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Extron Debuts New Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics has released the TPX 88 Twisted Pair Matrix switcher, which sends audio and video signals over twisted pair wiring.

The new switcher will allow broadcasters to route and switch high-resolution RGB, video and stereo audio signals using Extron's Skew-Free A/V UTP or CAT 5/5e/6 unshielded twisted pair cable. Extron says its twisted pair products help system integrators maintain video quality over cable runs with the advantage of the reduced cost, weight and size of twisted pair cable.

The TPX 88 offers two models: the TPX 88 and the TPX 88 A with local audio out. Both accept RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, RsGsBs, component video, progressive component video, S-Video, composite video and stereo audio transmissions - up to 1600 X 1200 with scan rates from 15-130 kHz from twisted pair transmitters routing through to a corresponding receiver and display.

Both inputs and outputs are on RJ-45 connectors. The TPX 88 A also allows a digital audio signal converted by an Extron transmitter to be decoded back to analog for separate output via 5-pin captive screw connectors to an external audio system.

Each model includes global presets for recalling predetermined configurations, as well as various control options, such as via RS-232/422, the MCP 1000 and MKP 1000 control panels and keypads, or front panel. Audio can be optimized through input gain/attenuation adjustments, local audio output volume adjustments and the audio breakaway feature.