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ProAV RoundupNew projectors, new bosses and more
New President/CEO for Liberty
Liberty Wire & Cable announced a new president and chief executive officer. Andy Bergdoll, who joins the company from a subsidiary of Siemens AG, will also assume the chief operating officer position.
Bergdoll is stepping in as the company founder, Gary A. Michelson, retires after 14 years. Shely Saidman, former COO, and Michelson remain on the board and remain investors and consultants, says the company.
Bergdoll joins Liberty from USFilter, a subsidiary of Siemens AG, where he has held progressively responsible positions around the world since joining them in 1993. He has general management experience as well has hands-on functional experience in sales, marketing, new product development, sourcing, and materials management.
Liberty says he was part of the original management team at USFilter that grew the company from $50 million to over $1 billion in revenue prior to its sale to Siemens last year. Prior to moving to Colorado, where he resides, Bergdoll was based in Singapore where he built and ran USFilters Asia Pacific operations.
Sharp Announces Large-Venue Projector
Sharps new DLP-based XG-PH50X is a networkable projector designed for large-venue installations. It is specified at adjustable brightness at either 1600 or 4000 ANSI lumens, 1000:1 contrast ratio and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. There are six lens options and it has built-in redundancy with a dual-lamp lighting design. This is a significant step for Sharp as it represents one of the brightest options in DLP projection from a traditionally LCD-based manufacturer.
The projectors six lens options allow more flexible placement choices, including up to 70 feet from the screen or from a high ceiling. Five of the lenses are powered, so adjustments can be made remotely. The sixth lens is a wide-angle fixed focus. It also has power horizontal and vertical lens shift, and video processing is done by Sharps CV-IC (Computer Video Integrated Composer) System.
The network-enabled XG-PH50X includes all the basic networking functions that every network projector should have including a Web server and uses Sharp's Display Manager Software, which connects LAN-enabled projectors to a network for remote control, management and diagnostics.
The XG-PH50X, which includes a standard 1.4x zoom lens, is now available with an MSRP of $6,995. The XG-PH50X-NL (projector without lens) is available for $6,495. Optional lenses range in price from $995 to $3,795.
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