2009 NAB Show: Pick Hits, new products and more

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The NAB Show is all about broadcast technology. Whether it's in the sessions or on the exhibit floor, the convention is an ideal place to discover the latest technology and learn how to make it work for your situation. This year, the exhibit space had shrunk, but there was still plenty to see.

From the mic to the transmitter and Web server, everything is covered at the show, and in our review. The Pick Hits — a Radio magazine tradition since 1985 — offer a unique look at the best of the show as viewed by the Pick Hits judges. These are products chosen by fellow broadcast engineers who have an eye on a product's practical use and technical innovation. Now in their 25th year, the Pick Hits are the original and by far the longest-running technology distinction of the NAB Show.

But the convention had many more new product introductions than the Pick Hits. We already highlighted many new products in the March and April preview issues, as well as in the weekly NAB Insider e-mail newsletter.

Being at the convention is half the experience. The Radio magazine contributors captured many of the sights from the show and posted them in our daily Photo Blog. We have pulled a sample of those images as part of this review.

But the Pick Hits and the accompanying new products rundown are just a taste of what was there. We'll have more in upcoming issues and in the New Products Extra! e-mail newsletter, as well as the annual Product Source in August.

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