New Products January 2008

New Products January 2008
  • Extron Electronics' MGP 464W WindoWall System is a versatile multi-display videowall system. It features a highly scalable architecture that delivers optimum performance and reliability, with a separate MGP 464W multi-graphic processor dedicated to each display. The system includes WindoWall Console application software that facilitates straightforward control and configuration, and the creation of multi-window presentations for displaying graphics, HDTV, and video. The MGP 464W WindoWall System is for various applications requiring highly multi-window videowall systems.

AMX has expanded its AutoPatch fiber optic switcher line, the Epica Digital Generation, with the addition of HD-SDI input and output boards. The Epica DG meets the need to distribute mission critical information over fiber, while also integrating signal conversion and routing, all in one switcher. With the addition of the HD-SDI Boards, the Epica DG platform can now convert HD-SDI, DVI and RGBHV video signals inside the matrix switcher, allowing any video input to be routed to any combination of display outputs regardless of the signal type.

Middle Atlantic TOR Series

Middle Atlantic's TOR Series tilt out wall racks enable vertical mounting of components and allow for surface mounting or flush mounting between studs. The TOR Series enclosures are available in two to four rackspaces to meet the needs of a variety of installations. The TOR Series features a convenient design enabling easy access to equipment controls. Its low-profile appearance allows systems integrators to mount security equipment, such as DVRs and VTRs. Moreover, the mounting options provided by the TOR Series provide installers with the ability to satisfy the specific demands of any installation.

NEC Multisync LCD6520

NEC Display Solutions' 65-inch NEC MultiSync LCD6520 is embedded with NEC's digital signage technology suite, which includes more than 20 features and functions developed specifically for digital signage. When used in digital signage applications, these features create a lower cost of ownership by eliminating the need for additional third-party components. With the addition of an expansion slot that provides the option for additional technology components, the LCD6520 provides future-proofing flexibility, allowing the display to adapt to emerging technologies, such as IPTV, or for the insertion of small form-factor PCs, media players, or additional input configurations.

AV Toolbox AVT-3900 Scaler

The AV Toolbox AVT-3900 is a professional series Scaler that will take both analog and digital formats and output them in a fully compliant HDMI output with up to 1080p resolution. The specific inputs that it accepts are: HDMI, DVI (via DVI to HDMI cable), PC generated RGB (up to WUXGA), HD component (YPbPr/YCbCr, 480i up to 1080p), S-Video, and composite video. The scaling engine processes the selected input signal and delivers an HDMI output that is compliant with version 1.2 protocols. An integrated HDMI/DVI/HDCP receiver is central to the processor along with 3-D motion adaptive de-interlacers.

Extreme CCTV Moondance Camera

Extreme CCTV has released the enhanced Moondance ruggedized pan-tilt-zoom camera, designed to provide high performance surveillance in extreme conditions. Now featuring a 36x zoom option, Moondance produces detailed images for irrefutable video evidence. A new brushless motor provides precision speed control and increased reliability. Additionally, multi-protocol support allows seamless integration with industry standard platforms. IP68/NEMA 4X certified, the Moondance ruggedized PTZ camera is for critical surveillance applications including industrial, marine, and defense applications.

Crestron CEN-RGBHV Switchers

Crestron's CEN-RGBHV line of wideband matrix switchers give integrators a powerful solution for flexible routing of high-res video and audio signals. The switcher can be quickly configured with all necessary control functionality via SIMPL or SystemBuilder, eliminating the need for additional programming or deciphering cryptic protocol. Integration with any 2-Series control system also provides the gateway to Crestron's RoomView asset management software and e-Control2 XPanel Solutions for remote monitoring and control. CEN-RGBHV switchers provide video-follow-sync switching to ensure glitch-free transition when selecting between non-synchronous sources.

SKB Corporation LCD Monitor Cases

SKB Corporation has developed two additional sizes of cases for transporting and protecting LCD screens. The 3SKB-2026 LCD monitor case and the 3SKB-3237 LCD monitor case are rotationally molded of LLDPE polyethylene for strength and durability. The interiors are designed to hold LCD monitors in the desirable upright position with a universal interior foam padding system that is designed to configure easily for customized protection.

