Seoul-based Ingang Audio has been appointed as new South Korean distributors for Optocore and associated brand, BroaMan.
Established in 2006, under president Joo Hong Chang and CEO Steve Kim, Ingang Audio has an enviable portfolio of global pro audio brands, including Meyer Sound, Calrec, Countryman, Samson and Lectrosonics.
Chang and Technical Director, Eric Han had known Optocore and BroaMan for many years and the latter has received Optocore training. The company had also developed a good relationship with Optocore Distribution Sales Manager, Dawid Somló and the technical team during earlier project development.
“Ingang had been talking with us for a long time,” said Somló. “They are an excellent pro audio company with a good infrastructure. They are keen to develop their portfolio with our video transporting systems and also add them to their audio projects.”
Ingang Audio Co’s Senior Marketing Manager, Jake Min, agreed that the move into distribution was a logical progression after so many experiences together. “Having Optocore and BroaMan [in our portfolio] is like securing a backbone for our brands. We now have optical paths for sending and receiving audio/video/intercom and some control signals. Also it enables us to make an optical connection between loudspeaker, processor and console, replacing the existing cables.”
As for BroaMan, they hope to expand the brand’s outreach beyond broadcast into theatre, although Min estimates that with the impact of COVID-19, THE broadcast segment will lead the way rather than live events.
To that end they already have a project lined up, with two sets of Optocore M12 OPT/BNC MADI switches being installed in a large broadcast hall, for splitting and sending MADI signals to several consoles for PA, broadcast and stage monitoring.
Meanwhile, in its showroom will be demo racks featuring Optocore Festival Box Petit, M12 and X6R, while pride of place for BroaMan will be the best-selling Mux22 series. Min foresees many advantages.
“It means we will be able to send various signals via Optocore connection to far away distances using a lightweight solution. Secondly, Optocore and BroaMan have reliable redundancy such as dual power as well as dual connection. And with a decentralised network they can support various network topologies,” he concluded. “In short, they are a very experienced brand that we firmly believe in.”