Extron’s New NetPA U 2002 SB Amplifier Is ENERGY STAR Qualified

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The new Extron NetPA U 2002 SB is an amplifier with bridgeable outputs that can deliver two 200 watt channels into low impedance systems or one 400 watt channel into low or high impedance systems. It is an ENERGY STAR qualified, Dante-enabled audio power amplifier in a half rack, convection cooled, plenum rated enclosure that […]

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Extron Introduces SSP 200 Surround Sound Processor

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Extron introduced the the SSP 200 high-performance Surround Sound Processor designed for pro AV applications in corporate and commercial environments. The new processor automatically decodes Dolby and DTS formats from HDMI sources to discreet audio outputs. Providing up to ten built-in outputs, plus additional outputs via an EXP port, the SSP 200 provides the flexibility […]

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Parasound Adds New Power Amplifiers to ZoneMaster Line

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Parasound has added a pair of two-channel and four-channel power amplifiers to its ZoneMaster line for professional audio systems installers. The Parasound ZoneMaster ZM 2 and ZM 4 are each channel rated at 150 watts into the typical 4-ohm and 2-ohm loads of architectural speakers, and 120 watts for 8-ohm hi-fi speakers. The Parasound ZoneMaster […]

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Amish, Luddites and the March of Technology

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Let’s start off with the Amish. Yes, you’re in the right place, and yes, this is the opening to a technology column. Theirs is a community about which I’ve been thinking, both since a recent vacation to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and, more recently, after a discussion about so-called digital natives and acceptance of new technologies. I’ll […]

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Savant Establishes Exclusive Partnership With Devialet

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Savant has established an exclusive partnership with Devialet, an acoustic engineering company, to distribute the Phantom Reactor Custom active loudspeaker to the CI channel. The Phantom Reactor Custom includes a series of innovations including Devialet’s ADH amplification and SAM technology, working together to generate output levels (97 dB) from a compact loudspeaker. The amplifier drives […]

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Control4 Provides Smart Home System to ESPACIO THE JEWEL OF WAIKIKI

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When the owners of ESPACIO THE JEWEL OF WAIKIKI in Oahu, Hawaii, decided to transform its 73-room hotel building into nine full-floor ultra-luxury suites with private elevators, it knew the target market of celebrities and other high-end clientele would expect an “above and beyond” experience from the moment they arrive. The usual top-shelf amenities all […]

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Samsung’s Newest TV and Display Technology Joins Its 2020 8K and 4K QLED TV Lineup

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Samsung Electronics newest TV and Display technology, including the outdoor TV, The Terrace; Samsung’s first UST projector, The Premiere; and The Wall with 1.2./1.6 pixel pitch options, join its 2020 8K and 4K QLED TVS, and Lifestyle TVs, The Sero and new 32” and 75” sizes for The Frame. These new Lifestyle TVs offer fresh […]

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Trinnov Audio Releases Software Upgrade for Altitude32, Altitude16

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Trinnov Audio just announced the release of software version 4.2.16, an upgrade for the Altitude32 and Altitude16 processors that incorporates an object viewer for Dolby Atmos. Now Altitude owners will be able to use the processor’s user interface to see a graphic three-dimensional representation of the location of each sound object, all in real-time. The […]

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CEDIA Announces Finalists for 2020 Best New Products Awards

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The finalists for the 2020 CEDIA Best New Products Awards program in the Americas region have been announced. The honors feature hardware and software products from top CEDIA member manufacturing companies and trade suppliers. “The technology showcased by this year’s Best New Products finalists is out of this world,” said CEDIA Senior Vice President of […]

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Barco Goes Greener, Reaches 2020 Sustainability Target

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Barco just told rAVe that the company has actually reached its 2020 sustainability target on reducing the carbon footprint of its operations in the fiscal year 2019 — one year in advance. In 2016, Barco first set several five-year sustainability goals to be established by 2020 (compared to 2015). The primary targets were reducing the […]

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McIntosh Adds Two New Amplifiers to Home Audio Lineup

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McIntosh just added two more amplifiers in the form of the MC830 Solid State Amplifier and C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Featuring styling reminiscent of the company’s 1950s and 1960s designs, the MC830 and C8 are full of modern-day technology to produce a home audio experience. MC830 The MC830 is a one-channel solid-state amplifier that has […]

