ISE 2018: Metra Home Theater Display the Longest 18Gbps Active HDMI Cable, M3B Pro
Metra Home Theater Group is ready to showcase a few new products at ISE including it Velox Active HDMI Cables by Ethereal and the MultiMedia Broadcast Systems Pro (M3B Pro).
Velox Active HDMI Cables Verified 18Gbps at 30 Meters
Metra Home Theater Group will have a demonstration showcasing the new technology behind the Velox Active HDMI Cables, delivering a verified 18Gbps UHD, and an HDR signal up to 30 meters (98 feet). The Velox HDMI Cables are currently the longest distance a copper HDMI cable has ever been verified to deliver content at 18Gbps to support UHD, HDR, and 4K video applications.
The Velox Passive by Ethereal, delivering 18Gbps unassisted for up to 8 meters (26 feet), first debuted at CEDIA in 2016. For longer runs up to 23 meters (75 feet), add the Gigabit Accelerator (HDM-GA1) with a 1-meter Velox Passive cable (EHV-HDP1) to deliver 4K / HDR at 18Gbps. Without the Gigabit Accelerator, Velox Passive cables from 10 to 22 meters can deliver 10.2Gbps, unassisted.
As resolution increases so do the need for higher bandwidth, accompanied by the challenges for engineering cables to deliver true 4K/HDR content over longer distances. Metra’s latest chipset technology in the Velox product line will allow custom integrators to use copper cables to deliver true 4K/HDR content farther than ever before.
Velox Active Cables support HDMI 2.0a, are HDCP 2.2 compliant and support resolutions up to 4K at 60, all color subsampling (4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0), deep color and HDR. Velox cables incorporate Metra’s innovative version of symmetrical HDCP and EDID rise time accelerator for both the data and clock lines on the I2C bus (the Display Data Channel). This reduces EDID errors and, and because this repair is bidirectional, ensures that the HDCP handshaking occurs reliably.
To ensure signal integrity and synchronization, Velox cables incorporate clock amplification and intra-pair skew correction which are necessary for delivering the latest video and audio formats reliably. Additionally, a 100-millisecond delay on the Hot Plug Detect signal assures that the HDMI source device receives the EDID information correctly from the sync. They are constructed of the highest quality materials, with 100% pure copper. In addition, Velox products include Metra Home Theater Group’s unique interchangeable color-coding scheme for easy cable identification and management.
As with all of Metra Home Theater Group’s HDMI cables, the new Velox line has been certified by DPL Labs, an independent testing facility. DPL testing clears away the “smoke and mirrors” common in the HDMI cable business by creating a fair but tough comparative standard against which all HDMI products can be tested.
The M3B Pro, available as hardwired and wireless, enables integrators to install either a flexible multi-source video distribution system into any residential, commercial, hospitality and house of worship space using the existing coax and splitters or to a point to point long distance wireless system— without running cables back to the structured wiring source. The M3B Pro works up to 200 meters line of sight with full 1080p support allowing RF signal transmission through walls while eliminating wire runs to a centrally located matrix, requiring no networking skills for setup and no need for a control system.
The coax-based M3B Pro consists of receivers (RF RX), transmitters (RF TX) and a robust wireless system. This M3B Pro allows integrators to provide multiple sources to multiple displays at 1080p over common coax and splitters with easy setup and a simple source selection via any programmable remote, thus eliminating the need for a control system. Source selections are made by changing the input on the on the display side receiving unit. No networking skills are required for the installation.
The RF TX transmitters make it simple to setup sources via provided channel selection buttons and include an LED channel display and 100-channel output selection. The RF RX receivers include the remote control for source selection as well as a complete Hex code setup for learning remotes, an IR receiver and the same LED channel display and 100-channel output selection seen in the RF TX transmitter.