Video Distribution, Forget HDBaseT and Install Crestron DM-NVX

With the market moving towards switching and extending videos in large rooms using HDBaseT, a newer technology emerged recently which will change the way you extend audio and video in large facilities like meeting rooms, conference rooms, ballrooms, etc…  Instead of playing with the infrastructure of the rooms, the new technology requires the existing 1 Gigabit infrastructure to be able to display video from a source on the same network.

Crestron DM-NVX vs HDBaseT


Advantages of using Crestron DM-NVX over HDBaseT

1. DM-NVX requires only a 1Gigabit network switch

No need to use a special audio/video mixer on the back side of the AV. the Crestron DM-NVX is installed as an endpoint. the man in the middle is just a 1 Gigabit switch which can be found on the shelve. 

2.  Fewer cables at the rack.

This is especially true when the equipment in the rack are video extenders and matrix switchers. you will have lots of cables including HDMI cables, power cables, network cables. power cables could cause interference.

3.  No flickering due to electrostatic interference

As shown in the video below;


4- Anytime expand the system

With the DM-NVX system, adding another source or display doesn’t require a major change in the rack. Guess what? no equipment is in the AV rack. Expanding the system is easily done with only adding the required endpoint to the existing network switch

5- Video scaling available for every display

DM-NVX can transport media resolutions of up to 4K60. Even if your displays are 1080p, displaying a 4K source can easily be scaled to be displayed best at the existing displays. once you upgrade the display to higher resolution, higher resolution is displayed. Crestron DM NVX covers all resolutions and scales the image to the display.

6- No latency

The latency in the DM-NVX is similar to an HDBaseT system. You can check the demo in the following video. Hint try to pause the video to compare the latency on the display screens in the video


7- The media is transported throughout the network

No need to pull extra cables or adjust the system to transport video to an alternative location. Since the video is on the network, you can transport it anywhere within that network. 

8- Very fast video switching

Crestron is famous for its reliable systems and so is the video switching.

9- USB and Audio Routing

USB 2.0 can be rerouted to anywhere in the network and same is the audio which can be routed the same

10- Soon integration with Dante

Dante is the audio over the network. With such integration, no need to connect audio by audio cables, instead the audio is routed to the DSP by the network.

HDBaseT advantages over DM-NVX

We can’t neglect the HDBaseT solution is a simple solution for simply extending Media, we should still see the technology in use because extending media with this technology is just plug and play. This technology could also be recommended in a simple video distribution system, however when the system design goes complex it will be recommended to use the DM-NVX technology instead.


Many previous installations we check and repaired were cost saved by installing video matrix and extenders rather than modular Digital Media switchers which caused errors in the system. Click here to open the article