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Crestron Releases New Digital Switcher

Crestron announced the release of its new switcher, the DM-MD6X1, which brings the benefits of DigitalMedia to single-room applications. The DM-MD6X1 routes all analog, digital, and HDMI AV from source to display, along with USB control plus DVI and DisplayPort multimode support.

Crestron announced the release of its new switcher, the DM-MD6X1, which the company says brings the benefits of DigitalMedia (DM) to single-room applications. According to Crestron, the DM-MD6X1 routes all analog, digital, and HDMI AV from source to display, along with USB control plus DVI and DisplayPort multimode support. Crestron says it's the company's only solution to integrate new digital HD sources into installed analog rooms using only one cable.

According to Crestron, DM integrates all analog and uncompressed HD signals, managed embedded data-including HDCP, EDID, and CEC-and provides switching and long-distance distribution over a single cable or pair of fiber strands. Built-in QuickSwitch HD technology reportedly enables fast, uninterrupted HDMI switching by pre-authorizing HDCP keys and maintaining a constant connection between sources and displays.

"You don't have to rip out existing analog systems to fully integrate HDMI, DisplayPort, and other HD sources. You can continue to design and install MPS and MPC systems," said Vincent Bruno, Crestron director of marketing, in a statement.

Crestron officials say the DM-MD6X1 makes it easier to add connectivity to digital HD sources that use HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort multimode interfaces within an existing analog room. The switcher can also extract analog audio from an HDMI signal, removing the need for a surround sound processor to manage audio from HDMI sources, says the company.

The DM-MD6X1 is designed to be placed in a credenza or mounted in an equipment rack or lectern. DM includes diagnostic and installation software tools for installation. DM Tools software graphically displays critical data for every signal flowing throughout the system for troubleshooting, according to the company. It also runs Data Rate checks, HDCP checks to indicate authorization key limitations for each source, and EDID resolution management.



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