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Summary

  • Product Name: HS-88M HDMI Matrix Router
  • Manufacturer: RTcom USA
  • Review Date: January 08, 2009 09:25
  • MSRP: $7,499
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Features

  • A lot of switching mode: Any 8 x 8 select switching, single input to multi-output
  • Various User Interface Using RS-232C, IR Remote Control and LAN, Front Keys
  • HDCP Compliant at all output channels
  • Compliant to HDMI V1.3, Use Silicon Image's HDMI V1.3 chips
  • Built in external EDID read function - HS-88M has EEPROM to save EDID data from the display and supports any HDTV with maximum resolutions. It supports even non-VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) resolution including projectors with unique resolution. User can select factory pre-programmed EDID data or use external EDID data simply.
  • Built noise protection circuit in each input and output ports
  • Exhibition video display system
  • Control of Home Theater system

Specs

  • Supports Bandwidth: 25-225MHz
  • Supports Resolution: HDTV Signal up to [email protected] and [email protected], 2k
  • Input Channel : HDMI type A female x 8 Channels
  • Output Channel : HDMI type A female x 8 Channels
  • HDCP Compliant
  • Power Supply : DC 12V, 4.0A
  • Power Consumption : 30W

Executive Overview

RTcom USA showed off the new the HS-88M high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) Matrix Router. This is an 8x8 matrix routing switcher that can simultaneously route any of 8 HDMI inputs to 8 outputs. This makes it one of the industry's first fully digital routing matrix switchers. Add to that the fact that it's only a couple of rack spaces tall and you've got a nicely compact product sufficient for switching HDTV in the finest of palatial mansions. Bill Gates probably has 3 of these in his dining room. At $7,499 this isn't exactly a "consumer" electronics product so much as it is a brilliant solution for truly high-end whole home applications. Of course, with HDMI being so difficult over long runs, installers will want to pair this with some solid fiber optic solutions to get from point A to point B.

The HS-88M set itself apart from other products in the Video Switching Distribution category in that it is actually the industry’s first HDMI matrix router with eight in/eight out ports. It can be controlled by RS-232C, LAN (TCP/IP), Infrared or front panel keys, making it extremely flexible in terms of how it is addressed within home control systems.

With the HS-88M, HDMI signals can be routed from any source: computers, cable/satellite set top boxes, Blu-ray players, whatever – and can be sent simultaneously to eight different displays or A/V receivers without degradation in signals. Audio and video. The HS-88M is compliant with HDMI version 1.3 and supports resolutions up to [email protected] with 36-bit color depth (Deep Color), Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD. The HS-88M has an EEPROM to save EDID data from the display and supports any HDTV with maximum resolutions. It even supports non-VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) resolution including projectors with unique resolution. User can select factory pre-programmed EDID data or use external display’s EDID data simply. The HS-88M also features full High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compatibility, alleviating the problem of HDCP encoding, which previously blocked signals from being transmitted from audio-visual products to multiple displays.

The HS-88M Matrix Router is currently available at an MSRP of $7,499.00. To purchase the products customers in U.S. may contact Aurora Multimedia at (732) 591-5800 or [email protected] and international customers may contact RTcom USA at (973) 383-4878 or [email protected]. I'll be ordering three for my patio. For more info check out www.digitalextender.com.

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