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1 Making Sense of A/V

2 Agenda Understanding Signal Types
Video, Audio and Control Signals Minimizing Loss and Maximizing Performance Environmental and Length Limitations Best Installation Practices What’s Next? What Does the Future Hold?

3 Understanding Signal Types

4 Video Signal Technology
Video Can Be Digital or Analog Digital = SDI, HDMI, or DVI Analog = Component, S-Video or Composite Video RF = CATV, MATV or Satellite IF A Signal Can Be Sourced In Either The Digital or Analog Domain The Signal Can Change Formats Depending on Components Installed!

5 Digital Video Defined Digital Video Transport Is Independent of the Various HDTV Standards Such As ATSC, DVB(-T,-S,-C) These Are Encapsulations of the MPEG Data Streams, Which Are Passed off to a Decoder, and Output As Uncompressed High-Resolution Video Data This Video Data Is Then Encoded Into TMDS for Transmission Digitally Over HDMI or DVI-D A Single DVI Link Consists of Four Twisted Pairs of Wire (Red, Green, Blue, and Clock) to Transmit 24 Bits Per Pixel Because There Is No Error Correction Or Packetization, Maximum Interconnect Length Is Hard Limited Based On System Impedance System Impedance Is Very Difficult To Control In A Twisted Pair Configuration

6 Digital HDTV/SDTV Signals
SDI – Serial Digital Interface Professional Standard, Never Used on Consumer Product Uses Coaxial Cable (RG6) for Transmission HDMI – High Definition Multimedia Interface HDTV Digital Video to 1080p Resolution Same As DVI Single Link! Includes Eight Channel, 24 Bit Digital Audio and Control Signals This Connection Consolidates Audio and Video Into One Simple Cable! Includes Inter-Component Operability Commands Allows DVD Player to Control A/V Pre-Pro and Display Device HDMI LLC Quality Control Through Testing Labs Certification

7 Digital Video Signals DVI – Digital Visual Interface VESA M1-DA
Transmission Minimized Differential Signaling This Transmission Standard Was Adopted by HDMI LLC TMDS Does Not Incorporate Error Correction There Are Multiple DVI “Flavors” DVI-A, Analog Signal That Is The Equivalent of SVGA DVI- I, Includes Both Analog and Digital Transport Ability DVI-D, Digital Video Only Single Link (<2.3M Pixels) Supports Up To 1920 X 1080 Dual Link (>2.3M Pixels) Supports Up To 2560 X 1600 VESA M1-DA Data Connection Standard Promoted by In-Focus Incorporates USB As Well As Digital and Analog Video Ability

8 Digital Video Connections

9 Consumer Electronics Control
Allows user to control all HDMI devices with TV remote Can control DVD player by pointing remote at the TV Enables high-level functions such as “one-touch play” : Automatically… Turns on TV Press Play on DVD And then… Plays DVD Automatically… Turns on A/V Rcvr Automatically… Switches to correct input (from A/V Receiver) Automatically… Switches to correct input (from DVD player)

10 HDMI Cable Construction

11 DVI-D Dual Link Construction

12 Analog HDTV Video Signals
Component Video Means Signals Are Transported as Separate B&W, Color and Sync Segments RGBHV Sends Signals as Red, Green, Blue, Horizontal and Vertical Sync RGBS Sends Signals as Red, Green, Blue and Multiplexed Sync Component Sends Signals As R-Y, B-Y and Y Y Is the Luminance Channel, B-Y (also called U or Cb) Is the Blue Component Minus the Luminance Information, and R-Y (also called V or Cr) Is the Red Component Minus the Luminance Information Component Can Also Send Signals As RGB – This Is A Computer Display Standard

13 Analog HDTV Connectors
                                Component RGBHV

14 Standard Resolution (SD) Analog Video
S-Video Was Introduced by JVC in the 1980’s S-Video Transports the Image As Separate Color (Chroma) and Black&White (Luma) Information S-Video Is Ubiquitous on Current Products Composite Video Is A Single Wire Standard Uses a Single 75-Ohm Coaxial Cable Supports Up To 500 Lines of Resolution

