Following on from the huge success of the neo:X, Pulse-Eight has launched their new neo:X+. The new system features the identical set-up of the award winning neo:X with 8x HDMI inputs, 8x HDBaseT outputs and 2x HDMI outputs alongside 10 zones of audio outputs, but the neo:X+ has the addition of 4x audio input zones with the option of Optical or Digital Coax for each input zone.
When audio routing is set to Sink Mode, these additional inputs allow audio routing to any of the audio output zones, enabling the audio to be controlled completely separately to video. The system has an audio locking feature to enable continuous audio to an output zone regardless of switching video sources – perfect for house parties or commercial environments such as sports bars.
When audio routing is set to Source Mode, audio outputs 1-8 are locked to HDMI inputs 1-8 respectively, with audio outputs 9 and 10 linked to audio inputs 9 and 10. The audio routing mode is controlled via the Pulse-Eight web interface which also features an end-user friendly interface for a full web remote control and source switching. Within the admin section of the interface, installers can fully setup the system on-site including the audio routing modes, audio delay (to fix lip sync issues), ARC settings plus the standard EDID, CEC, Alexa and many more settings featured within the interface.
As per the neo:X system, the neo:X+ has a built-in audio matrix and supports ARC (audio return channel) enabling audio to be sent back to the matrix from the output source – perfect for routing audio from smart TV apps back through the matrix to external speakers.
Both neo:X systems come with a full kit including 8x neo:Ultra Receivers which, at only 13mm high, are perfect for a discreet installation. Using DSC (Display stream compression) the Receiver allows flawless HDBaseT video transmission with zero latency or tearing. Implementing the latest technology, the neo:X, neo:X+ and the neo:Ultra Receiver support 4K/60, 4:4:4, 8bit or 4K/60 4:2:2, 12bit up to 100-metres and supports 1080p up to an impressive 150-metres!
As with all Pulse-Eight matrices, you can choose from multiple video control methods including CEC, IR, Alexa voice control and set top box IP control. Having these options allows the installer and the end-user to agree on what is best for their requirement including requests such as no sticky IR buds on the TVs or a hatred of multiple remote controls. The neo matrix range is also fully compatible with all major control systems including Crestron, Control4, ELAN g!, RTI and URC. All CEC features are exposed in the drivers which allows you to create powerful control experiences and ensure full compatibility with home automation products.