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brightsign-au335-frontBrightSign debuts ‘affordable’ audio player
Friday, 4 September 2020

UK - BrightSign has announced the BrightSign AU335, an audio player with ARC and eARC support that can distribute up to three zones of audio to soundbars and AV receivers.
“Our new player strikes a balance between affordability and power, making it the ideal solution for virtually any setting where sophisticated, high-quality audio is called for,” explains Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. “Whether simply providing background music or powering the display of complicated consumer electronics products at retail, the BrightSign AU335 is up to the task.”
Besides multi-zone audio support, the AU335 has physical buttons, proximity sensors and more via USB, GPIO or Ethernet connectivity. This enables customers to control the volume and toggle between devices with ease. The BrightSign AU335 includes a free subscription to BSN.cloud Control Cloud for easy access to realtime player health and other controls.
Additionally, the new player supports free presentation-authoring through BrightAuthor:connected, BrightScript, JavaScript and node applications, plus a host of CMS solutions available within BSN.cloud Control Cloud.

yamahaYamaha ADECIA offers flexible audio intelligence
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Europe - Yamaha’s new RM-CG dynamic beam-forming ceiling array microphone and RM-CR conference processor are the heart of the new intelligent ADECIA conferencing solution, which ‘applies automated room tuning and dynamic, multi-beam tracking to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow's conference environments’. Designed to provide flexible audio intelligence for the meeting spaces of today and tomorrow, ADECIA can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations, says the company.
Available from Q1 2021, this solution is based on Dante audio networking and comprises the new RM-CG dynamic beamforming ceiling array microphone, the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, Yamaha’s iVXL1-16P line array speakers and the optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch.
ADECIA is easy to install, set up and operate. The heart of the system is the RM-CR conference processor, which automatically recognizes microphones and speakers on the same network. During commissioning it automatically sets the optimum sound settings for the environment, taking into account the location of speakers and microphones, the room’s reverberation characteristics and echo responses. Auto-tuning is achieved with a simple, five-step process using a special web-based interface. The system then performs auto mixing of all connected Dante audio sources. The conference processor can handle a wide range of sources, including dynamic microphones, analogue line level I/O, USB, Bluetooth and SIP telephony.
The RM-CG dynamic ceiling array microphone features multi-beam tracking technology w

 
 
amberAmber unveils ‘The Second Electrical Revolution’
Thursday, 3 September 2020

USA - Amber Solutions has announced the availability of a white paper on solid-state electrification, the digital control of electricity and the many market opportunities these breakthroughs create. The paper is titled The Second Electrical Revolution.
In March, Amber Solutions introduced the world to the possibility of embedding the digital control of electricity in solid state architecture in every device, appliance, power cord and electrical end point in buildings globally with the immediate commercial availability of its newly-patented Amber AC/DC Enabler and Amber AC Switch.
“Thomas Edison would be proud of what we have achieved,” comments Amber Solutions founder, president and CEO Thar Casey. “The publication of this white paper is the logical and necessary next step in educating the world on the future opportunities our breakthrough creates for, manufacturing partners, electrical designers, interested media and others.”
The Solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything - security and control systems, circuit breakers, dimmer switches, outlets, even appliances. “Through commercial implementation of our technologies within the existing building electrical grid, we can uniquely embed modern intelligence and enhanced sensing functionality into every wall, throughout the whole building. Amber, its partners, and even a couple of its competitors will tap the tremendous opportunity to upgrade every electrical end point in buildings globally to solid-state architecture.”
This white paper det

 
lightlab1ETC releases Augment3d toolkit for Eos
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

