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Best of InfoComm 2023

Judged on the show floor from submitted products

Theory Professional | ic6 In-Ceiling and Pendant Loudspeaker

This new commercial audio brand made its official debut at InfoComm 2023. As the first in-ceiling loudspeaker in the Theory product line, the ic6 incorporates processing and computer-optimized tuned ports and offers a maximum output of 112dB via polymer compression drivers and 6-inch carbon fiber woofer. Even when used in foreground music applications, no subwoofer is necessary. It offers extremely wide dispersion to the highest frequencies, even when installed in low ceilings; off axis response is solid to 90 degrees in all directions. It can be used indoors or outdoors, in-ceiling, or as a pendant, and can support large, distributed installs with a 70V/100v transformer that can be driven direct by Theory’s DLC-250.4 four-channel loudspeaker controller. It is UL-certified (1480 and 2043). Judges raved about the sound quality and accuracy and the innovative simplicity. “Incredibly impressed.”

L-Acoustics | L Series

The all-new L Series elevates listening experience while curbing environmental impact. It comprises two elements designed to work together or on their own: L2 above and L2D below, designed to deliver a full-range progressive line source element for medium to large-sized mobile and installation applications. Based on the Progressive Ultra-dense Line Source (PULS) technology, it houses eight 3-inch compression drivers loaded on DOSC waveguides, eight 10-inch drivers, and four 12-inch drivers mounted on the sides, L2 delivers broad bandwidth with reinforced LF contour and high output capacity. It features innovations in modularity, a dramatic reduction in size and weight, and a unique single cable, pinless rigging system. A new amplified controller and networked touring rack rounds out this major release. “Small, stylish, sounds fantastic, makes for a reduced truckpack.”

Renkus-Heinz | OmniBeam

Renkus-Heinz continues to revolutionize beam-steering technology and push the envelope of sonic possibility with the launch of the all-new OmniBeam technology. The new algorithmized OmniBeam is the culmination of decades of expertise in steerable technology, and replaces the popular UniBeam with custom-tailored coverage dialed into the exact geometry of every space. The all-new algorithm now generates ideal FIR coefficients for every unique venue, delivering faster, better and more consistent results with less time and knowledge needed. “Simplifies finetuning a room without cutting corners with the results.”

Ashly Audio | AQM1208 Audio Processor

Building on the strong foundation of the MXA1502, this new 12 x 8 output zone processor harnesses Ashly’s AquaControl Software to provide new DSP technology. With 12 microphone inputs it can be utilized in a wide range of environments. Doubling the outputs from four to eight (complimenting Ashly Audio’s latest MA series 8-channel amplifiers for easy integration), the AQM1208 can be used to distribute audio to various in multi-zone applications. AquaControl Software allows the processor to function with virtually any networked PC or mobile device, any IOS, without any program installation, delivering familiar features of Protea DSP software. Expanded remote control access and a new 7-inch AquaTouch7 touchscreen remote further ease use. “This smart application of DSP takes it beyond adding more outputs.”

Audio-Technica | Engineered Sound Wireless System

Audio-Technica’s new 96-channel system was created in response to the increasing demand for wireless microphone solutions for video- and web-conferencing. This system is a DECT-based wireless solution that addresses many challenges of conventional wireless microphones, such as frequency coordination and the limited number of available microphone channels. Innovations include all-day battery life, and the ability to customize by application with a Dante-enabled receiver and choice of four transmitters for bodypack, handheld, boundary, or desk stand, with matching charging stations for each. PoE, Wireless Manager software, AES256 standard, and simple scaling contribute to the practicality of the system. “Simple charging (and a 16-hour charge at that) make the system conform to the user’s needs instead of the other way around.”

Bose | PowerShareX Adaptable Power Amplifier

The new PowerShareX family of adaptable 1RU power amplifiers offers 1200, 2400, or 4800 watts of rated power across four channels. They easily integrate with Bose Professional DSPs, loudspeakers, and the entire ControlSpace ecosystem, including the Designer software. These networkable 4-channel amps provide power-sharing flexibility and seamless Dante connectivity. Systems designers can dynamically allocate power evenly or asymmetrically across outputs; with asymmetrical loading, The amplifiers provide a central power reservoir that can be allocated asymmetrically across each output, utilizing every watt. The judges praised the integration with ControlSpace software for speed of deployment and leveraging of features.

Alfalite | Litepix LED with ORIM Technology

Made entirely in Spain, these 1.9mm pixel displays are integrated with the company’s unique ORIM (Optical Injection Resin Module) technology, which offers viewers a 175-degree viewing angle with precision and no color degradation for extreme off-axis clarity. ORIM technology also contributes to the durability of the panels. Tool-free, modular assembly supports any size of LED wall or volume for virtual production and augmented reality spaces. Modules and power supply are manufactured with front or rear access to suit any installation requirements. The company’s partnership with FOR-A allows for turnkey systems. Judges remarked on the interesting fabrication practice of the modules and the resilience. “The ‘no tools required’ is an installer’s dream.”

ELEMENT ONE | MODIS FIVE 240 Retractable Monitor

The MODIS FIVE 240 is a retractable monitor that is built into meeting tables. The elegant design of the aluminum screen is fundamentally new; it is 15 mm thin and coated in silver-gray. It has a black glass front and a distinctive, all-round, filigree milling. An electric stepper motor allows the screen to unfold very quietly, and in the motion style of a notebook. As soon as the screen is open, a keyboard tray automatically moves up to provide the user with a complete work system. The screen has a diagonal of 23.8 inches and ensures a razor-sharp display, optionally in FullHD or UHD resolution. Optionally, the MODIS FIVE 240 can be equipped with a touch surface and a high-resolution video camera. “The ability to adjust the angle of the monitor and camera is quite smart; screen size is perfect and a fantastic option for equitable meeting.”

