ARISTA Corporation has announced the new ARS-200-HD HDMI Audio-To-Dante Audio converter and the ARS-200-DH Dante Audio Stream-To- HDMI Audio converter, designed specifically for presentation environments where audio needs to be converted from one format to the other and where long-distance transmission is involved.
The ARS-200-HD is a tool for extracting audio from, for example, a DVD player and converting the audio stream to Dante format. This enables the audio signals to be transmitted over a long distance and used with PA systems. The converter / interface uses an HDMI Type A female connector for HDMI input and an HDMI Type A female connector for video loopback output. The HDMI input and loopback output maximum supported video resolution is 4096 x 2160 / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz (4:4:4).
The ARS-200-DH can be employed, for example, in presentation environments where audio is being handled via Dante in order to cover long distances in a large hall while audio and video is desired in the most outlying areas. In such cases, Dante audio is being received by the ARS-200-DH while it is also receiving video input via HDMI. In this case, the ARS-200-DH merges the audio with the HDMI signal so that it can feed external displays. The ARS-200-DH outputs stereo audio (20 Hz to 20 kHz) with a stated frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Maximum video resolution is 4096 x 2160 / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz (4:4:4) and both the video input and the video loopback ports are HDMI Type A female connectors.
Power for both the ARS-200-HD and the ARS-200-DH can be handled via either a DC 12-volt feed or PoE (Power over Ethernet). Both units are housed in a metal housing for added reliability and the dimensions for both units are 3.3 x 3.9 x 1.1 inches.
Paul Shu, ARISTA’s President of Sales and Marketing, states, “Arista continues to broaden and enhance its Pro Audio products portfolio. The ARS-200-HD and ARS-200-DH are two new building blocks adding to Arista’s Pro Audio products baseline and filling the products gap in the residential audio installation market. The ARS-200-HD enables the integrator to add HDMI audio into a Dante audio network and the ARS-200-HD enables integrators to add Dante audio to HDMI audio output in a very quick and easy installation. I believe these two new products can help integrators streamline their installations, saving time and effort in the process.”
ARISTA’s new ARS-200-HD and ARS-200-DH converters / interfaces are scheduled to become available Q1, 2021. For pricing information, contact the company at (510) 226-1800.