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Michael Kerr Rejoins Sextant Group to Head DC Office 

PRO AV Editors

The Sextant Group, after announcing its addition of a mid-Atlantic regional office in Washington, D.C., has welcomed back Michael Kerr as senior consultant for the location....

Life in An HD World 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

High-definition video. Those words represent a dream come true for everyone from video engineers and camera manufacturers to retailers and consumers. The idea of higher-resolution video images has been discussed, researched, debated, and tested since the 1930s, and finally came to fruition as part of a process that started 40 years ago in Japan....

Could Ethernet AVB Displace CobraNet? 

Brad Grimes

When baseball's New York Mets opened their brand-new Citi Field stadium last month, it included a sizeable fixed sound installation. The system, integrated by St. Charles, Mo.-based TSI Global, was networked using CobraNet, the set of hardware, software, and networking protocols that enable digital audio to travel over Ethernet....

Lucas Oil Stadium: A Well-Oiled AV Machine 

David Essex

Though well-known in racing circles because of its omnipresent logo, Lucas Oil Products was hardly a household name in Indianapolis two years ago. So it began to formulate a marketing plan that would take full advantage of audiovisual technology while meeting expectations for a state-of-the-art facility. Digital signage would be a big part of building brand awareness....

Resolution Confusion: It Never Ends 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

About a month ago, we received an e-mail from a PRO AV reader that decried the way display manufacturers often diverge from established video standards when coming up with imaging resolutions for new projection and direct-view displays. There's so much emphasis on 1080p resolution that it would always seem the best way to go?at first glance. But the devil is always in the details....

Doing Nothing Is Not an Option 

Denise Harrison

For many AV companies, business remains good, thanks to a backlog of projects in the pipeline. Still, in these tough times, it's important to stay proactive by ramping up sales and marketing before the pipeline dries up. Need ideas? AV pros share their strategies....

Commissioning AV Systems 

Brad Grimes

Earlier this year, InfoComm International published the newest edition of its AV Installation Handbook, with new Also new is a detailed Commissioning Tests Checklist, developed by the Project Commissioning Working Group....

VBrick Partners with Visix on Signage 

PRO AV Editors

VBrick Systems and Visix have formed a partnership to create a solution that allows end users to increase the value of digital signage implementation and extend the reach of digital signage delivery. Organizations can use VBrick video appliances and video-on-demand servers with Visix Channel Players to configure and display dynamic content on digital signage displays, as well as PCs, Macs, set-top boxes, and mobile devices....

Black Box Launches Signage for Small Businesses 

PRO AV Editors

Black Box Corp., a provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, has launched a program to help small business more effectively use its iCompel line of digital signage appliances....

Gefen Delivers HDMI Over Legacy Cables 

PRO AV Editors

Gefen has released the HDMI over RGB Extender, which allows HD video and audio in the expanded HDMI v1.3 format to travel over legacy RGBHV cable. Effective at distances up to 330 feet, it permits displays and projectors to be placed in optimum locations, while the AV source is located in a secure, rack-mounted enclosure....

Crest Ships New Power Amp 

PRO AV Editors

Crest Audio has rolled out its new CC 5500 power amplifier. Based on the company's Pro 200 Series technology, and using a linear power supply, the CC 500 delivers 5,500 watts of clean power into 4 ohms in Bridged Mono mode for main systems, monitors, and subwoofers....

AKG Showcases Wireless at NAB 

PRO AV Editors

AKG showcased its DMS 700 digital wireless microphone system at the NAB 2009 Show. The system offers users features such as digital audio encryption, ultra-wide tuning range, and high channel count within a 19-inch chassis....

Magenta Brings Visitec On as New Rep 

PRO AV Editors

Magenta Research, a provider of video, audio, and control signal distribution and switching over structured cabling, has selected Visitec Marketing Associates to serve as its manufacturer's representative in the Midwestern United States....

Change Comes to Soundcraft, Studer 

PRO AV Editors

Harman International's mixer group has made senior personnel changes to further extend Soundcraft/Studer's position in the global audio markets, the company announced....

Acentech Partners with Jaffe for Consulting Group 

PRO AV Editors

Acentech, a multidisciplinary acoustics, audiovisual systems design, and vibration consulting firm, has launched Studio A, a specialized consulting group that offers acoustical, audiovisual design, and vibration control specifically for the performing arts....

Sextant Group Opens New Office, Despite Troubled Economy 

PRO AV Editors

The Sextant Group, a national independent technology consulting and design firm, has opened a new office inside the beltway of Washington, D.C....

Sennheiser Makes Appointments to Sales Teams 

PRO AV Editors

Sennheiser Electronic Corp. has announced the addition of Patrick Steading and Scott Haas to its U.S. professional products sales team, and Joseph Phelps and Tom Facciolla to its U.S. consumer electronics sales team....

Vaddio Debuts HD Robotic PTZ Camera 

PRO AV Editors

Vaddio has released its first single CCD, high-quality, HD robotic PTZ camera, the Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-18. It is the only multiformat PTZ camera from Vaddio that delivers Component HD in 1080p, 1080i, or 720p and simultaneous SD video....

Extron Releases Test Generator 

PRO AV Editors

Extron Electronics announced that the VTG 400DVI is now available. The VTG 400DVI is a pro-grade video and audio test generator for setting up, testing, calibrating, and troubleshooting complex video and audio systems....

Biamp: Injunction Doesn't Affect Products, Services 

PRO AV Editors

Biamp Systems confirmed that its current products, services, and technologies are not affected by the permanent injunction order granted to ClearOne Communications on April 9, 2009, which the company says formalized an earlier preliminary ruling....

SymNet Training Qualifies for CTS 

PRO AV Editors

Symetrix announced that the company's SymNet training programs have been added to the InfoComm International CTS Renewal Unit Program. Renewal units (RUs) may now be earned through successful completion of SymNet training programs and used to maintain CTS, CTS-D, and/or CTS-I credentials....

Sony Offers Wireless Mic Rebate 

PRO AV Editors

Following similar moves by other wireless microphone makers, Sony Electronics has introduced two programs of its own to ease the transition to the new approved wireless microphone channel range. Customers can take advantage of either option....

Sennheiser Offers Entry-Level Wireless Mic 

PRO AV Editors

At the 2009 NAB Show, Sennheiser introduced the 2000 Series, a professional, entry-level wireless microphone system. Handheld and body-pack transmitters with single or twin receivers are available for stage, broadcasting, and installed sound applications....

Christie Launches LED Videowall Solution 

PRO AV Editors

Christie has launched the company's first LED-based SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution projection display system for control room and videowall applications. The new Entero LED is an LED-illuminated, single-chip DLP product line that features a low-maintenance design. The LEDs are rated at more than 50,000 hours, which equate more than five years of operation. According to Christie, with no lamps, filters, or color wheels to replace, the Entero LED delivers uninterrupted, 24/7 performance for exceptional reliability and low cost of ownership....

HaiVision Makito Makes Its Debut 

PRO AV Editors

At the 2009 NAB Show, HaiVision Network Video unveiled the Makito, a compact HD video encoder that combines the efficiencies of H.264 video compression and the image quality of full HD video. The Makito is also fully integrated with Video Furnace System 5, HaiVision's end-to-end HD H.264 IP video distribution solution....

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