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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.

Audio system processor

Designed for FOH engineers, monitor engineers, and systems contractors, the DriveRack 4800 system processor from dbx Professional features a 96 kHz processing engine and standard digital I/O that extend frequency response and reduce latency, according to the company. The unit offers Harman Professional's HiQnet protocol, which can be used to monitor and control signal routing, as well as process multiple DriveRack 4800 units using standard Ethernet equipment such as routers and wireless access points. Price: $3,749.95. Availability: currently available. For more information, see dbx Professional at NSCA booth 913, or contact the company at 801-566-8800 or at www.dbxpro.com.

Audio matrix platform

Symetrix has introduced a line of remote control wall panels for its Symnet Audio Matrix platform designed for audio control applications such as volume, priority paging, preset switching, and room-combining. Models include: the ARC-K1, a dual-function rotary encoder; the ARC-SW4, a four-button control with bi-color LEDs; the ARC-SWK, a four-button control with an encoder that combines an ARC-K1 and ARC-SW4; the ARC-Mic, which incorporates the SW4 panel and an onboard condenser microphone with push-button talk; the ARC-XLR, which incorporates the SW4 panel and an XLR connector; the EXK, an extension encoder; and the EX4, which offers an extension button panel. Price: N/A. For more information, see Symetrix at NSCA booth 217, or contact the company at 425-778-7728 or at www.symetrixaudio.com.

Cat5 extender

The Cat5 5000 HD from Gefen is designed to extend two digital video displays and DDC and USB signals over Cat5 cables. The unit is made up of a rack-mountable sender and receiver offering two DVI ports and one USB port. The ports enable the creation of a remote dual display workstation controlled by a USB keyboard and mouse. The 7-pound extender supports VESA standards and HDTV resolution, and extends DVI- and USB 1.1-compliant devices up to 150 feet. Price: $1,299. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Gefen at NSCA booth 239, or contact the company at 818-884-6294 or at www.gefen.com.

Conferencing phone system

ClearOne Communications has released the MAXAttach wired conferencing phone system, which incorporates two phone units that link together. According to the company, the MAXAttach provides even sound in medium- and small-sized rooms by doubling the number of speakers and microphones, and enabling multiple systems to be linked for use in larger conference rooms. The system features Gentner Distributed Echo Cancellation and first-microphone priority technologies, full-duplex sound, and three microphones per unit. Price: $799. Availability: currently available. For more information, see ClearOne Communications at NSCA booth 218, or contact the company at 800-945-7730 or at www.clearone.com.

Sound reinforcement speakers

Yamaha has introduced the Installation Series of sound reinforcement speakers, which includes 12-inch and 15-inch full-range, two- and three-way loudspeakers, horn-loaded mid/high loudspeakers, single and dual 8-inch, two-way loudspeakers, a dual 5-inch, full-range speaker, and single and dual 15-inch and 18-inch subwoofers. Cabinets can be stacked, arrayed, or hung, and multi-angled cabinets can be used as floor monitors. Price: $700 to $2,900. Availability: June (all models). For more information, see Yamaha at NSCA booth 709, or contact the company at 714-522-9011 or at www.yamaha.com.

LCD projector

The PLV-WF10 is a widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD projector from Sanyo Fisher. The projector offers WXGA (1366x768) resolution, 4,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 900:1 contrast ratio, and 8-bit motion de-interlace image processing circuits. Network control and administration is enabled via an optical network board and a Cat5 network connection. The network board can memorize and store up to 55 PC modes and can be used in parallel with RS232 controllers. Price: $12,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Sanyo Fisher at NSCA booths 725 and 825, or contact the company at 888-495-3452 or at www.sanyo.com.

Serial command transmitter

Xantech Commercial has introduced the IPRS23202 XtraLink IP, which enables the transmission of RS232, RS422, or RS485 serial commands over an existing IP network to a specific IP address. The transmitter offers Ethernet connection through a single female RJ45 connector, serial connection through a nine-pin D-type male connector, and DC power through a 2.1 mm coaxial connector. Price: $500. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Xantech at NSCA booth 1219, or contact the company at 888-512-5972 or at www.xantechcommercial.com.

