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New Altronix NetWay™ Spectrum Hardened PoE+ Switches Feature the Industry’s First Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Backup
Altronix, the recognized leader in power and data transmission solutions for the professional security industry, continues to lead with products that deliver maximum performance, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with the introduction of the industry’s first Lithium Iron Phosphate battery backup solution. Now available in Altronix’s new series of NetWay™ Spectrum PoE+ Switches, these optimized chargers accommodate LiFePO4 batteries with significantly longer shelf life and much more efficient charge cycles than conventional sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries.
“Our new Hardened PoE Switches with optimized Lithium Iron Phosphate battery chargers are truly a game changer for the industry. It presents a new and unique value proposition for installers and end-users, ensuring continuous system operation, while greatly reducing service and maintenance costs,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Altronix will be expanding this LiFePO4 backup feature to other products in our portfolio in the near future.”
Altronix’s NetWay Spectrum PoE+ Switches with LiFePO4 battery charging provide many advantages. Superior performance and cost-efficiencies are realized through a 10-year battery shelf life, over 5,000 charge cycles and much-reduced weight of the LiFePO4 batteries. Best of all, our new series of switches utilize a single LiFePO4 battery for PoE backup versus four SLA batteries, greatly reducing service and maintenance. NetWay Spectrum features 1Gb SFP (Fiber) ports and multiple PoE+ (30W) ports or a single Hi-PoE (60W) port. Embedded Altronix LINQ™ Power Management technology allows monitoring, control and reporting of power and diagnostics from anywhere. The series also includes a wide selection of models for use in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.
For more information on Altronix’s extensive line of products, please visit www.altronix.com.
8K-ready TecVision projection viewing surfaces by Draper are manufactured to exacting standards for unparalleled performance and quality. We monitor every step in the process to ensure that TecVision surfaces remain within strict tolerances and have the highest picture quality possible.
All 11 of our award-winning TecVision surfaces are ISF-certified for color accuracy. No other line of viewing surfaces in the AV industry can make this claim.
There’s a TecVision for every application, including blending, low projector output, wide viewing angles, and more. There are four ALR surfaces optimized to reject ambient light and maintain image contrast in lighted rooms. One of these—XH800X UST ALR, is designed specifically for ultra-short throw projection.
TecVision non-perforated surfaces are 8K ready to ensure optimal image performance under the highest resolutions. Perforated TecVision surfaces are 4K ready.
For more information on Draper’s TecVision line of viewing surface, go to www.draperinc.com/go/TecVision.htm.
The JBL Synthesis® SDP-75
Powered by unrivaled processing capabilities and exclusive technologies, the SDP-75 opens the way to a whole new generation of luxury home cinema, achieving ultimate performance and sustainability within the fast moving home theater entertainment industry, now driven by 3D Audio and 4K Ultra High Definition video with High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility.
The SDP-75 is available in 16, 24, and 32 channel versions. It also supports the latest HD Audio and Video formats including D-Cinema while offering 3D audio decoding options and delivering up to 32 discrete, uniquely-rendered channels of immersive audio content at an unprecedented level of quality, for a whole new listening experience, leaving the competition far behind. Our exclusive Anechoic EQ improves loudspeakers at higher frequencies than can be equalized with high-resolution based only on in-room measurements.
The SDP-75 is Roon Ready, capable of up-mixing two-channel or multi-channel music from Roon via the built-in Auro Auro-matic, Dolby Atmos, or DTS:X algorithms.
From the revolutionary hardware platform to the software environment, everything has been specified with no compromise to provide a unique user experience unmatched by any other product available.
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Key Digital Introduces:
Model #: KD-MS4X4G/ KD-MS8X8G
4×4/8×8 4K/18G HDMI Matrix Switchers, with Independent Audio Switching, Balanced/Unbalanced Audio, Audio De-embedding of Analog L/R/PCM
5 Main Features:
- HDMI Matrix Switching: 4/8 HDMI sources to 4/8 HDMI outputs
- Ultra HD/4K Support: 4096×2160 or 3840×2160 24/25/30/60hz at 4:4:4 (signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth)
- HDCP Licensing: Fully licensed and compatible with HDCP 2.2
- HDR10 (High Dynamic Range): More life-like images through a greater range of luminance levels
- Independent Audio and Video Matrix: Output HDMI and Audio ports may switch together or independently
Markets: These matrix switchers are designed to be compatible in a Corporate Market; Huddle Room, Conference Room, and Boardroom
Introducing Kramer’s Award-Winning Networked Power Amplifiers
Loaded with a Hi-Z and Lo-Z power amplifier, mixable inputs, outputs and adjustable auto-standby threshold, the PA-120Net and PA-240Net raise the bar for audio excellence and are welcome additions to Kramer’s growing Dante ecosystem.
Parallax Stratos 1.0
The new Parallax® Stratos 1.0 delivers a high value solution for rejecting ambient light in large scale projection. Offering the freedom to install seamless ALR screens up to 16 feet in height, Parallax Stratos is available in a wide array of core Da-Lite® tensioned electric and fixed frame options. This Contrast Based ALR surface rejects up to 80% of ambient light with 1.0 gain for standard throw projectors (1.0:1 or greater).
Contrast Based ALR prevents projected images from appearing washed out by maintaining and enhancing brightness. The gray color and other proprietary design elements in the surface combine to absorb ambient light rather than reflect it. Da-Lite Parallax screens combat environmental and projection deficiencies to produce bright, crisp images. Parallax Stratos 1.0 is covered by a comprehensive five year warranty. For more information visit https://www.legrandav.com/en/products/da-lite/screen_surfaces/front_projection/ambient_light_rejection/parallax_stratos_10.
You Had Me at 4K60, 18G!
Slim Line DigitaLinx HDMI 2.0b Auto Switcher Delivers Big Results in a Small Package
The DigitaLinx 4×1 Auto switcher is an easy solution to any residential home theater, conference space or training room. Connect your Blu-ray, Media player, BYOD, Laptop and Audio Amplifier. Tuck this unit away, easily hid in compartment or under table. Simple connectivity. Push button front panel, RS232 or IR controllability.
Effortless connectivity, control and easy functionality. Future proof installs with 4k, works with many peripherals. Multiple built-in EDID settings to simplify an installation. De-embed stereo audio to provide an analog audio source for an existing audio system. Supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) for residential applications. Compliant with HDMI 2.0b & HDCP2.2. Add in our extensive range of Hybrid or Premium HDMI and Stereo cables and you are set!
This switcher supports HDMI video resolutions up to 4Kx2K@60Hz 4:4:4, HDR, and multichannel audio. Four HDMI video inputs and one HDMI output. Pass EDID info from display, built in Multiple EDID settings. De-embed digital stereo audio to retrieve analog audio from existing audio system.
Support ARC, Transmit audio back to HDMI input and audio output ports from display device. When in Auto-switch mode this unit will detect the newest source connected. Control via RS232, IR with included remote or choose the source button on the front of the switcher. But wait, there’s more… as always DigitaLinx HDMI 2.0b Auto Switcher (DL-S41-H2) is backed by the 5 year warranty & tech support you’ve come to know and trust from Liberty AV Solutions.
Reach out to Liberty AV’s knowledgeable customer service team at 800-560-8998 or via firstname.lastname@example.org for ‘Every-AV-Thing Connecting Source to Display’.
Luxul’s Easy Setup App Now Available for Download
Our new Easy Setup App is now available as a free download for Apple and Android devices. Give it a try to greatly speed up the installation process and ensure key points are covered.
The Easy Setup App allows you to install a Luxul wireless router and up to two wireless access points (APs) — at the same time — from the convenience of an iOS or Android phone. The beauty of installing the additional APs with the app, is that the router’s wireless controller takes care of the configuration; you simply plug them in. The simple-to-use mobile application not only speeds up installations but ensures the product is installed with the appropriate security settings and the latest firmware.
