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HARMAN’s Crown Offers Online Certification Program for DriveCore™ Install Series Amplifiers

Crown DCi-ND copy 2ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio announced that it now offers an online certification program for its DriveCore Install (DCi) Series amplifiers. Available free of charge, the program offers instruction covering Crown’s DCi Analog, Network and Network Display amplifier models and information about the company’s exclusive DriveCore technology that is at the heart of the amplifiers’ powerful and efficient operation.

The course is available online at: http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/drivecore-install-series.html. Simply click on the blue “Test Your Knowledge” icon at the right of the screen to register and take the test. The test consists of approximately 50 questions and has a time limit of three hours to complete. Once registered, users may take the exams in one sitting or save their progress and resume the test at a later date.

“Our DCi certification program was created with installed sound contractors, systems integrators and other professionals in mind, to help them get the most out of Crown’s DCi Series amplifiers and use them effectively in a wide variety of real-world situations,” said Dan Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “We designed the DCi Series as the new industry standard in installed-sound amplifiers and models are available with connectivity options and power ratings to suit any application.”

Once logged on, participants are asked a series of questions about the DCi Series amplifiers. Information to help in completing the exam can be found in the DCi training videos on the Crown YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CrownInternational) and on www.crownaudio.com. Additional helpful information is available by working within HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect software and watching its training videos, viewing the company’s System Technology Bulletins and by having a general understanding of professional audio and networking. The test is designed to provide guidance to those seeking training, and the questions themselves offer helpful resources.

Participants must receive a score of 90 percent or greater to earn certification. There is no limit to how many times the test may be taken. Once they pass, users receive a downloadable Certificate of Completion and a notification is sent to Crown.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets.   With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Johnny D’s Serves Up A Superior Sound Experience with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3

Scraft_JohnnyDsSOMERVILLE, Massachusetts – For a 300-seat nightclub that is 45 years old and doubles as a restaurant in David Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, Johnny D’s required a renovation of its outdated sound system. While MJ Audio integrated the front end of the new system, which features HARMAN’s Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors, Technical Manager Dana Westover has installed a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to improve upon its existing analog consoles.

Given the popular area in which Johnny D’s is situated, its stage enjoys many touring bands and guest engineers in addition to local artists. Therefore, Westover needed a reliable console that is not only within the venue’s budget and able to accommodate the various performers, but also one that is user-friendly for the various engineers working at the club.

“We’ve been running analog mixers up until now, and have had a slow transition towards digital technology, because we get a lot of guest engineers who come from the analog world,” said Westover. “However, the Si Expression 3 is perfect as an upgrade, because it helps people transition to digital due to its logical layout and ease of use. For example, we had a guest engineer who has never worked on a Soundcraft board before, and within 15 minutes, he was ready for the show.”

The room housing the new equipment contains no parallel surfaces, thus leading to unique acoustics and an intimate layout of the venue. With a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console, a sound engineer can ensure that guests enjoy the most distinctive sounding shows. In addition, FaderGlowTM illumination of the faders prevents any unwanted mistakes in dark club environments that might hamper the audio experience.

“I think the audio quality is very solid, especially considering the price of the console,” said Westover. “I’m very happy that we have a great sounding venue, and now we have a great sounding board that any traveling engineer can do well with. I especially like how FaderGlowallows me to identify everything clearly, but I can also adjust the intensity of the LED’s depending on the lighting of the venue.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Go Into “X Mode” for the 2014 Miss USA Interviews

JBL_MissUSA_2BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As 51 contestants competed in one of the country’s most widely viewed beauty contests, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Premier Sound Services (PSS) provided the sound reinforcement for the Miss USA Pageant. The event is part of Miss Universe, which is owned by Donald Trump and was televised nationally live on NBC. As always, PSS stuck with its inventory of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays to generate the best coverage and superior sound quality.

The main PA system consisted of 13 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side in long-throw “X Mode” (35Hz high pass filter) and were powered with 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The system also featured 45-degree outfill arrays, which featured nine VTX V20 loudspeakers in long-throw 60Hz mode that were powered by six Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. On the floor, 16 bi-amped JBL SRX712M stage monitors were used with five Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

Two JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers were provided for the judges, with an additional two V20 loudspeakers per side for front fill, powered by two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The downstage side-fill hangs featured six JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers per side, powered by a single Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier. The upstage side fill hangs also featured six VT4886 loudspeakers per side, powered with one Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier.

“Keeping the loudspeakers hidden from the camera angles as much as possible was the main challenge of this event,” said Brian Gordon, Co-Owner and Head Audio Engineer of PSS. “Originally, we wanted to hang 14 units per side for the main PA, but thanks to the sheer power of the VTX Series we got the output we needed with fewer units, and we never hit the limit on any of the amplifiers.”

When asked why no subwoofers were used, Gordon replied, “We didn’t need any subwoofers for this show, because intelligibility and sound cohesiveness were the key objectives, and the VTX Series loudspeakers are superior in those areas over everything else. There was no interference and everything came out exactly as it should. I was especially impressed by the smoothness of the off-axis dispersion of the V20’s, which was just amazing.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets.   With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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SB-6570HD-SL-NEW-slimTHOUSAND OAKS, California, July 16, 2014 — The average hottest day of the year falls on July 24, but even record highs aren’t enough to impair SunBriteTV’s weatherproof outdoor TVs, which function flawlessly in temperatures as high as 122° Fahrenheit. Designed for permanent outdoor installation, SunBriteTV’s are more than just televisions; they transform any backyard or outdoor area into an outdoor living room ideal for summer BBQs, sporting events and dynamic entertaining.

