Transformative Engineering introduced an HDMI switcher that’s designed for use with up to four 4K Ultra HD applications.
The HDS-42AVR switcher is able to accomplish switching and distribution of four HDMI UHD 4K sources to two outputs. One output is full-resolution UHD4K featuring 60Hz refresh rate, 4:4:4 color, 18.2Gbps bandwidth, and support for Dolby True HD and DTS Master.
The second HDMI output is designed to present full audio formats of the selected input, but with muted video (720p sync only), said the company, adding that this audio signal, carried over HDMI, is presented with HDMI1.4 and HDCP1.4 versions that will allow connection to a previous generation A/V processor or AVR.
The application design for this product is to allow multiple HDMI 2.0 sources using HDCP 2.2 to be fully enjoyed with a current UHD 4K display capable of handling HDCP2.2, while transferring the audio-only portion of the source to the audio playback system. Without this device, said Transformative, one would be unable to listen to the higher-level audio streams that are only available from the HDMI signal path.
An installer can integrate the operation of the HDS-42AVR via IR and RS232.
Suggested retail is $449. The product comes with a remote control for programming.