imgLas Vegas, NV (June 20, 2014)—The Pro Audio Group team of NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group announced its Best of Show Award winners today at the InfoComm 2014.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Lab.gruppen D Series
Eastern Acoustic Works Otto
K-array Systems Anakonda KAN 200
Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system
Listen Technologies iDSP RF receiver
Clear-Com HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount
Shure ShurePlus Channels
Martin Audio Limited DD12

Other magazines in NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group announced Best of Show Award winners as well:

Audio-Technica ATND971 Network Microphone with Direct Dante Protocol
Aurora Multimedia QXT-700
Black Box MediaCento IPX Controller
Clear-Com HelixNet HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount
Core Brands BlueBOLT BB-RS232
Crestron Electronics Digital Media
D-Tools, Inc. SIX 2013 R2 featuring Mobile Quote
Epson America, Inc. Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL
ESP/SurgeX ESP enVision PCS with Remote Portal
Kramer Electronics VIA Collage
Lab.gruppen D series
LG Electronics LG’s 55LV77A Full HD Video Wall Display
Listen Technologies iDSP RF receiver
Martin Audio DD12
Middle Atlantic Products TechPed Series Technology Pedestal
Peerless-AV Peerless-AV PeerSound Wireless Audio System (ADS100-B)
Rane Corporation EXP 2X
Shure Inc. QLX-D Digital Wireless System
SiliconCore Technology Magnolia 1.5mm LED
Sony Electronics VPL-GTZ1 4K ultra short throw laser projector
SVSi N-Touch N8300-series Wall Controller
Symetrix, Inc. SymNet Composer 2.0
Tekvox, Inc. TEK 2
Vaddio AV Bridge Matrix PRO
Vaddio RoboSHOT Broadcast and Conference
Video Devices (at Sound Devices booth) PIX 270i
Video Furniture International  (VFI) Electric Lift Collaboration and Video Table
Visix, Inc. MeetingMinder Room Sign Line
Yamaha QL Series Digital Audio Console
WOW Vision (at Starin booth) Collab8 Eco-System

AMX Enzo Content Sharing Platform   
Arthur Holm Dynamic 3 Talk
Audio-Technica ATND971 Network Microphone with Direct Dante      
Barco  F50 Panorama Projector  
BenQ America Corp. MW853UST Ultra Short Throw Projector
Biamp Systems TesiraFORTÉ       
Black Box MediaCento IPX Controller    
Blackmagic Design  Blackmagic Studio Camera  
Casio America Casio LampFree Ultra Short Throw XJ-UT310WN 
Crestron DM (DigitalMedia)
Dataton AB Dataton Watchnet
Draper Profile
Epson America Epson BrightLink Pro 1430Wi
FreeAxez 40 and FreeAxez-70
FSR HuddleVU Dugout  
Gefen HD KVM over IP  
Green Hippo Par4Keet   
IHSE Varicage 2100

The following is an in-depth rundown (in no particular order) of the Pro Audio Group’s winning products, with text provided directly from the manufacturers themselves.

imgEastern Acoustic Works Otto
EAW Otto is the world’s first Adaptive subwoofer. A term first coined in association with EAW’s full-range loudspeaker system, Anya, Adaptive Performance characterizes systems that are designed to:

1) Assess the required three-dimensional coverage area of a space, determine the processing needed to achieve that three-dimensional coverage pattern and tonal balance, and then implement this processing in DSP hardware to achieve the needed performance over the entire listening range.
2) Achieve this assessment, implementation and modification at show speed, without any physical reconfiguration.
3) After the system is configured, continually analyze system output for faults. If a fault occurs, the system will analyze the location of the fault and adapt processing to maintain optimal performance to the extent possible.
4) Autonomously determine the physical configuration of the system (i.e. quantity of modules, their respective orientation to one another, horizontal and vertical angles, etc.) and present this to the user as unified entities (i.e. arrays) in software.

In these ways, Otto is perfectly paired with Anya. With the two systems together, users are offered the unique opportunity to provide ideal full-bandwidth coverage for any venue size, from the smallest clubs (using just a few modules) to stadiums (using up to 12 flown Otto modules per column). Otto and Anya are scalable for any application and performance requirement.

