Volume 14, Issue 12 — June 27, 2017
|Optoma Disrupts 4K UHD Home Projector Market – How Will Other Manufacturers React? |
By Darren Taylor
For the past few years, 4K projection has been the reserve of digital cinema, high-end Pro AV and premium home cinema applications, primarily due to high cost of the light engines. However, key component supplier Texas Instruments (producing around half of the world’s front projector light engines) demonstrated a lower-cost 4K UHD DLP chip at CEDIA 2015. This new chip was be suited for B2B and consumer applications up to around 5,000 lumens brightness; such versatility offered significant economies of scale. DLP-powered vendors such as Acer, BenQ released home cinema projectors at the end of 2016, powered by these 4K UHD chips. While these projectors were competitively priced against 75”+ 4K televisions, with a lower “dollar per inch” cost, the ~$6,000 price tag for these projectors presented a significant investment for a prospective buyer. However, it was anticipated by Futuresource that this price would decline to a more affordable price point in the short-medium term and this was realised earlier in the week when Optoma confirmed the price of its latest 4K home cinema offerings. The HDR-ready UHD60 and UHD65 models, priced at $1,999 and $2,499 respectively, are the least expensive 4K UHD projectors to date, undercutting other DLP-powered 4K solutions as well as those using Sony’s SXRD chip and even 4K pixel shift alternatives from Epson and JVC.
It had been expected that more lower-cost 4K solutions will enter the market, already evidenced with Acer having showcased a less expensive 4K solution at ISE 2017. Though pricing has yet to be confirmed, it is expected that this solution will be priced competitively against Optoma’s offering. While there is still a considerable pricing delta between 1080p and 4K, the latter resolution will almost certainly gain a pronounced increase in sales volume. Though bill-of-material costs for projectors are closely-guarded secrets in the industry, Futuresource believes that the greatest contributing factor in this decline in price was a reduced cost of the DLP chip, motivated by a wish to increase 4K sales figures more rapidly.
As observed with the lower-cost 1080p offerings witnessed since 2014, more affordable 4K solutions from Optoma and Acer will likely be extremely disruptive in not only the home cinema projector market but the projector market as a whole with 4K having the potential to preserve market value in both B2B and consumer applications as unit sales are on the decline. With 75”+ 4K UHD TVs retailing at more than $6,000, the sub-$3,000 models available from Optoma give a more favourable “dollar per inch” ratio, giving potential to attract interest from home cinema enthusiasts seeking a large screen display in the home, particularly when their budget is limited or the logistics of installing a large-format TV are difficult. However, TVs are still expected to clearly remain the most dominant home display worldwide.
While naysayers may dismiss projectors using TI’s 4K UHD DLP chip, claiming they are not “true 4K” due there being half as many micromirrors as specified by 4K UHD resolution (i.e., 3840×2160), each mirror can produce two distinct pixels, thus the chip can meet the native pixel count of 4K UHD. Furthermore, according to Projector Central, the 4K UHD DLP chip can be scientifically measured on a par with existing 4K chips (with one pixel per mirror/reflective element). Over the upcoming months, it will be interesting to see the reactions of competitors in the market, not only from the perspective of projector vendors but also from component suppliers, namely responses from manufacturers of LCD and LCoS chips.
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|The Next Big Thing |
By Lee Distad
There’s that aphorism that if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got. But that’s not really true in this business. In our business, if you always do what you always did, with each passing year you’ll get less than you did before.
Looking at the overall landscape of my dealer network, I have customers whose business have been trending upwards year over year over the past few years, and ones who are trending downwards. There are diverse reasons why that is, and they vary, case by case. But broadly speaking, the ones who are struggling are still focusing on the products and services they always have.
An exercise I frequently engage in with my own dealer customers is to ask them what their best selling products were five years ago, ten years ago, or fifteen or more years ago. Unsurprisingly, even five years ago the products that they made money on are unrecognizable today. Go back ten or more years, and they’re extinct.
