Dual Is Back!
Jamo Australia has recently been appointed the Australian
distributor for the range of Dual turntables, made in Germany. Dual, founded in
1900, is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing.
There are five models in the DUAL range. The midi size CS-400
retails for $349. The ‘standard width’ turntables start at $499 retail for the
CS-415, a fully automatic, belt-driven model. The CS-435, also a fully automatic
belt-driven model, sells for $599.00. The next model up, the CS-455, is supplied
with an Ortofon cartridge and will also play ‘78’ records. Available in gold or
silver, it sells for $699.
The CS-505, now in its Mark 4 version, sells for $899 and is
also supplied with an Ortofon cartridge.
For more information, contact Jamo Australia on (03) 9543
External case runs IDE drives from parallel port
Jaycar Electronics have recently introduced a product which
allows any IDE device (hard disk drives, CD-ROMs, Zip/Jazz drives, etc) to be
run outside the host computer via its parallel printer port.
While removable drive drawers for IDE devices have been
available for some time, they require access to the internals of the computer,
not to mention a spare 5.25-inch drive bay. This is a similar system, allowing
various devices to be fitted, but the computer does not have to be opened. All
that is required is connection to the parallel printer port socket on the rear
of the computer. The existing printer cable then plugs into the rear of the
external IDE box in "pass through" mode.
The box can stand horizontally or vertically and suits
half-height 5.25-inch devices, or 3.5-inch devices with an optional 5.25 to 3.5
adaptor. It features an easily removable tray so the device can be mounted in a
matter of seconds. Separate fascias are supplied suiting both hard disk drives
(as photographed) or with a cut-out to suit CD-ROM and other devices with
The 270 x 210 x 60mm case has its own 50 watt universal AC
supply and inbuilt cooling fan and comes complete with all screws, connecting
cables, plugs and sockets – even down to twin RCA sockets for CD-ROM audio
outputs. A floppy disk containing appropriate driver software is also
The XC-4572 External IDE Expansion Enclosure sells for $179 and
is available through any Jaycar Electronics store, Jaycar mail orders (phone 02
9743 5222) or
www.jaycar.com.au or most resellers.
Low-cost DMM is packed with features
A near-pocket-sized digital multimeter recently
introduced by Altronics Distributors would be a most suitable choice for anyone
wanting to buy their first digital multimeter – and for the more advanced
student, hobbyist, technician or professional looking for a meter that is packed
with features at a low price.
The Q-1059 multimeter has all the usual DC and AC ranges –
200mV to 600V DC, 200 to 500V AC, 2mA to 10A DC and five resistance ranges to
It also features diode testing, a continuity tester with
buzzer, transistor hFE and a temperature range with K-type thermocouple supplied
suitable for 0-250°C. A "hold" button in the centre of the rotary selector
freezes any reading currently displayed.
The meter measures 135 x 70 x 35mm and is very comfortable in
the hand with its sculptured case.
Priced at $32.95 it represents very good value for money,
especially considering a thermocouple is supplied.
It is available from Altronics Distributors retail and mail
order centre at 174 Roe St, Perth WA 6000 (Phone 08 9328 1599), website
or through their authorised resellers.
Test & measurement brochure is free
The National Instruments Automated Test & Measurement
Solutions brochure describes how test management software, test programs,
instrument drivers and I/O interfaces efficiently work together. Also included
is information on several I/O interfaces from National Instruments.
For your free copy, call National Instruments Aust on (03) 9879
1566, fax (03) 9879 6277, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website is
CCTV monitoring system from DSE
The micromark CCTV Camera System from Dick Smith Electronics is
a fully self-contained camera designed not only for indoor and outdoor use but
day and night operation. With six infrared LEDs to improve night-time vision
and a built-in microphone, the system allows the user to not only watch what is
happening but listen as well.
A wide-angle 92° glass lens gives a high quality picture. The
system includes the camera itself with a 17m screened cable, fully adjustable
mounting bracket, wall plugs, cable clips and a 9V DC power adaptor.
The system is available through all Dick Smith Electronics
stores, mail order centre and PowerHouse stores at a retail price of $199 (Cat.
L-5880). For further information visit any store or the DSE website,
Dual IGBT and MOSFET gate driver
The new WSL2106 driver from Westcode will drive two IGBTs as a
half bridge or as two independent switches. The IGBTs are provided with a ±15V
and a 0-15V suppy in standard version. Saturation of the IGBTs is monitored and
all logic inputs are of the Schmitt trigger type. Input level can be selected –
5V for HCMOS or 15V for CMOS. Error feedback can be activated by the driver or
by an external signal.
For more information contact Westek Industrial Products Pty
Ltd, Tel (03) 9369 8802, Fax (03) 9369 8006; website
Power boards with a difference
Two new mains power devices from PowerQwest will be of interest
to businesses, hobbyists and home users.
