Upgrade Like the Amish

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Quick! Pull up a mental picture of the Amish. Now think about what kinds of technology they might be using. “That’s crazy talk, Hope,” you might be thinking right about now, “the Amish are practically synonymous with horse and buggies and the near total rejection of modern technology.” Actually, dear readers, the Amish view of […]

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Where’s the Video in the Audio, Video, and Lighting Industry?

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I suppose if the Cobbler’s kids had no shoes, then I shouldn’t be surprised that the Audio, Video, and Lighting (AVL) industry doesn’t use video well to reach potential customers. And yet, here in the 21st century, I am surprised and disappointed in the spotty to non-existent use of video as a content marketing medium […]

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InfoComm 2016 — Life from the Podcast Desk

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The world from the podcast station in Vegas from June 8th through the 10th was filled with #AVselfies, magical Tascam gear, and interviews galore. My partner in crime, Johnny Mota, and I set up rAVe Pubs RADIO desk successfully in the Kramer booth with the help from our friends Eric Larsen of Tascam and our rAVe […]

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Selling Insights and Technology to Churches

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In even the smallest of churches, the decision to purchase complex solutions is handled by a small group. In some denominations, this is a leadership staff, in others, a volunteer committee. Aware of this truth, vendors often try to bring consensus to these groups through price, benefits or a crisp value proposition. But time and […]

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Our InfoComm 2016 Wrap-Up Video Launches

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Each year, we produce a video-review of the InfoComm show — sort of an AV Geek music video! Well, it’s already ready and we’ve already posted it. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed shooting it! You may be in here, so watch below:

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InfoComm from Afar

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And… one more quick one post-InfoComm post. For the second consecutive year, family obligations kept me away from the big show. Last year it was my lovely bride’s recovery from major back surgery; this year was a more joyous occasion as my son graduated pre-school (and yes, this is important; another tradeshow will always come, […]

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Our InfoComm Coverage Is BIG-TIME, Includes Over 1650 New Product Videos!

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This year at InfoComm, we shot over 1650 new product videos, recorded over 60 podcasts, we debuted rAVe [TV] with over 40 new TV show (featuring one-on-one interviews with rAVe’s very own Joel Rollins), we took over 300 show floor photos, we live-streamed over 90 times from the show floor using Facebook LIVE and Periscope, […]

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A Locksmith, a Monkey and the Oldest Profession: On Disruption

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While I’m not attending InfoComm in meatspace this year, I’ve managed to flitter in and out of the show via Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat, etc. I’ll talk more about the experience of the trade show from afar, but today I’d like to discuss the keynote speech, a recent visit I made to my locksmith and what […]

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InfoComm 2016 Officially the Largest on Record

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A record 1,000 exhibitors, including 211 new exhibitors, filled the Las Vegas Convention Center June 8-10 for InfoComm 2016, occupying 527,105 net square feet of exhibit and special events space — also a show record. Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, more than double the number engaged […]

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Bose Professional Introduces ControlCenter Zone Controllers

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Bose Professional announces the introduction of its new ControlCenter zone controllers. The ControlCenter series is a set of remote controls for use with Bose FreeSpace amplifiers, PowerShare amplifiers, and ControlSpace processors. The three models are: ControlCenter CC-1, providing volume control; ControlCenter CC-2, offering volume plus A/B source selection; and ControlCenter CC-3, offering volume plus A/B/C/D […]

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Want to Understand How Sony’s InfoComm Attendee-Wowing Crystal LED (CLEDIS) Video Wall Technology Works?

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If you were at InfoComm you not only heard about Sony’s giant 32’x9’ video wall using a brand-new display technology called Crystal-LED, you went and looked at it. It was THE display technology and device that garnered the most attention at InfoComm 2016. And, not because it is new — it’s stunning. They call it […]

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Leyard Debuts LED Wall Built From Carbon Fiber

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Carbon Fiber has been used on racing bikes for years as it’s as it’s lighter than plastic but stronger than steel. Now, add an LED wall to that with Leyard’s new CarbonLight LED display solutions to that. It’s a family of flexible, lightweight displays uniquely constructed to meet a broad range of creative indoor and […]

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rAVe Announces 2016 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. To be frank, this doesn’t need much written about it as the stats prove its importance. And, here are some stats in case you are doubting the validity of these awards: 1. We had over 81,000 voters for the final awards! 2. The […]

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All the Feels

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Our cat passed away a few months ago, and we kinda sorta forgot to pick up her ashes. Our vet’s office sent us a very kind letter where they struck just the right balance between “we’re very sorry for your loss” and “you really need to come back and get these cremains.” The thought that […]

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Sony to Debut Totally New Display Technology at InfoComm

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Sony will launch a totally new display technology that is an amazingly small (as in width of a human hair thin) crystal LEDs that are encapsulated behind a black sub-structure. The width of each pixel/LED is only 0.003 millimeters squared. Yes, you read that right. Basically, the self-emitting display technology uses R (red), G (green), […]

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Building, Design for Sound and Acoustics, Part 1: Understanding the Basics of Sound

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By John J. Lupo Division Manager, North Florida, Dynamark Systems This is part one of a multi-part series of articles that will provide a solid understanding of the principles of sound and acoustics as it relates to design and construction of both public and private spaces. Parts 2-5 will cover decibels, STC ratings, soundproofing and […]

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Compound Photonics Likely Freaked Out Texas Instruments’ DLP Team Yesterday With 14mm 4K Resolution Chip Launch

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At Display Summit China, Compound Photonics introduced what it’s calling the world’s smallest native 4K imaging device, measuring only 14 millimeters diagonally and featuring pixels smaller than three microns. Compound Photonics is an eight-year old technology company whose engineering and marketing teams are comprised of some of the brightest stars in the photonics and projection […]

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Barco Buys Control System Company Medialon

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Barco has purchased Florida-based Medialon. Medialon is known as a control system company that’s 100 percent cloud-based. “For us, Barco has the piece we were missing — a sales channel,” Medialon North American Sales Manager, Eric Cantrell, told rAVe today. He continued, “It’s been an interesting several months. We are profitable and this gives Barco […]

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Private Equity Firm Buys AVI-SPL

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H.I.G. Capital (H.I.G.), a private equity investment firm with $19 billion of equity capital under management,has acquired AVI-SPL, Inc. AVI-SPL, as you well know, is the industry’s largest commercial AV integrator. Some background that no one else covering this story seems to mention is that AVI-SPL was already partially owned by another private equity company, […]

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