Atlona expands Rondo family
Atlona expands Rondo family
The Rondo 448 offers EDID management features to provide compatibility between source and sink devices
The Rondo family of HDMI distribution amplifiers has a new member. The Rondo 448 (AT-RON-448) has been developed to address the challenge of managing an imbalance of inputs and outputs for 4K/UHD/HDR sources and displays. It provides a 1x8 architecture to move high-resolution video content from a central location to eight endpoints. Like its 1x2 and 1x4 siblings (Rondo 442 and Rondo 444), the Rondo 448 offers EDID management features to reportedly ensure compatibility between source and sink devices, and front panel LED indicators for power and signal status to simplify set up and troubleshooting. Users can cascade up to eight units together. It is said to be compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats and colour space formats in the HDMI 2.0b specification and can pass metadata for HDR content. It is also complaint with HDCP 2.2.
Atlona has also added to its Omega family of products with the OME-PS62, a 6x2 matrix presentation switcher featuring three HDMI inputs and two HDBaseT inputs alongside a USB-C AV input for direct, BYOD-friendly interfacing with mobile devices and laptops. The USB-C interface also can be used for data connectivity to the OME-PS62’s integrated USB 2.0 hub, as well as charging the connected device. The switcher features HDBaseT and HDMI outputs, along with 4K/60 4:4:4 capability for all inputs and the HDMI output, plus USB extension over HDBaseT. High-quality 4K downscaling and upscaling on the unit’s HDMI output are said to preserve colour and spatial detail when converting content between 4K and 1080p.
The OME-MS42, meanwhile, is a 4x2 matrix switcher for 4K/UHD presentation and video conferencing applications and is also available as the OME-MS42-KIT with a companion OME-EX-RX HDBaseT receiver. Building on the manufacturer’s HDVS-300 system for software video conferencing, the OME-MS42 is said to combine the benefits of auto-switching for USB-C, HDMI and DisplayPort, plus integrated display control and USB extension. It includes USB 2.0 and USB-C interfaces for extension to three host computers, plus two peripheral devices such as a camera, microphone, speakerphone or keyboard and mouse. The OME-MS42 is compliant with HDCP 2.2 and features HDBaseT extension for video up to 4K/60 4:2:0, plus embedded audio, control, Ethernet and USB over distances up to 100m.
Finally, the Zero UI Meeting Space uses Atlona’s OmniStream encoder grouping strategy to automatically switch between sources in the meeting space or classroom. When a new signal is picked up, the system will transition to the corresponding encoder and switch off routing from the previous encoder. The system reportedly allows several contributors to collaborate on a single presentation, increasing BYOD capability.