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Philips Professional Display Solutions Announces New Range B-Line Ultra HD Pro TVs

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Philips Professional Display Solutions just announced its new range of Google and Crestron-Connected certified B-Line Ultra HD pro TVs for collaboration in meeting rooms, education settings and hospitality environments. First unveiled in February during ISE 2020 in Amsterdam, the new B-Line range is one of Philips Professional Display Solutions’ most advanced and flexible pro TV […]

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Crestron and Delos Partner to Integrate Control System With Home Wellness Intelligence Network

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Crestron and Delos, a wellness real estate firm based in New York, today announce an integration between the Crestron 3-Series Control System and the Delos DARWI Home Wellness Intelligence Network. The Crestron 3-Series Control System integrates with DARWIN to control lighting, shades, HVAC and audio within the DARWIN platform. Features like control of tunable lighting, […]

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Savant Partners With Robern for Bathroom Lighting Solution

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Savant has partnered with Robern, a premier manufacturer of luxury furnishings for bathrooms to pair its circadian lighting with the tunable white LED lighting available in Robern’s cabinetry, vanities and mirrors, making a healthier lifestyle available in more places throughout the home. Robern has been a resource for designers, architects and consumers seeking modern, highly […]

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New ISE 2021 Dates Set for June

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It looks like the industry pundits that predicted the ISE’s demise for 2021 were wrong as Integrated Systems Events, today, issued a statement that their new 2021 dates are 1-4 June and it will still be held at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. The decision to reschedule ISE 2021 from February to June […]

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Acurus Shows Integrated Surround Processor Ecosystem

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Acurus just showed its integrated surround processor ecosystem that integrates its new room correction solution called ASPEQT. Combined with Acurus amplifier offerings, the 2RU M8, and the Class A/B A2000 Series, the Acurus ecosystem is a self-contained Home Cinema solution. This new processor ecosystem, with its easy-to-use setup and added room calibration via ASPEQT, meets […]

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CEDIA Establishes CEDIASTRONG Scholarship for Up-And-Coming Talent

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CEDIA announced the establishment of the CEDIASTRONG Scholarship Fund Tuesday. CEDIA will begin accepting donations with the intent to award education grants in 2021 to up-and-coming home technology talent: high school graduates, community college and vocational school students, as well as displaced techs who are keen to build their skills and careers in the smart and […]

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D.W. Fearn Updates VT Series of Microphone Preamps, Equalizers, Compressors

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D.W. Fearn just announced several updates to its VT Series of tube microphone preamplifiers, equalizers and compressors. The updated VT-2 now features an integrated, switchable 43-decibel pad, enabling it to be patched into the Master Buss during mixdown and mastering to provide D.W. Fearn’s sonic signature to the final mix or mastering process. This replaces […]

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Jetbuilt Unveils Manager Approval Feature in Enterprise Platform

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Jetbuilt just unveiled Manager Approval; the latest feature in its Enterprise platform designed for large consultants, facilities and integrators. Manager Approval, available as an optional feature for Jetbuilt Enterprise users, requires managers to formally approve a proposal before the salesperson can submit it to a prospective client. Manager Approval enables salespeople to design and edit […]

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Leon Releases Ente SoundTile Reference-Grade Speakers

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Leon’s new Ente SoundTile is spec’d as reference-grade speakers powered by a Sonos Amp. First introduced at CEDIA Expo in 2019, the Ente SoundTile was originally only offered in a two-channel audio configuration. Now Leon has expanded the line to include one-channel and zero-channel options so that integrators can mix and match models to create […]

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Access Networks Expands Wi-Fi 6 WAP Line

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Access Networks has expanded its Wi-Fi 6 WAP line to include three different models as well as a newly implemented cloud-based configuration of Core systems, live chat for both tech support and sales-related questions, and online design and ordering, helps integrators streamline their design and deployment of residential networks. Comprising the portfolio is the A550, […]

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PureTech Alliance Announces Agreement to Support Google Nest Products

