Steph Beckett

Steph Beckett

Steph Beckett is the managing editor at rAVe [PUBS]. Contact her at steph@ravepubs.com.

Sennheiser Invests $7.5 Million in sensiBel Microphone Company

February 21, 2024

Sennheiser is investing 7 Million Euros ($7.5 Million USD) in the Norwegian MEMS microphone company sensiBel. The company has developed optical MEMS microphones, the miniature microphones enable a new and improved experience in application areas such as consumer electronics, automotive, conferencing solutions and medical devices. Driven by this aim, the company says it is further expanding […]

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Epson Launches Dedicated Projector Website for the HOW Market

February 21, 2024

To help faith-based organizations get started, Epson has launched a new webpage that includes resources dedicated to assisting the faith-based community in selecting the right projector solutions for their space and provide support long after installation. Providing end users with access to special pricing, Epson also introduced the Faith-Based Organization Projector Pricing Program to help […]

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Walmart Acquires VIZIO for $2.3 Billion

February 20, 2024

Walmart and VIZIO entered into an agreement Tuesday for Walmart to acquire VIZIO for $11.50 per share in cash, equating to a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.3 billion. The acquisition of VIZIO and its SmartCast Operating System (OS) would enable Walmart to connect with and serve its customers in new ways, according to […]

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dBTechnologies Adds Colin Studybaker as President of dbTech USA

February 20, 2024

dBTechnologies announced the promotion of Colin Studybaker to President of dBTech USA. In his new role, Studybaker will continue to grow and expand the successful dBTech USA team of professionals, as well as the warehouse, service and support systems serving the U.S. Colin Studybaker has served as vice president of sales for the dBTech USA […]

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PPDS Partners with Deutsche Telekom to Deploy E-Ink ePaper Signage All Over the EMEA

February 20, 2024

PPDS (aka: Philips Professional Displays) announced a partnership with Deutsche Telekom, developing new commercial opportunities with Philips Tableaux ePaper displays. Deutsche Telekom has selected the Philips Tableaux ePaper Series as part of plans to extend and expand upon its digital out of home (DOOH) communications. In 2023, PPDS became the world’s first display manufacturer to […]

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Audio-Technica Launches Q-SYS-Certified Plug-in for ES Wireless System Using FarmAssist

February 20, 2024

Audio-Technica launched a Q-SYS-certified plug-in for its Engineered Sound Wireless (ES Wireless) system using The Farm’s FarmAssist. Engineered Sound Wireless is optimized for “voice applications in meeting rooms, presentation halls, classrooms and other installed audio-conferencing environments.” The system utilizes DECT technology to provide “high channel counts with high-quality audio in a scalable manner.” The integration […]

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IBASE Technology Unveils SI-663-N, SI-663 Digital Signage Players With 13th/12th Gen Intel Core Processors

February 20, 2024

IBASE Technology just unveiled the SI-663-N and SI-663 digital signage players featuring 13th/12th Gen Intel Core processors (formerly Raptor Lake PS / Alder Lake PS) and Intel Iris Xe display chips. The SI-663-N and SI-663 showcase iSMART energy-saving smart control, Observer advanced remote monitoring technologies and offer versatile connectivity, including HDMI2.0b, DP1.4++, DVI-D interfaces and […]

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Snap One Upgrades Its Luma Series Surveillance Cameras and Processing

February 20, 2024

Snap One announced the Luma 420 Series and 820 Series NVRs in 16-channel and 32-channel options with better processing and up to 144 TB of storage — the company is aligning them at both residential and commercial projects. The new Luma 420 Series NVR expands on the brand’s x20 line to offer 160 Mbps of […]

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Need Live Support? Call Jen Watman at Solid State Logic

February 20, 2024

Solid State Logic appointed Jen Watman as live product specialist. Watman is responsible for providing user support for the entire SSL Live product line. Since joining SSL, Watman has delivered SSL Live User Training to SSL’s touring and house of worship customers, resellers and end users alike. One of her primary objectives will be to […]

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Shure Issues Statement In Support of New FCC Wireless Mic Order

February 18, 2024

In a new release, Shure says it supports the recently released Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order which expands opportunities for wireless microphone users. Shure has been active in FCC proceedings over the past few years advocating on behalf of a wide array of customers who rely on wireless microphones. Wireless microphones continue to play an […]

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Macnica Appoints Sebastien Dignard as President

