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New Products: April 2005

Dukane LCD projector, Planar touchscreen display, PESA Switching Systems routing switcher ...

LCD projector

Targeted for use in classrooms, training rooms, and boardrooms, the ImagePro 8915 LCD projector from Dukane offers XGA (1024x768) resolution, 3,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, and a 400:1 contrast ratio. The ImagePro 8915 features automatic vertical keystone correction, HDTV compatibility, and network capability via an RJ45 LAN connection. It also offers digital zoom, freeze, and Gamma correction, and four built-in 3 W speakers for audio support. Price: $3,600. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Dukane at 630-584-2300 or at www.dukcorp.com/av.

Touchscreen displays

Planar has introduced the PT and LA open-frame touchscreen displays, which are targeted at OEMs, integrators, and value-added resellers. The PT line (pictured here) is designed for retail, point of sale, and kiosk applications. The LA open-frame displays are designed for ticketing, enclosure, and kiosk applications. Both display lines offer resistive or capacitive open-frame touchscreen LCD screens measuring 15 to 19 inches, 1024x768 and 1280x1024 resolutions, and brightness from 250 to 350 cd/m2. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Planar at 866-475-8627 or at www.planar.com.

Routing switcher

Targeted for use in multimedia applications in corporate, government, sports, and entertainment facilities, the Premiere routing switcher from PESA Switching Systems is available in 8x4, 12x8, 16x8, and 16x16 matrix sizes. The switcher can handle composite, Y/C, RGB, RGsB, RGBHV, and HDTV signals with bandwidth up to 500 MHz. Premiere also offers control setup via Ethernet, USB, or standard RS232. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact PESA at 256-726-9200 or at www.pesa.com.

FM transmitter

Listen Technologies has introduced the LT-800 stationary FM transmitter for wireless audio applications. The unit is available in 72 MHz and 216 MHz configurations. Both offer an 80 dB signal-to-noise ratio, dual audio inputs and outputs, and selectable noise reduction and audio processing. The transmitter features the company's Look&Listen LCD screen, which displays channel status, channel lock, and signal strength. The LT-800 can be set to use both wideband and narrowband frequencies. Price: $660 (both configurations). Availability: currently available (both configurations). For more information, contact Listen Technologies at 801-233-8992 or at www.listentech.com.

High-definition projector system

DWIN Electronics has introduced the Transvision 3E high-definition front projector system, which features DarkChip3 DLP technology and 720p resolution. The system accepts 10 video inputs, including two DV-HDCP, two RGB, two S-video, two component, and two composite inputs. Black levels and natural color reproduction are secured with grayscale settings and Gamma selections, according to the company. Price: $11,950. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact DWIN Electronics at 818-239-1500 or at www.dwin.com.

Power amplifiers

The Amp 200 and Amp 300 powered source-switching amplifiers from AudioSource offer two independent channels designed for use as remote, single or dual-zone, or rear-channel amplifiers. The Amp 200 is rated at 80 W per channel at 8 ohms, 125 W per channel at 4 ohms, and is bridgeable to mono for 250 W into 8 ohms. The Amp 300 (pictured here) is rated at 150 W per channel at 8 ohms, 235 W per channel at 4 ohms, and is bridgeable to mono for 470 W into 8 ohms. Price: $449 (Amp 200); $599 (Amp 300). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact AudioSource at 503-286-9300 or at www.audiosource.net.

CD/DVD label publisher

The DX-2 CD/DVD publisher system from Microboards is designed to create finished, professional labels in large quantities. The DX-2 incorporates HP-based inkjet technology and Microboards automation. The system features a 100-disc input/output capacity and is available in both CD and DVD versions. SureThing label editing software and PrassiTech Zulu 2 recording and automation software are also available with its software suite. Price: $3,495 (CD version); $3,695 (DVD version). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Microboards at 800-646-8881 or at www.microboards.com.

FireWire repeater/hub

Kramer Electronics has released the VS-8FW DV/FireWire repeater/hub, which is designed for applications requiring additional FireWire (IEEE-1394) ports. The repeater/hub supports 100 Mb/s, 200 Mb/s, and 400 Mb/s transfer rates, which enable high-rate digital video transfer. The unit offers the company's Spark-Guard Pro technology, which provides electrostatic discharge protection for all of its ports. The VS-8FW uses IEEE-1394 bus power, or can be used with an included external 12 V DC power supply. Price: $150. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Kramer at 908-735-0018 or at www.kramerelectronics.com.

Ultra-wideband matrix switchers

The CrossPoint 450 Plus Series of ultra-wideband matrix switchers from Extron Electronics offer 450 MHz RGB bandwidth for high-resolution computer video and audio routing systems. The units feature audio output control and Extron's Advanced Digital Sync Processing and IP Link Ethernet control technologies. The CrossPoint 450 Plus Series is designed for use in command & control centers, training facilities, and mission-critical environments. Models are available in 11 I/O sizes ranging from 8x4 to 32x32, and each I/O size is available in two versions: HV and HVA. Price: $4,295 to $5,195, depending on configuration. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Extron at 714-491-1500 or at www.extronelectronics.com.

Wireless presentation controller

The Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter from Logitech is a wireless presentation controller featuring a built-in programmable timer. The timer is displayed on a 1-inch by 1/2-inch LCD screen and provides vibration feedback when there are 5 and 2 minutes left on the timer. The controller has a range of 50 feet, connects to the computer by plugging the mini-receiver into a USB port, and features a battery-level indicator on the LCD screen. The unit measures 4.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Logitech at 510-795-8500 or at www.logitech.com.



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