Volume 7, Issue 2 — February 29, 2016
|A Byte of Apple|
By Raymond Kent
Managing Principal, Sustainable Technologies Group
By now you should have heard about Apple’s battle with the federal government over the unlocking of Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone for use in the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. If you have not been paying attention and you work in the ICT industry, you should. In short, the Federal Government has secured an order from a Federal judge demanding that they cooperate with their investigation into the San Bernardino shooter’s potential ties to terrorist organizations in the Middle East. The demand for cooperation is such that they want Apple to create a way to unlock Farook’s iPhone so that they may scan it for any information related to terrorist ties. On the surface this looks like a great thing as it could potentially provide information that may lead to others who want to do harm to the US.
If you dig deeper and really understand the consequences of this demand it becomes a real scary place for the rest of society who live and breathe through technology. The Government insists that its intentions are noble and ethical which may (or may not) be true depending on your perspective. However, this would in fact create a gateway into encrypted devices such as the iPhone that could have nefarious outcomes. If this were to move forward, what if any safeguards could, would, and should be put in place to prevent anyone from using this technique to access other cell phones or electronics — including your own. And by anyone I am referring to the government, law enforcement, criminals, other countries, or other bad actors who would seek to cause harm, spy or steal.
Apple, Microsoft, and Google all vehemently are against designing a solution to this as it may not be possible to just “unlock this one cell phone” without making possible to unlock all of those million of iPhones out in the public. The encryption is what provides the assurance to the consumer that their private information is as safe as possible. Often today many of us store passwords, banking and other financial information, health information, and other data that could be used to destroy our lives or the lives of others including companies we work for. There is already a steady rise in network hostage taking by criminal elements who hijack corporate, government, and healthcare networks for ransom. Allowing intrusion into the encrypted play space only adds fuel to the fire.
It is in the not too distant past that many Americans became absolutely outraged by warrantless wiretaps being conducted in the name of national security. Because of the public outcry it is now illegal for law enforcement to do so. This request to unlock the iPhone is far worse in a way that would make the movie Minority Report look like a comedy. In the encrypted world the “key” to a system is one that unlocks access to the data within a system. Once that information is known it becomes like a master key that can be used over and over on any device.
In the Information Communications Technology industry we are providing systems that often use encryption to protect our client’s data and more often than not these days security of these systems is becoming more of a concern. I wrote back in August of 2015 about a major potential back door in technology systems (Who’s Guarding the Back Door of Your Network?) and provided in this article one of many potential solutions that relies heavily on encryption as its main way of blocking access into the network through non-IT but network connected electronics. As the Internet of Things continues its march forward, this will only increase in complexity with a multitude of devices coming online using encryption to securely traverse information around a network. These systems are more and more often tied to building management systems to increase energy efficiency, reduce the carbon footprint of a building, and provide operational efficiency while reducing operating costs. They also need to reside on the network infrastructure to operate.
Currently roughly half of manufacturers of IoT devices are not confident in their ability to provide secure product capable of defeating a cyber attack (MPI Internet of Things Study). This lack of confidence in providing end users protection is critical to the success of the IoT industry and its ties to the ICT world. The companies that are confident are using encryption techniques to process data secure it over the network. So how does this relate to the iPhone? Well the technique used by Apple may be replicated to crack other encryption schemes giving over that master key. We live in a world of big data, cyber crime, and opportunity (in a bad way) to give a few or many unwanted control over personal or corporate information by handing over the keys.Leave a Comment
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|A Primer on Chroma Subsampling and What It Means In Practical Terms|
By Leonard Suskin
Pixel and Ink-Stained Wretch
This is not a switcher wars post. I have no interest in discussing the various claims made by one manufacturer or another, the counter claims, counter-counter claims or any other such back-and-forth between competitors. The issue to which some of the ongoing discussion about switching technology HAS brought more attention is that of chroma subsampling, and what it means in practical terms. What I’ve found reviewing one of these claims is not what I expected; I’d come to the point at which I accepted 4:2:2 as not only “good enough” but indistinguishable from 4:4:4 for any practical purposes. Recent demonstrations and exploration has shown that — depending on content and use case — I was not correct in this.
For those who aren’t clear on the topic, chroma subsampling is the practice of sampling the color of a video signal (chroma) at a lesser rate than the brightness (luminance). In the YCbCr color space, this is simply a matter of sampling the Y value at a lesser rate than the Cb and Cr (blue-difference and red-difference) components. The attached illustration shows how this affects an image, as you can clearly see, information is lost.
This has become a common practice in 4K video transmission to reduce bandwidth requirements; 4K video requires four times the bandwidth of 1920×1080 video, which was already near the technical limitations of current transport technology. In order to fit more pixels into the same bandwidth, the choices are to either reduce the frame rate, reduce the amount of data per pixel or both. See, for example, the “True4K” specification from Extron, listing the available resolutions, chroma subsampling and color depth for a matrix-switch input board. Note that in order to increase chroma subsampling, one must reduce the frame rate and vice-versa.
This has seemed like a reasonable tradeoff because of the human eye’s greater sensitivity to light than to color. The concept behind this choice is that the human eye and brain will fill in the “missing” chroma information far better than they would fill in missing luma. In fact, Blu-ray and DVD discs typically sample at 4:2:0. We’re accustom to this, and it seems to make little difference.
Did you notice the assumption in the above paragraphs? The human eye will fill in missing chroma information from one frame to the next. What if the image is static? Even worse, what if the image is static and consists of very narrow (as narrow as a single-pixel width) bands of color? This is a case in which the appropriateness of the solution is highly dependent on content.
One switch manufacturer has been passing around a demo with what we in our office are referring to as a “chroma torture image.” The image in question consists of a series of very narrow single-color borders, a polar array of single-pixel lines in various colors and a column of text. Their contention is that scalers that do not maintain 4:4:4 chroma subsampling will have weakness in displaying such an image. From the demonstrations I’ve seen, this certainly appears to be true. What’s more, some “regular” content not chosen as a chroma stress test (Excel spreadsheets are particularly bad for this) will show similar — albeit less dramatic — artifacts. Independent testing reveals that these effects are real.
So end of story. Right?
Repeating the test under varying conditions reveals interesting results. The artifacts, which were so disturbing in the case of upscaled 1920×1080 content, disappear completely when viewing 4K content. Clearly this particular product only has chroma subsampling issues in its scaler.
What does that mean?
Broadly, it means that not all devices handle all content identically. Scaled content is not the same as content viewed at its native resolution, nor is video content the same as static content. As is always the case, content matters.
