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What If? 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

I recently relocated my offices and studio, and I am still missing things I packed several months. Every few weeks, I stumble across another box and mutter to myself, ?so that's where it wound up.? This column is about one of those treasure hunts, which resulted in the retrieval of a copy of Radio News from July 1945. This edition of the magazine was published as the war in the Pacific was winding down to its explosive climax....

Shootouts With Meaning: Here's How 

Pat Brown

Everyone wants to know which loudspeaker is best for their applications. What could be more natural than to line several models up and listen to them? This is called a shootout....

RFID Rubbernecking 

Tim Kridel

BMW MADE a splash when it resurrected the MINI line of cars in 2001. For an encore, Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners of Sausalito, Calif., MINI USA's ad agency, mixed toll-road technology and billboards to create Motorby, an interactive system that flashes personalized messages at the cars as they drive by....

Peer Review: Superlux 4u2set Real Time Analyzer 

Angelo Morgan

Peer Review: Superlux 4u2set Real Time Analyzer; Price: $1,000 MSRP...

New Products: April 2007 

PRO AV Editors

Yamaha DSP expansion module, Intelix broadband video balun, QSC Audio Products system controller ......

NAB 2007 Product Preview 

PRO AV Editors

A sampling of new products to be displayed at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters show, April 14-19 in Las Vegas....

NSCA 2007 Hot Picks 

Mark Mayfield

If not quantity, at least there was quality. Of course, we're talking about the new products featured at the NSCA Expo 2007 in Orlando, Fla. But if you came looking for real ?new? technology, you were probably disappointed. That's more a sign of a maturing industry than a criticism of any manufacturer's technological prowess. In fact, what characterizes this year's...

Say What You Mean 

John McKeon

From the pet shop to the post office, from subway stations to stadiums, digital signage seems to be everywhere. And the people who own, program, and stand to profit from such networks are relying increasingly on sophisticated content management systems to assure the right message gets to the right screen at the right time....

The Shrinking Wireless Spectrum 

Tim Kridel

Believe it or not, one of the hottest AV products in the consumer market right now is the TV antenna. The antenna's surprise return to the tops of sets and roofs is a harbinger of problems that will become increasingly common over the next few years....

A Club With a Mission 

Linda Seid Frembes

Naples, Fla., is not your grandmother's retirement location anymore. Over the past few decades, the city's population has morphed from retirees into young couples with families. With this shift have come establishments that cater to the needs and wants of a younger, hipper set....

Wireless Sound Fires Up Park Pyrotechnics 

Gregory Detogne

Just outside of San Diego in the seaside town of Carlsbad, Legoland California is a different kind of theme park....

Historic High Tech 

Linda Seid Frembes

Much like the rest of Boston's downtown area, the John Adams Courthouse (the former Old Suffolk County Courthouse) is an historic building that has seen the world evolve into today's modern technological society. To keep pace with the times, the Adams Courthouse underwent a massive renovation and construction project that was finished in January 2005....

Pop Quiz: April 2007 

PRO AV Editors

Test your knowledge of microphones....

Fascinating Facts About DLP 

PRO AV Editors

Fascinating facts about DLP....

Q & A: Projector Mounting 

PRO AV Editors

I have a special effect application that may require a 2K lumen DLP projector to be mounted on its side (3:4 aspect ratio). Are there any compelling reasons against this?...

How To Coil A Cable 

PRO AV Editors

You may think you know how, but if you're still winding ?dog bones?, you're doing it wrong. Improper coiling can shorten the functional life of any cable. Here's the over-under method for properly coiling any type of AV cable....

5-Minute Interview: Fred Shen 

PRO AV Editors

President and cofounder, Shen Milsom & Wilke in New York. Shen is principal on most of the company's major assignments and is responsible for conceptualizing its project approach in integrated communications technologies. He spoke to Pro AV about the company's AV work in casinos. For more, see the insert, Guide to Doing Business in Casino AV....

Lessons From Architecture 

Mark Mayfield

One of the best sessions at the NSCA Expo in Orlando, Fla., had nothing to do with any of the technologies we love to talk about. Yet it was as important to the successful business of any AV consultant or systems integrator....

The More Things Change 

Mark Mayfield

For my own sanity, I had to check my notes from the InfoComm 2004 Manufacturers Forum, which I moderated. The panel at this year's edition included some familiar faces, and sure enough, two of the panelists were on my panel three years ago....

AV, IT And Education 

Tim Cape, CTS-D

The relationship of pro AV with IT has been sometimes friendly and sometimes hostile. In the end, we'll have to work it out....

NAB 2007 Review 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

This year's NAB show was relatively quiet when it came to news of breakthrough products. But there was no missing the impending digital TV transition, not with all of the posters, signs, handouts, and booths that prominently featured ?Feb. 17, 2009? on them....

Sound System Design Essentials ? Part 2 

Pat Brown

Last month, I described the method used to measure spherical loudspeaker data. Why should you care? Room modeling programs operate on some assumptions. It is important to have an abstract understanding of the methods used to collect data to know what can and cannot be predicted about sound system performance. This translates into better designs and fewer surprises....

Nobody's Watching 

Tim Kridel

In the 2002 movie ?Minority Report,? the government's Precrime Unit identifies crimes before they are committed and jails the would-be offenders. That's far-fetched, but an emerging field of surveillance techniques called video content analytics (VCA) comes close to it by predicting crimes based on a person's movements ? all without human intervention....

InfoComm 2007 Product Preview 

PRO AV Editors

A sampling of new products to be displayed at the InfoComm 2007 show, June 15-21 in Anaheim, Calif...

Virtual Soundscapes 

Tim Kridel

Jonathan Deans is sitting in the audience with his eyes closed, listening to the actors onstage. As they move around, he can tell exactly where each one is. ?I was able to pinpoint the sound to a performer within a few inches of where they were standing,? says Deans....

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