Mix Announces Certified Hits of InfoComm 2010
Jun 24, 2010 3:58 PM, By The Mix Staff
InfoComm rolled back into Las Vegas from June 5 to 11, 2010, and by any standards this was a monster event, attracting 32,002 AV professionals from more than 90 countries. It was definitely the place to be for anyone serious about audio and video systems and digital signage/display technologies, but since merging with the NSCA Expo several years ago, it’s also become the premiere event for live sound technologies. With 925 exhibitors filling the halls of the Las Vegas convention center there was no shortage of cool new products. Here (listed alphabetically) are our Certified Hits—our selections for show’s Top-10 products debuts.
Audinate offered a preview of Astoria, its IP-based Dante audio networking PCIe sound card for the PC or Mac. Intended as an OEM product for networking and MADI replacement, Astoria can handle up to 256 channels (128x128 at 48/96 kHz; or 64x64 at 192 kHz) of uncompressed digital audio over Gigabit Ethernet with ultra-low latency, while offering an upgrade migration path to AVB.
Aviom Wall Frame 6 and PRO64 Modular I/O
Aviom’s Wall Frame 6 is a slick housing that holds up to six of the company’s new modular A-Net PRO 64 modules (which so far include a quad mic pre, quad analog output and 2x2 AES3 I/O with word clock) in a wall frame that can be surface or flush mounted in a standard NEMA electrical enclosure. Just add a Cat-5e feed and you’re ready to go, with a fast, clean installation.
Behringer enters the contracting biz, with a new Behringer Install Group (BIG) division showing 50 products created by founder Uli Behringer, industry veteran Costa Lakoumentas and a design team. The Eurocomm line ranges from stylish, tabletop mixer/amplifiers, mixers and amps to on-wall, ceiling and P.A. speakers, but what perked out interest was the TN6232, a fully automatic, dual-channel feedback suppressor that’s plug-and-go, requiring no advance setup or tuning.
K-Array Kobra KK50vb
Housed in a rugged mil-spec enclosure, the KK50vb 3-D line array system from K-Array is only 2.2 inches deep, weighs 4.4 pounds and has a peak output of 120 dB. It can change vertical coverage from the usual 7 degrees to 120 degrees with the flip of a switch and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.
Martin Audio MLA
Bring on the revolution! Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) uses a remarkable cellular array design that applies an intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based acoustic models. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and powering capability. A 24-box touring array has 144 cells—too many to optimize manually or by ear—so Display Version 2 system software calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET) downloads the settings into each array enclosure.
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