Cassettes Making a Comeback?

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One of my stock catchphrases when I re-share something on social media that I find odd or surprising is “Well, it turns out that haven’t actually seen everything yet.” That’s how I felt, and in fact keep feeling, when I see frequent mention in my newsfeed of this artist or that either releasing new material […]

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Why I Joined Tangram Interiors

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When I first joined the ranks of Milestone one of my coworkers told me that “Every integrator wants to work for a manufacturer when they grow up.” It was funny, and at the time I identified with that statement on some level.  Working for a manufacturer offered a few advantages for sure.  From a sales perspective, […]

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WolfVision Launches Cynap PURE Wireless Presentation System at ISE 2019

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WolfVision announces an important extension to its system portfolio with the new vSolution Cynap Pure wireless presentation system. The product will be featured at ISE 2019 on WolfVision’s stand in Hall 1: M20. Cynap Pure transforms meeting rooms, huddle spaces, and classrooms of all sizes into high performance wireless presentation environments, using WolfVision’s BYOD wireless […]

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Wellness Checks

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The connected era we live in is pretty amazing. A huge proportion of my job can be done by phone, text, and email. But there’s still replacement for meeting customers in-person. Even video conferencing isn’t quite the same. If you’re a sales rep there are a lot of good reasons to travel your territory and […]

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Reaffirming Top-Down Selling

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We all have things that we hold dear. And often, the things that we believe are so internalized that we take them for granted, assuming that everyone else knows what we do. Take baking bread, for example. When leading training I often use that as an example of a basic skill. The thing about baking […]

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Dark Horse and Underrated Tech

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We live in society where newer equals better. Every month, if not every week, tech companies race to create and release newer, faster, sleeker, sexier gadgets. And while some of them really are worth their weight in gold, most are flash-in-the-pan trends. So, as AV experts looking to guide our customers to not just a […]

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New Huddle Room Collaboration Product to be Launched at InfoComm 2018

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LAS VEGAS and RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF., APRIL 23, 2018— Huddle Rooms and Collaboration are some of the hottest buzzwords in AV, and AVPhenom will be introducing a new Collaboration Product at Infocomm 2018. Over the last few years, huddle room and collaboration products like wireless screen sharing technologies have been some of the hottest new […]

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PreSonus’ WorxAudio Loudspeaker System Helps Dripping Springs United Methodist Church Keep Its Congregation Engaged

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Dripping Springs, TX – April 2018… With a focus on helping people expand their spiritual levels through worship, study, mission, and social action, Dripping Springs United Methodist Church (UMC) helps ordinary people live extraordinary lives through Jesus Christ. To make their services more relevant to all who attend, the church recently upgraded their sound reinforcement […]

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The Latest on the New HDMI Standard: HDMI 2.1

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By John Purvey Belden To support higher video resolution and refresh rates and real-time, interactive technology such as virtual reality, the HDMI Forum continues to update HDMI specifications. First announced in late 2017, the newest HDMI standard for video cables and connections – HDMI 2.1 – is faster than its predecessors, and ready to support […]

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Focusing on Vision

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In AV, we are sometimes very product-focused. Manufacturers build best in class products and then engage a dealer channel to make sure those products have a solid strategy to get into the marketplace. Integrators get trained on how the product works, many times engaging with the manufacturers to become certified in the installation and/or programming […]

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Yamaha DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII Powered Subwoofers Debut

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Yamaha today announced the DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII portable powered subwoofers that combine a super-efficient Class-D amplifier putting out 1,020 watts of peak power (as compared with 950 watts in the originals) with a unique bandpass cabinet design. This configuration helps the subwoofers achieve remarkable sound pressure levels (SPL) from compact enclosures; the DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII are capable of a maximum SPL of […]

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Yamaha DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII Powered Subwoofers Bring Even Bigger Bass in a Small Package

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ANAHEIM (January 25, 2018) — Yamaha today announced the DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII portable powered subwoofers, which provide clean, punchy, loud low-end to musical groups and venues requiring the highest quality bass output. Following on the success of the Yamaha DXS 18 subwoofer, the DXS12mkII and DXS15mkII are more formidable than their predecessors. These models combine […]

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Sony Upgrades Vision Exchange Classroom Collaboration System

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Today, Sony announces version 1.1 of its interactive collaboration and active learning solution Vision Exchange. The upgrade adds Skype for Business (but, weirdly, no Zoom support) and something they are calling Personal Note Taker. The updates to Vision Exchange aim to eliminate any logistical remote learning issues and applies to the two main unit series PEQ-C100, PEQ-C130 and Pod PC Software […]

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New Extron SME 211 Offers Streaming in a Compact Package

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Extron just introduced the SME 211, an H.264 streaming media encoder for distributing audio and video signals over IP networks. The SME 211 accepts an HDMI signal with embedded audio and an analog audio signal. Extron high performance scaling and flexible signal processing facilitate superior image quality for content from computers, cameras, and other HD sources. The SME 211 supports […]

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IHSE to Demonstrate the Extension and Switching of Virtual and Augmented Reality Signals

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At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam, IHSE will be introducing a solution to extend and switch immersive reality signals over long distances using Draco KVM systems. The new solution addresses growing interest in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) systems in a wide variety of pro AV market sectors; in corporate and education applications such as product design and prototyping; in situational training […]

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ISE 2018: Adamson Previews New Point Source Models from Acclaimed IS-Series

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Adamson Systems Engineering will be at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018 with a pair of new point source additions to its heralded IS-Series of install-focused loudspeaker products in Booth U270, Hall 15 and will be previewing the new models in a series of intimate and informative IS-Series demonstrations at the nearby De Balie theatre. On display at the show are the latest additions […]

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What Would Be in My AV Degree

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I woke up Sunday morning to some interesting Twitter conversation started by fellow AV professional Chris Neto about the subject of AV education. The question revolved around whether or not certifications or formal college education is more important in qualifying someone to be successful in the field of AV. To break down the responses in […]

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CES2018 and an AV Prediction

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I want to start by saying that I am not one who writes blogs declaring the death of specific technologies or market segments.  In fact, most of the time, I rush in to debunk these AV obituaries and defend the legacy technology being declared dead. I wrote pieces explaining why 4K WON’T kill movie theaters, […]

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Sound Control Technologies to Debut New RemoteCam Solutions at ISE

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Sound Control Technologies (SCT) will be using ISE 2018 (Stand 11-F160) to unveil four new solutions in the RemoteCam product portfolio for digital PTZ cameras. The new RemoteCam6 (RC6-CST) has been designed to deliver a reliable, cost effective link between the Cisco SX80 and SpeakerTrack 60. It will enable Dual HDMI, Ethernet control and power to the SpeakerTrack 60 over […]

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Amazon Prime, or: Nobody’s Perfect

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This is a confession blog. We all have blind spots, sometimes. And I’m not too proud to admit that sometimes I’m not the brightest. Anyway, I’ll just say it: I’ve had Amazon Prime for years. And, like our Costco Executive membership we definitely get our money’s worth out of it. Or so I thought. I’ve […]

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New TASCAM CD-400U Media Player Debuts

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TASCAM has introduced its CD-400U media player. Combining a slot-loading CD player, AM/FM tuner, stereo SD recorder and Bluetooth wireless and USB connectivity, the CD-400U offers audio playback in real time or from reliable fixed media. The unit also can record from CD or the AM/FM source to CD or to USB media. The CD-400U provides professional-class XLR […]

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