Extron Launches Quantum Ultra Certification Program, Planar Offers First Certified Displays

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Extron has launched the Extron Quantum Ultra Certification program. The company is working with display manufacturers to guarantee consistent, stable presentation of source content when using professional displays with the Quantum Ultra 4K video wall processor. Displays that pass an extensive testing program are identified as Quantum Ultra Certified. Planar is the first video wall […]

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Mackie Redesigns ProFXv3 Professional Effects Mixers with USB

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Mackie has announced a complete redesign of its analog mixer series, ProFXv3 Professional Effects Mixers with USB. It now includes Mackie’s Onyx mic preamps, GigFX Effects Engine, 2×4 24-bit / 192kHz USB recording and a new look. ProFXv3 Series mixers start with Mackie’s flagship Onyx mic preamps that offer noise and distortion performance to ensure […]

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BrightSign to Showcase BSN.cloud Platform, Integration Partners at ISE 2020

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BrightSign announced Tuesday that it will be showcasing the new BSN.cloud platform at ISE 2020 (8-E200). BSN.cloud is BrightSign’s new player and network management platform for cloud-connected BrightSign players. Open APIs make it partner-friendly, while near-automatic setup and provisioning make it user-friendly. All BrightSign players running BrightSign OS 8 include a free subscription to BSN.cloud […]

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Why No One Is Using That Collaboration System

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Collaboration had to be one of the most-used buzzwords of the last half decade. It’s been used to describe everything from wireless screen sharing to interactive flat panels to teleconferencing to cloud-based file sharing apps. Marketers LOVE to slap “collaboration” on their boxes and press releases. I even heard a story about a sales rep slapping […]

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EnGenius Technologies Announces High-Capacity Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor Access Point

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EnGenius Technologies today announced a high-capacity Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) outdoor access point, perfect for digital signage applications, the EWS850AP. The new weatherproof access point takes advantage of the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology. The EWS850AP is in an IP67-rated dust and water-resistant enclosure and capable of withstanding harsh weather environments, including prolonged exposure to sunlight, extreme […]

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QMotion Brand Adds 79 New Decorative Shade Fabric Styles

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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 […]

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Media Day at CES 2020

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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 […]

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How to Make a Winning HoW Advertisement

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The house of worship (HoW) market easily exceeds $1 billion (U.S.) in sales each year for audiovisual systems and gear. Yet, the market continues to be one with a mere handful of vendors effectively targeting and selling consistently into this underserved vertical space for the AV industry. With over six years of historical precedent and […]

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The 8K Association Announces Certified Program for 8K TVs

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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 […]

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PreSonus’ Intros StudioLive ARc Series Audio Interface Mixers

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PreSonus’ new StudioLive ARc series combines a multi-channel 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB-C compatible, USB 2.0 audio interface with an analog mixer front-end, to create a hybrid design that simplifies recording and mixing using a single intuitive console. Featuring newly designed high-headroom analog circuits, along with the company’s high-gain XMAX Class A mic preamps, StudioLive ARc […]

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Klipsch Launches Three New Sound Bars at CES 2020

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

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Samsung Sero Comes to US

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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 […]

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 Definitive Technology Announces the Demand Series of Tower Speakers

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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 […]

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Classé Audio Debuts Third Generation of Delta Series Amplifiers

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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 […]

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Visix Project Spotlight: Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal

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ATLANTA, GA – January 6, 2020 – Visix, Inc. reports that the Cincinnati Museum Center has successfully deployed a digital signage network powered by AxisTV Signage Suite software. The network today includes 35 endpoints in public-facing and employee areas, leveraging on-premise enterprise content management software and media players for 1080p content creation, management and playout. […]

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Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios DisplayPort Cables

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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 […]

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Tour of Installs in New York City Tells Story of Samsung LED

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Samsung featured unique installs of their micro and direct view LED solutions installed at its customers’ locations in New York City this month at a press and industry analyst event. In between quick bouts of chilly weather, we visited four locations across the Midtown and downtown Manhattan areas including stops at Fisher Brothers, Ogilvy, MoMA […]

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The Top 9 AV News Stories of 2019

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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 […]

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Microstaging Meetings: Is Small the New Big?

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If you are one of my readers (thank you) or if you are one of the many people in the rental industry that I am constantly calling for advice, you know that I have spent most of the last 18 months designing and implementing an “experience center” for a global manufacturer. The experience center type […]

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The “Can I” Question

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Anyone who has ever sat in on a project meeting with end users, purchasers, IT, corporate, architects (and all the other professionals likely to be at the table) knows that perspectives are often significantly distorted. How? They’re distorted by either too much or too little understanding of the technologies involved. In this hypothetical project meeting, […]

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The Sensor/Data/Analytics Footprint

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This is part four in a four-part series Christopher Gillespie has been writing about the relationship between end users and integrators, particularly with regards to corporations or educational institutions that have a large number of conference rooms. See part one, his introduction, here, part two on the AV bill of materials here and part three, […]

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The Smartest Person in the Room

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If you are working in the house of worship (HOW) market providing advice, guidance and expertise, you should be offering a clearly defined set of options and services to any customer or congregation. Given the enormous number of small HOWs in North America (well over 250,000 locations across all denominations), the need for clarity, flexibility […]

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Cinionic Announces Long-term Strategic Laser Agreement with Cinemark Holdings

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Cinionic announced an exclusive long-term strategic laser agreement with Cinemark Holdings, one of the world’s largest movie exhibitors, operating more than 6,000 screens. During the 10-year deal, Cinionic will upgrade Cinemark’s chain with arco Series 4 laser projectors and integrated Barco Alchemy media servers. The transformation of Cinemark’s fleet in the United States and Latin […]

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Extron Ships IN1804 DI/DO Scaler

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Extron is shipping its IN1804 DI/DO, a new member of the IN1804 family of compact, four-input scalers that provide scaling, switching and integration features. It supports HDMI 2.0 data rates up to 18 Gbps and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. To ensure best-in-class image quality, the switcher incorporates the Extron-exclusive Vector 4K scaling engine with 4:4:4 […]

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Biamp Receives Patent for Beamtracking Technology

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Biamp announced Thursday that it has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its Beamtracking technology used in its Parlé family of ceiling, tabletop and pendant microphones. The patented technology allows the microphones to track and mix voices intelligently from around a meeting room. “Our Parlé microphones are empowered by […]

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