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March 2006

March 2006


Favorite Tech Tools

By Bennett Liles

The Neanderthal man had his fire and flints. From there, a series of simple gadgets from the wheel to the wireless remote have changed our lives by making things possible or getting things done much more quickly and easily. After each of these advances, it has become difficult for us to imagine how we got along without. In the AV age, there has evolved a group of gadgets enabling “AV Installer…

Technology Showcase:
Network Video Appliances

By Jay Ankeney

In this era of increasing…

Technology Showcase:
Document Cameras

By Bennett Liles

Long gone are the days when the only method for classroom or conference document presentation was an overhead projector. The presenter rolled it out to display a printed page or transparency through the grit and grime that had collected on it since its last foray from a dusty closet. Operation was simple and options were few. The user positioned the page, pointed the mirror arm at the …

Installation Profile:
Delivering the Message

By Bennet Liles

In world-class corporate competition, you keep pace or die. Field leaders have been powered by two proven success engines. They effectively communicate what their company has to offer and then they seed and nurture …


Tripp Lite HT1000UPS

By John McJunkin

One sure-fire way to ensure happy clients and gain repeat business is to be a superhero. If you can accomplish the impossible, your clients will be thrilled…

Hitachi UltraVision HDPJ52

By Jeff Sauer

Do you find that it’s sometimes hard to get excited about yet another new projector? Maybe that’s especially true of three-panel LCD; it is the most mature…


It’s Showtime

By Mark Johnson

What was that album from Emerson, Lake, and Palmer? (Now I’m really dating myself.) Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends OK, so technically…

Picture This: Shades of Gray

By Jeff Sauer

A display’s contrast ratio compares the brightness of white to the brightness of black. And as the industry clearly knows: bigger is better, at least all things being equal. But alas, all things aren’t equal, and in January’s “Picture This” I discussed how…

Associations Focus: Take the Helm

NSCA CRANK IT UP! Commercial Electronic Systems Integration fancy words with powerful meaning, and it’s something to be excited about. Then again, you…

Management Perspectives:
Making Better Decisions

By Don Kreski

The AV industry has been in turmoil since 2001. We’ve seen our largest sources of revenue taken by…

POV: Surveying Independent Reps

By Logan Enright

The Independent Reps Council of InfoComm International has completed the first 2006 Independent Representatives Council Survey. InfoComm’s many member…


The Buzz: Install of the Month:
Banco Azteca, Mexico City

By Trevor Boyer

Banco Azteca, Latin America’s largest specialty retailer and financial services company, has grown fast. Based in Mexico City, it is the first Mexican-owned consumer credit institution that targets working-class Mexicans….

The Buzz: Newsmakers

Eventide has named Miami-based Quest Marketing its 2005 Representative of the Year. Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) has hired Darren Smith as project manager…

The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in
Sound & Video Contractor

By Mark Johnson

NSCA ’86: NSCA still stood for National Sound and Communications Association and the fourth annual Expo was expected to be the largest to date with more than 150 exhibitors. The venue was the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; there were still two Hiltons (the flamingo Hilton on the Strip and the LasVegas Hilton next to the Convention Center); and the Strip certainly wasn’t as densely populated as it is today. Our pre-show coverage included listing of the Keynote, Technical, and Management sessions and…

The Buzz: Contractor’s Web Watch Summit Audio’s new website is built to emulate the proprietary look and feel of its renowned outboard signal processing equipment….

The Buzz: Industry News

Speaker producer StereoStone will donate one of its new Tree Stump outdoor speaker systems…

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

March 14-18 NSCA Systems Integration Expo Las Vegas; 20-22 International Congress on Maritime Security Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


What’s New

What’s New:
Audio Technology

This line array system features ribbon drivers, neodymium magnets, and patented UniVent technology. Rigging options include ground stacking, traditional flying, pole mounting, and a crankable tower lifter co-designed with Vermette that elevates six top boxes 13ft.., then folds down for easy transport. Top boxes are adjustable in 2.5-degree increments from 0 to 15 degrees. Series includes Versarray 112 top box, 118 sub, and 218 sub. This 2RU DSP audio system, based on Digitool, features a 1/4-VGA LCD front-panel display; 12 low-noise mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power; 12 outputs with switchable…

What’s New: Video Technology

This four-window multi-graphic processor offers picture-in-picture display of high-resolution computer-video graphics and HDTV…

What’s New: Security Technology

The family of strobes and horn/strobes is designed for warning and emergency applications, including security, severe…

What’s New: AV Technology

The cables deliver high-end performance in shipboard applications, including audio, video, security, networking, and control. The new line includes Belden Brilliance DataTwist and Classic Design cables with low smoke, zero halogen jackets, as well as all-dielectric fiber-optic cables….

What’s New: Residential Technology

The power amplifiers vary from 300W per channel in the M1200.2 to 95W per channel in the M300.2. They feature high-efficiency…

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