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Due to high demand, InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide, announces a further Networking for the AV Industry Programme event in London, UK between 9-11 December 2014. AMX® by HARMAN®, is the key sponsor of the three–day intensive course.

“Since the demand for these type of events have been hugely popular, to meet the current demand from audiovisual professionals, we’ve added an additional London class in December,” said Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International.

Key topics tackled in this course are remote monitoring and management, security as well as maximising quality and bandwidth.

“As more audiovisual applications operate within enterprise based networks, the course aims to address all networking challenges and to keep skills sets of audiovisual professionals up to date,” added Lavelle.

AMX will continue to support the InfoComm Networking for the AV Industry Programme in 2015. Course locations along with dates for the UK and Continental Europe will be announced later in the year.

Don’t’ miss out. Sign up now by visiting: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/21946.htm?type=&track=Networked+AV+Professional&topic=&language=&audience=&location=Europe.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.
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Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

 

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This September marks the 40th year anniversary for Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company.

In 1974, the professional audio visual market was just emerging and the new small businesses across the country known then as “audio visual dealers” had a problem:  Whom do they go to get the connectivity, accessories and supplies they need for the equipment they are selling to local media, schools and businesses? Lucky for the AV industry, Comprehensive had the solution.

Originally known as Comprehensive Video Supply, Comprehensive began as a single source of accessories and supplies for the then up-and-coming “professional audio-visual” market. Sold exclusively through resellers, Comprehensive products, which included their now world-famous cables and connectivity products, were a must-have for every audio-visual and computer reseller. The same was true for the Comprehensive 200-page product catalog. Dealers could use the Comprehensive catalog as an invaluable resource, and have it custom imprinted with their business name and contact information for distribution to customers. (Keep in mind – popular use of the internet was still more than 20 years away, and it would be another 33 years before the first iPhone was introduced. Even the VCR had yet to be released).

Scott Schaefer, Comprehensive’s current President, commented, “Comprehensive was there at the beginning of both AV and IT. It is Comprehensive’s experience, commitment to reliability, value and service that has kept B2B customers around the world coming back year after year. We are so grateful for the decades of support that our industries, resellers, customers and employees – past and present – have shown Comprehensive. Without them, we would not be here today, and we never forget that. We thank each and every one.”

Over the years, Comprehensive built the business with a strong reputation for “putting its money where its mouth is” service by stepping up and standing behind its resellers and products from the very beginning. One of many enduring legacies that Comprehensive has given the industry is the ‘Lifetime Warranty’ on cable assemblies, connectors and adapters. While a marketing commodity in today’s internet age, Comprehensive takes those words very seriously.

“Comprehensive customers need reliability and service above all else. Customers come to Comprehensive because they know they can count on us; every product, every order, every time. ” said General Sales Manager, Martin Fensterstock.

Today, Comprehensive has grown into one of the leading connectivity brands in the U.S. and around the world and their reliability and service have become legendary in the industry. Over the decades, Comprehensive has truly become the “go to” company for B2B audio-visual and I.T. professionals in every industry.

In fact, looking at a partial client list of Comprehensive customers reads like a “who’s who” of technology, business, media, entertainment and government. Clients include: Sony, Panasonic, Disney, Microsoft, Apple, Crestron, NASA, U.S. Army, Columbia University, NBC, ABC, CNN   just to name a few. A list of resellers and distributors reads much the same – Ingram Micro, Anixter, AVI-SPL, The Whitlock Group, HB Communications, B&H Photo, New Egg.com, and the list goes on.

Originally located in Northvale NJ, Comprehensive was purchased by VCOM International Media Corporation in 1995 and has continued to expand even during the recent recession. With continuous, growing demand for their cable and connectivity products and services, Comprehensive recently moved into new, larger headquarters in Fairfield NJ. They are also hiring with many positions available.

Listening to customer needs, something Comprehensive has done since the very beginning, has led to many new and innovative products. The most recent being the extremely successful Pro AV/IT Series HDMI Cable family, which are the onlyHDMI cables specifically designed for systems integrators, corporate, government, medical and other demanding B2B environments. Exclusive features such as ProGrip® Connector Technology, SureLength® Indicators with cable lengths easily visible on all connector heads, as well as color Identification and 4K X 2K support are just a few innovations that customers can expect from Comprehensive products.

