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United Visual A/V Insider - May 2005

Table of Contents:
1. United Visual Becomes NEC Visual Display Dealer.
2. Ensemble Speaker from Cetacea Creates Amazing Sound.
3. NEC Introduces Short-Throw Distance Wireless G Projector
4. AMX Introduces Two Enterprise Ethernet Switches
5. Mitsubishi Introduces Pair of DLP Projectors
6. New Development in LED Technology
7. Sharp Announces Large-Venue Projector
8. Crown Expands Commercial Audio Series
9. Samsung Shows Whopper 82-Inch HD LCD
10. Creative Screens
11. Your Wireless World

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1.  United Visual Becomes Authorized Dealer and Service Center for the NEC Visual Display Products.

United Visual has expanded our product offerings to include sales and service of NEC visual display products.  According to Ted Berger, Marketing Director for United Visual, "The addition of NEC's exceptional line of products will greatly improve United Visual's ability to offer our customers a greater range of video and data projection alternatives.  We are excited about the new opportunities the NEC line will give us in meeting our customer's needs and long term objectives."  NEC offers a complete line of residential and commercial projectors and plasma displays.  Technologies include DLP- and LCD-based mobile, installed and large venue projection systems, as well as PlasmaSync® plasma displays designed specifically for the unique needs of the public display and multimedia presentation environments.  Contact your United Visual representative for information on the NEC line of products.

Great news for educators, NEC offers The Smarter Kids Grant Award that can help supplement the purchase of NEC visual presentation products for the classroom.  Grant amounts are 29 to 57 percent of the suggested list price for the purchase of qualifying NEC visual presentation products.  Contact your United Visual representative today for information on how to apply for the Smarter Kids Grant Award.

United Visual is also an Authorized Service Center for the complete line of NEC display products.  Services include on-site and drop-off repair and preventive maintenance for new and existing NEC projectors and plasma displays.  Contact The United Visual Service Department for more information.

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2. Ceiling Mounted Ensemble Speaker from Cetacea Sound Creates Amazing Wall-to-Wall Sound.

Perfect for the classroom or training center, the Ceiling Surround Ensemble (CSENS3) from Cetacea Sound delivers highly intelligible surround sound from a lightweight speaker at a very low cost. This ultra portable speaker system provides total sound control for those who need to mix devices like VCRs, DVDs and microphones. The speaker contains a 3-channel internal mixer and is loud enough for an audience of 60 people. The unit contains patented Group Listening Audio Technology that allows everyone in the room to hear distortion free sound. The self-powered speaker and its bracket weigh less than two pounds and can be attached to ceiling tiles with the Universal Ceiling Bracket. Patented acoustic audio technology provides all the power required at ½ the cost.

Professional educators know that recorded voice creates fatigue and frustrates student learning when overused. Parents, teachers and students all agree that the CSENS3 sound solution makes it easy to understand the recorded voice that is so common in the high-technology classrooms of today. Students can now avoid the fatigue that has been associated with recorded voice. Classroom professionals agree that as classrooms have become more high tech, the student is now listening to less than 50% live voice. This is down from 90% just a few years ago. The CSENS3 restores recorded speech to the level of live voice to maximize understanding and therefore maximizing learning. Contact your Untied Visual representative for more information on this great new product.

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3. NEC Introduces Short-Throw Distance Wireless G Projector

NEC's new WT610 uses NEC's acclaimed lensless mirror design for unusually short throw distance (40-inch image from just 2.5 inches away from the screen, or 100-inch image from 26 inches away, for example). It is specified at 2000 ANSI lumens, 3500:1 contrast ratio and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.

Instead of a traditional optical system using a lens, the NEC WT610 features a series of aspheric mirrors developed and produced using NEC's plastic mirror technology. It also incorporates NEC's ImageExpress wired and wireless networking technologies. Communicate from a PC to the projector through a wired LAN system using a 10-base or use the wireless system via Wi-Fi 802.11g. The wireless option lets you place your laptop anywhere in the room and switch between presentations on multiple laptops with the touch of a button.

Networked projectors also allow a system administrator to access the projector to handle remote diagnostics and control, and to provide for real time source display and email troubleshooting notification.

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4. AMX Introduces Two Enterprise Ethernet Switches

AMX has two new enterprise-grade Ethernet switches for connecting devices and maintaining signal quality through the switches. The NXA-ENET24 and NXA-ENET24PoE are pre-configured switches that tie together all products operating on an IP network, so installers can just connect the devices into the switch without needing additional configuration.

The Ethernet switches also are designed for AMX's MAX Integrated Content Servers to help prevent jitter, skipped frames and audio distortions.

