Sennheiser launches “no worries” RF wireless systems

Anaheim, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching its brand new XS Wireless Series at the 2012 NAMM Show. Designed for users who want to easily go wireless, this entry-level series offers complete sets with sturdy units, simple operation and high quality sound. The transmitters have a battery life of up to 10 hours, while a switching bandwidth of up to 24 MHz allows for flexibility in the choice of frequencies. The series is comprised of two vocal sets, an instrument system and presentation sets with clip-on microphone or a headmic.

“With the XS Wireless Series, Sennheiser offers reliability and quality sound at an entry-level price,” explained Martin Fischer, Product Manager for Sennheiser’s wireless systems. “It offers good value for money and will benefit small event and conference venues, houses of worship as well as bands, vocalists and musicians.”

Wireless without fuss
The designers have focused on ease of use: the systems are operated via intuitive menus, they automatically search for free frequencies, and transmitters are synchronized with their receivers via a wireless link. “We wanted to make sure that users can fully concentrate on their performance, their speech, etc. without having to worry too much about the set-up and technology,” Fischer said.

Extras for bands…
XS Wireless includes two systems for vocalists and one instrument set for guitarists. Vocalists can choose between a handheld with a super-cardioid condenser capsule and one that includes a genuine dynamic e 835 capsule. “The XSW 35 system takes the assertive sound of the cardioid e 835 to new user groups,” Fischer added.

… and speakers
For installed sound applications and presentations, users can choose between systems with a handheld transmitter or a bodypack transmitter with either a head-worn mic or an unobtrusive clip-on microphone. Mute buttons on the handheld and the bodypack ensure that speakers are in control of the transmission.

Ruggedness and flexibility
To withstand the rigors of daily use, the true-diversity receiver is housed in a sturdy metal case. In the transmitters, one set of batteries will last for up to 10 hours—not only good for energetic stage shows, but also for long events and conferences. The systems feature freely tunable frequencies within a switching bandwidth of 24 MHz (13 MHz for the E frequency range). This allows up to 12 wireless links to be operated simultaneously, ensuring trouble-free operation even at somewhat larger events.

Visit Sennheiser at NAMM, Hall A, Booth # 6579.

Auralex Announces Strategic Alliance With Studio Designer Carl Tatz at the 2012 NAMM Show

Auralex Joins Forces with Carl Tatz, World-Class Studio Designer, to Develop Turnkey Acoustic Control Solutions

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 19, 2012 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc. the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, and Carl Tatz, the award-winning studio designer/acoustician and owner of Carl Tatz Design, announce a strategic alliance at the 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 6898, Hall A). Working closely with Carl Tatz, Auralex now offers audio professionals a turnkey acoustical treatment system that emulates the performance of Tatz’s custom-designed control rooms. The announcement was made by Eric Smith, Auralex founder and president, and further accentuates Auralex’s position as the preeminent leader in acoustic control solutions.

Tatz and Auralex’s research and development department co-developed the series, known as the Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex, which is a collection of fabric-wrapped fiberglass acoustic panels hand-selected by Tatz. Designed for the high-end project studio or mastering room, the new series consists of four acoustical products, available in over 30 color options, and combines Tatz’s expertise with Auralex’s established manufacturing and distribution chains to bring this new line to the masses. Tatz, a Nashville, Tennessee-based acoustician and former recording studio owner who received a GRAMMY nomination in 1999 for his production of Jack Jones’ Tribute to Tony Bennett LP, is a renowned figure in the audio industry with extensive experience in studio design and acoustics.

Auralex’s Carl Tatz Signature Series includes:
• CTD Attenuation Cloud – Consists of three 2 ft. x 4 ft. x 2 in. decorative, fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass ProPanels™ mounted together and is specifically designed to be hung over the mix position.
• CTD Corner Trap – This new 2 ft. x 4 ft. x 2 in. bass trap has inverted beveled edges to allow for corner installation and provides low frequency sound control.
• CTD Acoustic Lens – Designed for side-wall applications, the CTD Lens is a 5 ft. x 4 in. x 8 in. panel that allows for incredible low frequency absorption while controlling and focusing reflections to the right and left sides of the mix position.
• CTD ProPanel – This 2 ft. x 4 ft. x 2 in. fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass ProPanel is designed to absorb slap and flutter echoes to provide a more accurate listening environment. The panel’s design and implementation increases its ability to control lower frequencies.

