Atlona is now shipping its AT-HDR-M2C audio converter, designed to improve extraction, downmixing, and conversion of multichannel HDMI source audio to two-channel HDMI, TOSLINK, and analog audio for displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems.
The HDR-M2C aims to simplify this process through an HDMI input with pass-through capability. It automatically downmixes multichannel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio, and delivers 2.0 stereo signals over HDMI, two-channel analog unbalanced audio, and TOSLINK digital audio outputs. The HDR-M2C provides additional value for installers by enabling HDMI audio de-embedding with or without connection to a display or other destination.
The HDR-M2C audio converter includes EDID management features as well as audio volume and bass/treble controls, all available via Ethernet through the Atlona Management System (AMS), the web GUI, or a control system. AMS is a network software platform for configuring, managing, and monitoring the HDR-M2C and other Atlona IP-controllable devices over a LAN, WAN, or VPN. AMS is available free from Atlona.
“It’s not uncommon to share sources across two-channel, whole home audio, and multichannel, home theater zones,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “Unless you have a way to preserve the multi-channel Dolby or DTS source signal, the home theater system is often limited to two-channel audio. The AT-HDR-M2C splits and downmixes multichannel audio for two-channel displays, soundbars, or whole-home audio systems while passing the full, multichannel HDMI signal with HDR metadata and HDCP 2.2 content protection to an AV receiver.”
Available now through Atlona partners worldwide, the HDR-M2C retails for $449.99. It includes Atlona’s 10-year limited product warranty and customer support services.