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Audio Authority HLX Series Matrix

 Modular Distribution System, up to 16x168

Audio Authority HLX Series Modular Matrix Distribution System

Audio Authority HLX Series Modular Matrix Distribution System

The HLX Series Modular Matrix Distribution System offers support for as many as 16 sources and for as many as 168 twisted-pair A/V zone receivers.

The system is based on a card and cage design that is both affordable and installer-friendly. 

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.

We have all chassis and expansion cards in stock and ready for your custom build, so we can ship most configurations within one business day!

The system features multiple control options, including IR, RS-232, and Ethernet, in addition to elegant touch-sensitive front panel controls. 

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. 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

The HLX Modular Matrix System accommodates 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.

Now Shipping 

Spec your own system or save money with these pre-configured models:

  • Model HLX-8C16D - 8 inputs, 16 Dual Cat 5e/6 outputs
  • Model HLX-12C8D - 12 inputs, 8 Dual Cat 5e/6 outputs
  • Model HLX-12C16D - 12 inputs, 16 Dual Cat 5e/6 outputs
  • Model HLX-12C24D - 12 inputs, 24 Dual Cat 5e/6 outputs

All of these models share these common features:

  • 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
  • Zone receivers sold separately as 9878, 9879 and 9880 (add to your cart below)

Click here to see a comparison of all Audio Authority Component Video over Cat-5 Distribution Systems.

Like most Audio Authority products, the HLX 2000 Series comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer.

Audio Authority's Description

HLX Modular Matrix Systems

The HLX is the ideal solution for mid to large scale installations such as restaurants, casinos and sports bars, hitting the sweet spot where capability meets value.

Greatly Improved Capacity, with Simple Expandability

The HLX is a pro-grade modular matrix system based on a robust card and cage design that is affordable, reliable, and installer-friendly. We designed a new high bandwidth back plane to handle 1080p video from up to 12 sources. Other configurations, such as 8x32, are also available using the six-slot Model 2006 card cage. AV signals include Component Video, digital audio, and analog audio for sources and the same for zones via Cat 5 connections.

Adding sources or zones to existing HLX systems is easy - just slide in an additional card and reboot the system. Integrators will find it is easy to double the number of sources in existing AVAtrix installations because the HLX uses the same Cat 5 cabling and zone receivers.

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, 24-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)
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 10.25 x 17.20 x 7.62
  • Product Weight: TBD
  • Shipping Weight: TBD
  • Agency Approvals: ETL, FCC, CE
  • 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
 

Drawings

Application Drawing - Sports Bar (PDF)
HLX and SonaFlex team up for a winning combination in sports bar applications.

Drivers

Control4 Driver for HLX (PDF)
Version 2.6 two-way Control4 Driver for HLX systems - added January, 2013

Firmware

HLX Firmware Version 2.3.0 (ZIP)  See the HLX Change Log for details.

WARNING: Are you upgrading from version 1.3.0 or before? Check your HLX Firmware Versions menu. If so, follow [the Extended Update Procedure described in this PDF document].

IR Codes

RTI IR Code Library (ZIP)  IR code library for Audio Authority products, posted 12/3/2011
HLX IR Codes (ZIP)  IR codes in .xls and .pdf formats, posted 12/1/2011

Literature

Product Focus Sheet (PDF)
Mfocus Sportsbar1 (PDF)  Application diagram for HLX in a sports bar, club, or restaurant.

Manuals

User Manual (PDF)
HLX User Manual with new low-pass mode documentation and other DSP serial commands.
HLX Control4 Driver Instructions (PDF)
How to install and use the Control4 driver version 2.3 for HLX.
Firmware Update Instructions (PDF)
Instructions for updating HLX firmware version 2.0.0 or greater to version 2.2.0.

PC Software

HLX PC Utility (ZIP)
Windows™ PC software utility - now with low-pass filter settings, includes 10 EQ presets. Version 1.4.
Audio Authority HLX Modular Matrix Distribution System - Front

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

Audio Authority HLX-8C16D back panel

This is the back panel of the HLX-8C16D configuration.

Audio Authority 2114 Module

Shown here is the optional 2114 four input Component Video/Audio Card.

Audio Authority HLX-12C24D back panel

This back panel view shows a typical 12x24 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
Pre-Configured Systems SKU MSRP Your Price Quantity
8 x 16 Component HD Matrix Distribution System HLX-8C16D $3557.00 $3202.00
8 x 32 HD Component Matrix Distribution System HLX-8C32D $4686.00 $4218.00
12 x 8 Component HD Matrix Distribution System HLX-12C8D $3290.00 $2961.00
12 x 16 Component HD Matrix Distribution System HLX-12C16D $3925.00 $3523.50
12 x 24 Component HD Matrix Distribution System HLX-12C24D $4449.00 $4004.00
8 x 8 Component HD w/8 Audio Matrix Distribution System HLX-8C8D8A $3445.00 $3101.00
12 x 8 Component HD w/16 Audio Matrix Distribution System HLX-12C8D16A $4257.00 $3832.00
8 Component and 4 SD x 8 HD w/16 Audio Matrix Distribution System HLX-8C4V8D16A $4947.00 $4453.00
Stainless Steel Dual-gang Wallplate Zone Receiver 9878 $220.00 Add to Cart for Bundle Pricing
Decora®-style Single-gang Wallplate Zone Receiver 9879 $200.00 Add to Cart for Bundle Pricing
Enclosed Box-style Zone Receiver 9880 $200.00 Add to Cart for Bundle Pricing

Individual System Components
SKU MSRP Your Price Quantity
HLX Primary card case (6U) ***Required*** 2006 $1500.00 $1350.00
HLX Expander card case (4U) ***Optional*** 2014 $999.00 $899.10
HLX Blank Card cover (Any slot) 2100 $36.00 $32.40
HLX 4-input HD Video / Audio card (2006 Slots I,2,3 only) 2114 $350.00 $315.00
HLX 4-input Video / Audio card (2006 Slots 1,2,3 only) 2124 $1199.00 $1079.10
HLX 4-input Analog Audio card (2006 slots 1,2,3,4,only) 2174 $199.00 $179.10
HLX 4-input HD Video / Audio card (2006 Slots I,2,3 only) 2214 $385.00 $346.50
HLX 8-output Audio/Video over Cat 5 Driver Card 2248 $660.00 $449.10
HLX 8-output Analog Audio card (2006,2004 Slots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,only) 2278 $594.00 $485.00
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