If you had an opportunity to visit Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam Holland last week, then you know how great of a show it was. AVProConnect had a presence though out the show at many booths.
Our 8x8 HDBaseT matrix switch was a huge hit, along with our 2000 meter HDMI extenders via fiber optic cable. It was great to see so many people excited about AVProConnects products. Here are a few pictures from the event that will show you how much fun we had.
New at AVProConnect: The perfect 4x2 Matrix and Digital Audio Extenders
There’s been a lot of buzz in the last 2 years about QLED technology and Quantum Dots that drive it. They claim more contrast, more color, brighter picture, more energy efficient, etc. The Quantum Dot technology is very promising! If you have 4 minutes, here’s a quick video on how Quantum Dots work.
If you have an hour Scott Wilkinson at Home Theater Geeks gets really deep into it with some of the folks at Nanosys:
Sounds cool right? Well, as with every type of TV technology, there is some confusion on what is really going on. Here’s the problem…remember when “LED TVs” first hit the market? Everyone was (and still does) calling them “LED TVs”. Were they LED? Well kinda. The LED part of the TV refers the light source, or the backlight. The actual panel which makes the image is technically an LCD panel (stuff we’ve been using since the days of the electronic calculator) but now with a much better backlight solution. This was a massive improvement ESPECIALLY over CCFL bulbs. We saw some immediate improvements in contrast, color, efficiency, and all of a sudden TVs were super thin. These are all good things, but we are still dealing with the shortcomings of LCD. If we are being technical accurate these would be called LED/LCD TVs!
Fast forward to the first QLED TVs. Quantum Dots sound really cool…even futuristic. Almost like something out of Star Trek! QDs are going to solve all of the problems with LCD right? Better viewing angles, more color saturation, better dynamic range, better screen uniformity, and the promises of world peace, right? Wellkinda…
QLED TV’s are not Quantum Dot panels…they are traditional LCD panels with a Quantum Dot backlight. This is still a big deal as the Quantum Dots can get brighter and are much more efficient than LEDs. Now the manufacturers can make the TVs even thinner and even brighter which is what the masses seem to love. But is this a good solution to overcome the shortcomings of LCD panels? Not quite.
Fast forward to March of 2017. Samsung announced the acquisition of Harman International. This was a big deal. Harman International seems to be involved with everything A/V from automotive to commercial theater applications. When the news was released I remember thinking to myself that it made sense but I hadn’t quite connected the dots until Summer of 2017.
Don’t get me wrong. I love going to the movie theater. There’s nothing like being in a room with hundreds of other people screaming in terror with the little girl crawls out of the well at the end of “The Ring”. Experiencing “Avatar” in 3D on a 70” IMAX screen was unbelievable. I swear I could reach out and grab theWoodsprites right out of thin air. And the sound in the commercial theater? I can’t even come close to that at home without a dedicated room with a six figure budget. The theater is still fun, but I have to have to be honest with myself when I say that I do not go to the theater for the image quality. Sure the screen is huge, but it doesn’t look that great, especially if you compare it to your high end flat panel at home. Sure the TV at home is only 65” but it looks much better!
I was convinced that I would never see the Holy Trinity of A/V…a huge screen, that looks great, with a bone rattling audio system.
Fast forward to July of 2017. Samsung announced their Cinema LED Screen. Is this the game changer that we have all been waiting for? Since the late 1800s we have been going to theaters and looking at the same technology…a projector with a screen. As I mentioned before, we can make some really BIG images but they never look that great. As we know from studying how our eyes work and how our brains interpret light waves, Dynamic Range is the #1 important aspect of picture quality. Simply, Dynamic Range describes the difference between the darkest and the brightest part of an image. Nobody likes a washed out picture regardless of how many pixels are on the screen. An OLED (and even some of the best LED/LCDs) can make very impressive black levels. How can a device such as a projector make perfect black like an OLED? Projectors project light pretty well but they have a hard time projecting black! The result is washed out picture with desaturated colors. Two things that our eyes and brains HATE!
Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen gives us the best of both worlds. Each pixel is its own light source that can turn off (black) or get bright based on the scene, just like OLED. The resolution is true 4k (4096x2160), HDR compatible, WCG compatible, and here’s the best part…it’s 33.8” wide! No more need for a projector and a screen as this is a true LED screen technology.
As great as this sounds it will be a while before these theaters are common. By 2020 we are only expecting to see 10% of theatres across the world adopt this technology. My guess is that it’s pretty pricey! So if we aren’t going to see this in theaters until 2020, that means that we won’t see it in the home until somewhere around 2025, right? Well kinda...
