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.

Christie Beats Sony to Market and Installs First Laser-Only Projector


Christie will supply and install the world’s first commercial digital laser projection solution at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, a 4K Christie digital laser projector, with scalable light output up to 60,000 lumens. “When hi-tech visionary Paul G. Allen bought the theater in 1999, he gave Cinerama full rein to innovate in order to provide our […]

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CEDIA Announces 2013 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Winners


CEDIA has posted the winners of the annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet announced Saturday night at CEDIA Expo. The honorees included over 40 winning projects in the Designer Awards competition, 14 Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards winners, one new inductee into the CEDIA Fellows program, and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also honored were the year’s […]

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Elo Touch Solutions Debuts Line Pre-Packaged Touch Solutions


Elo Touch Solutions (Elo) announced this week a new line called ‘Elo @ The Office,’ with all products aimed at providing pre-packaged solutions for common building display applications. The bundles combine Elo’s 42-inch to 70-inch all-in-one touch computing hardware with software to enable cloud-based collaboration, digital whiteboard, building directory and virtual receptionist applications. Elo @ […]

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Analog Way Debuts Pulse2


Analog Way’s Pulse2 is a mixer and matrix switcher that’s based on its Midra platform. Pulse2 adds several improvements over the original Pulse, including a size increase — it’s now housed in a 2RU enclosure — with better air circulation and cooling. It now has eight seamless inputs and 14 input plugs: 4x universal analog, […]

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CEDIA All Good for 2013


CEDIA EXPO 2013 experienced positive gains in attendance, exhibitor participation, and training registrations. More than 470 exhibitors and 17,900 attendees from 84 countries participated in the 2013 event in Denver. Professional and overall attendance both grew by 6 percent while new exhibitor participation grew by 20 percent and first-time attendees increased by 50 percent year […]

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Touchtech and Zytronic Offerings Provide Framework for Next Generation Touchscreen Products


Zytronic’s multi-touch MPCT touch sensing solution is now fully compatible with Touchtech Lima, an interactive software solution. Working with both the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, Touchtech Lima allows a group of users to simultaneously interact with a variety of multimedia content through a single, multi-touch-enabled display. Capable of working with full […]

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Extron Ships VN-Matrix Codec for 3G-SDI Over IP


Extron has just started shipping the VNC 325 3G-SDI — a VN-Matrix series codec that streams SDI, HD-SDI or 3G-SDI video and embedded audio over standard IP networks. The VNC 325 transports low latency, production-quality SD or HD video with embedded audio. Two channels of audio can be streamed with video in low bandwidth applications […]

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Clary Icon Adds 40-Inch Display


Clary Icon, manufacturer of the OneScreen system that’s aimed at SMART Technologies’ users as well as those of the InFocus MondoPad, announced today that it is now offering OneScreen in a 40” screen size. OneScreen is basically an HD video, audio and web conferencing system with a multi-touch interactive screen. OneScreen is interoperable and built […]

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DataVideo Intros 3G-SDI DA


The new DataVideo VP-597 is a two-input, three-output 3G-SDI (with re-clock) distribution amplifier that supports embedded audio. Both inputs can be controlled by an A/B switch or GPI remote (non-locked). A typical application for VP-597 would be to feed six monitors, all in separate locations, with a program output, then use a remote or local […]

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Acurus Unveils Aries Integrated Amplifier at CEDIA 2013


Indy Audio Labs, owners of audio brands Aragon and Acurus, unveiled a new 2.1 Integrated Amplifier named “Aries” at CEDIA Expo last week. The Aries is the latest Acurus product to be added to the company’s lineup of amplifiers, pre-amps and home theater processors. All Acurus models are web-enabled for Ethernet control as well as […]

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AMX Adds Fiber to Enova Line


At CEDIA Expo 2013, AMX introduced the new DXLink Fiber components that offer the ability to distribute video content (including HDCP content) up to 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Features include 10 Gbps data rate, field serviceable fiber modules, identical board sets throughout the entire switcher line, built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch and single-mode and multi-mode […]

