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Tributaries Extender Sends HDMI Over Coax

Tributaries Cable rolled out its new HXMINI5 extender, which sends a full HD HDMI signal over five 75-ohm coaxial cables more than 300 feet without losing video quality, reliability, or compatibility with HDMI v1.3.

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Tributaries Cable rolled out its new HXMINI5 extender, which sends a full HD HDMI signal over five 75-ohm coaxial cables more than 300 feet without losing video quality, reliability, or compatibility with HDMI v1.3, according to the company.

The two-piece HXMINI5 includes a compact powered transmitter (9-volt power supply included) and an equally compact passive receiver module. The transmitter has a single HDMI input from a source such as a set-top box or disc player, while the receiver outputs the HDMI signal to a destination such as an HDTV set, HDMI switcher, or AV processor or receiver.

Five 75-ohm mini or standard coaxial cables terminated with 75-ohm BNC connectors link the two modules. When combined with HXMINI5's active electronics, the wide-bandwidth interconnection supports HD 1080p/8-bit color HDMI signals over distances up to 100 meters, 1080p/12-bit color up to 80 meters, and 1440p signals in professional environments.

Tributaries' new extender is HDCP-compliant and user transparent with all HDMI-equipped components, the company says. It also supports Dolby Digital and DTS digital audio transmission, as well as such HDMI features as Deep Color and CEC multi-component control.

The HXMINI5's self-calibrating active amplification and equalization, and buffered output circuitry, automatically adapt to cable length and signal rate, reducing signal loss, which suites the extender well for retrofit applications where analog RGBHV cabling is already installed, says the company.

The HXMINI5 has five colored LED indicators that confirm power, as well as the signal integrity of the red, green, blue, and clock data streams. The extender is currently available for an MSRP of $500.



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