It also highlights the fact that some pitfalls don’t appear in the published specifications. It highlights that even the very best products (and the products we are discussing are among the best) have weaknesses. It also highlights the risk of dismissing a piece of gear as “inferior” before considering one’s use case, including types of sources.
With 4K now a fact of life and 8K video possibly around the corner compromises between quality and bandwidth will remain a fact of life. As is the case with anything else, we need to know what we’re giving up, what we’re risking and what it means in each particular circumstance.
Again, this is not a switcher wars post. I see considerable value in the product offerings and ecosystems of several manufacturers. This is, as always, a call for mindfulness.Leave a Comment
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|Tally Adds TimeSync to TallyTec Pro SystemTally Technologies has added TimeSync to the TallyTec Pro system, enabling users to synchronize multiple cameras and external recorders, either wirelessly or wired, with timecode generated from the TallyTec Base Transmitter.
TimeSync is a huge time-saver for anyone involved with multi-cam recordings, from DSLRs and camcorders to high-end broadcast cameras. Many external field recorders, for example the Atomos Shogun and Convergent Design 7Q+, also feature timecode input as standard, making it a simple task to connect a TallyTec Pro Receiver.
The ability to provide timecode to cameras and external recorders, either wirelessly or wired, means a multi-cam shoot can be extremely flexible, mixing high-end professional cameras and HDMI cameras equipped with external recorders, in the certain knowledge that all material shot is in sync and ready for post-production.
The TallyTec Base Transmitter can be set to run Time of Day, or manually configured to Record Run. It sends out a signal to frame accurately synchronize all Wireless Pro Receivers attached to cameras or external recorders. Up to sixteen cameras/recorders can be synchronized with the TallyTec Base Transmitter.
The Transmitter and Receivers are synchronized every 25 frames; in the event that a Receiver loses signal from the Base Transmitter, it will continue to run clocked timecode to ensure that the attached device is always in sync. Once the signal is re-established, the Receiver will re-synchronize with the Base Transmitter timecode.
TallyTec’s Wireless Pro Receivers have a 2km line of sight range from the Base Transmitter, allowing camera operators to work some distance apart, yet still maintain fully synchronized recording. Batteries and media in camera and recording equipment can be swapped on the fly without losing sync, thanks to the long-life battery run time of the Pro Receiver.
Initially TimeSync will support PAL at 25fps. Support for 24fps, 29.9fps, 30fps and 50/60 frames will be provided through a future software update, along with the ability to sync to external timecode, or house reference.
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|Extron Intros Big Control Processor with Dedicated AV LAN PortLooks like Extron is getting closer and closer to the high-end control market as they just launched the IPCP Pro 555 a high-end IP Link Pro control processor with a dedicated AV LAN port. It features advanced security standards and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, which are designed to ensure compatibility with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using a standard network infrastructure. Of the two Ethernet ports, the AV LAN is designated to control local AV devices, and is secure from outside interference or intrusion. The IPCP Pro 555 can be used with Extron LinkLicense, which further enhances the capabilities of Extron Pro Series control systems. The IPCP Pro 555 is an ideal choice for controlling multiple devices and signal types within AV systems requiring an isolated AV network.
The IPCP Pro 555 features a DHCP server for the AV LAN that streamlines system setup and management. It automatically distributes IP addresses and network configuration parameters for the AV devices connected to the local AV LAN. In addition, the AV LAN port permits communications from the Ethernet port for remote management and firmware updates for Extron devices, and restricts other Ethernet traffic. The IPCP Pro 555 can be configured and customized using Extron Global Configurator Plus or Global Configurator Professional. It is also compatible with GlobalViewer Enterprise software.
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|ClearOne Intros UNITE 200 PTZ Camera for USB, HDMI, and IP StreamingClearOne has launched the ClearOne UNITE 200 PTZ Camera, a professional-grade, HD video camera complete with USB (3.0 or 2.0), HDMI, and IP connections that can be used for nearly any AV application.
- As a USB camera, ClearOne UNITE 200 PTZ can be used for PC-based applications in meeting rooms, such as Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Skype and Skype for Business and ClearOne’s Spontania.
- As an IP camera, it can be used to broadcast both audio and video signals using high-quality and low-bandwidth H.265 compression for such purposes as distance learning and overflow rooms.
As an HDMI camera, it can be used for proAV applications.
- UNITE 200 PTZ features full HD 1080p@60fps video resolution to deliver the sharpest possible picture. A wide-angle view allows UNITE 200 PTZ to capture all participants, while the camera’s 12x optical zoom provides close-up imaging.
UNITE 200 PTZ lists for $1,849 and here are the specs.Leave a Comment
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|Primacoustic Introduces New Paintables Clouds
The new Paintables clouds include the circular Cirrus, the hexagonal Hexus and the square Altos. Each panel is made from 1-1/2″ thick high density 6-pound glass wool for exceptionally even absorption and feature resin hardened edges with micromesh that together fully encapsulate the panel to prevent dusting. Paintables are factory painted on all sides in absolute white latex and ready for mounting. Unique to their design is a proprietary surface than enables one to lightly spray paint the panels on-site to color-match the decor without affecting the acoustical performance.
Paintables clouds are the ideal sound abatement solution for any space where communication is vital and acoustic treatment must integrate with the aesthetics of the room: houses of worship, conference centers, restaurants, boardrooms, educational facilities, community halls, hotel auditoriums, broadcast facilities, museums, retail, home theaters, recording studios, gymnasiums and performance halls.
Installation is easy. For larger spaces, a selection of hanging hardware allows the Paintable Clouds to be suspended horizontally or vertically from the ceiling, absorbing energy on both sides for maximum efficiency. The same panels may be wall-mounted using the company’s proprietary Surface Impaler technology to create a distinctive wall treatment.
The Cirrus, Hexus and Altos are available in 36″ and 48″ diameters. As with all Primacoustic panels, Paintables have been independently tested for acoustic performance and re-tested to achieve the most stringent Class-A ratings.
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|Extron Introduces New Architectural Mounting SolutionsExtron has launched three new Architectural Mounting products designed specifically for the ProAV market. SMB 110 Series Surface Mount Boxes are designed to externally mount US gang size products on a tabletop, podium, or other presentation furniture. Available in sizes from one-gang through five-gang, SMB 100 surface mount boxes hold products at an ergonomic angle for easy visibility and access. The EWB 212 External Wall Box is a mounting solution for EU products, designed with sufficient depth to house faceplate wiring as well as take in cable runs from a surface-mounted raceway or rear wall space. The WBA 100 Wall and Box Adapter is a plate for surface- or box-mounting AV system components, allowing AV equipment to be mounted directly on the surface or within a Chief PAC526 wall box in close proximity of the display, making it ideal for installations with a flat panel display or wall-mounted short throw projector.
