AVPro Edge’s second-generation AC-MXNET-1G-EV2 and AC-MXNET-1G-DV2 feature continued evolution to MXNet 1G performance and feature sets made possible by refinements to the application-specific integrated circuit, enhancing native 4K/60fps video playback plus support for high bitrate audio formats with ARC / eARC.
Sioux Falls, Nov. 09, 2022 – AVPro Edge is pleased to announce availability of two new additions to its MXNet 1G ecosystem of products, the AC-MXNET-1G-EV2 encoder/ transmitter and its companion decoder / receiver, the AC-MXNET-1G-DV2.
AVPro Edge’s artful finesse to the MXNet 1G core ASIC architecture retains all original design features while exacting substantial enhancements to the video encoding/decoding engines, elevating Evolution II video processing to natively support 4K/60fps 4:4:4 RGB and YCbCr with 10- & 12-bit depth per color. This newly developed IC design additionally provides native support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG, with latency in the sub-milliseconds - a visually imperceptible zero. Audio capabilities are bolstered, now supporting Dolby Atmos and IMAX Enhanced DTS:X, plus other high bitrate formats along with capabilities for ARC and eARC.
AC-MXNET-1G-EV2 and AC-MXNET-1G-DV2 join existing products within the MXNet 1G ecosystem, fully compatible with the AC-MXNET-CBOX control center, all MXNet 1G switches and is configurable using AVPro Edge’s proprietary MXNET Mentor software. MXNET-1G-EV2 and AC-MXNET-1G-DV2 may coexist alongside first generation encoders and decoders within installed systems or new deployments however, they are required to be used exclusively in EVO II transmitter-to-EVO II decoder(s) pairings only.
Key Benefits For Using The AC-MXNET-1G-EV2 and AC-MXNET-1G-DV2
MXNet 1G Continued Evolution: The AC-MXNET-1G-EV2 and AC-MXNET-1G-DV2 represent the next step forward on the evolutionary path of the MXNet Platform encompassing an industry-first, holistically integrated approach to AV over IP video distribution from a solo manufacturer.
AVPro Edge’s exclusive MXNet Platform offers the only proprietary, hyper-optimized AV over IP ecosystem of network-based encoders, decoders and managed switches guided from a centralized control unit by MXNet Mentor, our in-house engineered setup and system utilities management software solution.
Full 4K/60fps Support: First-generation MXNet Encoders and Decoders were unable to support 4K/60fps 4:4:4 RGB / YCbCr, 10- and 12-bit natively or with dynamic metadata, instead relying on AVPro Edge’s Invisible Compression Technology (ICT) algorithm to deliver a compelling image though the system was optimized for 4K/30fps, absent dynamic metadata and high bitrate multi-channel audio.
When not lossless, the advanced encoding / decoding engine resident on the new ASIC developed for EVO II Encoders and Decoders applies a limited, ultra-light compression, composing an artifact free image upon decoding, including Dolby Vision or HDR10+ content.
The new IC renders improved document text with greater detail, while providing background information in video content with nuanced delineation and enhanced definition.
Ultra-low Latency: Latency measures in the sub-milliseconds, visually imperceptible and essentially, zero.
Audio High Bitrate Support: High bitrate, eight-channel surround codecs such as Dolby Atmos and IMAX Enhanced DTS:X are now supported, plus streaming high bitrate HD audio-only codecs.
ARC and eARC: AC-MXNET-1G-DV2 downstream decoders now include ARC and eARC, supplementing the addition of high bitrate multi-channel codec support.
Improved Preview Thumbnails: First generation MXNet supported static thumbnails with 960X540 pixel resolution, turning over every 10 seconds. EVO II supports third-party media substreaming through an HTTP address, at an improved pixel resolution of 1024x576.
