Fremont, CA (December 1, 2020)—ARISTA Corporation has launched its new ARS-200-HD HDMI Audio to Dante Audio converter, and conversely, its ARS-200-DH Dante Audio Stream to HDMI Audio converter. The two HDMI / Dante converters are intended for presentation environments where audio needs to be converted from one format to the other and long-distance transmission is involved.
The ARS-200-HD can be used for extracting audio from, for example, a DVD player and converting the audio stream to Dante format, enabling the audio signal to be transmitted over long distance and used with PA systems, ensuring that everyone can hear the sound that accompanies the visuals. The converter / interface uses an HDMI Type A female connector for HDMI input and an HDMI Type A female connector for video loopback output. The HDMI input and loopback output maximum-supported video resolution is 4096 x 2160 / 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz (4:4:4).
Meanwhile, the ARS-200-DH Dante Audio Stream to HDMI converter creates options in presentation environments where Audio is being handled via Dante in order to cover long distances in a large hall. In such cases, Dante audio is being received by the ARS-200-DH while it is also receiving video input via HDMI. In this case, the ARS-200-DH merges the audio with the HDMI signal so that it can feed external displays. The ARS-200-DH outputs stereo audio (20HZ – 20kHZ) with a frequency response of 20HZ – 20kHZ. Maximum video resolution is 4096 x 2160 / 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz (4:4:4) and both the video input and the video loopback ports are HDMI Type A female connectors.
Power for both the ARS-200-HD and the ARS-200-DH can be handled via either a DC 12V feed or PoE (Power over Ethernet). Both units are housed in a metal housing and the dimensions for both units are 3.3 x 3.9 x 1.1 inch.
The ARS-200-HD and ARS-200-DH converters / interfaces are scheduled to become available Q1, 2021.
Quang Ninh, Vietnam (November 5, 2020)—Vietnam’s Van Don International Airport recently installed a large-scale Harman Professional airport sound solution to cover its 2.5 million passengers a year.
Located on the west coast of the province Quảng Ninh, the airport covers 800 acres and has a single runway. In addition to passengers, it also handles 10,000 cargo tons per year, and has four jet bridges, four baggage carousels, eight security gates and 31 check-in counters.
To cover all that, integrators Ba Sao Invest Co., Ltd. and Thien Van Tech Co. designed and installed a system based around JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplification and BSS signal processing
Ba Sao selected JBL 8138 and 8128 ceiling speakers along with Control 23-1 compact speakers. In some spaces, JBL’s CBT 100LA-LS line array column loudspeakers were used ot provide vertical coverage. Allowing airport staff to deliver announcements throughout the facility, Ba Sao selected JBL CSS-H30 paging horns and AKG PZM11 LL WR boundary laundry microphones. For outdoor areas, JBL Control 85M landscape speakers provide 360-degree coverage. All that is powered by Crown DCi 8|300N and CT16S amplifiers; the system is configured and integrated using BSS BLU-806DA signal processors with BLU Link.
“We were pleased to partner with Ba Sao and Harman for the installation of a highly capable and robust audio system for the airport,” said a spokesperson for Van Don International Airport. “With the new system, we will raise the bar in providing an unmatched world-class audio experience to our passengers.”
AV Network Nation, taking place virtually on December 10, has been approved by the AVIXA independent Certification Renewal Committee to provide learning opportunities for CTS holders and others for their continued professional development; the event is worth 4.75 AVIXA Renewal Units (RUs) for CTS, CTS-D, and CTS-I holders.
“The CTS program is the marquee certification in the AV industry,” said Tim Albright, founder, AVNation. “The number of CTS RUs available to our attendees drives the point home that we are committed to providing quality AV education in support of that program.”
“The CTS program has been the leading AV professional credential for more than 30 years, and today there are over 13,000 CTS holders around the world,” said David Labuskes, CTS, chief executive officer of AVIXA. “We’re thrilled that the AV Network Nation event has made the commitment to become a CTS renewal unit provider, which will help AV professionals continue to invest in their professional development.”
Italy (October 20, 2020)—European pro-audio manufacturer Outline has introduced its new L3000 multi-purpose amplifier.