Jupiter Systems | Canvas Mobile

Canvas Mobile is a brand-new feature of the multi award winning Canvas software. It allows users to send or receive a streamed source beyond the physical walls of the control room in an entirely new way with a direct channel that requires no encoding and decoding hardware, while still maintaining encryption security, sync, access control, and more. With the newly released Canvas Mobile, video streams can now be captured in the field and displayed directly via LTE/5G connection securely to any capable Jupiter System’s Canvas-operated video wall, or received now from any source on a mobile device in the field the same way. This allows experts back at headquarters or anywhere in the world to guide technicians in the field during crisis situations. Or the inverse, it allows leadership to exit the confines of HQ and get into the field. “Addition of the mobile capability is a genius idea to enhance troubleshooting and control. Easy to use and with an excellent preview feature.”

JVC | KM-IP8S4 Studio Switcher

This compact complete live video production solution provides live mixing, switching, recording, and live streaming in SD up to 1080 60p. Pitched for everything from sports broadcasting and local OTA news stations to courtrooms, classrooms, and houses of worship, it combines the most ubiquitous technology in the industry to create seamless hardware connectivity and support, at a price point that is accessible to a wider scope of users. The switcher comes standard with vMix 4K licensed software for Windows 11 Pro, one of the industry’s most popular production solutions, and is capable of outputting to three CDNs simultaneously. It supports a minimum of eight NDI and four SDI video and audio inputs, as well as multiple output options, including one 3G-SDI, one HDMI, four DisplayPorts, and a Gigabit Ethernet network port. The KM-IP8S4 also features four 3G-SDI inputs with bi-directional connectors and mini-SDI-to-SDI cables. Used in conjunction with JVC’s NDI-enabled PTZ cameras and handheld camcorders, it also has an optional desktop controller which enables traditional-style switching for the system. The judges found the price point “amazing.” “The ability to have NDI and SDI was impressive; this kind of product is what Higher Ed and high schools can buy and get exposure to a new generation.”

Aurora Multimedia | VPX-UC1 Ultra AV-over-IP Transceiver

This IP transceiver and processor was designed to be the most advanced 1G IP Streaming Unified Communications solution on the market, utilizing Aurora’s new Mimix CODEC technology. Mimix compression allows for near perfect reproduction of video and graphic images at resolutions up to 4K60 4:4:4 over 1G networks. It has zero frame (1.78ms) latency and seamless switching. The combined 8K60 Dual HDMI 8-Core 2.4GHz Android 12 Processor allows any Android application to be run and combined with the streaming content as a source. Perfect for UC and Digital Signage applications. “Fantastic feature set, great little box. Support for higher resolutions including 8k, and most important zero latency.”

Powersoft | UNICA

The most advanced amplifier platform in Powersoft’s 28-year history and backed by 13 patents, UNICA leverages next-generation, cloud-based technology to provide a safe, consistent user experience for any size of install. An all-new power supply section and power-sharing features take Powersoft’s signature efficiency to the next level. The platform also includes new DSPs, based on system-on-chip technology. The DSP section is operable even when only PoE+ power is available. On a firmware-level protocol, audio over IP is managed through both Dante and AES67, and networking is achieved through three ethernet ports, allowing both AoIP and control redundancy and splitting control vs AoIP traffic. Compatible with ArmoníaPlus and third-party integration and integrated with the new Universo cloud control and monitoring software. “Very versatile amplifier line and adding cloud control gives this amazing potential.

LG | LBAG015 MAGNIT Micro LED Display

This dramatic virtual/extended reality screen incorporates the all-new LG MAGNIT DVLED tiles, a 1.5mm technology with the durability of a rental product. InfoComm attendees saw it as a 20’ wide by 11’ tall 4K Ultra HD display. This type of solution provides the aesthetic and feel of a much larger physical backdrop while affording powerful post-production options that eliminate the need for an enormous, full-set DVLED wall. Essential for environments like broadcast and virtual production studios where color representation is demanding, the MAGNIT incorporates LG’s Full Black Coating and enhanced Gamut Transfer technology. By carefully selecting an LED chip to determine color purity, its narrowed wavelength allows Studio Series MAGNIT to show uniform colors across the screen. Easy toolless installation and adjustment for curved deployment add to the practicalities. Judges called it “the most impressive display I’ve seen on the show floor in 2023,” and highlighted the innovative approach to virtual and extended reality.

Aurora Multimedia | RXT-4D Desktop Touch Panel

The RXT 4D is a 4-inch desktop touch panel with a ReAX JavaScript based control system incorporating a 480 x 480 1:1 aspect ratio touch screen with 160-degree viewing. It is also designed to work as a Dante beam forming microphone with advanced hardware for feedback suppression, auto gain, and noise cancelation. The 2D/3D graphics engine with 1080p H.264 streaming decoder supports complex graphics and video. The RXT 4D has a 1-watt smart amplifier powered speaker, stereo digital microphone, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. The internal web server allows control from remote devices like cell phones and computers. The RXT 4D is a powerful ‘all-in-one’ solution for presentation and automation needs. From the judges: “Aurora continues to innovate across the AV/IT industry and their touch panel control systems provide more value and innovation than larger control companies. The new 4” desktop touch panel is often a better choice than 6-8” options especially when you combine the additional features built directly into the touch panel; installations will not only look cleaner but do more with less.”

