Electra Partners (London, England) has acquired mixing console manufacturer Allen & Heath (Cornwall, England) from D&M Holdings (Itasca IL). £43 million of equity and debt has been provided by Electra Private Equity PLC and Allen & Heath’s management. Founded in 1969, Allen & Heath designs and manufactures audio mixing consoles for live sound, such as concerts, theaters and houses of worship. With an extensive global distribution network, the company has achieved strong revenue growth for more than 20 years. Allen & Heath’s existing team and distribution networks will remain in place.

Pioneer (Long Beach CA) is set to enter the professional audio market with the launch of its flagship club sound system, in collaboration with Gary Stewart Audio (GSA, Las Vegas NV) and Powersoft (Florence, Italy). Pioneer and sub-brand TAD’s sound engineers have been involved in audio for many decades and, with Pioneer DJ’s experience in the pro DJ market, the move into club sound systems is a natural progression. Pioneer has partnered with the Gary Stewart, whose sound systems are in venues such as Singapore’s Zouk and Club Vertigo in Costa Rica. The team partnered with Powersoft to provide high-performance amps.
According to Marta Robowsky, Manager at Gary Stewart Audio, “We wanted to partner with a manufacturer who shared our vision of reproducing the best sound for the club environment.” Pioneer’s Alex Barrand, the sound engineer behind the Ministry of Sound London’s sound system upgrade in 2008, oversaw the development process. “We didn’t just want to enter the market; we wanted to be the best in the market,” he explained, adding, “So we gathered the dream team: Pioneer’s pro audio R&D expertise combined with GSA and Powersoft’s club system credentials. You have to hear it to believe it. We’re installing the flagship sound system in a number of world-famous clubs in Ibiza and beyond, including a complete club refit, which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks.”

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Starin (Chesterton IN) has been appointed by Que Audio (Northridge CA) as exclusive distributor in the US and Canada of its Performance and Solution Series product lines, effective July 2013. “Que Audio was initially recommended to Starin via a mutual associate at Revolabs,” said Que Audio General Manager Paul Heaton, adding, “After first contact between both companies, we soon realized that there was huge potential to partner the Revolabs system with our DA12 headworn and DA04 lavalier Performance Series mic line…which will work perfectly with the Revolabs systems, as well as most wireless systems, with the available range of Q compact connectors. Our new Revolabs connector solidifies this notion,” he said.
Que Audio currently runs US distribution with in-house staff handling all facets of the market via an office and warehouse in Northridge CA. This facility will now be shifting its functionality to support Que Audio global sales and marketing, with a major focus on supporting Starin through the transition, and on an ongoing basis.
Que Audio also delivers the Solution Series line of microphone kits. The combined lines accommodate a multitude of applications in pro audio for video, DSLR, ENG, location sound, broadcast, house of worship, presentation, theater and corporate market segments.


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NSCA (Cedar Rapids IA) has unveiled a new logo and tagline: NSCA is “Your Voice, Your Business Resource and Your Trusted Advisor.” He told Sound & Communications, “Through several years of strategic planning sessions and a lot of member input, we narrowed down the key elements of our mission to three categories,” which are spelled out in the tagline. “Many of our members wanted this new logo to reflect that connected look and feel of these three elements. What really makes NSCA unique is the community it supports and, through services, benefits and information, this community will continue to thrive and produce sustainable, profitable integration companies.” For more details, read this month’s “NSCA POV” in Sound & Communications.

According to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly FPD Public Display Shipment and Forecast Report, the global large screen public display market is forecast to grow at 23% compounded annually through 2017. The growth comes after the first double-digit decline (18%) in 2012, when LCD shipments were flat and PDP (plasma display panel) shipments collapsed. The positive outlook is attributable to an improving economy, demand from emerging countries, price erosion on larger size displays and a potential demand increase tied to the 2014 World Cup.
Most of this growth will occur from an increase in the production and sales of large-screen LCD displays. According to NPD DisplaySearch, shipments of 60″+ displays grew by 89% Y/Y in 2012 and are expected to grow another 35% in 2013; 60”+ public displays are expected to pass 1 million units by 2017.
“The supply side has been…investing in new fabrication plants to manufacture larger size LCD panels,” said Todd Fender, Senior Analyst with NPD DisplaySearch. “Additionally, other panel manufacturers are focusing more attention on economical cuts from their current glass substrates, resulting in newer (slightly larger) sizes. Still others are experimenting with MMG (Multi-Model Glass), where two different sized panel products are cut from the same generation glass substrate. This leads to increased competition, which leads to price erosion and eventually results in increased demand.”
A focus on larger size screens also allows manufacturers to increase their profit per module and fills the gap left by Panasonic and others that have exited the PDP business. After 2015, NPD DisplaySearch forecasts the 50″ PDP size may be the only plasma display panel available in the marketplace. Demand for larger size displays is expected to continue, providing an increased opportunity for LCD manufacturers.

Control4, a provider of automation and control solutions, has filed with the SEC to raise up to $60 million in an initial public offering. The Salt Lake City UT-based company, which was founded in 2003 and booked $113 million in sales for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, plans to list on the NASDAQ under the symbol CTRL. Control4 initially filed confidentially in February 2013. BofA Merrill Lynch and Raymond James are the joint bookrunners on the deal. No pricing terms were disclosed.


Longwood University Installs PixelFLEX LED Curtain

Frustrated by the limitations of the projection screen in its main auditorium, Longwood University, a liberal arts school in Virginia, recently installed a 15-panel, 18 mm LED Curtain from PixelFLEX to visually enhance performances and presentations while maximizing viewer experience.
PixelFLEX’s LED Curtain offers Longwood University a solution that is easy to set up and operate and can be integrated easily into what the university already uses. For this project, PixelFLEX developed custom-size panels – tailored specifically for the University’s installation. The 18mm Curtain’s flexibility and light weight –was the primary differentiator for the University’s multi-media team when researching replacements for their traditional projection system.
“One of the major benefits of the PixelFLEX video screen is that it’s extremely easy to move, which means we can use video and effects in a variety of environments across campus,” said John Hogge, University multi-media technician. “The PixelFLEX screens provided much higher quality resolution and that flexibility is invaluable.”
Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures creating untouchable customization. For more information on PixelFLEX and its LED video products, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Herman (Miami FL), provider of AV products, procurement services and labor resources to systems integrators in the commercial AV and broadcast industries, has announced a strategic distribution partnership to distribute digital audiovisual DVI and HDMI products from Ophit (Suwon, Korea/Anaheim CA). “We are very excited to represent Ophit’s world-class solutions to the commercial AV industry,” said Herman Executive VP Jeffrey Wolf. Herman’s commercial AV customers will be able to further consolidate product sourcing for their projects through Herman and will also have access to Ophit products via Herman’s online store. “Ophit’s partnership with Herman ProAV is significant in growing our reach within the commercial AV industry, and gives more customers the ability to choose our signal converters, switchers and fiberoptic solutions for their projects,” said Mark Uchino, Sales Manager, North America. Ophit concentrates on digital video (DVI), IEEE 1394 and Fast/Gigabit Ethernet converters based on fiberoptic technology for long-distance, low-loss video signal transmission.

In our May NEWSLETTER, our headline, “Philips Commercial Signage Appoints Stampede As Exclusive NA Distributor,” was incorrect in that the word “Exclusive” should not have appeared. In fact, Stampede is one of several distributors in North America, including Tech Data, Blue Star, BTX, Capitol Sales, JH Fagan and Digital Data Services. We apologize for any confusion.



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