Crestron Mercury Tabletop Conference System

Crestron® Mercury™ transforms your meeting rooms into highly effective collaboration spaces. Combining all the must-have conferencing features in one easy to use device, Mercury enables people to work together and share content irrespective of location. Exceptional full-duplex audio and optional HD video afford a gratifying and productive meeting experience for all participants. Integrated room scheduling and corporate directory access help to maximize efficiency. Mercury is secure, easy to deploy, easy to manage, and protects your investment by providing room usage data as part of a complete managed enterprise.

Quick and easy Dante endpoints

Users of Dante networks are now able to create quick Dante endpoints, promises its Australian developer Audinate, thanks to the introduction of the Dante Analog Output Module. The device is a small-form factor PCB with appropriate analogue connectors that can be used in small footprint enclosures.

The module supports one RJ-45 Dante input, and one or two balanced analogue outputs. It can receive audio channels from a Dante network and provide studio-quality, low-latency audio via balanced output connectors to analogue audio equipment. According to the manufacturer, any audio available on the Dante network can be routed via the outputs to an amplifier, powered speaker, mixing console, digital signal processor or other analogue audio device.

Planar, Leyard Add Extreme Narrow Bezel Models to Clarity Matrix Video Wall Line

Planar Clarity Matrix Video Wall MX46HDX and LX55HDX feature 1.7mm tiled bezel width for nearly seamless LCD video walls.

Planar and Leyard recently announced the addition of two models to its Clarity Matrix LCD video wall system, each featuring a 1.7mm tiled bezel width for what the companies call “nearly seamless LCD video wall installations.”

Planar and Leyard also introduced the Clarity Matrix ColorBalance, a color matching tool co-developed with Portrait Displays. Designed specifically for Clarity Matrix LCD video walls, Clarity Matrix ColorBalance “makes it easy to achieve consistent color and brightness across the entire video wall,” according to the Planar and Leyard press release.

“Together, these innovations extend Planar and Leyard’s existing Clarity Matrix family, which offers the most comprehensive LCD video wall line-up in the industry – along with superior performance, mission-critical reliability and simple installation and service,” according to the announcement.

Here’s more about the new additions to the Clarity Matrix video wall line:

“With the addition of these two new extreme narrow bezel models, our customers will have more options for deploying the smallest bezel available in the industry, enabling them to build LCD video walls that are nearly seamless,” said Steve Seminario, VP of product marketing at Planar and Leyard. “And with Clarity Matrix ColorBalance, they now have the ability to create the most visually attractive LCD video walls on the market for a wide range of applications where image quality matters, from control rooms and corporate environments to stunning brand advertising.”

Half the Bezel Width of Previous Models

Available in 46-inch and 55-inch sizes, the new Clarity Matrix MX46HDX and Clarity Matrix LX55HDX models offer a tiled bezel width of 1.7 mm, half the size of previous-generation models, allowing for a near-seamless digital canvas that meets today’s sophisticated video wall requirements.

The Clarity Matrix MX46HDX is an ideal solution for customers who want the narrowest bezel available but need a smaller 46-inch display due to space constraints. The Clarity Matrix MX46HDX offers the highest in pixel density of all Clarity Matrix models and is optimal for applications with a close viewing distance or touch interactivity.

The 500-nit brightness Clarity Matrix LX55HDX offers high performance, 24×7 reliability and easy installation – at a lower price point than Clarity Matrix MX models. It is an ideal video wall solution for indoor environments with controlled ambient light such as surveillance and security command centers.

Both Clarity Matrix models are integrated with the Planar EasyAxis Mounting System, which is optimized for extremely narrow bezel widths and offers perfect panel-to-panel alignment. The displays also have an installed depth of less than 3.6 inches, making them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for protruding objects.

Planar ERO (Extended Ruggedness and Optics) technology is available as an option, providing an optically-bonded glass front that increases the ruggedness and optical performance of these displays in high-traffic and interactive touch environments.

Precise Color Matching

Planar and Leyard partnered with Portrait Displays to deliver Clarity Matrix ColorBalance, which offers users a fast and accurate way to match individual LCD displays that make up a Clarity Matrix video wall. With Clarity Matrix ColorBalance, installers obtain an automated way to calibrate color and brightness, saving time and reducing the complexity of performing manual calibrations. The tool also includes validation and reporting capabilities for installers to leave with clients.

Clarity Matrix MX46HDX and Clarity Matrix LX55HDX join the Clarity Matrix MX55HDX, which also has a tiled bezel width of 1.7 mm and began shipping in Fall 2016. The new models will begin shipping in calendar Q1 2017 through Planar and Leyard’s worldwide network of authorized resellers.

