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  • Buy "Made in the USA" Products and Celebrate the 4th of July the American Way!

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Pacific Radio

    4th of July Made In USA

    What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by getting great deals on audio video equipment, tools, electronics and more - all Made in the USA!

    With Independence Day just around the corner, at Pacific Radio we've saved the best for last - so whether you're a professional technician or shopping for the handyman, audiophile or jack of all trades in your life, we've lined up some US-made products that are sure to please and won't burn a hole in your pocket - until stocks last!

    Why Buy “Made In The USA” A/V Equipment and Tools?

    Being a family owned and operated business since the early 1930's, for 80+ years Pacific Radio has supported American businesses and manufacturers.

    Although we do stock well-known name brands in audio video and electronic equipment from across the globe at our flagship store in Burbank, California - we make it our top priority to carry, market and sell high quality products manufactured right here in the USA - both in-store and online!

    After all, being a locally run small business ourselves we realize how important it is to support American manufacturers that work hard to create jobs right here in America. But supporting the economy and making a responsible 'feel-good' purchase is just one of the key reasons to buy American-made products. When you buy “Made In The USA” products you can be assured that each product you purchase is made keeping high US safety standards, environmental standards and quality standards in mind. And especially in the case of precision tools and state of the art audio video equipment, you only want to buy the best tried and tested products for optimal results.

    So let's get right to it! Check out our Celebration Prices on some of the quality "Made In The USA" products we've lined up for you:

    Klein Tools:

    It's no surprise that Klein Tools is the #1 choice amongst professional tradesmen all over the world. Choose Made in the USA Klein products and be rewarded with top quality, rock-solid design, lasting durability you can count on - and pricing from PacRad you can afford!

    Klein MM5000 True RMS Multi-Meter Save $10.00 Now only $149.95!

    Klein 11046 Wire Stripper 16-26 AWG $15.07

    Klein Multi-Cable Cutter 63020 featuring curved cutter $24.99

    SKB:

    When it comes to getting the best protection in the market today for transporting all your valuable recording hardware, trust SKB - the market-leader for shipping cases. Built tough, these Made in the USA portable, shippable and stackable rack cases protect your equipment from damage, dirt and rain when you really need it.

    See PacRad's complete line of SKB products including Roto Racks, Roto-Molded Rack Mount Cases with Gasketed Front / Rear Doors, Steel Threaded Front / Rear Rails, Roto Rolling Racks with wheels and telescoping handle 4U -8U, Roto-Molded Shock Mounts, Rack Cases 20 inch deep and more!

    Henry Engineering:

    Working on a demanding broadcast production? Henry Engineering manufactures top quality professional audio components to interface "consumer" or semi-pro equipment with professional audio gear. Proudly Made in the USA!

    Henry Engineering MatchBoxPlus $185.00 each

    Caig Labs:

    Featuring environmentally safe contact cleaners Caig manufactures Made in the USA cleaning products used globally in electronics, audio video, computers and more!

    Caig Labs D5S6 DeoXiT Spray   $12.95

    Rip-Tie®

    Have all your cables in a knot? If you're desperate for a reliable, reusable cable management solution you can't go wrong with Rip-Tie® cable wraps and ties - durable, innovative cable organization products Made in the USA!

    RipTie Save 10% on all items in stock!

    When you have a choice, choose responsibly - Buy quality, well designed products that are Made in the USA.

    Looking for more "Made in the USA" Products? Check the links below:

    Xcelite tools are Made in America

    Xcelite Tools – American made tools including high quality pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, strippers and cutters.

    Plano Molding Cases are Made In America

    Plano Molding Storage Cases – great for storing and organizing small parts in the shop and transporting them on the road.

    Henry Engineering Audio Equipment made In America

    Henry Engineering – Audio gear to connect your equipment and convert and distribute sound.

    Caig Laboratories products are made in America

    CAIG Laboratories makes professional quality cleaners, circuit pens, compressed air cans and other items electronics professionals depend on.

    Serpac Cases for electronics, and audio visual equipment are made in America

    SERPAC manufacturers of durable enclosures for electronics, and A/V Equipment - Proudly made in America.

    Racks Unlimited Inc is an American Manufacturer

    Racks Unlimited Inc is an American family-owned company specializing in quality server racks and components.

    Klein Tools - quality made in America

    Klein Tools - Makers of professional quality tools for over 150 years and committed to American Manufacturing

    Bondhus Quality American made tools

    Bondhus Tools - Quality American-Made tools -Bondhus® tools are designed by toolmakers and designed to last and are backed by an UNCONDITIONAL manufacturer's lifetime warranty!


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  • Why Choose Canare Triaxial Cables For All Your Professional Video Broadcasting Needs

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by Pacific Radio

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    Image courtesy of worradmu at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Do you need a cable that provides superior rejection of interference and offers increased bandwidth? Look beyond the customary coax and see why triaxial cables might be the best cable for the job.

    Put simply, the triaxial cable (also known as triax cable), is just a low loss heavy-duty coax cable with some added armor. Triax cables are complete coaxial cables but are protected by an added metallic shield and an extra layer of insulation. This means that triax cables can do more than just conduct a signal - they also double up as a power conductor, making them the first cable of choice for connecting analog video cameras to equipment in the TV and broadcast industry, as they allow the signal and operation of the unit to happen from just one cable.

