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KD-MSCAT8X8 Hercules Series™ switchers is cleanly expanded to up to 40x40 with the use of ribbon cable interconnects, and delivers full independent matrixing of Video, Audio, and Control via a single CAT5 cable.
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KD-HDMS4X4 Hercules Series HDMI Matrix Switcher Key Digital delivers the power of HDMI Matrix Switching, the features and flexibility of the Hercules Series, and the reliability that only Key Digital can provide.
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KD-MSVA4x4, KD-MSCAT4X4 and KD-MSWCAT8x8 FatBoy Series Component/RGBHV Switchers are the newest addition to Key Digital’s family of Matrix Switchers. » KD-MSVA4X4 » KD-MSWCAT4x4 » KD-MSWCAT8X8

  • Date: Friday, January 14th, 2011
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Key Digital Introduces a New Line of HDMI Wall Plates
Key Digital Gives Outlook for 2011
and Looks Back on 2010

When we look back on 2010 we see a year of many changes in our industry and here at Key Digital as well. Thanks to the continued support of our customers worldwide, we anticipate an even more exciting 2011. Key Digital has invested heavily into new product development and more diverse categories which we will be unveiling in the coming Year. We vow to continue this powerful upward trend that will reconfirm our status as the experts in Video and Audio Technology in 2011 and beyond.

Thank you for your support and best wishes for prosperity in 2011.

2010 Highlights for Key Digital

2010 was a year full of memorable moments for Key Digital. We hope you will enjoy sharing these highlights with us.

New Product Releases

This was a very active year for Key Digital’s team of Engineers. Key Digital invested significant resources for the Research & Development of products that enabled our growth into more Vertical Markets. Products released in 2010 include:

KD-HDMS4x4 / 8X8

KD-BBTX/RX

KD-MSWCAT4x4/8x8

KD-MSVA4x4






Key Digital Established as HDMI Leader at INFOCOMM 2010

Perhaps the greatest proof of Key Digital’s growth into the Pro AV market was the fantastic turnout at Key Digital’s 2010 InfoComm Booth. Thanks to everyone who visited the Key Digital booth at this years InfoComm 2010. All dealers, installers and industry insiders agree that Key Digital is the manufacturer to partner with for successful HDMI signal distribution.

The message from the dealers, installers and industry insiders was that as far as HDMI signal handling goes; it was Key Digital hands down. Whether it was our KD-HDMS4x4 / KD-HDMS8x8 HDMI Matrix Switchers, our Phantom Series™ HDMI Switchers, or our Phantom Series™ HDMI Distribution Amplifiers, HDMI has been conquered.

Excitement that only Key Digital Can Deliver at CEDIA Expo 2010



Thanks to everyone who visited the Key Digital booth at this years CEDIA 2010. The Key Digital Booth was the hottest spot on the CEDIA Floor and the only place to go for the $25,000 Giveaway. We raffled off and gave away a huge amount of Key Digital gear to all of our loyal customers and booth visitors.

The prizes were extremely generous, and the entertainment was absolutely priceless. Thanks to all who participated and shared in the fun with us, and congratulations again to the big winners.

Key Digital's KD-HDMS4X4 receives EXC!TE Award


Key Digital was honored to receive an EXC!TE Award for the KD-HDMS4X4 HDMI via CAT5 Matrix Switcher. This Hercules Series™ product stood out as particularly impressive, considering the unique challenges custom installers face every day, not only on the job, but also with the current economic difficulties.

Key Digital Brings HDMI to the Pro-AV and
College Football World

Key Digital has college football on their minds this fall. That is because Key Digital had the opportunity to exclusively partner with St Louis, Missouri’s Craftsmen Industries on the cutting-edge mobile marketing vehicle, LG PRESENTS EA SPORTS NCAA FOOTBALL CHALLENGE.