 In its first 40 years, Comprehensive became synonymous for reliable and innovative connectivity products that the audio-visual and I.T. professional could count on and that at least, is not something Mr. Schaefer thinks will change much over the next 40 years. “We are so excited about where Comprehensive and the market are going – 4K, HDBaseT, collaboration and the cloud, mobile, the opportunities are endless. Technology continues to evolve and advance and so does Comprehensive. We are doubling down on everything our customers have demanded from us in the past and building on it for tomorrow and beyond. The best is yet to come and like all things Comprehensive, you can count on that.”

For more information about Comprehensive or any Comprehensive products, including the Pro AV/IT Series High Speed HDMI Cables, please visit us at www.comprehensivecable.com, call toll free at 800-526-0242 or e-mail sales@comprehensivecable.com

 

About Comprehensive Cable
For 40 years, Comprehensive Cable has been the Pro A/V industry standard for professional connectivity performance, reliability and value. That’s why millions of Comprehensive cables and connectivity products are in use at stadiums, in broadcast and recording studios, stages, boardrooms, classrooms, government installations and now living rooms around the world. Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company is a division of New Jersey based VCOM International Multimedia Corporation.

DVIGear Launches DisplayPort Cables Supporting 4K / 60Hz

Expands Line of High Performance Copper Cables

Marietta, Georgia    October 2, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has announced the introduction and immediate availability of High Resolution™ DisplayPort Copper Cables.  These cables are designed to transport DisplayPort signals with bit rates up to 21.6 Gbps. over cable lengths of up to 15 meters (~ 50 ft.).  These cables support uncompressed DisplayPort resolutions up to 4096×2160 / 60 Hz.
DVIGear HR™ DisplayPort Copper CablesEngineered to Support Ultra High Resolutions at Long Distances

Long distance transport of high resolution DisplayPort signals over copper cables must overcome several challenges, such as insertion loss, differential skew and jitter.  Insertion loss is caused by cable capacitance, which acts as a low-pass filter, blocking higher frequency signal components from passing.  Skew occurs when the differential DisplayPort signals get delayed and become out of phase as they pass over a long cable.  Both factors contribute to increased digital jitter, which degrades the performance of the cable.  This jitter becomes more severe with higher resolutions, higher bit rates and longer cable distances.  Conventional cables that support lower resolutions at short distances are often unable to support the data rates required by higher resolutions at longer distances.  The resulting video can be disrupted by visual artifacts or may not be visible at all.

To overcome these challenges, DVIGear’s HR™ Series DisplayPort Cables are constructed using heavy gauge 24AWG copper wires that provide superior ruggedness and durability.  The heavier wire gauge has increased cross-sectional cable area, as well as decreased capacitance and lower differential skew, which allows high speed signals to pass with minimal jitter.  These features enable cable lengths of up to 15 meters (~ 50 ft.) with full compliance with DisplayPort 1.2 signal parameters.

Comprehensive Line of HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort Copper Cables

For many years, system integrators, designers and consultants across the globe have trusted DVIGear’s line of copper cables thanks to their unsurpassed performance and reliability.  This comprehensive line supports high resolution HDMI, Single-Link DVI, Dual-Link DVI, and DisplayPort signals over long distances.  When coupled with DVIGear’s Active Cable Extender (ACE™) unit, the Super High Resolution (SHR™) Series HDMI, DVI, and DVI-DL cables support cable lengths up to 60 meters (~ 200 ft.).  All these cables are available in a wide range of lengths for immediate delivery.

DVIGear HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort Copper CablesAbout DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo: HR™ Series DisplayPort Cable
High Resolution Product Line Photo: Copper Cables

Extron Introduces TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules for HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. The new Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules are designed to work with Extron Cable Cubby 1200 and Cable Cubby 1400 next-generation cable access enclosures, as well as the TMK 120 R Table Mount Kit for under-table applications. more

Tributaries Showcase Series 6 Power Cable—The Critical Finishing Touch

Orlando, FL—Tributaries will showcase the new Series 6 Power Cable, the critical finishing touch for any system, in booth 1148 at the 2014 CEDIA Expo. Engineered exclusively for Tributaries by celebrated cable designer, Jay Victor, the Series 6 Power Cables, model 6P, will provide superior audio and video performance.

Tributaries Series 6 Power Cord

The Tributaries 6P cables are available in two versions; a 3-pole version, 6P-IEC for preamps and power amps and a 2-pole version, 6P-C7 for DVD players, CD players and set-top boxes.

Engineered with 14 gauge OFHC copper conductors, the Series 6 Power cables won’t starve power amplifiers of current. These cables are designed primarily for low frequency signals of 50/60Hz with conductor size and gauge combinations specific for this purpose. PVC dielectric materials were chosen to isolate vibration caused by alternating current from entering the signal path.

