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Long Distance Signal Extension with Multiple Technologies in the Home

The modern home is becoming a technology hub with devices in constant communication across multiple rooms. Centralised signal management has become a large part of the home technology experience. As more devices are added, further away from this central location, cost-efficient and versatile extenders become necessary. This scenario explores the use of four differing extension technologies from Lindy, including powerful fibre optic extenders, to distribute signals up to 300m in residential environments.

Modern residential buildings often feature multiple displays and media sources that use a variety of media signals to transmit audio and video across longer distances as annex or out-buildings become more popular.

In this example four sources are controlled and distributed by a central matrix around a home and to an out-building. The four sources are connected via HDMI cables to a local 4×4 Matrix Pro which then outputs the four signals using different transmission methods for signal extension over a variety of distances. This matrix supports 4K 18G inputs and outputs to ensure that, if the source permits, the entire solution can utilise the full 18G bandwidth capacity of the latest HDMI standards.

In this scenario the matrix outputs to four different transmission technologies. The first, and simplest, of these is a standard local HDMI cable that is provides the 4K connection directly over short distances to a local display. Using audio extraction, the audio signal is first routed to an amplifier before the TV so that a speaker system may be used inplace of the TV’s integrated speakers.

The second output from the matrix is transmitted via an 18G active HDMI cable to a room close to the location of the matrix. The third output passes through a 100m HDMI over CATX extender system. The transmitter unit is connected to the matrix by a simple HDMI cable before the signal is sent along inexpensive CATX cable to the receiver unit which is upstairs/some  distance from the matrix. This receiver is placed close to another 4K display which the signal is finally sent to via HDMI cable.

The fourth, and final, output from the matrix is sent to an out-building, annex, pool area etc. via a fibre optic extender system that features both transmitter and receiver units. By using fibre optic cables to make this connection, large distances up to 300m can be covered using cheap, efficient and easy-to-install duplex fibre optic cabling. This method of signal transmission benefits from EMI & RF resistance so that other electrical cables or equipment located nearby don’t cause artefacts or errors in the transmission. The fibre optic connection allows IR signals to be sent to the display for remote control of the source while also delivering the full 18G bandwidth with no compression, ensuring content arrives at the display exactly how it left the source.

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The Difference Between Audio Extractors and ARC Extractors Explained

We often find that there is some confusion between what an HDMI Audio Extractor or De-Embedder is capable of, and what ARC is used for with HDMI equipment. In this blog we will be discussing the differences in function for the linked products below, and where they would generally be used.

38068 – HDMI 4K ARC Extractor with HDMI Pass-Through & CEC Emulation
38097 – HDMI 4K Audio Extractor De-Embedder with ARC & MHL

Within the HDMI standard there is an optional feature known as the Audio Return Channel, which is usually referred to as ‘ARC’. Television manufacturers will often implement this into their products in place of a headphone, optical SPDIF or digital coaxial port, this however limits what type of speakers a user can then connect.
The aim of ARC is to reduce the number of cables between a TV and AV receiver or speaker system; this is not always suitable for older equipment which may not natively support ARC. It is in this scenario where you would use our Part No. 38068, designed for ARC enabled TVs and is perfect for sending the audio from your TVs inbuilt tuner or apps such as Netflix to Optical sound bars or AV systems.
Using an HDMI cable from the HDMI ARC port on your TV to the HDMI OUT port on the 38068, this product will allow an audio signal to travel from your TV back down the HDMI cable to the ARC extractor where it will be sent out to the Optical SPDIF OUT port. Our extractor also has the additional feature of HDMI Pass-Through; this means you can still connect a source device such as a Blu-ray player or Foxtel box, without losing one of the HDMI ports on your TV. When ARC is disabled using the button on the unit, audio can travel from your source device, through the extractor to your TV as normal.

Below is a diagram showing a typical set-up with our 38068 HDMI Arc Extractor:

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When you have a source device such as a bluray player or sky box, and want to send the audio from these devices to your sound bar, headphones or AV system, we would recommend an Audio Extractor. Rather than taking the sound from your TVs ARC HDMI port, it will take the audio from any HDMI source. This audio is duplicated and can then be sent out to either RCA, headphones/speakers, or to a sound bar / AV system using Optical SPDIF. The video will then carry on to your TV as normal. Should your phone support it, our 38097 Audio Extractor also has the additional function of MHL, allowing you to mirror your phone screen onto your TV. The unit also supports ARC, and works in a similar way to the 38068 but with the added benefit of extracting audio directly from the source as well as from the ARC enabled TV.

Below is a diagram showing a typical set-up with our 38097 HDMI Audio Extractor:

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Introducing LINDY BNX-60 Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

LINDY’s latest headphones are the BNX-60 Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones .
Combining solid performance with a stylish appearance and great portability, they are set to make big waves in the headphone market during 2016.

