(This blog post from Superior Essex gives you a concise overview of how HDBaseT is transforming AV technology and capabilities. Read on to learn all about it! -Teddi)
What do you think of when you hear the words “audio visual?” These words, sometimes denoted as “audiovisual” or abbreviated to AV or A/V, tend to spark lots of thoughts and memories. Depending on your age and life experiences, you may think of film projectors, videotapes, transparent slides, pixelated digital signals or snoozer classroom presentations. The reality of AV today is anything but dull. The introduction of HDBaseT™ in 2010 has completely transformed the way we view, distribute and access video in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors.
HDBaseT, as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance is: “HDBaseT is the global standard for the transmission of ultra-high-definition video & audio, Ethernet, controls, USB and up to 100W of power over a single cable, for up to 100 m/328 ft.” The key objectives of HDBaseT are to transmit the best quality signals over the long possible distances at the most reasonable costs.
In short, HDBaseT is a total game changer. When HDBaseT was established, many commercial enterprises were still using analog VGA links instead of embracing the newer HDMI connections. Even then, that approach was significantly disadvantageous to transmitting high-quality video signals. HDBaseT introduced the concept of convergence, or merging multiple communications applications services into a single network. This set new standards and expectations which work well through Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE incorporates AV into the concept Digital Building that encompass lighting, automation, and more. To meet the needs of this steadily accelerating technology, Superior Essex offers PowerWise® with a plethora of options, including 10Gain® XP. The development of 10Gain®XP helped create a smooth transition for organizations seeking to improve their AV capabilities. Among the many features, it is backward compatible to legacy protocols and applications, HDBaseT Class A and B certified, safe in high-heat and high-power applications and AV application up to 100m channel. Additionally, use of these products make for a sustainable contribution to LEED certification. This empowers AV leaders to advance the speed and quality of their programs while promoting environmental initiatives.