HDANYWHERE have announced that they intend to add six new MHUB 2.0 video matrix models, standalone uControl zone processors and an improved audio matrix-amplifier to their multiroom AV system line-up at Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam in February.
Designed for the most-modern home entertainment market requirements, the new matrix models ‘MHUB U 2.0’ and ‘MHUB PRO 2.0’ are (unsurprisingly) fully HDMI 2.0 compatible, boasting 18G HDMI interfaces that support the latest 4K HDR video content and Dolby Atmos surround sound. As with all MHUB systems, they’re easily-controlled via the bundled-free uControl universal remote app or with Alexa voice control. Remote system management is also available via the HDA Cloud service, which is a popular plus point for the modern integrator.
The new MHUB PRO 2.0 systems feature a whole range of performance improvements and functionality upgrades, which specifically address the needs of a contemporary install.
HDA are room-to-room home entertainment innovators, recently launching MHUB V&A – a complete solution for watching and listening throughout the home. An MHUB V&A system delivers multiple locations of pixel-perfect 4K video and 110W amplified audio zones from a central point. In addition to HDMI video matrix switchers (the MHUB ‘V’ part), HDA offer a newly multizone audio matrix-amplifier with improved DSP (the MHUB ‘A’ part) and a universal control system to bring it all together, uControl. Maximising multimedia enjoyment throughout the whole home with immersive entertainment, but without the usual tech clutter dotted about.
UNIFYING HOME ENTERTAINMENT
MHUB systems enable users to centralise video sources so that they’re hidden away, thus creating neater, uncluttered living spaces. Financial investments in AV devices and content are maximised through multiple display usage and enhancements in performance, like improved sound or more straightforward control. Entertainment throughout the home becomes a more unified experience with consistent content availability and a familiar intuitive control interface everywhere with the uControl app. Ultimately, HDA products deliver higher-quality audio-visual experiences, pixel-perfect images, honed impactful sound and new universal control options.
HDA have also worked hard on making the control of whole-home AV easier than ever. Their free uControl app unifies and simplifies complete AV system control within a single screen and liberates HDA from the shackles of being exclusively dependent on third-party control systems.
The latest version of the uControl app brings a more refined and simplified interface that makes controlling entertainment throughout the whole-home more immediate and intuitive. For example, volume can now be controlled using the hardware buttons on phones/tablets.
In 2019 uControl won’t just be value-add feature of every MHUB matrix, but also a standalone product in its own right with two zone processors being released. The ZP and ZPM provides wired infrared, serial or CEC control of a full set of devices in a room via the uControl App.
PATENTED IO EXPANDING INTEGRATION
But HDA’s focus on uControl doesn’t mean that they’ve gone cold for third-party controllers. Integrators will appreciate the new Chowmain-written IP control drivers that integrate a V&A stack super-easily with third-party control systems like Control4 and RTI for a great pro integration experience. The new drivers leverage HDA’s patented uControl IP2IR technology to utilise the IR I/O ports on both the central HDMI matrix and the HDBaseT display receivers to deliver additional and expanded control capability to third-party control systems. Meaning that MHUB matrix systems allow third-party controllers to utilise the MHUB’s multi zone IR pathways as IO port expansion, giving additional infrared outputs for easy control and integration of all AV components without requiring more control system hardware, and at no additional cost.
Visit HDANYWHERE at ISE in February (booth 5-U62) to see all this and more. Shipping in time for the show.
5 NEW FEATURES OF MHUB PRO 2.0
• 4K HDR content is supported thanks to 18G HDMI interfaces and backplane for 4K/60 (4:4:4). And HDBaseT 2.0 can transmit 4K to displays up to 100-metres away over a single Cat6 cable.
• Internal video scaling can select certain zones for downscaling to 1080p, without affecting higher 4K resolution zones.
• Grabbing audio from either the source or display is possible, so it can be connected to amps, active speakers or soundbars. HDMI-ARC returns the audio from TV streaming apps to the ports on the MHUB.
• Internal audio matrix with volume and delay adjustments.
• CEC 2.0 Control removes the need for IR cabling and magic eyes stuck onto TVs.