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CEDIA Expo 2006 Product Preview

A sampling of products to be featured at CEDIA Expo 2006, September 14-17, in Denver.

Flat-panel display mounts

Vance Breshears, president and principal consultant with Sound Technology Consultants in El Cajon, CA. <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Da-Lite</strong> has released the static (VSM-ST), tilt (VSM-TL), and articulating (VSM-AR1 and VSM-AR2) VESA monitor mounts, which are designed to accommodate most flat-panel displays with VESA standard mounting holes. The mounts support displays that weigh up to 40 pounds and measure up to 40 inches diagonal, depending on the display's weight. The articulating mount is available with an 11-inch (VSM-AR1) or 20-inch (VSM-AR2) extension. The tilt mount provides 5 degrees of negative tilt and 20 degrees of positive tilt. Price: $45 (VSM-ST); $97 (VSM-TL); $158 (VSM-AR1); $165 (VSM-AR2). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Da-Lite at CEDIA booth 223, or contact the company at 574-267-8101 or at <a href="http://www.da-lite.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.da-lite.com</a>.
Da-Lite has released the static (VSM-ST), tilt (VSM-TL), and articulating (VSM-AR1 and VSM-AR2) VESA monitor mounts, which are designed to accommodate most flat-panel displays with VESA standard mounting holes. The mounts support displays that weigh up to 40 pounds and measure up to 40 inches diagonal, depending on the display's weight. The articulating mount is available with an 11-inch (VSM-AR1) or 20-inch (VSM-AR2) extension. The tilt mount provides 5 degrees of negative tilt and 20 degrees of positive tilt. Price: $45 (VSM-ST); $97 (VSM-TL); $158 (VSM-AR1); $165 (VSM-AR2). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Da-Lite at CEDIA booth 223, or contact the company at 574-267-8101 or at www.da-lite.com.
Flat-panel display loudspeakers

Targeted for use with flat-panel displays, the Masterpiece LCR loudspeakers from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Artison</strong> feature the company's G-LCR Grilles and Universal Mounting Bracket. The loudspeakers include a side-firing stage tweeter, two front-firing, adjustable Vifa XT Super Audio tweeters, two Kevlar Long Throw midrange woofers, and one 25 mm stage tweeter. The loudspeakers incorporate Artison's DualMono Center Channel technology, which eliminates the need for a center channel, according to the company. Price: $2,500 (pair). Availability: currently available. For more information, see Artison at CEDIA booth 748, or contact the company at 775-833-4344 or at <a href="http://www.artisonusa.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.artisonusa.com.</a>
Targeted for use with flat-panel displays, the Masterpiece LCR loudspeakers from Artison feature the company's G-LCR Grilles and Universal Mounting Bracket. The loudspeakers include a side-firing stage tweeter, two front-firing, adjustable Vifa XT Super Audio tweeters, two Kevlar Long Throw midrange woofers, and one 25 mm stage tweeter. The loudspeakers incorporate Artison's DualMono Center Channel technology, which eliminates the need for a center channel, according to the company. Price: $2,500 (pair). Availability: currently available. For more information, see Artison at CEDIA booth 748, or contact the company at 775-833-4344 or at www.artisonusa.com.
Cat5 baluns

<strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Niles Audio Corp.</strong> has released nine Cat5 balun connectivity solutions designed for long-distance cable installations, including the Stereo Audio Balun (pictured here), the Digital Audio Balun, the Video Balun, the S-Video Balun, the VGA Balun, the Video and Stereo Audio Balun, the Component Video and Digital Audio Balun, and the Cable TV/Antenna Balun. According to the company, the baluns don't require AC power, and can transmit signals up to 2,500 feet, depending on the model. Price: $39.95 to $99.95. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Niles Audio at CEDIA booth 151, or contact the company at 800-289-4434 or at <a href="http://www.nilesaudio.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.nilesaudio.com.</a>
Niles Audio Corp. has released nine Cat5 balun connectivity solutions designed for long-distance cable installations, including the Stereo Audio Balun (pictured here), the Digital Audio Balun, the Video Balun, the S-Video Balun, the VGA Balun, the Video and Stereo Audio Balun, the Component Video and Digital Audio Balun, and the Cable TV/Antenna Balun. According to the company, the baluns don't require AC power, and can transmit signals up to 2,500 feet, depending on the model. Price: $39.95 to $99.95. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Niles Audio at CEDIA booth 151, or contact the company at 800-289-4434 or at www.nilesaudio.com.