Extron Architectural Mounting solutions blend AV technology into the surrounding environment for improved aesthetics and ease of access. Extron Wall Box Adapters, External Wall Boxes and Surface Mount Boxes provide convenient external mounting solutions for concrete, brick, and wood. They are ideal for placing AV connectivity and power within easy reach of the user. External Wall and Surface Mount Boxes provide an alternative to cutting the furniture surface or placing connectivity on a wall.
The SMB 110 Series is here.
The EWB 212 is here.
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|ARTHUR HOLM Launches Horizontally Retracting Mic SystemARTHUR HOLM announces the launch of a unique horizontally retracting system for “gooseneck type” microphones during Integrated Systems Europe 2016. This innovative retracting system can be very easily veneered and it provides a minimum depth, being therefore ideal for furniture integration. It allows the microphone to be bent and automatically takes it back to its original horizontal position.
DynamicTalkH not only makes the microphone disappear within the desk surface but it also provides a pleasant interior light to indicate its status. Microphones are safely stored and protected and the meeting and conference rooms become versatile to be used for different purposes.
DynamicTalkH has two different working modes: PA and conference. When in PA mode, a push button that disappears together with the microphone within the desk, allows to activate or de-activate the microphone. The interior light will indicate the status by changing color, from green to red. The microphone will be automatically silenced in retracted position. When in conference mode, the microphone will always be active and both the light and the access to the push button will be available through a connector (GPI/GPO). In this mode, the system is ready to be connected and controlled through a conference system.
DynamicTalkH can be remotely controlled and diagnosable though the AHnet open protocol. More information is here.Leave a Comment
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|BARCO Introduces Two New ClickShare Models at ISE|
Barco’s new CS-100 and CSE-200 join the current lineup of ClickShare models — you may remember that ClickShare lets you share your content on the large meeting room screen by simply pushing a button — whether of a USB-device you connect to your laptop PC or MAC, or by using the user-friendly app for iPhone, iPad or Android. What’s more, ClickShare also automatically displays the most optimal resolution, without messing up the layout on your laptop.
With the release of the CS-100, Barco offers the first ClickShare unit designed for small meeting and huddle rooms where sharing is a basic need. The CS-100 is a stand-alone model with an HDMI output, that allows up to eight users to connect and, with one user sharing at a time. This can either be done using the ClickShare Button, or the ClickShare App. The CS-100 includes the standard ClickShare security features including encryption, login management, https and the possibility to hide the SSID of the Base Unit’s wireless network.
The CSE-200 has been developed for enterprise rollouts which require enhanced security features, a wider range of connectivity options including AirPlay support or central management. This unit can be integrated into the company network, enabling remote management. Two users can share on screen at the same time — either via ClickShare Buttons, the ClickShare App, or a combination of the two. The CSE-200 is ideal for standard meeting rooms, creating a perfect environment to spark creativity. For user convenience, security features of the CSE-200 can be set to one of three predefined levels, depending on the company’s policies and needs. Last but not least, the device’s API also makes integration into the company network a lot easier.
The CS-100 and CSE-200 units debuted on the Barco stand at ISE 2016 in Amsterdam. You can learn about the new ClickShare models here.Leave a Comment
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|Revolabs Intros New Mics Into Its Elite Wired LineRevolabs today announced it has added new products to its Elite Wired family of conferencing microphones. The new Elite Wired Microphones with Local and External Control come in a variety of formats and colors and add enhanced mute functionality to the company’s wired microphone offering.
New to the Elite Wired line is a five-wire microphone that augments its three-wire predecessor, offering local control of push-to-talk, push-to-mute and mute toggle control, as well as integration with DSP systems for programmable remote mute control. The five-wire version also incorporates an LED for visual indication of the mute state, so users always know whether the mics are live or muted.
Ideal for environments that use wired, wireless, or a combination of the two microphone types, the Elite Wired Microphones with Local and External Control provide the same user interface and experience as other microphones in the Elite Wired and Executive Elite wireless microphone families. The ability to operate a hybrid-mic setup increases the maximum number of microphones available in a space and combines wireless flexibility with the security of wired microphones.
As with all Revolabs microphones, the new Elite Wired Microphones provide superior audio quality and set new standards for signal-to-noise ratio and range of supported frequencies. They are available in directional and omnidirectional versions, as well as 6-inch and 12-inch gooseneck versions, and come in black, white and brushed nickel to match a variety of interior designs and architectural environments.
The directional and omnidirectional versions of Revolabs’ Elite Wired Microphones with Local and External Control are shipping now. Revolabs is accepting orders for the gooseneck models for imminent delivery.
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|Extron Introduces HDMI Audio Embedder with Support for 4KExtron just introduced the HAI 100 4K, an audio embedder that embeds two-channel analog audio or digital two-channel S/PDIF audio onto the HDMI output signal. The HAI 100 4K includes an HDMI input, analog stereo audio and S/PDIF audio inputs, as well as an HDMI output. It is HDCP compliant, supports data rates up to 10.2 Gbps, and is compatible with video resolutions up to 4K. The HAI 100 4K includes features such as adjustable gain control for the analog audio input, EDID Minder for simplified EDID management between the input source and the display, plus HDMI input cable equalization and comprehensive LED status display. The compact 1″ (2.5 cm) high, quarter rack width enclosure size simplifies installation in a variety of applications.
This versatile audio embedder is ideal for applications requiring audio from a sound system to be embedded with an HDMI video signal, supporting systems that rely on HDMI for signal distribution. Additionally, to compensate for signal loss over long input cables, incoming HDMI signals are equalized up to 50 feet (15 meters) at 4K or 100 feet (30 meters) at 1080p/60. LEDs on the front panel offer comprehensive, real-time device status monitoring, including HDMI input and output signal presence, and HDCP authentication.
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|Auralex Intros ProPanel Acoustical AbsorptionAuralex Acoustics is offering a number of new solutions based around its ProPanel Fabric Wrapped Acoustical Absorption Panels, including ProPanel Cloud panels and all-in-one ProKits. ProPanel Cloud panels are designed to hang horizontally from a ceiling to help control and reduce sound reflections. ProKits are all-in-one, cost-effective acoustical treatment packages engineered to control excess mid- and high-frequency reflections in the room.
The ProPanel mix cloud system is configurable in three popular sizes: 4′ x 4′, 4′ x 6′ & 4′ x 8′. A ProPanel Cloud installation is composed of 2′ x 4′ x 2″ ProPanels in a frameless design and includes mounting hardware. ProPanel Clouds are available in Obsidian (OBS) or Sandstone (SST).