I can both sympathize and commiserate with them, because it’s a common experience for all of us in this industry. In these discussions with my dealers I remind them that I made my living in the 1990s selling portable tape and CD players, camcorders, VCRs, tube-TVs and huge CRT rear projection televisions. Those categories were a big business long ago, and every single one of them is gone today.
It should go without saying that anyone trying to open business today to try and sell those categories today is setting themselves up for failure. What should be equally obvious then, but often isn’t, is that industry pros shouldn’t expect that what’s hot today is going to carry them through next year, or the year after that.
That means going on a quest, maybe several quests at once, to discover what’s going to be your company’s new profit driver, your Next Big Thing.
Searching for new products and services is essential but daunting. Sometimes those new choices don’t work out either. It’s almost a corollary that in order to hit a home run you’re going to have to strike out a few times, and that costs both time and money. But it’s essential to keep looking and experimenting with new ideas in a meaningful way. Obviously, a new category should be a good fit for your company, and not a Hail Mary play that’s too far out to be successful. If only it was easy to tell which is which from the outset.
Talk to anyone who’s been in the business a long time, and you’ll hear from them how the business they run today looks very different from how it did when they first started out.
Earlier on, I had alluded to the difference between my dealers who are trending upwards and those who are trending downwards. Perhaps the best way to characterize my dealers who are prospering is that they’ve gone through all the stages of grief over formerly profitable products and services, have finished mourning their passing, and are now willing to date again and look for new opportunities.Leave a Comment
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|As-a-What? The Trend From Ownership to Use|
By Jean Pierre Overbeek
CEO, BIS Group
Monday morning. The alarm rings, a bit too early for my liking. I probably shouldn’t have watched the last two series on Netflix yesterday evening after the traditional Sunday evening football matches on TV… after the morning ritual of having a shower, getting dressed, having breakfast and coffee, I check my first emails of today on my tablet. I check out a number of social media sites and read some newspapers. The paper versions have ceased to exist a couple of years ago. This is now all digital with a handy app that selects the interesting newspapers for me. After saying goodbye to my family, I drive off to the office. I am one of the hundreds of thousands of Dutch people owning a company car. In the car, I enjoy good music for half an hour via Spotify on my mobile before the hectic pace of the day starts. No traffic jams today. Despite the slow start this morning, I arrive well on time at the office. A rental property by the way. We want to remain flexible with our housing because of the recent growth of our activity.
At the office, the first appointment of today is with our CFO. We have decided to analyze our gas, water and electricity consumption. With just over 220 employees, we are a medium-sized business user and because of the great dynamics in the energy market, this offers opportunities to also achieve our CSR ambitions in this field by dealing differently with our energy, e.g., start using green energy. In addition, it is an interesting session to gain insight into our costs again. In my private life I am also aware of this again thanks to the campaign of a major Rotterdam energy company giving insight into the energy consumption at consumers with ‘Toon’ by supplying a smart energy meter virtually for free at a new energy contract. This leads to great awareness.
After the appointment with our CFO, we have an evaluation with the management of our IT department. They are going through a busy period. We are in the middle of a migration to a new ERP system of Exact containing, among other things, HRM and CRM modules. All these solutions are cloud based. We have also provided all our employees with Microsoft Office 365 this year. In addition, we fully updated our entire printer park. The word printer park actually doesn’t cover it. Our copiers and scanners, together with the printers, have become so-called multi-functionals. Despite working more and more digitally, we believed that the time had come to update this park. In short, our IT specialists had quite a lot of pizza and Chinese takeaway at the offices in the last months… as much of the migration work is conducted after office hours.
In the meantime, I receive a call from one of my children. The Wi-Fi doesn’t work properly at home. With a number of assignments that they must carry out for school this is a rather big challenge. She cannot even access her iCloud files. At least, that’s the main reason. I presume that not being able to reach various social media sites also plays a role, but I give her the number of the help desk and wish her good luck. She has bad memories of the last school holidays, which was a more-than-great holiday by the way, but at the all-inclusive resort the Wi-Fi was less than great. We couldn’t even write home. So I had to explain to my youngest child what a postcard is. A great phenomenon. He grew up with WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. “But dad, we will arrive home before the post card arrives? And how can grandpa and grandma reply to the card? Also with a postcard?” Suddenly I really feel 43.
