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.

Almo Announces ProAV Fall E4 Evolution Dates — 3-Day Program Filled with AVIXA CTS RUs

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Almo Professional A/V announced dates and advancements to the fall 2020 E4 Evolution (E4v), its highly successful virtual program that provides exclusive online education related to the design and specification of AV systems. Part of the award-winning E4 Experience, E4v features fully curated, live and interactive AVIXA-certified sessions led by all-star educators on relevant topics […]

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Control4 Provides Smart Home System to ESPACIO THE JEWEL OF WAIKIKI

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When the owners of ESPACIO THE JEWEL OF WAIKIKI in Oahu, Hawaii, decided to transform its 73-room hotel building into nine full-floor ultra-luxury suites with private elevators, it knew the target market of celebrities and other high-end clientele would expect an “above and beyond” experience from the moment they arrive. The usual top-shelf amenities all […]

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NEC Announces New UNIVERGE BLUE EXTEND Integrations Platform

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NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced the availability of the new UNIVERGE BLUE EXTEND integrations platform for NEC’s UNIVERGE BLUE CLOUD SERVICES. NEC’s UNIVERGE BLUE EXTEND provides customers with the ability to combine voice, chat, video conferencing and contact center functionalities provided by UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and UNIVERGE BLUE ENGAGE with everyday business applications from […]

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Select Models of Extron’s FOX3 Series Fiber Optic Extenders, Matrix Switchers Now Available

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Extron has announced the availability of select models of the FOX3 Series, the latest family of fiber optic extenders and matrix switchers for end-to-end distribution of 4K video, audio, control, USB and 3D sync. This enterprise fiber platform supports HDMI 2.0 data rates up to 18 Gbps and is HDCP 2.3 compliant for the secure […]

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Trinnov Audio Releases Software Upgrade for Altitude32, Altitude16

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Trinnov Audio just announced the release of software version 4.2.16, an upgrade for the Altitude32 and Altitude16 processors that incorporates an object viewer for Dolby Atmos. Now Altitude owners will be able to use the processor’s user interface to see a graphic three-dimensional representation of the location of each sound object, all in real-time. The […]

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Roland Releases Update for FANTOM 6, 7 and 8 Synthesizers

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Roland has announced the Version 2.0 update for owners of the FANTOM 6, 7, and 8 synthesizers. Leveraging the expandable power of the ZEN-Core Synthesis System at the heart of the FANTOM series, this free, user-installable update delivers major enhancements to the sampling, sequencing, effects and routing capabilities, while also providing new customization options for […]

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Extron Announces New DTP2 Switchers, Receivers

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Extron announced the availability of the DTP2 R 212 and the DTP2 R 212 SA, two next generation DTP2 switcher/receivers with all-new performance and capabilities. Both models feature DTP2 inputs designed to work with Extron DTP-enabled products for extending HDMI, audio and control signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable. […]

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CEDIA Announces Finalists for 2020 Best New Products Awards

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The finalists for the 2020 CEDIA Best New Products Awards program in the Americas region have been announced. The honors feature hardware and software products from top CEDIA member manufacturing companies and trade suppliers. “The technology showcased by this year’s Best New Products finalists is out of this world,” said CEDIA Senior Vice President of […]

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VuWall Achieves ISO 9001:2015 for QMS Governing Its Products

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VuWall announced Wednesday that the company has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 for the quality management system (QMS) governing the manufacturing, production, operations and support of its products. The result of six months of extensive internal development and external validation by TÜV SÜD, who has been certifying and auditing their customers for 150 […]

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Waves Audio Now Shipping DSPRO StageGrid 1000 Stage Box

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Waves Audio is now shipping the DSPRO StageGrid 1000, a Waves SoundGrid-compatible stage box. DSPRO is a developer and manufacturer of high-performance products for the professional audio market, including PA, Broadcast, Mobile units and Installation. The DSPRO StageGrid 1000 is a compact I/O device for Waves’ eMotion LV1 live mixing systems, with eight mic/line ins, […]

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AmpliVox Sound Systems Upgrades Titan Wireless Portable PA System

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AmpliVox Sound Systems has upgraded its Titan Wireless Portable PA System, SW800-96, from a 16-channel to a 96-channel wireless receiver that reduces channel interference and improves communication clarity, along with an upgraded three-year warranty. The Titan has a full range of features and capabilities: 100-watt amplifier, built-in 8” bass speaker and 4” tweeter, for reaching […]

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CEDIA Establishes CEDIASTRONG Scholarship for Up-And-Coming Talent

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CEDIA announced the establishment of the CEDIASTRONG Scholarship Fund Tuesday. CEDIA will begin accepting donations with the intent to award education grants in 2021 to up-and-coming home technology talent: high school graduates, community college and vocational school students, as well as displaced techs who are keen to build their skills and careers in the smart and […]

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D.W. Fearn Updates VT Series of Microphone Preamps, Equalizers, Compressors

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D.W. Fearn just announced several updates to its VT Series of tube microphone preamplifiers, equalizers and compressors. The updated VT-2 now features an integrated, switchable 43-decibel pad, enabling it to be patched into the Master Buss during mixdown and mastering to provide D.W. Fearn’s sonic signature to the final mix or mastering process. This replaces […]

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Apantac Launches UHD Splitters for openGear Platform

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Apantac, a manufacturer of multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions has launched two UHD splitters for the popular openGear platform. Apantac is the first openGear partner to introduce HDMI and HDMI 2.0 products in the openGear platform. The OG-HDM2.0-1×4 and OG-HDM2.0-1×8 allows high quality HDMI 2.0 signals to be transmitted or distributed to […]

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Irisity to Launch New Algorithm For Increased Security in Public Places

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Irisity AB (publ) is launching the deep-learning algorithm IRIS Violent Behavior for increased safety in public places. Real-time detection of potentially harmful behavior in public and private areas is a sought-after but challenging task for surveillance systems and security providers. So far, this detection has mostly been done manually at high cost and low precision. […]

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Jetbuilt Unveils Manager Approval Feature in Enterprise Platform

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Jetbuilt just unveiled Manager Approval; the latest feature in its Enterprise platform designed for large consultants, facilities and integrators. Manager Approval, available as an optional feature for Jetbuilt Enterprise users, requires managers to formally approve a proposal before the salesperson can submit it to a prospective client. Manager Approval enables salespeople to design and edit […]

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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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