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Ten of the most notable product launches at InfoComm 2015

Paddy Baker 24 June 2015
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Here’s our selection of ten of the most notable new products that we encountered at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando.

Atlona launched new lines of matrix switchers, including the AT-UHD-CLSO-824 for classrooms and conference rooms, as well as two additions to its UHD-PRO3 range.

The AT-UHD-CLSO-824 is an eight-input, two-output 4K/UHD matrix switcher with mirrored HDMI and HDBaseT outputs for classrooms and conference rooms. Meanwhile, the AT-UHD-PRO3-1616M 16 x 16 matrix and the 4 x 4 AT- UHD-PRO3-44M are designed for use in multi-zone applications and home AV systems with distributed audio systems. They can handle 4K/UHD at 60Hz with PoE and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Analog Way’s NeXtage 08 seamless switcher is equipped with eight scalers, eight seamless inputs and two main outputs. It sports 28 input plugs: four HDMI, six DVI-D, two DisplayPort, eight 3G-SDI and eight Universal Analog. The device can handle any source from composite video, up to 2560 x 1600 (DVI Dual-Link available). It also outputs a variety of formats, including HD-TV and Computer format up to 2560 x 1600. 4K resolution I/O is available as an optional feature.

Biamp Systems unveiled the Oreno platform for conferencing environments. The Oreno User Interface, which runs within a web browser, extends control of Biamp Tesira and TesiraFORTÉ audio conferencing equipment to handheld devices.

Oreno Manager allows control to be passed to the end user. Deployed onsite on a Windows PC or virtual machine, it provides systems administration tools and network management capabilities –allowing control to be passed to the end user. The Oreno Creator tool provides a simple UI builder, which uses drag-and-drop tools and pre-built templates.

Suited to standalone or multi-room conference settings, the Oreno suite allows participants to lock access to specific conference rooms during a meeting, place calls, and recall presets from web-enabled devices.

The latest release of Crestron Fusion is now available as a managed private cloud service, in addition to a traditional software download or pre-loaded on a rack server. Fusion Cloud Edition will appeal to smaller businesses that do not want to manage an on-premise solution.

Additionally, Fusion InSite provides interactive, real-time 360º 3D visualisation of entire buildings across the enterprise and the status of the individual spaces within them.

As part of its ‘year of installation’ in 2015, d&b audiotechnik introduced the 10D and 30D amplifiers, which are designed to drive permanent solutions. The 10D and 30D deliver 700W and 1,600W per channel respectively and share the same DSP platform and capabilities as the d&b D20 amplifier and the flagship D80. They incorporate two 16-band equalisers comprising parametric, notch, asymmetric and shelving filters along with up to 10s delay for each of the four channels.

Not quite a launch, but Leyard was displaying a prototype of the smallest-pitch LED we’ve ever seen – 0.935mm.

New from Matrox Graphics was its Mura IPX line of 4K capture and IP encode/decode PCI Express boards. These have been designed to work optimally with Mura MPX videowall capture and display boards or C-Series multi-display graphics cards. They are said to be ideal for applications involving high-density capture, encoding, streaming, recording, decoding, displaying and control.

OK, Microsoft Surface Hub was first seen at ISE, but it still made waves in Orlando.

QSC marked its move into the corporate AV market with the introduction of three new products or ranges. The Q-SYS Core 110f delivers networking integration via Q-LAN.

The SPA Amplifier Series is aimed at corporate spaces using multiple speakers. The SPA2-60 offers two channels of Low-Z output into 4 or 8 ohms, but can be bridged to provide 70V or 100V output. The SPA4-60 is similar but offers more channels, enabling elegant solutions like a pair of stereo channels with a single 70V or 100V output, or a Sub/Sat combination. Finally, the TSC-7t PoE Tabletop Touchscreen can be used in any Q-SYS networked audio solution, including the Core 110f.

Tannoy’s AMS series loudspeakers comprises seven models ranging in three form factors from 5in to 8in, all with an IP65 rating, which is among the highest in the industry. UUMW ICT driver versions are also available. The technical heart of AMS is Tannoy’s Omnimagnet technology and the Torus Ogive Waveguide device. Together these provide benefits such as more consistent and controlled directivity and improved HF response.

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