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Modular Distribution System, 8x8+8

Audio Authority HLX-8C8D8A 8x8+8 Modular Matrix Distribution System

Audio Authority HLX-8C8D8A 8x8+8 Modular Matrix Distribution System

This preconfigured Audio Authority HLX-8C8D8A 8x8+8 Modular Matrix Distribution System offers support for eight input sources - component video, digital audio, stereo analog audio as well as source control.

Twisted-pair outputs for up to eight HD A/V zones are included as well as eight (local) analog stereo audio zones.

The HLX™ System distributes HDTV signals up to 1,000 feet away using convenient twisted-pair Zone Receivers mounted wherever televisions are to be located.  The system features multiple control options, including IR, RS-232, and Ethernet, in addition to elegant touch-sensitive front panel controls.

The HLX-8C8D8A comes pre-configured with (2) 2114 4-input HD Video/Audio Source Cards to handle up to eight component video and digital audio (optical  or coaxial), and/or analog stereo inputs.

Included output cards are (1) 2248 8-Output HD Video/Audio Cat-5 Zone Cards; (1) 2278 8-Output Audio Local Zone Cards, providing a total of 8 twisted-pair outputs for transmission to remote A/V zones, as well as analog stereo audio for up to 8 local audio zones.  All that is needed to complete the system are the Zone Receivers, which are sold separately as 9878, 9879 and 9880 (add to your cart below for special bundle pricing).

Alternate Configurations

Spec your own custom system on our HLX Configurator page, or save money with these pre-configured models:

  • HLX-8C16D - 8 Inputs, 16 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs
  • HLX-8C32D - 8 Inputs, 16 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs
  • HLX-8C8D8A - 8 Inputs, 8 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs, 8 Analog Audio Outputs (as shown on this page)
  • HLX-8C4V8D16A - 8 Inputs, 4 Standard Definition source inputs, 8 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs, 16 Analog Audio Outputs
  • HLX-12C8D - 12 Inputs, 8 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs
  • HLX-12C16D - 12 Inputs, 16 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs
  • HLX-12C24D - 12 Inputs, 24 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs
  • HLX-12C8D16A - 12 Inputs, 8 Cat 5e/6 Zone Outputs, 16 Analog Audio Outputs

Expansion Options

The HLX Matrix Distribution System is based on a card and cage design that is both affordable and installer-friendly, making it simple to expand the system as the need arises.  A wide range of input cards can handle component video, S-video, composite video, VGA/RGB, optical digital audio, coaxial digital audio, analog stereo audio and IR.

Output cards are available for all of the inputs mentioned above as well as twisted-pair cards to drive either single or dual cat-5 A/V zone receivers.

One System to Rule Them All

Forget using a different matrix for each unique application - HLX is one platform that can be used for almost anything.  For integrators, repeatable installations mean more profit, easier design, and simpler maintenance.  The HLX family offers ten different input and output cards, providing almost any combination of inputs, outputs, and signal types to perfectly fit your installation.

Input Cards:

  • Component Video with Analog and Digital Audio
  • VGA (RGBHV) Video with Analog Audio
  • Analog Audio
  • Composite/S-Video with Analog and Digital Audio

Output Cards:

  • Component Video with Analog and Digital Audio
  • VGA (RGBHV) Video with Analog Audio
  • Dual Cat 5 (with Component Video and Analog/Digital Audio)
  • Single Cat 5 (with Component Video and Digital Audio)
  • Dual Cat 5 (with VGA and Analog Audio)
  • Analog Audio

High End Features, No Sticker Shock

Dealer-requested features join old standbys to create our best matrix switcher yet, the new HLX series:

  • Ethernet, RS-232, IR, and front panel controls
  • Breakaway switching (switch video and audio independently)
  • Mixed signal distribution support - use a mix of Cat 5 and coaxial cables in one system
  • Unique ExpressRamp™ volume control for each zone
  • Onboard 10-band EQ for each zone
  • Redesigned and improved 2-way IR routing system
  • Simple PC-based setup
  • One-step USB firmware updates
  • Integrated modular power supply

Greatly Improved Capacity, with Simple Expandability

HLX Modular Matrix Systems can be expanded to accommodate up to 16 inputs (12 audio/video inputs, 4 audio-only inputs) and 168 zone outputs. The card-based architecture and modular design means adding sources or zones to existing systems is easy - just slide in a new card and reboot the system.

Like most Audio Authority products, the HLX-8C8D8A comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer.

Audio Authority's Description

HLX Modular Matrix Systems

  • 8 inputs, 8 Dual Cat 5e/6 outputs, 8 Analog Audio outputs
  • Component video, digital audio, analog audio
  • Ethernet, serial or IR control compatibility
  • Integrated IR routing for source and switching control
  • Range: up to 1,000 feet over two Cat 5e/6 cables
  • Exclusive ZQ 10-Band Zone Equalization

Overview

The HLX™ System distributes HDTV signals up to 1,000 feet away to convenient zone receivers mounted wherever televisions are to be located. Its robust back plane design allows up to 12 sources to distribute component video up to 1080p, along with analog stereo audio, digital coaxial audio, and digital optical audio. The new HLX offers a winning combination of performance, value, and unique features.

