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Sound & Video Contractor Magazine Announces 2014 InfoComm Best Of Show Award Winners

Las Vegas, NV (June 20, 2014) — Sound & Video Contractor magazine, published by NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group, announced its Best of Show Award winners today at the InfoComm 2014.

 

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

 

The 2014 winners are:

Audio-Technica ATND971 Network Microphone with Direct Dante™ Protocol

Aurora Multimedia QXT-700

Black Box MediaCento IPX Controller

Clear-Com HelixNet HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount

Core Brands BlueBOLT BB-RS232

Crestron Electronics DigitalMedia

D-Tools, Inc. SIX 2013 R2 featuring Mobile Quote

Epson America, Inc. Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL

ESP/SurgeX ESP enVision PCS with Remote Portal

Kramer Electronics VIA Collage

Lab.gruppen D series with Tesira

LG Electronics LG’s 55LV77A Full HD Video Wall Display

Listen Technologies iDSP RF receiver

Martin Audio DD12

Middle Atlantic Products TechPed™ Series Technology Pedestal

Peerless-AV Peerless-AV PeerSound™ Wireless Audio System (ADS100-B)

QSC CXD-Q Amplifiers

Rane Corporation EXP 2X

Shure Inc. QLX-D™ Digital Wireless System

SiliconCore Technology Magnolia 1.5mm LED

Sony Electronics VPL-GTZ1 4K ultra short throw laser projector

SVSi N-Touch N8300-series Wall Controller

Symetrix, Inc. SymNet Composer 2.0

TEKVOX, INC. TEK 2

Vaddio AV Bridge Matrix PRO

Vaddio RoboSHOT Broadcast and Conference

Video Devices (at Sound Devices booth) PIX 270i

Video Furniture International  (VFI) Electric Lift Collaboration and Video Table

Visix, Inc. MEETINGMINDER™ ROOM SIGN LINE

Yamaha QL Series Digital Audio Console

WOW Vision (at Starin booth) Collab8 Eco-System

 

See the official rules. For more information, contact Anthony Savona.

 

About NEWBAY MEDIA

NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest B-to-B professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com.

 

 

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All-Star Rockers Assembled for Free Bose Concert

Bose Professional Systems (Booth C11122) hosted a free concert Thursday at 5:30 pm in the LVH Theater, directly adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The assembled “supergroup” includes Howard Leese (Guitar- Heart, Bad Company), Doug Aldrich (Guitar- Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (Vocals- MSG, Survivor), Paul Shortino (Vocals- Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Andrew Freeman (Vocals/Guitars- Lynch Mob, The Offspring), Jay Schellen (Drums- Badfinger, Asia), Michael T. Ross (Keys- Lita Ford Band), and Mark Boals (Vocals- Yngwie Malmsteen).  The setlist included classic tunes from legendary rock groups like the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Journey, Aerosmith, and more.  The nearly standing-room-only crowd was treated to over 90 minutes of classic rock anthems.

 

This extraordinary musicianship was enhanced by the acclaimed Bose RoomMatch™ audio system, with unparalleled coherence through a manifold waveguide, allowing a much lower crossover point than most other compression arrays.  Bose’s unique construction is modular, allowing different midrange/high-frequency units (even with asymmetrical dispersion patterns) to be combined with low-frequency units into one line array unit.  This unusually diverse pallet allows designers to customize the coverage more ideally to the room and seating, keeping energy off the walls and other surfaces and cutting down destructive interference.  The system was powered by Bose PowerMatch(tm) 4- and 8-channel amplifiers delivering up to 4000 watts per amplifier with less than 20-amp current draw per unit.

 

L-Acoustic Shows Constant-Curvature Line Source “WST”

L-Acoustic (Booth C11908) has introduced two models of Constant-Curvature line source speakers. “WST” stands for Wavefront Sculpture Technology, where boxes can be used individually or in small arrays as a point-source solution, or arrayed with multiple units as a line source, without destructive interference effects.

 

 The line source can be deployed either horizontally or vertically, with a coverage angle proportional to the number of enclosures in the array (N x 22.5 degrees). On the other plane—vertical or horizontal, respectively—the ARCS II line source provides an asymmetrical coverage angle of 60 degrees (20/40). The orientation of the ARCS II enclosures within the array determines asymmetric distribution, allowing the use of a horizontal ARCS II line source either for upward or downward coverage.

