New Products: July 2006
Extron fiber optic extender, Lectrosonic power amplifier/DSP processor, Media Vision digital conferencing/voting system, and more!
Compact flash recorder
The PMD560 compact flash recorder from Marantz Professional records uncompressed WAV files (at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz) and MP3 files in mono (at 64 kb/s) or stereo (at 128 kb/s). Targeted for use in government, theme park, education, and corporate applications, the recorder includes RCA input and output jacks, two remote jacks, and an RS232C connection port. According to the company, the device stores more than 1.5 hours of stereo and 3 hours of mono uncompressed audio, as well as more than 17 hours of stereo and 35 hours of MP3 audio on a 1 GB compact Flash card. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Marantz Professional at 630-741-0330 or at www.d-mpro.com.
Projector mount accessories
The Speed-Connect projector ceiling-mount accessories from Chief Manufacturing are designed to be used with the company's RPA Elite projector mounts. The 1.5-inch NPT Adjustable Extension Column features flow-through cable management with a cable exit port, a notched design for extension options, and the company's All-Points security feature. The Ceiling Plate with Cable Management offers an integrated cable exit. The Suspended Ceiling Kit and Advanced Suspended Ceiling Replacement Tile Kit include Chief's WireVice cable suspension system for tie-off and adjustment options and TwisTile ceiling tile cutter. Price: N/A (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Chief Manufacturing at 800-582-6480 or at www.chiefmfg.com.
Targeted for digital signage and streaming video kiosk applications in retail and hospitality venues, Planar's 15-inch LB1500R (pictured here) and 15-inch LB1503R LCD displays have 550 cd/m2 brightness, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and native XGA (1024x768) resolution. Both models provide a 12 ms response time, a 140-degree horizontal/120-degree vertical viewing angle, and a 4:3 aspect ratio. The LB1503R also offers analog, DVI-D, and composite input options. Price: $400 (LB1500R); $460 (LB1503R). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Planar at 866-475-2627 or at www.planar.com.
Phihong's POE60U 60 W Power-over-Ethernet adapter is targeted for use in wireless and satellite broadband applications. The adapter provides IEEE 802.3af-compliant detection, disconnect, and voltage control. It includes diagnostic LEDs, broken wire detection, and single-source, four-pair power current sharing. The gigabit-compatible device features a 56 VDC output voltage and a leakage current of less than 0.25 mA, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Phihong at 510-445-0100 or at www.phihong.com.
Widescreen display controller
The PJ-4OLP quad digital or analog output display controller from Matrox Graphics is targeted at widescreen projection applications. The 64-bit PCI display controller offers 256 MB memory, supports resolutions up to UXGA (1600x1200) per output, and is designed to be used with 33 MHz and 66 MHz buses. The device features edge-overlap functionality, and can be used with edge-blending technologies to seamlessly deliver digital content across multiple projectors in medium- to large-sized venues. Price: N/A. Availability: third quarter. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics at 514-822-6000 or at www.matrox.com.
Analog audio amplifier
The A1240 12-channel analog audio amplifier from ELAN Home Systems is targeted for use with in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers. The amplifier features six +12 VDC trigger inputs, which enable each pair of channels to be independently activated. Each of the unit's 12 channels provides an audio loop output to create stereo and mono subzones and route independent audio channels to additional amplifiers or processors. The A1240 is rated at 40 W per channel into 8 ohms, and is available with an optional rack-mount kit. Price: $1,220. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact ELAN Home Systems at 859-269-7760 or at www.elanhomesystems.com.
Wireless 802.11n-compliant modem router
Netgear's DG834N RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ modem router is based on the latest draft of IEEE's 802.11n wireless specification. Aimed at small business and residential applications, the device operates as a router, a four-port 10/100 switch, an ADSL2+ modem, and an SPI double firewall. The router includes the company's Smart Wizard installation assistant, which automatically detects and configures the unit for connection to the user's ISP. Price: $299. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Netgear at 408-907-8000 or at www.netgear.com.
Interactive flat-panel overlay
The Smart Technologies Actalyst 32-inch interactive flat-panel overlay is targeted for use in information stations in retail stores, office buildings, museums, and hotels. The overlay fastens to most 32-inch LCD or plasma displays to create a touch-enabled interactive surface. The device includes Smart Technologies' DViT technology, which uses digital cameras embedded in the overlay's frame to detect contact on the screen. The overlay's driver software, which enables touch control, is available for Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. Price: $2,059. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Smart Technologies at 888-427-6278 or at www.smarttech.com.