Each Otto module offers analog, AES/EBU and redundant Dante inputs as well as on-board amplification and Adaptive processing. Additionally, each Otto module includes a built-in measurement microphone to measure the response of each transducer. This response is then compared with a factory-stored measurement to verify proper operation – the user is alerted as soon as a component falls out of tolerance. Users can verify module status at any time via Resolution software, or by pressing a battery-powered “Test” button on the rear of the enclosure. If no errors have been reported in the module’s logs, the LED illuminates green. If any errors have been reported, it turns red, indicating to the user that a more detailed self-test is needed. Further, each module is able to detect it’s position within an array via on-board IR transceivers on all faces. Arrays are then presented to the user as cohesive entities in Resolution software, as compared to many m odules which must be assigned or designated. Like Anya, cabling for Otto is standardized and self-contained. Distro Racks provide power and redundant network connectivity for up to 12 modules (of Anya, Otto or a combination). Distro Racks can be ground-stacked or flown adjacent to arrays for the cleanest setup possible.

Otto is also designed for portability and life on the road. Incorporating EAW’s signature RoadCoat finish, Otto enclosures are truck-pack friendly and fit through a standard door, stacked three-high on included caster pallets. Otto also incorporates a unique stack pad design to allow positioning on multiple faces (not just the bottom) without compromising output.

Acoustically, Otto is designed to be both nimble and powerful. Each module includes two high-output 18” woofers incorporating Offset Aperture loading, a hallmark of Anya. By concealing each woofer behind a baffle and utilizing the corners of the enclosure as radiating apertures, a number of benefits are realized including directivity improvement and reduction in distortion, while still allowing the system to achieve 136 dB peak output (unadapted) and provide extension to 22 Hz (-10 dB) from an enclosure just 31.5 x 31.5 x 24. Combined with four-corner rigging, Otto can be rigged with all woofers within an array in the same orientation (i.e. front-back), or alternating (one module front-back, the next side-side, etc.) to form 3D arrays capable of nearly any directivity pattern.

Additionally, because of the opposed orientation of the woofers, Resolution allows users to balance coverage consistency, impact, SPL and off-axis rejection without the need to perform any calculations or enter any processor settings manually. In short, Otto and Anya provide FOH engineers and system technicians with a unique opportunity to focus on the performance goals, not the means of achieving them.

imgK-array Systems Anakonda KAN 200
The K-array Anakonda KAN200 is a truly revolutionary speaker module born to meet the needs of places where few had dared to go till now. It is designed to be a problem solver in situations where a traditional speaker box can’t be used but where good intelligibility, ultra-reliability and a sleek design are required.

The KAN200 is the perfect fit for any distributed sound application. Its dedicated presets allow KAN200s to serve as a flexible PA system - either standalone or combined with K-array subwoofers. Its lightness and flexibility help it to be easily integrated in existing structures or in the most difficult spaces.

Each KAN200 module is 2m (6.6 ft) long. Up to 32 modules can be interconnected, creating a continuous sound line, 64m (209,97 ft) in length. Integrated male and female speakon NL4 connectors hide all connections inside the “body” of the speaker, which creates an elegant, seamless line. Each KAN200 includes 2 fabric socks, one black and one white, which can be used to cover and protect the speaker from foreign objects such as dust, and to quickly change the system’s color to suit the application. Wall brackets are included in the package to make the installation as easy and as fast as possible.

All the components of the Anakonda KAN200 are designed by the K-array R&D department and made in Italy under the K-array quality control system.

Since launching last year we have seen the KAN200 systems used all around the world in some of the most challenging installations for audio engineers. The Anakonda (KAN 200) also received "Most Innovative Loudspeaker" award at the EMEA inAVation awards 2014

imgMeyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system
A member of Meyer Sound’s LEO Family of linear loudspeakers, the self-powered LYON linear line array loudspeaker is designed to faithfully reproduce audio with tremendous power and clarity, and without coloring the sound—even when pushed to the limit. LYON utilizes the same cutting-edge technology as the acclaimed LEO-M, delivering very high headroom and precision coverage, yet it is housed in a lighter and more compact cabinet.

LYON is ideal for medium- to large-scale array applications that do not require the extreme long-throw capability of LEO-M. LYON is available in two models: LYON-M for primary array coverage and LYON-W for wide coverage. LYON-W can be used wherever wide coverage is needed in LYON arrays, at the bottom or in the middle of primary arrays, or even at the top of outfill arrays. LYON arrays are ideally paired with Meyer Sound’s 1100-LFC low-frequency control element for bass reproduction.

