ARCHIVE: Classroom Projector

cp-x3010-right-f.jpgIt’s not glamorous, but reliability matters. That’s what Hitachi is counting on with the CPX-3010, which you can see here. Reliability translates to 5000 hours on the filter and a lamp life of 3000 hours in Standard Mode, twice that in Eco mode. It’s 3,000 lumens bright with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, networkable and includes a campus notification system.

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ARCHIVE: Sweet Integration

dscn1783.JPGEarlier I wrote about Broadcast Pix Slate G live streaming system. So this is a follow-on from that. On the Broadcast Pix booth, they’re showing a slick portable configuration of the system invented by Magic Wave Productions, a California integrator. We saw the Magma at NAB, but this is the first time integrators are seeing it (ships early next month).

This system just looks and feels like an integrator put it together. One of my personal favorite elements is the cabling configuration in the back (pictured)–it’s slightly angled for less wear and tear, but still flush to eliminate thigh bruising for those who have to carry the unit from place to place.

dscn1782.JPGIt’s a super-efficient cube design, holds the Slate G system–(you drive from a nice keyboard that doubles as the front panel). It starts at $18,995–which is more expensive than the entry level Slate G system, but for that you not only get the portable configuration, you get the optional four additional cameras standard.

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ARCHIVE: New at InfoComm 2009: Bosch Communications Systems introduces IRIS-Net V2.0

iris_v20_001.jpgOrlando, Florida, June 17, 2009: Bosch Communications Systems is pleased to announce the release of IRIS-Net V2.0. Since its debut in 2002, IRIS-Net has set new standards as a unified software package supporting DSP design, device control, custom user interface creation, and system integration spanning multiple Bosch Communications Systems brands. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: HD over IP

dscn1803.JPGI’m showing you the back of Grass Valley’s MediaEdge HDMA-4100 set top box because it helps explain how this 4th-gen version of the product got so small and streamlined. While I’m normally a fan of packing in the I/O, in this case the right move was to reduce I/O. “The worlds gone to HDMI,” understates Rich Threadgill, Grass Valley’s Manager of Enterprise Distribution and Signage.

The new MediaEdge supports MPEG 4 H.264 and can ship with or without internal storage (starting end of July). At it happens, it also converges in a fortunate synergy with another product that was underway in a very different part of Grass Valley’s parent company Thomson. This convergence provides some powerful, cost effective HD over IP distribution options for stadiums and arenas, schools and new-build hotels. Here’s how Threadgill described what happened. more…

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ARCHIVE: Podcast: The Road Out of Infocomm with Randal Lemke

As InfoComm 2009 raced to a close today, Infocomm International Executive Director Randal Lemke, Ph.D. sat down for a chat just off the show floor with Sound and Video Contractor editor Michael Goldman. Lemke talked with Goldman for the Road to InfoComm podcast series a few weeks ago as final preparations for the show were underway. Now, that InfoComm 2009 is almost done, Goldman wanted to get Lemke’s perceptions of the show and where the AV industry is heading in the second half of the year and into 2010.

To hear the podcast, push the play button or download here.

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ARCHIVE: Now this is I/O

dscn1798.JPGIn a building full of black rectangular boxes you might overlook Communications Specialties new Fiberlink Matrix. But if you work on budget-sensitive projects that require a lot of routing, it could be the most business-friendly Infocomm debut you’ll see this year because it attacks an entrenched problem. You’re all familiar with the configuration limitations of routers (multiply by 8in/8out). We’ve all seen routers from the back—32 jam-packed outs, 2 lonely ins, and a bunch of empty connectors sitting in front of idle processors.

The Fiberlink Matrix (OM32 Fiber Optic Matrix/Signal Router) allows you to configure one I, one O at a time. The box remains the same but where there were empty pins there are plugs and where there were idle processors there is…nothing. Nothing you have to buy and not use. This new paradigm allows Communications Specialties to dramatically disrupt pricing on optical routers, because they can effectively price by the exact number of I/Os required by the individual application. This may not mean an enormous amount on a one-router job, but for installations that require multiples, the savings could virtually be your margin.

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ARCHIVE: New at InfoComm 2009: Electro-Voice Tour X Loudspeaker Line

ev_tourx_product-family.jpgOrlando, Florida, June 17, 2009: Electro-Voice has been building the world’s most trusted touring sound systems since the industry began. Tour X condenses every ounce of EV’s tour-proven engineering expertise into a complete line of multi-purpose loudspeakers designed to deliver the ultimate audio experience for portable or installed applications. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: X2O Media to Unveil Latest Version of the X2O Web Portal at InfoComm 09

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X2O Media announced that it will be demonstrating the latest version of its X2O Web Portal at InfoComm 09. The X2O Web Portal is a comprehensive Web-based platform for managing, planning, and scheduling content for digital signage networks of any size. By combining network monitoring, content management, live data feed management, advertising campaign tools, and customizable reporting features, the X2O Web Portal provides unprecedented power through an intuitive Web interface that greatly reduces the resources and time required to set up, control, and maintain a digital signage network. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: John Meyer’s Been Busy

During my visit to the Meyer Sound booth (5961), it quickly became apparant to me that Meyer’s legendary co-founder and chief, John Meyer, remains as busy as ever creating “his babies,” as marketing chief Kasi Miller described new speakers to me. Those babies in question include new line array speaker products and cinema speaker products that basically are coming to life simply because Meyer retains his passion for his industry and for inventing them.

A couple of them are so new, more…

ARCHIVE: AMX Motto: Simplicity

hpx-1600.jpgThe message being promoted at the AMX booth (4727) is “simplicity” this year, especially with a cool little widget that the company’s marketing manager, Jeff Kindig, calls “our sleeper product at the show.” That’s because AMX HydraPort Connection technology solves important, little problems, when compared to the mega signal switchers and other types of technology found across the show. HydraPort is a simple, little, table pop-up module column that is easily custom configurable by the installer or end user directly. more…

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