Why Choosing Even One “Standard” is so Difficult

The broadcasting and AV industries are full of ”Standards” and most of them have acronyms. The interesting thing about these standards is they aren’t really standards and are more like guidelines. Especially as they are applied by manufacturers. The idea behind them is sound in that if a product has this standard implemented, then it works with any other manufacturer’s product with the same features. Unfortunately, none of them work like this.

In Audiovisual systems, HDBaseT is a great concept with vast amounts of product implementations. As designed and in almost all cases when you stick with the same manufacturer the full feature set is available for use in your design. However, if you use a transmitter from “Manufacturer A” and a receiver from “Manufacturer B,” you likely will be missing one or more features such as serial or IR control pass thru, certain video resolutions or framerates, or Ethernet pass thru. The hardest thing about this is that both specification sheets from the respective manufacturer list all of those as features.

DANTE, AVB, and AES67 have been widely used in broadcast and AV systems designed by Triton. There are many pitfalls when you use them together in the same system if not carefully designed. There are clock, bandwidth, timing, subnet, switch compatibility, protocol and handshaking, naming convention issues, and many more.

Triton’s engineering staff has experience with many HDBaseT, DANTE, AVB, and AES67 devices from more than 25 manufacturers. We strive to stay ahead of changes in standards, equipment capabilities as they relate to the standards, and the interoperability between these devices. When we don’t know, we find out by bringing the equipment into our shop, so we can test it ourselves. You can be confident that a system designed by us around a “standard” will be complete and operate as specified.

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