 

ARCS II can be quickly deployed as a tightly packed front of house system for medium throw applications with high-SPL LF impact and excellent stereo imaging. With precise and flexible coverage capability, the ARCS II is also well-suited for use as a distributed system, center cluster for theatrical work, sidefill monitoring, flown or stacked center fill, stereo front fill, offstage fill or delay system for concert audiences in stadiums and arenas.

 

The LA-RAK touring rack and LA8 amplified controller preset library deliver an extremely advanced and precise drive system for ARCS II. Additional features include the L-DRIVE intelligent two-way transducer protection circuit (Peak and RMS limiting) and unique Array Morphing EQ interface allowing the engineer to quickly adjust the tonal balance of the system to produce a reference curve or ensure consistency of the system’s sonic signature with multiple arrays of different types and sizes.

DriveCore Install from Crown Expands with New Networked Amps

As the HARMAN family continues to develop an integrated approach to its product line with the HiQnet Audio Architect system for control and monitoring based on TCP/IP protocols, Crown (Booth C10122) is expanding with a powerful pair of amplifiers well-suited to high-power/high-quality installations.  The DCi Network Display 8|600 and 4|1250 amplifiers feature front-panel status display and AVB (Audio Video Bridging) connectivity.  The eight- and four-channel amps will be the first amplifiers to be certified by the AVnu Alliance, and are designed for reliable networked operation utilizing AVB network protocols.

 

The eight-channel DCi 8|600 delivers 600W into 8 ohms, (300, 600 and 300W into 16, 4, and 2 ohms), and the four-channel DCi 4|1250 provides 1250W per channel into 8, 4, or 2 ohms (625/ch. Into 16 ohms), with direct drive “constant voltage capabilities, eliminating the need for step up transformers in 70Vrms and 100Vrms applications.  A front-panel display and LED indicators provide at-a-glance indication of key parameters, and a large multifunction knob and push buttons access control functions.

PreSonus has Speakers in “the Worx”

PreSonus (Booth C11341) has announced acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina.  WorxAudio has been a leader in the mid- and large-scale church market, professional touring market, and corporate installations since it’s founding in 1979.  PreSonus intends to leverage the knowledge of these markets, and will take advantage of driver, systems, and mechanical design into future PreSonus offerings for the portable and touring markets, and the needed support of those customers.

 

WorxAudio will be demonstrating their TrueLIne™ X2 and V5 compact line arrays in Demo Room N104 (North Hall) at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Other WorxAudio products can be found at Booth C11746.

New Commercial Installation Solutions from Yamaha

Yamaha Commercial Audio System, Inc. (Booth C10716) has debuted two new amplifiers in their growing Commercial Installations Solutions (CIS) product line.  The MA2030 Mixer Amplifier combines a powerful combination of functionality for small installed sound applications like conference rooms, restaurants, and other mixed use applications.  The internal DSP allows ducking, feedback reduction, auto leveling, speaker processing, 2 x 30 amplifier at a price point not seen before in the market.

 

Adding more power to an installation can be easily accomplished by adding the PA2030 amplifier for an additional 2 x 30 watt amplifier.  It also works as a stand-alone unit, driving high- or low-impedance loads.  The highly efficient Class-D amp design requires no fans for cooling, and requires extremely low-current draw minimizing electricity consumption, and famous Yamaha reliability.

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.

InfoComm 2014 Show Daily: Day 2

Need to catch up with what’s happening at the show? Check out the daily from day two.

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Planar Accelerates Adoption of Ultra HD with New 4K Displays

Today at InfoComm 2014, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, announced it is expanding its 4K product offerings with new displays ranging in size from 28” to 98”.

 

The new displays, which will be showcased at the InfoComm 2014 tradeshow, include additions to two popular Planar product families—the Planar® UltraResSeries and Planar® EP-Series™. Planar also unveiled its new Planar® IX-Series™ 4K desktop monitor. READ ON AT THE WIRE>>

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InfoComm 2014 Show Daily: Day 1

Stay in the know even if you’re not at InfoComm or if you missed the copy at the show. Here’s a link to Day 1 of the InfoComm 2014 Show Daily.

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