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HDMI connectivity and tips for integrators

Our news digest looks at a new wireless USB and HDMI product from Vision, Genelec's systems becoming a permanent fixture in Italy's up market hostels, and CEDIA publishing a new HDMI white paper for integrators

Company shows Vision with wireless HDMI and USB release

AV specialist Vision has released a new wireless presentation product that allows HDMI and USB to be sent wirelessly in meeting room environments.

The company says that the TC-Wireless also supports native Airplay, meaning that any Apple user can share their display with the other meeting participants, with similar functionality for Android users via an app.

Vision’s managing director Stuart Lockhart said, “These products fill a really important gap in an installer’s tool-box, so it’s important they are as flexible as possible. They use the same frequencies as 5GHz Wi-Fi so this new product has a configuration page so the installer can set the SSID and WiFi channel to avoid interference. Custom screen savers – including video screen savers – and passwords can also be set now.” 

However, the company also stated that the wireless USB feature is in beta and doesn’t support all mouse functions, with integrators advised to test their planned displays before committing to a roll-out. The TC-WIRELESS includes a transmitter and receiver and is due in stock mid-November. 

Hostel gets professional audio treatment with Genelec

Italy-based hostel chain Combo has recently installed a new Genelec sound system across its sites in Venice, Milan, and Turin, according to the audio specialist.

Combo is set up as a “meeting point for contemporary globetrotters”, with hostels in Turin and Milan having their own radio booths, which broadcast full time in the hostels and online. All of the chain’s sites offer rooms equipped with AV technology to “host talks, screenings, live sets, listening sessions, art workshops and more”.

Italian AV specialist ADVICTED was in charge of the AV systems installation in all three sites, together with supplier Prase Engineering (Genelec’s local AV distributor). The reception, restaurant, bar and public areas of the sites have all been fitted with Genelec 4000 Series installation loudspeakers.  ADVICTED founder, Salvatore Brigaglia said, “Genelec was an all-round quality choice. The surprisingly clean and minimalist design, combined with solid construction and impeccable audio performance, enhances the interior design choices and translates the Combo philosophy into sound. Moreover, choosing an active speaker translates into significant cost savings and optimisation of the space in the technical rooms. These are crucial aspects in a project designed to be replicated in several locations.”

CEDIA publishes white paper on HDMI tech for integrators 

CEDIA has published a white paper for residential integrators that aims to simplify the complex HDMI technology that is becoming more of a fixture in residential installations. As reported by our sister title Residential Systems, HDMI 2.1 Technology for Integrators includes a comprehensive overview of HDMI 2.1 use cases, specifications, improved capabilities, and design implications for industry professionals.

“When you think of HDMI 2.1, higher bandwidth and increased performance come to mind first,” explained CEDIA senior director of technology and standards Walt Zerbe, who took part in the recent ISE session at The Next Web virtual conference. “What this white paper will also demonstrate is the technology’s seriously high versatility and its full scope of significance for gamers, viewers, and integrators. This white paper is one of our most detailed, digging into all facets of considerations, applications, and connectivity for this technology, which takes a giant leap forward for the integrator and the end user.”

The white paper is free for CEDIA members and is $99 for non-members.