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Calypso Offers School Grants 

PRO AV Editors

Calypso Systems, a developer of multimedia solutions for K-12 classrooms, recently announced a call for applications for its 2010 Integrated Classroom Grant program....

Clear-Com Updates Eclipse Intercom System 

PRO AV Editors

Clear-Com Communication Systems has released the latest version of its Eclipse intercom system. Eclipse Version 5.1 can now link to the company's IP-enabled V-Series control panels and Concert Version 2.0 software-based intercom system....

Sennheiser Rolls Out Third-Gen Wireless in U.S. 

PRO AV Editors

Sennheiser Electronic Corp. has made the third generation of its evolution wireless system products available in the United States. The new 100, 300, and 500 G3 series rackmount wireless products incorporate a wide range of enhancements to the company's previous wireless series, according to Sennheiser....

SmartAVI Unveils Prosumer HDTV Router 

PRO AV Editors

SmartAVI, a provider of digital content creation, management, and delivery solutions, has revealed its new HDTV Router for home and professional use. The SmartAVI HDTV Router is the first in a line of products specifically designed with the home theater user in mind....

Gefen Poses Wireless Video Solutions 

PRO AV Editors

Gefen has made available two new Wireless VGA Extenders designed to reduce the need for cabling. Aimed at rental, staging, presentation, digital signage, and residential applications, the Wireless VGA Extenders come in Long Range and Short Range versions....

Designing a Repeatable Boardroom AV System 

David Essex

Quintiles Transnational wanted nothing like an old-style, fortress-like boardroom in its headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Having proven an AV design at HQ, the company planned to use the blueprint for other locations....

Blueprint for Success in Corporate Boardrooms 

David Essex

The tony corporate boardroom is a well-trod market for AV integrators, but not the most hospitable one. Some rooms are older than the oldest board members, barely wired for speakerphone, let alone stereo surround sound and high-definition plasmas. Others, the new rooms, are so image-conscious they're built without regard for the way AV and architecture must play nicely together....

OLED: Project 2015 

Brad Grimes

According to research firm displaySearch, there's a possible tipping point in our future. It's the year in which OLED displays for TVs will finally outsell OLEDs for non-pro AV applications that attract the most attention today?namely mobile phone and media player displays....

Test Your Knowledge of Digital Audio Networking 

Brad Grimes

Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Digital Audio Networking...

Q&A with Tom Zerega, Magnetic3D 

Brad Grimes

A one-time actor, Zerega is now CEO of Magnetic 3D, which develops 3D displays and players that work without glasses (NEC, Toshiba, and others are partners). The company evolved out of the digital signage market, where Zerega and partner James Zahakos handled display networks for nightclubs....

The Case for 4K Resolution 

Brad Grimes

Pat Hernandez, president of AV integration firm IGI of Commerce, Mich., hadn't envisioned himself attending the National Association of Broadcasters' annual trade show last month in Las Vegas. But there he and his firm were, helping conduct the 4K Forum with Sony, nVidia, Assimilate, and Da Vinci Systems. The Forum was meant to walk video and broadcast pros through an end-to-end workflow for using 4096x2160 video in their operations....

Power Down: Calypso Smart Block AV 

Kimberly R. Griffin

The new Smart Block AV from Calypso Systems addresses a classroom's need to reduce energy costs by managing the power used by low-voltage devices. Designed to work with Calypso's CB-5000 and CB-1000 wall-mount controllers, the Smart Block forwards commands at preset times for complete power shutdown, cutting the energy wasted by devices that are plugged in, but not turned on....

HiQnet Strikes Up the Band 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Spawned from HiQnet System Architect software, HiQnet Band Manager is a free user interface that unlocks the loudspeaker processing capabilities of Crown XTi series amplifiers for the portable PA market, according to Crown....

David Gunness, Fulcrum Acoustic, on Speakers 

Sam Berkow

David Gunness is co-owner and chief technical officer for audio start-up Fulcrum Acoustic. Previously he spent 11 years at Electro-Voice and 12 years at Eastern Acoustic Works. Gunness was responsible for many of EAW's lead product designs, including the EAW KF900 Series, plus the MQ, DSA, and NT Series....

Manipulating Signage With Gestures 

Tim Kridel

Forty-one years ago, the mouse was invented. Of course, the human hand goes back at least 200,000 years. So, which is best for manipulating images and information on-screen? Silicon Valley-based GestureTek aims to make everything from digital signage to museum displays not only interactive, but also intuitive....

Hotel Arizona: AV in a Tightly Controlled Project 

Kimberly R. Griffin

When Starwood began building one of its W Hotels, a boutique line of high-end getaways, in downtown Scottsdale, Ariz., the company didn't have to look far for an AV integrator. After months of AV design drafts and construction delays, a team from bearby CCS Presentation Systems began installation in early 2008....

Cheat Sheet: Setting Up Control Systems 

PRO AV Editors

All control systems should start with a design plan that includes button-by-button specifications for the included control panels. It should also spell out the necessary equipment (with address settings), cable and termination types, and mounting methods, plus a system diagram showing all the devices controlling and being controlled, from user interface to lighting fixture, for example....

Lessons Learned in the Desert 

Brad Grimes

When the editors of PRO AV, in one of our weekly electronic newsletters, asked readers if they planned to attend last month's NAB Show in Las Vegas, you could have heard a cyber pin drop. That's not surprising actually. But more pro AV firms should consider sending a representative or two each year....

Short-Throw Projector Mounts: Peerless PSTK-2955 and PSTK-028 

PRO AV Editors

Peerless Industries? new Universal Short-Throw Projector Mount Line includes two models, one for short-throw (PSTK-2955) and one for ultra-short throw (PSTK-028) projector ranges....

BNC Connectors Neutrik rearTWIST 

PRO AV Editors

According to Neutrik, its new rearTWIST BNC Connectors support future-proof installations for HD 1080p applications....

Chief PB1 In-Wall Power Extension System 

PRO AV Editors

Chief?s new PB1 In-Wall Power Extension System delivers necessary power while managing cables and keeping them out of sight when the cables are routed in-wall from behind a flat-panel display down to floor level....

Video Converter: Extron CVC 300 

PRO AV Editors

Extron's new CVC 300 converts Component video to RGB signals. The universal HD converter accepts all SD and HD analog Component video formats, from 480i and 576i to 1080p/60 and 1920x1200....

Power ManagementL Middle Atlantic UPS-1000R and UPS-2200R 

PRO AV Editors

The new line of UPS systems from Middle Atlantic features Pure Sine Wave technology, integration with AV control systems, and a sliding rackrail mount for single-person UPS mounting capability. In the event of a power outage or over/under voltage occurrence, the AVR capability of both the UPS-1000R and UPS-2200R maintains continuous 120-volt output, while the Pure Sine Wave technology minimizes harmonic distortion and line noise....

DVI Extenders: Gefen DVI-2500HD and DVI-3500HD 

PRO AV Editors

The DVI-2500HD and DVI-3500HD DVI extenders from Gefen can deliver DVI signals up to 6,600 feet away. Intended for professional computer users, the DVI-3500HD sends DVI, USB, RS-232, and analog audio signals and also has the ability to view and access computer data using a DVI display and USB keyboard/mouse at local and remote locations....

EDID Emulator: Kramer VA-1VGA 

PRO AV Editors

Kramer's new VA-1VGA computer graphics EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) emulator is part of the company's Tools line of compact solutions....

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