Industry Overview

Key Digital is at the forefront of the modern smart home market with Compass Control®, the first fully integrated major control system built from the ground up to use Apple's iOS devices – iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® – as its backbone.

Compass Control integrates HD Video, Audio, HVAC, Security, Shades & Lights, and Music distribution for the entire Smart Home system.

System Examples
Large Multi-Building Property UltraHD/4K Residential Switching & Control Residential Matrix Switching
HDMI Integration and HDCP 2.2. Compliance Solution
Challenge

Integrators face a lot of challenges when working with and installing HDMI solutions. Some of the most difficult to overcome are:

  • "Digital Sparkle" or "Pepper and Salt" image on the screen
  • HDCP or EDID handshaking
  • Need to extract audio from the HDMI signal
  • Need to extend an HDMI signal where there is only an HDMI cable available
  • Signal dropping out or taking a long time to display an image
  • Expensive meters and testers that show what the issues with your HDMI signal are, but do not fix that problems that they point out
Solution

If you are tired of HDMI issues, like handshake and keys, then look no further than Key Digital's KD-HDFIX22 as the ultimate solution to solve your HDMI issues. Nicknamed "The Fixer", "Mr. Fix It" and "The HDMI Swiss Army Knife" by integrators, this unit has the ability to negotiate the handshakes for HDCP and EDID, and re-clock HDMI signal. These benefits produce a brand new fresh signal that can extend up to 75' from the output of KD-HDFIX22.

This powerful tool automatically adjusts feedback, equalization and amplification based on the length of the cabling used. You can even force the Hot Plug Detection (HPD) to ensure the source always outputs signal. KD-HDFIX22 even has the ability to de-embed the audio from the HDMI signal, making it easy to connect to your distributed audio system or DSP. Lastly, with Key Digital's Lifetime warranty, this unit is sure to provide you with many years of trouble-free HDMI viewing.

 

Key Digital Brings HDMI Home in Kelowna, British Columbia

When Lawrence Josey, an installer with Wescom Systems Corporation located in British Columbia, was asked to install a comprehensive smart home system for a residence in beautiful Kelowna, BC, he knew he wanted HDMI as the video delivery method.

Lawrence explained that, this beautiful lakeside residence required HDMI video distribution for six cable boxes, 2 Blue Ray's and a camera DVR so as to compliment the beauty of Kelowna. He also noted that he needed an HDMI matrix switcher which would “fit right in” with the control system he had selected for the residence. Lawrence suggested that the customer have him purchase a Key Digital Hercules Series model KD-HDMS8X8-9X7 HDMI matrix switcher because of its convenience and unstoppable performance in demanding installations otherwise his customer would have been required to purchase a 16x16 matrix switch (the smallest available besides Key Digital) from another manufacturer at considerably higher cost. He also suggested use of our Phantom Series™ model KD-HDDA1X1 HDMI Booster and Buffer to strengthen the digital video signal on the cable run. Due to a highly complex system of HDMI devices to be integrated, Wescom Systems utilized the Phantom Series™ model KD-HDDA1X1 HDMI booster and buffer to guarantee uninterrupted HDMI video and audio. The last piece of the puzzle was Key Digital’s Hot Rod Series model KD-VP1250 Video Processor which easily tied in analog sources into the HDMI matrix for seamless integration.

The Hercules Series™ model KD-HDMS8X8-9X7 is the premier HDMI matrix switcher on the market today and has the capability to tackle any residential or commercial installation. This HDMI matrix switcher offers Video, Audio, IR and RS-232 distribution via a single CAT6/STP cable, Full Audio control per output for volume, treble, bass, balance, and lip-sync 2-ch stereo formats from analog or digital sources, and Full Buffering of HDCP and EDID for seamless and fast switching.

Having already familiarized himself with Key Digital products, Lawrence had a successful experience with his installation and with the help of Key Digital’s System Design Group, was able to deliver with digital.

Lawrence was satisfied and confident that Key Digital had given him the necessary tools for yet another bulletproof installation at his client’s Kelowna, BC location. Come see why Key Digital’s powerful product portfolio is right for your next installation.