Why are some of the words in this article in bold, you may think? Well, that’s relatively easy. To my mind, all the things described above are not very revolutionary and truly recognizable to many people. I work for a great and dynamic business, which provides the business market of professional audiovisual and related IT solutions. A company characterized by rapidly changing innovations in the transfer of image and sound. A great business. Our organization provides solutions that increasingly end up in the so-called primary process at our clients. In other words, our business connections can often no longer carry out their work without our solutions. This year, we will provide approximately 6,000 spaces such as classrooms, auditoria, waiting and meeting rooms in hospitals, meeting rooms and conference rooms with these solutions. That’s why we consider IT and AV solutions as the fourth utility, in addition to gas, water and electricity. I can assure you, when on holiday — just like their peers — my children prefer good Wi-Fi and as fifth in the row (three children and mum and dad), a lukewarm shower over a hot shower, but no poor Wi-Fi.
In addition, all bold issues ended up in my life “as-a-service.” I pay a sum monthly for the service and I am flexible in its use. I haven’t purchased any of the bold issues — not in my private life and not for work either. For you probably the same applies.
That’s why, as an organization, we had the idea to offer our solutions and products in the same manner to our business connections. Yet a number of industry peers seem somewhat skeptical. Supply audiovisual solutions as a service? Solutions that virtually all need a hardware and/or software update after three years in their relatively short lifespan and after five years of upgrading or even a technology swap, we entirely change the products for new ones. Why would clients want this as a service?
My answer? Tell me one reason why not… all other utilities are also offered as a service.
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|InfoComm 2017 Included Record Attendance, Record Number of End Users, Record Attended Education|
InfoComm welcomed more than 44,000 visitors for the first time in its history. The theme was “What Will You Create?”
“It’s a watershed year for InfoComm,” said Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Expositions, InfoComm International. “The technology on display was amazing again, and we’re thrilled with the tremendous response, but we’re especially excited that guest after guest told us this InfoComm offered new and different experiences for our growing, innovative audience.”
By the time the doors closed for the week, InfoComm 2017 had logged 44,077 registered attendees, 13 percent more than the last time it was held in Orlando, Fla., in 2015, and 14 percent more than InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. All of the rAVe coverage of InfoComm – including well over 1700 videos, 350 new product articles and nearly 80 podcasts is here.
InfoComm 2017 visitors hailed from all 50 United States and 117 countries; 17 percent of attendees were from outside the U.S. The show’s 950 exhibitors anchored a massive expo that spanned more than 545,000 net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms, and special events space, making it the biggest InfoComm ever.
“Brand-new show elements like our TIDE conference, Center Stage, The Park, and the Immersive Technology Experience made for an incredible atmosphere and attracted an unprecedented mix of qualified attendees,” McGraw said.
In all, 41 percent of InfoComm 2017 attendees identified as technology managers and end users — more than in any previous year. And 39 percent were first-time visitors, a sign that InfoComm continues to attract new customers and professionals to the AV solutions marketplace.
“InfoComm is committed to serving as a catalyst for market growth by offering content and programs that speak to the outcomes achievable through AV solutions,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “As we build greater awareness of the magic of AV, we believe the InfoComm show will continue to draw more and different market participants, from content creators to enterprise decision-makers. InfoComm 2017 has proven to be a significant step in that direction.”
Other notable news from InfoComm 2017 in Orlando:
- More than 3,700 attendees took part in InfoComm training and education – up 24 percent from 2016.
- Nearly 190 professionals passed a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam, bringing the total number of CTS holders to 11,105.
- More than 650 volunteers participated in InfoComm council activities, including record attendance at the Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast.
“I had the pleasure of speaking to many of the enthusiastic, engaged InfoComm 2017 visitors at the week’s meetings and receptions,” Labuskes said. “It left me inspired by their dreams and ambitions for audiovisual experiences and how they continue to impact people around the world.”
InfoComm 2017 was sponsored by Presenting Show Partner Samsung, Strategic Show Partners Blackmagic Design and Crestron, and Supporting Show Partner LG.
