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New Products: August 2006

CodexNovus media server, ALTO public address system, Crestron audio distribution system ...

Media server

The HDcodex DML-200c from CodexNovus is designed for trade show displays, corporate boardrooms, point-of-purchase kiosks in AV dealer showrooms, and public display applications. The DML-200c is a commercial-grade, high-definition media server that streams video, audio, pictures, and graphics. It provides SD and HD video at resolutions up to 1080p, and supports MPEG, AVI, TS, MP2, MP3, AC3, WAV, AAC, HTML, SWF, BMP, PNG, TIFF, GIF, and JPG files. It features a 250 GB hard drive and multichannel 5.1 and 7.1 high-resolution digital audio capabilities. Price: $3,499. Availability: fourth quarter. For more information, contact CodexNovus at 217-351-4819 or at

Public address system

The Orient Express 400 (OEX-400) compact PA system from ALTO is designed for use in schools and churches. The OEX-400 features 400 W of output power, three mono inputs with Neutrik Combo XLR 1/4-inch connectors and independent two-band EQ, two 10-inch coaxial speakers with a 1-inch high-frequency driver, and onboard DSP with 16 effects. The product includes a seven-channel mixer with stereo RCA inputs and seven-band graphic EQ. Price: $499. Availability: November. For more information, contact ALTO at 716-297-2920 or at

Audio distribution system

The Adagio AADS audio distribution system from Crestron provides audio signal routing, processing, and amplification for up to six rooms. Services are expandable to up to 24 rooms. The Adagio AADS features plug-and-play support for the company's Adagio Audio Server, as well as a 2-Series Ethernet control system. It includes 8 MB Flash, 32 MB SDRAM, and 256 KB NVRAM memory, with volume, balance, bass, treble, loudness, mute, mono, and input compensation audio controls. Price: $2,500. Availability: September. For more information, contact Crestron at 800-237-2041 or at

Video switch

Belkin's PureAV HDMI Interface 3-to-1 Video Switch connects to and switches as many as three digital video sources, including cable set-top boxes, DVD players, and other devices. The device connects and switches HDMI and HDMI interface-to-DVI cables through one HDMI port on a TV or receiver. The 3-to-1 Video Switch supports 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolutions, and works with HDCP-compliant devices. Price: $199.99. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Belkin at 800-223-5546 or at

Electric projection screen

The VMAX electric projection screen from Elite Screens includes a black border on all sides of the screen and an extended 16-inch black border on the top of the screen for use with high-ceiling and adjustable drop/rise positioning applications. The screen, which can be controlled via included IR and RF remote controls, includes a detachable three-way wall box to receive the signals. Screen sizes range from 84 to 235 inches diagonal, and are available in 1:1, 4:3, and 16:9 aspect ratios. Price: N/A (all sizes). Availability: currently available (all sizes). For more information, contact Elite Screens at 877-511-1211 or at

Large-venue projector

Digital Projection International's LIGHTNING 40HD-T large-venue projector features 21,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The L40HD-T has a 1,600:1 contrast ratio, up to 2K resolution, and total chassis power consumption of less than 4.5 kW. The projector accepts sources up to 12 bits per color through dual DVI inputs. Price: $129,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Digital Projection International at 770-420-1350 or at

Wireless conferencing network

The Bosch Wireless Digital Conferencing Network (DCN) from Listen Technologies features a central unit and microphone delegate units, which can be controlled by delegates or an operator via remote. The system operates on a 2.4 GHz radio frequency band for security and to protect against interference from other wireless devices, such as cell phones, Bluetooth devices, and WiFi networks. Price: Systems start at $9,421. Availability: September. For more information, contact Listen Technologies at 801-233-8992 or at

Digital amplifiers

The DA Series line of digital multichannel amplifiers from TOA Electronics Inc. is designed for multi-zone distributed loudspeaker systems. The DA-250FH provides four 70 V output channels of 250 W or two 140 V channels of 500 W in bridged mode. The DA-250F provides four channels of 250 W at 4 ohms, or two channels of 500 W at 8 ohms in bridged mode. Both models weigh 14.6 pounds with a single rack-space design, and can rack-mount up to five units without space between units. Price: N/A. For more information, contact TOA Electronics at 650-588-2538 or

Coax cable

Rapco International and Horizon Music Inc.'s Easy Pull RGB Coax Cable connects PCs to monitors, projectors, and plasma screens. Targeted for use in SVGA (800x600) video installations, the cable features male and female DIN connectors covered with heat shrink tubing and a plenum jacket. Optional bulkhead connectors are available for mounting HD15 connectors to faceplates and faceplate connectors for DIN connectors. The cable can be pulled through a 3/4-inch conduit, and supports up to XGA (1024x768) signal resolution for cable runs up to 150 feet and SVGA up to 200 feet. Price: start at $71.91. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Rapco International at 800-325-0266 or at, or contact Horizon Music at 800-255-9822 or at

Immersive videoconferencing environment

Polycom's RPX RealPresence Experience customizable, immersive videoconferencing environment includes audio, video, lighting, and furniture components. For video, the solution features high-resolution projection screens, up to four of the company's VSX 8000 codecs, 15-inch LCD monitors with a wireless keyboard and mouse for every other seat at conference tables, and up to four rear projectors. For audio, the RPX offers the company's EEF2280 automatic microphone matrix mixer, three embedded microphones, and an integrated SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone. Conference tables, conference chairs, and carpet are available in multiple colors. Price: Environments start at $249,000. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Polycom at 800-765-9266 or at

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