June 2014

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June 2014

Tech Showcases

Flatpanel Displays

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By Christopher J. Maione, CTS-D, DSCE, DMC-D

With InfoComm proving to be the show where newer 4K flatpanel displays will make their debut, this month we take a look at emerging 4K flatpanel displays, as well as others that offer an interesting twist on traditional flatpanel features....

Outdoor Speakers

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By Bennett Liles

As the tastes of sound system operators and clients have become more critical and demanding, the products that release the program material into the acoustic space have become more sophisticated in their capabilities. This evolution in speaker design has naturally found a huge application base in the most challenging realm—the great outdoors. ...


Audio-Technica BP894 MicroSet and System 10 Review

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Reviewer: John McJunkin

As both headworn mic technology and wireless technology march forward, it’s hard to fathom that it could get much better. ...

Atlona AT-PRO3HD66M Review

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Reviewer: Patrick Barron

The AT-PRO3HD66M is a new switcher from Atlona with a full set of features that will work well in many applications, both commercial and residential....

HP Z1 G2 Review

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Reviewer: Jan Ozer

Essentially the size of a thick 27in. monitor, the HP Z1 G2 is a touchscreen-driven, field-serviceable all-in-one computer with brains, brawn, and beauty; it’s pretty enough to be used in customer-facing applications and powerful enough for real computing chores....

Columns & Features

Certified Relationships

By Joe da Silva, director of product marketing, Extron

You design systems using only products labeled “certified” for whichever cutting-edge technology best meets your client’s needs. But what happens when things don’t work, when the technologies you’ve selected are seemingly incompatible? ...

On the Circuit

By Cynthia Wisehart

Earlier this year, I crowded into London’s Greenwich market on a sunny afternoon and joined the crush of smartly dressed business types on lunch. We pushed past the stalls of vibrant international food, through waves of intoxicating aromas, into a pub near the back of the building....

Unified Communications and Collaboration

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By Cynthia Wisehart and Jessaca Gutierrez

It seems that the trend toward electronic communication and collaboration will inevitably grow. But will it grow in a way that will benefit AV consultants and integrators? Will all those screens, devices, networks, audio, and videoconferences happen as part of AV systems or IT systems?...

Acoustics for Media Conferencing

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By Cynthia Wisehart

“‘Videoconferencing’ is a term that always confuses me because there is always audio. Sometimes there is no video. So it should really be ‘media conferencing’ or ‘audio/video conferencing,’” says studio architect and acoustician John Storyk. ...

The Buzz

Three Reasons You Can’t Afford to Miss CEDIA Expo

Registration for CEDIA Expo 2014 opened earlier this month, and with that announcement perhaps you are debating whether or not to go....

AV-iQ Teams with USAV

The InfoComm International-powered, web-based AV industry resource AV-iQ and USAV are uniting to create a custom program that would link USAV's Preferred Manufacturer Partners (PMPs) with USAV AV Integrator Members. ...

InfoComm China 2014 Breaks Records, Signals an Even Larger Presence Next Year

More than 20,000 AV professionals attended this year's InfoComm tradeshow in China, marking a 7-percent increase in presence compared with the previous year's event....

Got Your Free Standards?

If your company is a member, all of your employees can download InfoComm International's standards for free. ...

New Products

IHSE USA 485 Converter

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IHSE USA’s new family of fiber/Cat-x media converters and cross repeaters, the 485 series, were specifically designed for applications requiring cross conversion of Cat-x and fiber, repeating Cat-x or fiber interconnects for longer distances, or connecting redundant path operation for zero downtime operations. ...

Black+Decker’s 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill with AutoSense Technology

Black+Decker’s 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill with AutoSense Technology has an automatic clutch that is said to be three times more accurate than a mechanical clutch. ...

Cerwin-Vega! P1000X Loudspeaker

Cerwin-Vega!’s new P1000X 10in. powered loudspeaker is the latest addition to its P-Series line. ...

Lightware U.S.A. 25G Hybrid 80x80 Digital Matrix Switcher

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Lightware U.S.A. has announced that the 25G Hybrid 80x80 digital matrix switcher has begun shipping. ...

Mackie Thump Series Loudspeakers

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Mackie’s all-new Thump series powered loudspeakers—the full-range Thump12 and Thump15, and companion Thump18S subwoofer—deliver more than 1000W of power. ...

Biamp Systems Nexia Videoconferencing

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Biamp Systems’ Nexia distance conferencing system for everyday audio solutions is designed for reliable DSP delivery and has the power needed for single-room provision of video and teleconferencing, speaker processing, and multimedia presentations. ...

Video Mount Products FP-XMLPAB Mount

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Video Mount Products’ new FP-XMLPAB “extra medium” low-profile articulating wall mount with tilt and list adjustment capabilities holds most 32in.- to 52in. flatpanels up to 100lbs. ...

Platinum Tools Cable Prowler Pro Test Kit Cable Tester

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The Cable Prowler Pro Test Kit and report management system by Platinum Tools provides full cable testing on any category network, coax, or telephone cable—combining the functions of a high-end cable tester and length measure tester, with the capability to identify link status, link capability, and PoE detection. ...

MediaMatrix Control F-DCM I/O Node

MediaMatrix announces the F-DCM, a networked audio and control input/output node that supports both Dante and CobraNet audio transport protocols for efficient and convenient extension of audio and control inputs and outputs in networked systems. ...

Lectrosonics Wireless Digital Secure Wireless Microphone System

Ideal for use in environments where privacy is of paramount concern, Lectrosonics’ Digital Secure Wireless system features AES-256-CTR (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption technology employing a 256-bit key that was approved as a government standard encryption algorithm in 2001 [FIPS 197]. ...

Crest Audio CPS Series Loudspeaker

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Crest Audio announces the new CPS series of powered loudspeakers. The CPS line is comprised of three compact full-range speakers and two subwoofers. ...

Matrox Video announced updates to VS4Recorder, a standalone multi-camera recording app bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards.

Matrox Video announced updates to VS4Recorder, a standalone multi-camera recording app bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards. ...

RCF USA HL2260 Array System

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RCF USA has just introduced the HL Stadium Series for medium- and long-throw stadium and arena installations. ...

Christie Christie Velvet LED Tile

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Christie expands its line of tiled displays with the introduction of high-brightness indoor LED tiles, Christie Velvet, that are easy to install, seamless to integrate, and with low total cost of ownership. ...

Cyviz F304 Videowall System

Cyviz’s F304 is a fully specified, dynamic, three-projector system suitable for high-performance visualization as well as multi-party telepresence with data-sharing and collaboration capabilities. ...

Yamaha MA2030 and PA2030 Amplifier

Yamaha recently unveiled two new amplifers under its Commercial Installations Solutions (CIS) umbrella. ...

Peavey Architectural Acoustics Elements Loudspeaker

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Peavey Architectural Acoustics is now shipping its latest advancement in pro audio loudspeaker enclosures, the Elements weatherproof loudspeakers. The ...

Audinate Dante HC Audio Networking

Audinate’s Dante HC supports up to 512x512 redundant bi-directional uncompressed audio channels on a single Xilinx FPGA. This ...

Jupiter Systems Fusion Catalyst 4500 Display Wall Processor

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The Fusion Catalyst 4500 display wall processor by Jupiter Systems is ideal for small- and midsize walls like those used in conference room applications. ...



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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