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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Rants and rAVes — Episode 769: Want to Hear FROM Extron on Why They Think Their NAV AV-over-IP System is Better?


Yesterday, Extron officially launched their NAV Series of AV-over-IP products — with claims of not only better performance than everyone else but also claiming they use much less bandwidth, too. If you missed the announcement, here it is. Gary wanted more questions answered than were on there press release or the Extron website. So, he […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 768: The Almo E4 AV Tour Heads to Boston Friday, September 21st – With 12 AVIXA CTS RUs Too!


If you need some FREE AVIXA CTS RU’s, there’s no faster way to get them in September than to head over to the Boston Almo ProAV E4 AV Tour  at the Newton, MA, Marriott. Here are the details and registration link. Gary was joined on his podcast today with Almo’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Melody Craigmyle, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 767: SYNNEX VISUALSolv is More Than Just ProAV


Gary was joined by SYNNEX’s VP of Design and Support Services, Kirk Nesbit, on today’s podcast to talk about how SYNNEX is uniquely positioned to provide the ProAV integrator IT and IP services that can be great add-on additions for ProAV systems. What are the services and how do you engage? Listen to this podcast […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 766: Barco’s CEDIA Booth is Truly Whole-Home


For the past three years, Barco Residential has had one of the best home cinema demos on the CEDIA show floor — literally, award winning. And, this year, they are upping-the-ante by showing how the entire home can be outfitted with Barco technology — not just a theater. Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Barco’s General […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 765: TASCAM Debuts the Retro-Designed Model 24 Mixer


TASCAM picked rAVe RDIO for the debut of there retro-designed Model 24 – 24 tracks of 24-bit, 48 kHz audio capture (22 channels and a stereo main mix) and 22 playback tracks via either USB 2.0 or to the unit’s onboard SD Card recorder.  But, this mixer has one bad-a** feature that no other has. Watch this […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 764: Almo’s New Sound Options Team is 100% Audio-Focused for the Integrator


THIS IS A PROMOTED POST The A part of AV is more profitable that  the V part but the V, for video, get’s all the attention. However, Almo’s new Sound Options team, led by their own Steve Alexander, is trying to change that by offering up a team of audio experts and 20+ companies that they’ve partnered […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 763: Integrate 2018 Saw at Least 3 Products Never Shown Before


The Sydney, Australia-based Integrate Expo didn’t disappoint. It was held int the brand-new Sydney International Convention Center and included three products never shown anywhere else in the world. Ever. Listen to today’s podcast so you’ll know what they were and then go watch the video on each one as we shot over 400 videos on the show […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 760: Synnex Talks Cloud Offering for ProAV


Gary was joined on today’s podcast with Synnex‘s Crystal Hale and Tim Acker today to talk about both their Cloud and Mobility options for the ProAV market. How can a distributor help ProAV integrators make money with cloud-based serves? Well, listen and find out! Check out all the InfoComm 2018 videos here.  Podcast: Play in new […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 759: Here’s The Scoop On Almo’s Plans For Insteo


Insteo started as an ad agency and transitioned into a digital signage content creation company over the last 10-years or so. And, now, they will be part of Almo’s nobox services for the ProAV integrator community. Insteo was gobbled-up by Almo ProAV earlier this week to be the content creation arm of Almo ProAV’s signage services providing turn-key […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 758: InFocus Talks SimpleShare, Mondopad and InfoComm 2018 Launches


InFocus used InfoComm to launch a totally new wireless point-to-point HDMI device called SimpleShare as well as new Mondopads — including one aimed at higher-ed. Gary was joined by InFocus’ VP of Marketing, Loren Shaw, today to talk about their InfoComm launches and how popular the SimpleShare really was. Listen! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | […]

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