“We are honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “This new series is the perfect combination of Carl’s design experience with Auralex’s expertise and commitment to providing high-quality and innovative acoustical products. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hit makers worldwide.”

“I am excited to partner with Auralex on this new series of high-end acoustical products,” says Tatz. “When you think of acoustical treatment, you think of Auralex and I am glad we are now able to offer the market a turnkey solution that can improve any acoustic environment. I’ve used Auralex products for years and I look forward to a successful long-term partnership with Auralex.”

About Carl Tatz DesignCarl Tatz Design (CTD) offers design and consulting services to homeowners and entertainment industry professionals in areas of: Recording Studios, Monitor Systems, Home Screening Rooms, Dedicated Listening Rooms, Acoustic Analysis, Tuning, and Sound Isolation. Carl Tatz is also the inventor of the industry acclaimed proprietary PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol. CTD’s many resources combine knowledge, experience and expertise in sound, picture and design to serve its clients worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.carltatzdesign.com.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread worldwide use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

Jampro Antennas at CABSAT 2012

Sacramento, CA • January 18, 2012 — JAMPRO ANTENNAS, the oldest antenna company in the USA, will bring its value-laden and feature-rich complement of broadband solutions to CABSAT, the Middle East’s largest digital media and satellite exposition. Jampro highlights will include its JAT-U UHF broadband super turnstile antenna, JUHD UHF broadband panel antenna, Prostar JA/MS-BB broadband UHF slot antenna, and the RCEC affordable mask filter. The antennas will all be on display in Stand #S1-9 of Hall Sheikh Saeed 1 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28 February to 1 March 2012.

in addition to the broadband solutions, Jampro will also showcase its RCCC constant impedance combiner along with economical and flexible antennas, combiners & filters, towers, and RF components that address every application in the broadcast industry including DTV, DVB-T, FM and HD Radio solutions. The Company will illustrate its vast scope of services – that span from concept to completion – by including its Service Group in its exhibition plans.

BROADBAND SOLUTIONS
Jampro JAT-U UHF Super Turnstile Antenna
Jampro’s Broadband Batwing IV/V 470 – 860 MHz Antenna has many outstanding features that bring great value to today’s broadcaster. The radome-enclosed unit can be either top or side mounted on a tower offering long life and many years of continuous service, ideal for broadband multi channel UHF applications. Minimum windloading while providing broadband response makes the JAT the perfect answer for applications where either one channel is defined, or multiple channels are combined.

Jampro JUHD Broadband UHF Panel Antenna
The JUHD Broadband UHF panel antenna is designed as either a side-mount or a top-mount antenna. The JUHD is based on a modular design and can be configured to provide various azimuth and elevation patterns. By using the optional beam tilt and null fill, the elevation pattern can be shaped to maximize coverage. The design of this horizontally polarized antenna may be configured to include varying levels of vertical polarization, with results ranging from small amounts of elliptical polarization.

Prostar JA/MS-BB Broadband UHF Slot Antenna
Jampro’s JA/MS-BB Broadband UHF Slot antenna, a part of the legendary Prostar™ line, is an economical alternative to buying, installing and maintaining multiple antennas. It provides a single, compact solution that conserves tower space and minimizes wind loading. Especially designed for multi-channel/combined channel operations in analog-analog, analog-digital or digital-digital TV applications, the JA/MS-BB arrives factory tuned with a ready-to-install, elegant and streamlined design. Broadcasters can choose from a wide selection of standard and custom transmission patterns. It can be configured for horizontal, circular or elliptical polarization, beam tilt and null fill are available; the JA/MS-BB handles power ranging from 2 to 10 kW. Input impedance is 50 ohm and VSWR of 1.1:1 or better can be achieved over sub-bands ranging from 470-530 to 835-890 MHz. The JA/MS-BB offers a compact new – but thoroughly proven – high performance and ruggedly built “single solution” for analog or DTV broadcast applications.

RCEC Mask Filter
Jampro’s new 8” RCEC Mask Filter is designed to provide superior mask filter performance at an affordable price and an output power of 5kw. Cross coupling creates steep rejection skirts and the high-Q cavities provide low pass band insertion loss in a compact design.