The compact, DSP-equipped multi-channel amplifier can be configured to drive most loudspeaker configurations. Skipping the traditional 19” rackmount format, the amplifier is housed in a lightweight chassis using the same materials and polyurea external coating as Outline’s loudspeakers.
The diminutive size is intended to help make it appropriate for audio installation projects where space is at a premium. L3000 allows 3,000 W of audio power to be tucked away out of sight, although Outline will also offer a dedicated rackmount kit to hold up to two L3000s in a standard enclosure.
Featuring two inputs and four outputs, the unit’s routing and operational parameters are configured using Armonía Plus, the amplifier’s management software, which also offers control of input / output levels and EQ, delay, polarity, crossover filters and limiter settings.
Ontario, Canada (October 16, 2020)—Bluesound Professional is now shipping its BSP1000 and BSP500 network active loudspeakers. The PoE speakers incorporate integrated streaming capability and are designed specifically for use in either indoor or outdoor commercial installations.
Offered in choice of White or Black matte finish, the speakers come supplied with an integral wall mounting bracket for installation. Based around a one-wire connection paradigm—hence the PoE aspect—the speakers use the BluOS platform, which is capable of playing and distributing content from local network storage as well as from a large number of streaming services, including some specifically designed for commercial use, such as SoundMachine, Custom Channels, QSIC and internet radio stations.
A pair of BSP speakers can also be used in stereo configuration and multiple speakers in a room in either mono or stereo configurations. Use of either BSP model in a larger BluOS system is also possible, allowing for grouping into user-definable groups of whatever size is required with other BSP speakers and/or any other connected Bluesound Professional players, amplified players or network speakers on the network in an installation.
Both models utilize a 1” HF driver while the BSP1000 features a 6.5” LF driver and the BSP500 utilizes a 5.25” woofer. Each is powered by a high-efficiency amplifier including a low power standby mode. The LF driver on BSP1000 is port-loaded with a provided port plug for outdoor use. The frequency response of the BSP1000 is 45 Hz-23 kHz (63 Hz – 23 kHz for the BSP500) and the THD+N of either model is 0.095% at full-rated power.
An integral bracket allows for wall mounting with 90 degrees of swivel and 170 degrees of rotation possible. IP65 rating allows for either indoor or outdoor use.
“At Bluesound Professional, our focus is to combine exceptional sound quality with unique flexibility and convenience for both the installer and their customers”, explained Graeme Harrison, Vice President and General Manager for Bluesound Professional. “Of course, reliability of the components as well as the BluOS operating system is also paramount so the brand is all about testing and continuous improvement.”
Camarillo, CA (October 7, 2020)—SoundTools has introduced its new WallCAT 8, an 2-gang wall plate with four female and four male XLR connectors.
The plate utilizes eight connectors, allowing the choice of either input or output across four XLR channels. A pair of RJ45 connections in the back of the plate transmit analog audio, AES3, DMX and interCOM signals to multiple locations with a Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cable. All connectors on the WallCAT 8 come pre-installed—ready to go without a need for soldering.
Noting that “The WallCAT 4, male and female, have been wonderfully popular products for us,” Dave Rat, designer of SoundTools products wondered if the company could fit eight connectors on to a standard 4”x4” wall box plate, and then set out to design it. “The WallCAT 8 is exciting because it allows the same panel to be used as either inputs outputs or any combination,” he says.
As with all SoundTools products, the plate is guaranteed for life by the company’s Happy Human Warranty, he said. “If you need a replacement during the unit’s lifetime, give our team a shout.”
AVNation and Systems Contractor News have partnered to create the AV Network Nation (AVN²) event, a tech discovery day for the AV community, which will be held virtually on December 10, 2020.
This single-day virtual event will focus on the future of pro AV technologies with sessions covering subjects like AV over IP, digital signage, and audio networking, and will feature a digital exhibit hall with showcases from the most innovative manufacturers in the game—plus they’ll be plenty of time for networking and a Passport to Prizes competition.
“Our dynamic virtual event platform, which we successfully debuted at the AV/IT Summit in August and employed again for last week’s Sound for Film Event, allows for real-time interaction between event attendees and technology providers,” said Adam Goldstein, VP/group publisher of Systems Contractor News. “ The number of meaningful conversations between tech buyers and sellers at both events was impressive.
