Overview: The Niles VS-6 is a 6-source, 6-zone video switcher. You can take up to six High Definition video inputs and distribute them to any of 6 zone outputs. You can choose between
traditional component video output cables, or balanced video signals over CAT-5 cables. The VR-6 can be used as a stand-alone switcher, or as part of a complete distributed A/V solution with
compatible Niles MultiZone audio systems. Note: The VS-6 is a video-only component; there are no audio inputs or outputs.
Network Integration: The VS-6 can be used in conjunction with a Niles MultiZone Audio Receiver (such as 190ZR6) to create a seamless audio/video system. The video signals are distributed by
the VS-6 while the audio signals are distributed and amplified by the audio receiver. Wall-mounted control panels, such as the Solo-6 IR (190S6IR), can be used to select and control the source
components. Note: The VR-6 receives the control commands from the receiver through the rear panel IR input port or through CAT-5 cables.
Switchable Power: The VS-6 has a flexible, high-quality, switchable power supply that can be used in 110V or 230V countries. The two-way voltage switch is located on the rear panel.
Ferrite Core Beads: Included with the VR-6 are two clip-on ferrite core beads. These should be installed on any attached CAT-5 cables in groups of up to 3 cables, no more than 6" from the
back panel of the VR-6. Installation of the beads are required for FCC and EMC compliance to suppress high frequency noise.
Rack Mount Option: Two metal rack-mount ears are included to install the VS-6 into a professional metal rack. With the rack-mount ears installed, the VS-6 is 3U (3 units) high. Attaching the
ears to the unit increases the overall width to 18-15/16".
Component Video Inputs/Outputs: The unit has six gold-plated, high-definition component video inputs (Y/Pb/Pr). Any of the six input signals can be routed to any of the six zoned outputs.
Each zoned video output has simultaneous analog component (RCA) and balanced component (RJ-45) video output.
Cascade Outputs: In addition to the zoned video output, the VR-6 has six buffered cascade component video outputs (RCA), allowing the switcher to "share" source video with home theater
systems or an additional "slave" VS-6 video switcher.
RJ-45 Communication Ports: A single female RJ-45 jack, labeled "Out to Master" provides a connection with a compatible Niles Network MultiZone Receiver for seamless distributed audio/video
solution. Six additional RJ-45 Communication Ports are provided for communications with and control of products, such as Niles Network keypads and the IRG (Infrared Gateway). The communication with
these products is conducted over CAT-5 cable.
IR Control: The VS-6 can be controlled by IR (infrared) codes, which can be picked up via the front-panel IR Sensor Window or the rear-panel IR Input Port (3.5mm minijack). The switcher has
a simple IR command code set (available from Niles Technical Support website) that can be programmed into any universal learning remote. The switcher can also receive commands from a compatible
MultiZone receiver, or through any Niles IR Main System Unit (MSU).
RS-232 Control: An RS-232 Input Port (a nine-pin DB-9 female jack) is provided for connecting a third party external control device. A series of 8 DIP switches can be found on the back of
the unit to designate the Unit ID, baud rate, and IR/RS-232, or network control of the switcher. The RS-232 string codes are found in the manual.
Our Product Research Team
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere.
That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box,
verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs.
We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.