InfoComm 2018 will be held June 2-8, 2018, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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|Private Equity Firm That Owns SnapAV Sells it to Another Private Equity Firm|
SnapAV today announced that affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC (“H&F”) have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the company from General Atlantic.
As you likely already know, SnapAV sells AV glue products, security, networking, and automation products to residential and commercial AV, integrators. The company wholesales approximately 2,700 SKUs across 14 brands and serves integrators across the United States with an eCommerce model.
John Heyman, CEO of SnapAV, said: “Our broad, high-quality product lineup and ability to anticipate and support our dealers’ needs has been critical to our success. We know what dealers want and how to make their job easier, and our logistics system ensures they get what they need fast and at the right price. Responding to our customers, we have expanded into the networking, surveillance and remote cloud management categories, and created a one-stop solution for technology integrators. We thank General Atlantic for their contributions to SnapAV’s growth and development over the past four years and welcome Hellman & Friedman as our new partner. Hellman & Friedman’s industry expertise and outstanding track record of helping companies like us grow will serve us well as we continue to execute on our strategy of providing great products and exceptional service to our dealer customers.”
“SnapAV’s innovative eCommerce platform, compelling products and excellent service deliver tremendous value to the integrator community,” said Erik Ragatz, managing director of Hellman & Friedman. “With its network of loyal dealers and an outstanding base of employees, SnapAV is very well positioned to continue on its growth trajectory. We look forward to partnering with John and the rest of the management team as the company moves into its next phase of growth.”
Mark Dzialga, Managing Director at General Atlantic, said, “We have been pleased to support SnapAV through a period of substantial growth and appreciate our strong partnership with the management team. As SnapAV enters its next phase of development, we are confident the company is in great hands with Hellman & Friedman and we look forward to watching its future success.”
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. Additional terms were not disclosed.
UBS Investment Bank and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey acted as M&A advisors to Hellman & Friedman on the transaction. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to Hellman & Friedman. Evercore acted as M&A advisors and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as legal counsel to SnapAV and General Atlantic.
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|CEDIA to Build a New Global Headquarters in Fishers, Ind. |
CEDIA has announced plans to build a new global headquarters in Fishers Ind., a suburb just northeast of Indianapolis. After more than 18 months of research, financial analyses, and due diligence, the CEDIA Board determined that a new built-to-suit global headquarters would provide the best solution for the current and future needs of the association and its members.
The building will be 40,000 square feet total on three floors and is expected to cost $13.7 million dollars. CEDIA plans to occupy 30,000 square feet, which will include staff office space, as well as a world-class training facility, an experience center and an auditorium, all of which will be available for member use. Ten thousand square feet will be made available for tenants.
Since 2003, CEDIA has leased a space on the northwest side of Indianapolis; by the end of 2017, the organization will have spent over $4 million in rent and upkeep. The association’s lease is up in October 2017. Early building estimates project that the new CEDIA headquarters will be ready for occupancy in early fall 2018: Until that time, CEDIA has negotiated to stay in its current location with a month-to-month lease.
“Building a new headquarters in a desirable, high-growth area gives the CEDIA membership an asset with appreciating value, as well as opportunity for monthly revenue from tenants,” said Dennis Erskine, CEDIA chairman. “We came to this decision only after 18 months of careful consideration of all options, including renovating the current space, finding new lease space, buying an existing structure and finally, building. We had three separate financial firms vet the build-to-suit alternative, and all concluded that real estate in this booming area was a sound investment and a solid strategy to diversify CEDIA’s overall investment portfolio.”
CEDIA is working with Indianapolis-based architect American Structurepoint and Meyer Najem Construction to determine the design and space requirements for the future global headquarters.
“We are incredibly excited to create a space that reflects CEDIA — we represent the very best in technology and yet we have struggled to accurately represent that in our current headquarters. The new global headquarters will be a space that CEDIA members can not only be proud of, but can utilize for training, client tours, after-hours events and much more,” said Tabatha O’Connor, CEDIA COO and acting president/CEO.
