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New Products: August 2006

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3LCD projector

Epson's PowerLite 3100i projector is designed for presentation environments in universities and business conference facilities. The PowerLite 3100i features 3LCD technology, 1.6X optical zoom, + 30-degree keystone adjustment, a 5W speaker, and up to 3,500 ANSI lumens of brightness in XGA (1024x768) native resolution. The device is compatible with tuners and components that transmit closed captioning. The projector incorporates an air filtration system that captures particles and prevents them from accumulating inside the projector. It also offers networking technology, and includes metal anchor bars on the base of the projector for theft protection. Price: $3,199. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Epson at 800-873-7766 or at

In-wall loudspeaker

The Sound Advance SA2C in-wall loudspeaker incorporates the company's Planar Diaphragm Technology. The speaker features a 70/100 V signal transformer, an 8-ohm bypass connection, a 12 dB/octave crossover circuit at 2 kHz, and primary taps for 0.5 W and 1 W, 2 W, 4 W, 8 W, 16 W, and 32 W output. According to the company, the product enables extended low-frequency reproduction. The SA2C measures 21 by 14 by 3 inches and weighs less than 8 pounds. Price: $600. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Sound Advance at 949-492-5449 or at

RGB peaking amplifier

Extron Electronics' PA 300 RGB Peaking Amplifier drives high-resolution computer-video signals over long cable runs. The PA 300 can drive RGB video signals up to 600 feet via Extron MHR or similar cable, and up to 1,000 feet via Extron RG6 or similar cable. The device is designed for use in lecture halls, conference rooms, and auditoriums. It features RGB video bandwidth of 350 MHz (-3 dB), variable level and peaking controls, and sync restoration, which restores sync voltage to TTL level, 5.0Vp-p. Price: $790. Availability: October. For more information, contact Extron at 714-491-1500 or at

Digital signage software

The 3M Digital Signage Software – Network Edition version 3.0 from 3M Digital Signage enables users to distribute and play back media files, schedule playlists, and monitor a network of digital signs from any Internet-connected computer. The software features new network management capabilities, including the ability to assign multiple users, network-status reporting enhancements, and an enhanced user interface. Users can organize media to suit any project, create usernames, assign specific privileges, schedule layouts, and change screen layouts within a playback schedule. Network Edition 2.0 users will receive automatic upgrades. Price: Software starts at $1,299. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact 3M Digital Signage at 888-460-8060 or at

Plasma displays

Hitachi America's UltraVision 42-inch 42HDS69 and 55-inch 55HDS69 (pictured here) HDTV plasma displays feature three HDMI and three component inputs, and incorporate the company's PictureMaster HD III video processing technology. The screens perform at a maximum 16-bit color capability, with automatic 3:2 film processing, split-screen capabilities, and CableCARD compatibility. Each model includes four HD aspect modes and six SD aspect modes. The 42-inch model has 1024x1080 resolution and 1080p processing, while the 55-inch model produces 1365x768 resolution. Price: $2,499 (42HDS69); $4,299 (55HDS69). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact Hitachi America at 800-448-2244 or at

Digital mixing console

The Midas XL8 live performance digital mixing console. The XL8 can accommodate up to 96 input insert sends, 96 input insert returns, 96 input compressor external side chain connections, 96 input noise gate external side chain connections, 96 input direct outputs, 51 mix buss insert sends, 51 mix buss insert returns, 51 mix buss direct inputs, and 1 talk mic input. There are also nine spare AES50 connections. Price: $360,000 price on application. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Midas at 800-392-3497 or at

Digital signage processor

The NEXIA TC digital signage processor from Biamp features eight wideband AEC mic/line inputs, two standard mic/line inputs, four mic/line outputs, and a telephone interface. The internal system design is customizable and can be controlled via software screens, RS232 control systems, and remote control. Systems can be linked by Ethernet and NexLink digital audio linking to create multi-unit NEXIA systems. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Biamp at 800-826-1457 or at

WXGA projector

Mitsubishi's SD2000U wide format, high-definition professional projector is designed for installation imaging requiring a native 16:9 aspect ratio. The native WXGA (1280x768) resolution projector uses Texas Instrument's TrueVision DDP3020 DLP image processing chip set, and provides 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. Price: $3,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Mitsubishi at 888-307-0349 or at

Subwoofer system

The Bag End P-S18E-AD self-powered, low-profile, single 18-inch subwoofer system measures 15 inches high and weighs 74 pounds. The product incorporates a 1,000 W Bag End Minima One amplifier and the company's INFRA signal processor. The P-S18E-AD can produce a flat response down to 8 Hz, according to the company. A power factor-corrected AC power unit adapts to any voltage between 88 V and 275 V. Price: $2,060. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Bag End at 847-382-4550 or at

Flat-panel display ceiling mount

The 42-inch Flat Panel TV Ceiling Mount from Peerless is designed for use in digital signage applications in retail locations. The mount features Quick-Connect pins and a Return-to-Zero feature, which realigns the mount if it's accidentally moved. Price: $500. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Peerless at 800-729-0307 or at

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