Overview of the DVDO Matrix44 4K Ultra HD HDMI Switcher

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DVDO Matrix44 4K Ultra HD HDMI Switcher with Remote. Image provided by DVDO

Dateline: 04/02/2015
Building on the foundation of their popular Matrix 6 and Quick6R series HDMI Switchers, DVDO is offering a variation for custom install or commercial use, the Matrix44. This new switcher offers complete 4K Ultra HD connectivity throughout, with the ability to output four different HDMI sources to its four HDMI outputs independently.

The DVD0 Matrix44 provides four high-speed 3D, 1080p, and 4K Ultra HD compatible HDMI inputs, as well as for HDMI outputs (All HDMI inputs and outputs are HDMI 2.0/HDCP 1.4 compliant - The Matrix44 does not support HDCP 2.2 at this time).

The four HDMI outputs can distribute video (as well as audio) to four different Display monitors, TVs and/or video projectors or home theater receivers. Each of the four HDMI sources (both audio and video) can be sent the same or up to four different video display devices at the same time with full 4K Ultra HD resolution. In addition, you can switch sources going to one output without affecting the source already designated for any of the other outputs.

Video Support is provided for the following resolutions and refresh rates: 4K50/60(4:2:0), 4K24/25/30, 1080p24/25/30/50/60, 1080i50/60, 720p50/60, 576i/p, 480i/p, common PC resolutions VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA Color Space Compatibility is provided for: 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0, RGB, YCbCr, 8/10/12 bit.

Audio Support is provided for the following audio codecs and formats: DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1, LPCM 7.1, LPCM 5.2, PCM-2 32-192KHz.

No formal mention is made of Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D Sound, or DTS:X compatibility, there should not be an issue with those formats as their encoding (Dolby Atmos and DTS:X) is piggy-backed within the Dolby TrueHD and DTS codecs.

It is important to point out that the Matrix44 is a switcher only, it does not perform any upscaling or additional video or audio processing - it merely passes whatever compatible signal format, resolution, or upscaling that is provided by the source devices connected to it.

The Matrix provides a handheld remote control, but is also custom control integration compatible via RS232 Serial port or Ethernet/LAN connection, if needed, or desired. Also, a USB port is in included for the installation of any needed firmware updates.

The DVDO Matrix44 is also rack mountable, which adds physical installation flexibility. In terms of practical use, the Matrix44 is ideal for home theater setups that may include both a video projector and HD or 4K Ultra HD TV in the same room, or for sending sources to other rooms (including outdoors for those that have an outdoor TV or video projector setup) without having to move source devices around. For Business or Classroom room use, the Matrix44 will work with multiple displays, where either one source needs to be sent to more than one display, or a different source needs to be shown on different displays at different times or locations.

The DVDO Matrix44 carries a suggested price of $1,499.00 and is available through authorized DVDO Dealers, Installers, and online partners. For more details, check out the Official Product Page.