CEDIA has a signed a purchase agreement for a plot of land in Fishers, Ind. with closing scheduled in the coming weeks. Fishers has become a popular area for tech-focused companies to put down roots, and has been named as one of the Best Places to Live by both Time (2016) and Niche (2017) and was honored as Indiana’s 2016 Community of the Year.
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|Vanco Buys Beale Street Audio|
Vanco International just acquired Beale Street Audio and, effective immediately, industry distributors can place orders for the entire line of Beale Street Audio products.
“Beale Street Audio was a vibrant brand that brought a lot of energy to the architectural audio market by introducing real innovation into a category that needed something fresh. At Vanco, we are committed to providing products that will greatly serve our distributors and dealers and the acquisition of Beale Street Audio allows us to do just that,” said Brad Corbin, President, Vanco International.
Over the past few years, Vanco International has been expanding its line of audio and video products and their PulseAudio Bluetooth speaker and amplifier line is pretty popular.
“Previously, Beale Street ran into supply challenges just as the product was gaining traction, receiving rave product reviews, and building distribution,” said Mark Corbin, vice president distribution markets, Vanco International. “We saw the opportunity to offer dealers a product they loved, with a simplified sales model plus the strong distribution and support network that Vanco provides.”
It’s no secret that Beale Street has had a rough road to growth. Last year, their website was off-line leading to speculation of a shut-down after they let a few key employees in early 2016. But, they survived that and now hope these issues are behind them.
Beale Street is an architectural speaker line that quickly became recognized for its audio performance and competitive pricing. The Beale Street Audio line features high performance residential audio solutions including: 4”, 6.5” and 8” in-ceiling models, 4” and 6.5” in-wall models, angled in-ceiling and dual voice coil models, 6.5” and 8” in-ceiling subwoofers, and 70/100v in-ceiling speakers for commercial applications, plus single and multi-room amplifiers, and subwoofer amplifiers.
Beale Street Audio speakers will continue to feature the patented Sonic Vortex technology created and engineered by Beale Street Audio co-founder Jim Murray, who will be available for consulting with Vanco International. Sonic Vortex technology allows for a unique design that produces an unprecedented level of bass output and room energizing dynamics from in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Sonic Vortex re-imagines the traditional ported enclosed speaker design by separating the main port into multiple sections called “fins” that are tuned to ideal listening specifications. The fins compress and move air at a high rate of speed without port noise and also add to the enclosure’s rigidity. Compared to sealed models, the Sonic Vortex design provides a 6 to 9 dB boost in the mid-lower bass ranges and a flatter frequency response across the audio spectrum. Incredibly, this award-winning and patented design fits in the traditional in-wall/in-ceiling enclosure, which keeps costs down while increasing options for product scalability.
Mark Corbin added, “Beale Street Audio has exuded passion for music and entertainment from the start, and Vanco understands the value and importance of continuing this experience with Beale Street products. We are truly excited about this incredible opportunity and what it does for our customers.”
Vanco will continue selling the speakers under the Beale Street name, but bring extensive manufacturing, distribution, service, and support to the products. Beale Street Audio products will be ready to ship as of August 1, 2017; distributors can contact Vanco directly for pricing. Pre-orders are available immediately.
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|Epson Home Cinema 4000 Projector is 3LCD 4K and HDR for $2199|
Epson today introduced the Home Cinema 4000 projector with HDR10 for $2,200 list. Using Epson’s 4K Enhancement Technology — which accepts 4K UHD content and uses a pixel-shining technique to actually display 4K from three (R,G and B) native 1920×1080 LCDs. It’s spec’d at a contrast ratio of up to 140,000:1. The Home Cinema 4000 includes two HDMI ports.
