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Octava HDCATS100-TX/HDCATS100-RX

Jan 4, 2013 11:24 AM, By Patrick Barron


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Style of RS-232 Connector: DB9

MSRP: $499

HDBaseT: No

www.octavainc.com

Maximum Distance:

· Cat-5: Works up to 200ft. at all resolutions tested

· Cat-6: Works up to 375ft. at all resolutions tested

· Blu-ray player: Cat-5 works at 1080p and 1080p 3D up to 200ft. Cat-6 works at 1080p and 1080p 3D up to 375ft.

The Octava name might not be as common as some of the other industry stalwarts tested in this review. But based on the performance and features of the product tested in this review it is likely to become better known in future days. The price was the third lowest of the entire group tested, but the performance was well above average when using Cat-6 cable. This set has bi-directional IR along with the RS-232 passthrough. A unique feature in a unit in this price range was a three-port Ethernet switch built into the receiver. There were several extenders tested that had a built-in Ethernet switch, but those units were at a higher price point. This extender also has a built-in HDMI distribution amp in the transmitter, which can be very useful to have in a variety of installations. There only a couple of minor features missing that more expensive extenders had. There were few lights on the unit for diagnostic purposes, so it was difficult to tell when a valid link was established and when a valid HDMI signal was being passed. With respect to the price, it was one of the better units overall. The company’s website rated the maximum distance at 300ft. with Cat-6 cable, but the performance during our testing far exceeded that rating.

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Zektor Solo-CAT-HDE
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Zigen ZIG-HVX-70-RX/TX
Zuum Media HE1LBIR232



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