We’ve talked a good bit about how even the smallest churches can be worldwide broadcasters on the Internet now with very little financial investment and a small technical personnel base. The tech guru is usually someone in the congregation who works at a computer company or broadcast station. The Barix Instreamer can take the audio mix right out of the mixer and send it directly online or to a digital storage device for delayed broadcast. Barix Technology is also showing some boxes that can interface with the HVAC and lighting systems to shut down lights and change climate control settings according to the building activity schedule. Saving increasingly expensive energy and providing a worldwide conduit for the church message costs a surprisingly small amount. The InStreamer lists for only $395 and is so simple to set up, any local tech “guru” in the congregation can manage it. Thanks to Andy Stadheim, Brian Galante and the Barix crew for the demo.
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The Epson booth is swarming with new products and interested parties today as the company shows its new portables for presenters on the go. These little pearly white machines with soft corners have several new features that I can certainly appreciate for high use environments. While they still can accomodate the usual analog formats, digital has moved in and the great thing is that you can have direct USB conveyance from the computer to the projector with no configuration or source hunting at all. Turn on the projector and the computer. Connect the two with a USB cable and your image is up on the screen. No more fumbling with the function key combos. The new models have A type USB, HDMI and SD card slots as well, so you can have your presentation on just about anything.
These new projectors were made to meet the format and learning curve challenges that have been colliding on so much equipment and it appears that a lot of careful though and customer feedback went into them. It was a great demo.
Danley Sound Labs was showing its dozens of new offerings in its demo room. In terms of raw numbers of new product introductions, so far Danley has beaten every other company I’ve visited. Mike Hedden gave me a rundown of the most prominent new boxes. Danley’s new GH-60 is quite a monster — 18 drivers (8 low, 8 mids, and 2 highs) per cabinet, using the company’s new Synergy horn. Hedden explained that the GH-60 avoids some of the problems associated with line array systems – for instance, that coupling filters don’t work at all frequencies. It’s got a 60 degree horizontal and 45 degree vertical pattern, and actually makes use of all of those 45 degrees (at the top). The GH-60 offers 20dB of gain (rather than a typical 6dB of a line array). Hedden claimed that when it’s hung at 25ft., the cabinet provides even coverage from 10ft. to 100ft. out.
One technological feature that helps support that last claim is the patent-pending amplitude-shading technology, which depends on a “shaded amplitude lens,” a physical means of directing the sound. (Hedden says that Altec did something similar 50 years ago). Another box (2′x2′, for possible ceiling install) that does not yet have a name uses this amplitude shading to achieve an extremely directional sound. Look out for that future product from Danley.
Featured News from the Briefing Room: Barco launches worldâ€™s first three-chip DLP WUXGA projector for professional presentations
Barco, a world leader in advanced digital projection, is pleased to announce the latest addition to its portfolio of projectors: the NW-12. It features a native WUXGA resolution (1920Ã—1200), offers users a greater pixel canvas, allows them to display more sources than ever in full resolution and is fully compatible with modern high-end laptops. Read on at The Briefing Room
Despite having a lousy position in North Hall (N7453), Pantel is still stopping passersby. The companyâ€™s weather-proof panels are only a year in production, so Pantel is a little less well-known. But thatâ€™s about to change.
Itâ€™s all about the water when youâ€™re in the companyâ€™s miniscule booth (well, water and the live music funneling over from stage just yonder; it makes the water seem even flashier). The water thatâ€™s being sprayed on the companyâ€™s displays is a slick graphic, hence the stopping. And the water being sprayed on the mirror-like unit? Thatâ€™s a water-proof display unit thatâ€™s going into Hard Rock Hotel showers. more…
Pioneer is pushing its plasma KURO brand industrial monitors (50-inch and 60-inch) at its booth (N5661) by demonstrating them side-by-side with the consumer versions of those monitors (not much image difference that I can see, but then, my eyes aren’t that reliable–the differences are more about size, inputs/outputs and what-not).
The company has also placed the newest KUROs in all their glory next to older models of Pioneer Plasmas dating all the way back to 1997. In just barely over 10 years, as the demo and the detailed timeline that accompanies it (which details Pioneer’s innovations in Plasma technology going back to 1991) illustrate, general image quality, particularly in black levels, has dramatically improved, while energy consumption has greatly decreased. I found it an interesting reminder of how rapidly technology in the display arena is evolving.
Iâ€™m looking for a quote at the Tannoy demo room in the North Hall. â€œThree days in, not enough sleep, too much to drink?â€? offers Marc Bertrand helpfully. â€œNothing our customer base doesnâ€™t already know.â€?
Still, there is news at Tannoy, big news actually: the launch of the VQ Seriesâ€”a line of precise directional loudspeakers, built for large scale installations that need great quality–and high SPLs. Really high SPLs.
Since the press release calls them â€œrevolutionaryâ€? I need to know why, specifically. more…
ClearOne, a leading global provider of high performance audio conferencing solutions, announced the new Converge PA 2250 and Converge PA 4160 professional audio amplifiers. The PA 2250 is a two channel amplifier that provides 250 watts per channel while the PA 4160 is a four channel amplifier, providing 160 watts per channel. The PA 2250 and PA 4160, with their ample power and exceptional audio performance, satisfy the demand for high definition, multi-channel audio for conferencing, rich media presentations, and sound reinforcement applications. Read on at The Briefing Room
Chyron, known best as the broadcast industry’s standard for on-screen graphics, has developed over the last five years a strong foothold in the digital signage space. The ChyTV products are designed for basic applications that often involve only a single screen — think of a deli with a busy lunch line, entertaining its customers with a live television feed while trying to promote specials (via graphics around the border).
The focus of the ChyTV line has not changed much, except that it’s participated in the industry’s general move toward HD. The new ChyTV HD 150, for instance, accepts an SD video feed on the input and incorporates digital signage graphics on the output and upscales the aggregate signal to 720p or 1080i/p. It also plays clips via its 160GB hard drive. more…
Featured News from the Briefing Room: YAMAHA COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS OFFERS POWERFUL PM5D-EX TO LIVE AND INSTALL MARKET
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems announces the availability of the PM5D-EX digital console power package. The live sound and recording system combines a Yamaha PM5D Digital Mixing Console with a DSP5D Expander doubling the I/O and processing capacity of two PM5D consoles but controlled from a single surface. The system features 96 mono and 16 stereo input channels in a very flexible configuration. Read on at The Briefing Room