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Atlona 8 by 8 HDMI Matrix Switcher

 

Model Number: AT-H2H-88M

Multiple control options, HD resolutions, and the best audio, the Atlona 8 by 8 HDMI Switcher is built for your home and professional needs. With the ability to pass 1080p, 1920x1200, all Lossy and Lossless audio formats (including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio), full 3D and ARC, the AT-H2H-88M provides a full range of features that ensures the highest quality experience whether you're watching a movie, giving a presentation, and more.

  

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Built in EDID compatibility

  • The H2H-88M ensures compatibility with displays and manages EDID communication between sources and displays. The H2H-88M automatically provides a compatible EDID at start up, and features an EDID learning function that can be customized for any connected component.

Complete Control

  • Easily control the matrix via TCP/IP, RS-232, and GUI. Works with most major control systems. Bidirectional IR allows control of display and source through the same interface.
  • SDDP enabled for easy set up and compatibility with 3rd party control systems

Key Features

  • Full 3D, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio pass through
  • S/PDIF for audio loop out
  • Audio Return Channel (ARC) pass through
  • Dual purpose wall/rack mount ears included

Specifications

  Resolution
  Video 480i@60Hz, 480p@59.94/60Hz, 576i@50Hz, 576p@50Hz, 720p@50/59.94/60Hz, 1080i@50/59.94/60Hz, 1080p@23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60Hz
  VESA 800x600@60/75Hz, 1024x768@60/75Hz, 1280x768@60/75Hz, 1280x800@60Hz, 1280x1024@60/75Hz, 1366x768@60Hz, 1440x900@60/75Hz, 1440x1050@60Hz, 1600x900@60Hz, 1600x1200@60Hz, 1680x1050@60Hz, 1920x1200@60Hz
  Colorspace RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2 (8-bit only)
  Color depth 8-bit, 10-bit, 12-bit
  Audio
  Formats PCM 2Ch, LPCM 5.1, LPCM 7.1, Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  Sample Rate 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  Distance
  HDMI up to 15 meters (@1080p 8-bit) up to 50 feet
  HDMI up to 10 meters (@1080p 12-bit) up to 30 feet
  Signal
  Bandwidth 6.75 Gbps
  CEC No
  HDCP Compliant
  Fan Noise
  SPL 18dBA
  Temperature
  Operating 0°C to 40°C 32°F to 104°F
  Storage -20°C to 60°C -4°F to 140°F
  Humidity 20 to 90% non-condensing
  Power
  Consumption 33.8W
  Idle Consumption 2.4W
  Supply Input: AC100~240V 50/60Hz
Output: DC 24V/2.7A
  Dimension
  H x W x D 44 x 433.8 x 255 (mm) 1.73 x 17.08 x 10.04 (inch)
  H x W x D 55.15 x 433.8 x 255 (mm) 2.17 x 17.08 x 10.04 (inch)
  Weight
  Device 7.05kg 3.20lbs
  Shipping 4.99kg 11.00lbs
  Certification
  Power Supply CE, FCC, cULus

Ports

  HDMI
  Features 3D, 1080p, 1920x1200, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  RJ45
  Control TCP/IP w/GUI and optional SDDP
  S/PDIF
  Audio Formats PCM 2Ch, LPCM 5.1, Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1
  USB B
  Use Firmware updating

Package Contents

QTY   Item
1   AT-H2H-88M
1   24V DC power supply adaptor
1   IR receiver module
1   Remote control
1   Pair of wall/rack mount ears
1   User manual

Do NON UTP Switchers Get a New Lease on Life?

