Digital Signal Processors and Amplifiers

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Soft Codec Solutions

Soft codec componentsDigital Processor manufacturers are moving to I/O USB bridging to allow plug and play solutions for soft codecs. This easy connection to your laptop or PC will now send and receive audio and video for such soft codecs as Skype and Zoom. These systems are easily controlled with the manufacturer’s new programmable touch panels. These systems are a great option for small conference rooms.

Smaller systems are now available with array microphones giving the far end premium sound, without needing a rack. Plug in a small USB camera and a laptop for conferencing in Huddle spaces.

Amplifiers

There is now a greater benefit to using the same manufacturer for both the DSP and Amplifier. Manufacturers have added networking capabilities to the amp.

We can now get information from the amp in real time for Temperature, Warning, and Fault status. This helps in the initial commissioning of systems and for future service. This can also be added to Unified AV Systems RM Remote Management System enabling advanced warning to potential issues

InfoComm is the premier tradeshow for the pro-AV market. At this event, manufacturers introduce their newest products and services. AV integrators come from all over to learn from leaders in the industry.

Each year Unified AV sends a team with a directed focus to learn all they can from suppliers in specific areas of AV concentration.

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Signal Processor Amplifiers Report

Better Cabling for a Better Reach

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AV Cabling

Since the beginning of wired communications, finding the best methods and technologies to get the most important messages to their destinations has been a challenge. Clarity is essential and with newer technologies pushing much higher amounts of data, bandwidth and stability are key to making sure you can reach out to your world effectively.

You should never have to worry about relaying your message. With the latest technologies and truly customizable interfaces, your options are innumerable.

InfoComm is the premier tradeshow for the pro-AV market. At this event, manufacturers introduce their newest products and services. AV integrators come from all over to learn from leaders in the industry.

Each year Unified AV sends a team with a directed focus to learn all they can from suppliers in specific areas of AV concentration.

See All Available Reports

 

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InfoComm 2017 Report – Functional AV Furniture

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FurnitureAs we have seen in recent years, furniture offerings for the audio-visual market have continued to increase and improve. They are becoming more functional and even fashionable! Gone are the days where the AV guy had to modify every piece of furniture in the room to fit technology. These days the furniture is changing to meet the technology, both in style and functionality.

There are many great options to explore in the new AV-friendly furniture lines. The days of cutting brand new tables, credenzas and lecterns
to try and cram your rooms technology inside should be gone. We can build a complete conference or training room with proper storage, cable and thermal management and even the ability to power cycle equipment from our operations center via remote management.

InfoComm is the premier tradeshow for the pro-AV market. At this event, manufacturers introduce their newest products and services. AV integrators come from all over to learn from leaders in the industry.

Each year Unified AV sends a team with a directed focus to learn all they can from suppliers in specific areas of AV concentration.

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Inside InfoComm 2017 Report – AV Control Systems

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Crestron user interfaceIn the AV industry, today we sell numerous systems from various manufacturers but at the importance of any system, we as the AV experts need to find a way to get the ease of AV CONTROL back into the user’s hands. At InfoComm 2017 we were excited to see the newest cutting-edge technologies in AV CONTROL. With many manufacturers that have dominated the AV CONTROL world like Crestron, it was exciting to see the competition at hand with companies like Kramer and Atlona. Crestron is still one of the top manufacturers for in-room control but the competition is always keeping the leaders on their toes.

When you enter a trade show like InfoComm you see numerous manufacturers offering endless possibilities for AV needs so we decided to focus on a comparison of a few manufacturers that will fit our clients’ needs.

InfoComm is the premier tradeshow for the pro-AV market. At this event, manufacturers introduce their newest products and services. AV integrators come from all over to learn from leaders in the industry.

Each year Unified AV sends a team with a directed focus to learn all they can from suppliers in specific areas of AV concentration.

See All Available Reports

Control Systems Report

The first in our Inside Infocomm 2017 Report Series.
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How to Choose a Web-Based Conferencing System

By | Audio Conferencing, AV Equipment, BYOD, Cloud Service, Codec, design, Distance Learning, Hard Codec, Huddle Room, Soft Codec, Technology, Video Conferencing, Videoconferencing | No Comments

wire transmission linesWe have watched video & audio conferencing systems migrate over the last 23 years.  Our first video conferencing system was sold in 1994 and required a set of dedicated digital (ISDN) telephone lines to support the video call. It was extremely expensive, but, when deployed effectively, our clients loved it…after getting over the sticker shock.  Fast forward to today, and you would not believe the HD quality and the fact you can use most any device to have a web-based conference call.

