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Posted by: Michelle Foster on April 23, 2012

Belden and our Telecast Fiber Systems brand participated in NAB 2012 in Las Vegas. This is a video slideshow of Belden's booth at the show.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on April 18, 2012

Wow. This is turning out to be the best NAB show we've had in a long time. We received more leads in the first two days than we have had from an entire show in recent memory. And it's not just us. Every other booth seemed equally busy. It's so busy, I would not be surprised if the total attendance exceeded the magic 100,000. Of course, our popularity has been based on many things, including the three live demos we have going for new products. First is our demo of Belden 1776, a revolutionary cable. This is the strongest microphone cable we've ever made, and quite possibly the strongest ever manufactured by anyone.

At the show, we suspended a hanging chair from the cable and attached a working microphone. We've had Renee Staul, from our marketing department, and Jessie Carmona from our Mexico sales office, each sit in the chair and entice the crowd to see them suspended by a microphone cable.

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Posted by: Michelle Foster on April 17, 2012

Steve Lampen and team are busy at work at opening day of the National Association of Broadcasters' annual NAB Show in booth C8925, right in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

NAB marks Belden's largest trade show booth of the year. As you've read on Steve Lampen's posts, there's a crazy contest to test the strength of our new 1776 cable, the strongest microphone cable available. Participants can guess what weight the cable can withstand - and still work - before it breaks.

If you're still planning on attending and need an exhibits pass, go to www.nabshow.com and choose "New Registration" for a first-time attendee or "Alumni Lookup" if you have attended before. When it asks for the Show Registration Code, put in LV2039 and follow the prompts.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on April 12, 2012

There is a certain rocker, you know his name and the name of his group, but I can't say it here. (We're in negotiations!) But he's famous for going through mic cable as if it were string. At one point, he even went through Belden 8412, a cable we thought was nearly indestructible. Now the rocker is going through a competitor's mic cable at a rate of one per show. One mic cable PER SHOW! When you're touring the globe, that adds up to a lot of cable.

This caused us to think. So we sat down and figured out how to make the strongest microphone cable ever. You can see it for the first time at NAB on April 16 through 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We're in booth C8925, right in the center of the central hall.

This new cable innovation is called Belden 1776, a revolutionary microphone cable. And how strong is it? Well, that's a great question. We don't really know and that will make for an interesting experiment. We're going to have a contest at our booth. At noon each day, we will load weights on the cable - while it is working! There's a tension scale with a memory attached. You get to guess what the weight will be that will cause our cable to stop working. When the sound stops, there will be a winner! We're still discussing prizes, but, it will be something cool. And we'll do it every day at noon for all four days. That means four prizes. You can guess every day if you want, and you don't have to be present to win. (But who would miss something as weird as this at NAB?)

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on April 05, 2012

Virtually all TV broadcasters in the USA have gone digital. Even Hollywood has converted from film to digital images. While some of these cameras record the data on hard drives or SSD (solid-state memory chips), at some point you're going to send this data, those digital images, from Point A to Point B. If you want to carry the hard drive or SSD from place to place, that's fine (so-called "sneaker net") but it is time-consuming and inefficient. Why not put that signal on a cable to move it from place to place? That's what most broadcasters do. And, while you could do this on fiber, converting from electrons to photons and back again at the other end, the economical and simple way is still over copper cable, most commonly coax cable.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on March 29, 2012

I don't have to tell you how fast things are changing in the audio-video world. It's been a while since I've seen audio or video recorders, except in a museum. All of that is on servers now. More and more folks are using Ethernet to carry these audio and video signals. The problem is, they have to run everything on Layer 2 or Layer 3 (if you speak "networking") and so all those systems are proprietary and don't always play nice with each other.

But, finally, the IEEE (which owns the Ethernet standard) has approved a new AVB (audio-video bridging) standardIEEE 802.1BA-2011. There are several companies bringing out AVB devices, and one of those is the Hirschmann-branded switch from Belden.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on March 21, 2012

Are you coming to NAB on April 16-19 in Las Vegas? This is the largest trade show focused on broadcasting and professional audio and video in the world. And in it is Belden’s biggest booth at any show. This shows our commitment to the broadcast and professional audio and video communities. If you have an NAB pass, come to booth C8925 in the central hall, almost dead center of the room, and say “hi” to your friends from Belden.

There are so many cool new things, it's going to take a lot of blogs to cover it all. If you don't have an NAB pass, no problem, we'll get you one for free. These are free Exhibits-Only show passes. These passes are valid for free admission to the 2012 NAB Show exhibit halls if obtained by April 6, 2012.

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