Optoma Launches Redesigned Line of Projectors Built for Small Business, Education and Corporate Markets


Optoma today announced 10 new and redesigned projectors aimed at education, small business and corporate markets. The new projectors are: Optoma S321 is an entry-level SVGA projector designed for small classrooms and meeting rooms. It has 3,200 lumens of brightness and a 22,000:1 contrast ratio, weighs four pounds, has a VGA input, and costs $289. […]

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Final Thoughts from ISE 2016: OLEDs, Beam-Forming Microphones and Dr. Michio Kaku


As many of my readers will know, I have just returned from the ISE show in Amsterdam. As many of you may know, from my articles, blogs and podcasts, I am pretty enthusiastic about this particular show. Not only does it combine InfoComm and CEDIA, it also features more exhibits of products and product lines […]

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QSC Makes Speakers?


A couple of weeks ago, I walked the floor of ISE in Amsterdam. I came across many interesting products and solutions that I am excited to integrate into my company’s offerings. One of the products that caught my eye was the AcousticDesign series of loudspeakers and ceiling speakers by QSC. I have used QSC products […]

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ISE 2016 Sets Records and We Shot 1,454 Videos at 1,042 Booths


The first four-day Integrated Systems Europe exhibition came to a close on 12 February with a final count of 65,686 registered attendees. This represents a 6,338 (10.7 percent) increase on the 2015 edition and officially positions ISE as the world’s largest AV and systems integration tradeshow. “The volume of attendee traffic and its spread over […]

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AV Stumpfl Launches Wings Vioso RX


AV Stumpfl has announced its next generation Wings Vioso RX software is available. Aimed at quick and easy adoption by existing users, the familiar user interface has been given an extensive facelift with several performance and feature optimizations. The new render engine is based on x64 architecture and includes several base level algorithms, replacing standard […]

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AMX Debuts New NMX-WP-N3510 Windowing Processor


AMX’s new SVSI NMX-WP-N3510 is an H.264 multi-channel windowing processor that works with the N3000 Series family of video over IP encoders and decoders. This rack-mount appliance accepts up to nine video streams as inputs from SVSI N3000 Series H.264 Encoders (or other third-party main- or high-profile H.264 streams) and outputs one windowed HD video […]

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Community Sound Debuts I Series Outdoor Speakers


Community has expanded its flagship I SERIES Engineered Loudspeaker Systems with Weather-Resistant models of its I SERIES 800-Level and 600-Level loudspeakers. In contrast to fiberglass-covered wood enclosures which entail long manufacturing lead times, I SERIES weather-resistant loudspeakers feature enclosures made with Community’s breakthrough PolyGlas technology. These Mil Spec 810G-tested PolyGlas cabinets reduce lead times considerably […]

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Our Exclusive Interview with Barco CEO Eric Van Zele


Just a day after announcing their 2015 financial results and earnings,  Barco CEO Eric Van Zele sat down with me in an exclusive video interview at ISE 2016 in Amsterdam. In addition to discussing the earnings report, he’s very frank about what they plan invest in with the over €250 Million in cash Barco is […]

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Three Reasons to Visit ISE


I only attended my first Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in 2014, so I’m hardly the best qualified to preach about the benefits it brings any smart home installation business but I’ve drawn on those experiences to put pen to paper for this blog post. In the early years of forming my install business, I […]

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NEC Intros Two HDMI and HDBaseT Switchers at ISE


NEC Display today announced a new HDBaseT switcher, the NEC NP01SW1, that handles analog and digital video, audio, power, LAN and control over a single Ethernet cable.  Using a push-button interface, it allows 3 HDMI sources, a microphone, LAN and USB A/B. Control features include on/off of the NEC projector or LCD and volume control […]

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Captured at #ISE2016 Part 2: The Show


In Part 1 I explained that I’ve previously written blogs capturing Twitter and Facebook moments at InfoComm 2015, InfoComm Connections in NYC and other trade shows. This time I decided to do a “4000 mile” social media view of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam – the AV industry’s largest trade show event which takes place […]

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Joel Rollins’ Afternoon Observations of Day Three of ISE 2016


This afternoon, Annabelle and I had the opportunity (a rare one) to stop Amanda Beckner, vice president of learning at InfoComm, to talk about the direction being taken by InfoComm’s education department. Amanda is a person of rare energy and enthusiasm. I have at times in the past been critical of InfoComm’s educational department and […]

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Worried About Security with Control Systems? We Asked Crestron’s Security Expert What to Do


Crestron’s Toine Leerentveld is the control system security expert. I caught up with him at ISE and asked him about the industry’s current concerns with the security of control systems and what Crestron is doing to address it. He also tells me about a security guide that Crestron has to help integrators deal with this […]

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Mitsubishi Electric Announces Two New VideoWalls at ISE


Mitsubishi Electric has announced at ISE 2016 two WUXGA models in 62″ and 72″, and two 1080p versions in 60″ and 70″, each offering a minimum 100,000 hour lifespan — over 11 years of 24/7 operation — irrespective of the brightness mode employed. This represents a significant improvement over the 80,000 hours of earlier models […]

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JBL Redesigns Control Speaker Series


JBL has all-new Control 23-1, Control 25-1 and Control 28-1 loudspeakers. The update to the series brings an array of new features, styling and more competitive pricing. The latest versions of the Control Contractor series feature a more contemporary look, a flatter and wider frequency response for a more natural and full sound, greater bass […]

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HARMAN Pro Claims Lossless 4K Ultra HD Video Over Standard Ethernet at ISE 2016


HARMAN Pro is using ISE 2016 in Amsterdam to launch the NMX-ENC-N2151 4K Encoder and NMX-DEC-N2251 4K Decoder that AMX says provides the same scalable solution as the rest of the AMX SVSI N2000 series but at resolutions up to 4096×2160. AMX says that JPEG 2000 compression allows Ultra HD media to be switched and […]

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Audio Everywhere ExXtractor System Allows for Streaming Audio from TVs to Smart Phones


Audio Everywhere released its next generation product for streaming audio from TVs and other audio sources to smart phones and tablets over Wi-Fi. The heart of the Audio Everywhere system, the ExXtractor, connects each participating venue’s audio sources, such as a DirecTV receivers, to the internal local area network (LAN). Each audio signal is then […]

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dnp Debuts LaserPanel and LaserPanel Touch All-in-One Box Packaged Systems


dnp is packaging an optical 100” screen and a short-throw laser-phosphor 1-chip DLP projector in a packaged system called LaserPanel. LaserPanel is a prepackaged system that dnp is marketing towards AV integrators looking for a box-systems approach to selling against flat-panel systems in meeting rooms and schools. A 100″ Interactive LCD would cost well over […]

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