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CEDIA Expo 2011: DVDO rolls out new entry level products

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Posted September 30 2011 - 05:27 PM

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I’ve been a DVDO user since we launched the HD DVD truck and used a prototype DVDO iScan to feed 24FPS from the HD DVD discs as the first generation Toshiba HD DVD player didn’t support that frame rate.  Last year I took advantage of the DVD iScan Duo upgrade offer from iScan users. 

We caught up with our friends from DVDO at CEDIA and saw some of the new products that they were sporting.  There were three new products that DVDO was announcing, some of them in connection with Silicon Image.

For those that can’t afford the $1299 price for the DVDO iScan Duo, DVDO has come out with entry level processor that replaces the DVDO EDGE.  It is called the DVDO EDGE Green is a lower power, more cost-effective product that enables plug-and-play management of legacy audio/video.  The EDGE Green has five HDMI A/V inputs, four analog video inputs, five separate audio inputs.  The solution’s advanced video processing ensures the most optimal image is displayed from any given system. The EDGE Green can also reduce latency to less than a single frame using its “Game Mode,” making it an ideal solution for the gamer community.  There is also an optional feature that allows a MHL smartphone to connect up to the EDGE Green and watch content directly from your smartphone.

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The product that interested me the most was the DVDO AirHD.  This is a wireless HD 1.1 interoperable device that allows for 60GHz uncompressed HDMI performance.  This product uses Silicon Image technology and seems to be the same product that Paradigm uses for their wireless subwoofers and that Epson is using with their wireless HD projectors.  I am a huge wireless fan, but I’m quite curious on how this performs compared to a wired solution. 

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Finishing off the new products that were being demonstrated was a 6x2 full matrix switch that was using Silicon Image technology.

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One might wonder why we are writing about a matrix switch, but this particular matrix switch offers something that was pretty interesting for the viewer who wants to monitor a variety of HDMI sources at once and have instantaneous switching between the sources.  Below is a demo of the screen interface showing all six different HDMI sources on the screen at once via P.I.P.   While this is pretty interesting, the most interesting part, which can’t be shown in a picture, was the neat instant switching from one of the P.I.P.’s to the main screen!  If you are a sports fan, this allows you to have multiple games on screen at once and the ability to switch between them almost instantly.  We will keep you up to date on when DVDO announces pricing and availability for this product!

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