What’s New Spotlight and Installation Products
Mar 1, 2001 12:00 PM
Video Products Spotlight
CAT 5 InterfaceInline
Combining low-cost/easy-install CAT 5 cabling with excellentvideo performance, Twisted Pair Video Transmitters/Receivers fromInline, Inc. let users transmit high-res RGBHV and stereo audiosignals on CAT 5 unshielded twisted pair cables up to 500 feetwithout a significant loss of image quality. Video formats includeVGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, UXGA, MAC, SUN and SGI. Stereo audio can bebalanced or unbalanced, depending on the installation. The systempairs a TPR101 half-rack sized receiver with various wall-mounttransmitters for mounting into walls, podiums or presentationfurniture. The TPT101 transmitter (shown) fits into a single-gangbox; the duplex-sized TPT111 unit can be fitted with 75 inputplates for various audio, video, computer and phoneconnections.
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Designed for large audiences in bright environments, the BarcoReality 6500 offers a 5,500-lumen output in a compact, quietdesign. The unit features 1.8-inch SXGA polysilicon LCD panels withmicro lens arrays and a wide range of input connections: video,S-video, RGB, VGA and SDI/SDO. An optional FireWire input connectscomputers with digital video cards and consumer products, such asdigital camcorders, VCRs and digital cameras without imagedegradation. Other features include a variety of availablefixed-length and zoom lenses; an AutoImage feature that optimizesall display settings to an incoming source signal; and a backlitinfrared remote with access to set-up common and user-definedfunctions such as motorized zoom and focus, lens shift, contrastand brightness.
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With the MVP 104GX multivideo processor, a user can display upto four video signals at once on a single screen. The processor cangenlock an external black burst signal in a timed or live systemthat requires synchronous timing (applications such asvideoconferencing and distance learning). It has 20 factory and 24user presets and features Extron’s variable horizontal and verticalblanking, a 3-line adaptive comb filter and multiple-imagecapability and is compatible with NTSC or PAL signals. Duringteleconferencing, each video window may be independently sized,positioned or overlapped.
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GrayHawk from Stewart Filmscreen Corporation is an innovativefront-projection-screen material that’s engineered to maximizeimage fidelity for LCD, DLP and D-ILA projection technologies. Thematerial’s unique translucent optical coatings, combined with itsgray-based undercoating, increases image black levels, shadowdetailing and overall color saturation, providing viewers with amore film-like experience. The viewing angle is 160, and GreyHawkis available in various fixed and motorized retractable screenmodels
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The Panasonic PT-L701SDU is a portable XGA projector featuringan onboard SD card slot that allows users to store images onpostage-stamp-sized SD memory cards for PC-less presentations. The8.6-pound unit delivers 1,000 lumens of brightness in 1,024 ? 768true XGA resolution (max is 1,280 ? 1,024 UXGA), a short-throw lens(80-inch image at 8.2 feet), an auto slide show function forunattended continuous presentations, compatibility with PAL, SECAMand NTSC sources, two small built-in stereo speakers and 4:3 and16:9 display modes. The package includes a 16MB SD memory card, PCcard adapter and software for converting BMP or TIF images (orentire PowerPoint files) into JPEG images.
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Designed to keep video signals clean and stable, the D1 Sync+frame synchronizer includes a serial digital interface input andfour serial digital interface outputs in a single-rackspace boxwith available rack-mounted or handheld remote control. The unitautomatically selects 525 or 625 lines and allows users to controlvideo, color and set-up levels, as well as freeze a frame or field.It also features full ProcAmp controls.
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Plasma Display Panel
The CMP4120HDU is the new 42-inch version of Hitachi’s PlasmaDisplay Panel. This high-definition PDP incorporates the ALISsystem, a technology that increases display quality, verticaldefinition, brightness and screen life. With a resolution of 1,600? 1,200 (or 1,024 ? 1,024), the CMP4120HDU has a contrast ratio of700:1 and a viewing angle of 160. Compatible with HDTV, this screenautomatically adjusts to VGA, SVGA, XGA or SXGA UXGA resolution. Itcan be connected to video cameras, digital broadcasting adaptersand PCs. Dimensions are 41 inches wide by 25.5 inches high by only3.5 inches deep.
