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.

Access Networks Expands Wi-Fi 6 WAP Line

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Access Networks has expanded its Wi-Fi 6 WAP line to include three different models as well as a newly implemented cloud-based configuration of Core systems, live chat for both tech support and sales-related questions, and online design and ordering, helps integrators streamline their design and deployment of residential networks. Comprising the portfolio is the A550, […]

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Eyefactive Develops Cloud Features for Touch Screen App Platform

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Eyefactive’s app platform for large touch screen systems will receive an update beginning Oct. 1, 2020. Fundamental innovations constitute the introduction of online functions for the central cloud management of systems, apps and projects. The conversion of the former software licensing model to “Software as a Service” (SaaS) is also a direct result of these […]

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Cradlepoint Releases Findings From State of Wireless WAN Report

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Cradlepoint, a company in the cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solution business, released findings from its annual State of Wireless WAN Report, compiled by IDG. According to Cradlepoint, the results confirm that the era of Wireless WAN has firmly arrived and is the critical infrastructure in driving innovation, including playing a role in […]

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CEDIA Opens Board Elections with 5 New Candidates

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The ballot featuring five elected director candidates for the 2021-2022 CEDIA Board of Directors is open. CEDIA is encouraging all global member companies to cast their vote for four open elected director positions. The CEDIA Board of Directors governs the association’s activities, and is dedicated to furthering the CEDIA mission of building prosperity for its […]

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Kramer Launches New Multi-Input Transmitter and Receiver for Switching and Scaling up to 4K@60Hz

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Kramer launched the KIT-400, a multi-input transmitter and receiver that provides switching and scaling up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4). Kramer’s KIT-400 includes the ability to store predefined room setups, letting busy teams start meetings instantly, without wasting time, and easily facilitate connections to wireless host devices, such as the Kramer VIA GO2. KIT-400 simplifies meeting room […]

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Barco Launches NexxisCare Software System to Manage ORs Remotely

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Barco launched NexxisCare, a software system that offers the capability to continuously manage ORs in multiple facilities remotely, anticipate issues and improve efficiency in surgical environments, whatever their size. In line with the trend toward big data use in clinical environments, NexxisCare is a flexible, cloud-based software system that enables connecting and managing multiple ORs […]

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Martin Audio Releases iOS App for Its Blackline X Powered Series

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Martin Audio has announced the availability of its first-ever iOS app, XP Connect, for control and streaming for its self-powered portable series, BlacklineX Powered. When BlacklineX Powered launched, users could access the built-in three-channel mixer and onboard Bluetooth streaming by utilizing the rotary panel controls on the back of the loudspeakers. Now all of that […]

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Rotel Unveils Home Theater Receivers With Dirac Room Correction Technology

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The RSP-1576MKII and RAP-1580MKII are new Rotel home theater receivers integrated with Dirac room correction technology. The RSP-1576MKII (available September 2020): $3,499 USD) is designed as a multichannel preamplifier, leveraging the audio performance of its Balanced Design Concept built on a toroidal transformer, with low distortion. The Rotel RAP-1580MKII (available October 2020): $4,999 USD uses […]

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Extron and NEC Display Solutions Announce New Collaboration

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Extron and NEC Display Solutions announced a strategic collaboration to guarantee consistent, stable presentation of source content when using select NEC professional displays with the Quantum Ultra 4K Videowall Processor. Displays that pass a testing program are identified as Quantum Ultra Certified. The first NEC products to earn Quantum Ultra Certification encompass the MultiSync UNxx2xx […]

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Waves Audio Kaleidoscopes Plug-In Now Available

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Waves Audio has released the Kaleidoscopes plug-in. Waves Kaleidoscopes is a suite of phaser, flanger, chorus and tremolo sounds. The plug-in’s unique Dual Cascade engines enable you to combine or “cascade” any two effects for different textures. The plug-in also features intelligent triggers that respond dynamically to your playing in real-time. Kaleidoscopes is a secret […]

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Newest Generation of Crestron Flex Videoconferencing Solutions Now Shipping

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Crestron is now shipping the new generation of its Crestron Flex videoconferencing platform. Crestron Flex delivers native Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms software conferencing systems, as well as options with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) support. Crestron Flex brings a new design to the product lineup along with new feature sets and touch screens that provide smart room […]

