Kramer Adds CAD Drawing Library for AV Systems Design

Kramer Electronics now has a DXF Drawing Library of files for CAD and other industry drawing programs.  These DXF (Data Exchange Format) files are available for download from the Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video web sites, and include every model in both the Kramer and Sierra Video product lines.  The DXF Drawing Library gives designers […]

New CSI Product: DVI Over One Fiber System

Communications Specialties, Inc. (CSI), introduced the Pure Digital Fiberlink 7500 Series fiber optic transmission system for DVI over one fiber. The 7500 Series transmits all single-link DVI resolutions (up to 1920 x 1200), plus stereo audio, over one, single mode non-proprietary fiber, and supports distances up to 15 km. The transmitter features a DVI loop-through […]

New Presentation Technology Carts From Bretford

Bretford, Inc. introduced a new family of Presentation Technology Carts. Designed primarily for education and office environments, the TC12 Series, TC15 Series and TC35 Series carts allow users to incorporate technologies, such as those used for teaching, training and signage applications. These are designed to be as sleek as possible, to avoid the difficulty in […]

StarTech Extends AV Over Cat5

StarTech.com introduced a line of Converge AV extenders which allow AV signals to travel up to 300 meters. Applications identified for Converge A/V extenders include point-of-sale, digital signage, security, education and healthcare. There are five models, which extend component, S-Video, composite or VGA and serial anywhere from 200 to 300 meters. Pricing ranges from $88.99 […]

TV One Introduces HD and PC to HDMI Video Scaler, HDMI Distribution Amplifiers and Switching Transit

TV One made several announcements recently, including HD and PC to HDMI video scaler, HDMI distribution amplifiers and new switching transition effects for the company’s C2-1000 series and C2-2000. The 1T-AVPC-HDMI HD and PC to HDMI Video Scaler outputs resolutions up to 1080p. Analog PC inputs to WUXGA@60Hz are accepted along with analog YPbPr/YCbCr HDTV […]

HaiVision Announces TASMAN Digital H.264 MPEG-4 AVC Low Latency Video Encoder/Decoder Family

HaiVision Systems announced the latest H.264 products within their hai200 series – the TASMAN Digital. The TASMAN codec systems are now available with digital video and audio I/O. The TASMAN Digital family supports SDI (Serial Digital Interface) video and AES/EBU digital audio and they are available as an encoder/decoder (TASMAN Digital Communicator), an encoder only […]

Gary Kayye’s Presentation at ISE: The Future of AV in Everything

Did you know you’re selling to a different type of buyer than you were five years ago? That was Gary Kayye’s message during “The Future of AV in Everything,” a presentation he delivered to roughly 75 attendees to his event. Gary’s main premise confronts experienced system integrators with the fact that as AV broadens, the […]

MEDIALINE: Unique Modular Design LCD TV

Just when you think there’s not much that can distinguish an LCD box, along comes an idea that slaps you in the face and asks: Why didn’t I think of that? At ISE, NBMI (those guys that bring you your free internet spaces at ISE) showed the MEDIALINE 2600MP, 26-inch in the M-series of modular […]

PanelWorx Introduces 1080p Large Format LCD Touch Monitor

PanelWorx announced the company will bring a 1080p large-format LCD touch monitor to NSCA. They didn’t say how large, but it has an integrated touch screen with NexxtWindow optical touch technology. The sensor connects through a USB interface and it has an integrated PC. An optional modular integrated PC and power supply are designed for […]

Grass Valley Shows Suite of ProAV Products

At a special media event last week, Grass Valley exhibited its growing line of ProAV products. We’ve already covered the Turbo and Indigo in rAVe, but here is a bit of info about MediaEdge and Edius. While tempting to bill it as a digital signage system, MediaEdge is actually a robust video distribution system. What’s […]

ISE: AMX Offers Product Line Expansions

AMX announced several new products at ISE, expanding existing product lines. The 10-inch Modero touch Panel now has VoIP technology, which includes panel-to-panel communication, and the panel now has enhanced touch sensitivity. Also new is the Endeleo UDM-0102 Multi-Format Distribution Hub. This is a smaller-scale solution in the Endeleo Distributed Media product line. The UDM-0102 […]

Playback Tracking, Export to Variety of Formats, Available in New Visix Software

Visix (formerly Tech Electronics) announced version 6.4 of the AxisTV software. Version 6.4 features include optional playback tracking with export tools supporting .xls, .pdf, .rtf, and .html formats; Flash support for PowerPoint animations and transitions; new SMS gateway support for the optional Text Messenger and more. It is available for immediate download from the company’s […]

ILS: Lecterns Join the Digital Age

“We are establishing a new product category at the ISE,” says Henk de Groot of ILS. “Until now lecterns tended to be big and custom made, we will change that. In line with the AV-IT convergence, ILS launched at ISE a series of compact intelligent lecterns varying in functionality and style but designed to fit […]

BenQ Brings Four New Affordable Projectors to CES

BenQ introduced four new cross-over projectors for use in business and at home, and ranging from $749 to $1,499 in price. The MP721, MP721C, MP611, and MP611C are specified up to 2500 lumens but no lower than 2100, use DLP technology, and offer XGA or SVGA native resolution. These projectors weight less than 6 pounds […]

Dukane Announces Bright, Affordable SVGA Projector for $945

Dukane announced the ImagePro 8066, an LCD front projector specified at SVGA 800 x 600 resolution, 2000 ANSI lumens and 400:1 contrast ratio. This is priced starting at $945 and Dukane says it has an auto configuration feature for fast start-up.  