Line source array module
The RLA/4 full-range, bi-amped line source array from SLS Loudspeakers is designed for use in permanent sound reinforcement installations in churches, auditoriums, and arenas, as well as portable PA applications. The array module offers 90-degree symmetrical horizontal coverage and the company's LASS component placement prediction software. Its high-frequency section consists of a direct radiating Planar PRD500 ribbon high-frequency line source array. The module's low-frequency section includes two 6.5-inch drivers that feature a demodulated ring magnet system, which reduces harmonic distortion and inductance modulation, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact SLS Loudspeakers at 417-883-4549 or at www.slsloudspeakers.com.
Designed for use in horizontal or vertical orientations in custom installation applications, KEF Audio's HTB2 self-powered subwoofer includes a 10-inch, long-throw drive unit and a passive radiator. The subwoofer features a 250 W Class D amplifier, a 30 Hz to 250 Hz frequency range, and 110 dB SPL maximum output. The HTB2 is available with an ABS-molded enclosure in a high-gloss black or silver finish. Price: $799. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact KEF Audio at 732-683-2356 or at www.kef.com.
Mustang has introduced the MT-SPPROAV and MT-SPDROPCEIL spider mounts for projector installations. Designed to wall- or ceiling-mount projectors that weigh up to 20 pounds, the MT-SPPROAV (pictured here) includes a 1.5-inch adapter for low profile use. The unit's slide adjustment level enables users to move the extension arm from 2.5 to 12 inches. For drop-ceiling projector installations, the MT-SPDROPCEIL includes a universal adapter bracket, a false ceiling plate, and a safety lever to guard against theft. Price: $199 (MT-SPPROAV); N/A (MT-SPDROPCEIL). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Mustang at 716-635-9474 or at www.mustangav.com.
Digital signage media player
The M210 wireless digital signage media player from 1-2-1View Corp. is designed to relay content, wirelessly display management information, and playback video content stored on its 2.5-inch hard disk. Powered by a Linux operating system, the media player supports file formats such as MPEG-4 and H.264. The device provides a serial port to control on/off, brightness, and volume functions. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact 1-2-1View Corp. at +852-2180-9918 or at www.121view.com.
Sound design program
The Soundvision Version 1.3.0 three-dimensional sound design program from L-Acoustics offers temporal mapping, speaker grouping, and subwoofer visualization functions. The program's speaker grouping option allows enclosures to be grouped by user-definable categories within the loudspeaker control panel. The subwoofer visualization function depicts an accurate visualization of array size and mechanical weight to display the physical existence of low-frequency enclosures in a system design. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact L-Acoustics at 805-604-0577 or at www.l-acoustics.com.
Serial device server
Targeted for use in LAN/WAN classroom control applications, the LS100 serial device server from Bitlogix Software provides remote monitoring and maintenance of AV equipment such as projectors, plasma and LCD monitors, switchers, document cameras, and other RS232-controlled equipment. The server includes an RJ45 Ethernet port and a 9-pin D-sub serial port for network integration. The LS100 features the company's NetControl control software, which enables event scheduling, projector theft warnings, and projector lamp life status updates. Price: $99. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Bitlogix Software at 940-440-0654 or at www.bitlogix.com.
Targeted for use in house of worship, theater, and live music applications, the SH-100B three-way loudspeaker from Danley Sound Labs includes a 15-inch tapped-horn subwoofer and an 8-inch coaxial driver. The loudspeaker has a frequency response of less than 40 Hz, a 100-degree conical coverage pattern, and 126 dB continuous SPL maximum output. The device features the company's Synergy Horn technology, which combines multiple drivers into a single horn for full-range use, and Tapped Horn technology for improved subwoofer output, distortion, and frequency response, according to Danley Sound Labs. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Danley Sound Labs at 770-534-7620 or at www.danleysoundlabs.com.
Designed to accommodate antenna distribution systems for wireless monitors and microphones across multiple frequency ranges, the A5000 CP passive antenna from Sennheiser features a 450 MHz to 960 MHz wideband design. The unit's circular polarization minimizes variations in signal strength and eliminates multipath problems, according to the company. The antenna's three-dimensional radiation pattern enables it to be mounted above the venue with the antenna element facing down. Price: $1,000. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sennheiser at 847-998-0600 or at www.sennheiserusa.com.
