Demo Day kicks off InfoComm 2019
Demo Day kicks off InfoComm 2019
Attracting 1,000 exhibitors and an estimated 44,000 attendees from across the world, InfoComm remains North America’s number one exhibition for the AV industry
Prior to the start of the show, many delegates attended the TIDE conference, Emerging Trends and Centre Stage forums in addition to a number of manufacturer-sponsored seminars and workshops. Collectively, these attractions continue to enhance the appeal of InfoComm to a large segment of attendees and first-time visitors. Before the ribbon cutting to mark the start of the trade show, several attendees took part in InfoComm’s training and education programme, in order to pass their AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exams.
It’s several years since AVIXA decided to open up the audio demo rooms a day prior to the show. This initiative has allowed a select crowd of AV consultants and visitors to take advantage of the relatively calm traffic conditions in Orlando and properly understand the brands demonstrating their latest technologies. Following the launch of the IS7 loudspeaker at InfoComm 2018, Adamson Systems followed up with its Milan-ready CS7p model. This year, the canny Canadians demonstrated the virtues of their S-, IS- and CS-Series speaker systems in addition to introducing the IS219 dual 19-inch subwoofer.
The demo started with an introductory video of the company followed by Jochen Sommer enlightening the attendees with a discussion of Adamson’s building blocks with Kevlar transducers, and patented technology at its heart. ‘We have created our S-Series for high end installations, the E-Series for live touring and production and, most recently, we have added new building blocks in the form of our own Class-D amplifiers and DSP to create the Milan-ready CS-Series.’
Having perhaps lit the touch paper for the immersive audio fashion the industry is currently transitioning through, L-Acoustics has opted not to promote L-ISA and the Syva system in favour of more traditional A10 and A15 Wide and Focus cabinets, together with the KS21 subwoofer and X4i miniature coaxial enclosure.
Fellow French manufacturer Nexo partnered with its parent company Yamaha to present the AFC4 fourth generation active field control system through an immersive ID24 speaker system. The GEO M6, M10 and M12 arrays together with the MSUB15 and MSUB18 low frequency extensions were also demonstrated.
Having launched Constellation some ten years ago, Meyer Sound’s Sonic Lounge seemed scaled back with its highlights of the Ultra X40, UPQ-3D and M-Noise technologies. While Alcons Audio teamed up once again with fellow Dutch innovator Astro Spatial Audio to promote its joint immersive audio technology incorporating Alcons VR8 cabinets and a CRMS cinema system with SARA II 3D processing. In close attendance, d&b audiotechnik also invited visitors to immerse themselves within a DS100 Soundscape in addition to listening to the latest xA, xC and xS speaker systems.
There was another hint of immersive technologies on display in the Renkus-Heinz suite. Like Nexo, the Californian innovator was celebrating its 40th birthday and this year focused on highlighting the virtues of the IC-Live X series.
Vue was hosting ‘Reimagine integration for the 4K generation’, a showcase that explained the latest features integrated into the e-Class family. These include Dante integration, QSC Q-Sys integration options and Dante enabled IP audio distribution with a PoE-enabled version of the e-351 Nano speaker together with local amplification for networked audio in the es-269V with built-in VueDrive. ‘We’ve spent the last five years disrupting the touring and corporate audio markets with our al-Class line arrays and HD systems,’ explained CEO and founder Ken Berger. ‘We’re now setting our sights on distributed audio by solving real-world integration challenges with true, next-generation technologies.’
QSC presented its Premium Business Solutions range of audio products, including the AcousticDesign series of speakers, CX-Q amplifiers and Reflect Enterprise Manager. Similarly, Bose was promoting more than 50 new products for a variety of installations, including DesignMax and ArenaMatch speakers, ControlSpace EX conferencing processors and PowerSpace amplifiers.
Forever pioneering a solo course of ingenuity, K-array was premiering Rails among the less than eye catching Axle-KRX402, KA84 amplifier and KM112 products. Highlighting a fluorescent light as an innovative audio solution remains as challenging as showcasing the minute Lyzard speaker system. It takes time. Luckily, K-array was patient and the products eventually got noticed, despite their size. ‘We are supporting K-array USA in educating visitors with our entire portfolio of solutions including portable, niche installation and live production systems,’ commented marketing manager Andrea Torelli. ‘InfoComm is more about raising the awareness of our entire catalogue than selling products.’
Having set up two years ago, Coda USA was presenting the N-APS dual 6.5-inch arrayable point source speaker with the aid of a live singer/guitarist. Likewise, KV2 Audio pushed the VHD and other large systems to one side and concentrated its spotlight on the ESD ultra-compact passive 5-inch loudspeaker.
Community, on the other hand, was showing the LVH-900 beamforming venue horn L-series and modular MVA600 I-series for stadiums and other large venues together with the latest ALC amplified loudspeaker controllers. ‘This show differs from Las Vegas as we see more personnel from cruise ships, theme parks and less from the theatre and live production sector,’ observed APAC sales manager Kim Muurholm Juergensen.
Martin Audio was highlighting a host of different products for wide ranging verticals including Blackline X, Adorn, CDD Live, Wavefront Precision and the latest SXC118 cardioid subwoofer. While the wraps are on two of the products on the Danley Labs booth, the Studio One monitor, GO2-6CX, BC218RH and FLX12 Utility Box were clearly on display.
They may be from the same family, but the parts continue to be greater than the sum within the RCF Group. dBTechnologies conducted Vio L212 rigging demonstrations while previewing the new slimline Vio W10 monitor among other exhibits. Likewise, RCF highlighted a range of install and touring products including the HDM-45A and Business Music Solutions. Stablemate EAW appears to have been given a new lease of life in which large audiences were discovering the benefits of the Anna, Otto and ADAPTive systems.
Electro-Voice focused on its Dynacord Sonicue and EV PrEView software controls in addition to the new MFX monitors and additions to the EVID series of speakers that simplify wiring connections and provide quick, secure mounting options.
The show’s alternating locations draws a unique range of audiences. Florida tends to entice more individuals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and, of course, the Eastern seaboard of the USA. With its off-site attractions, Las Vegas arguably appeals to visitors more than Orlando, although the statistics tend to take away credence from that claim. Likewise, long-term audio exhibitors market their technologies towards specific market sectors rather than apply a shotgun tactic. As the turnstile numbers increase at InfoComm, less seems to be more.