Sound and Video Signal Distribution, Routing and Switching
With any serious AV system comes a requirement to switch signals and send them around a room or building. Different formats and specifications all have different maximum cable lengths - in the case of HDMI this is often (practically) 10M - so devices are required (and thankfully available) to acheive our aim.
Often it is a requirement that one signal finds its way to many displays. For this purpose we use 'distribution ampliers' - specially designed devices which provide multiple, amplified copies of one or more input signals. Distribution amplifiers (DAs) are available for every format in use, from VGA, component video and analogue audio to HDMI, SDI and AES/EBU digital audio.
For small presentation systems, training suites or similar, a number of manufacturers produce switches that can accept inputs in a number of formats and send the selected source to a display, connected via VGA or DVI. Typically they might allow connection of one or two laptops, a DVD player, video-conferencing camera and remote signal and a visualizer/document camera.
Essentially a larger version of a presentation switcher, a scaling switcher allows connection of sources in varying formats to one or more displays at high resolution.
Where a large number of sources must be routed to more than 2 different displays, a matrix switcher is required. Matrices can be configured in any size from 4x4 to 128x128. Scaling is performed externally - it would be impractical and expensive to offer scaling of so many inputs within one box.
Networked Audio / DSP Systems
A number of products exist which allow audio to be processed in the digital domain and transported between 'nodes' over a digital link. These systems afford great flexibility to the designer and operator. Our preferred systems are:
Manufacturers and Equipment
Scaling and matrix switching in the digital domain are demanding processes. For this reason we are committed to using only the best equipment. The brands we typically use are: