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Everyone wants to hit their business opportunities out of the park – and LG’s newest commercial displays can help make this possible! Given that we are in the midst of summer, it only makes sense to compare how LG displays are like one of greatest games on Earth…you gue read more
READY TO GROW YOUR DIGITAL SIGNAGE BUSINESS IN 2017? HERE’S HOW! Life wouldn’t be fun without change. And 2016 was certainly full of exciting changes and new developments in the Pro AV Industry. Technology has “Moved Beyond Limits” with exciting products like Dual vie read more
As a product manager in Pro AV Sales, or any type of sales, really, it’s critical to be able to connect with your customers. While establishing a relationship using only the telephone is not impossible, I’ve discovered that connections and rapport can be made more quickly and become much stronger in-person. A great way to personally connect with partners and resellers in the Pro AV world is through technology training and product roadshows. It’s a great way to say, “check this new gadget out” and “thank you for your business!”
At Almo PRO AV we bring the future of AV to you via our E4 AV Tour. These one-day events, held in different cities across the country offer product exhibit halls, educational classes for CTS renewal units, demonstrations, and one-on-one engagement with our Almo Pro AV Business Development Managers and their respective manufacturers.
For me… it’s all about LG!
At our most recent E4 AV Tour stop in Boson, Commercial Integrator Magazine named LG a leading manufacturer with “Standout Products” for its OLED technology, suggested to be “one of the most eye-catching displays on the exhibit floor.”
LG’s 4K dual-sided OLED straight displays are available now. The curved models are coming late this month.
At the end of September, Almo sponsored an invitation-only reseller event at the LG Business Innovation Center in Lincolnshire, IL. Approximately 25 resellers attended this event and enjoyed in-person training on LG’s exclusive OLED, IPS technology and a private tour of the facility. Product demonstrations showcased a full assortment of LG products, including LG Stretch, 4k, OLED dual side and curved models, video walls and the soon to be released 98” display. Steve Stacy, Almo’s VP of Sales for the Midwest and Northwest Regions delivered a summary presentation on Almo’s Value Add services such as Content Management, Installation and Connectivity.
Our events provide hand-on technical training as a component of social learning and partner collaboration. I look forward to building new partnerships and strengthening the existing ones in a comfortable, friendly setting that opens lines of communication.
Looking ahead, the Almo E4 AV Tour makes its final stop in 2016 on Tuesday Dallas in the Lone Star State. As we wind down the year we’re continuing to plan new and exciting ways to bring our partners and resellers emerging technologies.
The popularity of video walls in in the Pro/AV industry is exploding. The market is competitive and selecting the best video wall solution may feel overwhelming. Video walls can be configured in an infinite range of shapes, sizes and technology. With LG’s Commercial Display Portfolio that targets all vertical markets you can create stunning video walls that are easily installed, maintained and managed. LG offers a Commercial Display Portfolio that targets all vertical markets.
Most of us are comfortable talking about LCD (liquid crystal display) flat panels. We see this technology every day in computer monitors, smart phones and TVs. They are cost effective and high resolution. This makes displaying text images and video aesthetically pleasing. Typically though, their bezel width is visible, so when you are creating a video wall, the “big picture” is far from seamless.
Direct view LED panels are bezel free, so you can create different configurations for a seamless video wall. They are great for large scale digital signage solutions due to their efficiency, reliability, refresh rates and color accuracy.
OLED or “Organic Light Emitting Diod’s” are solid state devices made up of thin films of organic molecules that glow when an electric current is introduced. When the light passes through the layers, it produces spectacular high definition images. LG’s perfect OLED design has only two layers, making their digital signage display unbelievably light-weight and incredibly thin; 4.5 mm at its thinnest point.
Image Gap reduction from LG provides a beautiful, crisp clear picture… without image distortion.
As the content moves from one screen to another, and the picture is shared across multiple screens, look to LG for the distortion-free “BIG PICTURE” every time.
LG is known for technology that “moves beyond the limits”! OLED is all the buzz in today’s technology market. But what is OLED? “Organic Light Emitting Diod’s” are solid state devices made up of thin films of organic molecules that glow when an electric current is introduced. When the light passes through the layers, it produces spectacular high definition images. Simple, right?