    Triax cabling is most commonly installed and can be widely seen in professional video broadcasting events such as large concerts and sports events and are best suited for antenna and radar systems where noisy signals and higher than normal cross-talk, or unwanted signal transfer between communication channels is evident.

    Television crews find triax cabling easy to use in sports arenas for example where they can easily plug into cables in the arena, rather than setting up their own cable system. So often times you'll see triax cables running from the TV station's van to various camera locations in the arena. Once the filming is complete, the cables are simply unplugged and tear down is a breeze.

    The outer shield of the triax cable allows for multiplexing the signal which basically means that triaxial cables are able to take multiple signals, combine them into one signal, and transmit them. So for example, a standard triax system can provide power to the unit, genlock (generator locking), program audio, intercom, return video, tally and provide complete camera control from the CCU to the CAU (Control access unit).

    Multiplexing offered by triax cables, essentially eliminates the need to use multiple cables and provides for a much cleaner gig setup, while reducing noisy signals at the same time!

    Triax Vs. Fiber Optic

    With the increase of HD video applications and high bandwidth demands, many moved to fiber optic or the SMPTE standard copper-fiber hybrid cable as an HD substitute cable to the triax. However, crews soon realized that fiber cabling is not only a lot more costly, both in time and labor, but repairs on the field and job site are practically impossible. On the other hand, triax cabling can endure extreme abuse and is easy to fix or replace in field applications. Agreed, HD signals can travel further on fiber, but triax covers enough distance for most field applications, like in a sports arena for example, making many professionals reconsider it as the go to cable for professional broadcasting.

    Why Canare Triax Cables?

    Canare manufactures the best in Pro Audio and Video Cable, 75 Ohm BNC, F and RCA Connectors, Patchbays, Cable Reels, Snake Systems, Assemblies, Crimp Tools and Cable Strippers. Professional broadcast engineers, sound technicians, A/V facility integrators, design consultants and many leading OEM's rely on Canare's product, proven reliability and top notch customer service.

    canare triaxial cables

    All of Canare's cables are RoHS compliant. Canare offers 75 ohm Triaxial Cables (L-5CFTX, L-4CFTX, L-7CFTX, 10CFTX-SC) that come with PE foam insulation, polyethylene Dielectric strength of 1000V AC/min, and an abrasion-resistance PVC jacket. Cable assemblies are also available!

    Check out the Mechanical Specifications below:

    canare triax cables

    Looking for more Canare products? Check them out here.

    Don't see a product in stock on our website? Call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we will be happy to order it in for you.

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE product demo with Canare, on Wednesday, July 15th 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts from Canare will be showcasing, training and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!

     


    This post was posted in Pacific Radio Events, Product News and was tagged with video, Canare, Triax, Triaxial cables, 75 ohm, professional, tv, broadcasting

  • TechTable: Multi Award Winning Technicians Table Now In The USA!

    Posted on May 26, 2015 by Pacific Radio

    Do you find yourself installing patch panels while leaning over a chair or sitting on a milk crate?

    Did you know that on average technicians are required to stay in a particular position for up to 2 hours while working on one panel termination alone - and cabinets can house up to 45 patch panels!

    Do you work in spaces that have low lighting, restrict movement forcing you to stay in one position, and have poor temperature control?

    Are your cable installers suffering from neck, shoulder and back pain that is interfering with their daily quality of life?

    Are you actively looking to improve the occupational safety and health (OSH) conditions of your cablers and technicians?

    If you run a communications or cabling company or work as a cable installer or a telecommunications technician and the above sounds familiar to you, we're happy to inform you that there is a solution available in the market that can eliminate or reduce many of the concerns mentioned above - and can increase work productivity by up to 24 percent!

    Introducing the TechTable: Multi Award Winning Technicians Table - Designed By Technicians, for Technicians!

    The TechTable allows technicians to work at a comfortable waist height and to alternate between sitting and standing positions allowing them to terminate at a height most suitable and ideal to them.

    Features & Benefits:

    • Long-lasting, durable aluminum construction
    • Light weight and portable - easy to carry to the job site
    • Compact construction, table top size only 22"x 22"
    • Perfect for copper and fiber optic cable termination
    • Adjustable height settings to suit any user
    • Takes seconds to set up!
    • Velcro tie points along both sides
    • Polyurethane feet that don't leave marks
    • Heavy duty carry bag included
    • Ergonomic design, health and safety recommended

    Why Invest in the TechTable?

    A survey conducted in Australia by the Health and Safety Consultant Glenda Snoxall of Safety Key Solutions in 2011 found that during the processing of data cable termination, a staggering 75% of respondents suffered from neck pain, 67% from shoulder pain and 63% from lower back pain.

    This kind of repetitive work not only affects a technicians health but also reduces work productivity, directly impacting the bottom line for communications companies.

    Feedback provided by a number of communications and electrical service companies that tested the product proves that the TechTable was "invaluable" and solved "several problems for our technicians" and reduced "half our installation time."

