Jacob Blount

Jacob Blount

Jacob is a Project Manager at THE rAVe Agency and an Assistant Editor for rAVe [PUBS]. He works on internal and client-based projects for the Agency and oversees rAVe [PUBS]'s live event trade show and event coverage, rAVe [NOW]. Contact him at jacob@ravepubs.com.

CEDIA Promotes Samantha Ventura and Ian Bryant

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CEDIA has announced two promotions. The global organization has named Samantha Ventura vice president of education and training and Ian Bryant vice president of technology application and workforce initiatives. The positions deal with two of CEDIA’s key areas of strategic focus: education and workforce development. “The decisions to elevate the roles and responsibilities of Samantha […]

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Vaddio RoboSHOT PTZ Cameras Now Integrated With Echo360

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Vaddio has confirmed that all RoboSHOT PTZ cameras equipped with RTSP streaming work with Echo360 to record video directly into the higher education video platform. With Vaddio Echo360 IP camera support, instructors can now use any Vaddio camera that supports RTSP streaming to record video in the Echo360 platform. Cameras connect to the Echo360 platform […]

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Panopto Video Content Management System Now Available on Zoom App Marketplace

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Panopto today announced a new release of its integration with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., available for the first time on the Zoom App Marketplace. The integration brings together Zoom’s video communications solutions with Panopto’s video content management system, providing organizations with a way to manage, search and securely share Zoom recordings. Many organizations have begun […]

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NSCA Compensation & Benefits Report for 2019 Released

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NSCA has just released its 2019 Compensation & Benefits Report, which is based on data gathered from nearly 600 systems integrators across North America. In its sixth iteration, the report tracks and benchmarks compensation and benefits data for a variety of key positions within the industry, including technical, non-technical and C-suite roles. Systems integration firms […]

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New Leyard Planar Showrooms Added, Video Wallapalooza 2019 Continues

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Leyard and Planar announced the addition of two showrooms in Irvine, California and Oakland, California, further expanding the company’s U.S. presence by providing 10 North American showrooms. Leyard and Planar are also bringing their latest advanced display technologies to customers and partners across the U.S. and Canada at Video Wallapalooza 2019. This year the company’s event series […]

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The AT4050 Condenser Mic from Audio-Technica Turns 25

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Since its introduction 25 years ago, the AT4050 has been a go-to tool for professional and aspiring recording engineers worldwide. It was designed for the studio, but due to its consistency and durability, it was quickly adopted by live engineers as well and continues to be employed for all manner of live applications. For many […]

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Steinberg Launches UR-C Interfaces

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Steinberg has a new line of audio interfaces for USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1 SuperSpeed) including the UR22C, the UR44C, the UR22C Recording Pack and a UR816C rackmount interface, which will be released in November. The entire lineup of UR-C audio interfaces provides USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1 SuperSpeed) connectivity for connection to […]

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New Rough-In Bracket for Paramount Access Point Debuts from WhyReboot

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WhyReboot just announced the availability of the Paramount universal access point mount rough-in bracket WR-PMT-BKT. The rough-in bracket allows installation during pre-construction, ensuring a perfect installation once the drywall work is completed. The rough-in bracket includes everything necessary for installation and is made of ultra-refined MDF to eliminate as much unnecessary signal attenuation possible. In […]

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URC Adds Integration of Pentair Pool and Spa Control

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URC just launched a two-way IP module for Total Control of Pentair’s IntelliTouch Pool and Spa Control System. The module, available today to authorized URC installers via URC’s dealer portal, allows homeowners using any URC Total Control interface to control all Pentair Pool and Spa products that work with Pentair’s IntelliTouch system, including pool pumps, […]

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Crestron and CoolAutomation Partner Inside Home OS 3

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Crestron today announced a new partnership with CoolAutomation, a leading developer of HVAC automation solutions to provide native BACnet integration with Crestron Home OS 3. Now integrators have the ability to customize the BACnet modules within the Crestron Home app. This solution is designed for MDU applications where there is a centralized BACnet controlled HVAC […]

