As fall begins to usher in winter, Clark Synthesis is going through some changes that are bringing us into a new season… and that means I have a lot of work to do! As I’ve been nose-deep in projects and preparation for these changes, I’ve watched with a bit of chagrin as the mail piles high on my desk. Every time I see a new trade magazine, I think to myself, “Oh, I want to look through that today!” …and then they day goes by without taking a glance…
So the other day, I decided to finally take a break from my projects and flip through the pages of the latest trade magazine to top the stack. I picked it up, wondering what new articles I could read to brush up on the pool industry, and flipped it open to a random page mid-magazine. As I looked down, my brain registered something familiar. As my eyes focused on the page, I realized I was staring at a product photo of our Aguaceiro™ MultiClimate Airspeaker that I had shot and edited a few months ago. “What is this??” I thought. It took a while before I remembered submitting the information for a place in the magazine, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to see it take up half the page as soon as I opened it!
I really enjoy my job here and I take pride in my work, so it was nice to see the unexpected spread in a magazine. I really believe in the quality and design of our products so I do my best to make them look just as good as they perform!
A great big thank you to Erin Ansley for the spread in Aquatics International!
Clark Synthesis has a strong international presence, and the way we market our products is greatly affected by world events. Over the last few years, certain events have presented us with our greatest challenges, including depressed market conditions in the US and Europe, rising raw material prices, rising labor prices, and increased regulations. Though this can put us in some difficult situations, we aren’t going to let these challenges keep us from doing what we love.
And what do we love? We love enjoying life. And we love to help other people enjoy life by adding new levels of reality to movies, superior audio to outdoor environments, beautiful music to swimming pools, and artistic beauty to the countless other places Clark Synthesis products are used.
Soon, we will be announcing a strategy for even more people to enjoy Clark Synthesis products. So be on the lookout for some exciting new changes!
You have to love a band that consistently puts on an amazing show year after year. Last week, I took my oldest daughter to experience just that when Rascal Flatts performed at the Comfort Dental Amphitheater. The show had three warm up acts, all of which were worth seeing, and the main event was, of course, outstanding. We even got to stand right in front of the stage for the entire evening…now that’s what I call fun!
Clark Synthesis has had a relationship for many years with Jim Riley, the Rascal Flatts’ Drummer and Band Leader. Jim has a pair of Prosound429 Thumpers on his throne that perfectly complements his in-ear monitors. In addition to being one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, Jim is an amazing drummer. He had the crowd cheering for more as he performed one of the best drum solos I’ve heard in years.
If you get the chance, you should definitely see Rascal Flatts on tour this season. You’ll have a wonderful time!
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the CEDIA show in Indianapolis, and let me just say, it was great to see everyone this year! Paul Sabbah, our International Representative, and I had some wonderful meetings with present and future distributors from around the world. We are very excited to expand into new markets as more people discover the fun of high-quality tactile sound for their home theaters and top-notch underwater sound for their swimming pools. Right before I left for the show, I received a call from the Walt Disney company inquiring about the distribution of Clark Synthesis products in China. They are wanting a steady supply of transducers for the new Disneyland in Shanghai and I’m hoping that we can secure a deal soon for a stocking distributor in Shanghai.
As I walked around the floor of CEDIA, there were two main products that caught my eye. The first is the Darbee Visual Presence from Darbee Vision – a box that enhances the picture in some subtle and pleasing ways. When I first saw the product, I was afraid that it would be another video gimmick that, in the name of improving the picture, actually makes the picture worse. (Perhaps you have seen some of those “enhancements” that look like cartoonish pictures with overbright pixels and oversaturated colors.) However, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure what the electronics do, but the videos felt more natural and more pleasing to the eye and, for some reason, I actually felt better watching the picture processed with Visual Presence that the picture without it. I asked Adam Darbee what they were doing and he said that the product examines the picture and makes changes to individual pixels as needed to improve the overall video. Granted, that’s a rather vague answer, but when I looked at the picture, it made sense. Adam told me that the price is going up soon, so if I want one, I had better move fast.
The second product of note is the 3D-Bee Diamond 2D to 3D converter. I’ve seen many products at CEDIA and CES that claim to do quality 2D to 3D conversion, but when I’ve seen the demos, I’ve usually seen an ugly, dark picture that has no place in anyone’s home theater. The 3D-Bee Diamond is different – very different. First, the 3D picture looks really good – certainly good enough for my home cinema. Second, you can adjust both the depth of the 3D, and the video pop-out at the same time. I was able to adjust the 3D depth and video pop-out until the picture felt comfortable to the eye and the action felt realistic. The demo used passive glasses, and the picture looked bright enough in the harsh light of the trade show floor. I was very impressed with both the 3D converter and the Darbee Visual Presence.
Next year, the CEDIA show will return to Denver and since it’s practically in our backyard, we might be showing there. Until next time…