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Thursday, September 20, 2012

image Ever since the movie industry rebooted the 3D format the electronics industry has been working hard to make sure that consumers can combine their 2D and 3D viewing experiences within a single system. The latest screen solution from the Mesa, Ariz.-based screen company Severtson Screens is the newest product introduced onto the market that is engineered to ensure that residential and business owners can enjoy the best 2D and 3D viewing experience.

The company's new SeVision 3D GX "Micro Perf" screen is a made-in-the-U.S.A. product that incorporates its PristiVue technology that Severtson says enables users to see what a movie's director originally intended them to see in the theater. The 2.4-gain, curved, perforated silver screen can be used for traditional 2D content, as well as passive 3D content, and according to Severtson, the SeVision 3D GX "Micro Perf" screen is also a green friendly product because of its water-based, lacquer-free optical coating.

Severtson says that electronics professionals can order the screen in a variety of configurations, and it adds the screen material can used for consumer and commercial applications.

Monday, September 17, 2012

image JVC Professional is one of the most popular and most aggressive manufacturers in the entire projector category. During the just completed CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis the company did what it always does: it updated its line of home theater projectors.

At the annual trade event JVC Professional announced its new line of projectors which features five new products, including the DLA-RS56 which falls in just below the company's flagship DLA-RS66 projector. The DLA-RS56 features an updated version of the company's e-shift technology which upscales 2K video content to 4K resolutions, and in addition to its Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification, the projector, along with the other models is pending THX 3D certification. JVC Professional has also improved the projector's contrast ratio and says the unit is able to produce a native contrast level of 90,000:1.

JVC has also addressed the product line's 3D video capabilities by adding RF-based active-shutter technologies, and it says the projectors also includes new circuit designs and optical engines that eliminate 3D crosstalk.

Friday, September 14, 2012

image The latest television mount from Sanus is the company's new VMT35 tilting mount. Sanus says the mount is engineered to accommodate HDTVs ranging from 26 inches to 40 inches in screen size and weighing up to 80 pounds.

From the installer perspective, some of the mount's key features include the VMT35's ability to mount into a single or dual stud wall environment, and the company's ProSet Technology which enables installers to adjust the mount's height and level once it is hung on a wall.

The popular mount company adds that homeowners will appreciate the mount's ability to let them laterally slide their mounted TV left or right to improve their viewing angles, as well as its ability to easily tilt their TVs through the its inclusion of the company's Virtual Axis technology.

Monday, July 30, 2012

image Since the demise of the new housing market, the opportunity for electronics professionals to install video in the home has shifted away from expensive large home theaters to affordable, multipurpose rooms that get everyday family use.

BenQ's new EP5920 projector is a solution designed to address those affordable, multi-use scenarios in which families watch TV, game and movies on a regular basis with one singular A/V system. The native 1080p projector utilizes a DLP chipset and it incorporates two HDMI 1.3 inputs and internal processing modes for cinema and gaming applications. BenQ says the projector is engineered to produce high brightness and contrast levels to enable the projector's use in room environments that feature various levels of ambient light.

In addition to its inclusion of multiple HDMI inputs, the EP5920 also includes D-sub, composite, S-video, component, audio in/out mini jack, USB and RS-232 connections.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

image Before it entered the market a few years ago the Berkeley, Calif.-based video manufacturer Wolf Cinema wanted to examine some of the most common problems that affect the quality of home cinema in order to better serve its dealers' ability to meet their clients needs.

What Wolf found was that many projectors didn't have proper ventilation and that many consumers didn't care for the aesthetics of having a projector with an external lens. What the company did in turn was to develop a full line of products that incorporates provisions for proper cooling and a unique approach to anamorphic aspect ratios. Building upon that foundation Wolf Cinema recently updated its product line through the introduction of two new flagship products: The REF-700 and the REF-1000. These new products are powered by Cermax Xenon arc lamps, three-chip DLP light engines, and the Central California company offers a choice of six of its VariScope lens solutions.

The projectors can be used for 3D and traditional 2D, and to ensure the products produce smooth looking and vivid 3D graphics the projectors incorporate triple-flash 3D imaging technologies. The projectors also incorporate IR and RS-232 options, nearfield IR emitters, and Wolf ships the projectors with four pairs of 3D glasses.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

image The Italian video manufacturer SIM2 has always approached the high-performance video market a little differently than its competition. Some of the ways the company has gone about things a little differently include its emphasis on industrial design and its use of proprietary light engine designs.

