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Electrosonic Acquires AME

Company now offers full design and media services (November 15, 2005)

Electrosonic Systems Inc. (Electrosonic) has acquired Associates in Media Engineering (AME), a systems design company based in Glendale, Ca. With the acquisition, Electrosonic, an established design/build company, extends it services to include design consultation and media processing and management services.

According to Kyle Carpenter, CEO of the Electrosonic Group, AMEs design and studio teams are relocating to Electrosonics Burbank office. ?AME has a very experienced, highly respected staff, he said. ?They complement Electrosonics strengths and give us solid, expanded capabilities, allowing us to serve clients from the conceptual stages right through maintenance and service.

AME founding principal Benjamin Lein, along with the entire AME staff, join Electrosonic establishing two new divisions: Electrosonic Design--providing upper tier, turn-key design-engineering services to the themed entertainment, museum and architecture disciplines--and Electrosonic Studio Services--providing digital media services including standard and high definition compression and encoding, media management, audio encoding and more.

Jim Bowie, General Manager of Electrosonics North American Systems Business, noted that, ?in the past we have offered our design and AV consulting expertise primarily as part of a build package. We are now formally offering design as a product and we are confident in our ability to deliver high quality design-only packages. Electrosonic will continue to offer Design/Build services to our customers, and to use our engineering expertise and our increased design capabilities in complementary ways, depending upon the needs of the customer. Because we understand the true reality of the installation environment and where the hidden costs are, our design will reflect the expertise we are known for as engineers and project managers.

?Our extensive experience in executing projects allows us to bring a wealth of knowledge to the design table, Bowie concludes. ?Our goal is to see as much of the clients money spent on the end product experience.

The addition of AMEs studio team gives Electrosonic video and audio processing and management services such as HD and SD compression and encoding, audio encoding, format conversion, DVD authoring, and media management and distribution, says Bowie. ?We will be offering these services on both coasts, at our Burbank office and through Scharff Weisberg Media Resource Center (MRC) in New York City. But let me be clear, these services support already produced content. Electrosonic is not a content creator or producer.

?Electrosonic is a company with a great reputation for quality and for attracting the best engineering/design talent in the industry, says Benjamin Lein, AMEs founder. ?That was very attractive to us. While Electrosonic was interested in offering more design work, we were looking to expand into the design/build end of the business. Our joining forces couldn't have come at a more opportune time."

About AME
Established in 1985, AME has developed an industry-wide reputation for excellence in entertainment systems design and integration and digital media support services.

About Electrosonic
With offices in Minneapolis, Burbank, Orlando, New York, London, Helsinki and the Far East, Electrosonic has a 40-year history in the audio-video market with design, installation, manufacturing, staffing and service capabilities. The company has designed and installed complex systems at hundreds of well-known sites around the world.

In January Electrosonic signed a joint venture agreement with Scharff Weisberg Systems Integration Inc. creating Electrosonic New York, which operates out of Long Island City, New York. By combining Scharff Weisbergs existing systems installation business with the Northeast division of Electrosonic, the new company now provides New York-area architects, designers, consultants and builders with unsurpassed AV design and installation support from a local source.

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