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Samsung Adds High-Brightness Displays to Smart Signage Lineup

OMD Series delivers brilliant images and clear text in high ambient light environments where making a strong visual impact is important

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Ridgefield Park, NJ – December 17, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new lineup of 2,500 nit high-brightness displays in screen sizes from 46- through 75-inches. Designed to deliver consistently brilliant performance, the OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays convey easily readable text and bright graphics in high ambient light environments and outdoor applications, including transportation facilities, banking and retail storefront windows, sports arenas, quick service restaurants and convention centers (outdoor use requires custom-designed weatherproof enclosure).

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“Samsung continues to develop innovative solutions that enable businesses to make smarter signage choices, whether that’s making the transition from a printed poster to dynamic digital signage in a storefront window for increased visibility or upgrading to an all-in-one solution for easier content management,” said Thomas Evans, director of display product marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “We understand that capturing the attention of consumers today can be challenging and created the OMD Series to offer a simple, smart and visually attractive way for businesses to showcase content, so that no matter the environment their messages will come across clear and bright.”

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Ideal for High Ambient Light Indoor Conditions or Sunlight Readable Outdoor Environments

At 2500 nits, the OMD Series displays deliver ultra-high brightness. The display’s high contrast ratio of 5,000:1 allows consistent, clear and vivid delivery of visual messaging. With an energy-efficient LED backlight, the OMD Series also incorporates an automatic brightness sensor helps reduce power consumption and provides optimal visibility. Additionally, all OMD Series displays are equipped with Samsung’s circular polarizing technology which allows for viewing content on the display while wearing polarized sunglasses.

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NewBay Media relaunches AV-iQ

NEW YORK, NY (December 16, 2014) — NewBay Media has announced the highly anticipated re-launch of AV-iQ, the AV industry’s largest and most comprehensive database of AV products and services, now online at www.av-iq.com. The new AV-iQ.com now boasts a significantly improved user interface with more intuitive and visually driven navigation, easier filtering tools, and a responsive design to better accommodate visitors using tablet devices. The company has also launched a series of weekly newsletter designed to help the AV industry better utilize the newly improved AV-iQ website.

AV-IQ is a comprehensive online resource for the pro-AV industry that includes a database of over 440,000 products from hundreds of manufacturers, all with richly detailed product information, manufacturer and installer case studies that provide detailed examples of real world installations, local service directories, product comparison tools, and much more. It features My-iQ, a personalized, cloud-based industry information resource that allows users to select sources, choose the brands they want to select from, manage project lists, decide when to receive alerts, and search current and historical data by brand, product type, or date.

Users will see the changes immediately upon logging on to www.av-iq.com, where they will be greeted by a completely redesigned user interface and navigation menu that makes it easier than ever to access the more than 440,000 products. The product detail pages have also been redesigned, and the entire site has been crafted to be tablet friendly for the member on the go.

AV-iQ has also introduced a new weekly version of it AV-iQ Announcer enewsletter that has been redesigned with a new responsive look that is easy to read on any computer or mobile device. There are four versions of the new AV-iQ Announcer — one for each week of the month that focuses on a different subject important to the AV industry. The scheduled topics are:

• Week 1: New Product Update
• Week 2: Service Provider Spotlight
• Week 3: AV-iQ Updates — Learn how to get the most out of AV-iQ
• Week 4: PR Wire Stories — Latest industry news

AV-iQ members will begin receiving the new AV-iQ Announcer later this month. Non-members can sign up for just the newsletters or full AV-iQ membership at www.av-iq.com.

The new AV-iQ will be heavily promoted through ads and articles in NewBay Media’s related print and online products, including Systems Contractor News, Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology, Digital Signage Magazine, Pro Sound News, Tech & Learning, and Government Video. AV-iQ will also be able to be accessed from prominent menu placement on these brand websites, expanding the audience to this vital industry resource.

The redesign has also led to improved branding and sponsorship opportunities. Manufacturers and service providers can take advantage of the site’s enhanced branding functions, as well as the robust lead generation and lead nurturing capabilities. There are several sponsorship options available, each focused on providing prominent placement to products and logos throughout the site.

“AV-iQ is a tremendous service for AV integrators, equipment providers, distributors, consulting firms, and end users,” states Adam Goldstein, EVP/Group Publishing Director, NewBay Media. “The goal of the new design and mobile functionality was to make it even easier for users to maximize the vast benefits that AV-iQ provides, and our online and AV-iQ teams have done a stellar job in achieving that goal.”

Free membership to AV-iQ is available, as are several paid plans that provide more benefits to the user. New sponsorship programs are also available.

