ASP-44
™
4x4 HDMI 1.3c Matrix
User Manual
Manual Number: 100310
Safety and Notice
The ASP-44™ 4x4 HDMI 1.3c Matrix has been tested for conformance to safety regulations
and requirements, and has been certified for international use. However, like all electronic
equipments, the ASP-44 should be used with care. Please read and follow the safety instructions
to protect yourself from possible injury and to minimize the risk of damage to the unit.
z Follow all instructions and warnings marked on this unit.
z Do not attempt to service this unit yourself, except where explained in this manual.
z Provide proper ventilation and air circulation and do not use near water.
z Keep objects that might damage the device and assure that the placement of this unit is on
a stable surface.
z Use only the power adapter and power cords and connection cables designed for this unit.
z Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners to clean this unit. Always unplug the power to the
device before cleaning.
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Introduction
The ASP-44™ 4x4 HDMI 1.3c Matrix provides the most flexible and cost effective solution in
the market to route high definition video sources plus multi-channel (up to 7.1 channel) digital
audio from any of the four HDMI sources to the any four displays at the same time. This solution
is well suited for use in home theater, conference room presentation systems, or other similar
setting or application.
ASP-44™
HDMI cables or
HDMI extenders
Blu-ray disc player
PS3
TiVo
HDMI projector
HDMI camcorder
HDTV
4x HDMI Input
4x HDMI Output
PC with HDMI output
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HDMI monitor
Features
z State-of-the-art Silicon Image (Founder of HDMI) chipset embedded for utmost
compatibility and reliability
z HDMI 1.3c compliant
z HDCP compliant
z Allows any source to be displayed on multiple displays at the same time
z Allows any HDMI display to view any HDMI source at any time
z Supports 7.1 channel digital audio
z Supports default HDMI EDID and learns the EDID of displays if necessary
z The matrix master can switch every output channels to any HDMI inputs by push button, IR
remote control, RS-232 control, or USB control
z Easy installation with rack-mounting designs
z Fast response time – 2~5 seconds for channel switch
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Specifications & Package Contents
ASP-44™
Model Name
Technical
Role of usage
HDMI compliance
HDCP compliance
Video bandwidth
Video support
Audio support
ESD protection
PCB stack-up
Input
Output
HDMI input selection
IR remote control
HDMI connector
RS-232 connector
3.5mm connector
DIP Switch
Mechanical
Housing
Dimensions Model
[L x W x H]
Package
Model
Weight
Package
Fixedness
Power supply
Power consumption
Operation temperature
Storage temperature
Relative humidity
Package
Contents
True 4x4 matrix
HDMI 1.3c
Yes
Single-link 225MHz [6.75Gbps]
480i / 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p60 8-12 bit color
Surround sound (up to 7.1ch) or stereo digital audio
[1] Human body: ±19kV [air-gap discharge] & ±12kV [contact discharge]
[2] Core chipset: ±8kV
4-layer board [impedance control — differential 100Ω; single 50Ω]
4x HDMI + 1x RS-232 + 1x 3.5mm
4x HDMI
Push button / IR remote / RS-232
Electro-optical characteristics: τ = 25°; carrier frequency: 36-40kHz
Type A [19-pin female]
DE-9 [9-pin D-sub female]
IR socket for IR receiver
[SW1-SW4]: 2-pin for EDID & audio/video settings
[SW Main]: 4-pin for normal operation or firmware update
Metal enclosure
290 x 440 x 44mm [11.4” x 1’5” x 1.7”]
400 x 530 x 130mm [1’4” x 1’9” x 5”]
1075g [2.4 lbs]
2090g [4.6 lbs]
1RU rack-mount with ears
5V 6A DC
20 Watts [max]
0~40°C [32~104°F]
-20~60°C [-4~140°F]
20~90% RH [no condensation]
1x ASP-44
2x 1RU rack-mount ear
1x IR remote control
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1x Installation CD
1x 5V 6A in-line PSU with C5 power cord
1x User Manual
Panel Descriptions
ASP-44™
Front Panel
1
2
3
4
5
6
7 8
1. Power: power on/off switch
2. PREVIEW Button: press PREVIEW to watch input/output mapping. This function is active
when the button is bright
3. INPUT Buttons: press respective button to select input port 1 to 4
4. OUTPUT Buttons: press respective button to select output 1 to 4
5. EDID Button: press EDID button to enter EDID operation (for more detail please see EDID
