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Home theater system: Cerwin-Vega's HT series six-piece system includes four HT-SAT5 front/rear, two-way satellites that are magnetically shielded and
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Home theater system: Cerwin-Vega's HT series six-piece system includes fourHT-SAT5 front/rear, two-way satellites that are magnetically shielded andequipped with 5.25 inch (133 mm) mid-low frequency drivers. The HT-CTR25dual-ported, magnetically shielded center-channel unit features two 5.25inch (133 mm) midwoofers and a 1 inch (25 mm) inverted-dome tweeter. TheHT-S15 subwoofer is equipped with a rear-panel phase switch and a built-in200 W amp with an auto-on feature.

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Parametric EQ: The Tube EQ from Applied Research and Technology (ART) isequipped with a hand-selected 12 AX7a vacuum tube. Features includeoverlapping hi-mid and low-mid bands sweepable from 20 Hz to 20 kHz,switchable high and low shelving bands, independent input and output gaincontrols, detented pots and plus/minus 12 dB cut and boost.

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A-V receiver: Onkyo U.S.A.'s TX-SV454 five-channel unit is equipped with adedicated six-channel input and Dolby Pro Logic surround decoding. Each ofits three main L-C-R channels has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz at0.08% THD with 60 W full-band into 8 V. Features include programmablelearning-remote control, 30-preset AM/FM tuning, four audio inputs, dualA-V inputs and full-loop tape monitoring facilities.

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Video link: The Beamer model from Math Associates includes a fiber-optictransmitter, receiver and two 12 V wall plug-in power supplies. It operatesat 850 nm, AM modulation, using multimode fiber and has a video bandwidthof 8 MHz. The unit is suitable for indoor or protected outdoor applicationsand operates at distances up to 1.5 miles (2.4 km).

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Home theater system: Cerwin-Vega's HT series six-piece system includes fourHT-SAT5 front/rear, two-way satellites that are magnetically shielded andequipped with 5.25 inch (133 mm) mid-low frequency drivers. The HT-CTR25dual-ported, magnetically shielded center-channel unit features two 5.25inch (133 mm) midwoofers and a 1 inch (25 mm) inverted-dome tweeter. TheHT-S15 subwoofer is equipped with a rear-panel phase switch and a built-in200 W amp with an auto-on feature.

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Parametric EQ: The Tube EQ from Applied Research and Technology (ART) isequipped with a hand-selected 12 AX7a vacuum tube. Features includeoverlapping hi-mid and low-mid bands sweepable from 20 Hz to 20 kHz,switchable high and low shelving bands, independent input and output gaincontrols, detented pots and plus/minus 12 dB cut and boost.

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A-V receiver: Onkyo U.S.A.'s TX-SV454 five-channel unit is equipped with adedicated six-channel input and Dolby Pro Logic surround decoding. Each ofits three main L-C-R channels has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz at0.08% THD with 60 W full-band into 8 V. Features include programmablelearning-remote control, 30-preset AM/FM tuning, four audio inputs, dualA-V inputs and full-loop tape monitoring facilities.

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Video link: The Beamer model from Math Associates includes a fiber-optictransmitter, receiver and two 12 V wall plug-in power supplies. It operatesat 850 nm, AM modulation, using multimode fiber and has a video bandwidthof 8 MHz. The unit is suitable for indoor or protected outdoor applicationsand operates at distances up to 1.5 miles (2.4 km).

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Installation products Loudspeaker: Niles' HD CTR free-standing, centerchannel unit features a tuned port bass reflex enclosure and Directed SoundField Geometry driver configuration. The system comprises two 5.25 inch(133 mm) long-throw woofers and a 1 inch (25 mm) fluid-cooled dome tweeter,both shielded for video applications.

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System controllers: The MTLSC-300 and MTLSC-93 from Sanyo Security Videocontrol up to 64 TLR or multiplexer units, or a combination of both, fromdistances up to 10,000 feet (3 km) away. The MTLSC-300 operates either asan addressable RS-422 link or direct RS-232C interface; the MTLSC-93 speaksRS-232C/RS-422 with an interface command set.

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Environmental housings: Vicon Industries' weatherproof aluminum housingsseries includes the V8312H, available as a basic housing or with a 24 VACheater and sunshield. It accommodates a maximum camera/lens length of 9inches (229 mm). The V8317H features a sunshield and blower, with someversions offering a heater and 24 VAC transformer. It accommodates amaximum camera/lens length of 12 inches (305 mm).

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Control software: Activate by XTG interfaces voice-recognition capabilitiesof the desktop PC with integrated control systems, offering the userhands-free control. It features an A-V control vocabulary that providesmore than 200,000 possible commands. Job-specific commands may also becreated from the master vocabulary. The system operates on Windows '95software.

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Projection screen: The Imager Video Screen by Da-Lite Screen Company is aflat, permanent wall-mounted unit. Projection fabric is Velcro-attached tothe inner frame. The screen is available in nine standard sizes and threedifferent front-projection fabrics, with custom sizes also available.

