Are HDMI, LLC and MPEG LA, LLC Part of the Digital Mafia?


I was talking to one of my oldest industry friends at ISE this week here in Amsterdam and he told me how he’d be “shaken-down” by the MPEG LA (the licensing people for DisplayPort). Basically, some two years after he’d been selling products with DisplayPort ports, he was called, out of the blue, by the MPEG LA […]

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iiyama Debuts 86″ 4K Collaboration Board Annotates With EasiNote


iiyama has expanded its large format display (LFD) range to include the interactive ProLite TH8667MIS-B1AG, an 86” IPS technology panel with 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels), 20-point Infrared touch and integrated EasiNote software. Spec’d for continuous, 24/7 operation in boardrooms and classrooms, the TH8667MIS-B1AG supports playback of presentations, video and other types of content stored on a USB device or its internal memory. Integrated with EasiNote, for making annotations on directly-opened files, the TH8667MIS-B1AG is a ‘digital whiteboard’ […]

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RME Digiface USB Ships


RME’s Digiface USB is a portable and lightweight audio interface (only 220 grams /0.49 pounds) that transfers digital audio data in SPDIF and ADAT format to Windows and Mac computers. There are four optical ADAT / SPDIF I/O inputs and an analog line/phones output via 6.3-millimeter TRS jack. A triple ADAT I/O interface with phones and PCI interface, Digiface USB is designed to simplify […]

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Nuvo Debuts P500 Sound Bar


Legrand demo’d its new Nuvo P500, the first sound bar and subwoofer combo in its Player Portfolio whole home audio product line, at ISE 2017. Integrated with a 2.1 audio system with an eight-inch wireless subwoofer, the P500 provides has four customizable audio modes — movie, music, voice and night mode.It has an industrial design, with a metal grill, white backlit touch panel and a hidden internal power supply. […]

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FIBARO Launches KeyFob Home Control


The FIBARO KeyFob enables home control via management and activation of Z-Wave connected devices working within the same network. Using Z-Wave 5 you can control six devices or set up marcros to activate pre-programmed scenes. The mini FIBARO remote control has an LED display that indicates the current status of the device, such as alerting whether it has entered wake up mode, is undergoing […]

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Lutron Electronics Launches New LED Fixtures


Lutron has launched Finiré LED Recessed Downlights and Lumaris LED Linear Lighting fixtures featuring smooth dimming. These products are focused on high-end residential and hospitality applications and are designed to work with Lutron controls as part of a HomeWorks QS, Quantum or myRoom system.The new Lutron fixture ranges claims to resolve common issues associated with LED lighting, such as flickering or lack of dimming consistency, across the whole range of light outputs. Here are all the specs.

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SMART Shows New Line of Interactive Displays and Software


SMART Technologies has launched three new lines of interactive displays — all aimed at education. Two of the new panel series are integrated with their iQ. The new products are: The SMART Board 7000 is a 4K resolution display with iQ technology that enables the display to act as the central hub of classrooms as well as meetings, room displays, software, content and personal devices […]

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Aquantia New FPGA Programmable PHY Means We Will See Smaller Video-Over-IP Products Using AptoVision Technology


  Aquantia is a high-speed Ethernet connectivity chip company and they have partnered with AptoVision to build a single-chip solution for video-over-IP on a 10GBASE-T infrastructure. The combination of Aquantia’s AQcite FPGA-programmable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet PHY with AptoVision’s BlueRiver technology means that we will soon see smaller products for sending video and audio over Ethernet. Right now, the only option for manufacturers is […]

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Sonnet Announces Mac and Windows Compatible Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Thunderbolt 3 Adapters


Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port 10GBASE-T 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter and the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10GbE adapter. Both provide 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port, and they enable users to easily connect their computers via copper or optical cables to […]

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At ISE, Crestron Goes Big (and Small), and Biamp Steps Towards Dante


Editor’s Note: Leonard Suskin has additional thoughts on Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ DAN, which you can read here. ISE has never been quite as big to me as InfoComm, though not for any particular reason. Perhaps it’s that time-zone differential is even worse heading East across the ocean than West to Las Vegas [or due South to […]

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Rohde & Schwarz Debuts Video Board Supporting Both SDI and Video-over-IP


