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When Less is More 

Mark Mayfield

Despite a trend toward multifunctional AV devices, sometimes the best choice is a box that does just one thing. Here are the 10 best single-function audio and video devices you can't live without....

A Brighter Future 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

THE PROJECTOR MARKET HAS CERTAINLY come a long way in the last 20 years. Back in the 1980s, ?projection? meant three converged cathode-ray tubes (CRT) in a large, heavy chassis, barely lighting up a 100-inch screen in a darkened room. For more horsepower, a hybrid liquid-crystal light valve, coupled with a smaller CRT and powered by a xenon arc lamp, required several square feet of floor space just to crank out a few thousand lumens. Both solutions were expensive and required skilled technicians to calibrate and operate. Thanks to plug-and-play projector designs that use high-resolution transmissive or reflective imaging devices, these are a thing of the past....

Digital Message Centers 

Amy Fischbach

Improve corporate communications with employees, many of whom do not have easy access to e-mail or the company Intranet, in manufacturing facilities that spread across several sites....

Back to the Future 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Integrate a surround sound system in high-end hotel condominium units with secure technology poised for high-definition programming....

Creative Suites 

Linda Seid Frembes

Install AV, voice, and data communications systems that encourage employees to work creatively and collaboratively....

Vertical Markets 

PRO AV Editors

One of the defining characteristics of the pro AV industry is that the purpose of AV systems is to serve for their end-users the same, regardless of end-user type. So it's natural that AV professionals do business in multiple vertical markets. In this month's MarketWatch survey, we find that only about one in five AV firms specialize in just a single vertical market, the average is about four distinct end-user markets....

Q&A: High-Def Videoconferencing 

PRO AV Editors

What's the difference between high-definition videoconferencing and telepresence?...

Fascinating Facts About Sound Waves 

PRO AV Editors

Fascinating Facts About Panel Plunge 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Good news for your clients that have to spend down their budgets by the end of the year: Large TFT-LCD and LCD TV panel suppliers will likely see an oversupply and drop prices throughout the fourth quarter of this year, according to the iSuppli Corp. report, ?Large LCD Market to Shift to Oversupply in Q407,? which examined the supply and demand of large-size panels ranging from 10.4 inches to 50 inches....

5-Minute Interview: Tom Young 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Staff engineer at Altel Systems in Brewster, N.Y., and owner of his own consulting business, Connecticut-based Electroacoustic Design Services. Young spent 10 years as a sound mixer in New York and toured with ?A Chorus Line? in Europe....

Video Switcher: Echolab Corporation OvationMD 

PRO AV Editors

Echolab Corporation announces a multidefinition video switcher, called OvationMD....

Switcher: Kramer Electronics VS-41HD 

PRO AV Editors

The VS-41HD from Kramer Electronics is a switcher for SDI (SMPTE 259M and SMPTE344M) and HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) digital video signals that has the ability to switch one of four inputs to two identical outputs....

Speaker Selectors: ATON Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) Series 

PRO AV Editors

ATON premiers the Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) series of speaker selectors, designed for multiroom routing and audio level control, and offering both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) control....

HD AV Capture Card: ViewCast Osprey-700 HD 

PRO AV Editors

ViewCast is now shipping its new HD video capture card, the Osprey-700 HD....

16-Port Hub: Pragmatic Communications Systems PH-16 

PRO AV Editors

Pragmatic Communications Systems announces the PH-16, an 16-output hub for audio distribution over Cat5 cables from any Pragmatic PADS PT or PTI transmitter....

AV Splitter: Accell UltraAV 1-2 HDMI 

PRO AV Editors

Accell debuted its UltraAV 1-2 HDMI Splitter, which the company boasts as a compact and affordable solution for those aiming to expand their entertainment experience....

Rack-Mount Amplifier:Gefen HDMI Amp 

PRO AV Editors

Gefen's new rack-mountable amplifier splits and sends HDMI audio/video signals to up to 10 HD displays at 1080p, making it ideal for digital signage, education, presentation, and entertainment purposes, according to the company....

AV Extenders: QVS Cat5e Cable Series 

Pro AV Editors

QVS introduces a new line of nonpowered audio video extenders that use Cat5e cabling....

Architectural Loudspeakers: ATON Storm Series 

Pro AV Editors

The Storm Series of ceiling, in-wall, LCR home theater, and outdoor speakers from ATON feature custom components, networks, and materials typically found in more expensive loudspeakers....

Projector Sound Enclosure: Display Devices SE Series Soffit 

Pro AV Editors

According to Display Devices, the new SE Series soffit sound enclosure relocates fan noise from projectors away from the viewing area so viewers are not distracted....

HDMI Cables: Accell UltraRun HDMI 1.3a Category 2 

Pro AV Editors

The new UltraRun HDMI 1.3a category 2 cable from Accell is claimed to be among the world's longest at up to 131 feet....

Home Theater Loudspeakers: Bowers & Wilkins CT700 Custom Theater 

PRO AV Editors

A new Custom Theater line was recently unveiled by Bowers & Wilkins....

Short-Distance Projector: Toshiba TDP-EX20U 

PRO AV Editors

Toshiba's Digital Products Division announces its latest advancement in mobile projectors, the TDP-EX20U....

Home Theater Screen: dnp Supernova Epic Screen 

PRO AV Editors

dnp introduces a new wide screen for fine dedicated home theaters....

Floor-Mount Connectivity System: Extron Electronics AVTrac 

PRO AV Editors

For situations where AV devices require connectivity but are not positioned near a wall, Extron Electronics introduces the Extron AVTrac....

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