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40mm neodymium magnet high output drivers combined with aptX® codec technology give perfect sound reproduction with a warm bass and well rounded highs.
Coupled with Active Noise Cancellation technology that eliminates up to 85% reduction of external noise, these features give the listener high quality sound every time.

In terms of portability, BNX-60 are ideal for travellers and commuters.

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Their extra hard wearing slimline case is ideal for slipping into hand luggage or a small carry bag, giving you peace of mind and keeping your headphones in pristine condition.
In addition, they are supplied with a dual-plug flight adapter that is compatible the majority of global airlines.

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The battery gives up to 30 hours (noise cancelling only) from a 3 hour charge and the supplied USB charging cable gives you the option to recharge virtually anywhere.
The initial reaction from leading headphone reviewers has been positive, with great feedback on the sound quality, comfort, weight and durable storage case.
Expect to hear more about them in the coming months.

LINDY HDMI & IR CAT6 Extender 4×4 Matrix

The perfect ‘Out of the box’ solution for AV installers is here at last!
LINDY HDMI & IR CAT6 Extender 4×4 Matrix offers savings in both time and cost for installs and applications such as university Lecture hall display & control, commercial advertising, display & control, security surveillance & control, video/TV wall display & control and domestic HDMI Matrix systems.

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This ‘All in one’ package contains a HDMI & IR CAT6 Extender 4×4 Matrix and 4 x HDMI & IR CAT6 Receivers, along with the required power units, remote controls, IR receivers, IR emitters, cables and fixings.
As always, this package comes with the LINDY ‘No Surprises’ guarantee, alongside unrivalled technical support and customer service that is second to none.
To find out more simply click here LINDY HDMI & IR CAT6 Extender 4×4 Matrix.

LINDY Launches Cost Effective Extender for HDMI Over Gigabit Network

Halves the cost of equipment required to broadcast HDMI signals over IP

Here is our most cost effective product yet for distributing video content throughout large buildings such as schools, hotels, hospitals, shops, shopping centres and business premises. The LINDY HDMI Over IP Extender allows for full HD images to be sent over a gigabit ethernet network or up to 100m using a single CAT6 Cable.

Consisting of transmitter and receiver units, the extender can support one to one, one to many and many to many configurations. In addition, it is possible to use up to three layers of active network devices to distribute video making it highly flexible for digital signage, presentation and demonstration applications, while providing the ability to expand easily as the installation evolves.

“Our latest product cuts in half the cost of equipment required to broadcast HDMI signals over IP,” says Owen Haigh, Senior Product Manager of LINDY Electronics. “Sold as individual units, organisations need only purchase the transmitters and receivers required for their specific configuration.”

Using a form of video compression that is barely perceptible, the LINDY HDMI Over IP Extender converts the HDMI signal to enable it to be broadcast over IP. LINDY suggests because of high use of bandwidth requirements of Full HD video that the system runs on its own dedicated network or used in a separate port based VLAN.

The LINDY HDMI Over IP Extender Transmitter (part no. 38127) and the LINDY HDMI Over IP Extender Receiver (part no. 38128) can be purchased from www.lindy.com.au

HDMI over IP Video Wall Extender

LINDY Launches Ethernet Extender for Video Walls

We are pleased to announce our new HDMI over Gigabit IP Video Wall Extender which allows you to distribute an HDMI signal up to 1080p via RJ-45 cable up to 100m or through an Ethernet network to multiple displays. Perfect for digital signage, public display and large scale presentations these extenders convert the HDMI signal to IP broadcast signals. Network devices can be used to distribute the signals.

The LINDY HDMI Video Wall over IP Extender supports arrays of up to 64 screens in an 8 by 8 configuration. An intuitive web GUI enables full, local or remote control over how the content is displayed along with essential control over bezel correction and video tearing.

In addition to the video wall configuration, the extenders support 1-to-1, 1-to-many and many-to-many installations, for extending and distributing signals over extremely long distances. Transmitter and receiver units can be purchased separately to give maximum flexibility.

USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapters

New 4K Adapter and Updated HDMI Adapter Connects Monitors Via USB 3.0

We now have two great ways to connect high-end monitors via a computer’s USB 3.0 port, without the hassle of adding a suitable internal graphics card.

The LINDY USB to 4K DisplayPort Adapter enables users to connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor by simply installing the driver and connecting the adapter to the computer using the supplied USB 3.0 Type A to Micro-B cable. Once installed the 4K monitor can be connected to the adapter using a normal DisplayPort cable. The adapter supports 4K resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 @30Hz and includes the ability to transfer audio from the computer to the monitor.

The LINDY USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter allows users to display Full HD 1080p video and graphics on their TV, monitor or projector via their computer’s USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port. Connected in a similar fashion as the 4K DisplayPort Adapter above, the converter supports resolutions up to 1920×1200, including 1080p. This latest adapter is a newer version of a previous model and is now available at a lower cost.

