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All-New 512×512 Channel CONVERGE® Matrix Sound Reinforcement and Distribution System Unveilied by ClearOne at InfoComm 2014


 

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Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 

ClearOne’s unique, industry-leading suite of professional audio and Dante™-enabled networking products is being showcased at InfoComm Booth #N1827, June 18 through 20, 2014

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 16, 2014

 
Maintaining its leadership position in the installed audio conferencing market, ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), has launched the CONVERGE® Matrix Sound Reinforcement Distribution and Processing System enabled with Dante™ networking. Available in Q4, 2014, this new system leverages the utility of existing Ethernet networks for the routing and distribution of networked audio, supporting up to 512×512 uncompressed channels for audio matrix mixing. This solution will be unveiled at the InfoComm 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, where ClearOne is exhibiting in Booth #N1827.
 
“Enterprises and organizations that need scalable and flexible audio capabilities with crystal-clear voice and sound, can specify and pre-order the CONVERGE Matrix through leading Audio Consultants and Integrators who specialize in DSP and audio processing systems,” explained Durai Ramachandiran, ClearOne’s Senior Director of Product Line Management for Pro Voice and AV Distribution. “Two versions of the product will initially be available – one with 256×256 uncompressed channels, expandable with an additional 256×256 slot-in card, and another with embedded 512×512 support. Both versions include two Ethernet ports to connect into Dante networks – one primary port to connect with the main network, and a secondary port to connect with network backup for redundancy and enhanced reliability.”
 
ClearOne’s CONVERGE Matrix works with CONVERGE Pro and SR units connected into a network through CONNECT Dante, without requiring any hardware changes in the CONVERGE units, to enable a flexible and cost-effective modular approach. The unit is easy to manage, provides complete system redundancy, and leverages a hybrid systems approach with room endpoints, shared DSP processing, and centralized DSP matrix routing with distributed resources. This unique solution from ClearOne increases the scalability and reliability of networked voice and sound applications without any distance limitations, and is suitable for small, medium, and large scale projects.
 
Common uses for CONVERGE Matrix include sound reinforcement and distribution at airports, transportation hubs, universities, stadiums, casinos, entertainment venues, amusement parks, houses of worship, shopping malls, convention and expo centers, auditoriums, corporate buildings, healthcare facilities, hotels, and aboard cruise ships.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

About Audinate

 
Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for more details.
 
Dante and Audinate are trademarks or registered trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd. CONVERGE and ClearOne are registered trademarks of ClearOne, Inc.
 

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ClearOne Highlights Another First – Beamforming Microphone Array Integrated Directly with New COLLABORATE Room Pro Media Appliance for the Ultimate Audio in Video Conferencing


 

Contact

Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 

New breed of group video conferencing adds Beamforming Microphone Array without the need for external mixing or DSP processing.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 16, 2014

 
Visitors to InfoComm Booth #N1827 will experience the first of a new line of media appliances from ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO). The new COLLABORATE® Room Pro all-in-one appliance combines high-definition 1080p60 video with ClearOne’s revolutionary and wildly popular Beamforming Microphone Array for the best audio available on any self-contained video conferencing solution. This new ground-breaking system, available with a 9-party MCU, also includes many media collaboration tools that must usually be purchased separately, such as: streaming, recording and content creation, presentation, and in a future free software upgrade, wireless projection and interactive white boarding.
 
“ClearOne is demonstrating a unique ability to understand the customer’s needs both in the conference room and at the desktop,” said David Moss, ClearOne’s Vice President of Media Collaboration. “The new COLLABORATE Room Pro with the Beamforming Microphone Array is the first in a series of new, fresh, and exciting solutions that will offer high-definition video and integrate the best of ClearOne’s audio capabilities while also delivering other media collaboration tools. With the introduction of our Spontania cloud service, the COLLABORATE Room Pro also integrates with the ClearOne Spontania cloud allowing users to join the meeting from PCs, Macs, and any mobile device easily and affordably.”
 
The COLLABORATE Room Pro with the integrated Beamformer Microphone Array is available in two models, 520 and 620. Additional models with other ClearOne audio solutions are also available. Future models will be introduced later this year.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

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ClearOne Pushes Multimedia Streaming to the Limit at InfoComm 2014 the Ultimate 4:4:4, True-Color Digital Multimedia Streaming Solution


 

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Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 

The ultimate in 4:4:4, true-color digital multimedia streaming, control, and virtually unlimited scalability will be on display at ClearOne booth #N1827

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 16, 2014

 
Visitors to the ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) booth #N1827 at InfoComm 2014 will see VIEW® Pro in action, providing unsurpassed high-profile, 4:4:4 multimedia streaming with lossless compression. Content can be distributed via IP to virtually an unlimited number of displays, and VIEW Pro is compatible with ClearOne’s StreamNet® technology for auto discovery and control of all networked StreamNet products.
 
