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  1. What are hybrid meetings and what do you need to start?

    Over the past year the Coronavirus pandemic has forced businesses to adapt, adopting remote working where possible to keep employees and others safe.
    As we slowly return to work in offices, some of the changes made during lockdown are being integrated to create new ways of working and now hybrid meetings are being adopted by many companies.

    What is a hybrid meeting?

    Hybrid working and hybrid meetings combine on-site and remote participation allowing employees to carry out their work from anywhere. Hybrid meetings will have attendees in a meeting room working together with remote participants who may be working from home, from a different office or from anywhere else, using video conferencing and remote collaboration tools.

    Hybrid meetings equipment

    For hybrid meetings to be a good alternative

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  2. Discover the Owl Labs Meeting Owl Pro

    We are pleased to announce that we have become Owl Labs authorised resellers and are now able to supply the award-winning Meeting Owl Pro video conferencing system.

    Owl Labs Meeting Owl Pro

    The Owl Labs Meeting Owl Pro is an all-in-one video conferencing device combining camera, microphone and speaker, but it is not like your usual all-in-one systems.
    You may be familiar with the typical video conferencing systems which provide a wide-angle view from one side of the room and may be able to pan and zoom in on a specific person or area. The Meeting Owl Pro is different: it is able to capture a panoramic view of the whole room, while also automatically

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  3. The new SMART Board GX Series: budget friendly and basically brilliant

    SMART are well known for their award winning interactive boards and software.
    They provide comprehensive purpose-built solutions designed for education with high specification interactive displays for classrooms, a powerful software suite, online resources, educator training and personal development as well as excellent support.

    For customers who wish to move on from projector-based classroom solutions to interactive displays but have a more limited budget, SMART have now released the new GX Series of interactive boards.

    The new

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  4. Fix for Denon and Marantz compatibility issue with 4K/120Hz and 8K pass-through

    In autumn 2020 it was reported that the latest Denon and Marantz AV receivers, as well as some Onkyo, Pioneer and Yamaha models, suffer from a compatbility issue caused by the chipset handling the HDMI 2.1 protocol.
    This means that the affected models are not able to pass through 4K at 120Hz and 8K at 60Hz causing a blank screen when the video source outputs these resolutions.

    Now Sound United, the parent company of Denon and Marantz, have announced they will be offering a fix in the form of a FREE SPK618 HDMI adapter to all owners of the affected Denon and Marantz receivers.

    Which models are affected?

    Denon AV receivers:

    • - AVC-A110
    • - AVR-X2700H
    • - AVR-X2700HDAB
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  5. New Sony Native 4K Home Cinema Projectors Announced

    Following last year's launch of the VPL-VW590ES and VPL-VW790ES, Sony have now announced two new 4K home cinema models. The new VPL-VW290ES is replacing the popular VPL-VW270ES and the new VPL-VW890ES replaces the VPL-VW870ES.

    Sony VPL-VW290ES and VPL-VW890ES projectors

    In line with the recently launched models, the two new models build up on their predecessors and now also feature the X1 processor, based on technology used in BRAVIA televisions and optimised for projection.
    The X1 processor combines technologies for high precision frame analysis with Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Super Resolution Reality Creation for a high-quality picture.

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