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Latest ProAV News By Denise Harrison For the latest news and product views, here's a roundup of what's new in the ProAV market. Find lots of information about the newest products that are important to the ProAV market, such as projectors, displays, presentation equipment, trade show news, screens, and much more. ...Read More »
Latest ProAV News By Gary Kayye, CTS For the latest news and product views, here's a roundup of what's new in the ProAV market. Find lots of information about the newest products that are important to the ProAV market, such as projectors, displays, presentation equipment, trade show news, screens, and much more. ...Read More »
CEDIA and IBC -- Shows to See By Miles Weston Sometime -- you know, in all your spare time -- you've got to take in any one of the trade shows around the globe. Two recent ones were CEDIA in Indianapolis and IBC in Amsterdam. CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) is always in Indianapolis -- who knows why -- and IBC (International Broadcasters Conference) is always in Amsterdam -- that's easy to understand. Of course you couldn't forget the Fall IDF (Intel Developers Forum) event where all of the chip people and system manufacturers tell us how good it is going to be for us. ...Read More »
Latest ProAV News By Denise Harrison For the latest news and product views, here's a roundup of what's new in the ProAV market. Find lots of information about the newest products that are important to the ProAV market, such as projectors, displays, presentation equipment, trade show news, screens, and much more. ...Read More »
The Convergence of HomeAV and ProAV By Gary Kayye, CTS There is an emerging trend that many of you have already noticed. It's the convergence of the HomeAV market and the ProAV market. For example, hasn't it become a lot easier to tell your neighbors what you do for a living? HDTV and the need for higher resolution displays in the home have driven the trend. In fact, more plasmas have been sold into the home than through the ProAV distribution channel. ...Read More »
2004 Predictions: Mid-Year Review By Gary Kayye, CTS Each December ProAV expert Gary Kayye writes a crystal ball-style article that addresses products, technologies and trends that he believes will make an impact in the upcoming year. And, each year, about half way through the year, he takes the opportunity to review the year's predictions and see how well (or badly) he's doing so far. ...Read More »
Coolness Roundup 2004: The Well-Appointed Edit Suite By Charlie White It's turning into another long, hot summer -- time for us to provide chilly relief with our twice-annual Coolness Roundup, your touchstone to all things hip that will make your life easy in and around your edit suite or production facility. Presented in no particular order, here are items that tickled our fancy here at the Midwest Test Facility, including do-dads that you can use as you work, some that you can use around work, and some that will actually keep you from working. And that's OK, too, because after all, it's summer and everybody could use a little coolness. ...Read More »
infoComm04 Post-View By Gary Kayye, CTS ProAV guru and expert Gary Kayye, fresh from an adventure both in the convention hall and behind the scenes, gives you the scoop on what was hot at this year's biggest show for the ProAV marketplace. ...Read More »
Part 3a: Display Technology Shootout By Dr. Raymond M. Soneira This is Part IIIa of a three part article series describing an in-depth comparison between CRT, LCD, Plasma and DLP display technologies in order to analyze the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. ...Read More »
Part 2: Display Technology Shootout By Dr. Raymond M. Soneira This is Part II of an article series describing an in-depth comparison between CRT, LCD, Plasma and DLP display technologies in order to analyze the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. In Part I we measured, analyzed and compared primary specs like Black Level, Color Temperature, Peak Brightness, Dynamic Range, and Contrast for each display. In this second installment in a three-part series we examine the Gray Scale and Gamma in order to explore color and gray scale accuracy. ...Read More »
Temporary Image Retention (TIR) in Direct View LCD Panels By Benjamin Clifton Clarity Systems' Benjamin Clifton, holder of 16 patents in the area of flat panel displays and related technologies, explores the causes and effects of temporary image retention (TIR) in CRT and plasma displays. What causes this problem of image sticking and what can be done about it? ...Read More »
