Rounding up News-Making, Record-Setting InfoComm 2017

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AV over IP Acceptance Emerges at InfoComm 2017

After a slow rollout of AV over IP-equipped products and molasses-speed acceptance of the new method, InfoComm 2017 seemed to represent a coming-out party of sorts for those who embrace the technology and a realization among those in the industry that more people should.

A slew of AV-over-IP product introductions at InfoComm 2017 demonstrate that the once-taboo AV distribution approach is nowembraced —as long as it’s done right.

Editor-in-chief Tom LeBlanc compared the slow acceptance of AV-over-IP across the industry to a phenomenon he saw a decade or so ago when covering the residential space for CE Pro, CI’s sister publication for residential integrators. At that time, many dealers in the residential channel bristled at the emergence of digital audio, saying the compression of high-end audio would hamper the quality of the listening experience.

What those integrators found, and what may be becoming more obvious for commercial integrators when it comes to AV-over-IP solutions, is the end-users don’t care as much as the integrators themselves do about that compression and don’t think it affects their experiences enough to be scared away from the emerging technology.

We saw examples of AV-over-IP and the continued growth of the SDVoE Alliance all over the floor at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, then saw SDVoE pioneer AptoVision sold to Semtech at the end of June, a sign the appeal of AV-over-IP and SDVoE is growing.

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