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CES 2006 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Once again, CES managed to out-grow itself. This year's attendance reportedly exceeded 150,000, and the show spilled out of the Las Vegas Convention Center over to the Sands Expo Center....

Website Simplifies Gear Sales 

John McKeon

FOUND MONEY. Business over the transom. Pennies from heaven. These and other expressions describe the pleasant surprise of receiving an order nobody had to ask for ? a sale that didn't have to be ?sold.?...

Collapsing The Channel 

Mark Mayfield

Industry analysts love to predict the ?collapse of the channel.? The next big thing is always the one that's going to be the final straw....

Peer Reviews In Pro AV 

Tim Cape, CTS-D

IN THE pro AV industry, the words ?peer review? can strike fear into the hearts of both consultants and integrators. This is primarily due to the fact that at this point, peer reviews in pro AV are typically only called for when there's a problem on a project, rather than as a normal part of the process. In other industries around us, however, peer reviews are much more common....

5-Minute Interview: Bob Gartland 

PRO AV Editors

AVAD, a Van Nuys, CA-based AV products distributor for the custom installation market. In July 2005, Ingram Micro Inc. acquired AVAD, making Ingram Micro the leading U.S. distributor for solution providers and custom installers serving the consumer electronics and home automation markets....

Q & A: Ceiling-Mounted Front-Projection Display 

PRO AV Editors

I'm currently trying to find a solution to a ceiling-mounted, front-projection display in a high-end retail store that can project an image about 8-feet-wide by 6-feet-high. The video screen wall is approximately 12-feet-wide by 8-feet-high, and the ceiling height is approximately 8 feet high. The video display area is located in the corridor pathway, which means customers could possibly walk through the projector's light path with the low ceiling?...

Dealing With Power Problems 

PRO AV Editors

Power issues can create problems ranging from system noise to the destruction of digital electronics. Here are some ways to minimize noise and prevent equipment damage caused by power problems....

Pedagogy And AV Technology 

Tim Cape, CTS-D

Pro AV technology has made great strides in adapting to teachers' needs, but teachers must also learn to adapt to today's technologies....

Profiting From Web Streaming 

Linda Seid Frembes

AS A fledgling company, Five by Five Communications Inc. of Alexandria, VA, has covered a lot of ground in the past two and a half years....

Now Appearing On Your Wall 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

FOR SOME time now, Philips has been offering LCD TVs with a builtin, multicolor backlighting system. It's known as AmbiLight, and while it first made its debut at CES 2004, Philips has been plugging the heck out of the technology recently....

Sound Potential 

Tim Kridel

PRO AUDIO is about working with sound that's going in or out of a human body. But for Soundwave Research Laboratories, developing the next-generation of ribbon microphones means focusing on more than just mouths and ears....

Peer Review-Shure UHF-R UR24S/KSM9 

JD DuCrest

This latest wireless system from Shure comes packed with an abundance of features that I find very helpful on tour....

Peer Review- Gefen EXT-HDTV-CAT-5 Extender 

Mark Schneider

This is a great solution in projects where the run is too long for traditional HDMI cables. It's also perfect for runs through conduit or in any situation where the connectors on HDMI cables would be difficult to work with....

New Products: January 2006 

PRO AV Editors

Telecast Fiber Systems multi-format video signal generator, Yamaha digital mixing console, Hitachi Software interactive presentation system ......

NAMM 2006 Product Preview 

PRO AV Editors

A sampling of new products to be displayed at NAMM 2006, Jan. 19-22 in Anaheim, Calif....

Prospecting For Profits 

John McKeon

Where's the action going to be for systems integrators in 2006? Pro AV recently polled our readers in an informal survey to find out just that, asking them which vertical markets will generate the profits of tomorrow....

All About LEDs 

Tim Kridel

Despite being about the size of your pinkie's fingernail, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) aren't far behind transistors in terms of ubiquity....

Theater Adds Multipurpose AV System 

Paul Kramer

THE LEWIS and Shirley White Theater at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center (OPJCC) in Overland Park, KS, is a new, $10.1 million, 500-seat auditorium used for theatrical productions, live musical performances, and movie screenings. However, the theater, which officially opened in October 2005, wasn't initially designed to support all of those applications....

Court Creates Order With AV 

Linda Seid Frembes

THE NEWLY-ERECTED courthouse at 320 Jay Street in Brooklyn, NY, occupies 25 floors of a new 32-story, 1.1 million-square-foot office tower. The $670 million building's modern architecture designed by Perkins Eastman Architects belies the fact that it houses the state's largest number of courtrooms in a single facility....

Club Attracts Talent With Sound System 

Meg Muran

A NIGHTCLUB that's perfect for DJ shows may have a less-than-ideal setup for live performances, but that didn't stop San Francisco's Mezzanine club from trying to deliver both....

Pop Quiz: January 2006 

PRO AV Editors

Test your knowledge of loudspeakers....

Q & A: Speaker Cable 

PRO AV Editors

I found a 1,000-foot spool of 27-year-old, 16 AWG West Penn #225 speaker cable in a closet. It's in a pink jacket, and the strands appear to be tinned copper in the center and a tin/silver color on the outside. Because the cable doesn't look oxidized, is there any reason why I shouldn't use it?...

5-Minute Interview: Bill Whitlock 

PRO AV Editors

The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) tasked Bill Whitlock, an advocate of proper electrical grounding practices, to investigate the electrocution of a pastor in Waco, TX. Reverend Kyle Lake, 33, was fatally electrocuted while standing in a baptismal font after touching a wired microphone....

More Of What You Don't Need 

Mark Mayfield

It seems that nearly every day, there are ?new? products that look and sound just like the old ones. But how many do we really need?...

How to Conduct a Loudspeaker Demo 

PRO AV Editors

Selling high-quality loudspeakers often requires a live demonstration. How you conduct the demo can ultimately affect the outcome. Here are some tips that help make audio system decision-making easier....

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