Mitsubishi
ColorView XL8

The 6-pound, ultra-portable XL8 ColorView XGA LCD projector offers a super bright 2000 ANSI lumens and a password-activated security features to protect your investment.

Mitsubishi XL8 Highlights:

- 2000 ANSI Lumens
- 5.9 lbs. - 3000 lamp life
- HDTV Ready

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United Visual A/V Insider - June 2005

Table of Contents:
1. United Visual University's Next Audio Visual Seminars
2. Epson Introduces Two New Lightweights
3. ViewSonic Introduces Commercial Flat-Panels
4. Crestron DualTouch Features Automatic Finger-Pen Switching
5. Polycom Users Can Now Share Computer Content
6. RGB Spectrum Announces New Video/Data Wall Processors
7. Epson's Crossover 1600-Lumen Projector for Under $1,000
8. Component Video & Digital Audio Over Long Distances Together
9. Analog Way Cross-Converts Computer-Video
10. Premier Mounts Introduces Multi-Monitor Mounting Systems
11. Taking the Surprises out of AV Purchases -- Part 1

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1. United Visual University's Next Audio Visual Seminars
- June 23rd in Elk Grove Village, IL


United Visual presents United Visual University.  UVU is an education program comprised of a series of free seminars for professionals involved in planning and designing boardrooms, conference rooms, meeting space, training centers, auditoriums, classrooms, control rooms or any other space requiring integrated audiovisual systems.  More and more corporate spaces are using sophisticated audio, video and computer display technologies.  As a design/build professional you are expected to design these spaces, but often the intricacies of sound and display systems are outside your core skill set.  United Visual has an exclusive partnership with Kayye Consulting to provide these specialized seminars in the Chicago area.  The objective of the seminars is to enable design and engineering professionals to better pre-plan for the successful integration of audiovisual systems into commercial and education environments.

Three Professional Seminars Offered.

  • Planning Electrical and Infrastructure Requirements for AV
  • Understanding the AV Projection and Display Environment
  • Understanding Audio and Acoustics in AV Presentation Systems
Not only do you have the opportunity for a full day of specialized education but you can also earn up to 6 HSW credit hours towards your AIA licenses.

Visit the UVU website for more details and registration information.

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2. Epson Introduces Two New Lightweights

Epson has two new sub-four-pound wireless-ready projectors using 3-LCD technology.  The PowerLite 732c (comes with an 802.11b/g card) and PowerLite 737c (Wi-Fi wireless 802.11g) are specified at XGA resolution and 2000 ANSI lumens, and are compatible with Apple's Keynote software.

The PowerLite 737c's is also equipped with an interesting feature that will appeal to professional photographers and home users alike.  The built-in software enables digital images, such as high-resolution jpeg photos, to be projected in slideshows using PC-less storage devices such as USB memory, external hard drives or directly from digital cameras.  The slideshows can be controlled by the projector either manually or with automatic/timed advancement. Users can also adjust color temperatures and individual settings.

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3. ViewSonic Introduces Commercial Flat-Panels

ViewSonic introduced two large-screen flat-panel displays designed for digital signage, conferencing and other business apps.  The N4000wP is a 40-inch LCD and the VPW4200 is a 42-inch plasma.  The screens have anti-glare treatments and ViewSonic is offering wall mounts, speakers and stands as options.

The N4000wP LCD video display uses DVI with HDCP and also includes S-video, composite and component video inputs.  MSRP is $3,699.  The VPW4200 plasma display has picture-in-picture and split-screen, a four burn-in countermeasure, an external RS-232C control interface, and an audio amplifier.

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4. Crestron DualTouch Features Automatic Finger-Pen Switching

With Crestron's DualTouch technology, the user need not let the touchpanel know when it needs to recognize fingertip operation versus pen annotation - it receives both operations automatically.  Using Crestron's 15" DTT-15V2 or 18" DTT-18 with the UPX-2, the presenter can use fingertips to close the drapes, dim the lights, and control AV sources like any Crestron touchpanel.  Then on the fly, the presenter can annotate freely over an AV presentation using the wireless pen without manual switching or delay.

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5. Polycom Users Can Now Share Computer Content

Polycom introduced the QSX, a device that lets anyone using a Polycom SoundStation conference phone to share computer content with meeting participants on the other end of the line.  This upgrade accommodates meetings with up to 15 participants, and participants see content in one of two ways: QSX-enabled rooms see the content automatically though the room's projector or display; locations without QSX can see the content through a standard, Java-enabled web browser.

The presenter connects with a VGA cable, and anyone who walks into the room can present content instantly to everyone on the call, even if they are a visitor using a Mac without LAN access.

Polycom QSX is installed under the table, in a closet or on a wall in a conference room or office.  It connects a SoundStation conference phone (regular, analog phone line), an IP connection, and a projector or VGA display.

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6. RGB Spectrum Announces New Video/Data Wall Processors

RGB Spectrum's new MediaWall 2000 is a custom multi-screen display processor introduced at NAB.  One thing that sets this model apart is that it runs outside the PC rather than within it, so it doesn't take up the same processing bandwidth as those within the PC (the MediaWall 2000 is a purpose built processor with an embedded operating system).

The MediaWall 2000 accepts up to six graphic and six video inputs and displays them simultaneously across up to four screens.

The product has input and output ports to support plug and play, and the interface is accessible over serial or Ethernet ports, supports prominent control systems, and can be controlled remotely via web browser.  It has DVI in and out.

