Check out Atlona’s powerful new 4K UHD content distribution amplifier
Stephan Jukic – August 12, 2016
Atlona has now released a new eight-output 4K ultra HD distribution amplifier which goes by the somewhat clumsy name of the AT-UHD-CAT-8.
The new device is now available for shipping from the company’s website and other retailers and comes with a built-in HDMI-to-HDBaseT distribution system for 4K ultra HD content at a smooth 60Hz with 4:2:0 included. This amplifier also features HDBaseT transmission of up to 70 meters and comes with full HDCP 2.2 content copy protection support for handling the latest studio home entertainment 4K entertainment sources without anti-piracy blockages. There is also a Power-over-Ethernet feature (PoE) built into the AT-UHD-CAT-8 and the amplifier also offers EDID management as well as some advanced display control functionality that’s great for both professional and home theater users. The display UI of the AT-UHD-CAT-8 is also compatible with Consumer Electronics Control for home entertainment in 4K UHD TVs.
Moving along, the AT-UHD-CAT-8 also offers HDMI output connectivity on top of its HDBaseT outputs and this means easy daisy-chaining and 4K signal pass-through. Furthermore, there is built-in IR and RS-232 connection for the device’s amp as well as one for each of the AT-UHD-CAT-8’s output channels. The whole apparatus is also mountable for workflow racks and can fit comfortably even into tighter spaces.
The AT-UHD-CAT-8 is just the higher-end device in a line of 4K ultra HD distribution amps from Atlona and while a bit pricey at $2,299.99, it offers plenty of features for users who need to distribute 4K signals around a home or office.
We should however note that while the AT-UHD-CAT-8 does offer the above-mentioned HDMI 2.0 cable with HDCP 2.2 copy protection, it does not include HDR transmission capacity. We’d call this a major weakness of the amp especially now that 4K content with HDR is growing in scope. Nonetheless, a majority of the ultra HD video content available today from streaming, hard media and VoD sources is still of the SDR type and will be for some time to come, so there’s still plenty of use to be found for the AT-UHD-CAT-8 despite the lack of HDR support in the Atlona amp.
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