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Gefen Now Shipping 4K Ultra HD HDBaseT™ 2.0 Extender for HDMI

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, June 2, 2016 – Providing dealers with the best signal extension capabilities on the market today, Gefen, the A/V signal management unit of Core Brands, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK), today announced that the 4K Ultra HD HDBaseT™ 2.0 Extender for HDMI  (GTB-UHD-HBT2) is now shipping from Core Brands.

“We are committed to helping dealers capitalize on the ever-changing technologies that are shaping the industry” Core Brands’ Gefen Product Manager Jason Fitzgerald said today. The 4K Ultra HD HDBaseT™ 2.0 Extender for HDMI enables dealers to leverage HDBaseT™ 2.0 technology in their installations.”

Gefen GTB-UHD-HBT2According to Fitzgerald, the GTB-UHD-HBT2 uses the new HDBaseT™ 2.0 Colligo™ platform to ensure an even more robust and resilient connection than the industry standard HDBaseT. It now carriesRS-232, Bi-directional IR, and Power over HDBaseT™. “Gefen’s implementation of the latest HDBaseT™ 2.0 technology enables the extension of HDMI up to 330 feet (100m) at 4K, using one CAT-5e cable,” Fitzgerald emphasized. “RS-232 and 2-way IR signals are transferred between the Sender and the Receiver to control the A/V source and the display. While some of these features may be familiar to current users of HDBaseT™ products, this product is fully compliant with the new HDBaseT™ standard and provides a level of future-proofing for this evolving technology.”

The POH (Power over HDBaseT™) technology provides power to the Receiver unit using the same CAT-5 cable that extends the HDMI and control signals, and only the Sender needs an external power supply. Via the GTB-UHD-HBT2, 1080p Full HD and 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) 8-bit video can be extended up to 495 feet (150 meters). Resolutions up to 4K DCI-Cinema (4096 x 2160 @ 30 Hz 4:4:4) and 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz 4:2:0), along with the latest HDCP 2.2 encryption, are supported. 7.1 channels of LPCM and HBR (High Bit Rate) lossless digital audio including Dolby Atmos™, Dolby TrueHD™, DTS:X™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are passed through.

For more information on the 4K Ultra HD HDBaseT™ 2.0 Extender for HDMI, visit www.gefen.com.

About Gefen

Gefen® is the leader in audio/video signal processing solutions for commercial and residential applications. With a heritage of practical innovation and first-to-market products, Gefen delivers intuitive A/V distribution solutions that bridge the gap between rapidly advancing technology and real-world applications. For more information, please visitwww.gefen.com.

About Core Brands Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning control, audio, power management, connectivity and video distribution brands including ELAN®, SpeakerCraft®, Gefen®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, Furman®, Sunfire® and Xantech® to deliver a portfolio of connected home and commercial solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.

About Nortek, Inc. Core Brands is a Nortek company. Nortek Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit www.nortek.com.

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