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Byline: Trevor Boyer

Desktop LCD

CTX International might not be the best-known name in monitors, and that may be because many of its products end up stamped with other companies’ brands. Recently, the company expanded its FlatView line of LCD monitors to include a huge 23in. diagonal H2300, designed for professionals who need a high-performance desktop display. This monitor, which works with both Macs and PCs, features a 1600×1200 (UXGA) resolution and a 500:1 contrast. The slim H2300, with two built-in 2W speakers, can be wall-mounted to save desktop real estate. Price: $2,995 City of Industry, Calif. (626) 709-1000; www.ctxintl.com


Display professionals have long known Hardigg for its plasma screen cases. Recently, the company has decided to think smaller, introducing new Storm Cases designed to house and protect portable projectors. The injection-molded cases are constructed from the company’s new HPX and are guaranteed for life. Available in 10 sizes ranging from 13″x9″x6″ to 29″x18″x10.5″, Storm Cases feature Press and Pull proprietary latches that solve the problem of bruised knuckles, commonly caused by compression-type latches. A Vortex automatic pressure-release valve adjusts internal pressure to match changing environments. Price: $93-$304 South Deerfield, Mass. (800) 542-7344 www.stormcase.com

Presentations debut

Avitech is a veteran of the broadcast and surveillance markets. Its multi-image display processors can form the basis for a virtual monitor wall for a control room, like the one employed by Scripps Networks in Nashville, Tenn. (right). With the release of its new VCC-4pDVI display system, Avitech shifts toward presentation professionals who set up multi-image displays for educational or corporate clients. The VCC-4pDVI, a standalone box controlled via RS-232 or RS-485, is designed to display up to four separate windows of any size in any position on a single display device. Two sources can be RGB or DVI computer signals; the other two sources can be composite, YC, or component video. A modular approach allows daisy-chaining and avoids full-system failure. Price: Under $5,000 Redmond, Wash.; (425) 885-3863; www.avitechvideo.com

Entertainment projector

NEC Technologies claims that contrast ratio is the trump card for its new HT1000 projector, designed for high-end commercial or residential digital entertainment. The 3000:1 figure is certainly big, and NEC says this doubles the performance of any comparable DLP or LCD projector. This achievement relies to some extent on the company’s new SweetVision Technology, a chip-based technology that bumps up contrast. The single-chip DLP HT1000 features NEC’s 3D 10-bit video decoder to improve image luminance and color while decreasing noise. Projected images can reach sizes up to 200in. Price: $5,495 Itasca, Ill.; (800) NEC-INFO; www.nectech.com

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