How DemoPad Can Change The Way You Approach AV Control

DemoPadBased in the UK, DemoPad offers installers and consumers a new way to control and automate their AV system (among other uses) through an App that can be used on their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch devices.

Using the company’s CENTRO 8 hardware, the DemoPad can be used to control a vast array of AV equipment, acting as a universal remote. The CENTRO 8 processor incorporates a variety of connectivity ports and options to accommodate any setup including IR, RS-232, Contact Closures, VF Relays, HDMI, USB, Audio and LAN. Furthermore, no user license is required and users can also access CENTRO’s companion App.

DemoPad also offers the CENTRO-C IP Gateway, designed as a standalone IP gateway to be used with any control system — not just those utilising DemoPad software. The CENTRO-C features 16 IR emitters, 6 RS232 ports, 12 <30v Relays, and 16 volt free digital inputs.

The solution is aimed both at domestic use (home cinema, hi-fi, automatic gates etc) and, perhaps more interestingly, for corporate/commercial AV presentation. DemoPad has the potential to function as a universal remote where a room’s projector, screen, audio, and even lighting, can be controlled from the same intuitive graphical interface on a connected tablet device. This would save on having to install and program a specially built control panel as well as all the cabling that would be required to patch it to the desired equipment.

If you are thinking of opting for a universal remote device over a traditional wired-in control panel for your next installation, please contact us.

Samsung Launches New SUHD TV Range

Samsung SUHD TVSamsung has announced that it will be debuting its new series of SUHD TVs in South Korea this month. Initially unveiled during last month’s CES 2015, the SUHD range is the first batch of televisions to be powered by the Tizen open source operating system, complete with a Smart TV dashboard. Using eco-friendly nano-crystal technology, the SUHD range is purported to be the brightest and most energy efficient screen currently on the market.

These 4K sets sport a curved form-factor and will be available in four sizes — 55-inches, 65-inches, 78-inches, and 88-inches — with starting prices ranging from $5,000 to $7,250. Each display will also feature quantum-dot technology for improved colour, achieved via Samsung’s unique re-mastering engine.

There’s no word yet as to when these displays will be available in the UK and Europe, or their retail prices for these territories.


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Microsoft Announce New Surface Hub 4K Touch Screen

microsoft-surface-hubMicrosoft has announced the latest addition to its range of Surface devices to be released later in the year: the Surface Hub.

Powered by Windows 10, the Surface Hub is a 4K Touch Screen geared for business and collaborative environments. It will be available in both 55 and 84-inch versions, and will include the following features:

  • Multi-touch that recognises 100 touch points
  • OneNote Whiteboarding
  • Office 365
  • Applications, including Skype (ideally for video conferencing)
  • Integrated cameras
  • Digital inking
  • Sensors and microphones

Users can also edit and share content via any connecting laptop, tablet or smart phone. However, exact pricing and availability for the Surface Hub has yet to be announced.

Check out Microsoft’s video about the Surface Hub below…

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SMART Kapp Now Available In UK

SMART kappSMART Technologies has announced that its new SMART kapp™ digital capture boards are now available for purchase in the UK and Ireland.

Continuing the company’s mission to make the traditional whiteboard a thing of the past, SMART kappa is a vertical flipchart-style surface that can be written on using regular dry wipe pens. Users can save and digitise their written notes, bullet points and mind maps and have them sent to anyone, either for those absent or as a reminder of the day’s meeting.

Alternatively, those working remotely can view what’s on the board in real time via the SMART kappa app (available for both Android and OSX). Scanning the QR code on the board will gain access. Alternatively, you can email a link to the person you want to be involved with your session.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price has been set at £599.00 and includes a 1 year warranty as standard.

To find out more about the SMART kapp and what it can do, check out the promotional video below:


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Sony Announces 2015 4K TV Lineup

Sony 4K TVCES 2015 is currently underway in Las Vegas, USA, and Sony has announced its 2015 lineup of 4K televisions.