Things to Consider When Choosing A Web-based Conferencing System

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Huddling Your Team in the Huddle Room

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Great ideas and critical meetings aren’t always planned. Regardless of industry or profession, the need to meet can happen when it’s least expected. When you are prepared and have the equipment you need ready to go, you can keep the momentum flowing in an environment where input and collaboration can make things happen quickly and efficiently.

Advancements in Technology

Technological advances have made it possible to conduct meetings anywhere, anytime. As the pace of everything from business to education continues to accelerate, huddle rooms are Read More

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Say Goodbye to Some of Your Wireless Mics (and other stuff)

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The 600 MHz Band

Back in 2012, the US Congress authorized the FCC to hold an “Incentive Auction” to repurpose a piece of the RF spectrum now known more publicly as “The 600 MHz Band.”  The reasoning was that consumer demand had driven a greater need for video and broadband services, and somebody has to give up something, somewhere.  I won’t go into great detail here because you can find tons of information on the Internet about it.  (It’s great reading if you are interested, or might be an Amateur Radio buff, like myself.)  I will also have a number of links below to give more information.  And even some videos!  Everybody loves YouTube, right?

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3 Ways to Save Money When Doing Digital Signage

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So, your boss has asked you to plan for a Digital Signage network. You know there is going to be a significant investment, but you are wondering are there any ways that you can save your company money by planning ahead. Well, the answer is yes! If you take the time to identify the key elements of your Digital Signage network: Business reasons, Content needs, Hardware, Software, Connectivity, Design, and Operations, then you may be able to utilize one of these money-saving tips!

1. Think of Digital Signage in Construction Planning

You can recognize a real cost-savings if you are still in the construction phase of your building. You know you are planning to do Digital Signage, so you identify the key locations before you are finished putting in conduits and boxes. That way you can have electrical, and cable paths to each display location before your walls go up. Also, any location where you plan to Read More

8 Reasons Digital Room Signs Are Being Used For Room Reservation

By | Architecture, AV Equipment, Digital Signage, Digital Wayfinding, Interior Design, Meeting Room Signs, Technology | No Comments

Whether you have meeting rooms for internal discussions or conference and event rooms for the public, your meeting facilities are almost certainly not being used to their fullest. Enter digital room signs – the best tool to help maximize space efficiency.

1. DIGITAL ROOM SIGNS ARE MODERN

Connect Digital Room SignsDigital room signs are a sleek, contemporary way to manage shared spaces. As we move toward more human-centered interior design, it’s important to consider what people need for collaboration and productivity. By mounting signs outside meeting rooms, you ensure that people in those areas are always informed and included. Room signs can be easily surface mounted on glass or recessed in walls, and you can even use custom frames to match your décor. And Power-over-Ethernet cables mean that a single, easy-to-mask cable delivers both data and power. Most importantly, they replace printed schedules to reduce paper and waste.

2. SHOW SCHEDULES FROM YOUR OWN APP

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Projection Screen Technology: Overcoming Challenging Spaces

By | AV Equipment, design, Lighting, Projection, Projection Screen, Projector, Soft Codec, Technology | No Comments

Why Choose Projection Screen Technology?

In this day of large LCD and LED-backlit flat panel displays, flat panel video walls with shrinking bezels, and now the emerging LED video walls with shrinking pixel pitch (the distance Projection Screen Technologybetween the LED pixels), why would there still be conversations about projection and projection screen technology? Especially since the cost of flat panel displays has come down over the years. The two main reasons to consider projection vs. a direct-view display are the required size of the image and budget.

Determining the correct size of a display image requires consideration of many different factors. First, we must decide how far away the furthest viewer will be from the image. Next, we get the viewing angle of the viewers most distant from the center line of the image.
While a wall mounted 70″ display will provide the needed image size for a conference room, it will not work for an auditorium or large meeting hall. There are several ways we create a larger display for these spaces. Creating a video wall of multiple flat panel displays or a LED video wall are two options, but for many customers, those solutions are out of their budget. For many clients, projection technology is still the best fit.

Challenges AV Integrators Face When Projection Screen Technology is Considered

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