For additional information on just how easy the Luxul Easy Setup App is, please visit https://www.luxul.com/easy-setup-app.aspx. And follow the adventures of Super Steve to become a networking super hero.
Legrand | AV: Making AV Technology ADA Compliant
We’ve simplified the sections of ADA most relevant to AV, providing guidance for terms and regulations like Path of Travel and Operable Parts. If you’ve ever wondered what an ADA Reach Range is, or aren’t sure what qualifies as a Protruding Object, download and read on!
Download the Guide: https://www.legrandav.com/resources/landing_pages/higher_education
Chief: Chief Conquers Wind!
When our engineers said they were going to test their outdoor ceiling and pedestal mounts by attaching one to a truck, we said “We have to film that!” See how the outdoor mounts held up in our Windbusters video.
Da-Lite: Transform Learning Spaces with Da-Lite ALR Screens
Lindenwood University wanted to utilize projection in new collaboration spaces at their Library and Academic Resources Center. The challenge: wide, open classrooms filled with an abundance of natural light. No problem for Parallax 0.8! See how Da-Lite Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) technology delivers crisp, vibrant images that rival flat panel displays.
Middle Atlantic: SNE Series Racks
Explore the SNE Series from Middle Atlantic with the new landing page. Get to know our leading enclosure purpose-built to support any-and-all Low Voltage applications for AV, Security, Networking and IT today and into the future.
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Vaddio: Get Ready for RoboSHOT Elite
Vaddio is excited to announce that effective March 1, 2019, we will be transitioning our RoboSHOT® Professional PTZ cameras (QuickConnect, HDBT, HDMI, and SDI models) to our new and improved RoboSHOT Elite Series Cameras. Also joining the Elite lineup is a brand new 30x zoom USB camera! Check out more details!
Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJgaDCMEYZ4
Monitor Audio Vecta Series
The Vecta Series features two stylish, compact and versatile models with weather resistant properties. Cleverly combining architectural aesthetics with innovation and the high quality professional audio performance that Monitor Audio is renowned for, installers now have a solution with over 8 different installation configurations that can be used both inside and out.
For the Vecta V240 and V240-LV, Monitor Audio has mounted dual 4″ C-CAM metal cone drivers to the curved baffle to ensure a controlled sound field is delivered. This minimizes ceiling or wall reflections when mounted under eaves or in a corner, while still being wide enough for superior coverage when wall-mounted. The centrally mounted Gold C-CAM tweeter is horn loaded to ensure dispersion at the crossover point matches the mid-range, providing a smooth off axis frequency response. The V240-LV adds further versatility in commercial applications with a 70/100V line level, allowing multiple speakers to be installed in a system without worrying about impedance matching or losses where long cable runs are required.
The Vecta Series offers incredible versatility and simple installation. Using cleverly designed brackets and a single point automatic connection system, Vecta can be quickly and easily mounted horizontally or vertically. Installers fix the bracket to the wall, and then simply drop the speaker in place and secure with a single screw. Not only does this installation method save integrators’ time, but it also simplifies the complexity of installing speakers at height or at difficult angles.
Monitor Audio combines versatility, style and audio performance with its venerable Vecta Series.
OSD BLACK Shallow Mount
Designed and engineered for tight spaces without sacrificing sound quality. Our Shallow Mount Speakers are equipped with PERFORMANCE level components and are available in 8 & 6 inch models. With only a 2.12”/ 54mm mounting depth for the R62SS and 2.75”/ 70mm for the R82SM & R62SM, these feature rich speakers are sure to become the new “go to” in a tight spot.
Our shallow mount speakers are also weather resistant making them ultra versatile. They are perfect for outdoor patios, indoor pool/spa, bathrooms, commercial and nearly any other traditional or special speaker application.
