The 20th Annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2020 Edition

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Welcome to my 20th Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I know, I was shocked too. Twenty years of this. But I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this, but for those who don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what […]

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Martin Audio Adds New In-Ceiling and Pendant Speakers to ADORN Series

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Martin Audio has added five new products targeting the commercial installation market with in-ceiling and pendant loudspeakers joining the ADORN series. The ADORN commercial series of on-wall loudspeakers was first introduced in 2019. This has now been expanded by three in-ceiling loudspeakers and the company’s first-ever pendant speaker, available in white or black as standard. […]

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Studio Technologies Intros StudioComm Dante Multichannel Monitoring System

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Studio Technologies just introduced the StudioComm Dante Audio-over-IP-enabled multichannel monitoring system, the Model 792 Central Controller and the Model 793 Control Console. The new system combines a rack-mounted main electronics unit with a desktop-user control surface. The so-called “fully-pro” signal path uses programmable logic to support both digital and analog audio. An extensive set of […]

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The Golden Rules of Sound System Implementation and Design

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Disclaimer: This is one of those topics that seems to require periodic reminders and refreshers. Why this is the case is one of the great mysteries of the AV life, but we seem to lose sight of the core principals reasonably regularly, and thus — the following is your scheduled reminder that the foundational rules […]

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TASCAM Updates USB Audio Interface Driver

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TASCAM announced an update to its USB Audio Interface Driver, Version 4.0 for Windows. Available now as a free download, the 4.0 driver update reflects TASCAM’s firm commitment to improving driver stability and performance based on user input and technology/OS updates while delivering an ultra-low latency solution for a streamlined workflow during recording and mixing. […]

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Environmental Lights Launches New Five-in-One LED Light Sheets

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Environmental Lights announced the launch of the new five-in-one LED Light Sheets. The five-in-one LED Light Sheet is a cuttable and modular light sheet designed specifically for backlighting applications where bolder colors or softer pastels are of importance. Five LEDs are packaged in every node on each light sheet. All five colors can be mixed […]

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How Dante Could Disrupt the AV-Over-IP Market

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By Aviad Cohen Founder, Comeet I’ve been a fan of AV-over-IP ever since I first worked with the technology — but the number of vendors and different solutions out in the market make it very hard for customers to choose. How could an AV investment be protected if there is no standard? You can be […]

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Sennheiser Debuts New Version of MobileConnect Streaming Solution

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At this year’s ISE, Sennheiser debuted a new version of its MobileConnect streaming solution, offering students an individual assistive listening capability through the convenience of their own smartphone. The system provides operators the ability to implement complex architectures and to manage them from a central location. The Wi-Fi-based MobileConnect system delivers high audio quality with […]

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Sennheiser Launches SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver

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Sennheiser is launching the SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver. The IT-friendly receiver will be available from Q2 2020 as a two-channel or four-channel version. The new multichannel microphone receiver for Sennheiser’s SpeechLine Digital Wireless series uses the license-free 1.9 GHz technology and can be centrally software controlled through Sennheiser Control Cockpit. The RF-based SpeechLine Digital Wireless devices […]

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Sony Expands Laser Projector Line, Introduces Six New Models

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Sony has expanded its laser projector lineup with the introduction of six new models, ranging from a 13,000-lumen high brightness model to 5,000-lumen mid-range compact models. Three are WUXGA models: VPL-FHZ131L (13,000lm), VPL-FHZ101L (10,000 lumen) and VPL-FHZ91L (9,000lm) and two are 5,000-lumen: the VPL-PHZ12 (WUXGA), which has a 0.76-inch LCD panel and the VPL-CWZ10 (WXGA) […]

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L-Acoustics Launches First Install-Specific Amplified Controller at ISE 2020

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L-Acoustics launches its first install-specific amplifier controller at ISE. Primarily designed to power compact L-Acoustics loudspeakers, the bridgeable 4×4-channel LA2Xi offers anywhere from one to four outputs, allowing it to also drive medium and large format loudspeakers, in full or reduced SPL, for various types of applications. LA2Xi can power background music in leisure installations, […]

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Barco Uses the Cloud with Barco Insights Projection Management Platform

