AVIXA Awards 2019 Michael Vergauwen Scholarships

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The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced the recipients of the 2019 Michael Vergauwen Scholarship: Rachel Brown, an interior design major at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Ryan DeMello, a construction engineering major at Oregon State University. “We are thrilled to award Rachel and Ryan […]

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Visix to Add a New Room Sign Lineup Called Touch at InfoComm 2019

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Visix will debut new user interface designs for both Touch and Connect room signs in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019. The new Touch UI offers more customization options than any competitive product currently available. Touch room signs are driven by Visix’s AxisTV Signage Suite software and support calendar display and bidirectional booking with Exchange and […]

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Samsung Launches Vertical (and Horizontal) TVs in New The Sero

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The Sero (yes, there is a “The” in front of it) is a TV aimed at Generation Z (and the Millennials) — so says Samsung, which announced it this week. The Sero is the first consumer TV that can be used in both horizontal and vertical (portrait and landscape) orientations — it’s 43” diagonal. Aiming […]

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Vote NOW in the 2019 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards

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Over the past month, we received over 18,000 nominations. And, here are the finalists for the 2019 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards! But, you only have 10 days to vote! So, do it NOW! Voting will close on May 10, 2019 sharply at 2 p.m.! We’ll announce the winners shortly before InfoComm 2019! Find out who […]

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QSC Adds Surface-Mount Loudspeaker Without a Transformer to AcousticDesign Series

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Earlier today, QSC launched a transformer-less surface-mount speaker in the form of the AD-S6, a 6.5-inch two-way loudspeaker. As part of the AcousticDesign Series, this new loudspeaker is designed for foreground and background music (BGM/FGM) applications, as well as installations specifically requiring higher SPL foreground sound reinforcement. With a 105° conical DMT coverage and integrated […]

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Dual-Input 12G SDI 4K Card from Magewell Ships

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Magewell today announced the immediate availability of its new Pro Capture Dual SDI 4K Plus video and audio capture card with support for multiple 4K SDI interface standards with dual-channels. The Pro Capture Dual SDI 4K Plus captures 4K video at full 60 frames per second over single-link 12G-SDI, dual-link 6G-SDI or quad-link 3G-SDI connections. […]

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Black Box Details InfoComm 2019 Plans

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At InfoComm 2019, Black Box will showcase solutions for modern IP-based and 4K AV visualization and distribution. Radian Flex is a fully software-based video wall processing platform that delivers future-proof flexibility and scalability for digital signage, corporate, education and mission-critical visualization applications. The intuitive software from Black Box makes it easy to display high-quality content […]

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RealMotion Will Launch Gold Series Servers at InfoComm 2019

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RealMotion today announced its new Gold Series servers for up to four 4K content streams simultaneously. The five new Gold Series servers being introduced at InfoComm 2019 are the Nugget, 4Karat, 8Karat, 16Karat and 16Karat Performance models. Each server comes with a secure warranty agreement, video playback capabilities and RealMotion’s proprietary Designer software built into […]

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Logitech Intros Kits for Zoom Rooms

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The Logitech Tap (a development partnership between Extron and Logitech) touch controller and Logitech conference cameras (MeetUp, Rally and Rally Plus) will now support single-SKU bundles that include all the core components needed to deploy Zoom Rooms for huddle rooms and large conference rooms. These kits will include Logitech Tap and an Intel NUC i5 […]

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Betsy Larson Is Now VP of Sales at NEC

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NEC Display Solutions of America announced today the appointment of Betsy Larson as senior vice president of sales as the company continues to hone its strategy to better serve customers and react to market shifts. Betsy brings more than 24 years in the channel sales industry – the majority at NEC where she was most recently vice […]

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Details Emerge for InfoComm 2019’s Emerging Trends Day

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InfoComm 2019 will host the annual Emerging Trends Day on Tues., June 11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The day’s lineup of analysts, integrators, end users, and technologists will examine the forces impacting pro AV, from internet protocol, to disruptive audio and video, to unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and its […]