Epiphan | Connect

Epiphan Connect turns Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings into remote and hybrid video production assets. Add a Teams meeting URL and producers can access isolated video and audio from each participant. These isolated assets are available via SRT and can be added to any SRT-enabled production tool for recording or streaming. This provides a better-than-standard Teams resolution, up to 1080p with a cloud-based infrastructure that does not strain local hardware or networks. Screenshare is acquired through SRT, allowing any participant to share their screen without disrupting the production’s layouts. Plus, participants can see how they look within the finished production through a virtual confidence monitor. An SRT return feed activates the monitor and helps guests hit their cues. Judges called it a gamechanger for recording and producing unified communications and a fair tradeoff for having to layer hardware and software. “The persistent screen share is a great add, as is the virtual confidence monitor.”

Symetrix | xIO XLR-Series

These compact, die-cast, wall-mounted, mic/line, Dante-enabled endpoints incorporate the same studio-grade mic preamps and AD/DA signal chain as Symetrix’ popular DSP, along with a host of details for elegant installation and use. Four models transmit and convert audio with sampling rates up to 96K. The mechanical design incorporates a unique XLR mounting method that protects internal components and electronics. A unique front-panel RGB LED for each connector can be programmed to reflect any system parameter such as signal presence, clip, mute, or preset. Or they can easily be blackedout. “For integrators that want their installations to be clean and user-friendly, the die-cast metal chassis and customizable status LED lights match a high-end finish with 96k sample rates. The wall will likely break before these endpoints are physically damaged.”

AtlasIED | IsoFlare Series

These new premium ceiling loudspeakers are the company’s highest-performance audio series to date, and the first outcome of the Fyne Audio investment, and that company’s IsoFlare constant directivity driver. The new AtlasIED IsoFlare Series are equipped with concentrically aligned bass, midrange and tweeter sections designed to provide a true point source loudspeaker, ensuring wide and controlled dispersion for optimum coverage. The series consists of seven models, including full-range models in four-, six-, and eight-inch sizes, a 4-inch low profile model, an 8-inch subwoofer, and two pre-install models. An edgeless grill design and patented toolless dog-leg mounting mechanism facilitates installation. Judges praised the clear sound and innovative design/ modeling.

Eaton | Safe-IT Mobile Power Tower and USB Charging Station

The Protect It! TLM610CPAM Safe-IT Mobile Power Tower and USB Charging Station combines safe, robust device powering and charging with an upscale design. The TLM610CPAM can power and charge up to 14 devices at one time. It features six 120V AC outlets, two USB-A ports with a maximum of 5V 2.4A (12W) of power, and two more USB-A ports with up to 5A 2.1A (10.5W), enough for fast-charging most smartphones and tablets. One USB-C Quick Charge port provides up to 60W for battery-intensive devices like the MacBook Pro or Chromebook Pixel. With a 10 ft. power cord and removable casters, it is easy to position in an optimal spot within a room. “Great for charging/connecting a ton of items; support for wireless charging and USB-C make it fit in with current tech. Great cord storage as well.”

EDC Acoustics | Pro/ Rapid App and Plane Array Loudspeaker System

This app is the first of its kind, leveraging augmented reality and AI to assist in configuring and optimizing audio systems. Users can easily set speaker dispersions and confirm coverage in real-time. One standout feature of the app is its ability to listen to predicted audio coverage within a venue without the need for physical speaker hardware. Through a simple selection and playback of an audio track with headphones, users can walk through the venue and experience the immersive sound firsthand. The app also provides graphical maps of audio speaker coverage and automates the calculation of EQ, levels, and delays for multiple speakers. It supports 3D models of rooms, enabling off-site simulation and configuration for venues that are not yet constructed. The app uses the built-in microphone of iPads or iPhones to calibrate and auto EQ the room. The app intelligently predicts frequency response, corrects for distance losses across audience sizes, and helps direct sound within the room. Judges found it sleek and easy to use.


Liberty | 6000 Series USB-over-IP Wall Plates

These wall plates are the first USB (and AV) over IP endpoints. This means no more stacking USB extenders for a simpler, cleaner, faster, more reliable USB extension and switching solution. A host device and a four-port client device support isochronous data transfer and transmit signals over standard IP. Each endpoint drives USB signals up to 100m per device – both local and remote endpoints extend signals at the same time for maximum signal transmission up to 200m. The decoder can install behind displays; the SDVoE plates support standard PoE+ and 10G Ethernet, and uniquely feature embedded ICRON technology, enabling interoperable USB routing with standalone 1G USB endpoints. Each USB host wall plate creates a virtual hub allowing Ethernet connectivity to as many as seven clients at once, such as interactive whiteboards, document cameras, PTZ cameras, mic/ speakers, game controllers, and KVM. The host (encoder) also features autoswitching between HDMI, which transmits to clients (decoders), and USB-C, which routes to USB2 endpoints. “This is a very streamlined solution. Minimizes boxes for a sleeker install.”

