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Chauvet celebrates new facility In Mexico

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Mexico - Chauvet Mexico has opened a new office, warehouse, service centre and showroom facility in response to “rapidly increasing demand for its products among dealers and rental houses”.
Speaking at the ceremony, Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet, thanked Carlos Zamora de Martino, general manager of Chauvet Mexico, and the entire Chauvet team. “The hard work, enthusiasm and talent that so many people have devoted to Chauvet Mexico has been remarkable,” he said. “We know that the tremendous results that we have achieved in Mexico the past year could not have been possible without contributions from so many people, and we deeply appreciate their efforts.”
Over 100 assembled guests representing dealers and production houses joined Albert and Berenice Chauvet at the grand premiere festivities, which featured a buffet dinner, speeches and DJ entertainment.
Another highlight of the evening were two light shows: one from Chauvet Professional, designed by well-known LD “Chucho” Guevara, and the other from Chauvet DJ, designed in house. After each show, guests were invited to interact with the designers and have individual fixtures that were used in the show run independently.
“The shows were not only entertaining, they were a great learning experience,” said Berenice Chauvet, vice-president of Chauvet. “Most importantly, this event


Eventech chooses DiGiCo S21

Thursday, 23 March 2017

South Africa - Eventech has taken delivery of a DiGiCo S21 live mixing console. "The rental market companies and technical riders demanded it," said Wynand Veldsman from Eventech, a rental company based in Centurion. "We are thrilled as the unit is fast, flexible, offers ease of use, compact and has versatility with the D-Rack. Gone are the days of having a big, bulky console. The processing is amazing – it just never runs out."
The DiGiCo S21 was supplied with back-up and support by South African distributor, DWR Distribution. "The best part of selling DiGiCo consoles is seeing the pure delight from the audio engineers who receive them," said Kyle Robson of DWR. “The S21 is our best seller, and while it initially took DiGiCo about three years to develop the console, it was well worth the wait. Thank you to Eventech for your support and we hope this unit will work hard for you."
DiGiCo initially wanted to design an entry-level console that retained all the features and values DiGiCo is known for in terms of quality, ergonomics and style, and one that they could be truly proud of at a price point that allowed even more audio engineers to join the DiGiCo family. "It's like DiGiCo have taken all the main fundamental features of the SD Range and used it in the S Range," says Kyle Robson.
(Jim Evans)


PL+S: KV2 celebrates 15-year milestone

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Germany - As KV2 Audio prepares for its annual pilgrimage to the 2017 Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt (Booth J20 Hall 3.1), this year brings with it another milestone in the company’s history.
In 2002, KV2 began its journey in a small cottage tucked away in the forests of Southern Bohemia near the Czech town of Milevsko. In January of 2003, the ES System was released at the Anaheim NAMM show and the rest as they say is history.
As the company celebrates its 15th birthday, its growth reflects the success it has enjoyed. Now housed in a 9,000sq.m state of the art, custom-built factory in Milevsko, KV2 manufactures everything in house except transducers which are still brought from Italy. It is a far cry from the initial beginnings, when everything was sourced from third party manufacturers and reflects the company’s commitment to achieving the best possible quality and control over the products they build.
At the end of the day though, nothing has changed in respect to the company’s ongoing quest for the best possible sound quality. “We have never compromised our design principles to follow market trends” says company founder and chief engineer, George Krampera Snr.
“George may have been seen as a rebel for many years as he bucked the industry trends in digital technology and line array systems, but it would appear his philosophies ha


Chauvet acquires ChamSys

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

USA - Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced the completion of the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd, the Southampton, UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a strong presence in the controller market that complements its Chauvet Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons LLC. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”
ChamSys will continue to operate as an independent business unit from its facility in Southampton, UK. ChamSys founders Chris Kennedy and George McDuff will remain as managing directors of the company and, together with sales director Tony Cameron, will continue to lead its current staff of software and hardware engineers, operations, sales and support teams.
The ChamSys industry standard MagicQ series of lighting control products will continue to be sold by the company’s current network of distributors, except in the USA, where Chauvet will sell and support ChamSys products from its Sunrise, Florida, headquarters. The Chauvet Professional sales team will assume respon


