Denon Intros Denon Home Sound Bar 550

Denon introduced the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, a compact sound bar that adds TV audio to the Denon Home family of products. With the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound from a six-driver array, the sound bar also has HEOS Built-in. Additionally, listeners who already invested in the HEOS ecosystem, […]

Denon Intros Denon Home Sound Bar 550

Barix Adds Remote Configuration Tool Set to IP Former

Barix has added a new remote configuration tool set in its IP Former analog-to-IP speaker upgrade solution that makes multi-unit installation faster. Built into each IP Former device and accessible through a web browser, the new tool set enables efficient, centralized configuration of all IP Former units on the same network. The IP Former hardware […]

Barix Adds Remote Configuration Tool Set to IP Former

Meyer Takes Steps to Patent Audio Solution for Using LEDs in Movie Theaters; It’s Called Ultra Reflex

Meyer Sound has introduced Ultra Reflex, a patent-pending solution for optimum reproduction of discrete screen channel audio on large-scale direct view (“emissive”) video displays. The complete system for each screen channel comprises a high frequency component reflecting off the screen that is coupled with a direct radiating low frequency component. The result is full bandwidth […]

Meyer Takes Steps to Patent Audio Solution for Using LEDs in Movie Theaters; It’s Called Ultra Reflex

New G100 Series From Barco Debuts as Entry-Level Projector Lineup

Barco has announced the launch of its new budget-friendly G100 series of three laser projectors aimed at media-based attractions, like planetariums, theme parks and smaller events. The G100 is a single-chip projector with native WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and includes three brightness variants: 16,000, 19,000 and 22,000 lumens. This high-brightness power enables advanced image quality to […]

New G100 Series From Barco Debuts as Entry-Level Projector Lineup

D-Tools Releases New Updates for System Integrator Software Solution

D-Tools announced the availability of System Integrator version 15, which includes new capabilities for its end-to-end, estimation, design, installation and service management software solution. The latest release, SI version 15, provides new performance-enhancing capabilities that include: Solutions — A combination of products and multiple packages can now be created to present in a solutions-based sales […]

D-Tools Releases New Updates for System Integrator Software Solution

MSE Audio Wins Prize for Shortest News Story of 2021, So Far

MSE Audio announced cosmetic upgrades to its SoundTube BGM (background music) in-ceiling loudspeakers with upgraded flangeless magnetic grilles. SoundTube’s CM-BGM background music in-ceiling loudspeakers are designed specifically for low and suspended ceilings. The CM-BGM speakers dramatically reduce installation time with SpeedWing constant-tension mounting systems. The CM series incorporates low profile styling and seamless coverage in […]

MSE Audio Wins Prize for Shortest News Story of 2021, So Far

LG’s New Transparent Color LED Film Now Comes in 14-Millimeter Pixel Pitch

LG Business Solutions USA has introduced the LAT140 Transparent Color LED Film digital signage display. First introduced as a 24-millimeter pixel pitch model, the new 14-millimeter version nearly quadruples the number of pixels in the same space and doubles the brightness generating a viewing experience that attracts the attention of passersby, while also displaying a […]

LG’s New Transparent Color LED Film Now Comes in 14-Millimeter Pixel Pitch

RTI Debuts AV-over-IP System Aimed at the HomeAV Market

RTI announced an AV-over-IP system to distribute 4K UHD video over a 1-gigabit network switch. Dubbed VIP, the key is the VIP-UHD-CTRL Control Module, which combines APEX integration with IR, RS-232, or TCP/IP control and a wizard-based interface for system configuration. Signal management provides independent routing of IR, RS-232, USB/KVM, audio, and video signals, while […]

RTI Debuts AV-over-IP System Aimed at the HomeAV Market

Neptune’s Restaurant in Hong Kong Utilizes Extron for Multimedia Dining Experience

When it comes to attracting attention, it’s hard to compete with a 43-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling aquarium teeming with 5,000 colorful sea creatures an arm’s length away from diners indulging in gourmet dishes prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. But Neptune’s Restaurant at the Ocean Park oceanarium and amusement park complex in Hong Kong’s Southern district pulled it […]

Neptune’s Restaurant in Hong Kong Utilizes Extron for Multimedia Dining Experience

HDMI Forum Announces HDMI 2.1 Is Catching On Quick

Over three years after the launch of the HDMI Specification Version 2.1, major products are now widely available that support HDMI 2.1 features including 4K@120Hz, 8K@60Hz, Dynamic HDR and eARC. “It’s exciting to see so many new products available with these new features,” said Rob Tobias, CEO and president of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. (HDMI […]

