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.

Control4 OS 3 Adds Google Assistant Voice Control, an API for Intercom Anywhere and New CA-10 Controller

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SnapAV announced today at CEDIA Expo 2019 that the Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is adding Google Assistant, integration with third-party smart doorbells through Intercom Anywhere and a new high-availability automation controller to power large homes. With Control4 OS 3, homeowners can choose from tens of thousands of devices to create a system that suits […]

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Middle Atlantic Intros Forward, Tools for Speeding Up Rack-Building

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Middle Atlantic Products launched this week Forward, a family of installation solutions that are aimed at speeding up and simplifying the building or AV gear racks. With Forward’s new rackrail, integrators can go without a drill and install the family’s blank and vent panels, cable management, lighting and other rack solutions without tools, completing the […]

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Mackie Upgrades ProFX Series

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Mackie today announced the complete redesign of its ProFXv3 Professional Effects Mixers with USB. Now with Mackie’s Onyx mic preamps, GigFX Effects Engine, 2×4 24-bit / 192kHz USB recording and a new modern design. Not only are these great for live sound in clubs, bars and venues, they are the perfect choice for home studios, […]

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Russound Architectural Loudspeakers Now Part of the AudioControl Sound Partners Program

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AudioControl has announced that Russound has been added to its Sound Partners Program (SPP). The AudioControl SPP was established as a cooperative initiative with industry-leading architectural speaker manufacturers in order to implement optimized performance profiles as defined by each brand’s engineers. These profiles, when stored in the DSP onboard the AudioControl Director and CM-Series high-performance […]

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AudioControl Shows New Savoy G4 and Pantages G4 Home Cinema Amps

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AudioControl is showcasing two new home cinema amplifiers at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. The Savoy G4 (seven channels) and the Pantages G4 (five channels) are built on AudioControl’s Class H topology, which provides power and clarity without generating excessive heat. Both new models match (aesthetically) the recently-unveiled four-/three-/two-channel Avalon G4, providing theater designers and AV […]

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Intellithings Has RoomMe API

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Intellithings has expanded accessibility for RoomMe through integration with four major professional smart home brands at CEDIA Expo 2019. Intellithings created an open RoomMe API to invite developers and residential technology professionals to write customized applications for RoomMe. Chowmain software has developed the first four new drivers including Control4, ELAN, RTI, and URC, in addition […]

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Luxul Debuts Cloud Management Solution

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Luxul today announced its cloud management system allowing integrators to remotely monitor their clients’ networks, get real-time notifications of failures and quickly resolve issues. With cloud management, integrators can access their customers’ Luxul networks and connected devices at any time — from anywhere — in map or list views via a web interface. Site-level indicators […]

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Roland’s 4XCamera Maker App Debuts 

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Roland just launched the 4XCamera Maker App, an iOS-based camera app to shoot, edit and publish videos without needing expensive camera equipment or a computer. The full editing functionality of 4XCamera Maker is available through a small in-app purchase. Roland GO:MIXER and GO:MIXER Pro users can connect their GO:MIXER to the app for full editing functionality […]

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Eiki Intros EK-308U and EK-309W UCC Projectors

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Eiki International just launched the EK-308U and EK-309W projectors, which are aimed at meeting rooms. Using 3LCD, both the EK-308U and EK-309W are specified at 6,000 ANSI Lumens of brightness, with the EK-308U at WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and the EK-309W at WXGA (1280×800) resolution, both using a 4,000-hour lamp. Both the EK-308U and EK-309W feature […]

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Bose Adds Accessory Line to Pro Products

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Bose Professional is offering two new accessories for its portable products: a series of Play-Through Covers for the S1 Pro multi-position PA system and a carrying case for T4S and T8S ToneMatch mixers. These accessories were designed to serve the needs of the gigging musician and preserve the integrity of Bose portable systems night after […]

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Visix Debuts Kits and Templates to Digital Signage Services

