Roher Public Relations
Antex Electronics Corp.
310-532-3092, ext. 28
September 3, 2003 - CEDIA BOOTH #1435
Antex Electronics introduces Internet Capable Audio Playback
Device for commercial and institutional use
Media Director 2® Allows Security & Control over
Private Broadcast Network
Indianapolis, Indiana (September 3, 2003) --Responding to
business’s growing need to manage how music and other
audio files are distributed, stored, and played over private
broadcast networks such as retail chains and corporate offices,
Antex Electronics has introduced Media Director 2®, an
Internet capable audio server specifically developed for commercial
and institutional use. Equipped with up to 160 GB of hard
disk storage, the Media Director 2 (MD2) receives instructions
and content from a central server, which can manage an unlimited
number of MD2 devices in one or more networks. Antex, of Gardena,
Calif., is a leading developer and OEM manufacturer of professional
digital audio products and satellite receiving systems for
the broadcast industry.
“The Media Director 2 provides a unique and cost-effective
solution for companies looking to securely distribute audio
files to one or more business locations,” said Dave
Foley, president of Antex. “It gives managers complete
control over the message or entertainment played at each location,
while offering substantial savings and flexibility when compared
to current systems that rely on distribution of audio tapes
The MD2 connects to an organization’s WAN/LAN network,
which enables communication with a server running Antex-developed
software applications providing backend support for content
management and distribution. At scheduled times, the MD2 console
pulls content from the network server onto the console’s
hard drive, along with the associated play lists and instructions.
The MD2 then integrates this new information automatically
and organizes playback of audio messages. With this management
software located on the server, the content manager or system
integrator can control thousands of remote MD2 playback units,
as well as check their general operating status at a glance.
Each MD2 can also be programmed to lockout any on-site control
by employees, or allow for varying levels of control, including
play list selection and volume.
Because play lists are completely customizable, the MD2 can
be used for many purposes, including entertainment, product
promotion, public address and information systems, corporate
training and retail advertising. An audio pass-through feature
allows an existing third-party music source to feed through
the Media Director while a commercial message plays over the
music. The music’s volume is automatically faded down
and then back up when the advertising message is completed.
An optional CD drive is available for loading content into
the media director when phone or other connections are not
available to connect to a server. Content, play lists and
instructions are downloaded onto the CD for loading onto the
hard drive for the Media Director to process.
Outfitted with RCA outputs for connection to an amplifier
and speakers, the MD2 will be available to installers and
systems integrators with a MSRP of $995.
About Antex Electronics
Founded in 1983, Gardena, Calif. based Antex Electronics is
a leading developer and original equipment manufacturer of
digital audio sound cards, satellite receivers and Internet
appliances for the broadcast, communications, and entertainment
industries. Antex products are used around the world in mission-critical
audio applications for a wide variety of consumer and corporate
customers, including Akamai, Microsoft, Yahoo, DMX MUSIC
and Pinnacle Systems. For further information about
Antex or the company’s products, visit www.antex.com.