BlackWire Designs Shows Rachio Module for URC Total Control

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BlackWire Designs today announced the availability of its new module for the integration of Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controllers into URC’s Total Control 2.0 whole-house automation system. With this latest module, BlackWire Designs becomes the only distributor to support the integration of Rachio controllers into both the Control4 and URC platforms. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controllers make […]

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Control4 Intros 14 New Triad Distributed Speakers

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Control4 Corporation has announced new Triad Distributed Audio Series multi-room audio loudspeakers, with 14 models in different sizes and configurations engineered with builders, contractors and homeowners in mind. Distributed Audio Series speakers feature pivoting tweeters and vary in size as well as in-wall and in-ceiling installation configurations. All models ship with a white, round, low-profile […]

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Barix to Update RetailPlayer Background Music Streaming Platform to InfoComm 2019

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Barix is enhancing its RetailPlayer Background Music Streaming Platform and will launch a new version in booth 5457 at InfoComm 2019. The scalable RetailPlayer solution enables retail, hospitality and corporate customers to easily stream background music and messages to any number of locations over the internet. Robust hardware playout devices at each receiving site feature […]

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A Partnership Between Access Networks and Domotz Brings Live Monitoring of Home Networks

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Access Networks announced a partnership with Domotz that will integrate the Core custom system integrated with the Domotz solution for remote network monitoring and management. The collaboration enables both companies to learn from each other and enhance their product offerings to better meet the needs of today’s luxury smart homes. This is a strong statement […]

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New Dante-Enabled IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier from MSE to Debut at InfoComm 2019

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MSE Audio told rAVe today that it intends to launch the SoundTube Entertainment IPD-Hub 2 DSP Amplifier featuring Dante-enabled audio distribution. The IPD-Hub 2 will debut in booth 6069 at InfoComm 2019. SoundTube Entertainment’s IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier creates an IP-based audio distribution alternative to traditional 70v or 100v audio systems. Designed for small to medium […]

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Just Add Power Adds Dante Sound System Transmitter

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Just Add Power announced its new line-up for InfoComm 2019, including the new 767DSS Dante Enhanced Sound System transmitter. The transmitter adds compatibility with Dante and AES67 audio networks to Ultra HD over IP systems, with separate switching of audio and video. The 767DSS transmitter supports the latest Dante eight-channel chipset. The transmitter allows installers […]

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Did You Know VESA DisplayHDR Standards Exist for LCD and OLED Displays

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) says 60 display products across 13 display OEMs have been released to market that have achieved DisplayHDR certification, with more expected to be introduced in the coming months. First introduced in December 2017, DisplayHDR is the display industry’s first fully open standard specifying high dynamic range (HDR) quality for […]

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SnapAV Buys Control4

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SnapAV and Control4 Corporation today announced that they have entered into a “merger” agreement whereby SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million. The Control4 stock last traded $17.12 per share so the shareholders are likely to take this buyout. Although […]

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What’s Holding You Back?

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Whether you’re working on improving yourself personally or professionally, it’s essential to have the ability to be introspective and analytical, in order to identify what you need to work on. That’s also true when you’re coaching others. In that, self-improvement has a lot in common with troubleshooting systems and equipment at work: diagnose, analyze, repair, […]

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CEDIA Updates ESC-D Certification Exam

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CEDIA has released an updated ESC-D exam — the test to earn the global organization’s highest certification credential. The improvements follow a rigorous review and feedback process that involved more than 100 participants with heavy input from industry professionals from throughout the world. The ESC-D is targeted at industry veterans with at least five years […]

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Pakedge WA-2200 Wave 2 Debuts from Control4

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Control4 today announced the new Pakedge WA-2200  Wave 2 Access Point with BakPak Lite. With BakPak cloud configuration, the new WA-2200 supports both traditional setup through its local user interface as well as remote management and monitoring (RMM), affording a seamless solution for faster and easier access point installation and configuration. With auto-discovery of additional […]

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Voice-Enabled Denon S-Series AVRs Debut

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Today Denon announced three new S-Series AV receivers, the AVR-S950H, the AVR-S750H and AVR-S650H, adding Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, HEOS built-in for wireless multi-room music streaming, multi-assistant voice control and what they are calling a better setup experience. All three AVRs support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode for […]

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Key Digital Updates KD-PRO2x1X and KD-PRO4x1X Switchers

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Key Digital just improved the KD-PRO2x1X (two input) and KD-PRO4x1X (four input) 4K/18G HDMI switchers with analog and digital audio de-embedding, auto switching, and app-based control. Designed for conference rooms, huddle spaces, classrooms, theater and gaming spaces, KD-Pro2x1X and KD-Pro4x1X allows multiple video sources to connect to a single video display while analog (3.5mm & […]

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Alcons Audio Enters Immersive Audio Space with CRS8

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The Alcons Audio CRS8 is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker for immersive surround sound formats. Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS8 consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction. The CRS8 HF section has an 800W peak power input, enabling a unique 1:16 […]

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AudioControl Intros Avalon G4 Four-, Three- and Two-Channel Amplifiers

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AudioControl has introduced the Avalon G4, a fully configurable four-, three or two-channel amplifier designed for any residential or commercial audio application. The 2U rack space Avalon G4 can be four-channel, three-channel or two-channel amplifier configurable via rear panel controls and it’s rated as a Class H design of 230 watts/8-ohms or 300 watts/4-ohms into […]

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De-stress at Work — The Three-Level To-Do List