This mobile marketing vehicle has introduced new consumer electronic technology and gaming titles to thousands of college football fans nationwide, delivering a unique and interactive tailgating experience. Craftsmen Industries is the leading manufacturer of customized vehicles for the event & promotion industry, and Key Digital was honored at the opportunity to prove their reputation as the Experts in digital video technology and solutions to Craftsmen and deliver this 100% HDMI Matrix solution which enabled this product showcase to take place.

At the core of this video application is the Key Digital KD-HDMS4x4-6x2 HDMI Matrix Switcher which allows for multiple gaming, Blu-Ray, Satellite, and Camera source feeds to be matrixed independently throughout the exhibit. Key Digital’s exclusive Buffered Matrix Technology allows this highly-custom video matrix system to deliver any source to any display at any time in any combination possible without any HDMI limitations or Key restrictions, epitomizing Key Digital’s “One Key Is All You Need™” marketing campaign.

“When it came time to put our System Design together, we were happy to accomplish this system in two space and cost-effective 6x2 matrix units.” said Jonathon Ferry, Regional Sales Manager- Central at Key Digital. “Using an 8x8 matrix unit was discussed, but one of the key advantages to our 4x4 product is it’s card-slot flexibility, which allows it to accomplish any configuration that adds up to 8 without having to step up to the price point of an 8x8 matrix product.”

Craftsmen Industries latest Mobile Marketing Vehicle will travel to a different collegiate venue each weekend and will be sure to score on every drive. When fully expanded, this truck is the highlight of the tailgate party and features a fully-loaded kitchen stocked with the latest gadgets and appliances for cooking demonstrations and samplings. The other half of the vehicle showcases eight LED and Plasma HDTV’s that are all connected via Key Digital KD-BBRx HDMI Baluns and Red Iguana Series HDMI cables.

“The Key Digital Products play an absolutely crucial role in this system” says Greg Matthiesen of Craftsmen Industries. "These screens are the centerpiece of the mobile tour vehicle, which includes gaming kiosks and viewing stations to catch up-to-the minute scores and highlights from rivalry games across the country.”

Thanks to our partnership with Craftsmen Industries, Key Digital is pleased to bring HDMI to college students across the country to enjoy. Key Digital’s products are not only held to the highest standards of quality, performance, and reliability in the equipment rack of the typical Residential or Commercial installation, but also in delivering road-tested results as our gear makes its way to your local college. Be on the look out for the most exciting HDMI mobile experience in the USA as the LG PRESENTS EA SPORTS NCAA FOOTBALL CHALLENGE mobile marketing vehicle visits you this fall.

Key Digital Hosts Inaugural HDMI.org Road show

Key Digital was honored to host HDMI.org’s first NY Road show this past October. Developed and provided through a partnership between HDMI Licensing LLC, CEDIA and Quantum Data, this event marked the first time that HDMI.org has held an official seminar outside of their California offices.

Billed as an “HDMI Boot camp”, attendees were treated to a day long informative and hands-on training session held at Key Digitals in-house training center, “Key Digital University” to help electronic systems contractors understand HDMI technology and how to better design and troubleshoot complex HDMI systems. Here the mysteries and misunderstandings of HDMI were conquered.

Guest host for the session was Key Digital’s President and resident expert on all things HDMI, Mike Tsinberg. During the course of the day, there were hands-on demonstrations showing that HDMI can be tamed with the right knowledge and equipment. Thanks to all who attended and look for more events like this in the future.

Key Digital Celebrates Benefits of Business
Partnership with D-Tools

The numbers are in, and Key Digital’s partnership with D-Tools continues to allow residential and commercial system integrators to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Using D-Tools vast system building appliances, system integrators have the means to get their designs quickly into the hands of their clients and installers and take the hassle of merging separate documents out of the mix.

The complete database of all Key Digital products is now available in D-Tools allowing the seamless specification and integration of any Key Digital product into your next job proposal.

‘System Integrator’, the award-winning software from Key Digital business partner D-Tools, is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management for AV, Networking, and Security systems.