SunBriteTV’s new Signature Series models are equipped with an advanced heat-dispersion system and improve upon everything that made previous iterations the best-selling outdoor televisions in the world. Between a 50% slimmer profile, brighter anti-glare LED screen, and an exceptionally durable, powder-coated aluminum exterior, the best-selling outdoor TV just got even better!

Pro Series models take performance a step further. They are direct-sunlight-readable with super-bright, high-NIT panels featuring Extended Solar Tolerance (EST) technology. EST prevents LCD crystals from overheating, a common danger in direct sunlight that can cause temporary on-screen black splotches with indoor TVs. A built-in internal multi-fan airflow system and protective anti-glare tempered glass front window keep SunBriteTV Pro Series televisions safe in high temperatures and active outdoor environments.

“A SunBriteTV lets you live in the moment- there’s no need for the hassle or backache of wheeling an indoor TV outside when the sun is shining,” says Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Whether it’s a beautiful summer day or rare ray of light in the winter, a SunBriteTV gives you the best of both worlds- HD entertainment and fresh air!”

Signature Series models start at $1,495, range in size from 32” to 65” and come in three colors: black, silver and white. Pro Series models start at $2,995 and are offered in black, silver and white and in sizes from 32” to 55”.

First released in 2004, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions incorporate more than 10 years of research, design and weatherproof technology, resulting in the world’s first and only time-tested true outdoor TVs. SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are fully weatherproof, protected from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, grease and salty air with rugged, powder-coated aluminum exteriors and watertight cable entry systems.

Designed for permanent outdoor installation, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.SunBriteTV.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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DPM Solutions Inc (2)ROCHESTER, New York  – Shortly after its founding in 2005, DPM (Digital Photo Marketing) Solutions, Inc. began renting and selling turnkey digital photo solutions to large event producers across the nation. By developing user-friendly systems that enable event staff to be trained quickly and remotely and providing around-the-clock technical support for them, DPMS has become a leading innovator of photo solutions for experiential brand activations. To ensure ease-of-use and a superior level of customer service, the company turned to DNP’s dye-sublimation photo printers to print branded photographs on-site and give them away as marketing materials, which has quickly become a cornerstone of its event solutions.

DPMS also forged new territory as the photo solutions provider for Nokia USA, becoming the first company to use phones as the photo capture device in a brand activation campaign. Since then, the company has teamed with major event planners and corporate clients, both national and regional, to provide a range of experiential products that promote their brand.

With more than 100 printers deployed in the field at any time, DPMS relies heavily on the durability and ruggedness of DNP printers to deliver upwards of 250 photos per hour. “Printing reliably with ease of setup is key to our success,” said Dave Erne, co-owner of DPM Solutions, Inc. “The durability of our photo systems combined with our 24/7 technical troubleshooting has made us the go-to provider of print-on-site event marketing systems. DNP’s dye-sublimation printer solutions have not only proved to be extremely reliable, but have also made the ease-of-use, technical support and in-house repairs we offer our clients possible.”

As one of DPMS’s flagship solutions, the APS Event Photo System is an easy-to-use event-marketing tool complete with the ability to shoot photos via a tethered DSLR camera or tablet/handset with Bluetooth transfer. It comes standard with DNP’s DS40 printer to produce 4×6 images immediately onsite. The system also allows for printing with standard borders or green screen compositing with border overlays and ships with a heavy-duty travel case. “The reliability and high print quality of the DS40 have made our systems extremely robust,” said Erne.

The DNP DS40 can print full bleed 4”x 6”, 6”x 8”, and 5”x 7” images in a beautiful glossy or matte finish. Not only is the DS40 versatile, but it can also produce 4”x 6” prints in less than nine seconds. Additionally, the DS40 is designed to save space and can be stacked for high-output situations.

“Every opportunity we get is due to our success handing out marketing prints,” said Pete Orsini, co-owner of DPM Solutions, Inc. “We typically print anywhere between 100 and 250 prints per hour for our clients and our ability to consistently produce this output without downtime has led to many new clients seeking our help at their events.”

For more information on DPM Solutions, Inc. please visit: http://www.dpmsinc.net

About Imagingcomm America Corporation (IAM)

IAM is a 100 percent U.S. subsidiary of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) – the world’s largest manufacturer of dye-sublimation media for photo printers and thermal transfer ribbons and barcode printers.

DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation has the broadest selection of solutions for the photo retail market and products designed to address retailer’s specific business goals and objectives—backed by the quality and reliability today’s customers expect. Manufacturing, sales and development offices of dye-sublimation media for photo printers is located in Concord, N.C., and more information is available at www.dnpimagingcomm.com. 

About DNP

Imaging Communications Operations is one of many of DNP’s operations.  Over 25 years ago, DNP was one of the first organizations to pioneer dye-sublimation media — and the oldest company to start business development in thermal transfer ribbons. DNP has since grown to be the world’s largest manufacturer of dye-sublimation media and thermal transfer ribbons.

DNP group is also the world’s largest diversified printing/coating technologies company. At its 71 production plants, both in Japan and overseas, DNP’s operations include commercial printing, packaging, decorative materials, electronics, business forms and information media supplies. DNP is a global corporation with $15.4 billion* in annual revenue. For more information, please visit www.dnp.co.jp/eng

* At the rate of ¥94 = U.S. $1

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