October 23, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
We first got a tease last month, now Crestron has announced that they are shipping the MediaManifold, a 12-zone bidrectional CATV distribution amplifier. A compatible Cable Analyzer is shipping as well, but unless you’re an installer you won’t get to touch it—and probably won’t want to anyway.
The big deal about the MediaManifold MM-DS-12 is that is claims to be the first 12-zone bidrectional CATV distribution amp that has individual gain and tilt adjustment. It also replaces all of those splitters, amps, cables and other parts of a distribution system that might be cluttering up your house.
Designed for RG-6 homeruns up to 300 feet, this device can crisp clear signals (including those from a security camera) to any TV in the home. Other features include:
> 12-zone CATV distribution system, expandable to 24 zones
> High-power, high-headroom, low-noise, and low-distortion
> Supports bidirectional cable runs up to 300 feet each
> Individual gain and tilt adjustments per zone
> Automatic setup using MM-HTDR Cable Analyzer
> Built-in cable modem output and modulator input
> Compact surface wall-mount design
As with all Crestron products, you’re going to have to call an installer to get pricing as well as the product.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.