USA - ETC has officially released the Eos v3.0 software, bringing powerful three-dimensional programming and augmented-reality control to the Eos platform. This update marks the official integration of the much-anticipated Augment3d toolkit into Eos.
With Augment3d, users can programme moving fixtures with unprecedented speed and ease, visualize their cues in an imported model of their space, and even position lights with a flick of an augmented-reality smartphone “focus wand”. Over 5,000 beta users tested the software in recent months, and their feedback has helped to build one of the most exciting new Eos feature sets yet.
The new software runs natively on all the latest Eos Family hardware and can be used with the ETCnomad software on Mac and PC. Educators, students, and those wishing to learn the software can download the latest ETCnomad software for free and make use of the Augment3d programming space to create virtual design projects in offline mode. ETC has also created a virtual light lab show file to help students use Augment3d to learn about lighting.
If the educational potential of Augment3d seems perfectly timed for the current distance-learning moment, the long-term professional applications for Augment3d are even more powerful. Augment3d supports over 50 different 3D file extensions for importing venue or set models, and you can easily import your fixture plot using a Vectorworks plugin. Even without a pre-existing plot or model, you can use the Fixture Position Estimation tool to quickly reverse-engineer the spatial coordinates of

 
 
kwmq4e1Kam launches Quartet Eco wireless microphones
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

UK - The new Kam Quartet Eco is a complete, easy to operate, professional multi-channel UHF wireless microphone system. Four colour-coded cardioid hand-held microphones are included in the KWMQ4E - Kam Quartet Eco package.
Powered by two1.5V AA batteries, these microphones, with an uninterrupted working distance of up to 60m, transmit audio signals to the Quartet Eco UHF Quad multi-channel receiver, operating between 863.30 / 864.30 / 863.80 / 864.80MHx frequencies.
As with all Kam wireless systems, compact is again the theme, with the road-ready, lightweight metal-cased mains driven (PSU supplied) UHF Quad receiver featuring enhanced muting, individual volume controls for all four microphones, RF/AF LED signal indicators and 4 balanced and unbalanced audio outputs. This UHF receiver also includes a pair of adjustable, omnidirectional antennas that are also removable for storage and transportation.

 
prodigy-fw-updateDirectOut expands capabilities of Prodigy
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Germany - DirectOut has expanded the capabilities of its Prodigy Series with the release of new firmware for both Prodigy.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and Prodigy.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor).
“We are immensely proud to share this major update of the series,” comments DirectOut CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss, “The lockdown had a huge impact on all of us; it has changed and will continue to change the industry. Considering the circumstances, we are extremely happy that we could use this time to continue our work on the Prodigy Series in order to provide customers with this exciting update.”
Originally planned solely for Prodigy.MP, the update considerably expands the potential application scenarios of Prodigy.MC by adding FastSRC and EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching).
FastSRC is a bidirectional, low-latency asynchronous sample-rate converter for MADI and Network I/Os that allows two digital interfaces of a device to work in different clock domains. It combines good sound quality with very low latency of less than 0.15 milliseconds, and is invaluable in live sound applications and a "life-saver" in critical situations.
“Besides finalising the already large feature set of Prodigy.MP,” says Becker-Foss, “we even added a bunch of new functions. Some of them, like the Levelmeter speed configuration or the LTC-to-MTC converter, were implemented as an immediate response to the increased remote production requirements that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new firmware makes the product ready to face those new c

 
 
studio-techStudio Technologies adds Announcer’s Consoles
Thursday, 27 August 2020

USA - Studio Technologies has launched a series of Announcer’s Consoles with Dante Audio-over-IP connectivity and a flexible set of features that supports a wide range of live commentary and related applications.
The new line of Announcers Consoles includes three products - the Model 232, Model 234, and Model 236. All feature a “pro quality” microphone input circuit, Dante and analogue output channels, plus two, four, or six talkback inputs and outputs. Each unit can be easily incorporated into a Dante- or AES67-based network and is compatible with the Dante Domain Manager (DDM) application.
“We designed these units such that they can be used as part of just about any on-air or live-event commentary application,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In addition to their terrific sonic performance, we built-in an incredible number of options that let their performance be easily optimized. We’ve also included some unique, specialized features so they will work very well in REMI/At-home applications.”
The unit’s high-performance microphone preamplifier features selectable gain over a range of 20- to 65-dB with available P48 phantom power. For flexibility, an external source of audio, arriving by way of a Dante receiver (input) channel, can be used instead of the microphone input. This allows devices, such as wireless microphones, to be directly supported. A Dante transmitter (output) channel is provided as the main or “on-air” output. In addition, an analogue microphone-level output is available to allow the unit