Learning section). This function is active when the button is bright
6. PRESETS Buttons: Save the current input/output mapping to presets or load one of the
preset input/output mappings to current configuration by pressing SAVE or LOAD
button respectively
7. IR: infrared sensor to receive any IR commands from the IR remote control
8. EXT IR Receiver: plug in an IR receiver here to receive any IR commands from the IR remote
control
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Rear Panel
1
3 4
2
5
6
1. RS-232: For channel control via RS-232 serial control port
2. SW1 – SW4: Two-pin DIP switch for manual EDID and audio/video settings (for more detail
please see DIP Switch section)
3. +5V DC: Plug in the 5V 6A power supply unit with C5-type power cord to a power outlet
4. SW Main: Four-pin DIP switch for normal operation or firmware update (for more detail
please see DIP Switch section)
5. INPUT 1 – INPUT 4: Four HDMI input ports that connect to HDMI source devices
6. OUPUT 1 – OUTPUT 4: Four HDMI output ports that connect to HDMI displays
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DIP Switch
SW1-SW4 for EDID & audio/video settings
DIP Switch Position
Pin 1
Pin 2
OFF [Å]
OFF [Å]
ON [Æ]
ON [Æ]
OFF [Å]
ON [Æ]
OFF [Å]
ON [Æ]
Video
Audio
Description
Default Mode2 – Up to 1080p & surround sound
Up to 1080p Surround audio output up to 7.1ch (DTS-HD Master & Dolby
TrueHD)
1
Up to 1080p
4
Bypass
Bypass
Stereo
Safe Mode3 – Make the system output at 1080p
video and stereo audio for basic compatibility
among HDTVs
Bypass
EDID Learning Mode5 – for learning EDID from the
display while playing any received HDMI audio
format
Stereo
EDID Learning & Stereo Mode5 – for learning EDID
from the display while enforcing stereo output if any
HDTV cannot play surround sound normally
4
Note
1
If the HDTV shows video but without audio, please try to set audio mode to stereo.
2
Factory default setting of [SW1]-[SW4] is pin 1 at OFF [Å] & pin 2 at OFF [Å] for 1080p
and surround sound audio.
3
If you encounter any unsolved audio/video output problem during system installation,
please turn any [SW1]-[SW4] to pin 1 at OFF [Å] & pin 2 at ON [Æ] for safe mode to
enforce the most compatible 1080p stereo output for system check. However, the safe
mode cannot be initiated if your HDMI source is set to enforce 1080p output. In this
case, please reconfigure your HDMI source to all resolution output for troubleshooting.
4
Bypass means the matrix will maintain playing the original format of HDMI signals in
video and perhaps audio. By setting at this mode, the users may encounter
compatibility issue among different kinds of HDMI sources and displays. If you cannot
get the audio and/or video output normally at the system installation, please change
the DIP switch setting to default mode or even safe mode to verify the functionality of
the device.
5
To learn the EDID of the HDMI display for respective HDMI source devices, please see the
[EDID Learning] section for more detail information.
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SW Main for firmware update (for technical support only)
DIP Switch Position
Pin 1
Pin 2
Pin 3
Pin 4
Normal Operation Mode6
OFF[Å]
OFF[Å]
ON[Æ]
OFF[Å]
Firmware Update Mode 7
ON[Æ]
ON[Æ]
OFF[Å]
OFF[Å]
Note
6
Factory default for SW Main is pin 1 at OFF [Å], pin 2 at OFF [Å], pin 3 at ON [Æ], and pin
4 at OFF [Å]. PLEASE MAINTAIN THIS SETTING AT ANYTIME FOR REGULAR USE!
7
Sequence for firmware update:
WARNING! [Firmware update only can be done via RS-232 port and connection to PC set at COM1)
1. Power off the ASP-44. Execute the firmware update program on your PC via COM1 port
connection to the RS-232 port of the ASP-44 using a straight through (pin-pin) cable.
2. Set the DIP switch of [SW Main] at right position for Firmware Update Mode.
3. Power on the ASP-44.
4. Turn off the ASP-44.
5. Set the DIP switch of [SW Main] at right position for Normal Operation Mode.
6. Power on the ASP-44.
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External IR
IR Receiver
IR Sockets
EXT IR Receiver: plug in the IR receiver to the IR socket
on the front panel of the ASP-44 to receive all IR
command signals from the IR remote control
You can buy any IR receiving cable in the open market that is compatible to the definition of the IR
sockets for the matrix if necessary for replacement use. However, in some cases, IR cables longer
than 2m (6ft) may not work properly.
