New Products: August 2006

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New Products: August 2006

CodexNovus media server, ALTO public address system, Crestron audio distribution system ...

Media server

The HDcodex DML-200c from CodexNovus is designed for trade show displays, corporate boardrooms, point-of-purchase kiosks in AV dealer showrooms, and public display applications. The DML-200c is a commercial-grade, high-definition media server that streams video, audio, pictures, and graphics. It provides SD and HD video at resolutions up to 1080p, and supports MPEG, AVI, TS, MP2, MP3, AC3, WAV, AAC, HTML, SWF, BMP, PNG, TIFF, GIF, and JPG files. It features a 250 GB hard drive and multichannel 5.1 and 7.1 high-resolution digital audio capabilities. Price: $3,499. Availability: fourth quarter. For more information, contact CodexNovus at 217-351-4819 or at

Public address system

The Orient Express 400 (OEX-400) compact PA system from ALTO is designed for use in schools and churches. The OEX-400 features 400 W of output power, three mono inputs with Neutrik Combo XLR 1/4-inch connectors and independent two-band EQ, two 10-inch coaxial speakers with a 1-inch high-frequency driver, and onboard DSP with 16 effects. The product includes a seven-channel mixer with stereo RCA inputs and seven-band graphic EQ. Price: $499. Availability: November. For more information, contact ALTO at 716-297-2920 or at

Audio distribution system

The Adagio AADS audio distribution system from Crestron provides audio signal routing, processing, and amplification for up to six rooms. Services are expandable to up to 24 rooms. The Adagio AADS features plug-and-play support for the company's Adagio Audio Server, as well as a 2-Series Ethernet control system. It includes 8 MB Flash, 32 MB SDRAM, and 256 KB NVRAM memory, with volume, balance, bass, treble, loudness, mute, mono, and input compensation audio controls. Price: $2,500. Availability: September. For more information, contact Crestron at 800-237-2041 or at

Video switch

Belkin's PureAV HDMI Interface 3-to-1 Video Switch connects to and switches as many as three digital video sources, including cable set-top boxes, DVD players, and other devices. The device connects and switches HDMI and HDMI interface-to-DVI cables through one HDMI port on a TV or receiver. The 3-to-1 Video Switch supports 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolutions, and works with HDCP-compliant devices. Price: $199.99. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Belkin at 800-223-5546 or at

Electric projection screen

The VMAX electric projection screen from Elite Screens includes a black border on all sides of the screen and an extended 16-inch black border on the top of the screen for use with high-ceiling and adjustable drop/rise positioning applications. The screen, which can be controlled via included IR and RF remote controls, includes a detachable three-way wall box to receive the signals. Screen sizes range from 84 to 235 inches diagonal, and are available in 1:1, 4:3, and 16:9 aspect ratios. Price: N/A (all sizes). Availability: currently available (all sizes). For more information, contact Elite Screens at 877-511-1211 or at

Large-venue projector

Digital Projection International's LIGHTNING 40HD-T large-venue projector features 21,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The L40HD-T has a 1,600:1 contrast ratio, up to 2K resolution, and total chassis power consumption of less than 4.5 kW. The projector accepts sources up to 12 bits per color through dual DVI inputs. Price: $129,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Digital Projection International at 770-420-1350 or at

Wireless conferencing network

The Bosch Wireless Digital Conferencing Network (DCN) from Listen Technologies features a central unit and microphone delegate units, which can be controlled by delegates or an operator via remote. The system operates on a 2.4 GHz radio frequency band for security and to protect against interference from other wireless devices, such as cell phones, Bluetooth devices, and WiFi networks. Price: Systems start at $9,421. Availability: September. For more information, contact Listen Technologies at 801-233-8992 or at

Digital amplifiers

The DA Series line of digital multichannel amplifiers from TOA Electronics Inc. is designed for multi-zone distributed loudspeaker systems. The DA-250FH provides four 70 V output channels of 250 W or two 140 V channels of 500 W in bridged mode. The DA-250F provides four channels of 250 W at 4 ohms, or two channels of 500 W at 8 ohms in bridged mode. Both models weigh 14.6 pounds with a single rack-space design, and can rack-mount up to five units without space between units. Price: N/A. For more information, contact TOA Electronics at 650-588-2538 or

