— Lexington’s Rupp Arena and Opera House install 28 channels of 5000 Series wireless to make their debut this fall —

Orlando, FL 03-13-2007 NSCA EXPO — Audio-Technica, a leader in the design and manufacture of consumer and professional microphones, wireless systems, headphones and accessories for over 45 years, is pleased to announce that two major venues in the city of Lexington, KY, are now fully equipped with a total of 28 channels of Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series wireless microphone systems. The Rupp Arena, home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, as well as a multipurpose venue hosting music concerts, corporate meetings and other events, has had its wireless capability thoroughly updated with the addition of 14 channels of Artist Elite 5000 Series wireless. The Lexington Opera House, which has been hosting operatic and dramatic performances since 1886, also has been newly equipped with 14 channels of the 5000 Series. MSI Production Services, a systems integrator and Audio-Technica dealer in Lexington, sold the 5000 Series wireless systems.

“We’re very pleased with what we’ve seen and heard so far,” says Bob Stoops, Technical Services Manager for Lexington Center, Inc., the company that owns and operates both venues. He continues, “Both of these venues have numerous touring productions coming through them all year long, so we get a great opportunity to listen to various systems, evaluate them in the venue itself, and talk to the mixers and technicians who run them. We were impressed with the way the 5000 Series systems sounded, and they got great reviews from the people who used them.”

Stoops praises the 5000 Series’ feature set, particularly the built-in IntelliScan™ capability that automatically determines and sets the best available frequencies on all linked receivers. “That’s a huge benefit in this city and these venues, where a lot of other wireless is constantly operating,” he notes. “We can scan right up until before a show in case something changes at the last minute.” But the sound sealed the deal, say both Stoops and Sam White, Owner of MSI Production Services. “A combination of their frequency band capabilities and their great sound was why we encouraged the customer to go for the Artist Elite 5000 Series,” remarks White, who also noted that they performed flawlessly on their first use at the Rupp Arena for the University’s “Big Blue Madness” basketball broadcast. “The sound, the performance and the price were all a good fit and a good value for both venues,” confirms Stoops.

Designed for use on professional tours, in stadiums, concert halls, houses of worship and other demanding audio environments, Audio-Technica’s dual-receiver Artist Elite 5000 Series provides incredible audio quality and proven, critically acclaimed performance for artists, broadcasters and presenters worldwide. With two independent true diversity receivers in a single full-rack housing, the 5000 Series conserves rack space while providing outstandingly reliable and flexible performance. Two hundred selectable channels are offered in each of two available UHF bands. Receivers may be linked to form a complete system in which the built-in IntelliScan capability automatically determines and sets the best available frequencies on all linked receivers. Equipped with Ethernet ports, the 5000 Series receiver allows computer management and control (software included). Multiple system configurations are available, with handheld vocal microphone/transmitters and UniPak™ body-pack transmitters designed for use with lavalier, headworn and instrument microphones as well as electric guitars.

Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web:

Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #901 during the 2007 NSCA Expo in Orlando, FL.