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InfoComm Products ’09: Cables & Accessories

New Chief mounts, Lutron's wireless shading system, Bretford technology carts, more

InfoComm Products ’09: Cables & Accessories

New Chief mounts, Lutron’s wireless shading system, Bretford technology carts, more


The new F1000-UPS and F1500-UP are Furman’s first battery-backup solutions to feature the company’s SMP/LiFT/EVS Technolgoies for professional-level protection and linear AC noise filtration. The F1000-UPS provides 1,000 VA of backup with simulated sine-wave output, AVR voltage regulation, robust programmability options, control for safe shutdown of remote equipment, critical load management, and circuitry for efficient power consumption. The F1500-UPS offers increased battery capacity (1,500 VA) that is expandable via external battery packs as well as true sine-wave output and additional remote programmability features. Furman Sound. 707-763-101.


The new EH Series from Switchcraft is a collection of audio, video, and data connectors built into standard, panel-mount XLR housing. Custom combinations of the connectors can be loaded into any of the company’s Q-G Series panels. The 1RU and 1.5RU version of the panels allow up to 16 connectors, while the 2RU version can accommodate up to 32 EH Series connectors. All EH connectors are available individually bagged with mounting screws. Switchcraft. 773-792-2700.


At nearly half the size of the original RPA mounts, the new Mini RPA and RPA Elite projector mounts from Chief were designed to accommodate smaller projectors. The mini mounts feature a newly designed universal projector interface bracket that provides convenient access to the lamp and filter, according to the company. Additional features include micro-adjustments, Centris fingertip positioning, and Q-Lock keyed locking. According to the company, the Mini RPA Elite maintains registration when disconnected, offers integrated cable management, and supports up to 25 pounds. The Mini RPA mount also features independent roll, pitch, and yaw. Chief Manufacturing. 952-277-3819.


BTX Technologies’ latest addition to its MaxBlox family of solderless connectors is the CA-MX35M 3.5-mm stereo cable mount male connector. The CA-MX35M terminates with only a screwdriver and is designed for use in applications where computer audio or IR control are used. The connector consists of a 3.5-mm stereo plug with an attached screw terminal block, plus a two-piece, snap-together hood. According to the company, the rugged CA-MX35M was specifically designed to allow installers to terminate a 3.5-mm stereo cable mount plug without the use of a soldering iron. BTX Technologies. 800-666-0996.

New at InfoComm ’09

Bretford is debuting three new technology carts that can help care for expensive equipment. The Intelligent Laptop Computer Cart line comprises two carts: a 20-unit model with horizontal storage, and a 30-unit model with vertical storage. Both incorporate a power management system that charges laptops simultaneously, turns on color-coded LED lights as visual reminders to users, and quick-charges a specific bank of computers for more immediate use. The Presenter’s Assistant for Learning (PAL) Cart has a side pull-out shelf for securing data projectors, a top shelf to hold a document camera, and a standing-height, pull-out shelf for a laptop. The Netbook32 Mini Computer Laptop Cart is lightweight and energy-efficient, and includes two shelves with eight compartments per shelf to hold up to 23 netbooks. Bretford Manufacturing. 800-521-9614.

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InfoComm Products ’09: Cables & Accessories

New Chief mounts, Lutron’s wireless shading system, Bretford technology carts, more

New at InfoComm ’09

Wireworks now offers Guardian Panel Mounts, which are designed to help protect connectors from accidental damage by providing a way to recess them in a wall or standard electrical box. The Guardian Panel Mount is a recessed, low-voltage ring that can be mounted directly into a wall, or other space, with mounting screws, fasteners, or toggle bolts. A custom connector panel attached to the recessed flange provides protected connectivity, says the company. When used with an electrical box, the Guardian Panel Mount can be ordered in the proper box size for surface-mount installations. It can also be ordered with a flange 1-inch larger than the box for flush-mounted applications. Mounts are available with recessed depths of 1 or 2 inches. Wireworks. 800-642-9473.

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Clockaudio is introducing its new touch-sensitive Litetouch, which indicates the status of on-table microphones–red for on, green for off, for example. Integrators can choose whatever light combo the client prefers. Litetouch has a dual-color halo ring and switch combination that can be used with Clockaudio through-table products. In addition to indicating status, the Litetouch lets users mute units for privacy. Clockaudio. 450-424-9797.

New at InfoComm ’09

Chief’s latest short-throw projector wall-mount accessories will be available in July, according to the company. Reportedly inspired by installers, the accessories include a built-in telescoping extension of up to 54 inches, which features lateral shift capabilities for spanning multiple studs, micro-adjust leveling, and height adjustment. Chief plans to offer six different models for single- or dual-stud mounting, each with a different range of extension. The accessories are currently compatible with the company’s RPA and RPA Elite projector mounts. Chief Manufacturing. 952-277-3819.

New at InfoComm ’09

Chief’s new Universal Projector Interface will begin shipping with all Chief RPA Elite projector mounts, the company says. The SLBU universal interface bracket replaces the model previously included with the mounts. According to Chief, the bracket promises faster installation and better lamp and filter access without the loss of image registration. The unit includes a secure storage tray for hex keys and other tools, plus an optional cable security kit (SEC2). The SLBU also provides quick-disconnect at the projector to better get at filters and lamps. Chief Manufacturing. 952-277-3819.

New at InfoComm ’09

The opticalCON QUAD is a four-channel version of Neutrik’s opticalCON fiber-optic connection system. Designed for multichannel point-to-point cabling applications, the opticalCON QUAD is IP65 rated for dust-tight and water-jet protection. There are three variations of the connector: Four-Channel, Four-Channel X-treme, and Triple-Split 12-Channel. The Triple-Split features three opticalCON-4 connectors on both ends, allowing standardized four-channel connectivity for multichannel point-to-point cabling. OpticalCON QUAD X-treme is suited for road-ready applications, the company says, offering a cut-proof and rodent resistant double jacket with a glass yarn, armored cable construction. Neutrik USA. 732-901-9488.

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InfoComm Products ’09: Cables & Accessories

New Chief mounts, Lutron’s wireless shading system, Bretford technology carts, more


Lutron has introduced a wireless version of its Sivoia QS shading system. The new Sivoia QS Wireless can be used to control Lutron roller shades, drapery tracks, skylight shades, and Roman shades wirelessly when paired with the new Pico wireless controller. A single Pico controller can operate one or multiple shades. According to the company, Sivoia QS Wireless uses Lutron’s own radio frequency technology and patented Sivoia QS design. The former employs low-power frequencies for less interface from other devices and better penetration of construction material. The latter enables quiet performance and precision shade alignment. Lutron Electronics. 610-282-3800.


The new Universal Articulating Wall Arm Mount from Peerless is the latest addition to the company’s Paramount line of mounting solutions. The PA760 is designed for large flat-panel TVs. It offers cable management throughout the arm’s length and up to 16 inches of extension. The articulating mount also features 45 degrees of swivel and the company’s one-touch tilt adjust of up to 15 degrees. The company says the PA760’s high-gloss black finish should complement most modern flat-panel displays. Peerless Industries. 708-865-2110.

New at InfoComm ’09

Two worlds collide when Auralex Acoustics debuts the result of combining its SonicPrint ProPanels with its EcoTech green acoustical panels. SonicPrint ProPanels are fabric-covered, acoustic-absorptive panels designed as art. EcoTech panels are manufactured with 65 percent recycled polyester fibers, according to the company. Over time, Auralex says EcoTech will replace the substrates of many of its panel products, including ProPanels. The company says the shift in materials won’t result in a cost increase to either the dealer or consumer. Auralex Acoustics. 800-959-3343.

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