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IMAX Switches to Barco Projectors for Laser Upgrades

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Barco and IMAX Corporation announced the expansion of their international partnership to continue providing audiences with the next level of awe-inspiring, immersive cinematic experiences. The companies collaborated to launch IMAX’s new ground-breaking laser experience for commercial multiplexes, IMAX with Laser. IMAX and Barco’s partnership began in 2012 and together the companies have achieved remarkable results […]

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Supersphere Audiophile Series is THE Audio for VR and 360 Live Events

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Supersphere today announced the launch of its new Audiophile Series. Available on Oculus Venues, the series marks the first time that live VR/360° broadcasts will offer end-to-end natively mixed ambisonic audio for primary delivery, enhancing the level of event experiences so that fans worldwide can feel even closer to the show. The Audiophile Series will kick off in New Orleans in May with three shows: The Revivalists (at the Fillmore […]

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Micro Aperture Speakers from Savant Debut

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Savant has introduced its Micro Aperture architectural loudspeaker lineup, providing integrators with the capability to deliver entertainment content anywhere with single Ethernet cable connectivity. Savant’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) self-powered Micro Aperture architectural speakers drastically reduce the complexity associated with distributed audio system design and installation. Each powered speaker contains a highly efficient amplifier, which […]

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New ClearOne COLLABORATE Space Enterprise Is an On-Premise Version

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Today, ClearOne launched something called COLLABORATE Space Enterprise, a new on-premise collaboration platform. In addition to the new, on-premise Enterprise platform, COLLABORATE Space is available in cloud-based Basic and Pro versions. All three COLLABORATE Space versions are audio and video conferencing applications with a suite of collaboration features. COLLABORATE Space includes everything for online meetings, […]

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Kramer Announces the VS-84UT Presentation System Matrix Switcher Using HDBaseT

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The Kramer VS-84UT is an 8 x 4 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) presentation system matrix switcher that switches the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the signal to both HDMI and HDBaseT 2.0 outputs. The HDBaseT input and output ports offer USB extension and selectable PoE. The VS-84UT includes a K-Config room controller that can operate over […]

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Optoma and Navitar Debut Interchangeable Lenses for ProScene Projectors

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Optoma and Navitar jointly announced two new interchangeable lenses compatible with Optoma ProScene projector models — including a long throw and extra-long throw Navitar NuView replacement lens. Fixed lens projectors are an industry challenge, limiting installation options in environments such as houses of worship, auditoriums, entertainment venues and retail spaces. With throw ratios up to […]

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ATOM Producer Lab Debuts from PreSonus

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ATOM Producer Lab is a tightly integrated, all-PreSonus production kit that combines the company’s ATOM production pad controller with the bus-powered AudioBox USB 96 audio/MIDI interface, M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and Studio One Artist production software for Mac and Windows. The bundle also includes a bonus MVP Loop content library, the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, […]

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Luxul’s Ships New Apex XAP-1610 Dual-Band Access Point for AV

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Luxul is now shipping its new Apex XAP-1610 AC3100 dual-band wireless access point (AP). The latest AP features advanced 4×4 MU-MIMO (802.11ac Wave 2) technology for data rates up to 3167Mbps and support for up to 128 wireless devices. The XAP-1610 is designed to enhance transmission and reception performance, producing higher throughput when experiencing medium […]

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Atlona Ships Rondo 4K HDR DAs

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Atlona is shipping its new Rondo family of HDMI distribution amplifiers including the 448 (AT-RON-448) for 4K/UHD/HDR sources. The Rondo 448 provides is a 1×8 DA that is designed for either residential or retail environments. Like its 1×2 and 1×4 siblings (Rondo 442 and Rondo 444), the Rondo 448 has EDID management to sync between […]

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Don’t Come to My Class at InfoComm 2019

