Transformative Engineering launches new four-source matrix switch
On Wednesday, Transformative Engineering introduced its new HDM-4x2, a four source, two-display HDMA matrix switch that has a local HDMI output and remote HDBaseT output, both of which support 4K signals. The local output is Audio Return Channel (ARC) enabled, and the remote output uses HDBaseT technology, which allows inexpensive Cat5/6e network cable and an included receiver to deliver content to a TV up to 70 meters away, Transformative Engineering explained.
The HDM-4x2 Matrix Switcher will allow four HDMI sources such as cable, satellite, Apple TV, a BluRay Player, and more, to be distributed to two different rooms at the same time. And the switch gives integrators and custom installers a simple, feature-rich product that allows input and display selection using the included remote control, Transformative Engineering said.
The company explained what makes their switch unique:
A unique feature of TE's HDM-4x2 is that the output connections to the TVs are different. The Local output is a standard HDMI connector that is Audio Return Channel (ARC) enabled. This allows audio to be streamed back from a smart TV to an ARC-enabled audio video receiver connected to HDMI Input #4. The HDM-4x2 can also de-embed an analog audio (L-R) signal to analog output jacks to be used for sound augmentation.
The Transformative Engineering HDM-4x2 will be available in October from TE reps and authorized distributors, or directly from the company. It retails for $749.