Platinum Tools® Launches MapMaster™ mini RJ45 Pocket Cable Tester
Platinum Tools, the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the MapMaster™ mini Pocket cable tester (p/n T109C). Now available, the MapMaster™ mini has an MSRP of $59.95 USD
“The MapMaster™ mini RJ45 cable tester maps multiple locations of RJ45 network cables and detects shorts, opens, miswires, reversals, and split-pairs,” explained George Jang, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “A built-in tone generator with four different tone combinations can be used with a tone probe to detect where a cable is routed and the location of the end of the cable. Every installer should have this on hand for every installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance calls.”
The MapMaster™ mini determines wire condition, whether good or faulty, and displays it on its LCD display. A set of five mapping remotes is included for locating cables terminated in wall jacks or patch panels. The MapMaster™ mini also identifies the patch panel port where network cable is terminated and can find and fix the position of exposed or hidden cables. Additional features include large LCD displays TIA/EIA568A/B wiremap sequence and easily identifies faults; Identifies Network ID-Only Remotes Set #1-5; Compatible with up to two test and map remotes; Quickly identify unlabeled network cables; Trace/locate network cables and locate breaks/opens in network cabling; Single multi-function button operates test functions, tone generation, and ID-Only remotes location; Self-storing remote; Auto power off prevents depletion of battery power. www.platinumtools.com,
Check Out RTI’s Full Lineup of 4K HDBaseT Matrix Switches and Extender Sets
RTI’s next generation video distribution solutions are now available including HDBaseT matrix switches, extender sets, and accessories with the latest technology and class-leading features.
Utilizing the latest Class C+DSC HDBaseT technology, the new video distribution solutions from RTI include the flagship VHU-8x 8 x 10 Matrix Switch and VHT-Ux Extender Set, which deliver Ultra HD 4K HDR with 4:4:4 chroma sampling over a single category cable. The result is a visually lossless video image with incredible color depth and contrast. These benefits are all possible over distances up to 328 feet (100 meters) with no latency. RTI also offers the VHD-4x and VHD-8x 4 x 4 and 8 x 10 HDBaseT Matrix Switches and the VHP-1x HDBaseT Class B Extender Set for the delivery of Ultra HD 4K video up to 131 feet.
RTI’s new matrix switches are loaded with installer-friendly features to simplify setup and enable ongoing support. To speed up installations, the VHU-8x, VHD-4x, and VHD-8x utilize auto-discovery of connected devices and display the I/O setup on a web-based interface. To ensure a rock-solid installation and fast troubleshooting, the units also have a suite of built-in diagnostics capabilities, including cable quality testing and remote monitoring.
Additional solutions in RTI’s video distribution lineup include the VDX-14x 1 x 4 HDBaseT Splitter. Ideal for sports bars, lobbies, and retail spaces, the unit allows a single video source to be distributed simultaneously to four displays. For deployments with legacy displays or projectors, the VDS-1x HDMI UHD 18-Gbps Downscaler converts 4K video to 1080p in real time, allowing all displays in the installation to access the highest quality video content.
More information about RTI’s X-Series video distribution solutions is available at
Screen Innovations Introduces Solo 2
Screen Innovations (SI) is announcing an all-new, completely re-designed from the ground up version of its popular Solo motorized screen. The aptly-named, Solo 2 family is suited to continue that legacy, with a new even more compact cassette design that is 17% smaller than the original, but with a much wider array of options such as sizes up to 160” diagonal and nearly any power option imaginable.
SI has continued the innovative rechargeable power option as well as the existing wired low-voltage option, and a new addition of wired AC in Solo 2 along with a slew of control connectivity options such as RTS, RS485. Additionally, Solo 2 is capable of reverse orientation, a highly requested feature that enables users to drop their screen in front of an existing flat-panel or wall-art without obstruction concerns.
One of the most notable features of Solo is the rechargeable motor option, a patent-pending design that uses a magnetic charging port to recharge a lithium-powered motor. For the rechargeable option, running wire is not necessary and recharging is only required once every 2 years by simply “clicking” the magnetic cable to the charging port.