Sony unveiled 6 new BRAVIA models ranging from 43 inches to 75 inches in screen size: the XBR-X830C, XBR-X850CXBR-X900C, XBR-X910C, XBR-X930C, and XBR-X940C. With a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, all 6 models feature the manufacturer’s new 4K Processor X1, designed for enchanted picture quality, as well as 4K upscaling capabilities. Each set will also support Google’s Android Smart TV operating system, as well as content providers such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Video Unlimited 4K, Ultraflix and Toon Goggles.

The higher model numbers come with additional features: the XBR-X850C, XBR-X900C, XBR-X910C, XBR-X930C, and XBR-X940C come with TRILUMINOS tech for expanded colours. And the XBR-X900C, XBR-X910C, XBR-X930C, and XBR-X940C will feature Sony’s thinnest ever LED screen thickness of 4.9 mm.

Sony’s new line of 4K TVs are due to start shipping sometime in the spring. Prices have yet to be announced.


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BenQ Release 4K 32-inch Desktop Display

BenQ BL3201PHBenQ has announced the launch of “the world’s first 32″ 4K2K monitor for designers.” The BL3201PH is a 32-inch Ultra HD display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 geared toward the fields of CAD/CAM, animation, video editing and graphics art.

The monitor features a 16:9 IPS 10-bit panel with 100% sRGB color space support, a 4ms response time, and a 178°/178° viewing angle. It also offers a typical brightness of 350, a typical contrast ratio of 1000:1, and a 20M:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Finally, the display features BenQ’s ZeroFlicker and RevolutionEyes™ technology as well as Low Blue Light and special CAD/CAM modes.

The BenQ BL3201PH is currently retailing in the US for $1,095. European shipping details have yet to be announced.


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Amazon Develop Voice-Controlled “Smart Speaker”

Amazon EchoAmazon have recently announced the release of the Amazon Echo, a cylindrical “smart speaker” that responds to voice commands.

Functioning in a way that is similar to Apple’s Siri, the Echo not only plays music (that you request by merely asking it), but can also provide the user with information such as the news, weather or facts. Just say the device’s wake word — “Alexa” — and the Echo starts listening to you.

Using 360-degree far-field voice recognition, seven hidden microphones use beam-forming technology to hear the user from any direction and from any point in the room, even if music is playing. Connected to Amazon Web Services via the Cloud, the Echo will continually learn new things and develop new functionalities. In addition, the more it is used, the more the device will grow accustomed to a user’s speech patterns and will eventually learn their preferences.

The Amazon Echo also supports voice control for related services such as Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and also features Bluetooth functionality that can stream music from other outlets such as Spotify, iTunes, Pandora etc.

The Amazon Echo has a U.S. RRP set at $199. However, Amazon Prime members are eligible to request an invitation that could see them walking away with one for as little as $99. For more information, vista the Echo website.

Canon Detail EOS C100 Mk 2 Specs

EOS C100 Mark IICanon has recently announced the release of its latest addition to its Cinema EOS family with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II. Building upon the C100, the Mark II boasts a Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS sensor with a DIGIC DV 4 processor that has an ISO range of 320 to 102,400, ideal for low-light situations. The new model also includes Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology as standard, which assists in automatically finding focus between multiple subjects.

The Canon C100 features two recording formats: Dual Format, Full HD recording in both MP4 (up to 35Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28Mbps), using frame rates of up to 60p. Users can also record HD and SD footage to separate memory cards.

A first for the Canon EOS series, the C100 includes integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, making it easier to share and transfer video files via FTP. Other improvements from the previous model include a revised, tillable electronic viewfinder and a new, high-contrast OLED display.

The Canon EOS C100 Mark II has a UK, body-only list price of £4,282.80.

Jamo Launches New Home Theatre Subwoofers

J10SUBJamo is looking to to provide some bottom-end to their unique “Danish sounding” audio products by adding four new subwoofers to its home theatre surround sound range.