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Crestron Announces Integration Award Winners at CEDIA EXPO 2013


Crestron named its 2013 Integration Award winners during a special ceremony at CEDIA EXPO 2013. Now in its ninth year, the Integration Awards spotlight projects featuring Crestron technology. This year, Crestron received a 50 percent increase in entries from dealers in 18 states, plus the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. Top honors in […]

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New CEDIA Report Indicates HomeAV Growth Is Back but Integrators Aren’t So Sure


A new report from CEDIA this week features data on the characteristics of companies working within the residential electronics systems industry in the U.S. and Canada, revealing the current number of installation companies in the industry, the size of the workforce, trends, forecasts and the economic state of the industry. “The theme of 2013 is […]

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rAVe Scoop: Crestron to Debut 4K HDBaseT Modules for DigitalMedia at CEDIA


Crestron will debut at CEDIA Expo a new family of HDMI over HDBaseT extenders, which transmit and receive 4K content using standard CAT5e/UTP cables. Crestron says it’s upgraded its DigitalMedia matrix switchers to handle 4K resolutions (4096×2160). The HD-EXT3-C and HD-EXT4-C are specified to support 4K content and can transmit HDMI long distances (up to […]

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BlackWire Designs Debuts New SafePlug Smart Energy Electrical Load Controller


BlackWire Designs’ latest introduction is called SafePlug 1313 Electrical Load Controller. With the ability to monitor energy consumption and control electrical loads, the new 1313 also provides automated on-off control of pumps, water heaters, HVAC, lights, fans, heaters and many other loads based on schedule, remote commands or local button pushes — all controllable via […]

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rAVe Scoop: Crestron Intros AIR Landscape Speakers and In-Ground Sub


Crestron is introducing a new series of AIR Landscape Speakers (LS4T and LS6T) and In-ground Subwoofer (IGS82T). The AIR family is weather- and water-proof, featuring either 4” or 6.5” coaxial drivers with built-in 70/100V transformers. The speakers can be attached to a post or wall, or staked directly into the ground. The Landscape Speakers, sold […]

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TouchSystems Introduces a New 40-Inch Multi-Touch Screen


TouchSystems latest introduction is the X 40, 40″ LED-lit LCD (1080p) that’s 1.7″ deep, features a slim bezel and offers six touch points. It features commercial-grade components, using the NEC 401S monitor. The X 40 is part of TouchSystems’ executive line of displays, meaning that it features multiple connectivity options designed to ease installation and […]

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Juice Goose Launches IP-Based Power Controller


The Juice Goose iP 1520 is a microcontroller-based power distribution system that can be accessed via Ethernet or RS232. It allows for individual AC receptacles to be turned on and off, shutting down power to individual pieces of gear that isn’t being used. The iP 1520 has six outlets grouped into three individual “Power Pods” […]

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Stealth Acoustics to Debut Outdoor Subwoofer at CEDIA


Stealth is integrating its B30 invisible subwoofer speaker platform into an outdoor version in the form of the completely-sealed StingRay SR430 subwoofer. It uses eight 8-inch high power cone woofers firing actively into four independent, 512-square inch, impenetrable panel faces on the sides of the environmentally protected pedestal style box. This device uses four Stealth […]

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Digital Signage Federation Announces the Fall Event Lineup


The Digital Signage Federation has announced its full lineup of fall educational and networking events for the digital signage industry. Networking Events The lineup will kick off with a night of networking on Sept. 25, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. CDT at Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Minneapolis, Minn. The event continues the series […]

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Savant to Debut Entirely New Lineup of Multi-room Distribution Products at CEDIA


At CEDIA, Savant Systems will launch a new family of multi-room media distribution products composed of three video distribution systems (8×8, 8×6, 8×4), an audio distribution system (32×20) and two HDBaseT receivers. Video Switches: Savant’s three new SmartLink HDMI matrix video switches leverage HDBaseT 5Play technology, which allows integrators to use a single CAT5e/6 cable […]