For more information on sponsorships, contact Bruce MacIntosh at 212-378-0491 or bmacintosh@nbmedia.com or Travis Merchant at 917-281-4781 or tmerchant@nbmedia.com.

About AV-IQ
AV-iQ provides North America with the most comprehensive pro-AV resource. Explore audiovisual equipment catalogs featuring the brand-new product data comparison tool and BIM library, and check out the case studies library for cutting-edge pro-AV inspiration. Locate nearby service providers with the AV Services Directory and Unified Communications directory. Get exclusive access to product news, industry updates and tools by registering for My-iQ. AV-iQ was acquired by NewBay Media from InfoComm International in August 2014. For more information, visit http://av-iq.com.

About NEWBAY MEDIA
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries —Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video, Broadcast and Cable Television, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com.

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Introducing Microphone Buyback Program

An appealing campaign just launched by Media Vision is stirring the industry: the first microphone buyback program. For a limited time, until July 15th 2014, Media Vision is offering $50 per microphone to customers trading in their obsolete or inadequate technology for a new TAIDEN conferencing microphone system. The program is supported by Media Vision’s nine offices across North America and Europe.

Media Vision’s buyback program is available to all. “We accept to trade in any microphone from any manufacturer” says Kevin Stoner, Director of Operations at Media Vision “whether your old solution is a wired, wireless, ceiling-mounted or boundary microphone system, we will take it back and give you $50 per microphone”. With these open terms, Media Vision is making it easy for most organizations to upgrade to conferencing microphones and finally experience intelligibility in their meeting environment.

To get the full trade-in value Media Vision only requires that the used microphones be returned with all accessories, including main unit and cables or batteries, as the company will attempt to recondition them for resale or donation. “If the system is in working condition, we will strive to find an organization in need of those products that you no longer want” says Kevin, “The goal is to keep electronics out of the waste stream”. However, if the old microphones are damaged and reuse is not possible, Media Vision offers to recycle them according to local regulations.

Media Vision’s microphone buyback program combines a financial incentive with sustainable practices; now, wouldn’t you agree it is time to upgrade your microphones?

For more information on the program, including a video presentation, complete FAQs, as well as all registration details, Media Vision has created a dedicated support line on their website and via email at buyback@media-vision.com

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Bold Enginering 2013: 30 Most Innovative Products

The 30 Most Innovative Products of 2013 chosen by the readers of SVC from among submitted products that shipped between October 15, 2012 and October 15, 2013 are:

Prysm TD2 Laser Phosphor Display Tile
Shipped: June 2013.

Crestron AV3 3-Series Control System®
Shipped: February 2013.

Symetrix Radius AEC DSP
Shipped: April 2013

Mackie DLM Powered Loudspeaker Series
Shipped: November 2012

QSC PLD/CXD Series Amplifiers
Shipped: September 2013

Stewart Filmscreen FireHawk G4
Shipped: September 2013

Crestron 128X128 DigitalMedia™ Switcher (DM-MD128X128)
Shipped: August 2013

RGB Spectrum OmniWall 16/32 Display Processor
Shipped: July 2013

Panasonic PT-DZ870U DLP ™ Projector
Shipped: August 2013

ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array
Shipped: March 2013

Revolabs Executive HD™ MaxSecure Wireless Microphone System
Shipped: November 2012

Draper Lace and Grommet
Shipped: October 2013

Extron UTS 100 Under Table Mounting System
Shipped: March 2013

Panamax/Furman Vertex VT-EXT Vertical Rack Strip
Shipped: June 2013

tvONE CORIOmaster mini All-in- One Videowall Processor
Shipped: July 2013

Cerwin-Vega P-Series (P1500X and P1800SX)
Shipped: December 2012

Panasonic TH-55LFV50U LED Video Wall Display
Shipped: March 2013

Chief LCM3X3U Fusion Video Wall Ceiling Mount
Shipped: January 2013

Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WUXGA 3LCD Projector
Shipped: July 2013

Yamaha CIS XMV Power Amplifier
Shipped: June 2013

Extron VN-Matrix 250 / VNE 250 and VND 250
Shipped: October 2013

Chief LBM3X3U Fusion Bolt-Down Video Wall Mount
Shipped: March 2013

Delta Products Corporation WX Series Displays
Shipped: March 2013

JBL CWT128 Dual 8″ 2-Way Loudspeaker
Shipped: May 2013

LynTec RPCR Relay Panel
Shipped: March 2013

LG 84WS70MS-B 84-inch Class LED Widescreen Ultra HD Display
Shipped: January 2013

Planar UltraRes Series 4K Displays
Shipped: January 2013

Roland VR-50HD All-in-One AV Mixer
Shipped: October 2013

Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K Switcher
Shipped: April 2013

X20 Video Expert Realtime In-Store Video Conference System
Shipped: January 2013

Read the full product descriptions.

