New Products: July 2005
Ergotron flat-panel mounts, Sennheiser ultra-directional loudspeaker, Lectrosonics audio transmitter …
Ergotron has debuted the TM large display tilting wall mount, WM LoProfile large display wall mount, LX wall mount arm, and Neo-Flex wall mount lift. The TM non-rigid mount supports flat-panel displays that measure from 32 to 61 inches and weigh up to 175 pounds. The WM mount provides the same display compatibilities as the TM, but is available in a low-profile stationary format. The LX wall mount arm (pictured here) offers display placement with up to 360 degrees of arm rotation around the base, 180 degrees of side-to-side display pivot motion, a 24-inch reach extension, and 9 inches of vertical range lift. The Neo-Flex lift offers 5 inches of height adjustability and is designed for monitors and displays measuring up to 20 inches and weighing up to 20 pounds. Price: $129 (TM); $99.99 (WM); $169 (LX); $49 (Neo-Flex). Availability: currently available (TM and LX); August (WM and Neo-Flex). For more information, contact Ergotron at 800-888-8458 or at www.ergotron.com.
The AudioBeam ultra-directional loudspeaker from Sennheiser is designed to focus sound to a specific area. Targeted for use in museums, exhibitions, theme parks, and information terminals, the loudspeaker offers 600-ohm impedance, 90 W amplifier output, 50-ohm BNC audio output, and a balanced XLR-3F socket audio input. According to the company, the AudioBeam uses ultrasound technology, which modulates the audible sound onto a 40 kHz ultrasonic carrier frequency and emits the signal via the unit’s 150 piezoelectric transducers. Price: $2,499. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sennheiser at 860-434-9190 or at www.sennheiserusa.com.
The MM400B transmitter from Lectrosonics offers a waterproof, programmable switch, a steel cable battery door retainer, and an IFB compatibility emulation mode. According to the company, the transmitter features 100 mW RF power with a circular isolator at the output for reduced IM distortion. The MM400B incorporates the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, which enables users to transmit audio without an analog compandor when used in native 400 Series mode. Price: $1,250. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Lectrosonics 800-821-1121 or at www.lectrosonics.com.
The XG-PH50X networkable projector from Sharp is designed for use in large venues such as conference rooms and lecture halls. The projector offers a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, brightness ranging from 1,600 to 4,000 ANSI lumens, six lens options, and native XGA (1024×768) resolution. The XG-PH50X features Sharp’s built-in CV-IC video processing chip, which smoothes edges, minimizes image noise, and creates rectangular images with keystone correction, according to the company. Price: $6,995 (with standard 1.4X zoom lens); $6,495 (without lens). Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sharp Electronics at 864-484-7825 or at www.sharplcd.com.
KVM over IP solution
Targeted at systems administrators, telecommuters, and collaborative computing users, the Simple-Link KVM over IP device from Logical Solutions/thinklogical supports video resolutions up to 1600×1200, offers secure socket layer (SSL) certificate management, and uses SSLv3/TLSv1 encryption. The unit measures 2.8 inches wide by 4 inches long by 1 inch high, and connects to the host computer or KVM switch with supplied cables. Price: $549. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Logical Solutions/thinklogical at 800-291-3211 or at www.thinklogical.com.
Kramer’s VS-5×5 matrix switcher is designed to simultaneously route composite video and balanced stereo audio signals to any combination of inputs and outputs (or all of the five composite video inputs to any or all of the five outputs). The unit can be controlled via front-panel buttons, infrared remote control, or RS484 and RS232 serial commands transmitted from a touchscreen system, PC, or other serial controller. The matrix switcher features 70 MHz video bandwidth and is housed in a 19-inch, 1U rack-mountable enclosure. Price: $800. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Kramer Electronics at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramerus.com.
Bass enhancer/dynamic processor
Targeted for use in live sound reinforcement applications, the Waves MaxxBCL bass enhancer/dynamic processor is designed to reduce low-frequency content while increasing bass sound. The 2U rack-mount unit incorporates the company’s MaxxBass enhancer, Renaissance compressor, and L2 Ultramaximizer limiter. The unit offers analog (balanced and unbalanced) and digital inputs and outputs, and features AES-EBU and S/PDIF capabilities at sample rates of up to 96 kHz. The MaxxBCL offers independent input/output matching in six steps from 9 to 24 dBu, with 12 additional 1-dB steps of level trim per channel on the front panel. Price: $3,200. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Waves at 865-909-9200 or at www.waves.com.
DVI over Cat5 balun
The Active DVI Balun from Intelix includes separate send and receive units designed to transmit a DVI signal up to 150 feet over two Cat5 cables. The balun supports standard HDTV and VESA resolutions, as well as the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG) standard for DVI-compliant displays. Both units offer one Molex 24-pin female DVI input/output connector and two RJ45 input/output connectors. Price: $559.95. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Intelix at 608-831-0880 or at www.intelix.com.
Targeted for high-end video systems, the VisionPro HDP video processor from Lumagen is a rack-mountable device that provides four digital and six analog inputs for system switching. The unit’s analog and digital signal outputs are supported by 1920×1080 progressive resolution at 60 Hz. The processor offers user-adjustable image enhancement; a built-in 10-bit digital-to-analog converter with over-sampling for analog outputs; a programmable output resolution from 480p to 1080p/i; selectable aspect ratios of 4:3, 16:9, and 1.85; and 2:2, 3:2, and 3:3 pull-down for film sources. Price: $2,499. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Lumagen at 866-888-3330 or at www.lumagen.com.
