SAVANT® Introduces New Lineup of Multi-room Media Distribution Products

Advanced A/V devices leverage integrator-friendly features such as HDBaseT™ 5Play™ and an open control protocol for integration into any control environment

Hyannis, MA. September 23, 2013 - Savant Systems, LLC has introduced a new family of multi-room media distribution products composed of three video distribution systems (8x8, 8x6, 8x4), an audio distribution system (32x20) and two HDBaseT receivers to accommodate a wide range of installation options. This new family of devices compliments Savant's recent Wi-Fi®-based product introductions for the connected home, giving integrators the ultimate solution set for both residential and commercial applications. The media distribution products will become available from Savant in October, 2013.

Video Switches: Savant's three new SmartLink HDMI® matrix video switches leverage HDBaseT 5Play technology, which enables integrators to reduce installation time and costs by using a single CAT5e/6 cable to deliver uncompressed high definition video, audio, control, and power across 100 meters of cable length. Savant's SmartLink technology is designed to ensure easy and efficient interoperability with other certified HDBaseT 5Play products. The three new video switch products are designed to be controlled using an Apple® iOS device equipped with Savant's award-winning TrueControl™ apps. The open control protocol of these new devices gives integrators the flexibility to upgrade their customers to a Savant video switch regardless of the existing control environment. The broad range of available control ports facilitates easy management of all audio and video sources, and the HDMI inputs can split off audio to send to a Savant audio switch for whole-house distribution.

HDBase T Receivers: Savant's new HDBaseT receivers are designed to connect the full HDBaseT 5Play feature set in any room, including video, audio, control, power and Ethernet all over a single Cat5e/6 cable. The receivers are available in two form factors; an in-wall solution and a slender standalone module designed to fit in the space between a flat panel display and the wall or mounting surface behind it. The functionality of both versions is identical, allowing integrators a greater range of installation options. Savant's new HDBaseT receivers, paired with any of the new matrix switches, will deliver convenient, cost-effective audio and high-definition video distribution on a single cable path.

Audio Switch: Savant's new SmartAudio SSA-3220 32x20 switch is the ultimate distributed audio solution housed in one compact 2U rack-mountable design. The SSA-3220 includes 16 analog and 16 digital selectable inputs, 20 outputs (16 analog plus four S/PDIF) for passing analog line-level audio to an external amplifier. Both analog and digital audio conversion capabilities are standard and both analog and digital audio is available simultaneously on each output for maximum flexibility. The broad range of selectable analog and digital inputs makes it simple to manage a large number of audio sources. The SSA-3220 incorporates control of volume, balance, and a useful seven-band equalizer (EQ) per zone of analog and digital audio.

"Savant has always been a market leader in scalable media switching, our new distribution systems provide integrators with a tremendous range of options to meet client's needs across a broad range of system sizes and configurations," stated Savant EVP Jim Carroll. "Coupled with our Wi-Fi Lighting and Savant Universal Remote technologies, these systems enable integrators to improve operational efficiencies in ways not possible before," Carroll concluded.

About Savant

Savant Systems, LLC designs, develops and manufactures a complete suite of software and hardware solutions for the connected home and commercial automation and control applications. Savant's progressive platform cohesively addresses control, automation, audio/video, telephony, digital display, lighting control, energy management and the media integration needs of today's most advanced environments. Through their tightly integrated use of Apple® technology, Savant has leveraged the familiarity and intuitive nature of the iPad® and iOS family of devices to address the user interface demands of today's discerning consumers. Savant SmartSystems are sold globally through a network of authorized integrators within residential properties and into a number of different commercial markets including: Corporate Enterprise, Education, Retail, Arenas & Events, Multi-Dwelling Units & Hotels, Government, Healthcare, Luxury Transportation & Marine, Houses of Worship and Broadcast.

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