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Touchpanel Control System
Crestron introduces the TPS-4500. This high-resolution displayhas a 12-inch-diagonal active matrix touch-sensitive SVGA display.Video card installation allows upgrade capabilities for video,Ethernet, two-way wireless and full-motion NTSC or PAL videodisplay with 64,000 colors. The TPS-4500 has 96 MB of memory,real-time graphics load and display, and color control graphicswith 2-D and 3-D icons. It can be flush or surface mounted and hasfaceplates that can be painted to match its environment.
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Video Line Driver
Here’s a way to drive computer video signals over 300-foot-pluslengths of multichannel coaxial cable: the Altinex DA1909 ComputerVideo Line Driver. Offering unique 16-position equalizationcontrols for red, green and blue video channels, the DA1909 enablesyou to dial in the right amount of compensation for the cable runused in your system. As an added feature, built-in ground loopisolation prevents hum, bars and other artifacts. For long cableruns, using a DA1909 with a computer video interface providessignificant improvement in image quality over a computer videointerface alone. It provides a 5-BNC input for RGBHV and a 15-pinHD, VGA-type output.
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Knox Video Technologies
The SDI 8 ? 8 matrix routing switcher accepts and reclocks up toeight sources to eight destinations of 8- or 10-bit serial digitalvideo and embedded audio. Housed in the Knox 3U ultra-thin profilechassis, these SMPTE 259M SDI routers handle data rates of 143,177, 270 and 360 Mbps with input equalization in excess of 200meters. SDI routing switchers are controlled from either the frontpanel pushbuttons or via the RS232 port. Front panel LEDs confirmvalid data locking at all times and each valid SDI input signal isindicated by an input carrier detect LED. Crosspoint patterns maybe stored and recalled.
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The A/V Switch line of audio-video switchers is part of theAuvionix line of A/V problem solvers. The switchers range from twoto 16 inputs, with stereo and audio and composite/S-video outputs.Video bandwidth is over 50 MHz; and audio response is 20 Hz to 30kHz.
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Creative Stage Lighting
Creative Stage Lighting Co. unveils the Rosco I-Cue IntelligentMirror. At 6 ? 7 inches, this first surface mirror has a pan rangeof 230 and a tilt range of 57.3. Features include dramatic movingbeam effects, light weight, easy installation and an onboard DMXreceiver. It accepts control signals from standard DMX-512 controlconsoles, comes with a choice of two 0.7 amps ? 24 VDC powersupplies, and is compatible with many color scrollers so the usercan daisy-chain the I-Cue and save on cabling.
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Audio Products Spotlight
The 2000 Series Professional Loudspeakers, designed for small tomid-size venues are available in three models: the 2012, a 12-inchtwo-way system; the 2015, a 15-inch two-way system; and the 20215,a dual 15-inch two-way system. All full-range models feature a 90 ?90 constant directivity horn coupled with a 1-inch compressiondriver, Power Sentry horn protection circuitry and a variable hornattenuation circuit. Also included in the 2000 series is a new20115s bandpass subwoofer, featuring a 15-inch woofer enclosed in adual chamber bandpass enclosure. Please visit the Web site fordetailed specs on each model.
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To capitalize on the fact that the ceiling plane is consideredthe best location for omni-directional antennas, Armstrong hasdeveloped the i-ceiling Wireless System, special ceiling panelswith antennas embedded inside them. Enabling in-building wirelessconnectivity for both voice and data, these panels blend in withthe existing ceiling to keep interior spaces aestheticallyunchanged. The WL2 series panels include one 850/1,900MHz dual-bandvoice antenna, one versatile 1,900MHz voice antenna, and two2,400MHz antennas in a diversity configuration. They are compatiblewith all wireless voice and data standards including IEEE 802.11band Bluetooth.
