Chief Debuts New MountBuilder Online Configuration Tool with Downloadable Specification Packet

Chief Manufacturing, the industry leader in projector, monitor and flat panel TV mounting solutions has released the latest version of MountBuilder.  rAVe took the time to test-drive it this week and we were blown away with both its simplicity and power.  But, one specific feature you going to love is called “Spec Packet.” MountBuilder can […]

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Crestron Ships DigitalMedia

Crestron announced it’s already shipping its new DigitalMedia product line, the analog and HDMI and DVI system that manages, controls and distributes content over twisted pair or fiber.  Crestron says that DigitalMedia (DM) consists of matrix switchers, repeaters and receivers that handle every type of signal and transmits them long distance as digital DM signals. […]

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TOA Launches New Line Array for Commercial Apps

The issue of intelligible voice reinforcement in modern commercial buildings continues to haunt acoustical consultants, audio installers and contractors alike as buildings go through continuous contemporary updates with high ceilings, no ceilings and even amorphous shapes.  TOA has unveiled the Type H — an all-new series of line arrays designed to fit into the smallest […]

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Barco Claims to Ship World’s First 3Gbps Production Switcher

Yesterday, Barco launched the FSN Series multi-format video production switcher as what they call a switcher for live events, small broadcast installations, corporate and industrial installations and houses of worship.  Barco says the FSN switcher seamlessly integrates SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3Gbps along with VGA and DVI computer resolutions all on one package.  But, the feature […]

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Barco Launches “Truly Black” LEDs

No question that Barco is dominating the LED market — that’s the one market category that Barco still owns.  Building upon its field-proven so-called “true black” indoor LED range, Barco just launched the T-16BK series, what they call “the blackest 16mm outdoor displays on the market.” They deliver high-resolution full color images with extreme brightness […]

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ClearOne Ships New CHAT 170 Speakerphone Integrated with Microsoft Communicator

ClearOne has finally shipped the CHAT 170 – the company’s first speakerphone optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007. The CHAT 170 is an USB-based speakerphone that brings high performance audio capabilities to users of Microsoft unified communications platform. The CHAT 170 was specifically developed by ClearOne to fill the need for a hands-free speakerphone that […]

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Christie Offers New Certified Re-Seller Network Program for Digital Cinema

If you’re thinking about jumping on the Digital Cinema bandwagon, now’s the time.  So far, Christie has certified American Cinema Equipment, Inc. (Portland, OR), Big Sky Industries (Alpha, NJ), Bruce’s Entertainment & Media Solutions (Castaic, CA), Cinema Equipment & Supplies, Inc. (Miami, FL), CLACO Equipment and Service, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT), Integrity Entertainment Systems […]

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HaiVision and VideoFurnace Merge

HaiVision Systems Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance H.264 encoders and codec systems, and Video Furnace Inc., a maker of IP video delivery software solutions, have signed a definitive agreement to merge and become HaiVision Network Video. In their announcement, they make the claim that they “offer the only end-to-end high-definition (HD) H.264 IPTV platform for […]

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Philips Sells Stake in LG

Last week, Philips Electronics announced it has sold its remaining stake in LG Display Co., Ltd. to investors in a capital markets transaction. This transaction represents 13.2 percent of LG Display’s issued share capital, or 47.2 million of common stock, and reduces Philips’ holding to zero. The transaction will provide Philips with net proceeds of […]

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Premier Mounts’ GearBox Provides Security for Flat-Panel Mounts in Schools

In response to the increasing, yet seemingly incompatible, demands for protecting A/V investments and expanding placement options, Premier Mounts has introduced the GearBox line of enclosures for A/V equipment and flat-panel displays. The new product line provides the flexibility and protection required by a wide spectrum of customers – from educational institutions to high traffic […]

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Vivitek Enters School Projector Market

Little known Vivitek has entered the school projector market with a product they are actually calling a crossover projector that can be used at school during the day and then taken home at night! Vivitek, calling themselves the “environmentally responsible manufacture of today’s most innovative visual display and presentation products,” launched its new D735VX projector […]