    Click to read full testimonials here:

    Testimonial 1 - Multisystem Communications


    Testimonial 2 - LAYER ONE Engineering & Networks Pty Ltd


    Testimonial 3 - Ross Communications & Construction Services

    Reducing OSH risks in the workplace should be top priority for data communications providers in the USA today. And if reducing that risk comes with employee work satisfaction and increased levels of productivity it's a win-win across the board.

    TechTable has recently been released in the USA, and is now available at PacRad! At under $260 this is one of the best investments you can make for your employees - and they will thank you for it for years to come.

    Need to buy more than one? Buy 3 for $231.16 /each and save 11%

    Have questions? Our in-store experts are here to help!

    Call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com                    

     


    This post was posted in Product News

  • Portable SKB Cases and Racks - The Best On-the-Move Protection for Your Valuable A/V Gear!

    Posted on May 26, 2015 by Jessie Phillips

    SKB Studio Flyer 4U burbank california

    Need a rock solid, sturdy and portable case to haul your gig setup, recording hardware and your laptop?

    Look no further than SKB's Studio Flyer 4U rack case. Super-easy to setup and take down, it comes with wheels and a sturdy telescoping handle, so you can wheel it like a suitcase, making it a breeze to travel with! With a TSA accepted lock you can easily secure all your hardware making plane travel one less thing you have to worry about.

    With a sturdy polyethylene case, your equipment is not only well protected from damage but also from moisture and spills. And with four rack spaces you can comfortably fit all the recording devices or hardware discs you need with an added space on the top for your laptop - making it an excellent case for your next mobile DJ gig!

    Top Features of the SKB Studio Flyer 4U:

    • All in one - 4U rack and laptop/flatscreen combo case
    • Light-weight as compared to a wooden case counterpart
    • Durable nylon and fiberglass latches for easy set up and tear down
    • TSA-approved lock for easy plane travel
    • Four in-line wheels and injection-molded retractable handle for effortless portability
    • Thick, foam padding in the lid for added protection
    • Rubber molded handles for comfortable lifting and carrying
    • Cable pass holes to easily connect your rack to your laptop
    • Sturdy, removable case that takes seconds to open and close

    Check out the video below to see why the SKB Studio Flyer 4U is an excellent choice for live productions, mobile DJs, engineers, equipment testers, technicians, road crews (roadies) and camera crews.

    SKB 1SKB-R908U20 20" Deep 8U Roto Shockmount Rolling Rack - Best in Class Portable Protection!

    Looking for the best portable, shippable and stackable rack cases to protect your equipment from damage, dirt and rain? If you want to get the best protection in the market today, trust SKB - the market-leader when it comes to shipping cases, for transporting all your valuable recording hardware.

    SKB 20 Deep 8U Roto Shock Rack california

    The SKB 1SKB-R908U20 20" Deep 8U Roto Shockmount Rolling Rack is a water-resistant polyethylene rack case. With built-in shock absorbers and a whopping load range of 40-150 lbs this is one sturdy case - allowing you to haul or ship equipment with the peace of mind that SKB has got your back.

    Portable and easy to wheel anywhere with a pull handle and easy glide wheels, you can transport your gear with ease. In fact the case doors are completely usable even when you have racks stacked on top of one another. See a video demo below! (Also, if you notice closely towards the end of the video you'll see our Pacific Radio booth in the background!)

    Top Features of the SKB 3SKB-R08U20W 20" Deep 8U Roto Shockmount Rolling Rack:

    • Fits 20" rackable audio equipment
    • Meets ATA 300 Category 1 qualifications for transit and shipping cases
    • Durable, yet light-weight roto-molded polyethylene
    • Half the weight of old wooden cases
    • Elastomeric shock technology for superior protection from shock and vibrations
    • Added space around the internal frame provides natural cooling, essential to protect fragile gear
    • Ambient pressure relief valve and user-friendly butterfly latches
    • Front and back lids with rubber-gasket protection and rear rails
    • Molded, snap handles for excellent grasp
    • Easy glide roller-blade wheels and pull-out handle

    At PacRad we only recommend brands we know and trust. SKB is recognized world-over as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of molded polymer transport cases. Vacuum, rotational or injection molded, these cases are engineered to provide protection for equipment utilized by hundreds of companies involved in diverse industries from music and pro-audio products to military, industrial and medical applications. SKB even supplies maximum travel protection for consumer sports and electronics equipment. The familiar SKB logo has symbolized uncompromising quality and unsurpassed durability for 30+ years!

    Looking for more products from SKB? Check them out here.

    Don't see a product in stock on our website? Call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we will be happy to order it in for you.

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE product demo with SKB, on Wednesday, June 10th 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts from SKB will be showcasing, training and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!

    1SKB-R908U20


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  • Regulate Voltage, Minimize Noise and Protect Your A/V Equipment with Furman

    Posted on May 14, 2015 by Pacific Radio

    Furman M-8X AR burbank CA

    Has your equipment suffered digital malfunctions or worse - permanent damage due to brownouts, sags, and over-voltage conditions?

    Unreliable voltage levels are more common than you might think. Stable 120V power is what you need, but many a times a wall outlet might not produce that - some reasons being power fluctuations, brownouts, shoddy wiring and other issues.