 
bromptonBrompton Technology releases LED reporting app
Thursday, 27 August 2020

UK - Brompton Technology has announced the release of its DynaCal Reporting App which generates detailed, multi-language, browser-based reports that offer an objective assessment of a panel’s performance based on accurate measurements using the Hydra Calibration system.
This new tool allows Brompton customers to see at-a-glance headline LED panel performance figures such as achievable luminance and colour gamut, presented in terms of percentage coverage of the Rec 2020 colour space. There are also options to view comprehensive information down to a per-pixel level for each individual panel using convenient, interactive, visual displays.
The DynaCal reporting app is available for any LED panel that has been calibrated using Brompton’s new Hydra Calibration system. Utilising the detailed information collected by Hydra, reports can be generated for individual LED panels, or for entire batches. These reports can easily be shared and viewed in any browser without any special software installed, and the report language can be switched between English and Chinese on the fly.
“The great thing about DynaCal Reports is that our customers are just one click away from data that can help inform decisions about how their panels should be used,” says Thomas Walker, Brompton’s product manager. “The reports offer a quick and easy way of comparing panels and checking they are capable of delivering what is needed at any given point or for a specific project.”
Luminance maps show how the LEDs are performing across the entire panel surface, with addi

 
 
media-orchestratoruiXytech interface provides workflow simplicity
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

UK - Resource management software provider Xytech continues to innovate its MediaPulse resource management system, this time with the release of a new, fully featured graphical user interface for the Media Orchestrator.
Seamlessly incorporated to the workflow software, the new graphical UI merges asset management, operations and resource management, allowing game-changing media services companies to monitor the people, facilities or equipment needed to complete a given task.
“All too often, companies are adversely effected by a lack of efficiency in their workflows, and this can have a direct impact on profit margins,” said Greg Dolan, Xytech CCO. “The media software industry demands intelligent solutions with the ability to dynamically adapt to customers’ constantly evolving needs. With offices in Los Angeles, London, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada and China, Xytech is uniquely positioned to meet customers at their point of need with unmatched technical service. Also, with regular, yearly upgrades and quarterly updates to the MediaPulse platform, we are not leaning on decades-old software like our competitors.”
The new graphical UI takes the complication out of the workflow process by offering users an easily digestible and totally intuitive interface. Users can move an entire block of functionality instead of choosing from a menu item. A user can grab a visual block, plot out the appropriate steps and link it graphically through Visio.
The new UI also allows users to define, configure and monitor any media service workflow while

 
rackbox-microphoneBarix aims RackBox at wider market
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Switzerland - IP audio and control specialist Barix is bringing its IP paging and intercom expertise to large broadcast and emergency response networks with RackBox, a universal cloud-based, any-to-all platform for widespread delivery of critical messages.
Initially custom-developed for a large national US TV broadcaster, Barix has now ‘productised’ RackBox to serve a broader set of paging and intercom needs inside and outside the broadcast industry. In addition to TV and radio networks, RackBox is designed for professional alarm and notification applications over military, emergency response and business networks that serve many locations. RackBox’s single-button user interface enables immediate delivery of important messages to all stations over local and wide-area networks.
RackBox systems are infinitely scalable, with each device programmable as a transmitter, receiver, or both. Using independent Barix AudioSpread devices, the system replicates the live stream globally to receivers anywhere without depending on multicast or complicated configurations. An optional management portal supports real-time monitoring and central configuration.
“RackBox represents our latest advances in cloud-based replication and remote monitoring technology to serve a broad variety of universal communication requirements,” said Johannes Rietschel, CTO and founder, Barix. “As one of the first vendors to innovate paging and intercom solutions for use on IP networks nearly 20 years ago, Barix brings reliable emergency communications over the network to a glob