HDMI Forum Announces HDMI 2.1 Is Catching On Quick

Luxul Intros 5-Port PoE Switch

Luxul introduced a new five-port PoE+ powered Gigabit switch with PoE pass-through. For installation flexibility, the SW-100-05PD is powered by a PoE+ switch or injector — eliminating the need for a power supply — and offers multiple mounting options. The SW-100-05PD features a dedicated PoE+ input port, a pass-through Gigabit PoE port capable of powering […]

Luxul Intros 5-Port PoE Switch

Sony Debuts New C-Series, B-Series Crystal LEDs

Sony Electronics just debuted two new Crystal LEDs in the form of the C-series (ZRD-C12A/C15A) with high contrast and B-series (ZRD-B12A/B15A) with high brightness. Both new displays are available in two pixel pitch sizes (P1.26-millimeter and P1.58-millimeter) for different installation needs and expand the lineup of Sony’s Crystal LED for various applications including corporate showrooms, […]

Sony Debuts New C-Series, B-Series Crystal LEDs

My New Year’s Resolution Is to Obtain a CTS Certification. Come Study With Steph!

It’s that time of year again where everyone makes ridiculous resolutions they probably won’t keep. Instead of doing all that this year, I wanted to make a resolution that would be achievable — no matter how hard it seems. So, I am studying to get my CTS! To keep me accountable, my co-workers at rAVe […]

My New Year’s Resolution Is to Obtain a CTS Certification. Come Study With Steph!

The Top 10 Stories of 2020

2020 sucked! So, now that we got that out of the way, let’s review the top 10 AV, UCC and Digital Signage stories, according to data, in 2020! The top story of 2020 was the the acquisition of Whitlock by AVI-SPL. Marketed as a merger, this didn’t appear to be one in hindsight. Whitlock is now […]

The Top 10 Stories of 2020

Seeking Referrals

As I think I’ve mentioned more than once in recent columns, everybody I know is taking stock of the new world they find themselves in and asking themselves how they can make money. Some answers can be fairly radical, such as opening up into channels you’ve never been in before. Others can be more elementary, […]

Seeking Referrals

Pasternack Releases New Line of Bidirectional Amplifiers

Pasternack released a new line of bidirectional amplifiers that are used to transmit high-resolution signals while amplifying Rx signals with advanced low-noise amplifier to produce the highest possible data rates. Pasternack has added four new models to its existing line of bidirectional amplifiers, making a total of six different models now available. This portfolio consists […]

Pasternack Releases New Line of Bidirectional Amplifiers

Who Doesn’t Want This in Their Home? The Ultimate At-Home Golf Simulator Is Now in a Packaged Solution From AV Planners

AV Planners has partnered with a golf simulation solution Golfzon. With more than two million online members, Golfzon hosts an average of 300 amateur tournaments daily. Golfzon is available in 62 countries with 30,000 simulators in operation around the globe. Recognized by Golf Digest as the best golf simulator for four consecutive years, Golfzon is […]

Who Doesn’t Want This in Their Home? The Ultimate At-Home Golf Simulator Is Now in a Packaged Solution From AV Planners

8K Association Updates Performance Spec for Mark Program

The 8K Association (8KA) has published an updated performance specification for the 8K Association Certified mark program. TV shoppers looking for televisions that offer four times the resolution available from 4K TVs and that meet the high-performance standards of the 8K Association Certified program will benefit from the new broader performance requirements applied to 8K […]

8K Association Updates Performance Spec for Mark Program

The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

As much as I hated writing that headline, it’s true. And, despite years of warnings that the future of the cineplex was nothing but apocalyptic, Hollywood wasn’t prepared. Let’s back-up. Back in the late ’90s, companies started building DVD servers for home theaters. The idea was that a homeowner could buy a cache of DVDs […]

The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

The Evolution of AV

There’s no doubt the audiovisual industry has progressed a long way since the advent of the gramophone and cathode-ray tube. Innovations over the last 50 to 100 years have turned AV devices into the primary content-delivery system for almost every human on Earth, and definitely a requirement for every human not on Earth. These innovations […]

The Evolution of AV

Quality Versus Convenience

Great salespeople are like ducks, paddling furiously under the water while appearing calm to the outside world. Think about what our great salespeople go through with every prospective customer (budget, authority, buying team, decision-makers, influencers, need, timeline, urgency, objectives, etc.) while focusing on the client’s needs. Sometimes we overlook the most basic and critical distinction […]

Quality Versus Convenience

Z-Wave Long Range Spec and Starter Kit Announced; Line of Sight Transmission is 1 Mile!