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Acoustic Echo Canceller
With 12 inputs, 12 outputs and eight channels, the EchoFreeEF2280 Vortex acoustic echo and noise cancellation systemintegrates a 25 ? 18 automatic mic/matrix mixer and high-speedaudio bus. Features include full-bandwidth (20kHz) performance,adjustable cross-point gains, an AGC that activates only on validvoice signals, gating control information via the RS-232 port,patent-pending noise cancellation technology on each of the eightmic/line inputs, 270 milliseconds of echo cancellation and a 5-bandparametric EQ. Conference Composer Windows software, used forsetting up and programming the Vortex, can save up to 32presets.
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The Midas Venice console is a high-profile audio mixing consolein an ultra-compact format. Good for smaller conferences or livebands, for effects returns or additional inputs in a largemulticonsole application, for installation/contracting work or aspart of a small, complete mobile system, the versatile Venice isavailable in three versions: Venice 160 (eight mono-mic/line plusfour stereo-line/mono-mic inputs), Venice 240 (16 mono-mic/lineplus four stereo-line/mono-mic inputs) and Venice 320 (24mono-mic/line plus four stereo-line/mono-mic inputs). All fit in a19-inch rack and ship with the rack-mounting kit.
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Listen, manufacturer of FM assistive listening systems,introduces the LR-600, a wireless speaker/receiver that allowsusers to amplify ALS transmission audio up to 2,000 feet away fromthe transmitter. Tunable to 57 channels manually or using the seekfunction, the LR-600 is compatible with most ALS systems.Additional features: 10-watt output power for two channels; LCDdisplay (channel, programming and RF signal strength); and audioinput for additional sources. An audio output can connect theLR-600 to an external mixer or amp.
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The BassX Powered In-Ceiling Subwoofer puts the performance ofhigh-power floor-standing subwoofers into the home-theater ceilingbehind a flush-mounted grille. They mount with a snap-on drywallring or retrofit into existing rooms with a standard foldinginstallation bracket. The BassX system comes complete with aneasy-to-use wire harness and connecting block. The subwooferfeatures dual 8-inch woofers in an isobaric configuration. Thewoofers are mounted inside a 10-inch-round by 10-inch-deepenclosure that will fit any ceiling stud spacing.
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The Friend Series of small speaker systems is specificallydesigned for the installation market and consists of four models:F1, F5, F7 and F9. The Friends have a very high grade of finish andare available in every color. Special attention in the design ofthe series has been paid to the accessories; virtually any mountingoption is possible. The F9 is pictured. Visit online forspecs.
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The ICW-3 and ICW-4 intercom systems enable clear communicationsbetween multiple points within one site as in ticket booths, paywindows, cashier stations, photo kiosks, etc. With uniqueaudio-shaping circuitry, improved voice threshold level activation(VOX) and a natural-sounding full-duplex design, the ICW-3 ensuresmaximum voice intelligibility. It supports both gooseneckmicrophone and headset operation for hands-free versatility. TheICW-4 connects the ICW-3 to existing intercoms and features aprogram audio input, which connects users to program audio, talentcueing feeds or any other audio source. Finally, both systems offerdurable, high-tech, polycarbonate fiber resin housing.
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Leviton’s 19-inch rack-mount surge protective devices providepoint-of-use transient voltage surge suppression for rack-mountedelectronic equipment. Each offers 12 protected receptacles, 10 inback and two in front. Models are available with either 15 or 20amp receptacle ratings, and a 12-foot line cord with choice ofstraight-blade or locking plug. The devices provide easy-accesspower switches or come without switches (to eliminate accidentaltampering). Each receptacle has a UL 1449 TVSS clamping rating of330 volts peak for both normal and common modes. LED diagnosticindicators for power and polarity/ground status are included, aswell as a resettable overload circuit breaker.
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Wireless Mic System
The WMS 40 UHF Wireless System provides the following features:user-friendly control layout, balanced XLR mic-level output,unbalanced TS line-level output jack, integrated SAW filters toensure immunity to interference, and adjustable squelch. Twofront-panel LEDs indicate power and RF status. Side moldings areremovable for rack mounting with the optional kit. Swivelingantenna is permanently mounted on the front panel. Transmittersinclude the HT 40 handheld and the PT 40 bodypack. Capable ofrunning more than 30 hours on two AA batteries, the WMS 40 operateson a single, fixed frequency between 710 and 865 MHz and delivers aresponse of 40 Hz to 20 kHz.
