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ProAV Roundup

Latest news in displays, projectors and system integration By Gary Kayye, CTS


65-Inch HD LCD From Sharp Impressive!

We saw Sharps new 65-inch commercial HD LCD at NSCA and it really looks great. The PN-655 is specified at 1920 x 1080 resolution and 700:1 contrast ratio, and Sharp says the company added technologies to enhance the colors. A four-wavelength spectrum, cold-cathode fluorescent backlight, for example, is used for better reds and other technologies help clarify darker content.

The PN-655 ships in June and pricing is TBA.

Its not yet on the website, but for more on the consumer 65-inch, go to to http://www.sharpusa.com/SharpHome/1,1959,,00.html

Sony Introduces Digital Signage Plasma

Sony introduced a 42-inch plasma display for signage, boardroom and other business uses AND, its priced at just $2,400. AND it can be networked with a network media card ($700).

The FWD-42PX2 42-inch plasma is specified at 450cd/m2 brightness and 10,000:1 (in a dark room), and offers DVI-HDCP and RS232 connectivity, as well as dual option accessory and input slots. It also has picture-in-picture and video wall connectivity.

The FWD-42PX2 ships in April.

For more information, go to http://news.sel.sony.com/pressrelease/6554

NextWindow Unveils Touch Overlay for LCDs, Plasmas

NextWindow showed the new 2400 series touch panel overlay at NSCA. This new product for LCDs or plasmas 23- to 65 inches gives users touch screen capabilities with mouse functionality, too.

The NextWindow 2400 attaches to the front of the screen, is made of clear glass, accommodates a light touch (pressure not required) and can be touched with a finger, gloved hand or pointer. It can be hung in landscape or portrait, and has serial interface and USB port.

The company says it can be installed quickly.

For more information, go to http://www.nextwindow.com/products/2400/2400_overview.html

Barco Introduces Latest Outdoor LED Display

Barco has a new outdoor LED display, the SLite 10 XP, with 5,500 Nit specification and IP65 rating. The company says a new shader design delivers better black and contrast levels for full sunlight, and it has an advanced 14 bit processing and new LED level (XP) calibration for better color depth and uniformity. It is also specified at 2000hz refresh (!) and uses large, rugged pre-positioning cones as well as locking and safety mechanisms for quicker setup and teardowns.

For more information, go to http://www.barco.com/corporate/en/pressreleases/show.asp?index=1735


Integrator Solutions

Kramer Introduces VP-100A Computer Graphics Video Interface, Two New Scalers

Kramer Electronics introduced a new computer graphics video interface, the VP-100A. The company says the VP-100A accepts a computer graphics video signal on a 15-pin HD connector and outputs an RGBHV signal on 5 BNC connectors with recessed and adjustable EQ and defeat-able Horizontal and Vertical shift controls. It supports ID bits on pins 4 and 11 and it has a very high bandwidth of 430MHz @-3db. It provides a fully buffered (active) local monitor output on a 15-pin HD connector. And, it accepts an unbalanced stereo audio input and provides a fully balanced stereo audio output with recessed L and R level controls.

The VP-100A will also output an RGBS signal in addition to the standard RGBHV signal.

The VP-100A is housed in a compact desktop enclosure and operates via an internal worldwide power supply. It is shipping now.

The two new video scalers, part of the TOOLS product line, are the VP-413 and VP-415. These are designed to accept a composite or s-Video (YC) signal and scale it up to a computer graphics video output resolution. These scalers can scale video up to VGA (640x480), SVGA (800x600), XGA (1024x768) or WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution in RGBHV output format. The VP-413 has an analog output on a 15-pin HD output connector, while the VP-415 has both a digital and an analog output on a DVI-I output connector. Both models have an input selection switch to toggle between the composite video and s-Video (YC) inputs and a resolution button to toggle between the four output resolutions. Both the VP-413 and the VP-415 have 3-D de-interlacing circuitry and 3-D comb filters resulting in extremely high image quality from such compact and cost effective units.

They are currently shipping.

For more information, go to http://www.kramerelectronics.com/

ALTINEX Introduces Twisted Pair INTERA Wall Receiver and Transmitter

ALTINEXs new DS801-110 Transmitter and DS801-111 Receiver are two Twisted Pair audiovisual solutions in the companys INTERA series of wall mount Designer Solutions.

The DS801-110 Transmitter is designed as a wall installation to transmit RGBHV or component video and audio over UTP cable and offers a female 15-pin HD input with native Plug and Play compatibility. A 3.5mm Stereo Audio jack aids input, which is converted to Mono Audio prior to transmission. The DS801-111 Receiver receives computer video and audio encoded Twisted Pair signals and provides video equalization for cable runs up to 300ft.

The products feature VGA through UXGA over UTP cable, signal detect, plug and play and compatibility with all other ALTINEX Twisted Pair products. They are wall-mountable.

For more information, go to CS801-110 and DS801-111


Da-Lite Introduces Pneumatic Mobile Screen

Da-Lites new Insta-Theater Plus is a new portable front projection screen with a pneumatic lift that allows the screen to be raised from starting position to fully-extended. Users depress the foot pedal to retract the screen. Designed for traveling presenters and any other portable applications, the Insta-Theater Plus is available with the companys Wide Power fabric and in a 100-inch diagonal NTSC format.

For more information, go to http://www.da-lite.com/products/product.php?cID=19&pID=363

Canon Debuts Three XGA Presentation Projectors

Canon introduced three projectors designed for education, business, government, and other commercial applications. The Canon LV-7255, LV-7250 and LV-X6 are XGA LCD projectors specified at 2500 ANSI lumens, 2000 ANSI lumens, and 1500 ANSI, respectively, and the LV-7255 and LV-7250 at 600:1 contrast ratio; the LV-X6 at 500:1.

One unique feature is a Drag mode, which lets presenters use the remote control to wirelessly drag and move on-screen graphics as theyre presented. Another is the seven color adjustments for projecting on just about any color surface -- greenboard, light yellow, light green, light blue, sky blue, light rose, and pink as well as white. The projectors also have presets for Video, Cinema, Standard, and sRGB.

The first two models run at 30dB, but the LV-X6 runs at an unusually quiet 25dB. The projectors range in weight from 6.4 to 7.3 pounds.

The Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 have MSRPs of $1,999, $1,599 and $1,299, respectively. The LV-7250 and LV-X6 projectors ship at the end of March and the LV-7255 projector at the end of April.

For more on Canon projectors, go to http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/controller?act=ProductCatIndexAct&fcategoryid=109

WolfVision to Ship XGA 30-FPS Live Image Camera in April

The new EYE-10 from WolfVision is designed for live image presentations, including live image transmissions from room to room. It is also designed for versatility it can be installed like a ceiling visualizer and can be placed on tripods or wall mounts and used for video or even for surveillance.

The EYE-10 is specified at XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and video at 30 frames per second and can be controlled via remote and on the integrated keypad. Two RGB (XGA) outputs can be used simultaneously and it has 12x optical and 2x digital zoom. This model ships in April and pricing is TBA.

For more information, go to http://www.wolfvision.com/wolf/cameras_eye10.html


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