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NSCA 2005 Product Preview

A sampling of products to be featured at the 2005 NSCA Systems Integration Expo, March 10-12 in Orlando, FL.

Real-time media recorder

The Mediasite RL400 from Sonic Foundry is a real-time media recorder targeted for use in fixed installation applications such as lecture halls, corporate training facilities, and conference rooms. The unit captures analog video in S-video, composite, NTSC, and PAL formats, as well as digital video via its IEEE-1394 DV and USB inputs. The unit records analog audio through two balanced XLR and two unbalanced RCA inputs, captures digital audio through IEEE-1394 DV and USB digital audio inputs, and the unit's secondary audio card captures audio via its line-in, mic-in, and mic-out inputs. Price: $21,950. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Sonic Foundry at NSCA booth 1651, or contact the company at 877-783-7987 or at www.sonicfoundry.com.

Flat-panel mounts

Peerless Industries has released three flat-panel mounts for ceiling and wall installation applications. The LCD Ceiling Mount is designed for 13- to 29-inch flat-panel screens in portrait or landscape orientation mounted in a standard position or facing the floor. The smART Mount Universal Tilt Wall Mount (pictured here) for 32- to 63-inch flat-panel screens is self-balancing and enables adjustment of the screen without tools or knobs. The Universal Flat Wall Mount is designed for 32- to 63-inch flat-panel screens in digital signage, boardroom, and front desk applications. Price: $219 to $239, depending on column length (LCD Ceiling Mount); N/A (smART Mount); $209 (Universal Flat Wall Mount). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Peerless Industries at NSCA booth 536, or contact the company at 708-865-2110 or at www.peerlessindustries.com.

Cable termination system

Designed for installation applications that run through conduit, the EZLINX termination system from Liberty Wire & Cable provides a proprietary quick-connect solution to eliminate the need for soldering. The quick-connect solution includes the LINX cable, which is a 26 AWG cable with a 13-pin female connector on each end, and a pigtail with a 13-pin male connector on one end and one of 14 molded assembly connector pins on the other end. Pigtail options for the system include VGA, BNC, RCA, S-video, and analog DVI connectors. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Liberty Wire & Cable at NSCA booth 839, or contact the company at 800-530-8998 or at www.libertycable.com.

Phone interfacing software

Intelix has released its MZP Comet-DTMF touchtone phone interfacing software for the MZP multi-zone paging and program distribution system. With the Comet-DTMF, an unlimited number of users have access paging ability in up to 128 software-definable zones through analog and PBX touchtone phone systems, independent zone-selectable paging microphones, and other contact closure-enabled devices. The software also features bi-directional signaling and paging zone status feedback. Price: MZP systems with DTMF software start at $2,886. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Intelix at NSCA booth 224, or contact the company at 466-462-8649 or at www.intelix.com.

Multimedia workstation

Designed for education applications, the WSV-40 multimedia workstation from Sound-Craft Systems is available with an optional cable port outlet, a 16-space rack mount, a wiring duct, a cooling fan, a duplex outlet, and a monitor well. The 225-pound workstation measures 41.5 inches high by 41.8 inches wide by 27 inches deep and offers a 23- by 26.3-inch folding document camera shelf. The workstation is available in natural oak, dark oak, and dark cherry-stained oak finishes. Price: $2,990. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Sound-Craft at NSCA booth 820, or contact the company at 800-643-8747 or at www.sound-craft.com.

Image converter

The VIO 1600 image converter from Analog Way is designed for use in professional AV applications. The unit offers three universal AV inputs, which accept analog or digital, computer, video, HDTV, optional SDI and HDSDI inputs, and one universal output that allows any type of interfacing with loop-through. The VIO 1600 features BNC, HD15, DVI, mini-Din, and cinch/RCA connectors. Price: $4,590. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Analog Way at NSCA booth 1134, or contact the company at 212-269-1902 or at www.analogway.com

Room design wizard

Polycom has released the InstantDesigner v. 2.0, which is a room design wizard for Polycom's Vortex Conference Composer software. Designed for integrators and consultants, the software guides system designers through the steps required to create audioconferencing and sound reinforcement solutions. The user chooses the necessary inputs, outputs, and optional sound reinforcement zones needed for the desired system, and the software selects the appropriate Polycom devices and maps the system. Price: Free with Vortex products. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Polycom at NSCA booth 1120, or contact the company at 800-765-9266 or at www.polycom.com.

Loudspeakers

Turbosound has introduced the TA-880H three-way, mid-high enclosure and the TA-880L low-frequency cabinet loudspeaker, which are targeted for use in ground-stacking, touring, and fixed installation applications such as nightclubs, sports facilities, theaters, and exhibition centers. The TA-880H features Turbosound's Polyhorn technology, which provides a phase-coherent wavefront at the horn mouth and sharp cut-off at the pattern edges. The TA-880L is designed to provide low-frequency support from a compact, manageable cabinet, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Turbosound at NSCA booth 425, or contact the company 860-434-9190 or at www.turbosound.com.

Control system interface

Targeted for use in classrooms and small- to medium-sized presentation rooms, the ButtonMate EZ from Mediatech is a stand-alone control system that can be programmed with the company's software. The unit offers six selectable device output buttons, 90 discrete command string locations, four configurable serial ports, two IR ports with user-adjustable output power, a built-in IR learner with 62 memory locations, and two low-voltage contact closure outputs. Price: $1,295. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Mediatech at NSCA booth 649, or contact the company at 386-258-9958 or at www.gomediatech.com.

Flat-panel overlay

Targeted for use in boardroom, classroom, retail, and kiosk applications, the PDS EZtouch line of touch overlays for large flat-panel displays from Electrograph feature scratch-resistant surfaces that use optical imaging touchscreen technology to produce a touch accuracy of ±2 mm. The overlay can be used with a hard or soft stylus, finger, or gloved hand, and features no-touch pressure, which registers input at 1 mm above the surface. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Electrograph at NSCA booth 745, or contact the company at 800-776-5768 or at www.electrograph.com.



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