A sampling of new products to be displayed at the 2007 CEDIA Show, September 5-9 in Denver.
The AQUOS HDTV D64U Series (models LC-65D64U, LC-52D64U, LC-46D64U and LC-42D64U) of LCD televisions is available in 65-, 52-, 46- and 42-inch screen sizes from Sharp Electronics Corp. These new Energy Star-compliant models feature a thin, lightweight bezel that provides a significantly smaller footprint than previous models, according to the company. They also offer full 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution and the latest generation of the company's proprietary Advanced Super View LCD panel, providing a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and response time of 4ms. Rounding out the enhanced list of specs is the D64U's array of inputs, including three HDMI inputs (with one on the side for easy access) and two HD component video inputs (all 1080p compatible), an RS-232C input for control, and a PC input. Price: LC-65D64U and LC-42D64U, $8,999.99 and $2,099.99; LC-52D64U and LC-46D64U, $3,799.99 and $2,699.99. For more information, see Sharp Electronics Corp. at CEDIA Booth 722, or contact the company at 201-529-8200 or at www.sharpusa.com.Home theater projector
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America announces its latest 1080p home theater projector, the HC6000. Enhancing its HC5000 model with Texas Instruments' BrilliantColor upgrade for richer colors and greater performance in clear high-definition resolution, the new HC6000 offers a contrast ratio of 12,000:1. According to the company, an improved auto iris function allows quicker light to black image adjustment. In addition, the unit includes Silicon Optix's Reon processing chip internally, resulting in a small, efficient form factor. Two HDMI inputs and a motorized zoom/focus and lens shift provide installation flexibility. Price: N/A. For more information, see Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America at CEDIA Booth 451, or contact the company at 888-307-0349 or at www.mitsubishi-presentations.com.Flat panel mounts
A new line of custom and universal mounts from Chief Manufacturing is designed to integrate with 30- to 50-inch plasma and LCD TVs. The MSR fixed wall mount and MTR tilt wall mount feature Q-Latch integrated security, an expanded wall plate opening for cable management, and integrated lateral shift. The MWR swing arm wall mount offers up to 25 inches of extension and features Centris technology for fingertip tilt adjustment, Q-Latch integrated security, CableTrac for routing cables, and mounting guides for easy installation. Also featuring Centris technology for fingertip tilt adjustment and Q-Latch integrated security, the MCS single ceiling mount boasts portrait or landscape mounting capability. The MFC mobile cart includes telescoping height adjustment and integrated cable management. Weight capacity for all of the products outlined above is 125 pounds. Price: MSR, $129 ($149 universal mount); MTR, $149 ($179 MTRU); MWR, $499 ($529 MWRU); MCS, $219 ($249 MCSU); MFC, $799. For more information, see Chief Manufacturing at CEDIA Booth 548, or contact the company at 800-582-6480 or at www.chiefmfg.com.Universal projector mounts
The Nova Series of universal projector mounts from Premier Mounts is designed for small form-factor projectors weighing up to 65 pounds. Using the company's patent-pending SpiroLock technology, the device secures upper and lower portions of the mount for a solid secure interface in seconds, according to the company. The series offers three models and suits a variety of applications. Price: Starting at $179. For more information, see Premier Mounts at CEDIA Booth 234, or contact the company at 800-368-9700 or at www.premiermounts.com.Flat panel display
RevolutionHD flat panel displays from Electrograph Systems are available in 32-, 37-, 42-, 46-, and 50-inch sizes. According to the company, because the displays are certified by the Imaging Science Foundation for precision calibration, installers can add more value by using special controls to fine-tune the image for both bright and dark environments. Once calibrated, picture quality is optimized with a press of a button. Offering enhanced 1080i video processing and PC and HDTV compatibility, the line includes RS-232 control, split screen picture-in-picture, robust calibration controls, and portrait/landscape mounting. All displays come with a “Quick-Swap” advanced replacement program, which gets a new replacement unit on the way within days during the first year of ownership to ensure minimal downtime and maximum productivity. Price: Starting at $1,281. For more information, see Electrograph Systems at CEDIA Booth 120, or contact the company at 800-632-6933 or at www.electrograph.com.Wireless speaker system