By Dan Tye, Technical Sales and Support Manager, Atlona

This question is one that Atlona has been asking for the last two years. As the world of residential and commercial installation has migrated towards native UTP HDMI switchers, it seemed as though the "local HDMI" switcher was on its way out. Surely, with the ranges required to reach destination displays in most environments today, these switches would be relegated to the Smithsonian with 8 track tapes and 8mm cameras. They have to be, right? These questions weighed heavily on Atlona's mind as they contemplated whether or not to replace their previous generation HDMI switchers, the AT-HD-V44 and AT-HD-V88. Based on the amount of UTP matrix switchers flooding the market, and the future of HDMI output only matrix switchers seemed to be in serious doubt. While these native HDMI switchers were at a lower price point than their UTP counterparts; their limited range, as far as an HDMI cable, made them less desireable for larger residential or commercial integration.

What Atlona found when sourcing feedback from their dealers and distributors is that integrators had started using them with HDMI extenders to offer similar functionality as a UTP switch. As late as last year, this proved extremely problematic. We all know the inherent, well, fickleness of HDMI. Many installers consider HDMI to be a four letter word, even with the analog sunset looming. Some of the installers found out the hard way that these early HDMI switchers didn't include any EDID management. This proved to be a critical issue in the field, as the different EDID files from multiple displays used in these residential installs would often conflict when switched through the matrix. This would lead to having thedesired range with no picture and incorrect sound formats being passed. The secondary issue was the difference in robustness of the HDMI vs. UTP matrix switchers. There seemed to be, in the spirit of reducing cost, a significant difference between the details and features between these two types of switchers. Power issues coupled with EDID problems caused more than one installer to lose all the revenue built in a job due to time spent troubleshooting. This frustration led to many installers to dismiss the use of HDMI switchers and just "bite the bullet" and try to upsell their clients on full UTP solutions. This led to an uncomfortable situation for a lot of installers. They now had to sell a solution well in excess of what their customers needed and increased the overall system cost they felt comfortable supporting.

So what is an installer to do? Until recently, installers were forced to sell so called "binary" systems. These matrix switchers looked for some time to be the best solution for the installer's woes. Featuring both HDMI & UTP outputs, with EDID support they appeared to be poised to save the day. After all, they're less expensive than comparable full UTP solutions and deal with that pesky EDID issue. The flaw in this type of product is that you're still paying more than for a native HDMI switcher, with sender and receiver baluns included. These products also include additional capacity that you don't need because of these "binary" ports. The good news is, there is a solution!
Recently Atlona has released two new native HDMI switchers. The AT-H2H- 44M and AT-H2H-88M are one of the first full featured family of HDMI switchers released on the market. What do I mean by full featured you might ask? I am referring to true EDID management! That's right. One of the most critical issues in matrix HDMI installs has been addressed in this product family. In fact, Atlona included the same EDID management system that is featured on their HDBaseT AT-PRO2HD88M matrix switcher. Additionally, these units have had power issues addressed by moving to a 24V power system with earth grounds. This is extremely important as several of Atlona's competitors use 12V power with floating grounds. This can lead to unreliable power situations, which if you're called to troubleshoot, can quickly eat away at your built-in labor dollars.

You might be saying, "That's great, but I'm still limited to HDMI cables out of the switch for consistent reliability."
Not so in the case of these Atlona units. Knowing that installers sometimes need additional range and flexibility within their switching environment, Atlona has extensively tested these new switchers with their full family of extender products. This testing has revealed compatibility with previous generation chipsets as well as HDBaseT and HDBaseT Lite technology. In testing, Atlona not only tested the output of local sources through the extenders, they tested extending sources that were themselves routed to the matrix through extenders. What this means is that you can have a Blu-Ray player 330ft away from the Matrix switch, which then sends it's signal another 330ft to the local display, for a total of 660ft. With this new level of flexibility, installers have even more tools in their arsenal to adapt to innumerable installation environments.
With the ability to only supply extender pairs on the ports that have to have them, installers are now able to offer a reliable solution to their customers that will be as attractive financially, as they are easy to install.

