Integration & Design Build Guide (1 of 2)


Few projects have more challenges and rewards than recreating your workflow environment. Building a finely tuned system with the latest in technology and products can save operational time and dramatically increase the quality of your work. This article may help you understand the strategies for planning your upgrade or a new build for a professional audio or video creative work environment.

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Commercial Audio and Video Control

EAR features products by Crestron & Extron

Extron and Crestron manufacture computer-video interfaces, switchers, configurable control systems, distribution amplifiers, computer-video scan converters, scalers, signal processing equipment, and high resolution cables. These products are used to integrate computer, video, and audio into presentation displays for today’s boardrooms, presentation/training centers, university lecture halls, and other applications.

With over 10,000 audio and video control products, Extron & Crestron can complete your system requirements and maximize your system functionality and investment.

Contact an EAR product specialist today for complete details.

EAR Voted Best Pro Audio Store – MiSpy

Music And Sound Retailer Votes EAR Best Store In Phoenix Again!

Recently a secret shopper for MiSpy, a regular column in Music and Sound Retailer magazine visited the major music stores in the Phoenix area looking for the best store to purchase recording equipment.

Before you say “What? EAR Isn’t a music store!”, we should note that we share many of the same products and some clients. EAR’s relaxed professional environment, selling everything from audio and video products for post and music may not be a fair match. Still, how does a professional store like EAR match up against music stores for customer shopping experience? Quality of staff and showcase of products?

We’re like no other facility in the country

While other stores had their high points, EAR was awarded the best overall customer experience and professional quality. Stop by and check out our  large, freshly remodeled show rooms and unique compliment of video and audio products on display. Best of all, as pointed out in the MiSpy review – our people are our biggest resource. With over 150 combined years of audio and video expertise – we are like no other facility in the southwest.

We very much appreciate the recognition provided by Music & Sound Retailer magazine and invite you to see for yourself why EAR is your best choice for all your professional audio and video products and support.

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Call ahead for a personal tour at 800-473-6914 or contact us on line anytime!

Video For Fender

Creating Video For A Legendary Guitar Company

Fender Guitar Chooses EAR For New Production Facilities

One of the more challenging parts of running a business in the 21st century is getting your story out to your employees and clients. With so many options to choose from,  social networking, streaming websites and many more – how do you decide on the best tools for your creative staff work with?

When the 66 year old legendary guitar manufacturer Fender decided to go public and upgrade their internal production capabilities they chose EAR to help make it happen. (image:

In advance of going public, Fender wanted to create content to tell their story as only they could, first hand experiences and company centric stories for marketing and internal training. They wanted versatile, cost effective and dynamic content for the web, trade shows and sales presentations.They decided original video content was the most effective way to package and delivery this messaging.

With thousands of people reviewing their IPO process,  many people would be taking a fresh look at Fender and expect it to be a strong investment if the messaging was right. The videos couldn’t look like the typical corporate talking-head clips that are way too easy sleep through.

To give them a versatile set of tools and a step-up from the norm, Fender chose the Panasonic AG-AF100 video film-style cameras. The AF100 offered the “film look” and all the ease of use of a compact professional video camcorder. Interchangeable lens and 24p HD recording were key to the look they were after.

Fender planned to start two new facilities in Los Angles and Scottsdale. The workflow had to allow easy transition between projects and locations. EAR guided the Fender staff through the product selection, setup, and workflow design process. (More about the AF100 and Special demo pricing while supplies last).

The average new production system contains over 40+ items. Properly designed to work together, there should be very little overlap or disconnects in the creative process from lights and cameras, to final post production and delivery. With the right help, a packaged system including everything from lighting to cameras and editing has never been more powerful and affordable.

With over 30 years of experience and the “best of breed” products, EAR delivers unique value and performance like no other company. Contact one of our professional product specialists to see how we can help you create and deliver your company story today.

Congratulations to Fender for their successful launch of new marketing capabilities. We wish them many years of great stories and quality production ahead! We’ll be there to help keep them running smoothly.

For additional information on this project please contact Jerry Delgado – email: jerry (at) 800-473-6914

Globe Trottering With Shure And EAR

Globetrotting the World With EAR And Shure

The world famous Harlem Globtrotters have been entertaining fans all over the world for over 85 years. Their technical wizardry on the basketball court along with their humor has been a winning combination for their fans. Being able to hear the players and their hardwork splitting comedy is the key to that success.

The Globetrotters have been using wireless microphones at games for years but it was a typical road weary collection of systems and wires that you often see in system traveled the world over. The wear and tear of their constant travel schedule and equipment demands became a head ache with constant repairs and a challenge to keep operating. The Globetrotters turned to EAR for a custom but simple set of solutions. Jerry Delgado at EAR propose a roadworthy solution for their wireless mic systems.

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Jerry suggested Shure’s flagship UHF-R system (SHU-UR14DG1) coupled with Countryman B6 lavaliere microphones which offer great protection from sweat and secure rugged connections. Everything was installed in a specialty design SKB shockmount rolling rackmount case for a quick easy setup once they arrive at one of the 100’s venues they perform at yearly.

The systems have worked well but with the amounts of dates both nationally and internationally the Harlem Globetrotters do understand that inevitably something is bound to fail. Airlines and trucking companies can challenge even the toughest gear. EAR has been integral in making sure the systems stay in top form. Whether it’s replacing parts or repairs, the systems come in for seasonal “tune-ups”  and have been performing with minimal downtime.

EAR offers volume based discounts and special educational and government pricing. We can help you find the right product to meet your system needs and price point.  EAR has been a Shure reseller since 1978 and is one of their most experienced professional resellers featuring individual products at great prices or design and installation of complete systems.

Whether you have demanding international travel requirements, or cost effective local requirements, EAR can help. We provide free system advice and can suggest the best way to get the most from your system purchase.