 
 
kam-ampsKAM extends KXR power amp series
Monday, 24 August 2020

UK - KAM has added four new models to the KXR Series of professional grade, stereo power amplifiers.
Presented in a sturdy 2U mountable chassis with rack-ears, two-channel stereo or bridged output modes, and with outputs varying from 64w to 508w, there’s a model ‘to suit all occasions, meeting the requirements of a vast range of sound reinforcement environments, from live-sound, studio to commercial installations’.
These power amplifiers, feature forced-air cooling for continuous use. “Whilst beautifully designed and engineered on the inside, all effort has been made for ease of use with an easy to configure front panel layout, featuring large channel 1 and 2 volume controls aside the central mains on/off switch, and individual channel status LEDs for power, clip, signal and fault,” says distributor JHS.
With two XLR and two ¼" jack inputs and outputs via two x SpeakON connectors, two pairs of 'banana' binding posts and separate ‘bridge’ binding post, all four new KXR power amps offer flexible connectivity. There are also rear panel switches for stereo/bridge and ground lift, while internal circuits protect against thermal, short circuit and overload.
The operation voltage can also be changed from 110v to 240v for use around the world.

 
wharfedaleWharfedale Pro i-series now shipping
Friday, 21 August 2020

UK - Wharfedale Pro are now shipping their new i-series of installation loudspeakers.
Designed specifically for small to medium scale commercial installations, the i-series is made up of three ABS plastic models (4", 6.5" and 8"). Each model is available in a 70v/100v or in a 8Ω low impedance configuration.
All i-series loudspeakers are IP54 Certified, which makes them suitable for installation into extreme environments where excess moisture or dust ingress are a risk. A full-face aluminium front grille also gives solid protection against any physical impact damage. All models are supplied with fully adjustable steel wall mounting brackets.
Internally, the i-series use a two-way design with a 1.0" silk dome tweeter and custom Wharfedale Pro 4", 6.5" or 8" low frequency drivers. This combination results in a natural sounding speaker that suits both pre-recorded music playback or voice applications.

 
 
mvpiq-spxcamUpgraded Sports Producer aids streaming
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - CP Communications has announced the next generation of Mobile Viewpoint’s IQ-Sports Producer (IQ-SP) family of automated live sports production systems.
Powered by AI and supporting a range of outdoor and indoor sports from football to hockey, the updated series brings several key technology enhancements and adds a new entry-level model - IQ-SP Lite - built for customers focused on single-sport productions with one output stream.
Designed to remove the need of an onsite camera crew, IQ-SP makes professional sports production affordable for minor leagues, training camps, universities - and now, with IQ-SP Lite - smaller colleges and high schools previously hindered by budget constraints. CP Communications is the exclusive North American distributor of Mobile Viewpoint solutions.
Mobile Viewpoint developed IQ-Sports Producer to easily capture, stream and re-publish sports events with ease, and also gives players and coaches an affordable solution for recording practices and create game footage. Mobile Viewpoint has strengthened the AI capabilities in the new generation of IQ-SP systems, which will prove especially invaluable as live sporting events gradually return during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foremost amongst the new AI features is automated highlight creation. IQ-SP can automatically detect scoring plays, and create individual replay clips or post-game highlight packages for publishing to social media and other outlets with minimal manual intervention, saving producers significant turnaround time, effort, and staffing costs.

 
at2020vAudio-Technica releases limited-edition double
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - Audio-Technica has announced two limited-edition iterations of its AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone featuring a reflective silver finish: the AT2020V (standard) and the AT2020USB+V (USB model). The visually striking finish is meant not only to celebrate the mic’s clear, natural sound quality, but to mirror the creative force of its user, making these mics suitable for YouTubers, livestreamers and other content creators.
These side-address condensers are equipped with low-mass diaphragms, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. The mics’ cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source. All models in the AT2020 mic line - the price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology - offer a wide dynamic range and handle high SPLs with ease. Both of the limited edition V models come with AT8458a shock mounts to attenuate any noise, shock, or vibration transmitted through a mic stand, boom, or mount.
The AT2020V is designed for vocal pickup in home-studio applications and features an analogue XLR output for easy connection to a digital converter or mixer. The AT2020USB+V, is suitable for podcasting, streaming, home studio recording, and voiceover use.
The AT2020USB+V features a built-in high-output headphone amplifier with volume control that allows direct monitoring of the microphone signal with no delay. It also offers a mix control that blends microphone and pre-recorded audio.