    The Furman M-8X AR voltage regulator helps to regulate voltage and protect your equipment. Even with power cutbacks and fluctuations it will wrangle your voltages back to 120V (+/- 5V).

    Live sound and recording engineers know that spikes in voltage can always be a potential problem when you're dealing with electronic gear. Substandard wiring or just one faulty switch can cause power spikes. When you're plugging thousands of dollars worth of equipment into a power supply in studios, production facilities, live productions, broadcast facilities, network facilities, theatrical/stage and education facilities, why take any chances?

    The Furman M-8X AR voltage regulator is designed to absorb extreme spikes in voltage to protect against power surges and in fact in case of an acute over-current situation, the Furman M-8X AR voltage regulator will automatically shut down its power outlets before any damage can occur. This happens rarely, but when it does, understand that if your Furman M-8X AR shuts down, a lower quality unit would probably have been toast.

    Top Features of the Furman M-8X AR Voltage Regulator:

    • Maintains a dependable 120V output (+/- 5V)
    • Provides 9 AC outlets - 8 on the rear panel and 1 on the front
    • 15 A input; 12 to 15 A output capacity
    • Extreme over-current, over-voltage and under-voltage shutdown, to safely protect all your connected gear
    • Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) indicator LED
    • Extreme Current Shutdown (ECS) indicator LED
    • Tri-color "In-Regulation" indicator and protection OK indicator
    • Two-color bar graph meter to indicate input line voltage
    • Accessible thermal circuit breaker to protect against overload
    • Autotransformer with exceptionally low stray magnetic field leakage
    • Front Panel ON/OFF switch
    • Easy to install and compact - weighs only 15.75 lb

    Furman PL-PLUS DMC Power Conditioner with Voltmeter / Ammeter - Why Invest in a Quality Power Conditioner?

    Furman PL-PLUS DMC Power Conditioner burbank CA

    If you own or manage quality audio/video equipment and are looking for the best performance from your system, you owe it to yourself to get a power conditioner.

    All AC power is delivered to your system with noise, which no doubt affects the optimal performance of your A/V gear. Additionally power spikes and surges are everyday occurrences, which puts your priceless equipment at risk.

    A quality power conditioner cleans, filters and 'conditions' all the AC power that enters your system so that you're left with clean and crisp sound and picture quality. And more importantly, it helps protect your system against power surges, spikes and voltage fluctuations that can potentially be dangerous to your system.

    So at this point you might be thinking, why not just use a regular surge protector or power strip? Firstly because you won't get any filtration or clarity and secondly the level of protection just doesn't compare to what the Furman PL-PLUS DMC Power Conditioner with Voltmeter / Ammeter offers - and when you have thousands of dollars worth of equipment on the line, you can't afford not to have it!

    See this video below to compare an ordinary surge suppressor vs. a Furman power conditioner.

    Top Features of the Furman PL-PLUS DMC Power Conditioner with Voltmeter / Ammeter:

    • Best available, maintenance-free protection against power surges and spikes with Furman's exclusive SMP+ (Series Multi-Stage Protection Plus) technology
    • Rack mountable; segregated outlets diminish component interference and noise
    • 15 Amp rating with magnetic circuit breaker for more protection
    • LiFT (Linear Filtering Technology) ensures zero ground leakage
    • No-heat, long-life LED rack lights with dimmer control
    • Back-panel BNC jack to connect gooseneck lamp for rear rack illumination
    • Spike Protection Mode and 1 nanosecond response time
    • Furman's trusted Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) shuts off all incoming power until voltage is corrected

     

    At PacRad we only recommend brands we know and trust. Furman has been producing high-quality products since 1974. Their products fall into three overall categories: the professional A/V signal processors on which the company was originally founded, the trusted AC power conditioners for which they are most famous, and the pioneering energy management solutions which utilize their ground-breaking BlueBOLT® cloud-based platform.

    Their highly acclaimed CE line, incorporates a complete line of AC power management products specifically engineered for today's custom home theater and audiophile systems. Additional applications for Furman products include sound reinforcement; home and professional recording; post production; broadcast systems; commercial audio/video installation; and commercial/residential energy monitoring and management.

    Looking for more products from Furman? Check them out here.

    Don't see a product in stock on our website? Call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we will be happy to order it in for you.

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE product demo with Furman, on Wednesday, June 10th 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts from Furman will be showcasing, training and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!


    This post was posted in Pacific Radio Events, Product News and was tagged with pacific radio, audio, video, Furman, power conditioner, M-8X AR, PL-PLUS DMC Power Conditioner, voltage regulator, surge protection, AC power conditioner, Voltmeter, Ammeter

  • Two HOT Klein Tools Products That Are Flying Off the Shelf! Read On...

    Posted on April 22, 2015 by Pacific Radio

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    Looking for a digital multimeter that will stand the test of time? Whether you need to measure voltage, electrical currents or resistance over several ranges of value you'll find the Klein MM5000 Electrician's TRMS Multimeter, does everything you need and more!

    klein-mm5000-burbank

    Designed for professionals in mind, the MM5000 is a true RMS multimeter that offers precise readings for all kinds of signals. So whether you're an electrician, A/V professional, contractor, integrator, technician or engineer, you'll find this meter has all the features you need and is designed to withstand everyday wear and tear on the job site.