OLED’s can provide brighter displays with a crisper image and use less power than an LED or LCD in the process. LG OLED signage provides 5000 times faster motion picture response time, for perfectly clear images without blurring. And, LG’s perfect OLED design has only two layers, making their digital signage display unbelievably light-weight and incredibly thin; 4.5 mm at its thinnest point. Unlike other manufacturers, LG uses advanced four color pixel technology that adds a white pixels to the traditional sub-pixel red, green and blue.
Despite the two layer designs and light-weight, LG OLED signage still delivers an awe inspiring picture quality across the entire screen. Even from wide viewing angles! If that’s not enough, self-lighting pixels switch off completely to reproduce black. OLED gives perfect black! Some LG OLED models provide curved capability, while maintaining an outstanding viewing angle.
What can you expect from an LG OLED TV panel? Imagine a picture that is bolder and more lifelike. That old cliché “you need to see it believe it” really holds true for OLED. Check it out!
For more on LG OLED Technology, contact your ALMO Business Development Manager for LG
Corinne O’Rawe | DSEG
Business Development Manager| Almo Professional A/V
P. 888-420-2566 x 6220 | C. 716-474-2323 | F.267-350-0321
I was lucky enough to join the Almo Pro AV Marketing Department as a result of the acquisition of IAVI in May this year. Pretty much right away we ran off to Las Vegas together. You know how it goes, wining and dining and enjoying the hot summer sun… oh, and InfoComm. Only the biggest AV show the industry has to offer each year.
While I’m new to Almo, I’m not new to the channel. Or to Pro AV. So when I tell you that new technology hardly gets my motor running anymore, you’re probably not surprised. We all see it all the time. But this year… this year in Vegas something was different. This year I was dazzled. (Almo is amazing, but I’m not talking about my new relationship. We’ve settled into a nice rhythm, in case you’re wondering, though).
I was dazzled this year by LG Business Solutions’ Dual-View flat OLED Signage Displays.
If you were in Vegas last month you’re feeling me right now, right? This display is sexy. SEX-EEEEE.
From a distance, the first thing I noticed was the color, the brightness. Dark, dark blacks. Bright, vibrant colors. Perfect color. Purrrrr-fect. When you see it from afar you just have to get closer. And when you do – this is one thin display. We’re all used to thin by now. In fact, we expect it. But this! This. Is. THIN! Like the majority of the people I saw checking this display out, I had to hold up my phone for perspective. With the case on (I have the dropsies with my phone) this LG OLED display is thinner than my phone! Amazing!
So here I am. Dazzled by the colors. Dazzled by the depth. But wait! LG isn’t done dazzling me yet. This display is dual sided! Oh, yes. You heard me. There is a crystal clear, vividly bright picture on both sides of this ultra-thin 55” display. My mouth agape, I gawked in awe at this work of art, imagining the impact to so many applications. I’m wowed. I’m floored! But LG’s about to drive it home. The dual sides can even show different content simultaneously, and this display can be mounted from the ceiling, from a base on the floor or on a wall. If that’s not enough, the ceiling mount has a motorized mechanism that will rotate the display to capture every viewing angle in the room.
How’d they do that? How did they not sacrifice picture quality? How did they keep it soooo unbelievably thin? LG Magic I suppose.
Mind = Blown.
If you feel like advancement in display technology changes so quickly it’s hard to keep up, you’re not alone… And, for a moment, consider the lingo required to conduct business in our industry and you’ve just added to the ever-increasing challenge of remaining current for an AV professional. So what’s all the fuss about LED that seems to keep popping up in advertisements, industry news and updates, new product launches and promotions? If you’ve seen terms like OLED, SMB, LED backlights, direct-lit LED backlight, LED edge lighting, and CCFL and wondered what the real differences are in emerging technologies and what they mean to you – the pro AV integrator and how they can make the difference in your bottom line, read on.
To give you an idea of where things are headed, we looked at the leading display manufacturers such as Samsung, Panasonic, NEC and LG, who are introducing LED LCD TVs, as well as NanoLumens, an innovative industry newcomer specializing in large format LED displays.
