November 2005

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Listening Evaluation

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By Rick Kamlet

You walk into a semi-darkened room about the size of a small living room. The selective lighting reveals six comfortable chairs. You see a scrim at the front of the room, and a flat-panel computer screen and a keyboard at the center...

CEDIA Award Winners

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By Mark Johnson

In a word, yikes! That about sums up the 2005 CEDIA EXPO. The show has outgrown its home at the Indy convention center/RCA Dome. Exhibitors' booths were set up in every conceivable location, with overflow into the Marriott across the street...

Technology Showcase:
HD Displays

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By Jay Ankeney

The burgeoning home theater market is driving the demand for large-format LCD and plasma screens capable of high-definition display resolution in the widescreen 16×9 aspect ratio. Benefiting from this demand are the commercial applications for these screens: Economy of scale is driving down prices...

Technology Showcase:
Focused Loudspeaker Systems

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By Bruce Borgerson

Most commercial loudspeaker systems are directional, at least to some extent. Line array principles and horn-type waveguides are useful in aiming loudspeakers to cover portions of a seating area or to minimize interference in clustered applications...

Entertainment Innovation

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By Daniel Keller

With the popularity of theme parks and themed entertainment venues at an all-time high, the designers and proprietors of these establishments have done what any business would do when faced with the prospect of an oversaturated market...


Martin Audio AQ6/AQ210

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By John McJunkin

Martin Audio has a rightfully earned a reputation for manufacturing high-quality loudspeakers, and the company has a large array of products available for many distinct applications. A recent addition...

ViewSonic WMG120 and WMA100

By Jeff Sauer

Different people have different reactions when they hear the term streaming video. The optimist might think it's cool, or at least a pleasant novelty....


Are We There Yet?

By Mark Johnson

Parents of school-aged kids are pretty familiar with the anguished cry that comes from the backseat after being in the car for more than an hour or so....

Picture This: CEDIA 2005

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By Jeff Sauer

Indianapolis has been the home of CEDIA almost since its inception in 1989 and the home of CEDIA EXPO for six of the last seven years. It's a friendly Midwestern city with surprisingly interesting architecture (the Crowne Plaza Hotel is in a refurbished train depot where you can stay in rooms...

Associations Focus: Follow the Leaders

Every year after InfoComm, about 100 dedicated pro-AV professionals gather for the InfoComm Fall Leadership Forum. This forum brings together the steering...

Associations Focus: Award Winners Announced

CEDIA honored the best in the industry during the annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet held Saturday, Sept. 10, during CEDIA EXPO 2005. Awards...

Associations Focus: Alliance Formed

NSCA and Kayye Consulting have formed an alliance to address the challenges and concerns voiced by industry professionals. rAVe, the widely distributed...

IT trends: Video Over IP

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By Brent Harshbarger

Am I going crazy? Why does it seem like when you try to have a discussion about video over IP everyone's eyes glaze over and the thought that immediately comes to mind is, “We have a failure to communicate.”...

POV: Big Tent, Bigger Plan

Throughout the year, Sound & Video Contractor's POV articles have described the activities of the member councils and committees of InfoComm International,...


The Buzz: Install of the Month:
Gates Corporation

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By Clark Stone

As the AV installation market continues to evolve, more and more applications present themselves. Museums and houses of worship are hot, relatively new markets. But rubber manufacturing facilities?...

The Buzz: Newsmakers

Extron Electronics has promoted Casey Hall, formerly director of national sales, to vice president of sales for North America. Ultrasone of America, the...

The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in Sound & Video Contractor

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By Mark Johnson

The November 1985 issue sported a new table of contents. James Gundlach started things off with High-SPL Systems and provided a few cautionary words regarding amplifier power, weight, and cooling, and loudspeaker positioning and placement in the design and installation of high-SPL systems. Since no standard was available as a point of reference, Gundlach defined high-SPL as 95dB at the listener's ears. Cal Perkins picked up where he left off in the “Designing a High-Level Sound System” series started the month prior...

The Buzz: Contractor's Web Watch

The ESTA Foundation has launched a website that allows users to purchase the entire range of ESTA Technical Standards Program publications, including...

The Buzz: Industry News

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Division's two-day dealer conference, Tahoe Summit 2005, encompassed new product...

The Buzz: Letters

To the Editor: As the association that clearly identifies itself with AV communications, InfoComm International has taken steps to support our members...

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

November 3HD ExpoLos Angeles; 7-13 ETS-LDIEntertainment Technology Week Orlando, Fla.; 9-12 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition...

What's New

What New: Video Technology

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Livid Instruments' Virtual V-4 Element hardware gives the Edirol V-4 video mixer direct access to Livid's Union realtime video performance software, , allowing third-party developers, artists, and students to create custom plug-ins for Livid software. Users can assign hundreds of effects parameters to the V-4's knobs, trigger thousands of video files, and manipulate live camera feeds. With one MIDI cable, the plug-in, and a laptop, Livid has significantly decreased the amount of gear and cables needed for live video production, while doubling the output capabilities...

What's New: Audio Technology

Version 2.2 of Metric Halo's Mobile I/O console and driver software for Mac OS X provides increased performance across all Mobile I/O...

What's New: Residential Technology

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NuVision's 23in., 26in., 32in., and 37in. Deep Black LCD screens incorporate proprietary NiDO (NuVision Intelligent Digital Optimization) for crisp images and smooth motion...

What's New: Security Technology

Digital Acoustics' TalkMaster Enterprise Edition (EE) communication management software allows users to manage multiple intercom and paging endpoints...

What's New: AV Technology

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The Nexus C-6 multi-zone AV controller supports six independently operated zones...




Survey: What's Important in a Videowall?

AV Technology is gauging the industry's perceptions of LED displays. End-users, integrators, and design partners are called upon to take this brief survey to weigh in on the state of LED display technology and the value it provides from installation to day-to-day operation. Click more