| Volume 13, Issue 3 — February 18, 2016|
|HDR and WCG for ProAV?|
By Chris Chinnock
Anyone in the ProAV markets needs to also track what is going on in the consumer electronics world – especially what happens at CES each year. There were many important developments in virtual and augmented reality, wearables, PCs, projection, connectivity and more. I spent my time focused on another hop topic related mostly to TVs – High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG). And there was a lot of news to report.
For the uninitiated, HDR refers to the expansion of the contrast range of the display to allow high peak brightness levels and darker black levels. TVs and a few projectors with these capabilities are available now and a lot more are coming. These are mostly aimed at home use, but they will start to drive interest and demand in commercial and professional applications as well.
Wide Color Gamut refers to increasing the range of colors that can be displayed on the display beyond the stand color gamuts used in content today. In HD video content for example, the standard color gamut is BT 709, while for web content is sRGB and for cinema content, DCI-P3. The new UHD specification calls for a much bigger color gamut called BT 2020. WCG generally refers to display that can produce a color gamut close to DCI-P3 or larger (there is no real definition).
HDR and WCG are often closely coupled in content and in display solutions. Projectors and flat panel displays I have seen with HDR and WCG show a dramatic visual performance difference compared to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and 709 color gamut displays. The brighter areas of the images pop, there are more details in the shadows and the colors are more saturated and appear richer and brighter. You can see these improvements from across the room – something you can necessarily do when comparing a FHD display to a 4K one.
Just prior to CES, I wrote a lengthy white paper covering all of the HDR and WCG ecosystem issues from content to distribution to display. You can download the white paper for free here.
After attending CES, I wrote another report on all the news in the HDR and WCG ecosystem, including a nice table of all current and announced TVs with these features. This is also available for free here.
So what did I learn and what is the take away for the ProAV markets? Here is what the industry seems to saying.
Hollywood is embracing HDR/WCG and with all seven major studios creating content for the cinemas in the format and some now agreeing to create content on Blu-rays and for over the top providers. This will be primarily movies and episodic content to start, but work is also ongoing to extend this to live TV broadcasting.
For distribution, the first of the new Ultra HD Blu-ray plays can now be pre-ordered for $399 from Samsung and Philips. They will support HDR/WCG content playback. Over the top HDR/WCG/4K content is already flowing from Amazon and Vudu with Netflix and YouTube poised to enter the market soon. Dish says it will support HDR/WCG/4K content in 2016 so other satellite and cable providers won’t be far behind.
Over the air transmission will lag however, as the new ATSC 3.0 standard needs to be approved and adopted by the industry. However, CES 2016 was a milestone in this area as the first live transmission of a 4K/HDR/WCG signal was sent from a tower in Las Vegas to TVs on the CES show floor (Samsung and LG).
In TVs, it is clear that 4K/HDR/WCG models will be widely available in 2016. These will be premium models, but expect this to roll into mid tier models in the next year or two. Since many commercial and professional installs use TVs, 4K/HDR/WCG may start to be on the minds of some of these customers.
While organizations like the HD Alliance are trying to help in creating a great experience and educating sellers and buyers of 4K/HDR/WCG products, it is going to be very confusing for everyone.
Consider the table below from the tutorial white paper. This shows that content will be mastered with three different color gamuts and can be played back on TVs or projectors with a continuous range of color capabilities. How the colors are stretched or compressed will vary widely based upon the sophistication of the color processing in the display or outboard processor box.
A similar thing is going to happen with the HDR component. This will be mastered at several levels and passed to TVs or projectors that have a continuous range of peak luminance and black level capabilities. How this well this “tone-mapping” is done will again be highly device dependant.
And to add even more confusion – legacy SDR/709 content can be processed to make it more “HDR/WCG-like” – even if played back on a TV with SDR/709 capabilities or something a little better.
The bottom line – you better start to bone up on these technologies now so you can intelligently answer the questions that will be asked later.