MAXHUB | 105-inch Ultra-Wide Commercial Display

MAXHUB’s ultra-wide 105-inch display panel allows users to deliver a rich video conferencing experience, engage participants, showcase more content, and address the challenges facing hybrid workforces. It creates an engaging experience for utilizing an extended display with integrated white-boarding, smart sensors, and curated applications. The additional screen real estate supports new video layouts, increased engagement, and applications specifically geared toward 21:9 screen ratio. “Great product for entry into 21:9 displays.”

Aurora Multimedia | SKR-22T-XFR Ceiling Speaker

This affordable lightweight high-fidelity ceiling speaker reproduces a 180-degree sound field, allowing the use of only one speaker in a room for mono operation. Installation is quick, less costly, and less messy as there is no cutting of ceiling tiles or back boxes to mount. Just drop the tile into a 2×2 ceiling grid and connect the speaker. For 4×2 ceiling grids, all that is required is to cut the tile in half and add a standard ceiling divider. A compatible 25-watt PoE+ Dante amplifier using the Aurora DTX-AMP25-M can further complete the room audio solution. The DTXAMP25-M can also take Line in for analog systems as well. “These drop-in speakers are such a time saver for field installation teams. Sound quality was good, and the ability to work off Dante amps is equally as important.”

7thSense | Juggler

Juggler is the pixel processing range designed to simplify management of multiple sources and outputs for complex high-resolution systems, multiscreen experiences, mega canvases, and warped/blended projection displays. It has the headroom, scalability, and daisy-chaining to support incredibly large systems needing UHD @ 60fps 10-bit 4:4:4 signals. It supports input and output signals up to DCI 4K @ 60fps 12-bit 4:4:4, or various other signals at 120fps. Juggler is not fixed to typical formats, bit-depths, and frame rates, allowing it to support the signal bandwidth needed to show content without compromise. Juggler is available as a bespoke system, configured at the factory to support a choice of DisplayPort, HDMI, or high-speed fiber optic source linking (bussing). Additionally, Juggler has a built-in HDMI input and output, plus SFP ports to support additional bus expansion or 12G SDI output modules. From the judges: “For larger presentation walls, especially in themed entertainment venues, this is a perfect fit. The fact they are made to order means you always get something that works.”

Arthur Holm | DynamicMCS

This combination of motorized HD-SDI video camera, microphone, and loudspeaker is designed to integrate into furniture to make videoconferencing as natural and comfortable as possible. Ideally these units serve individuals who each have their own camera placed at eye level to ensure a natural position for face-to-face collaboration, as well as a speaker and microphone for optimal sound. And—this enabling technology disappears into the table when not needed. The hybrid camera housing is built in steel and composite materials in a black, non-reflective finish. A touch button in the steel cover raises and lowers the camera, microphone and loudspeaker. The camera can be turned 45 degrees horizontally to each side (manually). DynamicMCS can also be remotely controlled via AHnet (RS-422), GPI or AHlink. “A beautiful product that solves a big need for hiding devices and making room on the table—great image and design.”

Chief | Tempo Flat Panel Wall Mount System

This all-in-one configurable wall mounting system was designed with installer feedback to streamline installation. Mount and storage features provide accessibility for fast service and maintenance for 49-86” typical displays. Up to six small devices fit behind the display on integrated Lever Lock storage panels. This new mount design is easy to order, install, service, and standardize. UL and TUV Certified Safety Tested for installation on metal studs, wood stud, concrete, or block wall substrates (AS3LD only). PD-715SCNS is ETL certified. “I think it is fantastic that Chief evolved their “in-wall box” concept into this new surface mounted solution. It really does appear they listened to the installers in the field and came up with a better and easier means to hang displays.”

Sony | Crystal LED BH-and CH-Series Displays

These two new scalable series of Sony’s Crystal LED premium displays, the bright and rich BH-series and the immersive CH-series are designed for corporations, retail environments and screening rooms. Both are available in a P1.2mm and P1.5mm pixel pitch with front maintenance, improved installation flexibility and lower power consumption – all at a lower cost. The BH-series has a high brightness of 1,700 cd/m2, which is more than double that of other high-end LED displays, while the CH-series offers 1,300 cd/m2 and a black level value that measures at approximately 1/10 of competitive LED displays. As a modular solution, customers can choose the size and resolution of the display. The new series’ cabinets are about 10 percent lighter and 10 percent thinner than the current model. They also use a dedicated display controller, ZRCT-300. “The most amazing image I’ve seen to date, absolutely brilliant. Sony has taken LED videowall quality to a new level.”

Airtame | Airtame Hub Hybrid Conferencing

This unique all-in-one screen sharing tool integrates digital signage and video conferencing solutions. It combines the quality and stability of traditional Rooms systems with the flexibility of bring-your-own meeting solutions. Features include the Share to Call functionality, which solves one of the biggest pain points experienced by users in hybrid meetings. Enabled by the Hub, Share to Call allows any person in a meeting room to instantly share their screen into a Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and soon, Google Meet and Webex, without the hassle of joining the call from a personal device – encouraging a hassle free, flexible communication experience. “While wireless sharing isn’t new, the value comes from ease of use especially for situations where the robustness of traditional wireless sharing features isn’t required. It makes wireless sharing more accessible across a range of applications.”

Blackmagic Design | ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO

This new family of all-in-one live production switchers combines broadcast features with extreme portability for small venues. Customers get a powerful switcher with eight standards-converted SDI inputs, two aux outputs, four chroma keyers, two downstream keyers, SuperSource, two media players, and lots of transitions. Plus, it includes a whole television studio of features such as hardware streaming, recording, audio mixing, talkback, multiview, and optional internal cloud storage. There’s an ISO model that records all eight inputs for editing. “Blackmagic continues to impress us with yet another ‘all in one’ video production solution. In this product offering, they have literally built a TV studio in a box.”

