Jacob Blount

Jacob Blount

Jacob is the Special Projects Manager at rAVe [Publications] overseeing rAVe [NOW] (rAVe's trade show operations); leading projects ranging from web design, mobile application build-to-launch, information-technology implementations and digital design and development; and creating on-time, opinionated editorial content for our readers.

AVIXA Announces 2019 Award Winners to be Honored at InfoComm 2019

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AVIXA announced the 2019 recipients of its annual awards this week. Honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on InfoComm 2019’s Center Stage at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Wednesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. Every year, AVIXA recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership and commitment to excellence. Members of […]

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Key Digital Updates KD-PRO2x1X and KD-PRO4x1X Switchers

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Key Digital just improved the KD-PRO2x1X (two input) and KD-PRO4x1X (four input) 4K/18G HDMI switchers with analog and digital audio de-embedding, auto switching, and app-based control. Designed for conference rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms, theater and gaming spaces, KD-Pro2x1X and KD-Pro4x1X allows multiple video sources to connect to a single video display while analog (3.5mm & […]

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AudioControl Intros Avalon G4 Four-, Three- and Two-Channel Amplifiers

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AudioControl has introduced the Avalon G4, a fully configurable four-, three or two-channel amplifier designed for any residential or commercial audio application. The 2U rack space Avalon G4 can be four-channel, three-channel or two-channel amplifier configurable via rear panel controls and it’s rated as a Class H design of 230 watts/8-ohms or 300 watts/4-ohms into […]

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Marshall Electronics to Add Four New HD POV Cameras at InfoComm 2019

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Marshall Electronics will release the next generation of their Marshall HD camera line, which they say improves upon nearly every feature. Marshall collaborated directly with integrators to develop four new POV cameras that represent the next evolution in its HD camera solutions, debuting at the 2019 InfoComm Show (Booth 3725) in Orlando, Fla. Designed for […]

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BeLive Studios and Epiphan Partner for Webcaster X2 on Facebook Live

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Epiphan Video an AV capture, recording and streaming products company told rAVe today about a new software partnership for integration of its Webcaster X2 social media live streaming encoder. The BeLive broadcasting software solution has integrated with Webcaster X2 to offer multi-person interview capabilities with interactive graphic features and live chat support for Facebook Live. […]

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Diversified Expands to Australia and Buys Rutledge AV

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Diversified just announced the acquisition of Rutledge AV. As a top integrator in Australia, Rutledge AV’s client-base will enable Diversified to provide local support to clients and deliver the standards they’re known for in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Diversified actually was our Readers’ Choice Award Winner for 2018. “I’m very excited for this endeavour, […]

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Black Box Joins SDVoE Alliance and Will Launch AV-over-IP Products at InfoComm 2019

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced that Black Box has joined the alliance as a contributing member. “The decision to join the SDVoE Alliance was simple for us at Black Box. SDVoE makes AV over IP what it is supposed to be — true network AV without sacrificing performance, functionality or capability,” said Jonathan McCune, director […]

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Dual-Input 12G SDI 4K Card from Magewell Ships

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Magewell today announced the immediate availability of its new Pro Capture Dual SDI 4K Plus video and audio capture card with support for multiple 4K SDI interface standards with dual-channels. The Pro Capture Dual SDI 4K Plus captures 4K video at full 60 frames per second over single-link 12G-SDI, dual-link 6G-SDI or quad-link 3G-SDI connections. […]

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Black Box Details InfoComm 2019 Plans

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At InfoComm 2019, Black Box will showcase solutions for modern IP-based and 4K AV visualization and distribution. Radian Flex is a fully software-based video wall processing platform that delivers future-proof flexibility and scalability for digital signage, corporate, education and mission-critical visualization applications. The intuitive software from Black Box makes it easy to display high-quality content […]

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RealMotion Will Launch Gold Series Servers at InfoComm 2019

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RealMotion today announced its new Gold Series servers for up to four 4K content streams simultaneously. The five new Gold Series servers being introduced at InfoComm 2019 are the Nugget, 4Karat, 8Karat, 16Karat and 16Karat Performance models. Each server comes with a secure warranty agreement, video playback capabilities and RealMotion’s proprietary Designer software built into […]

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Samsung Just Opened a Briefing Center in Orange County, Calif. – rAVe Was There to Cover the Launch

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Samsung cut the ribbon on a new Executive Briefing Center (EBC) yesterday in Irvine, Calif. and we joined to take part in the launch event. The new location is the third briefing center for Samsung in the United States behind New Jersey and New York, and the first in California. The center itself is just […]

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Micro Aperture Speakers from Savant Debut

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Savant has introduced its Micro Aperture architectural loudspeaker lineup, providing integrators with the capability to deliver entertainment content anywhere with single Ethernet cable connectivity. Savant’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) self-powered Micro Aperture architectural speakers drastically reduce the complexity associated with distributed audio system design and installation. Each powered speaker contains a highly efficient amplifier, which […]

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Optoma and Navitar Debut Interchangeable Lenses for ProScene Projectors

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Optoma and Navitar jointly announced two new interchangeable lenses compatible with Optoma ProScene projector models — including a long throw and extra-long throw Navitar NuView replacement lens. Fixed lens projectors are an industry challenge, limiting installation options in environments such as houses of worship, auditoriums, entertainment venues and retail spaces. With throw ratios up to […]

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Luxul’s Ships New Apex XAP-1610 Dual-Band Access Point for AV

