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Featured News from the Briefing Room: WIREWORKS AND NEUTRIK USA JOIN FORCES FOR INFOCOMM 2008

Wireworks, a leading innovator of audio/video cabling systems and custom panels, is teaming up with Neutrik USA, designer and manufacturer of the XX series XLR cable connector, for this year’s InfoComm show. Neutrik USA turned exclusively to Wireworks for its best-selling LumaVue Plates and Panels, to display its complete line of connector products throughout its InfoComm exhibit space (Booth C3657). In return, Wireworks Corporation (Booth C2823) will showcase several of Neutrik’s best-selling XLR connectors as part of its LumaVue Panels and Plates booth display. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Tactical Fiber from Belden

belden.jpgI also had a great talk with Marc Stringer at the Belden booth about their tactical fiber products. One of the reasons for the term “tactical fiber” originated with the military. You don’t get much more tough a condition than the military can present and in the past years there was some concern about taking fiber optic cable on the road. Some figured that fiber wouldn’t be tough enough to stand up to the rigors of field use. In response to that and due to the fact that fiber has obvious advantages for military use, including the fact that it cannot be inductively tapped, “tactical” fiber with kevlar jacketing was developed and is now in wide use by TV trucks and other mobile users. Marc also told me about the lower bend radius that’s possible with the new stuff so it can actually be twisted around and crossed over itself rather tightly with no significant ill effects. The mobile uses of course benefit from the drastic reduction in weight over equivalent lengths of copper. Fuel costs going the way they are and copper costs, too, fiber is an increasingly attractive prospect for mobile field applications.

InFocus and USB Connectivity

InFocus IN5100The InFocus people have been especially great. I wandered into their booth a little shagged out from all the running around and I was immediately standing amid their people, all of whom were ready to answer my questions. The really nifty thing about what they have now is that with USB connectivity between their projectors and a laptop, you can send the external monitor signal to the projector without having all of the usual VGA cable problems; bent pins and so forth. That would really be a great thing for me on my university campus where I have to replace at least half a dozen busted VGA cables a week amid 88 classrooms. They’re also planning to get with me on possible firmware upgrades to deal with the problems that occur with projectors of all makes and models shutting down in response to short electrical transients. That’s what I call service!!

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Sliding racks and USB connectivity

glideturn_drawerextended_300dpi-jpg.jpgHi, All:

It has been a whirlwind day already. I just came from the Stantron booth (C3487) where they demonstrated thier sliding and rotating racks for me. As one who has installed a lot of rack mounted equipment in some pretty tight spaces, I’m impressed by the fact that these seem to have been designed by the people who have some of the same permanent rack indentions in their bodies as I have. It has to have been someone who has actually done these installations to think of some of the things these racks do. They have a little click button at the bottom center on the front that unlocks the rack and then the whole deal just slides straight out and rotates around. All you have to do is make sure you install the equipment with enough extra cable to allow the rotation. There’s plenty to know even about wiring these but if it’s done right, these racks can save a huge amount of grief, expecially when it comes to upgrading with new gear and taking out the old stuff. I wish they had been around all along!

Featured News from the Briefing Room: Chief 2008 Product Catalog Available at InfoComm

2008cat_piwrfpage.jpgChief Manufacturing, an industry leader in projector and flat panel mounts, introduces the new 2008 Product Catalog at InfoComm. Updated with an enhanced design that was directly influenced by dealer input, this edition is easier than ever to navigate.

“Getting constructive input from dealers was incredibly valuable during the redesign of our catalog,� said Laurie Englert, Director of Marketing. “The suggested changes have made the catalog a much more concise and user-friendly tool.� Read on at The Briefing Room

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Klein + Hummel make moves

is_series.JPGSennheiser acquired Klein + Hummel about three years ago. At that time, the company was known in the U.S. only for its reference and studio monitors. In Europe, however, the company is no stranger to the installed sound space. As Klein + Hummel president Achim Gleissner explained at the company’s press conference today, Sennheiser’s aiming to leverage K + H’s success in the European loudspeaker market and raise its profile stateside in the installed sound market.

At InfoComm 2008, Klein + Hummel is showcasing its IS 122, IS 123, and IS 153 installed loudspeakers. The IS 122 is a horn-loaded 1in. model with 12in. woofer. The IS 123, a three-way loudspeaker, has a coaxially integrated 1in./2in. driver and a 12in. woofer. The IS 153 is a three-way model with a 1in./2in. coaxial driver and a 15in. woofer. Peak SPL is 135dB.

All three models are bi-amp only or available with self-powered back-plate options. The self-powered version includes factory DSP tuning.

The Little Things

Middle Atlantic‘s new, modular booth (C3403) features, among other things, the prominent introduction of the company’s brand new tagline–”Exceptional Support and Protection Products.” Company executive Kevin Handerson had a chuckle explaining the internal discussions (debates) that go into making such changes in describing the company and what it does. But he used the topic to bend my ear for a few moments on the topic of “the little things” in the pro AV world.

Little things like keyboard racks and foldout screens that don’t need to be angled to fit into a rack, and different length plugs engineered specifically to address typical, annoying problems. And the company’s new Duct Cool Long Pull Ventilation System which, despite its long name, is an interesting ventilation product for cooling equipment in residential scenarios with very little noise. None of the products Kevin showed me were, by his own admission, “headline stuff.” Instead, they were designed to improve on existing technologies, solve specific problems, or improve efficiency in certain situations. He calls this “the little stuff” that typically can give AV pros headaches. He pointed out there is lots of “little stuff” in our industry, much of which is being addressed here at InfoComm this week.

–MG

Samsung gets tiny

Samsung P400Among all the big screens at Samsung‘s booth was one eye-catching display that involved rear projection. A tiny projector (and I mean tiny – look at the picture in which I compare it to a standard Bic pen) was shooting imagery onto a translucent 3M Vikuiti Screen mounted on glass.

img_0696.JPGThis is the new P400, a single DLP model that employs an LED light as a lamp, offers about 150 lumens. The P400 creates an image up to about 40in. Samsung’s shown tiny LED-driven models before, but the last model only squeezed about 50 lumens out of its lamp. This new model, which ships this summer, should find many homes in cutting-edge retail environments. It goes for about $800.

Featured News from the Briefing Room: GefenTV Scaler Pro Offers HQV Scaling to Optimize Home Theater Systems

InfoComm Booth C1740 — Offering three separate functions in a single-box solution, the GefenTV Home Theater Scaler Pro switches between four audio/video sources, converts component, composite or s-video inputs to the enhanced HDMI v1.3 format, and upscales all four sources to 1080p full HD before outputting to one HDMI display or projector. Read on at The Briefing Room

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AMD MediaPointe Professionalizes YouTube

MediaPointe is taking the YouTube craze to heart. Recognizing that every individual—and company, institution, and facility—is a content creator, MediaPointe is releasing its MediaPointe Ensemble, a server that stores and streams video files over a network. It’s an organized collection pool for all the disparate content. The company is saying its YouTube for the office or school. more…

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