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.

Peerless-AV Partners with BrightSign Again for Touch-Based Indoor Kiosk

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Peerless-AV is shipping the second-generation of its all-in-one kiosk powered by BrightSign XT1144 expanded I/O player (KIPICT2555) for indoor applications. This is designed for hospitality, retail, corporate, transportation, entertainment, education and general-purpose applications. The updated kiosk delivers 1080p60 single video decoding, HTML support, networked content playback, as well as an abundant set of features, including […]

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Bose Pro Ships More UCC Products Including EX-440C and EX-12AEC and EX-1280

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Bose Professional is now shipping new ControlSpace EX processors — two designed specifically for conference rooms (EX-440C and EX-12AEC) and one dedicated for general purpose applications (EX-1280). ControlSpace Conferencing Processors (EX-440C and EX-12AEC): With an open-architecture, all-in-one design, the ControlSpace EX-440C conferencing processor facilitates high-quality microphone integration and audio processing for small-to-medium size conference rooms. […]

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Panamax and Furman Announce New Power Distribution Solutions

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Panamax and Furman have announced a plethora of new power distribution solutions, including new remote controllable outlets, IP controllable power products, a voltage regulator and small install accessories. Panamax Vertex 12 and 16 Outlet Power Distribution Units: Two new Panamax vertical power distribution units — the VT-EXT12 and VT-EXT16 — add flexible protected power to […]

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Masque Sound Enters Staging Market

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Masque Sound announced the launch of its Production Services division (MPS). The newly-created division provides equipment rentals and production services for live and recorded events for clients outside of Masque Sound’s Broadway theater productions business. MPS serves shorter-term events such as concerts, TV shows, corporate presentations, galas and a range of special events. The idea […]

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Attero Tech Ships UCC Mixer/Amp

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Attero Tech is now shipping the Axon A4FLEX networked AVC interface. Combining four studio-grade microphone preamps, logic I/O, a USB audio interface and a two-channel power amplifier in a 1/3U form factor, the A4FLEX is designed for huddle rooms and small conference rooms in UCC spaces. When paired with an enterprise DSP, the A4FLEX can […]

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Leyard and Planar VM Series LCD Video Wall Line Adds Four New Displays

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Today, Leyard and Planar introduced four new offerings to the company’s Planar VM Series line of LCD video wall displays. Featuring the industry’s smallest bezels and a new 49-inch size, the new models broaden the Planar VM Series offering and add state-of-the-art tiled bezel performance. The expanded Planar VM Series product line offers customers looking […]

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Yamaha Ships ESB-1080 UCC Sound Bar and Collaboration Kit

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Yamaha has announced its new ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar and Collaboration Kit are now shipping. Available in North America, the Yamaha Collaboration Kit bundles an AI wide-angle USB camera from Huddly, AI-powered conference cameras, with the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar. Here’s a video we shot of this kit at InfoComm last month: The ESB-1080 Enterprise […]

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MicroSet Microphones Are Already Shipping from Audio-Technica

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Audio-Technica is now shipping the BP892x, BP893x and BP894x MicroSet headworn microphones — updated versions of its BP892, BP893 and BP894 models. Primary improvements include detachable cables and more secure ear loops for comfort and fit. All models will be available with a variety of terminations for wired, Audio-Technica and third-party wireless systems and in […]

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Signagelive Now Works on Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Players

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Signagelive is now available on Amazon Fire TV devices and displays. For the first time, digital signage customers can experience enterprise digital signage features and functionality on Amazon Fire TV devices and not be restricted to using basic, entry-level digital signage software that falls short of their requirements. Amazon Fire TV Stick as a great […]

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Premier Design Center for Salamander Designs Can Be Found at AVI-SPL NY Metro Office

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A new Premier Office Design and Experience Center featuring Salamander Designs, manufacturer of furniture for residential and commercial A/V integration, and AVI-SPL, integrator in the commercial arena with offices in five countries, can be found at AVI-SPL’s new NY Metro Office. “The remarkable shift from fixed, bulky office furniture and technology is clear in this […]