“We’ve actually eliminated the need for costly hardware matrix switching and the limitations of cabling with VIEW Pro,” said Michael Braithwaite, ClearOne’s Sr. Vice President of the Multimedia Streaming Business. “The technology is pushed to the edge of the network. Using TCP/IP to stream multimedia provides enormous benefits over traditional AV streaming and distribution methods. Users have new levels of flexibility, scalability, and performance with the price that makes it a reality.”
 
ClearOne’s VIEW product line is truly differentiated in the market by providing a complete AV distribution solution that can scale to any project size, from light commercial to stadium. VIEW AV encoders, decoders, amplifiers, and Ethernet switches provide complete flexibility and scalability of networked audio and video, perfect for corporate communications, hospitality and entertainment, education, telemedicine, houses of worship, digital signage and more.
 
The included VIEW Virtual Matrix Software displays a simple snapshot of the entire system on a single screen, as well as providing simple source & destination selection and control options in Windows, Android & iOS for StreamNet encoders & decoders. Users have control access from any number of input devices, including wall touch-screens, desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

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Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.
 
 

Clearone to open India Product Service Center for Regional Support


 

Contact

Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 
 

Clearone to open India Product Service Center for Regional Support

New regional product service center to be located in Bangalore

 
 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 09, 2014

 
ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) today announced the June 20, 2014, opening of its India Authorized Support Center in partnership with Bangalore-based Midas Digital Services Pvt. Ltd. The new support center will serve the Indian market with efficient, timely, and economical product service options.
 
“We look forward to providing this enhanced level of service for ClearOne clients in India,” said Babu Prasad Dorairaj, Director of Midas Digital Services Pvt. Ltd. “Partners and customers here rely on ClearOne’s industry reputation and product quality. This expanded support initiative further solidifies that trust.”
 
Midas will initially focus on service for ClearOne’s industry-leading audio products: CONVERGE®, INTERACT®, MAX®, CHAT® and the Beamforming Microphone Array. These audio products, whether in warranty or out of warranty, will be eligible for service. To initiate a product service request, partners and customers should first contact ClearOne’s Tech Support team with product information, and Tech Support will issue an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization). Partners and customers can then direct their products to Midas Digital Services and will be able to work directly with the regional support center for any further logistics and completion of services.
 
To request a product RMA number, contact ClearOne Tech Support at:
techsupportapac@clearone.com
+86 108 446 3262, + 86 186 1274 9641
 
To direct a product for service, contact Midas Digital Services at:
indiaproductservice@clearone.com
+91 819 796 6677
 
For all other sales support, contact the local India sales team at:
global@clearone.com
+91 993 078 2195
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

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Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.
 
 

ClearOne’s Max Tabletop Conferencing Phone Featured On the BBC


 
The ClearOne Max Tabletop Conferencing Phone was featured on the new BBC show “A Very British Airline” which first aired on June 2, 2014. Top Fortune 500 firms in all industries know that when group communications occur in a natural, effective audio environment can boost productivity and save time and money. ClearOne’s industry-leading professional audio technology and advanced processing delivers unrivaled audio clarity and room coverage.
 
The BBC has this to say about the show: “British Airways is one of the UK’s most visible brands, selling Britishness as a mark of quality. But in the last decade, the business has faced financial crisis and today, more people fly Easyjet than BA. As the airline reaches a turning point, the BBC’s cameras have been allowed unique access to its inner world, from top level decisions to the daily challenges of a global operation.” Because of rights agreements, the show can only be seen in it’s entirety in the UK. But clips can be viewed here.
 
Get your ClearOne MAX® Wireless and MAXAttach® expandable wireless conferencing phones, and rest assured you’re getting the best audio quality, service and expertise available. Winner of Frost & Sullivan’s 2012 Global Tabletop Audio Conferencing Endpoints Product Line Strategy Award, ClearOne provides the flexibility and ease of use you need with tabletop conferencing. Large and small businesses alike rely on the breadth of audio and video conferencing solutions and the legacy audio you will only find at ClearOne.
 

