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Onkyo Intros BD-SP353 Blu-ray Player

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Onkyo launches the BD-SP353-- a slimline Blu-ray player deck complete with DivX Plus HD, AVCHD and high-resolution audio capability together with 1080/24p video and multi-channel audio support.

Onkyo playerThe player features a number of user-friendly inclusions, including a Quick Start function (reduces disc-loading times), a Continue Mode (bookmarks and resumes video playback after the unit is powered down), Quick (1.5x) and Slow (0.8x) viewing modes and a short skip/replay function. Controls comes through an included full-size remote.

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Building the IR Blaster: YZC Electronics

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YZC Electronics Flat IR Extender

YZC Electronics & Technologies Limited, a Singapore invested joint venture company, is a worldwide leader in IR (Infrared) products, founded with the vision that IR & wireless would revolutionise the way people interact with their electronics equipment. We caught up with Mr. Kobayashi, president, to ask more about the category of IR and IR extenders/blasters.

Who uses the Flat IR Extender/Blaster and why?

Many homes prefer closed cabinets that hide electronics. Our Flat IR Blaster lets residential installers control that hidden AV equipment. It’s simple and effective yet adds value to any home installation. And while Flat IR Blaster is designed for home theatres-- even some CCTV systems and the hotel market have found our product solves their problems.

You are currently recruiting European distributors for a new remote control IR extender system. You call it “a breakthrough in the AV industry.” Why do you believe this is a breakthrough?

Installers and their consumers now no longer need a DC adaptor to power up their IR Extenders. The designed-in low power consumption lets Flat IR Blaster’s replaceable battery last for up to 18 months. If that isn’t enough to make installers happy, Flat IR Blaster is also the only one of its kind in the market with flat cable features.

And the IR Blaster is built in?

Yes. The Flat IR Blaster comes with a receiving distance of 8.0m, emitting blasting distance of 30cm, emitting frequency range of 38 kHz to 56 kHz and a receiving frequency range of 34 kHz to 60 kHz. Most importantly, it works with almost all brands and models of remote control including those with new IR code formats (such as RC-MM) used in many newer HD devices and digital TV decoders.

The Flat IR Blaster includes a Single Emitter of extreme blasting capabilities, a feature that amplifies or extends the remote signals for all the AV equipment-- without necessarily sticking an individual emitter onto each piece of equipment.

You actually have a range of products. Tell us more about the full range.

We are the only company in the world which has full focus on IR Extender, and I mean only IR Extender. We try to satisfy customers from all levels be it end users or integrators. We have the basic cable type which is easily available in most of the electronics stores and the more sophisticated ones (HT series) for integrators when the home owners wanted more than a basic IR Extender.

We are very careful about pricing to protect our distributors and avoid a price war. We usually do not have more than 2 distributors for every 6-8 million of population. To encourage loyalty and marketing for our distributors, we do an Annual Rebate as well as a Festive Purchase program which all our current distributors simply love and benefit from.

Tell us about how YZC Electronics came into the business of infrared electronics…

We started off in 1989 as a Singapore agent for Sanyo Semiconductors and we worked and supplied integrated Circuits to an EMS in USA. In 1996, we had the opportunity to work with one of the Chief Engineers, Mr. Yu, when he left the position and we foresaw the Intelligent Home as “the next big thing.” So we decided to start something simple for smart home. Little did we know this “something simple” would lead us to a milestone of almost 20 years.

Along the way, we wanted to add some other AV accessories in our product line but we backed off after careful research. We feel we should stick to what we know best. It has not been easy to be where we are today if not for the acknowledgement of importance in sincerity. We are still trying to keep things simple yet sophisticated at the same time ensuring stringent cost and quality control to share profits with all our distributors.

Watch The Short Video with How IR Extender/Blaster Works

Go YZC Electronics

The Oppo Blu-Ray Transport for Custom Install

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Oppo launches the BDT-101CI-- a Blu-ray disc transport designed for the custom install market featuring a modular design suitable for various applicaitons.

Oppo BDT-101CIInstallers get the choice of 1 or 2 HDMI outputs via additional HDMI output module, as well as an HDBaseT output board helpful for long cable runs. In addition Oppo offers a choice of stereo or 7.1-channel analogue audio outputs, as well as an optional rack mount kit. Control comes through RS232, IP and a switchable rear IR sensor allowing for clean IR blaster/emitter installation.

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Just Add Power Announces 2G+4+ Video Tiling Processor

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Just Add Power 2G+4+The Just Add Power 2G+4+ is a 1U rack-mountable video tiling processor able to display 4 or more HDMI sources on a single screen (or multiple single screens) at 1080p in an array of viewing modes.

First seen at CEDIA Expo 2015, the 2G+4+ displays a single source device full screen, 4 sources in quad view or 4 sources arranged as one large tile with 3 smaller tiles positioned horizontally or vertically along the bottom or side. Installers can implement in any scenario demanding HDMI video matrixing and multi-view/video tiling in tandem, in any size.

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The Optoma HDCast Pro Streamer

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Optoma takes on multimedia streaming dongles with the HDCast Pro-- a device users plug into projector or TV HDMI ports for wireless media streaming from smartphones, tablets or PCs.

Optoma HDCastIt also streams movies, videos, photos, music documents and websites from home networks. A companion mobile device app allows smart devices provides zoom, play, pause, rewind and volume controls, as well as drawing and annotation of files on the big screen from a mobile device. The dongle is compatible with AirPlay, Miracast, MHL and DLNA, and streams 1080p content at 24 or 30Hz up to 10m away from the source device.

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A NewerTech Adapter for Better Mac Mini Performance

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NewerTech announces the HDMI Headless Video Accelerator-- an adapter fitting in Mac mini HDMI ports allowing customers to create "headless" Mac minis for as storage and media servers.

Adapter mac miniThe adapter fools the Mac mini into thinking a display is attached, meaning video drivers are loaded and GPU is fully activated for 100% full video performance, with no choppy images or mouse lag.

Being small and portable the Mac mini often finds use as a "headless" networking, storage, production studio media and home theater servers with no monitor, keyboard or mouse. However a Mac mini without a monitor fails to use the GPU, leading to slowdown and stuttering performance.

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Kaleidescape Intros Encore Product Lineup

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Kaleidescape launches the Encore portfolio at CEDIA Expo 2015-- a home theatre product line including the first 4K/UHD player from the company, the Strato Movie Player.

Kaledescape StratoThe Strato plays 4K resolution media at up to 60fps, with high dynamic range and lossless multichannel audio support. It carries an optional internal 6TB HDD able to store either 100 4K movies, 150 Blu-ray quality movies or 900 DVD quality movies, and can be paired with other Encore components, such as the Terra Movie Server.

The Terra simultaneously streams 4K movies to up to 7 Strato players (or Blu-ray quality video to up to 15 players), enables system configurations with up to 50 players and provides players with performance-enhancing computing and caching services. Storage comes through 24TB HDD.

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