Lightware MMX8x4-HT420M HDMI and TPS Matrix Switcher with Special Audio Inputs and Multiport Control Options - 91310042

LightWare SKU: 91310042
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MMX8x4-HT420M is a standalone matrix switcher specifically designed for conference room environments. It has four HDMI and four TPS (HDBaseTTM) inputs with two HDMI outputs and two TPS outputs. 4K / UHD (30Hz RGB 4:4:4, 60Hz YCbCr 4:2:0), 3D capabilities and HDCP are fully supported.

MMX8x4-HT420M has a dedicated Special Audio Input Block with input ports for microphone and line-in. The built-in sound mixer allows for free mixing of the audio signals from the de-embedded HDMI, the microphone or the line-in. The Special Audio Input block includes a voice activation feature, allowing the volume of the voice of a person speaking into the microphone to be automatically focused, and the volume of the rest of the sounds to be lowered as soon as the presenter starts speaking.

The device also has two balanced 5-pole Phoenix audio connectors at two of the HDMI inputs. The audio signal direction of the port can be changed with the Lightware Device Controller software, so these audio ports can be either input or output ports.

The audio signal presented by the built-in mixer is channeled to one shared, balanced 5-pole Phoenix audio output, including the mixed audio of a selected, de-embedded HDMI audio, the microphone and the Line-in.

PoE 48V remote powering is available on every I/O TPS ports for cost-effective installations.

MMX8x4-HT420M receives and transmits digital video, audio and control to a distance of up to 170m over a single CAT6 cable. Using factory, custom or transparent EDID emulation the user can fix and lock EDID data on each input connector. Advanced EDID Management forces the required resolution from any video source and fixes the output format to conform to the system requirements. The unit can be controlled via RS-232, Ethernet or USB ports, but it also offers Ethernet, RS-232, Serial and IR command injection capabilities, allowing to send any control command directly from the LAN connection to remote end points.

The built-in Event Manager feature provides control via RS-232, IR, Ethernet, Relay and GPIO ports. The MMX8x4-HT420M is compatible with both HDBaseTTM extenders and HDBaseTTM compliant displays.

 Advanced Control Pack Features:

  • 100 available event slots in ’Plus’ extenders
  • Support RS-232 protocol for communication and control of third party devices like VC codecs. This allows the Cisco Room Kit login on RS-232–USB connection.
  • Support to receive CEC commands for control of displays and Lightware Event Manager to automate room actions.
  • Support to send CEC commands on HDMI ports for control of other devices.
  • Support true Infrared messages using HEX codes to control TVs, media players and other devices with IR emitters.

Highlighted features

  • Cisco VC room integration compatibility
  • Advanced control feature pack for 3rd party video conference collaboration
  • Extends DVI or HDMI 1.4 + Ethernet + RS-232 + IR over one CAT5/6/7 cable
  • Built-in PoE injector* for remote powering extenders
  • Balanced analog audio output for audio de-embedding
  • Audio embedding and de-embedding
  • Built-in Event Manager control automation feature
  • Built-in microphone pre-amplifier and sound mixer

The similar MMX8x4-HT400MC is the corporate version of the MMX8x4-HT420M with fewer services and features. Please compare the differences of these matrix switchers with the help of the following comparison table:

Features and Services MMX8x4-HT420M MMX8x4-HT400MC
4K / UHD (30Hz RGB 4:4:4 60Hz YCbCr 4:2:0) and 3D capabilities Yes Yes
HDMI input ports 4x 4x
TPS (HDBaseT) input ports 4x 4x
HDMI output ports 2x 4x
TPS (HDBaseT) output ports 2x No
Up to 170 m transmission over TPS Long Reach Mode for Full HD signals Yes No
Balanced bi-directional analog audio ports 2x No
Balanced analog audio output for the built-in mixer 1x 1x
Special Audio Input Block for active microphone and line-in Yes Yes
Built-in DSP, sound mixer and ducking function for voiceover Yes Yes
Ethernet port for device control 1x 1x
Ethernet ports for external device control 2x No
Ethernet via TPS Yes No
Bi-directional RS-232 ports 2x 2x
Serial/IR ports for display control 2x 2x
IR ports for display control 4x 2x
Relay output ports 4x No
GPIO port 6x GPIO + 5V + GND No
PoE function to feed remote power to connected devices Yes No
Front panel LCD and jog dial button Yes Yes
Event Manager built-in control feature Yes Yes
Dimensions 442 W (482 with ears) x 300 D x 87.8 H mm

Please visit the product page of MMX8x4-HT400MC for more information.

Resolution Pixel clock rate Cable lengths
(Auto / Long reach TPS mode)
1024x768@60Hz 65 MHz 100 m / 130 m* 90 m / 120 m* 120 m / 170 m*
1280x720p@60Hz 73.8 MHz 100 m / 130 m* 90 m / 120 m* 120 m / 170 m*
1920x1080p@60Hz (24bpp) 148.5 MHz 100 m / 130 m* 90 m / 120 m* 120 m / 170 m*
1920x1200@60Hz 152.9 MHz 100 m / NA 90 m / NA 120 m / NA
1600x1200@60Hz 162 MHz 100 m / NA 90 m / NA 120 m / NA
1920x1080@60Hz (36bpp) 223 MHz 70 m / NA 70 m / NA 100 m / NA
3840x2160@30Hz UHD 297 MHz 70 m / NA 70 m / NA 100 m / NA
4096x2160@30Hz 4K 297 MHz 70 m / NA 70 m / NA 100 m / NA

* Long reach TPS mode supports pixel clock frequencies up to 148.5 MHz.

To specify the accurate extension distances, please also check the documentation of the connected HDBaseT-compatible device.

CAT7 SFTPAWG23 cable is always recommended

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