Atlona is now shipping its new AT-HDR-M2C audio converter, a key offering in its growing array of integration problem-solving devices supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.

Ideal for commercial or residential playback of multi-channel source content via displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems, the AT-HDR-M2C extracts, decodes, and downmixes multi-channel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio from HDMI sources.

The AT-HDR-M2C delivers stereo downmixed audio over HDMI, analogue unbalanced audio, and TOSLINK digital audio outputs. It also simultaneously passes through the HDMI input with no downmixing. The successor to Atlona’s popular AT-HD-M2C and AT-UHD-M2C-BAL, the AT-HDR-M2C is compatible with HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling and supports HDR10 plus other HDR formats. The new audio converter is compatible with HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps and is HDCP 2.2 compliant.

Compatible with current and emerging 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays, the AT-HDR-M2C supports all video resolutions, audio formats – including all Dolby and DTS formats – and colour spaces encompassed in the HDMI 2.0a specification, and can pass metadata for HDR content. The device can conveniently serve both surround-sound and two-channel audio systems from a multi-channel audio source, and can de-embed HDMI audio with or without being connected to a display or other HDMI destination.

“As the popularity and adoption of 4K and HDR video continues to grow in both residential and commercial settings, so too does the need for compatibility with these formats throughout the entire signal chain,” says Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona.

“The AT-HDR-M2C combines the audio conversion capabilities that integrators and end-users need with versatile support for HDR-enhanced content, and we’re pleased to be delivering it to the market.”

Integrated EDID management features and audio volume, bass, and treble adjustments can be controlled through the device’s graphical web interface, third-party control systems, or the free Atlona Management System (AMS) network software platform. AMS enables systems integrators and users to set up, manage, and monitor multiple Atlona solutions over a LAN, WAN, or VPN.

The AT-HDR-M2C is available immediately at a suggested retail price of $449.99 (£340.62 approx), and is backed by Atlona’s 10-year limited product warranty and customer support services.

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