Best of the rest

While the PLASA Awards for Innovation recognised the best new products released over the past 12 months, PLASA07 also played host to some significant product releases in its own right. S&S reviews some of the best.

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By  Administrator Published  October 23, 2007

While the PLASA Awards for Innovation recognised the best new products released over the past 12 months, PLASA07 also played host to some significant product releases in its own right. S&S reviews some of the best.

Lab.gruppen

The first product in Lab.gruppen's new Powered Loudspeaker Management series product range comprises a four-channel amplifier, dual Dolby Lake processor modules, Dante low-latency networking, and other features designed for load verification and performance monitoring.

Built on the foundation of Lab.gruppen's robust FP+ series of loudspeakers, the PLM 10000Q features four output channels (driven independently) providing 2700w@2.7 ohms (2300w @4 ohms), with more power available when driven asymmetrically. Other features in common with the FP+ series include patented Class TD output stages, regulated switch-mode power supply (R.SMPS), a high-efficiency intercooler copper-finned cooling system, and a full suite of protection features.

Philips SSLS

Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, the new entity formed by Philips' acquisition of Color Kinetics, showcased its inaugural range of LED lighting products at the show designed for entertainment and event production applications. Highlights of the rebranded product range include the iW Blast 12 TR, which is a new white light system with variable colour temperature; the RGB ColorBlast 12 TR; and the ColorBlast 12 TR UV, which is designed for ‘black light' applications in stage and set environments and features advanced optics to provide strobing and dimming of UV light without the need for blinders, dowsers, or other moving components.

Another highlight is the iColor Accent Powercore linear RGB ‘tube', which offers control resolution in increments as small as 3cm, allowing it to run video graphics in any interior or exterior environment. It also incorporates Powercore technology to directly accept line voltage, eliminating the requirement for external power supplies.

Philips also showcased its Video System Manager (VSM) at the show. VSM is an integrated software/hardware solution that converts standard live video signals from a variety of media sources and streams the content to Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions' LED-based fixtures or nodes - essentially reproducing video effects in a lighting installation.

The VSM's Ethernet-based video system ‘engine' is available in a rack-mountable version, making it ideally suited for use as a touring application.

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