“For power cables, noise rejection is critical, and our Series 6 power cables rely on proprietary winding techniques and triple shielding to limit EMI egress and ingress thus ensuring the lowest noise floor for sensitive source components,” said Joe Perfito, President of Tributaries. “We strongly encourage dealers to include the Series 6 Power Cord as a regular add-on—hearing is believing, and we guarantee it provides an audible improvement.”

The Series 6 Power cables are available now in the following lengths: 3 foot (MSRP: $100), 6 foot (MSRP: $125) and 9 foot (MSRP: $150).

About Tributaries®
Established in 1991 in Orlando, Florida, Tributaries® is an acknowledged leader in the design, production, and distribution of high-quality audio and video interconnect cables, speaker wires, accessories, and electronics. The company prides itself on its customer service, and has won the CE industry magazine Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Awards a total of 13 times in the past 15 years.

For more information, please visit www.tributariescable.com.

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ICE Cable Systems Invests in the Latest REELEX Cable Coiling Machine

Newer technology features the latest optimizations in both hardware and software, and is customized for ICE Cable Systems’ products, making this premium wire & cable brand’s Big Mouth Payout bulk wire dispenser even better

Example of REELEX II wind pattern and dispenser Los Angeles, CA – August 25, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems, a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products, today announced that it has invested in a new REELEX coiling machine for its factory.

REELEX’s tangle-free technology is a patented method of winding wire and cable into a figure-eight coil. In optimizing each coil, factors such as gain, payout hole control and the density of the wind, along with progressive coil tension, are all instrumental to producing tangle-free packages. This unique coil can only be produced on a specially-designed and patented REELEX machine and accompanying customized software.

The REELEX II coil within the bulk wire carton does not rotate during payout, nor does any inertia take place. Void of any moving parts, the coil dispenses from the inside-out with a clear path and avoids the typical twists, tangles and snags that plague bulk wire cartons.

The REELEX II technology is a key element in ICE Cable Systems Big Mouth Payout bulk wire carton, that along with other conveniences such as ascending and descending foot markers on the cable jackets, and extremely durable 24 kilogram burst-tested cardboard with dual-layer handles, have made it very popular among installers.

“We’ve taken something good and made it even better,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “We’ve invested in a machine that represents the state-of-the-art in wire and cable technology and custom-configured it for our cables. The net result for our dealers will be perfect pulls, from the first foot to the last.”

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout bulk wire carton

Timothy Copp, Vice President of REELEX notes, “Installers need to know there is knock-off pull-box packaging out there. Non-REELEX coils might look and act like REELEX, but are prone to tangling, cable deformities, and can cause damage to the cable – leading to performance issues.”

For more information please contact ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Extron Introduces All-New Cable Cubby 202

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the all-new Cable Cubby 202, the latest addition to the company’s benchmark Cable Cubby Series/2 line of cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The compact Cable Cubby 202 is equipped with one fixed, unswitched AC outlet and is available in versions for the US, Europe, and other world markets. The removable Cable Pass-Through Bracket accommodates up to four AV cables, allowing cables to be installed or serviced from the top of the enclosure, after it’s installed in the furniture surface. The Cable Cubby 202 also features a hidden, integrated clamp system that quickly secures the enclosure with common hand tools. more

EAI Brings Martin Audio MLA To Singapore

As its global reputation continues to accelerate, the penetration of Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA multi-cellular loudspeaker into new territories increases unabated.

This is no better illustrated than in the Far East, where Singapore-based EXPO AV-INSYNC PTE (EAI) has just significantly boosted an inventory that also includes a Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array by purchasing the country’s first MLA System 36 from local distributors Swee Lee.

EAI Managing Director, Gerard Rodrigues, said he was proud to be the country’s first investor in the groundbreaking system. Speaking of the acquisition, he said, “We wanted a larger format, steerable array system to add on to our inventory and it needed to represent a significant upgrade. The other main reason is that the next four upcoming gigs are all rider specific.”

He says the latest purchase continues a rich legacy that began with the older Martin Audio Wavefront W3/WS2 range. “We wanted to be the first company to own MLA, but in any case, after a year’s worth of research for a new line array, this system came out top in terms of sound quality, output, ease of use and what engineers wanted most.”

EAI had first heard about the MLA system back in late 2012. “We deliberated this to ensure we had concert and corporate clients who would love it and specify it for their events. And although we had not heard it live at the time, I can’t remember the last time Martin Audio built a bad box, whether loudspeakers or line arrays.”

