40Gbps 8K 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switcher

Description

Simply stated, the AVPro Edge AC-MX-88X is a classic transformed into an icon. Our engineers focused on reimagining the venerable AC-MX-88, boosting bandwidth to an ultrawide 40Gbps with 8K input and output stages, for a world-first, Next-Gen 8 input / 8 output matrix switching platform providing a foundation for all possibilities that follow. “X ” marks the spot for high performance that is unmistakably AVPro Edge, as we once again redefine the face of the HDMI switching era. Gaming enthusiasts, rejoice - multiple inputs for multiple consoles! Select Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, or your Alienware Aurora Ryzen by control system or from the supplied IR remote and leave the cable juggling to Cirque du Soleil. 

The AC-MX-88X, designed with the needs of Next-Gen users in mind, prepares your clients for tomorrow’s over-the-near-horizon signals, while ultrawide bandwidth supplies sure-footed dynamic headroom for hiccup-free performance with HDMI 2.1a devices. With the unmatched pedigree of AVPro Edge behind it tradition never fails, as the AC-MX-88X lets you break convention and seek perfection. 

 

NOTE TO DESIGNERS, INSTALLERS, AND TECHNICIANS

When used with an AVR or a Pre-processor as an HDMI video bypass around outdated onboard AVR or Pre-processor HDMI video signal technology, especially when introducing a Next-Gen video display into a system while retaining an existing AVR or Pre-processor that remains compatible with current immersive audio codec reproduction, the following must be noted: When the main HDMI video display output of the bypassed AVR or Pre-processor is left untethered to an EDID-producing device, the AVR or Pre-processor has no means for EDID negotiation or authentication. As a result, source devices fail to detect an active EDID-managed HDMI path. An AVR or Pre-processor may not fully activate or switch to the desired input for audio capture if no active output is detected or fails to enable proper input signal processing.

BEST PRACTICE is for the AVR or Pre-processor to terminate into a device that produces an active EDID, which serves to “trick” the AVR or Pre-processor into continuing to function as designed (with a video signal and multi-channel audio selected at one of its inputs, expected to transfer the video signal to a display device with EDID authentication). An AVPro Edge AC-SC-1X or AC-DA12-AUHD-GEN2 with EDID management is ideal for overcoming this anomaly as both have EDID management capabilities; however, any device capable of producing an EDID compatible with maintaining the AVR’s or Pre-processor’s stability may be utilized.

40Gbps 8K 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switcher

Product form
  • ​HDMI 2.1(a)
  • 40Gbps Bandwidth Support for up to 8K30 4:4:4 Support
  • Full HDR Support (HDR 10 & 12 Bit) including Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG Support
  • HDCP 2.3 (and all earlier versions supported)
  • 4K > 1080p Down Scalers on each output
  • Advanced EDID Management

SKU: AC-MX-88X

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Description

Simply stated, the AVPro Edge AC-MX-88X is a classic transformed into an icon. Our engineers focused on reimagining the venerable AC-MX-88, boosting bandwidth to an ultrawide 40Gbps with 8K input and output stages, for a world-first, Next-Gen 8 input / 8 output matrix switching platform providing a foundation for all possibilities that follow. “X ” marks the spot for high performance that is unmistakably AVPro Edge, as we once again redefine the face of the HDMI switching era. Gaming enthusiasts, rejoice - multiple inputs for multiple consoles! Select Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, or your Alienware Aurora Ryzen by control system or from the supplied IR remote and leave the cable juggling to Cirque du Soleil. 

The AC-MX-88X, designed with the needs of Next-Gen users in mind, prepares your clients for tomorrow’s over-the-near-horizon signals, while ultrawide bandwidth supplies sure-footed dynamic headroom for hiccup-free performance with HDMI 2.1a devices. With the unmatched pedigree of AVPro Edge behind it tradition never fails, as the AC-MX-88X lets you break convention and seek perfection. 

 

NOTE TO DESIGNERS, INSTALLERS, AND TECHNICIANS

When used with an AVR or a Pre-processor as an HDMI video bypass around outdated onboard AVR or Pre-processor HDMI video signal technology, especially when introducing a Next-Gen video display into a system while retaining an existing AVR or Pre-processor that remains compatible with current immersive audio codec reproduction, the following must be noted: When the main HDMI video display output of the bypassed AVR or Pre-processor is left untethered to an EDID-producing device, the AVR or Pre-processor has no means for EDID negotiation or authentication. As a result, source devices fail to detect an active EDID-managed HDMI path. An AVR or Pre-processor may not fully activate or switch to the desired input for audio capture if no active output is detected or fails to enable proper input signal processing.

