Day One at InfoCommâ€¦
Despite a less-than-wonderful economic climate, InfoComm 09 opened decently at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The organization predicted 28,000 attendees visiting 850 exhibitors over three days. Randal Lemke, InfoComm International‘s executive director, estimated that two-thirds of the attendees are systems integrators and the rest are technology managers and end users, following a pattern that’s developed over the last five years.
Some good news came early in the day. At Harman International‘s morning press conference Michael MacDonald, Harman Professional Group executive vice president of sales and marketing, told reporters that the professional products group’s revenues had stabilized and that the end of fiscal year 2009 would show a profit, with the fiscal year 2010 budget on a solid footing. MacDonald also hinted at possible merger and aquisition activity in the near future, but the comment that drew the most notice for this audience was that expectations of increased revenues would increase advertising and marketing budgets. Because of its size and sector diversity, Harman is considered a bellwether on the pro audio side of systems installation and integration, so MacDonald’s comment suggests the industry might see growth returning before the end of the calendar year.
Plenty of new products at InfoComm 09:
â€¢ JBL Professional 8138 In-ceiling Loudspeaker is an 8in., full-range, in-ceiling loudspeaker designed for use with a pre-install, in-ceiling backcan, The 8138′s built-in, 6W, multitap transformer allows for use on 70V or 100V distributed speaker lines. Additionally, its high sensitivity of 97dB delivers maximum sound levels using minimal amplifier power, allowing the use of smaller power amplifiers compared to lower sensitivity drivers.
â€¢ EAW‘s new DX1208 DSP Matrix Mixer is a 12-input, 8-output 1RU-rackspace DSP matrix mixer. Eight inputs are mic/line capable, with selectable 48V phantom power provided when the user selects mic level. Four additional inputs on unbalanced RCA connectors allow the users to “stack” inputs, increasing the number of audio sources that can be connected. An additional four digital inputs are available on S/PDIF with sample rate conversion to 48kHz. All 12 inputs are included in the audio matrix and can be assigned DSP functions prior to distributing signal at line level. The DX1208 has serial RS-232 remote capabilities via a DB9 connector on the rear panel, for control by third-party integrated control systems. Two RJ-45 connections are provided as well, for linking multiple (up to eight) DX Link-enabled products together in a ring network topology.
â€¢ Harman’s BSS Audio brand and Netgear debuted a cobranded pair of 16-port and 24-port AVB (IEEE Audio Video Bridge) switches for networking multichannel audio and video over standardized Ethernet. Using standards developed by the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging Task Group, delivering standardized multichannel audio and video over Ethernet using the BSS Audio|NETGEAR can considerably reduce cost-per-node costs.