Coax cable

Rapco International and Horizon Music Inc.'s Easy Pull RGB Coax Cable connects PCs to monitors, projectors, and plasma screens. Targeted for use in SVGA (800x600) video installations, the cable features male and female DIN connectors covered with heat shrink tubing and a plenum jacket. Optional bulkhead connectors are available for mounting HD15 connectors to faceplates and faceplate connectors for DIN connectors. The cable can be pulled through a 3/4-inch conduit, and supports up to XGA (1024x768) signal resolution for cable runs up to 150 feet and SVGA up to 200 feet. Price: start at $71.91. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Rapco International at 800-325-0266 or at, or contact Horizon Music at 800-255-9822 or at

Immersive videoconferencing environment

Polycom's RPX RealPresence Experience customizable, immersive videoconferencing environment includes audio, video, lighting, and furniture components. For video, the solution features high-resolution projection screens, up to four of the company's VSX 8000 codecs, 15-inch LCD monitors with a wireless keyboard and mouse for every other seat at conference tables, and up to four rear projectors. For audio, the RPX offers the company's EEF2280 automatic microphone matrix mixer, three embedded microphones, and an integrated SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone. Conference tables, conference chairs, and carpet are available in multiple colors. Price: Environments start at $249,000. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Polycom at 800-765-9266 or at

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New Products: August 2006

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3LCD projector

Epson's PowerLite 3100i projector is designed for presentation environments in universities and business conference facilities. The PowerLite 3100i features 3LCD technology, 1.6X optical zoom, + 30-degree keystone adjustment, a 5W speaker, and up to 3,500 ANSI lumens of brightness in XGA (1024x768) native resolution. The device is compatible with tuners and components that transmit closed captioning. The projector incorporates an air filtration system that captures particles and prevents them from accumulating inside the projector. It also offers networking technology, and includes metal anchor bars on the base of the projector for theft protection. Price: $3,199. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Epson at 800-873-7766 or at

In-wall loudspeaker

The Sound Advance SA2C in-wall loudspeaker incorporates the company's Planar Diaphragm Technology. The speaker features a 70/100 V signal transformer, an 8-ohm bypass connection, a 12 dB/octave crossover circuit at 2 kHz, and primary taps for 0.5 W and 1 W, 2 W, 4 W, 8 W, 16 W, and 32 W output. According to the company, the product enables extended low-frequency reproduction. The SA2C measures 21 by 14 by 3 inches and weighs less than 8 pounds. Price: $600. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sound Advance at 949-492-5449 or at

RGB peaking amplifier

Extron Electronics' PA 300 RGB Peaking Amplifier drives high-resolution computer-video signals over long cable runs. The PA 300 can drive RGB video signals up to 600 feet via Extron MHR or similar cable, and up to 1,000 feet via Extron RG6 or similar cable. The device is designed for use in lecture halls, conference rooms, and auditoriums. It features RGB video bandwidth of 350 MHz (-3 dB), variable level and peaking controls, and sync restoration, which restores sync voltage to TTL level, 5.0Vp-p. Price: $790. Availability: October. For more information, contact Extron at 714-491-1500 or at

Digital signage software

The 3M Digital Signage Software – Network Edition version 3.0 from 3M Digital Signage enables users to distribute and play back media files, schedule playlists, and monitor a network of digital signs from any Internet-connected computer. The software features new network management capabilities, including the ability to assign multiple users, network-status reporting enhancements, and an enhanced user interface. Users can organize media to suit any project, create usernames, assign specific privileges, schedule layouts, and change screen layouts within a playback schedule. Network Edition 2.0 users will receive automatic upgrades. Price: Software starts at $1,299. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact 3M Digital Signage at 888-460-8060 or at

