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InfoComm 2006 Product Preview

A sampling of products to be featured at InfoComm 2006, June 7-9 in Orlando.

Audio amplifiers

Crown Audio's CDi-1000 and CDi-2000 installation amplifiers are targeted for use in installed sound applications. The CDi-1000 provides 500 W per channel at 4 ohms, while the CDi-2000 produces 700 W per channel at 4 ohms. Both two-rack-space amplifiers include low-impedance 8/4 ohm and 70 V output, Phoenix-style input connectors, and barrier strip and five-way binding post output connectors. The amplifiers offer an intuitive front-panel for system configuration, and USB connectivity for control via integrated HiQnet and System Architect software. Price: $982 (CDi-1000); $1,332 (CDi-2000). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Crown Audio at InfoComm booth 1671, or contact the company at 800-342-6939 or at www.crownaudio.com.

Pyramid diffuser panel

Targeted for sound treatment in theaters, houses of worship, and educational facilities, the QuadraPyramid diffuser panel from Acoustics First consists of four pyramids that create 16 angles of reflection. The diffuser is designed to be directly mounted to a wall or ceiling or dropped into a T-bar grid. When wall-mounted, the diffuser can be configured as a mid-bass absorber in the 125 Hz to 315 Hz range. The QuadraPyramid is made from thermoplastic, measures 2 feet long by 2 feet wide, and is Class 1 (A) fire-rated. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Acoustics First at InfoComm booth 1784, or contact the company at 804-342-2900 or at www.acousticsfirst.com.

Digital signage player

Targeted for use in high-end digital signage applications, the Aavelin AV400P digital signage player from MagicBox supports resolutions up to 1376x768 (landscape) and 768x1376 (portrait). The device includes one 15-pin RGB D-sub output, one 1/8-inch stereo output, three RCA inputs, one S-video input, and two 1/8-inch stereo inputs. It enables playback of Flash, MPEG (with optional Adtec player), and analog video sources, as well as Flash and analog audio sources. The two-rack-space unit is available with the company's Aavelin Composer Software, which requires Windows 2000/XP. Price: $4,645. Availability: currently available. For more information, see MagicBox at InfoComm booth 3387, or contact the company at 541-752-5654 or at www.magicboxinc.com.

Digital audio processing node

MediaMatrix has introduced the NION nX programmable digital audio processing node for professional and commercial audio and communications applications. The device's internal processing core is based on three Analog Device floating-point SHARC digital signal processors. The node has two module bays that support up to 16 simultaneous analog audio channels, as well as an integrated CobraNet port that provides 32 or 64 additional channels. The NION nX features the company's NWare Windows-based interface, which is designed to work with multiple nodes across an Ethernet network. The node can be controlled via RS232 and RS422/485 ports. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see MediaMatrix at InfoComm booth 2065, or contact the company at 601-486-1474 or at http://mediamatrix.peavey.com.

Computer/video seamless switcher

AnalogWay's Octo-Vue FX computer and video seamless switcher features true scaled preview and picture-in-picture capabilities. The switcher supports high-definition source formats up to 1080p via DVI inputs and outputs. The device also supports analog VGA output up to 1600x1200 with pixel clock technology and stereo audio line on each input. The unit's picture-in-picture technology enables users to control position and size adjustments, and crop images for content adjustment. Price: N/A. Availability: July. For more information, see Analog Way at InfoComm booth 1441, or contact the company at 212-269-1902 or at www.analogway.com.

Amplifier control module

Crest Audio has introduced the Nx CobraNet-8 control module, which adds networking and processing functionality to the company's Ci Series multichannel power amplifiers. The module supports the company's NexSys and DSP functions and CobraNet digital audio inputs and outputs via a single Cat5 cable. The device's DSP capabilities include loudspeaker management, delay, equalization, compression/limiting, and crossover. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Crest Audio at InfoComm booth 2065, or contact the company at 601-486-1474 or at www.crestaudio.com.

Digital signage player

StrandVision's Internet-based digital signage player is designed to send signage content over the Internet to personal computers, flat-panel displays, or TVs in lobbies, break rooms, and offices. The solution offers split-screen functionality that enables administrators to select and set up multiple information feeds, which can be displayed in a text crawl on the bottom of the screen or in a 60:40 screen split. Users can program graphics, video, custom text, as well as StrandVision feeds. Price: Systems start at $55 per month, depending on configuration. Availability: currently available. For more information, see StrandVision at InfoComm booth 3885, or contact the company at 715-833-9501 or at www.strandvision.com.

AC power conditioner

The SurgeX Powerframe 420 AC surge suppressor and power conditioner is an 80-amp load center that offers four 20-amp branch circuit protection. The unit incorporates the company's Impedance Tolerant EMI/RFI filtering. The Powerframe 420 is available in a 16- by 12- by 4-inch NEMA enclosure. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see SurgeX at InfoComm booth 2572, or contact the company at 215-766-1240 or at www.surgex.com.

Multimedia video generator

The VideoPro VP403SH multimedia video generator from Sencore is designed for testing, calibrating, installing, and maintaining SDI/HD-SDI displays and projectors in commercial video systems. The generator supports high-definition formats up to 1080i/p, as well as NTSC, PAL, and 38 VESA/Mac standard formats from 640x350 to 1920x1024. The unit includes YPbPr, RGB, DVI, composite, RGB, and S-video inputs. The VP403SH offers more than 20 video test patterns, including SMPTE bar, staircase, color bar, and pluge. Price: $6,195. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Sencore at InfoComm booth 1379, or contact the company at 800-736-2673 or at www.sencore.com.

Fiber optic testing devices

Targeted for onsite fiber network testing, the Communications Specialties' Fiberlink Visible Light Source 6610, Optical Power Meter 6615, and Three Wavelength Light Source 6620 fiber optic testing devices are designed to check for breaks in fiber and verify that loss budgets have been met. The 6610 provides a visible 650 nm laser output, which can be used to identify fiber breaks as well as individual fibers within fiber bundles. The 6620 offers laser output at 1,310 and 1,550 nm wavelengths and VCSEL output at 850 nm. The 6615, which measures optical signals at 850, 980, 1,310, and 1,550 nm wavelengths, is designed to measure the power of an optical signal reaching the receiving end of a fiber optic cable generated by a transmitter or light source. Price: N/A (all models). For more information, see Communications Specialties at InfoComm booth 1321, or contact the company at 631-273-0404 or at www.commspecial.com.



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