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August 2012

August 2012

Tech Showcase

Projection Screens

By Mark Johnson

Screen types are available for front or rear projection, fixed installation or portable, manual or electric operation, and commercial or residential applications. …

Installation Audio Consoles

By Bennett Liles

It’s a very interesting time in the evolution of installed mixing consoles, with digital boards of every size and shape touting among their many features the ability to operate with an “analog feel.”…

Features & Columns

On the Circuit

By Cynthia Wisehart

As we went to press Wired journalist Mat Honan was hit with what he described as an “epic hack.”…

The Audio Zone

For the Envy nightclub at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albequerque, Nathan Powell got the chance to dramatically transform the guest experience. …

Risk-preparedness and Mitigation for Live Events

By Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President & Program Director, Take1 Insurance

The recent Radiohead stage collapse in Toronto that left one dead and three injured could have serious ramifications for the live event industry. …

Broadcast Bar

Manning’s is a new upscale New Orleans venue, filled with Manning sports and family memorabilia, including material from Archie Manning’s career as quarterback with the New Orleans Saints and from the careers of his sons Peyton and Eli….

AVB and What Else?

By Bruce Borgerson

After years of gestation in IEEE meetings and papers, Audio Video Bridging (AVB) is making the transition from engineering consensus to hardware reality. This standards-based specification for synchronized, low-latency networked transmission of streaming media has been hailed as the Holy Grail—or, perhaps more appropriately, the Rosetta Stone—of AV networking….

AV/IT Integration Roundtable: The Human Element

With Bennett Liles

Much has been written about the AV/IT hardware convergence and we’re well into subsequent chapters on the melding of technical functions between networked AV control and the well-established use of networks for audio and video conveyance. …

The Integrated Classroom

Renton School District in Washington state’s King County selected Integrated Media Technologies (IMT) to implement Meraki’s MR24 cloud-controlled wireless access points to provide enterprise-class Wi-Fi to all of Renton’s 16,000 students, faculty, and staff. …

Classroom of the Future?

At this year’s InfoComm show, Xantech debuted its vision for the classroom of the future. …

BenQ T420, TL550, and T650 Flatpanels

BenQ’s 42in. (T420), 55in. (TL550), and 65in. (T650) interactive flatpanels (IFPs) with 1920x1080p full HD resolution are geared for education and corporate applications….

Discover Video DEVOS Media Server

Discover Video has announced a new media server called DEVOS (Digital Enterprise Video Online Streaming) system….

ViewCast Niagara 2200 Streaming System

The ViewCast Niagara 2200 streaming system with the recent Niagara SCX 7.0 software is an ideal solution for the education market. …

Hitachi CP-AW2519N Projector

Hitachi has introduced the CP-AW2519N interactive projector, featuring Hitachi’s proprietary StarBoard Software, which works on Mac and PC platforms. …

Haivision’s Viper 1.1 Encoder/Streaming Appliance

Haivision’s Viper 1.1—the latest revision of its compact appliance combining dual-channel HD encoding, low-latency secure streaming, video on demand, and a contextual multichannel record-review-publish workflow—comes in a single chassis. …


Nuvixa StagePresence Review

Reviewer: Jan Ozer

Nuvixa StagePresence is a software program for quickly and easily compositing the image of a presenter over any application on your Windows computer, including PowerPoint, or over a slide show that you create in the StagePresence software. …

Sennheiser XSW 52 Headworn Wireless Mic Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

Manufacturers’ consumer-grade offerings often reach the level formerly occupied by their professional-grade products. A perfect example of this shift is Sennheiser’s new XSW series microphones, which are as good as yesterday’s great mics, but at a reasonable price in today’s market….

Yamaha DXR Series Speakers Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

At the 2012 NAMM convention, Yamaha introduced a line similar to the DSR series at a lower price: the DXR series. …

The Buzz

YouTube Channel: QSC Audio Products

In this video you’ll learn the features behind the KLA series, which with its simple lift, click and play approach….

ANSI Adopts InfoComm Audiovisual Systems Energy Management Standard

InfoComm International’s latest standard, 4:2012 Audiovisual Systems Energy Management, has been adopted by ANSI. …

Create Your Own Window Into the AV World

Sign up for a new My-iQ dashboard from AV-iQ. …

Start Planning for AV Week, Oct. 14-20, 2012

Join InfoComm in sharing with the wider world the amazing things that AV makes possible. …

Homage to Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D.

