A sampling of new products to be displayed at the InfoComm 2007 show, June 15-21 in Anaheim, Calif
SoundTube Entertainment offers a new line of CM – EZ loudspeakers to complement its in-ceiling-mount product line. Available in 4-, 6- and 8-inch sizes, these loudspeakers are designed for easy installation in ceiling applications. Mounting material thicknesses, ranging from 0.25 inches to 1.75 inches, may be accommodated by the company's proprietary fixed-wing, constant-tension mounting system. Sealed can enclosures extend loudspeaker frequency range while delivering high-quality sound. All units feature a pressure fit grille with a tap switch located under the grille for easy access to power settings for 25,70.7, of 100 volts, or 8 ohms. UL 1480 and 2043 approvals are pending. Price: N/A. For more information, see SoundTube Entertainment at InfoComm Booth 5825, or contact the company at 800-647-8823 or at www.soundtube.com.
CobraNet interface cards
Soundcraft has expanded the connectivity options for its Vi Series (Vi6, Vi4) of digital live sound consoles with the introduction of a CobraNet interface card. The product allows up to 32 channels of input or output signals (or a combination of both) to be received by or sent from the console onto a CobraNet network. By default, the card is configured for 32 outputs. This strengthens the position of a Vi Series console within a Harman HiQnet system, allowing audio and control to be integrated into the desk. Price: N/A. For more information, see Soundcraft at InfoComm Booth 8425, or contact the company at 818-920-3212 or at www.soundcraftdigital.com.
is unveiling the UM450, a new Digital Hybrid Wireless belt-pack transmitter with a current-servo input and 250mW RF output for exceptional range and resistance to interference, as well as the UM400a, a new version of its most popular transmitter. The new input circuitry enables a wider range of microphone sensitivities and provides a straightforward microphone wiring method. In the revised SM Series, including the SMa 100mW transmitter, SMDa dual-battery unit, and SMQa 250mW transmitter, a variable high-pass filter has been added with control via front panel menus. A 3 dB down point is selectable between 35 Hz and 150 Hz, allowing the transmitters to be optimized for full range audio or voice transmission. In addition, to keep the housing free of moisture, which results from expansion and contraction of the air inside the unit due to rapid temperature changes, all transmitters in the SM Series now will include a Gore-Tex pressure-equalizing membrane. Price: UM450: $1,835; UM400a: $1,360. Availability: Q3 2007. For more information, see Lectrosonics at InfoComm Booth 8213, or contact the company at 800-821-1121 or at www.lectrosonics.com.
The CPX5 3LCD projector from Hitachi America
features a brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens at a weight of 3.9 pounds. The CPX5 offers a wide-angle lens, allowing presenters to place the projector close to the screen to avoid obstruction of the image. In addition, the unit contains a USB reader, enabling PC-less presentation functionality. Providing XGA resolution, a contrast ratio of 500:1 and a low 29 dB of fan noise in whisper mode, the projector offers proprietary features, including My Screen, My Memory, and My Button. It also contains a built-in 1W speaker as well as security functions such as a transition detector, Kensington lock, and PIN lock protection. Price: N/A. For more information, see Hitachi America at InfoComm Booth 2533, or contact the company at 800-448-2244 or at www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia.
Protocol translator and controllerKramer Electronics
introduces the FC-5 Protocol Translator and Controller, which is designed to make an RS-232-controlled machine compatible with other RS-232-based protocols. The unit comes pre-configured with two serial translation tables: a generic serial switcher control protocol to the company's Protocol 2000, and Sierra Video Systems' serial protocol to Kramer's Protocol 2000. A PC-based software program is included that will allow the building of translation tables for the FC-5. The product can be programmed to work with up to four translation tables, each with up to 256 commands. It also incorporates RS-232 COM ports and features two relay connections for centralized control of room functions. The unit also has 11 remote contact closure pins to trigger RS-232 commands and control the relays. Price: N/A. For more information, see Kramer Electronics at InfoComm Booth 4040, or contact the company at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramer-us.com.
