CEDIA Reaches ANSI Accreditation as an Accredited Standards Developer

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CEDIA announced an achievement in its global strategy implementation in the area of elevating industry professionalism. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved CEDIA as an Accredited Standards Developer (ASD). “Quite simply, this milestone puts us in a higher, more globally recognized echelon when it comes to developing industry standards,” said CEDIA Senior Director […]

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MSE Audio Announces PhaseTech Premier Collection Available in New Color

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MSE Audio announced the PhaseTech Premier Collection subwoofers, bookshelf and tower speakers are now available in a smooth white satin finish. The PC9.5 Tower Speaker is part of the premier collection with PhaseTech’s design profile. It sports three patented 6.5” tri-laminate Kevlar/RPF/Glass Fiber flat-piston woofers, a 1.5” soft dome midrange, and a 1” soft dome […]

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Extron Releases New LinkLicenses for Select TouchLink Products

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Extron just introduced an Extron LinkLicense for TouchLink Control and the TLCA 1 TouchLink Control Adapter. These Pro Series control options will transform your wall mount, tabletop and Cable Cubby TouchLink Pro touch panels into an all-in-one control system. They will add flexibility to Extron’s latest TouchLink Pro touch panels, including the TLP Pro 525 […]

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Meridian Has a New Digital Active In-Wall Subwoofer With Onboard DSP Technology

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Meridian’s new DSW600 Digital Active In-Wall Subwoofer integrates onboard DSP technology. It provides thermal and dynamic bass protection, meaning (according to the company) that even when the subwoofer is played at high levels or over prolonged periods, it always delivers a precise sound for complete audio immersion. Meridian’s Enhanced Bass Alignment technology also uses two […]

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Chowmain Details New Control4 Driver and Panel for EMEA

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Chowmain just released a bidirectional IP driver for Lightwave RF for Control4 OS 3. Lightwave manufactures a range of smart lighting, power and heating solutions. The new driver allows the Lightwave home automation system to expand Control4’s smart home offering in the U.K. and EU regions using existing wiring. The integration brings some new solutions […]

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Crestron Now Offering Cameo Universal Wireless Dimmers

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The new Crestron Cameo Universal Wireless Dimmers are entry-level lighting control options that offer residential systems integrators the flexibility to design lighting projects before the load types have been defined. Cameo dimmers auto-select the ideal dimming voltage for LED, incandescent and magnetic or electronic low-voltage connections. (According to Crestron, this is so integrators no longer […]

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Microsoft Follows Zoom and Launches Personal Teams Devices for Homes and Offices

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Microsoft has announced new Microsoft Teams displays, a category of all-in-one dedicated Teams devices (basically a personal Teams touch screen) integrated with voice control via Microsoft Cortana. Microsoft is marketing these as personal workspace devices that integrate with Teams collaboration and communication for your home and small office environments — think of them as personal […]

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Marantz Adds Slimline 8K Ultra HD AV Receiver

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Marantz announced its latest slimline 8K Ultra HD AV receiver, the NR1711, on Thursday. Identical power is provided on all channels (50 watts per channel: 8-ohm, 20 hertz – 20 kilohertz, THD: 0.08%, two-channel drive) with low-impedance driver capability. The NR1711 enables users to transform and upgrade their home cinema experience to support multidimensional object-oriented […]

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Origin Acoustics Is Shipping Its New Line of Performance Subwoofers

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Origin Acoustics is now fully stocked and shipping its new line of Performance Subwoofers. The new Performance Subwoofer series delivers more volume, lower frequencies, a better aesthetic and it all sits in a smaller cabinet — according to Origin. The line features three floor-standing models with a $500 8-inch, $700 10-inch and $900 12-inch driver […]

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Extron Now Shipping HAE 100 4K Plus Audio De-embedder

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Extron has started shipping its HAE 100 4K Plus audio de-embedder. The HAE 100 4K Plus extracts audio from a 4K HDMI source and provides outputs for stereo and dual-mono analog audio signals and digital audio multichannel or two-channel formats. It is HDCP compliant to ensure display of content-protected media and supports data rates up […]

