Roland A/V has announced the XS-42H Matrix Switcher, a compact switcher for huddle space and small meeting room video and audio.

Roland XS-42H Matrix SwitcherThe XS-42H allows fast, seamless connection of up to four computers and tablets over HDMI with automatic optimisation and display of newly connected sources; automatic audio-follows-video switching; web browser-based control from a networked computer, tablet or phone; and simple selection of one of ten user-configurable meeting set-up scenes. Source content can be switched to feed one or two video displays via HDMI.

Input selection uses the unit’s auto input detection, which automatically switches to a newly connected device. The XS-42H uses the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) protocol to communicate with a connected device to specify the correct output resolution for the PC or tablet. Input scaling further facilitates switching and display optimisation when combining sources of varying resolutions. When sources are disconnected, the XS-42H can automatically return to a specified input instead of the typical black screen, letting users display a still image stored on connected USB drive such as a logo, meeting room identifier, meeting welcome greetings or a connected device’s screen saver.

The XS-42H includes stereo RCA outputs for connection to external speakers or soundbars for improved audio quality. The internal audio mixer will switch the audio to match the video input, using the audio embedded in the computer’s HDMI signal. Input of auxiliary external audio sources is facilitated by a second pair of RCA phono jacks. Front panel controls with associated level indications allow adjustment of external line input, line output and master audio levels, as well as headphone output level.

The XS-42H saves the expense of programmable touchscreen A/V controllers by letting any inexpensive tablet serve as a convenient touch controller, via the browser application. Scene selection and core switching functions can also be intuitively implemented by way of front-panel switches that illuminate to indicate available and selected sources. The front panel can also be locked to prevent accidental switching. A rear-panel port allows RS232 control, network control and a USB port is available for loading still images and software updates.

The XS-42H weighs 1.2kg) and measures 242mm x 125mm x 44mm. It can be used freestanding, or can be rackmounted by way of included adaptor hardware. The XS-42H Matrix Switcher will be available in Q4, 2018.


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