KanexPro Matrix Switcher Transmits 4K at 60Hz, Supports Dolby Vision

The new KanexPro 8x8 HDMI 2.0 to HDBaseT Matrix Switcher is engineered to manage today's A/V formats including 4K, HDR, and object-based surround sound.

KanexPro Matrix Switcher Transmits 4K at 60Hz, Supports Dolby Vision
Designed for mid-scale applications, the KanexPro 8x8 HDMI 2.0 to HDBaseT Matrix Switcher serves as a reliable means to distribute modern A/V content throughout a home.

Robert Archer · December 3, 2018

With the growing adoption of formats like 4K and Dolby Atmos, solutions such as the new KanexPro 8x8 HDMI 2.0 to HDBaseT Matrix Switcher (MX-HDBT8x818G) fills the need for devices that can handle the distribution of modern A/V content. 

KanexPro's latest matrix switcher shifts inputs to outputs over Cat-5e/6 utilizing an HDBaseT switcher to transmit 4K at 60Hz with support for the high dynamic range (HDR) formats HDR10 and Dolby Vision

"Ideal for premium home theater applications, the HDMI 2.0 to HDBaseT Matrix is designed for a variety of applications, including HDR and Dolby Vision providing high-resolution video, a separate audio matrix with uncompressed 4K signals up to 70 meters at a reasonable price," says Kashyap Khetia, senior product marketing manager, KanexPro

"The HDMI 2.0 to HDBaseT Matrix boasts incredible audio and video features with versatile controlling and functionality."

KanexPro Switcher Offers Multiroom A/V Setup Flexibility 

The Brea, Calif.-based company's new matrix switcher is HDCP 2.2 compliant, and it supports resolutions up to 4K at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling and multichannel audio. 

According to KanexPro, the 8x8 HDMI 2.0 to HDBaseT Matrix Switcher complements "mid-scale" installations including residential home theaters, commercial houses of worship, and medical imaging system installations. 

Some of the control options built into the MX-HDBT8x818G include IR, RS-232, Telnet and a web-based graphical user interface (GUI). 

Related: CEDIA Q&A—KanexPro Raises the Bar for HDMI Distribution Amplifiers over CAT5e/6

Electronics professionals can also integrate the switcher into third-party control systems from top manufacturers such as Control4, Crestron, Savant, and others. 

The matrix switcher also supports independent, built-in 18x12 digital audio matrixing with volume and delay adjustments, and its HDBaseT outputs are capable of transmitting signals as far as 230 feet with PoC. 

In addition, the MX-HDBT8x818G's HDMI outputs are capable of supporting cable lengths up to 33 feet. 

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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Home Theater · Audio/Video · Distributed Audio · Multiroom Video · News · Products · 4K · Dolby Atmos · Dolby Vision · KanexPro · All Topics
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