Gefen are taking pre-orders for their new CAT5 HDMI Matrix Switcher. The rack-mountable system is HDCP compliant and it can carry a 1080p sigal up to 150 feet and 1080i up to 300 feet. It provides a 4×4 matrix, switching 4 inputs to 4 outputs and provides an IR path back to the source device for control.
Each remote display has a control box that allows the viewer to select any of the 4 video sources and control that source via an IR remote control as if the viewer was standing in the room where the source originates.
Full High-Resolution HDTV signals are supported up to a resolution of 1080p at a maximum distance of 150 feet and 1080i resolutions can be extended up to 300 feet. The Gefen 4×4 HDMI CAT5 Matrix works with HD-DVD players, TiVo systems, HT PCs, and satellite set-top boxes that connect to an HDMI display. Every source is accessible at all times by any display by selecting it with an IR remote.”
The Gefen switcher costs around $4,000 and will be available shortly.