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Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon and Eric Melin

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Middle Atlantic Products RSH-series custom rackmounts offer enhanced thermal management. Designed with direct feedback from custom residential integrators, the enhanced rackmounts create a clean, finished look for enclosures that house non-rackmount components, and they provide advanced ventilation and installation features on the shelf sides, as well as the base. This extra ventilation improves airflow while accounting for components that vent hot air to the sides. The rackmounts include rear brackets for easy assembly in minutes.
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Tributaries Series 9 and Series 7 interconnects are designed for audio and home theater systems and installations. Both new series are offered in families dedicated to video, analog-audio, digital-audio, and digital-video formats. The Series 9 takes pride of place as the company's new flagship cables, while the Series 7 cables come close to equaling Series 9 performance at substantial savings. Every Series 9 and Series 7 cable, excepting the HDMI and optical-digital models, is hand-soldered and hand-assembled at the Tributaries Florida facility. All feature gold-plated, solid-brass connectors with fully gold-plated contacts and connectors, solid-metal covers, and waterproof woven jacketing.
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The Intelix Digi-HDMI-F HDMI balun is capable of distributing a high-definition HDMI signal up to 150ft. over two inexpensive twisted-pair cables. The balun supports 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i high-definition video up to 150ft. using standard Cat-5e cabling, and 1080p high-definition video up to 150ft. using standard Cat-6 cabling. The balun supports standard HDTV resolutions and is HDCP-compliant. Each system includes the send unit, receive unit, and a power supply. The system is powered on the destination end.
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Chief Manufacturing's new PACPC1 power conditioner is designed to integrate easily with Chief flatpanel mounts, extension columns, and in-wall accessories, to protect flatpanel displays from spikes in electrical current. The power conditioner provides surge protection up to 1890 joules, overvoltage protection shutoff, and noise filtering. The accessory includes two outlets and a 2ft. power cord. With it, users get a 350K Lifetime equipment protection warranty, plus faster, more reliable network operations, and a better-quality cable feed.
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The Extron Fox 500 DVI transmitter and receiver set is designed for long-haul transmission of DVI, audio, and RS-232 control signals over a single fiber. Two models are available: a 850nm multimode version for medium-range applications up to 500ft. and a 1310nm single-mode version for long-range transmissions up to 20 miles. Both feature exclusive zero compression technology for perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of computer-video images up to UXGA (1600×1200) and HDTV 1080p resolutions. Integrator-friendly features include EDID-emulation mode, buffered input loop-through, RS-232 control from multiple locations, rackmount capability, and realtime system monitoring.
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VizionWare's new Hi-Wirez 3400 Series 3.4Gb active HDMI cables meet the new HDMI 1.3 Category 2 specification in lengths of more than 1 meter. The Hi-Wirez 3400-series interconnects are available in lengths of 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 15, and 20 meters, enabling installers to future proof their current installation in anticipation of the market launch of source and sink devices capable of Category 2 features.
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Neutrik DLX chassis connectors feature compact all-metal housing for excellent RF protection and electromagnetic shielding. The series' duplex ground contact provides excellent contact integrity between chassis and cable connector, as well as the option to solder chassis ground to pin1. The advanced line also offers a male connector designed with a metal retention bar for improved pull-out force. The series is available in three-pole to seven-pole configurations with gold- or silver-plated solder contacts and nickel or black metal housing.
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Phoenix Gold, a division of Rodin, featured its full line of new Simplay HD-verified HDMI cables at the 2007 CEDIA Expo. The five cables include the HDMX.930 (10ft.), the HDMX.915 (5ft.), the HDMX.530 (10ft.), the HDMX.520 (6.5ft.), and the HDMX.510 (3.3ft.). The Simplay HD logo is displayed on each box denoting the verification. Verification on longer Phoenix Gold HDMI cable lengths is pending. Product testing at Simplay Labs is designed to promote industrywide interoperability amongst HD consumer electronic products, including HDTVs and next-generation HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. The testing also helps maximize the performance of these products to receive and play high-definition content.
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