K-array Press Releases http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array Kirby Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:10:21 -0500 K-array Press Release Feed Dallas' First United Methodist Church Looks to K-array Loudspeakers for System Redesign, Citing Impressive 'Performance to Size Ratio' http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/dallas-first-united-methodist-church-looks-to-k-array-loudspeakers-for-system-redesign-citing-impressive-performance-to-size-ratio http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/dallas-first-united-methodist-church-looks-to-k-array-loudspeakers-for-system-redesign-citing-impressive-performance-to-size-ratio Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that First United Methodist Church (FirstChurch), a landmark of downtown Dallas for over 165 years, recently replaced its sound reinforcement system with K-array Installation series components. The new system, which consists of (10) custom color KP102 line array elements, (2) KK52 line array elements, (2) KMT18P passive subwoofers, (4) KA40 amplifiers and (12) custom color K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers, was designed by Dallas-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) and installed by Electro Acoustics, Inc. of Fort Worth.

The K-array KP102 line array elements were mounted at the proscenium line at the front of the sanctuary.

The K-array KP102 line array elements were mounted at the proscenium line at the front of the sanctuary.

With a rich music program, congregational activities and two worship services each Sunday for roughly 1,000 congregants, FirstChurch sought to replace its existing sound system with a more current, innovative solution that could deliver greater intelligibility for both music and the spoken word. The K-array’s small footprint and no-compromise audio quality made it perfectly suited for the system redesign.

Jim Burdette of WJHW handled the overall project design, which had to be sensitive to both the architectural and acoustic requirements of the interior structure: “”This was a large, high ceiling space with challenging acoustics,” he says. “The existing cluster was quite a ways up and was not able to deliver the pattern control or throw that we can now achieve with modern technology. So we looked at options and eventually decided on K-array.”

K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers were placed underneath the balcony, providing enhanced audio intelligibility.

K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers were placed underneath the balcony, providing enhanced audio intelligibility.

Since FirstChurch is a historic and an architecturally ornate structure, getting the aesthetics just right was of paramount importance as was the overall sound quality. “Part of the criteria and design directive was to move towards a low-profile column array like the K-array,” Burdette says. “We also wanted to have greater control over the sound dispersion while reducing any gain before feedback issues.” Burdette arranged to have the K-array KP102 line arrays brought in for a scaled demo at the church. “In use, we just loved the concept — the performance to size ratio was very impressive,” recalls Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics. “

The installation itself involved a split array of the KP102s: an upper module consisting of three units, and a lower module of one unit. They were mounted at the proscenium line on the front face of the wall, with the lower array positioned approximately 6’ off the main floor directed at the main floor, and the upper array positioned approximately 21’ off the main floor and pointed towards the church’s balcony. “The precision of the KP102s afforded us the ability to throw deep into the room while staying close to structure and unobtrusive,” Burdette explains. “As well, we were able to position the speakers so they could disappear among the moldings.

The K-array system was unobtrusive to the overall aesthetics and architectural splendor of FUMC.

The K-array system was unobtrusive to the overall aesthetics and architectural splendor of FUMC.

In addition to the primary line array speakers for the main seating areas, Burdette also specified (12) KT22 point source compact speakers to reinforce audio directly beneath the balcony. “There were some old conventional style speakers there that they were going to reuse, but I recommended switching to the K-arrays because it was much less visually intrusive,” Burdette says. “From an audio perspective, this increases intelligibility for congregants seated under the balcony.”

In the choir loft, a pair of K-array KK52 line array speakers was mounted. “The choir wanted a little more presence and even coverage,” explains Chris Jordan. “That made it perfect, and now the choir members could not be more delighted.” The overall system was rounded out with a pair of K-array KMT18P ultra-light subwoofers, which were mounted into existing soffits within the structure: “The client didn’t want us to cut into any of the existing structure, so we found old speaker cutouts in the proscenium walls,” says Burdette. “We opened these back up, put grille cloth in front of them and mounted them. This turned out really well for the architecture.”

Since completing the installation, feedback has been resoundingly favorable among the congregation. “The church likes how the new loudspeaker system is performing,” reports Burdette. “Both speech intelligibility and music clarity have increased, and the K-array solution played an integral role in achieving this.”