15 SD Analog Video Connectors
                                                                RF MATV/CATV Composite Video S-Video (4-Pin DIN)

16 S-Video Cable Construction

17 Coaxial Cable Construction

18 Audio Signal Technology

19 Digital Audio Signals AES/EBU Balanced Digital Audio
AES3 Is a Professional, Balanced, Digital Audio Transfer Standard AT&T ST Optical Digital Transfer S/PDIF Digital Audio Is an Acronym for Sony Philips Digital Interface and Is a CD “Red Book” Standard Digital Audio Transfer File Format TOSLINK Optical Digital Audio JISF05 Is an Optical Transfer File Format that Incorporates S/PDIF Data Formatting and Converts the Signal to LED Sourced Optical Transmission

20 Digital Audio Connectors
S/PDIF Uses the Same 75-Ohm Coaxial Cable as Composite and Component Video TOSLINK Uses Single or Multiple Plastic – or Multiple Quartz Glass – Conductors

21 Analog Audio Signals XLR Balanced Audio Connections
Originally the "Cannon X" Series, Subsequent Versions Added a Latch ("Cannon XL") and Then a Rubber Gasket, Which Led to the Acronym XLR. Utilizes 2 Conductors (Like S-video) to Carry Positive and Negative Halves of the Audio Signal, Thus Minimizing Common Mode Noise Single-ended (RCA) Audio Connections Single Ended Interconnects Are of a Coaxial, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP), or Shielded Twisted Pair Topology The Signal Is Carried on One Conductor and the Ground Reference Is Carried on Another. Speaker Level Connections Low Impedance, Low Voltage Connection for High Performance 70-volt Systems Are Ideal for Longer Wire Runs, Distributed Background Music Higher Voltage and Lower Current Maximize Efficiency

22 Analog Audio Connectors
                                Speaker Level RCA XLR

23 Analog Audio Interconnect Construction

24 System Control Wiring

25 Audio and Video Control
Sophisticated Control Systems Capable of Operating Audio, Video, Lighting, Security and Environmental Controls Are a Critical Component of a Well Designed Installation Almost All CE Control Systems Require Dedicated CAT5e Wiring Some Sophisticated Systems Require RS232 or Other, Proprietary Wiring Understanding Who Will Use The System Will Define The Control Requirements

26 System Control Wiring Plan
Planning For, and Providing, a System Control Infrastructure Ensures Futures Sales Opportunities Give Your Customers the Ability to Add, Improve and Enlarge Scalability Is Not Just for Software! Understanding the Importance of Control Is a Key Differentiator for Successful A/V Integration Your Customer Is Relying on YOU to Provide Answers to Questions They Haven’t Even Asked! Consider Where the User Will Be, Who the User Will Be, What the System Will Be Used For, How the System Might Evolve Your Wiring Strategy Must Fill Immediate Needs and Anticipate Future Requirements

27 Example of a Multi-Room Single-Zone Background Music System Control Configuration – Xantech Product Shown

28 The Installation Environment

29 HDMI and DVI Limitations
HDMI and DVI Have Identical Length Limitations Somewhat Affected by Source and Display Build Quality Somewhat Affected by Tight Bends or Noisy Environment HDMI and DVI Signals Can Exhibit “Snow” and Drop-Outs The Longest Practical Installation Length Is 10 Meters Copper Connections to 20 Meters Are Available Built In Signal Repeaters Make Some “Active” Cables Capable of 40 Meters Add-on Signal Boosters Allow Up To Two 20 Meter Runs To Be Connected Optical Conversion Allows DVI Runs Up To 200 Meters – Use Caution Due To HDCP Limitations With Optical Solutions

