Cybersecurity Advice (for the AV Industry) from Robert Mueller

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By Paul Konikowski On June 24, 2019, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee about his team’s Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Throughout most of the day, Mueller kept his answers brief and referenced the report. Oftentimes, he […]

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Marantz Introduces NR1200 High Performance Stereo Receiver

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  Marantz today announced the NR1200, a 75-watt-per-channel (8-ohm, 20Hz — 20kHz, 0.08% THD) HDMI and stereo receiver. The amplifier circuit design of the NR1200 features separate, symmetrical left and right power amplifier blocks. The power transformer is wired independently to the circuits of the amplifier, preamplifier, tuner and front display, which, Marantz says, improves […]

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Maxell’s New 3LCD Interactive Projector Series Brings Learning to Life

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Maxell expanded its laser projector line with two new 3LCD laser interactive projectors, the MP-TW3011 and MP-TW4011 — both native WXGA 1280×800 resolution. Both projectors are aimed at K-12, higher education and corporate and the MP-TW3011 is spec’d at 3,300 ANSI lumens, while the MP-TW4011 claims 4,200 ANSI lumens. Both laser projectors include what Maxell […]

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New Three-Input 4K/60 4:4:4 Switcher with DTP2 Transmitter Ships from Extron

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Extron just announced it’s shipping the DTP2 T 203, a three-input switcher with integrated DTP2 transmitter for sending DisplayPort, HDMI, audio and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable to an Extron DTP-enabled product. It supports video signals at resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 chroma sampling. This HDCP 2.2-compliant […]

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Epson Delivers 9K Lumen Pro L Laser Projector

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Epson announced today it is already shipping its 9,000-lumen Pro L laser projectors aimed at conference rooms, auditoriums and Rental applications. The new white Epson Pro L1490U and black Epson Pro L1495U join the Pro L large-venue laser projector lineup offering every possible input (including 3G-SDI, HDBaseT, HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, 5-BNC and stereo mini 10), […]

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Extron Ships DTP2 R 211, an HDCP 2.2-Compliant 4K 4:4:4 Receiver

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Extron is shipping the DTP2 R 211, a twisted pair HDMI receiver that accepts the transmission of HDMI and multichannel audio, as well as bidirectional RS232 and IR signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable. This HDCP 2.2-compliant product accommodates the full 18 Gbps data rate of HDMI 2.0b and […]

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You Got Drones in My Huddle Room

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If you read our industry press at all (and I hope you do) you will note large numbers of articles on two subjects: 1. The “Huddle Room” and 2. Drones When two subjects like these fascinate an industry, it is almost inevitable that they combine in some way. (I consider this the “you got peanut […]

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Peerless-AV Partners with BrightSign Again for Touch-Based Indoor Kiosk

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Peerless-AV is shipping the second-generation of its all-in-one kiosk powered by BrightSign XT1144 expanded I/O player (KIPICT2555) for indoor applications. This is designed for hospitality, retail, corporate, transportation, entertainment, education and general-purpose applications. The updated kiosk delivers 1080p60 single video decoding, HTML support, networked content playback, as well as an abundant set of features, including […]

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LMS206 from Amate Audio Debuts

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Amate Audio has introduced the new LMS206 loudspeaker management processor, making the advanced system configuration capabilities of its NÍTID active loudspeaker series available for use with passive audio systems. The LMS206 is the first of a series of next generation loudspeaker management processors, providing continuous ‘round the clock’ uncompromising operation, employing a 64-bit DSP architecture. […]

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Bose Pro Ships More UCC Products Including EX-440C and EX-12AEC and EX-1280

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Bose Professional is now shipping new ControlSpace EX processors — two designed specifically for conference rooms (EX-440C and EX-12AEC) and one dedicated for general purpose applications (EX-1280). ControlSpace Conferencing Processors (EX-440C and EX-12AEC): With an open-architecture, all-in-one design, the ControlSpace EX-440C conferencing processor facilitates high-quality microphone integration and audio processing for small-to-medium size conference rooms. […]

