Together or Not at All, Part 2

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In a previous column, “Signal to Noise,” I discussed the ever-increasing amount of marketing communications besieging our end-users/customers. And while that trend in and of itself has a multifaceted impact on the industry, there is an underlying issue that has a much, much, much larger potential impact and is truly the dark side of the […]

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LG USA’s Garry Wicka Appointed VP of Marketing

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Garry Wicka has been named vice president of marketing for LG Business Solutions, LG Electronics USA’s business-to-business division that encompasses information displays and renewable energy technologies. I have, personally, worked with Gary for almost a decade now and he’s built the commercial LG division’s marketing exposure from the ground-up. He’s creative and he has a […]

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Samsung Announces Eight-Stop “Resolution Tour 2019” Roadshow

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Samsung today announced the dates for the 2019 Resolution Tour, an eight-city roadshow offering a hands-on opportunity with Samsung’s newest products and innovations designed to inspire creativity and collaboration. Kicking off in Tampa, Florida, the tour will stop in eight US cities, including Houston, San Mateo, Seattle, Chicago and Boston. More cities will be announced […]

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IGMP and the Quirky Querier

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By Erik Indresøvde AV Target Network configuration is a key consideration when deploying AV over IP, so if you’re in the AV industry, you should probably familiarize yourself with the terms “Multicast“and “IGMP” sooner rather than later. Multicast is basically a group communication where a single stream of data is addressed to a group of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yamaha SIP-Based CS-700 SIP Video Sound Bar Ships

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Yamaha is now shipping the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Collaboration System. Part of Yamaha’s Video Sound Bar family, the CS-700 SIP model claims to be the industry’s first video collaboration solution to integrate PBX and UC applications thus, customers can bridge telephone calls and web conferences. The Video Sound Bar family features an adaptive beamforming […]

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Christie DS is New Small 3LCD Laser Projectors

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The new Christie DS Series is a trio of 3LCD laser projectors with ISO lumens ranging from 7,500 to 9,000, as well as a 4,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The Christie LWU755-DS, LHD878-DS and the LWU900-DS projectors feature 360-degree orientation for flexible installation and comprehensive input/output options including HDBaseT. These low maintenance projectors offer up to 50,000 […]

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What Happened to Proxima Is a Business School Case of How NOT to Merge Two Companies

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On the day that InFocus shocked the AV industry and announced they’d bought its largest competitor, I was actually there. It was Monday, March 6, 2,000 — I remember the details of the day very well but my old Franklin Planner helped me keep track of the date for the purpose of this article. Let me […]

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BenQ Launches New Cinema 4K Projector in CinePrime HT5550

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BenQ today announced the new CinePrime HT5550, a native 4K DLP projector aimed at dedicated home theaters and living rooms, with HDR-PRO and CinematicColor DCI-P3 technologies for 100% coverage of Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)’s DCI-P3 wide color gamut standard. The HT5550 CinePrime projector is native 3840×2160 resolution and 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame. […]

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Zoom Debuts Zoom Phone – Attacking Slack and Microsoft Teams in the Process

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Simply put, Zoom Phone includes business phone system features that enable employees to talk anytime, anywhere. Conceptually, this isn’t new, but this is Zoom – the company that literally disrupted and took over the majority of the video conferencing market in less than four years of existence. So, don’t just blow this off as another […]

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SI Shows V2 of Zen Outdoor Shading Design System

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First introduced at CEDIA in September 2018, the Flow design ecosystem was developed by Screen Innovations to help dealers in designing, specifying and ordering indoor shades. Today, SI announces the release of Flow V2.0, which includes Zen, the company’s outdoor line of motorized shades featuring Serge Ferrari fabrics with Precontraint durability technology. Flow’s software addresses […]

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