Crestron | Videobar 70

This is the first all-in-one collaboration bar from Crestron, extending the options available in the Crestron Flex portfolio. It combines intelligent video, high-quality audio, and an advanced Android-based platform into a single form factor, Crestron Videobar 70 makes it easy to add engaging and productive hybrid meetings to your medium and large spaces. Specialized microphone arrays are built into the bar to accurately detect where the audio is coming from, both in distance and direction, for accurate speaker tracking. Beam-forming microphones cover a wider frequency range, providing better noise-reduction than a normal array design and increased speech perception. The simple-to-deploy form factor includes built-in UC computing and intelligent features that capture participants vividly. Four high-quality cameras work together to intelligently crop, even at 30 feet. Crestron Videobar 70 is native on Microsoft Teams platform or Zoom software with no extra computing needed. “Shutter, indicator lights and install is great. Quality of image is good.”

Green Hippo | Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 Media Server

Designed and manufactured by tvONE, this ambitious new iteration of the popular Hippotizer notches up the support for demanding large event productions. Key features include 4x HDMI or 4x DisplayPort 1.2 production outputs, genlock, and uncompressed playback. It’s one of the most powerful servers for generative content, scoring 52,003 Notchmarks. It is used in high-profile productions like the Super Bowl, West Virginia University’s new Puskar Center, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. It supports 8K+ playback and is comfortable driving 32 4K layers concurrently for smooth visualization and performance. It integrates into existing and future 4K infrastructure, with industry standard DP1.2 or HDMI 2.0 outputs and HDMI 2.0 live capture. “Making the good great,” as one judge put it. “The MK2 version of this product meets and exceeds what customers are looking for–this could easily slot into future-proof system designs today.”

JBL | SRX900 Series Powered Line Arrays and Subwoofers

This family of powered line arrays and subwoofers addresses the growing need for affordable, scalable, small-and medium-format professional sound-reinforcement solutions. The sonic performance is based on time-tested JBL technologies. A full suite of user-configurable DSP and design-and-management software tools provides hands-on control from a computer or mobile device. The family includes dual 6.5-inch and dual 10-inch powered line array loudspeakers and 18-inch and dual 18-inch powered subwoofers that work seamlessly with other JBL touring PA systems. “This series brings tremendous value to smaller production companies and houses of worship. The sealed amplifiers and the power covers help achieve IP54 rating which gives users confidence in taking these tools outside. Overall the series is visually pleasing and the acoustic performance is impressive for this entry price point”

OPHIT | OMCC 4K MultiFormat Cross-Converter

Ophit’s OMCC is a compact and lightweight 4K multi-format cross-converter capable of converting HDMI or DisplayPort into SDI 12G, 6G, and 3G signals, transmitting high-definition signals through the SDI bypass function without compromising video signal quality. This distinctively constructed cross-converter converts DisplayPort and SDI signals into HDMI output and HDMI and DisplayPort into SDI output, delivering a maximum resolution of up to 4K@60Hz. Additionally, one of the unique feature characteristics of the OMCC is the option of selecting the input video format using the Tact switch and the output video format using the Slide switch. This feature is compatible with professional broadcast equipment, allowing easy integration into existing installation setups. “The flexibility to cross convert with this cost-effective box seems very useful.”

Optoma Technology | ML1080 RGB Laser Projector

The Optoma ML1080 is a unique ultra portable, premium RGB laser projector with the widest BT2020 color gamut at 1,200 lumens (also available in a 0.78:1 short throw ratio alternative for smaller spaces). Using Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology, the ML1080 provides automatic geometric and focus correction. The ML1080 also comes with four-corner correction for instant place-and-play. Recognized by three prestigious international design award programs, Optoma’s ML1080 was awarded the iF Design, Red Dot Design, and Green Good Design awards for its design excellence and minimalistic look. A built-in wireless sharing Creative Cast feature, slideshow functionality, RS232 compatibility, remote control and monitoring, and the lowest carbon footprint of any Optoma product, all contribute to its of-the-moment appeal. “If anyone was going to do a portable RGB laser projector, it’s no surprise we’re seeing it from Optoma. An interesting portable product in a very nice form factor.”

Planar | DirectLight Pro Series

The Planar DirectLight Pro Series sets a new standard in versatile and efficient fine pitch LED performance. With an advanced high bandwidth architecture and multiple cabinet sizes, the modern, ground-up designed LED platform supports easy installation and maintenance with fewer points of failure. Featuring the latest generation of pixel pitches and a new level of brightness, Planar DirectLight Pro Series delivers an image quality like never before. This is powered by 1,000-nit brightness and models in 0.9-, 1.2-, 1.5- and 1.8-millimeter pixel pitches delivering higher peaks, more vibrant colors, and greater detail. The series is customizable to suit a range of applications and environments. “Planar is stepping up its offering with various pitch solutions. Screaming brightness makes this product line stand out in the marketplace.”