Biamp’s collaboration with Shure results in TesiraForté Dan

Integrated compatibility with Shure’s Microflex Advance series of array microphones has been provided with the release of the latest addition to Biamp’s Tesira family, TesiraForté Dan. Released at ISE 2017, the new range of audio processors are able to interact with Shure’s MXA beamforming line of microphones, while also delivering seamless interoperability between DSP and microphone technologies thanks to dedicated Shure MXA input blocks included with the Tesira 3.0 software, reportedly reducing setup and installation times, while offering a complete digital solution.

Four fixed I/O models are offered as part of the TesiraForté Dan range, mirroring the existing TesiraForté family with AI, CI, TI and VI versions, all of which feature 12 mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, Ethernet control, RS-232, up to eight channels of configurable USB audio, four general purpose I/Os and an OLED display as standard. TesiraForté Dan also sees the addition of 32×32 audio channels by way of the Dante Brooklyn II module.

The VI, TI and CI models include Biamp’s AEC technology, designed to remove acoustic echoes and feedback. The devices can be controlled centrally or remotely via Tesira software and users are able to connect natively and directly to Shure systems, such as the MXA910 ceiling microphone.

The TesiraForté Dan processor can network with other units in the range as well as with a Tesira Server IO, should it contain a Dan-1 card. This allows servers to pass audio across an ecosystem, configuring via a Dante Controller.

LG’s latest Signature OLED TV

LG kicked off the busiest day for CES 2017 announcements by revealing its latest OLED TV. While Samsung and Panasonic concentrated on color reproduction with their new OLED announcements, LG preferred to let thickness and features do the talking. LG’s new 4K HDR OLED TV is just 2.57mm thick and, what’s more, there’s Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos built-in.

The new W7 comes in both 65-inch and 77-inch sizes and is designed to look like a ‘picture on the wall’ rather than a TV thanks to the same super thin design we previously saw with the B7 and C7 series LG TVs. As in LG’s older OLEDs, the W7 also features pixel dimming tech to render blacks with a limitless contrast ratio but the new model also has an expanded color gamut.

Christie Adds Extreme Series to Aspect Family of LCD Video Wall Displays

The What: Christie has added the Extreme Series to its Aspect family of LCD video wall panels. The new series consists of four models: FHD553-XE, FHD553-XE-R, FHD553-XE-H, and FHD553-XE-HR, and includes a range of brightness levels and features an advanced electronics platform with an optional redundant remote power supply.

The What Else: Featuring advanced panel matching, the brightness and color of each panel comes pre-calibrated, eliminating much of the image adjustments typically required when installing video walls. The Smart Light Control feature can automatically adjust the brightness of each panel for uniformity across the entire video wall and maintain consistent performance throughout its lifetime. With an OPS slot, these panels accept a variety of embedded processing modules, such as the Christie Phoenix EP, for a complete video wall solution for critical viewing environments.
“Christie’s top-of-the-line Extreme Series of flat panels continues Christie’s commitment to being an end-to-end solution provider for pro AV needs in the marketplace,” said Andy Clipsham, senior product manager, Christie. “With the Performance, Ultra and Extreme Series of LCD panels, we have our customer’s video wall needs covered.”
The Bottom Line: With its extremely narrow bezel, the Extreme Series is suitable for government facilities, public utilities, security and surveillance, telecommunications, and transportation. The Extreme Series is also well suited for artistic/architectural displays, corporate lobbies, higher education, retail outlets, financial institutions, arenas, and stadiums. The Christie Extreme Series ships in January 2017 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Shure Microflex Advantace


Elegant design, eloquent performance

Introducing Microflex® Advance™  networked array microphones: versatile and elegant AV conferencing  solutions that discreetly and precisely capture  the richness  of the human  voice. AV conference room designers  to be more creative and conference managers to be more productive.

Ultimate AV flexibility

Ceiling Arrays use Steerable Coverage™  technology to position pick-up areas throughout a room with coverage more precise than shotgun microphones.

Configurable Coverage

Configure up to eight pick-up patterns  in three dimensions  and ad- just them for uniform acoustic performance throughout the room. Each Ceiling Array lobe can be steered  toward a participant using the Auto Configuration mode in the control software for quick audio setup and capture.

Flexible Networking

Mix, route and manage  the signals from up to eight coverage areas as discrete channels on a Dante™  network over a single Ethernet cable. An individual automix channel  provides added  flexibility.

Workflow Efficiency

The microphone  includes multiple templates  to speed  initial set-up and ten presets  for importing or exporting array configurations.

Digital Signal Processing

Microflex® Advance™  Ceiling arrays feature the new Shure IntelliMix®  DSP Suite for precise  coverage settings, automatic mixing, equalization, and echo reduction.