    The MM5000 multimeter comes with a 5-year warranty and is proudly made in the USA!

    Here are all the features of the Klein MM5000 TRMS Multimeter:

    • Durable - designed to withstand a 10-foot drop!
      Double-insulated with raised rubber boot to protect the display from damage
    • Made in the USA - True RMS Multimeter for precise readings of all signals
    • Auto ranging - measures AC/DC voltage (1000V) and resistance
    • Low impedance helps reduce ghost voltage
    • µA setting for testing flame sensors
    • Analog bar graph for fast moving readings
    • Tests continuity in current and diodes
    • Multiple features such as: range hold, data hold, auto hold, auto ranging, MAX/MIN and micro amps
    • Low battery indicator
    • Auto power-off
    • 4000 count back-lit display for meter reading in pitch dark situations
    • Lead storage
    • Easy-to-access fuse and batteries
      IP40 and CAT IV 600V safety rating
    • Basic DC accuracy: ±0.3%
      Batteries, test leads and carrying case included!
    • Comes with a 5 year warranty - Proudly made in the USA

    Another product that caught our interest is the Klein Tools Twisted-Pair Installation Kit (VDV021-835).

    twisted-pair-installation kit-california-klein

    This complete kit is a Limited-time Value Pack Promo that delivers over $140+ worth of retail value at just under $90 - so it is a REAL steal. Still not offered on the manufacturers website, place your orders with us at PacRad to avoid disappointment!

    Here is what the Twisted-Pair Installation Kit includes:

    PRODUCT QTY DESCRIPTION
    VDV226-107 Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper 1 Cuts, strips and crimps data and voice cables
    VDV427-807 Punchdown Multi-Tool with 110/66 Blade and WorkEnds™ 1 Terminates and cuts wire in one step with selectable (hi/low) impact force setting
    VDV826-602 Modular Data Plug – RJ45 CAT5e 25 8-position, 8-contact for solid or stranded conductors
    VDV826-601 Telephone Plugs – RJ11-6P4C 25 For solid or stranded conductors on 1 or 2 line telephones
    VDV826-600 Telephone Plugs – RJ11-6P6C 25 For solid or stranded conductors on 1, 2 or 3 line telephones
    5139 Canvas Zipper Bag 1 No. 10 canvas storage bag

    Looking for other products from Klein Tools? Check them out here.

    Don't see a product in stock on our website? Call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we will be happy to order it in for you.

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE product demo with Klein Tools, on Wednesday, May 6th 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts at Klein Tools will be showcasing, training and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!


    This post was posted in Pacific Radio Events, Product News and was tagged with klein tools, Made In The USA, multimeter, digital multimeter, electricians, integrators, contractors, Klein MM5000, RMS multimeter, Twisted-Pair Installation Kit, VDV021-835, modular crimper

  • Klein Tool Bags - Get Long-lasting Durability from a Name You've Trusted Since 1857!

    Posted on April 6, 2015 by Pacific Radio

    What three qualities come to mind when you think of Klein Tools?

    Most Klein Tool brand supporters will say - Rock-solid Design. Top Quality. Lasting Durability.

    These qualities are no doubt reflected in everything the brand manufactures from pliers and industry tools to testers and tool bags. That's why it's no surprise that Klein Tools is the #1 choice amongst professional tradesmen all over the world.

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    Rugged and long-lasting, Klein Tradesman Pro Organizer tool bags from Klein Tools represent everything the brand is best known for - quality design with the user in mind and enduring durability.

    Klein 55421-BP Tools Tradesman Pro Organizer Backpack - Hands-free Portability for Under $100!

    If you have a professional handyman or jack of all trades in your life, you can't go wrong with the Klein 55421-BP Tools Tradesman Pro Organizer Backpack. Much more than a tool pouch, you get the convenience of a hands-free backpack design, that is so much easier on the back and shoulders. Plus, it frees up your hands to carry whatever else you may need.

    Here are some of the top features of the Klein 55421-BP Tools Tradesman Pro Organizer Backpack:

    • 39 pockets offering tons of tool storage
    • Bright orange interior to grab a tool when you need it
    • Molded bottom to protect from the elements
    • Wide pocket for larger tools like a power drill, flashlight and more
    • Large front pocket for fish tapes
    • 1680d ballistic weave for added durability
    • Easy to carry - 18-inch high, 14-inch long and 7-inch wide

    If you are an A/V professional, contractor or technician and are constantly on the move, this bag will prove sturdy enough for everyday use on any job site and is well worth the price tag!

    Klein Tools Tradesman Pro Organizer Rolling Tool Bag - A Rolling Beast for Professional Use!

    Looking for something more than a conventional tool bag, that will carry tons of tools and endure the roughest most demanding weather conditions and job sites?

    Well then you can't go wrong with the Klein Tools Tradesman Pro Organizer Rolling Tool Bag - a beast of a tool bag for road crews (roadies), integrators, technicians and any A/V professional.

