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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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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Biamp AVB-Based TesiraCONNECT to Connect and Power All Biamp Devices Debuts

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Biamp is introducing something called TesiraCONNECT, a five-port AVB connection box that provides power and media over a single cable between Biamp AVB DSPs, USB extenders, PoE+ amplifiers and microphones. TesiraCONNECT is the central connection point for all Biamp devices in the conference room and offers the following features: Five RJ-45 Ports: TesiraCONNECT comes with […]

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Are Crowd Mics a Potential Game Changer?

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A couple months ago, I wrote about the various problems that arise when people choose not to use microphones during large meetings or classes. In particular, I was discussing the negative impacts this choice has on people who have some type of hearing issue or hearing loss. I wrote about my belief that all rooms […]

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Biamp’s New Parlé Beamtracking Microphones Launch

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At ISE 2019, Biamp (Stand 3-B120) intros the new Parlé family of Beamtracking microphones. The new TCM-X ceiling and TTM-X tabletop models join the TCM-1 pendant speaker launched today, as well. Only Biamp’s patent-pending Beamtracking technology follows meeting participants as they move around the room, ensuring the highest quality voice pick up wherever the person […]

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New desono Conferencing Speakers Aimed at the Conference Room

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At ISE 2019 (Stand 3-B120), Biamp introduced its new desono line of conferencing speakers with an optional AMP-450BP backpack amplifier. The desono C-IC6 conferencing speakers incorporate design features like termination-free connections using standard category cables, a removable magnetic grill and acoustic performance designed for conference rooms. Accompanying the desono speakers is the optional PoE+ AMP-450BP amplifier that mounts  onto the back […]

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Biamp Intros New Amplifiers

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Biamp introduces the first enterprise-ready rack-mounted amplifiers with 100 percent asymmetric power distribution at ISE 2019 in Stand 3-B120. Designed for sound reinforcement, the new amplifiers are offered in two models: Tesira 1200.1 — four-channel, 1200-watt amplifier, single asymmetric bank Tesira 1200.2 — four-channel, 2400-watt amplifier, dual asymmetric banks The only true single-cable amplifier solution, […]

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Biamp’s New desono Entry-Level Pendant Speakers Debut

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At ISE 2019, Biamp (in stand 3-B120) has announced two pendant style models in its new desono speaker family — the P6 and P6-SM — designed for retail, restaurants, casinos and virtually any application that requires background and foreground music or paging. The desono pendant series is mechanically steerable, providing a cost-efficient way to achieve […]

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Biamp On Pace to Activate Over 3 Billion Wireless Microphones in 2019 via Crowd Mics

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Biamp’s Crowd Mics audience engagement solution transforms every smartphone and tablet into a personal microphone and interactive response system, creating an extraordinary experience for event attendees and moderators alike. At Stand 3-B120 at ISE 2019, Biamp will demonstrate how Crowd Mics puts the power of a personal, wireless microphone into audience members’ hands, eliminating the need to hand […]

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Biamp Brings Pro AV Audio to Google Hangouts Meet Hardware with Tesira

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Biamp announces at ISE 2019 (Stand 3-B120) that its Tesira conferencing solutions are now certified for use with Hangouts Meet hardware, bringing better audio quality to medium and large conference rooms in unified communications (UC) applications. Biamp’s Google-certified solutions support all required Hangouts Meet functionality and automatically offload tasks such as automatic echo cancellation (AEC) […]

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Three AV Companies to Watch in 2019

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I have tried to avoid writing one of these blogs. I resisted the temptation to wrap up my top moments of 2018. I stayed clear of making tech predictions for 2019. I even managed not to comment on others’ top moment lists and predictions. All in all, I was doing pretty well… until yesterday. Yesterday I […]

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Biamp Acquires Cambridge Sound Management

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Biamp, a supplier of professional audio and video solutions based in Beaverton, Ore., today announced the acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CSM is a leader in the fast-growing sound masking market. CSM provides direct and in-plenum sound masking solutions and is a frequently installed sound masking […]

