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A Guide to AV over IP Products at InfoComm 2018

The very first article I wrote for <i>Commercial Integrator</i> won me the job. It was a “test” article — assigned to me after the final interview — about AV …

TV Brands Aren't Always What They Seem

For many shoppers, there’s comfort in choosing a familiar brand. But before you go out and buy a new TV set, there’s something you should know: Even …

Review: Amazon's 4K Fire TV is feature packed, lightning fast, and wonderfully priced

Amazon is set to release its new 4K Fire TV streaming device just in time for the holidays. I’ve spent the last week putting one through the paces to determine if it was a worthy challenger among streaming media gadgets. I’m happy to report it’s a silky smooth operator that’s perfectly priced to …

Demystifying SDN

It’s an integral part of next-gen IP video transport

Nextgen

ASSA ABLOY to Acquire August Home

ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire U.S. smart lock manufacturer August Home.

Samsung Announces New HDR Format, Streaming Deal with Amazon

Samsung and Amazon have announced a new standard for high dynamic range (HDR) content that “leverages dynamic metadata to produce enhanced contrast …

Death of Projection Screens?

This past week a prominent AV industry blogger wrote on the demise of the projection screen market.<p>Gary Kayye of rAVe Publications said, essentially, …

The curved and 3D TV revolution is already dead

Only a few years after curved and 3D screens first came on the market, promising to bring a sort of IMAXish immersive way of viewing into consumers’ living rooms, the TV makers that pioneered the technology are eschewing it.<p>At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, where TV makers …

CES

Samsung’s next big gamble: A TV that never turns off

CES 2017 has already produced plenty of interesting announcements, but leave it to Samsung to throw the tech world a curve ball with a tantalizing …

HDMI's new spec improves 8K, HDR and gaming

You're about to feel better if you've been holding back on buying a new TV. The HDMI Forum has unveiled a new specification for its namesake video connector, HDMI 2.1, and there's enough here to make enthusiasts happy. It now supports both very high resolutions <i>and</i> high frame rates. In particular, …

Decoding HDMI Bandwidth: What’s the Deal? Is It 10Gbps, 18Gbps or 30Gbps?

There was a fair amount of fiber at CEDIA 2016. It tends to focus on longer products, typically 10 meters and up, since copper is pretty much limited …

Arista Networks Just Scored a Major Legal Victory Over Cisco Systems

A U.S. jury on Wednesday handed Arista Networks a major win in a wide-ranging legal battle against Cisco Systems, ruling that Arista owed no damages …

Tessera To Acquire DTS For $850 Million

Tessera Technologies, a manufacturer of imaging and semiconductor packaging and bonding technologies, will acquire DTS in a cash deal valued around …

Samsung is buying Harman in an $8 billion bet on connected cars

The Korean company’s biggest ever acquisition places it at the heart of the car-tech market<p>Samsung has announced this morning it’s buying US audio company Harman in an all-cash deal worth $8 billion. The acquisition is Samsung’s largest ever, and places the electronics company in the vanguard of …

Car Tech

Dynamic Projection Launches Mirror Head for 3-Chip DLP projectors. - rAVe [Publications]

Dynamic Projection Institute has focused its latest development on Mirror Head system for making creative projection systems. The MH14 allows you to …

Panasonic

Kaleidescape is Back: Interview with CEO

Less than one month ago Kaleidescape announced it was closing down. Today, CEO Cheena Srinivasan tells CE Pro the company has new equity funding and …

Sony's Canvas Display - Best of Show at InfoComm 2016? - rAVe [Publications]

I can’t really crown Sony’s CLEDIS display my best of show winner, as I have only been here one day and have not seen all the cool stuff yet – but …

Cool Stuff

HYSTOU FMP04B PC Features Intel Core i3-i7, Dual HDMI and Dual Ethernet

An interesting range of devices have appeared on GearBest showing off some pretty unique specifications.<p>The HYSTOU FMP04B is an range of PCs powered …

Computer Hardware

Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid has announced plans to enter the smart TV market with a new line of 4K Ultra HD LED offerings. The company announced a new partnership with …

Gear & Gadgets

Interview: B&W Acquired by Owner of San Francisco 49ers, a Super-Geeky Audiophile

The vaunted audio brand Bowers & Wilkins has been acquired by Silicon Valley start-up Eva Automation, whose CEO Gideon Yu is president of the San …

Emotiva Announces “Affordable High-End” Electronics Line

Emotiva Audio has announced a line of amplifiers and stereo preamp/tuners designed to deliver “audiophile power and performance at price points that …

Audiophile

RBH Sound SI-1010P In-floor or In-Ceiling Subwoofer Review

The SI-1010 is one of only a few subwoofers that fill a niche in the market, consumers who want powerful bass but won't accept even the smallest …

Living Rooms

The 9 Best Stereo Receivers to Buy in 2018

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Audiophile

Premium High Speed HDMI Cables Are Entering the Market

Understanding the new Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program needs to start with a little context. Don’t worry this isn’t a white paper.<p>The current …

You can watch movies with Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound in iOS 9.3

If you're the type to use an iPad as a television, you can pencil in a subwoofer for your next summer blockbuster viewing party as Apple has extended …

Nerd Alert: New Crestron IP Control for Apple TV Gen 4, and the Magic of SIMPL#

<i>Crestron, a leading provider of home automation and building controls, finally has a rich Apple TV IP driver, including support for the Gen 4 box,</i> …

LG Intros 86" "Stretch" 7-foot Wide by 1-foot Tall, 4K Resolution Monitor - rAVe [Publications]

LG introduced an 86-inch “Ultra Stretch” digital signage monitor at DSE aimed at transportation, retail stores, banks and museums.<p>Using an aspect …

4K resolution

Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Scorsese invest in same-day theatrical releases for $50 (Update)

When Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, and J.J. Abrams throw their weight behind something, you know it’s movie gold … …

Loudspeaker Drivers: Identifying Legitimately High Fidelity Parts

This article focuses attention on loudspeaker drivers while continuing the series on “Identifying Legitimately High Fidelity Loudspeakers. We take …

Audiophile