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Which Pin Is Hot? 

Pat Brown

The polarity debate was settled long ago. Here are some caveats regarding the proper polarization of sound system components....

Ball Of Sound 

Tim Kridel

Are soccer fields the only place you'll see triangular-faceted icosahedrons? For now, yes, but those shapes could begin appearing in concert halls and movie theatres in the form of loudspeakers, thanks to research by the University of California Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and Berkeley, CA-based Meyer Sound Laboratories....

Peer Review-Radian Audio Engineering RCH-1564 

Byron Conerly

A peer reviewer gives his analysis on Radian Audio Engineering's RCH-1564 loudspeaker....

AKG WMS 4000 

Ken Freeman

A peer reviewer offers his analysis of the AKG WMS 4000 wireless microphone system....

New Products: August 2006 

PRO AV Editors

CodexNovus media server, ALTO public address system, Crestron audio distribution system ......

Getting Through The Firewall 

Ira M. Weinstein

When business communications are interrupted, the financial ramifications can range from a slight annoyance to simply disastrous. This is why research firm In-Stat expects $3.8 billion will be spent on firewall products this year alone....

When To Branch Out 

Daniel Frankel

Like a houseplant with roots busting out of a clay pot, a healthy small business will eventually reach the point where the confines of its region won't sustain growth. At some point, the operation has to branch out, but how do you know when the time is right?...

In Control 

John McKeon

The high end of the residential market has given rise to sophisticated whole-house automation systems that do everything from controlling a home theater to turning on the lawn sprinklers when that door-to-door solicitor just won't go away. But the kinds of control systems being designed for these settings don't offer many lessons for corporations, universities, or other players in the traditional pro AV space....

Protecting Your Intellectual Property 

Tom Zind

The AV industry is waking up to the broad issue of intellectual property (IP) ? the tangible and occasionally intangible products of designers of all stripes at AV systems solutions providers. Potentially encompassing everything from software to shop drawings to project design specifications, intellectual property is emerging as the essence of the ?product? that industry players are selling. As such, it's increasingly being recognized as something worthy of protection, or at least appreciated for its value and wisely managed....

Campus Showcases Versatile AV 

John McKeon

The new Kenyon College Athletic Center shimmers in glass and steel, providing a new focal point to the college's 1,000-acre campus in Gambier, OH. Impressive as the Athletic Center is from the outside, it's equally remarkable within, not only for the quality of its facilities, but also for the flexibility and quality of its building-wide audio and video systems....

Video Production Hits New Level 

Linda Seid Frembes

Postoperative surgical site infections are a major, unwanted complication in hospitals around the country. The need for proper sterilization of all tools and equipment in the operating room (OR) is imperative. But that need for sterilization increasingly extends to the AV equipment that's showing up in more and more ORs....

AV Takes Flight In Busy Terminal 

Tom Zind

Few airports have rivaled Chicago's O'Hare Airport as a traveler's nightmare. But in a bid to repair that reputation, the city-owned airport, in concert with its largest tenant, United Airlines, has deployed a sophisticated high-definition digital video electronic messaging and display system in the airline's bustling Terminal 1 lobby....

Pop Quiz: August 2006 

PRO AV Editors

Test Your Knowledge of Speech Intelligibility...

Q & A: Conferencing Solution 

PRO AV Editors

A reader sends in a question regarding wiring a large room with an audio-only teleconferencing system....

5-Minute Interview 

PRO AV Editors

Mario Maltese, CEO, Audio Visual Resources Inc., an AV design-build and systems testing company based in Williston Park, NY. Maltese recently released his book ?AV 9000: Defining Quality in Engineered Audio Visual Systems.? He's also a senior faculty member of the InfoComm International Academy, the Fairfax, VA-based professional AV industry association's educational arm....

Terminating Cables 

PRO AV Editors

Properly terminating cables is one of the most critical tasks in any AV project. While every cable and connector type requires a slightly different procedure, here are some common tips and techniques....

Guide to Doing Business in Sports AV 

PRO AV Editors

PRO AV's essential industry guide, with crucial tips for positioning your company to leverage: market trends, AV spending patterns, and economic factors that affect the market....

KVM Extender: Gefen DVI-3000 

PRO AV Editors

The Gefen DVI-3000 HD KVM sender/receiver system digitally transmits DVI, USB, keyboard/mouse, and RS232C controls up to 6.25 miles....

Surge Protector: Lowell Manufacturing ACSPR-RPC1-1509 

PRO AV Editors

Lowell Manufacturing has introduced the ACSPR-RPC1-1509 surge protector with auto-reset over/under-voltage protection and remote power control....

UHF Wireless Systems: Audio-Technica 700 Series 

PRO AV Editors

Audio-Technica's 700 Series Freeway professional UHF wireless systems are available in handheld, headworn, lavalier, guitar, and bodypack configurations. Designed for live performance, house of worship, and public address applications, the systems' receivers include balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4-inch output connectors....

Active Subwoofer: Mackie SWA2801z 

PRO AV Editors

Mackie has introduced the SWA2801z active subwoofer, which includes dual 18-inch drivers, a built-in 800 W FR Series power amplifier, and the company's active onboard electronics....

Multimode Router Control Panel: Utah Scientific UCP-MM 

PRO AV Editors

Utah Scientific's UCP-MM multimode router control panel includes 16 input selector buttons ? each with eight-character LCD display, and four high-resolution touchscreen LCD displays....

LCD Projector: InFocus Work Big IN42 

PRO AV Editors

Targeted for use in boardroom and house of worship applications, the Work Big IN42 LCD projector from InFocus has native XGA (1024x768) resolution, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 3,500 lumens of brightness....

Digital Media Server: Adtec Digital Soloist 4111 HD 

PRO AV Editors

The Adtec Digital Soloist 4111 HD digital media server supports MPEG-4, H.264, MPEG-2, and VC-1 HD and SD media playback from hard drive, IP stream decoding, Cable QAM, Satellite QPSK, terrestrial ATSC, and DVB-T interfaces....

HD Videoconferencing Solutions: Tandberg Centric 1700 MXP 

PRO AV Editors

Tandberg's Centric 1700 MXP desktop videoconferencing solution includes an integrated high-definition camera and a 20-inch flat-screen monitor that switches between PC functions and videoconferencing capabilities....

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