Volfoni Claims to Solve the “Too Dark” Complaint for 3D Movies


Audiences sometimes complain that 3D movies are “too dark.” Now French company Volfoni has introduced a SmartCrystal Cinema polarization modulator that claims 18 percent light efficiency (more light output) when used with Volfoni’s passive 3D glasses. And, the company also says it’s greener because the projector will use less lamp power (20 percent to 30 […]

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New Milestone AV Headquarters Awarded LEED-CI Silver Certification


The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Milestone AV Technologies’ newly renovated global headquarters and design center a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Silver certification. Milestone, home to the Chief, Sanus, Da-Lite and Projecta brands, expanded into the new location in Eden Prairie, Minn. earlier this year. The U.S. Green […]

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Control Concepts and SurgeX Partner to Deliver Intuitive Control


SurgeX is shipping Crestron and AMX control system interface modules designed by Control Concepts. Smart energy management is playing an emergent role in homes and businesses, and the new automation modules will provide intelligent options for power management, measurement and reporting. The partnership makes it easier for integrators and end users to manage their power […]

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Christie Ships G Series Projectors


Christie is shipping its new G Series projectors, announced last month. The series includes two one-chip DLP models using a six-segment color wheel and offering a center-mounted lens. The DHD550-G is a native 1080p projector offering 5,000 lumens of brightness, while the DWU550-G is a WUXGA (1920×1200) projector with 5,100 lumens of brightness. Both have a […]

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Polycom Heads to the Cloud, Adds Skype, Facebook and Google Talk Integration with RealPresence CloudAXIS


Polycom made several major announcements this week, one of which is new Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, a cloud-based software suite that allows Polycom customers to add anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications to their video conferences from a browser. RealPresence CloudAXIS is software suite that runs on the Polycom RealPresence […]

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Barco Launches New RLM Projector Series


Barco just introduced three new 1920×1200 (WUXGA) projectors in its RLM Series, which Barco claims are the quietest projectors on the market in each category. The three projectors are the RLM-W6  at 37 dB (6,300 lumens brightness), the RLM-W8 at 39 dB (8,000 lumens brightness) and the RLM-W12 at 43 dB (11,500 lumens brightness). All […]

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InfoComm Sets Dates for U.S. Shows Through 2019


InfoComm International has announced its future rotation plans for its annual InfoComm exposition and conference. InfoComm 2013 will be held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center’s West Building, June 12 to 14. InfoComm 2014 will be held at Las Vegas Convention Center’s North and Central Halls, June 18 to 20. The show will rotate between […]

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Crestron Says Its New Shades Offer Quietest Motor on the Market


Crestron today introduced its complete line of quiet motorized roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems, offering designer-inspired fabrics and hardware finishes. Featuring Crestron’s new low-voltage Quiet Motor Technology (QMT), Crestron claims these shades are the quietest on the market. They also work with any Crestron controller. The shade line includes Roman, […]

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Panamax Ships MR Series


Panamax today announced that it is now shipping MR4000, the first product in its new “MR series” of entry-level power management products specifically aimed at the home market. The MR4000 features something that Panamax calls Protect or Disconnect and Automatic Voltage Monitoring (AVM) circuitry, as well as Level 2 noise filtration. The MR4000 features eight […]

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Krell Debuts 600-Watt Preamp


Krell Industries has introduced the new Phantom III stereo preamplifier. The Phantom III is the first Krell preamplifier to include either an optional digital input module or a headphone input. The digital module features AES/EBU, coaxial and optical digital inputs for use with streaming devices or other digital sources and supports up to 24 bit/192kHz […]

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SnapAV Adds Power Conditioners


Available with 10 or 12 outlets, SnapAV’s new WattBox power conditioners are rack-mountable or wall-mountable, designed to condition power, cable, satellite and network signals. The 12-outlet version features sequenced power-on, has the capability to handle up to 6,480 joules of energy dissipation and is encased in ceramic components. It has six switched outlets and six […]

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ANSI Approves InfoComm AV Systems Energy Management Standard


In a matter of weeks, InfoComm’s latest standard, 4:2012 Audiovisual Systems Energy Management, was approved by the InfoComm Board of Directors, submitted to the American Nationals Standards Institute, and approved by ANSI. The new standard defines and prescribes processes and requirements for the ongoing power management of AV systems. Here are the details: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/21107.htm

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rAVe Scoop: Sony and Panasonic Partner for OLED Production


Just off the heels of their breakup with Samsung in LED-lit LCD’s, Sony has re-partnered — but this time with Panasonic and it’s for OLED production. The agreement, to be officially announced Wednesday, will tie Panasonic and Sony together with a joint-owned OLED manufacturing plan – making sizes up to 90″ eventually, which will start production early next year. OLED (organic […]

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Extron Ships 800-Watt Energy Star-Qualified Amp


