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QSC Launches New Q-Sys Network Audio Products

QSC Audio Products (Booth C9917) showed two new Enterprise Cores at InfoComm 2014.  The new Core 1100 provides 256 x 256 network audio channels and 96 AEC channels, while the new Core 3100 is capable of a robust 512 x 512 channels and 192 AEC channels. Additionally, the already familiar QSC CXD-series amplifiers got a boost with the launch of CXD-Q designed specifically for use with the respected Q-Sys platform.  Combined together, the amplifiers benefit from Q-Sys extensive DSP processing for a well-integrated solution to large installed applications, including convention centers, public transportation terminals, hotels, stadiums, and other venues with complex zone and routing requirements.

 

On the speaker side, three new speaker models have been added.  Two surface-mount loudspeakers in the Acoustic Design Series bookend an already diverse line of product.  The AD-S112sw is a compact single 12″ subwoofer with weather treated driver capable of 121db peak SPL, and includes mounting yoke.  Advanced voicing filter sets using QSC Intrinsic Correction™, available through either Q-Sys processing or CXD amplifier platforms.  The AD-S6T uses a 6” weather treated woofer; 1” silk dome tweeter to achieve 105° Axisymmetric (conical) coverage.  Maximum peak SPL 116 db, and also utilizes advanced voicing filter sets using QSC Intrinsic Correction™, available through either Q-Sys processing or CXD amplifier platforms. 60 watt low-saturation and low-loss 70/100V transformers with 8? bypass are built in.  The entire line is designed for indoor and outdoor use, and meets IEC60529 IP-54 for dust and splash resistance.

More information at qsc.com

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.

 

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.

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.

The Christie Corvette– 3D Projection Mapping at InfoComm

The set has both the floor, or ground, and the background made with Christie MicroTiles. And the model Corvette, about a two feet long, is an actual 3D model (solid white) onto which 3 Christie DLP projectors project the car’s color, features, etc.

For the past couple of InfoComm shows, one of the more intriguing trends on view has been pixel mapping, also called 3D projection mapping. Of course, this is not just for tradeshow demos. Projection mapping can be seen at very high-end live events, where, for example, the entire side of a large building becomes a screen. But don’t think that someone is just pointing a high-lumen video projector at a building. We’re talking here about getting the pixels to literally “map” every nuance of the surface of the object. In other words, the focal plane is not constant but mirrors the changing shape of the surface. And even better, the projector knows the surface changes and software can throw custom content, at the appropriate luminance and focus, onto different parts of the surface, on demand. The effect is stunning.

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YOU GOTTA SEE THIS ONE!

Switchcraft SC900There’s a lot of amazing stuff here at InfoComm, but sometimes what really impresses me are the simple things based on clever ideas that are designed to make your life easier. One great example of this is the new SC900 Direct box from Switchcraft. Yes, I realize there’s not usually much excitement about a passive direct box (even if it features a pad switch and a Jensen transformer). But the magic here comes from a brilliantly simple (and patent-pending) feature that automatically activates the unit’s ground lift switch when 48 volt phantom power is applied, effectively creating a remote controllable ground lift. There’s also a manual switch for selecting (or defeating) ground lift. Check it out at booth C6836. Awesome!—George Petersen

Hitachi Debuts The CP-WUX645N 3LCD Projector

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is debuting the CP-WUX645N 3LCD projector; a new projector that combines ease of installation and functionality with superior technology and advanced operation. With WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution, 10-bit image processing and a brightness of 4,200 ANSI lumens, the CP-WUX645N is the ideal projector for large venues and for viewing HDTV content. Read on at The Briefing Room

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COUNTDOWN TO INFOCOMM

infocomm10-logo.jpgINFOCOMM ROLLS INTO LAS VEGAS this week and it’s definitely THE place to be for anyone serious about audio and video systems, and digital signage/display technologies. The one thing constant about technology is that it’s always in a state of change and InfoComm is an ideal forum for keeping up new standards and the state of the art.

infocomm09_floor.jpgFounded just a year ago—and celebrating its first birthday at InfoComm—the AVnu Alliance has been advancing pro-quality audio/video by promoting IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. AVnu promotes the benefits of AVB technologies and will create compliance test procedures and processes that insure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, with the goal of better A/V experiences for end users. For anyone involved in the installation/manufacturing/sales/distribution/operation of A/V products, AVnu is a good thing. more…

Ashly Celebrates 35 Years of Building Elegant Solutions to Everyday Audio Issues

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Ashly Audio is celebrating its 35th Birthday at InfoComm. Central to the history of Ashly Audio is Billy Thompson, the maverick engineer who, in 1974, inspired the five owner/operators of a struggling live sound company to redirect their talents toward the production of live sound equipment. It was Thompson’s passion for designing and building processors and amplifiers of unparalleled functionality, musicality, and reliability that cemented Ashly’s enduring reputation in both the fixed installation and live sound markets. And it was Thompson’s prescience that moved Ashly to the forefront of the digital revolution, where its current array of network-ready products provide solutions of power, reliability, and economy for the modern integrator. Read on at The Briefing Room

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