Projector mounts

The PDS Series custom projector mounts from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Premier Mounts</strong> feature custom brackets and dedicated mounting plates for specific projectors and low-profile and extended mounting applications. The mounts offer tilt and rotational adjustments, as well as an optional adaptable lateral shift bracket. All models also feature the company's Lock-It security system. Price: $199.99 (all mounts); $49.99 (optional lateral shift bracket). Availability: currently available (all mounts and lateral shift bracket). For more information, see Premier Mounts at CEDIA booth 361, or contact the company at 800-616-6769 or at <a href="http://www.mounts.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.mounts.com.</a>
The PDS Series custom projector mounts from Premier Mounts feature custom brackets and dedicated mounting plates for specific projectors and low-profile and extended mounting applications. The mounts offer tilt and rotational adjustments, as well as an optional adaptable lateral shift bracket. All models also feature the company's Lock-It security system. Price: $199.99 (all mounts); $49.99 (optional lateral shift bracket). Availability: currently available (all mounts and lateral shift bracket). For more information, see Premier Mounts at CEDIA booth 361, or contact the company at 800-616-6769 or at www.mounts.com.
HDMI extender

Designed for custom and commercial installation applications, the HDMI 201 Tx/Rx HDMI Extender from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Extron</strong> includes a transmitter and a receiver. The solution transmits HDMI signals over twisted pair cabling such as Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat7. The device supports digital video, multichannel audio, and control signals from HDMI-equipped devices. According to the company, the HDMI 201 Tx/Rx can transmit HDTV signals more than 200 feet, and send computer video signals more than 100 feet at UXGA (1600x1200) resolution. The solution supports long distance transmission of HDCP and RS232 signals. Price: $810. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Extron at CEDIA booth 346, or contact the company at 800-633-9876 or at <a href="http://www.extron.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.extron.com.</a>
Designed for custom and commercial installation applications, the HDMI 201 Tx/Rx HDMI Extender from Extron includes a transmitter and a receiver. The solution transmits HDMI signals over twisted pair cabling such as Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat7. The device supports digital video, multichannel audio, and control signals from HDMI-equipped devices. According to the company, the HDMI 201 Tx/Rx can transmit HDTV signals more than 200 feet, and send computer video signals more than 100 feet at UXGA (1600x1200) resolution. The solution supports long distance transmission of HDCP and RS232 signals. Price: $810. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Extron at CEDIA booth 346, or contact the company at 800-633-9876 or at www.extron.com.
HDMI matrix switcher

The 4x4 HDMI matrix switcher from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Gefen</strong> is designed to connect and distribute four HDMI sources to four HDMI displays via plug and play functionality. The matrix switcher features a 24 V power supply and supports resolutions from 480p to 1080p. The device operates via IR remote control or through an optional RS232 port. Price: $1,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Gefen at CEDIA booth 483, or contact the company at 800-545-6900 or at <a href="http://www.gefen.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.gefen.com.</a>
The 4x4 HDMI matrix switcher from Gefen is designed to connect and distribute four HDMI sources to four HDMI displays via plug and play functionality. The matrix switcher features a 24 V power supply and supports resolutions from 480p to 1080p. The device operates via IR remote control or through an optional RS232 port. Price: $1,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Gefen at CEDIA booth 483, or contact the company at 800-545-6900 or at www.gefen.com.
DLP projector

<strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Optoma's</strong> HD81 DLP projector features 1080p resolution, 1,400 lumens of brightness, and a 6,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector includes Texas Instruments' DarkChip3 DMD chipset, as well as its BrilliantColor color technology. It also features an integrated HD de-interlacer, which converts non-1080p content to 1080p. The unit offers a cable management system and multiple input and output formats, including HDMI, RCA component, S-video, composite, VGA, RS232, and RGBHV component. Price: $6,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Optoma at CEDIA booth 471, or contact the company at 408-383-3700 or at <a href="http://www.optomausa.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.optomausa.com.</a>
Optoma's HD81 DLP projector features 1080p resolution, 1,400 lumens of brightness, and a 6,000:1 contrast ratio. The projector includes Texas Instruments' DarkChip3 DMD chipset, as well as its BrilliantColor color technology. It also features an integrated HD de-interlacer, which converts non-1080p content to 1080p. The unit offers a cable management system and multiple input and output formats, including HDMI, RCA component, S-video, composite, VGA, RS232, and RGBHV component. Price: $6,999. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Optoma at CEDIA booth 471, or contact the company at 408-383-3700 or at www.optomausa.com.