    This is by far the only tool bag that combines the features of traditional luggage on wheels with the convenience and durability of a tool bag. But the Tradesman Pro Organizer Rolling Tool Bag is more than just a simple tool bag on wheels.

    Think of the big wheels on your 4x4 that allow you to maneuver over rough terrain, rocks and muddy conditions. Klein has applied the same principle here, giving you large wheels with a 6" diameter letting you drag your tools over rocks, stairs and large debris - conditions that you will probably face in any job site. Along with a collapsible handle, you can stroll and store the bag with ease.

    Play this quick video to see the tool bag in action!

    Let's take a closer look at the top features of the Klein 55452RTB Tradesman Pro Organizer Rolling Tool Bag:

    • Large 6" wheels for rough terrain
    • 24 pockets for tons of tool storage
    • Orange interior to instantly spot the tool you need (imagine searching for a black tool in a black pocket in the dark!)
    • Molded, rugged kick plate for added protection and durability
    • Large interior pockets for large tools like power drills etc.
    • Reinforced metal frame to increase strength and carrying power
    • Load tested up to 200 lbs - Klein claims you can store up to 100 lbs. of tools/materials inside, and another 100 lbs. stacked on top
    • Hard-wearing collapsible, telescopic handle
    • 600D ballistic weave for heavy-duty use

    Let's face it, slinging a tool bag over your shoulder, day in and day out takes its toll. If you truly need a tool bag to stand up to the elements, this is one that will help you roll in and out of a job site with ease, and is definitely worth the investment.

    At PacRad we carry a wide variety of Klein tool bags to suit your unique needs. Looking for other products from Klein Tools? Check them out here.

    Don't see a product in stock on your website? Call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we will be happy to order it in for you.

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE product demo with Klein Tools, on Wednesday, May 6th 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts at Klein Tools will be showcasing, training and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!


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  • Studio Quality Audio Performance That Will Blow You Away!

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Pacific Radio

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    Looking for a compact, highly reliable mixer with lots of inputs and clean mixing? Then be prepared to be blown away by the crisp, clean sound offered by the RDL EZ SERIES Mixer Amplifiers. Experience clean highs and thunderous bass with no sound distortion - all packed into compact designed units that offer ample power for applications in smaller venues such as clubs, restaurants, conference and meeting rooms, studios, houses of worship, PA systems, home component systems and commercial sound systems.

    The RDL EZ-series includes a broad range of stand-alone units that include distribution amplifiers for headphones, line level audio, XGA/XGA video, mixer amplifiers and more.

    With a range of mounting accessories available for the RDL EZ-series all the models offered can easily be installed in single or multiple racks. Connected using standard cables, the EZ series range can be operated without the need for any tools.

    When it comes to quality RDL has left no stone unturned by offering gold-plated connectors for reliable connections, and solid-state circuitry for audio and video switching to avoid dilapidation due to dirty switches.

    One of the top products in this line is the RDL EZ-MX4ML 4 Channel Microphone and Stereo Line Audio Mixer.

    EZ-MX4ML-RDL

    The EZ-MX4ML is a stereo audio mixer with 4 line inputs: two mic and two line inputs. All line inputs are connected via RCA jacks, and one also includes a MINI-jack. Easily connect microphones through balanced XLR jacks. With both left and right channel LED VU metering, you can achieve easy level adjustment no matter what your application!

    Another innovative product that RDL introduced is the EZ Series Composite Video and Stereo Audio Hum Killer. The EZ-HK3 for example, is a composite video/stereo audio isolation transformer that eliminates hum and offers crisp, clean sound output. Both input/output connections are offered through gold-plated connectors, and hum due to ground loops is eliminated when the module is installed between an unbalanced audio or video source such as a DVD player and the inputs of a grounded amplifier like a projector in an A/V system.

    Another range that RDL are very well known for are the RDL FORMAT-A twisted pair products.

    If you're looking for professional, studio-quality audio performance then this is the line for you!

    The RDL FORMAT-A range includes modules that send, receive or distribute signals - namely, senders, receivers and distributors that rival shielded wiring. Like all of RDL's products this series also comes with its own line of mounting accessories and enclosures for easy installation including wall and cabinet-mount available in Decora style and chassis mount for convenient rack mounting.

    The way Format-A works is that it uses 1 pair for power and 3 pairs solely for signals. Sending and receiving units use 1, 2 or 3 pair for audio signals. For single-pair modules you can choose which of the three pairs you want to use to send/receive signals. Two-pair modules are used for stereo audio. Three-pair modules send/receive 3 separate signals. One of the main features of the RDL Format-A range is that the modules allow power to be connected at the most efficient location in the entire installation, as often times it is inconvenient to power modules at the beginning or end of a chain.

    One product that stands out in the RDL Format-A range is the silver DS-HA1A Format-A Stereo Headphone Amplifier.

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    A two pair receiver/audio headphone amplifier, it is compatible with RDL Format-A twisted pair products. Each module receives power and stereo audio through a RJ45 jack located on the real panel linked from a Format-A sender.

