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RSG adds Multi-format Switchers

Roland Systems Group (Booth C10536) launches the new XS Series- a new line of Muliti-Format Matrix Switchers with high-quality integrated video and audio conversion and switching.  Intended for fixed installations, three models support eight HDMI, RGB/Component/S-video/Composite inputs.  The XS-84H, XS-83H, and XS-82H all have 8 inputs, with four, three, and two HDMI or HDBaseT outputs respectively.


Ideal applications include conference rooms, educational auditoriums and media presentation rooms, performing arts centers, churches, convention centers, and teleconferencing, and 4k to 1080p.  Audio can be embedded into outputs, via the eight onboard stereo inputs (two also support microphones) and/or HDMI audio, as well as de-embedded on output.  The XS Series can be remotely controlled by the XS Remote, LAN connection, RS-232C, or the native iPad app.

Harman’s Acquisition of AMX is Complete

Harman’s President Blake Augsburger announces the acquisition of AMX during InfoComm14.

Harman’s recent acquisition of AMX, a manufacturer of audio/visual control devices, is now complete, the companies announced Wednesday morning during a press conference at the AMX booth #C4908.


“This gives us a bigger share in the install markets and an entry in to video,” commented Blake Augsburger, President, Harman. “Many Harman integrators already sell and install AMX products, and this give us an opportunity to expand into emerging markets and cross sell in vertical markets.” more…

Harman, AMX, and the Making of Market Math

Harman announced today that it will acquire Dallas-based AMX for $365 million. The news was unexpected– as unexpected as was the December 19, 2012 acquisition of Martin Lighting by Harman, the most recent instance of Harman buying a well-known technology company not–ostensibly– squarely in its core business. Is the industry has providing more fertile ground for M&A’s. Could the AV industry finally be consolidating?

Better to not read too much into one acquisition– and note that both companies involved in this one are of course under wraps as to what they can say publicly before it’s all approved by shareholders and other powers that be. But one can’t help musing about the significance of the biggest acquisition in our industry in a while. Read more>>

Podcast: InfoComm Course: Managing Multiple AV Facilities with a Central Control System

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Christopher Maione, founder and managing partner of Christopher Maione Associates, a leading AV business development and project management firm. He will be teaching an InfoComm course titled, “Managing Multiple AV Facilities With A Central Control System,” and he offers a preview of the subject applying his considerable experience in the field. Tips on AV system design, common design errors, and AV/IT integration and administration are explored. Listen to this podcast>>

Groundbreaking Rane HAL1 Architecture Is Dimensions Beyond Any Other Solution


Rane is pleased to introduce HAL, an expert in room combining, paging and distributed audio systems. HAL easily guides even novice users through what used to be complex tasks in just minutes. No intricate matrix mixing or presets are required for room combining and paging. No virtual wiring required to distribute pages and background music to multiple zones. Read on at The Wire

Rane CP66 Delivers 66% More Zones


System integrators and installers have long trusted the simplicity and reliability of Rane’s CP series processors for background music and paging systems. The new Rane CP66 provides solid solutions for systems up to six zones. “With our long-standing Commercial Processor products continuing their dominance in restaurant and retail applications, we’re pleased to offer the big brother CP66 to solve problems in larger systems” says Rane’s Director of Sales, Dean Standing. Read on at The Wire

Alcorn McBride Brings New Products and Manufacturer Training to InfoComm 2011



Alcorn McBride will introduce two new products at the InfoComm show in June. New items include a workflow solution for Alcorn McBride video players and an enhanced version of the 8TraXX multi-channel audio player. The company will also hold a show control training session. Read on at The Wire

Digital Rapids to Showcase New 2.0 Version of TouchStream Live Streaming Appliance at InfoComm 2011

Digital Rapids LogoMay 31, 2011 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids Digital Rapids will be showcasing the new 2.0 version of the award-winning TouchStream portable encoding and live streaming appliance at the upcoming InfoComm 2011 exhibition. The version 2.0 update adds support for the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software, enabling comprehensive remote monitoring, management and control of multiple TouchStream units from a centralized location. Additional new features in the TouchStream 2.0 upgrade include enhancements to HTTP Live Streaming for Apple(r) iPhone(r) and iPad(tm) devices and improved Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming capabilities. Read more at The Wire


infocomm-14-new.jpgWHAT A GREAT WEEK, but it’s finally over and the numbers are in, making this year’s show the second largest InfoComm event ever held, with 32,002 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. With 925 exhibitors filling the halls of the Las Vegas convention center, we were nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cool products and technologies—way more than we can cover in the space of this blog, so check back to the SVC website and in the new products, news, and technology showcase sections of our print editions for more InfoComm coverage in upcoming issues.

Meanwhile, InfoComm 2011 returns to sunny Orlando, Florida, next year from June 11 to 17, 2011. Mark your calendars now!

Day One: Have We Got New Stuff

On the flight from BNA to DFW on Tuesday my seatmate asked if I was going to InfoComm. I was and assumed he was too since he knew of the show. Actually, no, the fellow, who specializes in HOW AV installs told me, he wasn’t going this year because for the last two shows he said that the number and nature of new products was pretty slim. He wished me a good show. After day one, I wish he would have gone to the show. more…


The editors of Sound & Video Contractor post live from InfoComm as the news happens. Check back several times a day for the latest industry news, reports from press conferences, and product introductions.


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