Listen Technologies and Ampetronic Bring the Evolution of Assistive Listening Solutions to InfoComm 2024

Listen Technologies, a leading provider of advanced wireless listening solutions for 25 years, and Ampetronic, a world-leading provider of audio induction loop systems, are committed to making clear audio accessible to as many people as possible. They are bringing their full suite of solutions and a new Auracast™ broadcast audio-based product to booth C8935 at InfoComm 2024. Highlights include:

  • A discussion about Auracast™ and its impact on assistive listening provision today and in the future, led by Tracy Bathurst from Listen Technologies and Julian Pieters from Ampetronic, Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m. in W219/W220.
  • Demonstrations of ListenWIFI, Listen Technologies’ next-gen audio over Wi-Fi solution that will begin shipping in June.
  • ListenTALK will once again support all AVIXA Show Floor Tours at InfoComm.
  • “Beer and Gear” in the booth Thursday, June 13, from 3-5 p.m.

Together, Listen Technologies and Ampetronic have more than 60 years of combined experience helping people hear better with innovative technologies and solutions. They are part of Allvida, a rapidly growing group of companies offering products and solutions for accessibility. 

This is what Listen Technologies and Ampetronic have planned for InfoComm 2024:

  • Listen Technologies and Ampetronic Will Preview Auri™

Listen Technologies and Ampetronic will preview Auri™, a new product they have co-developed. Auri™ is the first complete, installed assistive listening system utilizing Auracast™ broadcast audio, a new standard for Bluetooth® Low Energy, that will transform the way hearing assistance is delivered in public spaces.

Auracast™ broadcast audio can broadcast audio simultaneously to an unlimited number of Auracast™ compatible devices. In spaces where Auracast™ broadcast audio is available, people with hearing aids, cochlear implants, earbuds, receivers, or other devices that are Auracast™ compatible will be able to connect to a transmitter and receive high-quality audio without added noise or effects caused by the room environment. This will provide both improved experience and broader inclusivity.

It may take years before Auracast™ compatible devices are widely available and adopted. Auri™ is the first generation Auracast™ broadcast audio-based assistive listening solution that lets venues and end users access the emerging Bluetooth® Low Energy Auracast™ market now.

Auri™ is expected to ship later this year. 

  • Listen Technologies and Ampetronic Will Discuss the Impacts of New and Emerging Technologies on Assistive Listening

On Wednesday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m. in W219/W220, Tracy Bathurst, chief technology officer at Listen Technologies, and Julian Pieters, managing director at Ampetronic, will discuss the impact of Auracast™ on assistive listening provision today and in the future.

Bathurst and Pieters will address how changes in hearing aid and mobile device technology will affect assistive listening specifications for venues and service providers. They will also offer unique insight on new and emerging assistive listening solutions coming to market in 2024.

This session, titled “Auracast™, a New Future for Assistive Listening?” is for anyone interested in leveraging technology to make clear audio accessible and deliver better listening experiences.

  • Listen Technologies Will Soon Begin Shipping ListenWIFI

Listen Technologies’ award-winning, next-generation audio over Wi-Fi assistive listening solution, ListenWIFI, will begin shipping in June. Visitors to booth C8935 can experience ListenWIFI and learn more about the system’s new LWR-1050 Receivers, LA-490 Beacons, servers, and enhanced software. It is globally compliant with accessibility requirements.

In venues that offer audio over Wi-Fi assistive listening, guests can download the free ListenWIFI app on their smartphone, log into the venue’s Wi-Fi network, and stream audio to their phone. The LWR-1050 is the first dedicated audio over Wi-Fi receiver and lets venues offer guests a choice on how they wish to receive streamed audio. 

LA-490 Beacons provide location-based audio for a fully automated and seamless user experience. Beacons are small, lightweight units that can be mounted on a wall and configured to transmit information to LWR-1050 receivers or smartphones running the ListenWIFI app when they are in range of the units. Venues determine coverage areas and channel access.

ListenWIFI is globally compliant with accessibility requirements. The solution offers unlimited channels and industry-low latency. It is ideal for higher education, corporate environments, and houses of worship where noise and distance can make hearing clearly difficult. Applications include assistive listening, interpretation, video description, and audio from multiple screens.

  • Listen Technologies and Ampetronic Will Showcase the Breadth of their Assistive Listening Solutions

Listen Technologies and Ampetronic partnered in 2023 to expand their respective portfolios of assistive listening solutions with complementary technologies and systems and bring exceptional products to market.