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DVIGear Launches HDMI Extender – Distances to 100 Meters

DVIGear and Gennum Corporation have teamed up to launch a line of high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) coaxial extenders based on Gennum’s ActiveConnect technology (yes, using COAX cable).  Fully compatible with the latest HDMI v1.3 standard, DVIGear’s new DVI-7510a Coax Extender supports HDMI v1.3 data rates of up to 10.2 Gbps at distances up to 100 […]

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EPSON and PolyVision Team Up to Donate to Florida’s DEP

Epson and PolyVision last month donated 10 new Epson PowerLite W6 multimedia projectors and 10 PolyVision no interactive whiteboards to the Florida Digital Educator Program’s Master Digital Educators. The Master Digital Educators will use the Epson PowerLite W6 multimedia projectors and PolyVision no interactive whiteboards “to showcase the importance of integrating interactive learning technologies to […]

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SANYO Launches the Ultimate Bright & Wireless Projector for Schools

f you need a bright projector, SANYO’s got the perfect one – a balance of brightness and cost.  The all-new PDG-DHT11JL is a 6500 ANSI lumen, native 1920 x 1080 HD DLP-based projector that’s powered by two 330-watt UHP lamps.  If you’re renovating an auditorium, large classroom, theater or other large venue on campus, this […]

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Get It Under Control

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with AV controls.  We love the power (think Tim the Toolman, grunting sound) of having room and AV automation at our beck and call.  But, we hate the frustration with not-so-easy planning and programming to make “easy to use” interfaces. For the most part, though, the end justifies […]

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Bretford Announced Mini-Laptop Cart for AV Integrators

Aimed at K-12, Bretford Manufacturing last week launched its first cart for mini laptops. The NETBOOK32 Microcomputer Laptop Cart, which previewed at education trade shows earlier this year, gives teachers and facilities managers in school environments the ability to store, secure, charge and transport up to 32 microcomputers and peripherals.  Thanks for the tip, rAVe […]

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EPSON Launches G5000 – A Projector Aimed at K-12

Last week, Epson launched the new PowerLite G5000, the latest in Epson’s line of installation projectors designed to provide flexibility and performance for educational institutions. Offering XGA resolution and 4,000 lumens white light output (not ANSI) and 4,000 lumens color light output, the network-ready PowerLite G5000 utilizes 3LCD technology while offering vertical/horizontal lens shift, a […]

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Futuresource Says SMART Technologies is Making a Killing

Close to 600,000 Interactive Whiteboards were sold worldwide last year, generating nearly $1 billion of revenue, according to a new market report from Futuresource Consulting. In the 66 countries covered within the report, Messenger calculates there are over 31 million classrooms: a huge market potential for companies operating within this sector.  A whistle-stop tour of […]

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Pantel’s New Waterproof Outdoor Monitors Are Perfect for ED Applications of Digital Signage

Pantel, known as a leader in outdoor weatherproof TV and monitor solutions, this month announced a new line of weatherproof LCDs aimed at the digital signage-market ? perfect for on-campus high-tech wayfinding and emergency alert systems as well as football stadium box seats where the monitors are exposed to the elements. The new 42- and […]

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Sharp Launches Two DLPs: One 16:9 and One 4:3

Sharp’s new DLP BrilliantColor PG-D4010X and PG-D3750W projectors are certainly among the highest brightness single-lamp DLP projectors currently on the market.  At 4000 and 3700 ANSI Lumens respectively, and specified 2200:1 contrast ratio, these projectors are high-end alternatives to the sub-$1000 projectors that many universities and K-12 institutions use – and shouldn’t.  These sub-$1000 projectors […]

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Fix This!

By Greg Bronson OK, so I’m really into AV stuff. And, along the same line, use of IT tools has long intrigued me. Whether AV or IT, new technology often gets my wheels turning on what’s possible. And, while it’s one thing to kick the tires to learn about (new) features, it’s a homerun when […]

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