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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

image Bass Industries wants home theater owners to rest easy while watching movies. So the company has introduced the Original Lounger Head Pillow as an add on for any home theater lounger for extra comfort and support.

The pillow has a weighted extension allows for perfect individual placement, comfort and support. It is portable so homeowners can take it with them to the movies or when they travel. The pillow’s dimensions are 14 X 10-inches and come in leather or upholstered.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

image It's relatively easy to rack mount A/V receivers, Blu-ray players, cable boxes, etc., but it's another thing to incorporate these devices into a rack and also provide provisions that protect these products from the inherit danger their surroundings could deliver without taking up too much space.

The Fairfield, N.J.-based manufacturer Middle Atlantic is now making that process easier thanks to the release of its new PowerCool Series of integrated power distribution and thermal management products. Middle Atlantic says the PowerCool Series provides custom electronics professionals with a convenient way to save space, time and money by combining power distribution and thermal protection all within a product that takes up just a single rack unit of space. Middle Atlantic adds the products use its multi-purpose quiet blowers with each blower capable of removing 50 CFM of heated air while maintaining airflow in a crowded rack environment.

The product line's power capabilities include multi-stage surge protection with surge status notification, and the company offers the products in a choice of 15- and 20-amp versions, as well as a choice between 10- and 11-outlet models.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

image The Soundbar category has quickly risen to become one of the most popular product choices in the consumer audio market. Adding to its array of soundbar choices is the Midwestern audio manufacturer Klipsch which is set to introduce its latest product the HD Theater SB 3 Soundbar.

The HD Theater SB 3 Soundbar is a 2.1 speaker system that includes a wireless subwoofer and a driver array that features a pair of aluminum-dome compression drivers mated to a set of the company's Tractrix horns. The speaker system also incorporates four of the company's 3.5-inch long-throw IMG midrange drivers, and the subwoofer features a 10-inch driver. Internally the HD Theater SB 3 offers Dolby Digital surround sound processing, a choice of analog and digital inputs, and a 3.5mm input to allow homeowners to connect their portable electronics to the speaker.

Klipsch adds the HD Theater SB 3 Soundbar ships with a remote and the system includes provisions for wall mounting.

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

image Soundbars have quickly become one of the most important product categories for loudspeaker manufacturers as speaker companies rush to develop products that serve modern consumers. Joining the rapidly expanding fraternity of soundbar manufacturers is the Kan.-based company MartinLogan.

MartinLogan's new Motion Vision soundbar is an all-in-one, multichannel speaker solution that incorporates three of the company's Folded Motion tweeters and four 4-inch woofers that are reinforced by a pair of rear-firing bass ports that can be adjusted plus or minus 10dB. The company adds the multichannel speaker's bass can be augmented with the addition of one of its wireless subwoofers, and that the speaker has provisions to expedite the integration of one of its wireless subwoofers to make the process of adding a subwoofer easy for CE Pros. Internally the Motion Vision soundbar utilizes 100 watts of total amplification and advanced digital signal processing (DSP) that are designed to replicate the immersion of a traditional home theater system.

The Motion Vision soundbar also includes a choice digital optical and coaxial inputs, as well as analog RCA inputs. Martin also points out the speaker's dimmable LED display can be setup to disappear when the speaker is in use. MartinLogan wraps the speaker in a HDTV friendly gloss black trimmed with aluminum accents to help the speaker cosmetically match a variety of flat-panel TVs.

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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

image The HDMI format has been around for a number of years now and just about every cable and signal transmission product manufacturer in the consumer and commercial electronics market offers some type of HDMI cable. For the longest time the Holy Grail for these HDMI manufacturers has been the launch of an American-made HDMI product.

Nordost, a Mass.-based manufacturer of cables for the high-performance audio and video markets has just launched a new line of made in the U.S.A. HDMI cables that it says are the first U.S.-made cables to hit the market. Nordost says the cables incorporate its proprietary Micro Mono-Filmament, air-space, silver-plated oxygen free, solid-core conductor materials and engineering designs, as well as its twin-axial construction design to ensure consistent performance and reliability. To further ensure the cable's performance, Nordost has also submitted the line of products to DPL Labs and the HDMI cables has received DPL certification for its products up to five meters in length.

Nordost adds the Blue Heaven HDMI cables are compatible with 3D video and all of the products are terminated with gold-plated HDMI connectors to ensure longevity.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

image When it comes to the design of audio systems whether it's the home or even in commercial environments, it can be easy to overlook the importance of acoustics. While it may be easy to forget about acoustics when the focus of clients is typically on electronics, a properly designed listening environment is paramount to the overall quality of a sound system.

Auralex's new SubDude-HT builds upon the attributes of the company's original SubDude speaker isolation platform to allow electronics professionals to isolate residential products such as large speakers and subwoofers, and commercial products that include PA speakers, and guitar and bass cabinets. Auralex says the platform incorporates 3/4-inch velour-covered MDF and one inch of the company's Platfoam material that decouples the platform from the floor. The company adds the platform measures 22 inches wide by 17 inches deep by 1.3/4 inches tall to help it support a number of speaker products.