In addition to previewing Auri™, the Auracast™ broadcast audio-based assistive listening system they have co-developed and plan to bring to market later this year, Listen Technologies and Ampetronic will showcase their respective assistive listening systems that are available now.  

  • Listen Technologies will demonstrate ListenWIFI, ListenRF, ListenIR, and ListenTALK, its portable group communication system. 
    • AVIXA is once again using ListenTALK to support all Show Floor Tours at InfoComm.
  • Ampetronic will demonstrate the W5-2 professional induction loop driver, designed to ensure high-quality, low-spill hearing loop performance in compact spaces.
  • Ampetronic will unveil a Q-SYS plugin for the C series hearing loop drivers. As part of the Q-SYS Ecosystem, software and hardware manufacturers collaborate with Q-SYS to create market-ready solutions that integrate seamlessly with its cloud-manageable audio, video, and control platform.
  • Listen Technologies and Ampetronic Will Host “Beer & Gear” at Booth C8935 Thursday, June 13, from 3-5 p.m.

All are invited to visit the booth for a beverage, conversation, and demonstrations of Listen Technologies and Ampetronic solutions. Listen Technologies will also highlight recent installations of its assistive listening systems. 

Leon Debuts Design-Forward Audiovisual Solutions to a Whole New Audience: ICFF 2024’s Design Community

Leon Debuts Design-Forward Audiovisual Solutions to a Whole New Audience: ICFF 2024’s Design Community

Presented in partnership with Sony, Leon’s “Sound As Art” collection demonstrates how audio can contribute to—rather than detract from—the design of the surrounding space.

[Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 15, 2024] – Leon Speakers announced today its upcoming participation at the prestigious International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City. Taking place from 5/19 to 5/21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, ICFF serves as an ideal platform for Leon to share its innovative design-oriented audiovisual, framing, and art solutions to the global design community while leading the conversation between designers and integrators. 

Leon’s Booth #563 is co-sponsored by partner Sony, who joined forces with Leon to showcase the Leon Studio Frame for Sony BRAVIA XR: a game-changing new way to transform Sony’s popular BRAVIA XR TV into a work of art.

“Our solutions have always been about merging design with technology,” said Noah Kaplan, Leon’s Founder and President. “This show represents an opportunity for us to bring AV integrators and designers together and demonstrate the power of that mindset from both sides. We hope that this collection will serve to show how audio can—and should—function as a crucial component of the design process.”

Leon will also be joined at ICFF 2024 by Mera Studio Architects, the Calgary-based architect and design firm with whom Leon has partnered on the development of the groundbreaking Mera Sound Sconce. Available now for pre-order, this highly anticipated solution represents a revolutionary fusion of high-performance sound, dimmable LED lighting, and artisan-inspired aesthetics.

In addition to the Mera Sound Sconce and Leon Studio Frame, Leon will be showcasing a diverse array of art-as-audio solutions, including the Ente SoundTile art speaker—a wall-mounted ultra-thin speaker whose grille doubles as a custom-printed work of art—and the iconic Elite moving art screen, which seamlessly reveals or conceals any TV behind a handcrafted frame and museum-quality giclée print.

Visitors to the Leon booth will explore simple solutions powered by Sonos, including the TcBar—a mounting solution designed to seamlessly incorporate an existing Sonos soundbar to match the width of the TV. Leon’s acclaimed Edge Media Frame delivers a craftsman-quality hardwood frame custom-built to the exact dimensions of any TV. 

This showcase of cutting-edge AV solutions, designed to seamlessly integrate into any design, challenges both designers and integrators to go beyond the basics and toward a more comprehensive view of technology as informed by art and design.

“ICFF presents an unparalleled opportunity for us to engage with the design community and showcase the transformative power of AV in design,” adds Kaplan. “We look forward to igniting conversations, inspiring creativity, and forging meaningful connections.”

Leon invites attendees to visit their booth at ICFF 2024 to experience firsthand the harmony of design and technology, and to discover how Leon is leading the way in redefining the future of AV integration within the world of design.

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About Leon Speakers

Leon brings a creative approach to the AV industry by designing and manufacturing customizable speakers and technology concealment solutions that enhance the sound and style of any space. For over 25 years, they have been a leader in the conversation on merging design with technology, creating innovative products that serve both the Residential and Commercial markets. Learn more on their website

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Daisy and PrepTECH Partner to Dramatically Improve Technician Recruitment, Training and Placement

Daisy and PrepTECH Partner to Dramatically Improve Technician Recruitment, Training and Placement

Costa Mesa, Calif., May 10, 2024Daisy, the first national smart space installation and services company, needs an ongoing supply of technicians to support its industry-leading growth. To address this need, Daisy has partnered with PrepTECH to address long-standing integration industry challenges in finding and retaining talent, which has been a huge inhibitor to the expansion and prosperity of integration firms nationwide. That’s all changing thanks to Daisy the PrepTECH. Dedicated to helping its network of systems integration locations and the entire industry thrive, Daisy in partnership with PrepTECH, a systems integration-focused staffing company led by well-renowned industry veterans Helen Heneveld and Paul Starkey, has launched a comprehensive recruitment and training program to bring new entry-level talent into the field and provide a clear path for career advancement.  

