Savant Partners With USAI Lighting for Daylight Mode

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 […]

Savant Partners With USAI Lighting for Daylight Mode

LG Electronics Showcases OLED Wave at CES 2020

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). […]

LG Electronics Showcases OLED Wave at CES 2020

Martin Audio Launches X218 Subwoofer

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 + […]

Martin Audio Launches X218 Subwoofer

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

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 […]

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

QMotion Brand Adds 79 New Decorative Shade Fabric Styles

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 […]

QMotion Brand Adds 79 New Decorative Shade Fabric Styles

Media Day at CES 2020

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 […]

Media Day at CES 2020

The 8K Association Announces Certified Program for 8K TVs

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 […]

The 8K Association Announces Certified Program for 8K TVs

Klipsch Launches Three New Sound Bars at CES 2020

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 […]

Klipsch Launches Three New Sound Bars at CES 2020

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

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. […]

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

Samsung Sero Comes to US

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 […]

Samsung Sero Comes to US

 Definitive Technology Announces the Demand Series of Tower Speakers

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 […]

 Definitive Technology Announces the Demand Series of Tower Speakers

Classé Audio Debuts Third Generation of Delta Series Amplifiers

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 […]

Classé Audio Debuts Third Generation of Delta Series Amplifiers

Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios DisplayPort Cables

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 […]

Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios DisplayPort Cables

The Top 9 AV News Stories of 2019

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 […]

The Top 9 AV News Stories of 2019

Deciding On Estimation Methods

In the previous installment, we took an overview of estimating and examined some of the basic concepts. Building off of that, it’s time to dig in with a little more detail and provide some context about selecting which methods to apply when you need to develop an estimate. One estimation technique I didn’t go into […]

Deciding On Estimation Methods

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

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, […]

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

IKEA Readies New Smart Home System

“Picture yourself being able to wake up, raise your blinds to let in that lovely morning sun, listen to some music and still not have to get out of bed. How lovely, right? When you improve the IQ of your home, life itself runs a bit smoother as well. So whether you want a full smart home […]

IKEA Readies New Smart Home System

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

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

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

RTI Ships CP-16i Cool Power Audio Amplifier

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. […]

RTI Ships CP-16i Cool Power Audio Amplifier

CEDIA Launches New Awards Website

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 […]

CEDIA Launches New Awards Website

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

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 […]

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

Extron Adds to PLUS Series of Matrix Switchers

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 […]

Extron Adds to PLUS Series of Matrix Switchers

CEDIA Hires Jenn McGuire as Global Member Services Manager

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 […]

CEDIA Hires Jenn McGuire as Global Member Services Manager

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

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

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

Denon Announces Suite of Wireless Multiroom Speakers

Denon today announced a new suite of wireless multi-room speakers dubbed Denon Home. Comprised of three models, the Denon Home 350, 250 and 150, includes built-in HEOS and on-board touch controls. Capable of streaming from Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, TIDAL, USB drives, phones or networks via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth, the […]

Denon Announces Suite of Wireless Multiroom Speakers

Introduction to Estimating

There are any number of things that make big projects different from little projects. The first one that comes to mind, for me, anyway, is that while small projects are typically billed out at time and materials, large projects are more often subject to being quoted out and that requires estimating what the job will […]

Introduction to Estimating

Crestron Shipping Wireless Horizon EX Keypads and Dimmers

Crestron is shipping its wireless Horizon EX keypads and dimmers. Featuring matching dimmers and keypads, the new line of wall-box controllers provides a custom control solution as part of a complete Crestron smart home. Horizon EX universal dimmers have no minimum load requirement and can do LED dimming. Featuring what Crestron calls a “designer aesthetic,” […]

Crestron Shipping Wireless Horizon EX Keypads and Dimmers

CEDIA Names Michael Sherman 2019 Young Professional of the Year

CEDIA has announced Michael Sherman as the recipient of the 2019 CEDIA Young Professional of the Year award. Sherman is the owner/director of Henri, a CEDIA Member of Excellence company based in France. The award recognizes Sherman as an emerging leader who is making an impact on the home technology integration industry. The award elevates […]

CEDIA Names Michael Sherman 2019 Young Professional of the Year

Just Add Power Ships HDMI AV-Over-IP Wall Plate

Just Add Power (J+P) announced this week that its new third-generation (3G) thin two-gang HDMI wall plate transmitter is now shipping. The VBIS-HDIP-707WP2 allows users to incorporate laptops and other HDMI devices as sources for its 1G AV-over-IP systems at a depth of only 1.5 inches. Offering ultra-low latency (JPEG2000 compression), the VBIS-HDIP-707WP2 wall plate […]

Just Add Power Ships HDMI AV-Over-IP Wall Plate

Denon Announces DHT-S216 Sound Bar With DTS Virtual:X

Denon today announced its first full-range sound bar with DTS Virtual:X, the DHT-S216 (priced at $249). The sound bar leverages psychoacoustic algorithms, developed by DTS, to realistically simulate a multi-channel soundtrack played on a home theater surround sound system. The DHT-S216 is easily connected to any TV and media player via 4K UHD HDMI with […]

Denon Announces DHT-S216 Sound Bar With DTS Virtual:X