On Single-Source AV Systems and How We Get There

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Last summer, I discussed the tension between selecting “best in breed” components from a single manufacturer and locking oneself into a single ecosystem. As time passes, the industry is certainly moving in a direction in which a single ecosystem is not only increasingly possible, but increasingly desirable as well. We’ve all heard horror stories about […]

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Google Launches Smart Home Hub Called OnHub

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They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. The new Google OnHub looks, well, almost identical to the Amazon Echo — both are cylindrical towers. Google’s is a Wi-Fi hub that’s designed to be a central controller for everything Google-owned or “approved” that can keep you entertained through your TV (or Android phone […]

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DISH Integrates Hopper DVR With Control Modules for AMX, Crestron, Pro Control and RTI

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DISH has completed the integration of its Hopper DVR with control modules from leading home automation system providers, AMX by HARMAN, Crestron, Pro Control and RTI. This development allows dealers to speed the installation process by leveraging auto-discovery tools that quickly identify the presence of Hopper and Joey receivers within a customer’s home network. In […]

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InfoComm: Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

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By Cory Schaeffer I’ve been attending the InfoComm show for years and it’s one of my favorite activities. I love this industry of ours; it’s so great to see technology advance and to catch up with clients and friends. This industry has always been fun and rewarding for me. This past show was bittersweet, as […]

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AMX Intros New HydraPort Touch

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At InfoComm, AMX launched the AMX HydraPort Touch — combining an AMX HydraPort with an ultra-slim AMX Modero S Series Touch Panel. The touch panel folds to hide into tables and accepts the MyTurn Source Selectors. The new HydraPort Touch integrates a HydraPort chassis with a 10″ or 7″ Modero S Touch Panel and, when […]

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AMX and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Integrate Surface Hub with AMX Meeting Room Control Ecosystem

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At InfoComm, Microsoft and AMX announced that they have entered into a partnership to integrate Microsoft’s Surface Hub collaboration system with AMX control. Microsoft Surface Hub is a collaboration system that features a Windows 10-based 55″ HD or 84″ 4K display serving as a focal point for typical activities that take place during a collaboration […]

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HARMAN Acquires Networked AV Company SVSi

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HARMAN International announced today that it has acquired SVSi, a maker of networked AV products, which will be incorporated into HARMAN’s AMX brand. Based in Huntsville, Alabama, SVSi manufactures and sells products for delivering a AV over an IP network. Included among these is a full range of encoders and decoders, windowing/wall processors, an audio […]

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AMX Launches New Alero Web Conferencing Audio Mixer for Meeting Rooms

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At Integrated Systems Europe, AMX announced its new Alero Web Conferencing Audio Mixer, the ALR-AEC-8, a dedicated microphone mixer, designed specifically for web conferencing applications in medium to large meeting rooms. PC-based web conferences, like Skype, are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease of use and low cost and AMX designed the Alero Mixer […]

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My Discussion with AMX’s Joe Andrulis and HARMAN’s Van Williamson About Merger

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It’s been nearly a year since HARMAN announced the merger of AMX into its family of ProAV brands and, according to Joe Andrulis, VP of global marketing for AMX and Van Williamson, business development manager for HARMAN, the synergy of the two companies made the merger easy. In this video interview, they tell us the […]

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17 Stands You Must See at ISE 2015

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As you may know, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is Europe’s — and the world’s — largest AV show. Combining both residential and commercial AV technology in one giant trade show venue at the Amsterdam RAI, the show is nicely spread out in 12 easy-to-navigate halls that you can walk without back-tracking as it’s laid-out in […]

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What CES 2015 Means for the H.O.W. Market

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Fellow geeks have united and converged upon Las Vegas, Nevada once again for the annual tech-fest that is the Consumer Electronics Show, and the future’s digital handwriting is on the proverbial wall: audio/video/lighting (A/V/L) technology is once again the dominant technology. With prognostications aside, the trends of these present-future technologies have a direct impact on […]

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AMX to Exhibit With HARMAN For the First Time at ISE in Amsterdam

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Earlier today, I caught up with AMX VP of Global Marketing Joe Andrulis via a podcast and learned that the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) would, in fact, be the company’s first international trade show exhibiting integrated into the HARMAN Group. The stand, located in Hall 1 E12-E16, will include JBL, AKG, Crown, SoundCraft and a […]

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AMX Ships Alero Eight-Zone Distributed Audio Power Amplifier

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HARMAN’s AMX announced at CEDIA EXPO 2014 that it’s shipping its Alero 8 Zone Power Amplifier (ALR-AMP-8). Whether listening to music in the living room, the kitchen or outdoors, Alero has multi-room distributed audio with 16 channels using a Class D amplifier technology that, when in standby power, it requires no external cooling sources to […]

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Sustainability and the ICT Industry

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Many of my previous articles, especially the last one on manufacturing and green labels, revolve around the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. What I have noticed is the number of comments revolving around just what the ICT industry is comprised of and how that specifically relates to the common use of the word sustainability. […]

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InfoComm Offers a Plethora of Collaborations Solutions

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Practically everyone now offers a collaboration solution was the clear take away from my recent visit to InfoComm 2014. From telecons to document sharing; from video calling to video conferencing; solutions in all shapes and sizes could be had. I met with a number of companies at InfoComm and learned about many solutions, but clearly […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: July 3, 2014

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Did you miss something last week? Well, we have gathered some of the past week’s most important news stories so you can catch up. Each week we post the Weekly Wrap-Up featuring the stories we think you can’t afford to miss. This week we are featuring a post from Mark Coxon about AMX and Harman, […]

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HARMAN Completes AMX Acquisition

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HARMAN last week announced the successful completion of its acquisition of AMX LLC, from The Duchossois Group, Inc. for $365 million. Richardson, Texas-based AMX is a provider of enterprise control and automation systems as well as audio/video switching and distributing solutions and will be integrated into HARMAN’s professional offerings servicing audio, video and IT pros. […]

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AMX Debuts Smaller Digital Switchers

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AMX’s new Solecis Switchers are digital switchers designed for small/huddle spaces. By integrating an AV switcher, a distance transport transmitter and control inputs that enable switching without the need for an external controller, Solecis addresses the needs of many meeting scenarios. Simple interface options including an AMX HydraPort toggle button or a Keypad. And they […]

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AMX Adds Screen Mirroring and Web Conferencing to Enzo

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At InfoComm 2014, AMX announced new enhancements to its Enzo Content Sharing and Conferencing Platform including the addition of screen mirroring of laptop and mobile device content. It also previewed upcoming support for web conferencing and simplified launching of Enzo sessions right from a touch panel or keypad. Enzo was designed as an application-based platform […]

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Harman’s AMX Buzz Translates Into Boost for Booth

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Harman’s Eric Tarkiainen, Vice President of Global Marketing, explains to rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, that they’re perfectly positioned to integrate the video-centric AMX product line into the audio-centric HARMAN family of companies. An, although he wouldn’t confirm any more acquisitions for 2014, he made it clear that HARMAN is staking a claim on anything integrators […]

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Acquisition Summer: Some Thoughts on the Latest Goings-on in the World of Commercial AV

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Greetings, friends and followers! My apologies for the various obligations (professional and personal), side-projects, and secret adventures which have kept me away from these pages for the past week. After a weekend off the grid at an undisclosed location I’m refreshed and ready to dive into all of the news in AV-land on this, the […]

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