June 2006 - Sound & Video Contractor

June 2006

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June 2006


Digital Video Compression Basics

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By Jeff Sauer

By now most AV contractors are well acquainted with the trend toward moving command and control information over IP networks. Doing so leverages existing Cat-5 cables, removes cable-run limitations, and enables sending and receiving information from anywhere to anywhere, all with greater administrative oversight. Some AV pros are also familiar with the increasing facility ...

Technology Showcase:
Large LCD Displays

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By Jay Ankeney

Large-format LCD displays larger than 40in. in diagonal screen size are rapidly gaining in popularity in commercial applications such as digital signage and corporate conference rooms. Thanks to the growing popularity of large-format home TVs...

Technology Showcase:
KVM Extenders

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By Bennett Liles

Almost as soon as desktop computers started showing up, there came a need to manage the clutter of multiple CRT monitors, keyboards, and mice...

Installation Profile: One-of-a-Kind Design

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By Daniel Keller

Although many cities host major league sports franchises, St. Louis is one of a handful of towns that truly embrace their teams. The city's relationship...


ClearOne Converge 560/590

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By John McJunkin

ClearOne of Salt Lake City is well known for high-quality conferencing systems. The company's latest offering is yet another example of why it is on the...

Mitsubishi PocketProjector

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By Jeff Sauer

A novelty perhaps and novel to be sure Mitsubishi's PocketProjector ($799) is a tiny form-factor projector (1lb.) that may solve some very practical display...


Landing on Fertile Ground

By Michael Goldman, Editor

It's a great pleasure to take over as editor of Sound & Video Contractor (SVC). From this perch, I find myself in the center of the systems integration...

Picture This: Pro AV at NAB 2006

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By Jeff Sauer

Over the last decade, the annual National Association of Broadcasters exhibition has become one of the country's biggest tradeshows. Not surprisingly,...

Associations Focus: Honing Skills

CEDIA University offers an educational curriculum for every employee in your company. The following curricula will be available...

Management Perspectives: Optimizing Co-op Ad Dollars

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By Don Kreski

It's a lot trickier than what people realize, says Jerry Gale, vice president of marketing for Columbus, Md.-based SPL Integrated Systems, referring to...

POV: Unifying Systems Integrators

By Matt Rubenstein

For more than a decade, there has been confusion over tracking the pricing of the large range of products commonly used by low-voltage systems integrators....


The Buzz: Install of the Month:
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario

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By Trevor Boyer

At Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, hockey fans were getting frustrated. The American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs, who play their home games...

The Buzz: Newsmakers

Ron Schall has been promoted to the position of regional director for AVI's Denver office. Atlantic Technology has selected Maverick Marketing of Ft....

The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in
Sound & Video Contractor

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Images of fives, tens, and twenties adorned the cover of the June '86 issue, commemorating the second edition of the annual Buyers' Guide. Now a separately published piece, back then the guide was incorporated into the issue. Tape duplication took pole position as the cover feature. An article by the Sound & Video Contractor staff about the trend toward affordable duplication systems, “Tape duplication in action,” offered a look at a cassette duplication system installed at Capital Christian Center...

The Buzz: Contractor's Web Watch

www.chiefmfg.com Chief Manufacturing's newly designed website features a New Products tab on the homepage to make it easy for site visitors to find all...

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

June 11-14 HOW Design Conference Chicago www.howdesign.com, 14-16 Flashbelt: Second Annual Midwest Flash Conference Minneapolis www.flashbelt.com...

The Buzz: Industry News

AMX contributed $25,000 to the NSCA Education Foundation at this year's NSCA Expo. Funds raised by the foundation are used to provide...

What's New

What's New:
Audio Technology

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By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey

Genelec's new LSE 7060B subwoofer features a 10in. proprietary driver, a 19Hz (-3dB) lower-cut-off frequency, high sound pressure output capability,...

What's New:
Video Technology

By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey

360 Systems' Image Server MAXX features faster FTP transfers with other servers, NLEs, and network-attached storage; embedded audio; Remote Workstation...

What's New:
AV Technology

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By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey

Gepco's RGB62 and RGB644 series hybrid component video cables are designed for commercial AV applications that require the distribution of high-resolution component video...

What's New:
Residential Technology

By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey

JVC's EX10 compact home theater system includes a pair of two-way wood cone speakers, each cabinet housing a 3 3/16in. wood cone mid/bass...

What's New:
Information Technology

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By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey

Phihong USA's PoE60U series power-over-Ethernet adapter delivers up 60W of power on a single Ethernet port. The device is suitable for...

What's New:
Security Technology

By Laura Dixon and Jessaca Massey

Digimerge Technologies' new DHT series (Triplex) network digital video recorders come in 4-, 9-, and 16-channel configurations. The series features...



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When AV Actually Meets IT Needs

Don’t miss a social beat – follow #MyInfoComm2018 and make sure you visit Crestron located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at booth C2562.Truly Converged AV over IPSince we’ve been reporting on AV over IP, there’s been an asterisk. Or more like a hammer ...read more


Streaming Video For Live Events

Streaming with a combination of hardware and off-the-shelf software (which allows one to effectively do a live switch for streaming from multiple cameras), or from a dedicated streaming device from a single source, is now more affordable than ever. And the results are better, if ...read more

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Not All Digital AV Needs to be On the Network

Don’t miss a social beat – follow #MyInfoComm2018 and make sure you visit Crestron located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at booth C2562. The confluence of a new mobile workforce and higher real estate costs have pushed facilities managers to create more ...read more