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PulseAudio Adds New Streaming and Audio Breakout Solutions

New products include and HDMI audio extractor with eARC, an in-wall addressable Bluetooth amplifier, and an in-wall Wi-Fi streaming amplifier.

Vanco International LLC has announced three new products from PulseAudio that are designed to enhance functionality and ease of use for residential audio systems:

  • PA-EARCX HDMI audio extractor with eARC
  • PA230BWA 2-channel, in-wall addressable Bluetooth amplifier
  • PA230SWA 2-channel, in-wall Wi-Fi streaming amplifier

Created in direct response to integrator feedback, these products enable affordable, high-performance, and easy-to-integrate audio capture and installed audio solutions.

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PA-EARCX HDMI Audio Extractor with eARC

The PA-EARCX is an HDMI audio extractor that can de-embed or break out audio from an HDMI source to a soundbar, AV receiver, or amplifier without affecting the video output to the main display. The PA-EARCX supports both Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), with Dolby and DTS format pass-through such as Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, and DTS-HD Master Audio. It is designed to add ARC or eARC breakout capabilities to any system.

The PA-EARCX features two HDMI outputs: one for video, and one for dedicated audio breakout. The video output passes 18 Gbps video at 4K@60 Hz resolution with 4:4:4 sampling and advanced EDID management. The PA-EARCX is HDMI 2.0b and HDCP 2.3 compliant, and compatible with HDR formats including HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

PA230BWA 30W, 2-Channel, In-Wall Addressable Bluetooth Amplifier

The PA230BWA is an in-wall Bluetooth audio receiver with a built-in Class D 2X30W amplifier, supporting 4- and 8-ohm speakers. It allows users to send streaming audio from a phone, tablet, or computer to a single amplified audio zone, connecting via Bluetooth v5.0 or 3.5mm analog stereo input. The PA230BWA switches between sources automatically, with priority for Bluetooth connections. Its single gang wall-plate form factor allows it to be unobtrusively integrated into any space.

Each unit is uniquely addressable, allowing integrators to install multiple units in a single building.

PA230SWA 30W, 2-Channel In-Wall Wi-Fi Streaming Amplifier

The PA230SWA offers the same single-gang form factor and built-in 2-channel amplifier as the PA230BWA for Wi-Fi streaming applications. It can stream music directly or through a mobile, tablet, or laptop device connected to the same network. The PASTREAM app, available for iOS and Android, allows users to play and control music from a synced Spotify, Amazon Music, Qplay, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, or Tidal account.

The PA230SWA is also compatible with AirPlay and Wi-Fi Direct, allowing users to play songs from their personal music libraries. Integrators can install multiple PA230SWA amplifiers to create a multi-zone system with wireless distribution. Units can be used separately or joined together for “party mode.”

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