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TechDecisions Guide to 25 Smart Speaker Systems
Smart speakers arose when loudspeakers, amplifiers, signal processors were all combined to make systems. They are designed to control and manage the technology to increase the speaker's performance.

What You Need to Know to Create the Best A/V RFP - Learn What Makes a Good Request for Proposal
Expert tips on how to create the Best A/V RFP. A good Request for Proposal needs to have a clearly-defined scope. Understanding new technologies, the attention to detail that accounts for every circumstance needs to be tempered with the clarity that prevents it from becoming an overwhelming document.

Eldercare Telemonitoring Reduces Readmissions
Partners HealthCare at Home piloted a telehealth home care program that provided tools for patients to run simple tests at home. Patients no longer had to travel for these tests, which are run frequently. The testing was proactive and helped save patients from unnecessary re-admissions to the hospital.

Welcome to MindBending AV
Technology continues to bridge the gap between dream and reality, science fiction and the future of the human experience and the A/V sector is actively pursuing this mission. Whether it is a revolutionary application of multi-touch technology or a re-imagination of what an audio device is, perhaps even something we have never heard of before, it is time to reconsider what you thought you knew about the A/V market because someone else already has.

InfoComm Roundup — Five Audio Product Trends To Watch
Dan Daley takes us through the aisles of InfoComm and identifies the latest audio trends. These trends include touch screens, portable sound, wireless and more. Products that caught his eye includes those made by Alto Professional, Avid, DiGiCo, K-array, Martin Audio, Peavey, Presonus and Sennheiser.

Audio Highlights from InfoComm 2013: Notes from the Show Floor
A three-day journey through the audio world at InfoComm 2013. Here are some notes on the most interesting audio products on the floor. Check out news from Atlas Sound, Harman, Innovox, DPA Microphones and more. This article will be updated throughout the show.

A Surprising Buzz at InfoComm 2013
At InfoComm 2013, collaboration products from companies such as Vaddio, Cisco and Polycom were present, but there were many non-traditional companies such as display and screen manufactures that were showing products with collaboration as feature benefit.

Is 4K Ready for Your Prime Time?
The 4K format is starting to appear in areas where large screens are being used and in applications where the wow factor is important to an organization. 4K is defined as a generation of video technology beyond the 1920 x 1080 resolution of HDTV. The high-end signage has smoother edges, crisper images and improved bigger pictures. Current users include Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center and the Mirage Hotel and Casino Race and Sports Book, yet there are applications for nearly any organization.

BTX Now Offering Elite Screens’ EPV Line of Fixed-Frame and Electric Projection Screens
Fixed-frame screens feature acoustically transparent material and robust 3.5-inch frames, while Electric Screens combines simple operation with industry-best warranties.

Audio Measurement Apps Don’t Work Without Pro Microphone and USB Attachments
Look to your iOS or Android device for precise audio measurements with this collection of USB compatible mics and audio interface preamps. Check out products from manufacturers like MiniDSP, Studio Six Digital, MXL and Dayton Audio.

Amp Up Lighting Controls Now - Important Energy Deadline Looming for Commercial Buildings
States have a deadline of Oct. 18, 2013 to certify that they have updated the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency. The mandate comes from the U.S. Department of Energy which requires that states update their building energy codes to meet or exceed (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) 90.1-2010 codes, which amp up lighting controls over the previous 2007 version.

The Science (and a little Art) of Loudspeaker Placement
Frederick J. Ampel discusses what's out there for loudspeaker systems and how best to place them for your application. He breaks down what distributed and directional systems are and helps you pick the right one.

Android Only: 11 Pro AV Audio Apps Every Technician Needs
The best Android-only collection of pro AV audio apps. SPL apps are great for tuning speaker systems, reading levels even documenting audience experience. Digital Audio Workstations make on the job recording sound great and allow you to document installations to the best of you ability with their myriad of mixing options. Check out the apps from Electron Chaos, Smart Tools Co., RadonSoft, humatic, eXtream Software Development, Moonblink, Audia Sound, idroidbot and NFX Development.

10 Tips for Succeeding in Unified Communications Deployment
Dan Newman discusses the top ten tips for adding unified communications to your technology arsenal. By combining voice, video, instant messaging and more to one network-based platform, resources are freed up for both the user and IT.

WebRTC enables quick and easy Web browser-to-Web browser Videoconferencing
WebRTC is a videoconferencing standard for use with supporting Web browsers. Freely available, the standard will make waves In the industry; however, many vendors see this technology as an enhancement to their own products. Google and Mozilla are supporting this standard as a way to gain market share, while Microsoft is developing its own version of this technology.




Our deep dive explains the inner workings of digital video distribution, explaining the often confusing aspects of what goes into the system.