“After the success of the AV/IT Summit in August, we realized our audience is hungry for additional future-forward content,” added Megan A. Dutta, content director, Systems Contractor News. “Our team is thrilled that we are able to partner with Tim and his AVNation team to provide the pro AV industry with valuable education and quality networking opportunities.”
“We are ecstatic to be partnering with SCN for the AV Network Nation event. Bringing these groups together will help AV pros connect with each other, as well as the latest technology heading their way,” concluded Tim Albright, founder of AVNation. “We have all been impacted by COVID-19, but we’re ending the year on a high note learning about what’s next and joining together with our AV family.”
AV Network Nation is free to attend for qualified integrators, consultants, content creators, technology managers, and the like.
More program details will be announced soon, and registration will open in early October. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Adam Goldstein at [email protected].
For more than 40 years, Ashly has developed and offered a wide range of reliable, easy-to-use software solutions, smart DSP-laden amplifiers, matrix processors, compact digital mixers and good old-school analog signal processors as practical, affordable solutions.
As you can imagine, our support engineers and integrators have done a lot of system design for a vast range of applications. We found that we continually had to work around the limitations of various speaker systems in the market to achieve what the end user needed.
While we’re not out to be a speaker company per se, we wanted to be able to offer complete solutions that best match all the benefits of an Ashly system. The more we got into speaker engineering, the more we realized the scope of benefits from a system that is designed to work together from end to end, fully accentuating what each part of the puzzle has to offer.
For example, our new AW Series on-wall speaker system is a family of weather-resistant (IP52/IP54 rated) install speakers. They’re great for anywhere that needs on-wall speakers with clear foreground speech or background music—areas we find a lot in restaurants, hotels and resorts.
We noticed that small, wall-mount-type speakers from most speaker companies are designed a lot like studio monitors, so they have a very, very tight sweet spot. They may sound great in that sweet spot, but you lose intelligibility as you move out of that position. The whole point of these speakers is to have patrons actually hear and understand announcements, but the small sweet spots of other systems are very limiting.
Our AW Series speakers are designed to have a nice, super-wide sweet spot. Getting it took a lot of unique design work on the interior, as well as reformulating how the speaker is made, how the transformer works and how, just in general, the speaker works.
The AW speakers use Directivity Optimized Crossover, a new, proprietary approach to crossover design that significantly improves vertical axis response. More listeners on the extreme left and right can hear the spoken word better, and music in a restaurant or bar is more immersive and less directional. The AW Series avoids the “studio monitor” configuration that is less than optimal for longer-throw applications, and instead creates a wider sweet spot that is perfect for speech throughout the space.
This also ties back to the very effective synergy of how the system works within an overall Ashly DSP system, which makes it even more apparent that the sweet spot is very wide, and that you can do a lot more with it. With AW Series’ wide sweet spot, superior intelligibility and total DSP integration, an installation can now have significantly better coverage with significantly fewer speakers.
Along the same type of development thinking as with the AW Series, we had issues with the column speaker solutions that were available. An immediate issue that we kept running into was that everybody was using these bolt-on transformers for their column speakers. Basically, they are hard to work with and are unattractive. On top of that, if you have to transform the columns, you get this kind of “cone filter” where speech sounds very tinny and mid-tone saturated. It affects the overall tone of the speakers and reduces their functionality and effectiveness.
We came up with an innovative switch system that allows you to select between 8 or 32 ohms on each speaker. The selectable ohm setting resolves the sonic issues of a transformer and allows a single amplifier to drive a high number of columns.
We kept working with the idea, and with the IS System, installers can easily drive 32 speakers from a single, four-channel Ashly amplifier. What’s really impressive is that because the Ashly CA amplifier can run at a very stable 2 ohms, we can run 64 IS Series column speakers off a single amp. As a result, with just a couple of CA amps, we can run 128 column speakers at less than a 20-amp draw. Nobody can do remotely any of that sort of thing with their solution.
Then, on top of it, while IS Series speakers sound great right out of the box, when you add the Ashly DSP factor into the equation, you get a much wider dispersion, so everybody can hear the speakers with excellent intelligibility.
