Rants and rAVes — Episode 802: NETGEAR Heads to ISE Partnered with SDVoE

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NETGEAR will again be in the SDVoE Alliance Booth (Hall 3 stand B150) at ISE next week and they will be demo’ing a reference design for an HDMI input card directly into the 96X series of NETGEAR switches. The advantage of a on-board card is that racked sources can be connected directly to an AV-over-IP switch without the need for […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 801: LG Gives An Update On OLED Technology

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OLED is the most innovative of the direct-view display technologies — even companies without OLED talk about OLED. And, LG is leading the OLED revolution in monitors by miles. They have transparent, bendable, curved, convex, wallpaper and now rollable OLED. What’s next? And, what’s the use case — can you use OLED in a retail application where the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 800: The SDVoE Alliance Heads to ISE with Over 40 Members and 150 Products

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The SDVoE Alliance will be at ISE, again, in Hall 3 Stand B150 with 40+ other companies showing the industry’s only AV-over-IP standard of products. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Justin Kennington  the SDVoE Alliance President, to talk about the state of the AV-over-IP market and the products that will be at ISE — including an […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 799: AV People #11: Meet Stephanie Gutnik – A Young, AV Professional Driving Digital Signage

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When Stephanie Gutnik was graduating from McGill University in Montreal just 8-years-ago, she had no idea she’d  be working inside the industry most creative professionals think of as the future of advertising. But, she is. And, not only is she, at less than 30-years-old, already the Vice President of Business Development for Broadsign (a leading DS provider), but she’s also on the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 798: Nureva Hints at Big ISE 2019 Launch

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Nureva has clearly used the ISE Show  annually, as a launching pad for their new products. They have a big, new audio-based product coming at ISE but a whole lot more, too. In addition to some big Span updates, they will be there with simpler software functionality for casual Nureva Wall users and demo’ing their Microphone Mist technology. This podcast includes […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 797: PanaCast Debuts PanaCast 3 Camera on rAVe RADIO

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Want to see a live, real-time demo of the new Altia Systems PanaCast 3 UCC camera? Gary was joined today by Altia Systems CEO Aurangzeb Khan and he did a demo of the PanaCast 3 — using the PanaCast 3. It’s smaller than the PanaCast 2, has three higher resolution cameras and is officially debuting stand number 13-B150 at […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 796: DVIGear to Debut New DN 150 10G AV-over-IP System at ISE

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Gary had a chance to talk to DVI Gear’s Matthew Pulsipher who detailed what the DN 150 is and why it’s replacing the DN 100 Series  — it all has to do with 4K and the need to convert it into a “virtually matrix-able” AV-over-IP signal (10Gbps via SDVoE . And their demo of it is going to be pretty […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 795: CTOUCH Hints at Windows Collaboration Display Debut at ISE

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On today’s pre-ISE podcast with CTOUCH CCO, Francois Barlinckhoff, it’s clear that they are laser-focused on the UCC market.  In fact, they have moved their stand, for the ISE 2019 show, to the UCC Hall — Hall 11 stand B150. CTOUCH already has a comprehensive lineup of 65” to 86” 1080p and 4K resolution collaboration and interactive touch displays, but if […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 794: Matrox Plans to Lead with AV-over-IP at ISE

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Matrox is well known for their graphic cards as well as their streaming video technology. But, starting with ISE 2019, they want you to know them for their AV-over-IP technology — especially in the 1G AV-over-IP space. Gary was joined by Matrox’s Vice President of R&D, David Chiappini  today to talk about where Matrox stands and where they intend to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 793: Sharp to Show 70” Windows Interactive Display at ISE 2019

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Gary was joined by both Birgit Jackson, Commercial Director of Visual Solutions and Jason Cort  Director of Product Planning and Marketing, at Sharp Europe to talk about their unique Windows Collaboration Display  While the rest of the collaboration board manufacturers are making stand-alone interactive boards for meeting rooms, Sharp’s been innovating a unique way to allow the their […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 792: Kramer At ISE 2019 Includes AV-over-IP, AVaaS and Certification

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Gary was joined by Kramer’s VP of Marketing, David Margolin  on today’s pre-ISE podcast to detail their plans at ISE — exhibiting in Hall 1 Stand F20. Kramer will debut an entire AV-over-IP product line including 1G and 10G distribution as well as an AVaaS platform — all while offering both control and AV-over-IP certification classes on the show […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 790: AV People #10: Meet Penny Sitler — a 37-Year Industry Veteran

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Not only has Penny Sitler paved the way for many women in the ProAV market by being one of the first females to do marketing for an AV manufacturer, but she just spent the last year as chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council. Penny has not only spent her entire professional career in Draper‘s hometown of Spiceland, Indiana, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 789: TASCAM’s Zone Mixers — Are These the Audio Industry’s Best Kept Secret?

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At one time, TASCAM (under the TEAC name) was a prolific manufacturer of mixing consoles — remember the Model 15? In the late 1970’s it was the standard. TASCAM re-entered the mixing console business with the Model 24 earlier this year and now they’ve launched the MZ-223 (three output) and the MZ-372 (dual output) rack-mountable zone mixers. TASCAM’s Joe Stopka, Vice […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 788: AV People #9: Meet Lainie Mataras – Regional Sales Manager for Sapphire Marketing

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Among Lainie Mataras’s many talents is the ability to fold a t-shirt, perfectly, while blindfolded. No, seriously, she can do that. Lainie has some unique talents and that, along with the ability to make fiends with 5000 people in 25-years, have made her an invaluable resource to both Crestron and Sapphire. Lainie’s been in AV […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 787: Are You Using nobox Yet? Here’s Why You Should Be!

