March 2011: smartHOME Marketplace
Audio-Video Receivers With or Without Network Connectivity
Sherwood America Inc. is offering two new audio-video receivers. The RD-705i network receiver (pictured) streams Internet audio, including Internet radio, with 802.11n Wi-Fi ability and compliance with UPnP for home networking. The 7.1 channel dual-zone receiver has HDMI 1.4 capability, making it 3D ready, and the full complement of Dolby and DTS high-resolution audio formats. It provides 100 watts for each of its seven channels of amplification and also offers optional Bluetooth connectivity. Setup and integration into existing networks is both easily and quickly accomplished with one-touch setup and UPnP. The new RD-7505 offers identical audio-video performance without networking. Through its HDMI 1.4 capability, the 7.1 channel RD-7505 provides support for the new connectivity standard’s 3D picture capabilities. Due to its HDMI repeater, it can internally process the Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD Master Audio high-resolution audio formats, and it also provides processing for Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS 96/24, DTS ES and DTS Neo6.
Tester Finds & Identifies Coax Cables
Platinum Tools® announced that its new 4Mapper Coax Tester is a solution to find and identify single or multiple coax cables connected to televisions, security cameras, splitters, monitors or routers. “Made in the USA and fast and easy to use, the individually identified custom remotes allow the user to track up to four connections at a time from the main cable box,” explained Platinum Tools’ Lee Sachs. The device — no bigger than the palm of your hand — includes features such as the EZ 1-button design; display of pass, open or short; integrated tone generator; automatic power off; line voltage warning LED; flashing low-battery LED; long battery life; and more.
Wireless Chime Operates up to 250 Ft.
STI announced the improved Wireless Chime, part of the company’s expanding Home and Work series of products. This musical wireless doorbell chime is quick and easy to install, with no electrical wiring and no through-the-wall drilling. The Wireless Chime (model STI-32500) now offers an operating range of up to 250 ft. between transmitter and receiver. Select one of 13 sounds with the push of a button on the transmitter. Easy to use, installers simply mount the wireless button next to the door, plug the receiver into any indoor electrical outlet and the chime is ready to operate. It includes two 3-Volt lithium batteries for the transmitter. Ideal for a home, store or office, it is easy to distinguish between front and back doors by adding transmitters and selecting a different sound on each. The chime also can be used as a pager for family members who require special care. It is ETL listed and FCC certified.
Russound announced a versatile new addition to its C-Series line of multi-room audio products that provides audio streams from networked-based digital music sources so they can be enjoyed in any room in a home. The new Russound DMS-3.1 Digital Media Streamer delivers up to three simultaneous stereo digital audio streams for distribution around the house. The sources for these three audio signals may be from the Internet or from music files on connected storage devices. A fourth simultaneous signal is available from the DMS-3.1’s built-in AM/FM stereo tuner. Occupying just one rack unit, the sleek unit features rear panel stereo audio output jacks for each of the three audio streams, plus another pair for the tuner, and a Source ID switch for each stream to easily identify it within the system. Russound
Double-Sided Locks Are Useful for Pool Gates
Alarm Lock’s 5300 series Double-sided Trilogy locks are being used on pool gates for homeowner associations. The easy-to-use keypad door lock program (with fingertip-at-keypad or via PC) provides security by only allowing tenants and authorized personnel to get in safely. The Double-sided Trilogy lock’s real-time clock allows schedules to be set to limit access during pool hours. Secure access for each user can be set for one or both sides of the door. Alarm Lock
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Compression Tool Simplifies Installation
The OmniSeal Pro XL compression tool from Ideal allows installers of home theater, satellite, CATV and security systems to terminate connectors onto coaxial cable in a smooth, one-cycle full ratchet motion. It provides a permanent, high-integrity connection of F-type, RCA, RG11, BNC and mini connectors. Because of its universal design, the OmniSeal Pro XL eliminates the need to carry multiple crimp or compression tools, according to the manufacturer. It is factory-preset and calibrated to terminate all Ideal-branded compression connectors. In addition, it can terminate other manufacturers’ connectors simply by adjusting the tool’s plunger depth; no adapters required. There is also a handy 7/16-in. hex socket built-in to install CATV connectors.
Low-Profile Flush Wall Mount for Large Flat PanelsVideo Mount Products’ new FP-LFVB flush wall mount holds most large flat panels from 42 to 63 in. and up to 150 lb. Installed at only 0.85 inches off the wall, the FP-LFVB has been designed with today’s new thin and light LCD and LED panels in mind. The unit has a maximum flat panel hole pattern of 890 mm x 540 mm and comes in a black powder coat finish. (A silver powder coat finish is also available.) “Our new FP-LFVB flush wall mount has been designed for numerous applications, most importantly for those installs where a large flat panel needs to be mounted as close as possible to the wall,” said Keith Fulmer, Video Mount Products. “The FP-LFVB is installer- and user-friendly, reducing installation time for multiple installs, including residential, commercial, educational and professional applications.”
HDMI® Extenders Transmit Uncompressed Signals up to 330 Ft.