30 HDMI and DVI Limitations
HDMI and DVI Connections Don’t Transport Analog Content – A Good Installation Is Versatile! If A System Has Only An HDMI or DVI Input, It Won’t Be Compatible With Composite Video, S-Video or Component Video Sources Unless An Active Converter Is Used HDCP (High Definition Content Protection) May Limit The Application of Active Devices Conversion of HD Digital Signals To Analog Component Is Not Supported Up Conversion Of HD Component To HD Digital May Be Supported

31 HDMI and DVI Limitations
HDMI and DVI Are Susceptible To Environmental Interference RFI Is Radio Frequency Interference Possible Sources Include High Speed Digital Processors, RF Transmitters, Faulty Dimmers and Switches EMI Is Electromagnetic Interference Typically Lower Frequency Variation of the Above Main Source of EMI Is From Electrical Power Circuits and Devices RFI and EMI Diminish As A Function of the Square of the Distance A Source of RFI or EMI Is 144 Times 1 Foot From the Source Than It Is At 1 Inch From the Source

32 An Example Of How NOT To Run A DVI Cable!

33 Analog Audio/Video Limitations
Analog Video Is Very Robust Signal Runs to 300 Feet Or More Are Not A Problem Characteristic Impedance of the Cable Must Be 75-ohms For Maximum Performance Cable Impedance Is Determined By The Geometric Relationship Of the Conductor and Dielectric Size and Shape Signal Levels Can Be Easily Amplified For Distribution Quality Shielding Virtually Eliminates Problems

34 Analog Video Limitations
                                Use a Quality Distribution Amp Avoid Tight Bends In Coaxial Cable Use A Minimum Of Dual Shielded Cable Foil and Braid RG-6 Is Best For Longer Runs Use Quality Crimp Tools and Coax Strippers For Best Results

35 Best Practices – the Importance of a Wiring Strategy

36 Let’s Install a System Now
We’ve been asked to install a multi-media system in a conference room. The project requires: ceiling mounted projector capable of displaying an HDTV image in 16:9 on a perforated screen. sound system must support full 7.1EX Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. In-wall speakers will be installed to the left and right of the screen, with the center channel behind the screen. powered subwoofer in-ceiling speakers are spec’d for rear channel support. All product will be in an equipment closet. What do we need to install for the pre-wire portion of the project?

37 NEC and Wire “Class”

38 The Pre-Wire Continued
To Handle the Speakers We’ll Install a 14/2 CL2 From Each Speaker Back-box to the Equipment Closet The Subwoofer Requires a Line-level Connection. We’ll Run an RG-6 Coax From the Equipment Closet to a Wall-plate Positioned Close to the Electrical Outlet That Will Power the Subwoofer Since We Aren’t Sure How System Control Will Be Handled, We’ll Run a Length of Cat5e From the Equipment Closet to the Projector Location and to the Screen Location for Possible Installation of IR Targets. We’ll also run a CAT5e to a location near the lighting control for possible installation of a keypad. The Projector Will Need to Handle Digital Signals As Well As Analog Signals. To Cover the Full Spectrum of Possibilities We’ll Run Five (5) RG-6 Coaxial Cables to Handle the Component and S-video Signals. We’ll Also Run an HDMI or DVI-D Dual Link to Handle Digital Video.

39 Optimizing The Media System Installation
Run Five (5) Coaxial Cables from the Projector to the Equipment Rack Three for Component, Two for S-Video Run DVI-D Dual Link or HDMI from the Projector to the Rack Rack Mount All Components If At All Possible Better Ventilation and Access

40 What About Distributed Music?
Establish The Basic Design Foreground or Background? Can All Wires Be “Home Run” Where Is The Primary Listening Location For Each Room or Zone? How Large Is the Volume of the Room or Zone? Determine The Number of Speaker Pairs to Be Installed More Speakers At Lower Volume Are Preferable To Fewer Speakers at Higher Volume Determine the Desired Average Playback Level It Is Important to Understand the Type of Music to Be Played! Determine Other Structural Wiring Runs In Order To Avoid Trouble A/V Wiring Should Be Kept At Least 6” From AC Wiring Avoid Running A/V Wiring Parallel to AC When Crossing An AC Mains, Do So At A Right Angle

41 Multi-Room vs Multi-Zone
What Is Multi-Room? A System That Can Deliver One Source to Multiple Locations Simultaneously What Is Multi-Zone? A System That Can Deliver More Than One Source Simultaneously To More Than One Location Always Pre-Wire For Multi-Zone!

