PLUS Vision is launching its new PS200 and PV100 series of projectors. Both TAXAN series feature Texas Instruments' new DLP BrilliantColor technology. Both the PS200 and PV100 series offer a wide choice of software-based color modes through variable illumination. By adjusting the illumination on different segments of the projector's color wheel, users can achieve the optimal balance between color and brightness to suit a particular purpose, including optimizing modes for presentations and movies. Both the PS200 and PV100 operate at maximum brightness of 3,000 lumens, which can adjust downward for power-saving "eco mode." U.S. prices on the TAXAN PS200 Series are $1,595 for the KG-PS232X and $1,795 for the KG-PS232Xh; for the TAXAN PV100 Series, prices are $1,595 for the KG-PV131Xh30 and $1,195 for the KGPV121Xh25. Visit www.plus-america.com.
PC TO TV CONVERTER
StrandVision is introducing a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-totelevision adapter for use with its digital signage offering and for many other applications. Called PC-2-TV.net, the HD solution includes an adapter (PCA) at the personal computer that is paired with a receiving adapter (TVA) at the television monitor. The adapters digitally connect all common peripherals via a single Cat-5 or Cat-6 network cable, either directly or through standard networking appliances such as gateways, routers, and fiber optic networks. PC-2-TV.net simplifies wiring for corporate digital signage networks, enabling users to easily and inexpensively extend digital signage content to multiple displays - normally using existing wiring. U.S. list price is $249.99 directly from StrandVision through www.pc-2-tv.net. Visit www.strandvision.com.
Extron Electronics introduces the VoiceLift Microphone, an infrared wireless microphone system that integrates seamlessly into new or existing Extron PoleVault installations, as well as complete VoiceLift systems. The VoiceLift Microphone enables the creation of a soundfield that allows a teacher's voice to be heard clearly throughout the classroom. The VoiceLift series of products includes a wireless pendant microphone and a ceiling- or wall-mounted receiver, as well as an optional second microphone and dual mic charging station. Each microphone is powered by an included rechargeable 2500 mAh NiMH AA battery that lasts more than eight hours. Alternatively, a standard AA Alkaline battery may be used. Visit www.extron.com.
Chief's new Fusion low-profile, universal mounting system is available in fixed or tilt models. The new series was engineered to solve the most common installations problems for the professional installer and free up valuable time. Common installation problems can range from stud location or perfect placement to leveling the entire installation. The new Fusion design includes features such as centerless lateral shift, which allows perfect centering of a flat panel TV, offering up to 16 inches of post-installation adjustment (8 inches left or right of uprights), to offset the mount from studs. U.S. list prices ranges from $119 to $419. Visit www.chiefmfg.com.
Two new distribution amplifiers from Gefen enable audio/video systems using the component format to split and deliver two or four identical signals. Optional extension of both audio and video up to 300 meters at 1080p full HD using industry-standard Cat-5 cable makes these distribution amps indispensable for new or retrofit installations. The 1:2 and 1:4 component audio over Cat-5 distribution amplifiers both operate with the same methodology. One component video input is split and sent to two or four displays with audio input and output in analog RCA and digital TOSlink and S/PDIF formats. Signals can be connected locally on the distribution amp or extended to long-distance locations. U.S. list pricing is $499 for the 1:2 model, and $799 for the 1:4 model. Visit www.gefen.com.
Centronics announces the launch of its new DSK-15 remote CCTV/surveillance kit, a low cost, easy-to-install alternative to complicated and expensive security products. The DSK-15 comes complete with four day/night, waterproof cameras, a 4-channel DVR, cables, four camera brackets, remote control, and a user CD. The unit is internet ready for remote surveillance, has an on-screen display, is alarm system compatible, and is shipped with a 160 GB hard drive (hard drive can be upgraded for more storage). The system can be integrated with both Windows Vista and XP. MSPR for the kit is $799.95. Visit www.centronics.com.
InFocus Corporation is introducing its IN3100 series meeting room multimedia projector. The new IN3100 series features DisplayLink technology, which uses a standard mini-USB cable to instantly synchronize laptop with projector. In addition, the IN3100 series features the new LiteTouch keypad that is visible only when needed. InFocus' new LiteTouch keypad replaces standard button controls with an exclusive backlit touch-sensitive keypad - giving the IN3100 series a sleek, smooth look or professional installations. The IN3100 series includes multimedia projectors with 3,000 to 3,500 lumens, a choice of XGA or WXGA resolution, and 2,000:1 contrast. Additionally, the IN3100 series supports HDMI and LiteShow II wireless connectivity. Prices start at $1,499 through exclusive InFocus partners. Visit www.infocus.com.
VGA CAT-5 EXTENDER
Atlona Technologies announces the release of it newest audio/video extender. The AT-VGA180ASR is a VGA plus stereo audio extender, which is capable of transmitting resolutions up to 2048x1536 at a distance of 594 feet. These new extenders feature an adaptor-type design, allowing them to connect directly to the VGA port on your source and display. The send unit draws its power directly from a USB port, eliminating the need for a bulky power supply. The receiver unit features a simple Video EQ to adjust image quality to best suit your display. Both send and receiver units feature LED indicator lights so users can easily check system status at a glance. These units are currently shipping at an MSRP of $219. Visit www.atlona.com.
