Another View on Biamp Buying Community and Apart Speaker Brands

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By James Kirby Industry Analyst, Futuresource Consulting Yet further consolidation has hit the professional audio markets, with Biamp’s acquisition of the Community and Apart loudspeaker brands. This follows a consolidation trend which Futuresource has being reporting on for some time, with pro audio moving further away from the independent, family-run industry it once was. This announcement […]

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Optoma Aims New 1080p Projectors at Classrooms and Meeting Rooms

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Optoma today introduced two new projectors aimed at classrooms, meeting rooms and training rooms. The Optoma EH412 and EH412ST are spec’d at 4,500 and 4,000 lumens (both are native 1920×1080) and have 4K HDR scaling, claim REC.709 color profiles at a 50,000:1 contrast ratio — the ST version uses a short-throw lens. Optoma EH412 and […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

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Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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Audinate Dante AV Is a Thing

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Audinate today announced that the new Dante AV Module and the Dante AV Product Design Suite are now commercially available for order by manufacturers. Patton Electronics has announced that they will adopt the platform into a new generation of AV-Over-IP products. Dante AV is an integrated audio and video networking solution, bringing to video all the benefits that have […]

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Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from Zoom, Logitech and Draper

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By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D Last week was a big week for cybersecurity news pertaining to the audiovisual industry. Vulnerabilities in Zoom’s Mac desktop client were disclosed, hijacking flaws in Logitech’s Unifying USB dongles hit the mainstream and Draper, Inc. announced that its computer systems and communications networks were being held hostage by ransomware. Let’s take […]

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NewTek NDI Gets Added to Camera from Vaddio

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Vaddio has equipped its RoboSHOT 30E PTZ Camera with NewTek NDI, a technology that allows video systems to automatically detect and communicate with one another over IP, enabling video workflows across ethernet networks. The RoboSHOT 30E NDI camera offers a low-latency, high-performance solution in the NDI ecosystem. The RoboSHOT 30E NDI camera is a recognizable video […]

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New DMP 64 Plus Series of Digital Matrix Processors Launches from Extron

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Extron just debuted the DMP 64 Plus series of compact Digital Matrix Processors, featuring six DSP input channels with AEC, which take up only a half rack space. With a mix matrix, a USB audio interface and 6×4 analog connectivity, the DMP 64 Plus provides the ability to easily connect and route signals to accommodate […]

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Why in the Heck Would Biamp Buy Community and Apart Audio? Hint: QSC

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By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Rashid Skaf-led Biamp is buying Audioprof Group International, which is the parent company of Community Loudspeakers (based in Philadelphia) and Apart Audio (based in Antwerp, Belgium) from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium. Bruce Howze founded the company in 1968, which was first named Community Light and Sound. […]

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Atlona Ships AT-OME-PS62 Matrix Presentation Switcher for 4K/UHD Applications

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Atlona is now shipping the AT-OME-PS62, a 6×2 matrix switcher that’s part of the Omega Series, which was unveiled at InfoComm 2019 last month. The AT-OME-PS62 is a 4K switcher with USB 3.0 and USB-C interfaces, HDBaseT extension, scaling and audio management. Here’s a video we shot of the 4×2 version of it at InfoComm: […]

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FSR Brings ‘Smart’ Solutions to InfoComm 2019

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FSR surprised attendees at the 2019 InfoComm Show with the launch of the Smart-Way On-Floor Raceway System for wire management. The Smart-Way on-floor raceway is intended for offices, conference rooms, collaborative work environments or anywhere wire management is desired. Wire space will never be an issue with the Smart-Way system since the raceway compartments provide […]

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Is It a Standard if Nobody Uses it?

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The AV/IT industry has a problem, one of its own making and one that is getting worse by the micro-second. There are just too many conflicting and confusing “standards” and best practices. Between those created by trade groups, those developed by technical associations or technology consortia (worse yet as these tend to be proprietary) and […]

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Imminent Disaster  —  The Looming AV Threat

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I want you to imagine a 46″ flat panel display. This display is in a staff cafeteria on the 30th floor of an office building. Wall-mounted. It is not an extravagant display, probably 1080p… not even smart (gasp!). You’ve seen one just like it, looping special events and other corporate propaganda. Now I want you […]

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PixelFLEX VisionPro HD Is Pre-Packaged LED Wall (on Wheels)

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PixelFLEX LED just launched VisionPro HD, a giant LED-based Smart TV of sorts. VisionPro HD is constructed with a reflection-free surface, to reduce any room or light interference, is bezel-less, since it’s LED and is available in four models; a 110-inch display at 1.2mm pixel pitch, a 138-inch display at 1.5mm pixel pitch, a 165-inch […]

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Modulo Player V5.2 from Modulo Pi Is Newest Media Server Update

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Modulo Pi just announced that it’s shipping the Modulo Player v5.2, as well as a new version of its embedded live mixer which now includes full integration of Stream Deck control pads. The company has also announced the official and immediate release of Modulo Player v5.2. Modulo Pi says the Modulo Player is a cost-effective […]

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Panasonic Adds New 4K Displays Designed for UCC and and Business Applications

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Panasonic Business has completed the expansion of its 4K display range, originally launched at ISE 2019, with the CQ1 series featuring six new models for use in collaborative spaces. Available from 43 to 86 inches, the series is all native 4K resolution (3840×2160) and support 4K/60p signals and are spec’d to deliver 400 cd/m2 brightness […]

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Legrand Debuts New On-Q Branded, In-Wall TV Power and Cable Management Kits