Entire systems are driven by Meyer Sound’s Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system, which provides matrix routing, alignment, and processing for array components. LYON provides the integrator with a reliable, high-performance installation solution for the largest and most demanding audio reinforcement projects, such as arenas, performing arts centres, theatres, and churches. The power of LYON, coupled with its compact size, allows high SPL levels and uniform coverage using fewer cabinets, reducing installation time. LYON’s advanced rigging system allows fast configuration and greater worker safety. Built-in modules for Meyer Sound’s Compass RMS remote monitoring system enable user monitoring of all critical performance parameters, assuring greater reliability and reducing service calls. In addition, LYON’s self-powered technology eliminates power amplifier racks and attendant room cooling requirements.

imgListen Technologies iDSP Receiver
The iDSP 72MHz receiver revolutionizes how an RF system works, offering precise clarity with 20 dB less hiss than other RF receivers. The new integrated neck loop improves the experience for people who have hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils. Sleek and small (smaller than an iPhone), the iDSP receiver has a field-replaceable, non-proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion battery, making obsolete the use of alkaline and NiMH batteries. Battery life is eight hours, with a 2.5-hour charge time.

Two versions of the receiver are available: LR-4200-072 Intelligent DSP RF Receiver (72 MHz) and LR-5200-072 Advanced Intelligent DSP RF Receiver (72 MHz). The LR-5200 Advanced Receiver features the ability for end users to select multiple channels for applications such as language interpretation. System components include the charging tray, which can be mounted in several ways; charging case; optional cable management system; earphones (foamless, solving certain sanitary issues); log book; setup/inventory software; and signage.

LR-4200 and LR-5200 Receiver features:
• Small size
• Display for inventory unit number, battery level, channel
• Integrated neck loop/lanyard incorporating an advanced DSP loop driver
• Advanced lithium-ion battery and battery management
• Programmable channel names • Customization using setup with iDSP software
• Venue inventory management with iDSP software
• Two headphone jacks accommodate neck loop/lanyard or two sets of headphones (could be shared if needed)
• Convenient USB port, making it easy to set up software and apply updates

imgClear-Com HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount
Following the successful introduction of the HelixNet Partyline family in 2012, Clear-Com has introduced the new HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount enclosure for allowing users to expand its HelixNet system and extend their intercom access to cover more production ground. In many applications where space is limited, having a small intercom panel mounted on the wall or sitting on the work desk is advantageous for various operational workflow without sacrificing functionality or features.

Unique to the four-channel HKB-2X HelixNet Speaker Station is its ability to monitor all four and communicate on any two available intercom channels at any given time. On the facing of the panel are intuitive controls and display capabilities for ease of use. The adjustable OLED display can be repositioned for the best viewing experience. The display shows the name and relative level of each selected channel. The menu is accessed via a front-panel push button, with parameter selection and scrolling controlled by the left and right Call buttons and rotary channel level controls. The embedded, legendary “Clear-Com Sound” delivers superior, digital quality sound for a highly intelligible audio experience.

The HKB-2X Speaker Station is powered though a single screened twisted pair PL cable, Power over Ethernet or external wall AC adapter. Two XLR-3 connectors are provided, allowing the Speaker Station to be daisy-chained on the intercom line. By using a combination of power sources, up to 60 user devices can effectively be on the system simultaneously. The integral loudspeaker is powered with an amplifier providing 5 watts RMS, with a frequency response of 30 Hz to 10 kHz, +/-3 dB.

The HKB-2X Speaker Station can either be wall mounted into a 4-gang standard electrical box or could be fitted into a portable S-Mount enclosure which yields to a dimension of 10.4” width x 6.9” high x 6.7” deep. The sleek and modern-looking S-Mount is made out of die cast aluminum, to provide a durable and light-weight housing for the Speaker Station. The rake is easily adjustable for selecting a best viewing position per user. Raised sides protect the knobs of the HKB-2X speaker station from impact. Anti-slip feet help prevent movement when using the S-Mount on a desktop. For temporary setup, the screw holes provided on the S-Mount allow simple and quick surface mounting. Mounted speaker stations can be carried face-to-face if needed due to keyed lugs for easy stacking.

The rear plate of the S-Mount has XLR-3M/F loop-thru and one RJ45 LAN connector for connecting to the intercom. Optional power methods include Powerline (XLR intercom connection), Power-over-Ethernet (RJ45 Ethernet intercom connection via third party power source), or Universal AC/DC power supply. The HelixNet Partyline platform is powered by the groundbreaking IP-based I.V.Core Technology. All audio channels and distributed power can run on a facility’s standard IT network infrastructure via an Ethernet/LAN connection. This capability makes HelixNet cost-effective and easy to deploy for any size facility.

imgLab.gruppen D Series
With an enviable pedigree in the world of high performance amplification, having defining benchmarks in sonic performance, power density, reliability and energy efficiency for over 30 years, Lab.gruppen looks set to continue its proud tradition of cutting-edge innovation with the unveiling of D SERIES, a new flagship install-dedicated 4-channel DSP amplifier platform, debuting at InfoComm in Las Vegas.

