Entry Now Open for 2020 CEDIA Awards

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The entry system is now open for the 2020 CEDIA Awards program. These awards spotlight the exceptional work of residential technology integrators. This year, CEDIA is launching a new awards platform that streamlines the entry process. This new system walks entrants through each step of the submission, and project details can be entered in stages […]

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Camplex Ships TAC-N-GO Tactical Signal Extender

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Camplex is shipping seven new versions of its popular TAC-N-GO tactical signal extender systems. Camplex TAC-N-GO systems convert and extend 4K HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI, HDMI, 100BaseT Ethernet or audio signals over tactical fiber optic cable, depending on the model. Each system is comprised of a field-deployable fiber optic converter system that is connected to a cable reel […]

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A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

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At the turn of every year, I often think of blogging about the big stories or products of the past year, or the promising products of the coming year. I have never written about my resolution for the new year, as they are often personal and not business- or AV-related. However, this year is different. […]

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Meridian and LG Partner for High-End Audio Soundbars 

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Featuring Meridian’s digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, the new 2020 range of soundbars from LG Electronics (LG) deliver much better audio. Introduced at CES 2020, the new range of LG soundbars is the next step in the brand’s collaboration with Meridian. The range features the SN9YG and SN11RG models as well as the flagship SN11RG; a 7.1.4 channel […]

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Diversity, Inclusion and 2020 New Year’s Resolutions for the AV Industry

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Happy New Year, friends. I’ve been too absent from these spaces as I’ve left one job, settled into a new one and let the rhythms of life get in the way. Let’s take it as a New Year’s resolution that I’ll be back, with more to share. As we’re talking about resolutions, we’ll start with […]

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Savant Partners With USAI Lighting for Daylight Mode

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Savant has partnered with USAI Lighting to debut a feature called Daylight Mode, which can align lighting schemes to match the natural circadian progression based on time-of-day. Designed to promote healthy living, Daylight Mode can be personalized by each user to suit individual lifestyle and situational changes. Savant Daylight Mode is available now. Daylight Mode […]

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LG Electronics Showcases OLED Wave at CES 2020

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A CES this year, visitors are greeted at the LG Electronics booth with the LG OLED Wave, which is constructed with an array of flexible open-frame commercial displays from LG Business Solutions. The colossal LG OLED Wave is made up of 200 55-inch LG OLED digital signage screens (128 convex and concave and 72 flat). […]

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Martin Audio Launches X218 Subwoofer

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Martin Audio just launched the X218 subwoofer as part of the company’s BlacklineX series of speakers. BlacklineX is aimed at live events, corporate installs and houses of worship. The original line-up comprised just a 15″ and single 18″ subwoofer, while the new X218 is a dual-driver, high-performance subwoofer with an operating range of 42Hz-200Hz + […]

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Stealth Acoustics to Launch EMEA Version of Stingray Outdoor Speaker at ISE 2020

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At ISE in Amsterdam, Stealth Acoustics is debuting its new 8” 3-way StingRay outdoor speaker — the StingRay 83 — to the European market. Alongside this launch product will be a selection of invisible speakers and subwoofers from the LRG and LRX product lines on stand 5-R96. The StingRay 83 is a 300-watt speaker that […]

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QMotion Brand Adds 79 New Decorative Shade Fabric Styles

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Legrand’s Building Control Systems (BCS) division today announced that its QMotion brand has added 79 new decorative shade fabric styles to its extensive offering, including light-filtering decorative sheers and room-darkening blackout fabrics in a variety of patterns, textures and colors. Legrand’s new QMotion decorative sheers include the Cirrus, Ridges, Shiraz, Tapestry and Wisp collections. In […]

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Media Day at CES 2020

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CES 2020 kicked off with some exciting announcements from LG. Last year we were all blown away by LG’s incredible OLED roll-up screens, so this year LG are taking it one step further with a roll-down version that extends from the ceiling, similar to a motorized projection screen. LG also announced all-new gaming displays and […]

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The 8K Association Announces Certified Program for 8K TVs

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The 8K Association (8KA) announced that a Certified program for 8K TVs is now available for TVs that meet the exacting requirements outlined by the 8K Association. 8K Association Certified TVs feature four times as many pixels as standard 4K TVs for impactfully realistic clarity and deliver exceptional contrast and color for striking high dynamic […]

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Klipsch Launches Three New Sound Bars at CES 2020

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Klipsch just launched three new sound bars at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week. The Klipsch Bar 54 with Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X technology is a 54″ sound bar system with a powerful 12” wireless subwoofer and Surround 3 with Dolby Atmos speakers. The system delivers a full 5.1.4 cinematic experience by […]

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HDMI Licensing Group: 8K Certification Isn’t Optional, It’s Mandatory

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To ensure quality Ultra High Speed HDMI cables reach the market and support 4K and 8K video, HDR, VRR, eARC and all other HDMI 2.1 features, HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced a mandatory certification program for all Ultra High Speed HDMI cables. Ultra High Speed HDMI cable certification includes testing to meet current EMI requirements to minimize wireless interference. […]