- 4K Enhancement Technology – Accepts native 4K UHD content; also up-scales 1080p input for resolution that exceeds Full HD
- HDR10 – High Dynamic Range for full 10-bit color output
- 100 Percent Pure Color Brightness – 2,200 lumens equal color and white brightness
- UltraBlack Contrast – Up to 140,000:1 contrast ratio
- Smart Motorized Lens – Preset up to 10 positions for powered focus, zoom and lens shift; features 2.1x zoom and ultra wide lens shift
- L*a*b* Ultra Wide Color Gamut – Offers 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, the digital cinema standard
- Delta Level Color Accuracy – With a low Delta E rate
- 3LCD Technology
The Home Cinema 4000 will be available June 26. Here are all the tech specs.Leave a Comment
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|Gefen Introduces Two New 4K Ultra HD Extenders|
Gefen from Core Brands today announced the introduction of two new 4K Ultra HD Extenders, the GTB-UHD600-HBT and GTB-UHD600-HBTL, which extend the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.0 over UTP/STP cabling.
Combined with HDBaseT technology, Gefen says both the GTB-UHD600-HBT and GTB-UHD600-HBTL have compression technology to extend an HDMI 2.0 signal in resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 60Hz and 4:4:4 chroma subsampling.
Features of HDMI 2.0, such as HDR, are also carried along the single Cat5 or Cat6 cable that links the sender and receiver units. The GTB-UHD600-HBT and GTB-UHD600-HBTL are capable of two-way IR (both models) and RS232 (GTB-UHD600-HBT only), as well as bi-directional POL (Power over Link), to allow integration of control signals. Integration with Gefen’s Syner-G software allows for management of both products.
The GTB-UHD600-HBT is capable of 4K Ultra HD extension up to 80 meters (100 meters at 1080p), while the GTB-UHD600-HBTL is capable of 40 meters at 4K Ultra HD (70 meters at 1080p). Here are the details.Leave a Comment
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|Sony Announces New 4K HDR TV KD-X720E and KD-X690E Series|
Sony Electronics announced two new 4K HDR Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) TV series today, the X720E and X690E. The X720E and X690E series televisions support 4K HDR content and are equipped with 4K X-Reality PRO engine as well as Sony’s MotionFlow XR refresh rate technology.
- Sony KD-X720E 4K HDR Ultra HD TV Series Line Models and Prices
- Sony KD-43X720E 43” class (42.5” diag) 4K HDR Ultra HD TV, $899.99
- Sony KD-49X720E 49” class (48.5” diag) 4K HDR Ultra HD TV, $999.99
- Sony KD-55X720E 55” class (54.6” diag) 4K HDR Ultra HD TV, $1,099.99
Sony X690E 4K HDR Ultra HD TV Series Line Models and Prices
- Sony KD-60X690E 60” class (60” diag) 4K HDR Ultra HD TV, $1,299.99
- Sony KD-70X690E 70” class (69.5” diag) 4K HDR Ultra HD TV, $1,999.99
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|Origin Acoustics Ships Its Director Series and LCR Collections|Origin Acoustics
announces the availability and shipping of its newest generation of its most popular Director Series and LCR Collections of loudspeakers. Ans, after only 2-year into its lifecycle, Origin released its second-generation series.
The Director 3-way models is now much smaller size in depth — as much as 2 inches is shaved off of the depth of their previous counterparts making them fit into more ceiling spaces.The new series offers improved output sensitivity by an average of 3dB and this dramatically decreases power requirements in large multi-room systems making Director more efficient and economical. Its new Ultra-Pivot Mids & Tweeters now reside in a smoother and more secure mechanism with a precise directional focus of critical mid and high frequencies. All models continue to feature the X-Wave Surround in the woofers. The X-Wave surround absorbs frequencies between 700-1,400 Hz that typically run up and down the cone of the woofer. The surround reduces unwanted distortion and improves driver stability while in motion. The reduced width of the surround also increases usable cone area.
Every nuance of the new Director collection has been carefully considered to provide maximum sonic performance. The interior of the baffle has been fitted with a Variable Depth Absorption Layer or VDAL. This rubberized insert reduces resonances in the baffle structure while also eliminating mid and high frequency reflections that can negatively affect the pristine focus and clarity these speakers are capable of producing.
The Director Series is the industry’s largest matched-timbre in-ceiling line, from its smallest 3” to largest 10” model, with uniformity and matched materials on all five models. An advanced Industrial Design now includes new rubber material added to the baffle that further reduces unwanted reflections and delivers a total aesthetic “blackout” through the use of black aluminum and black Kevlar components. These design enhancements also give a more modern and intricate appearance.