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A Visit to NEC Display Solutions’ Brand New Executive Briefing Center

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Today I got to check out the new Executive Briefing Center from NEC Display Solutions (that I kept calling an Experience Center), which also doubles as NEC Display’s new offices outside of Chicago, Illinois. This space was designed from scratch, taking up two floors and 6,000 square feet. See our earlier story based on NEC’s […]

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Biamp Introduces Web-Based Monitoring and Management Tool for Tesira and Devio Platforms

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Biamp has announced the Biamp SageVue web-based monitoring and management platform for its Tesira and Devio product families. Deployed at the end user site, SageVue enables technology managers, integrators and end users to review a system’s status and perform several administrative tasks easily and efficiently. SageVue uses a browser-based interface to provide users with a […]

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Biamp Adds AVB USB Expander With Bluetooth Wireless Technology to Tesira Platform

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Biamp today announced its new AVB USB audio expander, the Tesira EX-UBT. Designed for use in Tesira systems, the new expander provides a digital audio interface via USB. Designed for installations requiring USB connections not located in a rack or near other equipment, the Tesira EX-UBT is not limited by the specification-defined maximum USB connection […]

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ProAV Manufacturers Launch Milan AVB-Based Network Protocol for Pro AV Interoperability

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Today some manufacturers and leaders in the Pro AV market announced they are working together under the umbrella of Avnu Alliance on something they are calling Milan, a standards-based protocol for interoperable media networking in the Pro AV market. Created by manufacturers AudioScience, Avid, Biamp, d&b audiotechnik, L-Acoustics, Luminex and Meyer Sound– Milan builds on […]

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Avnu Certification of Cisco Catalyst Series Switches Expands Options for AVB/TSN Solutions

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Biamp says that its Tesira customers will have more AVB-capable switches to choose from when designing and installing AVB/TSN systems. The Cisco Catalyst family of switches includes the AVB-enabled 9300 and 9500 Series and the recently Avnu-certified 3650 and 3850 Series of switches. Avnu certification confirms interoperability for AVB systems using Catalyst switches. Cisco Catalyst […]

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Almo ProAV and Biamp Systems Announce U.S. and Latin America Distribution Partnership for Devio Collaboration Solution

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Almo ProAV and Biamp Systems today announced a distribution partnership that spans throughout The Americas. The new relationship is being supported by Almo Business Development Manager and audio expert Steve Alexander. As part of the new relationship, Biamp has joined the 2018 Almo E4 AV Tour, which begins in Washington, D.C. on March 6. Effective immediately, the following Biamp products are available […]

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Biamp Systems Tries Again With New Version of Devio Collaboration Platform

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If you don’t succeed, you try again, right? Well, Biamp Systems today announced the next generation of the company’s Devio collaboration platform. Devio is the first collaboration solution that integrates Beamtracking microphones. Many conference rooms feature microphones or integrated audio devices that are static. Equipped with Biamp’s patented beamtracking technology, Devio microphones not only identify and lock onto a […]

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Ron Camden Returns to Biamp Systems

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Biamp Systems announced that Ron Camden, who had previously announced he was retiring, will remain in his role as vice president of sales for the Americas following the company’s acquisition by Highlander Partners. Camden will report directly to Rashid Skaf, the new president, CEO and co-chairman, and continue to serve customers and business partners throughout the North, Central and […]

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Biamp Now Has Dante Wall Plates for Tesira — Built By Attero

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Biamp Systems has announced a new line of Dante wall plates specifically available for Tesira. Developed in collaboration with Attero Tech, this new offering enables audio connectivity and control, as well as individual device monitoring. The wall plates are available in three models. The Tesira 3.4 software allows customers to control specific wall plate elements, such as audio input signal types, […]

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Rashid Skaf (of AMX Fame) Is Back — This Time at Biamp Systems