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Luxul is now shipping its new Apex XAP-1610 AC3100 dual-band wireless access point (AP). The latest AP features advanced 4×4 MU-MIMO (802.11ac Wave 2) technology for data rates up to 3167Mbps and support for up to 128 wireless devices. The XAP-1610 is designed to enhance transmission and reception performance, producing higher throughput when experiencing medium […]

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Atlona Ships Rondo 4K HDR DAs

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Atlona is shipping its new Rondo family of HDMI distribution amplifiers including the 448 (AT-RON-448) for 4K/UHD/HDR sources. The Rondo 448 provides is a 1×8 DA that is designed for either residential or retail environments. Like its 1×2 and 1×4 siblings (Rondo 442 and Rondo 444), the Rondo 448 has EDID management to sync between […]

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James Loudspeaker Debuts Mavericks Architectural Cinema Division

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James Loudspeaker just announced the formation of the Mavericks Architectural Cinema (MAC) division. The James Loudspeaker MAC division will focus on the design, engineering and product specification of high-performance cinema sound systems, relying on the expertise of division Executive VP John Bishop. The Mavericks cinema speakers from James Loudspeaker provide ultra-wide bandwidth, very high sound […]

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Hall Research Debuts HDMI-Based Audio Extractor and Inserter

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Hall Research just launched the HD-AUD-IO, an HDMI audio manager capable of extracting audio from (de-embedding) and/or inserting audio into (embedding) an HDMI video signal. The HD-AUD-IO provides one HDMI input and output and with audio embedded on the HDMI it can be extracted and available as both stereo analog or multi-channel digital SPDIF (TOSLINK) […]

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Samsung Announces Eight-Stop “Resolution Tour 2019” Roadshow

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Samsung today announced the dates for the 2019 Resolution Tour, an eight-city roadshow offering a hands-on opportunity with Samsung’s newest products and innovations designed to inspire creativity and collaboration. Kicking off in Tampa, Florida, the tour will stop in eight US cities, including Houston, San Mateo, Seattle, Chicago and Boston. More cities will be announced […]

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Keynote Speaker for CEDIA Expo Planned

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Today CEDIA has announced that Luke Williams, NYU professor and author of the international bestseller, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business, will deliver this year’s CEDIA Expo opening keynote. CEDIA Expo attendees can expect Williams to focus on how to tap into the disruptive mindset to differentiate their company. “Companies need […]

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New Lighting System from Savant Debuts

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Savant has introduced lighting and energy control modules — two-channel energy reporting modules for control and energy management of lighting as well as other electrical loads such as household appliances. Savant’s new lighting and energy modules were designed for easy installation into standard electrical panels. Because modules can be used for many individual electrical load […]

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Crestron Partners with Black Nova for Keypads & Touch Panels

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Crestron announced a partnership with Black Nova to make the ARIA, ALBA and ANY keypads and touch panel Crestron Connected products. Crestron residential dealers can now integrate them in their system designs using the Cresnet bus for custom control features and functionality. Crestron Connected technology enables interoperability among independently manufactured products. Black Nova keypads and […]

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AV Rental Industry Has Its Own Event App Now

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Booster Technology Solutions has announced the launch of Event Boosterapp, an innovative SaaS event organization platform for the proAV rental industry that facilitates entertaining and profitable networking for participants. With Event Boosterapp, visitors to fairs and congresses can contact each other and exhibitors, save products and expand information on speakers and experts, while at the […]

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Audio-Technica Showcases System 10 2.4 GHz Camera-Mount Wireless System at NAB

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At NAB, Audio-Technica is showing its System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System featuring a compact design that’s available in handheld, lavalier and body-pack configurations. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, the System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System Features: Digital 24-bit/48 kHz wireless operation for ultimate sound quality Dependable performance […]

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Christie DS is New Small 3LCD Laser Projectors

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The new Christie DS Series is a trio of 3LCD laser projectors with ISO lumens ranging from 7,500 to 9,000, as well as a 4,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The Christie LWU755-DS, LHD878-DS and the LWU900-DS projectors feature 360-degree orientation for flexible installation and comprehensive input/output options including HDBaseT. These low maintenance projectors offer up to 50,000 […]

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Qobuz Streaming Added to Bryston BDP Music Players

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Bryston has introduced native support for the Qobuz streaming music service as an available firmware update for Bryston’s BDP Music Players. Qobuz, the world’s first certified high-resolution (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service, enables users to stream uncompressed content from a library of well over 40 million tracks representing every imaginable style including jazz and […]

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SI Shows V2 of Zen Outdoor Shading Design System

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First introduced at CEDIA in September 2018, the Flow design ecosystem was developed by Screen Innovations to help dealers in designing, specifying and ordering indoor shades. Today, SI announces the release of Flow V2.0, which includes Zen, the company’s outdoor line of motorized shades featuring Serge Ferrari fabrics with Precontraint durability technology. Flow’s software addresses […]

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Spinitar Opens New Office In Sacramento, California

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Spinitar today announced their additional expansion into the Pacific Northwest region with the opening of a brand new office in Sacramento, California. With multiple high profile projects already underway, the expansion comes at a time of tremendous growth for Spinitar in the Pacific Northwest region. Spinitar, who has four other office locations throughout the Western […]

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Extron and Panopto Partner to Integrate Extron Control Into Their Content Management Platforms

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Extron and Panopto, an enterprise video platform provider, today announced a strategic partnership to integrate Extron’s configurable AV control systems with Panopto’s media capture software and content management system. Extron is now publishing certified drivers for Panopto enterprise video content management systems. Extron configurable control will provide customers with customizable workflows to streamline day-to-day in-room […]

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