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2022 Innovative Products

Selected by the readers of Sound & Video Contractor

Jupiter Pana 105T

The most popular product with voters, this mission-critical display breaks the traditional 16 x 9 mold with ultra-wide 21×9 ratio 5K LCD platforms. Given the human field of view, this impressive palette provides a new ergonomic, comfortable, and effective way to visualize data and consume information and is potentially transformative for conferencing.

Optoma ZU2200

Part of Optoma’s Ultra Bright Series, this is a high-end, high-brightness (22K) laser pro projector with eight interchangeable lenses for entertainment, exhibition, and digital signage regardless of complexity. With an emphasis on color reproduction and a robust metal chassis, failsafe redundancy, multiple IO, and IP5X rating, think of it for multi-projector and dome applications.

Matrox ConvertIP

Matrox ConvertIP is a compact standards-based encoder/decoder engineered for maximum flexibility, providing multiple input/output connectivity options for converting IP SMPTE ST 2110 signals between SDI or HDMI. ConvertIP devices also support compressed 4K over standard 1GbE networks. An optional JPEG XS license is available; ConvertIP is IPMX-ready.

Panasonic PT-FRQ50U

Panasonic’s newest 1-chip DLP laser projector (January) is 4K and features a brightness of 5200 lumens in a compact chassis, with a 2x zoom lens to bring large image sizes to confined areas. It supports 240Hz/1080p frame rates with minimal input-to-output latency of under 8ms – widening its scope to applications with fluid motion requirements, such as simulation and esports.

Panasonic AW-UE50

This camera carries a new 1/2.5-type 4K MOS sensor and a new wide-angle lens with a 74.1° field of view and high-magnification 24x optical zoom to capture the “ambience of hall” (or classroom or conference room) for hybrid situations.


This unique ceiling microphone and line array speaker solution helps overcome challenges with implementation, configuration, and room acoustics. The four-beam microphone tracks conversation naturally; the system comes with a Dante-enabled network switch, signal processor, and many thoughtful configuration features.


This Ethernet-enabled control system power expansion interface (for the IPCP Pro xi Series) provides centralized encrypted power management for small to medium sized AV systems. It can control four individual AC outputs remotely, and allows for aggregate current sensing.

HuddleCamHD SimplTrack Lite

This super-easy autotrack USB 2.0 camera tracks up to 55ft away with focus up to 20X in 1080p at 60fps (30fps USB) with up to 270° rotation and 59.5° FoV. It has a lot of presets and IO, supporting NDI|HX, USB 2.0, IP, SDI, and HDMI, plus built in 3.5mm audio line, and compatibility with most conferencing, streaming, and lecture capture platforms.

Sony Crystal LED

This nearly-unlimited flagship display platform is built for drama. The borderless design of each Micro LED unit allows for super-sized tiled displays at any dimension or aspect ratio without bevels or visible gaps. It carries Sony’s “X1 for Crystal LED” processor and the signal-processing technology developed for Sony’s BRAVIA TV series.

Sony FW-100BZ40J

The 100-inch BRAVIA pro display has a peak brightness of 940 cd/m² (600 cd/ m² typical) that’s ideal for public display of 4K HDR content. It incorporates new Sony technologies including Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) for details in shadowed content and claims the world’s first picture processor with cognitive intelligence that understands how humans really see the world, for enhanced color, motion, contrast, and clarity.

Renkus CX/CA121M

This very compact non-powered speaker carries a coaxial transducer based on a 12” woofer and a 1.75” Voice Coil Compression Driver. The woofer and compression driver share a space-saving common motor structure. Constant directivity allows for optimal on and off axis performance at 55 Hz to 20 kHz response and 130 dB, peak SPL.

Shure ADX5D

Compatible with all Shure Axient Digital systems and ADX systems transmitters, this dual-channel wireless receiver brings RF performance, spectral efficiency, and transparent audio quality to a portable, slot-in design.

BenQ LK936ST

This is uniquely a short-throw 4K golf-simulator projector (14 feet from 12 feet away). With BenQ’s Blue Core laser tech and 5100 lumens, it claims 8.2 million pixels and 92% color accuracy to Rec 709.

