By Lisa Johnston
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CARLSBAD, CALIF.— ChannelPlus' new SVC-10 system distributes audio and S-video over Cat-5 wiring, with two-way communication that makes it possible to use an IR remote from remote rooms to select and control audio and video sources. The system consists of the SVC-10 transmitter, placed at sources such as hard-disk drive music servers, and a receiver set up in the remote location. The system eliminates the need to run multiple A/V cables or coaxial cables to remote rooms and is capable of long wiring runs without loss of signal integrity.
CARLSBAD, CALIF.— OpenHouse has developed a structured-wiring enclosure that integrates audio, video, telephone and Ethernet connectivity into a single enclosure called the Premium Package. For data networking, the 36-inch-high steel enclosure houses, with surge protection, a data termination hub and Internet gateway hub, which incorporates a firewall-protected Ethernet four-port hub and router that accepts DSL and cable-modem inputs. A multi-zone telephone hub supports four phone lines, six zones and up to 31 phones, with 12 ringing simultaneously. That hub also delivers 30 minutes of voice-mail recording time, optional music on hold and zone-to-zone intercom. The audio hub delivers four-zone audio via Cat-5 cable, and the video hub distributes cable TV to eight TVs.
OAKLAND, CALIF.— Startup Meda Systems unveiled a line of Bravo multi-zone music servers described as low-cost, audiophile-performance models. They ship in February at prices from $3,000 to $9,000 depending on configuration. They can store up to 50,000 songs and deliver music to up to 24 zones. The system combines a music server, multi-source digital mixer and preamp, and GUI that can be displayed on almost any display device or keypad controller. The company, which displayed at CES, is at www.medainc.com.
RIVERSIDE, CALIF.— Proficient Audio Systems developed an interactive point-of-sale display to demonstrate its in-wall Music Center system, which features a CD player, AM/FM tuner, preamp, and 35-watt stereo amp in a single flush-mount unit. The 40-inch-wide countertop display includes the Proficient Music Center, W670 in-wall speakers and a remote control.
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