The NXA-ENET24 is a managed switch with 24 auto-MDI/MDIX 10/100 Ethernet ports, two combo Gigabit ports and two built-in stacking ports, for stacking up to eight units.

The NXA-ENET24PoE is a managed switch with 24 auto-MDI/MDIX 10Base-T/100Base-TX ports and two combo Gigabit ports. It provides up to 15.4 watts per port for a total of 370 watts of power.

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5. Mitsubishi Introduces Pair of DLP Projectors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America announced the EX100U and ES100U, two new DLP-based projectors specified at 2000 ANSI lumens and 2000:1 contrast ratio. The EX100U is specified at XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and the ES100U at SVGA (800 x 600) resolution.

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6. New Development in LED Technology

Lamina Ceramics announced an ultra-high lumen LED white light engine - Alterion White - a technology to watch since it could end up being the light source for future projectors. Lamina says this new development is 14 times brighter than any previously-demonstrated white light LED array.

It's a 28,000 lumen solid-state device, five inches square, and powered by 1,400 watts. It is more than twice as bright as the company's RGB (red-green-blue) light engine the company introduced three months ago.

In the announcement, Lamina President Taylor Adair said: "Just over three months ago, 10,000 lumen light engines were thought to be impossible to manufacture because of heat build up. Our proprietary technology enabled us to break that barrier. Lamina's latest LED light engine is approaching the 30,000 lumen mark."

Aterion White has 1,120 LEDs with a 5,500 degree K color-corrected temperature (CCT) and a color rendition index (CRI) of 80. The array radiates no heat in its light beam, says the company, and features instant-on, instant re-strike and fully dimmable capabilities.

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7. Sharp Announces Large-Venue Projector

Sharp's new DLP-based XG-PH50X is a networkable projector designed for large-venue installations. It is specified at adjustable brightness at either 1600 tor 4000 ANSI lumens, 1000:1 contrast ratio and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. There are six lens options and it has built-in redundancy with a dual-lamp lighting design.

The projector's has six lens options allow more flexible placement choices, including up to 70 feet from the screen or from a high ceiling. Five of the lenses are powered, so adjustments can be made remotely. The sixth lens is a wide-angle fixed focus. It also has power horizontal and vertical lens shift, and video processing is done by Sharp's CV-IC (Computer Video Integrated Composer) System.

The XG-PH50X has a built-in RJ-45 LAN connection. The Web server allows direct control from the desktop to the projector (without special software) using Sharp's Display Manager Software, which connects LAN-enabled

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8. Crown Expands Commercial Audio Series

Crown International announced a new mixer, a new amplifier and a higher-power mixer-amplifier at NSCA.  The new products are specifically designed for commercial and industrial applications, such as needed for schools, hospitals, factories, restaurant/retail, houses of worship, fitness facilities, A/V boardrooms, prisons, and small offices, for paging, background music, security and evacuation instructions.

Mixer input routing allows each input to be assigned to any output, possibly reducing the number of additional mixers or amplifiers required for the install.  The products also include priority muting, phantom power, four-tone generator, independent volume, bass and treble controls for each channel, and capability for remote volume control. Amplifier models provide 4-ohm and constant-voltage outputs (70V and 100V).

Power ratings and number of inputs and outputs for the new models are as follows:

  • 1160MA mixer-amplifier: 4 inputs and one 160W power amplifier
  • 180A amplifier: 1 input and one 80W power amplifier
  • 280A amplifier: 2 inputs and dual 80W power amplifiers
  • 1160A amplifier: 1 input and one 160W power amplifier
  • 14M mixer: 4 inputs and 1 output channel
  • 28M mixer: 8 inputs and 2 output channels

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9. Samsung Shows Whopper 82-Inch HD LCD

Following their infamous tradition of showing giant-sized displays they may or may not ever ship, at NSCA, Samsung announced the company has developed an 82-inch high definition TFT-LCD screen at its new production complex in Tangjeong, Korea.  At its 7th-generation Line 7-1, Samsung can produce two 82-inch panels from a single substrate.

Samsung used its Super Patterned-ITO Vertical Alignment (S-PVA) technology to get a 180-degree viewing angle.  The company says the new panel is specified at 1200:1 minimum contrast ratio and 600nit brightness. Response times are 8ms or faster.

The 7th-generation line began mass production at the end of March.

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10. Creative Screens

Sometimes you don't want a glaringly blank projection screen standing idly by during meetings when it's not in use. There's nothing wrong with it, but it can be a waste of valuable space.  We can hide it behind beautiful works of art or cabinet doors, or we can install retractable screens that pull down from the ceiling or top of cabinetry when needed.  We can also provide mobile screens that wheel into the room when needed and wheel out when not.