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Sennheiser’s K-Array Anakonda Loudspeaker Brings Extraordinary Sound and Flexibility to Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Music Theater http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/sennheiser-s-k-array-anakonda-loudspeaker-brings-extraordinary-sound-and-flexibility-to-musical-instrument-museum-mim-music-theater http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/sennheiser-s-k-array-anakonda-loudspeaker-brings-extraordinary-sound-and-flexibility-to-musical-instrument-museum-mim-music-theater Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Phoenix’ Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is home to nearly 15,000 instruments and objects from all over the world, providing a unique museum experience for guests of all ages. The museum features an exquisite, 300-seat music theater that features performances from a diverse range of artists — including well known, nationally touring musical acts as well as traditional and eclectic acts from every corner of the globe. Designed and constructed as an intimate, world-class concert hall offering comfortable seating and state of the art acoustics, the theater hosted 193 concerts last year and recently was the first venue in Arizona to install the new K-array Anakonda speaker solution from Sennheiser.

The K-array Anakonda solution was installed at the Musical Instrument Museum theater as a solution to provide increased intelligibility.

The K-array Anakonda solution was installed at the Musical Instrument Museum theater as a solution to provide increased intelligibility.

The K-array Anakonda speaker system was installed directly across the edge of the stage as a front fill solution, providing greater definition and sonic clarity to the first several rows. The new installation helps the theater deliver an unparalleled listening experience for all its patrons no matter where they are seated, ensuring even sound dispersion and intelligibility.

“Our former front fills were point source, mounted just below the stage,” comments Ted Greenbaum, music theater manager. “There wasn’t even coverage and these were in the more expensive seats. So when Jerry Delgado of Sennheiser brought the Anakonda in for us to test, it was phenomenal.” “Our main PA system is built into the shell and each side is pretty far away from the center of the audience and in the first couple of rows intelligibility and imaging is an issue,” explains Jim Zick, technical manager for the Theater. “When Sennheiser brought in the Anakonda, which sounded great and was aesthetically attractive, I thought it would be a perfect solution to set this up right across the front of the stage.”

Six K-array Anakondas were daisy chained at the front edge of the stage, providing a great sounding and aesthetically attractive solution.

Six K-array Anakondas were daisy chained at the front edge of the stage, providing a great sounding and aesthetically attractive solution.

Six Anakonda loudspeakers were daisy chained at the edge of the stage and powered by a single K-array KA40 amplifier complete with DSP control. The system made its debut one evening as renowned country singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss sang for 300 enthralled fans. “It was phenomenal,” Greenbaum recalls. “After that night, we got several emails from audience members saying it was the best sound they ever heard. Before, the front fill was lacking and the Anakonda really came through as a great solution — it was the final piece to the puzzle.”

From the rear of the theater, the Anakonda is barely visible on the front part of the stage.

From the rear of the theater, the Anakonda is barely visible on the front part of the stage.

Anakonda: Astounding intelligibility, flexibility

In addition to theaters, the Anakonda is a perfect solution for a range of indoor or outdoors installations. Since each speaker element is bendable, the Anakonda can be wrapped around poles, columns, or mounted to curved or otherwise uneven surfaces. Speakers are available in 6’ lengths, and up to 16 combined elements can be linked and powered from a KA40 amplifier using the Anakonda’s integrated NL4 connectors. The speaker’s dedicated presets support a variety of configurations, including both standalone and combination use with K-array KMT Series subwoofers.

The Anakonda, which is priced at $859.95, is available exclusively in the U.S. through authorized Sennheiser dealers.

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K-array Loudspeakers Deliver High Quality Sound at Presidential Inauguration Events http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-loudspeakers-deliver-high-quality-sound-at-presidential-inaugu-ration-events http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-loudspeakers-deliver-high-quality-sound-at-presidential-inaugu-ration-events Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500 While the spotlight was on President Obama during the public ceremony of his second inauguration held on Monday, January 21st at the U.S. Capitol, there were many private parties, celebrations and events at other high profile institutions in and around D.C. for several days preceding the official event. To support the many festivities, K-array loudspeakers, distributed by Sennheiser, were enlisted to deliver powerful audio.