It is housed in a 2U rack enclosure with front replaceable air filters, thermostatically controlled fans and redundant power supplies

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7. Epson Marketing Crossover 1600-Lumen Projector for Under $1,000

Epson is targeting both home and office with the new PowerLite S3 3-LCD projector.  It is specified at 1,600 ANSI lumens, SVGA (800x600) resolution and 500:1 contrast ratio. It weighs 5.6 pounds.

Epson is boasting a fast-on feature of just five seconds, and automatic signal detection, so that the projector recognizes when a cable is plugged in.  It also has the Instant Off that eliminates delays after you turn the projector off, a feature now becoming popular among manufactures.

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8. Component Video and Digital Audio Can Travel Long Distances Together

Kramer unveiled its new TP-41 component video with S/PDIF digital audio transmitter, and the TP-42 component video with S/PDIF digital audio receiver.

The Kramer TP-41 and TP-42 constitute a component video and S/PDIF digital audio line transmitter/receiver system.  The TP-41 transmitter/encoder includes an analog component video input and a digital audio input (S/PDIF), all on RCA connectors.  The range of the CAT 5 output to the TP-42 receiver/decoder easily exceeds 300 ft. (100 meters).

The TP-41 transmitter and TP-42 receiver are extremely compact and economical solutions for simplifying the routing of component video and digital audio signals over inexpensive and convenient CAT 5 cable.

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9. Analog Way Cross-Converts Computer-Video

The ULTRA VIO from Analog Way cross converts all computer and video signals, analog and digital, using three universal inputs and one universal output.  The three universal A/V inputs of the ULTRA VIO accept all existing formats, analog or digital, from computer to video and HDTV.  The inputs allow any type of interfacing connectors with loop through, including now SDI & HDSDI.

The output of the ULTRA VIO allows any type of Video, Computer and HDTV format and connection.  The ULTRA VIO also stands out by the large number of its connectors: BNC, HD15, DVI, mini DIN and cinch/RCA.  SDI and HDSDI output are now available.

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10. Premier Mounts Introduces New Multi-Monitor Mounting Systems

The new Multi-Monitor Mount series from Premier Mounts lets you mount up to six LCD monitors to create a makeshift videowall.  You can use them to mount the panels on a wall or on a table.

Videowalls are a great way of getting a very large screen image (or any configuration of separate images) without paying large screen prices.

With this new Premier product line, you can set up only a three-panel videowall or all six together.

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11. Taking the Surprises out of AV Purchases -- Part 1

The individuals within organizations whose responsibilities include AV decisions need a unique set of talents.  They need to be thrifty yet future-minded.  They need to be technical enough to understand the purchases, yet focused on the needs of the eventual users of the systems.  They need to be specific in their AV needs yet flexible enough to understand the implications of every decision.

An organization with ten employees can get away with a do-it-yourself, piecemeal, AV system.  An organization with 100 or more without a professional AV designer on board simply cannot do that without the risk of wasting a lot of money.  That's where we come in.

If the person in charge of AV at your organization is relatively new to the responsibilities, there are, inevitably, surprises that come along with the design and installation process.  The surprises are mostly owing to believing manufacturers' claims that certain products are so easy, or complete, that you just plug them in and all is well.  On the flip side, the pleasant surprises are when you can get more uses out of any one AV device than you realized.  So, here we list a few surprises you may encounter along the way.

Audio

We were recently asked to install an audio system in a large, new auditorium.  When we arrived, we discovered that the auditorium (for some reason) was tiled throughout.  Plus, it had very high, sloping ceilings.

The client just wanted an audio system installed, with microphones on the stage and in various places throughout the room.  But we have a problem.

Installing an audio system in this room would give them audio, all right, but inaudible, murky, echoing sound that no one would be able to understand.  We would need to first, design an acoustic treatment to help absorb the sound in order to take the strain out of listening.  Then we'd have to specify just the right audio equipment to fit those acoustics.  In truth, we wish we'd been called into the job before the room was built so that we could make sure it was designed with audio in mind.  In this case, the surprise was the need to retrofit this room so that audio sounded good in any seating area.

In another situation, the client bought an audio system off the Internet that sounded fantastic when playing music but the surprise came when they realized it wasn't designed to handle microphoned voices.  We have run into this (including the opposite, in which audio can handle voices but sound horrible playing music).  Audio systems are probably the most technically complicated of all AV solutions and require a professional to make the selections.  That's a surprise easily avoided with a consultation prior to purchase.

Projectors

Speaking of the Internet, there are many deals to be had on projector prices these days.  All those sub-$1,000 projectors are tempting.  There are actually situations in which you can get away with using these low-end models. Placing them in small, very dark rooms would probably be fine.

The problem is that, especially these days, you rarely want to present in rooms that are completely dark.  Most meeting attendees want to take notes, and see what they're writing.  They want to watch the presenter speak, and if they drop their pen, they want to be able to see to retrieve it without fumbling around in the dark.

These are just some of the reasons why we are very cautious about projector selection.  We take into account every aspect of the room in which it will be used, including ambient light, size of the room, where the projector will be placed and even what kind of information will be projected (i.e., computer data, video, or both).  So we specify ANSI lumens, contrast ratio, lens shift options and keystone correction to precisely fit the application.

Yes, low-cost projectors are tempting, but if they detract from your presenter's and audience's experience, it's a wasted investment.  There are many affordable models out there that will fit your needs, so be sure to call us first.

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