With Origin’s Compression Molded Woofer Baskets utilizing the latest techniques and a material in plastic fabrication, Origin is able to create basket designs with superior stability and acoustic neutrality. These baskets combine with the driver suspension to increase linearity and improve overall performance — every element of each product is improved.
A paintable, perforated magnetic grille, with a micro bezel, covers the entire speaker assembly and leaves a discreet finished appearance. Its magnetic attachment makes removing or replacing the grille fast and easy.
The grille magnets found on the Origin Acoustics Tool-Less Installation mounting rings are now enclosed in the plastic, sealing them away from exposure to moisture and temperature extremes. The revolutionary Tool-Less Installation (Patent #9591390) spreads the weight of the speaker over a larger area than typical mounting systems. Spring-loaded clips also create more uniform pressure against the drywall eliminating any warping or distortion of the speaker baffle or the drywall itself. It is important when installing a loudspeaker in the ceiling that it be stable and secure, restricting the vibration of the assembly and limiting transfer of energy into the wall.
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The new model numbers for simplicity transitioned from even to odd number SKUs. The LCR Collection new models are the LCR69, LCR67 and LCR65. The Director 10” is the D109, the 8” is the D81 and 6” is the D65. Here are the specs.
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|AudioControl Celebrates Milestone 40th Year Anniversary|
AudioControl designers and manufacturers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for residential, commercial and automotive markets since 1977 is proud to have been serving audio enthusiasts for 40 years, when the company introduced their first equalizers and signal processors manufactured specifically for home audio applications. From the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the USA, AudioControl has established a culture of innovation, fine products and superb customer service from a team that is truly passionate about making good sound great.
“Our customers far and wide simply love what we do, and our engineers have a well-deserved reputation for being legends within the audio engineering community—they know a thing or two about creating fine audio products that offer great reliability, performance and value,” explained CEO Alex Camara.
In the early days of home audio when records and cassette tapes ruled the earth, the AudioControl product lineup consisted of specialty audio components that were sold through traditional hi-fi stores. The company mission was to help consumers overcome the acoustic anomalies of their listening rooms in order to recapture the sonic fingerprint that speaker engineers had intended from their designs. After heroically saving much of humanity from a subpar listening experience, AudioControl has since garnered countless awards and numerous patents for advances in the reproduction of sound.
Over four decades, as audio engineering advanced from LP records, tape, CDs, MP3s and beyond, AudioControl has created a legacy of premium home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications, remarkable audio analyzers as well as a revered lineup of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by the most qualified professionals.
Today, AudioControl is leveraging the power of advanced technologies to forge ahead with nearly 100 new and exciting audio products. The mission remains the same: to provide residential and commercial integrators along with aftermarket car audio retailers the tools they need to create a lifelike entertainment experience that outperforms expectations for each and every customer. As an example, AudioControl’s amazing DSP-enabled Director series amplifiers make it possible for integrators to tailor the sound for each client and for any room acoustics. The Director Model M4800 8-channel amplifier was awarded the prestigious 2017 TechHome® Mark of Excellence Award presented by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
AudioControl has also announced a new industry alliance initiative called the Sound Partners Program, established to work cooperatively with industry-leading architectural speaker manufacturers in order to implement critical performance profiles stored in the DSP onboard the AudioControl Director amplifiers.
“For 40 years, AudioControl has engineered and manufactured some of the finest audio components proudly made in the USA,” Camara added. “Our products are sold throughout the US and internationally in approximately 35 countries worldwide. As our loyal dealers and end-users can attest, few things are as gratifying as the gift of music, and AudioControl continues to be at the forefront of making good sound great by offering the most advanced, high-performance components we have ever produced.”
