Featured News from the Briefing Room: ClearOne Introduces New Audio Power Amplifiers

Converge PA 4160ClearOne, 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

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ChyTV keeps advancing

ChyTV HD 150Chyron, 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 PM5D-EX Digital Audio ConsoleYamaha 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

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Treveni perspective

Triveni Ensignia Digital Signage LobbyTalking with Ralph Bachofen, senior director of product management and marketing. He’s here in at least two roles—he spoke at a packed NXTcomm session on video quality for IPTV and he’s on the LG booth at InfoComm with Treveni’s digital signage software.

Specifically they’re showing the Treveni software riding atop the built in controller of the LG M4210N HD LCD—called the Ensignia Digital Signage Lobby system. This is a wireless virtually installation-free deployment; it also comes in a networked version, that plays into what Bachofen says is a desire for end-to-end, simple systems. “You power it up and it’s a sign,â€? Bachofen says. Treveni already has a deal to distribute the Ensignia Lobby signage system here in Vegas through Innovative. more…

Four New Products from C-Nario

Yael Elstein, the C-nario VP of Marketing and David Kanaan gave me the tour of new things from C-nario. This included a demonstration of the C-nario Cube, the digital signage display, distribution and management platform for messaging in better than broadcast quality playback. The learning curve on this seems to very easy and the demo included setup of various patterns on a 40-screen monitor wall. These can be saved as presets and then recalled with one button push completely reassigning every individual monitor and its content source. C-nario Advertiser ad management system blends with this to allow complete control and reporting of all content. The C-nario Entertainer allows managing and operating complex, high-quality video based shows to add excitement to any event. The C-nario Messenger can show a screenful of individual displays so that an operator or controller can see exactly what each screen in an ad network is doing in real time. Email trouble reporting is also possible for rapid troubleshooting. This was a very impressive demo and C-nario seems to have a lot of the right answers with this system.

Extron’s Explosion of New Products

Extron Global Viewer EnterpriseYou can always count on Extron to have a lot of new things to unleash on the Infocomm crowd and this year is no exeption. Director of marketing communication, Mike Andrews showed Michael Goldman, Jessaca Gutierrez and I around the massive Extron area and I was particularly impressed with their new Global Viewer Enterprise. This is the new server-based AV system management and control application that I got a sneak peek at during the Educators’ reception. The primary advantage is multi-rooms at a glance with lamp time meters and a host of other control and management features. more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: ELECTROGRAPH LEADS BY EXAMPLE AT INFOCOMM 08

Electrograph Systems (InfoComm Booth C1230), a leading national distributor of display technology products and services, will showcase the widest array of AV displays and accessories to be seen in one booth, including exclusive showings of several digital signage products, during InfoComm 08, June 18-20, in Las Vegas. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Featured News from the Briefing Room: Furman to Offer AC Power Training Session at InfoComm 2008 in Las Vegas

Furman, a world-leading provider of power management solutions, today announced that Christos Desalernos, domestic sales manager for Furman’s Pro Division, will conduct a training session at InfoComm 2008 in Las Vegas. The hour-long session, entitled “AC Power Management for Audio/Video Professionals,� will be held on Friday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Training Room 3 (MT3) of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In his presentation, Desalernos will provide a comprehensive look at the challenges caused by AC power in modern AV installations and their solutions. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Lumita and 3LCD promote a new spec

I wandered into the screening room at the 3LCD booth yesterday. Happening inside was a presentation by a representative from Lumita, a research, consulting, and product dev firm that focuses on color science. Earlier this year the firm put out a report that proposed a new metric for projectors: color brightness.

The 3LCD consortium has touted this report for obvious reasons: the color wheels of 3LCD projectors do not incorporate a white light section. DLP models do have that section. So though white light certainly pumps up a projector’s ANSI lumens count, it would do nothing to enhance a projector’s “color brightness.” more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: ELITE SCREENS ANNOUNCES KESTRAL – ITS INNOVATIVE PORTABLE ELECTRIC SCREEN

Elite Screens, an innovative company that specializes in affordable high quality projector screens, announced the Kestrel projection screen. It is a premium grade mobile electric floor-rising screen designed for executive presentations, formal functions or residential home theater rooms that require a flexible alternative to fixed wall or ceiling-mounted installations. Read on at The Briefing Room

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