January 2006

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January 2006


IMAG in Churches

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By Anthony D. Coppedge

For many houses of worship, IMAG (image magnification) is an attractive technological option for magnifying the action on the church platform — through the use of video-cameras — so that even those far away can see easily...

Technology Showcase:
Molded Loudspeakers

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By Bruce Borgerson

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you just one word. Are you listening? Ben: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Think about it. Back in 1967, when Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate puzzled over this unsolicited advice, nearly all loudspeaker enclosures were...

Technology Showcase:
CD/DVD Publishing

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By Bennett Liles

To be assured that inhouse CD and DVD publishing are here to stay, all one need do is take a look at the variety of systems available. There is a system to suit every need and many are scalable to keep pace with increasing demand for volume or simultaneous production of different projects...

Buyer's Guide:
Powered PA Loudspeakers

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By Bruce Borgerson

A dozen years ago, powered PA loudspeakers were the rare exceptions. Today, though not exactly the rule, they certainly command a significant and steadily...

Installation Profile:
A Vision Realized

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By Jack Kontney

When the staff of Southlake Foursquare Church in suburban West Linn, Ore., decided to expand, it had a vision it was determined to realize. The new structure...


Audio-Technica UniPoint Line

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By John McJunkin

When it comes to computer software, we have come to expect occasional updates. Version 1 is great, then version 2 comes out with enhancements and new features. But with hardware, this type of update is not automatic. Sometimes a manufacturer...

Samsung SyncMaster 460PN

By Jeff Sauer

It seems a little funny to say, but the 46in. size of Samsung's largest pro AV SyncMaster LCD monitor, the 460PN, actually doesn't make for very flashy...


Old is the New New

By Mark Johnson

Ford's 2006 Mustang looks suspiciously similar to the design of the '69 and '70 model years. And Ford has also re-released the GT-40, a car originally...

Picture This:
Corrupted Contrast

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By Jeff Sauer

I don't know about you, but I'm sure becoming jaded by display industry contrast ratio specifications. No, I'm becoming rather annoyed. It was disconcerting enough when the industry started measuring contrast differently, and we were hearing numbers like 2000:1 and 3000:1. Now some manufacturers are throwing out numbers like 10,000:1...

Associations Focus: Showing Off

This past year, InfoComm International hit the road with outreach events including the AVolution road show...

IT Trends: Web Servers

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By Brian Glass

There are countless uses for a web server, but there's also a huge need for support and service surrounding web servers. In the past it has been either extremely difficult to install a web server or very expensive. In this guide I would like to introduce a way to get a web server up and running quickly and cheaply. “OK,” you ask, “why, as a contractor, would I want...

POV: A Guiding Light

By Blake Brubaker

The Exhibitor Committee for InfoComm International represents InfoComm's exhibitor members, who make a significant contribution to the annual success...


The Buzz: Install of the Month:
Cross Pointe Church

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By Trevor Boyer

Cross Pointe, the Church at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., traces its physical origins to a high-school gym. That was about two and a half years ago. Now that the church is situated on a campus that was donated to the church...

The Buzz: Newsmakers

AVI's Tom Corzine has been appointed president of The North County San Diego/Camp Pendleton Chapter of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics...

The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in
Sound & Video Contractor

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By Mark Johnson

The January 1986 issue kicked off the year with an intercommunications focus. The cover story featured the Expo Center of the 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Herbert E. McLean covered the installation of some innovative listening devices for the hearing-impaired in the Omnimax Theater. Picking up on intercoms, Jim Small offered “Duplex Intercoms in Data Centers,” highlighting the installation of a duplex intercom system in a computer and data processing center...

The Buzz: Industry News

Neumann, the U.S. distributor for True Systems, is giving away two single-channel mic/instrument P-Solo preamps...

The Buzz: Contractor's Web Watch

www.audio-technica.com Audio-Technica has expanded its website with a Portuguese version. The website serves customers in the Americas and Europe, with...

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

January 19-22 NAMM Show Anaheim, Calif. www.thenammshow.com; 23-24 Digital Signage Content Strategies Las Vegas www.strategyinstitute.com...

What's New

What's New:
Video Technology

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By Laura Dixon

Toshiba's IK-52V (1/2in.) and IK-53V (1/3in.) CCD cameras feature VGA resolution; shutter speed selection from 1/60sec. to 1/100,000sec.; non-interlaced...

What's New: Audio Technology

By Laura Dixon

Gemini's XTR-500 complete powered speaker system includes two 10in. satellite loudspeakers featuring new compression drivers for better...

What's New: Security Technology

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By Laura Dixon

Speco Technologies' VL-634 weatherproof bullet camera features an unobtrusive design to fit into a wide range of applications...

What's New: AV Technology

By Laura Dixon

Extron Electronics' Data Logger asset management application allows administrators to automatically gather up-to-date lamp hour...

What's New: Residential Technology

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By Laura Dixon

MTX Audio's Monitor series loudspeaker system features four new models for home theater audio systems. Most of the models feature poly-woofers in a D'appolito array for exceptional imaging. A D'appolito array is a high-end, specific, mid-tweeter-mid (MTM) driver configuration that uses controlled...



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Just Make It Easy to Use!

That’s a simple enough request, right?We’ve all heard stories or experienced the reality of an installed technology not being used because it required one click too many, and simply wasn’t intuitive. Expensive equipment goes to waste, AV and IT departments are blamed for “broken” ...read more


Design Strategies for the Open Office

Join us for a free webcast with architect and workflow designer Rebecca Landau of the integrated architecture and workplace design firm HLW International. She will discuss the evolution of the open office, methodology for determining how open an enterprise workspace should be, ...read more


The “Easiest Sale”

This blog series was sponsored by Sony Corporation.It’s not too often that either an end user or an integrator talks about an “easy sale.”Collaboration technologies have been a hot topic during the past few years, and there’s a plethora of solutions available. We’ve all heard the ...read more