Based on the Auralex Class A fire-rated, fabric wrapped fiberglass ProPanels, ProKit-1 and ProKit-2 acoustical treatment packages provide state-of-the-art absorption performance with high build quality, great aesthetics and low odor. The included panels cover more surface area than competing offerings, a more effective resolution to your room’s acoustical problems. Both kits include 2’x4’x2″ beveled wall panels and reverse mitered corner bass trap panels to provide low-frequency absorption, critical in small to medium-sized rooms. The ProKit-1 and ProKit-2 room treatment systems are available in two standard fabric choices, Sandstone or Obsidian, and include all mounting hardware. Additional ProPanel Cloud and monitor isolation solutions are also available.
- For rooms 12’x12′ and up
- Two M224 Mitered Edge SST & OBS
- Seven B224 Beveled Edge SST & OBS
- For rooms 18’x20′ and up
- Six M224 Mitered Edge SST & OBS
- 12 B224 Beveled Edge SST & OBS
ProPanel ProKit Add-Ons:
- ProPanel Mix Cloud system
- ProPAD and SubDude Monitor Isolation Platforms
- ProGO Freestanding Absorption Panels
The following ProPanel components are available:
- 2′ x 2′ Wall ProPanel; Beveled or Straight Edge, 1″& 2″ Thicknesses
- 2′ x 4′ Wall ProPanel; Beveled or Straight Edge, 1″ & 2″ Thicknesses
- 4′ x 4′ Wall ProPanel; Beveled or Straight Edge, 2″ Thickness Only
- 4′ x 8′ Wall ProPanel; Beveled or Straight Edge, 2″ Thickness Only
- 2′ x 4′ Corner ProPanel; Reverse-Mitered Edge, 2″ Thickness Only
- Custom panels also available
ProPanels are offered in the following standard fabric colors: Obsidian, Sandstone, and the following premium fabric colors: Patina Petoskey Cobalt, Poppy, Henna, Pumice, Ebony, Mesa, Shadow and Beige. Proprietary mounting equipment options include impaling clips, offset impaling clips, corner impaling clips, cloud anchors and snap-on anchors. All the details are here.Leave a Comment
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|Audio-Technica Intros New Desk Stand and Boundary Transmitters for System 10 Digital WirelessAudio-Technica introduces two new desk stand and boundary microphones compatible with System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless Systems and Stack-mount Digital Wireless Systems: the ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter and the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter.
Designed to work with phantom-powered, condenser gooseneck microphones with a three-pin XLRM-type output, the ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter pairs with the System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver of your choice to provide rock-solid, 2.4 GHz wireless performance. The transmitter is equipped with a three-pin XLRF-type input, and features a touch-sensitive user switch that can toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button. Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level, and charging status. The ATW-T1007 offers three levels of input gain (-6 dB, 0 dB and +6 dB), which can be selected via a switch on the bottom of the unit. Another switch engages the low-cut filter.
A perfect fit for conference rooms and other meeting spaces, the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter likewise pairs with any System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver to provide clear, natural sound quality with reliable 2.4 GHz wireless performance. This cardioid condenser boundary mic is also equipped with a touch-sensitive user switch that can toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button. Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level, and charging status. The mic also offers three levels of input gain (-6 dB, 0 dB and +6 dB) and the low-cut filter switch.
For both units, a 3.7V rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides nine hours of use on a full charge and is easily recharged with the included USB charging cable.
ATW-T1007 and ATW-T1006 features:
- Pair with any System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver
- Digital 24-bit/48 kHz wireless operation for ultimate sound quality and dependable performance
- Operates in the 2.4 GHz range — completely free from TV interference
- Gain Control switch allows selection of three input gain levels: -6 dB (for loudest voices), 0 dB and +6 dB (for softest voices)
- Two red/green LEDs — one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear — indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level and charging status
- User switch can be set to toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button
- Switchable low-cut filter
- System ID Display located on bottom of unit
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|InFocus Buys AvistarInFocus today announced the acquisition of Avistar a videoconferencing software provider specializing in technology that enables seamless video calling from mobile devices, video phones, tablets, desktops, touchscreen solutions and large-format video walls. This acquisition, following the recently announced acquisition of Jupiter Systems, adds U.S. to the InFocus product line and makes them a full-service end-to-end provider as they make every part of the system, now (sans the cameras).
This acquisition enables InFocus to offer video conferencing at prices that are affordable for all budgets, whether it’s connecting to a distant classroom or campus, or connecting an entire global infrastructure. Affordable video conferencing from InFocus is driving the ubiquitous use and democratization of advanced technology by making solutions accessible for all sizes of businesses, schools and facilities.
Avistar software technology is already deployed in the Mondopad video conferencing system as well as the various calling services, such as ConX, InFocus provides.
With the purchase, InFocus has acquired all assets and says it will keep all 24 software engineers to continue innovating and improving the video conferencing intellectual property.
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|Extron Introduces eBUSExtron just launched something cool called eBUS – a family of button panels and accessories. eBUS button panels are fully-customizable AV system control interfaces that utilize a unique digital bus architecture designed to allow for easy control system expansion, more design options, and future upgrades. Button panels are connected to each other and an IPCP Pro control processor with a single cable that carries both power and communication.This efficient, expandable design allows a button panel to be used as a single user interface in a smaller system or combined with other button panels and touchpanels when a more elaborate control system is required.
The EBP 100 and EBP 200 eBUS Button Panels are part of the growing eBUS family. These are two and three-gang pushbutton control interfaces that perform a wide variety of AV system functions such as display On/Off, input switching, volume control, and much more. They feature dual-colored, backlit buttons that provide easy operation in low-light environments and a volume knob for smooth, precise volume adjustments. Two eBUS ports are available for easy system expansion. The EBP 100 mounts in a two-gang junction box, and the EBP 200 mounts in a three-gang junction box. Included mud rings provide convenient mounting in lecterns, tabletops, or other flat surfaces.
Since eBUS button panels have the same physical appearance as Extron’s range of MediaLink controllers, they can be used alongside these controllers throughout a facility while preserving a consistent look and user experience. Buttons can be easily customized using Extron Button Label Generator software or by using the online Custom Button Builder application.
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|Extron Intros HDMI Audio De-Embedder for 4K SourcesExtron has just launched the HAE 100 4K, an audio de-embedder that extracts the audio from an HDMI signal, including audio from 4K sources. The HAE 100 4K provides outputs for analog stereo or dual mono signals, as well as digital multi-channel or two-channel S/PDIF audio. It is HDCP compliant, supports data rates up to 10.2 Gbps, and is compatible with video resolutions up to 4K. The HAE 100 4K is equipped with several integrator-friendly features such as a buffered HDMI video output with EDID Minder for simplified EDID management between the input source and the display, plus input cable equalization and comprehensive LED status display.