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Visix, Inc. now offers content packs and kits for their AxisTV Signage Suite content management system. These provide Visix software users with predesigned artwork and templates for digital signage messages and screen layouts in a variety of topics, styles and colors. Visix customers can mix and match templates from two packs that include background artwork […]

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Dante Details CEDIA 2019 Plans

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Audinate says that Dante is seeing rapid adoption by manufacturers of residential audio equipment. Dante is already widely used by integrators in the commercial installed AV market to deliver systems with many uncompressed audio channels over a standard Ethernet network. Audinate says Dante’s introduction to the residential market brings cost reductions and installation time savings […]

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Stealth Patio Theater Debuts at CEDIA Expo 2019

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Stealth Acoustics will show the Stealth Patio Theater (SPT) LED-based range of outdoor entertainment solutions. Expanding from the original, retractable SPT display, now named Extreme, Stealth adds the Transformer 120″ fold-away LED TV system and the Megalith modular outdoor TV screen which is available in custom sizes up to 275″. The new SPT Transformer is […]

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Legrand Debuts In-Wall CPT306W-V1 Cable Management Kit

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Legrand today extended its line of On-Q in-wall power products with the introduction of the new CPT306W-V1 In-Wall TV Power and Cable Management Kit. The in-wall kit includes a power input module with drywall bracket and a six-foot power cord. Offered in white to blend in, the module’s decorator power inlet strap provides the flexibility […]

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Sonance to Buy James Loudspeaker

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Sonance, a 36-year-old audio company known for its architectural speakers, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire James Loudspeaker. James Loudspeaker, a provider of both residential and commercial audio solutions (an marine), was established in 1999 by “a group of dedicated audio engineers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs.” “We could not be more excited […]

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New Custom Cabinets Designed Specifically for LG CineBeam Projector and SI Solo Pro 2 Screens Debut from Salamander

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Salamander Designs today announced a new line of cabinets that designed specifically for installation with the combination of the LG CineBeam AI ThinQ, 4K Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector (model HU85LA) from LG Electronics plus the Screen Innovations Solo Pro 2 motorized screen. There are four cabinet models and three styles in all, ranging from […]

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NEC Display Positions New Collaboration Suite for UCC and Education Markets

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NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the launch of its CB Series Collaboration Suite, a collaboration solution that elevates productivity in classrooms and corporate meetings. With its Mosaic collaboration software, the CB Series offers flexibility via multi-platform support, interactive whiteboard and wireless presenting capabilities and what NEC says is simple out-of-the-box integration – just […]

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New SA-8 and SA-8 Power Amplifiers Ship from Wisdom Audio

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Wisdom Audio has already started shipping its SA-8 and SA-8 DSP multichannel power amplifiers. Designed and built in the United States, the SA-8 and SA-8 DSP are compact 2RU amplifiers that deliver eight channels of high-performance amplification at 200W RMS per channel into eight ohms and 400W per channel into four ohms, all channel-driven. Additionally, […]

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New Annotation Pro Debuts from Williams AV

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Williams AV just introduced the Annotation Pro (AN-C5), its next generation of annotation systems aimed at both ProAV and broadcast applications. Annotation PRO adds 4K for system designers as well as a new NVIDA processor with 256 NVIDIA CUDA cores. This processor can deliver processing with less than two frames of latency. The embedded software […]

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Audinate Dante Domain Manager Adds Support for SMPTE 2110 and AES67

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Audinate has announced version 1.1 of Dante Domain Manager. This update to Dante Domain Manager enables support for SMPTE 2110 and AES67 within Dante domains, allowing integration of SMTPE 2110/AES67 compliant devices in a managed Dante environment. Dante Domain Manager enables administrators to secure their systems with user level authentication by domain and to scale […]

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Sharp Launches Entry-Level Collaboration Boards with New AQUOS BOARD Lineup

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced the addition of three new value-priced, 4K 3840×2160 interactive whiteboards to the AQUOS BOARD display line. The new 70″ class (69 ½” diagonal) PN-CE701H, 75″ class (74 ½” diagonal) PN-C751H and 86″ class (85 9/16″ diagonal) PN-C861H interactive displays are integrated with most of the standard […]

