DigitalMedia isn't just for large, expensive homes and facilities. The DM-MD6X6 DigitalMedia Distribution Center provides a very simple and cost-effective solution for distributing multiple high-definition sources to up to six rooms as part of a complete Crestron® system. Featuring DigitalMedia 8G+™ and HDBaseT™ technology, the DM-MD6X6 delivers ultra-reliable, ultra high-bandwidth signal routing over inexpensive CAT5e wiring. Everything about the DM-MD6X6 is engineered to deliver a transparent user experience and the highest performance.
HD Matrix Switcher The DM-MD6X6 provides six HDMI® inputs to handle HDTV receivers, DVD or Blu-ray Disc® players, media servers, computers, and other HD digital sources. Outputs include one HDMI and five DigitalMedia ports, furnishing simple one-wire connectivity for a local display or audio processor, and five additional displays anywhere in the house. QuickSwitch HD® matrix switching allows any display to view any source at any time.
DigitalMedia 8G+™ Crestron exclusive DM 8G+™ technology affords the ultimate in simplicity, providing a true one-wire interface for distributing high-definition video, audio, and control signals to multiple displays throughout a residence or commercial structure. Simply connect a DM 8G+ receiver at each flat-panel display or projector for a complete AV and control interface. Just one CAT5e wire run to each receiver transports pure, uncompressed HD video, 7.1 surround sound audio, 10/100 Ethernet, and control signals for a fully integrated media system with minimal wiring. DM 8G+ allows for wire runs up to 330 feet (100 meters) using CAT5e or Crestron DigitalMedia 8G™ Cable.
HDBaseT™ Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ technology is designed using HDBaseT Alliance specifications, ensuring interoperability with third-party HDBaseT products. Via its DM 8G+ outputs, the DM-MD6X6 can be connected directly to HDBaseT compliant display devices without requiring any DM receivers. The DM-MD6X6 supports 5Play™, the feature set of HDBaseT that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, Ethernet, power and control signals through a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable over distances up to 328 ft (100m).
QuickSwitch HD® Handling high-definition digital media means handling HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), the encryption scheme that content providers use to protect their DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and broadcast signals against unauthorized copying. Viewing HDCP encrypted content requires the source device to "authenticate" each display in the system and issue it a "key" before the content can be viewed. Ordinarily this causes a complete loss of signal for up to 15 seconds each time a new source or display is selected anywhere in the system. To make matters worse, every source device has a limited number of keys available, so connect too many displays and the source will simply stop outputting a signal without warning.
Not to worry — Crestron QuickSwitch HD manages the keys for every HDCP-compliant device in the system, maintaining continuous authentication for each device to ensure fast, reliable routing of any source to any number of display devices.
EDID Format Management With all of today's varied AV sources comes an excess of confusing video and audio formats to keep track of, and chances are not every device in your system supports all of the same formats. Such conflicts can wreak havoc any time you route one source to more than one display or audio component. The Blu-ray player that's feeding your 1080p projector in the theater may restrict itself to a lower resolution, or even shut off completely, if someone decides to view the same signal on the 20" TV in the kitchen. And, instead of enjoying your theater's incredible 7.1 surround sound, you may find yourself limited to 5.1 or even plain old stereo.
The DM-MD6X6 eliminates such conflicts by managing the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) that modern digital devices use to communicate their capabilities. Through the DM-MD6X6, the format and resolution capabilities of each device can be assessed, allowing the installer to configure EDID signals appropriately for the most desirable and predictable behavior.
A Scaler for Every Display Scaling capability can be added to the DM-MD6X6 using select DM 8G+ receivers with built in high-definition scalers.[2,3] By placing an independent high-performance scaler at every display device, DigitalMedia truly delivers the most flexible and user-friendly solution for routing multiple disparate sources to many different display devices. This "Distributed Scaler Approach" ensures an optimal image on every screen no matter what sources are selected. Distributed scaling allows a high-res computer source to be viewed on any display in the building. It also allows a high-definition 3D source to be viewed on lower-resolution 2D displays without compromising the original signal, letting you share your theater's full HD 1080p 3D image with smaller, lesser displays in other rooms.
Multi-Channel HD Audio Routing HDMI is the key to handling all the latest 7.1 surround sound formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™. The DM-MD6X6 supports high-performance routing of all surround sound encoded media, as well as uncompressed multi-channel linear PCM, to every display and AV receiver.
Built-in Ethernet Switch In addition to transporting digital video and audio, DigitalMedia can also extend high-speed Ethernet to display devices that require a LAN connection. Ethernet is also utilized internally by the Crestron control bus to manage all of the DM devices in the system and provide display control in each room. Through its 10/100 Ethernet port, the DM-MD6X6 provides a single-point connection to a home network or corporate LAN, requiring just one IP address for the complete DM system.
USB HID Extender With built-in USB HID (USB Human Interface Device) signal routing, the DM-MD6X6 lets you control a centralized computer or media server using a mouse or keyboard in another room. The mouse/keyboard can be connected to any DM 8G+ receiver that includes a USB HID port, while the host computer is connected to the USB HID port on the DM-MD6X6 rear panel.
