August 2014

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August 2014

Tech Showcases

Projection Screens

By Christopher Maoine

Presented are a variety of front projections, rear projections, fixed installation, and portable projection screen products....

Installation Mixers

By Bennett Liles

Many of the installation mixers currently available can be upgraded and adapted with options to suit the specific venue, performers, and audiences. When changes are made to the housesound system, the mixer, like an electronicchameleon, can be upgraded in channelsand processing to match its surroundings....

Columns & Features

InfoComm Best of Show Awards 2014

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These awards recognize outstanding products exhibited at the 2014 InfoComm Show....

Mattie St. Clair’s House of Spirits: Historical Installation Considerations

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By Tim Kridel

This historic brick building in downtown Minneapolis created a variety of "This Old House"-style challenges for AV integrator Entertech....

In the Club

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By Tim Kridel

Slate-NY is a massive 16,000-square-foot New York City watering hole that eschews traditional sports bar conceptions....

Salesperson Seeks Enlightenment at InfoComm

By Jennifer Wisehart

Mapping a path to unified collaboration implementation during InfoComm 2014...

Unified Communications at InfoComm 2014

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By David Danto, IMCCA director of emerging technology

Reviewing the shift in focus of end-user experiences...


Clear-Com FreeSpeak II

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Operating in multiple license-free DECT bands from 1.897-1.933GHz, FreeSpeak II delivers improved roaming capability, digital “Clear-Com Sound” for intelligibility, and new features for a high performance and more robust wireless option....

Clear-Com RS-701 Beltpack

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Reviewer: John McJunkin

Clear-Com has introduced the Encore analog party-line system, which includes the new one-channel RS-701 beltpack....

The Buzz

InfoComm International Study Projects $116 Billion AV Industry by 2016

The study finds that the audiovisual industry currently generates $92 billion a year. Further industry growth is anticipated....

Record Number of Attendees Move InfoComm 2014 Forward

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More than 37,000 flock to Las Vegas to experience AV, network, and learn....

CEDIA Is Not All Home Theaters and Audio Systems

With more than 400 exhibitors, 110 training sessions and emerging trends classes, CEDIA is worth attending every year....

InfoComm Names Winners of Industry Awards

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Meyer Sound CEO John Meyer, Joseph Cornwall and CEAVCO founder Jack Emerson are among the honorees....

Training: Biamp

The Biamp Education Experience expands with with a series of live, online, and on-demand product training and certification courses....

Recording Music on Location: Capturing the Live Performance, 2nd Ed.

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Divided into two distinct sections (popular music and classical music), this book features clear explanations on how to achieve professional results....

New Products

Mackie SRM450 and SRM350

Both powered speakers feature 1,000W amps, feedback eliminator, and Mackie HD audio processing....

Platinum Tools 500 MCM

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Cutting cables up to 500 MCM, this tool has a locking latch, high-carbon tool steel cutting blades, and rust-resistant finish....

Porter-Cable Impact Wrench

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Offering up to 2,700 impacts-per-minute and up to 2,200 revolutions-per-minute, the Impact Wrench also features a forward/reverse rocker trigger switch for easy transition between fastening and loosening....

Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT 430-X

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The BrightEye NXT 430-X converts various high-definition and standard-definition content to a common format to be routed seamlessly to HDMI and SDI destinations....


Housed in a 2U chassis and weighing 28.2lbs., the APA-4E8 sports a front-panel interface with a large color LCD, which offers feedback of the amplifier status from any distance....

Knipex Tools Orbis

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The four-tool series has jaws offset by 25 degrees and includes long-nose pliers, combo pliers, diagonal cutter and cable cutter....

Audix M3

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This tri-element ceiling mic has fully balanced circuits below the ceiling and a UL-rated plenum box solution above the ceiling tile....

Christie LX1750

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This new projector features a mechanical shutter to cut all light output and delivers 16,000 lumens....

Legrand Evolution Series Ceiling Box

The six versions include three units with a projector mount and several options for electrical circuitry....

LG OLED Display

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Rollable to a radius of 3cm, the flexible panel has a high-definition-class resolution of 1200x810 with almost 1 million megapixels....

