New Products: March 2006
Gemini Sound Products powered speaker system, Christie LCD projectors, Altinex tabletop connectivity products …
Powered speaker system
The XTR-500 powered speaker system from Gemini Sound Products consists of two XTR-SAT trapezoidal, 10-inch satellite loudspeakers and a 15-inch subwoofer. The satellite loudspeakers handle 85 W RMS each, producing 120 dB total continuous SPL, with a 100 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response. The subwoofer features a built-in 400 W, three-channel power amplifier with an electronic crossover and a 35 Hz to 100 Hz frequency response. Price: $899.99. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Gemini Sound Products at 732-738-9003 or at www.geminidj.com.
Christie’s LX34 and LX40 LCD projectors are designed for use in small auditoriums, conference rooms, and executive briefing centers. The LX34 (pictured here) produces 3,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, XGA (1024×768) resolution, and a 900:1 contrast ratio. It also incorporates the company’s progressive-scan video reproduction technology with 2:3 pulldown. The LX40 offers 4,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, SXGA+ (1400×1050) resolution, and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. It includes motorized zoom, focus, and lens. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Christie Digital at 866-880-4462 or at www.christiedigital.com
Tabletop connectivity products
Altinex has introduced the PNP415 and PNP417 Pop ‘N Plug tabletop connectivity products, which are designed for corporate boardroom or meeting room applications. The PNP415 enclosure, which is available with custom tabletop surfaces, holds up to eight Altinex connector plates. The PNP417 is available with two standard DS901-120 connector plates, which each offer two power module connectors, one VGA connector, and four snap-in connectors. Price: $1,295 (PNP415); $1,695 (PNP417). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Altinex at 800-258-4639 or at www.altinex.com.
The 27-inch LTV-27w6HD and 32-inch LTV-32w3HD LCD HDTVs from Westinghouse Digital Electronics include ATSC and NTSC tuners to display over-the-air, high-definition digital signals and standard-definition analog signals. Both models offer native WXGA (1366×768) resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 176-degree viewing angle. The HDTVs also feature the company’s SpineDesign feature, which provides access from both sides of the TV’s spine to multiple video sources, including DVD players, PCs, and satellite and cable boxes. Price: $1,000 (LTV-27w6HD); $1,299 (LTV-32w3HD). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Westinghouse Digital at 866-287-5555 or at www.westinghousedigital.com.
Targeted for presentation applications in the education market, ELMO’s P10 portable document camera offers an analog RGB output to connect to a data/video projector or large-screen LCD display. The document camera features an 850,000-pixel progressive scan CCD, which captures images for accurate reproduction of full-size A3 documents and 3D objects, according to the company. The P10 can be upgraded with optional SD memory cards for increased storage space and optional application software for presentation and movie creation. Price: $2,158. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact ELMO at 516-501-1400 or at www.elmousa.com.
Digital video scaler/switcher
Designed for house of worship, education, and presentation applications, the VP-724xl digital scaler/switcher from Kramer Electronics offers two 15-pin HD computer graphics inputs and 480p, 720p, and 1080i HDTV output resolutions. The unit also converts S-video (YC), component, VGA through UXGA computer graphics video, and DVI signals to multiple, user-selectable output pixel rates using the company’s K-Storm scaling technology. Price: $1,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Kramer Electronics at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramerelectronics.com.
OAP Audio Products’ NF-331HP “Stair Riser” slim-line loudspeaker system is designed to mount to stair risers and stage fronts in houses of worship, auditoriums, and classrooms. The full-range loudspeaker system features three 3-inch, low-frequency rubber surround cone speakers and a 90-degree horn coupled to a 1-inch voice coil, high-frequency compression driver. The system offers a 100 W peak program power handling rating, 94.5 dB sensitivity, and a 250 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact OAP Audio Products at 770-945-1033 or at www.oapaudio.com.
Condenser boundary microphone
Sennheiser’s e 912 condenser boundary microphone is designed for use in lecture halls, conference centers, and houses of worship. The microphone features a half-cardioid pickup pattern, a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, and handles 136 dB maximum SPL. The unit features built-in preamplifier electronics, a gold-plated XLR type-3 connector, and a rubber plate on the underside of the microphone to minimize vibrations, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sennheiser at 860-434-9190 or at www.sennheiserusa.com.