About AVPro Edge
Each component designed, engineered, and manufactured by AVPro Edge contributes to system stability, device interoperability plus ease of deployment, a result of the AVPro Edge strategy to vertically-align department integration. In-house research, engineering, concept design and product development track including parts selection plus materials procurement, are coupled with efficient, precision assembly in AVPro Edge facilities contributing to synergistic control over the entire manufacturing process. All AVPro Edge products feature class-leading standards for performance and long-term reliability. Our state-of-the-art tech support team ensures you’re never on site alone, while AVPro Edge’s 10-year, hassle-free warranty provides worry-free peace of mind.
MXNet is the AV over IP video distribution ecosystem from AVPro Edge. With the MXNet Ecosystem, integrators finally have an end-to-end solution developed with them in mind. Our engineering team focused on three things, stability of the entire system, interoperability with any HDMI source, display, USB device, or control system, and easy deployment of the entire system. MXNet allows for unlimited sources, displays, USB devices & video walls; MXNet is the perfect video distribution system for your next installation.
Delivering end-to-end solutions for conference rooms, classrooms and huddle spaces, ConferX is the perfect way to leave your next installation running stable and looking sleek. ConferX systems handle HDMI, Mini Display Port, USB-C and VGA video inputs and distribute them and amplify the signal for any installation. ConferX solutions ensure every presenter can confidently share from any laptop, tablet or phone.
From your video source to the screen; mix and match ConferX products to custom fit your next sharing space to be exactly what you need.
FOx & Hound
Upgraded to 8K while retaining every attribute that has made them mainstays in commercial and residential integrators’ tool kits, Murideo’s groundbreaking generator and analyzer problem solving duo, the Fox & Hound, is now NextGen - ready with a bandwidth extension from 18Gbps up to 40Gbps.
Designed around a comprehensive suite of essential test features to address issues such as bandwidth, signal continuity, EDID irregularities, HDCP handshaking, metadata quirks with HDR, 2-8 channel audio confidence confirmation and many more variables, the 8K Fox & Hound has proven to be the integrator’s indispensable ally for rapid detection and resolve to rack assembly room or on-site time-consuming system hiccups.
Extending USB signals can be a challenge. Make it easier on yourself with solutions from AVPro Edge and Bullet Train.
AVPro Edge solutions include the AC-CXWP-KVM-KIT, our HDMI and Bi-Directional USB Wall Plate, AC-EXUSB-2-KIT, our 100M USB extender and, whole system USB transfer via MXNet 1G! See all of these in action along side our USB 3.0 extension cables from Bullet Train!
As the AVPro team settles back into the office after an electric week at CEDIA, we are anxiously awaiting the official launch of our AVPro Audio products. We wanted to tell you the story of how we got here, and give you more info on each of the pieces launching soon!
At AVPro it was noticed that our AC-AEX-KIT point-to-point audio-only extension kits were shipping out in ever-rising numbers, so much so that we reached out to our dealers asking what might account for the dramatic increase. They most often cited they were being used to retrieve audio from Smart TV onboard apps or from streaming devices such as a Roku, locally dedicated to a TV, then sent for distribution through third-party control systems back to the TV viewing room or for house-wide listening. Dealers also expressed frustration contending with methods for organizing the kit receivers within system racks, due to their diminutive size and the growing number used in expansive systems.
In answer to this dilemma, AVPro Edge audio engineers developed the AC-AEX-RC-HUB, an audio-only matrix switcher with 8 available AEX-T Category wire inputs for aggregating decentralized analog or digital audio sources, and rack-mountable for a clean, professional appearance.
With audio fresh on their minds, our engineers are keen at work developing a new lineup of comprehensive audio-only products, including the AC-MAX-24, a 24-channel audio matrix switcher… coming soon!
The Audio LIne-UP
Proof innovation never tires at AVPro Edge is found in this departure from our regular cadence of intensive video technologies development, as we introduce our first full width chassis product dedicated solely for audio use, the AC-AEX-RC-HUB. An engineering contemplation brought to fruition, it was conceived to harvest as many as eight decentralized audio-oriented sources at various distances from a centrally located third-party distribution system - joining four additional audio sources neighboring the AC-AEX-RC-HUB, then aggregated into a common endpoint with matrixing capabilities for seamless system integration. Control is mastered from the AVPro Edge GUI, or the API interfaces with automation systems like Control 4, Crestron, Elan, Savant and more to transparently traffic audio signals discretely behind the scenes.