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|Always Something With the Cable Company|
By Lee Distad
Even now, in the age of cord-cutting, the cable guy from the cable company still has opportunities to vex the work of AV pros.
When I say “cable guy,” I mean to encompass not only the installers, but the customer support personnel in the call center.
I’m sure that cable company personnel are all hardworking and mean well, but if there’s a single expression that sums them up it’s “just enough knowledge to be dangerous.”
Not for nothing is there frequently tension between AV pros and the cable guy. Cable company personnel have such an innate gift for sowing discord that it’s almost charming. On calls to the support desk, whether it’s you or your client calling, the call center’s scripts will point the finger at your hardware or installation being the culprit.
It’s certainly been my experience with broadcast help desks that they will blame anything and everything before admitting they’ve got a problem with their infrastructure or service. In person, at their most direct, they’ll show up for a service call, and unplug a bunch of cables from your equipment location. And today, thanks to the connected, IP-enabled hardware at their disposal, they’re able to mess up your installations remotely with the press of a button.
A friend who specializes in IT for small and medium business just had this happen to one of his clients this week. The client, after much deliberation, saw no value in continuing to pay for broadcast TV service, and called the broadcaster to cancel his cable TV. That’s, fine but at the same time the call center rep, misunderstanding the instructions, turned off his high speed cable Internet as well. Then, when the client called to complain, and they switched the Internet back on, it still wasn’t working.
In this instance, it took my friend’s tech an aggravating amount of time to troubleshoot the problem. The reason why the Internet wasn’t working after service was restored was that the call center rep toggled their cable modem to act as a router, when in fact in this installation my friend’s main router is upstream of the modem (as you would expect, unless you work for the cable company), which messed up his router’s switching function.
Just remember, it’s only funny in hindsight.
Even if they’re completely wrong which frankly, is anytime they encounter a situation that’s not in their script, the help desk people do mean well, and they do want to help. At the same time, I understand the frustration when you’re told to check things you’ve already checked, and double checked before you even called them in the first place. Successfully dealing with (or avoiding!) the cable guy boils down to client management.
Be sure to have open communications with your client, and when they have to schedule a service call to get the cable connected or fixed, make sure the client is well coached on the following script: “Good day Mr. Cable Guy. No, don’t touch that! Don’t touch anything! All you have to do is go down to the panel in the mechanical room and make sure the signal coming into the house is full strength. It is? Great! You need me to sign here? Great! No, don’t touch that! Thank you, and good bye!”
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|Chinese-Based HNA Group Buys Ingram Micro for 6 BillionReuters is reporting that a Chinese-owned aviation and shipping company, HNA Group is buying Ingram Micro for $6 Billion. Ingram’s stock closed at $29.65 yesterday and the buy-out value is at a little over $38 per share.|
This will have an impact on the AV market. Why? This shipping company will not want an AV division. They will likely want to dump that division as it is too small and to fragmented. Thus, this division of Ingram Micro is ripe for being bought out — as they do have a good business model.
We will follow this story as it develops but Ingram is the world’s largest wholesale technology products distributor.
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|VESA Updates Display Stream Compression StandardThe Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced it has released version 1.2 of the Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard. An extension to the feature set offered in version 1.1, DSC v1.2 was developed to support a wider range of display applications — in particular, externally connected displays such as PC monitors and televisions. A key feature of DSC v1.2 is its ability to provide native compression of the YCbCr 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 video formats commonly used in digital TVs.|
Developed as an industry-wide compression standard for video interfaces that features low latency and visually lossless performance, DSC is currently integrated into standards used for embedded display interfaces within mobile systems. These include the VESA embedded DisplayPort (eDP) Standard v1.4b and the MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) specification v1.2 and later versions. Since its initial introduction in April 2014, the DSC standard has achieved broad adoption in smart phones and tablets, and will be used in future notebook PCs. Examples of mobile processors that currently make use of DSC 1.1 include the NVIDIA Tegra X1 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.
