"HDBaseT enables a single LAN cable to replace multiple cables in the home theater and business environment."
According to TWICE, Pioneer will bring to market this year a new audio/video receiver with built-in HDBaseT capability. Such a receiver would be expected to pass along self-powered HD signals to a distance of a 100 meters over simple Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable.
Products capable of receiving such a signal include models like the EPSON PL Pro G6800 projector, and that is in addition to several extender and matrix devices that can work with the few year old connectivity standard.
From the HDBaseT Alliance, "HDBaseT technology is optimized for whole-home distribution and can connect all the entertainment devices in the home through its 5Play™ feature set, converging uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, Power over HDBaseT (POH) and various control signals all through a single 100m/328ft CAT5e/6 cable."
Adoption of the HDBaseT standard in off-the-shelf components is the breakthrough needed to make the interface cost effective as well attractive for customers. The alliance recently announced plans for a revision of the standard that will incorporate 4K standards beyond the current HDMI 1.4 set.
Other members of the alliance include Samsung, Hitachi, LG and Sony. According to HydraConnect, the estimated manufacture cost for HDBaseT is around $50 per unit. While the long term possibilities for HDBaseT may amount to minor section of the market, it seems that it will appear in at least a few more devices as an option before that outcome can be determined.
Author: Brian Hoss