Extron Shows 4K Capable USB-C to HDMI Converter

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Extron just debuted the USB-C HD 101 interface that converts USB-C signals to HDMI, providing an easy way to integrate USB-C sources into an existing AV system. The interface offers up to 60 watts of power to charge a connected USB-C source device, and it supports USB-C Alt Mode video resolutions up to 4K/60 for […]

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Extron’s Customizable NBP 50 Network Button Panel Now Available

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Extron has announced the availability of the NBP 50 Network Button Panel. The NBP 50 is a fully customizable AV system control interface for Extron Pro Series control systems and HC 400 Series products. Network Button Panels connect to a control processor using standard Ethernet. These control panels work in conjunction with a control processor […]

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Poly Sells 17 Million+ Microsoft Teams Headsets and Stocks 20 MS Teams-Certified Models

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) announced Thursday that it now has the largest portfolio of Microsoft-Teams-certified headsets available, with more than twenty headsets and personal speakerphones certified for Teams. Poly has sold nearly 17 million Microsoft-compatible devices over the last three years. The MS Teams portfolio of certified devices includes the Voyager 4200 Office Series […]

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Extron Now Shipping ENERGY-STAR-qualified Audio Power Amplifiers

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Extron announced that the company is shipping the XPA U 1004 SB and XPA U 2002 SB, ENERGY-STAR-qualified audio power amplifiers, featuring flexible channel pairs that can drive 8-ohm, 4-ohm, 70-volt or 100-volt loads. The individually bridgeable channel pairs of the XPA U 1004 SB can deliver two 100-watt channels into low-impedance systems or one […]

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We Should Be Promoting Diversity in the AV Industry

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On infrequent occasions, I write blogs that do not relate directly to technology or AV. I do this because I feel as though I should stick to the things that I know and have experience with. Yet, there are times when something is so important, I feel like I need to say something. Due to […]

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Barco Sales Decline 18% in First Half of 2020; Not Surprising Considering COVID-19 Impact

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There aren’t many public companies in our industry that only do AV. For example, familiar names like Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI) and Poly (NYSE: PLT; formerly Plantronics and Polycom) are also public, but they have many offerings aside from ProAV. Belgium-based Barco is a $1 billion+ company that does ProAV exclusively — specializing […]

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Roland Debuts its New 4K Video Scaler for Live Events, Fixed Application and Streaming

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Roland announced the debut of the VC-100UHD 4K Video Scaler, a next-generation AV signal management solution for live events, fixed installations and streaming applications. Integrated with Roland’s Ultra Scaler processing technology, the VC-100UHD allows users to input 4K and 1080p video sources and distribute them to multiple destinations at one time, including 4K LED walls, […]

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NETGEAR Announces Availability of Two New 16-port Gigabit PoE+ Switches

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NETGEAR announced the availability Tuesday of GS716TP and GS716TPP, two new 16-port Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switches with two SFP Ports with optional cloud management and 180-watt and 300-watt Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) budgets respectively. According to NETGEAR, the 16 G GS716TP and GS716TPP Gigabit Smart Managed Pro Switches are ideal for most advanced small […]

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Logitech Adds Alexa to UCC-based Zoom Room Solutions

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Logitech announced Logitech Solutions for Zoom Rooms with Alexa for Business, giving users contactless collaboration. As businesses continue to prepare for hybrid work environments, Logitech Solutions for Zoom Rooms and Alexa for Business, a service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that enables organizations and employees to use Alexa to get more work done, provide companies […]

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Visix Touch10 Meeting Rooms Can Now Support Voice User Interface

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Visix Touch10 meeting room signs now support a voice user interface that gives instant access to schedules, floor maps, directions and other content by simply speaking to the room sign. This is the latest solution from Visix to offer hands-free interactivity. Touch10 room signs are powered by the company’s AxisTV Signage Suite content management system, […]

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MXL Microphones Now Shipping AC-44 Miniature USB Conferencing Microphone

