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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Screen Innovations Intros Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Controller and Smart Outlet

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Screen Innovations just introduced two new products enabled with Zigbee 3.0 technology, the latest iteration of the Zigbee wireless communications protocol: a mesh controller powered by PoE and a smart outlet. SI’s new Zigbee 3.0 devices enable the control of Zigbee 3.0 and RTS shades (Radio Technology Somfy) via the Somfy TaHoma app on any […]

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Planar Announces HRO Series Outdoor, Residential LEDs

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Planar just announced outdoor, residential LEDs in the form of the Planar HRO Series. The Planar HRO Series expands the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with a high brightness, fine pixel pitch LED offering that is built for close-up daylight video viewing. The Planar HRO Series delivers impactful visual experiences for audiences, even in […]

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Luxul Wireless Mesh Solution Will Be Available to Integrators This Fall

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Luxul announced Tuesday that its highly anticipated Epic Mesh wireless mesh solution will be available to integrators mid-September 2020. Epic Mesh is the first wireless mesh solution designed for the AV integration channel. Epic Mesh combines a mesh node acting as a router and additional satellite nodes that require no wired link between them. Each […]

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Vanco International Announces AV-over-IP Solution for Light Residential and Commercial Applications

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Vanco International just announced EVO-IP LITE: an entry-level AV-over-IP solution aimed at light residential and commercial for resolutions up to 1080p. The EVO-IP is basically an HDMI-over-IP system that’s scalable for AV device management in installations. Installers can use EVO-IP to manage, automate, transmit and receive audio/video signals, set up digital signage solutions such as […]

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Rotel Launches Two New Editions of Integrated Amplifier and CD Player

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Rotel just revealed the launch of two editions of the company’s A11 integrated amplifier and CD11 CD player,. The A11 Tribute and the CD11 Tribute include an increase in resolution and detail, while delivering a more musical presentation with both improved rhythm and timing. The upgraded A11 Tribute and CD11 Tribute products are available now, […]

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SAVI Controls Releases New AV Control and Automation Solution

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SAVI Controls has introduced SAVI 3 AV control and automation solution. Featuring new and simplified programming software, an intuitive user interface and a new hardware lineup built to support commercial projects, SAVI 3 systems claim hours, not weeks, to design and program. According to the company, SAVI transforms the way technicians program commercial AV systems […]

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Yamaha Releases Two RX-V AV Receivers Aimed at HomeAV

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Yamaha just released two new RX-V AV receivers for the HomeAV market. Redesigned from the ground up, the new RX-V line added support for 8K, HDMI 2.1 and HDR10+. The RX-V4A and RX-V6A, offering five and seven channels of support, respectively, are both 4K and 8K and pass-through via HDMI with the RX-V6A having seven […]

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The Threat of Substitution Is Always Around the Corner

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So I had a particularly notable and unsatisfying customer service experience this year. I say “this year” because it’s been slowly unfolding like a slow-motion train wreck throughout almost all of 2020. Bear with me here, because it’s kind of a convoluted tale. There’s a brand of outdoor apparel that I’ve been loyal to for […]

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Screen Innovations Updates Janus Power and Control Hub

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Screen Innovations offers a new version of its Janus power and control hub, which is expressly engineered for commercial integrators’ needs. Tested and certified by the NEC, NFPA and UL for fire-resistance and low-smoke production, Janus Plenum meets all safety regulations for plenum installation. The new plenum-rated Janus includes all of the original Janus features, […]

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New Marantz Integrated Amplifier and CD Player Now Available

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Marantz announced the new PM6007 Integrated Amplifier and CD6007 CD Player. Both are aimed at the custom install market. The PM6007 Integrated Amplifier ($599): The PM6007 is a two-channel integrated amplifier, delivering the most musical performance from both digital and analog sources. Featuring a Toroidal power transformer, larger power supply capacitors and carefully selected components […]

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Glory Star Launches Own Line of TAURI Temperature-Check Tablets

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Glory Star, partnered initially with Aurora Multimedia, just launched its own line of TAURI Temperature-Check Tablets. Designed to screen people when entering healthcare, manufacturing or government facilities, hotels, restaurants, conference centers, retail stores, schools and gyms, TAURI is a touch-free private temperature-check and messaging system in one tablet. You may recall seeing this before — […]

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Parasound Turns to SnapAV to Distribute Its Products

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SnapAV announced a strategic distribution partnership with Parasound to make 41 Parasound products immediately available to SnapAV customers. SnapAV customers who complete the approval process immediately have access to Parasound’s home theater, two-channel systems, multiroom audio and its line of Halo products. The partnership provides SnapAV dealers with full access to four distinct product lines: […]

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iRoom Announces New Motorized Docking Station

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iRoom just announced touchDock, its new motorized docking station. The touchDock is a scratch-resistant tempered glass for all 10.2” iPad or larger screen sizes, and its in-wall flush mount flexible installation capability (vertical or horizontal mounting). The new touchDock integrates iRoom’s docking technologies as iPad antitheft protection and hands-free unlocking of the iPad screen. The […]

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DoorBird Releases Contactless IP Video Door Station