The Week in Light & Sound

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Diversity Programme - Improving diversity and protecting local authority funding are at the forefront of UK Theatre’s business plan for the next four years. The plan from the membership organisation, which sets out its objectives for 2017-2021, describes its aim to improve the diversity of theatre and the performing arts as “a significant priority”. The organisation commits to working with Tonic Theatre, Equity and other stakeholders to publish a planning tool for the casting process in order to improve diversity on stage.
It will also establish a ‘board bank’ of professionals from black, Asian and minority ethnic, disabled and low socio-economic backgrounds to assist organisations in addressing the diversity of their boards. Another focus in the business plan is addressing the increase in live-to-digital theatre. The industry body promises to negotiate a standard agreement for digital rights, pay scales and royalty fees, in collaboration with Equity.
Roll Over Beethoven - Tributes have poured in from all quarters for Chuck Berry and his contribution to rock music. Mick Jagger, The Jacksons and Bruce Springsteen were among those to mark the Johnny B. Goode singer's passing.
Sir Mick Jagger: "I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years


De Oosterpoort upgrades Martin Audio line array

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Netherlands - Martin Audio has extended its long relationship with De Oosterpoort concert hall in the northern Dutch university city of Groningen, by upgrading the W8LC compact line array, that had served it so well for 14 years, with a new MLA Compact.
The installation was again carried out by Ampco Flashlight Sales (AFS), and the man responsible for commissioning the earlier Martin Audio compact line array, Oosterpoort technical manager, Pieter Stove, was again responsible for the upgrade.
Known for its vibrant cultural and musical nightlife, Groningen is also the city where one of the largest European music festivals is held every year, called Eurosonic Noorderslag. During this festival the venue hosts up to 3,500 visitors of which 1,850 are packed into the large room.
And it was with this event in mind that Pieter Stove decided it was time for the old PA system to be retired and replaced.
The hall itself is supremely versatile. Built in the 1970s as an amphitheatre, the acoustics of de Oosterpoort’s main theatre were designed very much with natural classical orchestras in mind. Due to its clever adjustable panels it not only serves as a classical venue, home to resident orchestra Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO), but is well known for rock and pop. It also hosts pure theatre and conferences.
With modern day requirements in mind a m


SONAB appoints Audiologic as UK distributor

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

UK - Audiologic has secured the exclusive UK distribution for Swedish-based manufacturer SONAB which manufactures System 9, a premium wireless sound system, principally designed for use in the retail, office and hospitality sectors.
Using the power available from existing track lighting systems, SONAB System 9 delivers an easy-to-set-up, highly flexible system that connects via a transmitter to any available sound source to deliver a high-quality audio experience. Changing speaker positions within a room or even moving the system to an entirely new location is as easy as clipping and unclipping speakers from the track.
SONAB is firmly established in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, where the company's products can be found in a host of applications from prestige car showrooms and hotels to department stores and art galleries. This partnership with Audiologic will bring SONAB to the wider attention of the UK market, where it is certain to meet an enthusiastic reception.
Paul Simpson, hospitality and retail business manager at Audiologic, comments, "At Audiologic we continually strive to identify brands that will add another dimension to our portfolio, in order to help our customers provide the widest possible range of options. SONAB's ingenious wireless concept, discreet appearance, excellent sound and simplicity of operation is a unique and very


PLASA Focus Leeds returns with a top seminar schedule for 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is back with a stellar line-up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on 9-10 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The free to attend exhibition is a leading platform for the entertainment industry, offering an opportunity to discover the very latest technology including products from recent international launches.
Speakers this year include James Simpson, lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, who will be discussing the latest technologies in use at the Royal Opera House, with a look at how some recent projects have been technically achieved. Simpson will also be talking for the first time about an exciting new R&D project being developed at the ROH which uses Augmented Reality technology to create new opportunities for design teams to visualise their ideas – the talk will include a live demonstration.
The future of audio technology is also high on the agenda; d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns will be exploring this topic in a session titled ‘What’s Next for Pro Audio.’ LSi audio journalist Phil Ward will host a panel session to discuss ‘Is Point Source Fighting Back?’ an exploration of the varied applications of point source over line array.
The hugely popular Riggers’ Forum will return to Leeds, led once again by Harry Box and Chris Higgs, known for their thought provoking sem


CPL Technical Sales is launched

Monday, 20 March 2017

UK - Technical production and rental specialist Central Presentations Limited (CPL) has launched a new division – CPL Technical Sales - to focus on the sales of selected product lines, all of which CPL carries in its rental inventory.
CPL Technical Sales will be based at CPL’s facility in West Midlands, UK, headed by Sam Thomas. The aim is to cross-rent only to other professional AV / rental companies and organisations, in the process supporting the selected brands through CPL’s extensive working knowledge of them, providing fully comprehensive backup.
So far, the list includes Analog Way, Avolites, Connex, Denon Professional, DPA Microphones, ETC, Extron, Fiberfox, Interspace Industries, Kramer, Lightware, Marantz, Panasonic Business, Sennheiser, Shure and Unicol. More will be added as CPL Technical Sales develops its business.
CPL Technical Sales will also be in a position to support these manufacturers and brands by making kit available to end-clients in specific scenarios, e.g. like bridging any fluctuations in pre-purchase delivery / production schedules with rentals … enabling clients who have bought kit to have immediate access to it if needed, and ensuring that CPL’s stock always contains the latest products.
CPL’s Matthew Boyse (Max) explains: “This underlines our commitment to these brands. We already extensively evaluate a


