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March 2012

March 2012

Tech Showcases

Ceiling Speakers

By Mark Johnson

A long-time staple in many a contractor’s product line card, ceiling speakers have come a long way from providing bandwidth-limited background music to being full range, high-fidelity audio reproducers. …

AV Control Systems

By Bennett Liles

Two pervasive trends in AV system control have been centralized monitoring and configuration over IP networks….

Features & Columns

Apple iPad VS. Android Tablet: At Work and at Home

By Jason Bovberg

How do iPads and Androids function as professional tools, especially in situations where they integrate with pro AV?…

Tablets, iOS, and Pro AV

By Cynthia Wisehart

There’s no doubt about the influence of tablet culture and technology on pro AV. …

Tablet I/O

How about some apples-to-apples comparisons for today’s tablet inputs and ouputs? …

Array, or not to array? That is the question

By Bob McCarthy

Is a single loudspeaker better than an array of loudspeakers?…

On the Circuit

By Cynthia Wisehart

We went to press with this issue on March 8, the day after Apple’s event, at which the company announced the new iPad-without-a-name, as well as a new release of iOS (5.1) and a new Apple TV….

Is iOS Ready for Professional AV?

By Steve Oppenheimer, PreSonus Audio Electronics

With the release of the Apple iPad, PreSonus engineers began researching whether iPad’s multi-touch interface and larger screen could support a truly useful wireless control app. …


Sennheiser Ear Set 1 Headworn Mic Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

Upon unboxing the Sennheiser Ear Set 1 mic, I was immediately and very pleasantly surprised with three things: …


Altinex DIGI Sniffer Review

Reviewer: Patrick Barron

Designed to test the signal strength of digital signals, the DIGI Sniffer is compatible with HDMI, DVI, and Display Port signals regardless of the signal resolution and has a six-segment LED display….

Platinum Tools Snap Shot Time Domain Reflectometer

Platinum Tools also launches the Snap Shot fault finding/cable length measurement TDR. …

Platinum Tools Coax Clarifier Layout/Fault Finder

Platinum Tools releases the new Coax Clarifier layout/fault finder. …

Dymo Rhino 4200 Labeler

Dymo Industrial introduces the newest member of its Rhino line of industrial labeling tools: the Dymo Rhino 4200, a compact, full-featured labeling tool. …

Streaming Supplement

Live Streaming

By Jan Ozer

Interested in broadcasting live over the Internet? Think you’d like to use a service for this, rather than develop this capability in house?…

VBrick Systems 9000 Series H.264 Encoders

VBrick Systems 9000 Series H.264 encoding appliances (models HPS 9000HD and XPS 9000 SD) enables anyone to encode video from an uncompressed source—such as a camera or TV broadcast—and stream it live onto a network….

ViewCast Niagara 9100 Encoder

The ViewCast Niagara 9100 series is a 1RU video encoder platform….

Haivision KulaByte Encoder and Live Cloud Transcoder

Haivision’s KulaByte Encoder and Live Cloud Transcoder allows users to deliver live content to multiple sites easily and reliably. …

Extron SME 100 Encoder

The Extron SME 100 is a live streaming media encoder that interfaces with DVI, RGB, HDTV, and SD signals for delivering media over IP networks. …

Wowza Media System Wowza Media Server 3 Software

Wowza Media Systems’s Wowza Media Server 3 software offers the broadest any-screen coverage …

Digital Rapids Stream Version 3.7 Software

Version 3.7 of Digital Rapids’ Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD, and Flux encoding and live streaming solutions features expanded format support…

The Buzz

ViewCast Niagara 9100 Encoder

The ViewCast Niagara 9100 series is a 1RU video encoder platform….

Presentation Control for Training

Recognizing the importance of a capable and intuitive AV presentation system, Southcoast Health System has revitalized its training capabilities with the deployment of several Altinex Showtime presentation systems….