Crestron announced its new line of HDMI® extenders. The HD-EXT extends HDMI signals long distance over a single low-cost shielded twisted pair wire. Uncompressed, high-definition audio/video signals are transmitted up to 330 ft. without loss of signal quality using DM 8G wire. With no special setup or configuration required, installation is easy and inexpensive, the company said. As a standalone system or part of a complete Crestron control system, HD-EXT makes HDMI long distance transmission and distribution simple, reliable and affordable throughout the home, classroom, boardroom or commercial building. Two HD-EXT models — HD-EXT1-C and HD-EXT2-C — serve a wide variety of applications. The HD-EXT1-C includes a compact HD transmitter and receiver that carry high-definition digital video and audio, plus two-way RS-232 and IR control signals, simultaneously over a single DM 8G STP cable. For applications requiring the extension of analog audio signals along with HDMI signals, the HD-EXT2-C substitutes the RS-232 and IR control with stereo analog audio support.
Out-of-the-Box Solution for Multi-Zone Music ATON™ introduced the pre-programmed whole house Music & More System, the ATON AH66T Kit. It features the AH66T multi-source, multi-zone controller plus six OLED2 touchpads that offer full-color graphic control and feedback. With built-in programming to run sources such as the iPort® and Lutron™ RadioRA®2, the affordable multi-room audio solution allows dealers to rapidly deploy a first-time or add-on audio system with iPod® and lighting control capability ready to go. The AH66T features a built-in, RDS-enabled AM/FM tuner plus six additional sources, rated at 60 watts of power per zone with a line level pre-output for subzones. The kit comes with six OLED2 in-wall capacitive-touch touchpads, featuring full-color OLED displays. OLED, or organic LED displays, are designed for displaying the system’s metadata text, graphics, channel icons and more.
GE announced a new addition to its Brillion™ suite of home energy solutions: an intuitive home energy display that provides a continuous audit of household energy consumption in kilowatt-hours and in estimated dollars spent. GE’s energy display with Brillion™ technology communicates with the utility smart meter on the house to provide consumers with near real-time energy data to help them make smarter energy choices. The anticipated deployment of approximately 40 million smart meters in the United States between now and 2012 makes it possible for consumers to get access to more near real-time energy data, GE said. The Brillion™-enabled energy display will receive signals from smart meters and provide continuous energy information in an attractive and intuitive format, including: near real-time energy use and cost information; time-based pricing; historical energy usage; energy analysis; and messages. It can be installed as a stand-alone device or communicate with Nucleus™ energy manager.
Wireless Subwoofer Kit for Hassle-Free, Wire-Free Bass
Klipsch Group Inc. (KGI), owner of the Klipsch®, Energy®, Mirage® and Jamo® audio brands, announced the launch of its Wireless Subwoofer Kit, which the company said is its first product that offers superior wireless flexibility to its high-performance subwoofers through plug-and-play functionality. The wireless subwoofer kit, model WA-2 (wireless access), connects directly to the “WA port” on the rear panel of select Klipsch, Mirage, Energy and Jamo subwoofer models so-equipped. This wireless kit allows for convenient bass enhancement of music, home theater and whole-house audio systems. It also allows a consumer to transfer the low frequency effects signal wirelessly from an AV receiver, for example, to a compatible KGI subwoofer. The WA-2 allows for significant enhancement of whole-house audio/in-wall/in-ceiling systems, often lacking in bass response, through flexible placement of the subwoofer(s) into various rooms.
Virtual Keypad Looks Like an Actual Keypad
iPhone, iPad, Droid, Blackberry — with Napco you can put the easiest remote control in your residential and commercial alarm accounts’ hands for increased recurring revenue and customer retention. What they see on the wall at home or work is what they see on their smart phone. Napco’s Gemini Remote Virtual Keypad looks, acts and works the same way — button-for-button. Any command the user can do on premises they can do from anywhere they have cellular service or a PC. Technicians can use it, too, for remote troubleshooting and address programming. It includes free apps and secure website access. It works on all Gemini Systems.
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Yale Locks & Hardware introduced its first locks specifically designed to integrate seamlessly into the digital home. The new deadbolt and lever locks are the first products in the Yale Real Living™ portfolio of residential access control and home security solutions. Available with either a sleek capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton keypad, Yale’s new platform of intelligent locks supports both Z-Wave® and ZigBee®, allowing them to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of systems. Users will have access to a high degree of functionality, including the ability to lock and unlock doors from any Web-enabled device. Features include voice-assisted programming in English, Spanish and French; personalized access control scenes for up to 250 users; and access to all user programmable settings are available to the controller interfaces.
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MuxLab Inc. announced the latest addition to its AV connectivity portfolio, the IR Remote Extender Kit (500600). Developed for the custom residential and commercial AV market, the IR Remote Extender allows up to four AV sources to be remotely controlled from one video display via Cat5e/6 twisted pair. Typically, IR remote control systems are limited to approximately 200 ft. However, the IR Remote Extender supports remote IR control up to 2,200 ft. via Cat5e/6, thereby supporting a wider range of applications. It requires only one twisted pair and provides access to the unused twisted pairs for other low-voltage services such as balanced audio-video, and may be used in conjunction with other MuxLab audio-video baluns. MuxLab Inc.