Easy Setup Every step of the DM-MD6X6 setup is designed to be quick and easy using its front panel or Crestron Toolbox™ software, configuring inputs and outputs automatically while letting the installer make intelligent design decisions along the way. Out of the box, the DM-MD6X6 front panel supports basic signal routing for testing and troubleshooting during installation. The front panel label strips can be customized using Crestron Engraver software or standard 3/8" tape labels, allowing for the clear designation of each input and output. Inputs and outputs may also be designated by name through the software to appear on the LCD display.
Please refer to the DigitalMedia Resources Webpage at http://www.crestron.com/dmresources/ for additional design tools and reference documents.
Provides a low-cost, high-performance multiroom HD AV signal routing solution
Distributes uncompressed digital video and audio over CAT5e twisted-pair wire
Affords a true one-wire solution using DigitalMedia 8G+™ technology
Supports HDBaseT™ Alliance specifications
Features independently-switchable DM 8G+™ or HDBaseT outputs for 5 remote displays
Allows up to 330 ft (100 m) wire distance to each display
Includes one HDMI® output for a local display or audio processor
Provides inputs for 6 HDMI, DVI, or DisplayPort Multimode sources
Supports Deep Color, 3D, and 7.1 channel HD lossless audio
Supports video resolutions up to WUXGA 1920x1200 and HD 1080p60
QuickSwitch HD® technology manages HDCP keys for reliable, low-latency switching
Performs automatic AV signal format management via EDID
Allows independent scaling for every display through select DM receivers[2,3]
Enables USB HID mouse and keyboard signal extension
Includes integrated Ethernet switch
Provides Power over DM® for PoDM compatible receivers
Provides easy setup and diagnostics tools via front panel or software
Includes built-in universal power supply
Allows native Crestron® system integration via Ethernet
Standard component width or 2-space rack-mountable
For DM 8G+ wiring, use Crestron DM-CBL-8G DigitalMedia 8G Cable, Crestron DM-CBL DigitalMedia Cable, Crestron DM-CBL-D DigitalMedia D Cable, or generic CAT5e (or better) UTP or STP. Maximum wire length for DM 8G+ is 330 ft (100 m) between devices. Shielded cable and connectors are recommended to safeguard against unpredictable environmental electrical noise which may impact performance at resolutions above 1080p. Refer to the Crestron DigitalMedia Design Guide, Doc. #4546 for complete system design guidelines. DM 8G+ is also compatible with HDBaseT Alliance specifications for connecting to HDBaseT compliant equipment. All wire and cables sold separately.
Item(s) sold separately.
DM 8G+ receivers with built-in scaling include the DM-RMC-SCALER-C and DM-RMC-200-C. For the HDMI output, use the HD-SCALER.
HDMI requires an appropriate adapter or interface cable to accommodate a DVI or DisplayPort Multimode signal. CBL-HD-DVI interface cables available separately.
This product may be purchased from an authorized Crestron dealer. To find a dealer, please contact the Crestron sales representative for your area. A list of sales representatives is available online at www.crestron.com/salesreps or by calling 800-237-2041.
Specifications subject to change without notice. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography.
The specific patents that cover Crestron products are listed online at: patents.crestron.com.
CE Pro BEST Awards recognize the most noteworthy new products and technologies for the custom installation channel. Crestron products were honored in the following categories:
6X6 DigitalMedia ™ Distribution Center
Digital Phone System/Dedicated Intercom
Rava ™ SIP Intercom
Commercial Integrator BEST Awards
The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize superior products and services that help Commercial Integrator readers run their businesses better and be more profitable. A panel of commercial industry members, including editors of Commercial Integrator magazine and leading integrators, selected the winners in each category.
Crestron proudly accepted six 1st place awards:
Matrix Switchers: DM-MD6X6 DigitalMedia Distribution Center
Large-Scale Control Systems: MC3 3-Series Control System
Video Conferencing/Telepresence Systems: CaptureLiveHD
Universal Remote Controls: UFO Waterproof Remote
Video Distribution Systems: DigitalMedia Presentation System 300 (DMPS-300-C)
Wireless Microphones: FreeSpeech Dual-Channel Wireless Mic System
2011 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards
CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards is the most prestigious form of recognition in the custom electronics industry. These highly sought after awards are presented each year to recognize industry excellence while commending the outstanding work of its members at the annual awards banquet at CEDIA EXPO 2011.
Crestron products won two first place awards in the following trendsetting categories:
Best New Product:
6x6 DigitalMedia™ Distribution Center
Sonnex™ 24X8 Multiroom Audio System
2011 Exc!te Awards
CustomRetailer Magazine's Exc!te Awards winners were selected from over 400 nominations of products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional. The impact these products have on the custom electronics industry is felt in the custom installers' productivity, the dealers' technology offerings, the industry's vitality, and most importantly, the homeowners' satisfaction.