BEST PRACTICE is for the AVR or Pre-processor to terminate into a device that produces an active EDID, which serves to “trick” the AVR or Pre-processor into continuing to function as designed (with a video signal and multi-channel audio selected at one of its inputs, expected to transfer the video signal to a display device with EDID authentication). An AVPro Edge AC-SC-1X or AC-DA12-AUHD-GEN2 with EDID management is ideal for overcoming this anomaly as both have EDID management capabilities; however, any device capable of producing an EDID compatible with maintaining the AVR’s or Pre-processor’s stability may be utilized.

  • Key Benefits
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Perfect For AVR Bypass ~ Clients often take a measured approach to system upgrades and frequently the initial step is a television that accommodates the latest Next-Gen gaming console that was on every Christmas list. But many end-users soon become painfully aware their previous upgrade, an AVR for object-oriented surround-sound, is unable to pass the gaming console’s best image quality to the new display. Tasking the AC-MX-88X for video chores and bypassing the dated AVR, which otherwise remains perfectly viable for audio use, offers clients upgrade “breathing room” to system rebuild at their pace. An additional AVPro Edge product is required, however, and is key to accomplishing the workaround. An AC-SC-1X, inserted into the signal path between the switcher output that serves the television, stealthily contributes to the heavy lifting. AC-SC-1X faithfully passes video signals up to 8K 60Hz (4:2:0), as its secondary HDMI output downconverts the signal into a bandwidth range the AVR can contend with. Audio Freerun, an AVPro Edge exclusive and a feature of the AC-SC-1X, pairs the audio codec, including Dolby Atmos or DTS-X, with a static1080p test pattern to ensure the AVR does not lapse into sleep mode when absent a video signal at an HDMI input.  

Full HDR Support ~ As Hollywood becomes more adept at using HDR to augment storytelling, dynamic metadata in HDR content is pushing the color boundaries for compatible displays. AVPro Edge 8K devices repeat and passthrough HDR content retaining 100% of the fidelity in the signal. HDR, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision and IMAX Enhanced are no challenge for AVPro Edge image-handling circuitry, delivering full color volume and accurate tone mapping metadata to connected displays.  
 
Stable HDMI Signal Transport ~ Output equalization and amplification precisely regulates feed forward equalization and finite impulse response, critical for accurate HDMI data transfer over long cable distances, preserving signal integrity, image fidelity, and audio quality.

Down Scaling ~ 8K to 4K plus 8K & 4K to 1080p down scaling is available at all eight outputs, assuring compatibility with mixed-HDMI version systems. Many matrix switcher brands award the lowest resolution signal with top honors based on EDID detection, forcing  a “dumbing down” of the entire distribution system to that signal level.  

AVPro Edge User Interface ~ Managing HDMI 2.1a signals is challenging. Interoperability between sources and displays, alternating signal types from content changes, and HDCP issues under Hollywood’s ever-watchful eye all cause labor-wasting havoc during installation fine-tuning. With an integrator’s mindset, AVPro Edge software engineers designed the new GUI to place easy-to-navigate, logical and efficient configuration power into an installer’s hands.

Precision EDID Management ~ With the new AVPro Edge GUI, HDMI EDID signal management is no longer the frustrating challenge previously proven to be. The GUI accesses 29 selectable EDIDs onboard the AC-MX-88X, including those related to problem-free HDR configurations, plus offers a “read” feature that learns an EDID from any connected display which may be applied to any/all input/s.

​Built-In Test Pattern ~ Leave your Fox & Hound test kit behind in the shop? The unit features an internal test pattern generator, in combination with trouble-shooting diagnostic features inside the GUI, to corroborate infrastructure upstream and downstream from the matrix is intact, aiding with wire verification, switcher configuration settings, or source viability. Save unproductive labor hours of directionless detective work by identifying issues in advance.  Confidently leave worksites on schedule, conveying to clients installation expertise and successful system deployment. Technicians are available for work on scheduled new installs, not backtracking to projects which should already be wrapped up.
 
Dual Audio De-Embedding ~ Our unique Audio De-Embedding features the following:

 

  • A user may extract 2 Channel PCM audio from each output. (NOTE: the Analog Port only supports 2-CH PCM).
  • Eight digital optical Toslink outputs supporting 7.1CH LPCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and DTS Master Audio.

 

Extracted audio routing options include:

 

  1. Bind to output (extracted audio swaps with the video, this is the default mode).
  2. Bind to input (extracted audio is fixed to the corresponding input by the same number).
  3. Independent (extracted audio is routed however integrators like and there are commands to allow it to function as a separate matrix).

