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Yamaha and Dante

As InfoComm 09 launched this morning, I immediately ran into an old friend, Marc Lopez of Yamaha. Marc pointed out how big a deal digital audio networking is to a manufacturer like Yamaha, and said as of InfoComm 09, that most new Yamaha hardware is now networkable with Audinate‘s Dante protocol. A formal press conference at the Audinate booth (5842) Wednesday will have more details, but Yamaha will start distributing a new Dante nework format card in September. It’s a format Marc says Yamaha “sees a lot of potential in. We are now fluid in the langauge of Dante.”

As is Yamaha with all other legitimate network protocols. And Yamaha has a variety of other software news going on this year, such as its new DME software update (DME v. 3.5). The boys in Yamaha’s labs, he admits, spend much of their time these days on software design and development even though the company will always be known first and foremost as a hardware manufacturer. These days, those two missions are hopelessly, and permanently, intertwined. more…

ARCHIVE: Featured News from The Briefing Room: SVC Announces the 2008 Pick Hit Award Winners

SVC Pick Hit AwardsOnce again this year, at InfoComm 08 in Las Vegas, SVC‘s editorial team fanned out to find some of the most important, leading-edge AV-related products debuting at the show, investigating if they might be deserving of our annual InfoComm Pick Hit awards. Read on at The Briefing Room

ARCHIVE: Featured News from the Briefing Room: Liberty Wire and Cable Introduces First Guide to Fiber Optic Products and Solutions for AV Pros

lwcfoweb.jpgLiberty Wire & Cable, worldwide supplier of a broad range of wire and cable products for the audio/video trade, including custom installers and systems integrators, has announced publication of its first-ever guide to fiber optic products and solutions, available for the first time at InfoComm 2008. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Featured News from the Briefing Room: KLEIN + HUMMEL INTRODUCES CLS SERIES OF SLIM LINE LOUDSPEAKERS

cls_2.JPGKlein + Hummel introduces the visually appealing CLS Series of slim-line loudspeakers at InfoComm08. With special features like a power amplifier and plenty of virtual effects on the FX version, the CLS-2 Series is ideal for such applications as point-of-sale digital displays or multi-media shows. In addition Klein + Hummel is also debuting the CLS-3 Series column loudspeakers for wall-mounting in locations where high ceilings or the architectural or visual design limits speaker placement for distributed public address or background music applications. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 08 news from The Briefing Room

ARCHIVE: Chief Marketing

mb01.jpgDealing with marketing professionals is a daily occurance for a journalist, so it takes a lot to impress me, but I do have to offer kudos to the marketing team at Chief Manufacturing, led by marketing manager Karen Mefford. The reason for this pat on the back is Chief’s keen understanding of the need for, and importance of, useful online tools for customers, dealers, and the media to use in order to fully absorb the Chief message. Thus, this week at InfoComm, the company debuted the latest in a sophisticated suite of web products created by its three-person, in-house web development team–a tool called Chief MountBuilder, which Chief is calling “a visual product configurator” of use to dealers, installers, and others incorporating Chief technology into jobs.

You can check out the free, downloadable configurator for yourself at www.chiefmfg.com/mountbuilder, but the point is that MountBuilder is just the latest online tool from a company that has been, as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, at its core, an engineering firm dedicated to making a very highly specialized product. Chief, in recent months, also debuted its “Online Classroom,” its “Education Center,” its “Knowledge College” and its “Design Center,” among other useful web tools. more…

ARCHIVE: Featured News from the Briefing Room: AVIOM TAKES CENTER STAGE AT POPULAR LAS VEGAS SHOW LEGENDS IN CONCERT

aviom-a-16ii-personal-monitor-mixer-at-legends-in-concert.JPGLegends In Concert, celebrating its 25th year, is the longest running independently owned production show on the Las Vegas Strip. This international award-winning stage spectacular is a live musical celebration featuring the world’s greatest celebrity tribute artists. Behind the scenes, the musicians and sound engineers at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino know that there is no substitute for a crystal clear monitor mix. That’s why the team at Legends turns to Aviom (InfoComm Booth C4175) gear for real results. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 08 news from The Briefing Room

ARCHIVE: LG’s Prototypes

Lots going on at LG‘s booth (N5941), but I liked the prototypes best. Cool, sort of out-of-the-box LCD displays that may, or may not, have useful applications in the world of digital signage are on display at the booth. Among them:

*LG’s “Stretch Screen” Flatiron display for an ultra-wide-screen look. It has a fancy model number, but company officials insist “Stretch” is name enough. Check it out, and you’ll see what they mean. more…

ARCHIVE: Digital Projection on Display

Digital Projection TitanDigital Projection officials are understandably proud of the Ultra Contrast Display demo they have running in their booth (N6340). The demo uses contrast enhanced versions of their Titan and Lightning 1080p projectors stacked and configured to offer what looked, to my eye, to be a gorgeous and dynamic presentation. The philosophy of Digital Projection’s booth is to let all the front displays as you enter the booth fully embrace ambient light from the hall and celebrate their capabilities in that fashion. But in the demo theater, the Ultra Contrast displays were cooking up to a 5000:1 contrast range in real pretty ways. Marketing Manager Michael Bridwell was understandably jazzed about the demo, and also the performance of the new Titan Pro 700 series of projectors and their redesigned chassis, designed to permit some pretty radical projector configurations in various types of staging scenarios. more…

ARCHIVE: Featured News from the Briefing Room: WIDEBAND SOLUTIONS CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH INFOCOMM SALES PROMOTION

For Wideband Solutions, five is the magic number at this year’s InfoComm show (Booth C4540). WideBand Solutions is celebrating five years as one of the leading providers of high-end audio conferencing technology, by offering its dealers at InfoComm a unique sales opportunity. Dealers who purchase five SimphoniX Si-400+ Bundles or five WC301 Universal Bundles will receive an additional Si-400+ or WC301 Universal Bundle for FREE. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 08 news from The Briefing Room

The M Series

Chistie DS+10K-MI kidded George Tsintzouras, Senior Product Manager for Business Products at Christie, today that he should make infommercials for a living. That joke was based on George’s incredible enthusiasm for Christie’s new M Series line of dual-lamp, 3-chip DLP projectors, directed at the AV market. Manufacturer representatives, after all, are supposed to be enthusiastic and I’ve heard some great sells over the years. But George was positively mesmerizing while discussing what Christie views as major breakthroughs with the M Series. George’s point is that the innovation inside the M Series units revolves around impressive advances in optics, allowing two lamps to produce 10,000 lumens out of a single projector.

But he also loves the weight (just 55-lbs.), swappable lamps, intelligent lens system with encoder-based motors, and much more. He was particularly jazzed, for instance, about the filter-free, dust-sealed engine design on the system. more…

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