At a special InfoComm 2012 reception, the AV industry paid tribute to retiring InfoComm executive director and CEO Randy Lemke. …

Which Certification is Right for You?

As you look for ways to expand your business and reach new clientele – why not consider what professional certifications can do to establish your company as a partner in home technology solutions. …

NSCA Board Of Directors Elects President

The NSCA Board of Directors elected a new executive committee in June, during its annual member meeting at the 2012 InfoComm show….

2013 NSCA Business & Leadership Conference Celebrate 15 Years

NSCA is celebrating 15 years of providing business owners and managers with information on industry trends and issues, marketing, economic and business tactics relevant to the electronic systems integration industry. …

Small Business Administration Proposes Increased Small Business Size Standards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began an effort to review size standards for small businesses as required by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. …

Custom Snake for Live Entertainment

From its first use as a dance hall on New Year’s in 1948 to a fully modern performance facility reopening this year on New Year’s, the Golden Civic Centre is Golden B.C.’s great success. …

AES San Francisco 2012 Mobile App

The AES San Francisco app features a dashboard that keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information for the show, Oct. 26-29….

New Products

Audio Authority FlexPort Amp Modules

The Audio Authority FlexPort audio modules work with the SF-16M matrix amplifer to add remote inputs via Cat-5 wallplates. …

Rane HAL2 and HAL3

The HAL system allows users to interface with a variety of peripheral devices including digital remotes, remote audio devices (RADs), portable and in-rack automixers, etc….

Galaxy Audio Standformer Microphone Stand

The Galaxy Audio Standformer MST-C series microphone stands can change from a standard straight microphone stand to a fully adjustable boom stand in the matter of seconds….

Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station

From a single Thunderbolt connection to the DS1, users can add multiple peripherals….

QSC Core 500i and Core 250i Audio Networking System

These two new Core models each feature eight card slots onboard….

Lowell Manufacturing Company Thermostat

This thermostat is built into the cord, activating and deactivating fans when ambient temperatures reach pre-set points. …

Renkus Heinz Ralph Heinz Signature Series Loudspeakers

The RH Signature Series features a range of two- and three-way enclosures….

Mitsubishi MDT701S and MDT552S LED Monitors

The narrow bezel flagship 70in. MDT701S and 55in. MDT552S LED monitors feature an Intel OPS (Open Pluggable Standard) Card Slot for easy installation and maintenance….

Middle Atlantic Products Reference Series Furniture Rack

The Reference Series is a furniture rack designed for use in corporate, municipal and higher education environments….

Aphex EX-BB 500 Module

The EX•BB 500 module integrates the Aural Exciter and Big Bottom audio enhancement technologies to the 500 Series format….

Altinex DS801-112 and DS801-113 Transmitter & Receiver

The DS801-112 and DS801-113 VGA/Component + Audio UTP Transmitter and Receiver transmit video (computer or component) and analog audio over a single twisted pair-type cable….

Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom System

The Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom System is a centralized security solution that delivers live video, audio, whole-home intercom, door releases, alarm triggers, and remote monitoring features. …

Opticis DDFX-100-TR DVI Extender

The DDFX-100-TR enables the user to transparently transmit the digital uncompressed video data of dual link DVI, WQXGA at 60Hz or WQUXGA at 33Hz….

Oxygen DCT OxTPG 1000 Test Signal Generator

The OxTPG 1000 is a 3G test signal generator that offers the full range of HD standards including 3G and HD/SDI up to 1080p resolution….

Extron FOX AEX 108 Fiber Optic Audio Extractor

The FOX AEX 108 is an eight-port fiber optic audio extractor for independent processing and routing of audio signals in a fiber-optic AV distribution system….

BenQ GW Series LED Monitors

The GW series of monitors feature a 5000:1 contrast ratio, 8-bit color performance, wide-angle viewing, and LED backlighting. …

Peavey Digitool MX16 Processor

The processor features a full-color LCD display on the front panel, front-panel navigation, individual input and output mutes, and five-segment LED arrays for input and output signal monitoring….

Crest Audio Pro-LITE 2.0 Amplifier

The Pro-LITE 2.0 power amplifier features two channels with independent 100Hz crossovers and power ratings of 540W per channel at 4 ohms stereo….

Yamaha DXR Series Speakers Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

At the 2012 NAMM convention, Yamaha introduced a line similar to the DSR series at a lower price: the DXR series. …

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