Sep 28, 2001 12:00 PM, Editors
Fiber Optic Video Display
American Shizuki Corporation www.theadvantageisclear.com
Fiber optic technology drives this large-format video display, facilitating single, high-resolution images at distances of 6 to 50 feet. The Stratavision boasts ease of operation, clarity and quality, and a seamless image. It is non-matrixed and non-modular, allowing the screen to fit to structures of all shapes, even with screen sizes from 50 to 200 inches diagonal.
This new high-brightness DLP™ projector is equipped with high-resolution digital micromirror devices and a strong optical system. Delivering 5000 lumens, the Barco SLM G5 "Performer" is high-powered, adaptable, reliable and easy to use. An interlocking feature allows the units to be stacked for higher light output. The projector features sealed optics, an integrated carrying handle and rigging system, and direct mounting capability.
Barco Reality www.barco.com
The Barco Reality 6500 offers a 5500-lumens output in a compact, quiet design. The unit features 1.8-inch S-XGA polysilicon LCD panels with Micro Lens Arrays and a wide range of input connections: Video, S-video, RGB, VGA and SDI/SDO. An optional FireWire input connects computers with digital video cards and consumer products, such as digital camcorders, VCRs and digital cameras without image degradation. Other features include a variety of available fixed-length and zoom lenses and an AutoImage feature that optimizes all display settings to incoming source signal.
Barco 6000-Series projectors can now be connected to a LAN and become IP-addressable devices by installing the Ethernet 10/100 Base-T interface. Once the interface is in place, a user can access all vital functions of the projector using the web application in a standard Internet browser. Users can mouse through features: switching sources, adapting geometry, changing color and brightness, zooming, focussing. Also, users can see the general status of all projectors on the network and apply more advanced diagnostics to spot electronic errors, lamp maintenance issues, etc. Security is assured with user ID and password.
Cable Tronix www.cabletronix.com
This combines sequential switcher and modulator, which allows eight video cameras to be watched on every television in the home. The CTVSM-81, also known as the Zorange, has a UHF channel range from 14 to 79 and a cable TV range from 65 to 94 and 100 to 135. Features include an adjustable dwell time from 4 seconds to 20 seconds on each input, a push-button "home" function and a dip switch block. It has two video-only outputs that can go to video monitors in addition to its RF output that can be distributed to the televisions.
Installers can order the Advantage Electrol to be delivered with the case and fabric together or separately (to protect the screen surface from damage during construction). It has a lightweight, white, extruded aluminum case that is clean-looking and allows easy installation of ceiling tiles around the case. The screen is available in tensioned and non-tensioned versions in a variety of fabrics.
Designed to meet the increased need to accommodate various multichannel audio formats for a wide variety of applications, Denon’s AVR-3801P A/V Surround Receiver supports 5.1 through 7.1 multichannel playback formats and supports them with seven discrete, independent channels, each with 105 watts of power and equal frequency response across the spectrum. This receiver also supports DTS-ES Extended Surround Discrete, Extended Surround Matrix 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 6.1 DTS formats.
Line Quadrupler and Video Scaler
Focus Enhancements www.focusinfo.com
Focus unveils its QuadScan Elite line quadrupler and video scaler designed for use with high-resolution, progressive-scan video projectors and displays for both home theater and professional video presentation. It can be set up and operated using front-panel control, an infrared remote or by commands via its RS-232/422 port. It is available in a desktop unit or a rackmount configuration and has two input channels, each available as composite, Y/C or component. All output is directed through a 15-pin VGA-type connection.
Plasma Display Panel
The CMP4120HDU is the new 42-inch version of Hitachi’s Plasma Display Panel. This high-definition PDP incorporates the ALIS system, a technology that increases display quality, vertical definition, brightness and screen life. With a resolution of 1600 by 1200 (or 1024 by 1024), the CMP4120HDU has a contrast ratio of 700:1 and a viewing angle of 160°. Compatible with HDTV, this screen automatically adjusts its resolution. It can be connected to video cameras, digital broadcasting adapters and PCs. Dimensions are 41 inches wide by 25.5 inches high by only 3.5 inches deep.
Enhancing the Proxima Pro AV 9400 is the new Proxima Pro AV 9410, a projector offering 3700 lumens of brightness, SXGA (1280x1024) resolution and a contrast ratio of 600:1. This 1.8-inch polysilicon LCD projector produces images from PCs and other data sources as well as S-video, DVD and HDTV. DFP (digital flat panel) digital-to-digital connectivity conforms to the latest digital standards. Features include power lens shift at ±12°, six lens options and numerous inputs including BNC x5, RGB, component video, composite video and S-video. An RS-232 control comes with the projector and allows integration with AMX/Panja and Crestron control systems.
