MSE Audio and Attero Tech Collaborate for IPD-Hub2

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MSE Audio announced a joint sales initiative with Attero Tech to package Axiom Audio Wall Plates and Axon C1 Zone Control Wall Plate with SoundTube Entertainment’s IPD-Hub2 and Remote Volume Control Plate. The SoundTube Entertainment IPD-Hub2 brings IP-based, PoE technology to the commercial and residential markets offering a unique alternative to traditional audio distribution systems. […]

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What Are Microperf Grilles? Ask James Loudspeaker

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James Loudspeaker has introduced a microperf grille to the company’s Small Aperture architectural loudspeakers. The new grilles utilize smaller perforations and offer a less obtrusive, almost invisible presentation that nearly vanishes into any décor while providing nearly identical frequency response and dispersion to the original grilles. The new microperf grilles will come standard on all […]

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CEDIA Lifetime Award Winner Spent a Lifetime in CEDIA

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CEDIA announced that Mitchell Klein was chosen as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Klein will be honored at the CEDIA Expo Opening Keynote hosted at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of […]

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CEDIA Home Cinema Masterclass to Be Led By Three Home Theater Gods

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Three of the biggest names in home theater integration will offer an unparalleled learning opportunity. The CEDIA Home Cinema Design Masterclass — featuring Imaging Science Foundation founder Joel Silver, Grimani Systems President Anthony Grimani and TK Theatres and RAYVA founder Theo Kalomirakis — will provide an in-depth examination of several key topics. The CEDIA Home […]

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Z-Wave Rolls Out Z-Wave Plus v2 Certification

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The Z-Wave Alliance is unveiling details about the Z-Wave Plus v2 certification designed for devices built on the new Z-Wave 700 platform. The updated certification will deliver a significantly improved consumer experience by mandating the inclusion of SmartStart, a setup feature that will truly bring plug and play to the consumer smart home. Removing the […]

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Denon AVR-X3600H is New 9.2 Receiver

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Today Denon announced its latest X-Series AV Receiver, the Denon AVR-X3600H ($1,099). The new 9.2 channel AV receiver offers IMAX Enhanced out-of-box, as well as a full suite of three-dimensional audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X and new Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology. It also supports the latest video technologies, including Dolby Vision, […]

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Legrand Debuts New On-Q Branded, In-Wall TV Power and Cable Management Kits

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Legrand recently extended its line of On-Q in-wall power products with the introduction of new On-Q Flat Screen TV Pro Power and Cable Management Kits. The new solutions provide installers with everything needed to safely extend power to wall-mounted displays and accompanying devices, while neatly concealing power and AV cables inside the wall. Each in-wall […]

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AV Junction Gives It Another Try – This Time with Free Online Platform

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If you’re looking for either contract and full time AVtweeps, AV Junction now has a free web platform. AV Junction provides companies with access to “pre-vetted” (this is their term and not verified or validated as to what exactly this means) AV professionals. This is a dedicated online marketplace for AV people. AV Junction says […]

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MSE Audio Debuts SoundTube Entertainment STNet Switch II

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MSE Audio just announced the SoundTube Entertainment STNet Switch II, a proprietary Power over Ethernet, rack-mountable switch designed for use in Dante networks. Featuring 16-ports, the STNet Switch II is designed for pairing with STNet IPD Speakers. SoundTube Entertainment’s STNet Switch II is a 1-RU, 16-port Gigabit switch. The STNet Switch II’s 700-watt power supply […]

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The Third-Best Looking Handheld Remote (from RTI) Ships

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RTI today announced that its flagship T4x handheld remote control is now shipping. Designed for any contemporary environment, its ergonomic and has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, that includes programmable soft-touch buttons. The best looking remote is still this one from Crestron followed closely by the Savant Pro. The RTI is a massive improvement over the […]

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The Truth About the New TechLogix “Gaming Market” Fiber Optic Cables

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TechLogix Networx has launched HDMI and DisplayPort video cables that they claim are specifically designed for electronic gaming and esports competition. Huh? The press announcement said, “Unlike traditional video cables which are limited in length and video-processing speed, TechLogix cables leverage a fiber optic core that supports true, real-time 8K and 4K120 video with bandwidths […]

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Key Digital’s Re-do of the KD-Pro8x8D Includes Audio Pre-Amp and ARC

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Key Digital just debuted a new version of their KD-Pro8x8D a UHD/4K, HDCP 2.2 and ARC supporting digital video matrix with audio de-embedding on analog and digital audio connectors. Video outputs feature simultaneously active HDMI and HDBaseT ports for simplistic single-wire integration with displays throughout the distributed video system. Six short range (model KD-X88SHRx) and […]

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VESA Details New DisplayPort 2.0 Spec – Aimed at 8K Video and Beyond

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced last week that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort (DP) audio/video standard. DP 2.0 is the first major update to the DisplayPort standard since March 2016 and provides up to a 3x increase in data bandwidth performance compared to the previous version of DisplayPort (DP 1.4a), […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Building Resilience Into Your Schedule

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It’s important to be resilient. In this context, that means being prepared for the worst. Everyone knows Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And there are others like, “The first casualty of every battle is the plan,” or “Every solution has two problems,” and of course, “You don’t need to go […]

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Regal Cinemas and Cineworld Picks Christie’s RealLaser Cinema Projectors