Plasma displays

Hitachi America's UltraVision 42-inch 42HDS69 and 55-inch 55HDS69 (pictured here) HDTV plasma displays feature three HDMI and three component inputs, and incorporate the company's PictureMaster HD III video processing technology. The screens perform at a maximum 16-bit color capability, with automatic 3:2 film processing, split-screen capabilities, and CableCARD compatibility. Each model includes four HD aspect modes and six SD aspect modes. The 42-inch model has 1024x1080 resolution and 1080p processing, while the 55-inch model produces 1365x768 resolution. Price: $2,499 (42HDS69); $4,299 (55HDS69). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Hitachi America at 800-448-2244 or at

Digital mixing console

The Midas XL8 live performance digital mixing console. The XL8 can accommodate up to 96 input insert sends, 96 input insert returns, 96 input compressor external side chain connections, 96 input noise gate external side chain connections, 96 input direct outputs, 51 mix buss insert sends, 51 mix buss insert returns, 51 mix buss direct inputs, and 1 talk mic input. There are also nine spare AES50 connections. Price: $360,000 price on application. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Midas at 800-392-3497 or at

Digital signage processor

The NEXIA TC digital signage processor from Biamp features eight wideband AEC mic/line inputs, two standard mic/line inputs, four mic/line outputs, and a telephone interface. The internal system design is customizable and can be controlled via software screens, RS232 control systems, and remote control. Systems can be linked by Ethernet and NexLink digital audio linking to create multi-unit NEXIA systems. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Biamp at 800-826-1457 or at

WXGA projector

Mitsubishi's SD2000U wide format, high-definition professional projector is designed for installation imaging requiring a native 16:9 aspect ratio. The native WXGA (1280x768) resolution projector uses Texas Instrument's TrueVision DDP3020 DLP image processing chip set, and provides 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. Price: $3,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Mitsubishi at 888-307-0349 or at

Subwoofer system

The Bag End P-S18E-AD self-powered, low-profile, single 18-inch subwoofer system measures 15 inches high and weighs 74 pounds. The product incorporates a 1,000 W Bag End Minima One amplifier and the company's INFRA signal processor. The P-S18E-AD can produce a flat response down to 8 Hz, according to the company. A power factor-corrected AC power unit adapts to any voltage between 88 V and 275 V. Price: $2,060. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Bag End at 847-382-4550 or at

Flat-panel display ceiling mount

The 42-inch Flat Panel TV Ceiling Mount from Peerless is designed for use in digital signage applications in retail locations. The mount features Quick-Connect pins and a Return-to-Zero feature, which realigns the mount if it's accidentally moved. Price: $500. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Peerless at 800-729-0307 or at

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LED display

The OLite 612 LED display from Barco is designed for indoor and outdoor use in rental & staging and creative applications. The OLite 612 features a 12 mm pixel pitch, 6,000-nit brightness output, 15-bit processing, a 145-degree horizontal viewing angle, and an 80-degree vertical viewing angle. The product's shader design improves black levels in daylight, according to the company. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Barco at 916-859-2500 or at

Curved projection screens

The TheaterCurve projection screens from Screen Research include curved 1.78 and 2.35 aspect ratio models. The screens, which feature ClearPix screen material, are available in sizes from 50 to 270 inches wide. The screens are designed for use in home theater applications, post-production facilities, dance clubs, recording studios, houses of worship, and other small- to medium-sized venues. Price: Screens start at $2,700. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Screen Research at +33-(0)-2-40-77-87-89 or at

Video processing chip

Silicon Optix's Reon-VX fully-programmable Realta chip offers HQV four-field, motion-adaptive, per-pixel, high-definition de-interlacing for sharp HD images. The chip enables true 1080p reconstruction of HD film sources. Designed for high-volume applications such as plasma TVs, LCD TVs, RPTVs, projectors, AV receivers, set-top boxes, media center PCs, and DVD players, it also features complete input-to-output 4:4:4 color processing and a 10-bit diagonal interpolator that removes “jaggies” without blurring the image, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Silicon Optix at 408-392-1350 or at

Power amplifiers

Dynacord's CL series includes the CL 2000, CL 1600, CL 1200, and CL 800 models. Each model includes low-emission torroidal transformers, and is protected against overheating, overloading, short-cuts, and HF or DC at output via relay switches. The product features a three-speed fan, electronically balanced XLR inputs, parallel outputs, input routing, and uniform constant-gain structure from 32 dB. Price: $845 (CL 800); $1,035 (CL 1200); $1,220 (CL 1600); $1,430 (CL 2000). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Dynacord at 800-392-3497 or at