Earpro to distribute Visual Productions in Iberia

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spain / Portugal - Earpro has been appointed Visual Productions’ distributor for Spain and Portugal. The agreement was concluded during ISE earlier this year.
Earpro, established in 1988 is a distribution company specialising in leading technology namely for the systems integration, retail, audio-visual, rental, installation, broadcast and commercial lighting markets in Spain and Portugal. Earpro has continued to develop and adapt their strategy to stay ahead in their field.
Recognising the need to supply the latest technology for utilisation within their customers markets they saw a gap in their distribution product range for a high-end standalone / solid-state lighting controller. A gap that is perfectly filled by the Visual Productions lighting control range.
Visual Productions is a Netherlands based lighting control manufacturer. They specialise in intuitive cross-platform software and solid-state hardware, which excels in supporting a large suite of protocols for systems integration. The products are designed for specific use in the architectural, fixed installation, theme-park, cruise ship, retail, entertainment venues, museum, club and hotel markets.
The account manager responsible for Iberia, Maarten Donath comments: “I was thrilled by Earpro’s skilled team - they made an extremely professional impression and are supporting all majo


Pan Acoustics appoints distributor for China

Monday, 20 March 2017

Germany / China - EZPro International Technology Limited has been appointed as the Hong Kong, China and Macau distributor for Pan Acoustics, the advanced steerable audio specialist from Wolfenbüttel in Germany.
Alan Ho, senior VP business development of EZPro explained their choice of Pan Beam, “With many column speakers available in the market over more than 15 years, many companies have engineered their own solutions as part of an existing range of products in an attempt to tap into the growing market.
“We have been looking at the various solutions available in the market and all had their strengths and weaknesses - heavy, big, difficult to set up - so we were looking for a company that was specialised in steerable products but also offering a slim line of passive speakers, that had leading technology and the feature set that the market needed.
“We ultimately wanted outstanding performance combined with simple, intuitive system setup, so that the installer doesn't need to be a programming expert to get great results. In Pan Acoustics we found exactly this”, continued Ho, “but we also found an open-minded communication, needed based on our own culture which is not always easy. The sales staff of Pan Acoustics gave us a good feeling and the will to guide us into further success for our company with their comprehensive range of products


ETC LDI Student Sponsorship applications open

Friday, 17 March 2017

USA - For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI tradeshow with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at, and due by 9 June 2017.
ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes a round trip airfare to the LDI tradeshow, which will be 17-19 November this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at equivalent university levels at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.
One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well-established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connect


Backup charity raises awareness at special event

Friday, 17 March 2017

UK – Supporters and trustees of Backup - The Technical Entertainment Charity - gathered in London on Monday evening to help raise the profile of the charity’s new name and logo in entertainment industry. Around 80 guests attended the event, which included live entertainment from Jay Johnson.
Backup exists to provide financial support to technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film, helping them to get back on their feet when their lives are disrupted by illness or injury to themselves or to family members. Previously known as Behind The Scenes UK, the charity changed its name to Backup in 2016.
Backup’s chairman, John Simpson, welcomed guests to The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden, which generously sponsored the event. He reiterated the purpose of the charity by highlighting some of its achievements to date. “We have helped a number of technicians and their families when they have suffered falls from sets and studio rigging, been involved in horrific vehicle accidents, suffered rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental breakdowns and other circumstances that have prevented them from earning a living for a period of time.”
Among those being helped by the charity is Mark Pritchard, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while touring with Level 42, and has just undergone a fourth round of c


Mix Wave is new AV Stumpfl distributor for Japan

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Japan - AV Stumpfl, the Austrian AV technology manufacturer, recently announced the Japanese company Mix Wave, Inc. as their exclusive media server and show control distributor for Japan. Mix Wave is well known for professional AV product distribution and related services in Japan.
AV Stumpfl’s global business development manager Horst Damoser commented on the announcement, which was made public for the first time at this year’s ISE exhibition in Amsterdam: “Japan is without doubt a country with very discerning AV technology customers, for whom superior product quality is of great importance. We have a very successful and constructive relationship with our projection screen customers in Japan and are looking forward to growing the media server and show control side of things with the help of Mix Wave. Their great reputation and their experience with media server related technologies make us very confident that they will soon become one of our most successful distributors.”
Mix Wave co-founder and director of their Visual System division Ken Sampei commented on the reasons behind Mix Wave’s adding AV Stumpfl Wings media servers to their product portfolio:
“We are very excited to handle the AV Stumpfl Wings media server product range. Japan is quite a 4K/8K oriented country and I’m sure the Wings media server products will fit even our most