 
 
anybrandfacecoveringBranded face coverings geared for live sector
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

UK - AnyBrand is introducing face coverings treated with HeiQ Viroblock technology, a “tested and proven COVID-19 barrier” that counteracts the airborne transmission of the virus.
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 Swiss technology has been tested to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the laboratory and the ISO-tested 18184, which is added to the fabric during the final stage of the textile manufacturing process.
AnyBrand founder Colin Graham states: “The new every-day problems we face need high tech and sustainable solutions. Partnering with HeiQ allows us to do this with a unique and invaluable edge.
“We don’t have the cure all solution, but we do have a ‘silver bullet’ that could make the all-important difference to minimise the social distancing requirement that has decimated the live events sector.
“We believe our brandable face coverings present live events with a better chance of accelerating the reopening of its doors with higher capacity audiences, when used alongside other COVID-19 safety measures.”
Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group, said: “We are pleased to partner with AnyBrand in the UK to develop life-saving products and applications for our technology.”
The first face coverings have arrived in the UK this week and AnyBrand is geared up to deliver large quantities of a variety of specifically branded, reusable face coverings within weeks.

 
adjADJ debuts LED-powered ellipsoidals
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - ADJ has introduced its new range of Encore Profile Pro professional LED-powered ellipsoidal fixtures, complete with a wide selection of lens options.
Designed for theatres and other performance spaces looking to embrace the power-saving and heat-reducing benefits of LED, without compromising on performance or features, two models are available. The Encore Profile Pro WW has a powerful warm white LED engine, while the Encore Profile Pro Color offers full colour mixing from a 6-in-1 LED source.
The Encore Profile Pro WW features a potent 260W warm white LED light source with a color temperature of 3200K. It generates an even field of light, with no hot spot, and boasts a high CRI in excess of 97. When used with a 26° lens, it measures a total light output of 10,000 lumens, while the LED engine has an average lifespan of 50,000 hours.
The Encore Profile Pro Color utilises a 250W 6-in-1 RGBWAL LED engine, which also boasts an impressive 50,000 hour average operational life. Through independent dimming control of the red, green, blue, white, amber and lime LED elements, this fixture can be used to generate a huge gamut of colours ranging from vibrant primaries to subtle hues. It can also be used to generate colour-corrected white light, with a macro function providing easy selection of a range of different Kelvin color temperatures. It has a light output of 6,000 lumens (measured with a 26° lens) and offers a CRI in excess of 90.
These robust and reliable fixtures can be used with ADJ’s range of interchangeable lens tubes, however they ha

 
 
mapp-3d1Meyer Sound releases MAPP 3D design software
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - Meyer Sound has announced the release of MAPP 3D, the most extensive upgrade to its industry-standard system design tool since the original MAPP Online software program was introduced in 2001. MAPP 3D works on both the Mac and Windows platforms, employs local processing (no Internet connection required) and is now available as a free download from the Meyer Sound website.
As the name implies, MAPP 3D provides highly accurate, three-dimensional renderings of predicted sound system performance within detailed, wire-frame venue drawings. Equally important, MAPP 3D now offers complete integration with the Galileo Galaxy Network Platform and Compass control software for a seamless workflow from initial design through on-site tuning. Comprehensive processing parameters for complex systems can be optimized using MAPP 3D predictions, with the resulting processor settings pushed directly into multiple GALAXY processors with the click of a mouse.
In addition to traditional calibration test signal sources, MAPP 3D supports M-Noise, an emerging industry standard to determine the maximum linear SPL for music. This combination provides the industry’s most accurate prediction of a sound system’s maximum capability when reproducing music.
“The release of MAPP 3D marks a milestone in the development of sound system design software, not only for Meyer Sound, but for the industry as a whole,” says Perrin Meyer, Meyer Sound director of emerging technologies. “The detail in the renderings is spectacular and the flexibility of the user interface is unprec

 
kml3013KAM releases iLink laser lights
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

UK - KAM has introduced three new iLink laser lights - green, blue and RGB multi-colour.
All three new KAM laser lights, the iLink 60G 40mW Green, iLink 750B 500mW Blue and the iLink 500RGB 300mW Multi-Colour laser, feature remote controlled, pre-programmed auto mode or sound-to-light mode, projecting a large menu of clear built-in images on walls, ceilings and dance floors at the touch of a button.
With a compact, lightweight tough metal chassis and adjustable hanging bracket, KAM laser lights are extremely portable and built to last, with up-to-date technology including standard DMX protocol used to control lighting equipment, whilst delivering high visibility, brightness and superb long-throw beam specifications that look stunning alone, or mixed with fog or haze.
With a simple plug & play concept, the new KAM laser lights with quiet fan assisted cooling, safety chain loop and key lock, are designed for mobile entertainers, bands, night clubs, bars, karaoke and house parties.

