HDBaseT Over IP: Courting Disaster

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The HDBaseT Alliance used InfoComm to officially debut the first set of products using their new HDBaseT over IP infrastructure — designed to compete against the SDVoE Alliance standard, more commonly known as the AptoVision BlueRiver NT+ AV-over-IP system. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Why? Well, I love HDBaseT. The transport platform that was originally launched by — and is still […]

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Christie’s Use of SDVoE Validates Standard, But rAVe Gets Scoop Bigger Than That

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The SDVoE just got the biggest endorser yet. SDVoE is currently the only off-the-shelf technology that offers a “full stack solution” for AV-over-IP.  SDVoE addresses the full seven-layer OSI network stack and offers solutions at every layer. SDVoE technology creates a flexible hardware and software platform which can enable many applications including matrix switches, KVM switches, video walls controllers and multiview image processors. It can also be integrated […]

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rAVe Anoints Dan Dugan the Most Honest Guy in Audio as He Launches AES/ADAT Automixer

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The Most Honest Guy in Audio, Dan Dugan, founder of Dan Dugan Sound Design, will be introducing the Model E-3A, an automatic microphone mixing controller with AES digital I/O. The E-3A is designed to connect to standard mixing consoles via insert points, making it a useful tool for sound engineers who frequently manage multiple microphones at live events […]

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Even Apple Sees the Future Is Services – Not Just Products

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I have been harping on this for years. I have been telling everyone in the AV industry that to survive the future of AV, services need to be front and center, along with the products. Sure, a good mix of products with both established technology as well as future-forward, emerging technology is a giant part […]

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The Future of Meeting Rooms and Classrooms is the 4K Digital Canvas

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**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. No technology will impact the future of the meeting room or classroom like 4K. Sure, HD brought us better quality video and images but 4K is way, way more than prettier pictures. 4K projection will mark the dawn of the Digital Canvas. What […]

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Display Summit 2017: Expanded Focus and New Date – rAVe to Sponsor

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Insight Media, the organizers of the annual Display Summit conference, announced today that the event will now expand its focus and move the date one week further out to October 4-5, 2017. The location remains the same; the Rockwell Collins facility in Sterling, Va. “The expanded focus is best described as Immersive Displays,” noted Chris Chinnock, founder of Insight Media. […]

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Gary Kayye’s “All About 4K” Educational Session Will Come to InfoComm

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If you want to learn everything you need to know to specify, design or sell systems with 4K displays, projectors, signal routing or cabling, you should hurry (as space is VERY LIMITED) and sign up for my 4K educational session at InfoComm in Orlando. Being held on Thursday, June 15th at 10:30 a.m, the 1.5 […]

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#ICYMI: Thank God No One Is Using the Stupid, Trying-to-Sound-Cool Term “IoT” at ISE – Ugh, But They Will at InfoComm

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In 2016 some industry self-appointed pundits in the AV-industry were overusing the trite term known as the “Internet of Things” (aka IoT) way, way too much last year. I keep seeing content marketing and blogs using the term — as if we are really part of it. We aren’t. Thank God we are in 2017 […]

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This Lightform Image Mapping Projection Technology Will Help Kill the Under 100″ Screen Market

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The responses to my recent blog explaining why I believe the projection SCREEN (not projector, but screens) market is heading for a downward spiral have been mixed — sort of. I heard from systems designers, integrators/dealers and manufacturers. On the manufacturer front, surprise-surprise, the screen manufacturers nearly (I say nearly as ONE agreed with me) […]

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Is the Microsoft Surface Hub An Overpriced Collaboration Board?