Three-chip DLP projector
The HIGHlite 14000HD three-chip DLP projector from Digital Projection International is targeted for use in wide-format staging, medium- to large-venue system installations, scientific visualization, simulation, and home entertainment applications. The projector features 2048x1080 native resolution and active stereo display (3D) up to 1400x1050 resolution at 96 Hz. It offers 14,000 ANSI lumens, a greater than 2,000:1 contrast ratio, liquid cooling, and standard four-side soft-edge blend. Customizable options include seamless cross-fade and user-definable geometric warp. Pricing: N/A. Availability: third quarter. For more information, contact Digital Projection International at 770-420-1350 or at www.digitalprojection.com.
Targeted for use in staging and live production applications, Kramer Electronics' VP-727 In-CTRL seamless switcher features dual built-in scalers. The switcher offers preview and program output channels, and can seamlessly switch frame-to-frame between sources. The device supports all variations of NTSC, PAL, and SECAM signals, and includes eight universal inputs comprised of 5 BNC connectors per input. Each of the switcher's universal inputs accepts composite, component, S-video, RGB, RGBS, or RGBHV input signals. The device includes three output connector types: 5 BNC, 15-pin HD, and DVI. Price: $4,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Kramer Electronics at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramerus.com.
The XD430U and SD430U projectors from Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America are designed for classroom and conference room applications. Both DLP projectors have 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, two PC inputs, and a monitor loop-through. The XD430U (pictured here) provides XGA (1024x768) resolution, while the SD430U has SVGA (800x600) resolution. The projectors are RS232-controllable for use with third-party control systems. Price: $1,795 (XD430U); $1,495 (SD43U). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America at 888-307-0312 or at www.mitsubishi-presentations.com.
HDTV over Cat5 balun
Intelix has released the AVO-V3AD balun, which is designed to transmit high-definition (HDTV) component video and digital audio over standard Cat5 cabling. Used in pairs, the balun supports the transmission of 480i/p-, 720p-, and 1080i/p-resolution component or RGB video signals and stereo audio up to 1,000 feet. The unit can be rack-mounted when coupled with the company's DIN-RACK-KIT mounting system. Price: $86.95. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Intelix at 608-831-0880 or at www.intelix.com.
Designed for large venue and education applications, Hitachi's CP-X268A wireless projector provides PC-less operation via SD card, USB drive, or external storage device using JPEG, BMP, PNG, and MPEG-4 formats. The projector has 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a 34 dB noise level in whisper mode. The device features LAN connectivity for remote monitoring and control. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Hitachi at 620-244-7900 or at www.hitachi.com.
LCD touchscreen monitor
The 3M Touch Systems MicroTouch CT150 15-inch LCD touchscreen monitor is targeted for use in self-service retail and industrial display applications. The monitor provides a 500:1 contrast ratio and features the company's MicroTouch ClearTek II touchscreen technology and MicroTouch EX11 electronics platform. The device can be print-color matched for use in photo kiosk applications. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact 3M Touch Systems at 888-659-1080 or at www.3mtouch.com.
Digital coax cable
Belden CDT's 1694F Brilliance RG-6/U precision digital coax cable is aimed at entertainment and broadcast AV applications. The cable includes a 19 AWG bare copper-stranded center conductor, gas-injected foam polyethylene insulation, and double-tinned copper braid shield construction. It features an abrasion-resistant PVC jacket, and is sweep tested for a return loss of 3 GHz, according to the company. Price: $0.65/foot. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Belden CDT at 800-235-3364 or at www.belden.com.
Wireless microphone systems
Targeted for use in house of worship, education, and fitness club applications, TOA Electronics' 5000 Series wireless microphone systems operate in the 692 MHz to 722 MHz band. The systems include four transmitter options (condenser handheld, lapel, vocal headset, or aerobic headset) and three receiver choices (true diversity, 64-channel WT-5800, space diversity, 64-channel WT-5805, or portable space diversity, 15-channel WT-5810). Each receiver features a frequency scanning function and a transmitter battery status indicator. Price: N/A (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact TOA Electronics at 800-733-7088 or at www.toaelectronics.com.