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Samsung Sero Comes to US

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Back in April, we published a story about a little-known launch (in Korea) of a Samsung TV that rotates from landscape to portrait modes, called Sero. Now it’s being debuted this week in the U.S. at CES! The Sero is the first consumer TV that can be used in both horizontal and vertical (portrait and […]

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 Definitive Technology Announces the Demand Series of Tower Speakers

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At CES 2020, Definitive Technology is announcing the Demand Series of Tower Speakers and center channel, adding to its Demand Series speaker range. The Demand Series D15 and D17 tower speakers feature an annealed 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter, which is laterally offset and coupled with a 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens. According to the company, this allows for […]

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Classé Audio Debuts Third Generation of Delta Series Amplifiers

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Classé Audio has debuted the third generation of its Delta series amplifiers, the Delta MONO, STEREO and PRE. The heart of the Delta series amplifiers is a large toroidal transformer, wound by hand with over 540 meters (1,771 feet) of copper windings, which takes more than six hours to wind. Separate windings for left and […]

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Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios DisplayPort Cables

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Metra Home Theater Group (MHTG) is debuting a new series of Helios DisplayPort cables that support video resolutions up to 8K. The cables will be available in lengths of 3 feet (AS-DP-3003), 6 feet (AS-DP-3006) and 9 feet (AS-DP-3009). The Helios cables work with video resolutions ranging from HD (1920×1080@60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, 165Hz) to 8K […]

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The Top 9 AV News Stories of 2019

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2019 was like no other year I can recall. While the AV-economy experienced explosive growth, at the same time, a few big brands nearly disappeared, namely InFocus and Polycom. How can the Kleenex of projectors, InFocus, literally divest themselves of projectors? Well, it happened and, that happened to be our biggest story of 2019. In […]

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Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios Smart Power Surge Protector and Conditioner

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Metra Home Theater Group (MHTG) announced the release of its new Helios Smart Power Surge Protector and Conditioner. This product includes a mobile app that allows users to control outlets on the surge protector remotely. App users can turn devices plugged into the surge protector on and off and create schedules for power usage. Additionally, […]

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Zigbee Won! Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Legrand Form Standards Alliance to Simplify Smart Home Control

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance, this week, announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Zigbee Alliance board member companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, […]

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Fred Bargetzi: The Most Consequential Person of the Modern AV Era

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By Scott Walker Principal, Waveguide LLC There it is. I’m putting it out there. I’ve thought about this a lot and from my vantage point, having spent the past 30 years of my life as an AV design consultant, I believe there’s no other single individual who has had a greater impact on the lives […]

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RTI Ships CP-16i Cool Power Audio Amplifier

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RTI has started to ship its CP-16i Cool Power audio amplifier. A 16 -el. There are thermal overload, and OC (over-current) monitor indicators to protect the amplifier from overload. Featuring RTI’s Cool Power technology, the CP-16i uses Class-D amplification ensures efficient heat dissipation and low power consumption and is housed in a 1U rack enclosure. […]

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CEDIA Launches New Awards Website

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CEDIA has launched a design-forward website to showcase CEDIA Award winners’ and finalists’ projects as well as the year’s Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame winners. In addition to the newly launched website — CEDIA Award winners and finalists have all received a personalized case study to utilize when talking with clients and […]

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Leyard and Planar BrightSign 4K Media Player Featured in New York City Showroom

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Leyard and Planar showcased its latest display and video wall innovations across a network of showrooms worldwide. The New York Showroom is located on 11th Avenue in New York City. The New York showroom occupies the entire fifth floor of a beautiful historic building constructed in 1905. The showroom is separated into approximately one dozen […]

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Extron Adds to PLUS Series of Matrix Switchers

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Extron just added the DXP 42 HD 4K PLUS to the DXP HD 4K PLUS Series of high-end HDMI matrix switchers. This 4×2 model supports data rates up to 18 Gbps and video resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. To maintain signal integrity and reliability, it provides automatic cable equalization on each input […]

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CEDIA Hires Jenn McGuire as Global Member Services Manager

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CEDIA has named Jenn McGuire global member services manager. The promotion elevates McGuire to the head of the global organization’s membership department. She will remain based in the CEDIA EMEA office in the United Kingdom. “Jenn has been with the organization for four-and-a-half years and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and excitement to the […]

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Just Add Power Now Shipping 1G AV-over-IP Solution

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Just Add Power (J+P) has started to ship its 1G AV-over-IP accessory called Warp Engine. It’s a 1RU transmitter/receiver explicitly designed for video walls to allow the content to be displayed at any imaginable angle — thus, allowing you to use varying display configurations to create “shapes” or “galleries” of monitors making up one wall. […]

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Here’s a List of All the Keynotes, Conferences and Workshops at ISE 2020

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Integrated Systems Europe 2020’s professional development program will feature over 200 leading experts (from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas) across five days of keynotes, conferences, masterclasses, workshops and presentations. Presented under the slogan, “Learn. Discover. Be Inspired,” the program has been produced by Integrated Systems Events working in close co-operation with AV […]

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