February 18, 2024

Macnica Americas announces the arrival of Sebastien Dignard as president. Reporting to Macnica Inc., Sebastien will drive its expansion in North America in AV, broadcast, AI, automotive, industrial applications and security. Dignard joins Macnica Americas with over 20 years of experience as a growth-focused executive and business leader, taking on positions of increasing responsibility with […]

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Congratulations to the 2024 Winners of rAVe’s Best of ISE Awards

February 15, 2024

What a show! I am proud to say we sent reporters from rAVe [PUBS] to every single booth at ISE 2024 earlier this month to shoot videos of new (and returning!) products. We amassed a cache of more than 2,100 videos, and we posted them all on our (beautiful) ISE microsite, which also includes photos, […]

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Legrand Commits to Lightapalooza 2024

February 15, 2024

Legrand’s Vantage and Legrand Shading Systems today announced a product lineup and learning sessions for Lightapalooza 2024. Held Feb. 26-29 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa, it is the third annual lighting conference of Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA). Legrand says a booth highlight will be the Experience Room, where installers can […]

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New Atlona HDBaseT Wallplate Fits Into Its Omega Series

February 15, 2024

Atlona expanded its Omega Series with the AT-OME-TX11-WP HDBaseT wallplate transmitter aimed at meeting rooms, classrooms and auditoriums. The company says the OME-TX11-WP transmits HDMI video at up to 4K60 4:2:0 with embedded audio up to 330 feet (100 meters) using CATx cable. Atlona says the OME-TX11-WP is primarily intended as a companion to the […]

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CEDIA Announces 2024 Tech + Business Summits for Smart Home Technology Industry

February 14, 2024

CEDIA unveiled its 2024 CEDIA Tech + Business Summits (formerly CEDIA Tech Summits), 19 reimagined global events for the smart home technology industry. The new name and theme, “CEDIA Tech + Business Summits: The Tech You Need, The Business You Want,” encompasses the dual focus of these global events in supporting members’ success. With a […]

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CTI Buys Vistacom; Now Biggest Command and Control Integrator Globally

February 14, 2024

CTI has acquired Vistacom, Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania, the country’s biggest command and control room integrator. CTI says Vistacom’s proven NOC and Control Room design and integration services mark a significant expansion to CTI’s portfolio. CTI serves customers nationwide, with locations spread from Michigan to Texas, New Jersey to California, and worldwide as a member […]

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Vivi Adds Digital Signage to Its Wireless Sharing Platform; Still Aimed at Education

February 14, 2024

Vivi announced it has expanded into a communication tool that can connect an entire school. With Vivi Video Announcements, a school leader can deliver morning announcements, ad-hoc messaging in response to incoming news or any other messaging “made more powerful with video.” Vivi Text Announcements enable a school’s administrative team to send “concise, non-disruptive yet […]

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rAVe [TV] — Episode 150: Happy Valentine’s Day! Join rePLAY ISE 2024!

February 14, 2024

  On today’s episode of rAVe [TV], Gary and I prepare you for everything you can expect from rePLAY ISE 2024. It’s Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. CET and EST. You pick the time and join when it works best for you! We also talk about some news from the past week, including some from […]

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Boom Collaboration to Use ACC Distribution in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

February 13, 2024

Boom Collaboration has picked ACC Distribution to provide its product portfolio across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Boom Collaboration was created in 2020 by founders Fredrik Hörnkvist and Holli Hulett. According to Hörnkvist: “ACC Distribution is a very ambitious company just like us. This deal provides us with the platform to penetrate deeper into the Baltics […]

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ZeeVee Adds Jay Rennies as Business Development Manager for European Operations

February 12, 2024

ZeeVee appointed Jay (Jung Mi) Rennies to the position of business development manager for its European operations. She brings 10 years of industry experience to this position. Rennies will be responsible for supporting the company’s growth across Europe, including increasing corporate and brand awareness as well as strategic customer and channel development. In addition, she […]

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Scalable Display Technologies Partners With VVVV for Media Server Acceleration

February 12, 2024

Scalable Display Technologies announced an integration with VVVV, a platform designed for creating custom media servers. As a result, Scalable Display Manager provides users with smooth integration, precise edge blending, color matching and intuitive calibration for engaging and immersive experiences — all directly within VVVV. Scalable Display Technologies and VVVV have partnered to provide a […]

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rAVe February 2024 Temperature Check — Survey Open!