Supported IR Data Format
Data Format
NEC
RC5
TOSHIBA MICOM CODE
GRUNDIG CODE
SONY 12 BIT CODE
SONY 15 BIT CODE
SONY 20 BIT CODE
RCA CODE
RCM CODE
MATSUSHITA CODE
MITSUBISHI CODE
ZENITH CODE
JVC CODE
M50560-001P
MN6125H
MN6125L
MN6014_C5D7
MN6014-C6D6
MC14457P
LC7464(AHEA)
GEMINI_CM
Suitable
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Not Recommended
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
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Hardware Installation
1. Connect all sources to HDMI Inputs on the ASP-44 via HDMI cables or extenders
2. Connect all outputs to HDMI displays via HDMI cables or extenders
3. Connect the 5V 6A power supply unit and C5 power cord between the ASP-44 and the
power outlet.
4. Power on the ASP-44, all HDMI source devices, and all HDMI displays.
ASP-44™
HDMI cables or
HDMI extenders
Blu-ray disc player
PS3
TiVo
HDMI projector
HDMI camcorder
HDTV
4x HDMI Input
4x HDMI Output
PC with HDMI output
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HDMI monitor
Channel Control
Source Side
Method A: Push input/output buttons
1. Press the INPUT button on the front panel to select input source port, which will be bright
once selected.
2. Press the OUTPUT buttons on the front panel to select output display ports, which will be
bright once selected, to display HDMI signal from selected input port.
Method B: IR Remote control
POWER
Power on/off
Fn
Function key
INPUT 1
HDMI input port 1
INPUT 2
HDMI input port 2
INPUT 3
HDMI input port 3
INPUT 4
HDMI input port 4
OUTPUT 1
HDMI output port 1
OUTPUT 2
HDMI output port 2
OUTPUT 3
HDMI output port 3
OUTPUT 4
HDMI output port 4
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Method C: Software control through RS-232 or USB port
HDMI output port
selection mapping area
HDMI input source selection
mapping area
Software Control Menu
Status bar
1. Setting button
Click Get button to read back device ID.
Click Set button to write device ID.
Click Rename to open the String Table.
In the String Table, assign the captions for each input and output port for easy recognition.
Example
Rename the Input1 to “Blu-ray player”, Input2 to “Sat. receiver,” input3 to “Game console,”
input4 to “AV receiver,” and rename output1 to “Conf. RM1,” output2 to “Conf. RM2,”
output3 to “Lobby,” output4 to “Main projector,” … etc.
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Click Save String Table to save the caption setting.
Click Set Default will pop up the confirmation message below for erasing the captions and
reset the string table to default setting.
2. Scan button
Serial Port Scan
Click Scan, the machine will scan the all com port and
show them.
Select the RS232 serial port connected to the machine.
And set device ID 255 is for all device.
Only the same device id or 255 can get the command
you sent.
Click OK to get the new status from the machine you
select.
3. Linkage button
Click Linkage to read back all status.
4. Open/Close button
Click Open or Close to open / close designated COM port.
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5. Mapping button
Select All Output
Select “set all output,” then select the source on main menu. You
can quickly set all output to the same source.
Unselect All Output
Release output selection.
Select Input1~4-Output
Select Input Source. Then select the output port icon.
Example
Select input source 1. Then select output port 1 and port 2. The video and audio will be
sent to port 1 and port 2.
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6. Fast Select button:
Click Fast Select for quick setting
Input one ¨ Output Port one
Input two ¨Output Port two
…..
Click Fast Select pull down menu
Select Input Num-Output Num
Input source #1 ¨ Output port #1
Input source #2 ¨ Output port #2
……
Select Input - All Output
Send the same source to all output
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7. Output Port:
Pull down menu and select which source to be sent to this output port.
One by one setting
On main menu screen
First select input source. Then select the output ports which you
want to send the video and audio from this source. When you
select the input source, the source will change to gray. When you
select the output port one by one, the selected output port will
change to gray.
The linking line will change to yellow.
Group setting
First select output ports one by one. Then select the input source. The selected output
ports change the setting at the same time.
