Do Not Miss the Drunk Unkles at InfoComm

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The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first NSCA Education Foundation Charity Concert of 2019, scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at B.B. King’s in Orlando. Now in their 14th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million for the industry through this annual […]

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Keynote Speaker for CEDIA Expo Planned

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Today CEDIA has announced that Luke Williams, NYU professor and author of the international bestseller, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business, will deliver this year’s CEDIA Expo opening keynote. CEDIA Expo attendees can expect Williams to focus on how to tap into the disruptive mindset to differentiate their company. “Companies need […]

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Center Stage Returns to InfoComm 2019 to Spotlight Pro-AV’s Role in Experience Design

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Center Stage returns to the InfoComm 2019 trade show floor June 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of retail, entertainment, hospitality, events and beyond will take the stage to explore how proAV technology contributes to better experiences. The free Center Stage (Booth 3161) sessions […]

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Atlantic Technology Adds FS-252 SKAA Wireless Bookshelf Audio System

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The FS-252 system is the first of a new range of wireless products from Atlantic Technology that features SKAA wireless technology for receiving and transmitting high-quality audio. Derived from the pro music industry, SKAA is a standard designed for audio creating a dedicated ecosystem that far surpasses Wi-Fi in terms of sound quality, distance, ease-of-use […]

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Yet Another Company Launches a “Button” Solution in an Attempt to Compete with ClickShare

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BenQ’s new InstaShow WDC10 wireless presentation system is a button-based wireless sharing system for up to 16 users. Claiming compatibility with any OS and any hardware platform, InstaShow is designed to allow any participant, even a guest, to take control of the meeting and share content with the group. Completely hardware-based, InstaShow’s setup and connection […]

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New Lighting System from Savant Debuts

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Savant has introduced lighting and energy control modules — two-channel energy reporting modules for control and energy management of lighting as well as other electrical loads such as household appliances. Savant’s new lighting and energy modules were designed for easy installation into standard electrical panels. Because modules can be used for many individual electrical load […]

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Three New Omega Presentation Switchers from Atlona Debut

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Atlona today announced three new Omega Series products for 4K/UHD presentation and conferencing applications including the OME-PS62, a 6×2 matrix presentation switcher featuring three HDMI inputs and two HDBaseT inputs alongside a USB-C AV input. The USB-C interface also can be used for data connectivity to the OME-PS62’s integrated USB 2.0 hub, as well as […]

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AxisTV Alert for CAP-Compliant Emergency Notifications on Digital Signs Debuts from Visix

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Visix now shipping the full release of its AxisTV Alert software application for digital signage. This stand-alone alerting platform can be used with any content management solution, including Visix’s own AxisTV Signage Suite, and easily integrates with popular third-party alerting suites like Alertus and Rave Mobile Safety. AxisTV Alert is built around Common Alerting Protocol […]

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Together or Not at All, Part 3: The Other Direct Problem

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In two previous columns on the regular rAVe Blogsquad feed, I explored the issues surrounding both manufacturer communications and the increasing perceived problem of direct sales by manufacturers and suppliers to end users, essentially going around the establish dealer/integrator/retail distribution structure. However, there is another side to this story, one that is often being treated […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 840: Audio Does Not Suck – And, It’s More Profitable Than Video

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST Next week, on Tuesday, April 23rd at 2pm, Gary is delivering a LIVE webinar that’s worth 1.0 AVIXA CTS RUs that will not suck. If you’re curious about what a DSP is, what does Beamforming Mic Array does or how to install really good audio in a UCC space, this is the […]

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Crestron Partners with Black Nova for Keypads & Touch Panels

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Crestron announced a partnership with Black Nova to make the ARIA, ALBA and ANY keypads and touch panel Crestron Connected products. Crestron residential dealers can now integrate them in their system designs using the Cresnet bus for custom control features and functionality. Crestron Connected technology enables interoperability among independently manufactured products. Black Nova keypads and […]

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Could the Acquisition of DeltaLive UK by L-Acoustics Have a Trickle-Down Effect?

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L-Acoustics announced its intent to take a majority stake in DeltaLive UK (Delta Sound Incorporated (UK) Ltd.), an audiovisual services and rental company. This operation follows the November 2018 acquisition by L-Acoustics Group of HGP, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal, and its sibling entity, API, specialized in powder coating. For the founders of DeltaLive […]

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New Key Digital HDMI Switchers Are Aimed at Consumer SoundBar Applications

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Key Digital just introduced the KD-S2x1X and KD-S4x1X 4K/18G HDMI switchers – including push button and optical IR switching, status-monitoring LEDs, support for HDR10, HDCP 2.2 and 4K. These switchers claim UHD/4K support of 4096×2160 or 3840×2160 24/25/30/60hz at 4:4:4 (signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth). Designed for AV installations in presentation, theater and gaming spaces, […]

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Epson Talks Digital Signage Show and 72-Mega-Pixel VR Tour of their Booth

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At the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) last week, we partnered with Epson to shoot the highest resolution VR-based trade show booth tour, ever. No one has ever shot an entire VR tour in 72 Mega-Pixel resolution — and it’s one you can see with either a VR headset OR with a regular web browser — […]

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AV Rental Industry Has Its Own Event App Now

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Booster Technology Solutions has announced the launch of Event Boosterapp, an innovative SaaS event organization platform for the proAV rental industry that facilitates entertaining and profitable networking for participants. With Event Boosterapp, visitors to fairs and congresses can contact each other and exhibitors, save products and expand information on speakers and experts, while at the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 839: TASCAM Demos New MM-2D Live on rAVe RADIO

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Gary was joined on his podcast today, via video, with TASCAM’s Chris Wright and Dirk Born, to demo their new MM-2D and DCP Connect Software appliance  The MM-2D-X is a compact converter that converts 2-channel mic/line input/output signals into Dante signals. The TASCAM DCP CONNECT is a remote control software designed for system integrators to configure AND control any TASCAM […]

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Nominations for the 8th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards are OPEN!