The InFocus X3 DLP projector is designed for use in presentation, business, education, and home entertainment applications. The 6.8-pound projector offers 1,600 lumens of brightness, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and native XGA (1024×768) resolution. The X3 features automatic deinterlacing, DarkChip2 DLP technology, and 4,000 hours of lamp life. The unit provides InFocus’ LiteShow wireless solution, which enables presenters to share a single projector. Price: $1,199. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact InFocus at 800-294-6400 or at www.infocus.com.
Panasonic has debuted the PT-LM2U LCD projector, which features native SVGA (800×600) resolution, a 400:1 contrast ratio, and 1,400 ANSI lumens of brightness. The 3.5-pound projector offers 3X optical zoom, a built-in 2 W speaker, password protection, and control panel lock-out. It also features one-touch auto setup and vertical and horizontal digital keystone correction. In high lamp power mode, the unit automatically adjusts lamp brightness to optimize onscreen imaging, according to the company. Price: $749. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Panasonic at 800-528-8601 or at www.panasonic.com.
AV design tool
Extron’s Connectivity Configurator is an interactive, drag-and-drop online tool designed to enable systems integrators to customize architectural connector solutions for AV systems. The tool allows users to sort through Extron’s architectural adapter plates (AAPs) by signal or connector type, drag-and-drop them into place, and print a summary and image of each configuration. The company’s AAPs are available for audio, video, data, power, and control applications. Price: free at www.extron.com. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Extron at 800-633-9876 or at www.extron.com.
Targeting fixed installation applications, Audio-Technica’s UniPoint podium, boundary, hanging, and handheld microphones feature an 80 Hz UniSteep filter to remove unwanted low frequencies, a two-stage foam windscreen for P-pop and breath resistance, and off-axis rejection. The podium and hanging microphones offer interchangeable condenser elements, which are available in four pickup patterns: cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectrional, and miniature-shotgun UniLine. The boundary microphones feature programmable switching and an LED status indicator. The handheld microphone offers internal shock mounting to eliminate handling and cable noise, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Audio-Technica at 330-686-2600 or at www.audio-technica.com.
Control system technology
Crestron has introduced its DualTouch Technology, which is incorporated in the company’s 15-inch DTT-15V2 and 18-inch DTT-18 touchpanel systems. DualTouch technology enables users to control AV sources with the touchpanel and annotate over an AV presentation using a wireless pen. According to the company, the technology allows users to instantly and automatically switch between fingertip operation and wireless pen use. DualTouch technology disables the touchpanel’s resistive membrane whenever the pen tip is within 0.5 cm of the touchscreen, allowing users to rest the palms of their hands on the screen without activating system controls. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Crestron at 800-237-2041 or at www.crestron.com.
The CVG-719DS multi-standard video-to-RGBHV scaler and seven-input seamless presentation switcher from Comprehensive converts composite, S-video, and component video (SDTV and HDTV), VGA through UXGA, and DVI-D signals to 14 user-selectable pixel rates and a user-selected output mode. According to the company, the unit digitally reprocesses the signal to correct mastering errors and regenerates the video at a chosen line and pixel rate formation, which provides native-resolution video for LCD, DLP, and plasma displays. The CVG-719DS can be controlled via front-panel touch keys, infrared remote control, or RS232. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Comprehensive at 800-526-0242 or at www.comprehensiveinc.com.
The LE 100 Series of loudspeakers from Canton includes the LE 190 and LE 170 full-range tower speakers, the LE 150 CM center channel speaker, the LE 130 and LE 120 compact two-way speakers, and the LE 110 on-wall speaker. The LE 190 offers two 8-inch woofers, one 7-inch mid-range, and a 1-inch fabric dome tweeter, while the LE 170 features two 7-inch cones and routes mid-range frequencies to the top cone for off-axis dispersion. The LE 150 CM provides two 6-inch polypropylene woofers and a single tweeter; the LE 130 includes a 7-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter in a front-ported cabinet for cabinet mounting; the LE 120 includes a 6-inch woofer and rear port; and the LE 110 offers the same driver complement as the LE 120 in a 3.6-inch-deep, sealed cabinet for wall mounting. Price: $1,199 per pair (LE 190); $899 per pair (LE 170); $559 per pair (LE 130); $449 per pair (LE 150 CM, LE 120, and LE 110). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Canton at 612-706-9250 or at www.canton.com.
Gefen has introduced the Cat5-1000 HD and Cat5-7000 HD (pictured here) KVM extenders, which are designed to support digital video displays, keyboard/mouse, and companion peripherals such as printers and hard drives via DVI connection. The Cat5-1000 HD supports the extension of one DVI display and USB up to 150 feet using one Cat5 cable, while the Cat5-7000 HD supports the extension of two DVI displays, USB, PS/2, RS232, audio, and a microphone up to 150 feet using multiple Cat5 cables. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Gefen at 800-545-6900 or at www.gefen.com.
The VB6200 MPEG-4 encoder/decoder from VBrick provides enterprises, government agencies, and educational institutions with real-time video via low- and medium-bandwidth IP networks. The self-contained portable video appliance enables users to set up one-way streaming or two-way videoconferencing sessions over an IP network. According to the company, the VB6200 seamlessly supports interactive conferencing and webcasting to participants worldwide. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact VBrick at 203-265-0044 or at www.vbrick.com.
Projector alignment and control solution
Barco has introduced the touchscreen Remote Alignment and Control Unit (xRACU) to provide central management and control of linked Barco projectors. The xRACU works with a Windows-based PC master control unit that downloads projector data and transmits information to the device via RS422 serial channels. The control unit’s DynaColor feature aligns projectors to a common color triangle to ensure that each projector has the same primary and secondary color coordinates. Its Linked CLO function monitors and adjusts the brightness of all linked projectors to the lowest value. The 7.5-pound unit features an SVGA (800×600) resolution touchscreen, two digital joysticks, and a beeper for audio feedback. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Barco at 937-372-7579 or at www.simulation.barco.com.