Cyndi Lauper performs at the Italian Embassy on Sunday, January 20th through a pair of K-array KR 402s

Cyndi Lauper performs at the Italian Embassy on Sunday, January 20th through a pair of K-array KR 402s

For All Stage & Sound, Inc., a Laytonsville, MD-based full-service event production company, the presidential inauguration brings with it a packed schedule of high profile corporate events every four years. This year was no exception, as the firm handled staging and production for activities held at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the United States Institute of Peace, The Italian Embassy, Cafe Milano and others.

“We had equipment out everywhere, and it was all being used around the clock at different venues throughout the city,” says Richard O. Benning of All Stage & Sound. The primary loudspeaker systems the company relied on were from Italian manufacturer K-array, which specializes in speakers featuring the best possible sound quality in an extremely small footprint. K-array is a fantastic solution for the kind of work that we do be-cause these speakers are not only stealth and look great, but they sound fantastic as well.”

The stealth loudspeaker set up at the U.S. Institute of Peace, courtesy of K-array.

The stealth loudspeaker set up at the U.S. Institute of Peace, courtesy of K-array.

All Stage & Sound recently fortified its arsenal of K-array systems, anticipating the increased demand for this year’s inaugural activities, says Benning. “We already owned five sets of KR 200s, a pair of KR 400s and a pair of KR 100s. To supplement this for the inauguration, we bought two pairs of the new KR 202s, another pair of the new KR 402s and another pair of the new KR 102s. Everything was being used non-stop.”

The remarkable events included the Italian Embassy, which occurred on Sunday, January 20th and featured singer Cindy Lauper providing the entertainment through a pair of K-array KR 402s. “Everyone was thrilled that there were Italian speakers in the Italian Embassy, yet there was some initial trepidation about the speakers’ small size,” Benning recalls. “By the end of the performance, there were smiles on the faces of all concerned. They said the sound was perfect, and of course the sightlines were outstanding because there was just nothing in the way!”

Set up for the Cindy Lauper performance, which featured K-array KR 402s and KR 102s, went quickly and smoothly.

Set up for the Cindy Lauper performance, which featured K-array KR 402s and KR 102s, went quickly and smoothly.

For the Cyndi Lauper show, All Stage & Sound had set up KR 402s at the left and right of the stage, reinforced by a pair of KR 102s farther down the room, flanked left and right. In environments like the Italian Embassy, or the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Benning says that it is about aesthetics from the very beginning — and this is precisely where the K-array solution shines. From an acoustic perspective, K-array speakers provide optimal gain before feedback and help disperse the sound accurately in difficult acoustic environments.

“Because the K-array speakers have such a wide dispersion pattern, we can put them in corners of rooms and face them inward,” explains Benning. “With the KR 402s, you have a light that gives you a visual indication of where the dispersion begins and ends. You can stand it right in front of a lectern and when you rotate it just slightly, it rejects feedback beautifully.”

“A big portion of what we do is speech, so feedback rejection is a really important consideration,” he continues. “If a CEO or some other dignitary is speaking at an inaugural party or other high profile event, the sound must be absolutely clear and there can be no exception. K-array delivers for us on this level, time and time again.”

Benning also appreciates the portability and ease of set-up in the K-arrays, which saves not only labor costs, but also space requirements: “You can go in with a single truck and throw in a set of KR 202s with only a couple of guys.” Benning also says the K-arrays have smaller power distribution requirements compared to larger, less efficient systems, helping reduce trucking and manpower requirements. “They go in faster and also look cleaner,” he says.

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K-array Takes its Place Alongside the Masterful Artwork of Rodin http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-takes-its-place-alongside-the-masterful-artwork-of-rodin http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-takes-its-place-alongside-the-masterful-artwork-of-rodin Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500
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Rodin’s “The Thinker” graces the outside of the Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum is one of Philadelphia’s prized museums, and has been run by the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1929. The museum, which contains a priceless collection of ‘the father of modern sculpture’ Aguste Rodin including “The Thinker,” attracts tens of thousands of visitors per year and is not only a landmark in Philadelphia, but also a major international tourist attraction. Recently, the museum enhanced its visitor experience by installing a K-array audio system, distributed by Sennheiser.