 
 
jblvtxb28prbanner1140x400JBL debuts VTX B28 subwoofer
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the JBL VTX B28 subwoofer.
The VTX B28 is a JBL Professional dual 18-inch subwoofer designed to complement the company’s flagship VTX full-range sound reinforcement systems. Differential Drive technology endows the drivers with exceptional performance, while patented SlipStream port technology offers improved airflow and reduced audible turbulence at any operating level, says the company.
The VTX B28 houses a new, integrated rigging system that follows in the footsteps of the A8 and A12 rigging designs, and allows the B28 to be suspended in omnidirectional or cardioid arrays of up to 16 enclosures. The rigging and a comprehensive collection of tour-tough accessories make the B28 a flexible solution for both mobile and installed sound system applications. The B28 integrates seamlessly with HiQNet Performance Manager and Line Array Calculator (LAC) software, and features the same industrial design as A- and B-Series loudspeakers, giving the entire system a cohesive look.
“The VTX B28 is our new premium subwoofer, and a perfect addition to VTX Series line array systems,” said Harman Professional product manager George Georgallis. “As with the B18 subwoofer, we started by taking the best aspects of the previous-generation S28 and G28 and improving performance. Then we optimised the design for a dual 18-inch system, and the result was the B28. We worked very hard to ensure the B28 could meet the most demanding applications, but also focused on configurability, a full suite of accessories, and sof

 
fuze-wash-frElation expands Fuze series with Wash FR
Friday, 14 August 2020

USA - Designed as a fusion of performance, features and value, Elation’s Fuze series of LED fixtures has found a niche in the market. Elation is now expanding the series with the Fuze Wash FR, an automated LED Fresnel fixture with framing designed for a wide array of precision lighting applications and ideal for the refined performance required in theatrical venues.
The Fuze Wash FR features a new 480W (6,500K) 92 CRI engine that utilises a five-colour homogenised LED array of red, green, blue, mint and amber sources, the same colour system found in the Fuze Profile and Fuze Spot.
High colour quality and colour manipulation are central to the Fuze Wash FR. A virtual gel swatch book, virtual colour correction, magenta/green adjustment plus CMY emulation give designers access to an impressive LED colour array including a mixed white. The carefully-tuned RGBMA LEDs and high native CRI ensure accurate colour reproduction while delivering a powerful output up to 14,000 lumens.
The Fuze Wash FR features a specially designed Fresnel lens for a smooth and even wash and houses an 8.2° to 42.1° (beam) and 12.7° to 62.1° (field) motorised zoom for tight to wide coverage. A full blackout framing system with four rotating blades gives full control of the beam shape when required and can index +/- 60-degrees. A variable frost filter can be added at any time for an extra layer of smoothing. The fixture dims seamlessly all the way to zero with 16-bit selectable dimming curves included. An iris for advanced beam control and high-speed electronic shutter and st

 
 
led-tnAmber Solutions secures AC direct LED patent
Friday, 14 August 2020

USA - Amber Solutions has announced it has secured a patent for a solid-state power supply technology for use in LED lighting architecture.
The AC Direct Integrated Driver Solution offers benefits in terms of size, cost, capability and reliability, says the company, adding that using its technology in lights, manufacturers can achieve smaller, lighter and brighter products that are more energy efficient.
Amber's solution uses silicon chips to replace conventional power converters that depend on a system of capacitors, rectifiers, magnetics, transformers, TRIACs and relays. According to company founder and CEO Thar Casey, typical commercial LED power supply bricks measure 9” x 2.8” x 1.5”, a total of 37.8 cubic inches. By comparison, Amber’s power supply is just 5” x 3” x 0.25”, for a total of 3.75 cubic inches, and it’s only a quarter inch thick. “This reduction in size allows designers to eliminate both weight and bulky internal spaces in commercial LED lighting fixtures, opening the door to LED products with much slimmer profiles and more flexible installation requirements. While in small, discrete board today, Amber’s technology has a clear path to silicon, where the size will be even smaller,” he explains.
To protect the circuitry, the newly-patented technology benefits from 'autosensing', which enables end-points to act as circuit breakers. The product also benefits from wireless connectivity to enable remote management. The product has universal AC or DC switching capabilities and is adapted to all known semiconductor sw