Rental & Staging

Harman Martin Professional MAC Quantum Series

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The MAC Quantum LED light boasts outstandng features that sets new standards for combined performance, weight, and size....

4K is Just the Beginning

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By David Keene

As we create live events to cut through the media clutter and wow our audiences, go big or go home....

Coolux Pandoras Box Software

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Pandoras Box 5.7 software features include Venue Sites, a new text editor, and ASIO and HD-SDI audio routing....

Best LED-backlit LCD Display: LG Electronics 55WV70MD-BL 55in. Super-narrow Bezel 3D Videowall

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Perfect for hotel lobbies, retail environments, and other spaces, the backlit 55WV70MD-BL offers a full HD 1080p picture and is expandable up to 15x15 tiles....

Best Show Control or Presentation Product: Barco ClickShare Inside

Coupling two of Barco’s flagship products, the ClickShare wireless presentation system and its Present business projectors, this option consists of a CSM base unit and three cables that fit under the hood of a Present projector....

Best Digital Signage Product: Samsung Electronics America D Series Commercial Displays with Next-generation Smart Signage Platform

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This flexible new design approach features replaceable bezels in a variety of colors that enable users to customize signage to match any environment....

Best Rental Management Software: IntelliEvent Lightning Enterprise

A cloud-based, full-featured event-management system, this is scalable to the largest organization requirements....

Best 4K/UHD Video Processing Product: coolux Pandoras Box Quad Server version 5.5

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The Pandoras Box Quad Server version 5.5 is a turnkey solution that unites state-of-the-artrendering technology with intuitive media and show control....

Best General AV Product: Gefen Wireless for HDMI 60GHz/GTV-WHD-60G

The Gefen Wireless for HDMI 60GHz/GTV-WHD-60G transmits uncompressed 1080p full HD content up to 10 meters, supporting 3DTV and audioformats including high-bit-rate 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio....

Best Flatpanel Display – Rugged/Outdoor Display: NEC Display Solutions P703 LED/LCD Display

Perfect for 24/7 use in the harshest environments, the 70in. P703 NEC Display has internal temperature sensors with self-diagnostics and fan-based technology to prevent overheating and maximize lifetime....

Best Video/Broadcast or Video/Streaming Product: Roland Systems Group VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

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Ideal for live production to match SDI and/or HDMI video formats, aspect ratios, frame rates or input types....

Best Video Signal Processing or Distribution Product: Analog Way Ascender 48 - ASC4806

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Based on the LiveCore platform, Ascender 48 (Ref.ASC4806) is a 12x4+1 multiscreen seamless switcher that delivers varied display configurations....

Best Video Projection Product - 10K Lumen or Less: Panasonic PT-DZ870U DLP projector with ultra-short-throw ET-DLE030 lens

This single-chip DLP projector creates bright, high-quality images with 8,500 lumens of brightness....

Best Digital Signage Product – Media Player: Dataton AB WATCHPAX 2

Watchpax 2 is plug and play, features dual video outputs, and measures 5in. x 6in. x 1in. and weighs 16oz....

Best Video Projection Product – High Lumen or Laser: Digital Projection HighLite Laser

The HighLite Laser’s more than 20,000 hours of illumination life allows for continuous operation with minimal maintenance needed and no lamps toreplace....

Best Projection Screen: AV Stumpfl Curve

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Curve screen is available as a modular frame system product and can be built in many sizes and aspect ratios....

Best Audio Control or Mixing Product: Dan Dugan Sound Design Dugan-VN16 automixing card for Avid Venue Consoles

The Dugan-VN16 is a 16-channel automatic mixing controller that plugs into a slot on selected Avid Venue digital mixers and patches into the Avid's mic channel insert points....

Best Loudspeaker For the Staging Market: JBL Professional VTX V20

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This three-way system is complemented by a new suspension system that provides efficient transport, fast setup, and precise configuration....

2014 Rental & Staging Product Award winners

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By David Keene

2014 Rental & Staging Product Award winners were presented at InfoComm....

Empowering the Live Event Learner

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By Midori Connolly

Adult learners are territorial, have personal space needs, and are uncomfortable in traditional classroom settings that emphasize the distance and inequality between teacher and student....



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