Following a major restoration project to its garden and museum facility, The Rodin Museum reopened last September with the new K-array system, which was designed to facilitate background music as well as museum announcements and other public address functions.

Considering the visual and artistic context of the museum, the project team required an aesthetically subtle audio solution that would not divert or otherwise distract attention from the art itself. From a technical point of view, the audio system had to deliver high quality audio to accommodate the program requirements, while minimizing the amount of reverberation that is common in acoustic environments containing smooth walls and marble finishing.

Four K-array KV50s were installed on the walls of the main gallery

Four K-array KV50s were installed on the walls of the main gallery

Thinking it through with K-array

The system was conceived by 3rd Street Services, in conjunction with Jim Fraatz and Steve Keever of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and installed over a three-month period. K-array distributor Sennheiser, along with local AV consultant 3rd Street Services, arranged for a demo of a K-array system — which was ultimately chosen for its outstanding sound quality and dispersion qualities, in addition to its minimalist, small-footprint design.

Four K-array KV50 line array speaker elements, each containing eight 1’’ neodymium transducers, were installed on the walls of the main gallery at about six feet high, accompanied by two K-array KU36 subwoofers on the ground - which were chosen for their compactness and portability.

A similar solution was implemented in the Library, which contains a nearly 30’ high vaulted ceiling. Eight K-array KT20CW point source compact speakers were recessed in the vault itself, accompanied by two KU36 subwoofers on the ground — which could be easily removed if required. The entire system was powered by four K-array KA7-7 amplifiers.

The Library features two K-array KU36 subwoofers, among other speakers

The Library features two K-array KU36 subwoofers, among other speakers

According to Ted Sheppard of 3rd Street Services, the KV50s were selected due to their transparent sound and extreme compactness; characteristics also shared with the KT20CWs. Despite their small footprint, the KT20CWs are capable of distributing audio content at 107 dBs at a frequency range of between 150 Hz and 18 KHz.

From the beginning, the installation performed as expected and only required an additional DSP preset, which was promptly loaded on the KA7-7 amplifiers. The new preset helped align the audio dispersion of the two KU36s, making the system more congruent and even more efficient.

For more information on the Rodin Museum, please visit www.rodinmuseum.org

K-array

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in
Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser.
Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, medium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit <www.k-array.com>.

Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website.

Media Contact

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

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K-array and Hip Hop Legend Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. Help Inspire Underprivileged Children through New York Foundling's Camp Felix http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-and-hip-hop-legend-darryl-mcdaniels-of-run-d-m-c-help-inspire-underprivileged-children-through-new-york-foundling-s-camp-felix http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-and-hip-hop-legend-darryl-mcdaniels-of-run-d-m-c-help-inspire-underprivileged-children-through-new-york-foundling-s-camp-felix Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400 On Thursday, August 16th, children enrolled at Camp Felix participated in an exhuberant talent show, capping a two-week camp of activities that included arts and crafts, music, creative writing, drama and several workshops. Camp Felix, which is hosted each year by The New York Foundling — a prominent family services organization specializing in child welfare — is an overnight summer camp located in Putnam Valley, NY that features a variety of educational events and activities abandoned and underprivileged children.

Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. communicates a message of inspiration to children attending Camp Felix.

Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. communicates a message of inspiration to children attending Camp Felix.

Thursday evening’s talent show included a wide range of performances from children aged 8 to 13 such as synchronized Spanish dance routines, singer/songwriter performances and several vocal acts. The performances, which were broadcast to an audience of approximately 200 attendees through a pair of K-array KR 200 loudspeakers, also featured a performance of “Walk This Way” by Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. to cap off the evening.

Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when McDaniels gave a heartfelt message of hope to the children, stressing that they can overcome challenges and achieve whatever they want to in life. The New York Foundling, which helps over 13,000 people each year and whose guiding principle is ‘abandon no one,’ strengthens families and communities by helping each individual reach his or her potential.