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Surveillance camera: CCTV Corporation's GBC ColorSentry PI-865C is a PIRdetector color camera styled to blend in with most alarm systems. It hasmore than 325 lines of resolution and a sensitivity of 0.4 lux. Featuresinclude a built-in electronic shutter and through-the-lens automatic whitebalance. The unit comes standard with a 3.6 mm or 5.5 mm lens and a 12 VDCpower module.

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Mixing console: The X-Four four-bus console from Crest Audio is equippedwith true LCR panning on all mono inputs, discrete bus assignments, adedicated mono bus, output EQ on all group and main outputs and a faderswap. It exhibits less than plus/minus 30 degrees of phase shift, input tooutput. The unit is available with 8, 16, 24 or 32 mono input modules, withfour stereo input modules included standard on all configurations.

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Splitter/router/mixer: Rane's SRM 66 provides simultaneous splitting,routing and/or mixing for six balanced inputs and six balanced outputs.Features include programmable capability, separate input mixes for eachoutput, independent output limiters, a memory recall port and remoteinterface port. The SR 1 digital wired remote level controls are alsoavailable.

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IR listening systems: The SoundPlus WIR TX800 large-area IR system fromWilliams Sound can be used in either a two-channel mode or stereo mode. TheWIR TX850 operates on a single channel and offers 95 kHz or 250 kHzoperation. Both models use the TX8 emitter panel, which covers more than10,000 ft squared (929 meter squared) in the single-channel mode. The WIRTX1000 system incorporates a built-in, switchable 95 kHz or 250 kHzmodulator within the emitter panel itself and accepts a balanced orunbalanced line-level signal.

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Loudspeakers: The SW-85 and SW-95 in-wall loudspeakers from Miller &Kreisel Sound (M&K) feature a frameless, paintable magnetic grille design,as well as a steel baffle and steel mounting rails. Both models areequipped with the same woofer and tweeter found in M&K's S-150THX unit.Other features include a remote selection of tonal balances and an optionalbuilt-in 80 Hz high-pass filter.

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Amplifier: Rotel of America's RB976 multichannel power amp produces 60W/channel into 8 V in six-channel mode. Frequency response is 20 Hz to 20kHz at 0.03% THD. Each of the unit's three pairs of channels can be bridgedto produce 150 W into 8 V, with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz at0.03% THD. Features include signal link capability, front-panel input levelcontrols and an LED indicator array.

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Access-control software: The N-750 WIN-ACAS software from NorthernComputers is designed for use with Northern's N-750 security system,allowing real-time monitoring of up to 100 remote locations from both on-and off-site locations. Features include a fully searchable and sortabledatabase, report-generation capability, pull-down menus andcontext-sensitive help with hypertext links. The software is Windows 3.1 orWindows '95 compatible.

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Headset: Metragen's WTH Walkie-Talkie Headset provides hands-free,simultaneous two-way conversation at a range of approximately 500 feet (152m). The unit operates on internal 9 V batteries.

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Interface: The RGB 406 from Extron Electronics interfaces bothcomputer-video and audio, converting low-level, unbalanced audio signalsinto line-level, balanced audio signals. It has 300 MHz (-3 dB) of videobandwidth and is compatible with computer-video signals with frequenciesbetween 15 kHz and 150 kHz. Other features include mounting capability, ajumper-selectable level control and peaking adjustments, as well as a 75 Vtermination switch.

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Video transmitter: The Viewor from Shepherd Surveillance is a remote videoviewing system for standard telephone lines. It supports up to eight coloror black-and-white video cameras and is accessed from a Windows '95 PC orlaptop. The transmitter sends images at an average of 3 to 5 fps. Anunlimited number of transmitters can be accessed from a PC running VieworReceiver software.

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Digital video multiplexer: The K4 series from Vision Research Corporation(VRC) is available in a range of simplex or duplex, color or monochrome and8 or 16 looping input configurations. Features include activity-detectionalarming, fully positional 2X electronic zoom, per-camera manual gainadjustment and both RS-232 and RS-485 serial ports.

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Video camera: Elmo Manufacturing's model QSN301D small-sized DSP colorvideo camera incorporates a 1/4 inch (6 mm) CCD and delivers 512 x 492effective pixels with over 330 TV lines of resolution. Standard featuresinclude back light compensation, an automatic electronic shutter, autowhite balance and a built-in 3.8 mm lens. Its operating range spans 10 VDCto 16 VDC.

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System software: Version 1.20 of WinDR system manager software from Allen &Heath is a 32-bit Windows '95 application designed for Allen & Heath's DR66and DR128 mix processors. Users may tailor the mixer, crossover, limiter,parametric EQs, graphic EQs and ducking features of the DR66 and DR128 tosuit their applications. Software upgrades include a delay option,third-party system control capability, a scheduled events feature andchannel naming facility. The software can be downloaded from the Allen &Heath Web site at www.allen-heath.com.

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Video processors: Sensormatic Electronics' line of quad video processorsinclude two color and two monochrome models, each providing four-cameradisplay and real-time recording processing. Two of the models offer 1,024 x512 display resolution and a 2X zoom image on playback. All models featureautomatic sequential switching, adjustable video gain control andremote-control capability of up to nine units.