First is the Zapcatcher, a heavy-duty power and telephone line
filter intended for computers and peripherals, fax machines and modems, shop
cash registers and POS terminals, and cordless phone and answering machines,
etc. Built into a 215 x 97 x 37mm case and fitted with a 1.2m mains lead, it has
four standard 3-pin outlets along with telephone line input and output sockets
(standard RJ-12 connectors).
The unit is designed to suppress power line surges and spikes
with a peak rating of 6500A (8 x 20μs). An indicator neon and LED show normal operation, with a "strike" LED
showing if the internal metal-oxide varistor protection circuit has been damaged
by excessive surges. Fault conditions in the power outlet are revealed by
another neon globe. A 10A circuit breaker is also included to protect against
excessive loading. Maximum loading is 2400W (10A).
There are also two large toroidal inductors for mains-borne
noise suppression and these give better than 40dB of noise rejection.
Second item is the Teleswitch, a music muting system which
automatically cuts power to any mains-operated device when the phone rings and
reconnects it when the call ends. Similar in size to the Zapcatcher, it also has
spike suppression built in but does not have the range of indicators. Along with
the four standard mains outlets, this also has an IEC outlet built in.
Only one of the four outlets is cut off when the phone rings –
presumably this would be the amplifier or other audio source. All four outlets
have surge protection. A 10A thermal circuit breaker is also included while
phone line connection is via standard RJ-12 connectors
The Teleswitch is designed to work with the normal analog phone
network. It may not operate with some PABX or digital phone systems.
The Zapcatcher3 and Teleswitch are manufactured in New Zealand
and both carry Australian electricity and Austel approval. They are available
from selected retailers throughout Australia. Trade enquiries should be directed
to PowerQwest: phone (02) 9979 4811; fax (02) 9979 4833.
80 minute minidisc and CD-R from TDK
TDK has released new 80-minute versions of its popular MiniDisc
magneto-optical recording media and its audio recordable CD (CD-R). The MiniDisc
is claimed to be more portable and durable than either cassette tapes or CD-R
and is considered to offer sound quality comparable to CD and DAT.
TDK guarantees that the MiniDisc is capable of more than one
million re-recordings due to its tough outer polycarbonate resin coating.
To achieve the 80-minute playing time, the track pitch was
reduced while still meeting the stringent specifications of the format.
The 80-Minute MiniDisk (MD-XG80) sells for $7.95 at selected
The new recordable CD offers six minutes more recording time
than a conventional recordable CD. It is designed specifically for home
recording but contains a pre-formatted table of contents (TOC) and Serial Copy
Management System (SCMS) which inhibits making copies from copies.
The CD-RXA80 is compatible with all existing CD audio
recorders. For more information contact TDK on (02) 8437 0600 or visit www.tdk.com.au
Mitsubishi's tiny, bright LCD projector
The new Mitsubishi LVP-X70U Multimedia LCD data projector might
only weigh 3.2kg but it offers a brightness of 1100 ANSI lumens.
Distorted images caused by projecting images from the wrong
angle have been eradicated with the projector’s digital keystone correction
system. It corrects the trapezoid effect within a range of 15°.
High quality images with clear definition are achieved with the
projector’s "Cineview" line-doubler. It stores the previous and next-image
fields and processes the signals with extra motion detection to smooth out
horizontal and vertical lines for finer, sharper moving images.
Mitsubishi claim the projection of RGB and YMC colour spectra
that are equal to those of CRTs – and all six colours can be manually adjusted.
Other features include a built-in USB mouse port, a laser pointer built into the
remote control and a long-life lamp.
Recommended retail price of the projector is $8900 plus sales
For more information contact Mitsubishi Electric on (02)
9684 7777 or visit their website at www.mitsubishielectric.com.au
Highly accurate Hioki power meters
Hioki have introduced two new "Power HiTesters" ideally suited
for the accurate evaluation of power drawn by a large range of electrical and
electronic products, not only at full power but also on stand-by.
They have applications in a wide range of home, communication
and industrial electronic equipment.
The Hioki 3331 is for single and 3-phase use and can measure
power from as little as 7.5W single phase to 60kW, 3-phase, while the 3332 is
for single phase only and can measure power from as low as 15mW to 120W. Both
instruments can measure line voltage as high as 600VAC, line current as high as
60A and active power, apparent power, reactive power, power factor and phase
angle, accepting a wide range of frequency inputs to 100kHz.
D/A outputs provide waveform data which can be displayed on
For more information contact Nilsen Technologies, freecall 1800
623 350, freefax 1800 067 263.
New acquisition systems reduce testing times
The release of three new multi-channel data acquisition systems
from Acqiris promises to reduce test times for applications that involve high
frequency electronic signals. The Cougar systems, which are suited to monitoring
signals up to 500MHz in frequency, deliver an exceptional measurement
throughput, reducing test times by a factor of up to 10 when compared to using
conventional test instrumentation (oscilloscopes, transient recorders, data
loggers, etc.) or VXI based test systems.
Typical applications include telecommunications, LIDAR,
radar, automotive, chemistry, computing, power measurement, ultrasonics,
mechanics, physics, military and explosive-weapons and ballistics testing.
This Acqiris’ Cougar 2000 system uses ultra-fast real-time
digitiser technology and offers four full channels each with 2GS/s sampling
rate, 500MHz analog bandwidth and long (up to 16 Mpoints) acquisition memories.
Each channel input has a full front-end buffer/amplifier that can handle voltage
ranges from 50mV to 5V full scale, with 50Ω and 1MΩ input loading, variable offset, internal calibration (that allows 1%
voltage measurements), full input protection and fast recovery from out-of-range
signals. Underneath the Cougar 2000 are the 1000 and 500 systems which offer
four channels with 1GS/s and 500MS/s sampling rates respectively.
The Cougar systems are housed in small 6U CompactPCI crate
(around one-third the size of a regular bench-top oscilloscope) and come
complete with all necessary software and a high-speed CompactPCI to PCI
interface that boasts an impressive 100 Mbytes/s transfer rate.
For more information, contact Acqiris Pty Ltd, phone (03) 9877
9322; fax (03) 9849 0861; website www.acqiris.com
Video stabiliser fixes jittery pix!
A recently released Australian-made video stabiliser is claimed
to be the best available, offering features not found on any other model.
The VCS2 Stabiliser is made in Australia by a new designer,
Bamb!G (pronounced Bambi-G) and is the first in a new range of processors.
It has both S-video and composite video inputs and outputs
allowing high levels of connectivity. Both outputs are available from either
input but if an S-video and composite video are connected to the inputs, the
composite video signal takes precedence.
More importantly, though, the device stabilises the video
signal and removes any non-standard components in the signal. Conversion is
undertaken in a "perfect filter" – and one of the features of this type of
filter is that the output signal is a completely standard, rock-solid waveform.
Any non-standard components of the video signal which may have been added along
the way – either deliberately or accidentally – are removed, allowing a great
deal of versatility in its use.
One application of the stabiliser is with video projectors and
the like which often fail to lock properly on signals from a DVD player or other
device which has had proprietary components added. When fed through the VCS2
Stabiliser the signal is returned to standard video and video projectors work
Similarly, DVD signals can be fed through the VCS2 Stabiliser
and into a VCR, allowing DVDs to be viewed on any TV set, not just those with
video and audio inputs.
The Bamb! G VCS2 is currently available from Questronix, Phone
(02) 9477 3596, Fax (02) 9477 3681, with more information on their website,
Trade enquiries should be directed to Bamb! G via email:
VCR springs 'n' things from DSE
Every now and then, a product comes along which makes you think
"finally!" We’re sure service technicians, developers and even many hobbyists
will think exactly the same about these VCR hardware assortments from Dick Smith
There are seven packs in the range covering a myriad of the
small parts needed to repair VCRs (and many other devices).
You’ll find compression springs, tension springs, washers and
cir-clips, screws . . . all labelled in handy trays with see-through lids.
No more searching, no more sorting to find that elusive spring
Cat H-1670 pack contains 246 washers, circlips, springs and
screws and sells for $16.80. The H-1671 pack has washers and circlips only,
selling for $15.50. The H-1677 pack contains tension springs and sells for
$19.70 while the H-1678 pack contains compression springs and also sells for
Not shown are various drive belts: Cat H-6016 contains 14 video
drive belts for $10.75; a set of 11 belts for turntables (yes, that’s audio
turntables!) selling for $29.40 (Cat H-6018) and the last pack is a set of 10
cassette player belts selling for $6.70 (Cat H-6015).
The packs are available through all Dick Smith Electronics
stores and most dealers, or through the DSE mail order service or website www.dse.com.au
New Jaycar store for Nth Queensland
Jaycar Electronics has opened a new store in Townsville, Qld.
Gary Johnston, Managing Director of Jaycar, said that Jaycar was pleased to be a
part of this major administrative, defence and education-based city.
The full range of Jaycar products will be available including
components, alarm systems, test equipment, video surveillance, car audio,
electrical and electronic tools, wire, cable and accessories. "Jaycar is known
for its extensive range of electronic hobbyist kits and these will also be a
feature of the new Townsville store," said Mr Johnston.
The store, employing up to five local staff, is located at 177
Ingham Rd, West End, Townsville. Phone number is (07) 4772 5022.