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When Less is More 

Mark Mayfield

Despite a trend toward multifunctional AV devices, sometimes the best choice is a box that does just one thing. Here are the 10 best single-function audio and video devices you can't live without....

A Brighter Future 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

THE PROJECTOR MARKET HAS CERTAINLY come a long way in the last 20 years. Back in the 1980s, ?projection? meant three converged cathode-ray tubes (CRT) in a large, heavy chassis, barely lighting up a 100-inch screen in a darkened room. For more horsepower, a hybrid liquid-crystal light valve, coupled with a smaller CRT and powered by a xenon arc lamp, required several square feet of floor space just to crank out a few thousand lumens. Both solutions were expensive and required skilled technicians to calibrate and operate. Thanks to plug-and-play projector designs that use high-resolution transmissive or reflective imaging devices, these are a thing of the past....

Digital Message Centers 

Amy Fischbach

Improve corporate communications with employees, many of whom do not have easy access to e-mail or the company Intranet, in manufacturing facilities that spread across several sites....

Back to the Future 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Integrate a surround sound system in high-end hotel condominium units with secure technology poised for high-definition programming....

Creative Suites 

Linda Seid Frembes

Install AV, voice, and data communications systems that encourage employees to work creatively and collaboratively....

Vertical Markets 

PRO AV Editors

One of the defining characteristics of the pro AV industry is that the purpose of AV systems is to serve for their end-users the same, regardless of end-user type. So it's natural that AV professionals do business in multiple vertical markets. In this month's MarketWatch survey, we find that only about one in five AV firms specialize in just a single vertical market, the average is about four distinct end-user markets....

Q&A: High-Def Videoconferencing 

PRO AV Editors

What's the difference between high-definition videoconferencing and telepresence?...

Fascinating Facts About Sound Waves 

PRO AV Editors

Fascinating Facts About Panel Plunge 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Good news for your clients that have to spend down their budgets by the end of the year: Large TFT-LCD and LCD TV panel suppliers will likely see an oversupply and drop prices throughout the fourth quarter of this year, according to the iSuppli Corp. report, ?Large LCD Market to Shift to Oversupply in Q407,? which examined the supply and demand of large-size panels ranging from 10.4 inches to 50 inches....

5-Minute Interview: Tom Young 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Staff engineer at Altel Systems in Brewster, N.Y., and owner of his own consulting business, Connecticut-based Electroacoustic Design Services. Young spent 10 years as a sound mixer in New York and toured with ?A Chorus Line? in Europe....

Video Switcher: Echolab Corporation OvationMD 

PRO AV Editors

Echolab Corporation announces a multidefinition video switcher, called OvationMD....

Switcher: Kramer Electronics VS-41HD 

PRO AV Editors

The VS-41HD from Kramer Electronics is a switcher for SDI (SMPTE 259M and SMPTE344M) and HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) digital video signals that has the ability to switch one of four inputs to two identical outputs....

Speaker Selectors: ATON Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) Series 

PRO AV Editors

ATON premiers the Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) series of speaker selectors, designed for multiroom routing and audio level control, and offering both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) control....

HD AV Capture Card: ViewCast Osprey-700 HD 

PRO AV Editors

ViewCast is now shipping its new HD video capture card, the Osprey-700 HD....

16-Port Hub: Pragmatic Communications Systems PH-16 

PRO AV Editors

Pragmatic Communications Systems announces the PH-16, an 16-output hub for audio distribution over Cat5 cables from any Pragmatic PADS PT or PTI transmitter....

Undermount Speaker: Leon Speakers Horizon 616 

PRO AV Editors

The Horizon 616 (Hz616) is Leon Speakers' first three-channel undermount speaker specifically designed for plus-sized flat screens and projectors....

Flat-Panel Lifts: Display Devices PL Series 

PRO AV Editors

The PL Series of flat-panel lifts from Display Devices are intended for high-end residential installations....

16-Gauge Speaker Cable: Kramer USA BC-2S 

Pro AV Editors

The BC-2S is the latest addition to Kramer USA's bulk cable collection....

Designer AV Shelving: Bell'O International FP series 

Pro AV Editors

A designer of audio/video furniture, Bell'O International, introduces a new line of flat-panel shelving called the FP series....

In-Ear Audio System: beyerdynamic IMS 900 

PRO AV Editors

The IMS 900 in-ear system is the latest addition to beyerdynamic's line of products....

Tool-Less Connectors: ITC's Nickel-Plated Series- the F, BNC, and RCA 

PRO AV Editors

ITC (Instant Tool-less Connector) announces its new series of nickel-plated connectors as a complement to its gold-plated series and an alternative to soldering or compression systems....

Twin Receiver: Sennheiser EM 3732 

PRO AV Editors

Sennheiser recently released the new EM 3732 twin receiver with 90 MHz switching bandwidth....

Condenser Touring Mic: beyerdynamic TG-X 930 

Pro AV Editors

Recently added to beyerdynamic'sTourGroup line is the TG-X 930 condenser microphone....

Twisted Pair Cables: Kramer USA's BC-XTP and BCP-XTP XGA 

PRO AV Editors

Kramer USA introduces two new bulk cables: the BC-XTP (shown) and BCP-XTP XGA Twisted Pair cables are designed to eliminate ?skew.?...

Multiplane Matrix Switcher: Extron Electronics SMX MultiMatrix Series 

PRO AV Editors

The SMX System MultiMatrix Series of modular multiplane matrix switchers from Extron Electronics combines multiple independent analog and digital matrix switchers in a field-configurable, modular frame....

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