The HAE 100 4K offers several features that enhance and simplify AV system integration. To compensate for signal loss over long input cables, incoming HDMI signals are equalized up to 50 feet (15 meters) at 4K or 100 feet (30 meters) at 1080p/60 when used with Extron HDMI Pro cables. LEDs on the front panel offer comprehensive, real-time device status monitoring, including HDMI input, HDMI output and audio output signal presence, HDCP authentication, and the format of the extracted audio. The HAE 100 4K is housed in a compact 1″ (2.5 cm) high, quarter rack width metal enclosure that enables simple and discreet mounting in a range of environments.
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|Bogen Introduces New Class-D Public Address AmplifiersBogen Communications is introducing a new series of Class-D amplifiers with 150-watt and 250-watt output and each with exactly the same features. The GS150D and GS250D models include a newly developed Class-D amplifier which enables less heat dissipation than previous Bogen Gold Seal Series models, saving cooling costs. They are up to 50 percent more efficient than previous models and including an upgraded contemporary set of screw terminal connections. The use of Class-D amplifiers also enables very low thermal emissions of 239.1 BTU/hour for the GS250D and 136.6 BTU/hour for the GS150D.
The Bogen Gold Seal Series Class-D amplifiers are an addition to Bogen’s line of high-quality audio amplifiers. With the incorporation of the Class-D amplifier, the GS250D (at 320W of power consumption and weighing just 19.5 lbs.) is 42 percent more efficient and 55 percent lighter than previous 250-watt models, while the GS150D (at 190W of power consumption and weighing in at 18.5 lbs.) is 50 percent more efficient and 65 percent lighter than previous 150-watt models. Another benefit for rack installations is that the GS250D and GS150D have the same chassis dimensions as Bogen’s previous GS250 model. (GS150D chassis height and width are the same as GS150, while the length is 1.5″ longer.)
- Two-piece pluggable Euro block-type connectors enable signal cables to be more quickly connected/disconnected from the amp
- Four dedicated MIC inputs
- One selectable MIC/TEL input
- One selectable MIC/AUX input
- One dedicated AUX input
- 4-ohm, 8-ohm, 25V, 25VCT and 70V transformer-coupled outputs
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|Kramer Launches Kramer@Work at ISEKramer is introducing something called Kramer@Work at ISE 2016. Kramer@Work consists of packaged solutions from Kramer for any size meeting room from huddle spaces to large boardrooms but it’s all network-based.
With Kramer@Work users connect either wired or wireless using any laptop or mobile device and it’s designed to allow for document editing as well as display via a “main display” that can be turned into a whiteboard. Basically, it’s a Kramer VIA packaged with a K-Touch cloud-based control system.
You may know that Kramer’s VIA solutions include the VIA Collage, VIA Campus and VIA Connect PRO and all are wireless presentation and collaboration solutions. And, K-Touch is Kramer’s new approach to control and it’s built specifically for the Pro AV network-based control of lights, shades, screens and presentation control.
The system also includes an IP-based room scheduling software solution that lets participants find available rooms and book them from any device.
Kramer@Work comes with solutions for four different meeting room types:
- The Executive Board Room for high-end systems
- The Collaboration Room solution is for a BYOD meeting rooms where everything is wireless
- The Basic Meeting Room solution is for wired connectivity
- The Huddle Space solution is a BYOD system for small rooms
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|Epson Debuts EB-L25000 25K Lumen 3LCD Projector, Targets Install Market With Plethora of Projectors|
Epson is unveiling two new ProAV projector ranges as well as its first 25,000 lumen 3LCD laser projector at ISE 2016 (9-12 February 2016) in Hall 1 Stand H90. The new models include the company’s first laser-based installation models.
Dubbed the EB-L25000U, the 25,000 lumen laser-light source projector that marks a clear focus on the install market with it and multiple other install-focused products including the EB-L1000U series (EB-L1500U, EB-L1505U, EB-L1405U, EB-L1300U, EB-L1200U, EB-L1100U). In fact, the EB-L1500U, the world’s first 12,000 lumen WUXGA 3LCD laser projector.
The EB-L25000U is native UWXGA and uses both inorganic LCD panels as well as an inorganic phosphor wheel to produce color-accurate color. Spec’s at 20,000 hours of operation, they warranty the complete projector for 20K hours — not just the mechanical aspects of it. Inputs include HDMI, HDBaseT, VGA and 3G-SDI and there are nine different lenses (with memory). We actually recorded a videocast about this projector last week. You can view it here.
Alongside these new laser models, Epson is exhibiting its new EB-G7000 (EB-G7800, EB-G7200W, EB-G7000W, EB-G7905U, EB-G7900U, EB-G7400U) lamp-based range of high-quality corporate and higher education installation projectors. Ideal for use in office meeting rooms, lecture theaters or large classrooms, the new range features a host of quality, functionality and usability improvements to help transform large-venue spaces with high-quality, professional-looking presentations.
The products were launched at ISE here in Amsterdam along with some cool demos (you can see all of them by going here and typing EPSON in the video search window as she shot videos inside their booth at ISE).
The EB-L25000U will start to ship in late 2016. The EB-L1300U, EB-L1200U, EB-L1100U, EB-L1405U will be available from July 2016 and the EB-L1500U and EB-L1505U from October 2016. The new EB-G7000 series (EB-G7800, EB-G7200W, EB-G7000W, EB-G7905U, EB-G7900U, EB-G7400U) will be available from May 2016.
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|Renkus-Heinz Create 3D Modeling Files for RevitRenkus-Heinz has teamed with Autodesk to create new avenues for consultants and systems integrators to specify Renkus-Heinz products using Autodesk Revit software. Designers using Revit software will now quickly and easily access files for Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 and VARIAi loudspeakers using Autodesk Seek, a web service that enables designers to quickly discover, preview and download BIM files, models, drawings and product specifications for their active design sessions.
Autodesk Revit software helps architects and designers design buildings using a Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. Architects and designers can seamlessly integrate Renkus-Heinz technologies into their 3D models created with Revit software, allowing them to provide clients with a more complete picture of the end result.