The forthcoming VESA DisplayPort (DP) 1.4 specification will be the first DP standard to take advantage of DSC 1.2, which is backward compatible with DSC 1.1. A side-by-side comparison of the two versions can be found here.
The new capabilities in DSC 1.2 will allow the standard to be utilized not only for mobile displays, but also for emerging high-definition TVs. Key features include:
- Native 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 coding — Eliminates the need to convert pixels into red, green, blue (RGB) components, which allows for direct compression of incoming sub-sampled pixels. This enables more efficient compression (e.g., 2:1 for YCbCr 4:2:0 coding versus 3:1 with RGB conversion), which in turn results in superior image quality for digital TVs, which often utilize YCbCr 4:2:0 coding.
- Up to 16 bits per color — Expands the number of bits per color that can be used, supporting native pixel coding at 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 bits per color for input and output formats. DSC 1.1 supported only 8, 10 and 12 bits per color. The additional support of 14 and 16 bit depth allows complete compatibility with existing transports and wide color depth pixel formats — enabling the display of very high color depth content.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) — HDR TV shows and movies are becoming available for on-line streaming, and Ultra HD Blu-ray discs with HDR titles are expected to hit the market soon. Because the higher color depth of HDR requires more data, the increased compression efficiency of 4:2:0 format by DSC 1.2 and through the soon-to-be-launched DP 1.4 transport specification (which recognizes the BT.2020 color standard) will be a key enabler for driving adoption of HDR TV technology — especially as resolutions increase beyond 4K.
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|Registration Open for CEDIA Business XchangeRegistration is open and early bird savings are available for the second annual CEDIA Business Xchange. This year’s Business Xchange will take place at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego May 11 – 13, 2016. When current CEDIA integrator members were asked by CEDIA Market Intelligence, “what are the biggest challenges facing your business?”, 67 percent of integrators selected finding qualified employees. The 2016 Business Xchange consists of two days of expert-led workshops and peer networking tailor-made to help home technology professionals build a dynamic and committed team. Attendees will learn how to hire for attitude, tackle performance challenges, and retain, motivate, and empower the best employees.|
“With the recession behind us and the Internet of Things all around us, opportunities for success are everywhere,” said Jamie Briesemeister, Director of Sales & Marketing for Integration Controls and CEDIA Business Xchange Co-Chair. “Our industry is so knowledgeable and adept at making electronic systems operate smoothly, yet when it comes to the ‘people’ side of our work like hiring, training and retaining employees, we often struggle. This year’s Business Xchange was designed specifically to address this issue, helping CEDIA members with their most valuable resource: their people.”
Business Xchange offers a mix of structured sessions and networking time that allows attendees to not only hear from business experts but also forge new relationships and bounce ideas of their peers. After two days, attendees will have the tools to create an action plan customized to their business and their needs.
Sean Ruth, Founder & Owner of Redi Systems and CEDIA Business Xchange 2015 attendee adds, “Business Xchange is hands-down the best and most valuable investment I have made in the last 10 years. You cannot buy or read anything that compares to the value of discussing business successes and failures with your peers.”
Additional details about Business Xchange including hotel information can be found here. Attendees can save $100 when they register before March 30, 2016.Leave a Comment
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|New Hire Training Track Available from CEDIAA comprehensive, 20+ hour New Hire Training Track is now available exclusively for CEDIA members. The track includes 10 CEDIA eCourses, as well as a hard copy of CEDIA’s Fundamentals of Residential Electronic Systems book. Purchased separately, the cost of this training would exceed $800, but CEDIA members may purchase the track for only $299 per employee.|
“This training is in direct response to what we’ve heard across the industry — finding, keeping, and motivating qualified talent is challenging. We want to help alleviate this pain point with tools that are affordable for small businesses and tailored to home technology professionals. New hires can take courses at their own pace to supplement their on-the-job training,” said Luke Amos, Director of Online Learning.