This week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Samsung revealed a pretty interesting new display dubbed “The Wall”. A modular 146” “micro LED” HDR/WCG display capable of infinite contrast (like OLED) but at 2000nits (like a REALLY bright LED/LCD). This sounds a lot like a residential version of the Cinema LED Screen, and the best part is that this isn’t some “made for CES” display…according to Samsung these will be shipping THIS YEAR! Now we wait to see a price…
So as always I have more questions than answers…
Will Cinema LED screens eventually replace the old 2 piece projection systems in commercial theaters? I sure hope so!
With the acquisition of Harman International mean that Samsung is taking aim at some market share in the commercial theater industry? Probably!
Will “Micro LED “ displays become the gold standard and replace OLED and LCD (QLED or LED)? Only time will tell. Will there ever be a singularity in TV technology? Probably not, but what I do know after working in this industry for a long time (19 years this year!) is that the competition is fierce. Some technologies will die (cough cough plasma and CCFL LCD) while some will thrive and lead us up to the next big thing. “Minority Report” anyone???
Extend HDMI Two Kilometers with AVProConnect’s Fiber Optic Extenders
Always on the cutting edge of technology, AVProConnect launches a new set of fiber optic extenders allowing installers to extend HDMI 2.0(x) 4K60 (4:4:4) up to 2 km via single mode fiber optic cable and 300 meters over multi-mode fiber.
Sioux Falls, S.D. (December 5, 2017) – AVProConnect is proud to announce the release of their latest extender set allowing installers to extend an HDMI signal up to 2 kilometers over single mode fiber optic cable, the AC-EXO-444. As AVProConnect’s flagship fiber optic extender, this product solves problems for both commercial and residential A/V integrators when distributing high value 4K 18Gbps content from Source to Sink.
Distance is only one benefit of this extender. On top of extending signals two kilometers over single mode fiber and 300 meters using multi-mode fiber, this product features advanced EDID management, built-in down scaling, on board troubleshooting test pattern, full ARC (Audio Return Channel) management, and IR and RS-232 management. With an influx of 4K sources (Apple TV 4K, X-Box One S, Roku Ultra, Sony PS4 Pro, etc.) and increased demand for HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) content distribution, fiber optic cable runs are becoming common place in the industry.
Jeff Murray of AVPro Global stated, “This new HDMI extender solves many problems integrators are challenged with every day – extending 4K60 4:4:4 without extreme compression of the signal to the point of creating artifacts. Run OM3/4 Multi-mode or Single-mode (which is able to be terminated in the field with an L.C. style connector) up to 2 kilometers and get crystal clear-artifact free content reproduction with 4K HDR and WCG between a source and a display that are 2000 meters apart (that’s almost 22 football fields long)! When you consider it also comes with bi-directional IR and RS-232, ARC, full EDID management tools and test patterns built-in to every set, we see this product as a no brainer for fiber optic installations.”
For more information or to purchase the AVProConnect Fiber Optic Extender Kit, AC-EXO-444-KIT, please contact AVProConnect at 877-886-5112 or visit AVProConnect.com/AC-EXO-444.html.
AVPro Connect was founded and is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. An AVPro Global Holdings company, AVProConnect diligently develops and manufactures connectivity products designed to provide integrators with the tools they need to get their jobs done. As a full adopter of HDMI, HDBaseT and HDCP, AVProConnect provides the quality products integrators deserve. Our engineers regularly work with these organizations and chip manufacturers to ensure the very best and capable products come to market. For more information visit www.avproconnect.com or call (877) 886-5112.
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This 100 Meter HDBaseT Transmitter should be mounted on every presenter’s podium, desk or table.AVProConnect’s auto-switching, AC-EX100TT-UHD-T is a dual input VGA & HDMI auto-sensing HDBaseT (over single CAT5 or better) Transmitter. Simplify installations in schools, under desks, in offices, meeting rooms and huddle rooms. Once integrated into your client’s system, they will have the perfect solution for sharing information from any computer or source. This unit is designed to work flawlessly with all PC, VESA and traditional resolutions 4K 60Hz 4:2:0 8 BIT & HDR 4:2:2 12 BIT. VGA supports DCI 2K, 1080p, 1920x1200x60. In addition to its compact, robust design, it transmits a digital signal up to 100 meters (328’) giving you ultimate flexibility, especially in large rooms like libraries or auditorium style rooms/classrooms. In addition, AVProConnect's military grade performance insures system stability for years to come.
AVPro Global Holdings Welcomes ISF Specialist Jason Dustal as Latest Team Member
One of Dealer Scope’s Top 40 under 40, professional display calibration specialist Jason Dustal is the newest member of the growing AVPro Team.
AVPro Global Holdings, home to AVProStore.com, Murideo, and AVProConnect, is excited to announce the addition of Jason Dustal to their team of technical support specialists. With a growing demand for the AVPro product lines the company feels it is the perfect time to onboard Jason, a celebrated calibrator, based on his expertise and accomplishments in the industry to better service their customer base.