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The new contactless DoorBird IP video door station adds contactless ringing developed by Berlin-based manufacturer Bird Home Automation. DoorBird’s new D2101WV model enables contactless ringing, protecting health and increasing safety. Visitors, customers and patients can no longer come into contact with viruses and bacteria by touching the doorbell. The new model was made for use […]

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Ashly Audio Now Shipping AW and IS Series Speaker Lineup

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Ashly Audio says its promise to offer a complete, end-to-end pro audio solution — from amplification to speaker — is fulfilled: The company is now shipping its two newest product lines, the AW Series and IS Series speakers. The speaker lineup is designed to work as standard on-wall speakers, or in eave/overhang placement, with options […]

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Visionary Solutions Releases New Encoder, Decoder With USB-C Connectivity

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Visionary Solutions has announced the release of the PacketAV DUET 2 Encoder and Decoder. According to the company, they are the world’s first AV-over-IP endpoints with built-in USB-C connectivity for distributing 4K UHD Video and Dante/AES67 over Gigabit Ethernet. The new DUET 2 encoders and decoders deliver 4K UHD video, Dante/AES67 connectivity and control, all […]

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Epson Releases LS500 3LCD-Based Laser Projector

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Integrated with Epson’s Enhanced 4K (pixel-shifting technology) and HDR, the new Epson LS500 is a 3LCD-based laser projector that allows for images up to 120” from less than 2 feet away — it’s packaged with an ALR screen, too. Combined with Epson’s proprietary 4K PRO-UHD2 3LCD technology, it combines an Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector […]

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems Adds to Debut Collection With New Turntable

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems unveiled the new Debut Carbon Evolution turntable as an addition to its Debut Collection. The product features the brand’s one-piece carbon fiber tonearm technology, electronic speed selection, suspension elements from the EISA X1 and a factory-mounted Sumiko Rainier phono cartridge. After more than 20 years in business, Pro-Ject says the Debut is […]

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D-Tools System Integrator Version 14 Now Available

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D-Tools announced the availability of System Integrator version 14, which includes new capabilities for its end-to-end estimation, design, project and service management software solution. D-Tools System Integrator (SI) is an end-to-end software solution that the company says improves operating efficiencies by streamlining the entire project workflow — from estimating, through system design and documentation, procurement, […]

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CEDIA Announces 2020 CEDIA Awards Finalists for Projects in Americas

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CEDIA just released the list of 2020 CEDIA Awards finalists for projects in the Americas region. Selected through a process taken on by CEDIA’s panels of industry expert judges, this year’s Americas region finalists hail from a varied geographical footprint throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In total, from the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific […]

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Marshall Electronics Releases USB 3.0 Adapter for Livestreaming and Videoconferencing

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Marshall Electronics just upgraded its 3GSDI/HDMI to USB 3.0 converter product category. The VAC-23SHU3 USB 3.0 adapter enables any HDMI or 3G/HD-SDI video and audio source to be ingested into a computer for livestreaming, videoconferencing, collaboration, video production and recording. These converters are simple to use and offer a plug-and-play setup that integrates professional video […]

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New App from Philips Professional Display Solutions Helps Ease Germ Concerns on Hotel TV Remotes

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A new app from tech firm Philips Professional Display Solutions has been launched to help hotels worldwide reopen safely and prevent the spread of potentially harmful viruses — such as COVID-19. Compatible with selected Philips PDS MediaSuite Hospitality pro TVs, including the 5014 and 6014 Google-certified models, the health and hygiene inspired GuestConnect app allows […]

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Home Technology Company Uses Jetbuilt to Help Manage Its Growth Throughout COVID-19

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Brian Hudkins founded Gramophone in 1976, initially as a small stereo store. With a passion for music and the stereo business, Hudkins evolved his vision into two nationally recognized showrooms. Today, Gramophone — under the leadership of Andrew Davis — has grown to nearly 100 employees and four locations, including the Kitchen Design Center of […]

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Extron Announces Latest Addition to NAV Pro AV-over-IP Products

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Extron announced that the NAV E 101 DTP, the latest addition to its NAV Pro AV-over-IP products, is now available. The NAV E 101 DTP is an encoder to bridge DTP Systems with NAV Pro AV-over-IP by accepting an input signal from any DTP Systems transmitter and streaming ultra-low latency content over standard Gigabit Ethernet […]

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AudioControl’s Latest Line of Receivers Include Dirac Live Bass Control

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Dirac and AudioControl announced that AudioControl’s latest line of receivers and processors include Dirac Live Bass Control for a more immersive home theater experience in any space. Dirac Live Bass Control uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to co-optimize a sound system’s components to deliver consistent bass throughout a room. Dirac Live Bass Control aggregates […]

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SnapAV Releases Episode Impression Series Satellite Speaker and Bandpass Subwoofer

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SnapAV today introduced the Episode Impression Series satellite speaker and bandpass subwoofer. The Impression series offers 4” satellite speakers and a 6.5” bandpass subwoofer with a low distortion, wide dispersion and flat-frequency response. Available in 2.1, 4.1, custom-sized kits, and individual SKUs, the Impression Series offers numerous configurations. The 4.1 kit comprises four Impression satellite […]

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