Archive | February, 2012

Flex Theater: Coming to an Office Near You

We have observed a trend in the residential AV market toward a “flex theater” — a room that serves multiple purposes and can be transformed into a home theater experience with the use of lighting control, window shades, and specialized AV equipment, like a drop-down screen and a projector tucked away in a soffit. In a […]

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How What We Saw at CES and Elsewhere Affects Pro AV

It’s late February, and I have a little time to catch my breath after one of the world’s two largest consumer electronics shows (CES 2012) and what I think is the best future technology conference running (Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat). If you haven’t figured it out by now, the consumer electronics world –  the […]

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Protecting Teens From Hearing Loss

For the first time in nearly 25 years, teens have experienced a 30 percent increase in hearing loss. The culprit: noise-induced hearing loss. Recent studies show that 1 in 5 teens now have noise-induced hearing problems. Although reported by many, I believe there is still much work to be done to build awareness about this […]

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Architectural Displays: Elevator Music for the Eyes

The audio business has long understood this truth: background music can create an experience. The video side of AV, on the other hand, has a thing or two to learn. While we all roll our eyes at “elevator music,” no one can deny the impact of sound on emotions, and it is no surprise that ambient […]

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The Hullabaloo Around Secure Videoconferencing

A few weeks ago, the New York Times made waves around our industry with a story detailing how easy it was for hackers to break into companies’ videoconferencing systems. The short of it is: Videoconferencing was hard to use and expensive for so long, but now that it’s far less so (thanks to IP and […]

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