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MXL Microphones is shipping its AC-44 Miniature USB Conferencing Microphone to customers worldwide, starting July 21. According to MXL, the AC-44 is a microphone solution for a range of applications that require pristine audio capture, including web conferencing, telemedicine, huddle spaces, classrooms and more. It can also be incorporated into OEM applications. MXL’s AC-44 utilizes […]

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Symetrix Has a New Dante-enabled Bluetooth Endpoint

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Symetrix announced the xIO Bluetooth, a Dante-enabled Bluetooth endpoint available in a single gang form factor. Using a Bluetooth 5.0 chipset allows the xIO Bluetooth to offer extended range and audio Bluetooth connectivity via the network. Available in both U.S. and EU form factors, the xIO Bluetooth is compatible with standard single gang U.S. wall […]

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Marshall Electronics’ New Zoom Block Cameras Feature 2.5-12.4 Million Pixels

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Marshall Electronics just announced the release of its CV420-18X and CV355-10X zoom block cameras, one with 12.4 million pixels designed into a 1/1.7-inch 4K sensor and the other has 2.5 million pixels with 1/2.8-inch covering the HD range in a compact design. Both cameras are designed with the latest sensor technology and are refined to […]

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AVer Information Releases New Auto Tracking PTZ Streaming Camera — the TR311HN

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AVer Information announced the TR311HN AI Auto Tracking 12X NDI PTZ Streaming camera Monday. The automated TR311HN is AVer’s answer for helping organizations operate the many cameras they now need for teaching, collaborating or training in a remote-based world. The camera features 12X optical zoom and 12x digital zoom, full HD 1080p@60Hz and AVer’s most […]

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Extron Has LinkLicense Upgrades for its SMP 111 Streaming Media Processers

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Extron just announced two new LinkLicense upgrades for SMP 111 Streaming Media Processors. These LinkLicense upgrades empower Extron SMP 111 users to stream live-event broadcasts to Kaltura or Panopto video management systems. With the rise of online learning, flipped classrooms, lecture capture and virtual meetings, educational institutions and corporations can use a unified and integrated […]

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Biamp’s New Conference Room Audio Bundles Are Certified for Microsoft Teams

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Biamp announced Friday that four new conference room audio bundles have been certified for Microsoft Teams. Each bundle includes Parlé Beamtracking microphones for the tabletop or ceiling and all the other audio gear needed to build a Teams Room. With each bundle, installers get automated system deployment and configuration and minimal cable requirements with no […]

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Lumens Releases New VC-B2U Videoconferencing Camera

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Lumens just unveiled a new VC-B2U videoconferencing and UCC camera. The USB-based webcam is native 1080p@30fps and includes a 90° field-of-view. Integrated with two built-in omnidirectional microphones, one located on each side of the camera, it can capture sound from a distance of 3.6-meters. The VC-B2U is compatible with Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or Microsoft […]

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Meet the AVIXA Foundation Scholarship Recipients on This Video Interview With Gary Kayye

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The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (aka: AVIXA — aka: the InfoComm people), is pleased to announce the recipients of its three 2020 scholarships. Esmeralda Monroig, a recent graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute, has been awarded the Mosaic Scholarship. Iris Douka, a student at New York City College […]

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New Zoom Hardware-as-a-Service Program Will Boost AVaaS; Get Into AVaaS Now!

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Right now, around the globe, most companies, educational institutions and government agencies have shifted their money to help solve internal COVID-19 issues and are trying to reopen. Therefore, financial expenditures on tech hardware not directly related to healthcare issues seem to be on hold (for now). So, now — more than any other time in […]

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InfoComm 2020 Connected: Sam Taylor Answers Your Questions

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Recently, Almo Pro A/V EVP/COO Sam Taylor participated in the InfoComm 2020 Connected LIVE Q&A with AVIXA President Dave Labuskes, following the keynote address, “A Better Normal: Reducing Friction and Finding Our Way in a Hybrid World.” During the 15-minute live Q&A, there were more questions than time allotted — so, Sam answered some of […]

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Extron’s Virtual Remote Control Panel Gives Presenters Movement Flexibility

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Extron just introduced the vRCP, a new Virtual Remote Control Panel, which enables remote control of any Extron SMP Streaming Media Processor using the browser on any mobile device. With the vRCP FlexOS App, users can remotely control SMP Series products without the need for a physical RCP 101 remote control panel. It can also […]

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Barco’s Virtual Classroom at UCL: A Case Study for the Future of All University Classrooms?

