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Cedia Products

A sampling of new products to be displayed at the 2007 CEDIA Show, September 5-9 in Denver.

Digital video processors

The DVPHD-PRO high-definition digital video processor from Crestron Electronics accepts up to eight source signals and displays them in up to eight scalable video windows simultaneously. Featuring input and output resolutions up to 1920x1200 for RGB and DVI signals, and supporting 1080i and 1080p HDTV, the DVPHD-PRO handles HDMI with external adaptors. According to the company, true 10-bit video processing and the latest generation of high-definition scaling and de-interlacing ensure high-quality video images. Price: $8,000 to $17,000. For more information, see Crestron Electronics at CEDIA Booth 301, or contact the company at 201-767-3400 or at www.crestron.com.

Universal projector mounts

Designed to accommodate projectors weighing up to 75 pounds, the universal projector mount from Premier Mounts is a low-profile mount for retail, corporate, hospitality, and education applications. The PDS Plus is designed to meet precise projector positioning and speed installation. Featuring the company's Lock-It Security System, the unit offers four axis, tilt, and rotational adjustments. Price: $199.99. For more information, see Premier Mounts at CEDIA Booth 234, or contact the company at 800-368-9700 or at www.premiermounts.com.

Matrix switcher

The MTPX Plus Series of Twisted Pair Matrix Switchers from Extron Electronics features dynamic skew compensation, RS-232 control signal insertion, local audio/video inputs and outputs, and level and peaking compensation. Available in six fixed I/O sizes from 8x16 to 32x32, the switchers are capable of routing high-resolution video and audio signals 1,000 feet or more over CAT-5, 5e, or 6 UTP cable. Each model enables distribution of RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, RsGsBs, component video, S-video, and composite video signals in either new or existing construction projects. According to the company, the MTPX Plus Series works well with the new Extron MTP U Series Universal Mini Twisted Pair Receivers. Together, they enable the distribution of composite video, S-video, component video, HDTV component video, and RGB computer video, along with mono audio or control signals on a single cable. Price: $15,390 to $36,390, depending on the model. For more information, see Extron Electronics at CEDIA Booth 528, or contact the company at 714-491-1500 or at www.extron.com.

Transmitter and receiver

Adding two new products to its twisted pair line of long distance audio/video products, Kramer Electronics has launched the TP-45 (pictured above) and TP-46. According to the company, the TP-45 transmitter and TP-46 receiver simplify the routing of either computer graphics video or component video, along with either unbalanced analog stereo audio or S/PDIF digital audio signals over UTP CAT-5 cable. The TP-45 transmitter accepts a computer graphics video signal on a 15-pin HD connector with resolutions up to UGXA and a component video signal (Y, Cb/Pb, Cr/Pr) on 3 RCA connectors with resolutions up to 1080p. The TP-45 also accepts an unbalanced analog stereo audio signal on a 3.5mm mini jack connector and an S/PDIF digital audio signal on an RCA connector. The audio signal on the TP-46 is distributed simultaneously to the analog and digital audio outputs. The TP-45 converts the signal for transmission over a standard UTP CAT-5 type twisted pair cable up to 330 feet, where it is transformed back into its original audio and video signal formats by the TP-46. Price: TP-45, $350; TP-46, $495. For more information, see Kramer Electronics at CEDIA Booth 611, or contact the company at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramerus.com.

Media system

Expanding its Adagio line, Crestron Electronics has launched the Adagio Media System (AMS), adding surround sound processing and video for home theater as well as whole house audio distribution. The AMS features the Adagio integrated architecture including built-in tuners, amplifier, multi-room processors, Crestron 2-Series control system, e-Control web browser, and Ethernet connectivity with front panel control. The AMS-AIP model adds video scaling up to 1080p and on-screen display. It also features a surround sound processor and powerful 7-channel amplifier (100 watts per channel) designed to drive any 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 theater speaker system. AMS supplies 10 analog stereo inputs, one analog 7.1 surround input, and built-in high-definition video switching, handling 3 HDMI, 6 HDTV/component, 4 S-Video, and 4 composite sources. Price: N/A. For more information, see Crestron Electronics at CEDIA Booth 301, or contact the company at 201-767-3400 or at www.crestron.com.

