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December 2005

December 2005


Top Technology Products of 2005

By Jack Kontney

What’s the next big thing? New products are brought to market at an ever-increasing pace. We see them at trade shows; we see them advertised. And, as your caretakers of industry news…

Technology Showcase:
Video Test Equipment

By Jay Ankeney

When Vladimir Zworykin demonstrated RCA’s fledgling television system at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, setting up the display equipment to satisfy the engineers was truly a cutting-edge technological challenge…

Technology Showcase:
Line Array Loudspeakers

By Daniel Keller

Browsing most speaker manufacturers’ current offerings, it’s hard to imagine that as recently as a decade ago, line arrays were a relatively uncommon commodity in the world of live sound. Although the technology has been around for quite a while (described in Harry F. Olson’s “Acoustical Engineering” in 1957), only in the last few years has everyone and his mother seemingly jumped on the line-array…

Installation Profile:
Standout Integration

By Jack Kontney

Every installation presents its own problems. Some are predictable, some not. Customer requirements may prove challenging, or physical anomalies in a facility may prevent tried-and-true designs from being implemented. But finding ways to provide solutions that meet user needs through creative application of technology keeps this industry interesting…



By John McJunkin

TOA Electronics continues to deliver quality products of all stripes. Even if the company isn’t on your short list of speaker manufacturers in terms of name recognition, you’ll want to be aware of its new HX-5/FB-120 combination. This high-quality package consists of a subwoofer, the FB-120 ($692)…

Avocent Emerge WMS1000

By Jeff Sauer

In last month’s Sound & Video Contractor I reviewed ViewSonic’s Media Gateway WMG120 and Media Adapter WMA100. That combination sends video and audio…


The Year in Review

By Mark Johnson

Well, here’s another one under our belts. 2005 has come and gone in the seeming blink of an eye. The year was marked by incremental innovation, the natural…

Picture This: 2005 In Review

By Jeff Sauer

As we turn the last page on the 2005 calendar, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on what’s occurred over the last year and to plan ahead for next year. In the video and display industries, that means taking stock of the new products and trends that have emerged during 2005 and what potential…

Associations Focus: Education a Hot Topic

The 10th annual Jason Perlman Golf Tournament will be held at Rhodes Ranch Golf Course in Las Vegas on March…

Management Perspectives:
Marketing Strategy

By Don Kreski

Marketing planning is a lost art in the AV industry. Many contractors don’t know where to start. I asked three AV integrators how they plan their marketing programs. Their answers may help you understand how you can get better results…

POV: Future Consideration

As a regular contributor to Sound & Video Contractor, InfoComm International has enjoyed a unique opportunity to reach out to the industry at large with…


The Buzz: Install of the Month:
Jubilee Auditoriums

By Jack Kontney

In 1955, to mark the 50th birthday of the province of Alberta in a memorable and lasting way, the Alberta government constructed two identical auditoriums—one in Edmonton and another in Calgary. Completed in 1957…

The Buzz: Newsmakers

Leitch has hired Paul Keller to serve as product manager for its Videotek test and measurement product line. David Penn has joined Audio Visual Innovations…

The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in
Sound & Video Contractor

By Mark Johnson

The cover feature 20 years ago this month was The Effects of AC Line Disturbances, a piece contributed by Jerry Whitaker, who pulled double duty as Sound & Video Contractor‘s RF Technology editor and the editor of Broadcast Engineering at the time.
Ron Williamson contributed “DMMs Accessories and Features,” which provided some good information on how to use digital multimeters for electrical measurements and how to best accessorize your DMM for extended measurement capabilities…

The Buzz: Contractor’s Web Watch

Boston Acoustics’ new website, dubbed Your Sound Solution, offers consumer-centric features divided into three distinct areas: Home Products, Mobile Audio,…

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

January 2006 4 HDTV Business Conference Las Vegas; 9-13 Macworld Conference and Expo San Francisco; 19-22 NAMM Show Anaheim,…

What’s New

What’s New: Audio Technology

By Laura Dixon

The MXL 604 dual capsule instrument miking system consists of a pressure gradient microphone with an interchangeable omnidirectional capsule and a cardioid condenser. It features…

What’s New: Video Technology

By Laura Dixon

BenQ’s FP202W 20in. widescreen LCD monitor offers enhanced image quality with an 8ms response time, a 16801050 resolution, and a 600:1 contrast…

What’s New: Security Technology

By Laura Dixon

GE Security’s new IFS EtherNav D7608 managed Ethernet switcher features up to nine optical 10/100 FX fast Ethernet…

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