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Gefen Distro Amps Deliver HDTV Over CAT-5

Gefen announced the arrival of two new distribution solutions for digital high-definition sources and displays that use the HDMI format.

Gefen announced the arrival of two new distribution solutions for digital high-definition sources and displays that use the HDMI format.

The 1:4 and 1:8 HDMI CAT-5 distribution amplifiers are rack-mountable units that enable the extension of HDMI audio and video beyond its specified limits over industry-standard CAT-5 cable, says the company. Both include a sender unit that performs a split of one HDMI input with deliver to multiple displays.

Signals can travel up to 300 feet at resolutions up to 1080i, and up to 150 feet at up to 1080p. Multichannel audio is delivered alongside the video via two CAT-5 cables that connect the HDMI source to the display. According to the company, both the source and the display units are powered to ensure a high quality HDTV signal complete with HDCP compliance at both short- and long-range distances.

The MSRP for the 1:4 amplifier is $1,999, while the 1:8 amplifier is $2,999. Each comes with HDMI connection cables and are currently available for pre-order through an authorized Gefen dealer or on the company's Web site.



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