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HydraConnect Releases New Control4 HDMI Processor

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HydraConnect LLC has released the second generation of its flagship HDMI processor for Control4 systems, the HSS-2.

The HSS-2 increases stereo capability from 8 zones to 16 zones, while retaining all of the leading edge capabilities of the HSS-1.


“The HSS-2 expands HydraConnect LLC’s offering to Control4 dealers so they now have a single product to perform all the control and switching capabilities for most mid-range applications," David Schanin, CEO of HydraConnect. "HSS-2’s automatic configuration and setup, remote access, plus its host of unique and patented Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) functions, offers substantial value to dealers.”

The HSS-2 functions as a complete control center for whole house audio and video distribution and control. It features an 8X8 HDMI matrix switch, an 8X16 stereo audio matrix switch, and provides for control of televisions, BluRay players, and AV Receivers through CEC.

The HSS-2 supports all HDMI 1.4a features such as 3D and deep color. Additionally, HSS-2 provides for AV remix which allows the customer to watch a video channel while listening to a different audio channel. For example, someone could watch a football game on the television while listening to music from a music server. Using HydraConnect’s proprietary FlashConnect technology there are no video delays when adding or subtracting display devices. The HSS-2’s On Screen Display (OSD) alerts consumers to the sharing of video and audio sources.

The HSS-2 implements a CEC based display and video source control system. CEC is a control mechanism embedded in a standard HDMI interconnect, designed for a single television and DVD players. Using CEC to control televisions eliminates the unsightly IR Flashers as well as all the support equipment required. The HSS-2 is available through authorized HydraConnect dealers.

HydraConnect’s proprietary FlashConnect technology provides for near-instantaneous video switching, eliminating the video delays and picture loss that typically occur when display devices are added or subtracted from a system. The HSS-2 also includes On Screen Display (OSD) to alert consumers to the sharing of video and audio sources.

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