TV One has released the C2-7200 multi-format video processor and analog-to-HDTV converter. The unit functions as a high-definition video scaler, multi-format seamless switcher, twin-window picture-in-picture device, and aspect ratio converter. The C2-7200 is available with two independent output channels — each compatible with SDI, DVI-I, and all RGB formats. The unit features two independent scaling engines and two video mixers. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact TV One at 800-721-4044 or at www.tvone.com.
Digital wireless audio receiver
Lectrosonics has introduced the UCR401 digital hybrid wireless compact diversity receiver, which offers RF reception across 256 user-selectable UHF frequencies. The receiver is compatible with the company’s digital hybrid wireless and analog transmitters. The UCR401 offers a menu-driven LCD, which enables users to view local-area RF conditions to select a clean frequency. A DSP-generated, ultrasonic pilot tone from the unit controls the receiver’s audio muting function, and eliminates thumps, pops, and other transients by sensing the pilot tone and incorporating brief delays when the matching transmitter is turned off, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Lectrosonics at 505-892-4501 or at www.lectrosonics.com.
LCD TV with LED backlight
The 82-inch LN-S8297DE LCD TV from Samsung Electronics features an integrated LED backlight, which enlarges its color reproduction area by more than 33 percent, according to the company. The unit offers a 7,000:1 contrast ratio, built-in SRS Trusurround XT audio, and the company’s LCD TV circuit technology, which eliminates the need for a cooling fan. The LCD TV supports up to 1920x1080p resolution, and is available with Samsung’s DNIe picture quality technology. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Samsung at 201-229-4000 or at www.samsung.com.
Astatic’s CTM-1500VP continuously variable pattern, large diaphragm condenser microphone is designed for choir miking and individual vocal applications. The microphone features a high-pass filter (6 dB/octave @ 100 Hz), 143 dB maximum SPL, and a switchable 20 dB pad. The microphone has a 10 Hz to 20 kHz rated frequency response with 200-ohm impedance, and a three-pin, male XLR-type connector. The microphone is available in charcoal gray or black. Price: $399. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Astatic at 800-421-3161 or at www.astaticinstalled.com.
Designed for use in large-venue rental & staging applications, the FLM R20+ three-chip DLP projector from Barco offers native SXGA+ (1400×1050) resolution, 20,000 lumens of brightness, and an 1,800:1 contrast ratio. The unit features a 56 dBA operating noise level, a 10/100BaseT network connection, and BNC, DVI, and HD-SDI inputs. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Barco at 710-218-3200 or at www.barco.com.
Flat-panel display mount
Targeted for use with flat-panel LCD and plasma displays that measure 37 to 60 inches diagonal and weigh up to 175 pounds, the UF-PRO flat-panel display mount from ProMounts enables the display to be vertically and horizontally adjusted after installation. The mount sits 0.98 inches from the wall, and provides up to 3 inches of vertical adjustment. The mount is available with mounting hardware and theft-resistant security fasteners. Price: $199. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact ProMounts at 818-343-6365 or at www.promounts.com.
Power distribution systems
Designed for power management in multiple applications, the 4×4 Pro Series professional power distribution systems from Applied Research and Technology includes the PB4x4, SP4x4, and PS4x4. All models feature a power capacity of up to 1,800 W, eight rear-panel outlets, EMI and RFI filtering, and surge and spike protection. The SP4x4 and PS4x4 feature pull-out light pipes with auto off and dimmer functions. The SP4x4 offers an LED input voltage monitoring display, while the PS4x4 includes an LED load current monitor display. Price: $109 (PB4x4); $199 (SP4x4); $239 (PS4x4). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Applied Research and Technology at 585-436-2720 or at www.artroch.com.
Digital audio processing system
The Dolby Lake Processor is a digital audio processing hardware and software system designed to provide loudspeaker management and equalization for tour sound and fixed applications. The system’s hardware platform enables users to configure up to eight independent channels of Lake Mesa EQ or up to 4×12 channels of Lake loudspeaker processing. The system incorporates Dolby Lake Controller software for centralized control of a network of the hardware processors, Dolby’s LimiterMax loudspeaker limiting system, and Iso-Float grounding isolation technology. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Dolby Laboratories at 415-558-0200 or at www.dolby.com.
Tabletop conference phones
Targeted for use in VoIP applications, the MAXAttach IP and MAX IP tabletop conferencing phones from ClearOne Communications can be daisy-chained together to enhance coverage. The MAXAttach IP is available with two conference phones that can be split and used in separate rooms with an extra base unit, while the MAX IP is available with single conference phone. Both models offer three-way calling and can be upgraded by downloading firmware upgrades directly from the company’s website. Price: $1,199 (MAXAttach IP); $799 (MAX IP). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact ClearOne Communications at 800-707-6694 or at www.clearone.com.