OK, so let’s review some history. LED technology, light emitting diode, is actually not a new concept; it was initially introduced in the early 1900’s for use as indicator lights for machinery and equipment. LED is an electronic component that when proper current is passed through it, it emits different colors. It wasn’t until more than 30 years later when LEDs were used to form a display by placing a number of LEDs together to present a visual display. More common uses of LED technology in its raw form can be seen in outdoor billboards and other outdoor displays in today’s market.
A new manufacturer on the scene, NanoLumens, has patented a form of LED technology for their solutions which use SMD or surface mount diodes in which one pixel is made up of three bulbs, red, green and blue to make up its visual displays. And, if you’re looking for flexible digital displays in any shape and size that can form to any curvature, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything more impressive on the market than NanoLumens’ NanoFlex Series, (engineered and assembled in the US).
OLED technology, or organic light emitting diode, has a large place in the market, however these are used mainly in small electronics such as cell phones and computer screens rather than large format displays.
So what are some of the benefits of LED technology and why are they now being introduced in professional displays in various forms including LED backlight, direct-lit LED backlighting, etc.? Unlike NanoLumens’ solutions which expose the LEDs to make up the visual display area, TV manufacturers have enclosed LEDs within the housing of their displays. Benefits of LED technology include: brightness, energy efficiency, long life cycle compared to CCFL (fluorescent) backlights consuming considerably less power than traditional LCD solutions, in addition to color and contrast producing richer hues and wider range of the NTSC color gamut for a more pleasing viewing experience, or from the end user’s perspective, a better ability to communicate their message and engage their prospects and customers.
So just what is direct-lit LED backlighting, you ask?
The majority of displays available today feature edge LED backlights, which is where the LEDs are placed just around the edge of the display, typically just on the sides of the TV. LEDs are then diffused to help spread the light across the entire panel. The goal is for the waveguide to evenly distribute the light throughout the entire panel.
LED backlighting had been introduced in full-array configurations where rows of LEDs are distributed across the entire back panel of the TV. LEDs are then divided into various zones which can be controlled individually using a feature called local dimming; this can result in improved contrast levels in many cases.
Direct-lit LED backlight models coming to market in the year ahead are replacing CCFL technology panels with many display manufacturers. At just 3.7” inches in thickness, Samsung’s new MD-Series which features direct-lit LED backlight technology uses fewer LEDs to provide adequate light coverage across the panel and will replace their current FP-Series product lineup (CCFL) at the same price points. This is a dramatic move on Samsung’s part and makes a strong statement about where the industry’s heading with Samsung leading the way. What’s the obvious advantage for resellers? Integrators will now be able to get into LED and enjoy the benefits without the price premium that has been associated with Samsung LED LCD models to this point. Resellers can look forward to availability on the new Samsung MD-Series beginning in June, but don’t worry, the ME-Series Ultra Slim solution is not going away, and featuring edge-lit LED technology in its bezel, at just 1.2” thick, the ME-Series will be available at a slight price premium to the MD-Series.
It is clear that LED technology certainly has a place in our market and whether you’re working on applications that present environments with high ambient lighting, challenging mounting conditions, demanding performance requirements, low total cost of ownership or minimal power consumption to support green initiatives, we offer a variety of LED and LED LCD display solutions to help you accomplish your installation and profit objectives.
As a value-added distributor and the fastest growing distributor in the professional A/V space, education is a key component to our success, and yours. Not only do we have a very focused approach at offering training resources to our reseller partners, through our Webinar Series, the Almo Edge buying program where points earned for purchases go towards training courses, and lastly, as the only distributor officially sponsored by InfoComm, the variety of training courses offered at our traveling E4 AV Tour events (www.e4avtour.com) are sure to engage everyone with a range of courses from basic to more advanced, (many of which carry InfoComm CTS Renewal Units), count on Almo to keep you informed of the latest industry trends and technology advancements.
For more information on LED technologies or to confirm which solution is right for your specific application, the Almo sales team and business development managers are here to help support your efforts through a variety of resources. Our team receives regular product training and updates to “product roadmaps” of leading display manufacturers to ensure you have a resource to call on when you need answers.
We look forward to working with you to support the growing needs of your business.