Booth Highlight RCCC-102-FM Constant Impedance FM Bandpass Combiner
Jampro will highlight its RCCC-FM Constant Impedance Combiner family that’s compact modular design can be configured to fit into the smallest transmitter rooms and allows an additional frequency to be easily added when the time comes. These combiners use temperature compensated Bandpass Filters with integrated heat sink tops to keep filters cool and locked on their frequencies.

The rugged RCCC-102-FM ensures years of solid performance. Various models are available for different channel spacing.

Booth Highlight Jampro Service Group
The manufacturer is also underscoring the scope of service’s available – from concept to completion – from the Jamppro Service Group. Backed by a highly qualified team comprised of industry leading engineers, project managers, field technicians and manufacturing staff, Jampro delivers the highest level of service available in the broadcasting industry with a comprehensive menu that includes:

• Turn Key Installation
• Site Survey and Inspection Services
• Transmission Line System Design and Layout
• System Optimization Testing Service
• After Sales Maintenance and Inspection

Established Products
A complement of Jampro’s well-established products will be shown including the Penetrator series of HD Radio™ antennas and components – world recognized as the most cost-effective in any power range. Additional offerings will include the JCPB-DA directional side mount FM broadband version; the JTS Test Section, a compact replacement for bulky tuned elbow complexes; the RCPU Patch Panel, with low-effort, quick release connections and low insertion loss; the JMPC-HD Antenna, for medium power FM stations; the JSHD-HD Antenna, an ultra-reliable dual-input FM system for full service stations; the RCHA-323-10HD Digital FM Radio COMBINER and the JL-SS Super Slot low-power TV Antenna series.


About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 15,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.
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916-383-1177 • Sonia@jampro.com

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Grand Prize Winner Announced for “Show Us Your Auralex Room” Online Challenge

Sarasota, Florida Resident Steve Capo Earns Top Spot for Treatment of Home Recording Studio

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 18, 2012 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, announced today that Sarasota, Florida’s Steve Capo is the Grand Prize winner of its “Show Us Your Auralex Room” online challenge. In addition to collecting his $1,500 cash prize, Capo will be on site at the Auralex NAMM booth (Booth 6898, Hall A) throughout the 2012 NAMM Show to share the details of his experience installing Auralex products in his home recording studio. Auralex will also run a video montage of all entries to the challenge at the show.

The online challenge, which ran from October 1 until December 15, asked users to showcase their best use of Auralex’s acoustical treatment products. Users were able to submit their entries on the Auralex Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AuralexAcoustics). Facebook voters narrowed the entries to 15 finalists. Auralex chose Capo’s entry as the grand prize winner due to the overwhelming amount of votes he received.

“We are continually wowed by the innovative ways our customers utilize Auralex products to achieve the optimal sound quality necessary for their varying needs,” says David Fischer, CEO of Auralex Acoustics. “Steve Capo’s entry was fantastic. This challenge was a huge success for Auralex — truly a way for us to demonstrate our appreciation for the support of our customers.”

A guitarist and singer in his band, the “Stevie Capo Project,” Capo installed several Auralex acoustical treatment products, including Sheetblok-Plus, SonoFlat, SonoColumns and SonoCollars, in the sound booth, rehearsal and control rooms of his home studio in Sarasota.

“I first saw Auralex products in a music store and wanted to try them out,” says Capo. “After installing them, I was instantly able to hear the difference. Auralex is a must have product for your studio.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

Auralex Introduces SonoLite Bass Traps at the 2012 NAMM Show

SonoLite Bass Trap Absorbers Offer a Cost-Effective, Easy-to-Install Low-Frequency Sound Solution

ANAHEIM, CA — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, unveils its new SonoLite Bass Trap at the 2012 NAMM Show (Hall A, Booth 6798).

Auralex’s new SonoLite Bass Trap is a 3″ thick, 2? x 2? fabric-wrapped StudiofoamPro core absorption panel. SonoLite Bass Traps are the perfect solution for low-frequency sound control. The core of each panel is made of Auralex’s StudiofoamPro acoustical foam; the panel is then covered in a velour fabric to add a stylish appeal to accent the decor of any room.

SonoLite Bass Traps are reverse-beveled for corner mounting. The panel is plastic-backed for improved rigidity and durability. SonoLite Bass Traps are packaged with six EZ-Stick™ SonoLite Mounting Tabs for incredibly easy, removable installation.