 “At Daisy, we are always in the market for great technicians who want an exciting career with the fastest growing national player in the industry. Our partnership with PrepTECH supports Daisy’s rapid growth by streamlining the onboarding process and bringing exciting new talent with the right attitude and aptitude for our integration companies. Meanwhile, new Daisy hires have a proven pathway to success where they can grow into leadership roles and even business ownership through our unique franchise model,” remarks Daisy co-founder and CEO Hagan Kappler.

Daisy and PrepTECH officially launched the apprentice program at Daisy branches in Connecticut, California and Florida, with additional rollouts to other Daisy branches planned. 

“We want to help our integration branches strategically get ahead of their staffing needs for our ongoing growth and strengthen their businesses with pre-qualified candidates who are eager to learn and expand their skillset,” Kappler says. “Newly hired Daisy employees, meanwhile, have the support of a national company dedicated to empowering and supporting them with training, certifications, and professional development.” 

Daisy and PrepTECH are working together to spearhead the growth and fortification of the systems integration industry by cultivating a fresh pool of prepared junior technicians. Their proactive approach ensures the industry is equipped with capable individuals and professionals, contributing to its expansion and resilience. 

“We specifically look for people outside of the industry, which helps us expand the staffing pool rather than just shift within our existing tech pool,” Starkey explains. 

Through a carefully designed and curated curriculum, PrepTECH is able to bring these inexperienced yet qualified and ambitious entry-level candidates up to speed quickly and well-aligned with the Daisy culture. 

“To have junior techs hit the ground running is a huge advantage to Daisy!” Kappler adds. “With seasoned home tech professionals like Helen Heneveld and Paul Starkey leading the charge at PrepTECH, we know the new Daisy hires possess all the qualities we need to help our existing branches provide the utmost service and support available to our valued clientele.”  

The PrepTECH apprentice program involves multiple steps and a rigorous vetting process to determine the potential of applicants. From a personality test and critical thinking assessment to 40 hours of online training and testing, all the bases are covered and geared to ensure the best candidates for the job. 

“It’s an intensive 4- to 6-week bootcamp that focuses on fundamentals,” says Heneveld. “Apprentices come away with a good working knowledge of what’s expected at the jobsite, and the processes, terminology and tools to complete basic tasks efficiently and accurately.” 

Indeed, PrepTECH’s recruitment strategy is geared to present Daisy only the best, with just 3% of applicants moving on and joining the Daisy team. 

After a PrepTECH candidate is qualified and trained, their profile is shared with Daisy for placement. From there, the new apprentice follows a 90-day Skills Validation Checklist to ensure they grasp daily tasks and are proficient at their work. Further, new hires are placed with a Daisy mentor for additional guidance and support as they onboard. 

“To succeed and stand out as integrators we need to provide our clients with personalized, ongoing, and real time support, all of which require a team of well-trained, friendly, customer-focused technicians,’ says Matt Walin, new Daisy branch owner. “For the first time, through Daisy’s unique apprentice program, we’re finally able to make inroads.”  

To learn more about Daisy’s franchising opportunity or apply to be a Daisy franchise, applicants can visit daisyco.com/franchising and existing integrators can head to daisyco.com/conversions. To learn more about PrepTECH and its apprentice programs, go to https://preptech.com/content/Default.aspx

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About Daisy 

Daisy is a national smart space installation and services company that simplifies smart home and office technology to make it work and perform optimally for its users, solving one of the biggest in-home problems today and bringing more joy into the home and office. For more information on becoming a Daisy-certified technician or to register as a future business partner, franchisee, or customer, please visit daisyco.com.  

About PrepTECH 

PrepTECH is an end-to-end new talent source and workforce retention resource company serving the custom integration industry. For more information or to register for the PrepTECH PRIME community, please visit preptech.com.

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For interviews, reviews, or more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing [email protected].