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Stealth Acoustics StingRay Marine-Grade Speaker Debuts

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Stealth Acoustics has added to its StingRay range of outdoor high-fidelity speakers, with the launch of a new 8″ three-way model. Capable of withstanding the harshest environmental conditions, the new StingRay 83 is based on the design of Stealth’s LRX-83 invisible speaker and is aimed at residential, commercial and marine applications. Producing a deep bass […]

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B-Tech Debuts More Mounting Interfaces for Its System X

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B-Tech AV Mounts announced a series of updates to its System X VESA 400 interface arms with micro-adjustment (both the standard and pop-out variations). Designed for assembling videowalls, menu boards and other multi-screen applications, the range provides customers with a clean and uncomplicated solution for mounting any medium to large size screen (up to 50 […]

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QMotion Now Has Giant-Sized Roller Shades

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To accommodate the larger windows of today’s open-concept designs, Legrand introduces its new QMotion Wider Qadvanced Shades. Showing for the first time at CEDIA Expo 2019 in Booth 905, QMotion says that its Wider Qadvanced Shades are the only motorized shades on the market, hard-wired or battery-operated, available in sizes as large as 13 feet […]

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FOR-A Debuts FRC-9100 Multi-Format Frame Rate Converter

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FOR-A just introduced a multi-format frame rate converter, the FRC-9100, designed for live broadcast transmission. The FRC-9100 includes two independent channels of 3G/HD/SD-SDI frame rate conversion, along with optional 4K and 12G-SDI support. Features of new FRC-9100 include: 3G/HD/SD multi-format support SD to 3G/HD up conversion Conversion with motion-compensated processing Interlace-to-Progressive conversion Timecode (LTC/VITC) conversion […]

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Key Digital Debuts KD-IP1022 AV-Over-IP System for Command and Control Market

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Key Digital has introduced something it’s calling enterprise AV-over-IP in the form of the KD-IP1022ENC (encoder) and KD-IP1022DEC (decoder) for sending video, audio and USB over a 1G network. With video wall processing, the encoder and decoder systems can create video walls with up to 16 vertical and 16 horizontal monitors. With independent USB routing, […]

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New Security Plus II Large Format UPS Line from SurgeX to Launch at CEDIA Expo

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AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (SurgeX) just introduced its new Security Plus II Large Format Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) line, which will debut at CEDIA Expo in SurgeX booth #3643. The new UPS line is equipped with an isolation transformer and uses double-conversion technology to provide clean, continuous, and reliable power to AV systems, ensuring peak […]

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Denon DHT-S516H and DHT-S716H Are New Surround Sound SoundBars with HEOS

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Denon today announced it is expanding its sound bar lineup with two premium options, the DHT-S516H and DHT-S716H, combining 4K HDMI inputs with ARC support. Building on the features found in the HEOS Bar and HEOS HomeCinema HS2 sound bars, the latest Denon sound bars both share several sound quality and connectivity improvements. They feature […]

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Christie Adds 75″ and 86″ Versions to 4K TAA-Compliant Secure Series Display Line

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Christie is expanding its Secure Series line of large-format TAA-compliant, non-RF (radio frequency) LCD panels, designed specifically for secure-facility environments. Featuring 4K UHD resolution (3840×2160), these plug-and-play 75″ and 86″ panels are ideal for meeting rooms, control rooms or digital signage applications. These displays join existing 55-and 65-inch models in the Secure Series. The SUHD751-P/SUHD861-P […]

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Partnership Between Signagelive and Quividi Brings Audience and Campaign Intelligence to DOOH Campaigns

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  Signagelive, cloud based digital signage platform, and Quividi, an audience and campaign intelligence platform for DOOH and digital signage, have announced the integration of their platforms. This integration enables any DOOH and Digital Signage networks running Signagelive and Quividi to test, measure, optimize and deliver data-driven contextualized content to best engage and convert audiences. […]

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