Designed for custom installation applications, the THP800C from ELAN Home Systems is an 8-inch, three-way, in-ceiling loudspeaker. The speaker features an 8-inch woofer, a 2.5-inch woven Kevlar mid-range driver, and a 0.75-inch woven Kevlar dome tweeter. The speaker has a 35 Hz to 22 kHz frequency response at 6 ohms, and a 100 W power rating. The driver and dome tweeter are mounted on a rotating assembly placed on a fixed 30-degree angle from the woofer’s audio axis. Price: $575. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact ELAN Home Systems at 859-269-7760 or at www.elanhomesystems.com.
Voltage regulation system
The VR120 voltage regulation and power distribution system from Pulizzi Engineering is designed to monitor and constantly stabilize AC power. The system, which accepts a 97 VAC to 148 VAC input range, offers processor control and zero-crossing circuitry for EMI 120 VAC output (±5 V). The system features over-voltage protection, EMI-RFI filtering on the power output, an internal cooling fan system, and over-temperature monitoring. The unit is housed in a steel, 1.75-inch-tall, 19-inch rack-mounted enclosure. Price: $899. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Pulizzi Engineering at 800-870-2248 or at www.pulizzi.com.
Targeted for custom installation and home theater applications, the DLA-HD10K projector from JVC has 1920×1080 resolution, a 2,500:1 contrast ratio, and 600 ANSI lumens of brightness. The projector features the company’s three-chip D-ILA technology. It accepts signal input via a DVI-D connector at 1080p 48/50/60 Hz only. The 13.9-pound DLA-HD10K is available in a long-throw model with a throw distance of 2-3.8:1 or a short-throw model with a 1.5-2.0:1 throw distance. Price: $24,995 (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact JVC at 800-582-5825 or at www.jvc.com.
Syntax-Brillian Corp. has introduced the 42-inch LT42HVi (pictured here) and 47-inch LT47HVi high-definition LCD TVs, which are designed for custom installation applications. Both models offer 1080p resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1,600:1 contrast ratio, and 800 cd/m2 brightness. The LCD TVs feature multiple AV inputs and outputs, including two HDMI, three component, two S-video, two composite, VGA, RF, headphone, digital audio, and subwoofer. The HDTVs also include Silicon Optix’ Realta video processor. The units are available with two 25 W stereo speakers, which can be mounted horizontally on the bottom of the screen, vertically on the side of the screen (via a conversion kit), or removed when connecting to an external audio system. Price: $3,499 (LT42HVi); $3,999 (LT47HVi). Availability: second quarter of 2006 (both models). For more information, contact Syntax-Brillian at 909-859-8400 or at www.syntax-brillian.com.
InFocus has introduced the Play Big IN72, IN74EX, and IN76 ultra-portable projectors. The IN72 (pictured here) has 900 ANSI lumens of brightness, 854×480 native resolution, and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. The IN74EX (1024×576 resolution) and IN76 (1280×720 resolution) both provide 1,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 3,000:1 contrast ratio. The Play Big projectors incorporate DLP video projection technology, and Pixelworks’ DNX video processing technology. Price: $1,299 (IN72); $1,999 (IN74EX); $2,999 (IN76). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact InFocus at 800-294-6400 or at www.infocus.com.
Crown International’s XTi Series of switch-mode amplifiers includes the XTi 1000 (500 W per channel at 4 ohms), the XTi 2000 (700 W per channel at 4 ohms), and the XTi 4000 (1,200 W per channel at 4 ohms). All models offer a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response (at 1 W into 4 ohms), 1.4 V sensitivity, and a 15-amp plug. The XTi Series features computer connectivity via USB, built-in HiQnet software, and integrated DSP. Price: $818 (XTi 1000); $1,139 (XTi 2000); $1,591 (XTi 4000). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Crown International at 574-294-8000 or at www.crownaudio.com.
Audio analysis system
Aimed at professional AV contractors and consultants, Ivie Technologies’ IE-35 handheld audio analysis system operates on the Dell Axim X51v computing platform, which features integrated 802.11b, infrared, and Bluetooth wireless technologies. The system combines a Dell Axim 3- by 2 1/4-inch VGA TFT display with Ivie’s proprietary software to control electrical and acoustical sampling, subtraction, and averaging functions. The Windows-based device offers multiple functions such as real-time analysis, SPL, SPL area coverage, RT60 reverb, and low-frequency zoom between 20 Hz and 2 kHz (1 Hz resolution). Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Ivie Technologies at 801-766-7600 or at www.ivie.com.