Extron TLP Pro 1230WTG

This 12” ultra-wide 1920×720 tabletop touchpanel has a capacitive, edge-to-edge glass touchscreen; multiple tasks can be seen and managed on a single screen. Video preview input supports high res HDCP-compliant video via HDMI. Scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and a sleek, low-profile design make for an elegant integration in a range of applications.

Crestron DM-NAX-8ZSA

This next generation AoIP amplifier puts Crestron multiroom audio distribution on the network. Streaming services are built-in with media player access available for each stereo amplified zone. It is compatible with DMNVX through the AES67 secondary audio stream and also with third-party AES67 solutions and Dante via the compatibility mode enabled through Dante Controller.

Bose DM6PE

This graceful outdoor-rated coaxial two-way, 125-watt DesignMax pendant loudspeaker features a coaxial 6.5-inch woofer and a 1.25- inch tweeter mounted within the Dispersion Alignment system for 62 Hz – 20 kHz.

Epson EB-PU2010

Claimed as the world’s smallest and lightest 10,000 lumen projector, this compact largevenue full WUXGA 3LCD laser projector comes with innovative commissioning features for installation, tiling, stacking, and calibrating of multiple-projector installations.


An expansion of the innovative TiLED modular mounting range, this brand-new i-Style direct view LED mounting system supports Samsung IER and Unilumin USLIM panels; like all TiLED systems, the mounting components mix-andmatch to bring wide flexibility to installations.

BrightSign Mobile

This all-in-one solution delivers reliable player connectivity where Internet access is a challenge. It includes a low-profile USB regional modem with an installed SIM card and choice of data plans that are custom-designed for signage and exclusive to BrightSign.

Aten UC8000 MicLIVE

This six-channel podcast-specific mixer is the industry’s first AI-optimized audio mixer that integrates a USB audio interface, voice effects processor, and sound effects pads. It adopts acoustic enhancement with its AI Smart-EQ to solve common recording issues and optimize the voice recording experience to simplify podcast production.

Icron Starling 3251C

This is the world’s first USB 3.2 Gen 1 extender utilizing a custom CM or Plenum fire rated cable with ExtremeUSB-C technology, extending USB 3, 2, and 1 devices simultaneously up to 10 meters. It supports high-resolution USB 3 conferencing cameras, video capture devices, USB 3 and USB 2 flash drives, hard drives, keyboards, mice, interactive white boards, touchscreens, audio devices, and many other USB 3, 2, and 1 devices.


ATEM Mini Extreme/ISO

These switchers feature 8 inputs, 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, six independent DVEs, two media players, two downstream keyers, 16- way multiview, two USB connections, and multiple HDMI aux outputs. The ISO model adds a more powerful recording engine that can record all eight inputs plus the program for a total of nine streams of recording. Both models include a broadcast quality streaming engine for live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

NewTek TriCaster 2 Elite

Last year, the flagship TriCaster gained selectable audio and video returns, as well as NDI Genlock, making it the most NDI-integrated production system. Operators can send Alpha Channel through one of the MIX outs, bringing postproduction closer to live. The system also now offers the latest version of Live Call Connect, integrating Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype TX, Microsoft Teams, Discord, Slack, and Tencent as video inputs.

LG Pro:Centric Catena

This Cat 6 system for public space televisions (bars, restaurants, gyms) brings together management, tuning, control, and content features. Comprised of a server and TV application, the system utilizes a simple web-based user interface. Additional software options deliver and manage access to premium content and personal mobile device integration.

Extron DTP CrossPoint 4K/ IPCP PRO XI

The combination of the DTP CrossPoint matrix switcher and the new IPCP Pro xi control processors brings the latest industry standard secure communication protocols such as 802.1x, HTTPS, and SSH among other protocols for an advanced and integrated approach to the growing security needs of our industry.

Canon CR-N500

This IP3 connected 4K PTZ is compatible with Canon’s proprietary XC Protocol as well as the NDI®|HX4 protocol; a recent firmware update supports SRT and FreeD protocols, making this camera versatile for streaming and virtual production.

