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CRESTRON INTRODUCES NEW HIGH-POWER, ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMMERCIAL AMPLIFIERS

Series Commercial Amplifiers Merge High-Output Performance with Low Energy Consumption and Design Versatility for Lecture Halls, Restaurants, Retail Space,
Hospitality, Boardrooms, Auditoriums and More

Orlando, FL, June 15, 2011 – At InfoComm Booth #3001, Crestron today introduced a new line of energy-efficient high-power commercial amplifiers. Designed to meet ENERGY STAR® certification, the exclusive AMP Series amplifiers help meet energy savings objectives and green initiatives without sacrificing audio performance. Each AMP Series amplifier is 100% Crestron designed, engineered, and manufactured. Read on at The Wire

Buzz Around IT Permeates Show Floor

Lindsey Snyder

True to its stated the theme, InfoComm 2011 is “The Center of IT All.” As the show opens, there are many events and attractions garnering attention. “Its about new products, education, and networking,” said Randal A. Lemke, executive director and CEO, InfoComm International.

On the education side of the show, 70 percent of the classes are new, he said. Audio-focused classes in particular pre-sold very well. Read on at SCN

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SVC is Tweeting from the Showfloor

Be sure to follow SVC_Online. Editor Cynthia Wisehart is tweeting as she makes the rounds from the show floor.

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EAW Debuts New VF Series Family of Products

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EAW® (Demo Room 204A), a world leader in audio system solutions for over 30 years, unveils its new VF Series family of passive products, consisting of five models of VFR Two-Way Full-Range Loudspeakers; two VFS Subwoofers; and three VSM Stage Monitors. The VF family of products represents a new approach to the needs of professional audio from EAW, combining a hybrid of portable and install features in one package. VF products were engineered with a robust design, including uncompromised sound quality for multiple applications with clean blended lines, rigging, and transformer options desired in an installation product. Read on at The Wire

See This at Roland Systems Group #IC200

Here’s one of my show picks. I like the Roland Systems Group VR-5 AV switcher (Mac version debuts here plus Mac remote software). But let’s say you already have an audio or video switcher. Now the upcoming VC-30 img_0239.JPGwill let you combine any audio and video source–actually it doesn’t have to be switchers but see the picture for how a professional-looking live streaming production set up would look. What you don’t see is the simultaneous USB and Firewire out, so you can stream and record (say to Blu-ray) simultaneously–great if you want to stream the sermon and capture to disc at the same time. Also key: built-in offset for audio delay so a single, clean file goes to your content delivery network (CDN) for bulletproof sync. Shipping in July, according to Roland’s Rob Read.

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AVI-SPL Launches Mobile App for InfoComm

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AVI-SPL, the largest global integrator of Pro AV, video conferencing and telepresence systems, has launched a free iPad/iPhone for InfoComm 2011 attendees so they can keep up with all AVI-SPL and show news. Read on at The Wire

Live in Real Time

If you’re at the show looking for live streaming solutions, find your way to Digital Rapids #IC2378. img_0234.JPGTheir long experience in broadcast translates to the Touchstream appliance for our market and now the new Broadcast Manager software and remote control. The combination simplifies managing multiple seats and setting up redundancy for streaming live in real time to every desktop and device, campus-wide or worldwide. Digital Rapid’s Wesley Thiessen says the world’s largest retailer recently did annual their annual shareholder’s meeting with Touchstreams, NAB screened live to the internet from the show floor also with Touchstream. Now working under Crestron control, it should be one stop in your research for streaming live and simultaneously to multiple points.

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InfoComm International Awards the Late Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award

profdrfritzsennheiser_21×30.jpgFounder of Sennheiser Honored at Leading Industry Conference for his Lasting Contributions to AV Technology

Orlando, Fla. – June 15, 2011: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the professional audio/visual industry, has awarded the late Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser with the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award. John Falcone, president and chief executive officer of Sennheiser USA, accepted the award on behalf of Professor Dr. Sennheiser during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at InfoComm 2011, the world’s largest commercial audio/visual tradeshow. more…

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Vaddio and AT Spectrapulse

I don’t have a picture of this but want to mention that Vaddio is showing a good application of Audio-Technica’s Spectrapulse wireless conference system at #IC1963. Camera rotates to face the person as they touch the transmitter. Vaddio did a good job at NAB and here of contextualizing their cameras with some cool partner gear.

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Washable Headphones with Limiter

Califone‘s Tim Ridgway says the new washable headphones are the industry’s first to carry a built in 85db limiter. Califone’s been working with the American Speech and Hearing Association to help promote a campaign to education people about responsible use of personal audio technologies and responding in their own products. i expect to eventually see some of these best practices for dealing with volume and ambient noise levels formalized into regulations. (But as a parent that could just be wishful thinking).

Califone has also brought four new lines of new ultra-rugged headphones all (like the washables) are built from ABS plastic (hard to break and no shards if they do), slotted baffles and–on most models–extra deep ear cuffs. img_0223.JPGThe top of the line Discovery has a foldable noise reducing mic and volume control. The Odyssey same without the mic. The Explorer is mono/stereo switchable and the value-priced 610 has durable, replaceable earpads. There are other features and models in the lines, so go see.

For more see four new headphones debuting at #IC4117. Or watch the related video (one of many that the prolific Ridgway has made).

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