Commentary systems manufacturer Glensound Electronics and intercom specialist RTS Telex have teamed up to produce a combined commentators' box and communications panel aimed at outside broadcast production, writes Kevin Hilton. The COIN GT-013 is the response by both Glensound and Telex to the blurring of the boundaries between commentary and intercom, which has seen a number of leading talkback manufacturers produce commentator panels. The hybrid unit is a single commentary that looks like the established Glensound range. It offers three input headphone monitoring with adjustable level and mic gain controls. This is combined with a four-key Telex panel, which allows any of the four channels to be assigned to any point on the intercom matrix. "The key reason for both companies doing this is the number of intercom manufacturers that are offering commentary boxes," explains Glensound's sales and marketing manager, Marc Wilson. "Telex wanted commentary but they realise that just calling something a commentators' unit doesn't make it so. Similarly it would be a big move for us to produce an intercom system. We are very excited about our new COIN range. The work with Telex has given us some unique products that should provide a great one box solution for broadcasters." The COIN GT-013 was shown at IBC on both the Glensound and Telex stands. Also during the show Glensound introduced reporters' mic units that connect to the HD Voice telecom service and the Talent Box, a fully digital stand-alone commentary unit. www.glensound.co.uk
Clear-Com connects Beijing Television
Intercom specialist Clear-Com has supplied a digital matrix and wireless communications system to Beijing Television (BTV), which allows the state broadcaster to connect intercoms in its new broadcast facility and established studio centre, writes Kevin Hilton.