Kenwood’s first line of DVD-audio/video players includes two 5-disc carousels that play DVD-audio discs, DVD-video discs and audio CDs. A highlight of the line, the DV-4900 features 24-bit DRIVE II distortion reduction circuitry and 24-bit audio digital-to-analog converters. It has 4-disc play exchange, CD test display, and 32-audio-track programmable memory. Design includes a sterling faceplate and black lacquer wood side panels. Each of the new models incorporates Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound decoding.
Kramer Electronics www.kramerus.com
Combining the functions of composite video, S-video and VGA/XGA switchers, the Kramer VP-23 has an additional audio switching section that routes one of the pre-selected audio inputs from the other switching sections into a separate audio output. The switcher is controlled either with front-panel buttons or a rear-panel RS-232 input.
Capable of playing both music and 5.1 movies, the T550 comes with a built-in Dolby Digital decoder that connects directly to the 5.1 input of NAD receivers. The user can specify speakers and delay times using an onscreen display. The audio frequency response is 10 Hz to 22 kHz (DVD) and 10 Hz to 20 kHz (CD), with 103dB dynamic range. The T550 has rear panel jacks for digital coaxial, digital optical, composite video, S-video and component video output. The unit is 17.125 by 3.125 by 11.813 inches and 8.4 pounds.
NEC Technology PlasmaSync www.nectech.com
NEC’s new 50-inch, XGA resolution, plasma display monitor is the 50MP1. Features include 1365x768 resolution, split screen multi-input display, a DVI input and high image quality. Picture-in-picture options enable concurrent display of 4:3 and 16:9 images. The 50MP1 has broad source and multimedia capabilities with AccuShield phosphor protection and 3X digital zoom, controllable with an ergonomic remote.
The DV-S939 is a THX-Ultra-certified DVD player that plays audio and video DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Decoding for Dolby Digital and DTS and 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog conversion is built in. Direct Digital Path does not clip data, and heavy-gauge shielded cable further reduces interference and noise. Dual transformers separate the power supplies for the analog and digital circuits. The DV-S939 uses 3:2 pull-down technology for a flicker-free progressive scan that generates 30 complete frames per second. It has two digital outputs with coaxial and optical connectors for each and DB-25 and RCA 5.1-channel audio outputs plus one stereo output. Two video outputs (S-video or composite), an RS-232 port, and an open IEEE-1394 buss round out the package.
Wall Cube Screen
The RM-2550S2 advanced screen for Pioneer’s ultra-thin video wall cube offers a mullion width of less than 1 millimeter and virtually seamless image displays. The screen is designed for use with the RM-2550U/E 50-inch cube. It can be retrofitted to other, existing Pioneer thin videowall cubes as well.
Prime Image www.primeimageinc.com
Designed to keep video signals clean and stable, the D1 Sync+ frame synchronizer includes a serial digital interface input and four SDI outputs in a single-rackspace box with available rack-mounted or handheld remote control. The unit automatically selects 525 or 625 lines and allows users to control video, color and set-up levels, as well as freeze a frame or field. It features full proc amp controls.
Proton’s 32-inch PT-33PM1 ProFlat high-definition direct-view monitor/NTSC receiver presents all of the 18 ATSC formats in their native resolutions while delivering true digital TV images from any source. It has two screen modes (4:3 and 16:9) for regular and widescreen viewing and comes with a 181-channel NTSC tuner and seven video source inputs. The package comes with a built-in , 6-speaker three-way system with two tweeters, two midrange speakers and dual subwoofers, plus a Spatializer® 3-D sound system.
RGB Spectrum www.rgb.com
The DTQ™ is one of RGB Spectrum’s latest video scalers. It can receive a video input and double, triple or quadruple the number of lines when output to any display. This product accepts composite NTSC, S-video or component video from video tape, laser disc, DVD, direct broadcast or satellite source. It includes video processing features such as contrast, brightness, color and sharpness controls. And it comes with an IR remote control and intuitive onscreen menus, plus an LCD front panel display and RS-232 port.
