After 6 years on the international market, Blustream is now available in the U.S. and will be on display during CEDIA Expo 2021 in Indianapolis. According to a press release, the company has expanded its line of HDBaseT AV distribution products for residential and commercial integrators with five new solutions that combine video performance with enhanced audio capabilities.
Using color space conversion (CSC) technology, the company’s 6×6 HMXL66ARC and 8×8 HMXL88ARC HDBaseT matrixes support 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 resolutions over distances of 40 meters via a single Cat-6 cable. Both devices offer audio features designed specifically for integrating all AV sources in the system and include an integrated audio matrix for enhanced audio routing. In addition, the two products use ARC to enable the audio from displays and all other sources to be embedded and routed through the system at the user’s discretion.
Designed to work in conjunction with the new matrixes, the RX70CS HDBaseT CSC receiver extends HDMI, bi-directional IR, and RS-232 signals up to 40 meters at 4K 18Gbps and up to 70 meters at 1080p. The device supports HDMI 2.0 and enables ARC control when used with the HMXL66ARC, HMXL88ARC, or other compatible Blustream solutions. In addition, the RX70CS supports simultaneous analog stereo and optical TOSLINK audio breakout.
The new HEX70ARC-KIT extender provides enhanced HDBaseT integration with the latest AV receivers and soundbars. Purpose-built for integrators requiring reliable ARC delivery via both HDMI and optical sources, the device distributes HDMI, ARC, optical audio return, bi-directional IR, and bi-directional power over cable (PoC) up to 40 meters at 4K 60Hz 4:2:0 and 70 meters at 1080p.
For commercial integrators, Blustream will be showcasing its SW41HDBT four-way HDMI 2.0 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 HDBaseT switch that is targeted at boardrooms, classrooms, and huddle spaces. Using CSC technology, the device delivers HDMI and HDBaseT inputs to simultaneous HDMI/HDBaseT outputs. The SW41HDBT provides enhanced features including PoC to power-connected Blustream transmitter and receiver products, a web GUI for configuration and source and display control via CEC, manual or automated source selection, RS-232 passthrough, and control via the front panel, IR, RS-232, and TCP/IP.