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ISE 2018 preview: audio and accessories

In the second part of our final ISE preview we present the best of the audio and accessory launches.

In the run-up to ISE 2018, Biamp announced the expansion of its Tesira audio and video platform with the addition of new PoE+ amplifier technology and a series of Beamtracking ceiling microphones (Tesira TCM-1, Tesira TCM-1A, Tesira TCM-1EX). The solutions are designed to reduce programming time for integrators and provide cost-effective, clear audio quality to end-users.

Providing full 360° room coverage, each of the new Tesira microphones use Biamp’s Beamtracking technology to identify and lock to a signal source – even if the person speaking is moving around. The ceiling mics are said to actively track and intelligently mix conversations from around the table, with minimal set-up.

The Tesira AMP-450P is a new four-channel PoE+ conferencing amplifier that can be placed wherever it’s needed, including air-handling spaces. Well-suited for ceiling speakers, programme speakers, and mix-minus systems, it’s capable of operating in a burst mode to handle peak loads, providing up to 50W per channel.

Atlona is set to showcase its Gain Series of wired and networked amplifiers, which is designed to offer a compelling price-to-performance ratio.

Available in three models, the Gain 60, Gain 120 and Gain 120NET offer low- and high-impedance outputs, RS-232 and Ethernet control, front panel metering and convection cooling. The availability of dual-impedance operation is significant as integrators and designers can manage a simplified inventory, or quickly specify the proper amplifier optimised for either programme speakers or distributed speaker systems.

Debuted by Powersoft last year, the company will extend its Duecanali series of two-channel amplifiers with a further two models. The Duecanali 804 and Duecanali 4804 offer the same two-channel amplifier platform with optional DSP and Dante dedicated to the fixed install market.

The Duecanali 4804 provides 2 x 2,400W @ 4 Ω, a power output suitable to a wide range of projects, making it an attractive and cost-effective solution for small to medium size installations seeking both pristine and reliable sound. The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for high-performance installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is the requirement, without the need for additional channels or power. The range is completed by the existing Duecanali 1602, which now sits between the two new products in the Duecanali range.

RCF has launched a comprehensive range of EN54-compliant products including four speakers for ceiling/panel mounting or wall mounting. The company maintains they are especially suitable for broadcasting alarm messages thanks to highly intelligible sound reproduction and inbuilt flame and heat resistance.

The PL series are ceiling speakers, designed for recess installation in false ceilings or panels and featuring a flameproof protection dome. The PL 50EN and PLP 50EN are wideband speakers, while the PL 82EN is a two-way coaxial ceiling model. The RCF MR 52EN is a compact two-way loudspeaker, intended for use in both alarm and business music systems.

Vogel’s is adding a new range of universal videowall solutions to its existing Connect-It System. The company is looking to expand the applications of LCD videowalls in terms of size, position, mobility and flexibility.

In addition, there are also solutions for LED screens, for a futureproof standard. A minimal number of linkable components can be combined to produce a mounting solution for all sizes of videowall. Installation is simple, whether for a ceiling, floor-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, freestanding, back-to-back, fixed or mobile solution.

Celebrating its tenth year exhibiting at ISE, Unicol is showcasing a range of mounting options for education, retail and the office.

On the stand will be the latest version of the Rhobus Huddle, which is said to enable users to comfortably and efficiently videoconference other teams, or allow for an effective group work/presentation environment.

Recent developments have enabled the Rhobus Huddle to rise or descend smoothly via wireless remote or manual switch.

Other presentation mounting solutions from Unicol include the Principal Desk, which is designed for large auditoriums, lecture theatres and conference halls.