The following Crestron products were first place winners:
Most Exc!ting Multiroom Audio System: Sonnex™ 24X8 Multiroom Audio System
Most Exc!ting Video Product: 6x6 DigitalMedia™ Distribution Center
6x6 digital matrix switch, Crestron QuickSwitch HD®
Input Signal Types
HDMI®, DVI, DisplayPort Multimode
Output Signal Types
HDMI, DVI, DM 8G+™ (DigitalMedia™ over one CAT5e twisted-pair copper wire)
HDMI w/Deep Color & 3D, DVI, HDCP content protection support, HDTV up to 1080p60, computer graphics up to UXGA/WUXGA, NTSC or PAL
Input Resolutions, Progressive
640x480@60Hz, 720x480@60Hz (480p), 720x576@50Hz (576p), 800x600@60Hz, 848x480@60Hz, 852x480@60Hz, 854x480@60Hz, 1024x768@60Hz, 1024x852@60Hz, 1024x1024@60Hz, 1280x720@50Hz (720p50), 1280x720@60Hz (720p60), 1280x768@60Hz, 1280x800@60Hz, 1280x960@60Hz, 1280x1024@60Hz, 1360x768@60Hz, 1365x1024@60Hz, 1366x768@60Hz, 1400x1050@60Hz, 1440x900@60Hz, 1600x900@60Hz, 1600x1200@60Hz, 1680x1050@60Hz, 1920x1080@24Hz (1080p24), 1920x1080@25Hz (1080p25), 1920x1080@50Hz (1080p50), 1920x1080@60Hz (1080p60), 1920x1200@60Hz, 2048x1080@24Hz, 2048x1152@60Hz, plus any other resolution allowed by HDMI up to 165MHz pixel clock
Input Resolutions, Interlaced
720x480@30Hz (480i), 720x576@25Hz (576i), 1920x1080@25Hz (1080i25), 1920x1080@30Hz (1080i30), plus any other resolution allowed by HDMI up to 165MHz pixel clock
Matched to inputs
6x6 digital matrix switch, audio-follow-video
Input Signal Types
HDMI, DisplayPort Multimode
Output Signal Types
HDMI, DM 8G+
Dolby Digital®, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS®, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD® High Res, DTS-HD Master Audio™, Up to 8ch PCM
DM 8G+, HDCP management, EDID format management
10/100 Mbps, auto-switching, auto-negotiating, auto-discovery, full/half duplex, TCP/IP, UDP/IP, CIP, DHCP, RSTP; for control and console
Signal extension/routing for USB HID class devices, USB service port for computer console
Provides (1) onboard 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet port, (1) internal Ethernet port for the switcher, and up to (5) remote 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet ports via select outboard devices
HDMI INPUT 1 – 6
(6) 19-pin Type A HDMI female, digital video/audio inputs; Signal Types: HDMI, DVI, or DisplayPort Multimode
HDMI OUTPUT 1
(1) 19-pin Type A HDMI female, digital video/audio output; Signal Types: HDMI, DVI
DM OUTPUT 2 – 6
(5) 8-pin RJ45 female, shielded; DM 8G+ outputs, capable of supplying PoDM (Power over DM®); Connect to DM 8G+ inputs of DM receivers/room controllers or other DM devices via CAT5e or Crestron DM-CBL-8G cable
(1) USB Type B female; USB device port for connection to the USB host interface of a computer or other USB HID-compliant host
(1) 8-wire RJ45 female, shielded; 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet port
100-240V~2.0A MAX 50/60Hz
(1) IEC C14 male chassis plug, main power input; Mates with removable power cord, included
(1) 6-32 screw, chassis ground lug
(1) USB Type B female; USB 1.1 computer console port
16-bit TFT active matrix color LCD
2 inch (52 mm) diagonal
220 x 176 pixels
Displays setup menus, EDID and HDCP details for source and destination devices, audio/video signal information, and other details; allows custom naming of inputs and outputs
Controls & Indicators
(1) recessed miniature pushbutton for hardware reset
(1) 5-way navigation pad for menu navigation and parameter adjustment
(1) pushbutton, returns to the home menu
(1) pushbutton, steps menu back one level
INPUT 1 – 6
(6) pushbuttons and green LEDs, select input for routing
OUTPUT 1 – 6
(6) pushbuttons and green LEDs, select output destination(s)
(2) LEDs, green LED indicates Ethernet link status, amber LED indicates Ethernet activity
2 Amps @ 100-240 Volts AC, 50/60 Hz
Power over DM (PoDM)
Supplies power to up to five DM 8G+ PoDM powered devices
32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
10% to 90% RH (non-condensing)
Metal with matte black finish, vented sides, fan-cooled
Metal, matte black finish with polycarbonate label overlay
Freestanding or 2U 19-inch rack-mountable (adhesive feet and rack ears included)
Reference Guide (PDF - 2.21 M) Doc. No. 4579F Rev. Date: 4/8/2014 Note: IP Considerations Guide. This guide is intended to outline the requirements, best practices and preferred methods of implementing Crestron devices on enterprise level networks.
Design Guide (PDF - 27.95 M) Doc. No. 4546E Rev. Date: 4/2/2014 Note: Complete guide to designing a Crestron DigitalMedia system.