As an example, the Atlona ATH2H-88M at its MSRP price of $2,999.99 + 8 extender sets totals at $4,839.91. This is $1,159 less than the next closest binary competitor which doesn't include receivers! These competitors might think it's a SNAP to sell their solutions however Atlona knows that installers will see the extreme value associated with this new family of Matrix Switches. Don't let an HDMI matrix switch be a KEY failure in your system design or installation. Atlona will keep you out of the STORM and give you the tools you need to get the job done right the first time. Coupled with Atlona's 3 year warranty and Atlona Advantage program, this is a great way for installers to offer their customers a full featured solution without having to break the bank. When you need solutions that work, trust Atlona, your complete integration partner.

Testing Equipment Used

AT-H2H-88M AT-HD4-V110SR extender Windows 7 PC (HDMI out)
AT-HD4-SI40SR extender Sony Blu-Ray AT-DIS7-PROHD
AT-HD4-V40SRS extender Apple TV (2nd Gen) Sony Bravia 46" LEDTV
 Manuals



V.1



V.2 (4/17/13)



V.3 (8/27/13)
 DataSheet
 IR codes
 CAD files

Matrix EDID Management
 
   
AT-H2H-88M Basic Features
 
   
How to use EDID features
 
   
  Why am I not getting uncompressed audio formats through the SPDIF connection?
  The SPDIF connection does not support uncompressed audio formats like Dolby True HD and DTS master. It supports the following formats: PCM 2Channel, LPCM 5.1, Dolby 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1.

  My DVI display shows pink screen and fails EDID learn. What could be wrong with my unit?
  This is a known issue and it has been addressed in firmware version 1.0.18 and above.

  Why am I only able to output PCM audio and nothing higher?
  This was a known issue to units loaded with firmware version 1.0.09 and older. You can upload the most up to date firmware version to fix this issue.

  Where can I find more information regarding TCP/IP set up?
 

We have detailed TCP/IP set up instructions that include detailed information and screenshots found in our manual from pages 16-18


  I would like to output Dolby Digital from SPDIF output where possible, how do I set-it up?
  We have a few custom EDID settings added to the switch where you would be able to pick one which would have a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Please refer to the page 11 of the manual (option 3, 6 or 8).

  Is there a recommended Telnet client to use with the new switches?
  Popular clients such as Putty and TeraTerm work freely with the new built-in telnet services.

  Which port number does Telnet use? Is it the same as SSH?
  Use standard port 23 for telnet control. SSH (port 22) is not implemented.

  Can I lock down remote access/control?
  Yes, both the web and telnet services can be password protected.

AT-H2H-88M Control Drivers


AMX RS-232 and TCP/IP Control
File Size 567 KB
Date 04.01.13




*SDDP Enabled*

Control4 2 Way RS-232 Control
File Size 64 KB
Date 02.13.13
Control4 TCP/IP Control
File Size 64 KB
Date 03.08.13


Crestron RS-232 and TCP/IP Matrix Control
File Size 3542 KB
Date 04.12.13


Elan Available through Elan
Date 12.20.12


Neets IR and RS-232 Control
File Size 5 KB
Date 11.28.12


On Controls Available through OnControls
Date 11.07.12


RTI RS-232 and TCP/IP control
File Size 480 KB
Date 1.28.14


Universal Remote Control CCP Accelerator RS-232 Control
File Size 2 KB
Date 11.28.12


Vantage Driver Vantage
Date 07.16.14

AT-H2H-88M Firmware

Download Firmware version 2.0.03
File Size 209 KB
Date 10.18.13

Update 2.0.03 Includes

  • Fixed double IP feedback issue
  • New WebGUI for setup and control
  • DHCP default on
  • SDDP support for Control4 integration

Firmware version 1.0.18

  • TCP/IP feature enabled
  • Added Internal EDID Mode for assigning EDIDs directly to an input
  • Added RS-232 commands: Lock, Unlock, Version, Type and x1All
  • Fixed failure issue with DVI EDID recording
  • Fixed bug that caused IR remote commands to fail when keylock was turned on
  • Fixed feedback for power on and power off commands to show correctly as PWON and PWOFF, followed by a carriage return and line feed