Sharp
XG-F315X

With built-in RJ-45 LAN connectivity, Texas Instruments® BrilliantColor™ DLP® technology and 3000 ANSI Lumens brightness, the XGA resolution Sharp XG-F315X is perfect for most any educational or meeting room setting, as well as rental/staging and house of worship applications.

Sharp XG-F315X Highlights:

- LAN RJ-45 Connection
- HDCP DVI-I Input
- Wide Screen Compatibility
- 3000 ANSI Lumens

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Happy New Year from United Visual.

Table of Contents:
1. Free LCD Monitor with NEC Projector Purchase
2. The Extron ISM 824 adds Flexibility with a Small Footprint
3. "Cool" Ideas from Middle Atlantic
4. Sharp XR-40X is the Perfect Tool for any Business Presentation
5. Green is making the scene!  Da-Lite’s New Green Laser Pointers
6. Smart Technologies SmartBoard 680 does more than ever before!
7. The Power You Need with the Biamp MXA Series Mixer/Amplifier
8. Sleek, Sexy & Powerful. - The New 5.2" Modero from AMX
9. Work Smarter not Harder with the Shure SLX Wireless System
10. Experience the Future Now with Epson’s PowerLite 1815p.
11. New vs. Used when Buying an LCD Projector
12. In 2007 United Visual is the AV Provider for 20 of the Top 25 Largest Conventions in Milwaukee.

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1. Free LCD Monitor with NEC Projector Purchase

Receive a free NEC 19" LCD monitor when you purchase a NEC VT695 or VT700 LCD projector between now and March 31, 2008.  The 19" flat screen LCD monitor is the perfect companion to either the VT695 or VT700 projector.  Both projectors feature monitor loop through to connect your monitor for presentation support.  Perfect in the classroom, conference room or corporate training center.  The VT695 and VT700 also feature XGA resolution, DVI inputs, 5-watt speaker, and automatic keystone correction technology.  For more information on these great NEC projectors visit United Visual’s website or call and speak to your United Visual account representative.

NEC VT695
NEC VT700

Link to the NEC 19" LCD Monitor Claim Form

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2. The Extron ISM 824 MultiSwitcher provides Integration Flexibility with a Small Footprint.

The ISM 824 MultiSwitcher is a unique modular matrix switcher that allows for simultaneous video/RGB scaling, scan conversion, and wideband switching in a single, compact enclosure.  It combines the powerful signal routing capabilities of an eight input, eight output, wideband matrix switcher with versatility of four customizable outputs.  The Extron ISM 824 can be equipped with any of the available scaling or scan conversion output boards for initial project requirements, and then upgraded at any time in the future with additional boards as system needs evolve and expand.  It is ideal for applications such as boardrooms, auditoriums, and classrooms that require high-performance signal routing with flexible, on-board signal processing.

The ISM 824 provides integration flexibility while at the same time reducing system complexity and cost.  With both multiswitching and signal processing capabilities in one 3U enclosure, system configuration and set-up can be accomplished from a single location, saving installation cost and time.  At the same time, control system design and programming is simplified.  As an integrator we have found that the ISM 824 is also ideal in AV systems where our customer’s equipment rack space was at a premium.  All features and functions of the ISM 824, including those of any installed output boards, are fully accessible from the front panel, as well as through RS-232 and IP Link.  The ISM 824 thus offers versatile control functionality for managing all source distribution and signal processing within an A/V system.

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3. "Cool" Ideas from Middle Atlantic

Dedicated to proper thermal management throughout all aspects of enclosure system design and integration, Middle Atlantic Products recently introduced its RSH Series Custom Rackmounts that include enhanced thermal management.  The enhanced RSH Custom Rackmounts create a clean, finished look for enclosures that house non-rackmount components and provide advanced ventilation and installation features at no extra charge.

Enhanced RSH Series Custom Rackmounts provide increased ventilation on the shelf sides, as well as the base, to promote optimized thermal management.  The newly enhanced ventilation on all RSH Series Custom Rackmounts improves airflow while accounting for components that vent hot air to the sides.  Our customers have specifically requested rackshelves that account for components, which vent to the side.  The new design of the rackshelf side panels, as well as the base, accentuates an effective chimney effect within an integrated enclosure system and helps prevent heat build-up.  In doing so, RSH Series Custom Rackmounts allow components to do what they really want: breathe easier.

