inMusic (Fort Lauderdale FL) has added three professional product brands from D&M its existing family of brands: Joining the Akai Professional, Alesis, Alto Professional, ION Audio, Numark, M-Audio, AIR Music Technology and Mixmeiste family are Denon Professional, Marantz Professional and Denon DJ.
“By adding [these lines] to our family of brands, we’re strengthening our base of DJ assets while extending our footprint in the professional market to the commercial installation and contractor segments,” said Jack O’Donnell, Owner/CEO, inMusic. “We’re excited about the products and technologies developed by these established brands, and look forward to writing the next chapter in the D&M Pro (Itasca IL) story by creating new, innovative products for Denon Professional, Marantz Professional and Denon DJ customers.”
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with inMusic to license the rights to the D&M Pro brands as this is another step in our strategy to continue focusing on our core consumer brands,” said Jim Caudill, CEO at D&M Holdings. “We are confident that inMusic will bring the required focus and investments to accelerate the growth of these well respected brands.”.

Danish projector manufacturer dnp Denmark (Karlslunde, Denmark) is changing its distribution model to market its optical screen technology to new and existing North and South American channel and OEM partners. Located in Anaheim CA, Applied Screen Technologies (AST) will be conducting business as dnp North America. According to the company, this change in distribution strategy will maximize exposure toward the commercial market with dnp-branded channel products and its North American OEM partners. Denmark will be lending its full support to US-based dnp North America, which will provide a more concentric operation with sales, accounting, service and distribution, all in Anaheim. Jesse Walsh continues as US Sales and Marketing Manager.
On April 1, AST began doing business as dnp North America, with showroom and full service training facilities in Anaheim. According to Soeren Kraemmergaard, dnp denmark Global Sales & Marketing Manager, “This will enable existing and potential customers to fully explore all of dnp’s product innovations in high ambient light conditions, as well as speak directly with dnp trained and dedicated personnel to create more focus on commercial channel development and OEM business in general.”

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Barco (Kortrijk, Belgium/Duluth GA) has acquired Montreal, Canada-based enterprise communication specialist X2O Media. In line with Barco’s strategy to move beyond display and projection technology, this acquisition expands its portfolio with a complete solution to deliver enhanced and cross-divisional content distribution and workflow, based on advanced networking and connectivity capabilities, the company said. X2O Media was established in 2006 as a spinoff from VertigoXmedia, a company with strong expertise in the field of broadcast graphics automation. X2O’s platform enables the connection, management and delivery of real-time data through dynamic and interactive channels, from any source to any screen, anywhere.
David Wilkins, President/CEO of X2O Media, said, “We are pleased to be welcomed at a major company like Barco, which will hugely expand our market reach….At the moment, our market is limited to North America, but benefiting from Barco’s global network, we will be able to grow our activities worldwide.”
X2O Media will be integrated into the Barco organization as a business venture, allowing it to continue the development of its platform technology, while leveraging its business growth from Barco’s worldwide sales and service presence. In addition, the X2O-specific capabilities and technology will be integrated gradually in solutions for all of Barco’s markets. X2O Media posted sales of $5 million (Canadian) in 2013, employs about 40 people and was backed by Propulsion Ventures. The price of this acquisition is set to $21 million (Canadian). Barco is active in more than 90 countries with 4000 employees worldwide, and posted sales of 1.158 billion euros in 2013.

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InfoComm International (Fairfax VA), the trade association representing the audiovisual industry worldwide, has debuted its new Audiovisual Providers of Excellence designation. InfoComm APEx, replacing the Certified AudioVisual Service Provider Program (CAVSP), which will conclude at the end of the year. “After 10 years of CAVSP, it was time to reevaluate this initiative, and consider whether it continues to meet the goals of the members and the association. We reached the conclusion that today’s business environment demands a more robust program aimed at promoting industry quality,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director/CEO. “For example, it is important for the AV customer to have a role in determining whether or not client satisfaction is achieved; therefore, positive customer evaluations are a program requirement.”
InfoComm APEx will also recognize a broader base of industry certifications beyond InfoComm’s CTS credential as a sign of commitment to quality. “CTS certification, while extremely valuable, should not be the lone-determinant of a company’s achievement of industry excellence,” said Labuskes. “Many InfoComm members offer product-specific certifications and courses that are valuable. There are other renewable certifications that are highly regarded and they should be considered when evaluating a company’s commitment to quality.”
The Audiovisual Providers of Excellence program also mandates the use of two industry standards to foster better communication between the AV provider and the client. “Because both the ANSI/InfoComm Standard Guide for Audiovisual Systems Design and Coordination Processes and the AV System Performance Verification Standard were developed in an open, consensus-based process, approved by an independent outside body, and are aimed at providing proper communication and documentation between the AV industry and the client, using both on several projects is a requirement. InfoComm makes all of its standards available to its members at no charge in order to drive the adoption of practices that will advance the industry,” offered Labuskes.
Creating a program that acknowledges outstanding companies of all sizes was a priority, and requirements vary based on the number of company employees. InfoComm will invest in a substantial online campaign to promote APEx companies to end-customers. A toolkit that APEx companies can use to promote their designation will be made available to participating companies.
Although this program is aimed at integrators and design consultancies, InfoComm will unveil related programs for the live events, technology manager and manufacturing communities later this year, with input from these constituencies.

