One of the themes that appears to be emerging from the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show taking place in Amsterdam right now is several new competing solutions designed to distribute 4K Ultra HD over IP. We told you yesterday about Savant’s prototype solution and now we have Crestron with their DigitalMedia NVX Series, which it says transmits 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1GB Ethernet “with no latency – an industry first.”
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Crestron says that their DM NVX series allows for an infinitely scalable network AV solution – including everything from simple point-to-point setups, to one with thousands of endpoints. All you need to make that happen is DM NVX Encoders/Decoders with their built-in intelligent software that the company says “makes everything easy to configure, commission, and control from the web.”
One major difference between this solution from Crestron as compared to the Savant solution we reported on yesterday, is that the DM NVX system works with the more common and less expensive 1GB network while solutions from Savant (and others) require a more expensive 10GB infrastructure.
Taking AV Network Distribution ‘To The Next Level’
“DM NVX Series takes network AV to the next level, on the platform industry pros know and trust,” said Steve Samson, Executive Director, Business Development at Crestron in a prepared statement. “Unlike other network AV products, there’s no need for expensive custom 10 Gigabit infrastructure.”
Crestron’s DM NVX system “is an infinitely scalable high-performance software-defined matrix that provides the ability to share 4K60 4:4:4 HDR HDCP 2.2 compliant content anywhere over a dedicated 1Gb network with no latency.” It can also be combined with currently existing HDBaseT connectivity and network AV products to deliver content to displays, laptops, tablets, and phones anywhere.
Freestanding and Card-Based Solutions
Crestron has created a whole series of products in their DM NVX system including two freestanding Encoder/Decoder models (one adds downmixing for use in surround systems) and two Card solutions that match the freestanding models in functionality. They also offer the DM-C18 Card Chassis to hold up to 8 of those cards.
The company says that its “intelligent” software that resides in the boxes and cards make the system extremely easy to set up and configure via a web interface. All the integrator has to do, they say, is choose sources and displays, set the bandwidth and latency for the specific needs of the application and infrastructure.
Copper or Fiber, Take Your Pick
The system works natively with Ethernet, supporting both copper, and with the optional SPF module, fiber. The system also provides for auto-switching HDMI inputs, USB 2.0, and breakaway audio.
“Only DM offers the ability to deliver ‘hybrid’ network AV solutions, Whatever your application and infrastructure needs – point-to-point via HDBaseT or fiber, streaming over an existing data network, or, now, a dedicated standard 1Gb network that delivers the highest image quality and unlimited scalability – DM b rinds it all together on a single easy-to-manage platform,” Samson added.
To learn more about this new system from Crestron, visit: crestron.com/NVX.