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 […]

InfoComm Named Among Fastest Growing Tradeshows

Industry pub Tradeshow Week named InfoComm International one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the U.S. The 2006 Fastest 50 Tradeshows are based on growth in square footage and exhibiting companies from 2003 — 2005. In this time frame, InfoComm grew from 561 exhibitors in 303,600 net square feet of exhibit space to 725 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Nigel B Design Introduces Quarter Rack Sized Amps

Nigel B Design introduced a new range of Quarter Rack Sized Miniature 45 Watt Amplifiers. These amplifiers, certified by AMX, feature built-in two-way RS 232 and automatic on/off using an Audio Detection Circuit. These units can be used in five different modes, Balanced or Unbalanced, Stereo or Mono, or Bridged Mono. Because they are small, […]

Teq Gear Announces Wireless XGA Receiver and New Matrix Switchers

Teq Gear promises you can receive SVGA to SXGA resolution computer-video and audio from any wireless computer via the standard 802.11g/a/b with the company’s new wireless XGA receiver. The WID101 lets users put wireless AV on a display up to 250 feet away. Select 802.11 g/a/b, LAN cable, or local DVI-D input port, to output […]

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 […]

HD Video Conferencing LifeSize Team Now Available

LifeSize announced that LifeSize Team, an HD video communications system for conference and board rooms, is now available in more than 20 countries. This system is specified at video resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second and HD audio with wide-band audio up to 16 kHz. This is an integrated system that […]

Listen Shipping New Stationary IR Line

Listen Technologies is shipping the Stationary IR line, which includes a transmitter, infrared radiator (emitter), two types of receivers, and a variety of accessories. The radiators are powered from the transmitter, so you won’t have to locate power supplies near the radiators. The radiators are powered using standard CAT5 cabling. There is also a delay […]

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 […]

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 […]

New DL.2 Collage Generator Now Available

High End Systems announced the new Collage Generator for DL.2. The DL.2 is a unit that combines a media server loaded with digital content with a high output 3-chip light engine, a highly sensitive HAD sensor camera, and an infrared illumination system. The company says the DL.2 mounts like any other intelligent moving luminaire, and […]

The Passing of Jeffrey E. Bollinger

The AV industry is mourning the passing of AV veteran Jeffrey E. Bollinger. He was the Director of Audio Visual and Sound System Design at Acentech, Inc. of Cambridge, MA (formerly Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, Inc.) where he had worked for the past 32 years. He was a member of the Acoustical Society of America […]


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, […]

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 […]

BroadSign Upgrades Network Management Software

BroadSign announced the company upgraded its network management software to include reporting how many times each ad was played on each screen. Proof of Performance Reports will then compare achieved exposures against the planned ones, so advertisers will not be billed for the ads not delivered due to a technical problem. The new software version […]

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 […]

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 […]

InFocus to Shift Call Center to India

InFocus told company employees last week that the 30 people working in the company’s call center will lose their jobs due to a decision to contract that work to India, reported The news came five days before InFocus reported second quarter revenues Tuesday. On revenues of $97.6 million, the company posted a net loss […]

Chief Adds Feature Set to New Mounts

Chief’s new RPA Elite series of custom and universal mounts has the same independent roll, pitch and yaw, with integrated cable management and security. But the new series has a new design and adds MicroZone adjustments for micro adjustment with a No. 2 screwdriver, macro adjustment with Centris technology which allows movement with a touch […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Conferencing Demo Features Mayo Clinic Docs, Execs From InfoComm, PolyVision, Sony

While a lot of technology is shown at InfoComm, it’s a rare opportunity to actually see it in action. That’s why the conference at the PolyVision booth was so special. Not only did we hear how AV technology is used in medicine, we heard, and saw, the live discussion on a PolyVision Thunder and Sony […]

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 […]