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ARCHIVE: LG’s Prototypes

Lots going on at LG‘s booth (N5941), but I liked the prototypes best. Cool, sort of out-of-the-box LCD displays that may, or may not, have useful applications in the world of digital signage are on display at the booth. Among them:

*LG’s “Stretch Screen” Flatiron display for an ultra-wide-screen look. It has a fancy model number, but company officials insist “Stretch” is name enough. Check it out, and you’ll see what they mean. more…

ARCHIVE: Digital Projection on Display

Digital Projection TitanDigital Projection officials are understandably proud of the Ultra Contrast Display demo they have running in their booth (N6340). The demo uses contrast enhanced versions of their Titan and Lightning 1080p projectors stacked and configured to offer what looked, to my eye, to be a gorgeous and dynamic presentation. The philosophy of Digital Projection’s booth is to let all the front displays as you enter the booth fully embrace ambient light from the hall and celebrate their capabilities in that fashion. But in the demo theater, the Ultra Contrast displays were cooking up to a 5000:1 contrast range in real pretty ways. Marketing Manager Michael Bridwell was understandably jazzed about the demo, and also the performance of the new Titan Pro 700 series of projectors and their redesigned chassis, designed to permit some pretty radical projector configurations in various types of staging scenarios. more…

ARCHIVE: Featured News from the Briefing Room: WIDEBAND SOLUTIONS CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH INFOCOMM SALES PROMOTION

For Wideband Solutions, five is the magic number at this year’s InfoComm show (Booth C4540). WideBand Solutions is celebrating five years as one of the leading providers of high-end audio conferencing technology, by offering its dealers at InfoComm a unique sales opportunity. Dealers who purchase five SimphoniX Si-400+ Bundles or five WC301 Universal Bundles will receive an additional Si-400+ or WC301 Universal Bundle for FREE. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Crown’s ‘more power’ amps

Crown Macrotech i SeriesAt InfoComm, Crown, part of the Harman Pro Group, introduced new mega-powered members of its Macrotech i Series of power amplifiers: the 5000i, the 9000i, and the 12000i. These are designed for touring, but they’re expected to find permanent homes in various installations. That’s because Crown’s installation line, CTS, maxes out at 1500W per channel. The Macrotech i Series offers 2,000, 3,000, and 4,000W per channel.

On the other end of the spectrum, Crown introduced a much smaller amp, the 135MA. Designed for audio installations such as smaller retail stores and medical offices, the 35W mixer/amplifier has a three-input mixer (each input has volume control) for a single audio zone.

ARCHIVE: Featured News from the Briefing Room: Hitachi Showcases CP-A100 Short Throw LCD Projector At InfoComm 08

hheabg_cpa100.jpgOffering a new level of versatility and performance to the education and corporate markets, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Business Group will be exhibiting the CP-A100 LCD projector at InfoComm 08. This revolutionary new model features a very short throw distance, eliminating the problem of presenters obstructing the projected image by standing in front of the screen. Additionally, the CP-A100 offers networking capabilities, allowing multiple projectors to be controlled and monitored from a single location. Read on at The Briefing Room

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ARCHIVE: Planar Plasma Alternative

Planar Clarity x100HDPlanar Systems (formerly Clarity) booth (N6332) is showing its rear-projection alternatives to those 103in. plasma giants. The Clarity x100HD is a 100in. HD DLP flush-mount rear-projection display is a unit designed with conference rooms in mind. You really wouldn’t know it was a rear-projection system with the flush-mount design, which could be a little more problematic of a build for older rooms. Like other rear-projection system in the Planar line, the display is serviceable from the front. The x100 HD will be shipping in Q4. more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: Electrosonic to Display its IP Network Video Distribution Products and JPEG-2000 Server at InfoComm 2008

Visit Electrosonic’s Booth C924 at InfoComm to get in on the most comprehensive array of Electrosonic products to be shown anywhere this year. Electrosonic will highlight products for graphics and IP network video distribution and showcase its line of JPEG-2000 servers, HD video players and multi-image display processors. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Featured News from the Briefing Room: InFocus Makes a “Triple Play� with Three New Projectors

IN5100The InFocus IN5100 series of installation projectors provides integrators and installers with a powerful 4000 to 5000 lumens in wide or standard XGA resolution. At 5000 lumens, the IN5100 series only uses a single lamp, making it both simple and economical. Horizontal and vertical lens shift, four optional lenses and many connectivity options make the 5100 series adaptable to a broad range of installations. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Analog for Yamaha

Yamaha IM8It’s a testament to the thoroughness of the digital revolution that the introduction of a new analog mixing board is now officially a Big Deal.

Yamaha, which in the past decade has released so many blockbuster consoles with “D” in their designation, has introduced its first analog mixing board since about five years ago. The new IM8 line is built in the heralded factory in Japan that makes all the marquee boards for the company that have PM in their name. The focus is on high sound quality and high build quality. The IM8 is available in 24-, 32-, and 40-channel configurations. The intended market, according to marketing manager Marc Lopez, is smaller musical tours and houses of worship. The latter is a ripe market for analog mixing consoles because for many users, especially inexperienced mixers, it’s much easier to pick up the craft of mixing when there’s a discrete hardware knob for each channel – rather than a digital menu to page through to find the correct channel to tweak. more…

Rise Vision Achieving the Content Goal

Over at the Rise Vision booth (N7341), fellow Contributing Editor Bennett Liles and I talked digital signage shop with VP Ryan Cahoy. The digital signage area in the North Hall is staggering—and more than a little confusing to some.

Cahoy says what it comes down to is achieving the content goal. That is, content is in an age where it is expected to be continually be updated. Cahoy says that often times users and integrators get hung up on the display systems, when really they should be focusing on content development and deployment. When you buy a computer, that system is already almost obsolete; the same is true of displays. Although users are always going to want display their content at the best quality possible, Cahoy says it’s a moot point if the content is stale. Which is why he points to Rise Vision’s Display Network web-based monitoring system. more…

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