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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

Ensemble Makes Scan Conversion Work for AV

For Pro AV, scan converters have been basically too much trouble for mostly so-so results. That was even true in broadcast where they are an unavoidable necessity. Ensemble Designs #IC2313 put the company’s scaling expertise to use on the problem and hit the mark with broadcasters with the Mitto. Now this Infocomm, Mitto gets an AV rollout with three new converters purpose-built for us. Ensemble’s Robert Nunez walks me through it. The original Mitto listed at $5500–went all the way up to 3G with features for audio delay and scaling. Too much for most of our applications. So one of the new converters drops the 3G (it’s HD) and $1600. The second converter drops the audio handles and $3000. There’s also an AV-friendly converter at a higher ($5900) price point with fiber out. If you need fiber runs consider it because it could save you on other aspects of your design.img_0229.JPG

Ensemble also tackled the ease-of-use issues–significantly you can easily grab a portion of your computer screen to redisplay, Nunez says. So overall this is a way to simplify displaying everything from Skype to HD content on another (usually bigger) screen.

Here’s the webcast on the BrightEye Mitto Scan Converter which is a pretty straightforward introduction if you can’t get on the booth to see it. This will get you started and then to read about how this translates to the ProAV market here’s the Infocomm release.

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URC Commercial Product

I sat down with URC‘s director of business development Mitchell Klein to understand more about URC’s commercial push (they are dominant at the mid-level in consumer control Klein says). A founding member of CEDIA, two-time president and long-time board member, Klein says he feels comfortable crossing over into relationships with Infocomm, and he describes what seems to be a committed effort by URC to earn a place in our industry. I think it’s a good time for more control options in the market especially at the mid-level price point. I think consumer control experience is more relevant in our industry now than in the past, especially as more people grow up controlling things from their personal electronic devices.

Klein obviously thinks so too: the company is on their third Infocomm, the first with shipping product (#IC1411): a remote IP network-based SaaS asset management system that came out of a Spinoza partnership, and a touchpanel. Klein says the company is actively hiring and signing up dealers. He’s built out a Dealer University (which awards CEDIA renewal units and soon will do the same with Infocomm RUs Klein says). He’s launched a partner program to insure interoperability with companies such as DVX. For more about the asset management system see URC’s Infocomm release.

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Visionary Solutions Teams With Industry Heavyweights on Technology Demos at InfoComm 2011

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — June 14, 2011 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced that the company will team with several industry partners at InfoComm 2011 on technology demonstrations that feature VSI encoding products as key interoperable pieces within end-to-end workflows. The demonstrations, which include contributions from InfoValue(R), NetroMedia, and Enseo, will show VSI’s versatility working within digital signage, IP transport, multicasting, and IPTV workflows. All demonstrations will be held at VSI’s InfoComm 2011 booth 2114. Read on at The Wire

Califone® Debuts Latest Headphone Series at 2011 InfoComm

Califone Discovery Series Headphones

The Califone Odyssey, Explorer, Discovery, and 610 Series will be Welcomed in a Host of Commercial Applications where High-Quality, Rugged, and Durable Headphones and Headsets are Needed for a Variety of Applications

SAN FERNANDO, Calif., June 8, 2011 – Califone® International, Inc. (http://www.califone.com), a leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of A/V products and accessories since 1947, is proud to announce that it will feature four new headphone series during InfoComm 2011, held in Orlando, Fla. from June 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center, booth 4117.

“The Odyssey, Explorer, Discovery, and 610 Series give our customers even more choices when selecting the appropriate headphones and/or headsets for their specific needs,” said Tim Ridgway, Califone VP of marketing. “These four lines will be welcomed in a host of commercial applications, from call centers to museums to hospitals, where high-quality, rugged, and durable headphones and headsets are needed for a variety of applications.” Read on at The Wire

Apantac Debuts HDBaseT HDMI Extenders and Receivers at InfoComm 2011

NFOCOMM 2011 – 4079 — Portland, Oregon, USA – June 8, 2011 — Apantac LLC is adding to its MT HOOD series of signal processing solutions with the new HDBaseT HDMI Extender and Receiver. They will be on display at InfoComm 2011, booth 4079.

The single port HDMI extenders (HDBT-1-E) and receivers (HDBT-1-R) are applicable for any ProAV application that requires extending HDMI signals up to 330 feet / 100 meters. They use HDBaseT technology for transmitting uncompressed high definition digital video, 3D video, and audio, and various control signals such as RS232 and IR over a single CATx cable. Read on at The Wire

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