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Annual Integrator’s Calendar
Sound & Communications’ Blue Book (print and online edition) has been a resource for industry events and expositions. A list that includes hyperlinks can be found at:
If you are looking for specific information about the trade associations that relate to commercial AV design and installation, the Blue Book (print and online edition) has been the resource for decades. An extensive list of these associations can be found at:
Annual Commercial Systems Integration Survey
(published each July)
A 12-page report on the commercial AV systems integration community. An extensive analysis covering business trends, venues, hardware, new technologies, job size, criteria for selecting brands, training and much more. Comparison of survey results to previous years’ results helps define market trends.
Annual Worship Center AV Survey
(published each March)
A 12-page report on how music/AV ministers budget, plan and determine the types of audio, video and lighting systems they will employ in their house of worship. Charts and graphs that include five-year trends make this survey a must-read about this important vertical market.
Lamp-Free Projection: A New Era
(published June 2013)
Why, how and where the world of projectors will undergo a major paradigm shift and bid adieu to traditional projection lamps.
By Pete Putman, CTS, ISF
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CTS-I Installation Exam Guide
This book, written by Sound & Communications’ “Sign Age” columnist and Editor of IT/AV Report, Shonan Noronha, PhD, is an essential on-the-job reference, provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives for the leading internationally recognized certification for audiovisual installation professionals. Each chapter features learning objectives, best practices, diagrams, photos, and chapter review questions. It is available at www.amazon.com
One Systems’ Impedance Calculator
One Systems understands that the decision to use low impedance or high impedance speaker systems (also known as transformer systems), is not always a straightforward matter for systems designers. The Online Impedance Calculator provides system designers with the information necessary to choose the best solution for a particular application or venue:
Rane Corporation’s Pro Audio Reference
Rane Corporation took the initiative to provide a glossary of pro audio terminology. From Greek symbols to company name origins, nearly any question relating to audio terminology can be found at:
Underwriters Laboratories: A New Safety Standard for High Tech Products
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is offering a white paper on product safety and testing in the technology sector. UL is a leader in this area, and the new IEC-62368 standard for audio/video and information/communication technology equipment is set to go into effect sometime after 2015. UL was a principal player in developing the standard, and wants to help manufacturers understand the corresponding hazard-based safety engineering (HBSE) approach to integrate safety compliance early in product design cycles. This white paper explains the standard and the HBSE approach.
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