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TASCAM Model 16 Ships

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The new TASCAM Model 16 all-in-one mixing studio takes live multi-track recording to an affordable new level. The Model 16 is a compact mixing console that fits comfortably in a rehearsal studio, house of worship, home studio or any production environment where recording quality is paramount and space is limited. The TASCAM Model 16 is […]

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PreSonus Drops New PX-1 and PM-2 Mics

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PreSonus is now shipping two new microphones designed specifically for recording applications. The new PreSonus PX-1 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic is designed for recording vocals, guitar, podcasts and more. A large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone, the PX-1 features a 1-inch (25 millimeter), gold-sputtered capsule designed to provide exceptional clarity throughout its frequency response range. The PM-2 […]

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TechStarter FIVE Winners Announced at CEDIA Expo 2019

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TechStarter, a new CEDIA Expo program that gives first-time exhibitors a chance to pitch business models to residential market leaders, awarded five exhibitors TechStarter awards this past week in Denver at CEDIA Expo 2019. Artio Lifestyle Lighting, Caavo, Hero Labs, Konnected and SandTrap Audio were recognized as the TechStarter FIVE with Hero Labs as the […]

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ATEN Enters AV Management Market

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ATEN Technology just launched Unizon, a server-based software to manage, monitor and control ATEN AV installs. Once ATEN Unizon is installed on the client server, users can access the software remotely through Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge/Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and other mainstream web browsers. ATEN Unizon allows AV/IT administrators to schedule tasks by batch […]

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K-12 Version of NoviSign Digital Signage Offers Free Trial Option

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NoviSign Digital Signage announced today a version of its cloud-based digital signage software specifically for schools to send content to any TV on campus. The software can be installed on any Chrome, Android or Windows device. Using the NoviSign’s online design studio from any computer, at any time, users can set up and send information […]

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ZeeVee Does Dante in ZyPer4K Line

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  ZeeVee has announced support for Dante in the 10G AV-over-IP SDVoE-based ZyPer4K AV decoder. The ZeeVee ZyPer4K decoder enable users to route any audio source within a ZyPer4K deployment to a Dante network. Dante audio over IP includes support for features such as “human” readable names for all connected devices, automatic device discovery, one-click […]

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URC Enters Architectural Speaker and Outdoor Speaker Markets

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URC entered the architectural speaker market this week at the 2019 CEDIA Expo show. The new line consists of four models of in-ceiling speakers and a pair of outdoor speakers, all available mid-October. URC offers four models of in-ceiling speakers with this design. The flagship model SP-8EX features an 8-inch woven fiber cone woofer, a […]

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The New URC Lighting Control System Is Z-Wave Plus-Certified

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URC just introduced a new smart wireless lighting control system carrying Z-Wave Plus-certification. Designed to be installed as a stand-alone product or integrated with URC’s Total Control 2.0 or MX HomePro systems, this new line up is compatible with LED lighting and has several benefits, including increased power, increased range (up to 500 feet) for […]

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Optoma’s CinemaX P1 Native 4K DLP Short Throw Laser Projector with Integrated Soundbar Ships

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Optoma is now shipping its CinemaX P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema projector, which has an MSRP of $3,299. The 4K UHD Optoma CinemaX P1 projector integrates Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control capabilities and offers an ultra short throw distance package with an NuForce soundbar and Dolby Digital 2.0 support. At 22.1” wide, […]

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SANUS Ships Full-Motion Premium Series of TV Mounts

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SANUS has introduced a new series of TV mounts called the Advanced Full-Motion Premium TV Mounts using a brushed metal exterior with FluidMotion design and Steady Set functionality. Advanced Full-Motion Mounts are available in two distinct finishes: brushed stainless black with charcoal grey trim and brushed stainless silver with black trim. Offering a lower profile […]

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Almo ProAV Intros Zoom Room Certified Bundles

