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ClearOne Debuts HDMI, DVI Streaming Interfaces

ClearOne is rolling out its first View brand IP interfaces for encoding and decoding displays and AV components deploying HDMI and DVI interfaces.

ClearOne View MLAV9500 encoder

ClearOne View MLAV9500 encoder

ClearOne is rolling out its first View brand IP interfaces for encoding and decoding displays and AV components deploying HDMI and DVI interfaces. The company will demonstrate the devices at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando (booth 1563).

Employing ClearOne's StreamNet technology for distributing, controlling, and synchronizing HD video and audio content over IP-based networks, the new View MLAV9500 Digital AV Encoder and View VL9300 Digital AV Decoder allow installers to design AV and digital signage networks with a virtually unlimited number of digital sources and displays, company officials said.

"These are the fundamental components which make ClearOne View a total solution for distributing and controlling HD AV content over an Internet protocol network in any commercial or enterprise setting," said Michael Braithwaite, chief strategy officer, in a statement. "The new devices support 1080p and are HDCP-compliant."

Using an MLAV9500 encoder with each digital source component, such as a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, cable box, or DVR makes the source available anywhere on a StreamNet network. The View VL9300 decoder allows any digital display or AV component to access content on the StreamNet network, even if it uses a different signal format than the source, according to ClearOne. For example, a Blu-ray player connected via HDMI to the MLAV9500 could provide the video signal to a monitor that is connected to the VL9300 via DVI.

"With View, you can use almost any source signal type and distribute it to any number of displays with HDMI, or almost any type of signal input," Braithwaite said. "We can also take an IP video source and output the content to an HDMI display or to multiple displays with different types of inputs."

For hardware simplicity, and to avoid any compatibility issues with different HDMI standards, both the MLAV9500 and VL9300 use the DVI connector for DVI, DVI-D, and HDMI devices. ClearOne also provides a DVI-to-HDMI dongle for connecting the new View components to an HDMI source or playback device.

The new components can be rack- or wall-mounted, and the VL9300 decoder also attaches directly to any HDTV or monitor with an industry-standard VESA mount. In addition to its DVI connector and network interface, the VL9300 provides analog audio output and input/output connectors for infrared, RS-232 and GPIO applications.

The VL9300 has an MSRP of $1,799 and will be available late June. The MLAV9500 has an MSRP of $2,999 and will be available late August.

 


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