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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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AMX to Demonstrate AV-IT Integration Solutions at Almo E4 Events

As Part of Education Event, AMX to Present DVX-2100HD and AMXmeetingroom Solution that Enables IT Managers to Access, Manage AV Devices on a Network

RICHARDSON, Texas – April 6, 2011 – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced it will be demonstrating its DVX-2100HD and AMXmeetingroom solution at Almo’s upcoming E4 AV Tour on April 6th in San Francisco, CA and April 21st in Dallas, TX.
As the audio-visual and IT worlds continue to merge, companies are looking for cost-effective solutions to integrate and manage these various resources. With the DVX-2100HD – an all-in-one switcher, controller, scaler and amplifier – and AMXmeetingroom, a small conference room can easily be configured without the need for programming. AMXmeetingroom is an intuitive, easy-to-use software wizard which leverages a simple graphical user interface to streamline the time it takes to program and replicate a meeting room control system.
“The DVX-2100HD with AMXmeetingroom solution is a breakthrough in control systems more

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E4 Product Launch Preview: NEC PA600X

Rich McPherson, NEC’s senior product manager for projectors is talking ease of maintenence and NEC’s new two-stage filter system. Incorporated into portable projectors since last October, this new filter system makes its installation projector debut ib the E4 AV Tour next month with the first public showing of the new PA600X projector. The PA600X is part of a range of new PA projectors, NEC’s premiere line of installation projectors. “We threw every type of feature in that we think installation companies or companies would need.” McPherson says, and you can read more about the feature set here. “But regardless of the product category, what we hear from customers is the importance of maintenence.” McPherson says the new filter requires no cleaning in most environments and is designed to time out with the lamps–a new filter ships free with replacement lamps, McPherson says. Ask to see the more

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E4 Podcast

Bennett Liles talks to Sam Taylor and Melody Craigmyle of Almo AV about news for the E4 AV Tour and what to expect at their one-day sessions April 6th in San Francisco and April 21st in Dallas (both CTS-renewal credit events). Listen to the podcast. Or read the transcript.

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