Touted by the company as the industry's first camera controller with widescreen video preview, the next-generation NXP-PLV Modero PosiTrack Pilot Camera Controller from AMX
features Ethernet connectivity and a 7-inch Modero Widescreen Touchpanel. Using the graphical interface, the operator can select cameras, visually track and change their movement, store and recall presets, and adjust each camera's settings. The controller also includes a proportional pan/tilt/zoom joystick and controls for focus, iris, and speed. With the right hand on the wrist pad, the operator can guide the camera and twist the joystick to zoom the lens in and out. The controller supports up to six cameras. Price: $7,995. For more information, see AMX at InfoComm Booth 4409, or contact the company at 800-222-0193 or at www.amx.com.
Digital video processor
The DVPHD-PRO high-definition digital video processor from Crestron Electronics
accepts up to eight source signals and simultaneously displays them in eight scalable video windows. Featuring input and output resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 for RGB and DVI signals, and supporting 1080i and 1080p HDTV, the unit handles HDMI with external adapters. Available in several models, including multiple output versions for video wall applications, the processor does not require an external control system for configuration or operation. Daily operation and system setup can be achieved directly from the front panel LCD or using built-in Web pages displayed on a computer. Offering sophisticated sensing capabilities, the DVPHD-PRO provides built-in touchpanel interface, which can transform a third-party touchscreen into a full-featured Isys touchpanel, with annotation functionality. Price: N/A. For more information, see Crestron Electronics at InfoComm Booth 5700, or contact the company at 800-237-2041 or at www.crestron.com.
Displaying a variety of plasma displays, LCD monitors, and LCD HDTV systems, LG Electronics
is showcasing units ranging from 17 to 55 inches. The M10 series offers IP network capability, a narrow and slim bezel (29mm) for a 4x4 matrix video wall, as well as portrait and landscape capabilities, allowing for standalone and wall applications. In addition, the company's Flatron M4210C-BA delivers superior resolution with WXGA technology, high brightness (450 cd/m2) and contrast ratio (1600:1) and wide-viewing angles with S-IPS technology. The 42PX8DC plasma with MPEG-4 H.264 decoding technology features Clear Filter with XCC to limit screen reflection in brightly lit rooms, eliminate haze, and reduce double imaging. It also includes a 1024 x768p resolution, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,500 cd/m2 high brightness, and the company's built-in HDTV pay-per-view decryption enabled by the Pro:Idiom system. Price: N/A. For more information, see LG Electronics at InfoComm Booth 2309, or contact the company at 847-941-8761 or at www.lge.com.
Wireless microphone system
The xTag Microphone System from Revolabs
features plug-and-play connectivity to personal computers, facilitating freedom of movement by way of its clip-on, wearable design. Featuring full duplex audio, eight hours of talk time, and a range of 20 meters (66 feet), the new xTag microphone is ideal for VoIP, podcasting, and voice lift (sound reinforcement) for presenters and recording applications. The xTag Microphone System consists of a base station, two-way audio (full duplex) xTag microphone, an earbud, a lanyard, plus a USB cable for interconnection to a computer. In addition to storing and charging the microphone, the xTag's base station also serves as the wireless relay to a personal computer, at which point the microphone can be interfaced seamlessly with Internet-based communication tools, such as Skype and Google Talk. Price: $249. For more information, see Revolabs at InfoComm Booth 8447, or contact the company at 978-897-5655 or at www.revolabs.com.
Flat-panel digital kiosks
Two new flat-panel digital kiosks, the FDPK01 and FPDK02, are available from Bretford
. Featuring keyboard trays that fold up and out of the way when not in use, both models allow easy access to data by attaching directly to the wall at walk-up height. However, they also can be mounted lower on the wall for wheelchair access. Additionally, the monitor and keyboard tray both mount independently on the track. The FPDK01 includes a 31.5-inch aluminum alloy wall track, while the FPDT02 includes two 31.5-inch wall tracks – one to support the CPU holder (measuring 63 inches in total height). Both kiosks include mounts that are VESA 75mm and 100mm compatible for use with any 15- to 19-inch flat panel monitor. Price: FPDK01, $520; FPDK02, $878. For more information, see Bretford at InfoComm Booth 2013, or contact the company at 800-343-1779 or at www.bretford.com.