    The front panel houses the volume control and headphone output jack. RDL has designed this module with no illumination for uses in dark locations such as hotel rooms where illumination could be distracting. The stereo amplifier is built for high audio quality and reduced noise performance. The module offers superior hum rejection, low distortion and is suitable to be used in guest rooms and hotel rooms with bedside and washroom listening stations.

    If you're an InfoComm member or work as a professional AV technician you'll truly appreciate the high-sound quality and ease of installation offered by both the RDL EZ-Series and RDL Format-A series range of products. With outstanding audio quality for compact but powerful designed modules, these units are easy to mount and come with the superior RDL performance quality you've come to expect and rely on. Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.!

    Here at PacRad, we stock the complete line of RDL EZ-Series and Format-A series modules. Browse our website to see all of the RDL products we carry.

    Don't see an RDL product in-stock on our website? No problem! As a preferred RDL distributor we have access to RDL's entire line of products available through drop shipping. So if you're looking for a specific RDL product, feel free to call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we can order it in for you!

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE new product demo with Radio Design Labs, on April 1st 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts at RDL will be showcasing and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    We will be raffling out several prizes the day of the event, including the new D series-PSP1A Decora Speaker. FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!


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  • RDL DS-SP1A - A Compact Decora Speaker that Delivers Big on Sound!

    Posted on March 12, 2015 by Pacific Radio

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    Looking for a compact wall-mountable loudspeaker that delivers big on sound? You can't go wrong with the new D Series-SP1A 2 Watt Decora-Style 8 Ohm Loudspeaker from Radio Design Labs (RDL).

    Designed for easy installation and mounting in a standard single gang North American electrical switchbox, a surface mount box, or RDL's own desktop chassis and wall boxes, this ultra-compact Decora speaker offers a complete package - wide frequency range, excellent clarity and lasting durability.

    These qualities make it a reliable and preferred choice for use as a near field monitor in various field applications including conference rooms and banquet halls, stadiums, courtrooms, municipalities and legislative chambers, broadcast facilities, medical facilities, universities, educational institutions and more.

    If you're an InfoComm member or work as a professional AV technician you'll truly appreciate the high-sound quality and wide frequency range usually expected of larger speakers that the DS-SP1A is capable of delivering in such a small package. The driver itself is manufactured of materials used to construct premium larger speakers. You also have the flexibility of deciding on a wall or chassis mount based on the requirements of the job.

    Let's take a detailed look at all the core features of the RDL DS-SP1A 2 Watt Decora-Style 8 Ohm Loudspeaker:

    PRODUCT FEATURES

    • Outstanding audio quality for a compact speaker
    • Decora-style enclosure that is acoustically optimized
    • Easily mounts onto a wall or flat surface
    • Exceptional audio quality through the convex aluminum cone design with rubber surround and hemispheric dispersion (almost 180° with the speaker used as a wall-mount)!
    • Superior neodymium driver ensures audio precision and frequency range equal to larger drivers
    • Limiter/compressor thwarts clipping
    • Uses a twisted-pair cable to connect to format-A sender
    • Long-lasting push buttons and top-quality connectors
    • Fits special RDL wall boxes designed to fit in narrow walls for international installations
    • Choose from an attractive stainless steel facade, painted models and matching metal trim plates
    • Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.!


    HOW IT WORKS

    The D series-PSP1A delivers crisp, rich sound through an audio amplifier used in conjunction with RDL Format A twisted pair range of products. A RJ45 jack set at the back ensures the PSP1A receives 24V DC power and audio.

    As an AV contractor, during the installation process you can decide the settings on the real-panel switch to determine which of the 3 format-A pairs is amplified. Amplification is given through a high-efficiency class D power stage that filters audio to provide exceptional audio clarity. Users can easily control the amplified output by a volume control switch located on the front-panel.

    APPLICATIONS

    • Intercom/PA systems
    • Conference rooms/Banquet Halls
    • Music distribution to multiple rooms in a facility
    • Observation rooms
    • Green rooms
    • Museums
    • Stadiums
    • Theme parks
    • Desktop audio system for the passionate musician and audiophile!
    • Public restrooms / bathrooms
    • Classrooms/University lecture halls
    • Medical facilities
    • Municipalities
    • Wherever a high-performance, ultra-compact, wall, or surface mounted speaker is needed!

    Here at PacRad, we stock top quality RDL desktop, in-wall and chassis mount speakers to suit any installation need. Browse our website to see all of the RDL products we carry.

    Don't see an RDL product in-stock on our website? No problem! As a preferred RDL distributor we have access to RDL's entire line of products available through drop shipping. So if you're looking for a specific RDL product, feel free to call or email us at (800) 634-9476 or sales@pacrad.com and we can order it in for you!

    Join us for an EXCLUSIVE new product demo with Radio Design Labs, on April 1st 2015 from 12pm-2pm! The experts at RDL will be showcasing and demoing new and best-selling products. You don't want to miss out!

    Meet and greet industry peers, learn about the newest products and check out the ever-expanding inventory at PacRad.

    We will be raffling out several prizes the day of the event, including the new D series-PSP1A Decora Speaker.  FREE LUNCH INCLUDED!

    REGISTER NOW!


