December Gear Guide
Pet-Friendly Motion Detectors by GE Interlogix
GE Interlogix has announced a new advanced technology for motion detectors that helps prevent false alarms caused by pets. The AP Mirrored Optic PIR line features microprocessor-controlled "4-D" signal processing with gliding focus mirror optics. This technology analyzes size, speed, shape and an adaptive alarm threshold, providing maximum resistance to false alarms. The AP100PI ($12.95) is designed for applications in which household pets move around the protected area while the system is armed, and is immune to pets up to 44 pounds. Solid curtains of detection provide 33-foot coverage. The AP950PI ($24.95) features two sensors in one box. An 80-pound pet immune mirror (35-foot range) is installed, and the sensor also comes with a 50-foot standard mirror for larger residences.
New D-ILA Projector from JVC
JVC's latest D-ILA projector, the DLA-SX21, features a new optical engine technology. Polarized beam splitters perform color separation by modifying polarization, depending on the color. The company claims this mimizes dissipation in the light path; improves contrast ratio; and eliminates dust exposure. The D-ILA optical engine produces 1,500 ANSI lumens, 1,400x1,050 native resolution (1,400x788 in 16:9 mode), with three 0.7-inch D-ILA devices and contrast ratio of 800:1. The DLA-SX21 accepts NTSC, PAL and all HDTV formats, plus 1,080 24p, 25p, 30p and 24pSF. A third-generation scaler along with JVC DIST (Digital Image Scaling Technology) provides sophisticated de-interlacing and scaling algorithms for DVD and HDTV formats.
Hi-End In-Wall/Ceiling from Paradigm
Paradigm has introduced two new additions to its Custom SA series. The SA-35 ($1,320/pair) is a three-driver, 2 1/2-way design, while the SA-10R ($500/pair) is a two-driver, two-way design. The SA-35 features a one-piece "Ultra-Rigid" die-cast aluminum heatsink chassis, and a die-cast aluminium mounting bracket. The SA-10R features the company's GRIP (glass-reinforced injection molded polymer) chassis and mounting bracket. Both speakers are 8-ohm compatible. The SA-35 features 95 dB sensitivity, is 7.6 cm in diameter, and requires a minimum internal mounting volume of 40 L. The SA-10R features 91 dB sensitivity, is 19.6 cm in diameter and requires a minimum internal mounting volume of 12 L.