InFocus Brings Two New Work Big Models to Market

InFocus announced two new models of the company’s Work Big line. The Work Big IN24+ and IN26+ bring 30 percent more brightness – up to 2,200 ANSI lumens. These are DLP projectors. The IN24+ is specified at SVGA 800 x 600 resolution and the IN26+ at XGA 1024 x768 resolution. MSRPs are $649 and $799. […]

Optoma Introduces $1,299 3K-Lumen Projector

Optoma’s new EP771 is specified at 3000 ANSI lumens, 2300:1 contrast ratio and XGA 1024 x 768 resolution. This is a DLP model with MSRP of $1,299 and it’s marketed as a cross-over projector for both business and home use.

Toshiba’s $849 Cross-Over

Toshiba brought the TLP-XD2000U LCD projector to CES. This is specified at XGA resolution, 2,000 ANSI lumens and 600:1 contrast ratio. It’s being marketed as a cross-over projector for both business and home entertainment. It is priced at $849 and weighs 6.2 pounds. For more information, visit here.

Two New High-End Projectors Brought to ISE by projectiondesign

The F30 and F20 are two new projectors from projectiondesign that will debut at ISE later this month – and we have the scoop on them already! These are DLP models using SXGA+ resolution chips and projectiondesign’s BrilliantColor technology.  The first is the F30 and it’s specified at 1,400 x 1,050 resolution, up to 6500 […]

ViewSonic Integrates iPod Dock With DLP Front Projector

ViewSonic introduced a high definition “”Made for iPod” DLP front projector. The PJ258D lets users project video downloaded to the iPod using the incorporated ViewDock. This is a portable model, weighing fewer than four pounds, so users can easily store it when not in use and take it to a friend’s house. The docking station […]

InfoComm Seeks International Systems Standardization

InfoComm International announced its intent to become a recognized standards-setting body and will seek accreditation through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These standards will be developed as international standards and, as warranted, will be presented for adoption by the International Standards Organization (ISO). Standards define a profession, allow a profession to regulate itself and […]

NSCA Announces Call for ‘Innovations in Technology Awards’

A call for entries was announced for the NSCA Expo 2007 Innovations in Technology Awards. Spanning seven product categories including Audio, Business Productivity, Control Systems, Convergence, Security/Fire/Life Safety, Video/Display Technology, and Website, the awards are open to all Expo exhibitors.  NSCA Expo exhibitors are eligible to submit one new product per category in up to […]

Observations from CES

Having spent two days wandering around the 40th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas this week, I thought I would just ramble (or professionally called Blog) about what I noticed (or didn’t notice) that could (and probably will) affect the AV market, eventually. Gaming Projectors: I am convinced this newly emerging market will eventually dominate […]

Kramer Introduces HDMI Distribution Amps for Large Networks

The new HDMI distribution amplifiers for Kramer include the VM-28HDMI 2 input 1:8 HDMI distribution amplifier and the VM-216HDMI 2 input 1:16 HDMI distribution amplifier for use in large networks. The VM-28HDMI and VM-216HDMI were originally designed directly for a customer requirement.  Kramer was approached with the need to distribute high quality HDMI signals in […]

Polycom’s New RealPresence HD Collaboration

Polycom announced RealPresence Experience High Definition (RPX HD) telepresence solutions, designed to provide an immersive collaboration experience. Unique features, says the company, include full 8- or 16-foot HD cinematic views, Siren 22 kHz StereoSurround high definition sound, and EyeConnect technology, which puts the camera at eye level for more natural face-to-face interaction. Polycom’s standards-based HDX […]

120-Inch DLP Rear Projection TV From Optoma Just 40 Inches Deep

Optoma unveiled a 120-inch DLP TV at CES. This is a 1080p TV in the BigVizion line. That line also offers models with 80, 90 and 100 inches. The new 120-inch model is 40 inches deep and is specified at 10000:1 contrast ratio. It is targeted specifically to the professional home theater installer market and […]

65-Inch LCD From Sharp Now Available in Portrait Mode

Sharp announced the PN-655RU, a 65-inch LCD display specifically designed to operate in portrait mode. To do this, Sharp says the company optimized the internal cooling, air flow and backlight system.  The display is specified at 1920 x 1080 two-megapixel high-definition resolution and is priced at $32,995. The landscape model will be available for $29,995

Display up to 8 Computer and 8 Video Windows from 32 Switched Inputs With New RGB SuperView Processor

RGB Spectrum’s new SuperView 4000-8/8 is for any application requiring display of multiple images on a single monitor or projector, such as network operations centers, control rooms, video teleconferencing, command centers, training facilities, and any other application requiring the display of multiple images on a single screen.The SuperView 4000-8/8 can simultaneously display up to eight […]

Kayye’s Krystal Ball – 2007 Edition

It that time of year, again… Welcome to my eighth annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball feature article about predictions for the upcoming year for Professional AV, and even some Home AV technology, trends and products. If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you know that each year I actually start by reviewing my predictions […]

AMX Acquires Matrix Audio Designs

AMX enters the multi-room distributed audio distribution market with the company’s acquisition last week of Matrix Audio Designs. The Matrix Audio Controller line includes two product families – the Delta Series and the Mi Series. The Delta Series is billed as an affordable, multi-zone audio distribution system that can control and distribute audio from as […]

Blake Brubaker Appointed Systems Display Manager at Da-Lite

Da-Lite Screen Company announced that Blake Brubaker will move into the role of systems display manager. Brubaker, a 13-year veteran of the company, has served Da-Lite in a variety of sales and marketing positions. With the new appointment, Brubaker will lead design training programs for system integrators and consultants, and will author a series of […]

ESPA Invites Affiliates

The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA), the new education and certification organization founded by CEDIA, CEA and NSCA, is calling on organizations and businesses to become ESPA Affiliates and participate in the development of the universal education and certification program. Announced last month, The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), […]