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With the deluge of new collaboration boards that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE  in Amsterdam, last month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub — or, no one who knows any better will buy it. They can’t keep ripping […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 583: The Prysm Digital Canvas – Collaboration on Steroids

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The word collaboration is hackneyed in AV — but, I feel we need keep using it as it does, in fact, define a trend in business. People want to connect, share and work in groups — whether they are in-person or working via the Internet. Many would argue that Barco started all this, in AV at least, with their wireless collaboration […]

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I loved AVI’s LIVE Show – Here’s Why

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I was honored to be the Luncheon Keynote Speaker at the AVI LIVE 2017 show yesterday in Cincinnati, Ohio, yesterday. And, it was incredible. Everything about it! The branding, the education, the atmosphere, the venue, the vendors, the customers, the food — well, OK, the food was decent, but the rest was awesome. The Branding: AVI Systems founded in […]

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Gary Kayye to Speak at UBTech Conference in June

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rAVe founder Gary Kayye will give the welcome address at the UBTech conference, held in Orlando, Fla. at the Omni ChampionsGate Junst 14-16, just prior to InfoComm 2017. Kayye will speak about the arrival of The Digital Canvas in higher education and the new opportunities presented by 4K in flat-panels and projection. He will also […]

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We Are Attending the Almo E4 AV Tour — Why Aren’t You?

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST Almo’s E4 AV Tour is back! The AV industry’s favorite distributor roadshow kicks off 2017 in the Chicago area next month (March 22nd) at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center and in April in San Jose, California at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose — and this year’s event has a lot of […]

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Is My Favorite ISE Product Good or Bad for ProAV?

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You’ll read a lot about ISE over the next few months. It was the biggest ProAV and HomeAV show ever. Over 73,400 people attended in Amsterdam and it is NO LONGER A EUROPEAN SHOW. ISE is truly an international show. And, you’ll read about all the 4K stuff, all the new software codecs, all the new wireless stuff, all the […]

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My ISE Interview with Mike Blackman on the Last Day of the Show

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I caught up with Mike Blackman, ISE’s Managing Director, during the final hours of the show to find out his observations of the show — a show that ended up breaking the world’s largest AV trade show attendance record by more than 8,000. Over 73,500 people came to ISE in Amsterdam and Friday was still […]

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Thank God No One Is Using the Stupid, Hackneyed Term IoT at ISE

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In 2016 some industry self-appointed pundits in the AV-industry were overusing the trite term known as the “Internet of Things” (aka IoT) way, way too much last year. I keep seeing content marketing and blogs using the term — as if we are really part of it. We aren’t. Thank God we are in 2017 […]

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Wondering How Big the Display Market Is? Well, Here’s One Indicator: Barco Releases Financials

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  Barco announced results for the six and twelve month periods ended 31 December 2016.Fiscal year 2016 financial highlights: Incoming orders at 1.09 Billion Euro  (+ 3.6%) Sales at 1102.3 million Euro (+ 7.0%) Gross profit margin at 34.4% (+ 1.6 ppts) EBITDA of 88.0 million Euro (+ 13.9 million euro) or 8.0% of sales (+ 0.8 ppts) EBIT1 of 36.6 […]

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Barco Intends to Protect Their ClickShare Intellectual Property, No Matter What

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One of the big stories from Day 1 of ISE here in Amsterdam was certainly the fact that a court officer from Belgium traveled down to the Amsterdam RAI convention center, entered the KanexPro booth and removed all of their MyTurn Collaboration Systems that were being launched into the market. It was the result of a judge’s order that […]

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My Epson Interview at ISE

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Epson came to ISE this year (a year after launching themselves into the staging market) with a new series of 7500-12,000 Lumen 4K capable projectors as well as a new series of business projectors. Today I caught up with Epson’s Richard Miller and Neil Colquhoun and asked them about how their first year in the Staging […]

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2017 Will Be the Year of The… My Predictions for the Upcoming Year in AV Technology

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After years of a terrible world economy and very little innovation, 2016 was a boon for new technology — especially in the world of AV. And, some of it crossed both high-end residential as well as commercial. Let’s take a look at a little of what was 2016 and then I’ll tell you want to […]

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Gary Brings Back His Future Predictions Column

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For more than 10 years, rAVe founder Gary Kayye wrote a annual AV predictions article for Sound & Communications magazine called Kayye’s Krystal Ball. It was their most popular annual column and we fielded hundreds of comments on it annually. Now it’s back! For Australia-based INTEGRATE, in association with InfoComm and CEDIA, Gary has written […]

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