Kramer Electronics VS-42HDMI Matrix Switcher

Kramer Electronics' VS-42HDMI matrix switcher for HDMI signals offers signal optimization and EDID data capabilities. The switcher is compatible with all HDTV signal types and features Kramer re-Klocking and equalization technology that rebuilds the signal allowing it to travel longer distances. The VS-42HDMI is able to route any or all inputs to any or all outputs simultaneously and supports HDCP. The VS-42HDMI matrix switcher routes HDMI 1.1 signals up to 1.65Gbps bandwidth per graphic channel.

Christie HD405 DLP

Christie is introducing the HD405, the first native HD model in the company's single-chip DLP portfolio. The Christie HD405 presents dynamic, high definition images with 4100 ANSI lumens brightness and a 1000-7500:1 contrast ratio. It has full 1080p resolution, 10-bit image processing and BrilliantColor processing. The Christie HD405 is configured with a standard RGBCYM color wheel to deliver the best possible color saturation for reproduction of video and data sources. Its native 1080p resolution provides image detail for single or multiple images.

FaitalPRO Neodymium Loudspeakers

FaitalPRO has launched 10 new neodymium professional loudspeakers for sound reinforcement markets: four compression drivers, HF series, an alloy elliptic horn to match the high frequencies neodymium compression drivers, and five woofers and mid woofers, again with high grade neodymium magnets. Such recent compression drivers with pure titanium dome diaphragm are equipped, depending on the model, with voice coil ranging from 1.7 inches to 3 inches, and power handling values from 60 to 80 nominal Watts to 120 to 160 Watts peaks; they are able to reach 108/110 dB 1W/1m sensitivity value and are equipped with radial or annular phase plug.

Barix AG Annuncicom 1000

Barix AG's Annuncicom 1000 is a professional grade device that combines intercom, paging and IP-based audio conversion for PA system playback into a half-width 19-inch, rack mountable box. The Annuncicom 1000 is for multiroom audio distribution in hotels, clubs, sports venues, and restaurants where there is a need to relay audio to multiple rooms from a central point. Eight relay contact closures can be used to distribute audio to specific speaker sets, or "zones" for improved control. The Annuncicom 1000 is also for integration into complex, professional intercom, and paging environments.

PLUS Vision Half-Time Board

PLUS Vision and its distribution partner Touchboards have introduced the Half-Time Board, a specialized version of the PLUS M-11 copyboard designed to streamline game planning and strategy for athletic teams and coaches. The Half-Time Board includes all the features of the PLUS M-11 copyboard, including the ability to print out and save drawings, and notes written on the whiteboard surface. The Half-Time Board includes an overlaid image of a sports field, enabling coaches to diagram plays and add notes with greater precision.

Mitsubishi Digital's Resolia LED Screen Monitor

Mitsubishi Digital's Resolia LED screen monitor is designed for indoor signage applications such as billboard advertising or informational displays in malls, airports, sports arenas, casinos, and entertainment stages. The 140-inch Resolia is shipped in one piece and can be broken down into a two-piece configuration for easier transport in tight spaces. The plug-and-play design eliminates complicated integration and maintenance.

Nigel B Design Hanging Plenum Equipment Box

Nigel B Design's hanging version of the Plenum Equipment Box measures 14 inches by 14 inches, with a height of only 5 inches. Its low profile allows it to fit easily into any ceiling or plenum space. The Plenum Box is Plenum rated by meeting all NEC code and UL requirements. Its large interior space provides plenty of room for many different manufacturers equipment to fit comfortably inside. Power to its interior AC receptacle is brought in using conduit. AV wiring from the inside to external equipment is carried through additional conduit outlets provided at the rear.

Hitachi CP-X308 3LCD Projector

Hitachi America's CP-X308 3LCD projector features wireless connectivity and networking capabilities, providing a variety of setup and management options. Thanks to the CP-X308's built-in networking feature, users can monitor and manage one or more projectors from a single remote location, using Hitachi's proprietary PJ Man software. The CP-X308 boasts 2,600 ANSI lumens of brightness and native XGA resolution at a lightweight of 8.8 pounds. The CP-X308 features 802.11 b/g connectivity, allowing up to four PCs to connect wirelessly.

