The new mHub family is made of two 8×8 and 4×4 matrixes: a 4K/HDCP 2.2 4×4 costing £2,499 and an 8×8 that will set users back £6,000. There will also be two 2K Full HD 1080p matrixes which will be slightly more affordable with the 4×4 costing £999 and 8×8 costing slightly more at £2,499. All prices include VAT.
All sounds pretty standard stuff, but HDanywhere assures CE Pro Europe that this product is likely to capture the hearts and minds of installers at ISE 2016. Why? Well the HDanywhere mHub can be set up, configured and controlled via the new HDanywehre Control App for iOS and Android devices.
While installers will benefit from being able to set up a HDanywhere mHub matrix, configure rooms and EDID settings directly from the App, homeowners will also gain a whole lot more control.
The HDanywhere Control App lets installers offer their clients a simple way to switch between and control popular HDMI source devices at each TV from the comfort of their tablet or phone and is designed for homes which don’t require or don’t have the budget for full whole-home automation control.
The App will be available later in 2016 to download free with every mHub matrix package and will work on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Upon launch later in 2016, HDanywhere also plan to have the App work with its earlier modular matrixes.
The free version of the app can be downloaded multiple times per client site and allows for source switching functionality. Payable upgrades allow for control of particular source devices.
As with other HDanywhere products however, mHub matrixes can still be controlled in other ways that don’t include the iOS or Android App. These options include two-way IR, two-way RS232 and IP, with major third party control drivers available for Control4, Crestron, Loxone and RTI.
Dillan Pattni, director of marketing at HDanywhere comments: “The launch of the HDanywhere Control App sees us continuing to develop our identity as the matrix company that is consumer-friendly, as we recognise that homeowners are ultimately the end-user of every piece of CI kit installed.
“Through now having simple control via an App, it’s easier for installers to market and sell our products to homeowners as enhancing their lifestyle and improving their home entertainment experience.
“Systems like Sonos mean that homeowners are increasingly looking at home tech and saying ‘does it have an App?’ Now our installers can offer the App as a control option for HDanywhere systems and popular HDMI source devices, whilst continuing to sell their favourite brand of third party control systems for jobs that require complete source device, matrix, multiroom audio, lighting and heating control.
“We had huge success stories in 2015 of CIs increasing their visibility to homeowners and receiving work through our HDanywhere Installer Network. For 2016, we expect the launch of the App will mean more and more homeowners contact CIs using our Installer Network seeking to have a HDanywhere system installed by an expert.”
The HDanywhere App will be available to be viewed for the first time ever at ISE 2016 on the company’s stand 5-R97.
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