Savant made their first move in the audio-over-IP space when they snatched up Artison back in August, but now the whole home automation company is adding "ultra-high-performance pixel-perfect 4K video over IP switching platform" to their portfolio.
According to Savant, the new switching platform delivers 4K/60 4:4:4 HDR video distribution over IP with zero frame latency on a centralized 10GbE switch, enabling high-bandwidth Ethernet connectivity throughout the project. The video and audio distribution capability of this new switch cost-effectively meet the demand for the highest quality experience across any job size, with scalability only limited by the size of the network, allowing installations of from 2 - 128 zones or more. New products in the lineup include the Savant IP Video 4 and 8 input video transmitters as well as Savant IP Video output receivers available with either fiber or copper as an option.
Savant’s IP Audio lineup is expanding to with the Savant IP Audio 50 - which is simply a renamed version of Savant’s highly successful Pro Audio 4 - the company’s first scalable, wired, all-in-one music solution. Following that lineup is the Savant IP Audio 125, a higher wattage amplifier/audio distribution system. The IP Audio 125 delivers all the functionality of the IP Audio 50, but with 125 watts per channel for dynamic audio reproduction; ample power to drive clear sound into large spaces such as outdoor entertainment. It also includes additional control ports for added installation flexibility in nearly any imaginable application. Savant IP Audio products include built-in streaming, distribution, and amplification for the ultimate entertainment experience.
"There are certain features in audio control end-points that can really create the premium experience and that what we're out to do," Bob Madonna, CEO of Savant said in an interview regarding the Artison acquisition. "Including distribution-over-IP, we have the (speaker) endpoints where we can deliver high-quality sound right to the speakers themselves. So I think the end-to-end solution is important for the quality of the audio, but we are a control system that will also play with all sorts of other products including other speakers."
"So it's not a closed system, that's not the intent, the intent is a maximum performance end-to-end with a Savant system," he added.
Savant IP Audio lineup features an array of preamp-level audio inputs and outputs, further expanding the entertainment options Savant Integrators can offer their clients.
The new Savant IP Audio 8 output and IP Audio 7 input modules allow audio to be distributed to and from remote areas of a property without the need for home run audio cables. Simply plug either module into the IP network to add audio to any room. Offering flexibility in deployment, up to 16 Savant IP Audio units can be interconnected using the AVB 802.1 IEEE standard, expanding the range to as many as 96 listening zones for a synchronized, whole-home audio experience. Additionally, the unmatched installation flexibility of Savant’s IP Audio platform make it ideally suited for either new construction or retrofit applications.
“Delivering a superior control and entertainment experience through innovation has always been our goal here at Savant” said Madonna. “With the expanded IP Video and Audio product lineup, we have created a tremendous opportunity for our integrators to offer best-in-class performance and scalability for their clients.”