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Primacoustic Paintables Are Now Available in 48″ Square Acoustic Panels

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Primacoustic has expanded its Paintables line of acoustic panels with the introduction of the new Broadway 48” x 48” Broadband absorptive wall panel. Primacoustic Paintables is a line of acoustic panels that gives architects and interior/room designers the ability to integrate matched color or printed graphics into the acoustic design spec for a room or […]

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Panamax and Furman Announce New Power Distribution Solutions

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Panamax and Furman have announced a plethora of new power distribution solutions, including new remote controllable outlets, IP controllable power products, a voltage regulator and small install accessories. Panamax Vertex 12 and 16 Outlet Power Distribution Units: Two new Panamax vertical power distribution units — the VT-EXT12 and VT-EXT16 — add flexible protected power to […]

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Does Certification Matter?

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As a manager, I’m often faced with the question of what requirements we should put into a job description when we are ready to hire a person. Experience is always the easiest one to figure out. You think about how senior the position is and then you base years of experience or type of experiences […]

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Three New Interactive 4K LCDs Arrive from Sharp

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has launched three new 4K Ultra HD resolution large-format AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems with built-in wireless and whiteboard functionality utilizing its embedded SoC (system-on-chip) controller. We shot a video of these at InfoComm last month, which you can view here: […]

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Leyard and Planar VM Series LCD Video Wall Line Adds Four New Displays

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Today, Leyard and Planar introduced four new offerings to the company’s Planar VM Series line of LCD video wall displays. Featuring the industry’s smallest bezels and a new 49-inch size, the new models broaden the Planar VM Series offering and add state-of-the-art tiled bezel performance. The expanded Planar VM Series product line offers customers looking […]

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Yamaha Ships ESB-1080 UCC Sound Bar and Collaboration Kit

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Yamaha has announced its new ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar and Collaboration Kit are now shipping. Available in North America, the Yamaha Collaboration Kit bundles an AI wide-angle USB camera from Huddly, AI-powered conference cameras, with the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar. Here’s a video we shot of this kit at InfoComm last month: The ESB-1080 Enterprise […]

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Webinar | Why UCC Spaces are Defining the Future of Interactivity Everywhere

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**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. Interactivity used to be relegated to the most expensive plain-old whiteboard anyone ever purchased – the SmartBoard. As you know, most of them were installed with good intentions but ended up being used as, well, just a whiteboard. But, companies like Avocor and […]

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Brightline Ships cMe2 Lighting Kit for UCC spaces

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Brightline today announced its new cMe2 huddle room light is shipping. The compact fixture is specifically designed for spaces that have inadequate lighting for videoconferencing and other video recordings. We actually shot a video fo this at InfoComm and you can see if here: Providing pure white LED-based lighting, the cost-effective cMe2 offers on-board dimming […]

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MicroSet Microphones Are Already Shipping from Audio-Technica

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Audio-Technica is now shipping the BP892x, BP893x and BP894x MicroSet headworn microphones — updated versions of its BP892, BP893 and BP894 models. Primary improvements include detachable cables and more secure ear loops for comfort and fit. All models will be available with a variety of terminations for wired, Audio-Technica and third-party wireless systems and in […]

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DMP 128 FlexPlus DSP for Dante Systems Ships from Extron

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Extron announced the availability of the DMP 128 FlexPlus series of compact Dante Digital Matrix Processors, featuring twelve FlexInput channels with full DSP, including AEC and Dante connectivity, in only a half rack space. With an extensive mix matrix, a USB audio interface and analog compatibility, the DMP 128 FlexPlus provides the ability to easily […]

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Collaboration Space Interface Design

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For the past several years in higher education, the active learning classroom has grown in popularity. With these active learning classrooms comes an increase in technology. Many of the classrooms have multiple displays and multiple ways of getting your content onto those displays. These may consist of flat panels, projectors and interactive whiteboards. The expectation […]

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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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