Liberty Wire & Cable HDMI Multiplexer

Liberty Wire & Cable's new HDMI Multiplexer has the family of DigitaLinx digital solutions for custom installation and AV professionals. Liberty's HDMI Multiplexer, model DL-HDM66, combines the best features of a distribution amplifier and a switcher. It features six inputs and six outputs, and allows six different digital AV sources to be split into multiple digital displays. The multiplexer is for home theater system integration, and easy switching between different sources, since it eliminates the hassle of manually plugging in different HDMI connectors to view different sources.

Da-Lite 184-Inch Diagonal HDTV

Da-Lite Screen Company has introduced the latest HDTV format diagonal size to several electric projection screens, the 184-inch diagonal. The 184-inch diagonal, 90-inches x 160-inches viewing area, expands Da-Lite's existing seamless HDTV offerings. The 184-inch diagonal is available on Da-Lite's Contour, Advantage Deluxe, Advantage, Boardroom, and Director in front projection and the Tensioned Contour, Tensioned Advantage Deluxe, Tensioned Advantage, and Tensioned Director in front projection, rear projection, and audio transparent micro-perforated fabrics.

Clark Wire & Cable DMX Pro

Clark Wire & Cable has expanded into the professional lighting market. Upon first glance the DMX PRO looks like a standard lighting cable but the cable feels a lot different. Upon further review the cable uses a TPE jacket that is much more flexible than the standard PVC jackets found on most cables. Other than the obvious advantage of suppleness this cable lays flat without any kinks. Another interesting feature is the shielding on this cable.

Telrex CallRex Multi-Media Release 3.7

Telrex's CallRex Multi-Media Release 3.7 is optimized for formal and informal call centers. CallRex Multi-Media software provides live monitoring of employees' computer screens, records screenshots, logs web activity, tracks emails sent and received, and provides comprehensive reporting on individuals and groups. CallRex Multi-Media Release 3.7 features improved desktop computer live monitoring and screenshot recording, enhanced email support, and enhanced tracking of both browser-based applications and internet activity on Internet Explorer 7.0. CallRex Multi-Media, an integrated companion module to CallRex Professional IP call recording and monitoring software, is designed for managers who train employees, monitor performance, and provide insight into customer interactions.

BTX MaxBlox CD-MX9M And CD-MX9F DB9 Connectors

BTX Technologies' MaxBlox CD-MX9M (male) and CD-MX9F (female) DB9 connectors are new, patent-pending, professional nine-pin D-sub connectors that feature an innovative and rugged design, allowing installers to terminate a DB9 with a screwdriver. The connectors can be panel or cable mounted in a MaxBlox CD-MX915H hood in a fraction of the time it would take to solder. When used in conjunction with the hood, these connectors simply slide, snap, and lock into the hood without the use of tools.

Digital View SVH-1920 High Def LCD Controller

Digital View has added a text overlay feature to its SVH-1920 advanced high definition LCD controller that merges video and informational text on a single display. Text sequences are delivered via the controller serial port and can be overlaid on up to four separate lines at the bottom of the screen. Utilizing Digital View's proprietary serial port protocol, this feature enables the SVH-1920 controller to receive text strings of up to 40 characters and display them in fixed locations at the bottom of the LCD screen.

Sony LCD Projection Systems

Sony is expanding its line of video projection systems for commercial applications with two new LCD models for larger venues. The new VPL-FW300L (7,000 lumens) and the VPL-FH300L projector models are designed to deliver outstanding images while in the same room as the audience. The VPL-FW300L projector has a WXGA+ resolution of 1366 x 800, while the VPL-FH300L unit delivers resolution of 2048 x 1080. Both models are housed in the same chassis, and share the same type of lenses, lamps, and filters, as well as the same connections and network functions.