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST nobox is a suite of services launched this summer from Almo ProAV — nobox is designed to make integrators more profitable, augment their services and give them a more national reach — when they need it. If you aren’t aware of the set of nobox series available for integrators,  you should check out […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 786: TASCAM’s CD-400U is an All-In-One Audio Solution for Entertainment Audio Installs

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If you’ve ever spec’d an audio media server, imagine one that served up EVERY kind of content in a restaurant, bar, coffee-shop, retail store or school install. Well, the TASCAM CD-400U does just that — and more. Yes, it’s a CD-player — think 80’s. But, it’s one that is network and RS232 controllable and includes a USB-stick […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 784: AV People #8: Meet Zee Hakimoglu – President, CEO, and Chairman at ClearOne

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If you’ve ever met Zee Hakimoglu  you’d remember. After graduating from Drexel University with a Masters in Physics, she entered the world of tech and has never looked back. Since declaring physics as her major in college, she’s been mostly surrounded by men and has some straight-up advice on how it shaped her and every decisions […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 783: NEC Adds to Collaboration Board Line with New Infinity Board

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM ALMO PROAV NEC has been in the collaboration board marketing since the market category’s inception two years ago. But now, NEC has a much better product in the new Infinity Board — distributed by Almo ProAV.  With the Infinity Board, NEC partnered with the top third party companies in each category aggregated […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 782: AV People #7: Meet Nancy Knowlton – Co-Founder of Smart Technologies & Nureva

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Did you know that Smart Technologies accidentally entered the K-12 Education market? Well, it’s true. Nancy explains how a chance meeting with the wife of an AV professional at a late 80’s helped make Smart successful and how she got in to technology, itself. Nancy is, undoubtedly, a pioneer in AV and one of the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 781: Synnex VISUALSolv – A 2018 Wrap-up Podcast with Sandi Stambaugh

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Synnex wraps up their 2018 Roadshow series next week, December 4th and 5th, in New York City. It caps off a big year for Synnex Corporation, which saw a big acquisition and some new partnerships. Gary was joined by Synnex’s Vice President of Product Management, Sandi Stambaugh,  who details some of their new initiatives launched in 2018 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 780: Here’s the Best LIVE Nureva Span Workspace Demo, Ever

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As an avid fan (and user & evangelist) of the Nureva Span Workspace  I think everyone should be using it. Why? Well, I asked Nureva’s Director of Customer Experience, Rick Kennedy to do a live Zoom Video based demo with me to explain the use-case and show my listeners (and viewers) how it works. This is an unedited, real-time demo […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 779: AV People #6: Meet Alison Maxson – Her AV Roots Started as a Dancer with Disney World

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Most people dream of living at Disney World, but Absen’s Alison Maxson actually did. After graduating from college, she took a year off to dance in Disney parades and shows where she got a taste for AV. A dozen years later, she’s running marketing at one of the top three LED companies in the world. How’d she do that? […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 778: AV People #5 – Meet Inge Govaerts

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As a 20+ year veteran of the AV market, Inge Govaerts — Barco’s Corporate Public Relations Manager, has perfected the art of taking all the technical jargon that engineers throw at her and converting it into something we can all understand. And, in some ways, this was her dream job — having gown up in Kortrijk, Flanders, Belgium, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 777: AV People #4: Meet Theresa Hahn — VP of Marketing of Global Integration Firm Verrex

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Theresa Hahn’s first day on the job was at InfoComm. She didn’t know anything about the commercial AV market. But, the day after Verrex hired her, they put her on a plane to Orlando and told her to go to the convention center and find the Verrex team walking the InfoComm show floor and learn about AV. She was […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 776: Gary’s Top-10 Products from the Almo E4 AV Tour Includes This Product

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This is a sponsored post Next week, on Thursday, November 15th at 2pm EST, Gary will deliver the Top-10 Products from Almo’s E4 AV Tour (register here) and one of them will be the product talked about in this podcast. No other company makes this product and it’s one of the only products in AV […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 775: AV People #3: Meet Kimberly Lancaster — An Icon of PR in AV

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Kimberly Lancaster has been running one of the most successful PR agencies in AV for over 20-years and her clients have included the top control system company in residential AV, Control4,  a display company that’s basically the Kleenex of projectors, InFocus, and a company who was actually sued by Hollywood! Yep, ALL of Hollywood. And, it was one […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 774: AV People #2: Meet Melissa Ross — The Ultimate AV Engineer

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Melissa Ross P.E., of Whitlock, may very well be the most-certified woman in AV and in the world, too. For starters, only 3 percent of engineers in the world are women. Melissa is a P.E. (Professional Engineer). She’s a member of the Audio Engineering Society and has both Soundweb and Syn Aud Con certifications. She […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 772: The Podcast All About Gary’s Classroom at UNC and Why He Picked Nureva

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The tables were turned in this podcast (sort-of hosted by Nureva’s own Adrian Doughty). Gary recently worked with the University of North Carolina’s AV and IT teams to build the ultimate collaborative classroom and in addition to picking a Nureva Wall for visual collaboration, UNC decided to use one of Nureva’s HDL300 over a plethora of distributed microphone options to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 771: AVer Just Launched the 4K Resolution CAM540 USB-Based PTZ Camera with a Try Then Buy Program

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This is a promoted post How can you go wrong with a try-then-buy program? AVer is so confident that you’ll like their new USB-C based 4K resolution conferencing PTZ camera that they will allow you to order it and not pay for it unless you like it. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with AVer’s director of […]

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