The emergence of HDR (high dynamic range) has magnified advancements and propelled manufacturers to create efficient 4K UHD HDR HDMI extenders. An HDMI cable can only take you so far in regards to an AV multimedia system. On the same note, a challenge that is encountered by installers and integrators alike is cable length and data. The ability to achieve remarkable audio/video quality, control, and power over long distances is what makes HDMI extenders an excellent solution.
It’s no wonder many manufacturers are producing 4K UHD HDR HDMI extenders. The demand is there; take notice the next time you’re at Best Buy at how many TVs support HDR. 4K and Ultra HD aren’t the hottest topics anymore—it’s whether they support HDR. Our guys at BZBtv take on the challenge to find out which 4K UHD HDR HDMI extender trumps them all.
High Dynamic Range
Before we cover the best 4K UHD HDR HDMI extenders $600 and under, let’s cover the HDR basics. While the higher resolution of a 4K TV has more pixels, an HDR TV can do more with those pixels. HDR technology provides a higher level of contrast between light and dark images to create lifelike images on the screen. See it for yourself. Next time you’re out shopping for a TV, compare the quality of an HDR TV’s increased contrast and color depth to a plain 4K TV. Your eyes will realize a dramatic difference.
Going the Distance
When choosing a high-performance 4K UHD HDR HDMI extender for your application, the first thing you want to consider is the distance from HD source to display. Second, what type of signal do you want to transmit. For range, HDMI transmissions of less than 10 meters only require a regular HDMI cable. Anything beyond 10 meters will need some form of active signal extension.
Let’s meet the best 4K UHD HDR HDMI extenders $600 and below. Now, coughing up $600 may seem a lot for extending an HDMI signal, but we’re not just extending your standard HDMI signal. We’re sending high-quality 4K resolutions at 60Hz, HDR, audio, Ethernet, IR, RS-232, and CEC while complying with HDCP 2.2.
4K UHD HDR HDMI Extenders $600 & Under
The Atlona AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS is compact and ideal for applications requiring the latest 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays. It is compatible with all video resolutions up to 4K/60 4:4:4, audio, and color space formats found in the HDMI 2.0b specification. Additionally, the unit has the ability to pass metadata for HDR content. The AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS supports Dolby Vision and HDR10.
The AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS is a practical solution when it comes to 4K HDR over HDBaseT. Sending 4K HDR content requires between 10Gpbs and up to 18 Gbps, which is a significant challenge when utilizing HDBaseT technology. The innovative unit by Atlona offers visually lossless video compression that employs super light compression plus no latency. This permits 4K/60 4:4:4 and HDR to travel over a single CAT cable while securing pristine image quality.
Atlona’s AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS is excellent for residential and commercial applications with the latest 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays. The HDMI extender includes Atlona’s award-winning 10-year limited product warranty. Also, 24/7 customer support allows integrators to install with confidence.
BZB Gear BZB-EXH-50POC
The BZB-EXH-50POC from BZB Gear is a cost-effective, state of the art HDMI extender. It utilizes a single CAT5e/6 cable to solve problems for small-to-medium size applications for distributing high-value 4K UHD content from rack to display. The kit allows signal extension up to 164ft/50 meters without any loss or degradation of video or audio quality. Additionally, this product supports HDR, extending data rates up to 18Gbps utilizing HDMI 2.0 ports.
The ultra-slim design of the BZB-EXH-50POC is perfect for scenarios where space is a premium. Furthermore, POC (Power over Cable) will allow the installer to power either the sender or receiver. Furthermore, the device offers a useful HDMI Loop out for a local display, Switcher or Splitter.
The BZB Gear 4K UHD HDR HDMI extender is ideal for a variety of applications requiring signal extensions up to 164ft of distance. Also, the capability of powering either the Transmitter or Receiver over CAT5e/6 makes any install seem easy.
Key Digital KD-X444S
The Key Digital KD-X444S is a top class 4K HDBaseT HDMI extender utilizing a single CAT5e/5 cable. This unique device features a fully computerized control for feedback, amplification, and equalization. Also, the KD-X444S is supports deep color up to 4K 30Hz 4:4:4 at 12 bits or 60Hz 4:4:4 at 8 bits.
Key Digital’s HDMI extender kit is HDCP 2.2 compliant and supports Deep Color, CEC, and 3D. Furthermore, lifelike video through a greater range of luminance levels is obtainable via HDR10 4K@30Hz. Combined with lossless compressed digital audio signals such as Dolby Atmos® to its low profile design, and you’ve got an HDMI extender that’s perfect for home cinema and commercial applications.
Under Key Digital’s 3-year warranty is a 100% reliability guarantee. KD will either repair or replace a defective unit with an item of equal or higher specs. We like the sound of that!
The Wyrestorm EX-35-H2 is an excellent choice for delivering HD or 4K signals a long distance. This device can send 1080p video up to 70m/230ft and 4K up to 35m/115ft. Additionally, the EX-35-H2 is HDCP 2.2 compliant and supports HDR and 3D-encoded content.
Wyrestorms unique design offers PoH (power over HDBaseT) support for flexible installation options. This means powering a single unit is all that is needed to power both units. Also, multi-channel audio formats, including Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™, bi-directional IR, and RS-232 signals are also supported.
The Wyrestorm EX-35-H2 is an affordable and convenient solution for sending video and audio over very long distances. Wyrestorms 5-year warranty covers repair, replacement, or rebuilt components at no extra charge.
The Kramer PT−871/2XR−KIT 4K UHD HDR HDMI extender makes the list with its super robust design. The unit can extend 4K at 60Hz 4:4:4 up to 70m/230ft. The PT-871xr sender converts all input signals into the DGKAT 2.0 signal. When the signal reaches the PT-872xr receiver, it converts the signal back to HDMI. Moreover, the kit is HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0, and HDR compliant.
Kramer’s HDMI extender kit passes EDID signals from the source to the display. With up to 32-channels of uncompressed digital stereo signals such as such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS–HD, supporting studio-grade sound is not a problem.
Kramer’s 4K UHD HDR HDMI extender is useful for boardrooms, education facilities, corporate spaces and any large room requiring long distance AV signal extension. Under their 7-year limited warranty, Kramer will either repair, restore, or offer a refund.
Why a 4K UHD HDR HDMI Extender?
They may all seem like the same black box, but they all have advanced features fit for unique situations. Some of them sport an ultra slim design to help with mounting in tight places. They are all capable of 4K and HDR resolutions, but only a few will work on an 18Gbps ecosystem.
Many TVs support HDR10 4K@60 while other TVs only show HDR10 4K@30Hz. What if you own a Panasonic DMP-U700 4K Blu-ray player? Well guess what, this device does not support Dolby Vision. The same can be said if you only want to watch Dolby Vision at 12 bits; you’ve got to make sure your TV and HD source can support this format, including the HDMI extender you are purchasing.
The bottom line is there are many circumstances to consider. Do your homework and know the components you’re working with before shopping for a 4K UHD HDR HDMI extender. Each of the five aforementioned extenders can hold their own when it comes to extending an HDMI signal. It’s not always about the price, but the signal you want to send, the distance you are trying to cover, and what signal formats your HD source devices and TV can support.
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