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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.

Projection screen

Draper has introduced the Salara line of motorized projection screens for standard AV, NTSC, HDTV, and widescreen formats. The Salara offers a 10-foot power cord and can be controlled by a wireless wall switch or a remote control. Standard AV format Salara screens range from 50 inches by 50 inches square to 96 inches by 96 inches square; NTSC screens range from 72 inches to 120 inches diagonal; HDTV screens range from 65 to 106 inches diagonal; and widescreen-formatted screens range from 99 inches to 108 inches diagonal. Price: Screens start at $600. Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Draper at NSCA booth 312, or contact the company at 765-987-1689 or at www.draperinc.com.

Widescreen projectors

Targeted for use in house of worship, boardroom, and training room applications, the DW3K (pictured here) and DW6K are widescreen projectors from Christie. Both models feature WXGA (1280x720) resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1,500 to 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and 10-bit image processing. They also feature built-in edge blending and optional image warping, which enables images to be wrapped around curved objects. The DW3K offers 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, while the DW6K offers 6,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Christie at NSCA booth 735, or contact the company at 714-236-8610 or at www.christiedigital.com.

Reference amplifiers

The R150 Plus, R300 Plus, and R500 Plus reference amplifiers from Inter-M Americas are two-channel, 2RU models that are convection-cooled for noiseless operation, according to the company. The R150 Plus produces 150 W at 8 ohms in bridged-mono mode and 75 W/4 ohms per channel in stereo mode. The R300 Plus produces 300 W at 8 ohms in bridged-mono mode and 150 W/4 ohms per channel in stereo mode. The R500 Plus (pictured here) produces 460 W at 8 ohms in bridged-mono mode and 250 W/4 ohms per channel in stereo mode. All models are operable between 20 Hz and 20 kHz (±0.5 dB) and feature a signal-to-noise ratio of greater than 100 dB. Price: $330 (R150 Plus); $380 (R300 Plus); $472 (R500 Plus). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Inter-M Americas at NSCA booth 421, or contact the company at 610-874-8870 or at www.inter-m.net.

Mixing console

Soundcraft has added the eight-bus GB8 mixing console to its GB Series. The GB8 is available in sizes from 16 to 48 mono channels, each with four stereo channels and four stereo returns. Targeted for use in houses of worship, performance venues, and other fixed installation applications, the console's dual-mode topology enables FOH and monitor duties with fader control of group or auxiliary outputs. The console features a sloping rear connector panel that allows users to configure from the front of the desk, and an integral power supply link option for external backup PSU. Price: $3,599.99 to $9,499.99, depending on configuration. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Soundcraft at NSCA booth 913, or contact the company at 818-920-3212 or at www.soundcraft.com.

Output card and software

Biamp Systems has released Version 3.6 of its Audia software, which features the EventScheduler block designed to enhance automation of scheduled audio events in facilities that rely on timed events, announcements, message routing, or audio adjustments dictated by time. The company's OP2e AudiaFlex output card (pictured here) offers six levels of full-scale output ranging from +24 dBu to –31 dBu and offers improved signal-to-noise ratio, according to the company. Price: Version 3.6 Audia software is free to download at www.biamp.com; $120 (OP2e). Availability: currently available (both products). For more information, see Biamp Systems at NSCA booth 509, or contact the company at 503-641-7287 or at www.biamp.com.



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