    This post was posted in Pacific Radio Events, Product News and was tagged with radio design labs, RDL, speaker, compact speaker, wall mount speaker, chassis speaker, decora speaker, D series-PSP1A, PSP1A

  • Are All BNC Connectors Created Equal? Read This Post to Find Out!

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Pacific Radio

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    Crimp-ons or Twist-ons? 50 Ohm or 75 Ohm?

    When it comes to BNC Connectors how do you decide which type is the best option for you?

    In this post we'll discuss the different types of BNC connectors available in the market, and help you decide which ones are most suitable to your connectivity needs.

    Let's start with a quick overview of what a BNC connector is:

    What is a BNC Connector?

    A BNC connector, is a small radio frequency connector used for connecting and disconnecting coaxial cables. BNC connectors are most frequently used for coaxial cable connections in television, radio, radio-frequency equipment, computer, media player, stereo speaker, camera, and other data network and audio/video applications that call for a radio frequency connector.

    Being easy to install, they ensure a strong connection and are especially handy when you need to combine them with let's say, an RCA connector that's connected to a coaxial cable.

    BNC is an acronym for Bayonet Neill-Concelman and was named for its bayonet mount mechanism and after its inventors, Paul Neill and Carl Concelman.

    What are the different types of BNC connectors?

    BNC Crimp-on Connector

    Crimp-on connectors are available in 2 piece or 3 piece and are popular amongst most professional installers as they provide strong, secure connections. Agreed, they're not the easiest to install, but with only two tools (a coax cable stripper and a coax crimping tool), you end up with a high-quality connection that's worth the extra effort.

    BNC Twist-on Connector

    Requiring no tools, Twist-on Connectors are a breeze to install. Obviously, you still need a coax cable stripper to strip the cable before you install, but once that is done you can pretty much use your hands to attach the connector to the coaxial cable. Many professional installers believe Twist-on BNC's don't provide the same level of reliability that crimp-on or compression BNC's do, but as long as you trim the cable to the correct length, we believe you can get a fairly secure connection with the Twist-on BNC.

    BNC Compression Connector

    Compression connectors, available in BNC, RCA and F series connectors provide one of the strongest, durable connections as they offer visual feedback on the cable's entry point, improved signal impedance resulting in better performance, and simple installation involving compression tools that help reduce signal ingress/egress, prevent moisture penetration and leaks, and ensure high-quality connections and signal reliability.

    So, what's the difference between 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm?

    Some people think that there is only one type of BNC Connector, when in fact there are two types: 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm.

    The use of each connector depends on the radio frequency used. For example, frequencies lower than 2GHz use 50 Ohm whereas frequencies that are lower than 4GHz use 75 Ohm.

    The reason most people think there is only one type, namely the 50 Ohm BNC connector version is because this was the only type used in the past, where it was connected to cables and the difference in the wires wasn't very noticeable when it came to low frequency connections. In recent years the 75 Ohm type of BNC connector was introduced to deal with connections that call for higher frequency, and it is easily recognized by the missing or smaller dielectric at each of its mating ends.

    In terms of application, 50 Ohm BNC connectors are used for audio/antenna transmission and older analog video applications. But for superior performance in audio/video applications like HDTVs, 75 Ohm BNC's are a must. Nowadays you even have the new HD-BNC’s, also known as mini's to support reliable HD connections.

    Why Neutrik BNC Connectors?

    For true HDTV connectivity you can't go wrong with Neutrik's 75 Ohm BNC connector, that offers improved shielding, gold-plated ground contact, and is designed for a high frequency HDTV signal up to 4.5 GHz!

    As technology improves it calls for connectors that can adapt to rising frequencies and connector shielding becomes a vital aspect to consider when choosing a connector. Also unlike low-quality BNC connectors, Neutrik BNC connectors avoid tilting due to side forces and side pulling issues.

    Key Features of Neutrik BNC Connectors:

    • “rearTWIST Principle” locking/unlocking mechanism for easy access
    • Twisting from the back not front for effortless handling and perfect for recessed bulkheads
    • Real 75 Ohm to meet strict HDTV / DVD specifications
    • Snug-fit center pin that assures tactile feedback
    • Safe shielding and jacket crimping technologies help prevent exposed grounding issues on cable assemblies
    • Superior cable protection and longevity
    • Large version available for RG 11 cable
    • Accurate Swiss-machined brass parts for exceptional resilience
    • Color coded boots available in 10 standard colors, including crimp tool and dies for installation

    So to conclude, when deciding on the type of BNC connector you want to use question what you are using it for. For HDTV applications you can't go wrong with a 75 Ohm BNC. Also question how easy it is to install and how reliable you want the connection to be. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time attaching the connector to the cable - so make sure you pick the type you are most comfortable using and installing.

    To learn more about BNC connectors and which connector type to use in which application visit our Neutrik Lunch and Learn event!

    JOIN US for a FREE Lunch & Learn with Neutrik and learn all about how to incorporate the world's leading connector brand in all your audio, video, lighting, data and industrial needs. Neutrik's Technical Sales team will be demoing product and will be available to answer all your questions!

     

    Where:

    Pacific Radio Electronics

     

    3031 Thornton Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504

    When:

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM

    Price: FREE!

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