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MSolutions’ IP Network Analyzer Software Now Compatible With Netgear Managed Switches

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MSolutions announced that its IP Network Analyzer software is now compatible with Netgear managed switches for more comprehensive, in-field testing of AV-over-IP networks. Netgear becomes the second network switch brand supported by the software, following last month’s initial release with Cisco switch compatibility. MSolutions has also added two new IP Network Analyzer software features — […]

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JVC Professional Video Updates CONNECTED CAM Firmware

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JVC Professional Video just launched the new CONNECTED CAM firmware update. Using the open-source Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) technology, JVC adds Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Stream Identifier (ID) to its 500 Series and 900 Series CONNECTED CAM cameras. Adding FEC to JVC’s CONNECTED CAM allows for redundant data stream packet loss recovery, meaning that […]

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Pure Resonance Audio Releases Omni Drop Tile Ceiling Speaker Array

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The Pure Resonance Audio SD5 SuperDispersion omnidirectional drop tile ceiling speaker array claims a 360-degree coverage pattern with vocal articulation and low distortion. The SD5 provides 50’ by 50’ of audio coverage with zero frequency cancellation. According to Pure Resonance, strategically engineered waveguides shape the sound as it travels away from the speaker array, eliminating […]

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BrightSign Intros Entry-Level Audio Player

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BrightSign today announced the BrightSign AU335, an entry-level audio player that supports the latest sound technologies. The player’s ARC and eARC support enables the AU335 to distribute up to three zones of audio to soundbars and AV receivers that offer high-bandwidth, 24-bit sound, including Dolby Atmos. Consumer audio products are particularly challenging to display in-store. […]

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Screen Innovations Intros Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Controller and Smart Outlet

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Screen Innovations just introduced two new products enabled with Zigbee 3.0 technology, the latest iteration of the Zigbee wireless communications protocol: a mesh controller powered by PoE and a smart outlet. SI’s new Zigbee 3.0 devices enable the control of Zigbee 3.0 and RTS shades (Radio Technology Somfy) via the Somfy TaHoma app on any […]

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Datapath Launches 4K Four-Way Splitter

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Datapath just launched the 1×4 IQS4 4K resolution video wall applications. When paired with Datapath’s Image4K graphics cards, the IQS4 offers an entry-level solution for powering video walls of up to 96 screens. Mounting flexibility means the IQS4 can be used for any application. VESA mounting is supported for direct mounting behind displays. Where the […]

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Magewell Introduces New Models in Its Pro Convert Line of Encoders/Decoders

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Magewell has introduced three new models in its Pro Convert family of low-latency video-over-IP encoders and decoders. The Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus encoder converts 4K at 60 frames per second, 12G-SDI input signals into full-bandwidth NDI streams, while the Pro Convert for NDI to SDI and Pro Convert H.26x to SDI decoders transform NDI, […]

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Planar Announces HRO Series Outdoor, Residential LEDs

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Planar just announced outdoor, residential LEDs in the form of the Planar HRO Series. The Planar HRO Series expands the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with a high brightness, fine pixel pitch LED offering that is built for close-up daylight video viewing. The Planar HRO Series delivers impactful visual experiences for audiences, even in […]

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Kramer Electronics Releases New 8×8 Matrix Switcher

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The new Kramer Electronics VS−88H2A is an 8×8 matrix switcher for 4K@60Hz (4:4:4), HDR, HDMI signals and analog/digital audio routing. The VS-88H2A re-clocks and equalizes signals and can route any one of eight HDMI, HDCP−compliant sources (selectable) to any or all outputs simultaneously. The VS-88H2A features independent audio routing. Any embedded digital or analog audio […]

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AmpliVox Sound Systems Upgrades 3230 Multimedia Lectern Series

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AmpliVox Sound Systems has upgraded its 3230 Multimedia Lectern series with custom colors and finishes and optional rack rails for securely mounting electronic components. The 3230 series offers six standard colors: mahogany, oak, maple, walnut, cherry and black. And now, there are also 10 premium colors such as beechwood, dark gray, ivory and more. There […]

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Extron and Lutron Announce Seamless Control Partnership

