Atlona Intros 4K HDR HDBaseT Extender Kit for HDMI, Power and Control

Atlona has expanded its line of 4K/UHD AV devices for high dynamic range (HDR) formats with the introduction of the AT-HDR-EX-70C-KIT transmitter/receiver kit. Extending HDMI, power and control signals over HDBaseT, the new solution is available immediately and will make its exhibition debut during the company’s 15th anniversary celebrations in stand 5-U80 at ISE 2018 this week through Friday (Amsterdam RAI).

Like its sibling AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS, the HDR-EX-70C-KIT supports HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps and combines latency-free, visually-lossless compression with the reliability and convenience of HDBaseT to deliver pristine image quality over distances exceeding the limits of HDMI cabling. The HDR-EX-70C-KIT builds on this robust foundation with bidirectional extension of RS-232 and infrared (IR) control signals, simplifying installation and reducing cumbersome wiring by eliminating the need for multiple cable runs between the AV source, control system and display.

The new extender kit also features Power over Ethernet (PoE), with power for the receiver supplied by the transmitter via the HDBaseT connection. This streamlines integration, while allowing convenient and discreet receiver installation at a display or projector without the need for local AC power. At the transmitter end, the included power supply provides ample power for up to three Atlona HDBaseT extenders, reducing clutter caused by multiple power supplies in equipment racks.

The cost-effective HDR-EX-70C-KIT transports HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling over easy-to-integrate CAT6a or CAT7 cable, transmitting 1080p video up to 230 feet (70 meters) and HDR-enhanced 4K content up to 130 feet (40 meters). Providing flexible compatibility with new and emerging 4K/UHD video sources and displays, the new extender is HDCP 2.2 compliant and supports all video resolutions, audio formats – including PCM, Dolby and DTS – and color space standards encompassed in the HDMI 2.0b specification. Able to pass metadata for HDR content, the solution supports the 4K HDR10 format at 60 Hz (4:2:0 chroma subsampling, 10-bit color) and Dolby Vision at 30 Hz.

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Integrated HDBaseT link integrity testing provides additional value for systems integrators and end-users, helping them easily verify or troubleshoot connectivity attributes such as RJ-45 termination and twisted-pair cable quality. A test button and LED on the transmitter unit enable quick visual confirmation of the integrity of the HDBaseT link between the transmitter and receiver, while a free software utility provides real-time link status plus detailed diagnostic and signal information.

The HDR-EX-70C-KIT delivers exceptional value for both point-to-point AV extension and as part of larger 4K HDR routing and distribution systems in conjunction with other Atlona HDR-capable solutions such as the recently-released AT-HDR-H2H-44M matrix switcher. The new extender is ideal for residential and commercial AV applications ranging from HDR-equipped home theaters to detail-intensive visualization and simulation.

The HDR-EX-70C-KIT is now shipping. Here are the details.