Magnetar Audio Caters to Growing Fanbase of Physical Media with Introduction of Advanced, Next-Generation Blu-ray Disc players at High End Munich 2024

Demonstrated at two exhibits at internationally renowned high-end audio show, Blu-ray Disc players from Magnetar Audio elevate the entertainment experience by blending nostalgia with cutting-edge AV technology. 

(May 8, 2024) Magnetar Audio is elevating the home entertainment experience with the introduction of a new breed of high-end Blu-ray Disc player. Engineered to play many forms of physical media with all the realism, clarity and sharpness professional audio experts and AV enthusiasts expect from today’s high-end home AV systems. Showcase at several exhibits at High-End Munich, Magnetar’s flagship, reference-grade UPD900 represents a compelling new way to enjoy old and new Blu-ray discs, as well as DVDs, 4K UHD discs and media files. By seamlessly uniting classic media with state-of-the-art technologies, Magnetar Audio is resurrecting a market one thought dead and driving demand for newer, more capable Blu-ray Disc players. 

High-End 2024 attendees can witness the exceptional versatility and performance of this game-changing AV component May 9-12, in Munich, at several individual exhibits: at the Magnetar Audio booth #M15, Pure Audio booth #H3, M07, and SVS booth #H3, P02/R03.

With the introduction of the Magnetar UPD800 and more advanced UPD900, collectors have a great reason to bring their collections out of storage and back to the center stage. “Physical media [still] resonates strongly with consumers and the market is growing exponentially,” says Raphael Tabutin, CEO of Let’s Get Physical, Magnetar Audio’s exclusive distributor of the new Blu-ray Disc players. “Unlike streaming media, physical media conjures an emotional connection to the content and pride of ownership. The content consumers purchase is to enjoy whenever and however, they want.”  

Magnetar Blu-ray Disc players feature advanced imaging decoding and processing technology, including 4K upscaling of low-resolution media; 4K Ultra HD and HDR support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+; and Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos and DTSX. The inclusion of premium Digital Analog Converters further enhances audio playback. IP and RS-232 drivers enable seamless integration of prominent third-party control systems, including Crestron and Control4, and others. The UPD900’s user interface represents a significant improvement over the rudimentary controls of Blu-ray Disc players of the past, as well. On-screen navigation is smooth and intuitive, and allows easy access to various settings and local USB devices and networks. 

The Magnetar UPD800 and UPD900 Blu-ray Disc players are available to systems integrators and consumers from Let’s Get Physical Distribution. To learn more about Magnetar Audio and the technology and features of its premium multi-format Blu-ray Disc players, please visit www.letsget-physical.com.

About Magnetar Audio
Founded in 2021 after more than 20 years manufacturing high-end DVD and Blu-ray Disc players for prestigious brands. Their goal is to produce the best multi-format physical media players in the world for video and music lovers to enjoy without any compromise for quality and design. 

About Let’s Get Physical Distribution Inc.
Founded in late 2022 by Raphael Tabutin, an AV enthusiast with 20 years of experience in home theater installation and consulting, Let’s Get Physical Distribution, Inc. offers a best-in-class portfolio of products capable of reproducing the Director’s intent on screens. Their portfolio now includes Magnetar (Blu-ray Disc Players), Reavon (Blu-ray Disc Players), R-volution (Media Players) and Bridgee Cables (High-End Audio/Video Cables).

All-New Nexus 21 DL-65 Series Pop-Up Swivel Mount for Extra Heavy TVs

All-New Nexus 21 DL-65 Series Pop-Up Swivel Mount for Extra Heavy TVs

Certainly, TVs are getting slimmer and lighter, but there are still plenty of applications that require a heavy-duty lift to carry beefier models. Outdoor entertainment areas where TVs need to pop-up from inside a cabinet often require a lift with enough power to move weighty enclosure tops and TV/soundbar combos. For this reason, Nexus 21 developed its DL-65 Series, a complete line of motorized pop-up lifts for use in covered outdoor settings.

ISE 2024 attendees will be the first to see the newest member of the DL-65 Series, the DL-65x. It combines the same powerful dual motors, quiet lift technology, and installation ease as earlier models, with the addition of a newly developed extra-weight swivel mechanism. This feature, which mechanically swivels a display to a preferred position, increases the weight capacity from 45kg (100 lbs) to 79kg (175 lbs) and can extend up to 97.7 cm (38.5”). The inclusion of sleek actuator technology ensures no visible tracks or gears in the extended position.

Other models in the new DL extra-weight, pop-up series include the DL-65en and DL-65ens, which are designed for the inclusion of custom cabinetry to cover the back and sides of the TV. The DL-65en elevates a TV but with no swiveling action; the DL-65ens elevates a TV and swivels it manually.

