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 sara@ravepubs.com or on Twitter @SaraAbrons. Pronouns: she/her.

Screen Innovations Debuts Pure Zero Edge Projection Screens

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At InfoComm, Screen Innovations (SI) debuted two new reference quality screen material options that are being added to its Zero Edge line of projection screens. Pure White is a 1.3 gain screen, while Pure Gray is a .8 gain screen. Both feature SI’s Zero Edge bezel and use a proprietary “Micro Texture” that SI says […]

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Extron Ships Eight-Input Scaling Presentation Switchers with DTP Extension

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Extron is now shipping the IN1608, an eight-input, HDCP-compliant scaling presentation switcher with four HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs and dual HDMI outputs. It also features two Extron DTP 230 twisted pair inputs and a DTP 230 output for extending HDMI, audio and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each […]

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Dr. Joseph Kramer, Mike Tsinberg Honored with the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award

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InfoComm has announced that Dr. Joseph Kramer and Mike Tsinberg have received the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award. The awards were presented at InfoComm 2013, held this month in Orlando. Since founding Kramer Electronics more than 30 years ago, Dr. Joseph Kramer has fostered many audiovisual technology innovations that impact users in various […]

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Atlas Debuts 4″ Black Ceiling Speaker

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Atlas Sound’s FAP40T-B four-inch in-ceiling speaker system is part of the Strategy II Series in-ceiling speakers. Designed to provide high performance in a very compact footprint, the FAP40T-B is meant for high-intelligibility voice, music, and signal reproduction in commercial, industrial and institutional applications. A patent-pending tap selector switch design allows for easy system tuning. A […]

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Aviom 16-Channel Personal Mixer Introduced

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Aviom’s new D800 A-Net Distributor and SB4 System Bridge can combine up to four synchronized 16-channel Pro16 A-Net streams to distribute to a personal mixing system, making it possible to connect multiple digital console cards for use in Aviom personal mixing systems with expanded channel counts. Aviom’s new A360 Personal Mixers are driven by a […]

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Draper’s Penny Sitler Receives Women in AV Award from InfoComm

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Draper, Inc.’s advertising manager, Penny Sitler, CDT, LEED AP, has been named the recipient of a 2013 Women in AV Award from InfoComm International. The Women in AV Award acknowledges the contributions of two current women InfoComm members who have taken marked initiative and exhibited strong leadership in the AV industry. The InfoComm Women in […]

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Christie Adds 72″ to Entero Video Wall Line and Rear Screen Light Engine Version

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Christie expanded its line of Christie Entero HB video wall projection solutions with the introduction of the Christie Entero HB 72 inch WUXGA (1920×1200) video wall cube with brightness up to 1,100 lumens. Christie also introduces its next-generation High Brightness WUXGA rear projection light engine for ultimate installation flexibility for “ground-up” custom control room environments. […]

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dnp Debuts Short Throw Screen

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The dnp Supernova STS is a unique front projection screen with a built-in Fresnel lens structure — an optical technology that is used to focus projected light — and is aimed at applications using ultra-short-throw-projectors. The STS Screen is optimized for Ultra-Short-Throw-Projectors with a lens-throw between 0.21 and 0.27:1. Compared to traditional white front projection […]

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Legionnaires’ Disease at InfoComm 2013 Last Week in Orlando

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Update: InfoComm has announced that the InfoComm 2013 attendee was misdiagnosed and does not have Legionnaires’ Disease. There have been no other reports of any illness. The member is doing well and should make a full recovery. Yesterday InfoComm was informed that a participant at InfoComm 2013 last week in Orlando was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ […]

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Draper Introduces Video Conferencing Accessories

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Draper’s Video Conferencing Camera Lift-Ceiling allows the placement of a video conferencing camera directly behind a motorized projection screen; the camera raises and lowers with the screen. The Video Conferencing Camera Lift-Credenza hides your camera in virtually any conference room furnishing, ready to be raised at any time by remote operation. Draper’s Video Conferencing Camera […]

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Philips 4K Glasses-Free 3D Introduced at InfoComm

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At InfoComm, Philips Signage Solutions demonstrated its 4K autostereoscopic (glasses free) 3D display, an industry first, which is now an actual SKU that you can buy from the company (for $14,999). The BDL5071VS is a 50-inch, LED-backlit display designed for 24/7 operation, which Philips is primarily targeting to retail digital signage applications. It can operate […]

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Cisco and iRobot Partner in Telepresence Robot

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The pervasive theme at InfoComm for Cisco was all about collaboration. The company actually demonstrated a partnership with Prysm on a telepresence solution, but one of the cooler new things at InfoComm had to be their iRobot solution. Dubbed the Ava 500, Cisco and iRobot signed a joint marketing agreement to get the portable telepresence […]

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Anchor Audio Go Getter Portable Sound System Introduced

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Anchor Audio announced the arrival of its newest portable sound system, the Go Getter. This battery powered system comes with standard options that make it ideal for school assemblies, sporting events, corporate and military training, outdoor theaters and houses of worship. Anchor Audio will be introducing the Go Getter Portable Sound System and its package […]

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Cory Schaeffer Appointed to NSCA Education Foundation Board of Directors

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The NSCA Education Foundation has elected Cory Schaeffer, vice president of sales worldwide at Listen Technologies, to its board of directors as the vice president, serving a three year term. Schaeffer has been in the professional audio industry for over twenty five years. She is a founder of Listen Technologies Corporation, which manufacturers wireless audio […]

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Sony Laser Projector (Not Hybrid) Debuts at InfoComm

