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Digital content meets analogue electroacoustics


One of the first Indian companies to enter the world of reference-grade pro audio, Sonodyne, is showcasing the Opus speakers, which merge the worlds of digital content and analogue electroacoustics. Opus is said to respond to the evolution of the IT and telecom industries, which has transformed portable media devices like mobile phones, computers and set- top boxes into high-fidelity content carriers. It addresses the new breed of computer and digital audiophiles who need high-quality DAC and active speakers to plug into the high-quality digital media stored in IT ecosystems. Product highlights include: a Kevlar cone woofer and

midrange to minimise cone breakup and distortion; a Kevlar cone midrange and silk dome tweeter in waveguide for controlled dispersion; and transparency in critical mid/ upper mid band and soundstaging. Opus, says Sonodyne, also

features DSP-enabled crossover for smooth on- and off-axis response, a Class AB power amplifier with MOSFET output stage for exceptional dynamics, high- grade SMD components used in compact two-layer PCB for reduced noise, an aluminium/MDF rigid enclosure to minimise vibrations, and software tuned ports for maximum LF extension. Stand: 7-S190

For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2014 Universal video cards for MediorNet RIEDEL COMMUNICATIONS

New universal video I/O cards have been released by Riedel for its MediorNet Modular real-time network. Supporting a variety of small form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceivers, the MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO cards enable the flexible configuration of MediorNet systems for bidirectional transport of analogue composite video, HDMI, DVI, and optical or coaxial SDI signals.

They will be useful for such

applications as theatres, houses of worship, hotels, convention

centres and stadiums, and increase MediorNet’s flexibility. Depending on the SFP transceivers installed, the cards can provide a combination of either four HD (1.5G) or two 1080p (3G) bi-directional video signals or analogue video, HDMI, DVI or optical SDI video I/O. The HDMI ports employ self-locking mini-HDMI connectors.

The 2014 edition of ISE will also find Riedel showcasing some of its other innovations. Solutions on display will include the MediorNet Compact and MediorNet Modular signal transport mainframes, as well as

Plugged in: Riedel’s new MN- HDO-4IO Universal Card

the RockNet networked audio systems with integration to major console manufacturers. Stand: 9-D145

4K multitouch prototype on show MULTITOUCH

First previewed at the company’s annual developer and partner conference in September, a prototype 4K 84in MultiTaction Cell multitouch screen from MultiTouch is set to garner similar interest at this year’s ISE. The display, which is expected to go into production sometime in mid-2014, is said to be highly suitable for productivity applications, education, presentations, demanding professional applications, and flagship installations. According to MultiTouch, the usual benefits of MultiTaction Cells apply to the 84in display, including fast response times, simultaneous pen and touch support, and the ability to track unlimited touch points simultaneously with hands, fingers, Enriched Reality 2D markers and real-life objects. The new 4K 84in MultiTaction Cell is also supported by

resolution applications and scales from single displays to 50 megapixel walls with 50% performance increase compared to previous versions of Cornerstone. Cornerstone 2 is available now for free download. “Our 84in MultiTaction Cell

The new 4K Multitouch screen was first shown at a partner conference last September

MultiTouch’s latest Cornerstone 2 software development kit (SDK). Designed to enable developers to build bespoke interactive applications, Cornerstone 2 simplifies the development of 4K

prototype represents a giant leap not just in screen size but in resolution too,” says Hannu Anttila, VP of business development at MultiTouch. “Customers who take advantage of the pre-ordering programme will not only be among the first to benefit from this ground-breaking technology, but will also be able to purchase the complete package at a discount of more than 20%.” MultiTaction displays can be set up in wall or table orientation. In addition, all MultiTaction displays are modular and stackable, enabling users to create huge, interactive walls. Stand: 11-N50

Immersive experience with Connect 70 ASHTON BENTLEY

Ashton Bentley has extended its Connect Presentation and Videoconference system with the addition of models featuring 70in displays, the first of which is the Connect 70, a single display model using an Edge Lit LED Deep Colour Display.

It is a fully complete AV

environment for presentations and videoconferencing that is claimed to be a “convenient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional complex multi-vendor installation approach”. When partnered with a user’s chosen camera and codec (it accommodates all leading

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PC-based software and hardware codecs), the Connect 70 provides an immersive presentation and communications workspace that can be assembled in minutes with no skills, experience or tools. It uses TCP/IP remote management tools to provide real-time status monitoring, fault indication and control.

Other features include: video

routing/processing; a stereo active biamplified loudspeaker bar; tool-less assembly; integration with third-party equipment such as control/monitoring systems and peripheral devices; and custom finishes to order. Stand: 12-B71

Videoconferences on Edge: Ashton Bentley’s new Connect 70

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