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August 2008

August 2008


InfoComm 08 in Review

By Trevor Boyer

InfoComm 08 was a packed and energetic show, with important technology on display in all categories video, audio, AV, and various types of related gear….

CEDIA Preview

By Jack Kontney

As the CEDIA Expo arrives at the Colorado Convention Center in early September, more than 25,000 designers, integrators, architects, and builders are…

Technology Showcase: Home-theater Projectors

By Jay Ankeney

These are awkward times for the home-theater front-projector business. Despite the fact that prices are dropping even while projectors’ features get more…

Technology Showcase: Handheld Device Integration

By Bennett Liles

One need look no further than the nearest living-room coffee table to find one of the most revolutionary devices to impact modern communication: the remote…

Installation Profile: THX at Home

By Dan Daley

The remarkable When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions series on The Discovery Channel earlier this year reminded viewers of one of the sore points of those…

Focus on Corporate AV: Multifunctional AV Network for Businesses

By John DeWitt

Small professional businesses such as dental practices represent a conundrum of opportunity versus challenge for AV providers and integrators. These prospective…


Video Review: Canon Realis SX80

By Jeff Sauer

The new Realis SX80, introduced at InfoComm 08 this past June, is the successor to Canon’s older SX60 and the SX50 before that. On the surface, there’s…

Audio Review: Behringer Ultrazone ZMX8210

By John McJunkin

There are audio manufacturers that are exceedingly focused on a small group of very specific and esoteric products, and there are those that develop and…


Picture This: The New Format War?

By Jeff Sauer

At CES this past January, there were several companies talking about wireless HD video. And why not? The advantages are clear: Fewer cables in the home,…

Smart Green Homes

By Michael Goldman

A couple of years ago, I wrote about how high-end residential installation projects we cover in these pages evoke the spirit of the famed House of Tomorrow…

Sound Advice: The Media Room Arrives

By Dan Daley

Builders have been reporting lately that home theaters are increasingly being left out of new-home construction plans as a cost-cutting measure. However,…

Expert Viewpoint: HD Antennas

By Kent Martin

At Fry’s Electronics in Manhattan Beach, Calif., the fact that an old technology is new again isn’t lost on one salesman. High-definition antennas are…

Associations Focus: InfoComm is 5,000 Members Strong

InfoComm International marked a momentous association milestone as the organization awarded its 5,000th member with 5,000 EduBucks in June. EduBucks are…

Associations Focus: CEDIA Expo Makes a Difference

With CEDIA Expo 2008 just around the corner, we are moving full steam ahead preparing for the electronic-systems industry’s most exciting week. CEDIA…

Associations Focus: NSCA Welcomes New Faces

At its annual member meeting during InfoComm 08, NSCA appointed two new members to the association’s…

POV: AV Compensation and Benefits Rise in 2008

By Mark K. Baehr, CTS, PRC

InfoComm Market Research has released its 2008 Compensation & Benefits Survey. This marks the seventh such report released by InfoComm since 1998, and…


The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Scott Residence, Sedona, Ariz.

By Jack Kontney

Many traditional integration firms shy away from residential installations, largely because the electronics don’t conform to the norms of pro AV connectivity….

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