Hi I am in Sydney Australia and have been reading about the Snap AV products, they seem to be good quality and work out of the box coming from the little information i can find.
I jam looking for an out of the box matrix plug and play system that will do HDMI over one or two cat6 to 4 displays with IR passthrough to control all 4 components. I know there is alot of variables but i just want one that works.
I'm pretty keen on getting my hands on Snap AV's 4x4 HDMI 0ver cat5/6 matrix but I am not sure if the B-210 or the new B-300 is more suitable.
Problem is I can't buy direct from Snap AV nor from Australia due to the fact they only sell to installers as you are all aware.
Now to the B210 or B300 question.
Over here with our paytv (foxtel) remote IR is at 56Khz and all matrixes we can get out hands on will not work with this. I have bought a few units and the only one that has worked so far is the atlona but the 4 x 4 matrix is fairly costly, which is the main reason why I am keen on the Snap AV unit.
Now in regards to the B210 over the B300 I have had someone extensively test the B210 unit, he threw all he could at it to get it to fail and it didn't. Now I am no AV expert but I have done alot of reading and asked for alot of advice. so buying the B300 from the other side of the world when I don't have 100% knowledge and confidence in it is not ideal. I would prefer to have local knowledge and support which I can get with the B-210. Now you might ask why not buy it locally well the price i got for the B210 locally was 2.5 times the price I could get the B300 for from the US. Hence why I am here. The prices we pay in Oz for Av gear is ridiculous.
Also the specs of the B300 are actually not much better than the B210 anyway. The video bandwidth is the same 2.25Gbps over one of the three TMDS data channel as compared to 6.75Gbps over three channels. So basically the same video bandwidth. Also I don't really need the bi-directional control that the B-300 has.
I believe that the IR will not be reliable when it comes to the B-300 being only over one cable, it will interfere with the DDC and CEC channel as they are all serial data connections that work around a similar frequency.
My house has already been wired up with two cat6 to each display and then back to a central hub. The cable requirements for the B-300 are pretty specific and i believe the b-210 would be more stable. If I put the b-300 on unshielded data cable, you can cut the max lengths down a fair bit (in this case, in an ideal environments the B-300 can transmit 1080P @60Hz ~ 10m less than the B-210)
The option of the Hd BaseT is probably just on the little too expensive and maybe a little overspec for what i require but maybe my only option.
Is anyone her able to get there hands on a B-210 matrix, 4 x baluns, targets and emitters and are willing to ship to Sydney Australia. Or does anyone here with hands on experience think the B-300 would be ok for my situation.