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It’s that time of year again! We are now accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards and we need you (our readers) to tell us who you think the best of the best is in the AV industry. In case you didn’t know every year at InfoComm we give out our annual rAVe Readers’ […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 838: Epson Talks Digital Signage Show and 72-Mega-Pixel VR Tour of their Booth

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At the DSE (Digital Signage Expo) last week, we partnered with Epson to shoot the highest resolution VR-based trade show booth tour, ever. No one has ever shot an entire VR tour in 72 Mega-Pixel resolution — and it’s one you can see with either VR goggles OR with a regular web browser — using […]

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Why You Need To Avoid Underselling

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Spend any amount of time coaching salespeople and you’ll quickly see commonalities amongst them. These include not only their strengths, but also, and maybe especially, their weaknesses. The most common trait salespeople share is fear of rejection. That’s not unusual. Everybody likes being accepted, few people seek rejection. And it’s a common, easy mistake to […]

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ClearOne Says It Isn’t Done Suing Shure; Shure Calls Allegations Meritless (Updated)

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ClearOne told us today that it has filed a lawsuit against Shure Incorporated for trade secret misappropriation and willful patent infringement of a third ClearOne patent — U.S. Patent No. 9,264,553 (“’553 Patent”) — in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This patent covers each cancelation in beamforming mic arrays. You […]

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Parasound Intros New Integrated Amp with Built-in DAC

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Parasound has turned its most-affordable preamplifier and DAC design into its most-affordable integrated amplifier and DAC with the addition of a 110-watt-per-channel power amplifier stage. The resulting Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier and DAC has all the same preamplifier features as the NewClassic 200 Pre, plus the ability to drive high quality loudspeakers without buying […]

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The New Extron ShareLink Pro 1000 Is a 4K Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway

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Extron has announced the immediate availability of ShareLink Pro 1000, the Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway that enables anyone to present content from their computers, tablets or smartphones onto a display for easy collaboration. ShareLink Pro supports simultaneous display of up to four devices including an HDMI‑connected device and dynamically updates the display layout as […]

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InFocus Is Getting Out of the Projector and Display Business (Updated)

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The industry’s first portable “projector” manufacturer, InFocus, is getting out of the display and projector businesses overall. The company apparently held an all-company meeting at 12:30 p.m. today to inform their teams that they were ceasing display operations. Telling their teams they were “looking at new strategies,” they started to layoff the majority of the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 837: MSolutions (the HDBaseT Test Gear Company) Just Debuted a Tiny HDBaseT & Ethernet Switch

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Gary was joined by MSolutions CEO, Eliran Toren, to talk about the industry’s smallest HDBaseT Switcher. Dubbed the MS-0401,  it’s a handheld 5 port combo-switch (HDBaseT and Ethernet) that can be 1×4 or 4×1. It has a data rate of 8.91 Gbps, and supports HDBaseT 1.0 and 2.0 and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. It’s an interesting […]

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Did You Know That Intel’s Best of ISE Award Winning Unite 4.0 Collaboration Platform Was Never on Intel’s Product Roadmap?

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM INTEL Ironically, the Intel Unite platform was not started as a product offering within Intel — it was started as a grassroots effort to simplify collaboration within the company’s own employee meetings. Of course, content sharing was a big part of it. But, it was really adding in bi-directional […]

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Matrox Debuts 4K H.264 Streaming Encoder in EDGE

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Matrox Video today launched Matrox Monarch EDGE, a 4K and HD, low-latency encoder for webcasting and remote integration (REMI) applications. An H.264 encoder that is capable of delivering resolutions up to 3840x2160p60 or quad 1920x1080p60 at 4:2:2 10-bit color, it can handle 3G/12G-SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 over 25 GbE connectivity and support RTMP, SRT, […]

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Audio-Technica Showcases System 10 2.4 GHz Camera-Mount Wireless System at NAB

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At NAB, Audio-Technica is showing its System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System featuring a compact design that’s available in handheld, lavalier and body-pack configurations. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, the System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System Features: Digital 24-bit/48 kHz wireless operation for ultimate sound quality Dependable performance […]

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MuxLab Debuts New SDI Converters

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MuxLab unveiled two new SDI converters today, including the 12G-SDI to Quad/Dual Link SDI Converter (model 500725) down-scales a 12G-SDI signal to a lower bandwidth dual link 6G-SDI or quad link 3G-SDI format. The lower bandwidth standards are output via traditional coaxial cable using BNC connectors. The Converter has one BNC input supporting 12G-SDI and […]

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Sonos and IKEA Finally Debut Speaker-Furniture Lineup

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The collaboration between Sonos and IKEA to design furniture with built-in Sonos audio has finally officially debuted. And, although it isn’t shipping until August, it’s one of the most highly anticipated whole-home audio launches in a decade. Sonos has collaborated with IKEA on SYMFONISK, a range of speakers designed to “democratize the home sound system.” […]

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