 
audacAudac launches ‘click and play’ solution
Thursday, 13 August 2020

Belgium - Pro audio manufacturer Audac has launched the ATEO2S into the market, a ‘click and play’ solution featuring the ATEO2 design wall loudspeakers. This compact loudspeaker is equipped with the innovative ClickMount mounting system, which is specifically designed to make mounting the speakers in corners an easy task. The ATEO2S includes both the speaker and the mounting system bundled together.
The professional system has the advantage of making the speaker cabinet click onto its mounting bracket either horizontally or vertically via a 6.3mm jack connector. After installation, the speaker angle can be adjusted by using the bracket arm, allowing the speaker to be inclined in any direction you choose.
The ATEO2S’ versatile mounting system allows the loudspeaker to be used in various fixed indoor applications like modern residential environments, retail stores or offices. Like the ATEO2, it is designed to blend into its surroundings, creating a subtle but effective solution.

 
 
vivitekdu4371zstaugust2020Vivitek debuts short throw laser projector
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Netherlands - Vivitek has introduced the DU4371Z-ST short throw laser projector. With a screen size of up to 278 inches and a brightness of 5,100 lumens with WUXGA resolution, this new device is suitable for almost all demanding applications and environments - from conference rooms, to universities, galleries and museums, says the company.
Vivitek's DU4371Z-ST laser projector is easy to use and offers flexible installation thanks to its 360 degree positioning options. Furthermore, thanks its 0.5 short-throw lens, the projector only needs a distance of two metres from the wall to achieve an impressive image size of 185 inches. At a distance of three metres, it can still deliver a razor-sharp projection with a diagonal image of 278 inches.
In addition to the brightness of 5,100 lumens, the integrated DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor technologies ensure a ‘brilliant picture’. The advanced laser phosphor light source also always ensures optimal brightness and colour uniformity. With these qualities, the DU4371Z-ST is suitable not only for mapping projections, but also for everyday applications in educational institutions or private and public sector organisations.
The lamp-free design also ensures maintenance-free operation of up to 20,000 hours. Using the HDBaseT interface, the image signal can be conveniently transmitted to the projector over long distances by cable, and a standard Cat 5e / 6-LAN interface which has been integrated in the DU4371Z-ST for digital audio content.
This short throw projector is shipped from the factory with Cr

 
teamconnectceiling2graphicsvideoconferencenewroomSennheiser TeamConnect offers touchless solution
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

UAE - As Middle East businesses reopen offices, Sennheiser aims to enable organisations to deliver ‘seamless virtual collaboration experiences in a reliable, safe and hygienic manner’. The company’s offering centres around its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 solution which elevates web and video collaboration - making virtual meetings more effective by ensuring optimum audio quality for remote participants.
Because of the global pandemic, hygiene continues to be top of mind. TeamConnect Ceiling 2 enables touchless audio in meeting rooms - enabling employees to more easily maintain social distancing best practices while ensuring all participants experience clear and discernible communications. As it is ceiling mounted, the system does not require constant cleaning as table microphones would, and the fact that it reliably covers the entire room without the need for any re-adjustment allows for participants to sit at the recommended distance from each other.
"The importance of video conferencing and webinar solutions has increased massively during the coronavirus crisis, and so has the significance of touchless microphone systems like TeamConnect Ceiling 2," explained Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East.
TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone is compatible with Zoom Video Communications, Inc.’s Zoom Meetings and is also certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms when deployed with Microsoft-certified DSPs.
With the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution, organisations can benefit from a bundle of the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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