The latest addition Meyer Sound's UltraSeries family of loudspeakers, the UPQ- 2P features exceptionally high power output and low distortion, with tightly focused beamwidth. With its extended low-frequency headroom, the UPQ-2P offers powerful and consistent performance over a wide operating range of 55 Hz to 18 kHz, delivering a powerful peak SPL of 136 dB with ultra-low distortion. Its constant-Q horn yields precision coverage over a narrow beamwidth of 50 degrees by x 50 degrees, resulting in minimal interaction with adjacent surfaces and neighboring loudspeakers, while a wide selection of flexible rigging options make it an ideal choice for a range of installations. It features a Meyerdesigned low-frequency 15-inch neodymium magnet cone driver and 4-inch diaphragm compression driver. U.S. List price is $8,200. Visit www.meyersound.com.
CAMERA CONTROL SYSTEM
Vaddio introduces the newest addition to the ProductionVIEW line of camera control systems, ProductionVIEW HD. ProductionVIEW HD integrates PTZ camera control and multi-format HD/SD live switching with real-time graphics and effects into one easy-to-use control console. The system's multi-format 6x2 switcher accepts any combination of input signals from HD component video, RGBHV, and SD video (HD at component 1080p, 1080i and 720p; SD video Y/C or composite; and RGBHV up to UXGA resolutions). The ProductionView HD has an MSRP fo $11,995. Visit www.vaddio.com.
Altinex introduces the new MT107-500 universal twisted pair matrix switcher. Designed to make the installation of twisted pair matrix switchers easy and intuitive, the new MT107-500 is highly configurable and is the only twisted pair matrix switcher system in its class that fits into an astonishingly compact 4RU form factor, according to the company. A member of Altinex' highly acclaimed MultiTasker product line, the new MT107-500 universal twisted pair matrix switcher can be factory configured in any one of 49 possible arrangements from 16x16 to 64x64. Prices vary depending on configuration. Visit www.altinex.com.
Vivitek announces its first products for the projector market, the D326MX and the D326WX. Both units use the latest DLP technology from Texas Instruments, enabling sharp displays with outstanding image quality. Respecting new airline bag restrictions for the mobile professional taking business "on-the-road," both projectors are designed with a small form-factor and weigh in at 3.2 pounds for tucking easily into carry-on. The D326WX model also adds a versatile "at-home" feature with its native, wide XGA (1280x800 pixels) resolution for superior, wide screen presentations of movies and sporting events. The D326MX and D326WX projectors produce 2,600 ANSI lumens with a contrast ratio of 2,500:1. Vivitek's D326MX and D325WX carry MSRPs of $999 and $1,199 respectively. Visit www.vivitekcorp.com.
Intelix announces the release of the DIGI-VGASD-T8R, a professionalgrade active balun set that distributes a single VGA video and stereo audio source to eight remote destinations via a single twisted pair cable. In addition, the system also extends RS232 and IR control signals over the same structured cable, thereby consolidating multiple bulky cable runs. The DIGI-VGASD-T8R features 1600x1200 VGA video performance, high-fidelity 20 Hz to 20 kHz audio performance, and IR or bi-directional RS232 extension up to 350 feet. Retail price for the Intelix DIGI-VGASD-T8R is $949.95. Retail price for additional receive baluns start at $349.95. Visit www.intelix.com.
VIDEO SIGNAL EXTENDERS
StarTech.com has launched four new products in its Converge AV line, which are designed to work as part of an overall system of extending and splitting VGA video, as well as the corresponding audio, from a single source, using a single Cat-5 cable between the transmitting and receiving units to each display. Intended to provide a convenient way to narrowcast VGA and audio content to remote locations at distances of up to 950 feet, the VGA extension system also eliminates cost and reduces cable clutter by using Cat-5 cables. The new products include: ST124UTPEA VGA video and audio over Cat-5 UTP extender with 4 ports (shown), $259.99 MSRP; ST128UTPEA VGA video and audio over Cat-5 UTP extender (8 Ports), $399.99 MSRP; STUTPEALR VGA and audio Cat-5 UTP long range receiver, $224.99 MSRP; and STUTPEA4X VGA video and audio over Cat-5 UTP line splitter (4 Ports), $399.99 MSRP. Visit www.startech.com.
The new Wireless Easy Connect Network Camera (LNE3003) from Lorex allows users to remotely monitor their home or business through a secure, password protected connection that requires no networking knowledge. Simply connect the camera into a router, run the installation CD, and users are on their way to see, hear, and protect what matters. The LNE3003 features high-resolution viewing, 10x digital zoom, and two-way audio. Enhanced MPEG4 compression provides an efficient video stream, allowing users to monitor real-time surveillance from any internet connection or by using the Apple iPhone (mobile 3G). MSRP is $299. Visit www.lorextechnology.com.
JVC has expanded its V.Networks line-up of advanced IP-based video security products with the introduction of the new VN-X35U IP security camera. Combining JVC's latest IP technologies, this new 1.3 megapixel camera offers real-time image scaling from VGA to QUAD VGA, without affecting the viewing angle, allowing users to conserve bandwidth with VGA images, yet benefit from megapixel resolution when needed. The VN-X35U creates a surveillance environment where the user can see an image at four times the resolution of standard IP network cameras. The digital PTZ function allows panning and zooming of the image with no moving parts. Suggested list price for the VN-X35U is $799. Visit http://pro.jvc.com.
Active Thermal Management is shipping its new Cool- Line linear ventilation products. In response to the need for cooling products to fit into ever-narrower spaces, such as above or below flat-panel displays or on toe-kick panels, ATM has designed and manufactured the new quiet and thin Cool-Line series. Cool-Line ventilation systems are available in anodized aluminum and various species of unfinished wood. There are also matching grilles, without fans, available in metal and wood to trim passive openings in the enclosure. Retail pricing ranges from $300 to $595. Visit www.activethermal.com.