Renkus-Heinz Iconyx and IC Live Gen5 and VARIAi information and design files are now fully integrated and available through Autodesk Seek, including 3D BIM models, visual images, data sheets and product specifications. Iconyx Gen5 represents the fifth generation of Iconyx digitally steered line array technology, integrating the power of UniBeam advanced beam steering algorithms with the intuitive control of our new RHAON II System Designer software to deliver a new standard in digitally steered arrays. VARIAi is the newest generation of Renkus-Heinz VARIA Modular Point Source Array. With a range of vertical and horizontal dispersion angles and Renkus-Heinz’s unique transitional waveguides, VARIA’s highly configurable enclosures make it easy to custom design a system for every application.
Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5 and VARIAi files are available for download on Autodesk Seek here. And Renkus-Heinz is here.Leave a Comment
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|Sony’s New Laser Projectors Include 4K and 6K Lumen ProductsSony is broadening its line of laser light source (Z-Phosphor) projector line in the mid-brightness range with three new models between 4,100 and 6,000 lumens. The new models are the VPL-FWZ65 (6,000-lumen WXGA); VPL-FWZ60 (5,000-lumen WXGA); and the VPL-FHZ57 (4,100-lumen WUXGA).
Designed for commercial applications including education, corporate, large venue and entertainment, the new models expand Sony’s laser-based professional projector family to a total of nine, starting at 2,000 lumens and going up to 7,000 lumens, in WXGA, WUXGA and 4K resolutions.
Sony is also adding two new lamp-based models (VPL-FW65, 6,300lm WXGA, and VPL-FW60, 5,200lm WXGA), for installation applications better-suited to lamp-based projection.
The new projectors share many features with the existing models in Sony’s line. Each uses BrightEra panel technology to reproduce natural-looking and vivid colors.
The new models are designed to deliver enhanced picture quality with features such as “Reality Creation,” a technology already in use by Sony’s home theater projection systems for high-end consumer entertainment. The Reality Creation engine analyzes and processes every input signal to refine detail, clarity and sharpness for naturally up-scaled images. This provides higher-resolution perspective, even with the lower-resolution WXGA series.
Sony’s laser light source means there’s no lamp that needs to slowly warm up or cool down, no lamp to limit tilt angle and no trade-off between high brightness and high resolution. The laser projectors are designed for up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, depending on the usage environment, which contributes to reducing users’ total cost of ownership.
In addition to the long-life laser light source design, the projectors are designed for energy efficiency due to the 3LCD engine. The VPL-FHZ57 operates at 370W power, making it the most energy-efficient laser light source projector. The low power consumption also reduces heat dissipation, in turn lowering fan noise. The VPL-FHZ57 laser projector has the quietest operation in its class (32dB, 28dB at Standard Brightness mode).
The new models have a wide powered lens shift, which can help in challenging installation environments, for example maintaining audiences’ site lines by installing the projector above a screen, or horizontally avoiding HVAC ducts on the ceiling.
The new models can be combined with a variety of optional lenses, including a short throw and tele-zoom covering up to 4.84:1 throw range, and they use a bayonet lens mounting system for easier and quicker lens changes.
Sony’s newest lens option is the VPLL-3003 ultra-short throw lens, the first-interchangeable ultra-short throw lens for 3LCD projectors. This lens offers sharp focus and minimized picture distortion due to a large mirror system, and easy adjustment of lens shift and focus via remote control. Its 0.33:1 throw ratio allows it to be used in tight spaces with no clearance from the wall.
The lens can project an 80” to 300” diagonal image with minimal throw distance (39” throw distance for 140” diagonal image), making it ideal for small meeting rooms, as digital signage or use in museums.
The new models all have built-in HDBaseT interfaces, enabling easier connectivity and reducing total system costs by using a single cable which runs all the video, audio, control and IP signal up to 328 feet (100m).
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|New Bose ControlSpace Remote 2.0 LaunchesBose Professional has announced significant enhancements to its ControlSpace Remote software with new version 2.0. Available as a free download, ControlSpace Remote allows integrators to distribute remote control of Bose Pro networked systems in any venue, for any user, across multiple devices.
ControlSpace Remote (CSR) has been updated across all three of its main components: CSR Builder, CSR App and the newly-released CSR Admin. Starting with CSR Builder, the templated-GUI approach has been expanded with full customization options. Users can now create custom layouts, insert images, or create navigation between GUI collections and panels. Preset configurations make it easy to render the design to each end-user’s device.
CSR App is available for mobile phones and tablets on both the Apple and Android platforms, and new to CSR App 2.0 is a revamped user interface and support for Apple OSX and Windows PC-based clients. Lastly, based on direct feedback from end users and integrators, ControlSpace Remote now offers an admin tool for both Apple and Windows machines, where facility owners and managers can self-distribute the app to staff devices.
Together with the new version of ControlSpace Remote, Bose also updates its ControlSpace Designer software to version 4.4. This new version includes support for 32×32 Dante expansion cards (for use with Bose ControlSpace ESP-880/1240/4120/1600 engineered sound processors) and new signal processing blocks including a new gain-sharing automatic microphone mixer and a newly-enhanced parametric equalization block.
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|JBL Professional By HARMAN Updates Control Contractor Series at ISE 2016 with New Control 23-1, Control 25-1 and Control 28-1JBL Professional by HARMAN today introduced the newly updated JBL Control 23-1, Control 25-1 and Control 28-1 commercial loudspeakers. This significant update to the series brings a compelling array of new features, styling and competitive pricing. The latest versions of the category-defining Control Contractor series feature a fresh and contemporary look, a flatter and wider frequency response for a more natural and full sound, greater bass extension, improved coverage for on- and off-axis sound and a higher maximum SPL.
The JBL Control Contractor models combine 70V/100V (“T”) and low-impedance (“non-T”) versions for greater job-site and inventory flexibility. Contractors and dealers will also appreciate the retention of the pioneering InvisiBall brackets as standard and the addition of U-brackets as an optional add-on. New outdoor features include an attractive redesigned grill with improved plating and finish, screw-down input terminals, and an optional WeatherMax aluminium grill with a toughened finish and optional MTC-PC3 watertight panel covers for wire side-exits in tight-to-wall applications.
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|Bose Pro Expands the F1 Loudspeaker FamilyBose Professional has expanded its F1 Flexible Array Loudspeaker product line, to include a new passive full range model and a full suite of mounting brackets. Together with a powered model introduced in 2015, both Bose F1 loudspeaker models are ideal for portable and installed applications. The F1 Model 812 Loudspeaker is the first portable loudspeaker offering “FLEX array technology,” which lets installers focus sound to target listening areas with four different patterns, offering exceptional power and clarity for a wide range of applications and venues.
