For those wondering when we’d see greater HDBaseT adoption and integration in the CE market, Pioneer Electronics has taken a big step to bringing the technology to the everyday consumer. At CES this week, the HDBaseT Alliance announced Pioneer’s membership, which allows them to develop and integrate HDBaseT technologies into their products.
Why is this important? Well, up until now, HDBaseT technology was limited to the professional A/V and home integration markets, making it somewhat difficult to find affordable solutions. Now, with the inclusion of Pioneer, we can expect consumer electronics with integrated HDBaseT hitting the shelves of your favorite big box store, and likely with a reasonable price tag.
The benefits of HDBaseT are many, but center around audio and video distribution over single Cat5e/6 cables. In a home theater, HDBaseT can connect all entertainment devices in a setting through its 5Play feature set, converging uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, up to 100W of power, and various control signals through a single 100m/328ft CAT5e/6 cable with RJ45 connectors. All of a sudden, a savvy consumer could install a few rooms worth of A/V gear without running enough copper to re-skin the Statue of Liberty.
The future looks bright, indeed, for a very cool and very useful standard.