Extreme CCTV Releases Industry’s First Intelligent-Infrared Illuminator

27 01 2008

UFLED Intelligent-IRExtreme CCTV releases the new UFLED Intelligent-IR™ Illuminator powered by Constant Light™, designed to deliver a constant level of lighting performance throughout the illuminator’s life for uncompromised night-time surveillance. Patent pending Constant Light™ compensates for LED degradation, a natural occurrence with all conventional LED illuminators, ensuring high performance imaging over time – regardless of varying ambient temperatures. Award-winning Black Diamond™ night vision produces up to 720ft infrared illumination while an innovative Power-On-Board™ design eliminates the need for a dedicated power supply. Maintaining the integrity of security investments, the UFLED Intelligent-IR illuminator is ideal for a wide range of applications including defense, transit and critical infrastructure. Visit www.ExtremeCCTV.com for more information.

via [press release]





Denon’s DHT-FS5 X-Space Surround bar to take on Yamaha

26 01 2008

Denon is stepping all over Yamaha’s game this morning with the introduction of their very own soundbar. The DHT-FS5 like Yamaha’s well-received boxes bounce “X-Space Surround” sound off the walls in appropriately configured, smallish, and squarish rooms. The 750 x 118 x 138-mm unit rattles 4 x 50W / 25W of power driven by 6 full-range speakers. It also looks the-sweet when wall mounted below your hanging flat-panel. Expected to pop for ¥65,000 (about $605) before the month is out.

via [Engadget]





Toshiba and Panasonic double OLED lifespan — exceeds LCDs

26 01 2008

While we love the low power consumption and ultra-high contrast achieved by OLEDs, there’s one thing we hate: OLED’s short lifespan. Toshiba and Panasonic are looking to change the game by announcing a new technology today that doubles the life of OLED displays. We’re talking a bump from the stated 30,000-hour lifespan of Sony’s XEL-1 TV to somewhere beyond that of your typical 50,000-hour LCD panel. Tosh and Panny’s trick is to use a new metal membrane inside a prototype 20.8-inch panel to move light more efficiently. Let’s see if this new development brings forth Toshiba’s timeline for an OLED TV any. Please Toshiba, with sugar?

via [Engadget ]





AURALEX ACOUSTICS INTRODUCES FIRST TO MARKET ECO-FRIENDLY STUDIOFOAM® AT WINTER NAMM 2008

25 01 2008

Eco-Friendly StudioFoam ANAHEIM, CA – JANUARY 24, 2008 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, introduces the first “green” acoustical foam product on the market, Eco-Friendly StudioFoam®, at Winter NAMM 2008 (Hall C, Booth # 4295).
StudioFoam brand products now include soy components, reducing petroleum-based chemical usage by up to 60% and lessening dependence on fossil fuels, including foreign crude oil. This greener formula helps reduce global warming emissions, yet retains the longevity and acoustical properties that Auralex is known for.
Auralex StudioFoam is manufactured without harmful Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s), which have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. In making the conversion over to the new Soy-based hybrid formula, these products now boast an improved performance and durability over conventional petroleum-based foams.
“Green initiatives are no longer reserved for environmentalists, consumers as a whole are moving towards ecologically-friendly life-styles and products,” says Dave Paxton, director of operations at Auralex Acoustics. “Auralex is proud to be doing its part in conserving the environment and reducing global warming and our dependence on fossil fuels. Auralex will continue to create products that are beneficial to the audio industry as well as those that are conducive to our environment.”
The new Eco-Friendly StudioFoam is available in the same great color choices and cuts as the original. There is no increase in cost to either the dealer or consumer. The new offering meets and exceeds the quality of product and testing data (acoustical and fire) that the professional consumer demands.
About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.

Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

more info auralexinfo@auralex.com

via [press release]





Bowers and Wilkins Makes First 8-Channel Wireless Stereo Setup

24 01 2008


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It has eight channels and no cables other than the one that powers it: Bowers and Wilkins Liberty offers 5.1 audio plus two more channels for speakers you want to put out in the yard, or upstairs, or wherever. It’s also got a slick, minimalist look to it, as well, suggesting that it’s made with a real interest in invisibility instead of mere gimmickry.

In real life, wireless speakers tend to sound kind of shabby. B&W says that it took an “uncompromising approach to quality” for this one, however, so when it appears later this year, we’ll get to match the marketing to the man.

Product Page [Bowers & Wilkins via Audioholics; Photo from Audiojunkies]





Tripp Lite Introduces HDMI Version 1.3-Certified Connectivity Products

24 01 2008

Tripp Lite Introduces HDMI™ Version 1.3-Certified Connectivity Products
Chicago, IL (January 23, 2008)—Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of power protection and connectivity solutions, has introduced a line of new HDMI™ Version 1.3-certified connectivity products: a 3-to-1 HDMI Switch with Remote (Model B119-303-R), an HDMI Active Wall Plate (Model P166-001-A), an HDMI Passive Wall Plate (Model P166-001-P) and an HDMI Signal Extender (Model B123-001). The switch permits users to select from one of three HDMI sources for display on a single monitor. The wall plates permit efficient and hidden connection between an HDMI source and a display device. Use either the Signal Extender or the Active Wall plate with built-in signal booster to connect an HDMI source to a display device up to an incredible 150 feet away. These new products complement Tripp Lite’s already extensive line of HDMI Cables.
HDMI Version 1.3 increases single-link bandwidth from 165Mhz to 340Mhz (or 10.2 Gbps) to meet the needs of newer high-definition display devices. This higher speed provides support for “Deep Color” (color depths up to 48 bits), higher resolutions and higher frame rates. The result is unprecedented vividness and accuracy of colors. Version 1.3 also supports the new lossless audio formats, providing theater-quality sound. Many new LCD TVs, plasma displays, hi-def DVD players, A/V receivers and game systems including the Sony PLAYSTATION® 3 make use of the capabilities embodied in Version 1.3. And since Version 1.3 is backward compatible, these products will work with all HDMI systems, new or old.
“With so many new HDMI Version 1.3-compliant products coming onto the market, the need for Version 1.3-certified connectivity solutions is great and growing,” said Tripp Lite Cables and Connectivity Product Manager David Posner. “Tripp Lite was quick to recognize this need, and we’ve responded with four new connectivity products that will enable end users to make the most of HDMI Version 1.3’s tremendous potential.”
For more information on Tripp Lite’s new HDMI Version 1.3-certified connectivity solutions, go to:

http://www.tripplite.com/HDMIproducts

via [press release]





Colored orbs of light and sound

23 01 2008

(Credit: Moonlight)

From the bathtub to the bed, it’s usually not hard to make sport of pointless mood-lighting products. Much to our surprise, however, we’ve encountered one that we might actually like.

Moonlight’s “360-Degree Sound System” does more than just add a Barry White atmosphere; it also has speakers that can handle up to 200 watts of amplification in all directions, according to Technabob. If you combine these with Grundig’s “Audiorama” speakers, you’ll have sound in every molecule of your abode. As if that weren’t enough, the audio orbs can also be equipped with LED bulbs–qualifying them for Caroline McCarthy’s color-changey status.

via [crave]