Digital signage solutions

Triveni Digital's SkyScraper Ensignia digital signage products and SkyScraper Emergency Services Network emergency alert network systems are extensions of the company's content distribution platform. SkyScraper (ESN) is based on Triveni Digital software that enables public safety agencies to deliver and display training videos and emergency alerts on LCD screens. SkyScraper Ensignia products create, manage, and distribute commercial messages via satellite, DTV, or Internet to individual displays and networks of displays. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Triveni Digital at 609-716-3500 or at

Sequencing controller

The Middle Atlantic Products MPR-SEQ six-step sequencing controller, which can be installed internally in the company's Modular Power Raceway System or as a standalone module, sequentially powers on AV components. For use with RLM Series Advanced Modules, the device uses a contact closure to switch RLM modules. Sequencing with the product can be initiated locally or remotely. Price: $197. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Middle Atlantic Products at 973-839-1011 or at

Network media player

ViewSonic's NMP-500 Network Media Player includes a fully featured Mozilla Web browser. The device streams high-definition content from the Internet, supporting animations and high-definition video from Flash, Dreamweaver, and Frontpage at up to 20 MB/s. It simultaneously streams MPEG-1/2/4 video signals in real time. The NMP-500 can be combined with any ViewSonic display and managed remotely via Internet Protocol. The company's ND4200-LS integrated 42-inch LCD display features an integrated web browser and a 43 GB internal hard drive. It supports local playback of digital media, and can be integrated with other digital signage networks. Price: $699 (NMP-500); $4,999 (ND4200-LS). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact ViewSonic at 800-688-6688 or at

Disk recorder

The V1-HD/LE disk recorder from Doremi Labs provides real-time recording and HD video playback for AV applications. The V1-HD/LE is designed for use with high-resolution video projectors, plasmas, and LCD displays in theme parks, museums, concerts, and stage events. It records and plays HD-SDI and SD-SDI video at 1.7:1 compression at 744 Mb/s. The product contains two removable drives for up to 40 minutes of recording, and can store files in SD or HD format, including 1080i/p, 720p, and 525- or 625-line video. Price: $15,000 (20-minute storage); $16,000 (40-minute storage). Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Doremi Labs at 818-562-1101 or at

WXGA projector

Boxlight has introduced the Broadview WXGA (1280x768) projector, which is designed for corporate and portable presentation applications. The projector has a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and 2,600 ANSI lumens of brightness. The device includes DVI-I, RCA, audio, and S-video inputs, as well as stereo mini jack and USB outputs. The Broadview offers a built-in 2 W speaker, and also features manual zoom and focus capabilities. Price: $1,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Boxlight at 800-884-6464 or at

Screen masking panels

The Fast-Fold Masking Panels from Da-Lite Screen Company allow native HDTV (16:9) aspect ratio projection screens to be masked to NTSC video (4:3). The Fast-Fold masking panels are available for the company's native HDTV Fast-Fold Deluxe, Standard Fast-Fold, Truss Deluxe, and Standard Truss projection screens. Price: Panels start at $108. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Da-Lite at 800-622-3737 or at

New Products: August 2006

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Display wall processor

The Jupiter Systems Fusion 960 Display Wall Processor includes upgraded features for use in control room projects. The processor includes an enhanced motherboard, a new high-performance expansion chassis option, new memory and storage options, Dual Intel Xeon processors at 3.2 GHz, a PCI Express switched network of 64-bit/66 MHz PCI slots, and up to 34 expansion slots using the expansion chassis. Price: starts at $14,000. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Jupiter Systems at 510-667-9000 or at

Digital media server

The Adtec Digital Soloist 4111 HD digital media server supports MPEG-4, H.264, MPEG-2, and VC-1 HD and SD media playback from hard drive, IP stream decoding, Cable QAM, Satellite QPSK, terrestrial ATSC, and DVB-T interfaces. The Soloist 4111 HD includes multichannel Dolby Digital AC-3 audio up to 5.1 channels on S/PDIF. It automatically scales content to match up to 1080i resolution. Price: $3,500. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Adtec Digital at 615-256-6619 or at