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EnGenius Technologies Releases Cloud-managed Wi-Fi 6 Wireless AP

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EnGenius Technologies detailed the release of its new EnGenius ECW260 Cloud Managed Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor Dual-Band Wireless AP designed to handle large crowds on multiple devices using the fastest speeds available. The AP uses Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology and is aimed at airports, smart cities, campuses, parks and large industrial sites — and can maintain […]

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AV LinkPro Adds Automated Attendant to Video Intercom Systems

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AV LinkPro just launched the V-Sense, a new touch-less intercom add-on, basically adding an automated attendant to video intercom systems. This contactless and hygienic solution combines facial recognition technology and a voice-activated system and works with door intercom products from DoorBird, Aiphone, 2N, Holovision, Siedle, Came BPT and others by providing the added feature of […]

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Sony Debuts VPL-GTZ380 Flagship Projector Using New 4K DCI Chip — Capable of 120Hz Refresh Too!

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Sony Electronics launched the VPL-GTZ380 Monday — marketed as its new flagship elective 3LCD, SXRD projector with a native 4096×2160 4K DCI chipset. Integrated with 10,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-GTZ380 features a newly developed 0.74” Native 4K SXRD panel that Sony specs at 16,000:1 contrast ratio. By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the […]

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Séura Releases Follow-up to Shade Series Outdoor TV

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Séura just released the Shade Series 2 Outdoor TV, a follow-up to its original Shade Series Outdoor TV. The Shade Series 2 features improved brightness and contrast, a micro-edge design, better integration with streaming devices and a higher waterproof rating. Shade Series 2 enhancements include: 43-inch TV size option for $1,999 MSRP, soundbar included IP56 […]

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Zappiti Adds Home Automation to 4K Media Players

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Zappiti has added software drivers for home automation systems from Crestron, Savant, ProControl, RTI, Logitech/Harmony and most recently, Control4. Once the IP and IR codes of a chosen driver have been downloaded into the home automation processor, the Zappiti media player is able to function as part of a complete smart home ecosystem, enabling end-users […]

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Gantt Charts Are the Best Charts: Part 4

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We covered the balancing act between the estimated time to complete tasks and the actual time in the previous installment. That leads to a related topic: the management of personnel, resources, and material. Tipping the balance between estimated and actual back into your favor requires proper management of the people and resources on your project. […]

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Leon Speakers Announces FrameBar to Accompany Samsung’s The Frame TV

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Samsung’s “The Frame TV” looks more like an art piece than a TV and many CIs have been wanting to add high-end audio to the installation. Well, Leon Speakers just announced the launch of FrameBar, a discreet, ultra-thin sound bar that was designed to match the width and finish of The Frame TV. FrameBar is […]

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Hunter Douglas Intros PowerView+ and PowerView AC for Automated Shade Control

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Hunter Douglas just introduced two new installation solutions for a premium automated shade experience. PowerView+ is a new low-voltage, hardwired shading control system with new motors and better communication for automated Hunter Douglas shades. PowerView AC is an AC-powered solution for large windows and/or banks of windows up to 240 inches wide. PowerView+ delivers advanced […]

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Extron Now Shipping ENERGY-STAR-qualified Audio Power Amplifiers

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Extron announced that the company is shipping the XPA U 1004 SB and XPA U 2002 SB, ENERGY-STAR-qualified audio power amplifiers, featuring flexible channel pairs that can drive 8-ohm, 4-ohm, 70-volt or 100-volt loads. The individually bridgeable channel pairs of the XPA U 1004 SB can deliver two 100-watt channels into low-impedance systems or one […]

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We Should Be Promoting Diversity in the AV Industry

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On infrequent occasions, I write blogs that do not relate directly to technology or AV. I do this because I feel as though I should stick to the things that I know and have experience with. Yet, there are times when something is so important, I feel like I need to say something. Due to […]

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Amber Solutions Is Moving Closer to Making This Control a Mainstream Reality

