What Will You Do?

I see a significant shift in market dynamics coming, quickly. Product development, distribution changes and even new manufacturers are all of a sudden having an impact on all sorts of market conditions — all driving change. Historically, we, as a market, have done well dealing with any ONE of these changes — but all three […]

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APC Announces Network-Manageable Power Conditioner With Battery Backup

American Power Conversion showed a new power conditioner at CEDIA. The S20 Power Conditioner with Battery Backup can be managed over the network, has temperature/humidity monitoring and a 28-percent larger power train compared to the previous S15 model. It’s ready to work within a Crestron or AMX environment. The S20’s built-in web server and RS-232 […]

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D-Tools Announces SI 5; Embeds Manufacturer-Dealer Communication in System Integrator

D-Tools announced version 5 of System Integrator software. The upgrade, says the company, makes it easier to use, with all new interfaces, and includes the abilities to work natively in AutoCAD or Visio or both, better proposal generation, improved product data matrix, enhanced interface for the product database, and an increase in the number of […]

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Peerless Hangs 103-Inch Plasma for Panasonic, Exhibits New Outdoor Display Enclosures

Peerless announced the company developed a new mount for Panasonic’s 103-inch plasma display. The mount has hook-on attachment brackets compatible with the plasma’s pre-installed spacers. It also has a vertical adjustment to help place the screen on the wall. The company also has new outdoor environmental enclosures for flat panels, which were shown at CEDIA. […]

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Dukane Announces New Interactive Whiteboard and Wireless Annotation Unit

Dukane introduced the LeaderBoard & AirSlate, two new products for education and training. The LeaderBoard is an interactive whiteboard, and the AirSlate is a wireless annotation and mouse control pad that lets the instructor roam around the room while giving a presentation. The LeaderBoard features electromagnetic technology. All computer controls are transferred to the multimedia […]

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News in Brief

Christie supplies CP2000 digital projectors to Toronto Film Festival, and announces that Ball Aerospace standardizes on Christie with contract for 70 conference room projectors…Barco demonstrates at SIGGRAPH new VR Workroom for projecting info from multi-source, multi-window high-res mono and 3D stereo on large screens, and 21 Barco 2K digital cinema projectors used for “Monster House […]

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Canon Goes High End With 5500 Lumen Projector That Can Pull Presentations off a Server

Canon announced the LV-7575, an LCD projector specified at 5500 ANSI lumens, 8900:1 contrast ratio and XGA resolution. Canon also put its lens expertise to use with a standard 1.3X Canon Optics lens and four optional high quality interchangeable lenses including the Ultra Wide Angle, Wide Angle Zoom, Long Focus Zoom, and Ultra Long Focus […]

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Toshiba Announces DVD-Projector Combo, and New 2700-Lumen DLP Projector

We’ve already been covering the Toshiba TDP-ET20U for probably six months, partly because this is the only DVD-projector combo that rivals Optoma’s MovieTime for a fantastic design. Well now, Toshiba is officially announcing the product and also a ship date of September and that the company is targeting both home and office users. Also new […]

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Front Projection Still Growing

A new report from Pacific Media Associates indicates that sales of front projectors are still going strong worldwide. In fact, the company’s research showed that second quarter 2006 shipments grew 28 percent over the same quarter last year. Both ProAV and HomeAV markets showed “healthy gains.” Growth in the Americas was the highest, with 42 […]

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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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