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4. Sharp XR-40X is the Perfect Tool for any Business Presentation

The Sharp XR-40X is the perfect tool for any business presentation, offering high brightness, the latest Texas Instrument® DLP® technology and TrueVision™ (DDP2000) image processing for seamless educational or business lectures and presentations.  For precise image reproduction, the XR-40X has a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.  The unit can project a brilliant image in virtually any room or run almost any application with a vibrant contrast ratio of 2200:1 for realistic black tones.  The projector can be used in virtually any lighting environment.  The brightness level of 2600 ANSI Lumens makes this possible.  Weighing just over six pounds, the new XR model is the perfect on-the-road presentation companion and can be carried easily from classroom to boardroom.  Set-up is a snap with a faster start-up than traditional projectors and on-screen interactive help for operation assistance.  The XR-40X is backed by a one-year parts and labor limited warranty.

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5. Green is making the scene!  Da-Lite’s New Green Laser Pointers

Currently filed under the "What's Hot" category, Da-Lite has expanded its presentation product line to include two new powerful laser pointers.  A pen style and a jumbo model are both available.  The pen style features a clip and the jumbo model is intended for the rental market.  Both models include a foam-lined case.

The green laser pointer is designed for situations where red is not desirable, such as bright rooms, long distances, or for rear projection applications.  Many of our clients are requesting the green laser pointer.  It has become a popular item and giving the traditional red laser pointer a run for its money!  Da-Lite’s laser pointers carry a one-year warranty and are available for immediate shipping.

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6. Smart Technologies Smart Board 680 does more than ever before!

SMART Technologies SMART Board interactive whiteboard was selected as the Best Buy of 2007 by PC World magazine.  After extensive trials, judges concluded that the SMART Board 680 interactive whiteboard (77" diagonal) was superior to other interactive whiteboards in both performance and operation.  Features such as easy installation and intuitive interface, and the flexibility and richness of Notebook collaborative learning software were noted as strong product elements.  Judges also noted features that made the SMART Board interactive whiteboard unique in its category, such as touch capability so users can write, drag and drop files, browse the Web and save files using their fingers.  Another difference was the pens.  Competitive products require electromagnetic pens which need regular battery replacement.  SMART's Whisper-tip™ pens do not require batteries.  We love hearing from our customers and recent feedback has been that the Notebook software is helpful for illustrating ideas and enhancing discussions through its embedded Gallery, which houses thousands of digital resources.

The SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboard lets you do more than ever before.  Combining the same great features that people love with new expandability options, it's limited only by your imagination.

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7. Get the Power You Need with the Biamp MXA Series Mixer/Amplifier

Biamps line of amplifiers and mixer/amplifiers lets you mix and match to get precisely the system and power you need, with no modules to buy!  Biamp’s MXA Series of Commercial Mixer/Amplifiers offers you a range of cost-effective solutions combining a versatile 6-input mic/line mixer with either 35, 75, 150, or 300 Watt amplification.  They're all packed with the right features including mic/line/tel inputs, selectable automatic & manual channel muting, channel priority assignment, remote level control, tone control, a built-in limiter, an internal chime, phantom power, MOH output, and extensive patching.  Whichever mixer/amplifier you go with - Biamp quality comes through loud and clear.  We love the five-year warranty and so do our clients.

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8. Sleek, Sexy & Powerful. - The New 5.2” Modero from AMX

Sleek. Sexy. Powerful.  No other words come to mind so quickly when describing the small, yet powerful 5.2" Modero ViewPoint with Intercom.  The newest addition to the wireless MVP product line, the MVP-5200i, its Table Charging Station and its Wall Charging Station have all been reinvented in style, form, and function.  The MVP-5200i has a 5.2” WVGA display (Aspect Ratio: 16x9) with a screen resolution (HV): 800 x 480 pixels.

Our clients have responded favorably to how ultra-light the Modero is at just 1.4 lbs (not to mention its thin form factor!)  The Modero also offers exceptional battery life with eight hours of continuous operation and four days of standby use.  Whether you need to instantly light every inch of a 20,000 square foot estate, turn down the A/C throughout a corporate campus, or simply shuffle through your favorite MP3s, the MVP-5200i rises to the occasion - discreetly from the palm of your hand.  For a demo of the AMX Modero MVP-5200i with intercom contact your United Visual representative.

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9. Work Smarter not Harder with the Shure SLX Wireless System

Sound installations, conference centers and working musicians, need powerful wireless tools that can be set up quickly and used confidently.  Shure's rugged SLX UHF Wireless Systems exceed these demands with innovative setup features such as auto frequency scan with transmitter setup, exceptional wireless clarity, and legendary Shure microphones.  Supporting 20 compatible systems across multiple UHF frequency bands, SLX smoothly integrates into houses of worship, lecture halls, conference rooms, and mobile gear cases.

