Did you see that Extron's new IN1608 scaling presentation switcher now features a built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processor #avnews
This is a BIG deal and will have a BIG impact on +Crestron
Electronics and +AMX
- regardless of what SPIN they put on it. Now, this doesn't mean that I think that, by any stretch of the imagination, Extron now has all that they need to be 100% in the full-on control system market? No. But, they are well on their way.
Where Extron once only did configurable systems and left the mid-level and high-end jobs to AMX and Crestron, now there is a formidable #3 that will rise.
Some may say, "hey, there was always Control4 and Savant, etc, etc, etc". Yea? Right. Nah. They were never threats to AMX or Crestron's domains as these guys do full-on custom programmable - do exactly what you want to do and make it look exactly like you want it to look" control systems. And, even if those other also-rans had anything close to AMX or Crestron, THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE AN IMPACT LIKE EXTRON WILL - MARK MY WORDS.
Well, Extron has EVERYTHING else you need in a system - except projector and monitors. I mean everything. Every piece of glue in a system, they have. So, when they have an entire control system line shipping, watch out. People WILL shift to Extron for simplicity and compatibility. And, this new IN1608 is a glimpse into Extron's strategy. I would bet they will do more all-in-one boxes with built-in full-on control (as well as the complete stand-alone processors). And, that will, WILL, WILL have an impact.
Don't doubt this.
If I were an integrator doing rooms where the IN1608 worked, WHY WOULD I USE ANYTHING ELSE?
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