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July 2013

July 2013

Tech Showcases

Portable PAs

By Mark Johnson

Portable PA systems literally come in all shapes and sizes. Many have multi-angle, asymmetrical cabinets, so they can double as floor monitors. Some include onboard amplification and DSP for efficient set up and operation. …

Technology Furniture

By Bennett Liles

Technology furniture manufacturers have kept pace with the developments in AV hardware. The examples assembled here show just how far these trends have come….

Columns & Features

Sign Language

By Tim Kridel

Walk into any bar, and it’s a safe bet you’ll find at least two things: digital signage and a mirrored wall of booze. The bar at Wolfgang Puck’s Trattoria del Lupo restaurant in Las Vegas is no exception, but it also bucks the stereotypes about what that signage can add to the experience. …

Near Field Communications

By Vern Freedlander

Near Field Communication (NFC) is revolutionizing the way brands and content interact with users. …

Tablets as GUI

By Patrick Barron

For many years, user interfaces for control systems have consisted of keypads and touchpanels that are made by manufacturers of control system hardware. …

Overhauling Florida State Senate’s Sound System, Part 1

With Bennett Liles

The Florida State Senate called on Music Masters to overhaul its systems….

Overhauling Florida State Senate’s Sound System, Part 2

With Bennett Liles

In a legislative body with so many people speaking from their seats, the sound system configuration can be very complex. …

Twisted-pair Cable

By Chris Kopin, CTS, ISF-C, VP of technology, Kramer Electronics USA

Twisted-pair cable, by design, does an excellent job of eliminating common-mode noise, such as that created from ground loops. But it is still susceptible to impulse noise and radio frequency interference (RFI). In addition, crosstalk can occur between different twisted pairs or across cables that are in close proximity….


D.A.S. Audio Artec 510 Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

The D.A.S. Artec 510 passive trapezoidal loudspeaker is versatile and provides high-quality reproduction at substantial SPLs without distortion….

The Buzz

Upcoming Regional InfoComm Roundtables

Bring your team and network with AV professionals in your area, share your opinions, and get updates on InfoComm activities at 2013 Regional Roundtables….

InfoComm Expands Functionality of AV-iQ

InfoComm announced that its AV-iQ online product database features new functionality to improve usability for the whole AV value chain. …

Register for InfoComm’s AV Executive Conference

The InfoComm AV Executive Conference, to be held Sept. 10-12 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla., promises to be a unique experience for business leaders in the AV industry….

Recognizing This Year’s Award Winners

At a special reception this month, InfoComm International recognized some of the industry’s best and brightest. …

Record Number of Attendees Connect at InfoComm 2013

It was a record: 35,126 professionals from more than 110 countries attended InfoComm 2013….

Public Engagement

When the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts at Boise State University needed to install a digital display in its lobby to engage, inform, and entertain patrons of the center before, during, and after shows, the school knew it needed a state-of-the-art display solution….

Participate in NSCA Business Survey

Understand the true cost of doing business by participating in NSCA’s 2013 Cost of Doing Business Survey….

NSCA Education Foundation Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

The NSCA Education Foundation has appointed new board members, Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies Corporation; Tom Hansen, Bosch Communications Systems; Jeff Kindig, AMX and TJ Trojan, Synnex Corporation. …

CEDIA Expo: The Training You Need to Keep Up with the Trends

How will you transform your business and technical skills to meet future consumer needs and demands? …

CEDIA Expo: The Training You Need to Keep Up with the Trends

How will you transform your business and technical skills to meet future consumer needs and demands? …

Video: Stony Brook Computer Science Department: Unveiling the Reality Deck

The Reality Deck, a 416-screen super-high resolution virtual reality four-walled surround-view theater, is the largest resolution immersive display ever built driven by a graphic supercomputer….

Worship Special Report

Worship Products

Some of the latest houses of worship product offerings….

Video Production Hub

When Faith Assembly Church moved from its main campus in Orlando, Fla., to a nearby and significantly larger 300,000-square-foot space, the organization had big plans of making its megachurch technically savvy on a tight budget. …

New Products

Altinex Muse HDMI Transmitter and Receiver

The Muse HDMI+Power+IR transmitter and receiver distributes power, HDMI, RS-232, and IR control signals up to 300ft. over a single Cat-6 cable….

Lowell Manufacturing Company LE Speakers

The LE designation, “less enclosure,” indicates that the speaker and its rough-in enclosure components are delivered as separate items….

Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router

The BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI router from Ensemble Designs cleanly and instantly switches HDMI sources….

Digital Projection International HIGHlite 660

The 3D-enabled HIGHlite 660 3D projector is a dual-lamp, 8,000-lumen platform incorporates warp and blend capabilities….

Atlona HDVS Extender/Scaler

The HDVS extender/scalers are designed to facilitate the analog-to-digital transition in schools and corporate settings….

Vaddio WideShot Camera

The WideShot point-of-view camera, which provides an 82-degree field-of-view….

Crestron HD-XSP Sound Processor

The HD-XSP from Crestron supports the latest 7.1 digital formats….

Alcorn McBride Carbon 4K Player

The Carbon 4K solid-state player from Alcorn McBride is designed for applications where smooth high-resolution playback is needed….

Roland VR-50HD Mixer

The Roland VR-50HD features an audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touchscreen, and USB video/audio streaming….

RGB Spectrum Super-View 4K Multiviewer

The Super-View 4K is a realtime multiviewer designed specifically for 4K displays….

Da-Lite Fixed Frame Screen

The Fixed Frame Screen has the smallest edge of any fixed frame screen on the market….

QSC CXD Series and PLD Series Power Amplifiers

QSC has announced two new amplifier families, the CXD series for installed sound applications and the PLD series for portable/live sound reinforcement applications….

DPA Microphones Podium Microphones

The Podium Mics incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate recording microphones combined with modular active booms and modular active cables….

Meyer Sound Compass RMS

The Compass RMS is a new hardware and software solution that streamlines the realtime monitoring of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker systems….

Blackmagic Audio Monitor

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor is a rackmount audio monitoring solution with 6G-SDI video for Ultra HD video sources….

FSR Digital Ribbon Cables

FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables allow “sparkle free” high-speed HDMI signal transmission over distances of up to 325ft….

Crestron Fusion AV Management Platform

The Crestron Fusion enterprise management platform enables organizations to monitor and manage AV equipment,…

Crestron Saros Loudspeakers

Saros speakers from Creston are two-way in-ceiling loudspeakers designed to deliver excellent speech intelligibility….

VMP PDS-LCHB Ceiling Mount

Video Mount Products’ PDS-LCHB large flatpanel ceiling mount adapter has a maximumflatpanel hole pattern of 860mm x 500mm….

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