Loudspeaker management system

The Galileo loudspeaker management system from Meyer Sound is a hardware/software system that enables users to drive and align sound reinforcement systems using multiple zones. The system consists of the Galileo 616, a six-input/ 16-output 2U, fully digital matrix processor and the company's Compass control software. The software is designed to operate the Galileo 616 via a graphical environment running on a remote computer or tablet. Simultaneous use of analog and digital inputs is supported in up to a total of six input channels. Price: $7,500. Availability: April. For more information, see Meyer Sound at NSCA booth 1117, or contact the company at 510-486-1166 or at www.meyersound.com.

Twisted pair receiver

Extron has added the MTP RL 15HD RS mini twisted pair receiver with loop-through to its MTP 15HD RS Series. The receiver is designed to work with the MTP 15HD transmitter to transmit RGB, component, S-video and composite video, as well as bi-directional RS232 signals over a single UTP cable. The receiver features a female RJ45 output connector and a buffered twisted pair output, which enables up to seven receivers to be connected in a series. Price: $530. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Extron at NSCA booth 1225, or contact the company at 800-633-9876 or at www.extron.com.

Compact digital recorder

Targeted for use in government, house of worship, and education applications, the PMD660 from Marantz is a compact digital recorder that provides one-touch digital recording to Compact Flash media cards. The recorder offers on-board editing via a copy segment option as well as playback and instant audio access to preset market points via the unit's virtual track mode. Uncompressed WAV files can be recorded at 44.1 or 48 kHz and MP3 files can be recorded in mono (at 64 kb/s) or in stereo (at 128 kb/s). Price: $649. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Marantz at NSCA booth 447, or contact the company at 630-741-0300 or at www.marantz.com.

Multi-screen display processor

The MediaWall 2000 from RGB Spectrum is a multi-screen display processor that accepts up to six graphic and six video inputs, supports up to 1920x1200 and HDTV resolutions, and displays them simultaneously across up to four screens. The MediaWall offers an embedded operating system that eliminates the limitations in real-time, update-rate, and configuration applications that can result from using an external PC architecture, according to the company. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see RGB Spectrum at NSCA booth 1838, or contact the company at 510-814-7000 or at www.rgbspectrum.com.

Projection screen

Da-Lite has added four new models to its Cosmopolitan Electrol automatic electric projection screen line: 188- and 216-inch diagonal screens for HDTV applications and 210- and 240-inch diagonal screens for NTSC applications. The new models offer a two-piece aluminum extruded case that measures 7.9 feet high by 6.8 feet deep. Adjustable ceiling and wall mounting brackets are included for installation. Price: $1,917 (188-inch diagonal HDTV and 210-inch diagonal NTSC screens); $2,417 (216-inch diagonal HDTV and 240-inch diagonal NTSC screens). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Da-Lite at NSCA booth 1024, or contact the company at 800-622-3737 or at www.da-lite.com.

Equipment racks

Atlas Sound has introduced the WMA Series equipment racks, which are designed for improved wire management, easier equipment access, and installation flexibility, according to the company. The series offers five models: the 10-23 (10 RU), the 12-23 (12 RU), the 16-23 (16 RU), the 24-23 (24 RU), and the 35-23 (35 RU). Each model measures 21.9 inches wide and has an overall depth of 23.6 inches. The racks offer top and bottom knockouts on the rear section for UHF/VHF antennas and conduit. All models are finished in a black electrostatic powder coat. Price: $378 (10-23); $426 (12-23); $542 (16-23); $716 (24-23); $832 (35-23). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Atlas Sound at NSCA booths 201 and 301, or contact the company at 800-876-3333 or at www.atlassound.com.

