Barco Launches PlusPAK

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At ISE, Barco announced the introduction of PlusPAK for the FSN Series multi-format switcher. Designed for what Barco says is “the flexibility and agility needed in the events industry,” PlusPAK is a new hardware and software suite comprised of four components — a new Universal Output Card (UOC), the system’s new Multiviewer (MVR), a Digital […]

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NEC Launches New Low Priced ProAV Displays

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Last week, NEC Display announced the addition of a new ProAV-grade product line, the E Series. Debuting for this entry-level series are the 32-inch E321 and 42-inch E421, which NEC says gives corporate users an affordable option for lobbies, boardrooms and small conference rooms, while addressing the display needs of digital signage users in retails […]

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EPSON Launches 7000 Lumen “Rental” Projector

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EPSON wants to play in rental and staging and they’re taking aim with their first model, dubbed the PowerLite Pro Z8050WNL.  It’s specified as a 7000 ANSI lumens (5000:1 contrast ratio), 3LCD projector… that’s only native 1280×800. Hmm? Maybe for video-only applications, it’ll make some showings, but even though it’s compatible with 1080p, you’ll be […]

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Sanyo’s New XW300 3K Lumen XGA Projector

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Sanyo’s latest portable, the XW300, is actually a 5-pound, 3000 ANSI lumen, XGA (1024×760) resolution 3LCD projector that replaces the XW250.  Specified at a 500:1 contrast ratio, the 29dB projector includes network connectivity, RS232 control and compatibility for all analog signals (it does not have DVI or HDMI inputs). Sanyo says the 220-watt lamp lasts […]

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Wybron Launches Cygnus 200W LED-based Wash

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As energy concerns rise, it’s no surprise that LEDs have commanded much of the lighting world’s attention. Unfortunately, many of the fixtures flooding the market provide less than stellar light. Technicians and lighting designers are still in pursuit of that holy grail of LEDs: one that can provide incandescent-quality light while still remaining simple, energy-efficient […]

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Philips Debuts Solar-Powered Outdoor LED Stadium Lighting

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Although not bright enough for professional or college-level stadiums, this new LED-based solar-powered lighting system does have a lot of staging and maybe even some rental apps.  And, the system is available as a fully portable solution. Using the energy-efficient LED lighting technology, the system can illuminate areas up to 40 meters by 20 meters […]

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CBI Adds Butt-Kicking 64-Channel Snake System!

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This is a stager’s dream. Check this out: CBI has added the “Ultimate SP-64” 64-channel snake system to its existing line of pro grade Star Performer audio snakes.   Look at the picture to the right!!  The new system compliments CBI’s existing StarPerformer series that features 40-56 channel audio snakes. Available in rack mount or stage […]

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Extron Debuts Pro-Grade Surround Sound Processor

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Earlier this month, Extron debuted their new SSP 7.1, a high-performance, five-input surround sound processor designed to provide up to eight channels of surround sound targeted at ProAV installations.  The SSP 7.1 automatically detects and decodes audio content in various Dolby and DTS formats from DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HDTV broadcasts. It also offers Dolby […]

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Draper to Launch Screen Aimed Specifically at Rental/Staging Markets

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Dubbed the StageScreen and planned for an InfoComm launch, Draper is making a play for a leadership position in the Rental/Staging market with a “transformable” screen.   Draper claims their new StageScreen will save setup time and money, and will offer a better return on investment. Here’s why: With the StageScreen there’s no need to purchase […]

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If you can only take ONE CLASS at InfoComm, What Does rAVe Think It Should Be?

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In evaluating the plethora of courses offered at InfoComm 09 this year in Orlando that Rental/Stagers might have an interest in, here’s the one we think you’ll overlook that you should SERIOUSLY consider: Session # IS39 Title: Display Color Management Instructor: Extron’s Steve Somers Description:  As digital signage, digital cinema and content creation proliferate, proper color rendition […]

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Extron Ships SMX System Matrix with HD-SDI

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Extron say that they have “immediate availability “of a new 4×4 multi-rate SDI matrix board and two new 16×16, 4-Gbps fiber optic matrix boards for the SMX System MultiMatrix, Extron’s modular, field-configurable matrix switching platform. These new matrix boards bring the total number of available SMX matrix boards to 41, covering all popular analog and […]

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InFocus Enables “Plug and Play” for Macs

In an effort to support the growing demand for Mac applications in projection, InFocus Corporation, last week announced the availability of the InFocus DisplayLink support for Mac, a display driver that allows Intel-based Apple computers to transmit audio and video content over a standard USB connection for instant set-up with DisplayLink enabled InFocus projectors. By […]

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Christie Digital Launches the Ultimate LCD Projector for Stagers

Christie announced the new LX1000, what the company says is the ultimate 3LCD projector for staging.  At 10,000 ANSI lumens, the dual-lamp LX-1000 includes 10-bit image processing that delivers natural color-tone reproduction, good picture stability, and flawless video playback. The inorganic LCD panels also result in less color degradation over time than conventional LCDs and […]

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QSC Announces ILA v2 System

QSC has introduced its new ILA (Installation Line Array) v2 System. Representing the second generation design of the lightweight, compact line array, ILA v2 comes to Stagers as a turnkey package including dedicated full-range and subwoofer loudspeaker components, processing, amplification, and suspension accessories. Designed for live events, ballrooms, convention centers, or any other venue seeking […]

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Shure Debuts Four New Mics

Shure Incorporated last week debuted three new products – the PG27USB and PG42USB Side-Address Condenser Microphones and the X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter.  In addition, Shure introduced XLR models of the new microphones, the PG27 and PG42. The PG27USB and PG42USB microphones connect professional-caliber Shure microphones to any USB computer port with what they say is […]

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MultiDyne Ships Battery-Powered Fiber System for HD Designed for Staging Apps

LiGHTBoX LB-1150 is a battery powered, bi-directional field fiber transport for HD, Video, Audio, Ethernet & Data. The MultiDyne designed the LiGHTBoX so that it’s ruggedized for field and harsh environment applications. Typical applications are ENG, sports, military, out-door live events and any field application where battery powered equipment is required. The LiGHTBox can be […]

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