Based on Auralex’s SonoLite absorption panels, which are designed to reduce unwanted reflections and flutter echo in critical listening environments such as control rooms, live rooms and rehearsal spaces, the SonoLite Bass Traps are also available in both black and tan finish.

“The SonoLite Bass Trap is the result of direct feedback from our customers — offering an incredibly effective, affordable and professional looking low-frequency solution to match our very popular SonoLite Panels,” says Mike Buratto, acoustical engineer at Auralex Acoustics. “At Auralex, we strive to meet customer demand in innovation.”

Quality bass traps that are substantial enough have always been expensive to buy or intricate and time-consuming to build, but not anymore. SonoLite Bass Traps are very affordable and easy to install. For a cost-effective yet tasteful way to improve the acoustics in any room, SonoLite Bass Trap absorption panels are the solution.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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Vatican Television Center Chooses Clear-Com Eclipse and Tempest2400 for HD OB Van

Staff Coordinates Coverage of Pope’s Daily Activities and Events in Vatican City Using Clear-Com Intercoms

ROME, ITALY, 17 JANUARY 2012 ? Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that Vatican Television Center, known in Italy as Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV), the official broadcaster of Vatican City, has selected Eclipse-Median digital matrix and Tempest2400 digital wireless intercoms to help cover the official activities of Pope Benedict XVI as well as the ongoing religious events and services held at the Vatican. The extensive communication capabilities offered by the four connected Eclipse-Median, six I-Series intercom panels, two Tempest BaseStations and four Tempest BeltStations assure that CTV broadcasts have fast access to reliable, high-quality communications.

Since 1983, CTV, headquartered in Via del Pellegrino in Vatican City, has broadcast the Pope’s pastoral ministry and other activities of the Holy See. Each year, they cover about 200 events from inside the Vatican as well as during the Pope’s travels in Italy and abroad. The network’s footage is picked up via satellite by broadcasters, news agencies and editing facilities around the world. CTV has no production studios, as a majority of the broadcaster’s work is ENG. The new OB van, which has full HD capability, has become the central hub for critical operations at the network. Its four operating areas include the audio room, equipment room, primary and secondary production control with VTR and camera control.

“The combination of the Eclipse digital matrix with V-Series panels and Tempest2400 gives CTV a tremendous amount of communications flexibility, making it much less stressful to manage the broadcasting of the Pope’s ministry,” says Karlie Miles, Director of EMEA Sales, Clear-Com. “Our system has certainly proven to function flawlessly during critical situations. The signal transmitted from the Tempest2400 wireless intercom system easily penetrates the thick walls of the church and can travel far distances to the van. We are thrilled that CTV has entrusted Clear-Com to help deliver the Pontiff’s and Vatican’s message to worshippers around the world.”

The 112-port Eclipse-Medians, which interface with the I-Series intercom panels, provide the CTV team with fast audio routing, many communication paths and sophisticated features for ample flexibility and exhaustive functionality. Operating in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, the Tempest2400 utilizes patented Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum radio technology, which withstands frequency interference and maintains high quality audio for reliable communications. The two- or four-channel version Tempest2400 enables the employees in the CTV OB van to effectively coordinate between the OB’s production area and camera operators. Clear-Com improves the broadcasting experience of CTV by driving efficient collaboration with the robust Eclipse-Median and high performing Tempest2400 wireless system.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global market leader in critical voice communications systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.

House Research Institute to Offer Free Hearing Screenings and Hi-Fi Earplugs at NAMM in Efforts to Curb Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Los Angeles – January 16, 2012 — The House Research Institute (HRI) [NAMM booth 1292, Hall E] announced that as part of its Sound Partners® program it is continuing its annual tradition of providing free hearing screenings to all attendees of the 2012 NAMM Winter Show on January 19 – 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center. By visiting the HRI booth, NAMM attendees can receive valuable information on noise induced hearing loss as well as Hi-Fi earplugs, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

During last year’s NAMM convention, the House Research Institute provided its free hearing screening services to more than 800 attendees. To accommodate screenings for those working on the show floor, the HRI booth will open early at 9:30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Before making any other stops, NAMM attendees should come down to Hall E and make an appointment to have their hearing evaluated,” commented Marilee Potthoff, director of Community Education & Outreach at HRI. “Noise induced hearing loss is a major health problem in the sound industry, and can be completely avoided. We encourage those attending NAMM to do the right thing for their own hearing health by signing up for a screening.”

