SDVoE Alliance Celebrates Second Anniversary with 40 Members, 158 Interoperable Shipping Products and 300 Certified Design Partners

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The SDVoE Alliance today announced its latest organizational milestones. Launched just two years ago at ISE 2017 with the goal of standardizing the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, the alliance has grown to 40 member companies shipping 158 products. In addition, more than 300 SDVoE Certified Design Partners have […]

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wePresent Intros New WiCS-2100

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wePresent re-announced the launch of their newest model, the WiCS-2100. First shown at Integrated Systems Europe in February, the WiCS-2100 is the first in the new line of wireless collaboration systems. The WiCS-2100 is a wireless presentation and collaboration solution that allows presentation, interaction and collaboration between users with any kind of device. WiCS-2100 supports Windows or Mac computers, smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks for […]

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Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB?

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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 this month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub. They can’t keep ripping people off at $8,000 — $9,000 (55″) and $20,000 (84″) […]

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Is SiliconCore About to Kick Everyone’s Ass in LED?

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  At ISE, I had a chance to get a behind-the-scenes, top-secret look at the new SiliconCore LISA technology. LISA is basically an LED video-wall material (modular, like all the others) where the electronics and board drivers use Chip On Board (COB) manufacturing technology. So, on one side of the PCB is the LED array and on the other are […]

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ISE 2017… The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The good was the ISE show itself; the bad was going through security at the airport with a carry-on bag filled with small electronic devices and the ugly? Well — read on. Miravue was new to ISE this year so we decided to exhibit in the Discovery Zone (a one-time option for new exhibitors that […]

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The Numbers Are In: ISE Was HUGE!

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By the time the show closed its doors last Friday, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) had proven unequivocally why it is the international destination of choice for AV and systems integration professionals. ISE 2017 saw 1,192 of the world’s leading AV equipment vendors and service suppliers showcase the latest  technology for the digital signage, unified communications, […]

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We Have More ISE Show Coverage Than Anyone – Even More Than ISE Themselves!

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We just returned from Amsterdam having covered the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Show via our rAVe [NOW] LIVE show coverage. No other publication covers shows this way and it means that we shot videos of EVERY new product launched at ISE — as well as write stories on virtually every new HomeAV and ProAV piece […]

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HB Communications Expands to EMEA

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HB Communications has announced its global expansion with incorporation in the United Kingdom – building upon prior European Union Certification – the opening of an HB office in Central London, and the appointment of a regional director for HB Communications, UK LTD. Robert Smith, formerly of Electrosonic, has joined HB in this new role and […]

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New PAVIRO Public Address and Voice Evacuation Features from Bosch

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The PAVIRO Public Address and Voice Evacuation System from Bosch now offers users new hardware and software features for enhanced usability and for use in larger applications. Using IP technology, PAVIRO provides a highly flexible, reliable and secure system solution with low latency. As installers can use existing networks in the building infrastructure, relying on […]

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Why Should You Attend InfoComm 2017?

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While at ISE, I caught up with InfoComm Sr. Vice President of Expositions Jason McGraw, and he filled me in on a bunch of new things going on at this year’s annual show in Orlando in June. This year’s event has more education than any show, ever, in the ProAV world. But, one special Tuesday […]

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NEC’s Simon Jackson Helps Launch the InfinityBoard at ISE

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NEC Display Europe went to ISE with a new collaboration board where they partnered with Huddly (for the camera), Sennheiser (for the audio) and FlatFrog (for the touch) and built a Windows 10 interactive board with wireless collaboration integrated all-in-one. It was one of three big attractions in their stand at ISE this year and […]

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The SDVoE Alliance Explained

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There’s a lot of confusion about AV-over-IP in the AV market right now — with the only “standard” being Dante — and that’s basically all-audio. But, the SDVoE Alliance  started by AptoVision, is trying to explain why they think the AptoVision way of doing AV-over-IP is best. I had a chance to speak to SDVoE’s […]

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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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SpeakerCraft AIM Series 2 In-Wall LCR Speaker Line Ships

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SpeakerCraft from Core Brands today announced that its two new AIM Series 2 in-wall left-center-right (LCR) speakers, the AIM LCR5 FIVE Series 2 and the AIM LCR5 TWO Series 2, are now shipping worldwide. Both AIM Series 2 In-Wall LCR speakers employ the all-new Arrayed Point Source (APS) Tweeter Module, which incorporates three pivoting tweeters […]

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RME Announces Fireface UFX II

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RME Audio AG just introduced the new RME Fireface UFX II audio production interface. The inclusion of DURec (Direct USB Recording) and RME’s low latency hardware and driver designs, the Fireface UFX II is for home studios and commercial audio production facilities.With capacity for 60 audio channels (30 input and 30 output), support for sampling frequencies upward of 192 kHz, and the […]

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Audipack Debuts Silent 9300, an ISO 4043-2016 Certified Sound Booth

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Audipack’s new Silent 9300-IS0 is an ISO 4043-2016 simultaneous interpretation booth. That means it meets the requirements set for the quality and transmission of sound and image provided to interpreters. The Silent Series consists of three versions, the Silent 6300, the Silent 9300 and 9500. All versions are fully transportable. Here are the details.