The Solo 2 cassette is available in 12-designer selected color options. Screen material options include Slate, SI’s popular optical (ambient-light rejecting) material, and “Short Throw” making Solo 2 the world’s only motorized screen with an optical material specifically suited for ultra-short throw projectors, as well as, SI’s refined white and gray materials—also rated for 8k projection and reproduce the purest possible image.
Preorders will begin shipping on April 2, 2019.
VAIL AMP 3 NOW SHIPPING!
VAIL AMP 3 in-wall amplifier flush mounts an Amazon Echo dot and retrofits into existing distributed audio systems to add voice control & enhance the functionality of the Echo Dot.
- Connect Amazon Echo Dot 3RD Gen to virtually any pair of in-ceiling, in-wall, or bookshelf speakers and a powered subwoofer.
- Ultimate Audio Experience – Streaming music, Aux-In for TV’s or any local audio source, and mobile devices via Echo Dot Bluetooth.
- Whole house voice-controlled music, routines, paging, intercom, and smart devices.
- Keep your home or office Clutter-Free – Custom Install Alexa for an ultra-modern smart home.
- Easy Installation – Great for upgrading traditional in-wall volume controls using existing pre-wire.
Designed for the third-generation Echo Dot, the Vail Amp 3 is a discreet, in-wall docking assembly with a Snap-on cover and built-in 2 x 30-watt amplifier that holds the little speaker in place while providing access to its controls. A separate single-gang “wall-plate” box that can be located up to 100 feet away from the speaker provides connections for a local audio source.
Switchable between 4 and 8 ohms, the amp is designed to power and provide voice and keypad control for up to two pairs of speakers, whether mounted in a ceiling, wall, or cabinet. The two-piece system provides power to the Echo Dot, which connects to the mounting assembly via a 3.5mm audio jack and has a line-level input for an additional audio source plus a subwoofer output.
Torus Power In the Studio with Mayfield Mastering
Mayfield Mastering and Torus Power are featured in Commercial Integrator magazine.
John Mayfield, owner and founder of Nashville-based Mayfield Mastering, was one of the first studio engineers in the world to install the MB3-XBD-A 3-way active main monitor system from PMC. To protect this $80,000 investment and to ensure the pristine sound quality these best-in-class speakers are capable of the studio turned to the Torus Power RM 45 BAL.
Maurice Patist, PMC USA’s president of sales and marketing, connected the studio with the technical engineer Arthur Kelm, CEO of Ground One, an AV consulting group, and Vice President of Engineering for Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. Arthur spent some time listening to the finely-tuned room before helping John select the right Torus Power unit for the application. He suggested the Torus Power RM 45 BAL to power and protect the integrated Class-D amplifiers that are part of the MB3 active system. Working closely with the studio’s electrician, Arthur recommended running a fresh 240-volt feed off the breaker box into the RM 45 BAL. John, a first-time Torus Power user, says he’s been impressed with the consistent performance the RM 45 delivers.
With a room that already sounded “incredible,” as Mayfield described it, he wasn’t sure that any improvement was possible, let alone expecting to hear a tangible improvement in the sound quality. When the Torus Power RM 45 BAL was installed, Mayfield was surprised and pleased to hear the difference, particularly a tighter bottom end. “When you get to this level, you can only make improvements in small and expensive steps,” he says. “I’ve finally got the perfect studio. The Torus Power RM 45 BAL unit ensures that the PMC amplifiers are fed with the purest power money can buy…ensuring their optimum performance day after day. That’s the consistency I need. I built the room in 2003, and it has never sounded better. I don’t know of any system that’s better at this point.”
Slim profile, GIGANTIC ability
To ensure that there is an architectural solution for every challenging application, Totem created the KIN Slim Series. This series of 5 in-wall, in-ceiling, and angled in ceiling speakers have a mounting depth that is 25% shallower than KIN IC for situations where space is severely restricted.