Universal controller

The T4 handheld universal controller from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI)</strong> features a 6.4-inch touch-sensitive, VGA, active color LCD display. The display supports motion JPEG video, custom buttons, graphics, and animations. The controller features 13 color-changeable, removable keys. The T4 includes a 400 MHz, 32-bit processor and is customizable with the company's TheaterTouch Designer software. RTI's optional EM-4 expansion module enables the controller to be used as a hardwired VESA-mountable touchpanel with power-over-Ethernet and dual analog video inputs. Price: $2,499. Availability: currently available. For more information, see RTI at CEDIA booth 314, or contact the company at 952-253-3100 or at <a href="http://www.rticorp.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.rticorp.com.</a>
The T4 handheld universal controller from Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) features a 6.4-inch touch-sensitive, VGA, active color LCD display. The display supports motion JPEG video, custom buttons, graphics, and animations. The controller features 13 color-changeable, removable keys. The T4 includes a 400 MHz, 32-bit processor and is customizable with the company's TheaterTouch Designer software. RTI's optional EM-4 expansion module enables the controller to be used as a hardwired VESA-mountable touchpanel with power-over-Ethernet and dual analog video inputs. Price: $2,499. Availability: currently available. For more information, see RTI at CEDIA booth 314, or contact the company at 952-253-3100 or at www.rticorp.com.
AC extension system

<strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Furman Sound</strong> has introduced the MAX In-Wall PowerKit-TL in-wall AC extension system, which enables users to discreetly connect remote equipment back to a system's power conditioning unit, such as when a plasma display or subwoofer needs to be connected to a rack in the rear of a space. The PowerKit includes the company's Power Inlet Faceplate and Power Outlet Faceplate, a 50-foot ground-rated, in-wall power cable, and a 12-foot AC power cord. The system also features a retrofit J-box for placement in an existing wall or panel. The PowerKit-TL is UL-approved and code-compliant. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Furman Sound at CEDIA booth 171, or contact the company at 800-472-5555 or at <a href="http://www.furmansound.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.furmansound.com.</a>
Furman Sound has introduced the MAX In-Wall PowerKit-TL in-wall AC extension system, which enables users to discreetly connect remote equipment back to a system's power conditioning unit, such as when a plasma display or subwoofer needs to be connected to a rack in the rear of a space. The PowerKit includes the company's Power Inlet Faceplate and Power Outlet Faceplate, a 50-foot ground-rated, in-wall power cable, and a 12-foot AC power cord. The system also features a retrofit J-box for placement in an existing wall or panel. The PowerKit-TL is UL-approved and code-compliant. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Furman Sound at CEDIA booth 171, or contact the company at 800-472-5555 or at www.furmansound.com.


Hybrid component video cables

<strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Gepco International</strong> has introduced the RGB62 Series and RGB644 Series Hybrid Component Video Cables, which are designed to distribute high-resolution component video as well as audio and power in commercial AV applications. The RGB62 Series includes six miniature coaxial elements with two balanced audio pairs, and the RGB644 Series offers six miniature coaxial elements with four balanced audio pairs and four power conductors. Both models are available in plenum and non-plenum versions. The coaxial elements include a precision diameter conductor, low-loss gas-injected dielectric, and dual foil and braid shield. Power conductors are constructed from low-loss 20-gauge copper, according to the company. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Gepco International at CEDIA booth 527, or contact the company at 800-966-0069 or at <a href="http://www.gepco.com/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.gepco.com.</a>
Gepco International has introduced the RGB62 Series and RGB644 Series Hybrid Component Video Cables, which are designed to distribute high-resolution component video as well as audio and power in commercial AV applications. The RGB62 Series includes six miniature coaxial elements with two balanced audio pairs, and the RGB644 Series offers six miniature coaxial elements with four balanced audio pairs and four power conductors. Both models are available in plenum and non-plenum versions. The coaxial elements include a precision diameter conductor, low-loss gas-injected dielectric, and dual foil and braid shield. Power conductors are constructed from low-loss 20-gauge copper, according to the company. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Gepco International at CEDIA booth 527, or contact the company at 800-966-0069 or at www.gepco.com.



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