WyreStorm unveils 4K HDBaseT Matrix with Audio Matrix

WyreStorm has designed its first HDBaseT 4K UltraHD matrix switchers to include dedicated audio matrix switching, with both 16x16 (MX-1616-HDBT-H2X) and 10x10 (MX-1010-HDBT-H2X) models being given their global unveiling at CEDIA 2016.

WyreStorm’s H2X matrices feature Class A HDBaseT technology to support full 5Play convergence of video, audio, two-way IR control, RS-232, Ethernet and PoH technology to remotely power receivers at display zones.

A step up from previous H2 range, the H2X include both 16x16 and 10x10 models, offering full-range 4K UHD HDMI 2.0 inputs, supporting the latest 4K source devices generating HDR content at 2160p up to 60Hz with full 4:4:4 chroma subsampling rates.  HDBaseT outputs distribute 2160p transmissions at 4:2:0 8-bit @ 60hz or 4:2:0 10-bit HDR (BT.2020) @ 24Hz for full compatibility with the latest 4K UHD content, source and display devices.

Both models include an equal number of duplicate HDMI outputs on HDBaseT matrices for connection to AVR, additional extender devices or displays, with the H2X upping the ante to include HDMI 2.0 video support to further expand its 4K distribution capabilities to the tune of 16x16+16 (MX-1616-HDBT-H2X) and 10x10+10 (MX-1010-HDBT-H2X).

For the first time a WyreStorm HDMI/HDBaseT matrix has been coupled with integrated audio matrix functionality that includes DSP to meet the challenges of any installation by enabling adjustment of audio characteristics, such as EQ, delay and gain.  Up to three separate audio sources can be routed to each of the 16x audio zone outputs (or 10x on MX-1010-HDBT) as pre-out or adjustable line-level, for a total of 48 possible audio inputs (30x on MX-1010-HDBT-H2X), giving maximum flexibility to what audio can be transmitted from where, and to where.

Fully compatible with HDMI 2.0 standards and HDCP 2.2, the H2X is suitable for applications requiring multi-source video distribution of the latest 4K HDR content with multi-source audio matrix switching to multiple zones.

4K UHD source devices can be connected and distributed up to 16 zones (10 zones for MX-1010-HDBT-H2X) over HDBaseT to 70m/230ft or 1080p to 100m/328ft.  Audio from video sources can be internally de-embedded, fed into the audio matrix and transmitted with video signals via HDBaseT for audio reinforcement within video zones, from which ARC audio can also be fed back to the matrix for distribution. 

Additionally, a further 16 audio-only sources (10x on MX-1010-HDBT-H2X) can be distributed to zones for high quality distribution of music from digital audio streaming devices such as Sonos, Apple Airplay, and DLNA devices.

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