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Biamp Systems today announced that effective immediately, longtime AV industry executive Rashid Skaf is assuming the role of president, CEO and co-chairman for the Beaverton, Ore. company. Matt Czyzewski, previous president and CEO of Biamp, will remain as executive vice president of technology. This appointment is concurrent with the completion of the acquisition of Biamp […]

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Biamp Systems Simplifies the Network Conversation at Integrate 2017

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Biamp Systems has announced multiple education sessions at Integrate 2017. The InfoComm FlashTrack sessions and Seminars will take place Aug. 29-31 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Australia.Biamp Integrate 2017 InfoComm FlashTrack sessions include: Explore the Floor — Aug. 29, 10:30 – 11:00 and Aug. 30, 10:30 – 11:00 L. William Nattress III, CTS-D, CTS-I, director of channel […]

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Biamp Systems Launches TesiraFORTÉ for Small-Room Applications

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Biamp Systems announced the expansion of its TesiraFORTÉ family of digital audio processors. The TesiraFORTÉ family was engineered to reduce design, programming, and commissioning time while offering increased flexibility. The new TesiraFORTÉ VT provides both VoIP and POTS options within the same chassis; TesiraFORTÉ VT4 delivers the same flexibility designed specifically for small conference rooms. […]

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Biamp Adds to Training Options

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Biamp Systems has revamped its entire education program in the ProAV industry. The company is transitioning its individual product platform certification to an online format, enabling integrators, systems designers and end users. Biamp is also adding a new category of in-person training. This session — The Biamp AV Lab — provides in-depth, hands-on training for the Tesira audio and video platform. […]

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Biamp Systems Hires Jody Thomas as Director of Business Development

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Biamp Systems this week announced that Jody Thomas will join the company as the new director of business development. In this role, Thomas will direct and integrate the efforts of the company’s sales channel, sales and product management teams and strategic technology partnerships. I have known Jody for over 20 years and his hiring by Biamp signals a CLEAR […]

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On Biamp and Baseball: Second Thoughts on the TesiraFORTÉ DAN

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Last week, I wrote about Biamp and the announcement that Dante will now be an option in their smaller TesiraFORTÉ DSP units. While it is an interesting story and the TesiraFORTÉ DAN units do fill a niche, it might not be as important as it appeared to me at first reading. I’ll tell you why […]

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At ISE, Crestron Goes Big (and Small), and Biamp Steps Towards Dante

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Editor’s Note: Leonard Suskin has additional thoughts on Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ DAN, which you can read here. ISE has never been quite as big to me as InfoComm, though not for any particular reason. Perhaps it’s that time-zone differential is even worse heading East across the ocean than West to Las Vegas [or due South to […]

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Biamp Systems Expands TesiraFORTÉ Platform with Shure Partnership

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Biamp Systems today announced the TesiraFORTÉ DAN range of audio processors. This is a collaboration between Biamp and Shure where the new DAN line of audio processors directly interface with the Shure MXA beamforming line of microphones. The TesiraFORTÉ DAN will be displayed at the Biamp booth (3-A75) at ISE 2017, Feb. 7-10 at the […]

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At Biamp, Metzger Out as President and CEO, Czyzewski In

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Biamp Systems today announced that Steve Metzger, president and CEO, is stepping down and Matt Czyzewski, COO, is designated his successor, effective January 1, 2017. Steve is leaving to relocate his family back to the southeast. During Steve’s seven years of leadership, Biamp has grown significantly, and has introduced a wide range of groundbreaking and […]

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Biamp Systems and Shure Announce Tesira-Microflex Compatibility

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Biamp Systems and Shure announced today integrated compatibility between Biamp Tesira audio processors and software and Shure Microflex Advance array microphones with Steerable Coverage. With the release of Biamp’s new Tesira software and hardware at ISE in February 2017, it will be possible to interact with the Dante-enabled Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphone and control […]

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