AV and data over network transmitter
Broadata Communications Inc. has introduced the 230i/520i AV and data transmitter, which is designed to send one channel of baseband, NTSC/PAL video, one stereo audio pair (two audio channels), and multiple RS232 or RS244 data channels over IP/Ethernet networks. The transmitter, which uses MPEG compression, encodes video, audio, and data signals into 10/100 Ethernet packets to be sent over networks. The device is available for point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, streaming, and multicast applications. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Broadata Communications Inc. at 800-214-0222 or at www.broadatacom.com.
Indoor/outdoor LED panels
Designed for indoor/outdoor, banner-style display applications in college and professional sporting venues, the Lighthouse Technologies F12-ER LED panels include a 12.5 mm dot pitch resolution, a 14-bit processing depth, a 100 kHz data refresh rate, and 4.4 trillion RGB colors. The panel features 5,000 nits of brightness, a 140-degree horizontal viewing angle, and a 40-degree vertical viewing angle. The panels measure 5.25 inches wide by 3.94 inches high, and are available in 1x1 to 10x1 panel configurations. Price: N/A (all configurations). Availability: currently available (all configurations). For more information, contact Lighthouse Technologies at 866-345-8288 or at www.lighthouse-tech.com.
Two-way loudspeaker system
The AS-122 two-way loudspeaker system from OAP Audio Products is designed for use in portable, touring, and fixed installation applications. The system includes a 1-inch driver coupled to a rotatable asymmetric horn for high-frequency reproduction, as well as a 12-inch woofer for low-frequency reproduction. The AS-122 has 99 dB full-range sensitivity (passive), 700 W continuous program power handling, and a 65 Hz to 16 kHz (+ 3 dB) frequency response. The system can be flown vertically or horizontally, mounted to a wall or ceiling, or used as a multi-angled stage monitor. Price: $1,150. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact OAP Audio Products at 800-788-1627 or at www.oapaudio.com.
Sanyo's 3LCD PLC-XF46 table-top projector has XGA (1024x768) resolution, a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, and four UHP-type lamps. The projector produces 6,000 lumens of brightness in dual-lamp mode, and delivers 12,000 lumens of brightness when using all four of its lamps. The device features Sanyo's vertical and horizontal edge enhancement circuitry, as well as its dynamic automatic Gamma processing. Price: $27,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sanyo at 888-337-1215 or at www.sanyolcd.com.
Niles Audio Corp. has introduced the SW1000, SW300, SW12, and SW10 powered subwoofers. The SW1000 (pictured here) includes a long excursion, 10-inch carbon fiber-impregnated paper cone woofer with a cast aluminum frame, and a 600 W RMS output (1,000 W peak) amplifier. The SW300, which has a 12-inch fiber-impregnated paper cone with butyl rubber surround and a cast aluminum frame, has a 300 W RMS amplifier. The 10-inch SW10 and 12-inch SW12 offer an injection-molded TCC (talc, carbon, and ceramic) polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround. The SW10 is powered by a 125 W amplifier, while the SW12 has a 260 W amplifier. Price: $1,249.95 (SW1000); $799.95 (SW300); $574.95 (SW12); $424.95 (SW10). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Niles Audio at 305-238-4373 or at www.nilesaudio.com.
HDMI AV switch
Accell has released the UltraAV HDMI 2-1 Switch, which enables the simultaneous connection of two HDMI video sources to high-definition displays and projectors. The switch includes a programmable wireless remote, an infrared extender, and a manual toggle for source switching. The HDCP-compliant device supports 1080p resolution and multichannel digital audio, and is backward compatible with DVI when used with an HDMI-DVI adapter or cable. Price: $99. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Accell at 510-438-9288 or at www.accellcables.com.
Signal distribution accessory cards
The Dual EQ and Dual Transmitter accessory cards from Magenta Research are designed to function with the company's Morph-it Cat5 signal distribution platform. The Dual EQ card (pictured here) extends the effective distance capability of two MultiView Series receivers by 500 feet, according to the company. It also includes built-in skew compensation to correct for cable-induced color shifting. The Dual Transmitter card can be configured for composite through UXGA video and audio, video and serial, video, audio and serial, or as an optional monitor connector. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Magenta Research at 860-210-0546 or at www.magenta-research.com.
Three-chip DLP projectors
Christie Digital's HD12K, HD8K, HD8Kc, HD5K, and HD5Kc three-chip DLP projectors are targeted for use in rental & staging, house of worship, and post-production applications. All models include 1920x1080 native resolution, built-in edge blending, and two HD input channels that support up to 4:4:4 signals. The HD12K has 12,000 ANSI lumens of brightness; the HD8K (pictured here) and HD8Kc feature 8,000 ANSI lumens of brightness; and the HD5K and HD5Kc offer 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The HD8Kc and HD5Kc models also include color-corrected optics technology. Price: N/A (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Christie Digital at 800-221-8025 or at www.christiedigital.com.