Shure Table Array Microphone


Discreet design, with agile tabletop performance for flexible and pristine audio coverage around conference tables

See the MXA310 in action.
View MXA310 Software Demo

  • Market Unique “Toroid” Pattern  Patent-pending, ring-shaped polar pattern optimizes voices by rejecting overhead noise from projectors or other sources
  • Configurable Coverage  Up to 4 discrete coverage zones, with individual polar patterns, steerable around the table in 15˚ increments
  • Mute Controls  Touch-sensitive, programmable mute switch offers easy microphone control at the table
  • Multi-color LEDs  Choice of 8 different colors, as light ring or lighted segments, to indicate mute status, coverage areas, or other conditions
  • 3 Colors   (white, black, aluminum)

BrightSign Does Total Refresh

Dave Haynes

Editor/Founder at Sixteen:Nine

BrightSign has announced a complete overhaul of its digital signage player portfolio, and also unveiled a nice new feature that takes the time and hassle out of prepping and activating big lots of players.

The Silicon Valley company’s distinct purple boxes (they’re first cousins of Roku set-top boxes) have been completely redesigned, and the supporting software has also had major updates.

Says a press release:

“The digital signage marketplace is evolving rapidly. For that reason it’s important that our technology solutions not only support signage as it’s being used today, but that they also work flawlessly many years from now,” says Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “Customers can install our players today knowing that BrightSign software, hardware and networking solutions will serve them well in the future as they implement new and exciting digital signage features.”

BrightAuthor software v4.5 will enable a new feature on the HD, XD and XT players called Mosaic Mode, which allows a multitude of lower-resolution videos to be played in multiple video zones that add up to the total resolution decoding power of the player’s video decoder. CEA HDR 10 is supported on all players delivering a much higher contrast ratio and much wider color palette, complementing the higher resolution of 4K displays. And the ability to real-time encode and stream content from the player to another end-point or device is now incorporated in XD and XT players.

4kdeviceThe boxes are a lot more sleek and compact than the chunky, commercial-grade units (right) BrightSign now has in the field, and they do look very nice. I’m not sure design is important for units that get hidden behind displays and stuffed in cabinets, but even nerds can be swayed by good industrial design.


Aesthetics aside, what caught my eye is a new feature called B-Deploy, which BrightSign says is a setup and provisioning application that allows customers to use BrightSign’s network, a partner CMS platform or an on-premise server to setup and deploy mass numbers of players all at once. That mass provisioning capability is a big jump up from older methods of saving setup files to an SD card and then duplicating the SD card for every player being set-up for a network.  Which would take roughly forever.

I’m told the provisioning feature is backwards-compatible with the current range of Series 2 players BrightSign has been shipping in the last year or two.

The seven new players BrightSign is marketing all integrate H.265 (video encoding that cuts file sizes in half without a loss of quality) and HTML5. The top two product lines – XD and XT – offer a hardware-accelerated H.265 video decoding engine capable of 4K HDR 10-bit video playback.

Across four product lines, costs vary from $250 for the entry-level LS423 to the $650XT1143, which will do 4K and 60 frames per second, and has the most graphics and processing power of the bunch.

BrightSign would be, by a big big margin, the biggest hardware player in the signage market. The company ships, on average, about 1,000 players a day and expects to eclipse 1 million deployed units before the end of this year.

LG Creates Massive, Genuinely Immersive OLED Display Tunnel

The IFA consumer electronics show that’s been running the last few days in Berlin includes a mind-wobbling welcome tunnel to the LG booth, made up of 216 55-inch curved OLED panels.

The OLED tunnel is five metres tall, 7.4 metres wide and 15 metres long, and the pixel count goes past half a billion. The content varies from deep space to deep ocean.

A video titled “From Black to Black” was produced by LG to include footage that accentuate the lifelike colors and the ability to recreate the miniscule details of life which LG’s OLED technology delivers. The footage includes the black ocean with effervescent jellyfish and the gentle movement of whales, as well as scenes from deep black space and the brilliant northern lights on a black sky. LG captured footage of Iceland’s Northern Lights using 14 separate 8K cameras to record every detail and movement as accurately as possible.

Other video clips such as underwater scenes and shots taken from space will create a fully immersive environment for visitors, making them feel as if they are swimming in the ocean or floating in the Milky Way. At IFA, attendees will have the chance to see how closely the advanced technology of OLED can recreate the great outdoors inside an exhibition hall.

The impressive scale of the display tunnel is made possible by OLED’s ultra-thin, highly flexible lightweight panels. OLED displays can be custom bent to concave or convex formations without any picture quality distortion, allowing for spectacular digital installations such as immersive tunnel-like environments. Each OLED pixel can switch itself on and off, eliminating the need for backlighting. OLED TVs have the ability to render true black and infinite contrast ratio that delivers vibrant, eye-popping color and wide viewing angles.

Wow. Just wow. I hope this gets replicated at ISE in Amsterdam.