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Snap AV partners with Yamaha, a 4K ‘world first’ from VNS, and shipping news from RTI

Today's news in brief features SnapAV and Yamaha entering a US distribution agreement, VNS launching a 'world first' in 4K content for video walls, and RTI shipping its new switcher

SnapAV partners with Yamaha in US distribution deal

SnapAV has announced a distribution agreement with Yamaha that will see it distribute more than 100 Yamaha 70-volt commercial audio products to SnapAV integrators in the US.

Scott Normand, senior director at SnapAV, said, “Even among integrators that consider themselves CEDIA-focused, industry research shows that 42 per cent of revenues are derived from commercial installations. We want integrators to be able to take on any job, and our developing product catalog reflects our commitment to be the number one place where pros buy audio. With Yamaha’s class-leading 70-volt speakers and amps, SnapAV integrators can meet and exceed the expectations of projects in bars, restaurants, retail stores and houses of worship, often with local product availability.”

Randy Riebe, sales manager – key accounts, Yamaha Corporation of America, added, “At Yamaha, like SnapAV, we believe providing integrators with solutions and great service is at the core of any successful partnership. Based on these same shared values, the addition of Yamaha Commercial Audio products to the Snap AV line-up, allows their integrator partners to expand their businesses with the confidence that they are providing their customers with commercial audio solutions that offer rock-solid performance and enduring reliability.”

The number of SnapAV Pro Stores in the US will reportedly grow to 26 by the end of 2020, with more locations scheduled to launch in 2021.

A 4K ‘world first’ from VNS  

VNS Inc has announced the introduction of its full GeoBox G900 series of video wall controllers which are designed to “empower integrators with the ultimate in 4K flexibility, following the launch of the G901 earlier this year”.

The ‘world first’ feature sees multiple 4K inputs and outputs that allow discrete 4K content to be displayed on each individual LCD or LED video wall monitor, as well as true 4K or 8K/2K one-image content across the whole wall.

“Following the launch of our G901 processor earlier this year, the full G900 series is the first in the world to allow discrete 4K content to be displayed on individual screens, and also true 4K across the whole wall – it’s a game-changer,” said VNS Inc. CEO, Steve Wang. “Integrators can achieve true pixel-to-pixel quality on their large display installations, with unparalleled flexibility in source switching, PIP/POP and aspect ratio adjustment. And the processors require no separate PC or software either.”

The series has built-in, programmable PIP/POP (multi-viewer, pictured) functionality which allows users to save inputs as different ‘profiles’ and switch them via a remote control ‘hot key’, or RS232. The company said that all G900 series processors “can switch video sources, convert formats, scale up and down in 10-bits, precisely crop and flip/rotate images, and support non-VESA standard input timings and editable output timing”.

Control processor and presentation switcher on the move

Control and automation manufacturer RTI has announced that its new VXP-82 All-in-One Control Processor and Presentation Switcher, is now shipping.

The single-box presentation solution can be used for conference rooms, meeting spaces, classrooms, and lecture halls; combines an 8×2 multi-format video switcher with an RTI control processor; handles video signals from up to eight sources; and enables presentations on two monitors or in two rooms simultaneously.

“The VXP-82 is designed for integrators to quickly deliver a common installation configuration in boardrooms, lecture halls, classrooms, and conference rooms,” said Neal Ellsworth, RTI director of product management, AV. “The combined control processor and 8×2 switcher reduces cabling, plus its preprogrammed APEX file significantly reduces on-site configuration, minimizing setup time in the customer’s facility.”