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Training The User 

Mark Mayfield

One of the more interesting idiosyncrasies of our industry is that the person who buys our equipment is often not the same person who actually uses it. We spend lots of resources selling, explaining, and training ? but is the right person getting the message?...

Minimizing Feedback in Sound Systems 

PRO AV Editors

For sound system users and listeners, nothing is more annoying than feedback. Here are some tips for preventing and minimizing feedback in your sound system....

Integrated Kiosk Platform: Planar DS15i 

PRO AV Editors

The DS15i from Planar is an integrated kiosk platform designed for interactive applications in retail environments....

Sending Rich Media Over IP 

PRO AV Editors

New video compression standards and IP networking techniques have made it possible to deliver high-quality video and audio on reliably over local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs). Here?s how it?s done....

Can We Skip DVI And HDMI? 

Tim Cape, CTS-D

ALL IT takes is one look at the dizzying array of available video source formats, delivery formats, and display formats to get a sense of the complexity we're often faced with in a typical pro AV project. Sometimes we have to do a lot of mixing, matching, processing, scaling up, converting down, routing, and switching to make a video system do what we want it to do....

Creating Effective Brochures 

Don Kreski

In a technology-savvy society that has grown more reliant upon the Internet to disseminate a wide range of information, it would seem that printed brochures would have little value. But there's something about a printed piece that can't be duplicated in an email or on a website....

Flat Panels: Thin Is In 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Last month, I covered several significant product and technology announcements at CES 2005. While much of the press coverage of this show focused on such oddities as Samsung's 102-inch plasma TV, there were less obvious but far more important exhibits worth a second, more detailed look....

Pump Up The Volume 

Tim Kridel

With the migration toward high-definition video well underway, can you ever have too much storage capacity? No, according to backers of holographic information storage systems, whose first-generation technology promises to store up to 200 GB on a single 5-inch disc, with future versions holding up to 1 terabyte (TB)....

New Products: April 2005 

PRO AV Editors

Dukane LCD projector, Planar touchscreen display, PESA Switching Systems routing switcher ......

NAB 2005 Product Preview 

PRO AV Editors

A preview of products to be featured at the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, April 18-21 in Las Vegas....

Intellectual Property 

Brian Patrick, CTS-D

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment. What will the pro AV market look like one, five, or even 10 years from now? Do you have a clear picture in your mind? Although most agree it's impossible to predict the future, a group of AV experts did their best to do just that at the second annual ?Future Summit? of ICIA's Independent Consultants in Audio-Visual Technologies (ICAT) Council at last year's InfoComm....

NSCA 2005 Hot Picks 

PRO AV Editors

Held for the first time in 1981, the National Systems Contractors Association's (NSCA) Systems Integration Expo has seen many changes since its beginnings as a tabletop exhibition. These changes have reflected industry shifts and technology advances, as well as the constant redefinition of the systems and services pro AV systems integrators (or as they were called in the early years, ?sound contractors?) provide for their customers....

Optimizing Teleconference Audio System Designs 

Kelly Hannig, CTS-D

Have you designed a large system for video or audio teleconferencing that looked straightforward and simple on paper, but turned out to be a configuration nightmare after it was wired up? Or perhaps you've even had to re-design the entire system to make it work properly? If you answered yes to either of these questions, help is on the way....

The Promise Of The All-Digital Video Chain 

Tom Zind

The explosion of consumer interest in plasma displays, HDTV, digital cable television, and Internet video is indisputable evidence that the proverbial digital video train has left the station. And Bruce Kaufmann, president of Professional Products, a Gaithersburg, MD-based AV design-build firm, is already onboard....

Banking On A Videowall Display 

Greg Matthews

The business world has been using the phrase ?time is money? for so long it has become little more than a clich? marketing buzz phrase, but Denmark-based Jyske Bank takes the maxim very seriously. In an effort to give its customers real-time access to their funds, Jyske was one of the country's first banks to offer online banking with worldwide access, helping to establish its reputation as an early adopter of advanced technology applications....

Old School AV 

Linda Seid Frembes

The last thing Chaminade High School needed, it seemed, was an upgrade of its AV technology. The numbers said it all: of its 1,600 students, 99.7 percent of them go on to attend college upon graduation, and the 2004 graduating class of 389 students garnered a total of 872 scholarships....

Order In The Court 

Roger Maycock

Technology can often be intimidating for inexperienced users, especially in a high-stress courtroom environment. But when properly designed and installed, AV technology can also make a courtroom more effective, as Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird discovered....

Test Your Knowledge Of AV Abbreviations And Acronyms 

PRO AV Editors

Test Your Knowledge Of AV Abbreviations And Acronyms...

Q & A: Loudspeakers 

PRO AV Editors

Under what circumstances does a 70 V, constant-voltage distributed loudspeaker system make more sense than multiple 8-ohm loudspeakers, and why?...

5-Minute Interview: Jason Friedman 

PRO AV Editors

Jason Friedman, President and CEO, Creative Realities A Fairfield, NJ-based AV design and integration firm, Creative Realities specializes in creating unique customer experiences through branded, immersive, and entertaining environments....

Content Is Critical 

Mark Mayfield

The fact that Sony recently appointed Howard Stringer as the company's first non-Japanese chairman is not as fascinating because of his nationality (he's Welsh) as it is because of his background, which includes network news and high-level positions within the American Film Institute....

Hanging Projectors 

PRO AV Editors

Hanging a projector can be as simple as attaching a pole to the support structure and attaching the mounting plate to the extension pole. Other times, it can involve some creativity. Here?s how to determine the best approach for your ceiling-mounting situation....

Procuring Pro AV 

Tim Cape, CTS-D

While the traditional owner-general contractor-electrical subcontractor-low-voltage sub-subcontractor model worked until the 1990s, it doesn't make sense to contract pro AV systems that way today....

Capitalizing On Customer Events 

Don Kreski

Focusing on educational content and aggressive marketing can help integrators run successful customer expos....

CES: Cheaper, Bigger, More Colorful 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

Although it's primarily a consumer show, many products on display at CES will eventually work their way into pro AV....

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