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SDVoE Pits Platform vs. Matrix Switcher

How do you showcase the easy interoperability as well as the performance quality of your AV signal distribution platform? Well, if you’re the SDVoE Alliance, you grab products from eight member companies, connect the various encoders in the group (from Aurora, Altimium, ZeeVee and DVIGear) to the decoders (from Christie, IDK, Kramer and PureLink), hook everything to a managed 10G network switch from another member (Netgear) and cross your fingers that when compared literally side-by-side with a traditional matrix switcher everything goes flawlessly. Actually, president Justin Kennington didn’t really need to cross his fingers to know the interop would not only work, but also highlight some inherent performance benefits of the platform; he admits that in terms of picture quality it’s a wash, but other aspects such as immediate switching performance, ability to maintain sync, and the control attributes – not to mention cost difference – SDVoE has multiple advantages. “The problem is this market has sort of got this segmentation in their head of, well, sometimes I need a matrix switch and sometimes I want AV-over-IP, and we don’t want to be stuck over in that bucket. It’s all signal distribution, and if you’re thinking about a matrix switch then SDVoE is the only platform that can perform at that level in the AV-over-IP world,” he says. “One thing we can notice first [in the parallel setups] is that image quality is the same, measurably the same – we’re not going to sit here and say we have better image quality than HDBaseT matrix switchers. But when you start to use the system you can begin to understand the differences – when I go make 1, 2, 3, 4 routes the [SDVoE] system responds instantly; this [matrix system] wants to freeze-frame, renegotiate all the switching and then get new images on the display.”

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