The J10SUB and the J12SUB are lower priced models designed to complement Jamo’s ‘Studio’ line of speaker and accessories. The higher-priced J110SUB and J112SUB are to be used with Jamo’s more upmarket ‘Concert’ speakers. All four subwoofers feature Class D amplifiers, line-level & LFE RCA connections, low-pass crossover, and phase control.

Here are the specs for each model (taken from Jamo’s website):

Jamo J10SUB

System Type Bass Reflex Subwoofer, Front-Firing Driver, Rear Ported
Weight (Kg/lb) 12 / 26.5
Woofer (mm/in) 254 / 10 Aluminized Polyfiber
Inputs Line Level RCA
Product dimensions (mm/in, HxWxD) 368.3 x 317.5 x 427 / 14.5 x 12.5 x 16.8
Frequency Response (Hz, +/-3dB) 31Hz – 120Hz
Rated output (W) 150W
Crossover Frequency 40-120Hz
Finish Black Ash, White Ash, Dark Apple
Switchable Phase Control 0/180
Amplifier Power (Cont/Peak) 150W / 300W

Jamo J12SUB

System Type Bass Reflex Subwoofer, Front-Firing Driver, Rear Ported
Weight (Kg/lb) 15.1 / 33.3
Woofer (mm/in) 304.8 / 12 Aluminized Polyfiber
Inputs Line Level RCA
Product dimensions (mm/in, HxWxD) 419.1 x 355.6 x 498.5 / 16.5 x 14 x 19.6
Frequency Response (Hz, +/-3dB) 27Hz – 120Hz
Rated output (W) 200W
Crossover Frequency 40-120Hz
Finish Black Ash, White Ash, Dark Apple
Switchable Phase Control 0/180
Amplifier Power (Cont/Peak) 200W / 400W

Jamo J110SUB

System Type Bass Reflex via Rear-Firing Slot Port
Rated Output (Watts) 200W
Weight (Kg/lb) 19.3 / 42.5
Woofer (mm/in) 254 / 10 Long-Throw IMG HCC
Inputs Line Level / LFE RCA, WA-2 Port (Wireless)
Product dimensions (mm/in, HxWxD) 381 x 381 x 406.4 / 15 x 15 x 16
(without feet/grille)
Frequency Response (Hz, +/-3dB) 26 – 125Hz
Crossover Frequency 40 – 125Hz
Finish Gloss Black
Gloss White
Dark Apple
Switchable Phase Control 0/180
Amplifier Power (Cont/Peak) 200W / 450W

Jamo 112SUB

System Type Bass Reflex via Rear-Firing Slot Port
Rated Output (Watts) 300W
Weight (Kg/lb) 26 / 57.31
Woofer (mm/in) 304.8 / 12 Long-Throw IMG HCC
Inputs Line Level / LFE RCA, WA-2 Port (Wireless)
Product dimensions (mm/in, HxWxD) 431.8 x 431.8 x 464.8 / 17 x 17 x 18.3
(without feet/grille)
Frequency Response (Hz, +/-3dB) 24 – 125Hz
Crossover Frequency 40 – 125Hz
Finish Gloss Black
Gloss White
Dark Apple
Switchable Phase Control 0/180
Amplifier Power (Cont/Peak) 300W/600W

All four models are available from official Jamo dealers.


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Denon Detail New TV Speaker Base

dhtt1100-1_pr20370_2Denon has revealed some details about its new TV Speaker Base, the DHT-T110. Similar to Samsung’s HW-H6000, the DHT-T110 is designed to sit underneath your television and can take screens up to 27kg in weight.

This all-in-one device features two 2×5-inch oval drivers, two 0.5-inch dome tweeters, and two back-firing bass ports. It also boasts a range of components such as coaxial, optical and analogue inputs, Dynamic Bass technology and an integrated Dolby Digital decoder with Denon Virtual Surround. The device’s aptX Bluetooth feature means that music can be streamed from a smart phone or tablet, but perhaps most intriguingly is the DHT-T110’s so-called ‘Night Mode’ which allows the user to enjoy high-fidelity sound late into the night without disturbing the neighbours.

The Denon DHT-T110 is available now with an RRP set at £250.


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