Atlona Designs 8×8 HDMI Switcher for 4K/UHD and HDR Content The New AT-HDR-H2H-88MA Delivers Format-Flexible Wwitching with Integration Capabilities and UsabilityBy RS Staff Published: May 7, 2018 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 Atlona has expanded its range of high dynamic range (HDR) compatible AV integration solutions with the AT-HDR-H2H-88MA matrix switcher. Available immediately, it provides high-performance switching of 4K/UHD signals, including HDR formats, in a 1RU design. The new switcher will be showcased at InfoComm, where the company will continue its 15th anniversary celebration in booth C3576. An 8×8 sibling to Atlona’s AT-HDR-H2H-44M matrix switcher, the HDR-H2H-88MA builds on the proven performance, reliability and integrator-friendly features of the 4×4 model with significantly expanded input and output capacity for larger-scale applications. Support for all video resolutions, audio formats, and color spaces in the HDMI 2.0b specification provides compatibility 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays—as well as future HDR broadcast services—while HDCP 2.2 compliance enables switching of protected content. The HDR-H2H-88MA supports 4K/UHD video at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling and HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps. Fast, blink-free switching enables uninterrupted viewing experiences by eliminating long wait times and visible display artifacts. Stereo, unbalanced audio outputs are paired with each HDMI input, enabling two-channel PCM audio to be de-embedded and sent to whole-house or commercial audio systems. The HDR-H2H-88MA offers several configuration and control methods, starting with its front-panel buttons and built-in LCD menu display. An integrated web interface enables menu-based configuration of the switcher from a PC or mobile device, while compatibility with the free Atlona Management System (AMS 2.0) software and AtlonaVelocity AV control platform allows remote configuration, control, and monitoring over IP networks. The HDR-H2H-88MA can also be controlled via RS-232 or the included handheld IR remote. The HDR-H2H-88MA is ideal as the core of residential or commercial AV distribution installations, or can be used as a local sub-switcher in larger commercial system designs. The matrix switcher integrates with one or more Atlona AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS HDMI extenders to provide multi-room, 4K signal distribution for environments ranging from HDR-enhanced home theaters to retail showrooms and detail-intensive professional AV applications. The switcher’s integration features include EDID and HDCP management functionality, as well as the ability to send CEC signals independently to each HDMI output for controlling individual target displays. “Our 4×4 HDR-H2H-44M has been very popular with systems integrators and end-users, and we’re excited to now offer similar benefits in an 8×8 matrix switcher for those with larger distribution needs,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “The HDR-H2H-88MA’s flexible format support lets users take full advantage of HDR-enhanced content, while its rich integration capabilities allow seamless incorporation into any environment or system design.” SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.