Gefen 2X VGA Extender

When you need to generate the same video for two displays located in a remote location, Gefen's new 2X VGA Extender can deliver. This sender/receiver system does double duty, offering a clean split and the ability to extend two displays up to 1,000 feet. The 2X VGA Extender allows both displays to be extended over just one Cat-5e cable. At distances up to 1,000 feet, resolutions are supported up to 1080p or 1920 x 1200 for computer displays, making this an effective performer for high quality digital signage and professional AV applications.

Planar Systems Clarity RP And RX Displays

Planar Systems' Clarity RP and RX rear-projection displays are designed to deliver a level of visual performance for demanding control room environments, such as government/military, broadcast, utility, and transportation. Available in both 50-inch and 67-inch sizes and open or integrated system options, the Clarity RP and RX lines feature Texas Instruments' single-chip DLP with Planar's Set It and Forget It technology, a proprietary feature that reduces the time and expertise required to optimally balance a video wall.

Hall Research Technologies Balun

Hall Research Technologies has created another product for the balun market for extending SD or HDTV video and power signals. This product is used to boost and extend SD or analog HDTV component video on Cat-5 cable up to 1,000 feet. The kit includes both the sender and the receiver together with high quality cables for each end. A single power supply is also provided that can be plugged to either end. This device is active and boosts the signal using wide bandwidth differential amplifiers for a sharp, clean image.

Peerless Industries SmartMount

Peerless Industries' 12 new SmartMount Articulating Arm Wall Mount models accommodate TVs from 32 inches up to 63 inches. The SmartMount Articulating Arm Wall Mounts provide four internal cable management channels for cable routing, each with one inch of cable storage space per channel. These channels enable easy management of AV cables and even pro-cord bundles, keeping them virtually hidden from sight to provide a clean installation. The new Articulating Arms deliver horizontal position adjustment on the wall plate, up to 10.75 inches, to ensure the screen will be positioned where it needs to be. Single-stud or double-stud mount models are available.

Niles Audio CONTACT-TT

Niles Audio's CONTACT-TT table-top system control keypad with color touchscreen offers consumers a table-top control option with color touchscreen functionality. It features a built-in integrated display on a high-resolution 3.5-inch color touchscreen with LED backlighting and delivers all the necessary metadata to scan, select, and play program material from a variety of menu-based digital audio sources like iPod, Sirius, XM satellite radio, and HD Radio. IntelliControl ICS users will see everything they need to operate their system intuitively, as if they were standing in front of an equipment rack or holding an iPod in their hand.

Williams Sound CHG 3512 PRO

Williams Sound customers now have the option of charging, storing, and transporting their Williams Sound FM and infrared receiver/transmitter equipment with the release of the CHG 3512 PRO. The CHG 3512 PRO features 12 drop-in-style charging bays, and is compatible with any Williams Sound receiver or transmitter in the new R35 design enclosure. LED's illuminate red to show when the units are charging; and conveniently flash to indicate when the units are fully charged. A unique protective foam insert will store up to 12 Williams Sound units.

Aurora WACI NX Controllers

Aurora Multimedia now offers six new models of expanded WACI NX controllers. With the addition of these models and the recent launch of WACI POD, a remote port accessory, the WACI NX control system is now the most extensible IP based control system in the market. The recent release of the NX-PAND port expansion module and the NX-DAP digital audio player has given Aurora the elements needed to offer eight master controller configurations. These new systems can either be ordered complete by part number, or existing systems may be expanded in the field by adding modular, plug-in components.

Mackie Premium Mic/Line Mixers

Mackie has expanded its VLZ3 compact mixer line with the release of the 402-VLZ3 and the 802-VLZ3 mic/line mixers. The 402- and 802-VLZ3 feature the studio-grade XDR2 mic preamps, proprietary active EQ, and modern summing bus architecture to ensure high-headroom, low-noise performance. The all-steel chassis houses switchable line/Hi-Z instrument inputs, phantom power for use with condenser microphones, and bright stereo LED meters. The 402-VLZ3 features two mono mic/line channels, a dedicated stereo line channel, and an assignable stereo RCA input channel.

