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Robert Archer, Senior Editor

Robert Archer is CI's product editor. He has been covering the electronics industry for more than a decade.

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Robert's Latest Blog Posts

pro AV products, commercial electronics

The 12 Most Important Pro AV Products of 2017 (According to Bob Archer)

Bob Archer chooses Polycom, DVIGear, Crestron, Surgex, Stewart Filmscreen, and other pro AV products among his favorite commercial electronics of 2017.

acoustic design, AVI Systems

Better Acoustic Design Isn’t Just for Recording Studios

Acoustic design improves the sound in bars and restaurants, but using pro audio also helps mass notification systems to be heard in a range of environments.

pro audio, FOH engineers, live sound

5 Outdated Pro Audio Technologies and their Current Replacements

Here’s a look at a few of the pro audio products that have been replaced by FOH engineers and other pros in today’s live sound and music markets.

Robert's Latest Posts

Extron XPA Ultra Amplifiers, Class D technology

Extron XPA Ultra Amplifiers Run Cool with Class D Technology

New Extron XPA Ultra Amplifiers feature the company’s proprietary CDRS Class D technology for amplification, helping the amps run cooler.

PoE+ switches, smart gigabit, Linksys

Linksys Smart Gigabit PoE+ Switches Engineered for Modern Business Settings

The new Linksys High-Powered Smart Gigabit PoE+ Switches include a choice of several models to help integrators address a range of network applications.

Boston Calling audio, L-Acoustics Soundvision software

Boston Calling Audio Issues Solved with L-Acoustics Soundvision Software

After fielding complaints about the 2017 Boston Calling audio sound quality, show organizers used L-Acoustics Soundvision software to reduce noise in 2018.

meeting room solutions, meeting room audio,

This Data Shows Who’s Calling the Shots on Meeting Room Solutions, And What They Prioritize

A more communicative workplace requires more sophisticated and higher quality audio systems. But meeting room solutions decision makers don’t know that.

Howard Gladstone, founder of Torus Power

Howard Gladstone, CEO of Torus Power, Wrote a Folk Album: Industry’s Got Talent

Influenced by 1960s folk music, Howard Gladstone, CEO of Torus Power, combines his passions, including commercial releases of his own music.

Sony Pro 4K Cameras, FS5 II, PSW-Z90 4K Cameras

Review: We Took the FS5 II and PSW-Z90 Sony Pro 4K Cameras To a Trade Show, Here’s How They Performed

The FS5 II and PSW-Z90 Sony Pro 4K Cameras provide users with a choice of easy-to-use cameras that are suitable for a range of applications.

Almo Pro AV iMAG Systems

Almo Professional Named U.S. Distributor of iMAGsystems AV over IP Solutions

Almo Professional A/V has been appointed the exclusive U.S. distributor for the Australian company iMAGsystems’ line of AV over IP solutions

Sony Venice, Sony Pro, 4K pro camera

Sony Pro Explains: Future of Pro Video is ‘Lens to Living Room’

Rob Willox, Sony Pro explains how video market is evolving & how consumer/pro markets complement one another, plus a Sony Venice 4K pro camera preview.

Phoenix Audio, Condor Expansion, Condor collaboration

Phoenix Audio Updates Condor Collaboration with Expansion Kit

Augmenting its Condor collaboration system, Phoenix Audio releases the Condor Expansion Kit, which enables integrators to increase the system’s room coverage to make it more applicable to a wider array of installations. The Irvine, Calif.-based company says the expansion kit incorporates a Stingray DSP mixer along with a pair of Condor Beamforming Microphone Arrays to […]

Draper SmartTrim, UniSee

Draper SmartTrim Complements Barco UniSee Video Wall

The new Draper SmartTrim system provides an elegant finishing solution to Barco’s popular LCD-based UniSee video wall systems.