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Extra Vegetables Shows Two-way URC Total Control IP Media Modules for Roku, Dune and PopBox at CEDIA Expo


Extra Vegetables has announced that a trio of URC Total Control modules for Roku, PopBox and Dune HD will debut at CEDIA Expo later this week in Denver. As well as providing control, all three modules provide tailored graphics for the URC touch panels, remote controls and iOS Apps straight out of the box. For […]

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AVI-SPL Introduces New Operating Room Solution Called ESSENCE


AVI-SPL’s ESSENCE (Enterprise Surgical System with Enhanced Network Control over Ethernet) is an AVI-SPL family of surgical video products designed around clinical workflows that enables the OR staff to efficiently manage all surgical video, audio and data while allowing medical practitioners outside the OR to observe and collaborate with the surgeon and staff. A combination […]

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Crestron Connected Yale Real Living Wireless Door Locks Now Shipping


Crestron has announced the release of Crestron Connected Yale Real Living residential wirelessly-controlled door locks. Yale, a maker of residential and business locks, now integrates its Yale Real Living product with Crestron control systems to provide direct communication, control, management and monitoring of door locks. This enables homeowners to lock/unlock doors remotely from a Crestron […]

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ihiji Announces Over 100 New Features for invision


ihiji announced today the addition of nearly 100 new features to its cloud-based remote network monitoring and management system, ihiji invision. Most of ihiji’s newest features will be showcased at this week’s CEDIA Expo in Denver and increase visibility and provide secure access to remote installations. Other additions include new manufacturer integrations, detailed user permissions, […]

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New Fujinon Lens with 55x Zoom is Designed for Large Venues


FUJIFILM’s latest lens is the XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto box-style lens, which is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances. Like the company’s XA50x9.5, this lens is available with a built-in lens support bracket for mounting on an ENG-style camera. Removing the need for additional camera lens support increases the cost efficiency […]

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Pakedge to Debut C36 Wireless Access Point Controller at CEDIA 2013


This week at CEDIA, Pakedge Device & Software will introduce its C36 macrocell wireless access point (WAP) controller, which the company claims will make it easier to configure and manage every WAP in a large wireless network by using automated, “intelligent” configuration tools. The Pakedge C36 works with Pakedge’s Global Management software. It expands the […]

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Knoll Q450 Debuts as Four-Input, Four-Zone Amplifier


The Knoll Q450 is a four-source (inputs) and four-zone (outputs) audio amplifier for multi-room audio distribution that’s controllable via keypads a browser or an iOS or Android phone. It’s spec’d to use less than a single watt in standby mode and uses Knoll’s Eco-System. Each of the four zones or rooms can select any of […]

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rAVe SCOOP: At CEDIA, Core Brands to Integrate DTS’ Play-Fi Technology in Speaker Brands Speakercraft, Niles & Proficient


At this week’s CEDIA, Core Brands will launch modular whole-home systems based on Play-Fi technology, creating what the company is calling a next-generation audio streaming experience for new and currently installed architectural and wired speakers. New products from Core Brands will specifically serve the custom installer market with high-value offerings that enable wireless music streaming […]

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Screen Innovations Announces Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film


Screen Innovations (SI) will announce at CEDIA a new film-based projection screen material, dubbed Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film, which is a light-diffusing rear projection film that can be applied to any transparent surface (like a window in a retail store) to turn it into a projection surface. SI’s Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film is available in […]

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Almo Pro A/V Partners With Harman Pro


Almo Professional A/V announced a new distribution partnership with HARMAN Professional by which several HARMAN Professional brands are now available through Almo Professional A/V. HARMAN has also joined the Almo E4 AV Fall 2013 Tour and will feature the newly shipping the JBL Professional Control 10 Speakers during the next event in Southern California on […]

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