Once the SubDude-HT is placed under a speaker or subwoofer its isolation capabilities are said to help clean up the muddiness that emanate from the floor to create more accurate sound.

Monday, September 10, 2012

image Over the years HDMI cable manufacturers have developed many ways to maximize the HDMI format to allow electronics professionals to use cabling products that perform well beyond the digital format's stated specifications.

Atlona's latest HDMI cable products are a good example of how cable manufacturers are finding creative ways to develop products that exceed the limitations of the HDMI format. The company's new AT-PRO-LCS HDMI cables incorporate RedMere's active signal transmission technologies to eliminate the need for hybrid-based balun solutions to save time and money. Atlona says the line of cables feature integrated circuits that are designed to pass multimedia data at the same rate as the company's traditional flat, high-speed cable products.

The CL2-rated cables are engineered to reliably handle 1080p content, and Atlona says the cables are available in lengths ranging from 20 feet to 50 feet.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

image SnapAV has been one of the most aggressive manufacturers in the specialty/custom electronics market through its constant work to grow its product lines. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company's latest product line however, doesn't grow its array of custom install products, but it does replace its old line of power conditioners.

The newly announced WattBox line of power conditioners replaces the company's old Episode line of power conditioners and this new UL-certified series of products are designed provide custom installation professionals with a wide selection of devices that can be used to protect home electronics from brown-outs and spikes. SnapAV says the products utilize all-metal chassis designs, and the rack-mount models can be angled and recessed to meet whatever installation requirements an installer encounters.

Highlighting the new line of products is the company's 600 Series two-piece power conditioner that SnapAV has designed to allow installers to mount the outlets in spaces more accessible to the rest of a rack system's components. The 600 Series incorporates surge protection, isolated filter banks, fireproof MOV devices, sequenced outlets, noise filtration and safe voltage protection for brown outs.

Friday, August 17, 2012

image During the 2011 CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis the Calif.-based technology company TiVo, Inc., stepped up in a major way to differentiate its products from the video recording products offered by service providers.

At the 2011 trade event the company introduced its TiVo Premiere product and this product provided homeowners with a DVR product that supported multiple recordings and the ability to aggregate a variety of digital media content. This year TiVo is launching its Premiere 4 DVR and the company says this new DVR incorporates the ability to record four programs while watching a fifth, and it can record up to 75 hours of HD content with provisions for additional storage capabilities. Electronics professionals can connect the Premiere 4 to a network via wireless 802.11 N or G; Ethernet or MoCA, and like the original Premiere, it can aggregate a variety of digital media content that includes Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus.

TiVo adds that electronics professionals can integrate the Premiere 4 into control and automation systems from companies like Crestron, Control4 and RTI, and it is engineered to work with cable and Verizon's FiOS service.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

image The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based speaker Leon Speakers has built a reputation in the custom electronics industry for being able to build just about anything a custom installer needs.

With all the talk of the company's ability to build one-off, custom speakers it is easy to forget that Leon also offers a standard line of products. Recently the company announced that it has redesigned its Vault Series of in-wall loudspeakers, and the company says the newly re-engineered speakers now look better and are easier to install then the previous generation of Vault Series products. The new Vault Series of speakers utilizes sealed MDF enclosures, new crossover designs, and the company says that Leon can custom paint the speakers' grills in house to match the decor of any home.

Some of the Vault Series' other features are a newly designed mounting system and new cosmetics that further enhance the speakers' ability to blend into a residential environment.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

image With the growing use of streaming media and on-demand services consumers are becoming increasingly use to the concept of instant media access. Fusion Research, a manufacturer of home entertainment servers has recently announced a solution that delivers homeowners instant access to their Blu-ray and DVD collections to expand that user experience throughout their media libraries.

The new Premiere movie server is based upon the company's EPIC platform of products and the company says the product is capable of storing as many as 225 DVDs or 45 Blu-ray discs. Fusion says the server has the ability to expand storage to more than 1,000 movies for less than a $500 license fee and electronics professionals can also bolster the unit's storage capabilities by adding external storage. Fusion says the server also incorporates EasyLoad which is an unattended movie loading service for Blu rays and DVDs that enables users to place a disc in the unit's front panel for the importing of that movie whether the Premiere is turned on or off.

Fusion adds the Premiere's functionality can be expanded to a second zone by adding a competitively priced Fusion Zone Player. Fusion products can be controlled through the use of solutions like Control4's two-way IP driver if it's installed with a Control4 control and automation system.

Friday, August 10, 2012

image Between the failings of the new housing market, the expense of long-distance HDMI cabling and other factors, the continued development of wireless HDMI systems couldn't have come at a better time for electronics professionals.

The latest wireless HD transmission solution to enter the market is the newly revamped Knoll Systems' WHD3. Building upon previous versions of its No-Wire HDMI transmission products, the company updated the product with new technologies such as 3D video support and an on-screen display that is said to enable installers to fine tune the performance of the system.

Knoll says the product also supports 1080p and IR control. The company adds the product can be used in retrofit environments and it can also be used in new construction housing.

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