manager for Nashville-based Sound Image. Jenkins made contact with Tim Moore, Sennheiser USA’s artist relations manager, several weeks before the event for assistance in coordinating artist and engineer equipment needs. With the complexity of the event in mind, Moore suggested bringing in the Sennheiser Global Relations Team for additional support utilizing their production-ready technical assets. “Sennheiser recognizes the challenges technicians and engineers face during these events to stay efficient, so our pre-configured wireless equipment racks give them one less thing to worry about,” commented Kristy Jo Winkler, Global Relations Manager, Americas. The equipment was used extensively over the course of the performances at LP Field — Nashville’s 68,798 capacity sporting arena that is also home to the Tennessee Titans U.S. football team.

In addition to the wireless racks, Sound Image appreciated the microphone capsules Sennheiser provided. “The e 935 microphone and MMD 935-1 capsule have become very popular and are the choice of a large number of Sennheiser users,” commented Tim Moore. “The MMD 935-1 capsule has a natural response that consistently and accurately reproduces the source. When Curt asked for support from Sennheiser, I knew that the 935-1 capsule would be perfectly suited for the application.”

Sennheiser: providing wireless support where it‘s needed

“I was managing audio for the whole event,” commented Curt Jenkins, who was asked to provide several additional channels of production wireless to cover the festival’s heritage acts as well as ongoing MC activities. “Since it was being filmed for TV by a major network, we had to ensure all the audio was rock solid, especially considering we were multi-tracking everything. We asked Sennheiser if they could help and they arranged to have a rack sent over without delay.”

In addition to the wireless microphones, Sennheiser also supplied several SR 2050 IEMs and evolution series wired microphones. The equipment was used throughout the duration of the four-day festival, providing clear and predictably flawless performance to the record-setting, sell-out crowd. From the outset, Jenkins had no doubt that the MMD 935-1 capsules would perform well in a stadium environment, especially considering that it has been the ‘go-to’ capsule for both Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton: “The capsules themselves are well rounded,” he says. “The MMD 935-1 is totally controllable in a stadium environment and because of its wide frequency response works great on anybody’s voice.”

No clicks, pops, swishes or dropouts

Jason Glass of Cross Plains, TN-based Clean Wireless Audio was hired by Sound Image to handle RF coordination for the stage microphones, IEMs, television crews as well as touring rigs for guest acts during the festival. Glass was tasked with covering the entire stage performance area as well as a secondary stage in the audience, located approximately seventy-five feet beyond the downstage edge of the main stage.

He put the Sennheiser rack into play from the moment it arrived during load-in on June 3rd. “We relied heavily on the Sennheiser wireless receivers and transmitters during each of the four days, and everything worked perfectly,” he recalls. Each day, Glass worked alongside each artist’s tech team to provide backup frequencies should any trouble arise. “Not only were the vast majority of pre-assigned Sennheiser frequencies clean, but Taylor Swift’s RF Tech Bill Flugan emailed me afterwards to let me know their show went flawlessly.”

Glass, who has toured for over 20 years as a monitor engineer, says that the Sennheiser gear performed as advertised: “Everything worked so incredibly well. In four days, we didn’t experience a single click, pop, swish or dropout.” Glass says in addition to the incredible reliability of the Sennheiser wireless, he also appreciates the cross-compatibility between the 2000 series and 5000 series wireless systems: “When you are working with different touring acts, some walk in with Sennheiser 5000 systems — if the next act walks on and are carrying the 2000 series, you can push a few buttons on the receiver and be ready to go,” he says.

Sennheiser Global Relations making it work

Perhaps most of all, Glass is appreciative of the care that goes into pre-configuring a turnkey system. “When you obtain a turnkey system from Sennheiser Global Relations, the rack is absolutely gorgeous. It is well thought out, constructed and functions exactly as you would expect,” he says. “For instance, each BNC cable is no longer and no shorter than needed — when you are trying to squeeze every last decibel out of an RF transmission system, things like cabling become a factor and Sennheiser does it right.”

“It brings to mind the old catch phrase ‘German precision engineering’,” concludes Glass. “Everything has its purpose, and that’s appreciated. When you talk to people at Sennheiser, they know their stuff.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

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