SpeakerCast from Soundcast Systems is a wireless compact, amplified stereo speaker enclosure incorporating two full range drivers, a 50 watt per channel digital amplifier, and the Soundcast receiver. The unit transmits signals up 150 feet through multiple rooms indoors, includes iCast transmitter for use with the apple iPod, and allows connection of other audio devices (MP3 players and computers) using the auxiliary input/output jack on the iCast transmitter. Available in white and charcoal gray, the product features pause/play and track forward/track back controls for remote operation of the iPod and features SRS 3D sound field expansion. The included remote offers the same features, in addition to on/off, volume up/down, and a mute button. Transmitters search for open channels in the 2.4GHz band and instantaneously jump to them, avoiding interference. Price: $399. For more information, see Soundcast Systems at CEDIA Booth 1089, or contact the company at 619-591-0126 or at www.soundcastsystems.com.Acoustical treatment
Auralex Acoustics has announced that its SpaceCoupler recently passed the requirements of a “Class B” fire-rating and testing in accordance with ASTM E84, a standard test for surface burning characteristics of building materials that calculates both flame spread and smoke densities. Still undergoing final acoustical testing, the SpaceCoupler optimizes acoustical environments for a wide range of performance and recording styles, according to the company. Strong and lightweight, the 24-inch by 24-inch solid wood panels can be used in a variety of placement options, including “T-bar” grids. Price: $299. For more information, see Auralex Acoustics at CEDIA Booth 229, or contact the company at 800-95WEDGE or at www.auralexelite.com.Media room furniture
The new Elysium media room comfort system from Elite Screens offers a curved form configuration, providing a superior viewing angle over traditional in-line seating, according to the company. Available in 100% black or dark brown leather, the product features fold-down armrests and an ottoman with internal media storage space. A hidden floor-level sliding compartment preserves the appearance of the media room by providing an easy-access sliding storage solution for additional media players, game systems, and software right below the loveseat. Power recliners allow variable height settings with a flush drop allowing close positioning to walls, surround-sound speakers, or other room furnishings. Price: N/A. For more information, see Elite Screens at CEDIA Booth 281, or contact the company at 877-511-1211 or at www.elitescreens.com.Connectors
The MaxBlox CD-MX9M (male) and CD-MX9F (female) DB9 connectors from BTX Technologies will be on display. These patent-pending professional 9-pin D-sub connectors feature a rugged design, allowing installers to terminate a DB9 with a screwdriver. According to the company, the connectors can be panel- or cable-mounted in a MaxBlox CD-MX915H hood in a fraction of the time it would take to solder. When used in conjunction with the hood, these connectors slide, snap, and lock into the hood without the use of tools. Optimized for use in RS-232 or RS-422 applications, the DB9 connectors are manufactured with industry standard Phoenix Contact terminal blocks. They are also available in HD15 male and female for VGA applications. Price: N/A. For more information, see BTX Technologies at CEDIA Booth 118, or contact the company at 914-592-1800 or at www.btx.com.Loudspeakers
New from Leon Speaker Corp., the Leon Seven Series uses high-end drivers, including two hand-made German Eton 7-inch patented HEXACONE long throw woofers, and the Raven R2 True Ribbon tweeter (all aluminum diaphragm) from Orca. The product boasts a 40 Hz to 50 kHz frequency response and a power rating of 250 watts. According to the company, the Seven Series offers detailed high frequencies and powerful bass — the baffle is 1.25 inches thick, minimizing unwanted resonance and vibrations. The loudspeaker measures 11 inches by 38 inches by 6 inches, and the interior of the cabinet is reinforced with solid MDF and includes proprietary sound diffusion and diffraction materials. Price: $17,000. For more information, see Leon Speaker Corp. at CEDIA Booth 136, or contact the company at 888-213-5015 or at www.leonspeakers.com.