CES 2016: Metra M3B Makes Multiroom A/V Easy

Metra Home Theater Group's M3B multiroom audio/video distribution system over existing coax enables selection of up to 100 source IDs as its output, bypassing the need for an expensive switcher or having to run Ethernet cable.

Zak Yarnell, West Coast sales manager for Metra Home Theater Group, explains how the M3B offers homeowners extreme flexibility for selecting sources while at the same time giving integrators a simple installation.

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Jason Knott · January 11, 2016

No switcher necessary. No pulling of new cables needed. Lots of money saved. Those three primary benefits are the keys to success for the new Metra M3B Multi-Source, Multi-Display Coax Based HD Video Distribution System. The unit provides a great way for integrators to compete against any central hardware based matrix system. Each M3B Source unit is capable of selecting any of the available 100 different transmission “IDs” as its output. The display units can select via the included remote (or any programmable remote) from any of the “up to 100” source IDs.

The flexibility for either residential or commercial HD video distribution is clear for custom integrators.

First, by utilizing the existing coax infrastructure that is already in almost every modern home, the new M3B is a simple and straight forward installation. Second, due to its simple non-IP format, the potentially long installation time and other pitfalls associated with a IP installation do not exist. Third, this is a very easy to control product needing only simple IR commands to select the desired source.

Zak Yarnell, West Coast sales representative for Metra, explained the simplicity of the system, which receive a CTA Mark of Excellence award at CES 2016

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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