Drawing upon experiences and new technologies developed recently as the company’s flagship, and TEC Award-winning, PLM 20000Q – built primarily for the high-end touring market – increasingly became the preferred choice for consultants in demanding stadia and arena installations, D Series represents the most advanced and capable install-dedicated platform ever conceived by Lab.gruppen.

Total integration is the core ethos behind D Series, delivering what Lab.gruppen engineers describe as an amplifier platform that offers ‘genuinely open interoperability’ – a product that can integrate seamlessly with a wide range of digital audio and control protocols – bringing unique features and performance capabilities to virtually any high performance fixed-install project.

The D Series platform is available in two distinct variants – one featuring Lake, the other featuring Tesira by Biamp Systems – each offering unique capabilities and advantages. The Lake variant offers a well-established and proven package of Lake Processing DSP with analogue, AES and a Dual-redundant Dante network solution; supported by the development of new custom software to provide extensive integration potential with most key systems manufacturers. With the Tesira variant of D Series, comes a potent new collaboration between Lab.gruppen and Biamp Systems. This has resulted in dedicated models equipped with Tesira DSP, with AVB audio and control, to offer unheralded amplifier and DSP platform integration, designed to ensure seamless interoperability between respective systems.

Available in 3 power configurations (8000 W, 12000 W and 20000 W total power output), each available in either variant, D Series also heralds the debut of Lab.gruppen’s ground-breaking Rational Power Management (RPM) technology. Unlike other amplifiers where ‘flexibility’ often involves compromise (eg. reducing channel count or reducing the total power), RPM allows truly flexible power allocation across all channels to ensure the most efficient and rational use of total amplifier inventory.

At the heart of RPM, lies the unique ability for each model to deliver up to 5000 W output on any single channel, even on the lower power models, leaving the remaining available power to be allocated freely to the other channels. This enables more optimized system design, with each channel being tailored to the precise requirement of the load, rationalizing the system to achieve most efficient use of the total amplifier inventory.

D Series reinforces Lab.gruppen’s position as the leader in ‘real’ green amplifier technology, having evolved from the tested and proven amplifier and patented power supply technology found in the PLM 20000Q, delivering best-in-class Power Factor Correction and low peak mains current draw to power output ratio. Augmenting those green credentials is a new software suite called CAFE (Configuring Amplifiers For the Environment). In addition to providing full system surveillance capabilities as well as RPM configuration, CAFE also includes an innovative design aid in the form of ESP (Equipment Specification Predictor) that provides an optimized recommendation for specifying D Series into the project, including model and number of amps, heat generated, channel distribution and current draw. All coming together to enable more accurate mains management, avoiding over-specification of UPS (where required, such as in mission-critical PA/VA applications) and installed cooling systems.

imgShure ShurePlus Channels
The audio industry is no exception to the explosion of mobile technology. Widespread mobile use has set a new standard across numerous industries. Whether working as a front of house engineer or installed sound contractor, the ability to address unexpected issues, by the touch of a button is key to success.

With a history of bringing to market cutting-edge audio gear that addresses the many demands of professionals, Shure has once again launched a solution to enhance customer’s capabilities and efficiencies on the job. Introducing its first-ever iOS app, ShurePlus Channels, Shure unleashes an entirely new mobile experience for customers, enabling audio professionals to remotely monitor and control Shure wireless products.

Unveiled in the U.S. at InfoComm 2014, ShurePlus Channels delivers time-saving flexibility and convenience. By allowing audio professionals to untether themselves from their mixing consoles, hardware racks, and bulky laptops, the app offers real-time, precision monitoring of select Shure wireless systems. Supported on Apple mobile devices running iOS7, ShurePlus Channels is compatible with Shure Axient, ULX-D Digital Wireless, the newly-launched QLX-D Digital Wireless System and the PSM1000 Personal Monitor System.

After connecting to a dedicated Wi-Fi network, ShurePlus Channels automatically discovers nearby Shure hardware. The app gives users remote visibility into the status of critical parameters, such as RF signal strength and interference alerts, audio levels, transmitter battery life and alerts and other key attributes.

Through an in-app purchase, users can further unlock the ability to remotely control their Shure gear and make changes to channel parameters. For a one-time $9.99 fee per wireless product line, crucial receiver and transmitter settings—such as frequency assignment, audio input/output levels, channel and device naming, and menu locking—can be adjusted from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod. When combined with ShowLink Remote Control for Axient, ShurePlus Channels allows for simultaneous adjustment of transmitter and receiver settings, a powerful addition to the wireless solution’s already advanced feature set.

