Oct. 4, 2022 - 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.
by Michael Hamilton