Loudspeaker and subwoofer
Pioneer Electronics has introduced the three-way, floor-standing S-1EX loudspeaker and S-W1EX powered subwoofer. The S-1EX (pictured here) includes a 7.1-inch low-frequency driver, a 5.5-inch mid-range driver, and a 1.4-inch tweeter. The loudspeaker has a 28 Hz to 100 kHz frequency range, 6-ohm impedance, and 89.5 dB SPL sensitivity. The S-W1EX consists of a 12-inch Aramid cone and a 12-inch Aramid cone passive radiator. The subwoofer has a 25 Hz to 4 kHz frequency range crossover set to bypass and 250 W power output at 100 Hz. Price: $4,500 (S-1EX); $1,700 (S-W1EX). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Pioneer Electronics at 800-746-6337 or at www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Designed for digital signage applications that require multiple media formats, the RemotePlayer 700 media player from Digital View supports resolutions up to 720p widescreen, as well as Macromedia Flash and MPEG-4 content. The device includes Digital View's RemoteTransfer management application for content distribution, system monitoring, and file, schedule, and network management control. The media player features a Pentium M-Class processor, and is cooled via a heat sink. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Digital View at 408-782-7773 or at www.digitalview.com.
VGA to DVI scaler
Gefen's VGA to DVI Scaler (EXT-VGA-2-DVIS) enables users to scale digital imagery at resolutions up to 1280x1024 or 1080i. The unit connects analog sources to digital displays via plug-and-play VGA input/DVI output, and is powered by a 5-volt power supply. The device, which has a 48 MB frame memory for frame rate conversion, automatically detects resolution and can be adjusted for color, brightness, contrast, RGB levels, and HV position. The VGA to DVI Scaler is compatible with analog video sources and computers with VGA (HD-15) connectors as well as DVI-equipped digital video displays. Price: $299. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Gefen at 800-545-6900 or at www.gefen.com.
Onkyo Pro's TX-SR504 AV receiver includes color-coded 7.1-channel inputs for next-generation Dolby Digital Plus source devices such as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray video players. The receiver provides wide-bandwidth component video switching for up to three high-definition and progressive-scan sources. The XM Satellite Radio-ready device includes 40 presets for AM, FM, and XM radio stations. The unit's three AV inputs provide composite and S-video connections. It also offers a front-panel AV input for portable device connection. Price: $300. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Onkyo Pro at 800-229-1687 or at www.onkyousa.com.
LCD projector alarm
The Sonic Shock projector alarm system from Secure-It, which attaches to projectors, provides a 117 dB siren to help deter potential projector thieves. Targeted for use with LCD projectors in commercial and institutional installations, the alarm's siren is triggered by cutting or unplugging a 10-foot electronically monitored tether, and sounds for more than two hours. If removed, the Sonic Shock system will destroy the projector's casing so it can't be used or resold, according to the company. Price: $89.95. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Secure-It at 413-525-7039 or at www.secure-it.com.
The Copy Master II Supreme Robotic from Octave Systems is a 1,000-disc-capacity DVD/CD duplicator with configurations of four, six, or eight drives. The standalone unit includes a 160 GB hard drive, automatic DVD format conversion, and password protection. It features a Plextor 760A high-speed DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW drive, which enables the unit to record DVD-R, DVD-RW, +R, and +RW discs. It also supports dual-layer discs, which increases the capacity of a disc from 4.7 to 8.5 GB, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Octave Systems at 800-626-8539 or at www.octave.com.
Array element and subwoofer
JBL's VT4887ADP three-way line array element and VT4881ADP powered subwoofer are targeted for use in live sound, corporate, and theater applications. The line array element (pictured here) includes two 8-inch woofers, four 4-inch mid-range radiators, and two 1-inch exit high-frequency drivers. The powered subwoofer features the company's 18-inch 2269G ultra-long excursion woofer, DrivePack DP1 fully integrated power, and DSP electronics package. Both models feature rigging hardware that relies on quick-release pins and end-mounted metal frames to couple adjacent units together. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact JBL at 818-894-8850 or at www.jblpro.com.