Engineered with an array of eight Bose proprietary 2.25-inch drivers, 100-degree horizontal waveguides, a high-powered 12-inch woofer and a lower crossover point, F1 Model 812 loudspeakers deliver high SPL performance while, according to Bose, maintaining vocal and midrange clarity.
F1 Model 812 loudspeakers include M8 top and rear hang points along with three dedicated brackets for easy and flexible mounting. Pan and tilt, yoke and U bracket options are available.
When extended bass response is needed for portable applications, the optional Bose F1 Subwoofer packs all the power of a larger bass module into a more compact design. The active loudspeaker and subwoofer have a combined 2,000 watts of power (1,000 watts each), able to fill nearly any venue with immersive sound. A Bose proprietary mounting stand for the loudspeaker is integrated right into the body of the subwoofer, making setup fast and easy. The stand even includes cable channels to neatly hide the wires. Additionally, the loudspeaker and subwoofer feature strategically placed handles for stress-free transportation (the system easily fits in a car), made with highly durable materials to ensure years of reliability.
The powered and passive F1 loudspeakers is designed for live music venues, sports bars, clubs, schools, houses of worship and any small to medium size venue requiring a high performance loudspeaker solution with precise control and directivity.
Bose F1 Model 812 specifications:
- F1 Model 812 loudspeaker (active): 26.1″ H x 13.1″ W x 14.6″ D (664.66 x 334.3 x 372.5mm); 44.5 lbs (20.18 kg)
- F1 Model 812 loudspeaker (passive): 26.1″ H x 13.1″ W x 14.6″ D (664.66 x 334.3 x 372.5mm); 47.5 lbs (21.55 kg)
- Bose F1 Subwoofer: 27″ H x 16.1″ W x 17.6″ D (688 x 410.16 x 448.5 mm); 55 lbs (24.9 kg)
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|Kramer Introduces Kramer Network — An AV Over IP System — at ISE 2016Kramer Electronics is introducing something called Kramer Network, an enterprise management platform for AV over IP solutions at ISE 2016. This new solution from Kramer enables the routing, management and control of standard AV and AV over IP systems and it’s being launched in the Kramer booth, F20 in Hall 1 at the ISE show this week.
The Kramer Network is a bridge between the traditional AV world and the evolving AV over IP world. It is one platform that they say can manage everything. Kramer Network is an enterprise software platform that lets you route, manage, control, operate and maintain all your Pro AV, IT and IP solutions with one convenient web-based interface. Kramer Network is designed to be a hybrid approach to AV networking as it manages both legacy AV devices and newer IP-based AV devices. On top of that, Kramer Network integrated enterprise grade Dante integration for enabling user management, authentication, predefined connection configurations, dedicated virtual matrix, customized room view.
Kramer Network is aimed at letting both AV technology managers and IT managers to configure, control and maintain large AV deployments from any single point.
There are three basic components to the Kramer Network that allow users to route, manage and control a system. The first is the Virtual Matrix. With Kramer Network you switch any number of audio and video sources to any number of destinations on an IP-based AV network. The software can easily scale from a few devices to hundreds and thousands devices. Users can simply just click in order to make audio, video, or audio and video connections from any sources to any destinations.
The second is Enterprise Management. The Kramer Network provides a dashboard to manage all your AV and also AV over IP resources and provide system analytics, and is has user access rights management hierarchy built-in so access rights can be assigned locally or remotely.
The third is Control. The Kramer Network allows users to control both AV components as well as room functions, such as lights, shades, screens, displays, etc. Users can also remotely configure and control all the devices in any IP-based AV system. Kramer products introduced to the Kramer Network will be auto-discovered, and other products can be easily added as well.
The Kramer Network can be installed on standard, enterprise, virtual, or cloud servers, and the whole system can be web-managed, so it can be accessed or operated if desired from anywhere, any time, through a web client using a laptop, PC, or mobile device. With the Kramer Network there are both “Tree View” and “Room View” options for operation.
Since the Kramer Network deploys on a standard Microsoft Windows platform and Kramer says there is no programming necessary. All the details are here.Leave a Comment
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|AudioControl Adds Control To ‘The Director’ Series Network AmplifiersAudioControl has announced the availability of a suite of dedicated control drivers for their newly released matrix amplifier, the Director Model M6400. Now control drivers for AMX, Crestron, Control4, RTI and Savant allow integrators to control the key functions of The Director Model M6400 matrix-amplifier when they are used in conjunction with their respective control systems.
Functions of the drivers include:
- Discrete input selection – eight analog plus two digital with full matrixing to any output channels, amplified or digital buss
- Ability to increase and decrease volume levels incrementally in each zone plus muting
- Volume level adjustment on a per zone, per group, or per zone while in a group basis
- Recall equalization setting from memory locations
- Set a default “Maximum On Volume” function
- Program query commands to identify current known volume status of zones and alerts
- Dynamic Grouping
The Director Model M6400, part of AudioControl’s new Matrix M-Series, builds upon AudioControl’s ‘The Director’ DSP Series driving sixteen channels of high-power amplification in a 2U chassis that delivers over 65 watts per channel at 8 ohms, 100 watts per channel at 4 ohms and 175 watts at 8 ohm bridged, all channels driven. The M6400 features on-board digital signal processing, graphic and parametric equalization by zone, network monitoring, and programming plus the addition of volume control, channel/zone grouping and zone audio presets.
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|Prysm Launches Prysm Enterprise for Scalable CollaborationPrysm today unveiled Prysm Enterprise, a hardware and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution which enables businesses and their employees to easily collaborate in-real time across every size screen — from mobile devices to custom large-scale video walls. With Prysm Enterprise, the newest offering in Prysm’s Visual Workplace portfolio, applications, content, video conferencing and the web are all combined into cloud-based visual workspaces where anyone can create, edit, share and store work, and then go back and re-access the saved workspaces later from any location via the cloud. Prysm also announced new SaaS pricing for the Enterprise offering, making it possible for companies to continue to expand this powerful collaboration footprint beyond connected meeting rooms, and across a broader mobile and remote workforce.
With Prysm’s Visual Workplace portfolio, enterprises can improve collaboration and employee engagement with a tech-savvy workplace that bridges the gap between in-office and remote workers. In addition, Prysm digitizes the collaboration process and pulls disparate tools together into one highly visual system. This leads to the creation of a rich palette for data visualization that speeds insights, ushering in an entirely new approach to collaboration. By leveraging this new Visual Workplace, enterprises can discover new insights that they would not otherwise have found.
Prysm Enterprise features added support for web browser-based access to the Prysm Application Suite via Prysm Mobile, which enables access via any mobile device and opens up greater collaboration throughout the enterprise, be it from a large 190″ auditorium video wall to a remote worker’s smartphone. Prysm Mobile is the only solution that permits simultaneous reviewers of content, where up to 25 users can share and edit information in real time.
