May 2002

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Features

Transmitting Video Via Fiber Optics

Alvin G. Sydnor

Communicating with light has been a dream at least since Alexander Graham Bell conceived the idea in the 1870s. A century later, in June 1977, Bell Telephone Company began the commercial evaluation of fiber optic communications...

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Columns

Video and Multimedia Forecasts and Projections

NAT HECHT

A LOT OF INFORMATION HAS CROSSED MY DESK IN THE PAST YEAR ABOUT THE growth of the multimedia video market, both in terms of sales and product development....

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ACCELERATING CASH FLOW

ALAN KRUGLAK

WHY DO THE SAME EXACT WORDS MEAN DIFFERENT things to different people? Take the word shopping, for example....

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THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT?

By Steve Filippini

SERVICE CALLS, no matter how innocent they appear on paper, can sometimes teach us one of life's lessons.

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Departments

WHO'S NEWS

Electro-Voice Celebrates 75 Years From Knute Rockne to the Eliminator Founded in 1927 by Al Kahn and Lou Burroughs in South Bend, Indiana, Electro-Voice...

ON THE MOVE

James Expands James Loudspeaker moved to a new facility with more offices, more assembly line and more research and development testing capability. The...

Install of the Month

NAT HECHT

Intercoms have to withstand the toughest of conditions the Big Apple's morning commute TRAVELING ON New York City Transit (NYCT) can be a daunting experience...

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 8-14InfoComm 2002Las Vegas 10-11Syn-Aud-Con SeminarSound SystemOptimizationSantiago, Chile 15-17AES FinlandVirtual, Synthetic and Entertainment Audio...

PEOPLE NEWS

Sharmon Rodgers is Sonance's new marketing services manager. Thomas Robinson is business development managerJohn G. Smith has been named senior manager...

REPRESENTATIVE AND DISTRIBUTION NEWS

All Pro Sound of Pensacola, FL., received Sennheiser's Outstanding Sales Achievement Award for selling the most Sennheiser products in the 2001Community...

AGREEMENTS, PARTNERSHIPS AND ACQUISITIONS

Electrograph Systems and NEC Technologies have begun a partner program called Dynamic Display Solution, which is intended for use in high-traffic environments,...

REPRESENTATIVE AND DISTRIBUTION NEWS PUBLICATIONS

Jensen has released an updated edition of its Communications Catalog for the telecom service industry. The full-color, 132-page catalog lists products...

Feedback Forum

Grounding Queries i've always found Bill Whitlock's articles extremely helpful. [In his March 2002 column,] he cites line leakage currents in the shields...

CONTRACTOR'S WEB WATCH

necvisualsystems.com NEC Technologies, Visual Systems, launched a new Web site to assist users looking for a visual display device. The site lets users...

INDUSTRY NEWS

CORPORATE EVOLUTIONS New Lighting Division M&L s.r.l. of Bellusco, a lighting company in Milan, merged with Proel S.p.A., and the new Proel Lighting division...

Good Deeds

TEC Awards: Now Hear This The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has distributed the proceeds from the 17th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity...

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Main Features

Previewing InfoComm 2002

Peter H. Putman, CTS

The location is familiar, the season the same, yet something has changed....

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Installation Profiles

Shows on the Road

By Chris Steinwand

Five late-model Chevrolets tear around the narrow mountain pass, single file, their wheels flinging bits of gravel over the precipice. Their tires are nearly the size of the spectators, who reflexively step back even though they know it's only a projection....

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Sky Show

By Aram Friedman

The Hayden Planetarium boasts the world's largest virtual reality simulator. The movie's creators used scientific data to create dazzling images and animations to send audience through space as never before. Three years ago, none of it existed....

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LOSING THE HUM BAR

BILL WHITLOCK

THE HUM BAR, ACCORDING TO THE ACADEMIC PRESS Dictionary of Science and Technology, is “a dark, horizontal bar in a television picture caused by hum interference in the video signal.” The hum is invariably due to coupling from the AC power line and, for standard NTSC video displays, its signature is a disturbance that slowly climbs upward....

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Industry Associations

ICIA/InfoComm: Come to Your Senses

Some highlights you'll find at InfoComm 2002......

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NSCA: NSCA Expo a Success

The 2002 NSCA Systems Integration Expo closed on Saturday, April 27, reporting the highest quality of attendees of any show to date. Exhibitors enjoyed...

Articles

CORRECTIONS

In April's article, Loud and Clear, page 50, the man on the far right in the photo is incorrectly identified. He is Dr. Herman Steeneken. In the installation...

Amplifier Advances

Steve Somers

Video contractors sometimes disparage the field of aural engineering by saying that a particular application or product is merely audio. But many audio...

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