Martin Professional Light Fox

Martin Professional's Light Fox is a simple interface for control of color changing luminaires in fixed installations. Light Fox is a wall-mounted, playback controller optimized for Martin's range of fluorescent Cyclo, LED Extube, and LED Stagebar luminaires but capable of controlling all types of RGBW fixtures. Easy to understand and use, Light Fox comes with 20 pre-programmed scenes, static colors, or color changing, optimized for Martin's range of Cyclo, Extube, and Stagebar luminaires. Anyone can easily connect the controller and run programs for quick atmosphere adjustments. Light intensity is also adjustable for instant mood manipulation.

Stage Research Sound Template

Stage Research has introduced a new three scale Sound Template drafting aid. The new template supplements the company's original Sound Template, the first-ever industry-standard drafting tool for sound designers. The new product is a 1/8-, 1/4- and 1/2-inch scale template, which includes audio symbols, specs of over 40 of the most commonly used theatrical speakers, measurements, and more. The drafting aids target users in educational environments as well as professionals looking for a handy, portable tool to take to production meetings.

SIS Group Innovation 16x16 RGBHV Switcher

The ISIS Group's 16x16 RGBHV routing switcher offers the same wide bandwidth, supporting all formats from VGA (640x480) through QSXGA (2560x2048), the same flexibility and rugged construction as the popular Innovation multimedia switchers. The new switcher, designed specifically for multimedia applications, uses the latest crosspoint technology to extend bandwidth and slew-rate performance, allowing it to work with the most demanding resolutions. It is rugged enough to meet the requirements of military applications, and flexible enough for stadium and theater installations and video wall displays.

Holosonic Research Audio Spotlight

Holosonic Research Labs is offering a new, improved version of its Audio Spotlight technology in new 16- and 24-inch square panel formats. Only 1/2-inch thick and perfectly flat, the Square Audio Spotlight square format speakers are thin enough to be mounted almost anywhere, such as solid or suspended ceilings and walls, and are also easily integrated into special exhibits and displays. The AS-24 model fits directly into standard 2x2 ceiling tiles, making installation simple and nearly invisible.

ITC Gold Plated Connectors

Instant Tool-less Connector has added gold-plated connectors to its tool-less line of products. ITC's patented tool-less connector system provides a quick and cost-effective alternative to soldering or compression systems, while the gold plating resists corrosion for a reliable connection in any environment. Current solder and compression termination systems require multiple tools to make a connection. ITC's connectors, however, do not require a tool for termination, a significant benefit for commercial AV system installers.

PDI TFT Module

Phoenix Display International (PDI) has introduced a new line of sunlight-readable 5.7-inch TFTs with QVGA resolution. The sunlight-readable 5.7-inch QVTA TFT module offers improved contrast, color saturation, and response time over CSTN products. PDI also offers the 5.7 QVGA as a standard transmissive module with or without a touchscreen. PDI achieves sunlight-readable performance by manufacturing the TFT cell using high aperture panel technology, high transmittance color filters, and an anti-reflective polarizer scheme. The result is a clear, bright display that is for high ambient light or outdoor, high brightness applications.

Kaltman RF Spectrum Analyzers

Kaltman Creations is expanding their line of RF Spectrum Analyzers. The expansion includes the addition of a new 2.4GHz RF Spectrum Analyzer software package and a 2.4GHz, 11-channel signal generator. Called the AirSleuth Pro and AirHorn, these products are designed for IT managers or MIS personnel that need to install, test, troubleshoot, analyze, and optimize wireless networks. The AirSleuth Pro allows the user to view Wi-Fi channels 1 through 11 individually or simultaneously with peak, average, and raw trace modes.

Lighthouse Technologies Indoor LED Panels

Lighthouse Technologies' new black-faced indoor LED panels are available in two models, the R4-B 4mm pixel pitch and R6-B 6mm pixel pitch. These panels bring a new dimension to the already superb picture quality of Lighthouse LED screens. By combining a superfine resolution with Lighthouse's new three in one black surface mount device LED, a much better contrast level and visual performance have been achieved. They can also be easily installed and integrated, so provide the best possible return on investment for customers.

