What's New: Residential Technology
Oct 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Mitsubishi's new home theater projector features Texas Instruments' DLP DDP3020 chip with Darkchip 3 technology. The technology equips the new projector with a much higher level of contrast (4000:1) and more intense enhanced black levels for high-quality, cinema-level output. The projector, which weighs less than 7lbs., also incorporates TI's latest BrilliantColor processing technology, which uses a patented color-processing algorithm and system-level enhancements for increased brightness and truer-to-life colors. This provides 1000 lumens of color output at full 720p resolution and a selection of aspect ratios including CinemaScope.
▪ Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America
Aerial Acoustics' Aerial System 1 loudspeaker system surrounds large-format video screens, forming an integrated unit only 12in. deep and barely wider than the screen itself. The system's modular design accommodates 16 screen configurations from 100in. to 135in., with either fixed or variable masking.
▪ Aerial Acoustics
Belden's new HomeChoice TruAudio speaker cables for indoor/outdoor/burial residential applications feature oxygen-free, high-conductivity copper conductors and a polyolefin dielectric to deliver clear, precise sound quality. This composition ensures superior high-frequency response even at extended distances for quality audio at both indoor and outdoor locations, such as patios, decks, gardens, and poolside. The cables also feature brightly colored satin PVC jackets and easy-to-read room and zone identification to simplify installation.
▪ Belden CDT Electronics Division
Nuvo's NV-T2FX dual combined AM/FM/weatherband and XM and NV-T2DX dual XM tuners allow homeowners to enjoy XM satellite radio via their home entertainment system or take advantage of both AM/FM/WB and XM in one tuner. Active antennas can be mounted up to 120ft. from the tuner, allowing antennas to be placed for best reception. The tuners incorporate U.S. and European tuning options and Interference Adaptive Signal Processing (IASP) circuitry. Each system is compatible with NuvoNet, communicating all broadcast media content directly to the Nuvo Concerto display pad.
▪ Nuvo Technologies
Russound's CAA66 and CAS44 multi-room audio distribution controllers feature installer-adjustable loudness control, an RS-232 port for interface to control systems, multiple-keypad support in a single zone, and an “all-off” command. The controller kits ship with remote controls and elegant keypads (available in three styles) for one-touch control of home audio, including bass, treble, balance, and volume. Homeowners can connect their Apple iPod to either audio controller to share and enjoy music collections throughout the home.
▪ Russound | www.russound.com
Vista Systems' Spyder family of processors uses varied input sourcing to manage multiple facets of today's smart house, allowing inputs to be viewed and managed from a single control point and with pinpoint accuracy. The processors output signals to several projectors so the images, when configured side by side, combine to create one seamless widescreen picture. The systems also composite as many as 64 different sources and output them onto the screen simultaneously, in realtime, in any number of image windows desired.
▪ Vista Systems www.vistasystems.com
The A-Bus local input module on Channel Vision's AB-311 iBus wall dock is designed to accommodate an iPod MP3 player without special hardware. Users need only a screwdriver to mount the dock into an existing, pre-wired A-Bus whole-house audio system. The docking station simultaneously distributes tunes and charges the unit. With the integrated Omni connector, the wall mount remains unobtrusive when not in use, yet its support ledge slides out easily to dock an iPod any time. The mount's decorator design allows it to blend in with other household keypads and light switches when not in use.
▪ Channel Vision