There are some new technologies we can provide, too, that provide some interesting and creative alternatives to the traditional film screen.

Greenboard Projection

Several projector manufacturers now make projectors that allow you to adjust the color and light settings so that you can use your greenboard, the one you use for writing in chalk, as a projection screen.  This is an obvious choice for many classrooms, and this technology more easily allows teachers to share a projector since you won't have to worry about also having a screen in the room.  Many meeting rooms can benefit as well, since white paper easels aren't always large enough to capture all the notes that a greenboard can.  Incidentally, your interactive whiteboard can also serve as a projection screen.

Painted Walls

While it's rarely the best choice in terms of image quality, we can also paint one of the walls in your room the appropriate white or gray with a carefully selected texture so that you can use it as a projection surface.

Projecting on Windows

One of the newest technologies we found is a film that we place over a window.  This is a unique product in that when not in use, you can leave the window either completely clear, so that you can't even tell there is a film covering it, or you can make the window opaque, so that no one can clearly see in or out.  When you turn this film on, it accepts projection images from LCD, DLP or CRT projectors and acts just as a projection screen.

This is a great solution for fishbowl conference rooms, storefront windows, office windows.  It also provides some new ways of creative presentations that were never before considered.

One recent installation at a retail store is a good example of creative advertising using this new technology.  As a shopper passes by the retail store window, a sensor "wakes up" the projector and screen.  Audio comes on saying hello, and stopping the shopper, who is then presented with a short video advertising a specific product.  At the end of the video, the window clears to show the actual product in the retail store window display.  You can do this with clothes, jewelry, food, cars - anything at all.

Another consideration with this technology is that the size of the image is only limited by the size of the glass.  That means you can project huge indoor or outdoor displays.  Now, we're talking sports arenas, marinas, hotels, convention centers - even the entire sides of buildings.

So, if you're looking for small or large changes to your projection screens, give us a call.  Your screen choices can reflect well on the creativity of your organization.

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11. Your Wireless World

Networking presentation technologies was all the rage the past few years, and deservedly so. The ability to manage and control all those different devices spread out throughout the building and sometimes, throughout the world, has been an IT manager's dream. Now, the IT manager is alerted when an LCD display needs bulbs, when a projector is taken from its mount without prior permission, or a projector bulb burns out, or is about to. And for the presenter, the ability to pull a presentation off their network-connected PC rather than having to lug around the laptop or disk is a definite plus, particularly for unanticipated requests. Rather than having to run back to their office PC to retrieve a file, they can remain in the room and do it over the network instead.

The next rage, as we all know, is wireless networking. Many of us are becoming accustomed to wireless networking in our homes. Whether it's the ability to use a laptop from any room in the house or perhaps we've connected our TiVos or other entertainment devices to a wireless network, we're getting used to the freedom wireless technologies afford. We're still tethered to power connections, but that's not a big deal compared to having to run network cables everywhere. Wireless is definitely in vogue.

Wireless is getting big in business, too. Here are just some of the ways you benefit.

Wireless Presenting

Many conference rooms today are being built with network connections at every seat at the conference table. Soon, all you'll need are power connections at the seats because the devices that attendees bring will be able to connect to the network without network cables. In the classroom, wireless connections will help professors and visiting lecturers access to the network to access data and video stored elsewhere. Projectors can be taken from room to room and maintain their wireless connection to the network as can any other presentation device, such as mobile interactive whiteboards or document cameras.

Wireless Retail

One of the most celebrated uses of wireless networking is in retail, where you might want a number of plasma and/or LCD displays advertising clothing, mortgage rates, the latest hot video game, or seasonal patio furnishings. The freedom from network cables makes installation of these devices much simpler and less expensive, and maintains the store's aesthetics by having fewer visible wires. There are also obvious benefits to organizations such as airlines, which must maintain a huge network of passenger communications displays, or signage at movie theaters, shopping malls, hotels, convention centers, museums and more.

Large Venues

One of the more recent developments in wireless is the ability to take wireless video, make that high quality wireless video, greater distances. One company has developed a technology that actually allows video to play on a wireless display up to 3,000 feet away if in line-of-site, a bit less if not. That's good enough for most large venues. Imagine the simplicity of setting up a rock concert, play, sporting event and even large portions of amusement parks and zoos.

We work daily with IT managers for organizations looking to improve how presentation equipment communicates with the network. Wireless will soon be in your present rather than your future, so let us help rid you of redundant cables today.

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