Performances at Camp Felix included Spanish dance routines; K-array KR 200s are visible at the left side of the photo

Performances at Camp Felix included Spanish dance routines; K-array KR 200s are visible at the left side of the photo

McDaniels was enthusiastic about the sound of the K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser’s overall participation in the event: “Sennheiser had the K-array speakers at Camp Felix for the kids’ talent show and it was amazing,” he said. “People out in the parking lot wanted to know who was sounding so good at ‘the concert.’ And it was only two speakers!”

Ben Escobedo, RF services & field support engineer, technical services, Sennheiser, was on hand to set up and provide mixing services for the event: “This camp was for a great cause, and the K-array’s were just fantastic,” he said. “For an outdoor venue such as this, I needed something that was portable and could fit in my car, but that was powerful enough to provide great sound for the entire camp audience.”

Escobedo, who was able to get the system up and running in a matter of minutes due to its extreme portability, set up a simple mixer and connected Sennheiser microphones including an ew135 G3 wireless to provide flexibility on the stage, as well as e835, e935 and e965 wired microphones.

K-array

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, medium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit our website.

Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit our website.

Media Contacts

Rachel Smolin
Public Relations
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation
(860) 434-9190, Ext. 180
rsmolin@sennheiserusa.com

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

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K-array Loudspeakers Make the Grade in Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre, Bridging the Present and the Past http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-loudspeakers-make-the-grade-in-oxford-s-sheldonian-theatre-bridging-the-present-and-the-past http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/k-array/press-releases/k-array-loudspeakers-make-the-grade-in-oxford-s-sheldonian-theatre-bridging-the-present-and-the-past Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0400 The Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford is among the city’s — and indeed England’s — most prized performance jewels. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most highly regarded architects in history, and constructed between 1664 and 1669, it is still very much a part of Oxford culture and is used not only for music concerts, but also degree ceremonies for local University students, celebrations, lectures and a number of other events. Recently, over the course of a painstakingly detailed restoration, a state of the art K-array loudspeaker system was installed to help bring the acoustics of this priceless architectural gem into the modern age.

Among the Sheldonian’s unique architectural details are its arch layout and a large cupola; its shape allows it to be used in a variety of ways. For example, during degree ceremonies, a presenter will typically speak from one side of the theatre, while during conferences, speakers might address the audience from the opposite side. For each event, a decision is made on whether to involve all or part of the seating on each of the theatre’s three levels.

Since the interior restoration included delicate finishes and flourishes, a core requirement in the installation was to ensure that the sound system would not interfere or otherwise obstruct its unique architectural details. Additionally, the loudspeaker system needed to perform across variety of performance and event applications, while delivering an extremely high standard of audio quality. The chosen K-array system, distributed by Sennheiser, was able to gracefully meet and exceed these requirements.

“We had to design a system which could work in both directions, with various combinations of loudspeakers used at different times,” said Brian Hillson, managing director of B+H Sound, the company responsible for designing and installing the new system. B+H Sound installed (12) KV50W compact line-array modules comprised of eight 1” neodymium transducers and two KKS50W bass line array systems, powered by two KA7 compact amplifiers and one single KA10.

The KV50W was able to provide even sound coverage while minimizing reflections —which was important considering the semicircular shape of the space and the three superimposing orders of tribunes. The (12) speakers were discreetly placed along the handrail of the stairs leading to the organ, as well as on the doorframes and at the sides of the buttresses positioned on the ground floor and third floor. The chassis themselves were then painted to match the colors of the theatre, making them almost invisible. The two KKS50W units were then hidden within the stair structure.

“With DSP programming at the front end, the speakers could easily be controlled to suit any particular application, depending on which orientation the theatre is used in,” Hillson continued. A series of presets was created so that the theatre’s custodian can pre-select them depending on the intended use of the theatre.

The project was an important work of ‘technological restoration,’ carried out in close contact with both the contractor and the University building surveyor. “One of the professors, and Chair of Curators who had been involved in the project came in and asked where the speakers were,” says Hillson. “That to me said everything about the advantages of using K-array.”

K-array

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, medium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit our website.

Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website.

Media Contacts

Rachel Smolin
Public Relations
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation
(860) 434-9190, Ext. 180
rsmolin@sennheiserusa.com

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

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