February 8, 2024

Stadiums and arenas are an important part of AV. With the Super Bowl this weekend to Taylor Swift’s worldwide Eras Tour, none of these things would be possible without our industry. That’s why we’re curious to know if you work on any stadium projects and how big of a part of your business this is. […]

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AVI Systems Signs Agreement With Audiovisual Associates of New Jersey to Further Expand the AVI Footprint in the Northeast United States

February 8, 2024

AVI Systems, the global audiovisual and unified collaboration systems integrator, announced that Audio Visual Associates (AVA) will join AVI Systems as it 32nd location in the U.S. Located in New Jersey, AVA will serve its clients going forward as AVI Systems. The majority of AVA employees will become employee owners at AVI Systems when the […]

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Vanco Ships Vanco Evolution 4K HDMI Wireless Extender

February 8, 2024

Vanco is shipping the Vanco Evolution 4K HDMI Wireless Extender with HDMI Loop-Out. The company says the EV4KWHDMI 4K Wireless HDMI Extender is a wireless solution that delivers 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 video up to 154 feet (50m), as well as uncompressed 2.0 channel LPCM audio. No line of sight is required: signals from the EV4KWHDMI traverse […]

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Astera Launches ProjectionLens Accessory for Battery-Powered LED-Based Light

February 8, 2024

Astera announced the launch of ProjectionLens, as accessory designed to add capabilities to its battery-powered, LED-based light, allowing to convert quickly into a Profile Spotlight. The lightweight, portable PlutoFresnel — which operates on a completely wireless basis with built-in battery pack — can be “transformed in less than a minute simply by slipping on the […]

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Dynacord Debuts V600:2 600 Watt Amplifier for PA and Background Music

February 7, 2024

Dynacord announced the V600:2, a new member of its V Series family of commercial amplifiers. With a total output capacity of 600 watts, this ultra-compact two-channel amplifier is not only tailored for background music and announcements but also excels whenever higher SPL levels in small to mid-sized fixed installations are required, including educational facilities, hospitality […]

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Extron Just Made Sending HDMI Through Fiber a Lot Easier

February 7, 2024

Extron announced that the FOX3 T 101 and FOX3 R 101 are now in stock and available. This compact fiber optic transmitter and receiver pair offer long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI video with embedded audio over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for exceptional high-resolution image performance, they use Extron all-digital technology to deliver mathematically lossless […]

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Studio Technologies Releases 3 New Models of Announcer’s Consoles

February 7, 2024

Studio Technologies announced the release of its new Model 214A, 215A, and 216A Announcer’s Consoles. The three units are designed to serve as the audio control center for announcers, commentators and production personnel. The Model 214A, 215A, and 216A incorporate upgraded capability and performance while maintaining compatibility with the well-regarded Model 214, 215 and 216 […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1311: For You AV Folks Interested in Getting Into Digital Signage, You Need to Join DSF

February 7, 2024

On the latest “Steph Takeover” episode of Rants & rAVes, I speak with Bryan Meszaros of OpenEye Global to talk about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF). DSF’s goal is to educate its members and other stakeholders about digital signage trends, important markets and more through education, networking and advocacy. If you’re someone in AV who […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1310: Why WAVIT Is Important to AV

February 7, 2024

On the latest “Steph Takeover” episode of Rants & rAVes, I speak with Gina Sansivero of AtlasIED about an organization she helped found called Women of AV/IT (WAVIT). The organization aims to create a network of support for women in (or looking to enter) the AV and IT industries. As president, Gina helps with all […]

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22Miles Adds Microsoft Teams App, Outlook Plug-In

February 7, 2024

22Miles released its Microsoft Teams app and Outlook plug-in. The latest expansion of employee engagement offerings from 22Miles, the new app and plug-in will enhance workplace productivity and efficiency for 22Miles customers using Microsoft Teams, Outlook and Exchange. The 22Miles Teams app and Outlook plug-in expand the footprint of the company’s Microsoft integration stack, complementing […]

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rAVe [TV] — Episode 149: Our Post-ISE 2024 Episode!

February 7, 2024

  On today’s episode of rAVe [TV], Gary and I go over a few of our favorite videos from the ISE show floor (almost done uploading all our product videos, we swear!). We also talk about a few of the product announcements during last week and what you can expect from our upcoming rePLAY ISE […]

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