Anyone attending or exhibiting at NAMM is welcome to stop by the booth and inquire about a free hearing screening — appointments will be arranged on a first come, first served basis. In addition to providing free hearing screenings throughout the duration of the exhibition, HRI will also have plenty of informational handouts and literature on hearing protection and noise induced hearing loss.

Following are details on the hearing screenings:

Date/Time:
January 19, 20, 21 and 22, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Sunday, until 5:00)
Location:
NAMM Convention, back of Hall E, Booth 1292

Licensed audiologists from the House Ear Institute and House Clinic will briefly counsel participants on their hearing screening results. All results are retained in a confidential patient database at HRI; people who have had screenings in prior years will easily be able to compare results to track any changes over time. For more information, visit http://www.houseresearch.org/.

Waves Audio WLM Loudness Meter Now Shipping

— New plugin ideal for broadcast, games, movie trailers and packaged media —

KNOXVILLE, TN, January 10, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is now shipping the Waves Loudness Meter (WLM) plugin. The WLM provides precision loudness measurement and metering for broadcast, movie trailers, games, packaged media and more. Ideal for content creators and post production houses as well as cable head-end facilities, WLM is an affordable, all-in-one cross-platform, multi-format loudness metering software solution.

Fully compliant with all current ITU, EBU and ATSC specifications, the WLM offers comprehensive Momentary, Short Term, Long Term and True Peak readouts, plus a unique warning and logging system that keeps track of users’ levels and lets them know when they have exceeded them – or fallen short. WLM offers foreground, dialog and average loudness measurements, and an intelligent dialog sensor detects and measures speech. The plugin features mono, stereo and 5.1 components.

WLM Controls

Short Term displays (in LUFS) perceived short term loudness.

Long Term displays (in LUFS) perceived loudness averaged across the program signal.

Range displays (in LU) the overall loudness range across the program signal
Momentary displays (in LUFS) momentary loudness levels, according to the Momentary scale control settings.

True Peak displays (in dBTP) inter-sample peaks that do not register in the sample data but may occur during reproduction of the digital signal.

Unders displays the number of times the signal goes below the specified Short Term Min value indicated in the settings panel.

Overs displays the number of times the signal exceeds the specified Short Term Max value indicated in the settings panel.

Measurements Play/Pause determines if program loudness is registered in the WLM memory for averaging long term loudness range.

Follow Transport determines if measurement starts and stops according to host application transport controls.

Timer indicates the amount of time measurements that have been taken and integrated.

Reset resets the Long Term, Range, Overs and Unders counters and returns the integration timer to 00:00:00.

Method determines the measurement method.

Weighting determines the type of weighting filter.

Channel determines the channels being measured.

Short Term Max determines the maximum short term level.

Short Term Min determines the minimum short term level.

True Peak Max determines the maximum true peak level.

Target determines the target level.

Custom Pre Filtering provides low pass (LPF) and high pass (HPF) filters that pre-filter the audio prior to loudness measurement.

Momentary Scale determines the scale displayed in the momentary bar meter.

Logging displays CSV logging file options.

The WLM Waves Loudness Meter plugin is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $400.00 (Native only), with a special introductory price of $299.00 being offered for a limited time. For more information, please visit www.waves.com.

Waves Introduces MaxxAudio4 Sound Enhancement Technology at CES 2012

— Next-generation audio enhancement technology enhances the sound of laptops, tablets and smartphones for music, movies, games and streaming video —

At CES 2012, the Consumer Electronics Division of Waves (Hilton 1430), the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing technologies and recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY® award, is announcing the introduction of its MaxxAudio4 sound-enhancement technology. MaxxAudio4 incorporates a host of proprietary signal-processing technologies to deliver richer, more immersive sound from laptops, portable devices and smartphones, with better definition, deeper bass and a more enveloping soundfield.

MaxxAudio4 builds upon the performance of Waves’ previously available MaxxAudio3 to offer significantly improved audio quality, using technologies that are directly derived from the company’s professional studio processing heard on countless hit records, major motion pictures and popular video games. MaxxAudio3 has received acclaim globally from end users and journalists alike, and MaxxAudio4 now represents the next generation of audio enhancement technology from Waves. MaxxAudio4 incorporates a suite of proprietary audio enhancements including MaxxVolume™, MaxxLeveler, MaxxTreble™, MaxxDialog, MaxxSpace, MaxxStereo, MaxxBass® and MaxxEQ™. MaxxAudio4 will be incorporated into a host of products from partnering manufacturers, which will be named in Q1 2012.

