Crestron Unveils 8Gb A/V-Distribution System

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Crestron

announced downloadable upgrades for its ADMS media server/manager and unveiled a new CAT-5- and fiber-based network system capable to transporting uncompressed 3D video around the house.

The $9,000-suggested ADMS Adagio Intermedia Delivery System,

launched last year

, is a media server/manager that combines 7.1-channel preamp/processor, Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player and 1TB hard drive. It searches across physical and select online media to find a song or video stored on the embedded hard drive, on an optional $5,000 200-disc CD/DVD/BD changer, on an optional $8,000 4TB network-attached storage (NAS) device, on a networked PC, and on selected video-streaming and video-download sites. The ADMS also incorporates a web browser to access any Web site, including content services not supported natively in the ADMS software.

With the upgrades, ADMS adds native support for NetFlix and Hulu in its main menu system, joining natively hosted Joost, Vimeo, Metacafe and YouTube. The updates also combine digital pictures and standard- and high-def home movies into a single menu system for managing personal video content. The device now also automatically downloads channel guides every night for cable and satellite-TV services.

The new network system is the DigitalMedia 8G, an 8Gb network system said to be the world's first A/V distribution and control system that provides an 8Gb pipeline for each input and each output. A DM matrix switcher sends audio, analog and digital video, uncompressed 3D 1080p video, HDCP copy-control data signals, EDID and CEC data signals for video, Ethernet, and control signals over a single shielded CAT-5 wire or fiber strand without repeaters up to 330 feet and 1,000 feet, respectively. The system uses home-run architecture so that a DM matrix switcher in the system provides 8Gb of bandwidth rate for each input and output, a spokesman told TWICE. The bandwidth isn't shared among connected devices.

 DigitalMedia surpasses the shared 1Gb throughput of standard Ethernet networks to "preserve the native video resolution and audio format of every signal, ensuring a pure, lossless signal path," the company said.

 Said marketing director Vincent Bruno, "As a true one-wire platform with a single RJ45 connection, 8G also saves integrators a lot of time and money, significantly reducing material and labor costs of cabling and the number of terminations."

 Pricing wasn't available.

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