Eurotek invests in BlackTrax

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ireland - Coinciding with the company’s 50th anniversary, Irish broadcast, AV and video conferencing experts, Eurotek have taken delivery of BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system. The purchase meets the exponential requirement for clients within the broadcast technology, Audio Visual, VFX and communications industry requiring real-time motion tracking throughout Ireland.
“Eurotek has made a commitment to focus on growth, and new projects in our home country are central to this expansion. The projects we work on are getting much more complex, and systems like BlackTrax will enable us to deliver impactful and compelling presentations to clients,” said Noel McMahon, technical sales & business development at Eurotek.
“The BlackTrax system is already used by our sister company AVtek for live event projects, so we’ve invested in a further system.
“With BlackTrax, we see a great potential to enhance the market for projected images. BlackTrax lets you project video (or lighting) onto free-moving objects, using techniques similar to tracking software in VFX systems,” added McMahon.
Eurotek took delivery of BlackTrax at ISE 2017 and will finalise training this month.
(Jim Evans)


Christie Lites opens Coventry UK office

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

UK / USA - Christie Lites is ‘crossing the pond’ with the opening of Christie Lites Coventry in the UK. This new office is Christie’s first expansion outside of North America. The North American lighting and rigging rental company is bringing its successful business model from its network of 12 office warehouse locations across the US and Canada to further serve client demand into the UK and Europe - and vice versa.
Christie Lites CEO Huntly Christie says: “We have always expanded to places where we can best support our long-standing client partners. We’ve had inquiries for years about expansion overseas from various genres of clientele, including touring, theatre, auto and trade shows, corporate - the full gamut of our business. The time is finally right, with a great alignment of eager new staff, solid equipment support and motivated customers. Our first overseas opening parallels our expansion across North America, and is just one more step in Christie Lites’ continued organic growth.”
Fit up of the CL Coventry location is currently underway with doors planned to open in early April. Operations and account rep team hirings will be announced soon.
This 3,716sq.m (40,000sq.ft) warehouse setup will mirror all of Christie Lites’ other warehouses, fully stocked with CL preferred manufacturer’s brands of lighting (such as Martin by Harman


DPA appoints two distributors in Switzerland

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Switzerland - As part of its commitment to its professional customer base, DPA Microphones has appointed two new distributors in Switzerland with immediate effect. Z-Audio and MusicNetwork AG are now responsible for the company's entire range of high quality microphones, which includes products aimed at the recording and pro audio markets, live sound, installation and broadcast.
Established 25 years ago, and with office and warehouse facilities in Russikon and Pully, Z-Audio handles distribution for a wide range of professional audio and lighting brands. The company offers free project consulting and technical support, and has an extensive network of installation partners and resellers.
"We are very excited to be representing such a great microphone brand - one that is already well known and respected in Switzerland," says Remo Zollinger, managing director of Z-Audio. "We have worked with DPA in the past on various projects, most notably in the broadcast sphere. The company's products fit well with our existing portfolio, particularly with the MIPRO wireless system."
MusicNetwork, which is based in Dietikon, also has many years' experience in dealing with professional hardware and software for the audio sector, and represents a range of high quality brands including AVID, M-Audio, iZotope and Apogee Electronics. In addition to sales, the company also


Adamson selects Stage Craft for Philippines

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Canada / Philippines - Stage Craft International has cemented its status as one of the top production technology distribution firms in the Philippines with the recent addition of Adamson Systems Engineering to its line card.
Based in Mandaluyong City, Stage Craft represents some of the world’s top audio brands throughout the Philippines and built their reputation on the philosophy of delivering only premium, high-performance products for their customers. Marc Paraiso, the company’s head of sales and marketing, says that philosophy is what drove the decision to adopt the Adamson brand.
“While there is a plethora of loudspeaker manufacturers out there, with most of them represented in the Philippines, we feel Adamson has a big advantage in terms of technological advancement, making it a cut above the rest,” Paraiso comments.
“We love the idea of Adamson collaborating closely with its distribution and sales partners and end users in moving the brand and product offerings forward,” Paraiso adds. “We’re definitely proud to be a part of the Adamson Systems Engineering family.”
Adamson’s sales manager for the Asia Pacific region, James Ritter, returns the sentiment. “We’ve been seeking the right partner for what we know is a very promising market for major growth,” he says. “Stage Craft has already exceeded our expectations an