“We want to help dealers configure and quote entire systems.” said Michael Lakhter, VP of Sales. “With help from our business partners, such as D-Tools, our customers specified Key Digital products into thousands of installations throughout 2010, and ensured that the installations were designed and specified correctly every time.“

Key Digital Sales Team Promotions

Key Digital Promotes Daniel O’Donnell to National Sales Manager

It is with great appreciation that Key Digital announces the promotion of Daniel O’Donnell to National Sales Manager. Dan has been our Eastern Region Sales Director and really knows his stuff. We congratulate him on a terrific job and expect even greater things from him now. Thanks Dan, you are the Man.

Key Digital Promotes Jonathon Ferry and Katharine Wheeler to Regional Sales Directors

After his introduction to Key Digital as a Tech Support specialist, Jonathon Ferry has become our Eastern Regional Sales Director. Jonathon brings us his many years of experience to make him a very “tech” oriented sales guy. In addition to Jonathon’s well deserved promotion our newest Key Digital member Katharine Wheeler has also been bumped to the top spot in her neck of the woods, the West coast. Katharine comes to Key Digital with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and we congratulate her as our Western Regional Sales Director. Go Kat go!

Key Digital’s System Design Group (SDG™)
Expands Offerings in 2010

For years, customers have relied upon Key Digital’s System Design group to provide professional quality layouts for their next A/V system install. In 2010 the System Design Group took their offerings even further adding the capability to help expedite your installation by including complete Control system illustrations truly creating a complete solution for your job.

Have Key Digital plan your next project
Once you find out the details of your job, send that information to Key Digital. Within two business days, Key Digital System Design Group (SDG) will provide you with a clean, easy to read diagram illustrating how all the components of your system operate together to give you the functionality that your customer is looking for.
Steps to submitting your System Design Request:
Fill out the questionnaire: download the PDF
Email it to Key Digital SDG Group: SDG@keydigital.com
Closing Your Customer
Your custom system design maps out all of the specifics of your application including - Sources, Displays, Zones, Control Products, etc, so your proposal will have an impressive professional and technical look, yet be easy to understand. The system design is a highly effective closing tool that should be brought to all proposals, allowing your customer to envision the look and functionality of their custom system. Key Digital will even provide you with a “Good, Better, Best” scenario so you can present the perfect solution that meets your customer's budget as well as their expectations.

Contact Your Key Digital Regional Sales Managers:

Helping Install Your System
Completing the install in a quick and professional way is what wins return business. Key Digital can give your installation team a head start by assembling your rack with shelves and spacers where needed, then mounting the Key Digital products specified in your system design into the rack. Key Digital will help in every aspect possible, even installing CAT5 Baluns and a control system that is pre-programmed to fit your job’s needs, thus creating a complete solution.

Key Digital Tech Support:

Product Showcase: Key Digital Tackles HDMI® with Release of HDMI Matrix Switchers, HDMI Smart Baluns

All Key Digital HDMI products manage HDCP authentications and EDID management through internal buffering enabling reliable and straight-forward switching, free of any complexities and uncertainties introduced by consumer devices connected to the Matrix Switcher.

Once a legal (HDCP) source(s) and legal (HDCP) displays are connected to Key Digital’s HDMI product(s) and a key has been established, Key Digital will authenticate all the topology of the connected products without a problem between the source and the display.

This technology is unique to Key Digital's products and is why Key Digital can handle even the most difficult of installations for you.

All Key Digital products are HDMI® and HDCP compliant and licensed.