The Z-Wave Alliance announced the Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) specification is available for product development. Z-Wave LR connectivity enables new IoT applications beyond the home, without any need for repeaters, ensuring easy install and low cost. With a network size of up to 4,000 nodes, Z-Wave LR provides the scalability needed in MDU & […]

Z-Wave Long Range Spec and Starter Kit Announced; Line of Sight Transmission is 1 Mile!

Sanus Now Shipping Open-Frame Rack for AV Components and Network Servers

Sanus announced that it’s now shipping a new compact, open-frame rack for housing AV components and network servers. Featuring a knock-down design, the 10U Stackable Skeleton Rack (CFR1610-B1) is compatible with existing Sanus Component Series skeleton racks and includes everything needed for quick and easy floor or wall mounting. Featuring a self-aligning design, the 10U […]

Sanus Now Shipping Open-Frame Rack for AV Components and Network Servers

SoundTube Releases 2-Channel Dante Amp With Built-In DSP

SoundTube’s IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier is a two-channel Dante amp with DSP built-in. The amp is AES67 compatible and powered by PoE, PoE+ or 40-watt PoE. It includes an RJ45 Ethernet connection and can be used with Radio Design Labs Format A (RDL) or Attero Tech Axiom line level, mic level, balanced XLR or Bluetooth input […]

SoundTube Releases 2-Channel Dante Amp With Built-In DSP

Apple Moves to Secure Greater Slice of the Smart Speaker Pie

By Patrick Montgomery Futuresource Consulting Apple’s November launch of the $99 HomePod Mini comes at a good time. As the smart speaker market starts to mature in key western markets such as the U.S. and U.K., it creates a direct competitor to devices from market leaders Amazon and Google, both of whom in recent months […]

Apple Moves to Secure Greater Slice of the Smart Speaker Pie

Expanding Beyond the 80/20 Rule

It’s handy and useful to employ mental tools and rubrics to organize your life in an effort to be more efficient and productive. But it’s also important not to mistake the maps you’re reading for the territory itself. As useful as such things are, it’s possible to be blinkered by them, and cut yourself off […]

Expanding Beyond the 80/20 Rule

Meridian Audio Now Certified by ‘Works With Sonos’ Program

Meridian Audio is now certified by the “Works with Sonos” program, offering a new integration for its premium audio equipment to connect with the Sonos sound system. This new integration makes it even easier for customers to enjoy Meridian’s signature audio quality while streaming from more than 100 music services available in the Sonos app, […]

Meridian Audio Now Certified by ‘Works With Sonos’ Program

Crestron Intros New Smart Home Office Companion

Crestron introduced the new smart home office companion, the Crestron Home Audio Conferencing System (UC-MM30-R). Delivering enterprise-conferencing, plus complete control of a Crestron Home automation system, the MM30-R is a home office solution for today’s work-from-home workforce. Realtor.com recently reported “Zoom Rooms” as the new in-demand housing trend. To be successful, a home office needs […]

Crestron Intros New Smart Home Office Companion

Definitive Technology Announces the Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar System

Definitive Technology announced the Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar System Tuesday. The Studio 3D Mini sound bar claims premium-grade components and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X signal processing for what DT says is dynamic sound stage that rivals sound bars twice its size. At only two inches high and 26 inches wide and built with Definitive […]

Definitive Technology Announces the Studio 3D Mini Sound Bar System

Just Add Power Intros 2GΩ/3G ST1 Sound Transceiver

Just Add Power today introduced its new 2GΩ/3G ST1 Sound Transceiver. An audio-only component that functions as either an input or output, the ST1 allows integrators to add a stereo audio source to any Just Add Power system, or to extract stereo audio from an existing transmitter. With the ST1, integrators can build a stereo […]

Just Add Power Intros 2GΩ/3G ST1 Sound Transceiver

Clare Controls Releases ClareOne Software Update

Clare Controls today released a ClareOne v1.2.3/9.1.2 software update that adds new drivers for select smart garage doors and climate control solutions, simplifies partners’ remote access and control capabilities and provides a Control4 driver update that simplifies security integration with the ClareOne platform. The company has also added new wired and wireless security solutions and […]

Clare Controls Releases ClareOne Software Update

Atlantic Technology Now Shipping AT-Series Tower Speaker

Atlantic Technology is now shipping its AT-Series tower speaker, the AT-3. This two-way speaker is the successor to the AT-1. Like the AT-1, it incorporates Atlantic Technology’s H-PAS technology for enhanced bass performance, yet its cabinet size is 25% smaller. H-PAS has a proprietary cabinet design that directs the woofer’s back wave through an internal […]

Atlantic Technology Now Shipping AT-Series Tower Speaker