Audiovox/AR’s First Hi-Def PLC Video Transmission System
Audiovox has begun shipping under its Acoustic Research brand banner its first two-piece system that uses power line carrier (PLC) technology to transmit 1080p video and digital audio signals virtually wirelessly.
At the heart of the HDP100 HD Powerlink System ($399) are two 5”x 8”x 1-1/2” boxes – a transmitter and a wall-mountable receiver that fits behind a flat-panel TV mount. The boxes are tethered to source components and the TV via included HDMI cabling.
“We’re marketing this as a simple, single-room solution,” said Dan Crupi, senior product manager for audio and wireless products for Audiovox Accessories Corp., which sells the AR brand. “It’s not intended as a whole-house distribution system. But we were surprised at the CEDIA-type dealer reaction to it when we showed it at the CES,” said Crupi, citing several installers who said it held appeal as a solution for certain custom applications.
While Audiovox/AR in past had marketed analog solutions based on similar transmission principles in past, he explained, those systems were low-bandwidth, low-data-rate systems. “This is a first for us” in terms of its support of data rates up to 200 Mbps and full-bandwidth high-definition signals, said Crupi. “But it’s now a one-to one solution.” He added that a full line is planned for release in 2009 that could include models which support more input choices, and also extended-range systems that use different compression schemes.
The system, which also includes a table stand for the transmitter and a wall-mounting kit for the receiver, as well as an IR remote control extender kit, is currently selling on the East Coast through regional accounts. The company is planning to expand distribution soon to several national accounts, said Crupi. A P.O.S. program tailored for the product is in the development process, and the system will also be touted on the company Web site, www.araccessories.com