How many inputs and outputs does the AVAtrix have?
The standard AVAtrix packages can support 6 inputs and 7 outputs (6 wallplate outputs, and one "local" output on the main device).So what if I need more than six outputs?
Using expanders (Model 1176), the AVAtrix can support up to 6 inputs and 37 outputs (36 wallplates, and 1 local output). To handle more than 3 1176 units, you will need a Model 802-568 Bus Cable as well.How many Cat 5 cables need to be run to each wallplate?
The AVAtrix requires two Cat 5 cables per wallplate. This is because of the wide compliment of signal types supported on the AVAtrix system.Can I use just one Cat 5 with the AVAtrix?
In short, no. Though theoretically it could be achieved, using a single Cat-5 with the system would void the system's warranty, and could cause damage. Also, not all signals could be transmitted over a single Cat 5.Can I/should I use Cat-6 instead of Cat 5e?
The AVAtrix does not use Ethernet, so there is no real benefit of using the higher-speed data cabling standard of Cat 6. It will not impede the system's performance, but it won't help either.Will Audio Authority be introducing an HDMI version of the AVAtrix?
It is possible - however, HDMI is still such a challenging format from a distribution perspective, and there are so many difficulties preventing significant distribution ranges with HDMI, that an HDMI AVAtrix isn't a very feasible product at this time.I don't like the stainless steel, dual-gang wallplates. Do you have another receiver I can use instead?
A single-gang, decora-style plate (Model 9879), and a "breakout box" that can be surface mounted, hidden in a wall, etc. (Model 9880) are now available.What Control Methods Do You Recommend for the AVAtrix?
The following are companies we are aware of, that have our codes in their databases:
- Cinemar's MainLobby
- Universal Remote Co.
- Logitech Harmony
Our enclosed IR remote can be used to program any brand of learning remote. We publish our serial command database for RS232 control near the back of the manual.What's the deal with DVI on the AVX-661? Can DVI or HDMI inputs be distributed to the component video wallplates?
The DVI switching capabilities of the AVAtrix (more accurately, of the 1166 device that makes up part of the AVAtrix head-end) are limited to the "local" output of the 1166. HDMI and DVI signals are very difficult to transmit over long distances, and Cat 5 solutions for doing so are generally ethernet, which would add a new complexity and much higher cost to the system.
Component video, which provides virtually identical (and sometimes superior, depending on the application) picture than DVI or HDMI is much easier to transmit over Cat 5, while achieving long distances.
A main concern with converting DVI to Component is that most DVI (and all HDMI) sources are HDCP encrypted. Converting a digital, copy-protected signal to an unprotected analog output like component is explicitly illegal. Making the opposite conversion is okay, but once encrypted, content must stay protected.Where is the AVAtrix manufactured? Where do you ship from?
The AVAtrix is manufactured in Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States of America. We build, engineer, ship, and answer the phone in Lexington.Does the AVAtrix convert audio signals to other audio formats?
The AVAtrix cross-converts digital optical and digital coaxial signals, but does not convert analog audio to digital audio, or vice versa.Is the AVAtrix rack mountable? Are rack mount ears included?
The AVAtrix is rack mountable in a standard 19-inch AV Rack. Rack ears are NOT included, and can be purchased separately. An AVAtrix system requires (1) 1191, and (1) 1192 rack ear set. One additional 1191 is required for each 1176 or 1172 added to the system.How can I connect a whole-house audio system to the AVAtrix?
By utilizing the Model 1172 Audio Interface, you can use a third-party whole house audio system, or dedicated AV receivers with the AVAtrix.I want to send IR commands from the equipment closet out to the rooms through the AVAtrix's IR network. How?
The 1109 IR Injector allows the three wires that are used for the AVAtrix's IR network to be utilized for sending IR either to or from the wallplate locations. However, utilizing this IR Injector prevents signal from reaching the AVAtrix's internal IR network, meaning the IR routing capabilities of the AVAtrix cannot be utilized.