CEDIA’s eCourses are designed with the busy schedules of home technology professionals taken into account. Participants may return to the course and pick up where they left off if they are not able to complete it in one sitting. Additionally, eCourses include a mix of quizzes, activities or downloadables such as worksheets, reference documents and diagrams.
Amos adds “As we design online training, we want it to be engaging and for participants to feel confident that they’ll be able to take what they learned to the job site.”
After purchasing the new hire training track, eCourses may be accessed for one year. Company owners looking to find recommended training for the rest of their staff can consult with CEDIA’s training team here.Leave a Comment
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|Lutron Ships Apple HomeKit Lighting and Shades in Serena and Sivoia QS TriathlonThe affordably priced Caséta Wireless smart home system from Lutron Electronics provides control of lights, shades and temperature anytime, anywhere. This month, the company announced the ability to control Lutron shades using its HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge. In 2015, Lutron released one of the world’s first Apple HomeKit-enabled products – its Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, which allows users to control their lights conveniently and securely via Siri using their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. Adding Lutron shade support to the HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge provides a more streamlined user experience and a third option for controlling Lutron devices in the home.|
The HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge (a do-it-yourself solution) supports Serena battery-powered shades, while the Smart Bridge PRO (a professionally-installed solution) supports Lutron Sivoia QS Triathlon wireless shades (both roller and fashion honeycomb styles), plus Sivoia QS drapery tracks, the Kirbé vertical drapery system, tensioned shades, pleated shades and Roman shades.
Caséta Wireless kits and Lutron shading solutions are available now with suggested list prices starting at $80 and $349, respectively. Details are at: CasetaWireless.com or SerenaShades.com or find them at ISE in Hall 1-P80.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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|Atlantic Technology Debuts In-Wall Speakers Aimed at Home Theater and MusicAtlantic Technology has introduced two new home theater speakers designed for discreet in-wall installations. The Atlantic Technology IW-110LCR and IW-105LCR are designed to be installed in the wall adjacent to flat screen TV’s or video projection screens. Their paintable grilles can be matched to the wall color for an unobtrusive presentation.|
Both speakers use 6-1/2-inch mineral-damped polymer woofers, a 1-inch dome tweeter, and a first-order 3,500 Hz crossover network. A three-step tweeter level switch allows users to tailor the high frequency sound for optimal room acoustics, and computer-designed wave-guides optimize treble distribution.
The Atlantic Technology IW-110LCR uses a MTM (midrange-tweeter-midrange) driver configuration with two woofers bracketing the tweeter. When mounted vertically, this tends to create a broader soundstage ideal for left and right speakers. Mounted horizontally, it is a center-channel speaker. With its added woofer, the IW-110LCR, has the higher bass performance and efficiency of the two models. With its single woofer, the Atlantic Technology IW-105LCR offers proportional performance in a lower-priced package. Both models feature magnetic mounting grilles that prevent wall damage common to pry-off grilles. The speakers include built-in mounting clamps that make for quick and easy installation.
Atlantic Technology IW-110LCR and IW-105LCR in-wall speakers are shipping and list for $500 and $350 each, respectively. Here are all the stats.Leave a Comment
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|James Loudspeaker Intros W-Series Architectural Speakers for 3D AudioJames Loudspeaker has announced the introduction of the W-Series loudspeakers designed for boundary applications, such as integration into a 90-degree corner where walls and ceilings converge. The wedge-shaped form factor is designed for the latest immersive 3D audio technologies (Atmos, Auro3D and DTS:X) as well as other applications and can be used in both indoor and outdoor environments.|
The initial launch of the W-Series includes two models; the 52QW (single 5.25-inch woofer/quad tweeter) and the 53QW (dual 5.25-inch woofers/quad tweeter). Each speaker features high-excursion woofers matched to the ultra-high-performance quad-array aluminum dome tweeter that has become a signature of the James Loudspeaker brand.