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Barco is launching a new cloud-based internet of things (IoT) solution for projector management. Called Barco Insights, Barco says it will simplify and facilitate remote monitoring and serviceability by cutting out time-consuming and error-prone manual administration thanks to the cloud-based storage of projectors’ usage data and light-source run-times. The live dashboards also give real-time information […]

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Matrox Intros 6152 Quad 4K Decoder for Decoding Up to Four 4K Streams

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Matrox has introduced the Maevex 6152 quad 4K decoder that decodes up to four 4K streams across up to four 4K displays from a single source. Maevex 6152 also includes HDCP support to decode and display multiple streams of protected content. In addition, the Maevex encoder and decoder pairing offers exceptionally high-quality, low-latency streaming, while […]

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DiGiCo Releases Two New Networked Audio Racks at ISE 2020

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DiGiCo has announced two new I/O racks — the A164D Wall LCD and A168D Stage — for its 4REA4 processing engine for networked audio in installations at this year’s ISE show in Amsterdam. Both racks bring all the connectivity of the original A164 Wall LCD and A168 Stage, but with the additional advantage of Dante […]

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Alcons Audio’s CRMS-SRHV Passive Loudspeaker to Officially Launch at ISE 2020

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The CRMS-SRHV from Alcons Audio is a two-way, passive-filtered loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats. Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRMS-SRHV combines a benchmark-setting clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering a very realistic sound reproduction. Due to the “compressionless” principle […]

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Sonifex to Feature DIO Audiophile Dante Interfaces at ISE 2020

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Sonifex’s new DIO Audiophile Dante Interfaces are plug and play audio interfaces, which provide a convenient method of connecting legacy analog and digital audio equipment to the Dante AoIP audio network. There are nine products in the range which cover mono and stereo analog and AES3 inputs and outputs, together with a microphone amplifier and […]

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Sony Launches a New Set of High-grade Monitors At ISE 2020

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Sony will launch a new set of high-grade picture monitors from its TRIMASTER range at the ISE 2020 Show. The PVM-X2400 (24’’) and the PVM-X1800 (18.4’’) monitors provide high picture quality and accurate color reproduction due to Sony’s specified and dedicated panels, which offer a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels and a brightness of all-white luminance […]

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Selling AV Technology to Churches: Overcoming Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

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Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. We call this ‘FUD’ and it happens all the time for audio, video and lighting sales; one minute the sale looks like it’s about to close and seemingly the next moment FUD strikes and the deal is too often lost. FUD exists in every market within the AV industry, but perhaps it’s […]

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Extron Introduces XMP 240 Expansion Matrix Processor

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Extron just introduced the XMP 240 Expansion Matrix Processor, featuring an extensive mix matrix with 24 channels of AEC and 48×48 Dante connectivity in only a half-rack space. The XMP 240 can also be used standalone for matrix processing in an all network audio system. When connected to a DMP Plus Series processor via Dante […]

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Sonifex Releases Three New Multi-Channel Dante Audio Interfaces

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Sonifex has released three multi-channel Dante audio interfaces that convert balanced analog audio line inputs and outputs to Dante AoIP. The range consists of three products: AVN-AIO4, AVN-AIO8 and the AVN-AO16. The AVN-AIO4 four-input, four-output Dante interface provides four analog audio inputs and four analog audio outputs on Neutrik XLR connectors. Similarly, the AVN-AIO8 eight-input, […]

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Ashly Audio Adds AW Series On-Wall Speakers, IS Series Dual-Impedence Column Speakers

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Ashly Audio is expanding its product line with two new speaker lines. The new AW Series On-Wall Speakers and IS Series Dual-Impedance Column Speakers, as well as the existing SP Subwoofer will be on display at stand 3-C100 at ISE 2020. Ashly Audio’s AW Series speakers provide on-wall speaker solutions for installations where intelligibility of both speech […]

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Barco Expands LED Portfolio at ISE 2020

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Barco is expanding its LED portfolio. Last year, Barco claimed a renewed focus in high-res LED technology with the launch of the premium XT series and the announcement of its strategic partnership with Chinese LED manufacturer Unilumin. Today the company is introducing an extended offering with five new models addressing a variety of indoor LED […]