42 Multi-Room or Multi-Zone, The Game’s The Same…
For Best Performance, All Speaker Wires Must Be “Home Run” In Each Room or Listening Location, Determine the Best Spot for the Speakers and the Local Control If the Project Doesn’t Call for Local Control, Wire for Them for Future Application! The End-user Will Want Them Sooner Rather Than Later! No Accessible Infrastructure Means No Additional Sales! Always “Set The Table”! The Run From the Equipment Closet to the “Volume Control” Location Is Done With a 4-conductor Cl2 Wire Using a Composite 14/4 & Cat5e Allows You to Pull One Run and Cover Both Speaker and Control Requirements. Maximize Efficiency and Through That, Profit! The Run From the “Volume Control” Location to the Actual Speakers Can Be Via a Looped 4-conductor or a Single Run of 2-conductor

43 Other Issues To Consider
Distributed Music Systems Require Some Type Of Impedance Matching Distribution Transformer Most Amplifiers Won’t Drive Loads Lower Than 2 Ohms Each Additional Pair Of Speakers Halves The System Impedance Speaker Switching Must Be Considered Does The Installation Require All Zones To Be Controlled From A Single Location, From The Remote Location, Or From Both? Think Scalability It’s Not Only Possible, But Easy To Take A Multi-Room System To A Multi-Zone System If The Structural Wiring Supports The Upgrade!

44 70-Volt Distribution Basics
70-Volt Is Used For Background Only Each Speaker “Drop” Uses A Step-Down Transformer Typically Built Into The Speaker Itself Appropriate for Restaurants, Common Spaces, Paging Higher Voltage and Lower Current Means Lower Losses and Greater Efficiency of the System A 25-Volt System Can Also Power 70-Volt Speakers Uses The Same CL2 or CL3 Speaker Wire As Direct Distribution

45 The Future

46 High Definition Media HDCP - High Definition Content Protection
Digital Only Method Of Preventing Content Piracy Analog HDTV Transport May Be Limited In The Future Running Multi-mode Fiber May Allow For Future Growth Where Might You Encounter HDCP? ATSC and Off Air Broadcast DBS Satellite Broadcast Private Networks Digital Cable Broadcast HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DVD

47 Broadcast FCC Is Currently Working To Eliminate Analog Satellite Broadcast From C-band C-band Is the Key Delivery Vehicle for All Network and Premium Channel Programming SCPC and MCPC Transmissions Are Moving Private Networks Towards a Digital Future Terrestrial Broadcasting Is Migrating Towards a Total Digital Environment’ New Channels, New Capacity, New Content for the Viewer Your Wiring Strategy Must Include Provisions For DBS And Terrestrial Antenna Installation

48 Broadcast over IP? Streaming Media WILL Become a Consumer Medium
Incorporate Network Connectivity Into the Audio/Video Environment Think “NARROWCASTING” Open Media Network,

49 The Computer as a Media Component
Media Servers ARE A Mainstream Component! Multi-Media Content Servers Provide Access to Music, Movies, Photos Multi-Room, Multi-Zone Music/Audio Content Servers Models From Escient, Apple, Kenwood, Denon and Others Are Ubiquitous HTPC Home Theater Personal Computer

50 The Results of a good wiring strategy
Increase Your Bottom Line Improve Customer Satisfaction Ensure Repeat Business Optimize The Pre-Wire! Take Time To Determine What Your Customer Wants, Even If It’s Not In The Budget… Yet!

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