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CEDIA Q&A: Zigen Previews HDMI, HDCP 2.2, HDBaseT, 4K UHD Solutions

Zigen discusses the products it will be showcasing in booth 8009 at CEDIA Expo 2015.


Zigen VP of Engineering Juha Nurminen discusses new product designs with Joel Silver, President of ISF, and a few dealers at CEDIA 2014.
CE Pro Editors · September 23, 2015

CEDIA Expo 2015 is taking place next month. CE Pro talked to Ed Dellalyan, President of Zigen, to learn more about its plans for the show and what to expect in booth #8009. For those looking to become dealers, contact info@zigencorp.com or (818) 654-5252.

Q. What would you say to dealers who are already familiar with your product line?
A.
We sincerely appreciate your business as a Zigen dealer. Please visit us at CEDIA as we will be showing 7 new products including 18 GBP/sec HDMI switches and distribution amps. We also have a very special one of a kind HDCP 2.2 converter to ease installation woes that will happen this buying season. If you haven’t purchased at all or it’s been a few month be sure and look at the HDBaseT small room solution we launched earlier this year (ZIG-POE-RXAV and ZIG-POEWP-100) and be sure and check out the 4K UHD modular matrices that are shipping with HDCP 2.2 cards.

Q. What would you say to dealers who are stumbling across your company for the first time?
A.
Zigen Corporation is a leading provider of 4K HDMI connectivity solutions known for its credo “Field Tested - Installer Approved - Install with Confidence!” Zigen was designed by installers, for installers. It’s about reliability. No installer can afford go-backs and service calls. We were not thinking of market share when we developed our products; we just needed a product that worked right the first time. We couldn’t find anything reliable, so we started a development company to find the glitches in HDMI/HDBaseT. It wasn’t easy, but we did it. Our business has grown to this point by word of mouth because the guys who use our product swear by them.”

The Zigen line currently Includes:

  • 4K UHD modular matrix switches – that are shipping today! HDMI-HDMI or HDMI-HDBT Z-Cards available for configurations from 2x2 to 16x16. HDCP 2.2 and 1.4 ready!
  • 4K UltraHD 70 and 100m extenders – IR, RS232 and even 4-Port Ethernet version – HDBT and IEEE POE.
  • 4K High Speed HDMI Cables – complete line latest technology – high bit rate, ARC
  • Analog audio matrix switches – multi-zone control, commercial/residential applications
  • HDMI distribution amplifiers – cascade up to 8 times – robust and low cost
  • Audio over CAT – 300m
  • HDMI over coax – 100m
  • Presentation switches, wall plate extenders and room amplifiers

Program specifics for dealers:

  • 3-year warranty on all products
  • 1-year advanced overnight replacement on defective product
  • A VIR program with up to 10% additional savings
  • MAP program – You won’t see prices below MSRP/MAP on the Internet
  • Free shipping on orders over $2500 (Domestic, UPS Ground)
  • 30-day product evaluation program – Try before you buy
  • Minimum initial investment from new dealers - $500
  • Tech support 9AM-9PM Monday-Friday, 24/7 cell phone number available

Q. If an integrator stops by your booth with only 5 minutes to spare, what’s the one product he should examine or one question he should ask?
A.
ZIG-SW42 - Talk to me about 4K UHD - True 4K that meets the HDMI 2.0 specification - 2160P60 4:4:4.

Q. What’s your most memorable CEDIA moment?
A.
There are so many, but mainly it all about the dealers who understand Zigen and have implemented Zigen in their systems. I was an integrator for several years and my calling card was always my last system. I understand the cost of doing something twice and strive to put out products that work, 24/7/365.

Q. What are your course offerings at CEDIA?
A.
One of the courses we helped with and are co-presenting is:
4K UHD Demystified (#EST0012-1)
Wednesday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM
CEU Value: 1.5
Instructors: Xiaozheng Lu, Luxi Electronics Corp and Jeff Murray, Imaging Science Foundation

Q. Do you have any giveaways, contests or quirky features planned for CEDIA?
A.
4K UHD 4x4 modular matrix switch with HDCP 2.2 valued at $2999 and the Nvidia Shield gaming console ($200). Drop a business card or get scanned at booth 8009.

Q. Think of your closest competitor (company of product). What is one thing you do offer that they don’t?
A.
You will see all of our competitors at CEDIA—Atlona, Wyrestorm, Snap, Crestron, Extron, etc. Here’s what to ask them and what to look for: do you offer any products (besides short HDMI cables) capable of delivering HDMI 2.0(a) with HDCP 2.2 at 18 GBP/sec? Do your products support 2160P60 @ 4:4:4? Zigen does. We will be showing the SW41 and 42 switches and DA14 distribution amp, and the ZIG-BF - HDCP 2.2 converter and EDID manager. Stop and see us at 8009 for a demo.



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