HydraConnect LLC has introduced the HSS-2 HDMI Matrix Processor for use in Control4 smart home systems. The HSS-2 is an 8×8 HDMI matrix switch, with an 8×16 audio matrix, and full support for HDMI 1.4a, including 3D and deep color.
Utilizing Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) functions, the HSS-2 allows direct control of the eight HDMI devices — a function previously unavailable in Control4 installations. For compatible source components, this signals the end of the ugly IR flasher stuck to the front of the device and less wiring, a plus for consumers and installers alike.
The goal of the HSS-2 is to be the only box you need for most mid-range installations. With the ability to distribute video over 8 zones and audio over 16 zones, I’d imagine that it will cover most homes. As an added bonus, the A/V remix capability allows you to have video from one source, while taking audio from another. For example, you could have a football game on screen while listening to music from a server.
HydraConnect’s proprietary FlashConnect technology allows for near-instantaneous video switching, virtually eliminating video delay and signal loss notifications. The HSS-2 also includes an on-screen display to alert customers to the sharing of video and audio sources.
The HSS-2 also has what HydraConnect calls an HDMI CableTray to provide mechanical support for HDMI connections. I would call it a lacing bar and a very nice touch for securing HDMI cables to the unit.
The HSS-2 is available through authorized HydraConnect dealers.