“While installing an internal graphics card into a computer is a relatively simple process, it’s not something everybody feels confident in doing, particularly when it’s just to connect a monitor temporarily,” says Andrew Ingram, Product Manager of LINDY Electronics. “Our new adapters allow users to connect the very latest high resolution monitors quickly and easily. They are ideal for laptop users that often challenged with different connection options everywhere they go, as well home users who just want to add another screen to their set-up.”

Both the LINDY adapters allow monitors to be used for primary, mirrored or extended desktop. They are bus powered and therefore require no addition power, have a compact design making them east to carry and store and are guaranteed for 2 years.

LINDY CAT6 HDMI Distribution System Delivers Flexible Alternative for Installers

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Enables long distance runs using affordable CAT6 Cable

Our new CAT6 HDMI Distribution System that enables installers to deliver high definition video and audio over long distances using affordable CAT6 network cable. Depending on the configuration distances of up to 110m can be achieved, delivering increased flexibility to installers when deciding where to place screens used for digital signage and presentation applications.

The system consists of a transmitter and a receiver, an extender to repeat the signal for distances over 40m and an 8 Port Splitter to enable the same image to transmitted to different displays. Capable of supporting 1080p up to 40m at 8bit colour between each component, the LINDY CAT6 HDMI distribution system can also handle 12 bit colour and 3D signals over slightly reduced distances.

“Using multiple HDMI screens in digital signage installations that are spread out over a large site can quickly become complex and expensive. Restrictions in transmitting HDMI signals over longer distances often means using either additional HDMI sources or fibre optic cables,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “CAT6 HDMI Distribution System overcomes these issues, while providing installers with the flexibility when used in temporary installations to easily adapt the configuration depending on the venue.”

All of the components are built in a sturdy metal housing providing protection against everyday use, are HDCP compliant and come with a two year guarantee.

LINDY Wireless Extender Makes Watching TV in Another Room Easy

No compression or perceptible latency it’s just like using a cable, only easier to install.

We recently released the latest version of our Wireless HDMI Extender that enables users to watch full high definition transmissions on a display up to 20m away from the source without the need for long cable runs.

Comprising of a wall mountable transmitter and receiver that can be managed via the included IR remote control, the LINDY Wireless HDMI Extender takes just minutes to set up. Its simple plug and play operation means there is no configuration, tuning or adjustment required, the user just needs to connect the equipment and boot it up.

Capable of switching between two different HDMI sources such as a PS4 and blu ray player, the transmitter sends the uncompressed HDMI signal from the selected output via the local HDMI output and the wireless output simultaneously. This allows for the source to be viewed in the room where the transmitter is based and on another display connected to the wireless receiver up to 20m away.

“Long cable runs aren’t always practical in home situations, particularly if you’re in rented accommodation and don’t want to be doing a bit of DIY, but do want to watch Big Brother in the kitchen,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “Using wireless to extend the HDMI signal offers a fast and easy alternative to watch a movie or stay up to date with your favourite soap in another room.”

The LINDY Wireless HDMI Extender provides full support for HD 1080p, HDCP, multi-channel audio and IR remote control. Additional flexibility can be achieved by using LINDY’s range of HDMI switchers, splitters and matrix switches, and by using additional transmitters and receivers. As with all wireless signals, achieving the full 20m distance is dependable on construction materials between walls and floors.

LINDY Adds A Touch of Style to Home Entertainment

Delivers flawless performance

Delivers flawless performance

Our new range of coordinated cables under the CROMO® brand to add a touch of flair to home entertainment installations. Combining stylish design with high quality materials, the CROMO range features gold plated connectors and chrome hoods for better conductivity and resistance to corrosion and tarnishing, ensuring hassle free operation under all conditions.

Comprising of a mixture of USB, DisplayPort and HDMI cables and adapters, the range covers the multitude of different connections required for the average home entertainment set-up today and overcomes some of the problems with space restrictions. CROMO’s selection of super thin, flexible HDMI cables are ideal for awkward connections and weighing approximately 80% less than standard CROMO HDMI cables they also reduce the drag that often leads to cables pulling out of their ports.

The typical living room now houses a mixture of computing and audio visual equipment and whilst manufacturers have concentrated on making the hardware look more attractive, little attention has been paid to the cables that connect them. The CROMO range isn’t just about high quality materials that make reliable connections, but providing a stylish alternative to everyday cables that complements the refinement of today’s home entertainment installations.

Developed to ensure maximum quality, performance and reliability, all cables are guaranteed for 10 years. CROMO High Speed HDMI cables not only support 3D signals and resolutions up to 1080p, they are future proof to meet the demands of 4K2K too.

For more information please visit www.cromo.com.au

USB, HDMI, & DisplayPort cables available

USB, HDMI, & DisplayPort cables available