What's New: Residential Technology
Nov 1, 2005 12:00 PM
NuVision's 23in., 26in., 32in., and 37in. Deep Black LCD screens incorporate proprietary NiDO (NuVision Intelligent Digital Optimization) for crisp images and smooth motion, as well as NuControl bi-directional RS-232 with polling. The screens provide a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 10ms response time, 500cd/m2 brightness, 1366×768 native resolution, and DVI w/HDCP.
▪ NuVision | www.nuvision.com
OmniMount's new Wishbone series flat-panel cantilever wall mounts allow flat-panel screens to be extended away from the wall and provide for tilt, swivel, and pan adjustments for multiple viewing options. Each mount uses a single-arm configuration with either single- or dual-stud mounting brackets. The CLX model offers a dual-arm configuration with a dual-stud mounting bracket for added strength. The mounts feature rugged die-cast aluminum construction and a two-tone metallic gray finish for integration into any décor.
▪ OmniMount | www.omnimount.com
The RBH MC-83 and MC-6DB loudspeakers feature proprietary aluminum-cone technology and adjustable midrange and treble level controls (-3dB/flat/+3dB, respectively) to deliver accurate high- and low-level details. The MC-83 replaces the MC-8 8in. in-wall speaker and can handle 170W of power. The MC-6DB features two 3/4in. aluminum-dome tweeters for extended bass response and tonal accuracy and handles up to 120W of power. It features switchable bi-polar or di-polar tweeter modes and a ±3dB switch for the woofer for surround configuration. Both speakers' tweeters swivel to facilitate installation.
▪ RBH Sound | www.rbhsound.com
Artison's LRS-IW in-wall surround loudspeaker does not rely on the cavity created behind the baffle to control the performance of the system. The company's unique hybrid acoustic design is mono-pole below 3kHz to provide steering ability for action and reality scenes, and di-pole above 3kHz so users can't locate the source of the sound. The loudspeaker measures 10.25"×15.5"× 3.5".
▪ Artison | www.artison.com
Oppo Digital's OPDV971H DVD player features Faroudja DCDi de-interlacing and scaling technology to upconvert standard DVD video to HD. The DCDi algorithm identifies all the moving edges in a scene and adjusts the angle of interpolation at each pixel so that the interpolation always follows the edge instead of crossing it, eliminating staircasing or jagged-edge artifacts. The player also offers digital DVI output at 480p/540p/720p/1080i resolutions and support for DVD, DVD±RW, DivX, VCD, SVCD, CD+R/-RW, HDCD, WMA, Xvid, digital picture (JPEG) CDs, NTSC, and PAL.
▪ Oppo Digital | www.oppodigital.com
The HomeLogic OneHome Theater allows homeowners to access home theater and video distribution systems from in-wall and wireless touchscreens or a Pocket PC. Integrators can use the system to connect new and legacy sources such as DVD, DVR, and satellite and cable TV to projection, flatscreen, and other displays using either serial or IR-based control. The system provides serial control of several supported receivers and video switchers, including models from Elan, Integra, and B&K. It works with Global Cache's product line to provide IR capability, enabling the simple integration of legacy components into fully integrated OneHome systems.
▪ HomeLogic | www.homelogic.com
RGPC's PowerBridge UPS responds within 1ms of a power failure to provide a sine wave output with the benefits of RGPC-patented parallel, non-current-limiting, and dual-stage surge-protection technology. The system, built exclusively for the custom install market, features proprietary IntelliGray technology — the ability to “learn” the AC line and store that data in memory to use as a reference for determining if and when to switch to battery power. During the switch, the sine wave output is synchronous with the AC line so attached equipment sees no interruption in the sine wave.
▪ Richard Gray's Power Company www.rgpc.com
Phase offers the Arté on-wall speakers, which create three front channels of sound and feature dual 5-1/4in. woofers, as well as a proprietary 1in. soft-dome tweeter. The speakers' slim, crescent-shaped design provides an accent when installed around a wall-mounted flat-panel display. They come in black or metallic silver finishes to let installers create a seamless look no matter which model of flat-panel display is used.
▪ Phase Technology | www.phasetech.com
DIGITAL MEDIA CENTER
The VWB MediaReady 5000 digital media center features a personal video recorder with an electronic program guide and the ability to burn media on DVD and CD discs, as well as play back DVD/CD, Real Media, MP3, WAV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 media. The unit allows storage and retrieval of audio, picture, and video files via its onboard hard drive; connected peripherals (MP3 players, digital cameras, and other USB storage devices); or networked personal computers. In addition, the device features Internet browsing, email, streaming video and audio, karaoke, games, and a media jukebox.
▪ Video Without Boundaries www.vwbinc.com