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Come fall 2020, every university will be approaching students’ return to campus a little differently. What’s clear is that the notion of the hybrid/HyFlex classroom (or whatever you want to call it) is rapidly gaining traction among the AV community — especially as we start to realize how integral audiovisual technology will be to the […]

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New Extron App Combines SMP and Kaltura Management Tools

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Extron has announced the Kaltura FlexOS App, which enables SMP 300 Series streaming media processors to ingest recording and livestreaming schedules for publishing to the Kaltura video management platform. This integration with Kaltura creates a unified and integrated experience with automated publishing workflows that ensure each recording and livestream is seamlessly delivered to viewers. The […]

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Plantronics and Poly Now Offer Microsoft Teams Natively on the Studio X Video Bars

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Plantronics and Poly announced Tuesday that the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 video bars now run Microsoft Teams natively. Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 are both now available for order with native Teams running right out of the box. Organizations that have already purchased and/or deployed the Poly Studio X and […]

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ClickShare Conference Is As If the Barco UCC Engineers Saw COVID-19 Coming

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Like many of you, we’ve decided to keep THE rAVe Agency’s physical offices closed at least through the end of the summer, but I think it’s unlikely that we will actually gather our team together, physically, fall. In fact, nearly every business will face the significant hurdle of dealing with people who are creeped out […]

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Planar Announces Advancements to Planar TVF Series of Video Wall Displays

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Planar announced the latest advancements to the Planar TVF Series family of fine pitch LED video wall displays Tuesday. By introducing a new 0.9-millimeter pixel pitch model, improved power design and new models to Planar TVF Complete, the enhanced Planar TVF Series incorporates feedback from customers and preserves visual performance and simplified installation maintenance. The […]

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QSC Has Two New Plug-ins for Q-SYS Asset Manager

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QSC announces two new Q-SYS Control plug-ins now available in Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager. The Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone plug-in and the UCI QR Code plug-in allow for drag-and-drop integration into the Q-SYS Ecosystem, saving programming time and resources for AV integrators, programmers and consultants. New to Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager, the Sennheiser plug-in […]

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UC Workspace Announces US Distribution of Quicklaunch Will Now Include SYNNEX Corporation

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UC Workspace has announced an expansion of its U.S. distribution of all versions of Quicklaunch to include SYNNEX Corporation. Quicklaunch is a secure and straightforward meeting room application that transforms a PC into a one-touch meeting space. The fastest and most secure way to launch and control any meeting regardless of conferencing provider prevents users […]

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The InfoComm Connected Roundup and Where We Go From Here Article

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AVIXA hosted its first-ever complete virtual InfoComm show – InfoComm 2020 Connected – June 16-18, bringing together AV professionals from around the globe to learn about the latest products from top manufacturers, tune into keynotes and presentations on trends in technology and markets, and forge new relationships. “When we made the decision to cancel the […]

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Cavlo Enters the AV Trade Show Game — for Casinos and Entertainment

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Miss AV trade shows? Well, enter Cavlo, a new AV-based trade show aimed at the casino and entertainment industry. As Las Vegas’ hotels, casinos and restaurants continue to reopen their doors and resume business, the convention and trade show market is waking up as well. Cavlo will debut at the Ahern Hotel on September 14 […]

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Hypersign, Crestron and Planar Partner for The Arena: a Pre-Packaged Virtual Live Events & HyFlex Delivery System

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The new “Arena” from Hypersign, a collaboration with Planar and Crestron, is a product that nearly every higher-education facility is literally looking for to install this summer for what’s well-documented as HyFlex teaching. And it has a lot of potential in delivering virtual live events, as well. Hypersign has provided a tool that gives individuals […]

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Announcing the 2020 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of our ninth annual 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different from ANY other industry awards, and the stats speak for themselves: We had more than 205,000 votes for the final awards! Nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you — the AV community. We don’t charge […]

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