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Glen Phillips helps debut the Mackie DLM series

In Seattle at Barboza, Glen Phillips has just finished a set for the gathering of press and dealers at Mackie’s debut event for the Mackie DLM series powered loudspeaker series. He was a great choice to make the point about these very compact 2000W top boxes and subs. The combination of bright guitar and his vocal range and warmth, really showcased the clarity and nuance of the speakers. Or rather, we heard the clarity and nuance of the singer–the speakers seemed most of all to be staying emphatically out of the way.

In the long narrow room, the effect was very clean and intimate, two of the DLM 12s top boxes barely breaking a sweat, underpinned by four DLM subs cruising along underneath. It was, admittedly, about $6000 worth of speakers. The system was no doubt optimized for the launch event with the speakers’ unique internal processing, as well as probably some help from the resident Mackie DL1608 board (itself a slick little iPad driven mixer that we will review in the upcoming print issue).

But that was part of the point after all–to show a complete system with the new DL board and the even-newer DLM series speakers, to show off the TruSource vertically aligned, common-magnet driver, and the powerful combination of DSP processing and class D amplification. Mackie is proud of this, as a follow-on to the SRM450s, and as a modern blending of more recent technical achievements in drivers, DSP, and amps. The demo-day ended with Seattle’s Presidents of the United States filling Barboza with virtuosic chaos, giving the subs a workout with their guitbass intensity and unrelenting lyrics. More to come. -Cynthia Wisehart

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Mackie Unveils the New Shape of Sound with Ultra-Compact, 2000W DLM Loudspeakers

New Line Delivers Premium Performance at One-third the Size of Traditional Designs

Woodinville, WA, USA – August 27, 2012 – Mackie today announces a new line of ultra-compact, powered loudspeakers offering a level of innovation never before seen in the world of portable sound reinforcement — DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Packed with cutting-edge technology, DLM speakers each feature a staggering 2000 watts of power, proprietary Mackie TruSource™ technology and a full-featured integrated digital mixer/processor. This potent technological combination not only allows for the incredibly small form factor of DLM, but also delivers a level of performance and fidelity that is simply not otherwise available. The extremely powerful DLM system includes two full-range models (DLM8, DLM12) along with a high-output compact subwoofer (DLM12S).

“With DLM you are seeing Mackie’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology,” commented John Boudreau, Mackie SVP. “Yes. It’s amazing that DLM speakers are a third smaller than anything in their class. But it’s the unmatched power, processing and fidelity that really sets DLM apart from everything else on the market.”

Each DLM Series Powered Loudspeaker delivers 2000 watts of ultra-efficient Class-D power. Featuring TruSource™ technology, the full-range DLM8 and DLM12 are equipped with Mackie’s TruSource driver that incorporates the high-output woofer and 1.75” compression driver into an incredibly compact common-magnet design. Powerful TruSource DSP delivers seamless clarity, consistent dispersion and unmatched fidelity. Both the DLM8 and DLM12 feature the Mackie DL2 integrated digital mixer, providing a dual-channel mixing solution for a wide array of possible connections with incredible channel features like 3-band EQ and 16 great-sounding effects. Plus, system processing like a multi-band feedback destroyer, six speaker modes and Smart Protect technology provide the tools needed for truly professional applications. The ultra-compact form factor of the DLM8 and DLM12 includes a rugged PC-ABS cabinet, powder-coated grille and integrated kickstand for personal monitor use. The companion DLM12S packs 2000 watts of chest-pounding power and deep low end into the highest-output compact sub on the market. The integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system processing tools like a variable crossover, speaker modes for optimum voicing and the system protection. The rugged 15mm poplar cabinet is unbelievably compact with a durable, powder-coated grille and integrated pole-cup for mounting a DLM full-range loudspeaker plus additional configuration options that include wall mounting and flying for professional installs.

For more information, please visit www.mackie.com/DLM. There are two videos available including an in-depth feature and technology video (http://youtu.be/Y-yC1GziTlo) and a hilarious video that shows the true power of DLM (http://youtu.be/IeDRLmH9xCQ). There’s also an email signup form to keep up with the latest DLM info (http://eepurl.com/oI9Vv).

Enter for a chance to win a pair of DLM12 12″ Powered Loudspeakers by entering Mackie’s DLM: The New Shape of Sound Sweepstakes hosted on Mackie’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mackie). The contest runs until September 27, 2012.

Mackie DLM Series 2000W Powered Loudspeakers will be available Q4, 2012. The DLM8 will have a U.S. MSRP of $879.99. The DLM12 will have a U.S. MSRP of $1059.99. The DLM12S will have a U.S. MSRP of $1249.99.