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Christie just announced that Cineworld Group – the world’s second largest cinema exhibitor (known as Regal Cinemas in the USA) – has signed an agreement to acquire more than 1,000 of Christie’s RGB pure laser cinema projectors featuring Christie RealLaser illumination technology. “At Cineworld, we have always focused on leading technologies to benefit the cinema […]

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11th Annual CEDIA Women in Consumer Technology Luncheon Includes Keynote Speaker Sam Horn

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Women in Consumer Technology (WiCT) today announced that bestselling author Sam Horn will present as keynote speaker during the organization’s 11th annual CEDIA Expo Luncheon, to be held Sept. 13 in the Denver Convention Center. This year the event will open with a new networking reception featuring a mimosa and bloody mary bar from 11:30 […]

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New 4K Receivers Debut from Marantz

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Marantz has announced the SR5014 and SR6014 4K Ultra HD AV receivers. Prioritizing audio, the SR6014 features high-current discrete power amplifiers on all channels to deliver 110 watts of power per channel (8 ohm, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08 percent THD, two-channel driven). Marantz’s proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuitry provides maximum dynamic […]

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Denon Debuts New Network Receiver for ProAV Market

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Today Denon announced its first stereo network receiver with wireless music streaming and 4K HDMI capabilities, the DRA-800H. Featuring a newly designed L/R symmetric stereo power amplifier design, the Hi-Fi stereo receiver delivers superb audio fidelity from a variety of sources — including wireless music, CD and phono — while a full-featured HDMI section with […]

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Cineworld and Barco’s Cinionic to Install 1,000+ Laser Projectors Worldwide

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Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, announces an expansion in its relationship with one of the world’s largest theater chains, Cineworld Group. Cinionic will illuminate Cineworld Group operated theaters in the U.S., EU and UK with enhanced services and award-winning portfolio of Barco laser projectors, including the newly launched Barco Series 4. Over the next […]

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InfoComm 2019 Shuts Up Orlando Haters By Setting an All-Time Attendance Record, Again

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From Friday’s AVIXA Foundation Career Day, welcoming students to the show, to the more than 40 percent of registered attendees under the age of 40, InfoComm 2019, June 8-14 in Orlando, continued to draw the next generation of audiovisual professionals, as well as a broad cross-section of engaged AV customers from higher education, hospitality, retail […]

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Enterprise-Grade Home Networks Will Come From Access Networks and Domotz Partnership

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Access Networks announced today that it has partnered with Domotz. As a result of this new partnership, Access Networks is now outfitting every newly deployed Core custom system with the powerful, flexible and scalable Domotz solution for remote network monitoring and management. Hence, Access Networks and its growing network of dealers will have the means […]

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Studio Six Digital Shows dBPod Smart Sound Level Meter

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Studio Six Digital added the dBPod smart sound level meter to its product line at InfoComm 2019. The dBPod is the a sound level measurement tool that enables users to gather data onsite or remotely. Sound level management couldn’t be any easier, with colored LED lights providing a clear visual status in real time. More […]

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Meridian Intros DSP320.2 In-Ceiling and In-Wall Speaker Series

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The new DSP320.2 In-Ceiling / In-Wall Loudspeaker from Meridian are the company’s new high-end models for home theaters. For a speaker of its size (100 millimeters / 4” mounting depth), this two-channel in-ceiling and in-wall applications is spec’d to have four times the bass performance of a passive in-ceiling speaker with similar cabinet volume. The […]

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Stewart Filmscreen Redesigns Luxus Projection Screen

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Stewart Filmscreen today announced the re-engineering of its Luxus Classic Model A, Retractable Below Ceiling Screen System. Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Luxus features a sleek, customizable housing, a quieter motor, and an easy-to-access screen assembly that can be field serviced in a matter of minutes. Customized with every order via the new […]

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CEDIA Announces Award Finalists

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CEDIA has named the Americas region and Asia Pacific region finalists for the 2019 CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition. The awards recognize the very best projects CEDIA home technology professional members have completed during the last year. “CEDIA members continue to provide exceptionally great projects that are reviewed by our esteemed technical judging panel,” […]

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Aurora Multimedia Shows DXE-218 Eight-Output HDMI PoE Splitter

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Aurora Multimedia announces the DXE-218 calling it the first ever eight-port 4K60 4:4:4 HDMI PoE Splitter with downscaling per individual output. The unit includes capabilities such as individual CEC control, EDID management, hot plug detection and EDID reporting per output. This is all done through the LAN port for full control and statistics of all […]

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Nortek and HomeSphere Partner

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Nortek Security & Control today announced a new partnership with HomeSphere, a Colorado-based digital marketplace that connects building product manufacturers directly with regional homebuilders. “Through HomeSphere, we can reach over 2,600 local builders with the solutions and services available through the Nortek Security & Control New Home Program, and connect them with certified dealers to […]

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Details and Communication

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I was recently meeting with one of my dealers and he expressed frustration at how may times he has to repeat himself on jobsites when communicating his requirements to trades like the electrician or the HVAC guy in order for them to do the thing he needs them to do, so he is able to […]

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New Klipsch Sound Bar Line Is High-End

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Klipsch just announced the debut of two new high-end sound bars that look and sound like the brand’s premium Reference speakers. The Klipsch BAR 48 is a 3.1 sound bar, featuring a dedicated center channel speaker for enhanced clarity, a wireless 8″ subwoofer for powerful, deep bass and built-in surround sound processing technologies such as […]

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