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New Products: April 2007

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HD mate scaler

The latest addition to the company's line of scalers, the HD Mate Scaler from Gefen offers functionality when combining different standard and high-definition video sources and outputting each to the single connector on any DVI display. The unit integrates different video formats and converts them to DVI, scales video up and down in all HD resolutions, and enables access to three sources using one display. The plug-and-play unit comes equipped with one DVI and two component video inputs, supplemented by digital TOSlink audio and RCA audio inputs. It supplies a single DVI output, with audio output in digital or analog formats, depending on the audio/video source selected. Video is delivered in a pure digital format, with HD video scaling offered in resolutions ranging from 480i to 1080p. Price: $349. For more information, contact Gefen at 800-545-6900 or at www.gefen.com.

Cat-5 AV distribution system

Designed to add high-end AV capabilities to classrooms and conference rooms, the VSA-31 from Hall Research Technologies integrates AV switching, projector control, video transmission over UTP and audio amplification in one package. The unit is comprised of a transmitter, configured as a four-gang wallplate, and a small receiver. The transmitter provides individual buttons for selecting among two PCs or a TV (S video or composite) source. It sends the selected input signal to a receiver via Cat-5 cables up to 750 feet. The system features a built-in stereo audio amplifier with volume control to drive 4- to 8-ohm speakers. According to the company, the VSA-31 supports resolutions up to 1600x1200 and features automatic long-cable compensation for any length of UTP cable to 750 feet. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Hall Research Technologies at 800-959-6439 or at www.Mini-Cat.com.

Multipurpose component cooler

Designed to operate in either of two modes to quietly cool AV components that have insufficient ventilation, the Dual-Mode Component Cooler from Active Thermal Management is intended for use on shelves, in bookcases, and other semi-enclosed locations. The cooler consists of a black power-coated base housing two 120 mm fans and a magnetic-base thermal switch assembly. The fans run continuously at an idle speed, suitable for removing the heat produced by components, switching to a higher speed as temperatures rise. Price: $220. For more information, contact Active Thermal Management at 661-294-7999 or at www.activethermal.com.

Audio device

Designed to reduce accidents in the workplace via automatically triggered loud, audio safety messages and emergency alerts, Talking Alert! is a new digital audio device from Towerswitch. The device now addresses the safety concerns of a broad cross-section of applications, such as cell phone towers, industrial plants, public venues, electric utilities, etc. Packaged in a customized self-contained weatherproof housing (8 inches high by 6 inches wide by 3 inches deep), the solar-powered unit delivers up to 10 minutes of customized audio messages in any language by pressing the Information Bar. The Emergency Button immediately notifies staff and security. Using a built-in microphone jack, messages can be recorded, erased, and re-recorded. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Towerswitch at 954-428-0244 or at www.towerswitch.com.

Wireless microphones

The MIPRO ACT 81 and 82 Digital Wireless Microphone Systems from Avlex Corp. feature a full-color vacuum fluorescent display (VFC), 24-bit digital audio quality with advanced DSP, a sub-band ADPCM algorithm, and full 128-bit encryption. According to the company, there is no saturation or distortion at the higher frequencies of a high SPL input with these models, which also offer built-in equalization and microphone capsule modeling. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Avlex Corp. at 816-581-9103 or at www.avlex.com.

Modular multiswitcher

The ISM 824 MultiSwitcher from Extron Electronics is a modular matrix switcher that allows for simultaneous video/RGB scaling and wideband switching in a compact enclosure. Five output expansion boards are available for the ISM 824. The Universal Scaler Output Board features high-performance RGB and video scaling with upconversion and downconversion of high-resolution RGB signals at up to UXGA (1600x1200) as well as HDTV 1080p. The Video Scaler Output Board scales standard definition composite video and S-video signals up to SXGA+ (1400x1050) or HDTV resolutions up to 1080p. The Scan Converter Output Board delivers optimized, scan-converted video output from high-resolution computer-video sources. Price: $6,190. For more information, contact Extron Electronics at 800-633-9876 or at www.extron.com.

Power conditioner enhancements

Furman Sound has unveiled a new look and enhanced features for its Elite Series of power conditioners. The new units will be designated with a letter ā€œiā€ at the end of each model number to differentiate them from the original Elite series. In addition to technologies that made the original versions popular, including linear filtering technology and virtually non-sacrificial surge suppression, the new models provide 12-volt triggering for remote control. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Furman Sound at 877-486-4738 or at www.furmansound.com.

Routing switcher

Kramer Electronics has released the Sierra Video Systems' Lassen 88HD HD-SDI/SDI Routing Switcher. According to the company, this is the smallest model in the Lassen line of HD, digital, and analog routing switchers. At 2RU in height, the unit features multi-format digital video boards, a front panel LCD display with a Qwik Adjust Knob rotary control interface, and RJ-45 connectors for IP communication over Ethernet. The switcher is supported by Sierra Video Systems' SCP Series programmable control panels as well as XY and single bus remote control panels. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Kramer Electronics at 888-275-6311 or at www.kramerus.com.

Single-arm plasma/LCD mount

The EA310 Cantilever single-arm plasma/LCD mount from Elite Screens is designed for single-stud installation. Capable of accommodating 22-inch to 37-inch displays weighing up to 80 pounds, the unit is compliant with VESA standard formats. The mount with universal adapter plate has a flush thickness of 4.44 inches and will extend up to 28 inches from the mount surface. The unit is capable of a 10 degree/-5 degree vertical tilt with variable panel rotation that allows landscape or portrait presentations. Price: N/A. For more information, contact Elite Screens at 877-511-1211 or at www.elitescreens.com.



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