Extron Electronics introduces the IN1608 HDBT, a new model of the IN1608 product family featuring an HDBaseT-compatible output for streamlined integration with HDBaseT-enabled displays. This twisted pair output can be used to send digital video and embedded audio, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx cable.

The IN1608 is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities you need to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box. This includes an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP signal extension, an available high performance mono or stereo amplifier, and an available built-in IPCP Pro 350 control processor for complete AV system control. The IN1608 simplifies system design and installation, and dramatically reduces total cost of ownership.

“The growing availability of displays with built-in HDBaseT inputs is creating many opportunities for AV integrators to save costs and simplify installations through the use of HDBaseT signal extension,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These new IN1608 HDBT models deliver all of the essential capabilities that are at the core of today’s AV presentation systems.”

The IN1608 provides the convenience of supporting local and remote displays. The two DTP twisted pair inputs are compatible with a wide range of DTP 230 and DTP 330 Series transmitters for extending audio, video, and control signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable. The IN1608 can also remotely power each of the DTP transmitters over the same CATx cable, streamlining system design and installation. In addition, the IN1608 features an advanced scaling engine that can scale HDMI, RGB, component, and standard definition video signals to a common high resolution output. It provides high performance deinterlacing of all interlaced signals up to 1080i, and Deep Color processing to deliver optimal image quality. With Extron exclusive EDID Minder, Key Minder, and SpeedSwitch, integrators can easily connect sources and displays with plug-and-play simplicity, automatic device negotiation, and nearly instantaneous switching.

The IN1608 can serve as the central component for audio system integration. It includes eight-input audio switching, two mic/line inputs, HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, and several audio processing features for mixing, ducking, tone adjustments, and more. IN1608 SA models feature a 2 x 50 watt Class D stereo power amplifier, while IN1608 MA models include a 100 watt Class D mono power amplifier.