Magnetar Audio Caters to Growing Fanbase of Physical Media with Introduction of Advanced, Next-Generation Blu-ray Disc players at High End Munich 2024

Demonstrated at two exhibits at internationally renowned high-end audio show, Blu-ray Disc players from Magnetar Audio elevate the entertainment experience by blending nostalgia with cutting-edge AV technology. 

(May 8, 2024) Magnetar Audio is elevating the home entertainment experience with the introduction of a new breed of high-end Blu-ray Disc player. Engineered to play many forms of physical media with all the realism, clarity and sharpness professional audio experts and AV enthusiasts expect from today’s high-end home AV systems. Showcase at several exhibits at High-End Munich, Magnetar’s flagship, reference-grade UPD900 represents a compelling new way to enjoy old and new Blu-ray discs, as well as DVDs, 4K UHD discs and media files. By seamlessly uniting classic media with state-of-the-art technologies, Magnetar Audio is resurrecting a market one thought dead and driving demand for newer, more capable Blu-ray Disc players. 

High-End 2024 attendees can witness the exceptional versatility and performance of this game-changing AV component May 9-12, in Munich, at several individual exhibits: at the Magnetar Audio booth #M15, Pure Audio booth #H3, M07, and SVS booth #H3, P02/R03.

With the introduction of the Magnetar UPD800 and more advanced UPD900, collectors have a great reason to bring their collections out of storage and back to the center stage. “Physical media [still] resonates strongly with consumers and the market is growing exponentially,” says Raphael Tabutin, CEO of Let’s Get Physical, Magnetar Audio’s exclusive distributor of the new Blu-ray Disc players. “Unlike streaming media, physical media conjures an emotional connection to the content and pride of ownership. The content consumers purchase is to enjoy whenever and however, they want.”  

Magnetar Blu-ray Disc players feature advanced imaging decoding and processing technology, including 4K upscaling of low-resolution media; 4K Ultra HD and HDR support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+; and Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos and DTSX. The inclusion of premium Digital Analog Converters further enhances audio playback. IP and RS-232 drivers enable seamless integration of prominent third-party control systems, including Crestron and Control4, and others. The UPD900’s user interface represents a significant improvement over the rudimentary controls of Blu-ray Disc players of the past, as well. On-screen navigation is smooth and intuitive, and allows easy access to various settings and local USB devices and networks. 

The Magnetar UPD800 and UPD900 Blu-ray Disc players are available to systems integrators and consumers from Let’s Get Physical Distribution. To learn more about Magnetar Audio and the technology and features of its premium multi-format Blu-ray Disc players, please visit www.letsget-physical.com.

About Magnetar Audio
Founded in 2021 after more than 20 years manufacturing high-end DVD and Blu-ray Disc players for prestigious brands. Their goal is to produce the best multi-format physical media players in the world for video and music lovers to enjoy without any compromise for quality and design. 

About Let’s Get Physical Distribution Inc.
Founded in late 2022 by Raphael Tabutin, an AV enthusiast with 20 years of experience in home theater installation and consulting, Let’s Get Physical Distribution, Inc. offers a best-in-class portfolio of products capable of reproducing the Director’s intent on screens. Their portfolio now includes Magnetar (Blu-ray Disc Players), Reavon (Blu-ray Disc Players), R-volution (Media Players) and Bridgee Cables (High-End Audio/Video Cables).

All-New Nexus 21 DL-65 Series Pop-Up Swivel Mount for Extra Heavy TVs

All-New Nexus 21 DL-65 Series Pop-Up Swivel Mount for Extra Heavy TVs

Certainly, TVs are getting slimmer and lighter, but there are still plenty of applications that require a heavy-duty lift to carry beefier models. Outdoor entertainment areas where TVs need to pop-up from inside a cabinet often require a lift with enough power to move weighty enclosure tops and TV/soundbar combos. For this reason, Nexus 21 developed its DL-65 Series, a complete line of motorized pop-up lifts for use in covered outdoor settings.

ISE 2024 attendees will be the first to see the newest member of the DL-65 Series, the DL-65x. It combines the same powerful dual motors, quiet lift technology, and installation ease as earlier models, with the addition of a newly developed extra-weight swivel mechanism. This feature, which mechanically swivels a display to a preferred position, increases the weight capacity from 45kg (100 lbs) to 79kg (175 lbs) and can extend up to 97.7 cm (38.5”). The inclusion of sleek actuator technology ensures no visible tracks or gears in the extended position.

Other models in the new DL extra-weight, pop-up series include the DL-65en and DL-65ens, which are designed for the inclusion of custom cabinetry to cover the back and sides of the TV. The DL-65en elevates a TV but with no swiveling action; the DL-65ens elevates a TV and swivels it manually.