LCD display

The LC-M3700P 37-inch LCD display from Sharp offers an integrated acrylic protective overlay for use in high-traffic areas such as airports, restaurants, retail outlets, conference rooms, boardrooms, stadiums, and other digital signage applications. The display offers a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366x768 resolution, an 800:1 contrast ratio, a 15 ms response time, and a five-level color temperature setting. Price: $9,290 (with protective overlay); $7,995 (without protective overlay.) Availability: currently available. For more information, see Sharp at NSCA booth 1231, or contact the company at 866-484-7825 or at www.sharplcd.com.

Headworn microphone

The AT892 MicroSet omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone from Audio-Technica is targeted for use in corporate presentation, house of worship, education, and theatre sound reinforcement applications. The microphone is available in multiple terminations to work with Audio-Technica and other manufacturers' wireless systems. The microphone offers two windscreens, two element covers, a cable clip, and a protective carrying case. Price: $419 to $499, depending on configuration. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Audio-Technica at NSCA booth 513, or contact the company at 330-686-2600 or at www.audio-technica.com.

Lensless projector

The WT610 DLP projector from NEC Solutions America features the company's lensless mirror design to produce a 40-inch image from a 2.5-inch projection distance or a 100-inch image from a 26-inch projection distance. The projector offers a 3,500:1 contrast ratio, 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, native XGA (1024x768) resolution, and Advanced AccuBlend technology for non-native sources up to UXGA. The company's Eco-Mode technology enables the unit to achieve a 3,000-hour lamp life and a 32 dB audible noise level. Price: $6,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, see NEC Solutions America at NSCA booth 1129, or contact the company at 800-632-4636 or at www.necvisualsystems.com.

Audio system processor

The CS496XX family of audio system processors from Cirrus Logic is designed to integrate the company's CobraNet technology and deliver real-time, uncompressed digital audio over Ethernet networks. The CS496102, CS496112, and CS496122 combine the power of a 120-MIPS audio optimized, 32-bit DSP with a CobraNet communications processor, in a single chip. The CS496102 supports two channels of simultaneous audio in/out. The CS496112 supports eight channels of simultaneous audio in-out, while the CS496122 supports 16 channels of simultaneous audio in/out. Price: $18 in quantities of 10,000 (CS496102); $21.60 in quantities of 10,000 (CS496112); $23.26 in quantities of 10,000 (CS496122). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Cirrus Logic at NSCA booth 850, or contact the company at 512-851-4084 or at www.cirrus.com.

Digital telephone interface

The TH4 digital hybrid telephone interface from Lectrosonics seamlessly integrates telephone line signals into the mixing and routing matrix when used with the company's DM Series DSP matrix processors. The interface features acoustic and line echo cancellers and the DTMF dialer, which features two-wire/four-wire bridging and far-end automatic gain control. The TH4 interconnects through a digital bus, enabling phone line signals to be routed to multiple output channels in the sound system. Price: N/A. Availability: June. For more information, see Lectrosonics at NSCA booth 814, or contact the company at 800-821-1121 or at www.lectrosonics.com.

Compact subwoofer system

The VS10 BP compact subwoofer system from Tannoy is designed to extend low frequency response and increase system headroom in Tannoy V Series loudspeakers. The unit offers a single high-efficiency, 10-inch drive unit and extends frequency response to below 40 Hz. The VS10 BP includes two pairs of 4 mm binding posts for the amplifier input and high-pass output connectors for satellite loudspeakers, which enables the subwoofer and satellites to be driven from a single amplifier channel. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Tannoy at NSCA booth 837, or contact the company at 519-745-1158 or at www.tannoyna.com.

Optical distribution amplifiers

The four-output 8000 Series and 12-output 8100 Series optical distribution amplifiers from Communications Specialties are designed to support high-speed optical signals. According to the company, the 8000 and 8100 Series amplifiers distribute signals from almost any Pure Digital Fiberlink transmitter unit to multiple Pure Digital Fiberlink receiver units without degradation to the original baseband signal. The models are compatible with the company's 7720 Series WXGA and Audio fiber system at wavelengths of 1,550 nm or 1,310 nm. Price: Systems start at $1,595 (8000 Series) and $2,295 (8100 Series). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Communications Specialties at NSCA booth 754, or contact the company at 631-273-0404 or at www.commspecial.com.



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