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APG to Launch iX Series of Fixed Installation Speakers

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APG will officially launch its new iX series at the ISE trade show (Amsterdam, 11th-14th February 2020) in Hall 3, Stand B120. Including a full line of fixed installation speakers, the new iX range uses non-diffraction acoustic baffling that allows pure source directivity. For some of the iX models, APG has created coaxial devices that […]

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Epiphan Video Launches LiveScrypt at ISE 2020

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At ISE, Epiphan Video will be launching something it’s calling LiveScrypt, a live, real-time transcription solution for video. LiveScrypt is an AI-based speech-to-text transcription solution that enables everyone to engage with live events as they happen — regardless of any hearing impediment, native language or distraction. LiveScrypt combines dedicated hardware with an AI-driven transcription service […]

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Extron Introduces ShareLink Pro 500 Wired and Wireless Presentation Gateway

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Extron just announced the ShareLink Pro 500 Wired and Wireless Presentation Gateway for wireless collaboration and sharing. It features advanced technology that supports simultaneous display of up to four devices, including an HDMI-connected device (meaning, it has an HDMI input that can be switched through it, too). The HDMI input supports wired devices, such as […]

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Marshall Electronics to Debut Three IP Cameras At ISE 2020

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Marshall Electronics will debut three new IP cameras, the CV630-IP PTZ camera, the CV420-30X-IP camera and the CV355-30X-IP camera at ISE 2020 (stand 11-D150). The CV630-IP PTZ Camera is 4K Ultra HD output at 30fps and 1080p output at 60fps; the CV420-30X-IP is 4K (3840x2160p) resolution at 60fps through simultaneous HDMI and IP streams; and […]

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LG Business Solutions Intros XS4F Series of Window-Facing Displays

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LG Business Solutions has introduced a new series of 4,000-nit high-brightness displays specifically designed for visibility in window-facing installations. Featuring a thin profile, slim bezels and smart brightness control with ambient light detection and technology that allows visibility through polarized sunglasses, the LG XS4F series of 1080p displays deliver superior performance in bright and sun-lit […]

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Sonifex to Debut 3G/HD/SD-SDI to Dante Embedder

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At ISE 2020, Sonifex will debut the AVN-DIO10, a 3G/HD/SD-SDI to Dante Embedder/De-Embedder in a single product solution. This is an AV interface that provides conversions of 3G/HD/SD-SDI to the Dante AoIP audio network. The AVN-DIO10 takes any SDI feed, de-embeds the 16 audio channels and places them on channels 1 to 16 of the […]

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AVI-SPL and Whitlock to Merge into One Giant Global AV Integrator

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AVI-SPL and Whitlock have jointly announced an intention to merge (technically, it’s a “definitive agreement to merge”) — both will be held by portfolio company, Marlin Equity Partners (a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management). As you likely know, this means the second-largest AV integration firm is merging with the third-largest — jointly creating […]

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Waves Audio Announces X9 With More Processing Power

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Waves Audio announces X9 versions with more processing power for three SoundGrid DSP Servers. With X9, users now get more processing power for the same price; these three units have been updated with 9th-generation Intel Core CPU, for processing audio through hundreds of plugins at ultra-low latency. Waves immediately starts shipping Intel 9th-generation processors with […]

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Genelec to Showcase Two Smart IP Loudspeaker Models at ISE 2020

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Genelec will showcase two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the ISE 2020 show next week in Amsterdam. The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers are single-cable connections via the network with onboard Smart IP technology for power, audio and loudspeaker configuration. Having been unveiled before a select audience of specially invited Nordic integrators in Helsinki in December, […]

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Extron Introduces HAE 100 4K Plus Audio Embedder, De-Embedder

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Extron introduced the HAE 100 4K Plus audio de-embedder and HAI 100 4K Plus audio embedder. The HAE 100 4K Plus extracts audio from a 4K HDMI source. It provides outputs for stereo and dual-mono analog audio signals, as well as digital audio multi-channel or two-channel formats. The HAI 100 4K Plus embeds two-channel analog […]

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