Extron Electronics announced this week the immediate availability of the XTRA Series XPA 4002 two channel power amplifier. This compact 1U, convection cooled amplifier delivers 400 watts rms per channel into 4 ohms or 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms. The XPA 4002 replaces the XPA 2002 amplifier at the same price. It is an Energy Star-qualified amplifier with an advanced Class D amplifier design. The XPA 4002 […]

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Keyword: Global


As a U.S.-based writer and staging company owner, I have a tendency to focus on updates and resources that are largely centered in the United States. However, I know that a good percentage of readers and the events they serve are actually outside of North America, so this month I’d like to explore a few happenings and […]

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Panasonic Announces Two Lamp-Free HDBaseT Projector Series


Panasonic announced at InfoComm two lamp-free projector series with HDBaseT technology. These new projectors replace a conventional lamp with new LED/laser diodes to realize long lasting high brightness. The one-chip DLP PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series projectors will be made available in two different resolutions, 1080p (1920×1080) and WXGA (1280×800). Panasonic says the new lighting technology […]

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Panasonic Intros New Digital Signage Displays, Including Its First Video Wall Display


Panasonic last week announced three new lines of professional LCD displays, including the LED 55” LFV50, the company’s first video wall product, the 70” and 80” LED LF50 Series, and the LF5, an entry-level digital signage LCD display. LFV50 Panasonic’s first LED video wall display features an ultra-narrow bezel for near seamless video wall installation. […]

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Yamaha Adds Apple AirPlay to High-End Receivers — Plus, They’re Green!


Yamaha recently added two new network models to its RX-V series AV receivers — the 7.1-channel RX-V573 and 5.1-channel RX-V473. Both models feature Apple AirPlay compatibility with Apple iOS devices, featuring direct connectivity to iPads, iPhones and iPods, as well as the company’s proprietary YPAO system calibration. System control is via the Yamaha AV controller […]

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NEC Launches 100 Percent Mercury-Free 22″ LCD


The EA223WM is a 22-inch, mercury-free monitor geared to high-performance enterprise users in corporate, government and education settings, as well as kiosk digital signage applications. Using LED backlighting, spec’d at a 25,000:1 contrast ratio and boasting ENERGY STAR 5.1 and TCO 5.2 compliance, it’s the first in this size category to be both green and […]

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BenQ Ships Two New Short Throw Laser Projectors


BenQ announced it’s now shipping the next-generation LX60ST and LW61ST, which are the first short-throw education projectors to feature the company’s cutting-edge blue core light engine. The LX60ST (VGA resolution – 1024×768) and LW61ST (WXGA resolution – 1280×768) projectors claim an average of 20,000 hours of usage before the light source decreases and an 80,000:1 […]

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NEC Display Adds Ultra-Narrow Bezel LCD


NEC Display just announced what it is calling its “next-generation” ultra-narrow bezel display in the form of the X463UN, which is part of the company’s high-end X Series of displays designed for 24/7 operation. The X463UN is a direct LED-backlit LCD display, which has reduced power consumption and is completely mercury-free. The X463UN offers a […]

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Contemporary Research Upgrades Power Output of 232-Amp+


Contemporary Research has upgraded its 232-Amp Stereo Mixer/Amplifier to the 232-Amp+, increasing power to 32/40W RMS from 16/32W. The 232-Amp+ is a compact, programmable mixer/amplifier aimed at ProAV systems with flat-panel displays and video projectors where you want to take the audio out of the display and convert it from line to speaker level audio. […]

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SANUS Ships EcoSystem


SANUS is now shipping the SANUS EcoSystem, a multi-volt power supply and suite of AV rack accessories designed to create a seamless interaction between racks and low-voltage devices. What is included with the SANUS EcoSystem? • Multi-volt power supply • Front and rear light control switches • Master power switch • 12 outlets with both […]

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The Importance of Energy Management in AV


Last year marked the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program’s first decade of existence, a span bookended by two major economic slumps. Despite spending much of that time tightening their belts, many enterprises, government agencies and other organizations were able to justify paying a premium for energy-efficient buildings — so much so that […]

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Straight to Video


I travel a lot, somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 miles a year. I also get a lot of emails, somewhere between 75 and 100 a day. These are the two great time sucks of my life, and, I imagine, of life in general for many of you as well. Both are necessary, both are a […]

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The Case for GovComm


The inaugural GovComm show, held in November, went off without a hitch, despite light attendance and some lukewarm reception from manufacturers who chose not to participate. However, in many ways, the show was a huge success  It introduced a number of ‘new’ manufacturers with specific government focus to a large number of regional integrators who […]

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NEC Launches $850 3D Projector


NEC Display just announced an addition to its V Series multimedia projectors in the form of the 3000-lumen V300W. Designed as an affordable, lightweight WXGA (1280×800) projector that uses DLP technology, the V300W includes NEC’s eco mode, which the company says has up to 5000 hours of lamp life, plus a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Connectivity […]

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