By using Terminal
Baud rate: 9600
Data length: 8bit
Parity check: No
Stop bit: 1
RS-232 DB9 Pin Definition
Pin 2 Tx Æ, Pin 3 Rx Å,
Pin 5 Ground
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Command Set:
! is the start character to active a command
? is the start character to query status
~ is the start character of the response
/x0D (<cr> aka carriage return) is the end character
COMMAND
ACTION
!R
Change Route
VR
Firmware Version
ACTION
COMMAND
?R
Query route
ACTION
COMMAND
!P
Preset recall
Examples:
To route input 1 to output 2, 3, 4, the command would look like: !R1to2,3,4<cr>
The response is ~R1to2,3,4<cr>
A query could be ?R1<cr>
Example response would is ~R1to2,3,4<cr>
To trigger a preset, the command would look like: !P01<cr>
The response is ~P01<cr>
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Method 4: Preset mappings
a. Load one of the presets
Step 2
Step 1 & 3
1. Press the LOAD button in the PRESETS menu on the front panel and the LED will turn on.
2. Select the preset profile number to load the corresponding mapping.
3. Press the LOAD button to execute the setting. After loading procedure, the LED will turn
off.
Input Port
1
2
3
4
Preset Profile Number
1
2
3
4
Output Port
1
2
3
4
Preset Profile Number
5
6
7
8
b. Save the current mapping configuration into presets
Step 2
Step 1 & 3
1. Press the SAVE button in the PRESETS menu on the front panel and the LED will turn on.
2. Select the preset profile number and save the current mapping profile to the memory.
3. Press the SAVE button to execute the setting. After loading procedure, the LED will turn
off.
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c. PREVIEW presets
Step 3
Step 2 & 4
Step 1 & 4
1. Press the PREVIEW button on the front panel.
2. Press the LOAD button.
3. Select the preset profile number to load the corresponding mapping and press the
respective button.
4. Press the LOAD button or PREVIEW button to escape PREVIEW presets state
d. PREVIEW INPUT/OUTPUT mapping status
Step 2
Step 1 & 3
1. Press the PREVIEW button on the front panel.
2. Check mapping by push INPUTS or OUTPUTS buttons.
3. Press the PREVIEW button to escape PREVIEW status.
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EDID Learning
The EDID learning function is only necessary whenever you encounter any display connected to
the HDMI output port that cannot play audio and video properly. Because the HDMI source
devices and displays may have various level of capability in playing audio and video, the general
principle is that the source device will output the lowest standards in audio format and video
resolutions to be commonly acceptable among all HDMI displays. In this case, a 720p stereo
HDMI signal output would be probably the safest choice. Nevertheless, the user can force the
matrix to learn the EDID of the lowest capable HDMI display among others to make sure all
displays are capable to play the HDMI signals normally by performing the procedures stated
below.
SW1-SW4’s Pin 1 must be set to “ON” and left there for EDID
Learning Mode. Turning to “OFF” will return to factory defaults.
DIP Switch Position
Pin 1
ON [Æ]
Description
EDID Learning – for learning EDID from the display
Method 1: Use the front panel on the master unit
Button
Function
OUTPUT 1-4
EDID will be read from display from the respective output port
INPUT 1-4
The EDID will be sent to the HDMI source connected to respective HDMI input port
1. Push EDID button to enter EDID learning mode
2. Select one or multiple INPUTS 1-4 buttons that you want those input ports to learn
the EDID of the display from certain OUTPUT port. The input port is selected when
the LED is on. Push the INPUT button again if you want to cancel this input port to
learn EDID.
3. Select the HDMI display that you want the matrix to learn its EDID by push the
OUTPUT button connected to this display.
4. Press the EDID button to initiate the EDID learning sequence. If the sequence is
done successfully, the front panel will get back to normal operation mode. If the
sequence is failed, the LED of the chosen input ports will flash then please try again.
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Method 2: Manually connect HDMI displays to HDMI input ports
1. Power up the matrix. Connect the HDMI display that its EDID needs to be learned to any of
the HDMI INPUT1-INPUT4 port where your source device has trouble to show the picture
normally.
2. To learn the display’s EDID for source device connected to respective HDMI INPUT1-INPUT4
port, pull both pins of respective DIP switch SW1-SW4 up-and-down to stay at
ON[Æ]-ON[Æ] and wait for about 5 seconds to complete the EDID learning process. You
DON’T NEED to pull up the DIP switch again unless you want to learn another display’s EDID
by pulling both DIP switch pin 1 & pin 2 of SW1-SW4 up-and-down one more time.
