What's New: Residential Technology
Jan 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon and Eric Melin
K2 Mounts is distributing the MK 1 Studio underbed lift. The underbed lift is a motorized mounting solution that conceals a 50in. flatpanel monitor or TV with external amplifiers, DVD, VCR, subwoofer, and 7.1 surround sound system beneath a king-size bed. It can also fit a 42in. flatpanel monitor or TV and all the same equipment under a queen-size bed. Both take just 35 seconds to deploy, and they can be seamlessly integrated into any home automation control system.
▪ K2 Mounts | www.k2mounts.com
Da-Lite Screen Company's seamless Tensioned Professional Electrol projection screen is now available in an additional 270in.-diagonal video format and 247in., 275in., and 298in. diagonals in HDTV format. The screen is fully customizable to aspect ratios and sizes upon request, and it includes a three-position Decora-style wall switch. It can be controlled with Da-Lite's video-projector interface, a single-motor low-voltage controller, or Da-Lite's line of integrated screen-control products for more sophisticated control and networking.
▪ Da-Lite Screen Company | www.da-lite.com
Xantech's new series of HDMI and HDMI-compatible products provide everything needed to ensure the smoothly functioning distribution of content via HDMI. Available now is the HDMI4×4 switcher, which allows the interconnection of four sources to four different displays, with any of the four inputs distributable to any combination of the four HDMI output displays. Also out are HDMI splitters, signal boosters, locking cables, HDMI-to-DVI adapters, and a point-to-point extender.
▪ Xantech | www.xantech.com
WIRELESS IPOD REMOTE
The Keyspan TuneView Pro is available to custom installers. A wireless, color LCD remote for the Apple iPod, it allows a user to browse and control an iPod from anywhere in their office, house, or home theater. The dock includes an audio line-out jack for connection to an AV receiver, as well as an S-Video jack so that an iPod's video content can be controlled on an attached television. This wireless LCD remote contains a USB transceiver, and it also allows users to browse and control iTunes.
▪ Keyspan | www.keyspan.com
Leon Speakers Horizon 414-LCR is a new left/center/right combination loudspeaker custom-built to match any plasma TV, LCD, or DLP screen. Using 4in. woofers and 1in. cloth dome tweeters, the loudspeaker provides a maximum power handling of 75W per channel (100W center channel) and a 65Hz-to-20kHz range. The loudspeaker also offers a space-saving design, with 6in. tall cabinets and a depth of 4in. The Horizon 414 is offered in LCR, LR, and center configurations, with Morel tweeters also available.
▪ Leon Speakers | www.leonspeakers.com
Accell UltraRun HDMI 1.3a Category 2 cables are available in lengths up to 131ft. to optimize the performance of home theater systems. The UltraRun cables are CL3-rated for in-wall installation and are perfect for use with projectors or wall-mounted HDTVs. In addition to supporting the HDMI 1.3a Category 2 specification, the cables also support rich 48-bit deep color, 340MHz (10.2Gbps) high-speed bandwidth, up to 1440p resolution, and Dolby True HD and DTS-HD audio formats.
▪ Accell | www.accellcables.com
A slimline design is a distinguishing feature of the Panamax MFP-400, which supplies clean, noise-free power to HD flatpanel displays while protecting the system from damaging over/undervoltages. Power cleaning and premium filtration eliminate common symptoms of AC line noise, such as loss of detail, pops, hisses, hums, and visual artifacts, and they allow equipment to perform at its full capability. The MFP-400's automatic voltage monitoring circuitry monitors incoming AC power and disconnects power to connected components in case of an unsafe voltage. Protect-or-disconnect circuitry completely removes the AC power from connected equipment in the event of a catastrophic surge.
▪ Panamax | www.panamax.com
DIGITAL MEDIA RECEIVER
If you are a PC user with a large digital media collection who wants to enjoy content on your home entertainment system, the Pinnacle Systems ShowCenter 250HD can help. A flexible plug-and-play digital media adapter, it enables you to link any home entertainment center with all of your networked PCs and network-attached storage (NAS) devices. For broad compatibility, it offers a wide range of input/output options, so you can enjoy streaming HD videos, view digital photos, and listen to digital-quality music files on your home theater system.
▪ Pinnacle Systems | www.pinnaclesys.com
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