ClearOne Announces New CONNECT Dante Network Bridge for Scalable Pro Audio Solutions at InfoComm 2014

ClearOne Announces New CONNECT® Dante™ Network Bridge for Scalable Pro Audio Solutions at INFOCOMM 2014


ClearOne to feature seamless compatibility in Dante network audio bridging with CONVERGE® product line, Booth #N1827
 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — May 28, 2014

 
Continuing its innovation in the Professional Audio market, ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) introduces the CONNECT Dante network bridge for simple and scalable audio networking with no need to change existing hardware. The modular audio networking approach uses CONNECT network audio bridges with ClearOne’s flagship family of CONVERGE Pro & SR products, allowing users to easily build a scalable system over time.
 
“This new unit provides system integrators with a Dante digital transport for audio systems. While CONVERGE already supports CobraNet®, the addition of Dante gives customers the flexibility of choosing the appropriate bridge based on their requirements,” said Durai Ramachandiran, ClearOne’s Senior Director of Product Line Management for Pro Voice and AV Distribution. “Ideal for enterprise applications, hospitality projects, and higher education, CONNECT Dante expands the reach of CONVERGE products for more varied audio distribution projects.”
 
ClearOne’s CONNECT Dante bridge provides the compact form factor and ease-of-use necessary to create a scalable audio network, compatible with existing hardware. A simple firmware upgrade will allow CONVERGE products to fully integrate with Dante-enabled network bridges, microphones, and amplifiers. The robust, highly-interoperable Dante solution provides a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network using standard Internet Protocols on existing infrastructure—without requiring a dedicated network. Some of the largest live events and sophisticated installations worldwide use this technology, which is based on global networking standards, making signal distribution more cost-effective and user-friendly.
 
“Audinate’s primary goal of revolutionizing the connection of AV systems is fully realized with the introduction of Dante technology,” said Ervin Grinberg, Director of Marketing for Audinate. “Dante makes it simple to create a digital media network, while meeting the performance standards professional installers require. We’re excited to work with ClearOne in providing this breakthrough technology solution to the Pro Audio market.”
 
CONNECT Dante will be on display at InfoComm 2014, ClearOne Booth #N1827. The product is targeted to ship in June 2014.
 

About ClearOne

ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

About Audinate

Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit Audinate for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.
 
Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.
 

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Everybody loves ClearOne’s CHAT!


 
From businessmen on the go, to Michago the cat, everyone loves ClearOne’s CHAT. The personal USB PC speakerphone provides unmatched audio clarity and simple connection to multiple devices.
 
Learn more about ClearOne’s line of portable units that offer unmatched full-duplex capability.
 

ClearOne Reports First Quarter Results

Investments During the Quarter Position ClearOne to Drive Sales of Industry-Leading Portfolio

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — May 6, 2014

 

First Quarter 2014  Highlights

• Achieved record first quarter revenue of $12.7 million
• Reported revenue growth of  13%
• Closed acquisition of Sabine
• Added a seasoned video conferencing sales and business development team to drive all-inclusive ClearOne video collaboration portfolio to market
 

Financial Summary

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share values)  

First Quarter

   

2014

 

2013

 

Change

Revenue   $

12,708

    $

11,293

 

13%

Gross Profit  

7,702

   

6,999

 

10%

Non-GAAP Net Income  

831

   

966

 

(14)%

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA  

1,616

   

1,574

 

3%

Non-GAAP Diluted EPS   $

0.09

    $

0.10

 

(10)%

 
 
ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014.  Results include Sabine operations for the period following the acquisition on March 7. The results do not include Spontania operations since the acquisition closed on April 1.
 
For the 2014 first quarter, revenue increased by 13% to $12.7 million, compared with $11.3 million for the first quarter of 2013.  Gross profit for the first quarter was $7.7 million, or 61% of revenue, compared with $7.0 million, or 62% of revenue, for the first quarter of 2013.  Non-GAAP net income decreased 14% to $0.83 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, from $0.97 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for the 2014 first quarter increased 3% to $1.62 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, from $1.57 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, a year ago.
 
The reduction in GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2014 was caused primarily by acquisition expenses related to Sabine and Spontania acquisitions. Non-GAAP and GAAP net income were also impacted by increased operating costs related to Sabine operations and investments made in the new video collaboration sales and marketing team ahead of expected contributions in revenue from Sabine and Spontania acquisitions for the remainder of 2014.  Results also reflect increased tax expense for this quarter as Congress did not extend certain R&D tax credits.
 
During the quarter, the company acquired the supplier of its complementary professional wireless microphone solutions, Sabine, Inc., securing continued access to products central to ClearOne’s microphones portfolio. In 2014, ClearOne’s full suite of wireless microphone products is expected to achieve revenue between $5.4 million to $6.9 million including the Sabine acquisition, compared to $1.3 million revenue from wireless microphone products in 2013, before Sabine’s acquisition.  ClearOne also expects to improve profitability of its wireless microphone products by reducing operating expenses as the integration of the Sabine business moves forward.
 