The 52QW and 53QW are constructed entirely of aircraft-grade aluminum and have an aluminum perforated grille. A unique mounting system makes W-Series speakers easy to install using an innovative corner bracket that suspends the speaker securely via setscrews. Standard colors are Gloss White and Satin Black, however custom colors are available. Specially equipped versions of each model are available for outdoor/marine applications. The 52QW MSRP is $1,000 (each) and 53QW MSRP is $1,300 (each).
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|Beale Street Audio Ships New Ultra-Slim LCR LoudspeakerBeale Street Audio is introducing its Left/Center/Right Channel (LCR) loudspeaker. The super-slim, two-way in-wall “Pancake” LCR speaker measures less than three inches deep and is designed for international installations where the space between walls and ceilings is limited.|
The LCR Pancake can be installed vertically or horizontally depending on the application such as a Left, Center, Right around a flat panel or screen, as a stereo pair, or even as an in-wall rear channel. Either placement brings the same incredible sound with rich, deep bass made possible by Beale Street Audio’s performance enhancing Sonic Vortex technology inside a compact, integrated and tuned cabinet. This design optimizes air movement to produce a phenomenal sound. The ultra-thin LCR in-wall speaker is ideal for situations where wall depth presents installation challenges, but high-level performance is still required. The LCR Pancake speaker integrates seamlessly with other Beale Street Audio’s in-ceiling/in-wall speakers or subwoofers and creates an ideal solution for those seeking a fully concealed audio system that does not sacrifice audio performance.
The LCR Pancake series is currently available in two models, one for the Beale Street Audio line, which is the IPLCR-BB, and one for the Xpress line, which is the BXPLCR401. Powered by Beale’s signature Sonic Vortex technology, both models feature an ultra-shallow depth of less than three inches. The IPLCR4-BB features a one-inch Titanium tweeter and dual four-inch carbon fiber woofers while the BXPLCR401 provides a one-inch Aluminum tweeter and dual four-inch ribbed injected polypropylene woofers. Both models achieve an impressive frequency response of 62Hz to 20KHz with a sensitivity of 92 decibels.
The ultra-thin Pancake LCR loudspeaker will be showcased in the Beale Street Audio booth (Stand 1-M18 and 1-N18) at ISE 2016 and you can also find them here.Leave a Comment
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|Séura Intros 84-inch 4K Outdoor TVToday Séura (known as the outdoor TV company) announced that it is adding an 84-inch size to its Séura Storm 4K resolution line. The Séura Storm Ultra Bright 84-inch televisions are 3.7 inches in depth. and they say they are impervious to rain and snow, and are designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -22 degrees to 140 degrees.|
The 84-inch Storm Ultra Bright is the direct-sunlight companion to the 84-inch Séura Storm television, which is designed for outdoor shaded areas. Complete specs are here.Leave a Comment
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|STRUT Debuts new LaunchPort Cases for the iPadSince its introduction, the STRUT LaunchPort, which the company says is the world’s first two-piece wireless charging pedestal with inductive charging technology, has become the luxury standard for discriminating consumers desiring a convenient, wireless means to charge and use their iPads.|
As customers continue to request additional colors for the LaunchPort Case, STRUT has announced the introduction of ten new finish options, now shipping: black carbon, walnut burl, brushed pewter, granite, eastern walnut, rose wood, cool wood, gold marble, blue carbon, red carbon, western walnut and brushed titanium. The case finishes are the result of an elaborate, multi-step finishing process that produces a beautifully detailed appearance. A gloss finish is then applied over the base and hand-polished.
The LaunchPort Cases simply attach to the LaunchPort Pedestal via a strong Neodymium magnet that provides a secure mounting solution. The inductive charging circuitry transfers power from the elegant pedestal to the case charging the iPad without cumbersome wires and connectors.
The STRUT LaunchPort Pedestal is individually crafted from hand-welded, hand-polished, jewelry-grade stainless steel. Using a small-batch, triple-layer process, the sphere and base are then chromed and buffed to produce an exceptionally durable, beautiful and timeless luster. Finish options of the Pedestal are available in: cool chrome, gold, matte black or gloss white.
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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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|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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