All models possess ceramic dome tweeters and carbon fiber woofers that react like they were specifically customized for each other. And they were. Carbon Fiber woofers have an extremely high strength to weight ratio which results in powerful, musical bass output. The remarkable damping characteristics of ceramic tweeters place resonances beyond our hearing ability so high frequencies are natural, tuneful, and distortion-free.
KIN IC Slim In-Ceiling and In-Wall speakers disperse at 75 degrees, almost twice as broadly as competitive speakers. Acoustic coverage is totally present throughout the entire listening area. The enormous dispersion allows the listener to enjoy the same sound whether seated or standing, simplifying placement.
Preconstruction kits are available for all models, and square grille kits expressly for in-ceiling speakers.
The new Kin IC Slim architectural speaker series ships mid March.
Coming in April! TRENDnet’s new 8-Port Industrial EN50155 M12 Gigabit PoE+ Railway Switch
TRENDnet’s 8-Port Industrial EN50155 M12 Gigabit PoE+ Railway Switch, model TI-TPG80, has eight M12 gigabit PoE+ ports with a total PoE budget of up to 200W. This M12 railway switch is equipped with an IP40 rated metal enclosure, designed to withstand a high degree of vibration and shock, while operating within a wide temperature range of -40° – 75° C (-40° – 167° F) for industrial EN50155 applications. This industrial M12 switch supports an input voltage range from 24 – 56V DC with M23 power interface and M12 alarm relay interfaces for moving bus, train, and other rolling stock applications. Designed and tested for transportation and telco applications.
TruAudio’s Wraith Series – Perfectly Invisible
TruAudio’s Wraith Series are designed for the client that demands both acoustical and visual superiority. Leveraging proprietary exciter technology, the loudspeakers and subwoofers in this category provide both an engaging and dynamic listening experience. Extremely versatile in their ability to support both multi-room audio and surround applications, the Wraith Series literally disappears into any living space.
The Wraith Series is now available. D-Tool customers receive a free TruAudio T100 amplifier with purchase of a complete Wraith speaker and subwoofer system. Get your free T100 amplifier by mentioning this article to a TruAudio representative. Visit www.TruAudio.com to learn more.
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Windy City Wire offers a full line of top quality, low-voltage AV cables, connectivity products, accessories and tools. Combined with our patented cable management solution, AV integrators realize significant labor savings on their projects while increasing efficiency and safety for their crews. To learn more, click here. ( http://www.smartwire.com/RackPack-Field-Solutions/Videos/Training-Sessions/The-RackPack.aspx )
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Windy City Wire is thrilled to be a part of the D-Tools program and we look forward to assisting this user community with all of their AV cabling needs.
Video Mount Products ERWEN-6E
Beautiful and strong, the ERWEN-6E is a workhorse of a wall mounted rack enclosure. Based on the popularity of its ERWEN-9E, ERWEN-12E and ERWEN-15E wall mounted rack enclosures, VMP developed the ERWEN-6E to be as effective and rugged, but in an even smaller package. Where space is at a premium, getting equipment off the floor and on the wall is a must when floor standing equipment racks just won’t do. VMP designed the ERWEN Series wall mounted racks for both form and functionality, especially with the security and AV installer in mind. With adjustable front and rear rails, removable hinged back panel, and a reversible glass front door, the ERWEN-6E is the answer to the most demanding rack mount requirements.
Additional features of the ERWEN-6E wall rack enclosure include a welded steel construction; Ships fully assembled; Works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories; 16 inches of usable depth; Rails have numbered spaces with standard 10-32 threading; Adjustable front and rear rails; Vented top and bottom; Top and bottom cable routing knockouts; Reversible hinged tempered glass front door; Removable hinged back panel; Removable locking side panels; Load capacity – 120 lbs.; Black powder coat finish; Product dimensions: (W x D x H): 24.3in x 21.9in x 14.5in ; Product weight: 50 lbs. www.videomount.com