More info: KD-HDMS8X8
KD-HDMS8X8


HDMI Matrix Switcher capable of switching up to 8 HDMI/DVI Video Sources/Inputs to 8 independent Zones/Outputs via HDMI and CAT5

Supported HDMI® Features:

  • 3D – Capability to pass 3D stereoscopic signal formats
  • 4K – 4096x2160/24 resolution support for commercial applications such as Digital Movie Theaters, CAD, Post Production, Graphics and etc.
Key Features
  • Full switching of 3 independent matrixes: Video, Audio and Control
  • Supports all SD, HD, and VESA (VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA, UXGA) resolutions up to 1080p (60Hz & 50Hz)
    • SD & HD: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • VESA / VGA (RGBHV): From 640x480p up to 1920x1080p
  • Full support for HDMI® with HDCP, 12-bit Deep Color
  • Supports lossless compressed digital audio:
    • Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS™-HD Master Audio
  • Full Audio control per output for volume, treble, bass, balance, and lip-sync
  • Internal EDID Library features 6 default EDID configurations, in addition to Native EDID data for any Output/Display
  • Serial IR, Optical IR, Front Panel, Discrete Remote Codes, & RS-232 control. Supports major control systems such as AMX®, Control4®, Crestron®, HomeLogic™, lifeIware™, RTI®, Savant, Universal®, Xantech®
More info: KD-HDMS4X4
KD-HDMS4X4


HDMI Matrix Switcher capable of switching up to 4 HDMI/DVI Video Sources/Inputs to 4 independent Zones/Outputs via HDMI and CAT5

Supported HDMI® Features:

  • 3D – Capability to pass 3D stereoscopic signal formats
  • 4K – 4096x2160/24 resolution support for commercial applications such as Digital Movie Theaters, CAD, Post Production, Graphics and etc.
Key Features
  • Full switching of 6 independent matrixes: Video, Analog Audio, Digital Audio, HDMI Audio, Bi-Directional IR, and Bi-Directional RS-232 Control
  • Supports all SD, HD, and VESA (VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA, UXGA) resolutions up to 1080p (60Hz & 50Hz)
    • SD & HD: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • VESA / VGA (RGBHV): From 640x480p up to 1920x1080p
  • Full support for HDMI® with HDCP, 12-bit Deep Color
  • Supports lossless compressed digital audio:
    • Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS™-HD Master Audio
  • Full Audio control per output for volume, treble, bass, balance, and lip-sync
  • Internal EDID Library features 6 default EDID configurations, in addition to Native EDID data for any Output/Display
  • Serial IR, Optical IR, Front Panel, Discrete Remote Codes, & RS-232 control. Supports major control systems such as AMX®, Control4®, Crestron®, HomeLogic™, lifeIware™, RTI®, Savant, Universal®, Xantech®
More info: KD-MSWCAT4x4 / KD-MSWCAT8x8
KD-MSWCAT4X4 / 8X8

Component/RGBHV Matrix Switchers capable of switching up to 4/8 RGBHV/Component Video Sources/Inputs to 4/8 independent Zones/Outputs via CAT5/6/7

Key Features
  • Full switching of 4 independent matrixes: Video, Audio, Bi-Directional IR, and Bi-Directional RS-232 Control
  • Supports all SD, HD, and VESA (VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA, UXGA) resolutions up to 1080p (60Hz & 50Hz)
    • SD & HD: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • VESA / VGA (RGBHV): From 640x480p up to 1920x1200p
  • 4/8 Outputs distribute Component/VGA Video, Audio and Control up to 1,000 ft.
  • Audio Inputs support Analog balanced/unbalanced audio, Digital coaxial PCM with included adapter
  • CAT5 pass-through ports for expansion up to 16x16 or 32x32 (KD-MSWCAT8x8)
More info: KD-MSVA4X4
KD-MSVA4X4

Video/Audio Matrix Switcher capable of separate switching of up to 4 Component (YPbPr) Video Sources/Inputs to 4 independent Zones/Outputs with Analog and Digital Audio

Key Features
  • Full independent matrix switching of Video and Audio
  • Supports all SD, HD, and VESA (VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA, UXGA) resolutions up to 1080p (60Hz & 50Hz)
    • SD & HD: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • VESA / VGA (RGBHV): From 640x480p up to 1920x1200p
  • Inputs support L/R Analog and PCM Coaxial Digital Audio
  • Front LED’s indicate the selected source and input/output status
More info: KD-BBTX / KD-BBRX
KD-BBRX / KD-BBTX