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Although SoundHenge II rock enclosures debuted several yearsago, Sonance has recently evolved their design and function andupdated their look to be more versatile. These water-resistantenclosures come in Black Lava, Sandstone, Sedona Red and theoriginal Granite. Improved materials make for easier installation,longer life and a more realistic look and design.
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Designed to meet the increased need to accommodate variousmultichannel audio formats for a wide variety of applications,Denon’s AVR-3801P A/V Surround Receiver supports 5.1 through 7.1multichannel playback formats and supports them with sevendiscrete, independent channels, each with 105 watts of power andequal frequency response across the spectrum. This receiver alsosupports DTS-ES Extended Surround Discrete, Extended SurroundMatrix 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 6.1 DTS formats. Find moredetails online.
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More Installation Product forContractors
Multichannel Packaged Systems. Tsunami Technologies’ 10-inputboxtop mixer/amplifier weighs 45 pounds and has three channels, one200-watt at 4-ohm monitor channel, and two 400-watt at 4-ohm masterchannels. Features include eight balanced lo-z microphone inputs,two convertible stereo or dual line inputs, 3-band channel EQ andstereo pan.
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Graphic Switcher. The Analog Way Seamless Switcher GraphicSwitcher II cuts, fades, dissolves, mixes and makes wipes and titleinsertions. It has 16 computer/video inputs and can control up tothree units at the same time. The A/V Smart Fade Seamless Switcherprovides switchable stereo audio inputs on each of the seven inputswith title and fading between computer and video sources.
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Split Display Processor. The Tango by Miranda is a high-quality,quad-display processor that displays up to four images, each atfull resolution, in a single, high-resolution computer display. Thepackage is 1 RU high and 1/2 RU wide.
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Standards and Aspect Ratio Converters. Snell and Wilcox offersthe Mach 1 standards converter with multiformat conversion usingmotion compensation technology. The ARC 20:20 is an aspect ratioconverter with input and output blanking, fully selectablebackground color and composite analog output for monitoring.
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Software. Monolith Media introduced CustomConnectware, automateddesign and proposal development software for the A/V installationindustry. The user can develop diagrams, specs, budgets, graphics,proposals and contracts and draw from a large, detailed equipmentdatabase.
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Slimline Mount Series. Premier Mounts’ Slimline mount series forplasma displays are easy to adjust and lift out. Mounts areavailable in tilting and flat styles and hold displays closer than1.5 inches from the wall. Both versions have a safety lock featureand can be converted to single ceiling mounts or dual back-to-backceiling mounts using 1.5- or 2-inch pipe and ceiling-mountadapters.
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Digital Display Products. Sampo now has a new line of HDTVs with27- and 32-inch pure-flat, progressive-scan monitors and a 34-inchpure-flat, widescreen monitor, as well as high-definition componentvideo inputs and 1080i native resolution support. Sampo also offersa new DVE line of DVD players with MP3 audio playback capability,and a PMR-42V3 plasma monitor.
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Cable Length Meter. The Jovial Test Equipment Onestop cablelength meter, designed for single-conductor wire inventory control,measures cable length quickly and accurately, installed or on aspool. It measures copper and aluminum cables, offers milli-ohmmeasurement capabilities and includes automatic temperaturecompensation.
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Control Interface Driver. Smaart Partners has announced theSymetrix Inc. Audio Workplace 9022 control interface driver forSmaartPro 3.5 and SmaartLive software. A SmaartLive 4.10 update isavailable for downloading at the Web site.
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Patch Panel. Neutrik’s PatchLink SPL patch panel is made withmetal brackets and is easy to use. The NYS-SPP-L modular 19-inchrack-mount patch panel has 48 balanced channels in one rack spaceand two rows of 24 sockets each on the front and rear sides formating with stereo phone plugs. It is fully PCB-wired without nutfastening. It requires no solder set-up and has non-tarnishingcontacts. Configurations can be half-normalled or isolated.
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Software. Mackie Realtime OS Version 3.0 for the digital 8-bus(d8B) mixer incorporates outside plug-ins, additional, upgradedpatching and routing, advanced surround sound features, andenhanced dynamics.
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