“Audio is becoming more important than ever before in the consumer electronics experience,” said Tomer Elbaz, General Manager of Waves Consumer Electronics Division. We are excited that major consumer electronics manufacturers are recognizing the value that MaxxAudio4 adds to their products in providing a more enjoyable and involving listening experience. MaxxAudio4 overcomes much of the limitations inherent in the smaller speakers found in portable electronics, to deliver surprisingly bigger and better sound that turns a laptop or tablet into a full-blown entertainment system.”

MaxxAudio4 can be tailored to each device it’s incorporated into, yielding optimum sonic performance for each product, whether listening through speakers or headphones. MaxxAudio4 uses proprietary processing that works in real time, for consistently satisfying high-quality sound.

Following is an outline of key MaxxAudio4 technologies.

MaxxVolume provides increased volume levels, improves clarity and increases the intelligibility of softer sounds at quiet volumes.

MaxxLeveler smoothes out volume differences with two pre-programmed listening modes: Normal, with a wide dynamic range for everyday listening, and Midnight, ideal for when you don’t want to disturb others.

MaxxTreble high-frequency enhancement brings out sonic nuances with crisp detail and clarity.

MaxxDialog lets listeners adjust dialog levels in movies and games, without affecting the rest of the audio mix. It’s ideal for Skype users.

MaxxSpace headphone enhancement provides an expansive, enveloping listening experience that replicates a surround sound listening environment.

MaxxStereo improves the stereo separation of laptop speakers by widening the “sweet spot” and creating a bigger stereo spread.

MaxxBass virtual subwoofer technology uses psychoacoustic processing to deliver more satisfying low-frequency response. It’s much more than a typical bass boost EQ – MaxxBass analyzes the audio content to create more natural-sounding bass.

MaxxEQ gives listeners the ability to shape the sound to their preferences, using full frequency spectrum equalization to enhance all types of content from streaming media and music to movies and games.

MaxxSense – adaptive audio conditioning listens to your content before you do – then customizes the sound in real-time, before it reaches your ears.

For more information, please visit www.maxx.com.

Audio-Technica Introduces Limited Edition Products Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary

— Landmark occasion commemorated with special limited-edition anniversary products that pay tribute to “50 Years of Passionate Listening” —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is introducing a number of limited edition products, all featuring a distinct Audio-Technica 50th Anniversary design and color scheme. The products include ATH-M50s/LE Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, ATM25/LE Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone, AE4100/LE Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, AE5400/LE Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone, AE6100/LE Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, AT4050/LE Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone and AT4050URUSHI Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone. Representing just some of Audio-Technica’s offerings in their product line, these products are limited-edition versions of A-T’s ATH-M50s, AE4100, AE5400, AE6100, AT4050 and the legacy product ATM25.

The LE/Anniversary limited editions, feature A-T’s classic silver-colored metallic finish with blue accents, and the AT4050URUSHI sports a stunning traditional urushi lacquer finish with hand-painted Japanese maple leaves. The AE4100/LE, AE5400/LE, AE6100/LE, AT4050/LE, AT4050URUSHI and ATM25/LE all feature a unique anniversary serial number etched on the surface of each model. The AE5400/LE, AT4050/LE and AT4050URUSHI come with a specially designed, beautifully hand-crafted wooden carrying case.

Of special note is the ATM25/LE, a re-emergence of the classic ATM25 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone. Based on direct input from end-users and dealers, Audio-Technica chose its 50th anniversary to bring back a special edition of the classic ATM25. The new ATM25/LE is ideal for kick drum, toms and other highly dynamic instruments; handles very high SPL at close range; provides big, warm low-frequency response with excellent presence; offers very full sound on close-up vocals and dialogue; and features a multi-level grille and rugged construction.
The Audio-Technica Anniversary Models are now available with U.S. MRSP’s as follows:
ATH-M50s/LE $209.00
AE4100/LE $329.00
AE5400/LE $629.00
AE6100/LE $329.00
AT4050/LE $995.00
AT4050URUSHI $2,495.00
ATM25/LE $489.00

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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