3. Repeat step1 & step2 if you want to learn the EDID of this HDMI display on any other HDMI
input ports that have same trouble playing the audio/video properly.
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IR Discrete Code
Default Custom Code — IR2 Code: 00 FF
Function
0x17
—
«
0x0A
POWER
0x02
0x0C
SOURCE SEL. 1 SOURCE SEL. 2 SOURCE SEL 3 SOURCE SEL. 4
0x54
0x55
0x56
0x01
F1
F2
F3
F4
0x57
0x58
0x59
0x06
INPUT 1
0x1B
Output Port 1
INPUT 2
INPUT 3
0x5B
0x19
Output Port 2
INPUT 2
INPUT 3
0x5A
0x1A
INPUT 1
0x0E
Output Port 3
INPUT 2
INPUT 3
0x0D
0x12
INPUT 1
0x18
INPUT 4
0x07
INPUT 4
0x04
INPUT 4
0x05
Output Port 4
INPUT 1
0x1C
INPUT 2
0x1D
INPUT 3
0x1F
INPUT 4
0x1E
Custom Code — IR3 Code: 0x12 0x21
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 4
Output 1
0xA1
0xA2
0xA3
0xA4
Output 2
0xB1
0xB2
0xB3
0xB4
Output 3
0xC1
0xC2
0xC3
0xC4
Output 4
0xD1
0xD2
0xD3
0xD4
Custom Code — IR4 Code: 0x13 0x31
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 4
Output 1
0xAE
0xAD
0xAC
0xAB
Output 2
0xBE
0xBD
0xBC
0xBB
Output 3
0xCE
0xCD
0xCC
0xCB
Note: Using terminal to set Custom Code
Example: Set custom code from 0x01 0xEE to 0x13 0x31
>>IR4 ---- command (using RS-232 terminal command mode)
>>IR4 ---- echo
For further information, please check the installation CD.
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Output 4
0xDE
0xDD
0xDC
0xDB
Command
IR2
IR3
IR4
Custom Code
0x00 0xFF
0x12 0x21
0x13 0x31
Limited Warranty
Aurora Multimedia Corp. (“Manufacturer”) warrants that this product is free of defects in both
materials and workmanship for a period of 3 years as defined herein for parts and labor from
date of purchase. Motorized mechanical parts (Hard Drives, DVD, etc), mechanical parts
(buttons, doors, etc), remotes and cables are covered for a period of 1 year. Batteries are not
covered by this warranty. During the warranty period, and upon proof of purchase, the product
will be repaired or replaced (with same or similar model) at our option without charge for parts
or labor for the specified product warranty period.
This warranty shall not apply if any of the following:
A) The product has been damaged by negligence, accident, lightning, water, act-of-God or
mishandling; or,
B) The product has not been operated in accordance with procedures specified in operating
instructions: or,
C) The product has been repaired and or altered by other than manufacturer or authorized
service center; or,
D) The product's original serial number has been modified or removed: or,
E) External equipment other than supplied by manufacturer, in determination of manufacturer,
shall have affected the performance, safety or reliability of the product.
F) Part(s) are no longer available for product.
In the event that the product needs repair or replacement during the specified warranty period,
product should be shipped back to Manufacturer at Purchaser's expense. Repaired or replaced
product shall be returned to Purchaser by standard shipping methods at Manufacturer's
discretion. Express shipping will be at the expense of the Purchaser. If Purchaser resides
outside the contiguous US, return shipping shall be at Purchaser's expense.
No other warranty, express or implied other than Manufacturer's shall apply.
Manufacturer does not assume any responsibility for consequential damages, expenses or loss of
revenue or property, inconvenience or interruption in operation experienced by the customer
due to a malfunction of the purchased equipment. No warranty service performed on any
product shall extend the applicable warranty period.
This warranty does not cover damage to the equipment during shipping and Manufacturer
assumes no responsibility for such damage.
This product warranty extends to the original purchaser only and will be null and void upon any
assignment or transfer.
Aurora Multimedia Corp.
205 Commercial Court, Morganville, NJ 07751
Phone: (732) 591-5800 Fax: (732) 591-5801
www.auroramultimedia.com
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