LCD monitor

The LVM-47W1 47-inch flat-panel LCD monitor from Westinghouse Digital Electronics provides 1920x1080 progressive-scan resolution, as well as six HD input connectors for computer, video, and gaming devices. It features a 16.7 million True Color display, 6.5 ms response time, a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and 176-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The LVM-47W1 includes two 10 W speakers and an integrated 10 W subwoofer. Price: $2,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Westinghouse Digital Electronics at 866-287-5555 or at

Digital music server

The Xantech XMUSIC digital music server features a 160 GB hard drive for storing up to 2,800 hours of music. The XMUSIC server can be controlled through IR or RS232 commands, and can simultaneously play up to four songs to create four separate musical zones. The product is compatible with Apple iTunes, Windows Media Player, and most portable music players. Songs can be organized by title, album, artist, or genre. Price: $4,580. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Xantech at 888-512-5972 or at

Digital signage player

KeyWest Technology's MediaXtreme MX-A digital signage player includes a standard 200 GB hard drive, which is expandable up to 400 GB. The MX-A supports video and CATV input with a video scaler. Features include a built-in RF demodulator/tuner and basic cyclical media scheduling and content management over IP. The product includes built-in support for MPEG-1 through 4, WMV, H.264, VOB, PPT, AVI, animated GIF, Flash animations, and HTML page capture. It supports NTSC/PAL 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio display, as well as RGB progressive scan and DVI output. Price: $3,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact KeyWest Technology at 913-492-4666 or at

Wireless Ethernet access point

The NXA-WAP250G 802.11b/g wireless access point from AMX features wireless encryption standards, including WPA2, WPA, 802.1x, MAC address filtering, and 64-bit/128-bit WEP encryption. The product is RoHS compliant and includes multiple VLAN support. Price: $400. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact AMX at 800-222-0193 or at

Document camera

The ELMO TT-02u document camera with USB connection is designed for education applications. The TT-02u can handle documents up to 11x17 inches, as well as microscopic slides in microscope viewing modes. Features include a 20 f/s frame rate, 42.4X zoom with auto-focus, and input/output connections to a PC, video monitor, or projector. Price: $795. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact ELMO at 516-501-1400 or at

Floor-standing loudspeaker

Designed for use in custom installation applications, Canton's Vento Reference 1 DC is a 31/2-way floor-standing loudspeaker that includes two 7-inch aluminum mid-range drivers, one aluminum-manganese tweeter, and two 12-inch aluminum cone woofers. The lower mid-range driver reproduces the mid-range spectrum from 180 Hz to 3 kHz, while the upper mid-range driver is active from 180 Hz to 400 Hz to supplement output in the mid-bass range. The loudspeaker measures 56.3 inches tall by 15 inches deep by 22.2 inches wide, and weighs 194 pounds. Price: $30,000 per pair. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Canton at 612-706-9250 or at

XGA data/video projector

The EIKILC-X71 XGA Boardroom Series portable data/video projector features 5,500 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector accepts analog and digital computer input and HDCP video, converts interlaced signals to progressive scan, and is compatible with computer sources up to UXGA, as well as video sources up to 1080p. It includes a three-panel LCD, video scaling, and smart data compression and expansion. Professional input configurations include 5-BNC and DVI. The LC-X71 supports XGA resolution and a 49X digital zoom. Price: $9,495. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact EIKI at 800-242-3454 or at

Plasma displays

Panasonic's 9-Series high-definition professional plasma displays include the 50-inch TH-50PH9UK (pictured here), the 42-inch TH-42PH9UK, the 37-inch TH-37PH9UK, and the 42-inch TH-42PS9UK. The displays feature 16-bit digital signal processing, improved sub-field driving technology to reproduce 3,072 steps of gradation, and a 10,000:1 contrast level. The displays incorporate a Contrast Management System, which perfects the color of each portion of the image, and a Motion Pattern Noise Reduction circuit, which provides a sharp image during fast scenes, according to the company. The 50-inch and 42-inch panels offer three multi-function input slots on the back, allowing users to customize the displays. Price: $2,095 to $3,995. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Panasonic at 800-524-1448 or at