SLX Wireless Systems feature Shure's patented Audio Reference Companding for clear sound beyond the limits of conventional wireless technology.  What is "companding" you ask?  It is a process that improves wireless sound quality by compressing the audio signal prior to transmission and expanding it after reception.  All pro audio wireless needs companding to deliver a wide dynamic range (greater than 100dB).  The result is a sound more like a wired microphone, with less noise and greater dynamic range than other wireless systems.  No artifacts, lower noise floor, clearer sound at all audio levels. Smart, Hard-Working Wireless!

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10. Experience the Future Now with Epson's PowerLite 1815p

With 3500 lumens in just 6.9 lb, plus wireless and PC-free capabilities, the Epson® PowerLite® 1815p is ideal for virtually any presentation!  With Quick Setup's 6-second automatic image adjustment, you can quickly and easily fit images to your screen size. Plus, with eight color modes to choose from, this bright, light projector is the ideal choice for a variety of applications.  Best of all, with the included 802.11a/b/g module, you can project both video and audio wirelessly or use the RJ45 hook up to present via a wired network.  With the included software, you are even able to monitor and control all networked projectors.  With all this, plus compact flash memory card slot, the PowerLite 1815p presents the perfect solution for all your multimedia needs.  The 1815p incorporates Epson's 3LCD technology.  In developing LCD technology, Epson discovered that using a combination of three LCDs to produce a final image was the optimal way to achieve the sharpest and most beautiful images in televisions and projectors.  Since this trio of LCDs is a unique technology used in projecting images, it was important to differentiate this innovation from the hundreds of other uses for single LCDs.  Thus the name 3LCD was born.  3LCD projection systems give you dazzling brightness, true-to-life color saturation, and razor-sharp contrast for displaying digital content.  This robust technology is incredibly versatile and is used in a variety of applications.  For example, 3LCD easily displays full high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast signals.  With the increasing popularity of HDTV, 3LCD's versatility confirms its top position in the video projection market.

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11. New vs. Used when Buying an LCD Projector

If you are on a tight budget and need to buy a projector you may have considered looking for a used projector.  Can you really save money by buying a used projector?  The answer to this question was probably yes if asked a few years back.  Two to three years ago the prices of new projectors dropped below $1000.  Because the prices of new projectors are now below $1000, buying a used projector just isn't worth the risk.  You can now buy a solid projector for as little at $700, so there is almost never a good reason to buy a used projector.

Let's break it down and find out why. All LCD projectors have a life expectancy of, at best, 6 years.  That is reduced to 4 years if not properly maintained.  And almost no one properly maintains their projectors.  LCD projectors need to have the intake filter cleaned or replaced after every 300 hours of use.  A full teardown cleaning should be done every 2 years.  From experience, we can tell you that it is rare to find a projector owner that consistently does this.  Without the proper maintenance, the projector will be operating under much higher temperature conditions than it was designed to withstand.  Thus, the life of the projector is easily shortened by 1-3 years, depending on the model and operating environment.  Projector lamps burn extremely hot and this heat destroys electronic components, specifically the capacitors in the power supply and the lamp's ballast.  We have seen countless used projectors with a yellow tint over the image caused by the heat.  This tint doesn't fade, it only can get worse and repairing it will cost you more then a new projector.

If you buy a 4-year-old projector for only $200, you might think you've made a great deal. Well, until the lamp no longer works.  Now you go out and purchase a new lamp for $400 or more.  Next you find the ballast has failed.  A typical ballast or power supply repair costs $600-800 not to mention the bad ballast also destroyed that new lamp you just bought.  Don't throw good money after bad, take it from the experts, save your $200 or whatever you planned on spending for a used projector and invest it in a new projector from a reputable manufacturer like Sharp, NEC, Epson or Mitsubishi.

Have we made a case for buying new?  Here is one last thing to think about.  Product Warranty.  New projectors come with a 2 or 3-year warranty.  The manufacturer's warranty will cover failures for the first 2 to 3 years depending on model so you can rest assured that you made the correct choice.  That used projector you found on Craig's List will come AS IS.

Contact United Visual for advise on the best projector to meet your needs or contact our service department to learn more about the maintenance options we offer for your existing projectors.

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12. In 2007 United Visual is the AV Provider for 20 of the
Top 25 Largest Conventions in Milwaukee.


Last year United Visual provided the audiovisual production services for 20 of the 25 largest conventions in the city of Milwaukee.  The list of the Largest Milwaukee-area conventions in 2007 was just recently released as part of the Book of Lists published by The Business Journal of Milwaukee.  Of those 25 conventions listed, United Visual provided the audio, video, lighting and production services to 80% of the largest Milwaukee conventions as measured by attendance.  United Visual Production Services department provides production services for conventions, tradeshows, meetings and entertainment nationwide with a focus in the Midwest.  For more information call United Visual Production Services at 1-888-467-1510.

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