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Link to more DLM Series Photos: http://resource.loudtechinc.com/?dir=Mackie/Product Information/Loudspeakers/Powered Loudspeakers/DLM Series/Product Images/

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5th Annual ProAV Spotlight winners announced

Thursday at the InfoComm booth (C7629), Sound & Video Contractor editor Cynthia Wisehart announced the winners of the 5th Annual ProAV Spotlight Awards, awarded in cooperation with InfoComm International. Chosen from entries received in nine categories, the ProAV Spotlight Awards honor installations across the breadth of AV vertical markets. The following installations were honored for technical design, innovation, and how instrumental they were to their clients’ missions. These winning installations stand out as powerful examples of the essential role of AV in business, ministry, and the advancement of culture, education, health and public service. For more details on these installations look for the upcoming July issue of Sound & Video Contractor.

BEST CORPORATE AV PROJECT
Horizon Media Headquarters, New York
Cerami & Associates, New York

BEST EDUCATION AV PROJECT
Rialto School District, Rialto, CA
AVI-SPL (project profile), Tampa, FL

BEST ENTERTAINMENT/ARTS PROJECT
AT&T Dolphin Tales, Georgia Aquarium
Electrosonic (project profile), Burbank

BEST HOSPITALITY/RESTAURANT/CASINO AV PROJECT
The Marlin Hotel, Miami
Prestige Audio Visual International, Miami Beach, FL

BEST GOVERNMENT AV PROJECT
Minneapolis Emergency Operations Training Facility
AVI-SPL (project profile), Tampa, FL

BEST HOUSES OF WORSHIP AV PROJECT
Passion City Church, Atlanta
Blue Hat Design/Technical Innovation, Norcross, GA

BEST MUSEUM AV PROJECT
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
Electrosonic (project profile), Burbank

BEST HEALTHCARE AV PROJECT
Baystate Medical Center – Springfield, MA
Human Circuit (project profile), Gaithersburg, Maryland

BEST RETAIL AV PROJECT
C. Wonder Flagship SoHo Store
Cliqk Design Group (images), New York, NY

JUDGES AWARD
ProStop Convenience Stores
General Communications, Draper, UT

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Are you Techorating?

What is “Techorating??

Today at the E4 AV Tour at Chicago’s Congress Plaza hotel Jonathan Brawn of Brawn Consulting answered that question. In the process he pushed integrators, consultants, resellers, and end users to expand their thinking about the role of AV—and the applicable budgets that can be drawn on to fund it. The class will be repeated at the E4 AV Tour in NYC on Oct. 27th.

“This is a new way of thinking about the use of AV as art and decoration as well as–or even instead of–information and communication,? Brawn says.

Primo example: the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, where AV in an integral part of the décor and style of the space. “In some cases, it has no purpose other than art,? Brawn explains in a detailed case study of how this came to be possible, both technically and in terms more

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Samsung Expands LED/LCD Leadership at Infocomm 11 with Four New Product Lines

New LED/LCD Displays Offer Engaging, Dynamic Visual Experiences
for Virtually all Commercial User Needs

ORLANDO, FL, June 15, 2011 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation and the number one worldwide brand of professional commercial display products* today announced from the Information Communication Marketplace Show in Orlando four new lines of LED/LCD commercial displays. The Samsung HE, ME, UE and UD Series incorporate LED-backlight technology that offers many benefits including overall image quality and lower power consumption.
All four product lines are on display at Samsung booth #1543 during infoComm 2011 at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, FL, June 15-17 and available through Samsung distributors and resellers in Q3 2011.
“Samsung is building on a category we created at infoComm 2010 by increasing the number of LED/ LCD solutions for many commercial user scenarios,? said Kevin Schroll, product manager of commercial display Samsung Enterprise more

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URC Introduces A/V Asset Management System, Powered by Spinoza Technology

New SaaS control solution, combined with URC touchscreens and base stations, offers unprecedented value to commercial integrators.

Orlando, Fla. – InfoComm 2011 – Booth 1411 – June 13, 2011 – URC, The Pioneer in Control Technology, is unveiling its complete new URC Asset Management System at InfoComm 2011. Powered by Spinoza Technology, URC AMS is a cost-effective, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that enables users to remotely access, manage and control their audio-visual equipment and other IP-enabled devices at anytime, from anywhere.

The new URC AMS solution delivers several benefits to AV, IT and systems integration professionals:
A/V Device Networking. URC AMS tracks performance, end-user behavior and usage of all networked A/V devices. This data can be used to create a customized or predictive response to end-users of a device, such as software updates and e-mail alerts. URC AMS records and stores customer activity to a database, providing IT staffs more

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