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AV system design software

Altinex has introduced its AVSnap v2.7.0 AV system design and integration software. The software's Internet Meeting function enables up to 128 users to simultaneously communicate and view AVSnap drawings and project libraries in real time. The software also includes enhanced import and export functionality, object selection, redraw performance, and a simplified user interface, according to the company. Price: free to download at Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Altinex at 714-990-2300 or at

HD videoconferencing solutions

Tandberg's Centric 1700 MXP desktop videoconferencing solution (pictured here) includes an integrated high-definition camera and a 20-inch flat-screen monitor that switches between PC functions and videoconferencing capabilities. The company has also released its Edge Series 95 MXP, 85 MXP, and 75 MXP group videoconferencing solutions, which are designed to turn any flat screen into an interactive videoconferencing system. The Edge systems consist of a codec, a microphone, and the company's PrecisionHD camera. Price: N/A (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Tandberg at 212-692-6500 or at

UHF wireless systems

Audio-Technica's 700 Series Freeway professional UHF wireless systems are available in handheld, headworn, lavalier, guitar, and bodypack configurations. Designed for live performance, house of worship, and public address applications, the systems' receivers include balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4-inch output connectors. All configurations feature automatic frequency scanning, eight selectable, frequency-coordinated UHF channels, diversity operation, and the company's Tone Lock squelch system. Price: $349.95 (bodypack system); $379.95 (guitar system); $459.95 (headworn microphone system); $399.95 (lavalier and handheld microphone systems). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Audio-Technica at 330-686-2600 or at

Surge protector

Lowell Manufacturing has introduced the ACSPR-RPC1-1509 surge protector with auto-reset over/under-voltage protection and remote power control. The unit provides EMI/RFI filtering, and defeats surges up to 72,000 Amps. The surge protector features the company's Voltage Tolerance Envelope circuitry, which includes an auto-reset feature that turns off all receptacles when the line voltage exceeds 140 V or drops below 100 V. It also includes Lowell's Remote Power Control circuitry to enable on/off switching via external DSP timed events. The unit, which has a 120 VAC, 60 Hz, 15 amps, 1,800 W power rating, includes three unswitched outlets (one front, two rear) and six switched outlets. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Lowell Manufacturing at 636-257-3400 or at

KVM extender

The Gefen DVI-3000 HD KVM sender/receiver system digitally transmits DVI, USB, keyboard/mouse, and RS232C controls up to 6.25 miles. The DVI-3000 HD connects a computer to a remote workstation via multiple SC single-mode fiber optic cables while maintaining 1280x1024-resolution video and HDCP compliance. Price: $1,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Gefen at 800-545-6900 or at

LCD projector

Targeted for use in boardroom and house of worship applications, the Work Big IN42 LCD projector from InFocus has native XGA (1024x768) resolution, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 3,500 lumens of brightness. The unit includes composite RCA, S-video, and component RCA inputs that support standard-, enhanced-, and high-definition signals. For networking purposes, the IN42 also offers RS232 and RJ45 connections designed for seamless integration into IT infrastructures, according to the company. Price: $3,299. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact InFocus at 800-294-6400 or at

Multimode router control panel

Utah Scientific's UCP-MM multimode router control panel includes 16 input selector buttons — each with eight-character LCD display, and four high-resolution touchscreen LCD displays. The panel can be configured in multiple operating modes for multi-bus or full-matrix control with access to preselected sources and destinations. The device's four touchscreen LCD displays indicate read-out of levels, sources, destinations, and router status. The UCP-MM is available with an optional interface board for Ethernet or serial communication. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Utah Scientific at 801-575-8801 or at

Active subwoofer

Mackie has introduced the SWA2801z active subwoofer, which includes dual 18-inch drivers, a built-in 800 W FR Series power amplifier, and the company's active onboard electronics. The subwoofer features rear-panel XLR connections that provide stereo inputs and loop-through as well as high-pass outputs. The device offers a subwoofer level control function, which is designed to blend the subwoofer with other full-range components. Price: $2,299. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Mackie at 425-892-6500 or at

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