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RME Digiface USB Ships

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RME’s Digiface USB is a portable and lightweight audio interface (only 220 grams /0.49 pounds) that transfers digital audio data in SPDIF and ADAT format to Windows and Mac computers. There are four optical ADAT / SPDIF I/O inputs and an analog line/phones output via 6.3-millimeter TRS jack. A triple ADAT I/O interface with phones and PCI interface, Digiface USB is designed to simplify […]

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Lutron Electronics Launches New LED Fixtures

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Lutron has launched Finiré LED Recessed Downlights and Lumaris LED Linear Lighting fixtures featuring smooth dimming. These products are focused on high-end residential and hospitality applications and are designed to work with Lutron controls as part of a HomeWorks QS, Quantum or myRoom system.The new Lutron fixture ranges claims to resolve common issues associated with LED lighting, such as flickering or lack of dimming consistency, across the whole range of light outputs. Here are all the specs.

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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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Yamaha Debuts Small Install Speakers

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Yamaha has launched the VXS1ML and VXS3S at ISE. Part of Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range, the speakers are designed for background music applications in restaurants, retail outlets, hotel lobbies and other situations where loudspeakers need to be heard but not seen. Measuring 62x62x82mm and weighing just 0.16kg, the VXS1ML mini satellite Lo-Z (8-ohms) speaker features a major innovation […]

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ONErack Adds New Dual Redundant, Hot Swappable Power Supply

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The tvONE ONErack is a universal racking mounting solution with power and cooling. It’s design converts randomly sized, externally-powered devices from any manufacturer into slide-in modules that can be installed serviced. The dual redundant power supply is hot swappable, and helps remove a potential point of failure in racks used for mission critical installations. In addition to reliability, this new […]

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Sennheiser Debuts New Version of Control Cockpit

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Sennheiser has announced a new version of its Control Cockpit software suite. Now, the latest version, 1.1.0, now includes wider language support with English, French, Spanish and German localization. The Sennheiser Control Cockpit is the central software for easy handling, control and maintenance of the entire SpeechLine Digital Wireless system. Control Cockpit offers network-based monitoring and remote control that can be accessed […]

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New Lecture Capture Capability for WolfVision Cynap

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WolfVision showing a new enhanced version of its vSolution Cynap collaboration system at ISE. Cynap now has a Capture Pack, a lecture recording capture agent which uses Opencast technologies to provide secure, reliable, scheduling, processing, management, and intelligent distribution of academic and corporate video recordings.Cynap is marketed as an ‘all-in-one’ collaboration product with a built-in media player, WebRTC web conferencing, streaming, BYOD mirroring, plus whiteboard and annotation […]

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DENON Debuts the DN-500R Solid State Recorder

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  The DN-500R is a solid state audio recorder in a 1 RU chassis that includes an OLED display, SD/SDHC and USB media recording as well as playback and is aimed at houses of worship, education and lecture recording.The DN-500R has analog balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs as well as broadcast-grade AES/EBU digital inputs and a switching power supply for worldwide usage.Not only can audio be […]

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Kramer Launches VIAware Software-Based Wireless Collaboration Aimed at Small Room and Classrooms

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  VIAware is a software-only wireless collaboration system that can show up to six user screens on one display or up to 12 screens on two displays (hardware-dependent) via Wi-Fi. Capable of iOS mirroring for MacBook, iPad and iPhone as well as native mirroring for Chromebook, Android (Lollipop OS 5.0 or newer) and Windows phone. In a school application, remote students […]

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AMX Debuts N2400 Series AV-Over-IP GbE Networks

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At ISE, AMX launched something similar to what Crestron launched yesterday — the N2400 Series video encoders and decoders, which send 4K video Gigabit Ethernet networks. Spec’d with support for 4K video at 60Hz and 4:4:4 (8-bit color) the N2400 uses JPEG 2000 encoding to deliver content at native frame rate and color space over Gigabit Ethernet with two frames of latency. With support […]

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Clearly, Vivitek Wants to be THE ONE Projector Company

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  Vivitek is clearly staking a claim to be the one-for-all (applications) projector company — all using DLP technology. Their booth has projectors form 500 lumens to 12,000 lumens and everything from pocket projectors to large-venue projection. I caught up with Holger Graff of Vivitek about both their future projector strategy as well as their new […]

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