  • 12-in, 8 + 8 out matrix (see other configurations)
  • Compatible with Ethernet, serial, or IR control systems
  • Range: up to 1,000 feet
  • Three different Cat 5 zone receiver styles
  • Designed and manufactured in Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Features

  • Integrates seamlessly with third-party control systems from Control4, URC, RTI, and more
  • Distributes video and audio over two Cat 5e/6 cables (zone receivers sold separately)
  • Three dual Cat 5 zone receiver options available (also see single Cat 5 options)
  • Zone outputs extend signals up to 1,000 ft. over two Cat 5e/6 cables
  • Breakaway switching (switch video and audio independently)
  • Specially designed 2-way IR routing system
  • Simple, PC-based setup
  • One-step USB firmware updates
  • Industrial rack mount design featuring a 6-card cage and heavy duty internal power supply
  • Integrated modular power supply

Inputs/Outputs

  • Component video (YPbPr)
  • Digital audio (coaxial and optical)
  • Cross-Converts digital audio - digital coax and optical sources are converted and output as both formats simultaneously
  • Analog stereo audio

Control Interfaces

  • Ethernet port for receiving serial commands via telnet
  • Serial port for receiving RS-232 serial commands
  • Front panel IR receiver
  • Rear panel IR jack (3.5 mm jack)
  • IR input on each zone receiver (3.5 mm jack)
  • Front panel capacitive touch buttons and knob

IR Routing

The HLX includes an IR routing system that is unique in the industry. The new HLX offers individual IR outputs for each source. This routing system allows IR signals returned from a zone to control only the source currently routed to that zone. This design is vital for installations including multiple cable or satellite receivers of the same brand. The HLX also includes a Main IR Output for all signals returned from the remote zones.

Note: IR Routing is not a viable control method for all installations. Before planning to use the HLX system's IR routing capability in your installation, contact our technical support personnel for more information.

Specifications

Video Parameters

  • Video Formats: 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p
  • Input/Output Impedance: 75 ohms
  • Input Ground Isolation: No
  • Gain: 1
  • Gain Accuracy: 2%
  • 3dB Bandwidth: 150MHz
  • Input Coupling: AC
  • S/N Ratio: 61dB
  • Max Gain/Equalization: 1.00 gain

Audio Parameters

  • Input Impedance: 75 ohms/50K ohms
  • Min Load Impedance: 75 ohms/10K ohms
  • Multi-channel Digital: Yes
  • Frequency Response: 10-50KHz
  • S/N Ratio: 72dB
  • THD+Noise: 0.03%
  • Crosstalk: 75dB

Miscellaneous

  • Connector Types (Input): RCA (YPbPr, analog audio, digital coaxial audio), Toslink (digital optical)
  • Connector Types (Output): Dual RJ-45 (6 Cat 5 matrix outputs), RCA (analog audio, digital coaxial audio), Toslink (digital optical), DB25 (analog audio)
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 10.25 x 17.20 x 7.62
  • Product Weight: 22.6 lbs
  • Shipping Weight: 27.5 lbs
  • Agency Approvals (HLX): ETL, FCC, CE
  • Agency Approvals (Internal Power Supply): UL
  • DC Input Connector: 5.5 x 2.1mm
  • DC Input Voltage/Polarity: 18V/Center Positive
  • Max DC Input Current: 1.9AmA (1.0A with no Cat 5 Receivers)
  • Heat Output: 62 BTU/hr

In the Box

  • HLX assembly including card cage and input/output cards
  • AC power cord
  • User Manual

Downloads

Documents

Firmware and Software

IR Codes

Audio Authority HLX-8C8D8A 8x8+8 Modular Matrix Distribution System - Front Panel

Here is a high-resolution view of the front of the HLX Series.

Audio Authority HLX-8C8D8A 8x8+8 Modular Matrix Distribution System, back panel

This is the back panel of the HLX-8C8D8A configuration.

Audio Authority 9878 Stainless Steel Dual-Gang Shallow-Depth Wallplate Receiver - Click Here to view product page

This photo shows the optional 9878 Stainless Steel, dual-gang, shallow-depth wallplate. For more details, click to view product page.
(add to your system options below)

Audio Authority 9879 Single-gang Decora Wallplate Reveiver - Click here to view product page

This photo shows the optional 9879 Decora-style, single-gang, wallplate. For more details, click to view product page.
(add to your system options below)

Audio Authority 9890 Enclosed Surface-mount Receiver - Click here to view product page

This is the optional  9880 enclosed on-wall or in-wall Cat 5 receiver. For more details, click to view product page.
(add to your system options below)

Audio Authority HLX Series focus sheet - click to download PDF

Audio Authority HLX Series focus sheet Click to download in PDF format.

Audio Authority HLX Series Manual - click to download PDF

Here is the installation manual.  Click to download in PDF format.

Purchase Information
Product Description SKU MSRP Your Price Quantity
8x8+8 Modular Matrix Distribution System  HLX-8C8D8A $3445.00 $3101.00
Stainless Steel Dual-gang Wallplate Receiver 9878 $220.00 Add to Cart for Bundle Pricing
Decora®-style Single-gang Wallplate Receiver 9879 $200.00 Add to Cart for Bundle Pricing
Enclosed Receiver 9880 $200.00 Add to Cart for Bundle Pricing
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