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Watch your favorite high-definition content in any room of your home. Pair the VS-6 video switcher with a Niles ZR-6 audio receiver for a multi-room audio/video system that lets you connect multiple video components, like an HD cable box, satellite receiver, or Blu-ray player, and enjoy that programming in six locations. Best of all, you can use the ZR-6's remote to control playback — start a movie on the home theater system in your living room, and then finish playing it on the smaller system in your bedroom as you get ready for bed.

High-definition video performance
Component video inputs let you connect your favorite high-definition sources. The VS-6 supports 1080i video signals, so you'll enjoy detailed video in each playback zone. And if you want to share sources between a home theater system and a multi-room A/V system, this switcher features separate component video outputs for passing the signal onto another HDTV or projector.

Two connection options in each zone
Within each zone, you'll choose between two connections, a standard component video output and a balanced CAT-5 component video output. The standard component outputs are ideal for shorter cable runs, while the balanced outputs allow you to use CAT-5 cables for longer runs to distant rooms. Install a Niles C5-HDDAWM in-wall component video balun or a Niles C5-HDDA component video balun in each zone, and it'll let you connect the in-wall CAT-5 cables with component video cables that run to your TV.

Simultaneous video outputs
Both the component video outputs and CAT-5 balanced outputs function simultaneously, so you can run video signals to two different monitors in each zone — a handy feature for folks with a home theater projector and a flat-panel TV in the same room. Use the projector for movie or game night and the TV for casual channel surfing.

Product Highlights:

  • six-source, six-zone component video switcher
  • supports video signals up to 720p/1080i
  • video-only; separate multi-room receiver required for audio
  • pairs with Niles ZR-6 to create multi-room audio/video system (ZR-6 has audio connections for up to 5 external components)
  • six component video inputs
  • six cascading component video outputs (for signal pass-through to a home theater receiver)
  • six standard component video outputs
  • six balanced CAT-5 component video outputs (requires a Niles component video balun in each zone)
  • balanced and standard component video outputs work simultaneously allowing for up to two monitors per zone
  • six communication ports for integration with Niles MultiZone keypads and other multi-room controllers
  • compatible with IR and RS-232 controls
  • 17-3/16"W x 5-3/4"H x 16-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • VS-6 video switcher
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 2 Ferrite core noise filters
  • 2 Metal rack ears
  • Installation guide
  • Installation sheet for clip-on Ferrite beads
  • Important Safety Instructions

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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.

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