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The PureTech Alliance has announced an agreement to support Google Nest products in the custom integrator channel across all 50 U.S. States. Google Nest products work together, where your Nest Protect smoke alarm can talk to your Nest Learning Thermostat, your Nest Hub Max shows you what’s happening on your Nest Cams and Nest Hello […]

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The Crowdfunded Cinera Edge HMD Could Bring a 5K OLED Display and Dolby Digital 5.1 Headphone Right to Your Face

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A crowdfunded head mounted display (HMD) developed by Cinera could give consumers a 5K OLED display with a Dolby Digital 5.1 headphone. The Cinera Edge is a dual 2.5K-micro OLED and a Dolby Digital certified headphone with 5.1 channels of surround sound with each of its displays providing 2560×1440 pixels in a two-centimeter area, using […]

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CEDIA Opens Board Elections with 5 New Candidates

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The ballot featuring five elected director candidates for the 2021-2022 CEDIA Board of Directors is open. CEDIA is encouraging all global member companies to cast their vote for four open elected director positions. The CEDIA Board of Directors governs the association’s activities, and is dedicated to furthering the CEDIA mission of building prosperity for its […]

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LG Business Solutions Launches LG MAGNIT MicroLED Signage Solution

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LG Business Solutions USA is officially launching its microLED signage solution, LG MAGNIT. The solution uses LG’s new “Black Coating” display technology and block-assembly design. It may look familiar (LG showed a sneak peek of it at InfoComm 2019) — microLED features self-emissive micrometer-scale pixels applied directly to the substrate board to deliver images with […]

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From Entertainment and Search, to Smart Home Control, Voice Assistant Technology Comes of Age

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By Jack Wetherill Futuresource Consulting Smart speakers continue to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers, driving demand for wireless speakers and establishing a wider acceptance of voice assistants. By the end of 2019, 21 million smart speakers were in use in Western European homes, on track to exceed 32 million by the end of […]

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Gaming Software, Hardware and Headsets on the Up, as Appeal Intensifies and Market Surges

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By James Manning Smith Futuresource Consulting The video gaming industry has risen to new heights in 2020, with prevailing market conditions stimulating consumer demand and console lifecycles coming together to create an environment of opportunity. According to Futuresource research, by the end of this year the gaming software market will be worth U.S. $154 billion, […]

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AudioControl Intros Director 2.0 Firmware for Select Amplifiers

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AudioControl has introduced the Director 2.0 firmware that adds features and a better GUI for its line of Director Series and RS Series DSP amplifiers. The new GUI is also a responsive webpage, making it easy to view various devices and screen sizes from phones and tablets to computers. The new interface is compatible with […]

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Access Networks Launches Wi-Fi 6 Systems Via Ruckus Wireless Access Points

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Access Networks just launched new Wi-Fi 6 systems in the form of the Ruckus R550 and R850 wireless access points. Like the company’s previously announced A750 Wi-Fi 6 access point, the Ruckus-brand models elevate Wi-Fi performance from “gigabit” to “multi-gigabit” Wi-Fi. Because networking requirements vary by the size of home, number of users and devices, […]

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Rotel Unveils Home Theater Receivers With Dirac Room Correction Technology

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The RSP-1576MKII and RAP-1580MKII are new Rotel home theater receivers integrated with Dirac room correction technology. The RSP-1576MKII (available September 2020): $3,499 USD) is designed as a multichannel preamplifier, leveraging the audio performance of its Balanced Design Concept built on a toroidal transformer, with low distortion. The Rotel RAP-1580MKII (available October 2020): $4,999 USD uses […]

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Z-Wave Alliance Announces New Long Range Specification

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The Z-Wave Alliance, a standards organization for advancing the Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, announced the new Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) specification. Engineered to provide significantly extended wireless range and support robust networks, Z-Wave LR extends Z-Wave connectivity beyond the interior boundaries of the home to improve wireless transmission range of peripheral Z-Wave devices […]

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LG Business Solutions USA Enters Fitness Equipment Business With New Touch Display

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LG Business Solutions USA is entering the fitness equipment business with the introduction of a new 15-inch touch screen display designed for various exercise equipment. Featuring LG’s Pro:Idiom and Pro:Centric technologies, the displays can be customized with branded content and unique user interfaces. They are aimed at gyms, hotels, multi-unit living facilities, schools, corporate fitness […]

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