Metra Home Theater Group® (MHTG) debuts its next-generation HDMI® GA2 gigabit accelerator at the 2018 CEDIA Expo in San Diego, CA. The HDM-GA2 technology breakthrough means an existing passive HDMI cable can be used for a 4K upgrade to a home theater system.
MHTG’s Ethereal® second-generation gigabit accelerator, the HDM-GA2, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and transforms existing hard-wired passive HDMI cables by expanding their bandwidth capability to 18Gbps for up to 20 meters and an expected capability of 48Gbps for up to 9+ meters. The HDM- GA2 patented technology will support all available functions under HDMI 2.0b, and it will also support the feature sets and performance requirements of the new HDMI 2.1 specification. The product is low-profile and is designed to be used only with passive HDMI cables and installs easily at the display side of the system. It has already received the TWICE VIP Award for 2018, and is a finalist for the “Best New Hardware” award to be given by CEDIA at the expo.
“This is the best long-distance HDMI cable restorer available on the market today,” said Jessy Crabb, MHTG’s general manager. “When we introduced the HDM-GA1 three years ago, it was revolutionary and award-winning. The GA2 doubles down on that capability by expanding bandwidth and flexibility,” she added.
Other important features include the flexibility to adjust to different cables and gauges. The result is an upgraded home theater system with a higher output resolution and bandwidth content for 4K, 8K and beyond. The HDM-GA2 has the latest in high-speed digital audio and video restoration to support any and everything. It also includes a new DDC data integrity circuit to fix EDID Low-Speed Data.
For the installer, the GA2 works to repair common issues between HDMI enabled devices and delivers better value because this one product acts as both an HDMI repair tool and signal extender combined. Additionally, the flexibility of the GA2 provides a tremendous value to custom integrators, as it adjusts to work with different passive HDMI cables and gauges. All Ethereal HDMI cables are certified by the independent DPL Labs. The HDM-GA2 is also certified by DPL Labs.