Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is executive editor of rAVe [PUBS] and managing director of THE rAVe Agency. She is also a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reach her at or on Twitter @SaraAbrons. Pronouns: she/her.

projectiondesign Partners with HoloVis for Immersive Game System


projectiondesign and HoloVis are partnering on something called MotionDome, which is basically a “system-in-a-package” from projectiondesign that’s aimed at helping to create gaming or ride simulators in 2D or 3D. It offers four F35 AS3D active stereoscopic 3D DLP projectors edge blended on a curved screen display, positioned above the participant’s eye line to create […]

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Linn Ends Relationship with U.S. Distributor; Goes Direct


Scottish audio manufacturer Linn announced today that it’s establishing its own direct distribution in North America. Linn’s agreements with current distributor, TC Group Americas Inc., will cease to exist in two months (on October 1st, 2013). “Linn have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with TC Group Americas and we thank them for their valued […]

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CEDIA Planning Tips for Denver Expo in September


CEDIA EXPO, hosted at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, USA, 25th – 28th September, is fast approaching, and you should head to to make the most of your trip. First off, there’s still time for attendees to take advantage of the Early Bird savings, including a 40 percent discount off registration fees, on […]

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Survey Shows Nearly 70 Percent of Companies Lack Technology to Allow BYOD


Although there is widespread availability and a growing dependence on certain technologies like mobile devices in the corporate environment, according to a survey commissioned by Barco, business leaders still lack effective, user-friendly tools to facilitate collaboration in meetings. While computing and AV equipment are common in meeting rooms, they don’t necessarily play well together. Technical […]

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BenQ MX661 BYOD Projector Launched


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is something you’ll read about a lot over the next 12 months. Why? Well, because it’s the latest buzzword and people in technology like to sound forward-thinking. So, it’s no surprise that BenQ is using the BYOD term to market the MX661’s multi-user connectivity wireless capabilities — something that’s been […]

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Extron Introduces VN-Matrix 250 Encoder and Decoder for Streaming HDMI Over IP


Extron’s new VN-Matrix 250 encoders and decoders provide real-time transmission of high resolution HDCP-compliant HDMI, DVI or RGB video across standard IP networks for use in real-time streaming, recording and playback applications. The VN-Matrix 250 Series accepts HDMI and RGB signals at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2048×1080, and streams video and audio over an […]

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Integra Debuts Consumer A/V Processor and Receiver Supporting HDBaseT


Integra’s new mid-range, THX-certified AV preamp processor and A/V receiver, the DHC-60.5 and DTR-60.5, are the first Integra products to support HDBaseT technology, which allows HD audio/video signals to be transmitted over much longer distances using Cat5e cables. By incorporating HDBaseT technology, the DHC-60.5 and DTR-60.5 are optimized for whole-home distribution, connecting to compatible entertainment […]

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SurgeX Announces Control4 Certified Products


SurgeX has announced that the Axess SX-AX15, Axess Elite SX-AX15E and Axess Ready SA-82-AR are now Control4 Certified. The Axess line is an IP-addressable, surge eliminating, power conditioning and management system that allows monitoring and control of power distribution platforms via the Internet 24/7. Integrators can remotely customize, synthesize and monitor individual outlets and power […]

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Sony Intros FMZ-SS Series Scalable Management Software for NSR Recorders


Sony’s new Scalable Management Software (SMS) is used to view and control Sony NSR and RSM recording products for security camera monitoring. It can be used to connect up to 1,000 Sony NSR-500 and/or NSR-1000 series recorders across multiple monitoring sites and allows for scalable monitoring systems – adding cameras on-the-fly. In addition, multiple site […]

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Middle Atlantic’s Bob Schluter Named 2013 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


CEDIA has named Bob Schluter, chief engineer and founder of Middle Atlantic, as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Schluter will be recognized at the annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards Celebration at CEDIA EXPO on September 28, 2013. CEDIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the […]