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At InfoComm 2013, Sony showed what it says is its next-generation projection technology, based on a laser light source, not a hybrid light engine. This Sony laser projector, VPL-FHZ55, is Sony’s first lamp-less projector to use 3LCD imaging technology and achieve 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920×1200), to deliver bright and […]

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Panasonic Has Best InfoComm Introduction Ever

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Panasonic’s InfoComm introductions included interactive plasma displays, an interactive ultra-short throw projector, as well as the industry’s brightest WUXGA single chip DLP projector and a new outdoor-ready ultra-bright LCD display. Projectors Panasonic showed both new projectors and the new ET-MWP100G Multi window processor at InfoComm. PT-RZ475U: The PT-RZ475U is an expansion of the lamp-free projection […]

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Prysm Launches Next-Generation LPD Videowall Tile

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At InfoComm, laser phosphor display technology company Prysm introduced the next generation of its LPD videowall tile. The new tile boasts resolution of 427×320 — a 78 percent increase in resolution per tile compared with the previous generation’s 320×240. An HD native-resolution display now requires a 5×4 array of the new tile, with a 117-inch […]

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AVnu Alliance Adds Bose, Arrive, Revolabs and LG

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The industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has added four new member companies to its alliance: Bose Corporation, LG, Arrive Systems and Revolabs. Standing at 55 global members, AVnu Alliance is a consortium of professional AV, automotive and consumer electronics companies working together to drive certification and interoperability of open […]

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Williams Sound Digi-Loop DSP Induction Loop Amplifier with Network Control Introduced

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The new Williams Sound Digi·Loop induction loop amplifier includes DSP audio processing, software control of mixing, equalization, compression and loop phase shift. Williams Sound says Class D pulse-width amplifiers maximize efficiency while reducing size and weight. Network control capability provides seamless, remote system set-up, operation and monitoring via laptop, tablet or other portable devices. The […]

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Tightrope Introduces New Compact, Multiformat HD Video Server for Small-Scale Broadcast Operations at $14,995

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Tightrope Media Systems announced at InfoComm the Cablecast SXHD LE video server, a new multi-format HD and SD video server that joins Tightrope’s Cablecast family of all-in-one broadcast automation systems. SXHD LE is a single-box, 1 RU solution for video playout that includes 4 TB of storage and built-in branding functions. It’s meant for small-scale […]

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An In-Depth Interview with Prysm President, CEO and Founder Amit Jain

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Prysm is still building a business on one product — a laser phosphor display (LPD). And now it’s partnered with Cisco in telepresence suites. The company’s on a run — it was even a finalist in rAVe’s Reader’s Choice Awards in the Greenest AV Manufacturer category because LPD uses significantly less power than many traditional […]

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Peerless-AV’s KioskBuilder is InfoComm Hit

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Peerless-AV’s KioskBuilder eliminates the need to source components from multiple vendors, enables custom kiosk design without custom project cost, and reduces the time and expense of on-site systems integration for installers and end customers alike. Now available at kiosks.peerless-av.com, the KioskBuilder application guides customers through a series of questions and options for designing a solution […]

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Philips Takes Digital Signage Players Out of the Equation with IP-Addressable Displays

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Philips showed at InfoComm a new IP-addressable LED displays for digital signage, called the QL series. The idea behind these displays is basically to remove the signage player from the equation, taking the model of consumer content distribution technology (such as Apple TV, Google TV, etc.) and applying it to “IP signage.” These displays were […]

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The Barco Acquisition of projectiondesign is Right on Time

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I caught up with Wim Buyens, Barco’s senior VP of projection, today at the projectiondesign booth at InfoComm in Orlando and I got the scoop on how the Barco acquisition of projectiondesign is progressing. You may recall, about six months ago, Barco announced they intended to acquire projectiondesign and integrate them into the Barco brand. […]

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Williams Sound Debuts Personal PA with Network Control

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The Williams Sound PPA T45Net transmitter offers control or monitoring capability from any remote location, multiple digital audio input options and an OLED high-resolution screen. It features three microprocessors; offers the ability to select between three modes for DSP: voice, music, or hearing assistance in the application preset menu; and quickly configures itself. With a […]

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IED Adds New Power Amplifiers

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Innovative Electronic Designs’ (IED) new IED1581NA-C/IED1581NA-D and IED1542NA-C/IED1542NA-D are single and dual channel power amplifiers designed for use in smaller applications that require full-bandwidth audio and where low power and low cost are considerations. The IED1581 amplifiers have a single channel output that offers 8 watts of power at either 4Ω or 8Ω. Model IED1581C […]

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Atlas Sound Intros New Live Surface Mount Sound Speakers

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Atlas Sound’s new series of powered and passive surface mount speakers are aimed at cafeterias, classrooms, restaurants/bars, DJs and other applications where sound reinforcement of live or recorded music or vocals are required. The SMA-12 and SMA-15 are two-way powered speakers that include a single woofer, 12″ or 15″, and a high frequency, horn style […]

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Gary Kayye Interviews NEC President Pierre Richer About NEC’s New Gear

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NEC is famous for doing things big at InfoComm. Most recently, it’s had a flash mob, started a Best of InfoComm Award and even had a giant booth with nearly no products at all in it. This year’s show featured famous NFL quarterback Joe Theismann doing an ESPN-style sports broadcast with NEC’s President Pierre Richer […]

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PrimeView Intros 84″ 4K Display with HDBaseT

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Primeview this week is unveiling its new 84” 4K HDBaseT-enabled display, a solution to the 4K distance problem that plagues commercial projects. HDBaseT can deliver 4K video up to 100 meters over a single Ethernet cable, making the installation process much simpler and more cost effective compared to all other cabling options for professional installers […]

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