Product Review (August 2004) - DirectConnect
Wide Wall Plate and High Performance RGB Cable

DirectConnect is a large manufacturer of custom installation products that serve the needs of today's audio, video, security, telecom and data networking professional. Their product line is extensive and includes bulk and preterminated cables, connectors, distribution panels, a/v transceivers, punch blocks, splitters installation hardware, tools and of course lots of different wall plates.

One of their latest product introductions is the new 2-Gang Bulk Wire Plate (DCS2GBWP) designed to accommodate a large number of A/V wires. Gaining from their success of the single version of this plate, the new 2-gang version is more of a good thing. The design of the bulk wire plate includes a curved cover that hugs the group of wires as they exit the wall. Unlike other wall plates that are designed for A/V, the bulk wire plate allows a bundle of wires to exit the wall without having to terminate the signal at the plate. By eliminating the feedthrough connectors, signal integrity is improved, especially in the case of high bandwidth DVI and RGB/Component video signals. The mounting holes are standard and attach to any double wide wall box. The design is ideal for home theater and audio rooms where many cables need to be placed near the components. It is also very useful near a ceiling mounted projector where DVI, Component, RGB, s-video and composite cables often need to be routed. The plates are available in white, ivory, almond or black.

We tested out the 2-Gang Bulk Wire Plate using Direct Connect's own 100' HQSVGA-to-5BNC cable along with a 20 meter AudioQuest DV-1 DVI cable. Both cables easily fit through the double wide wall plate and fed our InFocus ScreenPlay SP7205 projector. The wide mouth of the wire plate made it simple to pass other pre-terminated cables through the opening as well. The wall plate greatly simplified the projector installation with a simple pass-through design.

The performance of the analog RGB cable was great with no apparent ringing and just a slight loss in bandwidth that resulted in a softer looking picture when compared to DVI. Our cable was a very long (100 feet), so a shorter cable would most likely give slightly better results due to a decrease in line capacitance. The gold-plated 15-pin sub-D and BNC connectors helped to ensure a quality connection at both ends of the cable. The construction of the cable, which includes five indiviual coaxial cables running inside of the heavy jacket, appeared to benefit the picture quality.

One of Direct Connect's latest product includes a new 10" or 12" circular hole cutter, which is ideal for installing ceiling speakers. The cutter is adjustable in size and includes interchangeable blades for metal, plaster or wood and includes a clear catch-guard to keep the mess under control. For more information on their products, visit Direct Connect's website at www.directconnecthome.com

- Kevin Nakano


Review System

Projector: InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 High-Definition HD2+ DLP Projector
Screen:
Stewart Filmscreen 100" 16:9 Luxus Deluxe FireHawk Screenwall

Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 TripoleŽ Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial Receiver
D-VHS VCR #1: Marantz MV8300 D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
D-VHS VCR #2: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
Audio Switcher (5.1): Zektor MAS3 5.1 Audio Switcher
Laserdisc Player: Pioneer CLD-D704 CD/VCD/LD Player
Video Generator: Sencore VP403 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Video Signal Analyzer: Sencore VSA794 NTSC Video Signal Analyzer
Color Analyzer: Sencore CP5000 Multi-Display Color Analyzer


Review - At a Glance


DirectConnect
: 2-Gang Bulk Wire Plate (DCS2GBWP)

Features:

  • White Decor style double wide design.
  • Wide opening easily accommodates terminated DVI and RGB cables.
  • 5-year warranty.
  • MSRP: $8.


  • DirectConnect: SVGA TO 5 BNC MALE, 100Ft (HQHD15M5BNC)

    Features:

  • Gold-plated contacts for long term reliability.
  • High performance low-loss 75 ohm coaxial cable design.
  • Terminated cable lengths up to 100 feet.
  • Impedance controlled cable with low loss dielectric.
  • 15-year warranty.


  • Company Information
    DirectConnect
    4747 Westpark Drive
    Houston, TX 77027

    Tel: (800) 531-3224
    Fax: (713) 525-3220

    Source: Manufacture supplied

    Email: info@directconnecthome.com
    URL: www.directconnecthome.com

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