Allen & Heath Mixer Repair

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Allen & Heath Mixer Repair

Allen Heath GL 2400 Mixer Repair

Allen & Heath GL 2400 Mixer Repair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween has kept us busy at Digitron Electronics.  This GL2400 32 channel mixing board comes to us for repair and maintenance.

We are an authorized service center for Allen & Heath, Soundcraft, Yamaha, Roland, & Mackie.

Analog mixing boards with noisy, blown, or leaky channels are our speciality.  We repair both analog and digital mixing boards from 16 channels to 48 channels.

Sony’s Road to Profitability

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Evaluating Sony's Return to Profitability

Cost Cutting, Product Focus, & A Look Into How We Fit In

Cutting Costs to Increase Profitability

Yesterday Sony Corporation reported a 33.6 billion yen ($278 million) profit for the fiscal second quarter compared to a loss of 136 billion yen ($1.1 billion) a year earlier.  Analysts from Jefferies point to cost cutting strategies as one of the key points of restructuring.

“We like the ongoing consumer electronics exit strategy. And we like the focus on cost-control,” said Jefferies analyst Atul Goyal

Cutting costs and reducing pain points frees up managerial resources to pursue revenue and eventually profitability.

A Clear Industry Trend on Cost-Cutting

Sony Repair Depot

We run an outsourced repair depot for sony broadcast products including the Sony EX1, EX3, and other PMW series camcorders

As the cost of selling electronics rises in the U.S., we are proud to be a link in the chain helping Sony return to profitability.  Reverse Logistics companies like ours have worked to support Sony in the costly and painful points of electronics manufacturing.  While we are only a small piece of the puzzle, we have been part of this big picture effort to cut costs on repairs, returns, and re-manufacturing.   As a repairs depot for Sony broadcast cameras, VTRs, and professional Alpha series cameras, we like to think that we have contributed (albeit in a small way) to some of this success.

Winding down first party operations in repairs, rma, and modification, and outsourcing to 3rd party partners can be a very smart move for management.

Focusing on Core Competencies

Reuters reports that revenue & profitability increased among segments like cameras (which includes camera equipment like the Sony Alpha Series and oem cameras like those used in phones & cars) and gaming (which includes the playstation business).  By focusing on growth areas, analysts remain optimistic about the future performance of Sony.  The strategy should be clear: carve out unprofitable ventures (like Sony Vaio & Sony Ericsson), cut costs by reducing reverse logistics overhead, and pursue profitable business.  We are excited to hear that Sony will be expanding their image sensors business by purchasing Toshiba’s image sensors business.

About Digitron Electronics

We are very excited for Sony’s positive news.  The core of our business is grounded in this relationship, and as a small business, the team at Sony taught us a lot about the reverse logistics business.  In business since 1992, Digitron Electronics has evolved from a small business repair shop to a reverse logistics operator, supporting electronics manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic, and TEAC/TASCAM with services like repairs depot operation, RMA, and modification work.

ENG Camera Repair

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ENG & EFP Camera Repair

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ENG Camera Repair

It is always more cost effective to repair ENG/EFP series cameras than it is to replace them.  We have seen every type of damage from drops and shocks, to malfunctioning software, boards, viewfinders or focus issues.  Frequent issues also include recording problems with the P2 or SXS slots or the HD-SDI outputs.

Panasonic ENG Camera Repair

Digitron Electronics has been in the business of ENG Camera Repair since the mid-90’s.  Our journey with camcorder repair started when we began working with Panasonic Broadcast Solutions as an overflow repairs partner for Panasonic Camcorder Repair and Panasonic VTR Repair.  Since then, we have repaired approximately 5000 Panasonic camcorders including the legendary AG-HPX 5000 series camera & AG-PX series ENG/EFP cameras.

We repair Panasonic ENG cameras & camcorders

EFP/ENG cameras like the Panasonic HPX series are used in field production, primarily because of high-def codecs and HD-SDI outputs

Sony ENG/EFP Camera Repair

We are also highly specialized on the repair of broadcast quality camcorders built by Sony.  As Sony’s overflow repairs depot, we frequently repair Sony ENG camera systems like the Sony PMW series and PXW series.  These are the cameras that use the SXS cards on the XDCAM format.

