ATON, a premier manufacturer of high-end home audio and video signal routing and distribution products for the custom installer market, announced today that it is shipping its first high definition video router, adding to its impressive list of breakthrough audio/video distribution systems and technologies. Dubbed the HDR44, this powerful new router brings a choice of four HD and SD sources to four zones and is expandable to eight zones with an additional HD router. The announcement was made by Bob Williams, ATON’s General Manager.
ATON’s HDR44 HD Video Router distributes four HD video sources at up to 1080p, in tandem with digital and analog audio, to four zones over dual Cat 5 cables. Each zone utilizes a single-gang wallplate (R44WP) to output all HDR44 video and audio signals for easy access in each location. Each video source is controlled zone by zone using a single IR receiver connected to the R44WP making it easy to use with any 3rd party universal/learning remote.
The HDR44 HD Video Router brings stability to a market besieged with seat-of-the-pants solutions for home-based video distribution ranging from low quality wireless streaming to PC-based operations far too complicated for normal home use. ATON is focused on creating replicable installation processes for the installer and value for the end user. The HDR44 dramatically reduces the cost of routing video and audio around the home through simplified installations utilizing runs of dual Cat 5 wires to carry HD video, analog audio and SPDIF audio to each location.
“Installers are no longer struggling to pull runs of multiple coax and control wiring through hundreds of feet of walls and ceilings for video and IR control. This not only cuts installation time and wire costs, but provides a lower maintenance system that is completely plug and play with no programming involved. For the end user the HDR44 savings in labor and materials can cut the cost of distributing these signals by as much as 40%,” said Mr. Williams. “The HDR44 handles video seamlessly with solid performance across four zones with an easy upgrade that doubles the system capability to eight zones. Each zone’s connection wallplate features plug and play component video and analog outputs for direct connection to flat panel displays as well as SPDIF digital audio out for connection to an AV Receiver for either stereo speakers or 5.1 Surround Sound. We were very aggressive in the HDR44’s circuit design using high technology to deliver quality signals and reduce manufacturing costs. After extensive beta testing on this unit, everyone involved agrees the HDR44 video router is a high res performer priced well below competing products and an excellent addition to our audio router products.”
Also available is the HDR44 Kit (HDR44KT), which includes 1 HD Video Router (HDR44), 4 HD Receive Wallplates (R44WP), four surface-mount receivers (AIR1b) and a slimline system IR remote and is available for a MSRP of $1,899. Individual component MSRPs include the HD Video Router at $1,299, and the HD Receive Wallplates at $199.
ATON products are designed using multiple control and distribution technologies to provide easy-to-install systems that route, control and deliver audio and video content throughout the home. The company’s core technologies include Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) Speaker Level Audio Routing, Radio Frequency (RF), Infrared (IR), and Category 5 (Cat 5) digital distribution of audio and video. Organized in late 2005 as a development group, the company has been working on key products aimed at providing innovative, affordable systems for consumers. ATON, a division of ELAN Home Systems, LLC is based in Lexington, Kentucky, and sells through a distribution network to custom installers. To learn more, visit http://www.atonhome.com
ATON is a trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC, Lexington, KY.
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PHOTO CAPTION: ATON’s HDR 44 HD Video Router routes four audio sources to four zones using dual Cat 5 wiring.