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It’s national stress awareness month, so I thought I’d share one of the techniques I use at work to reduce stress for my readers. We’re a company that focuses on making your meetings something you can actually enjoy, and my own design team will talk about “de-stressing” opportunities in our own UI.  However, there are […]

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Samsung Launches Vertical (and Horizontal) TVs in New The Sero

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The Sero (yes, there is a “The” in front of it) is a TV aimed at Generation Z (and the Millennials) — so says Samsung, which announced it this week. The Sero is the first consumer TV that can be used in both horizontal and vertical (portrait and landscape) orientations — it’s 43” diagonal. Aiming […]

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QSC Adds Surface-Mount Loudspeaker Without a Transformer to AcousticDesign Series

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Earlier today, QSC launched a transformer-less surface-mount speaker in the form of the AD-S6, a 6.5-inch two-way loudspeaker. As part of the AcousticDesign Series, this new loudspeaker is designed for foreground and background music (BGM/FGM) applications, as well as installations specifically requiring higher SPL foreground sound reinforcement. With a 105° conical DMT coverage and integrated […]

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The Joys of Cable

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Some topics, when you review them every couple of years, you come to realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I remember all the prognostication ten years ago about cable cutters and the death of TV. Being me, I always took a more pragmatic, some might even say cynical, view. […]

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Converting Leads for Sales

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A start-up audiovisual systems integrator needs to take every single lead seriously because, with no backlog of client work, every new lead feels like immediate gratification as a sales lead. When this company grows and has plenty of work, do the leads become less important or is every new lead still a sales lead? The […]

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The Reality of 8K

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By Jonathan Brawn, CTS, DSCE, DSDE, DSNE, DCME, ISF-C It seems like just yesterday we saw the launch of the new 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) spec that was set to revolutionize the display industry. Boasting four times the effective resolution of our then state-of-the-art 1080p FHD (full high definition), this new technology was supposedly […]

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Micro Aperture Speakers from Savant Debut

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Savant has introduced its Micro Aperture architectural loudspeaker lineup, providing integrators with the capability to deliver entertainment content anywhere with single Ethernet cable connectivity. Savant’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) self-powered Micro Aperture architectural speakers drastically reduce the complexity associated with distributed audio system design and installation. Each powered speaker contains a highly efficient amplifier, which […]

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Luxul’s Ships New Apex XAP-1610 Dual-Band Access Point for AV

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Luxul is now shipping its new Apex XAP-1610 AC3100 dual-band wireless access point (AP). The latest AP features advanced 4×4 MU-MIMO (802.11ac Wave 2) technology for data rates up to 3167Mbps and support for up to 128 wireless devices. The XAP-1610 is designed to enhance transmission and reception performance, producing higher throughput when experiencing medium […]

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Atlona Ships Rondo 4K HDR DAs

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Atlona is shipping its new Rondo family of HDMI distribution amplifiers including the 448 (AT-RON-448) for 4K/UHD/HDR sources. The Rondo 448 provides is a 1×8 DA that is designed for either residential or retail environments. Like its 1×2 and 1×4 siblings (Rondo 442 and Rondo 444), the Rondo 448 has EDID management to sync between […]

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James Loudspeaker Debuts Mavericks Architectural Cinema Division

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James Loudspeaker just announced the formation of the Mavericks Architectural Cinema (MAC) division. The James Loudspeaker MAC division will focus on the design, engineering and product specification of high-performance cinema sound systems, relying on the expertise of division Executive VP John Bishop. The Mavericks cinema speakers from James Loudspeaker provide ultra-wide bandwidth, very high sound […]

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Marantz Just Launched the Best Universal Music Server We’ve Ever Seen in M-CR612

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Marantz today announced the Marantz M-CR612 compact network CD receiver, a small audio system for streaming via HEOS, Airplay 2 and Bluetooth alongside a built-in CD player. Powerful enough to drive two pairs of loudspeakers with independent volume control or a single pair with double the output power, the M-CR612 enables users to easily stream […]

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The KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X from Key Digital Are New Entry-Priced 4K/18G HDMI DAs

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Key Digital Systems just introduced the KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X, two cost effective distribution amplifiers that offer resolution support up to UHD 4K60 4:4:4 (signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth). KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X provide one HDMI input to two or four HDMI outputs, respectively, and say they were designed for smaller cost-conscious installs. The KD-DA1x2X and KD-DA1x4X […]

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Keynote Speaker for CEDIA Expo Planned

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Today CEDIA has announced that Luke Williams, NYU professor and author of the international bestseller, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business, will deliver this year’s CEDIA Expo opening keynote. CEDIA Expo attendees can expect Williams to focus on how to tap into the disruptive mindset to differentiate their company. “Companies need […]

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Atlantic Technology Adds FS-252 SKAA Wireless Bookshelf Audio System

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The FS-252 system is the first of a new range of wireless products from Atlantic Technology that features SKAA wireless technology for receiving and transmitting high-quality audio. Derived from the pro music industry, SKAA is a standard designed for audio creating a dedicated ecosystem that far surpasses Wi-Fi in terms of sound quality, distance, ease-of-use […]

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New Lighting System from Savant Debuts

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Savant has introduced lighting and energy control modules — two-channel energy reporting modules for control and energy management of lighting as well as other electrical loads such as household appliances. Savant’s new lighting and energy modules were designed for easy installation into standard electrical panels. Because modules can be used for many individual electrical load […]

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