Thursday, February 18, 2010

Say Goodbye to Analog - Time for HDMI

The custom audio/video installation world is facing yet another transition in connectivity for devices. After December 31, 2010, manufacturers will not introduce new hardware with component video outputs supplying more than a standard definition resolution (480 or 576 interlaced signal).

The idea is that all high definition video will be supplied through the HDMI connection.

This transition will clearly cause some discomfort for people who have systems connected with component video cabling. There are a number of potential remedies for people with component only wiring in place. The first choice would be to deploy a set of baluns, which use either two or, later in the year one Category 5e or 6 wire to carry the HDMI signal. Essentially, these devices are stand alone boxes or wall plates, with RJ45 and HDMI jacks for connectivity.

Another alternative is wireless transmission of HDMI, but we all know how wireless can be somewhat unreliable and succeptible to drop off. Especially with a signal such as HDMI which requires so much bandwidth.

Here at Liberty Bell Alarm & Home Theater, we will always be on top of the latest technolgy and keeping our clients informed regarding the exiting world of security and home entertainment.

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