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August 2005

August 2005


Fiber vs. Copper

By Bennett Liles

Is there actually a conflict between conveyance media? Listening to the traditional rhetoric, one might think that there is a war going on…

InfoComm Redux

By Mark Johnson and Trevor Boyer

When I think of InfoComm, a snippet of an old Doobie Brothers song comes to mind: “It keeps you runnin’…” This is a big show, with much territory to cover. While not as large as NAB or CES, InfoComm has steadily grown to a size that only a limited number…

Technology Showcase:
Home Theater Projectors

By Jay Ankeney

For a growing number of families these days, going to the movies means watching the latest release in the comfort of their own home…

Installation Profile:
HGTV’s Dream Home 2005

By Linda Seid Frembess

For the past nine years, Home & Garden Television (HGTV) has designed and built a fully furnished home (dubbed the Dream Home) for the sole purpose of giving it away to one fortunate viewer. As this annual…


Smaart I-O

By John McJunkin

SIA’s Smaartlive application has become a tremendously popular audio signal measurement tool for live sound engineers, largely due to the simplification it provides in tuning systems to their acoustical environments. Until recently, the gathering of all the accoutrements…

Digital Video Essentials Professional

By Jeff Sauer

If you’ve been in the AV industry very long, you’re probably familiar with Joe Kane’s Video Essentials DVD. Since its introduction eight years ago (indeed,…


Experts by Default

By Mark Johnson

I’m a pretty big fan of HGTV (Home & Garden Television), as you might surmise from this months’ installation profile. I also subscribe to some HGTV-related…

Picture This: Integration
at InfoComm

By Jeff Sauer

As display technology has advanced, we’ve come to expect brighter, smaller, and less expensive projectors and brighter, larger, and less expensive panels. InfoComm 2005 had its share of them. However, as the industry itself…

Associations Focus: “Value Added” AV Employees

As the AV industry continues to grow, companies and individuals are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from their competitors. That is…

Associations Focus: CEDIA EXPO 2005

CEDIA EXPO 2005 will be held in Indianapolis on Sept. 7-11 at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome. This year’s show has more to offer than ever…

Associations Focus: A Look at Current Legislation

A full vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on HR 525 (The Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005) was held during the week of July 25. HR 525…

Management Perspectives:
The Shift is On

By Kent Martin

Once upon a time, home entertainment stores marketed directly to the homeowner. After all, it only made sense that the person buying the home would be…

POV: ICIA Councils Take Action at InfoComm

As more than 26,000 attendees convened at InfoComm 05 to see new innovations and understand how AV industry trends may affect them, members of the International…


The Buzz: Install of the Month

By Trevor Boyer

Assisted-living facilities are a burgeoning alternative to nursing homes for elderly people who need some type of daily care. The facilities, such as Givens Estates in Asheville, N.C., attract seniors who want to avoid the hospital environment of nursing homes…

The Buzz: Newsmakers

HM Electronics (HME) has appointed three new DX200 representatives: Noreast Marketing in the Northeast region; Tech Rep in the northern Midwest region;…

The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in
Sound & Video Contractor

By Mark Johnson

Multimeters Return The feature article for August ’85 looked at the multimeter. Though they had been around for quite a while, the digital multimeter (DMM) was relatively new. Tom Allen showed you how to get the most from yours in “A Guide to Amps, Ohms, and Volts.” Allen was a product specialist for the General Test & Service Division, John Fluke Manufacturing Company. Sound & Video Contractor’s reinforcement consultant James Gundlach provided the lowdown in “Constant Voltage: Dispelling Two Myths.” …

The Buzz: Contractor’s Web Watch Aviom’s newly redesigned website features an improved graphic look and feel. The new, easier-to-navigate site includes updated documents…

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

August 9-10 Music 2.0 Digital Music Summit San Francisco

What’s New

What’s New: Residential Technology

Loudspeaker Snell Acoustics Four new models to the Custom series loudspeaker lineup include three in-wall models the AMC 730, AMC 770, and AMC 870 (pictured) — and the ICS 1070 in-cabinet model. The new models conform to the sonic characteristics of the equivalent Series 7 models. Each in-wall model is equipped with a 1in. aluminum dome tweeter with ferrofluid cooling and Snell’s Directed Power waveguide. To ensure predictable response regardless of placement or wall type, the speakers…

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