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KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output

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KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output

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Product Highlights

  • Extracts Audio Signal from HDMI Input
  • Outputs Audio Signal to Sound System
  • Outputs by TOSLINK / Coax / or Stereo
  • Selection between 5.1 and 2 Ch Audio
  • Simultaneously Outputs HDMI Video Signal
  • Supports Resolutions up to 1080p/60
  • 6.75 Gbps Bandwidth
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The KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output extracts the audio signal from an HDMI input and outputs it through a TOSLINK, Coax, or stereo output so the signal can independently be routed to a sound system. At the same time, all three signals of the HDMI input -- video, audio, and data -- get output through an HDMI output. The HDMI input supports resolutions up to 1080p/60 and computer resolutions up to 1920 x 1200.

The TOSLINK and Coax outputs are both SPDIF digital outputs that support 5.1 channels of surround sound audio, as long as the input has 5.1 channels. The stereo output is a two-channel output. A selection button lets you choose whether to output by the SPDIF outs or the stereo out. If you choose SPDIF, and you have output cables connected to both SPDIF outs, the De-Embedder will automatically output over TOSLINK. So if you'll want to output by Coax, just make sure that only the Coax output has a cable in it.

  • Extracts audio from an HDMI input
  • Outputs extracted signal independently (to a sound system)
  • Outputs through a TOSLINK, Coax, or stereo output
  • At the same time, outputs the full HDMI input through an HDMI output
  • Support 5.1 channels of surround sound audio
  • Supports resolutions up to 1080p/60
Input 1x HDMI
Output 1x TOSLINK SPDIF (supports 5.1 channels of audio)
1x Coaxial SPDIF (supports 5.1 channels of audio)
1X Stereo (two channels of audio)
1x HDMI
Vertical Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Video Amplifier Bandwidth 6.75 Gbps total bandwidth
Resolutions HDTV
Progressive (50 & 60 Hz):
480p
576p
720p
1080p

Interlaced (50 & 60 Hz):
480i
576i
1080i

Computer
Up to 1920 x 1200
Power 5 VDC @2A via included power supply
Power Consumption 2 W max
Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F (0 to 70°C)
Storage Temperature 32 to 176°F (10 to 80°C)
Operating Humidity -10 to 80% RH (no condensation)
Storage Humidity 5 to 90% RH (no condensation)
Approvals FCC, CE, UL
KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    KanexProAudio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output
     
    3.9

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (9)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Highly compatible (4)
    • Professional quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (3)
      • In the studio (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works. Small form factor. Solid.

      I use a Roku 3, Samsung TV (LCD), and Vizio (newest, 01/2014) sound bar system. My TV does not pass thru 5.1 audio to the optical and coaxial digital audio...Read complete review

      I use a Roku 3, Samsung TV (LCD), and Vizio (newest, 01/2014) sound bar system. My TV does not pass thru 5.1 audio to the optical and coaxial digital audio connectors. This De-embedder was a solution to extract/direct audio straight to the sound bar, skipping the TV. Though not the cheapest version out there.I like the solid metal case, and that it's small. I also like that it has both the Optical and Coaxial digital-out options. The LED light is bright!For sound bar users that have roku 3 (or other web streamers) or very basic DVD players that don't have separate digital audio out connections, this is the set up.IMPORTANT NOTE: This device DOES NOT DECODE ANY AUDIO, it just passes it through. So, if your sound bar (like my Vizio) can't process Dolbly Digital Plus (DD+, which Netflix and Vudu use), you are still out of luck and will have to choose 2 channel audio (within the netflix interface), use a DVD player that does decode the DD+, or buy an full-on audio receiver. I haven't found a way to force vudu to do 2 channel audio from within their Roku interface.Bought this at full price (about $, Jauary 2014)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      5.1 channel irregularities

      Pros: This audio de-embedder will indeed allow you to use an old stereo using analog outs, S/PDIF, and TOSLink. Output is bit-perfect, and the LED indicators showing status are handy, but...Read complete review

      Pros: This audio de-embedder will indeed allow you to use an old stereo using analog outs, S/PDIF, and TOSLink. Output is bit-perfect, and the LED indicators showing status are handy, but there are significant caveats.Cons: The unit has a "soft switch" to change modes rather than a sliding switch as competetor units have. It does not remember the last state when it is powered down. On power up, it defaults to 2 channel operation. This is contrary to the mfr's suggestion that says it powers up in 5.1 mode. Also in 5.1 mode, HDCP is NOT supported.Other Thoughts: I don't know why mfrs of these devices fail to publish the actual modes these units support, making it impossible to compare units. IME, they are not the same, I am now on the third one, each has been different. The EDID for this device shows:2 channel mode: 16/20/24 bit at 32/44.1/48kHz sample rate, max 2 channels, HDCP supported5 channel mode: 16/20/24 bit at 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192Khz, max 6 channels(!), plus DTS and Dolby Digital, but HDCP is NOT supported.