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Legrand recently extended its line of On-Q in-wall power products with the introduction of new On-Q Flat Screen TV Pro Power and Cable Management Kits. The new solutions provide installers with everything needed to safely extend power to wall-mounted displays and accompanying devices, while neatly concealing power and AV cables inside the wall. Each in-wall […]

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MSE Audio Debuts SoundTube Entertainment STNet Switch II

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MSE Audio just announced the SoundTube Entertainment STNet Switch II, a proprietary Power over Ethernet, rack-mountable switch designed for use in Dante networks. Featuring 16-ports, the STNet Switch II is designed for pairing with STNet IPD Speakers. SoundTube Entertainment’s STNet Switch II is a 1-RU, 16-port Gigabit switch. The STNet Switch II’s 700-watt power supply […]

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IDK Ships AV-Over-IP Bridge for IP-NINJAR and Dante Audio Network

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IDK is now shipping its IP-NINJAR / Dante Audio Bridge (NJR-AB08DAN). The bridge transcodes audio signals directly between its AV-Over-IP 10G SDVoE-based IP-NINJAR and Dante environments. Audio signal transport is enabled from NJR transmitters to Dante devices and from Dante device to NJR receivers. The new IP-NINJAR Bridge eliminates the need for third-party converters and […]

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Middle Atlantic L7 Lectern Series Is ADA-Compliant

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Middle Atlantic Products today announced manufacturing improvements to their newly released, height-adjustable, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, eco-designed lectern, the L7 series. These improvements include reductions in materials use, which saves energy in the manufacturing process as a result of eco-design commitments. Eco-designed products are assessed during the concept phase to identify opportunities to […]

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VESA Details New DisplayPort 2.0 Spec – Aimed at 8K Video and Beyond

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced last week that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort (DP) audio/video standard. DP 2.0 is the first major update to the DisplayPort standard since March 2016 and provides up to a 3x increase in data bandwidth performance compared to the previous version of DisplayPort (DP 1.4a), […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Gary Kayye’s Favorite InfoComm Booth Tours — and His LinkedIn LIVE Show Floor Tour, Too!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing booth tours at trade shows. And, I try to do as many of them as possible at trade shows. I enjoy understanding the design and “flow” of the booth — and, a lot of manufacturers are now theming booths pretty creatively. But, MOST OF ALL, I love seeing all the […]

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The Ultimate InfoComm 2019 Wrap-Up Video – Three Days of Awesomeness & Music

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Every year, we produce a video-story that shows the spectacle that is the InfoComm event. Our InfoComm wrap-up video has become one of the most popular things we do each year and, in the lead-up to today’s release, we teased it via social media and the teaser-videos alone garnered over 6,200 views. Again, that’s just […]

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New elektraLite 200-watt COB Paint Can Fixture Debuts

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elektraLite just launched a new Paint Can COB fixture that’s available in regular and pendant body styles, as well as Warm White (WW) and RGBW formats for a total of four model variants. Basically, it’s a new spot/wash hybrid utilizing a 200-watt Japanese COB LED with a CRI of 95. The fixture also boasts a […]

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AVIXA Partners with the Society for College and University Planning

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AVIXA is expanding its commitment to showcasing the benefits of audiovisual (AV) solutions in higher education with a featured panel discussion at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Annual Conference, July 14-17, in Seattle. The SCUP 2019 Annual Conference is attended by more than 1,500 higher education professionals and offers an exchange […]

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Five Questions Every Integrator Should Be Asking

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For those of you who don’t know me well, I am pretty active in networking with other AV professionals, technology managers, designers, content producers, etc  If there is one thing most of them agree on, it’s that doing a proper needs analysis is the only way to assure that our systems meet all of our […]

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ProAV Market to Grow to $325 Billion By 2024 — Make Sure to Send Zoom a Thank You Card

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The global professional audiovisual industry will grow to more than $325 billion in 2024, from $247 billion in 2019, according to updated forecasts in the new 2019 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Global Summary produced by AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. Overall, the demand for pro-AV products and services is driven […]

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Philips Professional Display Releases MediaSuite Pro TV Across EMEA

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Philips Professional Display Solutions (Philips PDS) has announced its complete range of new, Google-certified, Android-powered MediaSuite Pro TVs is now available to all customers across EMEA. Unveiled during ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, the new Philips PDS MediaSuite range has been designed to help revolutionise the way businesses and end-users can access and broadcast digital content, […]

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Kramer Debuts TP-789R Receiver for 4K HDBaseT

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Kramer Electronics’ TP-789R is an HDBaseT receiver for 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) HDMI, RS232 and IR signals and two-way powering over twisted pair. The receiver extends video signals to up to 40 meters (130 feet) over Kramer copper cables at up to 4K@60Hz (4:2:0) 24bpp video resolution. The TP-789R receiver either provides power over the copper extension […]

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Conference Space Stakeholders — Trying to Please Everyone

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In my last article, I spoke of the need to design the spaces we deal with not by thinking about the tech stack, but instead from the perspective of an experience. But in order to do this, we need to understand WHOSE experience we are referring to. For the most part, when we design a […]

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Sony Grows IP-Based, Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera Lineup and Adds NDI/HX Capability

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At InfoComm 2019, Sony Electronics introduced two new PoE+ cameras to its IP-based, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera family. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are both new models that offer a 4K upgrade option — a first for PTZ cameras — to make them future-ready. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are designed for corporate, education, healthcare, faith and government […]

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