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|Dynaudio Intros New Series of In-Wall and In-Ceiling Loudspeakers|
Dynaudio just launched new custom installation in-wall and in-ceiling speakers dubbed the Studio Series. The Studio Series includes two round in-ceiling models, the S4-C65 and S4-C80, and two rectangular in-wall models, the S4-W65 and S4-W80. Both the in-ceiling and in-wall models can either be pre-installed or retrofitted into existing cavities for remodels. The speakers’ low-profile slim bezels and paintable grilles can easily be matched to the room décor and attach magnetically to provide 100 percent product coverage. A round grille is supplied as standard with the in-ceiling models, but square grilles are available as an option.
The Dynaudio Studio Series models simplify installation with a patent-pending two-piece tool-less mounting system. The pre-installation frame mounts quickly and firmly into the speaker cut-out via auto-locking clamps, and the speaker unit housing the baffle, drivers, and crossover mounts securely within the frame via a locking drop-stop latch system.
To facilitate flexible speaker placement and optimal sound directivity, the in-ceiling models feature an 18°-angled, fully rotatable 6.5-inch (S4-C65) or 8-inch (S4-C80) mid/bass driver mated to a 1-inch tweeter with three-position adjustable tilt and a high-frequency level (+/- 3dB) switch. If the room arrangement should change, installed in-ceiling speakers can be adjusted very simply without any repositioning of the mounting frame.Leave a Comment
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|Xantech Intros EX Series High-Speed HDMI Cables With X-GRIP Technology|
Xantech today introduced its EX Series High-Speed HDMI Cables with X-GRIP Technology at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Fla.
Xantech’s new HDMI Cables are available in .7-meter, 1-meter, 1.5-meter, 2-meter, 3-meter and 4-meter lengths. They are equipped with the company’s patented X-GRIP technology that is spec’d to resist up to 10 pounds of pull force (to keep cables securely in place). Xantech has designed these cables for commercial integrators.
With support for all current HDMI features — including HDR, 18Gbps transfer rates, resolutions up to UHD and DCI 4K at 60 frames per second in 4:4:4 Chroma sub-sampling, Audio Return Channel, Dolby Surround and more. Additionally, the new line-up features a solid aluminum internal EMI shielding jacket that encases the entire connector head overlapping the cable’s shielding well. Gold plated contacts housed in a porcelain-shielded connector aid in rejecting stray capacitance from other interconnected components.
Xantech says it will ship this month. Here are the details.Leave a Comment
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|Comprehensive Intros New 4K Certified 18G Commercial HDMI Cables |
Comprehensive Connectivity Company launches their new Pro AV/IT HD18G series of 4K 18G HDMI Cables (HD18G-xxPROBLK). Certified 18Gbps 4K (end-to-end) HDMI cables are specifically for commercial applications and have Comprehensive’s ProGrip connector and SureLength indicators right on the connector head.
Comprehensive Pro AV/IT Certified 18Gbps 4K (End to End) HDMI cables are HDMI ATC certified and come equipped with all the latest HDMI features including Ultra HD 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 chroma sampling, transmission of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, up to 32 audio channels with ARC and support for wide angle theatrical 21:9 aspect ratio.
Comprehensive’s exclusive ProGrip connector helps secure the connection with up to 16 pounds of retention force to prevent cables from being unintentionally disconnected. Here are all the specs.Leave a Comment
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|Luxul Ships Epic 5 Gigabit Router|Luxul
has announced today the availability of its new Epic 5
router. The new Epic series of routers are available in two basic configurations: The Epic 4 Series and the Epic 5 Series. While the Epic 4 released earlier this year is designed to offer 600+ Mbps WAN to LAN performance, the new Epic 5 supports gigabit WAN to LAN (900+ Mbps) speeds for those customers with access to gigabit service, or for future-proofing for when the local ISP does offer gigabit service. The Epic 5 also features Dual-WAN capability with load-balancing and failover control, advanced security and remote access features, and a console port for local configuration.
In addition to being commercial-grade routers, the Epic series offers a platform for optimizing the user experience in smart homes, workplaces, retail establishments and more. This experience is delivered through Luxul and third-party applications running on the Epic platform, the first of which is enhanced content filtering from Router Limits. Additional applications including Domotz remote network monitoring are planned for future development. The applications also offer the perfect base upon which to build recurring revenue.
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