The AC-MAX-24 is AVPro Edge’s newest multi-room audio solution for applications where full matrix capability is required. Designed with 20 analog input pairs, 2 AEX selectable analog/digital inputs, and 2 Coaxial/Toslink digital inputs, any of the 24 inputs may be routed to another output or group of outputs using the comprehensive AVPro Edge User Interface (digital signals are not downmixed).
Four, 12V output triggers provide for amplifier turn-on, with full API adjustment for individual channel volume level, balance, tone adjustment, audio-follow for zone grouping, and equalization parameters. IP controllable, the AC-MAX-24 can be partnered to work seamlessly with control systems from all major automation companies. The 2RU, rack-mountable AC-MAX-24 audio matrix is fully equipped to perfectly integrate with multichannel power amplifiers of your choice for high-resolution, whole-house audio distribution.
The AC-AEX-KIT is a versatile, multi-purpose problem-solving tool from AVPro Edge, designed to transport audio over category cable to endpoints 100 meters from a Digital or Analog source. Input routing is dipswitch-selectable, and AVPro’s unique Dual-Play function makes signal at the kit receiver simultaneously available from both the analog and digital outputs. Set to Toslink input, Digital two-channel or multi-channel content is delivered uncompressed to maintain maximum dynamic range with full fidelity.
AVPro Edge is at the bleeding edge of NextGen 8K technology, having introduced and continuing to add to a portfolio of World’s First products that have placed us in pole position for the race into the future.
Talking with Commercial/Pro AV sales and design consultants, we were alarmed to discover how many are not deploying next-level technologies or even contemplating their use.
Reliance upon twenty-year-old plus system design topologies while casting a blind eye toward industry evolution may evoke feelings of comfort in long-term product familiarity however, it will unquestionably jeopardize business viability when next-level products become mainstream and the ability to rapidly adapt is found to be an impossibility due to a voluntary aversion to contemporary industry advances.
All participants in the Commercial/Pro AV sector would benefit from investigating and implementing products currently in use by savvy residential and resi-mercial integrators whose insight has propelled them into the Commercial/Pro AV space with current technologies that have served to grow their businesses immensely. It may safely be expressed: The “Pro” moniker now resides on their mantels.
AVPro Edge has prepared a presentation illustrating how the advances in technology available today not only offers immediate solutions for Commercial/Pro AV integrators and their clients but provides a roadmap for logical future upgrade paths clients will want to take, providing them with competitive advantages. These clients will find integrators that can fulfill their requirements. Where does that leave you?
Explore future possibilities here...
CEDIA Recap: Our Best Show EVER
The AVPro Edge CEDIA team is safely back in the office, continuing to bask in the glow of the fast-paced and roaringly successful Expo we experienced. Integrator turnout was nothing short of amazing as the booth was frenetically abuzz with activity, frequently blocking the aisles. It was exceedingly rewarding to see all of our dealers and friends, as AVPro Edge CTO Matt Murray appropriately put it, “live and in 3D”, perhaps putting an official end to COVID, at least in the sense we have been experiencing it.
Prominently positioned alongside other major manufacturers, the AVPro Edge booth was witness to a non-stop flurry of attendee immersion, with everyone eager to take their first looks at our new product introductions.
MXNet 10G was officially unveiled with AVPro Edge project engineers demonstrating their vision of the video matrix switcher transformed: an entirely new approach to AV system design at an unconstrained scale. Debuting was the AC-MXNET-10G-TCVR, perhaps the pivotal MXNet 10G ecosystem component, exhibiting its dual-role as a selectable Encoder/ Decoder, transcending traditional matrices by eliminating physical limitations such as input availability and source location, or stipulations with source format. Video wall ready, an AC-MXNET-10G-TCVR configured as an ecosystem endpoint single-handedly enables any monitor, television or projector to function as a fully customizable multi-view display.
