TOP
STORIES
 1 of 5
Academy Awards to be Drenched in Dolby Atmos Sound
Over half of the Oscar-nominated films for best sound editing were mixed in Dolby Atmos, including American Sniper, The Hobbit and Unbroken.
 2 of 5
Porsche Drivers Get Even More Attention Thanks to Digital Billboard
Australian billboard equipped with vehicle recognition technology caters its message directly to approaching Porsche drivers on the highway.
 3 of 5
Purdue Football Fans Get a Clearer View of the Action, Rain or…
Ross-Ade Stadium at Purdue University upgrades its outdoor display screens around the stadium and in the VIP area with SunBriteTV.
 4 of 5
DSE 2015 Apex Award Finalists Announced
DSE announces 32 Apex Award finalists from a field of nearly 80 entries all vying for a shot at this esteemed digital signage recognition.
 5 of 5
Flashback Friday: U. of Oregon Upgrades Football Center, Makes the Playoffs
With stunning AV systems installed by CompView Audio Visual, this school's new athletic center is unlike any other.
ZeeVee Announces HD Models for Less Expensive HDbridge 2000 Series
The HD models in ZeeVee's HDbridge 2000 Series of digital video modulators cost 10 to 15 percent less per channel than existing Hdbridge line.

Article


ZeeVee's HDbridge 2000 Series on-premise broadcasting HD and digital SD modulators/encoders
January 24, 2013 | by Tom LeBlanc

When ZeeVee announced the first release from its HDbridge 2000 Series—the Hdb2380 8-channel SD modulator—it was clear that some HD versions would follow.

They have, and four new solutions are being unveiled during ISE 2013 in Amsterdam at price points 10 to 15 percent lower per channel than that of ZeeVee’s existing Hdbridge line.

While the original 2000 Series offering, the Hdb2380 8-channel SD modulator, was presented as “disruptively priced,” by co-founder and CEO Vic Odryna, at $2,299 or $288 per channel and less than one third the cost-per-channel of predecessor Hdbridge 420, the new solutions offer integrators and their clients a similar value proposition in an HD form factor.

“It’s so much bang for your buck,” says Bob Michaels, ZeeVee’s senior VP, worldwide sales.

The next evolution of HDbridge boasts “higher channel density, advanced management capabilities, more output power, killer sound and a cleaner cabling system”—all at lower prices than its existing bridge line, ZeeVee says.

Speaking of that existing bridge line, the newly rounded out HDbridge 2000 Series essentially replaces and improves upon it, but ZeeVee says integrators and clients that bought the HDb-420, HDb-520 and HDb-620 won’t be neglected and it will continue to service and support those products.

The new products include:

Getting the price down wasn’t ZeeVee’s primary goal in developing the HDbrdige 2000 Series, says director of marketing Kai Rostcheck.

“These are feature rich products. This is going to do some damage to our competition,” he says.

ZeeVee is now able to offer good (analog)-better (SD)-best (HD) modulation solutions, which Rostcheck says will benefit integrators selling to clients across various vertical markets.

Another benefit for integrators, he adds, is the new capabilities of the Maestro head-end management software, which is integrated in all HDbridge 2000 Series solutions. It allows integrators to set all channels at once and manage them remotely.

Other features that span the HDbridge 2000 Series include:

  • Front-panel color LCD for channel status
  • Frequency agility so installers can independently select and set broadcast channels
  • Integrated Closed Caption Support, which is required for ADA compliance in many environments
  • Single 1RU Chassis
  • 45dBmV output, which notably provides plenty of signal strength for campus environments
  • Clear QAM broadcast to ensure compatibility with any HDTV
  • Ability to use the tuner built into every HDTV
  • Steel rack-mount enclosure, robust internal power supply, fan cooled

Watch ZeeVee director of marketing Kai Rostcheck introduce the first HDbridge 2000 Series entry, from September 2012:

 

View the 10 photos attached to this entry
             
View photos
About the author

Tom LeBlanc - Editor-in-Chief, CI,
Tom has been covering electronics integration since 2003. Prior to being named editor-in-chief of CI, he was senior writer and managing editor of CE Pro. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Follow him on Twitter @leblanctom.
View all posts by Tom LeBlanc
Social Bookmark or Share This
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Windows Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • E-mail


  • Latest
  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Resources



Recent comments

You are correct! The distinction is that this is the 37th consecutive year that films using Dolby audio technologies…

Posted by Chelsea Cafiero on 2015 01 22 · commented on
'Academy Awards to be Drenched in Dolby Atmos Sound'.

    “Dolby Atmos debuted in June 2012 in the Oscar-winning animated film Brave.”

Posted by Ken DeLoria on 2015 01 22 · commented on
'Academy Awards to be Drenched in Dolby Atmos Sound'.

This is great for Cambridge. Though LogiSon has had this ability for a number of years with their networked…

Posted by Frank on 2015 01 21 · commented on
'Cambridge Sound Management Enables Sound Masking Across Multiple Locations'.

I know LEED is big in some areas of the country, but it never has taken off here in the Washington, DC area,…

Posted by Jerry Stuckle on 2015 01 20 · commented on
'Green Globes Certification vs. LEED: What You Need to Know'.