Elation partners with LMP in Germany

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

USA / Germany - LMP Lichttechnik Vertriebs GmbH, a pioneer in the distribution of moving lights in Europe for over 30 years, will begin to distribute Elation Professional products in Germany effective 15 March. With LMP as its distribution partner, Elation opens a wider market for its products while moving closer to its German customers and guaranteeing swifter, higher-quality service, the company says.
In LMP, Elation has chosen a company that has been well-respected and highly successful in the market for over 37 years. Beyond moving lights, LMP is also well positioned in the field of static LEDs. The company is also known for its systematic brand development and has had success over the years in the positioning of young brands, including its own.
Elation says: “Major German companies such as satis&fy and Amptown System Company (ASC) have been relying on products from Elation in the rental and touring sectors for years and have also turned to Elation to equip cruise ships and fulfill lighting requirements on international project business. Likewise, Niclen Moving Lights Systems has had highly positive experiences with Elation and already carries large numbers of Elation products in its dry hire inventory. Adding LMP as a distribution source in Germany is certain to ensure continued growth for both Elation and LMP.”
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Pro Active LATAM to represent Martin Audio

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mexico - Martin Audio has appointed Pro Active Latin America as the company’s sales representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Mexico City and guided by owner/director Berenice Gutierrez, Pro Active LATAM has already represents Allen & Heath, Ashly Audio and UDG in addition to Martin Audio.
With 20 years of experience and success in live sound, commercial installation and music products, Berenice has developed a well-earned reputation for her knowledge and insights about building brands and sales in Latin America. Asked about the appointment, she said: “Of course, I’ve known about Martin Audio for many years because it’s a well-known brand with a reputation for quality and excellence. It’s an honour for me and our team to work with an important company that has such huge potential in Latin America, both for the live sound and integration markets. We are very focused on serving the top audio brands such as Martin Audio and matching them to best distribution partners in in the Latin American Culture.”
Martin Audio managing director Dominic Harter, a friend and associate who is responsible for recruiting Berenice to help build the company’s worldwide expansion, added: “I have known Berenice for 10 years and have always been impressed with the enthusiasm and energy she brings to a brand. Martin Audio now have a new focus on o


Danmon Group takes on Optocore for Sweden

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Sweden - Danmon Group Sweden has been appointed distributor for Optocore and BroaMan fibre solutions, having been representing the brands in Denmark for a number of years.
With business units across Scandinavia, and more than 25 years of experience behind them, Danmon Group has evolved to become one of the leading suppliers to professional users of equipment for broadcast, television, film and commercial productions, originally in its native Denmark.
Back in 2001, Danmon Sweden managing director, Marcus Lundahl, started to build the Group’s audio division, Soundware, after which they began representing Optocore.
While Soundware will continue to service the professional audio and video industry generally, Danmon will focus on addressing the broadcast video sectors with the German manufacturer’s scalable fibre interfaces, seeing huge potential in these segments.
“We primarily see Optocore and BroaMan penetrating a number of key sectors like broadcast, live OB, and theatre,” continued Mr. Lundahl. “Sweden has been an early adopter of new ways of distributing content - especially over fibre, where the interest is very high.” In fact, SVT (Swedish Television Broadcast) was the first broadcaster to adopt a custom fibre solution leading to the original foundation of Broadcast Manufactur (BroaMan).
Although the company already has advan


TechPro takes TG1000 from POLAR

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

UK - Tamworth-based AV specialists TechPro Events recently invested in beyerdynamic's TG 1000 24-bit digital wireless microphone system. Having consulted with POLAR, TechPro purchased the system to address growing demand for its event support services. TechPro operates inside and outside the UK, with more than half its event support services being delivered in mainland Europe.
Rob Stokes, director at TechPro reports: "The TG1000 exactly meets our needs. The frequency range is very important given that a large proportion of our work is carried out across Europe and being able to cascade six dual receivers allows us to operate 12 channels of wireless microphones without the need for additional splitters. This is perfect for the scale of events we regularly support.
“The TG1000 system was our first order with POLAR and the support from Dave Ball was fantastic. Having given him extremely tight deadlines to meet, he delivered everything to us professionally and crucially - on-time. I was informed at every stage, which helped to keep me sane at a time where we were confronting the busiest period in our trading history. When we needed supply directly from Germany, this was seamlessly managed in the background without drama.”
Dave Ball of POLAR commented: "The beyerdynamic TG1000 is an exceptional product, highly flexible and very competitively-priced for


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