What's New: Residential Technology
Jan 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon
MTX Audio's Monitor series loudspeaker system features four new models for home theater audio systems. Most of the models feature poly-woofers in a D'appolito array for exceptional imaging. A D'appolito array is a high-end, specific, mid-tweeter-mid (MTM) driver configuration that uses controlled vertical dispersion (CVD) to reduce unwanted reflections from the floor and ceiling through the use of offset drivers, crossover frequency, and slope. With the dual woofers in a common, vented enclosure, the series has lower extension, higher power handling, and higher efficiency than a single-woofer speaker.
▪ MTX Audio | www.MTX.com
MUSIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Qsonix's Q100 digital music entertainment (DME) system incorporates drag-and-drop GUI technology to allow users easy access to up to 7,500 CDs. The touchscreen display panel enables users to manage their music collection, dragging and dropping individual tracks or complete albums to create and manage music playlists. This eliminates the use of frustrating menus or complicated steps. The DME comes with either 160GB or 400GB of hard disk storage and a 15in. TFT LCD touchscreen controller. The system is designed for both commercial and residential applications, and it can be integrated with a variety of home automation solutions.
▪ Qsonix | www.qsonix.com
North American Cable Equipment's CT-SW-450 home networking multimedia cable is made up of two quad shield RG-6 coaxial cables and two Cat-5e UTP cables bundled under one overall PVC jacket to save time and labor when pulling lines. Coaxial cables are swept to 2.25GHz for satellite. The cable is available in convenient 450ft. spools with internal ripcords, ideal for pre-wiring “smart homes.”
▪ North American Cable Equipment
RTI's K4 in-wall universal controller features a 6.4in. TFT LCD touchscreen with full VGA resolution; a 32-bit processor; a built-in Ethernet port for Internet access; and an infrared receiver that lets installers provide users precise control over all AV components, lights, or other electronic systems. The interface is fully programmable using RTI's TheaterTouch Designer software for easy display of custom buttons, text, graphics, and animations. The controller maintains all settings even when power is lost. With four composite video inputs, the controller is capable of full-screen or scalable viewing of security cameras or other video sources.
▪ Remote Technologies Incorporated
Ultralink's UltraPower PS-1060 and UltraPower PS-1040 surge protectors/power conditioners are engineered to protect and optimize the performance of home theater AV components. In addition to advanced protection features, the PS-1060 is equipped with a convenient 12V remote DC trigger for one-touch on/off remote control of an entire home theater system. Both systems also feature RJ-45 phone/data protection; premium RF connections; 24K gold-plated coaxial connections for maximum signal transfer; and extra-wide, always-on, high-current outlets to provide clean power to power-demanding AV components or connecting AC adapters.
▪ Ultralink/XLO Products
DIGITAL CINEMA UPGRADE
From Cinemateq comes the HDMI upgrade kit, which makes it possible to connect up to four scalable HDMI sources (such as an HDTV SAT receiver, a progressive DVD player, or a PC via DVI) to the company's Picture Optimizer Plus II and to issue the signals via two digital outputs, even in parallel. The upgrade also provides a revised DVI output (supplemented by HDCP and audio functionality), an audio switching option for the HDMI inputs, and two additional digital audio inputs and outputs. The upgrade allows video signals to be scaled as required and displayed at standard resolutions as high as 1080p.
▪ Cinemateq | www.cinemateq.com
CyberLink's PowerDirector 5 video editing software features new timesaving Magic Style and Magic Fix editing tools and improvements to existing Magic Tools. Magic Style creates a finished movie from clips instantly and automatically, and Magic Fix simplifies improving video and photo quality. The software also supports widescreen aspect ratios and high-definition video and provides enhanced RichVideo technology for Smart Captions and optional support for MPEG-4 AVC and MPEG-4 SP. A new draft-quality function allows faster clip preview. Users also have the ability to disable specific timeline tracks while previewing others.
Norcent's new 20in., 27in., and 32in. LCD TVs each feature a 181-channel tuner with MTS, SAP, closed caption, and V-chip, as well as wide 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, built-in speakers, and Dolby Digital surround sound. The new series also supports composite, component, and S-Video inputs. The LT-3222 32in. LCD TV provides 1366×768 resolution and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, the LT-2722 27in. display provides 1280×720 resolution and a contrast ratio of 600:1, and the 20in. LT-2022 offers 640×480 resolution and a contrast ratio of 500:1. The smaller-footprint LT-2023 offers 800×600 resolution and a contrast ratio of 500:1.
▪ Norcent | www.norcent.net
HOME THEATER RACKS
Soundations' F1 series racks for home theater applications require no shelving. Instead, audio components are supported by adjustable “fingers” that clamp onto components in a manner that eliminates chassis resonance and ensures maximum space utilization. These inconspicuous adjustment systems make the racks appear to be suspended in mid-air. F1 series racks are available in four basic models in a variety of finishes. The series also includes hi-fi stands, speaker stands, isolation platforms, and amplifier stands.
▪ Soundations | www.soundations.com
Audio-Technica's Import series of headphones includes 15 models featuring advanced transducer technology and a neodymium magnet system. The rugged headphones deliver a high level of sonic accuracy with maximum comfort for hours of listening. The full range of circumaural, reference-quality headphones consists of three open-air and two closed-back models. Key features include large-aperture drivers, a double air damping system, copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coils, a self-adjusting 3D wing support housing, velvet or leather ear-fitting pads, high-quality titanium alloy cable or OFC oxygen-free copper cable, a gold-plated stereo 1/8in. connector, and a 1/4in. adapter.
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