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The Best $45.50 You Ever Spent

ICIAs new book, ??Audiovisual Best Practices: The Design and Integration Process, is an absolute must for anyone in the business. For a book of this scope, it should be intimidating for anyone short on time, which means everyone. It includes the history of the industry, nuts and bolts of design and installation processes and all the info anyone would need for project management (even the forms!).

But its not your fathers textbook. This is a well-designed soft-cover book that, even with all it contains, runs only around 200 pages -- its that succinct. And what makes it something every integrator should have is not only that most professionals should read it, but its also a great resource on a project-by-project basis, a resource you can go back to for information as its needed.

Topics covered in depth in the book include: understanding the design and construction process; electing and contracting the project team; the program phase; the design phase; the construction phase; and system commissioning and training. Appendices provide helpful sample contract forms, e.g., a software license agreement, and checklists, e.g., standard project forms and templates of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Also supplied are questions to ask during the program and construction phases of AV projects, as well as a sample user guide, sample technical manual and an AV glossary.

ICIA members can get it for $45.50 according to ICIAs website store. Non member pricing is $64.50. Bulk discounts are available.

HDMI Licensing Releases HDMI 1.2 Specification

HDMI Licensing LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification, announced the availability of the latest revision of the HDMI specification, version 1.2. Implementing the HDMI 1.2 specification will be fully backwards compatible with earlier HDMI products.

HDMI 1.2 adds support for one-bit audio format, such as SuperAudio CD's DSD (Direct Stream Digital), better support for PCs with HDMI outputs, and support for low-voltage sources.

HDMI also announced that more than 250 manufacturers have adopted HDMI and they produce more than 470 HDMI-enabled products. HDMI Licensing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc.


Sharp Ships Professional 45-Inch LCD Monitor

The best keeps getting better.  We awarded the AQUOS line the pick of InfoComm earlier this year and now, Sharp has the worlds first 45-inch native 1080p LCD. The new PN-455 from Sharp is specified at 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with more than six million pixel elements and has a 170-degree viewing angle and dual cooling fans.

Sharp says that the PN-455 is also designed with a Black TFT/Bright Pixel Elimination feature that, in the case of a failed pixel, it makes it invisible to the viewer.  

MSRP on the PN-455 is $9,595.


Media Distribution

CodexNovus Targets Both Commercial and Residential With New Media Player

CodexNovus has a new media player the company is marketing to both HomeAV and ProAV resellers. The HDcodex DML-200 supports video playback up to 1920 X 1080 in progressive scan mode.

It appears this product is going head-to-head with Sonic Foundrys Mediasite. CodexNovus erroneously wrote in the press release that exclusive features include playback of interactive multimedia presentations combining video, audio, pictures and graphics. You have to wonder if people research markets before they enter them.

Anyway, competition is usually a good thing for both the first and subsequent products in a new category as it tends to validate the technology.


Heliodisplay Finally Released

This has been talked about for years now, and its finally a shipping product. The Heliodisplay projector projects video into thin air, and the company claims it is high resolution and full color. Without the need for a screen, this thing can be used anywhere.

This is just as cool as it gets. For business, any exhibit, advertising and marketing, and according to the company, defense (perhaps medical too?) are target markets.

Cooler yet is that you can use your finger to manipulate the image. Instead of a mouse, a viewer uses their hand (no special glove needed) to move an image, or a finger to move the cursor.

Supernova Screen Claims 10X Contrast

A new projection screen from dnp claims to provide 10 times the contrast and twice the brightness of most screens, so that it can be used in environments with high-ambient light. The Supernova front projection screen, according to the companys website, has gain of 2.0 and contrast ratio of 20:1. The company says the screen has a special filter that absorbs ambient light.

Supernova is available in sizes up to 100 inches for 4:3 and 120 inches for 1:9.

Panasonic Shipping XGA DLP Projector - BAR FRIENDLY

Panasonic is shipping the PT-D3500U DLP projector, specified at 3500 lumens, 1600:1 contrast ratio and XGA 1024 x 768 resolution.

The projector has a sealed optical block to keep the light engine free of smoke, dust, etc., and features include a mechanical shutter, lens shift, and center lens design. It also comes with a mechanical lens shutter to reduce light leakage. This means it SHOULD be the best projector on the market to use in ?smoky bars and restaurants.

This is a network projector using PJLink for LAN control and monitoring.

The PT-D3500U is available now at a suggested list price of $7,500.

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