Although ShurePlus Channels was created to work as a great complement to Shure’s powerful Wireless Workbench 6 desktop application, it works just as well when used as a stand-alone solution for users of less complex systems and products, such as the new QLX-D Digital Wireless Microphone System.

ShurePlus Channels puts remote control of Shure’s best-in-class wireless systems in the palms of pros, wherever they go. The app is available globally in 10 different languages, including: English, Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Italian. ShurePlus Channels’ ability to remotely monitor and control critical parameters in real-time is a priceless value-add for audio professionals in nearly every market segment.

imgMartin Audio Limited DD12
OVERVIEW The multi-purpose DD12 defines the ultimate in performance, versatility and coverage consistency for premium stand-alone and distributed applications — including touring, theatre, installations and AV events. Combining onboard networking, DSP and Class D amplification with state-of-the-art transducers and Differential Dispersion technology, it achieves best-in-class performance for powered two-way loudspeaker systems. The DD12 features a high-specification 12” (300mm) LF drive unit and a class-leading 1” (25mm) exit compression driver housed in a compact tour-grade enclosure. Steep-slope FIR crossover filters enable the 1” exit HF device to outperform larger format drivers, due to its inherently superior efficiency and performance at extreme high frequencies. Every design effort has been focused on maximising the output of the drive units — giving the DD12 a maximum SPL output capability of 131dB peak @ 1metre. Several aspects of the DD12 differentiate it from other powered two-way systems:

1. DIFFERENTIAL DISPERSION TECHNOLOGY To achieve optimal front-to-back coverage from a loudspeaker with a conventional X° x Y° horn, the speaker is placed above the listening plane and aimed towards the centre of the audience. This results in a less-than-ideal coverage pattern with a relatively small ‘hot-spot’. In particular, front rows to either side of the loudspeaker are covered poorly. In contrast, the DD12’s Differential Dispersion horn delivers much more consistent audience coverage — projecting relatively more throw to the rear to distribute sound evenly front-to-back, while having wider 110° horizontal coverage for the front rows. It produces a rectangular coverage pattern that reaches the far corners of the audience, as well as side areas close-up.

2. VERSATILITY Versatility is a key attribute of the DD12. It is a multi-purpose ‘problem-solver’ designed to meet a multitude of premium stand-alone and distributed sound reinforcement requirements — from touring, theatre and portable live sound to concert hall and HoW installations, AV events and stage monitor use. Ideal as the main PA in small-to-medium size rooms, it can also be used as an infill loudspeaker in large-scale systems. The compact, multi-angle enclosure can be used in either vertical or horizontal orientation, including use as a stage monitor — with rotation of the HF horn accomplished by removing the screw-free grille. Comprehensive accessories support a wide variety of mounting options.

3. ONBOARD NETWORKING, DSP, CLASS D AMPLIFICATION AND CONTROL The DD12 is a fully-integrated system with state-of-the-art onboard networking, DSP and lightweight Class D amplification — simplifying set-up, enhancing control and eliminating amplifier racks. Two Class D amplifier channels deliver 1400W + 700W to drive the DD12’s LF and HF sections independently — with onboard DSP performing EQ and crossover functions. The advanced switched-mode power supply auto-ranges to global mains voltages from 100 to 240V 50/60Hz, while Power Factor Correction smoothes out the mains current draw over the whole of the AC waveform. Whether configured as an element in a stand-alone DD12 system or part of a larger system, individual DD12’s can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via micro USB, or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.

4. ‘PLUG AND PLAY’ PLUS EDITABLE PRESETS An important feature of the DD12 is its internal memory, which allows factory ‘plug-and-play’ or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control. In this use-case, only mains and signal is required.

• Compact, multi-purpose, bi-amplified, powered two-way system
• Multi-angle, polyurethane-coated plywood enclosure with screw-free perforated steel grille
• Class-leading fidelity, output capability and coverage consistency
• User-rotatable Differential Dispersion horn optimises coverage footprint across the audience plane
• High-specification 12” (300mm) LF driver and 1” (25mm) exit HF driver complement
• 131dB peak output capability @ 1 metre
• A fully-integrated system with onboard networking, DSP and two channels of Class D amplification (1400W LF, 700W HF)
• Switched mode power supply with PFC (Power Factor Correction) and global mains operation • Onboard ‘plug-and-play’ and editable presets
• Remote control and system monitoring via proprietary VU-NET software
• Wide range of vertical and horizontal deployment options • Integral pole mount and M8 rigging inserts
• Rain cowl option for outdoor use APPLICATIONS • Live sound reinforcement
• Theatre sound reinforcement • Fixed installations in concert halls and HoW
• Corporate AV events
• High-power stage monitoring • Frontfill/infill for large-scale systems

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