03.07.18

Gefen ships HDBaseT extension products

Gefen receiver unit

Nortek Security & Control (NSC) is shipping two new Gefen 4K ultra HD multi-format 2x1 HDBaseT senders and a 4K Ultra HD HDBaseT receiver.

The EXT-UHDV-WP-HBTLS-TX sender features the Decora wall-plate form factor that can be installed in-wall. The EXT-UHDV-HBTLS-TX sender can be surface-mounted or placed on a shelf. 

Both senders can accept 4K Ultra HD HDMI and VGA sources and extend them up to 70m at 1080p and 40m at 4K over a single Cat5e cable. Switching between the HDMI and VGA can be set to automatic or be done manually via the front panel button or RS-232.

The HDBaseT extension system supports 10.2 Gbps of data throughput and 300 MHz TMDS Clock frequency. Resolution/timing can be up to 4K 60 Hz 4:2:0 on the wall-plate and 4K 30 Hz 4:4:4 on the table-top model. 

Both senders use the Gefen implementation of HDBaseT technology with enhancements including Advanced EDID Management. Highest performance multichannel digital audio including 7.1 channels of LPCM and HBR (High Bit Rate) digital audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, and DTS-HD Master Audio are passed through from the HDMI input to output.
 
The VGA input features a companion L/R analogue audio input, and accepts VESA and CEA resolutions up to WUXGA (1920 x 1200 to 60 Hz, 4:4:4) and 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz, 4:4:4). 

The HDMI input on the EXT-UHDV-HBTLS-TX supports 18 Gbps of data and 600 MHz TMDS Clock frequency, accepting full spec HDMI 2.0 to 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) and 4K Cinema-DCI (4096 x 2160), at 60 Hz 4:4:4.

A built-in scaler on each sender can upscale lower resolution VGA signals with legacy aspect ratio to widescreen WUXGA, ensuring stunning presentations and smooth switching transitions between the HDMI and the VGA sources. 

The wall-plate sender extends bi-directional RS-232, the EXT-UHDV-HBTLS-TX extends both RS-232 and 2-way IR, facilitating the control of AV sources placed near the sender from the viewing location, and sending commands from the head end to control the display or another device placed near the receiver unit. Both senders also accept RS-232 commands for switching, scaler controls, and EDID management from a third-party controller placed near the Sender or remotely by the receiver. 

Audio volume on the EXT-UHDV-HBTLS-TX can be adjusted or muted via the front panel buttons or RS-232 commands from a third-party controller, which is useful for presentations in corporate, educational, and institutional installations. 

Each sender features a professional API, designed to maximise control and feedback when used with third-party automation devices.

The Gefen EXT-UHDA-HBTL-RX is an HDBaseT receiver that has been designed to work with the two sender units. It de-embeds analogue L/R, Toslink optical digital, and coaxial digital audio from the video for use with a separate audio system, enhancing the impact of presentations. 

The standard PoH (Power over HDBaseT) technology enabled on these products can supply power remotely from the EXT-UHDA-HBTL-RX to the senders, using the same Cat5 cable that extends the HDMI signal. The table-top sender can also power the receiver.

The receiver unit features an ultra-low-profile enclosure that, thanks to its IR Extender input, can be completely hidden away behind the display and/or surface-mounted as need be. All three products have been designed to work with Gefen Syner-G software.