Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is editor-in-chief of rAVe [Publications] and 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.

Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching Adds Jabra PanaCast Compatibility

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Jabra announced today that Zoom Video Communications, Inc. selected the Jabra PanaCast as the video solution for its new telepresence capability, Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching. Announced this week at Zoomtopia, Zoom’s user conference, the Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching is an added feature to Zoom Rooms. (Zoom Rooms equips every sized conference room with all of […]

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Poly Studio X Series Video Bar Announced at Zoomtopia 2019

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Yesterday at Zoomtopia, Poly announced two new purpose-built, all-in-one video bars, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series does not require an external PC or Mac to drive the Zoom Rooms experience and features new Poly MeetingAI capabilities for audio and video experiences built on machine learning and artificial […]

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Zoom Partner Program Expanded, Integrator Certification Added

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Zoom announced they’ve changed its hardware and integrator partner programs and not only added a recertification program but also added tiers to it, too. Established in 2018 to help customers implement hardware and streamline the deployment of Zoom Rooms and other Zoom products, the Zoom partner program provides an ecosystem approach of Zoom solutions. The […]

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Extron Introduces the XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS XTP Input Board

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Extron has introduced the XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS, an XTP input board that provides four HDMI inputs with multi-channel audio downmixing and stereo audio connectivity. It is HDCP 2.2-compliant and accommodates data rates up to 18 Gbps for support of video resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 color sampling. Multichannel audio […]

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TruAudio Custom-Length Sound Bars Ship

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TruAudio custom-length sound bars are now shipping. With a depth of only 2.4″ and available in a two-channel configuration, one option includes four 4.5” polypropylene woofers and two 1” silk dome tweeters, while a second option includes four 4.5” carbon fiber woofers and two 1” titanium tweeters. The TruAudio custom-length sound bars can be ordered […]

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LG Launches UT770H Nanocell Smart TVs for Hospitality

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LG Business Solutions USA has launched the first 4K Ultra TVs designed specifically for the hospitality market with NanoCell display technology. LG’s UT770H series of Pro:Centric smart hospitality TVs brings LG’s LCD TV display technology from the consumer market into the hotel room for the first time. These new hotel TVs leverage the power of […]

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Visionary Solutions and Automation Connection Partner for DTVGameControl

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Visionary Solutions has partnered with Automation Connection to add support for its AV-over-IP encoders and decoders in Automation Connection’s DTVGameControl software for iPad. DTVGameControl is a floor-plan-based iPad application with integrated guide data for controlling DirecTV, cable and Dish Network receivers, as well as video tiling, video walls and audio sources in any hospitality environment. […]

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New Sony UWP-D Series of Wireless Microphones Ships

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The Sony UWP-D series wireless microphones have begun shipping. The UWP-D21 wireless microphones are now available, with the UWP-D22 and UWP-D26 expected to ship in December. The Sony UWP-D series wireless systems offer support for Multi-Interface Shoe (MI shoe) and a new Digital Audio Interface. The UWP-D series enables direct digital audio interface and delivers […]

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CAST Software wysiwyg R43 Finally Available as 64-Bit Application

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CAST Software just dropped the long-awaited 64-bit version of wysiwyg R43, now available on the CAST Members Area for download. Converting the wysiwyg application to a 64-bit architecture was no small feat. In January 2019, the wysiwyg development team evaluated the status of this project, specifically the percentage of wysiwyg modules converted to 64-bit versus […]

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Avocor Partners with Logitech for Zoom Room Touch Solution

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Avocor has partnered with Logitech for a Zoom Rooms for Touch solution: the Avocor ALZ collaboration boards, comprised of three sizes available in two performance options. The Avocor ALZ systems combine Logitech MeetUp with an Avocor display and Zoom-ready Avocor Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) Windows-10 Intel i7, to seamlessly enable powerful and secure communication as well as whiteboard […]

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Almo Pro A/V E4 Experience Stops in Atlanta October 15th

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Almo Pro A/V will make its final 2019 E4 Experience stop in Atlanta on October 15th. E4 Atlanta features high quality courses worth AVIXA CTS Renewal Units (RUs), including a special session focused on the “next-generation workplace.” Other highlights include Almo’s new Zoom Room Bundles, an Almo Sound Options Audio Pavilion and an autograph signing […]

