Industry Overview

Key Digital is the only manufacturer with the power and know-how to distribute 4K video content throughout your storefront. Our system design experts consult on the optimal way to upgrade your system and make your products look – and sell – better than ever.

From bulletproof retail installations utilizing HDMI technologies to large scale, multi-monitor displays, Key Digital® has the product portfolio to succeed in a retail environment. Key Digital® is precisely tailors its video and audio products to handle the challenges of retail demands: control over long distance runs, HDMI distribution, and high end picture quality.

System Examples
Large Showroom Video Distribution Retail 4K Video Distribution  
Distributed 4K Retail Space Solution

A profitable retail space installation will create a lot of challenges for the installers. Solving these issues early with Compass Control® is the answer.

  • 4K Retail Space Solution
    Creating a bulletproof Ultra HD/4K infrastructure to keep up with competing retailers
  • Sharing an Ultra HD/4K content on multiple displays over long runs throughout the store
  • Dealing with an environment that has a lot of potential electrical interference
  • Providing store managers with elegant and easy-to-use control interface

Compass Control®
is the first fully integrated major control system built from the ground up to use Apple's iOS devices – iPad®, iPad mini®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® – as its backbone.

As Ultra HD/4K starts becoming the standard video format on the market, your retail customers will demand it as part of their infrastructure. Distribute Ultra HD/4K source to multiple displays with Key Digital's Distribution Amplifiers using proprietary Full Buffer™ System. Extend Ultra HD/4K signals up to 120 ft. with HDBaseT/HDMI extenders and shielded CAT6/STP cabling, while protected from electrical interference.

Compass Control® can take your showroom install to the next level by integrating video distribution with lights, climate, security and power management. With a single button press on our custom interface, store associates can power up/down all of the store displays and control video. Open-ended Compass Control® architecture allows easy addition of lighting, security, or HVAC into the system via pre-built modules and drivers.

Qty Model Description
6 KD-1x8CSK 1 Input to 8 Outputs HDMI Distribution Amplifier,
supports Ultra HD/4K
1 KD-HDFIX22 HDMI Extender, Booster & Buffer of EDID with Audio De-Embedder, supports HDCP 2.2, TMDS, HPD, Ultra HD/4K
5 KD-MC1000 Master Controller (Wired/LAN, supports up to 8 Ports)
4 KD-X400POHK Power over HDBaseT/HDMI via Single CAT5e/6 (Tx + Rx Set) Extenders, support Ultra HD/4K
1 KD-ProCL1 Compass Control® Software License,
supports Apple iOS (1 Unit)
1 KD-CAT6STP1X High Performance CAT6a/STP Cabling – 1,000 ft. Spool
Key Digital powers Boscov's Department Store
100+ Displays HDMI Retail Installation

Boscov's Department Store achieves success with 100+ HD Displays, 4 HDMI Sources, and custom HDMI Distribution Solutions from Key Digital.

Last summer we received a call from long time Key Digital customer Boscov’s. They have been using Key Digital Component Video distribution amplifiers for over 10 years in all of their 30+ locations but had some questions about taking their showrooms to the next level.

As they prepared their Moorestown, NJ store for renovation including a state of the art A/V department makeover, they wanted to explore their options for upgrading the system to 1080p with 3D ready capability via HDMI.

Boscov's, like many other A/V retailers, have been hearing lots of rumors on what they can and can’t do with HDMI. Rumors such as, “you can only run HDMI 30 ft.” or “you can only share an HDMI source with 2-3 displays, anything more and you will have lots of handshake issues and problems”. These issues are unacceptable for a retailer; but all of them have been resolved and proven incorrect by Key Digital.

Key Digital’s high level of in-house HDMI engineering is led by multiple HD Digital patents holder & Guru Mike Tsinberg. Our advanced hardware and software allow any one HDMI source to be distributed to up to 512 displays without any digital loss, audio dropouts, flashing screens, or inter-brand compatibility issues customers read about and experience everyday.

In order to accomplish this 100+ display system, we started with an SDG (Key Digital’s System Design Group: diagram and planned a system that took into consideration the needs of Boscovs new showroom layout.

The Key Digital SDG team quickly reviewed the directives on how Boscovs wanted to merchandize their new showroom floor by working within the given layout and without altering the goals of the big box retailer. Once the design was delivered, the next step was training Boscov’s installation team at Key Digital’s world headquarters in Mount Vernon, NY to handle the upgrade. During this time, we were able to demonstrate to them the ease of Key Digital HDMI solutions that were implementd in the installation for connecting multiple displays of many different sizes and manufacturers at our advanced engineering and testing lab.

Boscovs wanted stunning 1080p 3D ready HDMI signals run to every display showing the same source so their customers could have an “apples to apples” comparison instead of only one display looking like it had “spiff technology”. This was achieved through HDMI switching and distribution solutions with our Phantom Series™ line of HDMI Switchers (KD-HDSW4x1Pro) and Distribution Amplifiers (KD-HDDA1X8). The large floor layout challenge was addressed with Key Digital's FatCAT Series™ KD-CATHD150 Baluns, enabling long distance distribution of the HDMI Signals via CAT5/6 cables.

The investment that Boscovs made on converting this showroom to 1080p 3D ready HDMI from Key Digital is sure to pay HUGE dividends, and paves the way for the rest of the 30 stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to be the first to have a fully digital sales floor.

FLANNERS/COLDERS Home Entertainment turns to Key Digital for Showroom HDMI Distribution Solution

Electronics retailer Flanners has recently updated their showroom display floor to an all digital HDMI distribution scheme. Heading up their Custom Systems division, Ron Lemke talks about their decision to use Key Digital as the heart of this new system;

“We recently built a new showroom and needed an HDMI distribution system for two sources going to 62 TV’s. After looking into several different manufacturer’s products and concepts we decided on Key Digital”

Utilizing Key Digitals invaluable Systems Design Group diagrams, Ron was able to have a complete system mapped out in detail before a single wire was run;

“Their engineering staff designed the whole system and provided a diagram for us to navigate through the wiring phase. We installed all the TV’s and distribution and with the exception of two TV’s everything went as planned. Those two TV’s had a problem locking in on the signal as they were 720P and all others were 1080P. I called KDS and they gave me an immediate fix by adding one more device. We installed that and all has been perfect ever since. I can highly recommend not only their product, but their commitment to customer service as well.”

Key Digitals exclusive EDID control handled the problem displays and allowed them to incorporate all of their specified equipment without issues. The Phantom Series™ KD-HDSW switchers and KD-HDDA distribution amplifiers created a seamless 2x62 configuration for their new, now all digital showroom.

“I’ve now had them design another system for a 16 zone residential project and I look forward to working with their products again,” said Ron Lemke, Senior Custom Systems Specialist at Flanner’s Home Entertainment.