Interface Board Upgrade
Runco completed a high-definition interface board upgrade for its Reflection™ series projectors. The new Reflection VX-101c, which combines the VX-101 projector and the VHD controller, is easy to use and can work for a variety of applications. The high-definition upgrade lets the controller convert DTV signals (1080I, 720p and 480p) and convert different VESA standard computer signals to the 800x450 widescreen resolution of the projector. The VX-101c has a single-chip DLP™ engine, a light output of 800 ANSI lumens, and can reproduce conventional and anamorphic/widescreen programs on a 16:9 or a 4:3 aspect ratio screen.
Rear Projection TV
This 58-inch-wide, 16:9 aspect ratio TV has a built-in line doubler for great resolution, clarity and color reproduction from NTSC sources. The DTV-5800 features dual NTSC tuner-decoder with dual-window mode; graphical onscreen control of contrast, brightness, sharpness and color; and an audio center channel with two 6.25-inch speakers and a 14-watt internal amp. It has a horizontal scan frequency of 31.7 and 34 kHz and a vertical scan frequency of 59.94 and 60 Hz; 8500 lumens peak light output; and a maximum picture size of 58 inches wide by 32.625 inches high. Universal learning remote control, two AA batteries and an owner’s manual are included.
LCD Screen/Portable DVD Player
The DV-L80U and DV-L78U home-theater-quality portable DVD players, from Sharp, have joined the DVD market. The DV-L80U has a built-in Dolby® digital audio decoder, DVD-RW integrated technology, simple controls and line-level speaker outputs. It is 8.2 inches wide by 6.1 inches high by 1 inch deep and weighs 2 pounds, 13 ounces (including the battery). The DV-L78U has a 7-inch screen and most of the same features as the DV-L80U; but it does not have the Dolby digital recorder or line-level speaker outputs.
Sharp offers a variety of flat-panel LCD TVs, including the LC-10A2U, LC-12A2U, LC-15A2U and the LC-20A2U. All models feature wide viewing angles, high brightness, a built-in 181-channel tuner, 9000K color temperature, image inverter, sleep timer and optional mounting brackets. In addition, the 10-inch model (pictured) includes RGB strip pixel configuration (at 921,600 pixels), 200:1 contrast ratio, digital comb filter, a built-in 2-watt stereo amp and 1.5-inch speakers. The 12-inch model has most of the same features, with longer lamp life, wider viewing angles, and a 2.5-watt stereo amp with three speakers. The larger models weigh slightly more and add features like V-chip technology.
Conference Series Projector
The Sharp XG-V10WU, designed for custom professional installations, is an SXGA-native LCD projector that comes with remote access and control software, multiple inputs and control options, and a quick-setup PresenterPAK. It is powered by three 1.8-inch LCD panels and two UHP lamps, with a brightness of 4700 ANSI lumens and uniform output.
Expanding its Conference Series of XGA and SXGA projectors for mid-sized and large venues, Sharp introduces the XG-P20XU LCD projector. It features 3300 lumens of brightness, native XGA resolution and 360° remote control capability. The P20 is equipped with Gyro Mouse wireless remote control that lets users operate the projector from any angle within a 100-foot radius. Additional features: 600:1 contrast ratio, two computer inputs and one DVI-D input, separate composite and S-video inputs, and HDTV and component video (RGB) inputs. Optional lenses are available.
Sony Electronics www.sony.com/professional
Sony’s 42-inch PFM42B1 SuperSlim monitor provides flexible horizontal or vertical viewing on a 1024x1024-pixel display at a 160? viewing angle. Users can change aspect ratios from 4:3 to 16:9 for DVD presentations and widescreen broadcasts. The monitor has an advanced scan converter, along with a full-function remote, color temperature/dot phase adjustment and 20 video-memory settings. It is available in brushed silver and charcoal gray.
Stewart Filmscreen www.stewartfilm.com
GrayHawk from Stewart Filmscreen Corporation is an innovative front projection screen material that's engineered to maximize image fidelity for LCD, DLP and D-ILA projection technologies. The material's unique translucent optical coatings, combined with its gray-based undercoating, increases image black levels, shadow detailing and overall color saturation providing viewers with a more film-like experience. The viewing angle is 160°, and GrayHawk is available in various fixed and motorized retractable screen models.
Using Texas Instruments’ Digital Light Processing™ technology, Yamaha’s DPX-1 provides film-like picture quality for home theater movie projection. It uses a single DLP chip and a 0.9-inch Digital Micromirror Device™ to achieve a contrast ratio of 900:1 and a brightness level of 1000 ANSI lumens. Digital video processing optimizes video signals including component video with BNC terminals, digital RGB, DVI and S-video. The DPX-1 includes an RS-232 serial interface for control by PC and a +12-volt trigger to activate other components when the projector is on.
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