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Modular jacks: Ganged right-angle modular jacks from Molex are suitable formodem, LAN and print-sharing device applications. They are equipped withpanel ground tabs on the shields between ports, multiple pcb grounds andinternal grounding tabs. Units are intermateable with FCC 68 modular plugs.

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Mini-disc player: Yamaha Electronics' MDX-793 Mini-Disc player/recorder hasa frequency range of 5 Hz to 20 kHz and a dynamic range of 98 dB. It isequipped with three inputs, two optical digital inputs, one coaxial digitalinput, one analog input, one digital output and one analog output. Featuresinclude time rescue recording, synchro recording and 25-track programmableplayback, as well as combine edit, divide edit, move edit and undo editingcapabilities.

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Patch cords: The ST series patch cords from ADC Telecommunications includesthe STS standard size and STM midsize models. They reduce attenuation inserial-digital and high-definition video signals by providing a true 75 Vinterface when used with ADC's SVJ-2 and MVJ-3 superjack families and anominal 75 V interface when used with other industry jacks. Both modelsfeature molded, strain-relief boots and gold-plated center conductors.

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Display-input system: The SuperView 500 from RGB Spectrum combines up toten computer screens and/or video signals on a single monitor or projector.Video and computer inputs are shown as windows on the main screen that canbe positioned, scaled in size, overlaid with computer graphics oroverlapped with other windows.

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Projector: Proxima's UltraLight DS1 is a portable SVGA multimedia projectorwith DLP technology, 800 x 600 pixel resolution and 600 ANSI lumens ofbrightness. It accommodates distances up to 16 feet (5 m) from a screen.The Laser F/X remote control is included with the unit and features abuilt-in laser pointer and joystick mouse.

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Installer's supplies Connectors: RF Connectors' RSA-3000-X and RSA-3010-Xright-angle and straight SMA male crimp plugs feature Teflon insulation,gold contacts and nickel-plated bodies. They can be used with RG-8-X,RG-30/U, Belden 9258, Maxrad M8x-100, Micro 8/U, Remee 1600, Saxton 8315and Times Microwave LMR-240 Ultraflex cables.

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DTMF analyzer: The DTMF-9000 analyzer from Conway Engineering encodes anddecodes DTMF signals using its dial and monitor operating modes. Featuresinclude a 19.2 kbs serial port, 32-character LCD display and rechargeable 9V battery power. The unit is supplied complete with battery, charger,adapter and carrying case.

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Field analyzer: A.W. Sperry Instruments' RF-3200 hand-held, field-strengthanalyzer has a reception of 100 kHz to 2,060 MHz and displays up to 160channels simultaneously. The unit analyzes narrow-band FM, wide-band FM, AMand single side bands modulated signals and has a PLL tuning system,built-in frequency counter, built-in loudspeaker and an RS-232C interface.

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Compression tool: The Thomas & Betts self-contained hydraulic compressiontool from Jensen Tools installs copper and aluminum. It is equipped withcolor-keyed connectors and includes a steel carrying case.

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Video tester: TecNec's Chek-10 belt-pack tool detects composite, luminanceand component video signals, as well as audio signals. It is equipped withan LED indicator and an earphone amp provided to a 1/4 inch (6 mm) phonejack for headset monitoring of audio signals. A 9 V battery is included.

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Accessory packs: The Adapt-a-pak Pro and Adapt-a-pak Pro-Plus pro-audiomodular accessory packs from avPRO Audio Products include 16 assortedunbalanced adaptors, 25 rack screws with finishing washers and assortedcable ties and wraps. The Pro model includes 12 different XLR-typeadaptors, and the Pro-Plus model has 24 adaptors.

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Publications A-V reference: The 1998-99 edition of the ICIA Directory ofVideo, Multimedia & Audio Visual Products is a 700-page text and CD-ROMdirectory of communications equipment, with information on projectionsystems, video, audio, A-V training and furniture specific to theindustry. Product descriptions, photos, price lists, a company index and aglossary are included.

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Catalog: The SoundTech 1998 catalog is currently available. The 24-pagecolor booklet features the company's revised product range of poweredmixers, board mixers, loudspeakers, powered loudspeakers, power amps andsignal-processing equipment.

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Guide: Developing Urban Entertainment Centers, published by the Urban LandInstitute (ULI), describes success strategies for developing dramaticprojects containing cinemas, theme restaurants and retail stores andinnovative entertainment attractions. The 260-page manual includes planningand design guidelines, case studies, expert advice and color illustrations.

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DSP reference: The Digital Signal Processing Handbook, edited by Vijay K.Madisetti and Douglas B. Williams, is available from CRC Press. The1,760-page publication offers theoretical as well as practical informationon the scope of DSP topics related to engineering, computer science, designand marketing, and academic study.

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Fiber-optics manual: Math Associates' Introduction to Fiber Optics is a24-page overview of all aspects of the fiber-optic transmission system,from transmitter to receiver. It provides explanations of some of the morecomplex issues of fiber optics, such as bandwidth and losses in opticalfibers.

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