SIM2's latest product, the NERO 3D projector incorporates many of the company's recent flagship technology developments in a package that brings the price of ownership down tens of thousands of dollars. The NERO features Texas Instruments' (TI) single-chip DLP technologies along with SIM2's ALPHAPATH light engine design and high-quality optical glass lenses to provide homeowners with a high-performance video solution.

The unit also incorporates active 3D technologies, SIM2's PureMovie, PureMotion and PureMotion 3D 120Hz video processing technologies, a choice of inputs, and a choice of custom installation calibration options. In addition, the Italian manufacturer says the unit is capable of producing brightness levels up to 2,000 lumens to facilitate its installation in great room/media room environments.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

image The audio company MK Sound has developed one of the most loyal dealer bases in the entire consumer electronics industry.

Not too long ago the company added to its product line to further help its loyal dealer base to meet their clients' needs through the introduction of its 950 Series of freestanding loudspeakers. MK says the new speaker line is positioned to sit between its 150 loudspeaker series and its 750 series of products, and the line includes a choice of bookshelf and floorstanding models that are currently undergoing testing for THX Select2 certification. MK says the speakers draw upon the engineering of its professional line of monitors that are used for audio mixing purposes, and they are engineered to address a variety of home theater applications.

Aesthetically the speakers feature metal mesh grilles and cabinets with soft-radius edges that are designed to provide homeowners with a softly sculpted physical appearance.

Friday, February 03, 2012

image Runco has established its top level, 73d projector as arguably one best performing 3D projectors in the entire residential market. The company's latest projector, the newly announced LS-12d maintains many of the 73d's performance characteristics, but at price levels that are considerably lower than its flagship product.

The LS-12d is an active-shutter, three-chip DLP projector that Runco says can be used situations in which homeowners want a high-performance projector that aesthetically doesn't detract from their home's interior design. To ensure the projector's visual compatibility with today's modern home designs, Runco dresses the projector with its LightStyle industrial design and backs it with its FinishPalette color program that allows consumers a full choice of exterior color choices.

Runco ships the LS-12d projector with is 2U outboard DC-300 controller unit, which provides authorized installers with a convenient means to setup and calibrate the projector, and three pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

image With 2011 in the record books it's interesting that the zest for 3D isn't quite as high as it was about a year ago, but that doesn't mean that 3D is going away.

Over the past few months an increasing number of manufacturers have started to support the format by introducing new products that deliver 3D at more reasonable price points. Sharp has been a leader in the movement to bring mainstream consumers options in affordable 3D projection products and the company's latest product the XV-30000 front projector continues the company's emphasis on real big-screen 3D at reasonable price points. The XV-30000 is a DLP-based projector that is said to produce contrast ratios as high as 50,000:1 and brightness levels up to 1,600 ANSI lumens. Facilitating its custom installation capabilities are its center lens shift and vertical and horizontal shift functions. The unit also incorporates provisions for AMX, Control4, Crestron, RS-232C and LAN network control, as well as a resize option (V-stretch) that is designed to support CinemaScope (2.39:1) content in the correct aspect ratio.

In addition, the projector comes with two sets of active 3D glasses, companion IR emitter, IR connection cables and two HDMI inputs.

Monday, December 05, 2011

image The Cerritos, California-based video company Elite Screen has developed a reputation as a value-minded manufacturer of projection screens that offers a product for just about any application.

Elite's latest product is the PowerMax electric roll-up screen and the company says the screen is designed to provide homeowners with an elegant solution that blends into a variety of home decors. The affordable screen solution is available in a choice of sizes that range from 90 inches to 165 inches, and Elite offers the roll-up in in a choice of either 16:9 (1.78:1) or 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratios. Elite incorporates a 1.1 matte white gain screen that's backed with fiberglass or offered with a tensioned material. In addition, other standard features include a 14 RPM tubular motor with a 4.4-pound lift capacity, standard power connections and an inline up/stop/down toggle switch.