Calrec Audio (Hebden Bridge, UK) has been acquired by Electra Partners (London, UK), and will become a sister company to Allen & Heath, which Electra acquired last year. “When we made our initial investment in the professional audio sector by supporting the buyout of Allen & Heath, Electra provided all of the new financing to ensure flexibility with respect to further acquisitions in the sector,” said Alex Fortescue, Chief Investment Partner of Electra Partners. Calrec is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“We are delighted to have funded the acquisition of Calrec,” said Charles Elkington, Investment Partner of Electra Partners. “We look forward to working with Roger Henderson and his team to continue to invest in developing new products for Calrec’s customers.”

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and Pioneer Corp. (Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture) began mass production and shipment of the OLED lighting module with a wet coating process for a light-emitting layer in March. Last September, the two companies began shipping samples of the module, while working on establishing mass production technology. This module measures 92.4mm2 externally (light-emitting part is about 76mm2) and emits incandescent fluorescent light (color temperature, 2870K). Manufacturing cost is significantly lower than conventional modules with a vapor deposition film formation process for the light-emitting layer, the companies report. The module is manufactured by Pioneer OLED Lighting Devices Corp. (Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Corp., and distributed by MC Pioneer OLED Lighting Corp. (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo), a joint venture of Mitsubishi Chemical and Pioneer.

Harris Broadcast, a portfolio company of The Gores Group (Los Angeles CA) that offers media software, networking and over-the-air solutions serving the global media and entertainment markets, has unveiled Imagine Communications and GatesAir. Imagine Communications will be headquartered in Dallas, with Centers of Excellence in Denver, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Beijing. According to the company, its five decades of media software and networking innovation has secured more than 3000 customers spanning 185 countries, with more than 3 million products deployed that support more than half of the world’s video channels, along with a rich portfolio of patents. GatesAir will be headquartered in Cincinnati, with its manufacturing, supply chain and fulfillment center in Quincy IL. GatesAir has been pioneering over-the-air TV and radio transmission innovation for nearly 100 years.
“Our vision, product direction and strategy further align Imagine Communications and GatesAir with today’s transformational trends, the networks of the future and our customers and partners. We have created two laser-focused companies that are innovating across different ends of the technology spectrum. Imagine Communications will lead the media and entertainment markets to a future defined by IP, software, the cloud and TV Everywhere, with an architecture vision for delivering and monetizing multiscreen content. Likewise, GatesAir will continue to lead the next-generation TV and radio over-the-air market, with a focus on providing wireless innovations that reduce power consumption and carbon footprint, while leveraging the growth in digital radio and TV transmission across the globe,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications and GatesAir.

The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA, Sunnyvale CA), an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high-resolution, interoperable, wireless, surround sound audio products to the home theater market, and the Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics International (ALMA, Phoenix AZ), a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to improving the design and manufacture of loudspeakers, have signed membership agreements in each other’s organizations. Both groups are dedicated to the advancement and growth of the loudspeaker industry while focusing on different, yet complementary, areas of technology. The relationship will serve to address those common interests, such as the requirements for designing and manufacturing high-resolution digital audio.
The WiSA Association delivered the industry’s only interoperability and compliance test specification (CTS) for ensuring the quality of the wireless link between transmitting devices, such as HDTVs, AVRs, DVD/Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, set-top boxes and receiving devices like speakers and subwoofers. WiSA-compliant systems deliver cinema-quality sound with 24 bit, up to 96KHz uncompressed, interference-free audio. ALMA International, in its 50-plus year history, has set numerous standards addressing loudspeaker design, components, performance and testing.
“There is a great deal of synergy in our two associations,” said ALMA Association Manager, Barry Vogel. “ALMA and WiSA are both dedicated to the loudspeaker industry, but we come at it from different angles. We look forward to exploring areas of mutual interest and benefit to our memberships, several of whom are members of both organizations.”
“As the leader in the wireless high-resolution audio category, one of our objectives is to engage with other standards bodies and organizations that work on similar issues affecting our members, as well as set the direction for the industry,” said Jim Venable, President of the WiSA Association.





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