InfoComm 2010 Pick Hits
Jul 12, 2010 12:00 PM
InfoComm rolled back into Las Vegas June 5 to 11, 2010. And by any standards, this was a monster event, attracting 32,002 AV professionals from more than 90 countries. It was definitely the place to be for anyone serious about audio and video systems and digital signage/display technologies. Since merging with the NSCA Expo several years ago, it's also become the premier event for live and installed sound technologies.
With 925 exhibitors filling the halls of the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Center, there was no shortage of cool new products, and the SVC crew was there to check out the action. Here (listed alphabetically) are our Pick Hitsour selections for the show's top contracting products.
Ashly Audio pêma
Intended to simplify small-to-medium business installs, the pêma (Protea Equipped Media Amplifier) merges Ashly DSP with 4- or 8-amp channels (125W and 250W) in a 2RU box. It offers feedback suppression, automatic mixer, filters, EQs, and delays, as well as DSP control for bridge mode, constant voltage system HPF settings, ducking priorities, remote gain, etc. Setup is via 10/100 Ethernet protocol and Ashly's Protea-NE PC software. I/Os are balanced mic/line and/or CobraNet and EtherSound digital.
Audinate offered a preview of Astoria, its IP-based Dante audio networking PCIe sound card for the PC or Mac. Intended as an OEM product for networking and MADI replacement, Astoria can handle up to 256 channels (128x128 at 48kHz/96kHz; or 64x64 at 192kHz) of uncompressed digital audio over Gigabit Ethernet with ultralow latency, while offering an upgrade migration path to AVB.
Aviom Wall Frame 6 and Pro64 Modular I/O
Aviom's Wall Frame 6 is a slick housing that holds up to six of the company's new modular A-Net Pro64 modules (which so far include a quad mic pre, quad analog output, and 2x2 AES3 I/O with word clock) in a wall frame that can be surface- or flush-mounted in a standard NEMA electrical enclosure. Just add a Cat-5e feed, and you're ready to go with a fast, clean installation.
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