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Kramer Introduces New Matrix Switcher

Kramer Electronics has introduced the new VS-88HCB 8x8 Component/video/audio matrix switcher for presentation, production, and residential applications.

Kramer Electronics has introduced the new VS-88HCB 8x8 Component/video/audio matrix switcher for presentation, production, and residential applications.

The VS-88HCB is a universal matrix switcher that switches Composite video, S-video, Component video (Y, Cb/Pb and Cr/Pr), balanced stereo audio, and S/PDIF digital audio signals. It can route any or all of its eight inputs to any or all of its eight outputs simultaneously, and can work with a combination of all video formats supported, says the company. In a mixed signal application, all the signals connected to an input are switched simultaneously to an output of the same signal configuration. The new switcher also features a bandwidth of 300 MHz (-3 dB) fully loaded, and is HDTV compatible.

Boasting a variety of features designed for convenience, the unit is suited for various presentation and production environments, according to Kramer. A Take button executes multiple switches at once and confirms the actions. The Memory function stores multiple switches as presets, for recall and execution as needed. The switcher also offers analog audio breakaway switching for independent switching of audio and video.

Control options include the front panel, RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet, IR remote, or external remote IR receiver. The VS-88HCB includes K-Router Windows-based software as well as a Windows-based Ethernet Configuration Manager and Virtual Serial Port Manager. The switcher's Ethernet connection supports easy dial-up and Internet system remote control, requiring a dedicated IP address and a modem in the remote location, whether it's a stand-alone PC or a LAN system.

The VS-88HCB 8x8 Component/video/audio matrix switcher is available through authorized Kramer Electronics resellers worldwide, with a list price of $2,695.



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