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You may recall a story we published on Amber Solutions back in April — when the company received a patent for solid-state electricity control. Amber Solutions announced Thursday that it has signed one Letter of Intent with revenue and six Memorandums of Understanding with leading global electronics manufacturers — three of which were signed during […]

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Torus Power Now Shipping AVR ELITE With TorusConnect Power Control

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Torus Power is now shipping its new AVR ELITE featuring TorusConnect Cloud-based monitoring and control. This model offers a combination of isolation-transformer-enhanced power management and remote operation capabilities. It features new PCB designs, a 32-bit processor, a separate power supply board for a higher-quality audio path, a larger LCD display and tighter voltage regulation than […]

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L-Acoustics Creations Is Here to Bring Commercial AV Products to Residential Environments

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L-Acoustics Creations is a new division of the company — aimed at bringing commercial AV products to the residential, cultural and marine AV environments. Five L-Acoustics Creations packages are available for preorder on the division’s newly launched site: Fiji 2.1 — X4i-based package for home office or salon Hawaii 2.1 — X8-based package for super-prime […]

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Screen Innovations Adds to Nano Shade Lineup with the Nano 375 Box Coupled

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Screen Innovations (SI) just widened its Nano product category with the addition of Nano 375 Box Coupled. With the rest of the SI shade lineup, the Nano 375 Box provides integrators with a simple, decorative, economical and functional solution for banks of windows up to 24 feet in size. According to SI, the new coupled […]

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Roland Debuts its New 4K Video Scaler for Live Events, Fixed Application and Streaming

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Roland announced the debut of the VC-100UHD 4K Video Scaler, a next-generation AV signal management solution for live events, fixed installations and streaming applications. Integrated with Roland’s Ultra Scaler processing technology, the VC-100UHD allows users to input 4K and 1080p video sources and distribute them to multiple destinations at one time, including 4K LED walls, […]

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Origin Acoustics — Worldwide Distributor for Ambisonic Systems Products — Tapped to be Exclusive Distributor for Ambisonic’s New Loudspeaker

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Origin Acoustics is now the exclusive source (and worldwide distributor) for a particular product in the custom integration realm: the Ambisonic Systems Landscape Ribbon Six. Created by speaker designer Jeff Coombs and his team, the loudspeaker is the next iteration in Ambisonic’s line of audiophile pro-luxury speakers. Origin Acoustics has also, in fact, partnered to […]

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CEDIA to Resume a Number of In-person Trainings in August

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CEDIA is set to resume offering a select number of in-person training opportunities at CEDIA headquarters in the coming months. Through a series of comprehensive, safety-focused measures, CEDIA will host the training facility courses at the CEDIA Global Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. The first training opportunity, Cabling and Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Program, is a hybrid […]

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Symetrix Has a New Dante-enabled Bluetooth Endpoint

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Symetrix announced the xIO Bluetooth, a Dante-enabled Bluetooth endpoint available in a single gang form factor. Using a Bluetooth 5.0 chipset allows the xIO Bluetooth to offer extended range and audio Bluetooth connectivity via the network. Available in both U.S. and EU form factors, the xIO Bluetooth is compatible with standard single gang U.S. wall […]

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Clare Controls’ New ClareOne Wireless Security and Smart Home Panel Now Available

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Clare Controls announced the availability Thursday of its ClareOne Wireless Security and Smart Home Panel integrated with the new back-end management platform, FusionPro. Aimed at Crestron Home and distributed exclusively by SnapAV, ClareOne unifies smart wireless security and smart home control, with a full line of encrypted security sensors and smart home integrations. And the […]

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Vanco International Now Shipping In-room Powered Subwoofers From Beale Street Audio

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Vanco International announced it is shipping the in-room powered subwoofers from its Beale Street Audio brand. The BPS-65 and BPS-80 deliver bass to even constricted spaces due to Beale Street Audio’s patented Sonic Vortex technology. The Beale Street Audio in-room subwoofers are engineered with solid wood cabinets wrapped in a black matte finish. Under the […]

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