Apollo ArtistaControlCenterLITE

ArtistaControlCenterLITE from Apollo Display Technologies works in conjunction with the ArtistaNET or ArtistaUSB display controllers to control multiple displays simultaneously displaying similar or different content with just one user PC via connection to a LAN or USB interface. Client PCs that have traditionally been necessary at each monitor for display control are now redundant, which reduces total cost and simplifies installation. There is no loss of image quality from display to display.

Intelix AVO-A4-WP-F Wallplate Balun

Intelix is releasing the AVO-A4-WP-F wallplate balun, which distributes two channels of high-fidelity stereo audio up to 2,500 feet over standard twisted pair cable, such as Cat-5 or Cat-6. The front panel of the AVO-A4-WP-F features four gold-plated female RCA connectors on a white decorative faceplate. The rear panel features an RJ45 connector and optional grounding screw. The installed unit fits in a standard depth wall-box. Used in pairs or with a rack-mountable Intelix AVO-A4-F modular balun, the AVO-A4-WP-F transmits bi-directional 20 Hz to 20 kHz analog audio up to 2,500 feet.

Link's DGlink digital audio distribution system is a modular touring grade digital audio distribution snake designed for live applications leveraging the architecture of traditional Stage Boxes. Supporting up to 64 mic/line level inputs and up to 64 line level outputs, DGlink offers remote control of all stage box functions including control of phantom power, polarity, and gain settings, while maintaining a modular system that supports multiple configurations of inputs/outputs and digital/analog 19-inch panels.

Rise Vision Display Network

Rise Vision has released version 3.0 of its Rise Display Network (RDN) to the web. Part of its regular quarterly release plan, the Fall '07 version of RDN is now immediately available and includes two features to improve content review and display for companies managing digital signage networks. Rise Vision develops the Rise Display Network, a web-based content management system that enables users to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively create customized content for a network of large format public information displays.

OSRAM Diamond Dragon LED

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors' Diamond Dragon LED achieves brightness of up to 250 lumens, and is available in whites ranging from 2700K through 6500K as well as all monochromatic colors. The low thermal resistance provided by the Diamond Dragon's SMT package allows heat produced in the chip to be efficiently removed from the LED package. The maximum junction temperature of 175 degrees Celsius makes these LEDs robust and enables applications where the LED cannot be easily cooled. The combination of low thermal resistance and high junction temperature capability allows Diamond Dragon LEDs to be integrated in small spotlights such as MR-16's bulb retrofits, and recessed downlights.

MuxLab Active CCTV Transmitter Balun

MuxLab's Active CCTV Transmitter Balun provides enhanced video performance for a single CCTV video channel via Cat-5 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable. The Active CCTV Transmitter Balun provides a cost-efficient video enhancement solution for extended distance applications or in marginal cabling scenarios where cable length exceeds the limits of passive balun technology. The product's compact form factor allows it to be installed inside a dome camera or camera back box where space is an issue.

Tributaries HXC5 System

Tributaries' HXC5 HDMI over Cat-5 system is a genuine problem solver for today's modern home theater systems. The Tributaries HXC5 provides a simple solution for sending an HDMI signal over distances up to 50 meters virtually loss-free. The HXC5 requires a double-run of low-cost, flexible, easy-to-run standard Cat-5/5E/6 network cabling. The HXC5 employs balanced/unbalanced signal processing ensuring full hi-def signal integrity for all video formats up to and including 1080p, and is HDMI v1.2-and HDCP compliant.

Marantz PMD620 Hand-Held Recorder

D&M Professional has shipped the new PMD620 hand-held digital compact recorder. The PMD620 is Marantz Professional's newest and smallest handheld portable recorder, it fits easily in a hand or in a pocket but packs quite a punch for its size. The PMD620 offers direct-to-MP3 recording in three quality levels, as well as fully uncompressed, CD-quality 44.1/48 kHz wav format in 16 or 24-bit resolution, allowing the user to configure the PMD620 for a wide variety of applications, from extended-length voice recordings to high-quality music applications.

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