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Featured News from the Briefing Room: AURALEX ACOUSTICS INTRODUCES NEW CEILING TILES AT INFOCOMM 2008

Auralex Ceiling Tiles - InstallAuralex Acoustics, an industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, introduces new Ceiling Tiles at this year’s InfoComm show (Booth C4984). Auralex’s premium acoustic Ceiling Tiles can easily be installed into new and existing drop and suspending ceiling grids, and are ideal for upgrading in-room sound quality by controlling ambient noise and reducing noise transmission. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Wide range from Samson

SamsonI don’t think I’ve visited a small booth with as wide a range of products as Samson’s. The company makes field digital audio recorders that double as USB audio interfaces for laptop project studios. It makes an all-in-one, optionally battery powered portable 250W amp with an iPod dock. For, you know, street performers, outdoor festivals, radio station promotions, etc. There are affordable zoned audio systems for retail stores and dentists’ offices. S-Zone has a four-in, four-out analog matrix. This year that system gets a companion power amp ($350), a 120W/70V model called the S2480.

Also new in zoned audio for Samson is the ZM125 ($499). That’s a six-channel input, five-zone system that uses one monoblock amp (125W/70V). There’s a telephone output for music on hold. A very simple solution for many businesses that want a zoned system.

Finally, there’s a new tiny transmitter with a mic integrated into the unit. The idea is that for many applications, a lavalier with a cord is just too cumbersome. The Samson guys mentioned aerobics instructors who need voice amplification and ultimate mobility. The AirLine Synth is a frequency-agile model ($449) that operates at 800MHz. Check the picture for the size. The Samson reps also noted that AirLine is the microphone of choice for the carnival barkers on the Jersey Shore.

Featured News from the Briefing Room: SoundTube Announces RoHS Compliance

SoundTube Entertainment, a leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial sound systems, has adopted manufacturing techniques that meet the RoHS directive. RoHS is a European standard for manufacturing that includes “the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment�. In detail, the RoHS bans any new electrical equipment that contains more than the agreed to levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). The RoHS directive and regulations came into force on July 1, 2006. Read on at The Briefing Room

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All-in-one assistive from Azden

Azden IR_WSI just met with Wayne Alonzo of Azden, who’s showing a relatively new all-in-one assistive listening system that’s designed mainly for K-12 classrooms.

It’s not completely new – Alonzo says Azden has been OEM’ing all the components to other manufacturers for a few years, but this is a newly branded package from the company. The IR-CS Infrared system includes everything you’d need for a classroom: A pendant mic with an emitter, a handheld mic, a dual-channel receiver, an infrared sensor, and four 6.5in. ceiling speakers. (This assistive-listening system does not use individual receivers, as do those designed for the hearing impaired.) There’s also an IR-WS system that employs wall-mounted speakers. The cost for the systems are $1,200 and $1,100, respectively. more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: EX82 Provides Maintenance-Free Eurotunnel Surveillance Five Years Running

Extreme CCTV announces that its EX82 cameras have been providing reliable, maintenance-free surveillance at Eurotunnel five years running. EX82’s NEMA4 sealed housing enables continuous video vigilance amidst Eurotunnel’s dusty and saline environment, which defeats conventional CCTV cameras. Recently upgraded for enhanced imaging performance, today’s EX82 Infrared Imager incorporates Black Diamond technology, which produces up to 250ft High Fidelity night vision for 24/7 monitoring. The unit’s patented dual sensor design now delivers 550 TVL day/night imaging for powerful video interrogation. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Doing R&D

soundcraftvirtualvi.jpgJust had a nice tutorial from Soundcraft/Studer exec Keith Watson about the art and science of user ergonomics when it comes to audio console development. Keith was explaining why Soundcraft’s new, free Virtual Vi offline editor software for the company’s Vi Series of consoles is an important tool for audio engineers. The notion is that they can program consoles using software on their laptops even when they are physically apart from the console, and then simply download those settings to the console later on. The software essentially replicates exactly the user interface on the console itself. more…

X2O Media has a Different Angle on Digital Signage

x20xpresenter.jpgX2O Media gave me a great demo of their Xpresenter Player and server system for digital signage. The content creation is PowerPoint based but you certainly wouldn’t know that by just looking at it. In fact, there is an even simpler mode that uses templates to create some pretty CNN-like signage displays. Touch screens can be designed too and I was show one that has a lot of different possible applications. They sure could use a system like the one X2O Media showed me just to get people from one place to another here in the exhibit halls. Maybe we’ll see something like that next year. A system that actually worked from any entrance to get people quickly to the booth they want would be the greatest sales trick ever.

Featured News from the Briefing Room: Transmit RGBHV or YPbPr signals with TVOne-task’s Flexible Cat.5 Line

1t-ct-400-series.jpgTVOne-task is unveiling eight new Cat.5 models at InfoComm in Booth C2430. The 1T-CT-400 Series is a comprehensive system for the transmission of RGBHV or YPbPr video at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 1080p, plus digital or analog audio signals over Cat.5/5E or Cat.5 cable at great distances. The mix and match approach to the product line enables the user to choose the most cost efficient units to perform a specific task. Three transmitter models are available, two models handle RGBHV and one handles YPbPr format. Five Receiver models continue the theme of flexibility and enable the user to choose the distance, output type and audio capabilities if needed. All Items are available for immediate shipment. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Barix Helps Churches Reach Out and Go Green

We’ve talked a good bit about how even the smallest churches can be worldwide broadcasters on the Internet now with very little financial investment and a small technical personnel base. The tech guru is usually someone in the congregation who works at a computer company or broadcast station. The Barix Instreamer can take the audio mix right out of the mixer and send it directly online or to a digital storage device for delayed broadcast. Barix Technology is also showing some boxes that can interface with the HVAC and lighting systems to shut down lights and change climate control settings according to the building activity schedule. Saving increasingly expensive energy and providing a worldwide conduit for the church message costs a surprisingly small amount. The InStreamer lists for only $395 and is so simple to set up, any local tech “guru” in the congregation can manage it. Thanks to Andy Stadheim, Brian Galante and the Barix crew for the demo.

New Projector Upgrades from Epson

The Epson booth is swarming with new products and interested parties today as the company shows its new portables for presenters on the go. These little pearly white machines with soft corners have several new features that I can certainly appreciate for high use environments. While they still can accomodate the usual analog formats, digital has moved in and the great thing is that you can have direct USB conveyance from the computer to the projector with no configuration or source hunting at all. Turn on the projector and the computer. Connect the two with a USB cable and your image is up on the screen. No more fumbling with the function key combos. The new models have A type USB, HDMI and SD card slots as well, so you can have your presentation on just about anything.

These new projectors were made to meet the format and learning curve challenges that have been colliding on so much equipment and it appears that a lot of careful though and customer feedback went into them. It was a great demo.

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