HDMI/DVI Video, Analog & Digital Audio Smart Balun™ with Control over single CAT5/5e/6 Transmitter & Receiver

Supported HDMI® Features:

  • 3D – Capability to pass 3D stereoscopic signal formats
  • 4K – 4096x2160/24 resolution support for commercial applications such as Digital Movie Theaters, CAD, Post Production, Graphics and etc.
Key Features
  • Extends HDMI or DVI Video, L/R Analog, or PCM Digital Audio, IR and RS-232 over a single CAT5/5e/6 cable
  • Supports all SD, HD, and VESA (VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA, UXGA) resolutions up to 1080p (60Hz & 50Hz)
    • SD & HD: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • VESA / VGA (RGBHV): From 640x480p up to 1920x1080p
  • Full support for HDMI® with HDCP, 12-bit Deep Color
  • Supports lossless compressed digital audio:
    • Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS™-HD Master Audio
  • Bi-Directional and Simultaneous IR and RS-232 Audio Toggle Switch for Analog / Digital Audio Selection
FAQ's
Q:
“Our Company has resisted using HDMI for any lengthy cable runs because many claim that it is not reliable to send 1080p any distance exceeding 50 feet. We now are confronted with many customers that request HDMI for their jobs. How can Key Digital help?”
A:
For the past three years, Key Digital has offered HDMI cables up to 75 feet under the HD Python™ series. These cables are compliant with the latest HDMI standards. They will pass 3D signals, 2K-4K resolution; have an audio return channel as well as Ethernet connectivity. Of course they are also CL3 rated for in-wall installations, and are considered to be some of the most reliable cables available today. The Red Iguana™ series cables will work perfectly for your equipment rack interconnects where shorter lengths are required.
Q:
“75 ft. for an HDMI cable is good, but I need to send an HDMI signal 150 ft.”
A:
With the release of the KD-CATHD HDMI Baluns, Key Digital is now able to offer its customers 1080p/60 over two CAT5e/6 cables up to 150 feet, and at all lower resolutions (1080p/24, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i) up to 300 feet. They will also transmit 3D signals up to 75ft. The capabilities of the KD-CATHD Balun pair enable the extension of HDMI signals to distances that traditional HDMI cabling cannot achieve and will be the solution that your company is looking for to add superior quality and reliability to your install.
Q:
“I am currently using your KD-HDMS4x4 Matrix switcher. I have 4 TV’s connected but I don’t see a picture on one of them. How do I correct this problem?”
A:

Whenever you have a problem like this it is usually an EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) issue. EDID information includes the manufacturer, product type, display size etc. It can mean that this particular display’s resolution is different than the others. You may need to establish a “handshake” for this display. Go to “EDID Control Mode”, and then select the appropriate Input with the “Input/Output Channel” button and use the “Option” button to select the Output Card Slot or (CAT5 Output represented by “.”) that you wish to copy. To do a quick default EDID handshake for all inputs (instead of each input individually), press and hold the “Input/Output Channel” button for 10 seconds and “FO” will appear on the LCD display. When the EDID is successfully negotiated, the display will show a rapidly “circling” LCD segment ending with the output number remaining lit solid, indicating the handshake is complete

Remember, we are here to help, make sure you send your questions to experts@keydigital.com and if you question is selected you can win a KD-HDR6NF Red Iguana Series 1080p HDMI cable!

All immediate questions can be emailed to tech@keydigital.com or by calling 914.667.9700 ext 3

Industry Leadership


Mike Tsinberg, Founder and President of Key Digital, is a holder of 40 HDTV patents.

  • “Father of DVD” - Developed architecture and system software for world first Digital Video Disk (DVD) MPEG2 based authoring system – key DVD enabling technology
  • Participated with Emmy Award Winner for DVD technology development
  • SMPTE fellow
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