Metra Home Announces Products for the Future of HDMI
Four new problem-solving HDMI tools set to display at CEDIA 2016
HOLLY HILL, Fla. – August 29, 2016 – Metra Home Theater Group, a leading provider of home theater products and accessories for the integration community, announces four new Ethereal products, the Voltage Control Trigger, Active Cable Voltage Stabilizer, and HDM All in One, to solve many problems custom installers and technologists are facing with the latest HDMI technology.
Metra Home Theater Group’s Voltage Control Trigger (HDM-VCT) solves an evolving problem many technologists are experiencing with current displays. In the quest to speed up source selection through display based inputs, changes have been made to how the hot plug return signal works. Devices connected through an AVR, switcher or matrix may not consistently sync to the display due to this signal not requesting an EDID, which led Metra Home Theater Group to create the HDM-VCT. The HDM-VCT is a compact HDMI device that connects to a relay or digital I/O on a control system to break the signal between the 5-volt trigger and hot plug signal to create an EDID reset. In addition, the HDM-VCT, with supplemental TMDS voltage, adds 100ms delay to the hot return to ensure that the source is prepared to accept the signal.
The Active Cable Voltage Stabilizer (HDM-ACVS) is designed to supply sufficient voltage and current to televisions to keep all sources, such as matrices and active cables, functioning. Many technologists are facing problems with new displays that do not provide enough power and result in a power failure once active cables are connected, which led Metra Home Theater Group to design the HDM-ACVS. On some newer displays, if a technologist is performing an install that is somewhere between 5 meters and 20 meters and they’re using an active HDMI cable powered by the display, they won’t have a picture. The HDM-ACVS is designed to supply the correct voltage and current needed to keep sources and active cables functioning – especially at longer lengths.
Lastly, the HDM All in One (HDM-AIO) encompasses a digital analysis device, voltage swing corrector and voltage control trigger making it the ultimate problem-solving solution. The digital analysis component can correct audio and video timing issues found in HDMI components, including audio drop outs. Additionally, the HDM-AIO includes a voltage control trigger used to break the signal between the 5-volt and hot plug signal to create an EDID reset and provide a hot return delay of 100ms.
“We’re pleased to unveil three new products in our Ethereal line because they’re true ‘fix it’ solutions for many problems integrators are facing with today’s 4K and 18 Gbps HDMI technology,” said Jessy Crabb, general manager of Metra Home Theater Group. “These products were developed after hearing about and diagnosing issues that dealers are seeing in the field with some of the latest displays on the market. We want to future-proof their 4K, 18 Gbps work to prevent many of those problems. We invite those attending CEDIA 2016 to visit our booth and check out the latest technology we have to offer – it’s truly impressive.”
Metra Home Theater Group’s Voltage Control Trigger (HDM-VCT), Active Cable Voltage Stabilizer (HDM-ACVS) and HDM All in One (HDM-AIO) are proudly ‘Made in America,’ DPL 4K, 18 Gbps certified and support all HDMI 2.0a features, HDCP formats, HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR.
Metra Home Theater Group will showcase their new Ethereal HDM tools, along with their entire product lineup, at CEDIA 2016 in Booth #3005, held September 15th– 17th, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. Connect with Metra Home Theater Group on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest news. For more information, visit Metra Home Theater Group online at http://www.metrahometheater.com.
About Metra Electronics / Metra Home Theater Group
Metra Home Theater Group is a division of Metra Electronics which has been the world leader and “The Installer’s Choice™” for vehicle installation kits and car audio accessories for over 70 years. Headquartered in Florida, Metra Electronics strives to create innovative, high quality products to satisfy and astonish our customers. Metra’s brands include: Axxess™, The InstallBay™, Shuriken™, Raptor™, Ballistic™, Ethereal™, Helios™, T-spec™, InstallBay Safety™, Spyclops™ and EHD™. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Home Theater Group online at http://www.metrahometheater.com or call 800.221.0932.