The Future of the Low-voltage Industry

The custom installation industry is on the cusp of dramatic change. …

Industry Manufacturers and Distributors Support NSCA Business Conference

The NSCA Business & Leadership Conference Committee is proud to announce the growing list of industry leaders sponsoring the industry-specific business management conference to be held in Dallas March 1-3. …

NSCA Honors Exemplary Business Strategies

NSCA has announced the winners of its 2012 Excellence in Business Awards…

New NSCA Member Benefits to Save Time & Money

NSCA is pleased to announce a new member benefits to help improve your business, all while saving time and money with HR compliance….

CTS Practice Exam Guide: Now in eBook

The popular CTS Exam Guide is ready for your iPad or Kindle….

New Products

Peerless-AV KL540-S, KL546-S, and KP555-S

Peerless-AV has announced three portrait- and landscape-oriented flatpanel kiosk enclosures…. IPUSB2VGA and IPUSB2HD2

The IP video extenders/adapters support display resolutions up to 1080p and can extend video signals and the accompanying audio over a network connection by distances of up to 330ft….

Mojave Audio MA-101SP

The MA-101SP is a matched pair of Mojave Audio’s MA-101fet cardioid condenser microphones….

BenQ America MW860USTi and MP780 ST+

BenQ America introduced its MW860USTi and MP780 ST+ interactive short-throw projectors with ultra-short-throw ratios of 0.37 and 0.49, respectively….

Avlex HSP-39, HSP-29, HS-38, and HS-28

All four models combine an omnidirectional condenser element with an interchangeable earhook….

JBL PRX400 Series

JBL Professional introduced its PRX400 Series of passive portable loudspeakers, which includes the 15in. PRX415M, 12in. PRX412M, and dual 15in. PRX425 loudspeakers, and the 18in. PRX418 subwoofer….

Sennheiser XS Wireless Series

This entry-level series offers complete sets with sturdy units, simple operation, and high-quality sound….


The DMS 70 is ideal for live sound, club sound, conferences, seminars, and school and universities – whenever quick setup is required….

3D Now Theater

The 3D Now Theater is a non-anaglyphic frame-sequential stereoscopic processor that generates a true 3D viewing experience up to 1080p resolution on almost any 2D display….

Auralex SonoFlat Grid

The new SonoFlat Grid panels’ design makes them appropriate for both studio and home theater applications. …

Mitsubishi WD385U-EST and XD365U-EST

The WD385U-EST and XGA-resolution XD365U-EST, both designed to provided dual pen support, are Mitsubishi’s first mirror-less 3D-ready interactive projectors….

Genelec 8020B Bi-Amplified Active Monitoring System

The 8020B Bi-Amplified Active Monitoring System measures 9.53”x 5.94″x 5.59″ and has been designed for monitoring work in difficult listening environments….

Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

This handheld dynamic microphone has both USB and XLR connections, enabling its use either with a computer or with a P.A. system….

Extron XPA 4002

The 1RU convection-cooled XPA 4002 delivers 400W rms per channel, and is available in low impedance and 70V versions….

Hitachi CP-A301N, CP-AW251N, CP-A221N

The Hitachi CP-A301N, CP-AW251N, CP-A221N can project an 80in. image at 9in. from the front of the projector, making them ideal for use in classrooms, conference rooms, and applications where space is limited….

Belden Brilliance Audio Snake Cables

Brilliance Audio Snake Cables are rugged and deliver flexibility over a broad range of indoor and outdoor conditions….

Altinex Mirror-finish Table Box

Altinex has introduced the Reflection Series mirror surface for the company’s popular Tilt’ N Plug interconnect boxes….

FSR T3-MJ+ Table Microphone Box

The T3-MJ+ Table Microphone Box, available in a variety of models, accommodates a wide range of tables and lecterns for any applications requiring a gooseneck mic….

Alcorn McBride ProTraXX

ProTraXX offers high-quality MP3 audio playback in a compact, solid-state unit….

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