New Products: April 2006
Kramer twisted pair transmitter and receiver, Infinity indoor/outdoor loudspeaker, Flying Mole Electronics Corp. digital amplifier ...
The 60-SM stereo/mono outdoor loudspeaker from Paradigm is set inside a water-, weather-, and UV-resistant faux rock structure. The speaker includes two 1-inch, pure-titanium domes and a 6.5-inch, mineral-filled polypropylene bass/mid-range cone. The speaker features the company's Dual-Directional soundfield technology, which offsets the tweeters at 60-degree angles for placement flexibility. The 60-SM is available in fieldstone, northeastern dark granite, and western sandstone finishes. Price: $249. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Paradigm at 905-632-0180 or at www.paradigm.com.Video scalers
Hall Research Technologies has released the SC-VD-2 and SC-DV-2 video scalers. The SC-VD-2 outputs DVI-I signals, supports analog PC or component HDTV input via an HD15 connector, and automatically detects the signal's resolution and refresh rate. The SC-DV-2 accepts digital video input via a DVI-I connector, automatically detects the signal's resolution, and converts it to analog RGB output. Both models include 50 MB video memory for real-time frame rate conversion, as well as an onscreen display that enables users to specify the output signal's resolution and refresh rate. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Hall Research Technologies at 714-641-6607 or at www.hallresearch.com.Full-matrix Cat5 switch platform
Magenta Research has introduced a full-matrix, scalable Cat5 switch platform that provides multiple switch solutions from 16x16 to 256x256. The platform combines the company's Mondo Matrix and MultiView products to create a system capable of 2048x1536 resolution computer video. The platform enables concurrent switching of stereo, mono, or S/PDIF audio, as well as simplex serial or duplex RS232. The company's Morph-It (pictured here) rack-based Cat5 signal distribution platform is designed for use at the front end of the switch platform. Morph-It supports up to 16 dual transmitter cards, enabling 32 powered transmitters to be packed into the 4U unit. Price: Cat5 Switch Platforms start at $10,250; $1,200 (Morph-It). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Magenta Research at 860-210-0546 or at www.magenta-research.com.Portable wireless intercom system
The PortaCom Pro wireless intercom system from Anchor Audio incorporates the company's Omni Point Expandable Network (OPEN) technology, which allows an unlimited number of users to simultaneously share the secured system without using base station repeaters or active antennae. The system uses spread spectrum technology and the 2.4 GHz frequency to prevent interference from other 2.4 GHz devices and in-plant electronics. The PortaCom Pro includes 15 user group channels and an All Call channel, which provides an approximate range of 700 feet. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Anchor Audio at 800-262-4671 or at www.anchoraudio.com.Microportable projector
sTargeted for portable business presentations, the EVO 2SX+ projector from projectiondesign has SXGA+ (1400x1050) resolution and 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness. The 6-pound projector features true optical lens shifting and the company's RealColor color reproduction technology. The unit includes multiple analog and digital connections, as well as dedicated network interface and asset management functionality for fixed installation applications. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact projectiondesign at 201-943-1616 or at www.projectiondesign.com.Matrix switchers
Extron's CrossPoint 450 Plus Series of ultra-wideband matrix switchers and MAV Plus Series of fixed matrix switchers are available in enhanced sizes from 32x48 to 64x64. The CrossPoint 450 Series, which is designed for use in command & control centers and training facilities, includes 450 MHz RGB bandwidth for high-resolution computer video and audio routing systems. The MAV Plus Series, which includes eight mono audio matrix switchers, routes balanced or unbalanced mono audio in speech reinforcement and background music applications. Price: N/A (all models). Available: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Extron at 714-491-1500 or at www.extron.com.Power-over-Ethernet splitters
Targeted for use with IP telephones, wireless network access points, Bluetooth access points, and security cameras, Phihong's PSD14 Series 14 W, DC-DC Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) splitters are designed to be mounted next to an Ethernet device. Available in output voltages of 12 V, 5 V, and 3.3 V, all models include an LED status indicator, support an input voltage rate of 36 to 56 VDC, and are IEEE 802.3af-compliant. Price: $29.95 (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Phihong at 510-445-0100 or at www.phihong.com.Architectural loudspeakers
Axiom's Architectural W2, W3, and W22 on-wall/in-wall hybrid loudspeakers feature fully integrated, tuned enclosures that recess into the wall, enabling the speakers to be mounted in a standard 3.5-inch wall stud. The W2 loudspeaker (pictured here) includes a 5.25-inch woofer, a 1-inch tweeter, and a 70 Hz to 22 kHz (±3 dB) frequency response. The W3 provides a 6.5-inch woofer, a 1-inch tweeter, and a 60 Hz to 22 kHz (±3 dB) frequency response. The W22 has dual 5.25-inch woofers, a 1-inch tweeter, and a 60 Hz to 22 kHz (±3 dB) frequency response. Price: $220 each (W2); $245 each (W3); $325 each (W22). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Axiom at 866-244-8796 or at www.axiomaudio.com.Balanced power systems
Designed for installation between the wall outlet and AV components to eliminate electronic noise and hum induced through an unbalanced power line, Alpha Core's Goertz Balanced Power (BP) System is available in three sizes rated for 300, 600, and 1,000 VA. The system's transformer is potted in an epoxy compound inside a round steel enclosure with a scratch-resistant, off-white powder coat enamel. Price: $285 (300 VA); $355 (600 VA); $433 (1,000 VA). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, contact Alpha Core at 203-355-6805 or at www.alphacore.com.Video switchers
Mustang has debuted the SM-7IScSw (seven inputs) and SM-8IScSw (eight inputs) video switchers, which are designed for use in video signal management in presentation applications. Both models scale composite, S-video, component, DVI, and computer graphics signals to a user-defined graphics output resolution. The devices offer multiple aspect ratio selections, and include built-in, 5 W RMS per channel audio amplifiers with speaker output connectors. Price: N/A (both models). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Mustang at 800-398-5652 or at www.mustangav.com.