Yamaha | DM7 Series Consoles

The DM7’s DSP and electronics achieve the trademark Yamaha warm, vintage analog sound, and now, the UI unlocks more information and workflows specifically for the modern engineer. With the DM7, users can experience increased visibility on selected channel views, time-based metering and information on dynamics, fully customizable signal flow and sequential patching. A major key feature includes enhanced assist functions that allow ‘AI Assist’ to help engineers manage when short on time. For example, if you are working at a festival, and a band shows up with a tracks rig you’ve never heard before, AI Assist can balance the tracks, while the engineer dials in the live band. The user can then turn off the AI Assist and optimize the tracks. “I am very intrigued by the AI, the board seems give the user an experience that can take them from novice to confident quicker. It gives the audio engineer more time to mix the show.”

Adder Technology | ADDERView CCS-MV 4228

Adder is tackling the constraints of the modern control room with a new level of efficiency. Operators can achieve real-time access to multiple PCs through consolidated monitors without compromising the user experience. This new desktop multi-viewer switch delivers up to eight different video, audio, and USB signals to a single workstation in a user-customizable window layout across one or two monitors. Users can instantly take control of the target computer by simply moving the mouse between windows, providing the experience of a single desktop and without clutter. The switch presents a fully configurable, color-coded, window display onscreen enabling users to quickly choose how data is presented. Simply by moving the mouse cursor between windows, users can switch between sources in real-time and without latency, meaning they can focus on the mission and not the technology. “A 4K enabled switcher for up to 8 PC inputs that is very easy to use makes this a standout.

Blackmagic Design | Studio Camera 6K Pro

This advanced Studio Camera 6K model has an EF lens mount, a larger 6K sensor, ND filters, and built-in live H.264 streaming via Ethernet or mobile data for $2495. It has an all-in-one design with a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate body, and a large integrated 7-inch HDR viewfinder. It has the same features as large studio cameras, miniaturized into a compact design, and an ISO up to 25,600. Advanced features include talkback, tally, camera control, built-in color corrector, Blackmagic RAW recording to USB disks, live streaming, and balanced XLR audio. The 12G-SDI, 10GBASE-T Ethernet allows all video, tally, talkback, and camera power via a single connection. That’s just like a SMPTE fiber workflow but using standard Category 6A copper Ethernet cable. “A broadcast caliber 6K camera, packed with functionality and built in streaming for under $3K – what a deal!”

Blustream | IP300UHD and IP350UHD 4K Video-over-IP Line

This video over IP platform includes the IP300UHD and the Dante-enabled IP350UHD transmitters and receivers. Capable of transmitting 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 HDMI 2.0 with HDR at 18Gbps over a 1Gb network, this full HDMI 2.0 over IP solution is ideal for applications such as live sports where the highest quality is essential. The ACM210 control module facilitates seamless control with all leading automation brands. The Multicast video over IP solution delivers HDMI, IR, RS-232, and USB / KVM up to lengths of 100m over a single CAT cable. The Dante-enabled units can support both 4K60 4:4:4 video and Dante audio distribution on a single network. A second RJ45 connection allows for the Dante audio network interface to be segregated from the video over IP network when required. All units can be powered via PoE from the network switch, or locally. “Easy install and functionality. Tons of options without paying for features you would never use. Website and supporting documentation is simple yet informative. Engineering seems rock solid from demo I got.”

JBL | COL600 and COL800 Column Loudspeakers

This elegant 24-inch and 32-inch column loudspeaker provides wide horizontal and narrow vertical coverage, with a built-in 10-degree down-tilt to the aim, providing optimum coverage for most listening areas while allowing the speaker to be installed flat to the wall. The slim, compact design— winner of international design awards for industrial design excellence—complements virtually any architectural décor. “These new slim COL600 and COL800 series speakers visually look stunning while blending into their environments. The fixed 10-degree adjustment is typically more than enough for integrators to work with as they deploy these in a host of environments. I already have projects in mind where the COL600/800 series will find a home.”

LynTec | PDS-12 Sequencing Relay Panel

This panel represents a significant advancement in power control, building on the company’s legacy PDS-10 relay panel with enhanced features and cost savings. Individual step delays between each relay allow for precise sequencing; emergency off by circuit and emergency on for lighting by circuit functionalities provide greater control and flexibility. A standout feature is the under- and over-voltage sensing capability. It is available in configurations of four, eight, or twelve 30- amp single-pole latching Panasonic relays, housed in a compact 1-square-foot NEMA 1R or 3R enclosure. BACnet IP expandability allows the panel to seamlessly integrate with existing building automation systems. “This version is a logical refresh of a great product.”

Seneca, an Arrow Company | Video Wall Controller

This product equips AV integrators to install video walls without the traditional difficulties. VWC’s dual proprietary form factor (1U and 4U) enables integrators to deploy 4K, 8K, and 16K video wall controllers even in limited physical spaces. Optimized GPU thermal control, flexible mounting options, quick installation via Seneca Maestro, and competitive pricing round out the offering, which has already been deployed at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Orlando Airport among others. “A powerful, compact videowall processor. This is a solid product, rich in features at a very reasonable price point.”

AV LINK GROUP | MaitreView 4KPlus

This multi-window video processor for conference and control spaces can carry uncompressed 4K/60Hz 4:4:4 and seamless-switching video via Xilinx Kintex UltraScale family FPGA chips. The drag-and-drop feature allows users to arrange information from four input sources on the two output screens in any size and position. It has four HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs; each supports a separate 4-splitter layout. It’s supported with web GUI, tablet APP, front buttons, RS232, and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). “This is significant power in a single rack unit. Overall, the performance is impressive, and the Web GUI control is very intuitive and nearly limitless when it comes to arranging the two outputs.”