All-New Nexus 21 L77i Drop-Down TV Lift for Ceilings and High Walls

All-New Nexus 21 L77i Drop-Down TV Lift for Ceilings and High Walls

When wall space is at a premium, finding room for a wall-mounted TV can be next to impossible. A highlight of Nexus 21’s ISE 2024 exhibit, the new L77i Drop-Down TV Lift, solves this issue. Dealers can choose to mount a TV above the ceiling or in an enclosure high on a wall. At the touch of a button, the mount’s motorized mechanism lowers the TV from its hiding spot into view. “For the first time, integrators have multiple viable drop-down options, which is particularly useful in situations where the ceiling is too high, or there is limited access above it,” Lovett explains.

The Nexus 21 L77i lift extends as far as 52 inches and can carry a TV as large as 86 inches and 68kg (150 lbs). “There has been a dramatic increase in requests from dealers and end-users for overhead mounting solutions,” Lovett continues. “With TVs becoming lighter and slimmer, now is the perfect time to consider mounting a display overhead. Our highly versatile L77i, as well as our L77ix, which incorporates a motorized swivel, were designed specifically for these popular applications.” No matter the project requirements, the L77i is quick to deploy, arriving at the jobsite preassembled to help cut installation time in half.

Artistry in Motion

Artistry in Motion

Digital Projection Videowalls Bring More Than 80,000 Artworks to Life

Radiance Performance Series videowalls are the focal point of a new art gallery in Sacramento, paying tribute to the works of local artist Jackie Anderson.

The emotional connection we feel when viewing a beautiful, inspiring piece of art is undeniable. As the curators of one of Sacramento’s newest, hippest galleries have discovered, this bond intensifies when technology is intertwined. Conceived as a living legacy to local artist Jacquelyn Anderson by her husband, The Jacquelyn studio brings more than 80,000 works from her eclectic collection of photography and sketches to life on two massive Digital Projection videowalls. Scaling upwards more than 20 feet in the gallery’s main atrium, the dynamic exhibit rotates seasonally, creating an ever-changing digital canvas of stunning, hand-picked imagery. “Expressing Jackie’s work as a digital artform was the only way possible to convey the incredible talent and passion behind every piece in her collection,” says Keith Wackford of Sacramento Production Services Inc. (SACPS), the technology integration firm contracted to outfit the gallery with digital displays.

The two-piece videowall may appear as a natural, seamless extension of the gallery’s contemporary architecture, but getting to that point required plenty of planning and perseverance. “We quickly realized based on the architectural and design constraints that integrating two videowalls would be tough to pull off,” says Wackford. Yet, not impossible. They knew they could count on the highly capable videowall experts and Digital Projection to collaborate on the design, installation, and configuration to ensure the perfect fit and function.

As is the case with most construction projects, The Jacqelyn morphed considerably during its two-year build-out. Within the space allocated for the two vertically stacked videowalls emerged a transparent glass catwalk and massive window. The light exposure from the fenestration and visual demarcation from the catwalk would influence every aspect of the videowall design. The SACPS team found itself in a near-constant state of flux to establish a peaceful coexistence between these two prominent architectural features and the large-scale displays. There was also some miscommunication and miscalculation midway through the project to overcome. “We had specified LED panels according to the architectural drawings, which ended up being off by a few feet from the actual construction,” Wackford says. “This left us with a visually unappealing gap at the top of the videowall.” Digital Projection was ready with a resolution. They expedited to the jobsite additional panels to bridge the divide and helped SACPS align and daisy chain them to form one cohesive digital canvas. An additional five hours of calibration time was also required and the field technicians from Digital Projection “nailed this exercise, too,” Wackford says. “You’d never know the existing panels and two new rows of panels came from different manufacturing batches.”

This was much more than a sizing exercise, however. Due diligence in the selection and calibration of the videowall components was crucial to accurately depict the hues, textures, and nuances of Jackie’s original art. Digital Projection’s Performance Series LEDs provided the perfect canvas: 1,500 nits of brightness to combat high levels of natural and ambient light, integrated photo sensor to lower the brightness in the evening, RGB 4:4:4 support to maintain color accuracy, and 4K resolution for true-to-life imagery. More difficult to determine was the appropriate pixel pitch for the displays. There were many options, SACPS called on Digital Projection to lead a demonstration. “Collectively with the client, we compared the image quality of various pixel pitches, settling on fine pitch displays of 1.2mm. They all agreed that 1.2mm pixel-pitch images looked smooth and the details well-defined from close up and far away, just as visitors would be viewing Jackie’s artwork at the gallery,” Wackford says.

A fusion of artistry and technology, the Digital Projection videowall at The Jacquelyn gallery not only honors Anderson’s legacy but serves as a testament to innovation and creativity. “It pushed us to explore new designs, new applications, and the creation of something totally unique and inspiring,” Wackford remarks. “With the help of Digital Projection and remaining nimble and open-minded, we were able to overcome obstacles and create a truly unique and inspiring experience for visitors and a wonderful addition to the surrounding art community.”