The new R&S Prios family of video boards from Rohde & Schwarz is designed for OEM customers from all areas of professional video and digital film technology. The first member of this family, the R&S Prios SDI, offers the classic SDI interfaces and also supports 10G Ethernet for video over IP. It can be configured for eight independent 1080p60 […]

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Yamaha Debuts Small Install Speakers


Yamaha has launched the VXS1ML and VXS3S at ISE. Part of Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range, the speakers are designed for background music applications in restaurants, retail outlets, hotel lobbies and other situations where loudspeakers need to be heard but not seen. Measuring 62x62x82mm and weighing just 0.16kg, the VXS1ML mini satellite Lo-Z (8-ohms) speaker features a major innovation […]

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ONErack Adds New Dual Redundant, Hot Swappable Power Supply


The tvONE ONErack is a universal racking mounting solution with power and cooling. It’s design converts randomly sized, externally-powered devices from any manufacturer into slide-in modules that can be installed serviced. The dual redundant power supply is hot swappable, and helps remove a potential point of failure in racks used for mission critical installations. In addition to reliability, this new […]

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Gefen Debuts New 4K Video-Over-IP Products at ISE


Gefen just launched a new Video-over-IP system that includes both a Transmitter/Sender and Receiver set. The new Sender and Receiver KVM units (the EXT-UHDV-KA-LANS-TX and EXT-UHDV-KA-LANS-RX) are 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) at 8-bit color and have a built-in scaler, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and digital/analog audio break-out. Spec’d to handle 3840×2160 at 60 Hz and 4:2:0 chroma subsampling and uses a 1 Gigabit network switch. Both products […]

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Sennheiser Debuts New Version of Control Cockpit


Sennheiser has announced a new version of its Control Cockpit software suite. Now, the latest version, 1.1.0, now includes wider language support with English, French, Spanish and German localization. The Sennheiser Control Cockpit is the central software for easy handling, control and maintenance of the entire SpeechLine Digital Wireless system. Control Cockpit offers network-based monitoring and remote control that can be accessed […]

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New Lecture Capture Capability for WolfVision Cynap


WolfVision showing a new enhanced version of its vSolution Cynap collaboration system at ISE. Cynap now has a Capture Pack, a lecture recording capture agent which uses Opencast technologies to provide secure, reliable, scheduling, processing, management, and intelligent distribution of academic and corporate video recordings.Cynap is marketed as an ‘all-in-one’ collaboration product with a built-in media player, WebRTC web conferencing, streaming, BYOD mirroring, plus whiteboard and annotation […]

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SpeakerCraft Debuts Dolby Atmos Enabled In-Wall Height Speaker at ISE


SpeakerCraft has what they are claiming is the world’s first Dolby Atmos enabled in-wall height speaker, the AIM Series 2 ATX100, at ISE 2017. The SpeakerCraft ATX100 reflects sound off the ceiling to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive for the audience. The ATX100 is the architectural in-wall solution to the traditional floor-standing […]

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Wondering How Big the Display Market Is? Well, Here’s One Indicator: Barco Releases Financials


  Barco announced results for the six and twelve month periods ended 31 December 2016.Fiscal year 2016 financial highlights: Incoming orders at 1.09 Billion Euro  (+ 3.6%) Sales at 1102.3 million Euro (+ 7.0%) Gross profit margin at 34.4% (+ 1.6 ppts) EBITDA of 88.0 million Euro (+ 13.9 million euro) or 8.0% of sales (+ 0.8 ppts) EBIT1 of 36.6 […]

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DENON Debuts the DN-500R Solid State Recorder


  The DN-500R is a solid state audio recorder in a 1 RU chassis that includes an OLED display, SD/SDHC and USB media recording as well as playback and is aimed at houses of worship, education and lecture recording.The DN-500R has analog balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs as well as broadcast-grade AES/EBU digital inputs and a switching power supply for worldwide usage.Not only can audio be […]

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Kramer Launches VIAware Software-Based Wireless Collaboration Aimed at Small Room and Classrooms


  VIAware is a software-only wireless collaboration system that can show up to six user screens on one display or up to 12 screens on two displays (hardware-dependent) via Wi-Fi. Capable of iOS mirroring for MacBook, iPad and iPhone as well as native mirroring for Chromebook, Android (Lollipop OS 5.0 or newer) and Windows phone. In a school application, remote students […]