The release also provides a completely integrated experience for Skype for Business, further adding to and simplifying the collaboration experience.
Prysm’s new Enterprise offering includes:
- Prysm Cloud: application server(s), dedicated or multi-tenant option
- Prysm Application Suite: Software that enables users to collaborate and store content in cloud-based workspaces
- Prysm Displays: with standard sizes of 65″, 85″, 98″, 117″ and 190″, as well as custom sizes to fit any size meeting room(s).
- Prysm Mobile: Web browser access for any mobile device including Apple iOS, Android, and Windows
- Services & support: One point of service and support contact and service supplier
- A new SaaS-based pricing model for the software
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|Auralex Unveils GeoFusor Sound DiffusorsAuralex Acoustics introduces the GeoFusor, a sound diffusor based on the geodesic dome pattern. The GeoFusor’s dimensional shape offers smooth, even diffusion and allows back filling with absorptive material for enhanced low-end control.
The GeoFusor is wall- and ceiling-mountable and is offered in two sizes (1′ x 1′ and 2′ x 2′). The 2′ x 2′ GeoFusor is sized to fit in ceiling grids and offered in fire-rated and non fire-rated variations. The GeoFusor’s contemporary aesthetic complements residential or commercial environments, and the complementary design of the 1′ x 1′ and 2′ x 2′ models permits arraying for acoustical and design purposes.
- Addresses standing waves & flutter echo without removing acoustic energy
- 1’x1′ and 2’x2′ versions available
- Enhance the accuracy of a critical listening environment
- GeoFusor 22 FR 2′ x 2′ x 4.5″ (23.75″ x 23.75″ x 4.5″)
- GeoFusor 22 2′ x 2′ x 4.5″ (23.75″ x 23.75″ x 4.5″)
- GeoFusor 11 1′ x 1′ x 2.25″ (11.75″ x 11.75″ x 2.25″)
- Fire Rating: *ASTM E48 Class A (GeoFusor 22 FR only)
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|HARMAN Pro Claims Lossless 4K Ultra HD Video Over Standard Ethernet at ISE 2016HARMAN Pro is using ISE 2016 in Amsterdam to launch the NMX-ENC-N2151 4K Encoder and NMX-DEC-N2251 4K Decoder that AMX says provides the same scalable solution as the rest of the AMX SVSI N2000 series but at resolutions up to 4096×2160. AMX says that JPEG 2000 compression allows Ultra HD media to be switched and distributed over standard gigabit Ethernet networks. Ultra HD signals from the NMX-ENC-N2151 encoder provided simultaneously as: 1) a JPEG 2000-compressed 200-600 Mbps stream through the RJ-45 connector and 2) an uncompressed stream through the small-form-pluggable (SFP+) connector compatible with fiber or copper. Any source can be sent to any number of displays by routing through layer-three switches. System scalability is limited only by uplink and stacking connector bandwidths but can accommodate up to 100 Ultra HD video sources at once.
Standard features, like input and output scaling, bi-directional serial, IR, embedded 7.1 audio and KVM-over-IP extension, are included. The NMX-ENC-N2151-C and NMX-DEC-N2251-C form-factors are compatible with the NMX-ACC-N9206 card cage for high-density applications.
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|JBL Redesigns Control Speaker SeriesJBL has all-new Control 23-1, Control 25-1 and Control 28-1 loudspeakers. The update to the series brings an array of new features, styling and more competitive pricing. The latest versions of the Control Contractor series feature a more contemporary look, a flatter and wider frequency response for a more natural and full sound, greater bass extension, improved coverage for on- and off-axis sound and a higher maximum SPL.
The JBL Control Contractor models combine 70V/100V (“T”) and low-impedance (“non-T”) versions for greater job-site and inventory flexibility. Contractors and dealers will also appreciate the retention of the pioneering InvisiBall brackets as standard and the addition of U-brackets as an optional add-on. New outdoor features include an attractive redesigned grill with improved plating and finish, screw-down input terminals and an optional WeatherMax aluminium grill with a toughened finish and optional MTC-PC3 watertight panel covers for wire side-exits in tight-to-wall applications.
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|Mitsubishi Electric Announces Two New VideoWalls at ISEMitsubishi Electric has announced at ISE 2016 two WUXGA models in 62″ and 72″, and two 1080p versions in 60″ and 70″, each offering a minimum 100,000 hour lifespan — over 11 years of 24/7 operation — irrespective of the brightness mode employed. This represents a significant improvement over the 80,000 hours of earlier models when operating in Bright, Normal or Eco mode. 100,000 hours of continuous use was previously achievable only when operating in Advanced Eco mode. Mitsubishi’s air-cooled projection engine requires no additional maintenance over its lifetime, representing a substantial reduction in operating costs.
The new projection engines deliver a contrast ratio of 3800:1 — double that of earlier models — and achieve similar light outputs but with a significant reduction in power consumption, helping to reduce running costs still further.
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|Extron Ships XTP II CrossPoint Matrix Switchers with 50 Gbps Backplane and XTP 3G-SDI Input BoardExtron is shipping its new XTP II CrossPoint 3200 and XTP II CrossPoint 1600 matrix switchers along with the XTP CP 4i 3G‑SDI input board. XTP II CrossPoint matrix switchers have the industry’s first 50 Gbps switching backplanes. The modular design can be configured in sizes up to 16×16 or 32×32 with signal routing capabilities that can support 4K/60 video with 4:4:4 chroma sampling at 16 bits per color (this matters as most 4K switchers we have seen announced over the last 6-10 months have a 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 chroma sampling rate). XTP II is the only AV technology platform that supports uncompromised 4K video while providing additional bandwidth to accommodate anticipated future video resolutions and formats. The XTP CP 4i 3G‑SDI input board provides seamless integration of broadcast video sources into professional applications, such as cameras for videoconference environments and live events. The XTP CP 4i 3G‑SDI board features four 3G‑SDI inputs with stereo audio and buffered loop-throughs and automatically adapts to SMPTE and ITU standards for 3G‑SDI, HD‑SDI, and SDI signals.
XTP II CrossPoint matrix switchers can be configured with a variety of boards to provide a completely integrated switching and distribution solution for multiple digital and analog formats. With local connectivity, as well as twisted pair and 4K fiber optic extended transmission, XTP Systems are known in the industry to offer complete end-to-end AV system solutions of uncompromised quality and performance. The XTP II line is the definitive AV industry standard you can depend on now and in the future to meet the challenges of 4K and beyond.
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