The Dutch superyacht electronics experts, Admarel, have launched a new audiovisual (AV) network which enables superyachts to scale up their AV systems faster and more efficiently than ever before.Working with some of the top superyacht yards in the Netherlands, Admarel have devised an AV solution that is both highly flexible in terms of both its operation and installation, and is readily adaptable to changes in technology in the years ahead.
Currently, traditional superyacht AV systems use a hardware Matrix Switch that acts as an intersection for the incoming signals from sources such as Apple TV, satellite receivers, video and audio players and more. These signals then reach their final destinations on TV screens and amplifiers in the yacht’s social areas and cabins.
Typically, the Matrix Switch in a superyacht is mounted in a central server rack alongside all the content sources and has a fixed number of possible inputs and outputs which are usually in multiples of 16. Once the capacity of this Matrix Switch is reached, adding even a single additional input or output causes the inconvenience of fitting an entirely new Matrix Switch, as well as its associated cabling, in order to link it to any new outputs.
However, in response to customer requests, Admarel has developed the ‘Virtual Matrix’. This does away with the need for Matrix Switches all together, allowing yachts to add individual inputs and outputs when they are needed, quickly and with minimal disruption.
The key to this simple yet elegant solution is decentralisation. Instead of a single, central unit, each source is linked to a small, dedicated encoder which transmits the signal, and each output likewise has its dedicated decoder discreetly fitted nearby that receives and translates the data into HDMI.
All of the AV data can then flow through the vessel’s IT / IP network, doing away with the need for additional cabling, and the encoders can be installed anywhere that is convenient.
As a yacht undergoes her refits and remodelling, the Virtual Matrix system guarantees flexibility and adaptability, while delivering a top-quality experience that is more cost-effective than the standard alternative. With this Virtual Matrix, all the latest functionality and smart compatibility remains accessible. The popular, yacht-wide party mode, for example, is delivered by simply fitting an encoder in a suitable location, such as the saloon or beach deck, which can then be instructed to deliver sound output from any specified source to all the designated speakers.
While the distribution of AV entertainment over IP networks on board superyachts is well-established, the Virtual Matrix takes it to a new level of convenience with respect to its installation, maintenance and upgrades. This delivers a win-win solution for both the yards building and refitting yachts, and for the technicians maintaining the onboard AV and IT systems.
The Admarel Virtual Matrix uses proven components from leading manufacturers and is available now. For more information on the Virtual Matrix, or to find out more about the services Admarel provide, visit their website or contact the company via the details below.
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