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Optoma Aims New 1080p Projectors at Classrooms and Meeting Rooms

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Optoma today introduced two new projectors aimed at classrooms, meeting rooms and training rooms. The Optoma EH412 and EH412ST are spec’d at 4,500 and 4,000 lumens (both are native 1920×1080) and have 4K HDR scaling, claim REC.709 color profiles at a 50,000:1 contrast ratio — the ST version uses a short-throw lens. Optoma EH412 and […]

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Da-Lite Fast-Fold Deluxe Screen Enhanced for Portability

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Da-Lite just debuted a new Fast-Fold Deluxe Screen System aimed at rental and staging applications. A new leg-to-frame locking mechanism accommodates a variety of user skill levels for intuitive and efficient set-up and tear-down. All parts are completely self-contained on the screen frame and leg, offering toolless convenience to the portable screen market. Fast-Fold Deluxe […]

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ClearOne Back at Almo ProAV

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ClearOne today announced a new distribution agreement with Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s largest professional audio visual distributor. Under the terms of the new distribution agreement, the companies will work together to sell ClearOne’s complete line of audio conferencing, visual collaboration and AV networking products to professional audio/visual integrators, dealers and consultants throughout the U.S. […]

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What Are Microperf Grilles? Ask James Loudspeaker

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James Loudspeaker has introduced a microperf grille to the company’s Small Aperture architectural loudspeakers. The new grilles utilize smaller perforations and offer a less obtrusive, almost invisible presentation that nearly vanishes into any décor while providing nearly identical frequency response and dispersion to the original grilles. The new microperf grilles will come standard on all […]

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LG Debuts Smart TV System for Dialysis Patients 

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A new touch-screen smart TV ideally suited for dialysis clinics and other healthcare applications was introduced by LG Business Solutions at ASHE 2019, the American Society for Health Care Engineering’s conference in Baltimore this week. The 15-inch personal healthcare display (model 15LU766A) is designed so patients can experience interactive and engaging content, while offering healthcare providers a […]

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NewTek NDI Gets Added to Camera from Vaddio

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Vaddio has equipped its RoboSHOT 30E PTZ Camera with NewTek NDI, a technology that allows video systems to automatically detect and communicate with one another over IP, enabling video workflows across ethernet networks. The RoboSHOT 30E NDI camera offers a low-latency, high-performance solution in the NDI ecosystem. The RoboSHOT 30E NDI camera is a recognizable video […]

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DPAA Adds Daktronics

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DPAA announced today that Daktronics has joined its membership ranks. Daktronics, based in Brookings, South Dakota, helps its customers impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital advertising displays, audio systems and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. The company’s screens include high profile installations in locations such as Piccadilly Circus in London, […]

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New DMP 64 Plus Series of Digital Matrix Processors Launches from Extron

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Extron just debuted the DMP 64 Plus series of compact Digital Matrix Processors, featuring six DSP input channels with AEC, which take up only a half rack space. With a mix matrix, a USB audio interface and 6×4 analog connectivity, the DMP 64 Plus provides the ability to easily connect and route signals to accommodate […]

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Atlona Ships AT-OME-PS62 Matrix Presentation Switcher for 4K/UHD Applications

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Atlona is now shipping the AT-OME-PS62, a 6×2 matrix switcher that’s part of the Omega Series, which was unveiled at InfoComm 2019 last month. The AT-OME-PS62 is a 4K switcher with USB 3.0 and USB-C interfaces, HDBaseT extension, scaling and audio management. Here’s a video we shot of the 4×2 version of it at InfoComm: […]

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Denon AVR-X3600H is New 9.2 Receiver

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Today Denon announced its latest X-Series AV Receiver, the Denon AVR-X3600H ($1,099). The new 9.2 channel AV receiver offers IMAX Enhanced out-of-box, as well as a full suite of three-dimensional audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X and new Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology. It also supports the latest video technologies, including Dolby Vision, […]

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Panasonic Adds New 4K Displays Designed for UCC and and Business Applications