Da-Lite SightLine

Da-Lite’s new cable drop feature, SightLine, available with the Tensioned Advantage (up to 177” Diagonal 16:9 and up to 182” Diagonal 16:10) electric screen, gives the impression of a floating screen. A suspension system in its single roller design features 3 or 4 thin cables eliminating the need for black drop.

Samsung Interactive Display

This 85” 4K UHD advanced digital whiteboard brings 20 touch points, built-in annotation, and screen mirroring to classrooms and meeting spaces. The OPS slot for an optional slot-in PC expands the greater interactive potential, as does support for personal device sync.

Shure IntelliMix Room Denoiser

Denoiser is a machine-learned program trained to separate speech from noises. The Denoiser protects a meeting from random audio distractions; Low, Medium or High, settings tailor how aggressively, to subdue disruptive noises, including typing and keyboard noise, pen clicking and pencil tapping, shuffling papers, slamming doors, crinkling food packaging, and more.

Crestron DM-NAX-16AIN

This AoIP encoder that provides 16 local stereo audio inputs to a DM NAX Crestron multiroom audio distribution network. It provides 8 digital inputs comprised of 4 SPDIF TOSLINK connectors and 4 SPDIF coaxial connectors. Each digital input supports 2-channel PCM audio. The DM-NAX-16AIN also provides 8 analog stereo inputs. It is built on AES67 standards and compatible with Dante.

Sharp/NEC ActiveScene

This unique partnership with Avery Dennison’s Vela Dynamic System enables an architectural and innovative on-demand signage solution. Any glass wall can be retrofit with this projector and film solution to be transformed into a digital signage surface.

Xilica Sonia Amp

This PoE+ IP-addressable amplifier designed to power up to eight Sonia C5 5.25” speakers from a single unit. Four distinct channels can supply either identical or different audio feeds for up to four rooms. Sonia Amp is entirely CatX- based, requiring no proprietary audio connectors or traditional copper speaker wire.

Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K

The 4K version of this popular presenter supports the most streaming platforms; the built-in hardware streaming engine has been designed for live streaming at broadcast quality over the Internet.

D-Tools System Integrator

A major new release last December added longawaited functionality and reporting capabilities including project timesheet tracking, labor utilization reports, scope of work reports, revenue calculation, and backlog display. Additional improvements were made to catalog management, component ID naming conventions, and the Gantt chart.

NDI 5: NDI Bridge

NDI Bridge uniquely allows users to securely share NDI sources among local or remote sites, anywhere in the world. This allows live production teams to stay native in NDI, end-to-end, reducing complexity, cost, and latency across any distance and with any applications. The bridge handles the complexity of remote sources, supporting all of the benefits of NDI, including alpha channel, KVM, PTZs, tally, metadata, and more.

ENCO enCaption4

ENCO’s software-defined enCaption enables broadcasters, content producers, and AV professionals to add closed or open captions quickly, easily, and cost-effectively to both live and prerecorded content. Building on ENCO’s patented automated captioning approach, enCaption combines machine learning with advanced speech-to-text conversion to deliver accuracy with extremely low latency.

Samsung MagicINFO Cloud

Building upon the success of the existing MagicINFO signage content management platform, the cloud-hosted and managed service provides an affordable web-based offering for the creation, scheduling, and delivery of content across digital signage networks, with data-driven insights to support management and strategy of content.


This new flagship linear line array loudspeaker addressed restrictions of space, weight, weather, and environmental footprint, while supporting networked infrastructure including Milan/AVB. Lightweight component design, new cone and compression drivers, and a new LF port design all contribute to the performance and weight innovation.


These new AV Line Dante and AVB-compatible switches were developed and engineered for AVoIP. The interface presents the common AV controls up front with user-selectable profiles for AV platforms.

Planar DirectLight Ultra Series

These MicroLED video walls offer always-on, high-performance, high-resolution display experiences with pixel pitches from 0.6 to 1.2 millimeters for mission-critical and the most refined applications.

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