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Right now, a part of each of my day has been dedicated to developing my class for InfoComm 2019.  I am giving a talk on “Using AV Technology to Trigger Customers’ Biological Responses” or as I refer to it, “Triggered!” Any time that you are giving a presentation, it’s extremely important to consider the audience […]

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Yet Another Wireless Presentation System Debuts – This One is (Mostly) Only Software

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  Little-known Squirrels LLC today released a product called Ditto, a wireless presentation system for macOS, Windows, Android, iOS and Chrome OS devices. A wireless-only presentation system using only software, it allows for any device to connect to a display via an AppleTV, Chromecast or their own Ditto recover (if you don’t have a wireless […]

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Marantz Just Launched the Best Universal Music Server We’ve Ever Seen in M-CR612

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Marantz today announced the Marantz M-CR612 compact network CD receiver, a small audio system for streaming via HEOS, Airplay 2 and Bluetooth alongside a built-in CD player. Powerful enough to drive two pairs of loudspeakers with independent volume control or a single pair with double the output power, the M-CR612 enables users to easily stream […]

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Hall Research Debuts HDMI-Based Audio Extractor and Inserter

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Hall Research just launched the HD-AUD-IO, an HDMI audio manager capable of extracting audio from (de-embedding) and/or inserting audio into (embedding) an HDMI video signal. The HD-AUD-IO provides one HDMI input and output and with audio embedded on the HDMI it can be extracted and available as both stereo analog or multi-channel digital SPDIF (TOSLINK) […]

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AOPEN Now Has Affordable 4K Media Players

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AOPEN today announced the launch of two Windows-based Digital Engine models, the DE5500 and DEX5550 with AIoT Edge Control capabilities. With a fanless design that integrates into kiosks and behind displays, the UHD (4K) DEX5550 is designed for 24/7 enterprise applications and for interactive kiosks, 3D wayfinding and digital signage. The DEX5550 is ruggedized and […]

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The KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X from Key Digital Are New Entry-Priced 4K/18G HDMI DAs

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Key Digital Systems just introduced the KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X, two cost effective distribution amplifiers that offer resolution support up to UHD 4K60 4:4:4 (signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth). KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X provide one HDMI input to two or four HDMI outputs, respectively, and say they were designed for smaller cost-conscious installs. The KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X […]

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Together or Not at All, Part 2

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In a previous column, “Signal to Noise,” I discussed the ever-increasing amount of marketing communications besieging our end-users/customers. And while that trend in and of itself has a multifaceted impact on the industry, there is an underlying issue that has a much, much, much larger potential impact and is truly the dark side of the […]

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LG USA’s Garry Wicka Appointed VP of Marketing

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Garry Wicka has been named vice president of marketing for LG Business Solutions, LG Electronics USA’s business-to-business division that encompasses information displays and renewable energy technologies. I have, personally, worked with Gary for almost a decade now and he’s built the commercial LG division’s marketing exposure from the ground-up. He’s creative and he has a […]

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Do Not Miss the Drunk Unkles at InfoComm

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The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first NSCA Education Foundation Charity Concert of 2019, scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at B.B. King’s in Orlando. Now in their 14th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million for the industry through this annual […]

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Center Stage Returns to InfoComm 2019 to Spotlight Pro-AV’s Role in Experience Design

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Center Stage returns to the InfoComm 2019 trade show floor June 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of retail, entertainment, hospitality, events and beyond will take the stage to explore how proAV technology contributes to better experiences. The free Center Stage (Booth 3161) sessions […]

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Yet Another Company Launches a “Button” Solution in an Attempt to Compete with ClickShare

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BenQ’s new InstaShow WDC10 wireless presentation system is a button-based wireless sharing system for up to 16 users. Claiming compatibility with any OS and any hardware platform, InstaShow is designed to allow any participant, even a guest, to take control of the meeting and share content with the group. Completely hardware-based, InstaShow’s setup and connection […]

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