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Panasonic Business has completed the expansion of its 4K display range, originally launched at ISE 2019, with the CQ1 series featuring six new models for use in collaborative spaces. Available from 43 to 86 inches, the series is all native 4K resolution (3840×2160) and support 4K/60p signals and are spec’d to deliver 400 cd/m2 brightness […]

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Frequency AV Debuts AVaaS Model for End Users

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AV solutions and services provider Frequency Audio-Visual Services has announced its AV as a Service (or AVaaS) model. Designed to offer businesses, educational institutions and local governments flexible payment options for new audio visual systems, the AVaaS subscription model changes the way that technology procurement and ownership is approached. Frequency’s solution aims to provide equipment, […]

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Eris XT Active Studio Monitors from PreSonos Ship

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PreSonus is shipping the new Eris XT active studio monitors, featuring an elliptical waveguide design that they claim provides a wider sweet spot and more focused vertical dispersion. Larger enclosures afford an extended low-frequency response that complements the new high-frequency design. The new custom elliptical waveguide design provides high-frequency response with a broad 100° horizontal […]

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Middle Atlantic L7 Lectern Series Is ADA-Compliant

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Middle Atlantic Products today announced manufacturing improvements to their newly released, height-adjustable, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, eco-designed lectern, the L7 series. These improvements include reductions in materials use, which saves energy in the manufacturing process as a result of eco-design commitments. Eco-designed products are assessed during the concept phase to identify opportunities to […]

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VESA Details New DisplayPort 2.0 Spec – Aimed at 8K Video and Beyond

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced last week that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort (DP) audio/video standard. DP 2.0 is the first major update to the DisplayPort standard since March 2016 and provides up to a 3x increase in data bandwidth performance compared to the previous version of DisplayPort (DP 1.4a), […]

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TOA Debuts AM-CF-1 Speaker Bar and Mic Array for UCC

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TOA Electronics Europe recently introduced a new digital audio conference dubbed the AM-CF1 — a microphone array and sound bar aimed at small meeting rooms and UCC applications. Combining eight beam-steering microphones with two active two-way speakers in a single device, the AM-CF1 is designed to assist in better web conferencing sound with built-in each-cancellation […]

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Kramer Debuts TP-789R Receiver for 4K HDBaseT

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Kramer Electronics’ TP-789R is an HDBaseT receiver for 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) HDMI, RS232 and IR signals and two-way powering over twisted pair. The receiver extends video signals to up to 40 meters (130 feet) over Kramer copper cables at up to 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) 24bpp video resolution. The TP-789R receiver either provides power over the copper extension […]

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Survey of Media Planners by DPAA Shows Big-Time Digital Signage Growth on the Way

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A new survey of media planners released today by DPAA points to continued revenue growth for digital out-of-home (DOOH) media, citing mobile tie-ins, inclusion in more media planning systems, the availability of attribution studies and programmatic opportunities as keys to garnering larger shares of media budgets. The report is available exclusively to DPAA members. Barry […]

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Mimo and Tanvas Partner for Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch, Adding Haptic Touch for UCC and Signage

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Mimo Monitors joined forces with Tanvas and launched Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch at InfoComm 2019; it’s the first commercial touchscreen that brings programmable textures and feelings to flat, physical surfaces. This software-defined technology allows people to feel what they see on screen. Here’s a video we shot of it during InfoComm earlier this month: Leveraging […]

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ScreenBeam Targets Education Market with ScreenBeam 1000 EDU 4K Wireless Collaboration Solution

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ScreenBeam today launched an education-focused solution to wireless BYOD called the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU. The new 4K wireless collaboration solution allows for content sharing, without apps, on all devices including student Chromebooks. Specifically designed classrooms, the ScreenBeam 1000 EDU has both a local Wi-Fi mode and a Miracast mode for connectivity or network bridge functionality […]

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ClearOne Joins PEPPM to Deliver Better Pricing for Education and Non-Profits

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ClearOne today announced its participation in the PEPPM technology cooperative purchasing program administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU). PEPPM is a cooperative purchasing program for competitively bid technology products available for schools, libraries, colleges and universities, local and state government agencies, municipal authorities and other non-profit organizations. PEPPM has contract awards on more […]

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