Blustream PLA88ARC-V2

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Features 8 x HDMI Inputs Which Can Be Independently Routed To HDBaseT, HDMI Outputs Up To 100 metres (4K up to 70 metres), HDCP 2.2 Compliant

Supports ARC via HDMI or Optical Digital Inputs

Supports VGA~WUXGA & 480i~4K Video Resolutions

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About The Blustream PLA88ARC-V2

Blustream is the audio visual industry’s award winning option for advanced HDMI distribution. Their products have been designed and engineered by a global team of AV specialists with over 30 years experience in the custom field alone. Add to this the experience of senior management and you can be assured of the highest level of commitment.

The Blustream Platinum 8 x 8 HDBaseT Matrix delivers a range of custom projects and industry leading features. The PLA88ARC-V2 is a 4K HDCP 2.2 compliant 8 x 8 matrix, transmitting HDMI, Bi-directional IR and PoH (PoE) up to lengths of 100 metres over a single CAT cable.

The matrix also provides advanced features including independent audio routing, Audio Return Channel (ARC), simultaneous HDBaseT/HDMI outputs, two HDBaseT inputs, LAN (Ethernet) serving, RS-232 pass through to enable seamless 3rd party control integration and web interface module for control and configuration of the matrix.

The matrix can be configured using the Blustream Software, allowing the user to define audio channels, designate EDID presets and insert audio delays on outputs to correct any lip sync issues within the system.

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HDBaseT has also revolutionised the audiovisual market by offering more features, increased reach and better performance than existing solutions. The cornerstone of the technology is the 5Play feature set, the converged delivery of uncompressed ultra-high-definition digital video and audio, Ethernet, control signals, USB 2.0, and up to 100 Watts of power through a single, 100 metre LAN cable.

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Main Features & Specifications

  • Advanced HDBaseT technology offering uncompressed video and audio with zero latency
  • Features 8 x HDMI inputs which can be independently routed to 8x HDBaseT + HDMI outputs
  • Simultaneous HDBaseT and HDMI outputs to allow connection to dual displays per zone
  • Inputs 1 & 2 support dual HDBaseT and HDMI to enable integration of remote HDMI sources up to 70 metre distance (4K up to 40m)
  • Up to 24 x 16 Audio Matrix independently controllable from video:
    • 8 x independent analogue L/R audio inputs which can be routed to audio outputs or embedded onto HDBaseT/HDMI outputs
    • HDMI audio breakout to Coaxial digital and analogue L/R audio outputs with variable pre-amp line level control
    • Supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) via HDMI or Optical digital inputs from compatible HEX100ARC-RX receivers.
  • Extends HDMI up to distance of 100 metres over single CAT cable
  • Supports 4K UHD video up to 70m (3840x2160 @30Hz 4:4:4, 4096x2160 @24Hz 4:4:4, and 4K @60Hz 4:2:0)
  • Supports all industry standard video resolutions including VGA-WUXGA and 480i-4K
  • Supports 3D signal display
  • Supports all known HDMI audio formats including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio transmission
  • Integrated Ethernet switch (LAN Serving) when used with Blustream HEX100ARC-RX receiver. The HEX100ARC-RX features a 3-port Ethernet switch
  • Web interface module for control and configuration of Matrix
  • Bi-directional RS-232 from all input and output locations (with compatible transmitters & receivers)
  • Bi-directional IR from all input and output locations
  • Supplied with Blustream IR receivers, emitters and RS-232 control cables
  • Control of Matrix via front panel, App, IR, RS-232 and TCP/IP
  • Supports PoH (Power over HDBaseT) to power compatible HDBaseT transmitters & receivers
  • 3rd Party drivers available for all major home control brands
  • Advanced EDID management
  • HDCP 2.2 compliant
  • 2U Design for 19" rack mount integration - rack mounting kit included
  • Compatible with (receivers):
    • HEX100ARC-RX (for full ARC functionality, 100m at 1080p, 70m at 4K)
    • HEX100HDVGA-RX (for audio breakout at receiver, 100m at 1080p, 70m at 4K) - not HDCP2.2 compliant
    • HEX70ED-RX (for RS232 and IR only, 70m at 1080p, 40m at 4K)
    • HEX70B-RX (for IR control only, 70m at 1080p, 40m at 4K)
    • RX70AMP (for audio within zone, 70m at 1080p, 40m at 4K) - not HDCP2.2 compliant
  • Compatible with (transmitters) - inputs 1 & 2:
    • HEX100ARC-TX-V2 (for Ethernet serving, 100m at 1080p, 70m at 4K)
    • HEX100HDVGA-TX (for HDMI or VGA input, 100m at 1080p, 70m at 4K) - not HDCP2.2 compliant
    • HEX70ED-TX-V2 (for RS232 and IR only, 70m at 1080p, 40m at 4K)
    • HEX70B-TX (for IR control only, 70m at 1080p, 40m at 4K)


  • Video Input Connectors: 8 x HDMI Type A, 19-pin, female, locking,  2 x HDBaseT RJ45 connector
  • Video Output Connectors: 8 x HDMI Type A, 19-pin, female, locking,  8 x HDBaseT RJ45 connector
  • Audio Input Connectors: 8 x 3.5mm stereo jack (L/R)
  • Audio Output Connectors: 8 x RCA (SPDIF), 8x 3.5mm stereo jack (L/R)
  • RS-232 serial ports: 9 x 3-Pin Phoenix connector
  • TCP/IP Control: RJ45, female
  • Ethernet/Network: RJ45, female
  • IR Input ports: 9 x 3.5mm stereo jack
  • IR Output ports: 9 x 3.5mm mono jack
  • Rack-Mountable: 2U rack height, rack ears included
  • Casing Dimensions (W x H x D): 440mm x 87mm x 361m, without feet
  • Dimensions Including Connections (W x H x D): 440mm x 87mm x 369mm, without feet
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8kg
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Storage Temperature : -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
  • Power Supply: Internal 100-240v DC

In The Box

  • 1 x PLA88ARC-V2 matrix
  • 1 x IR remote control
  • 1 x Rack mounting kit
  • 9 x IR emitters
  • 9 x IR receivers
  • 9 x IR control cables - 3.5mm-3.5mm cable
  • 2 x Serial cable - 9-pin RS232 to 3-pin phoenix connector
  • 1 x User manual
  • Power cable/s

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