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Extron announced its partnership with Lutron, a lighting control and automated shading solution company — combining Extron control with the Lutron Vive Wireless in smart-building projects. Facility managers and AV Pros can use the same Vive hub they have installed for lighting control flexibility and add an Extron control processor and a touch panel — […]

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Macnica Announces Evaluation and Development Kit for Product Developers

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Macnica, the industry’s first IPMX (AV-over-IP’s only proposed standard) chip company, announced the availability of an evaluation and development kit for product developers. The new EASYSS10 EVK allows any manufacturer to accelerate the creation of broadcast and ProAV products with SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability built-in. According to Macnica, the company is a vocal proponent of […]

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FSR Releases New Symphony Pedestal Charging Station

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FSR has released its new Symphony Pedestal, extending its Symphony Collection of power and charging solutions. The new Symphony Pedestal offers a form factor that allows for customization options to connect a CAT6, 6a or 7 along with AV cables to bulkhead AV connections. This floor standing unit provides AC power and USB charging, along […]

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Sony to Upgrade BRC Camera Range with New AR/VR Features

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As part of ongoing efforts to help productions work safely and remotely, Sony is upgrading its BRC camera range with a new set of features. Designed for remote production, the V2.1 firmware upgrade to the BRC-X1000/1, BRC-X1000/WPW and BRC-H800/1, BRC-H800/WPW will allow producers and operators to simplify their VR/AR production workflows. Through this update, the […]

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BrightSign’s BSN.cloud Control App to Now Work with Embed Signage CMS

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BrightSign today announced that it has expanded its list of available CMS partners in BSN.cloud Control Cloud to include embed signage. BSN.cloud Control Cloud is a free subscription included with every BrightSign player running BrightSign OS 8. It delivers cloud connectivity for real-time player control from anywhere, as well as simple setup and provisioning features […]

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SAVI Controls Releases New AV Control and Automation Solution

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SAVI Controls has introduced SAVI 3 AV control and automation solution. Featuring new and simplified programming software, an intuitive user interface and a new hardware lineup built to support commercial projects, SAVI 3 systems claim hours, not weeks, to design and program. According to the company, SAVI transforms the way technicians program commercial AV systems […]

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Black Box Intros Solutions for IoT Buildings

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Black Box today introduced Connected Buildings — a suite of solutions and services that the company says enables digital experiences in smart, IoT buildings. The Black Box Connected Building is enabled by multiple technologies: 5G/CBRS and Wi-Fi to augment existing wireless systems and create fully connected buildings; edge networking and data centers to collect data […]

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Yamaha Releases Two RX-V AV Receivers Aimed at HomeAV

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Yamaha just released two new RX-V AV receivers for the HomeAV market. Redesigned from the ground up, the new RX-V line added support for 8K, HDMI 2.1 and HDR10+. The RX-V4A and RX-V6A, offering five and seven channels of support, respectively, are both 4K and 8K and pass-through via HDMI with the RX-V6A having seven […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications Partners With Promethean Interactive Displays and DisplayNote for New Collaboration Tool

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Yamaha Unified Communications is partnering with Promethean Interactive Displays and DisplayNote to outfit conference rooms with a three-for-one enterprise-grade plug-and-play collaboration tool. Exclusively available from Promethean, the display system is designed to simplify meetings. It provides conference and collaboration spaces with professional audio, video and meeting room software; it features Yamaha’s CS-700 video sound bar, […]

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Screen Innovations Updates Janus Power and Control Hub

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Screen Innovations offers a new version of its Janus power and control hub, which is expressly engineered for commercial integrators’ needs. Tested and certified by the NEC, NFPA and UL for fire-resistance and low-smoke production, Janus Plenum meets all safety regulations for plenum installation. The new plenum-rated Janus includes all of the original Janus features, […]

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New Marantz Integrated Amplifier and CD Player Now Available

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Marantz announced the new PM6007 Integrated Amplifier and CD6007 CD Player. Both are aimed at the custom install market. The PM6007 Integrated Amplifier ($599): The PM6007 is a two-channel integrated amplifier, delivering the most musical performance from both digital and analog sources. Featuring a Toroidal power transformer, larger power supply capacitors and carefully selected components […]

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