Planar Enters HomeAV Market

Planar Systems, which for 23 years has provided display technologies to the commercial market, is the latest ProAV company to enter the growing custom HomeAV market. The Planar Home Theater business unit is headed by Scott Hix, who assumes the role of vice president and general manager after being appointed Planar’s vice president of business […]

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InfoComm International Debuts 2006 Executive Business Conference

As an executive or owner of your company, you must make decisions that affect your workplace daily. InfoComm International is proud to debut its 2006 Executive Business Conference to help guide you with tools and techniques to offer you a real competitive advantage. Subject areas include hiring and developing mid-level management, addressing legal issues, managing […]

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HP to Exit Projector Market

By Steve Sechrist One of our European contacts sent over a news tip today confirming rumors that HP is exiting the digital projector market. According to David Edwards, an HP Image and Print Group spokesperson, the company has decided to “shift focus” of its commercial projector business from projection to display solutions. He went on […]

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Da-Lite Adds Three VESA Mounts

Da-Lite, the world’s leading screen manufacturer, announced the company has three new VESA standard mounts for flat panel monitors. Available as static, tilt or an articulating mount, these models will accommodate flat panels with the VESA 75mm and 100mm hole pattern. Each model is load rated to 40 lbs. and, depending on the monitor’s weight, […]

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Impact Acoustics Introduces SonicWave XLR, TRS, and 1/4 -inch Pro Audio Cables

The SonicWave Pro Audio Cables from Impact Acoustics are available in coaxial audio and twisted pair, shielded audio configurations. Coaxial audio cables enable the connection of line or mic level outputs from mixing consoles to recorders and amplifiers with unbalanced inputs, and the CU Shielding Technology is designed to ensure interference-free audio transmission, says the […]

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TV One-task Adds Routing Switchers

The TV One-task brand added three high performance video/audio routing switchers — the MX-3141PCA, MX-3141CSVA and MX-3141HDA. The MX-3141PCA switches YPbPr Component HDTV and PC Video as well as Stereo Analog Audio. The MX-3141CSVA switches NTSC or PAL Composite or S-Video plus Stereo Analog Audio while the MX-3141HDA switches YPbPr Component HDTV Video and Analog […]

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Turn Conference Calls Into Podcasts for Free

LiveOffice Corp, which markets on-demand conferencing systems, announced that the company will offer podcast recording services at no charge. LiveOffice Free Conferencing’s new Record & Playback service gives any individual or business a simple way to leverage podcasting as a mainstream marketing, training and relationship management tool. The company says doing this is easy: by […]

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Samsung Announces 70-Inch LCD

Samsung says the company developed a 70-inch LCD HDTV panel, which bests the current largest size of 65 inches (Sharp). Samsung will show this display for the first time at the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) 2006, which will open in Daegu, Korea on August 23. The company says this high definition panel has […]

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iMoney

Has there ever been a product phenomenon like the iPod? Think about it. Here’s this device that costs either $100, $200, $300 or $400, depending on which model you choose to get, that I see Generation X, Y and even little-old-ladies wearing at the gym — all to make tunes portable. My daughter has one, […]

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New Kramer Power Tower Plus Provides Simple, Unobtrusive Tabletop Connections

This is pretty nice —simple installation providing lots of tabletop connections. Kramer Electronics introduced the Power Tower Plus, a connection management system designed for conference tables. This system is constructed of black anodized aluminum and rugged ABS plastic and does not employ any mechanical mechanisms. Once installed, a user presses the rocking cover, pulls up […]

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Panasonic to Ship 103-Inch Pro Plasma by Year End

Panasonic Broadcast announced that the company’s 103-inch professional plasma will ship by the holidays. The TH-103PF9UK monitor is specified at HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 4000:1 contrast ratio. Panasonic also announced the same shipping dates for the company’s consumer television version of the 103-inch plasma — at the same $69,995.95 price point. Both the […]

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Founders Release HDMI 1.3 Spec

HDMI is already the champ when it comes to consumer (and even Pro) electronics, and now the technology gets a boost with the release of a major enhancement to the spec. It was signed off by the HDMI founder companies (Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony […]

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Panasonic Debuts Financing for ProAV Resellers

Panasonic Broadcast announced an agreement with Partners Equity Capital Company (PECC) for financing and leasing programs to business customers buying Panasonic professional video equipment. The Panasonic Finance Solutions program is administered by PECC through Panasonic’s current professional video reseller network. Panasonic Finance Solutions’ goal is to make acquisition of Panasonic pro video equipment easier and […]

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Promethean Introduces New Whiteboard Products

Promethean introduced a 95-inch interactive whiteboard and short-throw projector system. The new 95-inch Activboard, available in the fall 2006, has an anti-glare electromagnetic surface. Users use the battery-free Activpen or the new 21-inch Activwand, which permits early learners and special needs students to more easily select and interact with objects on the board that may […]

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TANDBERG’s HD Videoconferencing

TANDBERG incorporated high definition into the company’s video conferencing products with systems that automatically select the optimal video quality for the bandwidth available. They also offer CD-quality audio, encryption and dual stream support for displaying participants and presentations at the same time. TANDBERG HD includes the Centric 1700 MXP, a desktop system with a 20-inch […]

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Dukane Offering Avocent Wireless Extender

Dukane Corporation announced the company now offers the Avocent LongView Wireless Extender as a wireless solution to Dukane’s ImagePro data video projectors as well as the complete line of LCD and plasma displays. Audio, video and PC content are transmitted wirelessly from the source computer to the output device using the Avocent patented proprietary compression engine […]

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ViewCast Ships Portable Streaming Video Presentation System

ViewCast is shipping Niagara GoStream, a single-channel, portable streaming media encoder. GoStream creates and presents AV over the internet. The company says it is designed for experts and beginners alike, and can capture video in any location – indoor or remote. GoStream uses EZStream event buttons, which allow users to load pre-defined encoding profiles for […]

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Manufacturers Forum Addresses Exporting Labor, Standards and Survival of the Dealer

By Alex Gibson Moderated for the second year in a row by rAVe Columnist Gary Kayye, the panel consisted of Rashid Skaf, President and CEO of AMX Corporation, Mike Jones, VP and General Manager of Barco, Andrew Edwards, President of Extron Electronics Inc., Scott Gledhill, Director of Global Strategy for Meyer Sound Laboratories Inc., and […]

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ClearOne Introduces Two New Audio Conferencing Products

ClearOne introduced the Chat 150 and the Converge Pro. The Chat 150 is a speaker phone designed for individual or small group use that connects to enterprise phones, PCs, and video conferencing systems. The Converge Pro series includes professional-grade conferencing systems and it is expected to eventually replace the current XAP series. Upgrades include better […]

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Grass Valley Shows Fully Integrated Robotic SD/HD Camera System at InfoComm

Grass Valley demonstrated the new HDC Robotic Camera System for the ProAV market. This is designed for large houses of worship, sports and entertainment venues, museums, government agencies and corporate television studios; and other organizations that need automated, tapeless production systems. This is an all-in-one robotically controlled HD camera system. Available in several different versions […]

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IPELA: Sony’s New HD IP Video Communications System

Sony introduced the IPELA, a high-definition IP-based video communications system at InfoComm. Sony says it’s specifically designed for broadcast and content creation applications. The PCS-HG90 codec, combined with the PCSA-CHG90 pan-tilt-zoom camera, can transfer HD-resolution video and stereo audio over an IP network during on-air news interviews or in fixed camera applications like weather or […]

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