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2013 DSA Crown Awards Entry Opens


The Digital Screenmedia Association is now accepting entries for the DSA Crown Awards, recognizing the impact of excellent content in out-of-home environments through the use of digital signage, self-service kiosks, and/or mobile technology. The DSA welcomes entries from all interested companies – members and non-members alike. The cost to enter is $195 per entry for […]

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RTI Debuts Line of Ethernet-Enabled Expansion Modules


Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is now shipping a line of expansion modules for its XP series control systems including the RCM-4 relay control module, the ESC-2 serial control module and the PCM-4 I/O (four MPIO ports and 12-VDC voltage trigger output) port control module. When used with RTI accessory devices, each MPIO port can provide […]

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TFCinfo’s Latest Projector Brand Strength Report Ranks Panasonic, Epson, Sony, NEC and Sharp as Tops


TFCinfo’s recently published Projector Brand Customer Perception and Preference Tracking Report 2013 reveals that the top four most important factors end users consider when purchasing a projector are overall picture quality, brightness, price and reliability/maintenance costs. Experienced projector users and purchasers name Panasonic, Epson, Sony, NEC and Sharp as the top brands they consider to […]

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Extron Ships HDCP-Compliant WindoWall Pro Series


Extron is shipping its new WindoWall Pro, a four-window display video wall processing system that offers full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs. WindoWall Console software is the user interface to the system, facilitating control and configuration of videowall systems, and the creation of presentations with multiple, independent windows for displaying graphics, HDTV […]

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Sharp Launches LL-S201A 20″ MultiTouch Monitor


Sharp has debuted a unique-sized multi-touch LED that’s capable of being used flat, angled or handing on a wall. When flat, it can be used to mount in tables or lecterns in classrooms and when angled (75-degrees with the included stand). It can be used as a second computer monitor that’s touch-screen and interactive and […]

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Atomos Ships Samurai Blade


Atomos is already shipping the Samurai Blade, a 1280×720 touchscreen that allows for internal recording of 10-bit images shot with HDMI-output cameras — straight from the camera sensor directly to HDD or SSD drives, captured using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs. Using an Atomos branded SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325-ppi, 179-degree viewing, 400-nit brightness […]

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Salamander Unveils New Website


Salamander Designs, Ltd., a manufacturer of audio/video entertainment furniture, theater/lounge seating and accessories for over 20 years has announced the unveiling of a new website designed to make it easy and efficient for dealers and consumers to navigate the broad range of A/V furniture, seating and accessory products offered by Salamander. To read the complete […]

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D-Tools Announces New Website


D-Tools, Inc. this month announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. Boasting a cleaner, more refined and contemporary look with a streamlined user experience, the new website features enhanced navigation that quickly delivers concise information, helpful resources and needed functionality. To read the complete press release online, click here. See D-Tools’ website here.

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Christie Intros the Vive Audio Solution for Digital Cinema


Christie today launched something called the Christie Vive Audio solution, which the company says will help “complete the experience” for moviegoing audiences. Designed for cinema, Christie Vive Audio leverages a unique articulated, single enclosure line array speaker design and ribbon driver technology, and combines it with the first use of efficient, high-powered Class D amplification […]

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NSCA Presents Electronic Systems Outlook


NSCA has released a new tool, available free to members, that provides indicators of new business opportunities by tracking new construction starts and renovations in the commercial buildings sector. The NSCA Electronic Systems Outlook, which breaks out construction data by markets and systems, indicates that the construction community is experiencing growth and improvement in new […]

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LED-lit LCD Is The Technology Of Choice For Future Flat Panel Purchases Shows New TFCinfo Study


TFCinfo recently announced the release of its yearly benchmark study on the strength of flat panel brands (32+”) and flat panel purchasing preferences. This research reveals that although end users are clear on their desired technology of choice, the major motivators behind each technology (LED LCD, LCD and plasma), and the way end users weigh […]

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