Designed to integrate with loudspeakers in custom installation applications, the D-8, D-10, and D-12 single-driver powered subwoofers from Sunfire feature a built-in 1,000 W amplifier and a 3/4-inch, black ash, vinyl MDF enclosure. The D-8 offers an 8-inch woofer, a 22 Hz to 100 Hz frequency response (±3 dB), and a maximum output of 102 dB. The D-10 includes a 10-inch woofer, a 20 Hz to 100 Hz frequency response (±3 dB), and a maximum output of 105 dB. The D-12 features a 12-inch woofer, an 18 Hz to 100 Hz frequency response (±3 dB), and a maximum output of 108 dB. Price: $649 (D-8); $799 (D-10); $899 (D-12). Availability: April (all models). For more information, contact Sunfire at 425-335-4748 or at www.sunfire.com.
Time base corrector
The TBC-100 time base corrector from Hall Research Technologies is designed to restore and transfer videos to a recording medium with synchronization, video timing, and color information. The TBC-100 adjusts for brightness, contrast, color saturation, hue, and sharpness. Video is inputted into the device, digitized into dual-field, full-frame memory, and recreated at the output with a crystal-based timing circuit. The corrector includes composite and S-video connectors on the input and output ends. Because both output connectors are active, the unit can also be used as a video splitter and conversion device between S-video and composite sources. Price: $269. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Hall Research Technologies at 714-641-6607 or at www.hallresearch.com
Audio distribution system
Designed for small business and home installation applications, the Matrix Delta audio distribution systems from Matrix Audio Designs enable users to distribute audio from up to four sources, including CD or MP3 players and satellite radio. The Matrix Delta, which is available in four-zone (Delta 4) or six-zone (Delta 6) versions, features USB and RS232 ports and one preamp output. Users can customize the system with options including an AM/FM tuner, numeric keypads for direct access control, an LCD touchscreen keypad, and an aluminum remote control. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Matrix Audio Designs at 705-737-4926 or at www.matrixaudiodesigns.com.
Portable document camera
AVerMedia Technologies has introduced the AVerVision300p portable document camera, which features 3-megapixel resolution, 8X digital zoom, and the company’s 2X Averzoom optical zoom technology. The document camera captures images at 24 f/s, and can store up to 80 images in its built-in memory or transfer them to a PC via USB. The unit enables users to display standard images, 3D objects, transparencies, and X-ray film on LCD monitors and projectors. Price: $999.99. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact AVerMedia at 408-263-3828 or at www.avermedia-usa.com.
Digital Projection International has introduced the dVision 1080p, a single-chip DLP projector designed for permanent installation applications. The projector features user-selectable light output from 500 to 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 6,000:1 contrast ratio, and 1920×1080 (1080p) resolution. The unit offers 1080i/p de-interlacing, dynamic noise reduction, adaptive scaling, and 10-bit processing. The company’s VIP 1000 external video processor, which includes Silicon Optix’ Realta integrated circuit, provides connectivity to input devices. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Digital Projection International at 770-420-1350 or at www.digitalprojection.com.
Polycom’s Instructor RP is an integrated solution that features the company’s IP-ready VSX 8000 videoconferencing system and a 66-inch, rear-projection interactive whiteboard. Designed for education, corporate training, and custom meeting environments, the solution enables users to annotate over content, curriculum, or live video sources. The IP-ready solution offers a six-port internal video bridge that allows for connecting with up to five other sites. The Instructor RP offers a digital microphone array for 360-degree voice pickup, and the company’s PowerCam Plus technology, which automatically adjusts to the person speaking. Price: Systems start at $54,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Polycom at 800-765-9266 or at www.polycom.com.
Multichannel digital video server
The TCD/NX multichannel digital video server from Leightronix offers two playback channels, which decode MPEG video/audio files and JPEG video slides, and one record channel that enables users to control recording quality by selecting video data bit rates and constant or variable bit rate encoding. Designed for video messaging and broadcast applications, the device uses external hard drives connected via four USB 2.0 ports for media storage. The company’s TCD/IP Network Managed Video System Controller enables up to 16 TCD/NX servers to be configured under one TCD/IP for automated control of up to 32 playback channels and 16 recording channels. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Leightronix at 800-243-5589 or at www.leightronix.com.