Extron Takes On Crestron DMPS and Enova with New DTP CrossPoint 84

Extron hasn’t had a complete answer to either Crestron’s DMPS-300 Series or AMX’s Enova line — until today! Extron hasn’t officially announced it, but I found the DTP CrossPoint 84 Series on the company’s website and immediately called Casey Hall, Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing. Although the official announcement isn’t until Thursday, it’s real.

When I asked Casey to comment on this switcher being positioned against the Crestron and AMX models, he wouldn’t mention them by name, but did say this: “It’s an 8×4 matrix with built-in scaling that blows away anything currently on the market.” Well, let’s look at it:

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The DTP CrossPoint 84 is housed only in a 2U rack-mount enclosure but, like the DMPS and Enova, is billed as a complete AV system in one box: an 8×4 matrix switcher (two DTP inputs and six HDMI inputs, plus two HDMI outputs and two independently scaled DTP outputs) that has 4K inputs and outputs, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a mono or stereo 100-watt amp with an integrated audio DSP. And, it’s HDBaseT-capable (even though Extron doesn’t specifically say HDBaseT, I confirmed it was) so signals can output up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable.

With this, I think the company’s one-upped Crestron and AMX. Here’s why: First, as the DTP CrossPoint 84 has integrated DTP and XTP transmitters AND receivers. The second advantage is obvious — it’s 4K capable. The third may not seem like a big deal, but integrators will agree that it being only 2U high, is an advantage.

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From what I have seen, the DTP CrossPoint 84 is the AV industry’s first digital media switcher that includes a 4K matrix. The DTP twisted pair inputs and outputs are compatible with any of Extron’s digital twisted pair transmitters and receivers and, of course, can also be used to connect to any display with an HDBaseT input (e.g., Christie, Panasonic, Epson, Barco, etc) or tie into a centralized, facility-wide XTP System to add local room-based AV systems.

Extron told me that that each scaler is paired to one of the two DTP outputs and because everything can be scaled, you get virtually instantaneous switching. Also, they’re configured with Extron EDID Minder, Key Minder and SpeedSwitch.

Extron labels its DSP as “professional-grade.” Apparently, it has the exact same 64-bit ProDSP as the DMP 128 digital matrix processors and that means that integrators can customize system designs and mixes including a configurable EQ, filters, dynamics and matrix mixing options. Casey told me that if a large number of microphones or speaker destinations are needed, the DTP CrossPoint 84 has a unique digital audio expansion port links the internal DSP to a DMP 128 for additional inputs and outputs, or to add AEC to a conferencing system. Or, the DTP CrossPoint 84 can be linked into a DMP 128 on a Dante network. In addition, there’s a built-in mono or stereo 100-watt amplifier that’s the exact same one as their ENERGY STAR qualified XTRA Series.

Extron says it will be available in May. Here are all the detailed specs.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..

  • Leonard Suskin

    IT may be 1RU smaller than the Enova DVX or Crestron DMPS, but it doesn’t have the integrated control system the competing products share. That’ll take up at least a half of the RU one saves.

    Other than that, it’s at least intriguing. Purelink has announced something similar, and at least one other manufacturer has a slightly different product in the same space.

  • Speaking of HD-BaseT: You may be able to connect a HD-BaseT projector to this product but dont expect it to work. It is (like any other Extron product currently) not HD-BaseT certified (as in: guaranteed to work!) and industry talk is, that they actually dont want it to work without their endpoints.

    • Leonard Suskin

      Extron XTP extenders interoperate with other HDBaseT devices, at least for video. See my post earlier in Ravepubs Blogsquad in HDBaseT interoperability Follies.

      • In this previous post I really, really miss some basic information about what certification is all about, i.e. having a written proof AND a verfification from an independet third party, that a product does do something according to some sort of standard.
        This very industry is still risking their butt on a daily basis as integrators hook together products, which “should” work “up to x meters”. Dont forget: Gone are the days where an averge tech could really TEST what’s going on with a small oscilloscope on site. Unless you do have a 5-6 digit USD measurement rig (and a smart guy with a PhD bolted to it!) on site, you can at best TRY but for sure you cannot call it a TEST!
        I think its upon time to not let the manufacturer get away with transferring unbearable risk onto the installer and at best offer some “money back” scheme, if it does not work, which does neither pay for countless hours of lost productivity nor having a finished job for the enduser.
        Besides this rather general rant, video only in HDBaseT does not get you much at all. Most HDBaseT projectors do have only one single RJ45 input which can be either LAN or HDBaseT. So, if you connect a video-only HDBaseT cable to this very port, you loose all the LAN functionality. This is 100% unacceptable in 2014. Way too much depends on LAN these days.

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  • Correct me if I am wrong but AFAIK only the HDMI ports are 4k ready but not the twisted pair ports.
    And could someone pls explain why there is no control system included??

  • Stephen Gibbs Jr

    Analog inputs? That seems to be a must at least for a little while longer especially for Higher Education.

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