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May 2013

May 2013

Tech Showcase

Wireless Mics

By Mark Johnson

We’ll be looking at a variety of systems and implementations of wireless technology for production and presentation applications….

3D/Special Venue Projectors

By Bennett Liles

From home theater to fully professional commercial installation models, projectors have never been more adjustable and adaptable to fit the challenges of difficult angles, unconventional projection surfaces, and special venue requirements. …

Columns & Features

On the Circuit

By Cynthia Wisehart

Last month, QSC invited a small group of journalists to the company facility and factories in Costa Mesa, Calif. …

Beyond Books

By Tim Kridel

What is a library supposed to be these days? That fundamental question created a host of AV challenges and opportunities at North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library….

Distributed Vs. Centralized Audio Processing

By Don Kreski

There’s a debate going on today that some audio professionals thought was settled years ago. Is it better to centralize digital signal processing in a large audio system or distribute it over many processors linked via the network? …


By Alan Hardiman

“Battle of the Titans,” a dinosaur exhibit staged at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, this past winter featured life-size recreations of a tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops charging toward each other….

Commercial or Consumer?

By Apryl Griswold

A number of display manufacturers are offering what’s referred to as “hospitality” displays. What are the real differences between commercial and consumer?…


Shure ULXD24 SM58 Wireless System Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

Shure’s ULX-D range of digital wireless systems offers many such additional capabilities. …

New Products

Kramer VP-690 Presentation Scaler/Switcher

The VP-690 accepts one of nine input signals from a variety of sources….

Vaddio Camera Software Update

This update adds support for 4.2.0-encoded video applications….

Utah Scientific Router Control Apps

The apps connect directly to the system controller and automatically download router configuration, labels, and status….

Gefen Daisy Chain HD System

The system includes sender, splitter, and receiver units. All three units work together to extend 1080p full HD with RS-232 and IR control signals using a Cat-5 cable….

Altinex TNP124 Tilt ‘N Plug Jr. Quadruplets Interconnect Box

The TNP124 bezel incorporates four Tilt ‘N Plug Jr. individual tower modules grouped together….

General Cable Gepco HydroBloc Cables

HydroBloc cables feature an advanced waterblocked construction, a sunlight- and moisture-resistant jacket, and a ripcord for stripping for audio/control versions….

Riedel Communications Connect A8 and Connect C8

The Connect A8 and Connect C8 enable the realtime transport of analog or AES3/EBUdigital audio over AVB-capable LANs….

JBL Professional 4181 Cinema Subwoofer

The 4181 Cinema subwoofer system is a movie soundtrack reproduction subwoofer for basic cinema applications….

Extron VNS 104 Multi-stream Decoding Software

This new software decodes and presents one or four video sources and one associated stereo audio source….

Matrox Monarch HD

The Monarch HD can simultaneously stream a live event and record a Blu-ray quality version for post-event editing by providing two independent delivery channels….

Roland Systems Group Video Converters

The “mini” converters support both level A and B 3G-SDI, as well as digital AES/EBU input and output signals….

Yamaha StageMix Version 4

Yamaha StageMix Version 4 includes many improvements….

Ensemble Designs BrightEye Compact Router

The BrightEye Compact Router features illuminated front-panel buttons, interactive LCD display, and BNC and SFP spigots for flexible I/O configuration….

Discover Video DE VOS 3.0

DEVOS 3.0 key features include hybrid enterprise and cloud video streaming for traffic load balancing and reach, world-class multi-screen user interface; and live and on-demand delivery to computers….

QSC S8T, S10T, S12 Loudspeakers

Ideally suited for a wide variety of foreground/background sound reinforcement applications, these new models feature both constant voltage (70/100V) and low impedance operating modes….

L-Acoustics LA4X Amplified Controller

The LA4X is based on a four-input by four-output architecture and relies on a universal switch mode power supply suitable for mains from 90V to 265V….

Christie Superior Performance Xenolite Lamps

The Xenolite lamps use the latest Xenon lamp technology to provide increased brightness, improved stability, and a longer life span….

Alcorn McBride A/V Binloop HD AV Player

The A/V Binloop HD is a multi-channel solid-state AV player capable of playing two channels of video with four times more resolution than full HD….

JBL Pro 3252N Two-Way Screen Channel Loudspeaker

The 3252N measures 43 1/3in. high by 25 1/5in. wide by 17 3/4in. deep and its speaker cable connections are made from the side….

The Buzz

Onsite: Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour

By Cynthia Wisehart

The Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour at San Francisco Convention Center last month was an accessible combination of training, socializing, and tradeshow (with 35 exhibitors). …

Industry Bands Holds Charity Concert

Join the NSCA Education Foundation and The Drunk Unkles June 13, from 9 – 11 p.m., at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Orlando, Fla. …

NSCA and WAVE Host Reception

One deserving recipient will receive the Women in A/V Mentoring Award during the reception. …

New Member Discount Saves You Time and Money

NSCA members can now participate in the largest and most tenured office supply discount program due to a new partnership between the Office Depot and NSCA. …

Three Ways Spring Can Be Your Money Season

Check out some easy ways you can turn the signs of spring to dollar signs for your company. …

Yamaha AFC Allows AVL to Design Appropriate Reverb Time for Finger Lakes Community College

Theater consultant, Seth Waltz, known as the “Yamaha AFC (Active Field Control) aficionado,” was brought in to capture the pure acoustics of the newly created performing arts venue at the college….

AES Incubating New Audio Standards for Sound Systems in Rooms

Bruce Olson, chair of the AES Standards Committee has announced the creation of a new standards working group, SC-04-08, on Measurement and Equalization of Sound Systems in Rooms. …

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