Companion MXNet 10G products were simultaneously introduced, including the command center for the future of advanced AV-over-IP in the AVPro Edge MXNet 10G universe, the AC-MXNET-10G-CBOX, plus the AC-MXNET-10G-SW12C switch, an industry-first design that traffics both data and PoE through 12 common ports, requiring only a single CAT6a for power and data. Show-goers were pleasantly stunned at the impressive array of standard features MXNet 10G offers, all awaiting their imaginations.
Our vastly popular MXNet 1G was not without its own news. Launched were the MXNet Evolution II Encoder and Decoder, delivering enhanced image quality especially for 4K/60Hz 4:4:4 HDR, derived from a newly available system-on-chip design.
Our new AC-EXO-X-KIT HDMI 2.1 8K point-to-point fiber extension kit was unveiled, joining the growing AVPro Edge portfolio of industry-leading NextGen 8K-ready signal transmission and switching devices. AVPro engineers demonstrated 8K gaming with zero-latency at a distance of more than two hundred meters over multimode fiber. The AC-EXO-X features the newest and most reliable 40Gbps Panasonic chipset for high performance and a trouble-free coexistence with HDMI 2.1a products.
CEDIA provided ideal timing to debut new AVPro Edge full chassis products aimed at fine-tuning house-wide audio distribution. The AC-AEX-RC-HUB was on display alongside the AC-MAX-24, intriguing dealers with the possibilities AVPro Edge engineered audio-only oriented devices present them with.
The AEX-RC-HUB matrixes 12 audio sources, 4 via RCA local inputs and 8 decentralized (such as TV-led app audio or legacy analog audio or Toslink / Coaxial output digital devices such as CD changers), using Category wire with AC-AEX-T transmitter modules (available separately). It is compatible with all major third-party control systems and also can expand the audio capabilities of AVPro Edge switchers such as the AXION series.
AC-MAX-24 was demonstrated by AVPro engineers and favorably received with much fanfare. A full matrix, it is designed with 20 analog input pairs, 2 AEX selectable analog/ digital inputs, and 2 Coaxial/Toslink digital inputs and is compatible with all multi-channel distribution amplifiers. Designed for third-party automation integration, the AC-MAX-24 was AVPro Edge’s analog hit of the Expo.
The AC-AEX-KIT was on display, a send/receive pair featuring the AC-AEX-T and companion receiver, perfect for use in educational, commercial, corporate and industrial environments where analog or digital point-to-point audio extension is required.
Wrapping up, we can’t thank all of you enough for your ongoing and growing support of our products. Your feedback is always encouraged, taken to heart, and implemented into features you ask for.
We would also like to take a moment to acknowledge and spotlight our CEDIA unsung heroes who worked hard in months prior plus also at the Expo to make it a resounding success. Tom Devine performed yeoman’s work to make sure both booths were designed to perfectly demonstrate our newly introduced products and were ready for use the moment show doors opened. Justine Murray made certain everyone looked snazzy as well as feeling comfortable in AVPro Edge apparel. Monique Lupkes deftly navigated logistics, eliminating all on-site headaches. Nik Hallstrom crafted media updates for You Tube highlighting AVPro Edge show floor activities for those unable to attend. Danielle Kantack and Malinda Murray utilized their normally precise office skills to ensure booth traffic was smoothly directed while filling in to enable AVPro personnel to sneak away for a bite to eat. Andrea Murphy and Ashley Stuntebeck provided equally valuable assistance making certain the booths operated efficiently and everyone was warmly greeted.
Thank you all for making CEDIA 2022 the best ever for AVPro Edge.
And a special thank you to CEO Jeff Murray, who allows our creative minds to run free in an amazing environment with a tremendous, nurturing culture.
AVPro Edge is already looking forward to and preparing for CEDIA 2023, to be held in Denver. We can’t wait to see you all once again.
Written by Michael Hamilton
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