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Installing HD-BaseT in AV Projects: What You Need To Know

I have mentioned HD-BaseT-2.0 in several of my previous articles in our Falcon blog. Falcon Technologies has been in the audio / video market for a number of years. I think the new HDBaseT-2.0 standard will have a significant positive impact on how A/V projects are installed and improve capabilities in many ways. As a distributor of Audio Video components we have seen many combinations of products being used in projects over the years. Much of the difficulty seems to be when you mix and match devices and cables from different manufacturers. A/V technology has rapidly changed in the last few years. There has been a change from analog to digital transmission. Digital standards also have rapidly evolved with newer capabilities with each update. Making sure all the pieces work with each other can at times be a real challenge. Flat panel displays have drastically improved since their introduction not that many years ago. Screen size and resolution today is incredible. Having components and cabling that can support the full capabilities of newer flat panel screens can be a daunting task, to say the least. Calculating cable distance limits can be difficult especially since the distance limits change based on the resolution needed. With the introduction of HD-BaseT the cabling and component compatibility issues become greatly simplified. HD-BaseT utilizes off the shelf 4pr. structured cabling. Instead of running a mish mash of separate cables for audio, video, serial control and power, you can now run all those signals and power over one Cat 6 cable up to 100 meters. Not only does this take up less space, it is much less expensive too. Still there are a number of considerations that need to be addressed in order to utilize HD-BaseT correctly. Attached is a link that further expands on what you need to know for a typical HD-baseT install: Installing HD-BaseT in AV Projects