Jason is an ISF Specialist who has calibrated over 4,000 displays. He has worked for Best Buy as a national trainer for home theater installations and ISF calibrations. Jason has also taught ISF certification courses for Best Buy, Geek Squad US, Canada and Mexico, plus the Magnolia Design Centers. Jason was also honored as one of DealerScope’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2017.
Jason stated, “There aren’t too many companies in the A/V world who stay on the cutting edge of A/V technology and have such a passion around education. After witnessing their “no nonsense” approach to the challenges that we face, I knew that AVPro was the right place for me.”
Matt Murray of AVPro Global stated, “We are ecstatic to have Jason on the team. He is incredibly valuable to our customers when it comes to helping them implement technology. He has been a trainer for as long as I can remember and has a way of presenting information so it simply makes sense. He will be heading up our Training Department and leading the charge on supporting customers who are dealing with HDR and calibration. This addition to our team is truly a huge benefit to AVProConnect & Murideo.”
About AVPro Global Holdings
AVPro Global Holdings was formed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2011. The vision of AVPro is to be the technical resource of choice for installers and integrators serving residential and commercial Audio Video markets. Brands include AVProStore, Murideo, and AVProConnect, each committed to providing users with quality, capable, and innovative products. For more information visit www.avprostore.com, www.murideo.com, and www.avproconnect.com or call (877) 886- 5112.
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The Cloud 9: 9x9 Multiviewer Matrix Built for Cascading - A Stable Alternative to AV over IP
The ultimate solution for sports bars, restaurants, and more, the AC-MX9XHDL-HDBT is a unique piece of technology that allows you to take 9 inputs and distribute them to almost limitless outputs by adding or stacking additional units. Get everything you love about AV over IP with none of the headaches. This system features Matrixing Quad-View, 9-Source Multiview, Actual Instant Matrix Switching (AIMS), IR & RS232 control of the displays, Matrixable Audio, and more.
With the multiview function, you are able to put all 9 inputs up on a display at the same time, allowing you to maximize projectors and large panel displays to show more than one game. Don’t spend another minute messing with network switches, let HDBaseT technology stabilize your next restaurant, bar, or digital signage project.
AVProConnect offers an all-in-one solution for restaurants, sports bars, and everything in between. Our turn-key solution is unlike any other. We’ve done the programming for you to provide your clients with a full-featured, state-of-the-art control system. This exclusive control system is custom designed specifically for AVProConnect’s Cloud 9 Matrix allowing you to take full advantage of all the major functions this powerful product is capable of.
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The AC-EX100TT-UHD-T works flawlessly with the Easy Street: 6x2 Conference / Classroom Matrix Switcher which features:
ALSO AVAILABLEIn addition to the all new Table Top Transmitter we also have the Little Giant Single Gang Wall Plate Transmitter, AC-EX100WPP-UHD. This HDBaseT Transmitter is also a great option for installations in offices, classrooms, board rooms, and conference rooms.
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Take a look at some of the products we featured this year and please give us a call with any questions, 877-886-5112! Thank you for making CEDIA 2017 a success!
Ultra Slim 40m (70m HD) 4K60 4:4:4, HDR HDBaseT Extender
A revolutionary 4K60 4:4:4, HDR and 18Gbps supported HDBaseT extender over single CAT-5e/6a/7 UTP/STP.
18Gbps Up/Down Scaler, EDID Manager, Audio De-Embedder & Image Enhancer
Allow 18Gbps distribution throughout any pre-existing installation using the AC-SC1-AUHD featuring ICT Technology
The Cloud 9: 9xUnlimited High Definition Loop Mass Media Matrix
The ultimate alternative to AV over IP, built for cascading to an unlimited number of displays. Perfect for your next bar/restaurant installation.
Ultra Low Profile 18Gbps True 4K60 (4:4:4) 16x16 Matrix
16 HDMI inputs, outputs, and fully matrixable de-embedded audio outputs, built for quickly switching uncompressed HDR & 18Gbps video signals!
CEDIA SPECIAL $1,495.00:
The Fox & Hound: A/V Testing and Troubleshooting Kit
An 18Gbps Generator & Analyzer Testing Kit built as the ideal testing unit for all custom and commercial integrators. These tools allow you to confirm correct bandwidth, HDCP, resolution, timing, HDR metadata and much more! Price valid through September 30, 2017
The Murideo SIX-G Generator
The SIX-G is the only unit to carry the complete suite of ISF test patterns, select-able color output level, RGB Triplets and Constant APL (Average Picture Level) all in one place, making it a calibrators dream.