Sony ENG camcorder repair

No one repairs more Sony Camcorders than we do

Viewfinder Repair

We repair all viewfinders for Panasonic Camcorder models branded with the AG-CVF designation and all Sony viewfinders designated DVF or HDVF models.

Other ENG Camcorder Repair

Our engineers are capable of repairing any studio or field ENG camera systems, including JVC and Grass Valley branded systems.

 

 

Featured Artists: Michael Vanarey

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Michael Vanarey

In our featured artist series, we interview creatives from all around the world and ask them questions about their work, their gear, and their experiences.  To kick things off, we spoke with Australian photographer and adventure seeker, Michael Vanarey (www.michaelvanarey.com).

Michael Vanarey shooting The Yacht Week with his Sony Camera

Michael did what many people only dream of doing – he quit his stable job at home as a Senior Consultant for a Big 4 accounting firm, bought a Sony A7 Camera, and boarded a one way flight to Europe.  In the last few months, he’s trekked through Iceland, explored the Italian coastline, and sailed Greece.  He’s particularly fond of lifestyle photography, and capturing moments as he discovers new and exciting places & events.  Michael has proven himself to be a very versatile photographer, from fashion vogue in Australia, to capturing candid moments at The Yacht Week.

“…I make lasting relationships with my subjects. I look for the best dynamic ambient light in a scene. I make a connection with my subjects as their friends would and encourage/capture a natural fleeting moment of emotion without them really knowing.”

His travels have opened many doors for him, from exploring beautiful scenery, to getting caught up in some interesting situations:

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“My funniest moment had to be shooting with The Yacht Week in Greece this year! I teamed up with a small group of really close and energetic partygoers close to sunset on top of Nikki Beach’s Porto Cheli resort where their penthouse suites have a private rooftop deck and spa. The setting was abolutely ideal for shooting, the weather was perfect, the light was super warm and soft and the rooftop overlooked the resort’s main infinity pool and ocean beyond for a great backdrop. Champagne was ordered for sunset drinks which made for great props in-line with the brand.

Cheeky Yacht Week Photography Michael Vanarey

Michael’s style tends to bring out his subjets’ cheekier sides…

Things quickly escalated as my “up close and personal” shooting style mixed with the afternoon’s celebrations around the spa. While shooting around the spa I somehow had my swimmers (Australian for swimsuit) extorted from my person by one of the girls due to a “self moderated and enforced top deck party policy”! I soon realized that under all the spa bubbles, no one else was wearing clothes! In an effort to camouflage, I quickly joined them as the sun set and the party continued well into the night.”

Michael’s Camera Equipment:

Michael’s camera of choice is the Sony A7.  It is lightweight, compact, & unobtrusive.  Combined with a full frame sensor & Zeiss optics, the a7 offers an incredible dynamic range, compromising little for its size.

The Sony A7 Camera

Some unique features that set this camera apart:

  • Wifi to iPhone camera uploads allow Michael the ability to show his subjects what the pictures look like on the fly. This helps the subject build confidence and understand what they should do to better compose pictures.
  • The electronic view finder (EVF) uses focus peaking and automatic eye focus to help focus the shot, especially in difficult low light situations.
  • The rear tilt screen allows him to compose pictures from a lower angle than would normally be possible.

Some things to watch out for on the a7:

  • Wide aperture lenses choices are limited, but adapters are available to use lenses made by other manufactures like Canon.
  • The electronic view finder & compact size mean a limited battery life (but he mentions that the EVF’s features outweigh its negatives in this case).
  • The handgrip is not as ergonomic as other brands.
  • Build quality isn’t as robust as other cameras in its full-sensor class, but this is probably because of its size (which he again says pros outweigh cons).

His overall impression of the Sony a7:

“The Sony Alpha system’s electronic viewfinder, customizable buttons and WIFI capabilities allows me to shoot quicker, and turn around my photographs quicker than traditional DSLRs.”

In the next few months, Michael hopes to travel the Americas continuing his passion for adventure photography.  His advice to others hoping to follow his path is pretty straight forward:

“Passion is the genesis and driving force photography. It makes you take the hits and push through the unromantic realities of a photographer. I found my inspiration and techniques through free sources like YouTube and then going out and testing them in the real world to learn. I constantly network with other photographers I admire to pick up tips and techniques they uses and am continually blown away.

Michael Vanarey photographing a model

I’d recommend working on your personal/social skills if you want to photograph any body. A portrait comes alive when your subject is relaxed and confortable in your presence. It is a daunting experience being photographed for some.

