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January 11, 2011

Crestron Introduces HDMI Extenders

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Crestron has announced the immediate release of another industry first design -- its new line of HDMI extenders.

Crestron notes that the HD-EXT extends HDMI signals long distance over a single low-cost shielded twisted pair (STP) wire. It also claims that uncompressed high-definition audio/video signals can be transmitted up to 330 feet without loss of signal quality using DM 8G wire.

Users will find the installation to be easy and inexpensive because no special setup or configuration is required.

HD-EXT has been designed to make HDMI long distance transmission and distribution simple, reliable and affordable throughout the home, classroom, boardroom or commercial building.

"Our new HDMI over STP extenders make long distance HDMI extension simple, affordable and without sacrificing signal quality," said Vincent Bruno, Crestron director of marketing. "Whether or not you have a control system installed, HD-EXT gives you a true uncompressed HD audio/video signal over a single wire, and spanning distances longer than a football field in length, whereas standard HDMI cables lose signal quality after just 30 feet. No other product can deliver that kind of convenience in the digital AV arena."

Currently, two HD-EXT models are available and both serve a wide variety of applications. The first model- HD-EXT1-C brings a wide selection of pure, uncompressed HD entertainment and presentation sources to any room with minimal setup time.

The HD-EXT2-C is ideal for applications requiring the extension of analog audio signals along with HDMI signals. This model substitutes the RS-232 and IR control with stereo analog audio support.

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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf