Archive for June 15th, 2011

Vaddio and AT Spectrapulse

I don’t have a picture of this but want to mention that Vaddio is showing a good application of Audio-Technica’s Spectrapulse wireless conference system at #IC1963. Camera rotates to face the person as they touch the transmitter. Vaddio did a good job at NAB and here of contextualizing their cameras with some cool partner gear.

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Washable Headphones with Limiter

Califone‘s Tim Ridgway says the new washable headphones are the industry’s first to carry a built in 85db limiter. Califone’s been working with the American Speech and Hearing Association to help promote a campaign to education people about responsible use of personal audio technologies and responding in their own products. i expect to eventually see some of these best practices for dealing with volume and ambient noise levels formalized into regulations. (But as a parent that could just be wishful thinking).

Califone has also brought four new lines of new ultra-rugged headphones all (like the washables) are built from ABS plastic (hard to break and no shards if they do), slotted baffles and–on most models–extra deep ear cuffs. img_0223.JPGThe top of the line Discovery has a foldable noise reducing mic and volume control. The Odyssey same without the mic. The Explorer is mono/stereo switchable and the value-priced 610 has durable, replaceable earpads. There are other features and models in the lines, so go see.

For more see four new headphones debuting at #IC4117. Or watch the related video (one of many that the prolific Ridgway has made).

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SurgeX Space Savers Offer Maximum Protection with Minimum Footprint

The new Space Saver line from SurgeX offers more rack space and enables quicker, more efficient set up and management of power at the rear of the rack.

Orlando, FL – InfoComm 2011 – June 15-17 – Booth #2216 – SurgeX, a leader in AC power conditioning and surge elimination products, today announced its new rearmount surge suppressors; the Space Saver line. Regardless of installation size, every integrator faces the same issue: insufficient rack space. With this new line, SurgeX has answered the calls for a more efficient, space saving unit that provides maximum protection for its customers. The line features two products, the Compact Mount and the Vertical Mount and both units can be mounted with plugs facing up or down for maximum convenience and flexibility. The Space Saver line of surge suppression products keeps power distribution neatly organized at the back of the rack and provides easy access to power cable configuration and enables integrators to eliminate the hassles of installing custom length power cords required by large racks. Read on at The Wire

Christie D4K35 Delivers 4K Resolution and DLP Performance To Pro-AV

Christie D4K35

Christie D4K35

The Christie D4K35 projector debuted today at InfoComm 2011, and with it arrives unparalleled 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution, performance, and image quality for the Pro-AV market. Targeted at applications requiring ultra-high resolution and the highest brightness available – including amusement parks, large auditoriums, museums, planetariums, virtual reality settings, and automotive designers using CAD – the Christie D4K35 projector delivers 35,000 lumens with DLP quality and reliability. Read on at The Wire

Mid-priced acoustic panels

At Auralex #IC962 img_0222.JPGGM Jeff Lantz took a break from setting up to open a box of acoustic panels with a screwdriver (don’t do this at home) for a quick preview of the new commercial acoustic panels debuting here. A nice, practical addition to the line with a firerated back, class A foam covered in simple beige or black. $64.99 retail for a 2×2.

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Important: Legrand/Wiremold new floor boxes etc.

Usually I’m a sucker for signal management, but this is about cable management.

Here’s what I see the legrand/Wiremold booth #IC977 with Dan Tarkoff, director of business development: brand new elegant floor boxes img_0217.JPGwith a hinged lid and a nice feature that we awkwardly name: sliding cable egress.

Which means that instead of those hazardous pop up things where the cables come out there are little sliding panels under tension that snap in around the cable and leave a much smaller hole for my heels to get stuck in. And they look better. Also check out the new Overfloor Raceway (OFR Series). Sleek, minimally destructive.img_0219.JPG

Interest around all legrand AV companies including Wiremold was heightened by legrand’s recent acquisition of Middle Atlantic–completed last week. Legrand wants to serve the full breadth of the AV market; it’s nice to see investment in our corner of the world.

Check out legrand’s Infocomm video for a good overview. Or for non-video data on Legrand at Infocomm see here.

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Win an iPad2 at AT

We’re laughing with the Audio-Technica guys that this is a little like doing the timeshare tour, but…if you’re a contractor or consultant go have the Audio Technica booth tour at #IC917 and you’ll be entered to win an iPad. Win win.

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JVC LAUNCHES COST-EFFECTIVE GY-HM710U PROHD CAMCORDER AT INFOCOMM 2011

WAYNE, NJ (June 15, 2011) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today unveiled the new GY-HM710U ProHD camcorder – a cost effective choice for event coverage, documentaries, ENG news, and educational applications – at InfoComm 2011 (Booth 1062), which runs through June 17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The compact, shoulder-mount camcorder has a similar body style and many of the same features of the GY-HM750U that was introduced earlier this year, but does not include the option to attach external modules for additional functionality. Read on at The Wire

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Audio Technica: Adventures on the RF Spectrum Frontier

We started seeing the Spectrapulse wireless conference system from Audio-Technica about four years ago. It was in some ways a radical way of thinking about the crowding in the wireless spectrum: let’s get out of the turbulence by climbing to altitude–metaphorically. Specifically to 6.35 gigahurtz which is where Spectrapulse centers up in its 6.1-6.6 range. Others tried to preserve a sense of normalcy by moving around onto less crowded spectrums, sharing with computers and phones; AT salesman Mark Donovan says those lifeboats are filling up (good turn of phrase there). img_0210.JPG

Meanwhile, AT quietly found customers for Spectrapulse, especially among people who wanted clarity and security and could live with a 75 foot range (expandable up to 300 with 4 transmitters). For some applications that’s not even a tradeoff: boardroom, courtroom, etc. The 128-bit AES encryption was good enough for the US Marshall’s training office in Arlington, VA and the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago–two Spectrapulse customers, Donovan says.

Here at Infocomm #IC915 you’ll see some nice refinements to the product line. The beefy, tabletop 101 transmitter now has a gooseneck compatible sibling (201) and a beltpack (301) that will take any lavalier or headset mic. img_0211.JPGI like the way they have heft and presence–as Donovan points out they work in boardrooms where the table itself cost six figures (and you’re not going to be drilling into it).

That’s not to say Spectrapulse is stratospherically expensive. Well it is if you want one channel. But AT claims that when you hit 5 channels the per channel cost is on a parity with the AT’s own 4000 and 5000 series, and average for a high end system.

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Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems to Launch Surface Mount Speakers at InfoComm

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the InfoComm 2011 launch of the VS Series of surface mount speakers at booth #823 and the Valencia Ballroom demo room. Ideal for public address, background music, retail store, club, restaurant, meeting room or house of worship, the VS Series speakers deliver high quality sound with exceptional clarity in both indoor and outdoor settings. Read on at The Wire

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