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Metropolitan Acoustics Hosts AV Week Event in Philadelphia

October 27, 2011 By Jack Cotter
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Metropolitan Acoustics brought members of the AV community together in Philadelphia as part of InfoComm's AV Week festivities.

Designing for 2030: an Integrated Building Technology Seminar and Exposition, was held at the Center for Architecture in Philadelphia. Crestron led the seminar and sponsored the event along with Extron, while Armstrong, Audio Associates, Harmon/JBL, Middle Atlantic, RPG, the rpr group, SS Resources Inc. Sharp, and Sigmet joined as exhibitors for the expo portion of the evening.

Metropolitan Acoustics is an AV consulting firm that performs acoustic design work for a variety of projects, from music venues, to corporate boardrooms, to sports facilities. With their reach into so many different communities, the group was able to bring together a diverse spread of technology.

Crestron showed off its upcoming energy monitoring system. The GLS-EM-MCU and Fusion EM software is a combination which Crestron Integrated Building Technology Director, David WIlts, promised will be the very definition of a market disruptor when it is available on February 1, 2012. The energy monitoring solution will cut the price point dramatically so that a $5000 set up could cost just $1000.

Extron Regional Application Specialist Karl Rosenberg brought a range of products including the SF 228T Two-Way SoundField Ceiling Tile Speakers, which eliminate the need to cut holes in a ceiling, and can fill a room with sound. Extron also brought 10 inch and 7 inch TLP Tabletop TouchLink Touchpanels. Extron rounded the display out with Energy Star compliant amplifiers, and a half-rack with their Digital Matrix Processor DMP 44 LC which does indeed pack a whole rack's worth of equipment into half the space.

Sharp set up an impressive 70 inch LED-LCD interactive display, and attendees and Sharp Regional Sales Manager Marcus Le Clerc took turns doodling right onto the screen with a pen or their fingers. Multiple infrared sensors around the bezel and the Windows 7 operating system made the PN-L702B a highly responsive multitouch experience for Sharps intuitive presentation software.

Nearby, Jason Drayer of the rpr group showed how a Sanyo PLC-WL2503 Ultra Short Throw Projector, an IR pen, and a precariously balanced whiteboard could create an interactive presentation solution anywhere.
 

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