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Nureva Updates Jira Software Integration In Span Workspace

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Nureva has announced an update to the Jira software integration with Span Workspace, Nureva’s expansive cloud-based digital canvas for visual planning and collaboration. Jira issues that are represented by digital sticky notes in a Span canvas can now be updated either in Jira or in Span Workspace, and the changes will be synchronized between the […]

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Optoma ProScene ZK507 Laser Projector Launches

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Optoma today launched the Optoma ProScene ZK507 laser projector, with native 4K UHD resolution specified at 5,000 lumens and aimed at higher education and corporate installs. Using a 1-chip DLP engine and integrated with HDR10 and HLG color compatibility, the laser-based ProScene ZK507 has features such as 15% vertical lens shift, 1.6x optical zoom and […]

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NEC Ships the NC2402ML, a 24,000-Lumen 2K RB Laser Projector for Medium-Sized Cinemas

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Designed for theaters with screens up to 72 feet wide, the NEC Display NC2402ML is the company’s latest DCI-compliant RB Laser DLP cinema projector. It delivers precise 2K (2048×1080) resolution, 3D capabilities and high contrast images (2000:1). NEC Display says the NC2402ML is easy to operate, extremely user-friendly and requires minimal maintenance, providing up to […]

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New Vivitek Projectors DU8195Z and DK10000Z Aimed at Museums, Staging

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Vivitek’s new 1-chip DLP-based DU8195Z and the DK10000Z projectors are both designed for 24/7 operation and 360° installations. Intended for large venue and museum applications, the DK10000Z is native 4K-UHD resolution and specified at 10,000 ANSI lumens brightness and weighs only 29 kilograms. The DU8195Z is native WUXGA (1920×1200) and is spec’d at 13,500 ANSI […]

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Sonifex Now Has Dante-Enabled Commentators

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Sonifex just launched new Dante commentary units, the AVN-CU2-DANTE Configurable Dante Commentary Unit for two commentators and the AVN-CU4-DANTE Configurable Dante Commentary Unit for four commentators at AES-NY 2019. Both units use Dante AoIP together with four wire connections so they bridge the gap between old and new technology, allowing the ease of connectivity and […]

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Vaddio Releases Beta Version of Remote Management and Deployment Tool

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The Vaddio Deployment Tool is now available for AV integrators and AV managers. The Vaddio Deployment Tool is a Windows-compatible software application that simplifies equipment installation by providing configuration management, device discovery, mass firmware updates and remote troubleshooting. The software tool shows all compatible Vaddio products across a deployment on one screen, allows users to […]

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Philips Professional Display Solutions and Meetio Partner for Unique Room Management Concept

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Philips Professional Display Solutions (Philips PDS) today announced its partnership with Meetio. The two now offer a go-to bundled solution for meeting room management that combines Philips’ T-line of displays with Meetio’s room management software. Meeting room conflicts are an everyday occurrence in today’s businesses, especially as they continue to grow. Philips and Meetio aim to solve that problem and […]

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Mackie Drops Portable SRM-Flex Column PA System

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Today Mackie announces its latest entry into the portable PA market, the all-new SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System. Using a lightweight design, SRM Series sound quality, a six-channel digital mixer and wireless control and streaming, SRM-Flex is designed for all portable PA system applications. The modular design of SRM-Flex features a 10″ LF woofer in the molded cabinet […]

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StarField Ceiling Tiles Ship From Acoustic Geometry

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Acoustic Geometry just started shipping its StarField Ceiling Tiles, an acoustical ceiling panel with a starry sky effect. This innovative sound management product is designed for home theaters, media rooms, studios, retail spaces, restaurants/bars and commercial businesses looking to inspire a “wow” factor. Designed to add the beauty of the night sky to any room […]

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QSC Acquires Attero Tech

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QSC announced today that the company acquired Attero Tech, effective September 30, 2019. This combines the portfolio of the Q-SYS audio, video and control ecosystem with Attero Tech’s networked AV endpoints and I/O peripherals. QSC’s development capabilities will grow as Attero Tech’s Fort Wayne-based engineering staff will join the multi-national QSC team. “This acquisition is […]

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D-Tools Says Savant Now Integrated Into D-Tools Cloud System

