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HydraConnect Unveils Control4 HDMI Processor

HydraConnect announced its new HSS-2 HDMI Matrix Processor, which provides HDMI video, audio and control integration in a Control4-based home automation environment.

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HydraConnect LLC Releases 2nd Generation Control4 HDMI Processor

Integrated Control4 HDMI Processor Now Includes 8X16 Audio Matrix

DENVER (6/25/12) — HydraConnect LLC has introduced its HSS-2 HDMI Matrix Processor, which provides seamless HDMI video, audio and control integration in a Control4-based home automation environment. An HSS-2 used in a Control4 smart home system can simultaneously control eight HDMI sources such as Bluray players, satellite and cable receivers, and streaming media devices, as well as eight stereo audio sources. It can then distribute these media among eight video displays and up to 16 separate audio zones.

Using patented Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) functions previously unavailable in Control4 installations, the HSS-2 serves as a complete command center for whole house audio and video distribution and control. Thanks to the HSS-2’s highly integrated CEC control for almost all televisions and projectors, BluRay players, and A/V receivers, consumers no longer have ugly IR flashers glued onto their expensive televisions to detract from the entertainment experience. Installer/dealers no longer have the complexity of running wires all over the installation for these IR flashers. This innovative application of CEC provides a better looking installation for the consumer and a simpler installation for the installer/dealer.

“The HSS-2 expands HydraConnect’s offering to Control4 dealers so they now have a single product to perform all the control and switching capabilities for most mid-range applications,” says David Schanin, CEO of HydraConnect. “HSS-2’s automatic configuration and setup, remote access, plus its host of unique and patented features such as audio/video remix and on-screen display of source sharing, offers substantial value to dealers.”

The HSS-2 features an 8X8 HDMI matrix switch, an 8X16 stereo audio matrix switch, and supports all HDMI 1.4a features such as 3D and deep color. Its A/V remix capability allows the customer to watch a video channel while listening to a different audio channel. For example, someone could watch a football game on the television while listening to music from a server.

Additionally, HydraConnect’s proprietary FlashConnect TM technology provides for near-instantaneous video switching, eliminating the video delays and picture loss that typically occur when display devices are added or subtracted from a system. The HSS-2 also includes On Screen Display (OSD) to alert consumers to the sharing of video and audio sources.

The HSS-2 is available through authorized HydraConnect dealers.

About HydraConnect LLC
HydraConnect manufactures and sells systems that integrate HDMI functionality and connectivity into the Control4 home automation environment. HydraConnect was founded in 2010 by Schanin and Tony Anzelmo, two A/V professionals with over 60 years of combined electronics design, development, and manufacturing experience. For more information, visit or call 720-583-4364.