Canon | Add-On Applications System for PTZ Cameras

These unique add-on applications for PTZ cameras are available for the CR-N300, CR-N400, and CR-X300 through a firmware update, and are designed to provide access to new paid video production features like auto tracking and auto loop. The applications run from within the camera itself, instead of requiring external devices. “From the folks that make some of the best digital photography cameras we now see their superb optics in a remote controlled PTZ video camera. The auto-track add on especially make it well suited for classroom applications.”

PTZOptics | Move SE

The Move SE includes premium features and a Sony CMOS sensor and puts them more within reach. The unit includes auto-tracking, SDI, HDMI, USB, and IP outputs, 1080p@60fps, NDI|HX3 upgradable, available in 12X, 20X, and 30X, and a 5-year warranty. Starting under $1,000, the Move SE allows for the scalable deployment of units. The PTZOptics Move SE is compatible with just about any production or live streaming setup. “It’s good to see one of the smaller players in the camera market develop a competitive camera product. This looks like a good product at a great price point.”

RUSHWORKS | PTX Model 3 PRO Pan/Tilt Head

This robotic pan/tilt head was designed for larger payloads, providing the torque required to smoothly position cameras and lenses. Compatible with any joystick controller that supports VISCA over IP protocol. The unit features passthrough connections for SDI, HDMI, USB, DC camera power, and networking. There are multiple pass-through connections for cameras and lenses between the base and moving arm. These include 3 x SDI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x CAT6, and one XLR 4-pin. With its simple yet adaptable mounting plate, the PTX Model 3 PRO is compatible with most video cameras, including models from Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic/Lumix, Red, Arri, Sony, and others. The head is 15 x 15 x 15 inches and weighs 43lbs. Designed and manufactured in the United States by RUSHWORKS, an ENCO brand. “This is an interesting twist in the PTZ camera market. Why settle for a particular PTZ camera when you can deploy this PTZ head and interchangeably use any camera? The teleprompter adapter is a very nice and useful feature.”

Visionary | 5 Series AV-over-IP Endpoints

This builds on the solid foundation of Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix 4 Series, which included the world’s first AV over IP endpoints with USB-C I/O for seamless soft-codec integration, the 5 Series is designed to raise the bar with an array of innovative features and enhanced performance, including 4K60 4:4:4 support; isochronous USB over IP; Audio Return Channel (ARC) over IP; full motion MJPEG substream for monitoring; VLAN tagging, LLDP, standard PoE power, and PoE pass through are among the highly relevant features. “PacketAV has been a a fantastic alternative to unavailable products in the industry. The add on for USB-C is an excellent add on!”

BZBGEAR | BG-4KVP88 8×8 UHD HDMI 2.0 Matrix Switcher

This 8X8 4K/60 4:4:4 UHD HDMI 2.0 matrix switcher routes any of the eight HDMI inputs to any HDMI outputs. It supports video wall configurations with up to seven different modes; users can create up to a 2X3 video wall without the need for a video wall processor. This unit can act as a multi-viewer and supports HDMI audio formats including Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 with audio extraction. Control includes front panel, IR remote control, RS-232 control, IP control, and the BG-SWITCH-CONTROL app, a free proprietary control software for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. “A robust matrix switcher which would be a great compliment to a designer’s tool kit. This product greatly simplifies patching and routing of HDMI signals, in a nice, compact form factor.”

MuxLab | AVoIP Eco-System

In partnership with Q-SYS, and paired with pre-configured NETGEAR network switches, the MuxLab plug-in on the Q-SYS management system works seamlessly with the MuxLab Pro Digital Controller (model 500812) to control and manage AVoIP systems of all sizes. The company’s re-branded AV over IP line now offers six new categories and over 30 models, including new 4K60 KVM HDMI over IP PoE Extenders which allow HDMI and USB equipment to be connected up to 330ft over an Ethernet LAN, support HDMI up to 4K @ 60Hz (4:4:4) via Cat5e/6 cable in multiple point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations. The units also allow customers to create configurable video walls supporting hundreds of screens. “The collaboration between NETGEAR switches and preconfigured profiles seem to make this a simple installation. The QSC alignment is very good!”

WyreStorm Technologies | Pro Controller for NetworkHD

The WyreStorm encoder supports up to 4K60 4:4:4 @8bit over 1Gbps network. It’s capable of serving video walls up to 256 screens or 16×16 tiles. Now it’s accompanied by a powerful 1RU controller, especially for AV professionals who are not as network savvy. It offers an entirely wizard driven setup environment with unique tools and a modern UI design to deploy full AV over IP in a matter of minutes. Compatibility out of the box with various models of network switches makes the NHD-CTL-PRO a secure zero programming or configuration device. It can be accessed through the network, or even physically through standalone direct control by the operator via an HDMI screen and USB mouse and Keyboard. “The availability is very welcome and the ability to easily control the AVoIP simply is a very nice feature.”

AVer | PTZ310UNV2 4K AI NDI PTZ Camera

This is designed to be the world’s first UHD NDI HX3 camera. It features 4K resolution, 12X optical zoom and 8MP pictures with 60fps. Designed for broadcasting and streaming, it has reduced latency with less than 100ms while only utilizing a fraction of the NDI bandwidth. The PTZ310UNV2 enables simultaneous output at 4Kp60 with HDMI/NDI/IP and features built-in AI functions, like SmartShoot. It optimizes camera controls for automatic content capturing between preset areas and the ability to create a multi-camera feel across preset zones. Framing technology instantly adjusts the field of view to capture multiple people, fit everyone on-screen, and easily record presentations, lectures, and more. Includes Zoom and Microsoft Teams video mode and NDAA and TAA compliance. “A great product offering as we are clearly seeing a shift and need for smart PTZ video cameras.”