Part 1: Display Technology Shoot-Out By Dr. Raymond M. Soneira We are in a renaissance of display technologies. Ten years ago the CRT was the single prevalent technology. Today CRT, LCD, Plasma, DLP and LCoS are mature and mainstream technologies, with many more trying to emerge from the development lab and into significant market share. With all of these choices come the questions: how do they differ and which one should we get? ...Read More »
Dispelling the Myths About Plasma Displays By Keith Yanke With the increasing popularity of plasma displays both for commercial and residential use, many questions have begun to circulate about the technology - particularly when directly compared to LCD monitors. Keith Yanke, product specialist with NEC, dispels myths and finds truth concerning plasma displays. While both technologies offer many advantages, Yanke supplies the truths and facts behind the most commonly misunderstood perceptions about plasma displays. ...Read More »
AV Hall of Fame: Marty Schaffel By Denise Harrison Marty Schaffel, president and founder of AVI (Audio Visual Innovations) of Tampa, Florida is the latest inductee into Gary Kayye's AV Hall of Fame. Like many of the founders of the AV market, Marty actually started, literally, in his living room and out of the trunk of his car. Since his beginnings in 1979, Marty has built a ProAV powerhouse with a full-fledged, nearly-national systems integration group and has become one of the largest resellers of LCD and DLP projectors of all time. ...Read More »
TrendWatch Fast Fact: One In Five U.S. Studios/Facilities Currently Use HD By Jim Whittington, TrendWatch Inc. In this weekly quick feature, TrendWatch founding partner Jim Whittington offers you interesting factoids based on market research from the broadcast and graphics industries. This week, see how studios and facilities are already adopting HDTV, and how many are planning to do so in the near future, while some will sit on the sidelines, content with their standard-definition offerings. ...Read More »
?Extensive menu DVD Authoring Gaining Ground Among Pro Facilities, according to SCRI/DMN DVD Pro Survey By Desmond Chaskelson According to the SCRI/DMN Pro DVD Usage & Products / Brands Report just over half (50.7%) of all facilities across the board are already engaged in ?extensive menu DVD authoring. About one in four are using ?one touch, while another one in four are not yet engaged in DVD authoring. When looking at only those facilities currently engaged in DVD authoring, ?extensive menu is used by two thirds of these facilities, and ?one touch by one third. ...Read More »
Screen Research Receives THX Certification for Acoustically Transparent, Moiré-Free Projection Screen MISSION VIEJO, Calif. -- February 09, 2004-- Screen Research has received THX certification for its ClearPix2 fabric, which is used in its fixed and electric retractable video projection screens. Unlike traditional perforated screens, the acoustically transparent ClearPix screens require no compensation equalization for speakers placed behind them, and they do not introduce the comb filtering associated with perforations. ...Read More »
NEC Intros New Consumer HDTV Plasma Display Line CHICAGO -- February 06, 2004-- NEC Solutions (America), Inc. today made its plasma display quality and reliability available for residential entertainment with the introduction of its new line of 42", 50" and 61" HDTV plasma displays. With screen sizes of up to 61", wall-mountable silver-bezel designs beginning at only 3.5" deep, and high image quality, the new flat-screen displays engage and impress in home theater, gaming and other residential applications. ...Read More »
Da-Lite Introduces New Multi-Mask Imager Screen Masking System WARSAW, Ind. -- January 15, 2004-- Da-Lite Screen Company, Inc., introduced the latest addition to its line of masking systems, the Multi-Mask Imager. The Multi-Mask Imager is a fixed frame screen that features both horizontal and vertical masking and is available with a choice of eleven projection screen surfaces. ...Read More »
Westinghouse Digital Showcases 47-inch LCD TV AT CES LAS VEGAS -- January 06, 2004-- Westinghouse Digital Electronics will be showcasing its 47-inch LCD TV and latest product innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show in the Las Vegas Hilton Convention Center, Ballroom G, Jan. 8-11, 2004. ...Read More »
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