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D-Tools Cloud is a web-based SaaS application that guides users through managing sales prospects, quoting, system design and procurement. The integration of Savant’s complete product catalog and pricing into D-Tools Cloud allows integrators to deliver quotes and baseline system designs to clients. Alternatively, D-Tools Cloud users can generate proposals and browser-based plan view and line […]

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TASCAM Intros Compact MZ-123BT Commercial Grade Multi-Zone Audio Mixer

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TASCAM has announces the new MZ-123BT commercial-grade multi-zone audio mixer. The compact, single rack space MZ-123BT builds on the feature-set of the 2U MZ-223, adding Bluetooth-functionality and an intuitive front-panel control design and layout that makes it as easy to operate as it is to install and set up. Three music playback input channels, including […]

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Almo Pro A/V Adds ClearOne, Yamaha UC and MXL to Sound Options Audio Group

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Almo Pro A/V today announced ClearOne, Yamaha Unified Communications and MXL as the newest brand additions to its Sound Options dedicated audio sourcing and technical engineering group. All three are showcasing the latest audio products in the “Sound Options Experience” live demo room during the Almo Fall 2019 E4 Experiences, coming to the New York Metro […]

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Peerless-AV Adds BIM Library

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Peerless-AV has now made its product line drawings Building Information Modeling (BIM) compatible. With BIM data now easily accessible, architects and other building professionals can integrate highly realistic models of Peerless-AV products directly into their digital designs, rather than drafting them independently or using generic placeholders. Each digital model includes all the necessary data, specifications […]

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Axiom ML1 Audio Module Ships

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Attero Tech is shipping the Axiom ML1, the latest product in its Axiom series of audio extension I/O modules. The new Axiom ML1 provides extension of analog mic- and line-level audio sources in a single-gang, Decora-style wallplate. Its combo XLR and ¼-inch input connector accepts dynamic microphones, with 40 dB of adjustable gain and offers […]

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Camplex Debuts a 4K HDMI SFP Fiber Extender with EDID and RS232

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Camplex has introduced a new fiber 4K/2K HDMI extender for use with SFP modules that features automatic EDID and RS232 bi-directional passthrough and is HDCP 2.2 compatible. The CMX-FMCH001 18 Gigabit fiber extender sends a standard copper-based HDMI signal up to 4K@60Hz via SFP modules (not included) with a maximum distance of 37 miles over […]

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Almo ProAV to Distribute WolfVision Cynap

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Almo ProAV today announced a new distribution partnership with WolfVision, a company that specializes in presentation and collaboration solutions. As part of the distribution agreement, Almo is the first and only distributor of WolfVision’s Cynap Pure high-performance BYOD presentation system. WolfVision is showcasing Cynap Pure at the Almo Fall 2019 E4 Experiences, coming to the […]

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Sony Aims Crystal LED, Up to 16K Resolution, at High-End HomeAV Market

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Sony Electronics today announced the availability of its Crystal LED display system for home installation. Having initially introduced the technology for use in commercial and entertainment venues, Sony Electronics now offers residential configurations and installation — up to 16K. Crystal LED is available in the following configurations: Full HD Size (18 Units): 110-inch diagonal @ 8 […]

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LG Launches Native 4K Projector Line with Two Models

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LG Electronics USA introduced a new LG CineBeam 4K UHD projector (yes, native 3840×2160) for only $1,799 that’s aimed at home theaters. With a compact design, the HU70LA LG CineBeam LED Projector is DLP-based and spec’d at 1,500 ANSI lumens and a colorimetry of 92 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. The HU70LA uses a […]

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Epson Debuts Epson LS500 4K Laser Projection TV

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Epson introduced at CEDIA Expo the Epson LS500 Laser Projection TV1, which is capable of 4K HDR content up to 120″. Powered by Google, the LS500 Laser Projection TV1 solution includes the Android TV operating system with a remote that features voice search through Google Assistant. Apps include Netflix, HBO, Showtime, YouTube, Hulu, ESPN and […]

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Kramer Details VP-551X 10-Port 18G 4K Presentation Scaler/Switcher

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Kramer Electronics’ VP-551X is a scaler/switcher for 4K@60 (4:4:4) HDMI, VGA and composite video signals. The VP-551X scales the video and provides options to use the embedded HDMI audio or breakout audio from one of ten analog audio input signals. After processing and scaling, the embedded AV signal is sent to the HDMI and the […]

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