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Almo Professional A/V today announced it has joined forces with video communications leader Zoom to offer fully-kitted Zoom Room Hardware Bundles, all of which will be stocked and ready for shipping in the U.S. and Latin America, and designed to transform any area into a modern, easy-to-use power collaboration workspace. Almo has also entered a […]

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Brilliant and ButterflyMX Partner on Apartment Systems

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At the CEDIA Expo today, Brilliant announced integration with ButterflyMX, which makes a smart intercom. In late 2019, Brilliant and ButterflyMX will launch the world’s first integrated smart apartment system that provides seamless property access control and in-unit smart home control. Residents will be able to see, speak with and grant building access to visitors […]

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AudioControl Shows New Immersive Audio Receivers and Preamp/Processors at CEDIA Expo 2019

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AudioControl has announced the introduction of three new A/V receivers (AVRs) and two new A/V processors at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. All five units share a stunning industrial design along with the most advanced technologies available, painstakingly engineered to be the foundation of a premium home cinema. AudioControl’s new AVRs and preamp/processors will become available […]

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PMC Debuts ci140 and ci140sub Slimline Loudspeakers

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The first two models of PMC’s new custom installation loudspeakers, the ci140 and ci140sub, debuted this week. Both are designed with a shallow depth for wall mounting and all models, apart from the ci140 and ci140sub, are also designed to be used in-wall. The use of one product for both in-wall and on-wall reduces the […]

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AtlasIED and MiTek Detail CEDIA Expo 2019 Plans

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MiTek, parent company of AtlasIED, announced today it will showcase for CEDIA Expo 2019 attendees a selection of AtlasIED’s audio solutions and systems that are well-suited for residential integrators who work in or want to expand into commercial settings. The powerful AtlasIED (and MiTek) lineup on display emphasizes aesthetics, functionality and exceptional audio fidelity — […]

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VIDEO: Eliran Toren of MSolutions Talks About Why Signal Testing Is So Important for 4K

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM MSolutions Eliran Toren of MSolutions talks with Sara Abrons at InfoComm 2019 about why signal testing so important for 4K. He overviews the MSolutions MS-TestPro HDBaseT Tester which is a handheld HDBaseT signal tester that empowers the installer or integrator test an HDBaseT connection with built-in monitoring, logging and […]

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Z-Wave Alliance Details CEDIA Expo Plans

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The Z-Wave Alliance, a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the popular Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, will host the Z-Wave Pavilion in booth number 1743 at CEDIA Expo. The Z-Wave Pavilion features member companies exhibiting new products and services in smart home along with demonstrations of the award-winning Z-Wave Certified Installer Toolkit. The Z-CIT […]

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Hunter Douglas Details CEDIA Expo Plans

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Hunter Douglas is showcasing automated window treatment styles with its PowerView Motorization operating system. Hunter Douglas shades and blinds are customizable and bring a design-first approach, with the ability to suit virtually any shape or size window in any smart home, theater or control system. Window treatments become a natural addition to smart home systems […]

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Sound System Tech Conference from SynAudCon Scheduled for October 10-11, 2019 in Harrisburg, Penn.

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SynAudCon announces two-day live training seminar “Sound System Tech” instructed by Pat Brown. The event will be held at Messiah College, in Mechanicsburg, Penn. (eight miles outside of Harrisburg, Penn.). Course attendees will receive 16 Renewal Units, 10 CEDIA CEUs, a one-year SynAudCon Membership, full course materials and certificate of completion. Pat Brown will present […]

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Vantage to Bring “Lighting for Life” to CEDIA Expo 2019

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Vantage Controls, a brand of Legrand | AV Residential Solutions, today announced that it will exhibit its end-to-end human-centric lighting (HCL) solutions at an interactive demonstration at CEDIA Expo 2019. In Legrand | AV’s booth 905, the company will showcase load controls, user interfaces including the new EasyTouch Glass, and programming software that come together […]

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