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NEC Intros PA803UL and PA653UL LCD Laser-Based Installation Projectors at ISE


  NEC Display Solutions Europe today announced two laser-based additions to its PA Series of LCD projectors, taking low-maintenance operation to a new level. The new additions, the PA803UL and PA653UL models leverage a filter-free design, eliminating one of the biggest operational overheads normally found in installed projectors. Both projectors are WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution, have 360 degree positioning support in any direction and also feature motorized zoom and focus, […]

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AMX Debuts N2400 Series AV-Over-IP GbE Networks


At ISE, AMX launched something similar to what Crestron launched yesterday — the N2400 Series video encoders and decoders, which send 4K video Gigabit Ethernet networks. Spec’d with support for 4K video at 60Hz and 4:4:4 (8-bit color) the N2400 uses JPEG 2000 encoding to deliver content at native frame rate and color space over Gigabit Ethernet with two frames of latency. With support […]

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Barco Intends to Protect Their ClickShare Intellectual Property, No Matter What


One of the big stories from Day 1 of ISE here in Amsterdam was certainly the fact that a court officer from Belgium traveled down to the Amsterdam RAI convention center, entered the KanexPro booth and removed all of their MyTurn Collaboration Systems that were being launched into the market. It was the result of a judge’s order that […]

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Bowers & Wilkins Debuts CI800 Series Diamond


The new CI800 Series Diamond includes three new models that feature Diamond dome tweeters and Continuum and Aerofoil cone. They are part of their custom installation range for the home.This range of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers features transducer technologies that include Diamond dome tweeters, Continuum midrange drivers and Aerofoil bass cones. Originally developed for the 800 Series Diamond, […]

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NEC Launches 34-inch Curved Desktop Monitor


NEC Display Solutions Europe today launched the EX341R, a 34-inch curved widescreen desktop monitor. Designed for applications in high-end offices and financial trading floors, the monitor is developed for industries where large displays are central to the user’s day-to-day activities. The seamless 80cm curved screen provides a wide and flexible working space, perfectly suited for efficiently handling and analysing large […]

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The Crazy, Cautious and Amazing Future of Collaboration Boards — My Virtual Visit to ISE 2017


I am in Amsterdam. Or, at least I believe I am at this point. As many of you know, I am in the middle of a very large project and was unable to travel to Amsterdam for ISE this year. This is a pilgrimage I’ve made every year for quite a long time, in fact […]

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Clearly, Vivitek Wants to be THE ONE Projector Company


  Vivitek is clearly staking a claim to be the one-for-all (applications) projector company — all using DLP technology. Their booth has projectors form 500 lumens to 12,000 lumens and everything from pocket projectors to large-venue projection. I caught up with Holger Graff of Vivitek about both their future projector strategy as well as their new […]

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My Interview with Bose’s Fuat Koro Is Telling in Future Direction of Bose Professional


Bose Professional is well-known for their high-end and live-events speakers and processing products. But, they also want to be known for their new audio conferencing line of products, now, ControlSpace EX line. The ControlSpace EX series includes their EX-1280C conferencing signal processor and three new Dante-based ControlSpace under-table endpoints (EX-4ML, EX-8ML and EX-UH). Bose’ Fuat Koro joined me for […]

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Barco Uses rAVe to Launch the CSE-800 at ISE 2017


  I was asked to come to the Barco stand before any other member of the press to get a sneak-peek, up-close view of their newest ClickShare, the CSE-800  The CSE-800 is a two-output 4K resolution (4096×2160) HDMI ports and a dual-band wireless access point. In addition, the new ClickShare has annotation, white boarding capabilities (although, they call […]

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My Tour of the Nureva Stand at ISE


  Nureva made its EMEA debut at last year’s ISE show and they are back launching themselves into a new market, debuting new products and completing filing out their distribution plans. I had a chance to get a booth tour before the show floor opened and got a look at their new 1080p projector, their HDL300 microphone array […]

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K-array Intros Compact Full-Range Speaker Line Called Domino


K-array’s new full-range speaker line, Domino. These compact stainless steel speakers with plug and play capabilities do not require presets and can be driven by any amplifier making them the perfect solution for applications from intimate restaurants to live concert settings. The new line consists of three speakers: the KF26, the KF210 and the KF212. The KF26 is […]

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