Distribution amplifiers

Kramer Electronics offers the VM-28HDMI 2 input 1:8 HDMI distribution amplifier and the VM-216HDMI 2 input 1:16 HDMI distribution amplifier. The VM-28HDMI allows the distribution of one of two HDMI input sources to eight destinations, and the VM-216HDMI allows distribution of one of two HDMI input sources to 16 destinations. The VM-28HDMI and VM-216HDMI are both HDCP-compliant and support up to 1.65Gb/s bandwidth to ensure compatibility with all HDTV standards, including 1080p/60 signals. Both models also feature enhanced extended display identification data (EDID) operation. Each unit can read a separate EDID in non-volatile memory or provide the default EDID of 720p if one is not stored. The VM-28HDMI and VM-216HDMI are housed in 19-inch 1U standard rack mount enclosures and include 100-264 VAC universal switching power supplies. Price: VM-28HDMI, $995; TP-46, $1,495. For more information, see Kramer Electronics at CEDIA Booth 611, or contact the company at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramerus.com.

Wall-mount docking station

The TPMC-8X-DSW wall-mount docking station from Crestron Electronics facilitates charging of the TPMC-8X WiFi touch-panel while enabling fully wired touchpanel operation. This unit is the latest wireless touchpanel from Crestron communicating via 802.11a/b/g and integrating a host of technologies, including Windows XP operating system and PC applications, biometric fingerprint scanner, NetMeeting, Skype, Bluetooth, and more. While docked, the TPMC-8X is secured in place by an electronic latch. When released, the mechanism extends the touchpanel outward, ready to be disengaged for wireless use. All functions of the docking station can also be controlled programmatically from the control system via Ethernet, and through the company's RoomView remote management software. On the rear of the TPMC-8X-DSW, a 10/100 Ethernet port provides for direct connection to a wired LAN, allowing fully wired operation of the touchpanel while docked. Two USB ports are included to support a wired mouse and keyboard (not included). A professional balanced stereo audio output provides a means of amplifying or redistributing streaming audio from the touchpanel's embedded media player applications. Price: N/A. For more information, see Crestron Electronics at CEDIA Booth 301, or contact the company at 201-767-3400 or at www.crestron.com.

Matrix switcher

Gefen's new 4x4 HDMI CAT-5 Matrix comes equipped with four HDMI inputs and four HDMI/CAT-5 outputs. According to the company, any one of the four sources can be assigned to one of the four outputs and extended up to 330 feet with full HDCP-compliance using an IR remote control. The switcher works with all set top boxes, HD DVD, and Blu-Ray disk players and game systems as well as HDTV displays and projectors equipped with HDMI. Each of four receivers can be placed up to 330 feet from the unit. With the 4x4 HDMI CAT-5 Matrix, HDTV sources and displays are integrated in plug and play fashion, while high-definition resolutions are supported up to 1080p. Price: $1,999. For more information, see Gefen at CEDIA Booth 1010, or contact the company at 800-545-6900 or at www.gefen.com.

Steel stud adapters

Chief Manufacturing announces the availability of new steel stud swing arms for 10- to 50-inch flat panel displays up to 125 pounds. The company offers the UL-listed FWDSK fully assembled swing arm mount (pictured above) and the FSA1018 single stud wall plate for small flat panel displays (10 to 26 inches). Chief also offers the FWGSK swing arm mount, which is not yet UL listed. The JWDSK swing arm mount and MAC118 dual stud wall plate for medium flat panel displays (27 to 40 inches) are compatible with 16-/20-/24-inch center studs and UL listed for 16-inch center studs. For large flat panel displays (30 to 50 inches), the MWRSK and PWRSK swing arms, and the MAC119 multiple stud wall plate accessory, are compatible with 16-/20-/24-inch center studs and UL listed for 16-inch centers. Price: FWDSK, $199; FWGSK, $299; JWDSK, $399; MWRSK, $649; PWRSK, $679; FSA1018, $99; MAC118, $179; MAC119, $249. For more information, see Chief Manufacturing at CEDIA Booth 548, or contact the company at 800-582-6480 or at www.chiefmfg.com.

Rackshelf

Middle Atlantic Products recently unveiled its re-engineered RSH Custom Rackshelf. According to the company, as active components trend wider and exhaust heat from the side, the enhanced RSH Custom Rackshelf provides increased ventilation on the sides as well as the base. The unit also features three new application-engineered ‘L' brackets that are narrower to fit between the connections on the back of components, preventing components from sliding backwards. Availability: November 1, 2007. Price: N/A. For more information, see Middle Atlantic Products at CEDIA Booth 232, or contact the company at (973) 839-1011 or at www.middleatlantic.com.



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