The Power Max is also designed to install quickly with a set of sliding wall brackets, and Elite offers an IR/RF with 12-volt trigger control package to further enhance the custom installation applications of the product.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

image Most people's idea of power protection are those $10 plastic power strips that are sold throughout mass-market box-box stores across the country. Very few realize that those inexpensive power strips provide a limited shelf life of protection and once that protection goes their plugged in electronics are susceptible to the dangers of power surges.

Eaton Corporation's 3S line of battery backup products offer small office and home office (SOHO) users, as well as standard homeowners a choice of either a 550VA or 750VA products that are designed to protect their electronics, while also providing battery backup insurances.

The 750VA battery backup unit incorporate the company's EcoControl power outlets, which Eaton says help users to cut as much as 30 percent of their energy consumption, and both units feature Eaton's Power Protector software, which is engineered to protect plugged in devices from any power disturbances. In the event of a power failure the battery backups provide as much as 45 minutes of backup power to allow users to safely power down their computers, NAS drives, DVRs and projectors.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A strong case could be made that no entity has played a bigger role in the growth of projection-based home entertainment systems than JVC and its sister company JVC Professional.

JVC and JVC Professional recently introduced several new products each, and highlighting the list of new products is JVC Professional's DLA-RS65 Reference Series projector. The DLA-RS65 utilizes familiar JVC technologies such as the company's D-ILA LCoS-based chipset and new JVC technologies that include e-Shift. JVC says e-Shift is an upscaling technology that upconverts pictures to 3940x2160 resolution levels, which is four times higher than normal HDTV.

JVC Pro also incorporates 3D capabilities, anamorphic processing that can be used when the projector is combined with an external anamorphic lens and three Xenon lamp color modes that emulate the performance of high-performance commercial projectors. Other features incorporated into the unit include installer-friendly setup and calibration options from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and THX that help to ensure the projector produces the best possible image quality.

Friday, September 16, 2011

image One of the major complaints about the 3D format is that there's not enough content out there to drive consumer adoption.

The Brea, California-based company KanexPro recently introduced its CubeUp 4x1 HDMI Switcher with built-in 2D to 3D converter, and it is designed to be an all-in-one solution that switches multiple HDMI sources that also converts 2D content into 3D images. KanexPro says the unit can handle source content from devices like Blu-ray disc players, cable and satellite boxes, gaming consoles and computers and it can send it to a 3D TV, projectors and computer monitors. The unit is said to work with 3D formats such as side-by-side, top-and-bottom, 3D fame packing and 3D page flip with companion lossless multichannel audio.

KanexPro adds the unit with its four HDMI 1.4a inputs and single output is HDCP and EDID compliant, and it ships with a 5-volt power supply.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

image A few years ago when CinemaScope aspect ratio screens and projection products first hit the residential market they were ultra expensive. Helping to bring those prices down in the screen category is the Cerritos, Calif.-based manufacturer Elite Screens, Inc., which recently rolled out its latest screen product: The Lunette A1080P2.

Elite says this screen provides electronics professionals with an affordable acoustically transparent curved screen that's formatted in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The screen employs the company's AcousticPro A1080P2 screen material that offers a 1.0 gain surface and .25mm perforations in an angular mesh-weave to support the placement of speakers behind the screen. Elite says the screen tested at a dampening range of just .91 to 3.00 max dB at 20kHz, and it says the material is engineered to eliminate moire artifacts that are produced by some perforated materials.

The company also points out that because the screen's curved surface the product minimizes the pin cushion effect that some anamorphic systems experience when utilizing external lenses.

Monday, August 22, 2011

image A few years ago the custom electronics industry discovered the fun and impact that CinemaScope video can deliver in a home environment. Since that time however the video category's focus has gone on to other technologies such as LED light engines and 3D. CinemaScope aspect ratios are however something that custom installers can still utilize to wow their clientele.

Digital Projection's (DP) new dVision Scope 1080p projector provides installers with the ability to integrate a fully compatible 2.35:1 system without having to incorporate external lenses and additional vertical-stretch processing. DP says the projector offers a native resolution of 2560x1080 and more than 2.75 million pixels to enable the 2.35:1 constant-height projector to produce more detail without factors such as lenses and image processing to distort the picture.

The company adds that when the projector is used to view 16:9 (1.78:1) content it can handle this task in a full 1080 resolution, and it supports a variety of throw ratios ranging from short throws as minimal as .81 all the way up to long throws of 4.5:1.

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