 

Flexible Audio Adjustments ~

 Integrators can individually tailor the sound for each extracted output with adjustments available for Volume level and left/right Balance, plus tame troublesome acoustic environments with a comprehensive, 10-band EQ. Audio delay provides lip-sync correction, varying from an off state to adjustment points starting at 90ms up through 630ms.  ​ 

 

Built-In Simple Video Switching Control ~ 

With Admin control, integrators can leave the user with limited access to GUI features, perfect for a scenario that may only require straightforward source switching with access to setup, diagnostics commands, audio adjustments, or EDID management unnecessary. 

 

Additional HDMI 2.1a Features: 

Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) Quick Media Switching (QMS), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and Source Based Tone Mapping (SBTM) are supported by both the AC-MX-88X and the AC-SC-1X. Display Stream Compression 1.2, another feature in HDMI 2.1a is not supported, as AVPro Edge uses our proprietary Invisible Compression Technology (ICT) which provides for signal transport and processing with minimal, lossless compression and hyper-precise image fidelity.  

Video:
Video ResolutionsUp to 8k 60Hz 4:2:0/8K 30Hz 4:4:4/4k 120Hz 
HDR Formats/Resolutions4:2:0, 4:2:2, 4:4:4 (10- and 12-Bit Deep Color) HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
Color SpaceYUV (Component), RGB 
(CSC: Rec. 601, Rec. 709, BT. 2020, DCI-P3 D65)
Chroma Subsampling4:4:4, 4:2:2, & 4:2:0 Supported
Deep ColorUp to 16-bit (1080p), up to 12-BIT (4k), up to 10-BIT (8k)
Resolution Scaling (Available on all Outputs)8K to 4K or 8K/4K to 1080p
Additional HDMI 2.1 FeaturesALLM, VRR, QMS, QFT, HFR
Audio:
HDMI BitstreamLPCM up to 7.1, 192 kHz 24-Bit, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos (All Formats), Dolby AC-4, DTS-Digital Surround, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-HD High Res Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Extracted Audio (SPDIF TOSLINK)LPCM up to 5.1, 96 kHz 24-Bit, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD High Res Audio
Extracted Audio (Stereo RCA)PCM 2 CH
Extracted Audio ModesBind to INPUT, Bind to OUTPUT or MATRIX (Independent)
Audio Delay (per output, extracted)Up to 630ms
HDMI 2.0 Distance (up to 18Gbps TMDS):
Passive HDMI IN/OUTUp to 10 Meters/32.8 Feet
AOC HDMI IN/OUTUp to 100 Meters/328 Feet
HDMI 2.1 Distance (up to 40Gbps FRL 5):
Passive HDMI IN/OUTUp to 4 Meters/13.1 Feet
AOC HDMI IN/OUTUp to 100 Meters/328 Feet
Other:
Bandwidth40Gbps  (FRL 5)
HDCP1.4, 2.x Support
Control:
PortsLAN, RS232, IR Window
DriversC4, RTI, ELAN, CRESTRON, URC 
(For More Information - See Drivers Page on AVProEdge.com/Drivers
AVPro WebUIYES
Ports:
HDMI   Type A
LANRJ45 w/ Web Interface/ Control
Audio (Extracted Digital)Toslink
Audio (Extracted Analog)L/R Audio
IR RXWindow Only (Remote Included)
RS2323 Pin Terminal Block
Environmental:
Operating Temperature23 to 125°F (-5 to 51°C)
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Humidity Range5-90% RH (No Condensation)
Power:
Power Consumption (Total)90 Watts Max
Power Supply - MatrixInput: AC 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz
Output: DC 48v  3.75A  
Dimensions:
Dimensions  (Unit Only - Height/Depth/Width)mm: 44 x 260.35 x 441.45
inch: 1.73 x 10.25 x 17.38
Dimensions (Packaged Height/Depth/Width)mm: 88.9 x 444.5 x 495.3
inch: 3.5 x 17.5 x 19.5
Weight (Unit)8.8 lbs. (4 Kg)
Weight (Packaged)12.8 lbs. (5.8 Kg)
*Specifications subject to change without notice.  Mass & dimensions are approximate

 

  • AC-MX-88X (Matrix Switch)
  • 1 x 48V/2.7A Power Supply
  • 1 x IR Remote Control
  • 1 x IR Extension Cable
  • 2 x ​Mounting Brackets & Screws (preinstalled)
  • 4 x Rubber Feet & Screws
  • 8 x 5-Pin to 2ch Audio Extraction Cable
  • 1 x 3-Pin Terminal Block
  • 1 x Grounding Cable

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer.
​For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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