On April 1, 2014 ClearOne completed the acquisition of Spontania cloud-based video collaboration solutions from Spain-based Dialcom Networks. In order to effectively grow video collaboration revenue, during the first quarter of 2014 ClearOne made important additions to its video collaboration sales team, led by industry veteran David Moss and consisting of professionals with rich backgrounds including experience working for marquee industry players like Cisco, Polycom, Siemens, and Vidyo. ClearOne intends to further build and broaden the sales channel of the complete portfolio led by Spontania as part of ClearOne’s full range of video collaboration solutions.
 
“The quarterly results reflect our continued plan of prudently leveraging our profits from current growth to fuel future growth by making complementary and balanced investments in sales and marketing and research and development,” said Zee Hakimoglu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect the acquisitions and the associated investments in sales and marketing capabilities to contribute to higher revenues and increased earnings growth in the following quarters of 2014. We are confident that these timely and essential steps will create increasing value for ClearOne, its partners, and its shareholders.”
 
Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $34.0 million at March 31, 2014, down from $42.7 million on December 31, 2013.  The decrease in cash balance reflects the amounts paid for both Sabine and Spontania acquisitions. Cash payment of about $5.0 million was made towards the Spontania acquisition before the end of the first quarter though the transaction closed in April 2014. While the company filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to register the shares of common stock issued as part of the acquisition of Sabine, the company has no plans to issue additional equity or debt.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 
ClearOne provides non-GAAP financial information in the form of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EDBITDA and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and corresponding earnings per share to investors to supplement GAAP financial information.  ClearOne believes that excluding certain items from GAAP results allows ClearOne’s management to better understand ClearOne’s consolidated financial performance from period to period as management does not believe that the excluded items are reflective of underlying operating performance.  non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EDBITDA and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and corresponding earnings per share excludes certain costs and expenses, the details of which are provided in the tables below containing the reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.  The exclusion of these items in the non-GAAP presentation should not be interpreted as implying that these items are non-recurring, infrequent, or unusual.  ClearOne believes non-GAAP financial measures will provide investors with useful information to help them evaluate ClearOne’s operating results and projections.  This non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  There are limitations to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.  Other companies, including companies in ClearOne’s industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than ClearOne does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.  Detailed reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures used in this news release to the corresponding GAAP measures is included with this news release.
 

Full financial statements can be viewed in the Investor Relations Area

 

About ClearOne

ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 
This release contains “forward-looking” statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne’s predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated.  Such forward-looking statements, including acquisitions or investments the company may make to fuel growth, the purchase of common stock under the company’s stock repurchase program and any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
 

Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

 

ClearOne sound system featured in the best luxury spa in Finland


 
The Kylpylähotelli Levitunturi spa/hotel has become the preferred location for a business meeting, or a luxurious getaway in in Sirkka, Finland. With 220 guest rooms spread across ten hotel buildings, numerous restaurants, cafes, clubs, a world-class spa, and even bowling alleys, they have something for everyone.
 
Finland-based Electro Waves, a leading Finnish company with expertise in the fields of sound systems, lighting, and water technology, designed the new sound system installed at Kylpylähotelli Levitunturi. The loudspeaker systems are designed to provide music and natural ambient noise throughout the spa, and also provide loud music in the bowling lanes. The system also has to handle paging duties, and emergency notices. The sound system is governed by the CLearOne CONVERGE® SR1212 digital matrix mixer, which handles the digital signal processing and audio routing responsibilities.
 
“This is, without a doubt, the best sounding spa in all of Finland and, in the bowling alley, the sound is very clear and focused. When combined with the LED lighting and ROBE7000 digital video effects that we also deployed, the ambience is really quite striking. It’s the perfect place to escape to for some much needed R&R.” said Jyti Ålander, sales director of Electro Waves.
 
Read the full article about this luxurious retreat and their new state of the art sound system here.
 

 

ClearOne Hosts Asia-Pacific 2014 Partner Conference


 
ClearOne recently held their Asia-Pacific 2014 partner conference in Hong Kong, to discuss the company vision and market strategy. Over 75 partners attend the event, with some coming from as far away as Saudia Arabia, South Korea, and Japan. Many of the partners commented on how ClearOne has transformed from a simple audio company, into a global company that provides voice and visual communication solutions.
 
Zee Hakimoglu, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of ClearOne demonstrated the latest innovations such as Spontania, COLLABORATE® Room Pro, and the VIEW® Pro, and discussed the strategies for the sales teams, and channel partners.
 
We want to thank all those that attended the conference.