Secondary skills like Photoshop techniques come second nature to someone with passion.”

Check out his portfolio at www.michaelvanarey.com and Follow him on Instagram : @MichaelVanarey or Facebook: www.facebook.com/vanarey

The Panasonic AG-DVX200

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First Look at the New AG-DVX200

 

The AG-DVX100 was a revolutionary camera when it was released in 2002.  It was the first camera to bring native 24p recording to its price range, and bred a new standard in quality for film students, independent videographers, wedding videographers, and video journalists.  The AG-DVX100 was light, had a fixed power zoom lens, and recorded a high quality picture.  At Digitron, we have repaired hundreds of these cameras and we know them well.

Panasonic hopes to relive the success of the AG-DVX100 with the new 4k AG-DVX200.  This camera should be a hit with the market of videographers who prefer the built in, integrated lens design.  It’s a strong alternative and where the GH4 camera competes with the Sony alpha cameras and Canon 5D cameras, the Panasonic AG-DVX200 offers a lot of first in class features.  Expect to see these cameras at a wedding near you soon.

B&H Photo has the AG-DVX200 for $4,195 and an October 7th launch date.  Below is the first official footage released by Panasonic.  Watch it full screen at 4k resolution.

 

As an authorized service partner for Panasonic professional cameras, we are committed to providing a quality experience and exceptional service where possible.

 

Panasonic AGDVX200

Announcing Support for Martin Lighting as Authorized Repair Center

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Martin Light RepairAuthorized Repairs for Martin Lights

With recent changes in the Harmon Pro Service network, we are proud to announce that Digitron Electronics is an authorized service center for Martin Professional lighting.  In the last few weeks, our technicians have attended training sessions to better support the full range of Martin Lighting products including the Moving Head Martin MAC series lights and washes, Rush series lights, Fog Machines, and lighting controllers like the Lightjockey2 and M2GO.

Consolidated A/V Repairs

We are authorized to cover the full range of Martin lights under warranty, and out of warranty, solidifying our pledge to customers to help consolidate all pro A/V repairs in one location with simplified accounting.  Adding Martin Lights to our portfolio of covered products rounds out an offering of pro audio repairs, including amplifier repair, microphone repair, keyboard repair, mixing console repair, and lighting repair.  This comes in addition to our support for projectors, camcorders, and other pro A/V equipment.

About Digitron Electronics

Since 1992, Digitron has supported industry leaders like Guitar Center, Encore Event Productions, PSAV, & others, working hard to simplify the job of inventory management, and lower the Total Cost of Ownership for pro A/V equipment.

Supporting Soundcraft, Crown, & AKG Products

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Soundcraft, Crown, & AKG Repairs

Harmon International has informed us that they will be outsourcing a more significant amount of repair operations for Soundcraft mixing boards, Crown amplifiers, and AKG mics in the region to our repair depot.  This means that we will continue to offer industry leading support for both in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs on popular items like the AKG C414, Crown XLS series amps, or Soundcraft Si digital mixing boards.

For the last 24 years, we have been in the business of Audio Mixer Repair, Amplifier Repair, and Microphone Repair.

Soundcraft Mixer Repair

Reverse Logistics & Repair Depot Services

Digitron Electronics strives to be the industry standard for professional level A/V repair services, and this agreement comes two years after we took on TEAC & TASCAM’s Factory Service Operations.  We specialize in Reverse Logistics products like repair depot operations, RMA, refurbishment, & modification, all with the intention to save manufactures on the cost of Product Lifecycle Management.

Wishing Our Customers & Veterans a Happy Memorial Day

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Business as Usual

It might be the day before a long weekend, but we’re hard at work here at Digitron Electronics getting a few last minute rush repairs out the door.  Check out this 48 channel Mackie Mixer which came to us with sticky sliders, distorted channels, and bad inputs:

Mackie 48 Channel Mixer Repair

This HD Sony VTR Deck had been guilty of eating tapes.  Seen here, our tech is replacing the mechanical loading assembly, guides, and cracked cables:

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This Panasonic PTDZ6710U projector from Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts comes to us with power issues:

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We wish our customers, employees, and all of our Veterans a Happy Memorial Day.  We especially thank our Veterans for everything that they do and have done to protect our freedoms.

 

Happy Memorial Day from Digitron Electronics