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      2.0

      Works well except for one major flaw...

      By Jeff

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Performance

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

      Not quite powerful enough to push through a 25' HDMI cable to a projector. The cable easily handled the signal from at least two other DVD palyers, but couldn't pass on the signal from this Kanex unit without a booster. Adding a self-powdered signal booster at the end of the cable did the trick.

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      4.0

      Upgrade your life

      By pricedollaz

      from Missouri

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

        Needed to make an older stereo reciever better, bought this item, upgraded my life so surrounded sound can be played like a boss with my new Samsung tv

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Compost

        from Salmon Arm, BC, Canada

        About Me Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

          It does exactly was they say.

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          5.0

          Excellent produc

          By Brian

          from Toronto, Canada

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

              Does exactly as advertised. HDMI in, Coaxial SPDIF digital out. I run HDMI from my tablet into the device and the coax cable from the device into my DAC and out comes music. The audio quality is indistinguishable from USB from my computer into the DAC.

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              1.0

              Not good for projector (home theater)use

              By Jeff

              from Canonsburg, PA

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                This audio de-embedder was not powerful enough to push the HDMI video signal through a 25' HDMI cable, even though Kanex customer support said it would before I purchased it. It works well through a 3' cable. Either buy something else or plan to locate it near the projector and purchase a long audio cable.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                5.1 channel irregularities

                By Mike

                from Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Limited Compatibility

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater
                • In The Studio

                Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                Pros: This audio de-embedder will indeed allow you to use an old stereo using analog outs, S/PDIF, and TOSLink. Output is bit-perfect, and the LED indicators showing status are handy, but there are significant caveats.Cons: The unit has a "soft switch" to change modes rather than a sliding switch as competetor units have. It does not remember the last state when it is powered down. On power up, it defaults to 2 channel operation. This is contrary to the mfr's suggestion that says it powers up in 5.1 mode. Also in 5.1 mode, HDCP is NOT supported.Other Thoughts: I don't know why mfrs of these devices fail to publish the actual modes these units support, making it impossible to compare units. IME, they are not the same, I am now on the third one, each has been different. The EDID for this device shows:2 channel mode: 16/20/24 bit at 32/44.1/48kHz sample rate, max 2 channels, HDCP supported5 channel mode: 16/20/24 bit at 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192Khz, max 6 channels(!), plus DTS and Dolby Digital, but HDCP is NOT supported.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solved my problem

                By 60s old man

                from Dallas, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                    Worked very well for hooking up my new blu-ray player & HDTV to my analog stereo receiver from the 1990's. A bit of audio signal loss, but my receiver has more than enough power to compensate. If you've got some old stereo gear in your entertainment center with more modern gear, this item will do the trick.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Works. Small form factor. Solid.

                    By TK

                    from Honolulu, HI

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • No Dd Decoding To Dd
                    • No Decoding
                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies

                    Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                    I use a Roku 3, Samsung TV (LCD), and Vizio (newest, 01/2014) sound bar system. My TV does not pass thru 5.1 audio to the optical and coaxial digital audio connectors. This De-embedder was a solution to extract/direct audio straight to the sound bar, skipping the TV. Though not the cheapest version out there.I like the solid metal case, and that it's small. I also like that it has both the Optical and Coaxial digital-out options. The LED light is bright!For sound bar users that have roku 3 (or other web streamers) or very basic DVD players that don't have separate digital audio out connections, this is the set up.IMPORTANT NOTE: This device DOES NOT DECODE ANY AUDIO, it just passes it through. So, if your sound bar (like my Vizio) can't process Dolbly Digital Plus (DD+, which Netflix and Vudu use), you are still out of luck and will have to choose 2 channel audio (within the netflix interface), use a DVD player that does decode the DD+, or buy an full-on audio receiver. I haven't found a way to force vudu to do 2 channel audio from within their Roku interface.Bought this at full price (about $, Jauary 2014)

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great produck

                    By jowens

                    from Sikeston Mo

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                          Worked just like it said it would.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Raskerjr

                          from North Idaho

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                              We got a great deal on a new 60" HDTV but it had NO audio outputs making it impossible to hook up the surround sound. I have a cable box with optical output so watching cable with surround was not a problem but I needed a way to run the Blu Ray audio through the sound system. The KanexPro is the perfect solution.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              It does what it says

                              By vidcamp

                              from New Lenox, IL

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about KanexPro Audio De-Embedder with HDMI Video Output:

                                Small, compact and works well.

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