Rodrigues and his Technical Director Desmond Zuzarte quickly discovered that MLA’s ease of use, the output it delivers from just a 12” enclosure, and the steerability and tailored control for each different venue made this a unique proposition.

“Chris Pyne, [Martin Audio APAC Technical & Training Support] gave us the added assurance that of the three brands we were reviewing this was by far the best. We then met Simon Bull (Martin Audio Director of Sales) and Andy Duffield (APAC Account Manager) — and the rest was history.”

After intensive training in late July, hosted by their venue partners Singapore Expo & Max Atria and conducted by Pyne, the system will debut later this summer at the Singapore Expo Hall 1 in front of 6,000 people for a talent show.

Martin Audio's Chris Pyne Conducts MLA Seminar

Summing up, Rodrigues, says, “Our sound engineers are just very excited about this acquisition. From a sales point of view, the MLA speaks for itself. Aside from its output, the other big advantage is its weight — here in Singapore, we needed a system that could deliver huge sound output, while maintaining a certain weight load restriction in many venues.

“Looking at how the system is selling in Japan alone, it is a choice of all concert organizers and technical directors for large scale events.”

Gerard Rodrigues says he is looking forward with relish to promoting MLA as the first system in Singapore and will be inviting key clients and concert organizers to hear it.

Meanwhile, the adventure is just beginning as EAI are already in talks with Swee Lee about adding an MLA Compact system.

Photos: The Expo AV team; Martin Audio’s Chris Pyne conducts MLA seminar

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

RapcoHorizon Joins the “Soundtrack of Summer Tour” with Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder

Engineers for All Three Acts Rely on Custom RoadHog and SilverHog Cables and Connectors for Legendary U.S. Concert Series

JACKSON, MO, AUGUST 13, 2014 – RapcoHorizon, an RHC Holdings brand and leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, has once again hit the road for another legendary tour. Custom runs of the company’s RoadHog and SilverHog touring cables are serving a variety of needs for the “Soundtrack of Summer Tour,” featuring Foreigner, Styx and special guest Don Felder of the Eagles.

As the group began to prepare for this highly anticipated tour, Lorenzo Banda, monitor engineer for Foreigner and a long-time RapcoHorizon fan, recommended the cables to the Styx and Felder audio teams. Though Foreigner and Styx are co-headliners and Felder is the opening act, each band required its own unique cabling requirements. For Foreigner and Felder, they exclusively are relying on RapcoHorizon – from instruments to speakers – all arranged in custom runs, while the engineers for Styx created their own runs using several of the company’s cables and connectors.

“We started using RapcoHorizon a while back, when the SilverHog cables first came out, and have used them for every performance since,” says Banda. “When the time came for us to plan the Soundtrack of Summer Tour, I knew the cables would be a perfect fit for Styx and Don Felder. When we met up for a gig at Fox News’ Fox & Friends in New York to promote the tour, I introduced the guys to some of their products.”

The stage design for this tour is complex since each group has its own setup, including lasers and special effects for Foreigner, large video walls for Styx and Felder opening each show by descending onto the arena. “Don is completely on board with the cables,” says Banda. “His engineers love it. Their whole stage setup is now using RapcoHorizon, and I think his studio is even starting to fill out with the cables as well. As for Styx, they’re also really stoked about the quality and sound of the cables.”

All RapcoHorizon cables are designed for the working musician. The custom instrument and speaker cables are road-ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. The SilverHog cables offer the bands the same durability for which RapcoHorizon is known, but with an even more enhanced sound range.

“I noticed the high-end definition and fidelity on these cables, as it’s much more pristine than others I have heard,” says Banda. “I use a lot of RapcoHorizon’s twisted pair cables, which have great resistance and a high-quality sound. I don’t know all the technical nuances that go into making the cables, but I can definitely hear the difference.”

By the time the tour concludes this September, the RapcoHorizon cables will have made more than 50 stops across the country. “All of the cables have been really slamming and durable,” adds Banda. “We have backups and redundancies, just in case, but we haven’t needed to use them. Sound is our first priority and to have that kind of quality product behind us is one less thing that we have to worry about.”

Banda credits RHC Holdings and RapcoHorizon as being among the best audio companies in the industry with which to work. “Everyone at RapcoHorizon bent over backwards to make sure all of the bands received what they needed in a timely manner,” he says. “They always make us feel like we’re their number one priority and take care of us immediately. They care about us 100 percent whole-heartedly. We’ve worked with other cable companies and you can’t get that level of customer service with anyone else; it really makes a difference.”

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

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