The Buzz: Sound & Video Contractor's Pick Hits for InfoComm 2004

Sound & Video Contractor's Pick Hits for InfoComm 2004

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 PM

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The 2004 InfoComm Pick Hits are products that help push the envelope by applying advanced technology while exhibiting immediate practicality for use in the systems integration industry. Although some of the products may be more sophisticated in the implementation of technology or design, others are just downright useful. The criteria for selecting the 2004 Pick Hits are as follows:

  • The products must be new and not have been shown at a previous InfoComm show.

  • The products must be available for purchase within the calendar year 2004. In some cases, we must take the exhibitor's word on availability dates, but intended ship dates are confirmed.

With a record number of exhibitors at this year's InfoComm, there was certainly a broad selection of products to choose from, and the judges definitely had their work cut out for them. When the dust settled, 19 products emerged as Pick Hits of InfoComm 2004.

Here's a rundown of the winners:

Adtec Digital ( Soloist3-DMS digital media server

AMX ( NI-700 NetLinx integrated controller

Avocent ( AutoView Wireless keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) switching and video broadcasting solution

Barco ( iCon H600, 6,000-lumen LCD networkable projector

Christie ( DS+60 ultra-high-resolution projector

Crestron ( TPMC-17QM Isys I/O touch-panel media center

Crown ( I-Tech4000 power amplifier with onboard DSP

Endeleo ( Managed TV and Display Management System

Extron ( MGP462 dual-image multigraphic processor

FSR ( Twister multimedia twisted-pair distribution series

High End ( DL1 digital lighting fixture

InFocus ( TD61 ultrathin rear-projection system

Major Custom Cable ( Easy Pull SVGA cable

MediaMatrix ( Nion (networkable input output node) audio processor

Mercury Online Solutions ( Fred Network Edition digital signage software

Meyer Sound ( SIM 3 source independent measurement audio analyzer

Middle Atlantic ( MW Series enclosure top

Vaddio ( CeilingView 70 PTTZ hideaway motorized camera lift system

Yamaha ( PM5D digital mixing console

The Judges

Jeff Sauer, director, Desktop Video Group, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bill Schuermann, senior project consultant, HFP Acoustical, Houston

Bill Platt, president, Platt Design Group, Pasadena, California

Rick Shimer, owner, Blackhawk Audio, Nashville

Bennett Liles, freelance TV engineer and AV technician, Atlanta

Derick Hill, director of operations, Clark Promedia, Alpharetta, Georgia

Brent Harshbarger, technology implementation manager, CNN, Atlanta

For more information about the Pick Hit products, go to

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