Advanced DSP voice presets for Ashly DSP-equipped amps provide processing that delivers optimal performance for a variety of venues by providing a flat frequency response across the listening area without the need for complicated and time-consuming manual adjustments. IS’s unique driver array offers horizontal and vertical dispersion and very consistent side-to-side coverage, with virtually no deviation in the critical vocal range, even in excess of 80 degrees off-axis.
Developing the AW Series and IS Series speaker systems was a massive effort for Ashly, but the result has been the development of a set of new products that substantially extend the Ashly DSP ecosystem. We’re just starting to ramp up the full market launch of both of these systems, and I invite everyone to give them a close look and an even closer listen—we’re very confident you will like what you find.
Noel Larson is the vice president of marketing and business development at Ashly Audio. His background combines start-ups, agency, and Fortune 500 environments as well as retail experience at a Top 40 ecommerce company.
West Palm Beach, FL (July 9, 2020)—Boutique hotels thrive when they provide guests with inimitable experiences that they can’t get anywhere else. With that in mind, West Palm Beach’s Canopy by Hilton is a new boutique lifestyle hotel that was recently outfitted with an assortment of loudspeakers from DAS Audio at the behest of DJ/audio pro ‘Skinny’ Greg Gilman.
Working with Oakland Park, FL-based TM Sound, an AV design/build firm, Gilman and TM together deployed DAS WR, Quantum, and Artec Series loudspeakers in key parts of Canopy. DAS power amplifiers drive every single loudspeaker throughout the entire hotel.
“Most of the install inside the hotel is a blend of a stereo sound system reinforced by distributed audio,” Gilman explained. “The entryway of the lobby has two Quantum 23-TW loudspeakers, which provide guests with their first taste of the venue’s high quality sound. Inside the Banter restaurant, there are two Artec 310.96-W loudspeakers that fill the room effortlessly without the need for increased volume.”
Many hotels don’t have a 13th floor—but Canopy does, and that’s where the music gets moving. “On the 13th Floor, the Treehouse is intended to offer guests an exquisite nightlife experience without having to leave the hotel,” Gilman said, “so we installed four Artec 506-W loudspeakers—one in each corner facing toward the center of the room. These are accompanied by two Quantum 10-W subwoofers, which reside next to the couches. Treehouse also features an outdoor bar and patio area, which is equipped with four DAS WR-8826-DXW loudspeakers. Our greatest challenge in this area was to offer incredible sound and high energy without disturbing the neighbors.”
Finally, at the pool, they installed a half-dozen WR-6412-DXW loudspeakers and supported them with a pair of WR-322-DX subwoofers hidden in the planter areas. “This is where the owners asked us to ensure the sound would be very high energy, and this combination of loudspeakers certainly delivered,” said Gilman.
Denver, CO (June 2, 2020)—As with so many AV and pro audio industry events this year, CEDIA Expo 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers made the announcement Monday, citing the need to ensure that business could be conducted in “a safe and healthy environment”—something that’s anything but certain in the current climate.
CEDIA Expo 2020 was originally scheduled for September 8-12, 2020 in Denver, CO, where it would have been held at the Colorado Convention Center. The facility is currently being used as a medical care facility for non-emergency cases related to COVID-19. Citing this along with a litany of other outstanding factors, including changing guidelines on phased re-openings, restrictions on large gatherings and company-imposed travel restrictions placed on employees, convention organizers opted to pull the plug and wait until 2021 for the next in-person convocation.
In light of the not entirely unexpected changes, the association will continue to offer the originally planned virtual portion of CEDIA Expo 2020, expanding it in order to both meet a larger demand and also create more of an offering for attendees and virtual exhibitors. To wit, the association noted, “The CEDIA Expo virtual experience will launch in September and offer everything you need to take your residential tech business to the next level, from session panels surrounding hot topics to keynotes, product discovery, networking and an interactive expo hall.”
While this year’s convention will not be held in Denver, CEDIA complimented the convention center, noting, “The Colorado Convention Center and Visit Denver have been gracious hosts to CEDIA Expo and have always embraced our community.” With trade shows in flux, much like the economy and pandemic, the organization has opted to give itself and the industry a considerable lead time until the next in-person event, which is now scheduled to take place September 1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN – home to the CEDIA Association.