What’s New: Residential Technology
Oct 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon
The MTX Audio Blueprint Contractor series includes nine new models designed specifically for home theater applications. The high-performance, custom in-wall and in-ceiling speakers provide features such as a pivoting dome tweeter, a front-mounted tweeter level switch, IR remote knockout, and video shielding, and give the listener more mounting location options, more imaging control, and better overall performance. In addition to a variety of 5.25in., 6.5in., and 8in. in-ceiling and in-wall models, a specialty LCR for front- and center-channel applications and an in-wall subwoofer are also available. The 8in. in-wall sub boosts low frequencies, creating a rich, full sound without taking up any floor space.
▪ MTX Audio | www.mtx.com
The new LiteTouch/Elan Ole XL faceplate combines the convenience and sophistication of a LiteTouch lighting-control system with the superior sound of a home audio/video system from Elan Home Systems. The new combo faceplate is available in white, black, and almond finishes in the following keypad styles: LiteTouch Coastal keypad with one to five buttons, LiteTouch Metropolitan keypad with three buttons, and LiteTouch Metropolitan keypad with nine buttons. LiteTouch LiteWare 3.8 programming software supports the integrated control system.
Phoenix Gold, a division of Rodin, announced its ATO42/52/62-series indoor/outdoor loudspeakers at the 2007 CEDIA Expo. The affordable, two-way weather-resistant loudspeakers are perfect for delivering home theater and stereo sound throughout the home or to the outdoors for expanded listening enjoyment options. The versatile series includes low-diffraction housing and a talc-filled polypropylene woofer with proper size and power handling (4in. 75W, 5.25in. 100W, and 6.5in. 125W) for flexible sound coverage and placement options. The loudspeakers also include a superior 1in. aluminum dome tweeter, a complex phase-compensating asymmetrical crossover design, an aluminum grille, and metal brackets. The loudspeakers are available in black and white finishes.
▪ Phoenix Gold Innovative Home
The CineWeave HD projection screen from SmX Cinema Solutions is made from a patent-pending woven material to produce what SmX touts as the first acoustically transparent projection screen. According to the company, the screen provides clear, consistently bright and vibrant images from edge to edge, pure color accuracy, and increased contrast and sharpness, all without degradation of audio quality. The video-projection screen combines high reflective gain (1.16), acoustic transparency that requires zero screen EQ, 160-degree hotspot-free viewing angles, and freedom from reflective artifacts. And because of the screen's unique, easy on-site adjustability, SmX guarantees CineWeave to be entirely free of moiré-pattern artifacts.
▪ SmX Cinema Solutions
The Infinity Systems PS212W wireless subwoofer simplifies installation by eliminating the need to route wires to the subwoofer through walls or under floors. This allows for a wider range of placement options in home theater and music systems. The powered subwoofer includes a compact, easy-to-use transmitter/receiver module that operates in the 2.4GHz frequency range and offers a choice of four selectable channels to ensure interference-free operation. The subwoofer includes a built-in 400W amplifier and features continuously variable crossover frequency and level controls and a phase switch to optimize its bass performance in any system and room.
▪ Infinity Systems
The Digital Projection International (DPI) iVision 30-1080p is engineered for simple integration and provides a powerful but affordable solution for elite home theaters. At only 3.5in. tall and 11in. wide and weighing just 6.5lbs., the iVision 30-1080p delivers up to 2700 ANSI lumens using a high-performance 300W UHP lamp. The projector is enabled with Brilliant Color, and it can be ordered with any three specialized color wheels to enhance brightness, color, or contrast. Depending on the color wheel selected, it can produce contrast ratios up to 5000:1. Inputs include HDMI (1.3), DVI, component, composite, S-Video, and analog RGB.
▪ Digital Projection International
The JBL LS360C in-ceiling home theater loudspeaker features a Radiator Plus flatpanel woofer; dual 3in. Organic Ceramic Composite midrange drivers; and a 1in., pure-titanium tweeter mounted in an EOS waveguide to deliver clear and detailed sound quality over a wide listening area. Its drivers are mounted on angled baffles to provide superior dispersion and an expansive sound field from a space-saving, in-ceiling configuration. Acoustic isolation minimizes sound leakage into adjacent rooms, regardless of the type of ceiling in which the speaker is installed. The loudspeaker also features a low-frequency boundary compensation switch and a tweeter-level control.
▪ JBL | www.jbl.com
The Harman Kardon CP 65, CP 60, and CP 55 home theater systems are built around the company's AVR 347, AVR 247, and AVR 146 audio/video receivers. All three systems include a DVD player, a 5.1-channel loudspeaker system, a unified system remote control, and cables and accessories. They combine ease of operation with exceptional audio and video performance, advanced features, and elegant black-and-silver styling. The receivers provide video processing and scaling up to 720p via Faroudja DCDi technology, in addition to HDMI and component video outputs. The receivers also feature audio processing and signal-repeater functionality via HDMI outputs. The receivers are capable of passing high-definition video signals up to 1080p through multiple HDMI or component video connections. Other features include automated room equalization and system calibration; XM Satellite Radio; multiroom audio capability; and high-current, ultra-wide-bandwidth amplifier sections.
▪ Harman Kardon
VIRTUAL SURROUND SYSTEM
Final Sound Solutions' new Final System 8 HD system combines a DVD (that reads discs with MP3 files)/CD player with a built-in 75W Class-D amplifier, Dolby Virtual Surround DSP, a complete AV switching module, HDMI in and out, a universal remote control, and the matching S95 subwoofer. The consumer can choose from several floorstanding or wall-mountable models of Final Sound's electrostatic loudspeakers to complete the package depending on the size of the room. Unlike other virtual-surround systems, Final Sound's system creates a unique figure-eight-shaped sound wave that fills any size room, creating a true surround-sound experience using just two loudspeakers and a subwoofer.
▪ Final Sound Solutions
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