D-Tools | System Integrator v20

SI v20 introduces capabilities to boost performance, provide valuable project insights, and optimize operational efficiency. It now offers the ability to apply multiple labor types to products in the SI catalog for more accurate job cost reporting. Users can now associate multiple vendors to Products in their Catalog, along with their respective Purchase Cost. Product availability and greater flexibility/agility in procurement avoids delays and backorders by allowing alternate vendors to be selected when a preferred vendor is out of stock. Additional new features include Calculated-type Custom Fields for Projects to calculate complex variable formulas, ensuring that quotes and estimated costs are precise for improved decision-making. “With supply chain and labor issues that have affected the industry these new features would be very helpful in the quoting phase.”

Peerless-AV | SEAMLESS Kitted Series dvLED Mounting System

The new Peerless-AV SEAMLESS Kitted Series Universal dvLED Mounting System is designed to be the first truly universal solution on the market that supports a variety of latching dvLED. The display adaptors and mount frame provide x, y and z axis adjustments to overcome uneven walls and to assure the dvLED video wall remains perfectly flat. The lightweight aluminum frame quickly attaches to the wall with assistance from the installer-friendly wall template, and unique quick-connect clamps allow installers to easily attach the displays to the mount frame. “It makes sense to see PEERLESS-AV extend the kitted approach to LED. This is a solid installation solution.”

Snap One | Strong Carbon Series Display Mounts

These mounts are designed to provide superior strength and reliability for overhead digital signage installations of displays up to 100 inches diagonal and up to 500 pounds in weight. Snap One is further ensuring that Partners can easily bundle mount orders with other Snap One products. For ceiling-mount installation, Partners can purchase steel I-beam mounts, wood joist mounts, and numerous ceiling plates including an anti-vibration model. They can also opt for a 60-inch fixed drop pole, various lengths of adjustable drop poles, mounting boxes with cable management systems, and mounting struts and arms for displays up to 100 inches. Landscape and portrait mounting arms can support up to 100-inch displays with various VESA mount sizes. The drop poles and ceiling plates are available in black and white finishes. Wall-mount installation is also possible using the Carbon Series Menu Board Wall Bracket. Pre-configured units are available. “This is a great approach to solving the ceiling mount of displays in a variety of configurations. I can envision many applications such as trading floors, menu boards, retail etc.”

Vanguard LED | XR Studio Broadcast Series

Vanguard’s XR Studio Broadcast Series is designed to take video broadcast and cinema to the next level of color authenticity. The XR Broadcast Series can achieve exceptionally accurate colors that exceed the objective standards as defined by the DCI-P3 Cinema Initiatives Protocol, and with an 18-bit Greyscale. Vanguard LED Display’s XR Studio Broadcast Series has, in tests, achieved exceptional DCI-P3 native diode accuracy right out of the box. The XR Studio Broadcast Series features 4K HDR clarity and brightness levels of up to 1000 nits. Refresh rate is 7680, with a scan rate of 1/8. The series comes in a variety of sizes to meet any exact requirements. “These displays have uncompromising technical quality and the company behind them is American owned and based.”

DVIGear | HyperLight DVI-28xxx-AOC DisplayPort / mDP 1.4 Active Optical Cables

This series supports DisplayPort 1.4 in a compact, lightweight form factor. The cables are fully HDCP 1.4 / 2.2 compliant and distribute signals with aggregate data rates up to 32.4 Gbps. (HBR3). These features enable the cables to support very high-resolution applications at 4K / 60Hz (4:4:4) and 8K / 30Hz (4:4:4) with cable lengths up to 100 meters. They support both DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort connections. The cables are terminated with low profile Mini DisplayPort (mDP) connectors that measure less than 8×11 mm. This narrow cross section makes it very easy to pull the cables through conduit or other tight spaces. The cables also include two detachable docking connectors that allow them to plug into full size DisplayPort receptacles. A locking pin provides additional security. The cables are plenum rated (UL CMP OF) and constructed using a hybrid design of 4x GOF (Glass Optical Fiber) and 6x copper wires with a minimum bend radius of 35 millimeters. Their reliability boasts an MTBF of greater than 150,000 hours (more than 17 years) and an infield failure rate of less than 0.1 percent. “Very, very economical for what you get. Not made in China, and the removable ends are very nice.”

IHSE | Media4KConnect Series KVM Extenders

This series of DisplayPort KVM-over-IP extenders utilizes an optimized compression technology and unique conversion processing to deliver full 4K 4:4:4 and is compatible with 10G network switches. Different versions support standalone extension, redundancy, or in a fully uncompressed version, 4K. These extenders can be used as high-performance low latency KVM point-to-point connections or as part of a larger KVM switching system. Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) is scheduled for release this year. These units support 4K DisplayPort 1.2 using a single duplex fiber optic SFP modules that extends the signals up to 300m (984 ft) with multimode fiber or up to 120km (74.5 miles) with single mode fiber. The compact aluminum housing allows up to four extenders to be mounted in a 1U space. Redundant models are available. “I was very impressed with the seamless switching and the fact that it will take any input you can feed it, A really good KVM switching product.”

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