“With the help of Digital Projection and remaining nimble and open-minded, we were able to overcome obstacles and create a truly unique and inspiring experience for visitors and a wonderful addition to the surrounding art community.” – Keith Wackford of Sacramento Production Services Inc.

Equipment List

Digital Projection Radiance Performance Videowalls (2)
Samsung The Frame TVs (11)
Visionary Solutions D4100 and DuetE-2 video over IP encoders and decoders (30+)
NovaStar H2 processor
Symetrix Prism system controllers (3)
Symetrix T-10 Glass touchscreen controllers (5)
Symetrix W1 wall controller
Symetrix W4 wall controller
Void Acoustics Air 8 custom painted speakers (14)
Void Acoustics Venue 212v2 subwoofers (6)
Void Acoustics Cirus 6.1 ceiling speakers (22)
Void Acoustics Q2 Dante-enabled amplifiers (8)
Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems (2)
RF Venue Combine4 wireless antenna combiner
RF Venue ARC antennas (4)
Allen & Heath CQ-18T compact digital mixer
Netgear 4250 48-port network switches (4)
LynTec RCP & LCP custom remote controllable electrical panels

The Termination Challenge Powered by Kordz Expands to CEDIA 2024 Tech + Business Summits Worldwide

After the successful recent debut of the Termination Challenge Powered by Kordz at CEDIA Tech Summits, Kordz brings the friendly competition to systems integrators around the globe at summits across the USA, Canada, UK and Australia throughout 2024

(April 24 2024) — Kordz believes the best way to understand the installation and performance advantages of next-generation, high-quality connectivity solutions is by experiencing them first-hand. They also know that the faster and more reliably cabling can be deployed, the more profitable systems integrators’ projects can be. To give more systems integrators a chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights in a lively beat-the-clock format, as well as uplevel their termination skills and see for themselves how small differences in cabling design can make a big impact on their installations’ success, Kordz is expanding its program and hosting its popular Termination Challenge Powered by Kordz at CEDIA Tech + Business Summits around the globe for the remainder of 2024.  

“We committed this year to reinventing the CEDIA Tech + Business Summits and beyond increased education, one of the key needs was finding ways to include hands-on content that challenged our attendees while also respecting the fact that these are compressed, one-day events,” says Jonathan Toomey, CEDIA director of conference strategy. “The Termination Challenge Powered by Kordz is the perfect fit—interactive, easy to understand, a great refresher for industry vets, and an opportunity to have some fun.”

In collaboration with CEDIA and its U.S. distributor, Future Ready Solutions, Kordz kicked off the event series earlier this year at the Orange County and Los Angeles CEDIA Tech + Business Summits. They were met with resounding success. “Systems integrators are competitive by nature, so they are thrilled to put their cabling termination skills to the test and try to best their fellow integrators,” says Kordz managing director, James Chen. “Being able to engage with products, rather than simply look at them, also brings a level of excitement to the summits. Most of all, through hands-on experience in the competition, systems integrators learn that small but significant differentiating features in the design, construction and manufacture of our connectivity solutions – something we call ‘Kordzification’ – can dramatically enhance the reliability, efficiency and profitability of their cabling installations.” 

The Kordz Termination Challenge was first introduced to the systems integration industry at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2023. It has since become a staple of Kordz’ trade show exhibits. 

Upcoming Termination Challenges Powered by Kordz are scheduled for the following CEDIA Tech + Business Summits in 2024 plus the CEDIA Expo. There is no need to register; attendees can compete at any time during the event.

  • May 14, Atlanta (USA)
  • June 26, Vancouver (Canada)
  • September 5-7, Denver (USA) to coincide with CEDIA Expso 2024
  • September 25, Toronto (Canada)
  • October 8, Fort Lauderdale (USA)
  • October 10, Tampa (USA)
  • October 22-24, Newcastle (Australia)
  • November 12, New Jersey (USA)
  • November 14, New York (USA)
  • December 3, Dallas (USA)
  • December 5, Houston (USA)

To learn more about the Termination Challenge and see the times to beat, please visit https://www.kordz.com/termination-challenge/. To find out more about Kordz and its extensive line of award-winning cabling and connectivity products, please visit www.kordz.com

About Kordz
Kordz is the connectivity brand for integrators, by integrators. A multi-award-winning global industry leader in professional-grade connectivity products, Kordz’ team of seasoned former integrators is on a mission to ‘Kordzify’ and optimise technology for professionals by designing, engineering and manufacturing products that deliver ease and profitability through a seamless installation experience with high performance results that today’s tech-savvy end-users expect. With a wide range of robust, fast and effective solutions backed by expert technical support, Kordz helps integrators around the world meet the evolving cabling requirements of a diverse range of residential and commercial environments. For more information about Kordz, please visit kordz.com and follow the company @kordzglobal on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.  

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