Connected Distribution introduces the Ultra HD Premium compatible neo:4 Professional matrix switcher
Connected Distribution, exclusive UK distributor for Pulse-Eight in the custom installation channel, is introducing the neo: 4 Professional HD matrix switcher with HDCP2.2 and HDMI2.0a and Ultra HD Premium compatibility for use with 4K 4:2:2 colour space HDR sources and TVs.
Pulse-Eight’s matrix switchers are designed with leading edge feature sets, ease of installation and simplicity of use. The neo: 4 Professional features four HDMI inputs and four HDBaseT Class B outputs with two mirrored HDMI outputs, for distribution of 4K HDR video signals up to 40m using HDBaseT and 70m for HD video.
Its dynamically generated EDIDs ensure the best video quality for every connected TV and intelligent use of CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), inherent within modern HDMI equipped products, permits selection, routing and control of connected sources via the standard TV remote. The CEC also enables the TV remote to control the volume on the AV amplifier, with a graphical representation on the TV screen. If the source itself does not support CEC, the matrix will still route the video as required and pass back IR signals to the source.
For Sky users “Instant On” is another simplicity feature, pressing the Sky button in any room will turn the TV on and switch the video path to the Sky+ HD box. If there is more than one Sky box connected to the neo it will intelligently detect which Sky+ HD box is not in use and route this to the TV in the room. Instant On and the routing feature can also be configured to work with other media receivers.
Pulse-Eight has developed a comprehensive web based control interface for its range of matrix switchers, which allows simple drag and drop of source selection and routing. The latest version of the interface is further enhanced with a virtual IR remote handset, which can be pulled up on the screen of the tablet/phone/laptop to complement or offer an alternative to using the TV remote. It is also possible to control the neo matrix switchers via many of the popular third party control systems, such as Control 4, Elan g!, Crestron or RTI.
Pulse-Eight has worked to overcome the historic frustration, for customers and installers alike, of time consuming and expensive site visits to fix simple issues by developing a remote monitoring service. The installer can check the performance of the system, diagnose problems that may be occurring and fix many issues remotely. All neo Professional matrix switchers automatically stay in contact with a cloud based system management service, sending status updates hourly. The free-of-charge service automatically alerts both Pulse-Eight and Connected Distribution if the system senses the neo has a problem, so a fix or hardware replacement can be arranged.
Mike Bonnette, product director for Connected Distribution, comments, “Pulse-Eight proves that it is once again working at the forefront of HD technology with the new neo: 4 Professional, by incorporating the very latest HDCP2.2 specification, HDMI 2.0a and compliance with the recently announced Ultra HD Premium standard.” He continues, “Coupled with the remote monitoring, a great new tablet based virtual remote control and the ability for a standard TV remote to be used, it represents a fantastic proposition for the installer and end-user alike.”
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