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Latest ProAV News

Happenings around the AV world By Denise Harrison
For the latest news and product views, here's a roundup of what's new in the ProAV market. Find lots of information about the newest products that are important to the ProAV market, such as projectors, displays, presentation equipment, trade show news, screens, and much more.


Canon Introduces 5100-Lumen LCD Projector - Their Brightest Yet

Canon introduced the network-enabled, LV-7565, an LCD projector specified at 5100 ANSI lumens, XGA resolution and 1000:1 contrast ratio. The projector is shipped with a 1.3X lens, but optional lenses include Ultra Wide Angle, Wide Angle Zoom, Long Focus Zoom, and Ultra Long Focus Zoom.

The projector also includes a color management function for manually adjusting a specific color, 2:3 pull-down, auto picture control, which automatically optimizes image quality, intelligent sharpness control, and progressive scan converter.

The Canon LV-7565 will be available in late November. MSRP is $7999. The LV-7565F, a body-only version (no lens) will have a suggested list price of $7499.

NEC, Kodak After Digital Cinema Market

NEC and Kodak both had recent announcements regarding digital cinema products.

NEC announced that it is shipping its NEC STARUS Digital Cinema system. The system includes a line of STAR*Beam DLP projectors, the STAR*Cor Multiplex servers and software, and STAR*Show screen servers. According to NEC, the multiplex-wide digital cinema system deployment is the first and only complete solution available from a single vendor for theatres.


Kodak announced the company has its first digital system for full-length features, the Kodak CineServer. The new server is designed to decrypt, decompress and send feature-length content to any digital projector of up to 2K resolution.

Commercial versions will be available beginning early in 2005.

Kodak will also work on a 4K system.

Toshiba Introduces Two DLP Projectors

Toshiba has two new SVGA 800 x 600 DLP projectors, the TDP-S80U/ SW80U, specified at 2000 ANSI lumens and 2000:1 contrast ratio. The TDP-SW80U model has integrated 802.11b/g for wireless operation as well as a PC card slot.

The projector series has what Toshiba calls Natural Color Enhancer color correction circuitry to improve image quality and color, and it has monitor output. The pricing is pretty good for the specs: estimated street prices for the TDP-S80U/ SW80U are $1,299 and $1,499.


Toshiba Announces LED Displays, Processor

Toshiba LED has arrived! Toshiba added 6mm, 10mm and 25mm models to its line of modular LED displays. The new models within the full-color LED systems, called TECHNORAINBOW, include the TR2006R 6mm for indoor surface mount display, the TR2010ES 10mm indoor/outdoor surface mount display, and the TRV2025GC 25mm outdoor display.

The TR2006R 6mm SMD is an indoor modular LED screen that can be built flat, or on a convex, concave or combination curve along the horizontal axis. for extreme flexibility and maximum impact indoors. With the new processor, frame delay is as low as 1.5. The TR2010ES 10mm has 170-degree viewing angle, and the TRV2025GC 25mm is suited to outdoor applications that need larger screens.

The new processor, the TRLC1050 , has an all-digital path and is specifically designed for this LED product family. The processor includes both Serial Digital Interface (SDI) and High Definition SDI, and the 1.0 frame delay with a digital input is suited for on-camera applications, says the company.

The new displays and processor will be available next year.  

Integrator Solutions

VP-1608 From Kramer Allows Break-away and Follow Audio, Video Switching

Kramer Electronics introduced a new 16-input, 8-output RGBHV/balanced audio stereo matrix switcher that, with audio-breakaway, allows you to switch audio separately from video. The Kramer VP-1608 routes any input to any or all outputs simultaneously, has 15 preset memory locations, and a TAKE button to let the user place multiple switches in a queue and activate them with one touch of a button.

The VP-1608 is a high bandwidth switcher with 400MHz of bandwidth. It can be used to switch other signal formats, such as YUV, s-Video and composite video signals as well. The VP-1608 also has a "delayed switching" mode for clean transitions when switching between non-genlocked sources, and also includes a unique vertical and horizontal sync-pulse solution.

CSI Introduces Passive Optical Splitter

Communications Specialties, Inc. introduced the Fiberlink 6500 Series Passive Optical Splitter, which allows transmission of video, audio and data from one fiber optic transmitter to multiple receiver units simultaneously. This is accomplished by "splitting" the optical power across multiple fibers.

The 6500 Series works with all Pure Digital Fiberlink and Fiberlink one-way systems and provides point-to-multipoint signal distribution over short distances. The unit is available with two or four outputs. Depending on the wavelength provided by the transmitter unit, the optical signals are transmitted over multimode fiber at 850 or 1310 nm or over single mode fiber at 1310 or 1550 nm. Insertion loss ranges from 3.5 dB to 8.0 dB per output.

No power is required and models are available in card or box versions with ST or FCPC connectors.

Chief Mounts to Provide NAV-1 Lens Support

Chief Manufacturing introduced its NAV-1 Lens Support. The company says the NAV-1 is designed to quickly adapt Navitar's ScreenStar Conversion Lens to any Chief RPA projector mount.

The Navitar projector lens accessory lets the user change the picture size for most DLP or LCD projectors. With the addition of the NAV-1 Lens Support, users are provided enough adjustments to accommodate different projector sizes and lens placement. The NAV-1 allows users to pitch the lens down 20 degrees and up 10 degrees; laterally shift the lens 6.25 inches; and adjust the height 3.5 inches on the front of the lens plate.


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