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6x6 DigitalMedia™ Distribution Center

Provides a very simple and cost-effective solution for distributing multiple high-definition AV sources to up to six rooms using CATx cable as part of a complete Crestron® system.

DigitalMedia™ isn't just for large, expensive homes and facilities. The DM-MD6X6 DigitalMedia Distribution Center provides a very simple and cost-effective solution for distributing multiple high-definition sources to up to six rooms as part of a complete Crestron® system. Featuring DigitalMedia 8G+® and HDBaseT® technologies, the DM-MD6X6 delivers ultra-reliable, ultra high-bandwidth signal routing over inexpensive CAT5e wiring[1]. Everything about the DM-MD6X6 is engineered to deliver a transparent user experience and the highest performance.

HD Matrix Switcher
The DM-MD6X6 provides six HDMI® inputs to handle HDTV receivers, DVD or Blu-ray Disc® players, media servers, computers, and other HD digital sources. Outputs include one HDMI and five DigitalMedia ports, furnishing simple one-wire connectivity for a local display or audio processor, and five additional displays anywhere in the house. Six-by-six matrix switching allows any display to view any source at any time.

DigitalMedia 8G+®
Crestron DM 8G+™ technology affords the ultimate in simplicity, providing a true one-wire interface for distributing high-definition video, audio, Ethernet, power, and control signals to multiple displays throughout a residence or commercial structure. Simply connect a DM 8G+ receiver[2] at each flat-panel display or projector for a complete AV and control interface. Just one CAT5e wire run to each receiver transports pure, uncompressed Full HD 1080p video, 7.1 surround sound audio, 10/100 Ethernet, power, and control signals for a fully integrated media system with minimal wiring. DM 8G+ allows for wire runs up to 330 feet (100 meters) using CAT5e or Crestron DigitalMedia 8G™ Cable.[1]

HDBaseT® Certified
Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ technology is designed using HDBaseT Alliance specifications, ensuring interoperability with other HDBaseT certified products. Via its DM 8G+ outputs, the DM-MD6X6 can be connected directly to HDBaseT compliant display devices without requiring any DM® receivers.

QuickSwitch HD®
Handling high-definition digital media means handling HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), the encryption scheme that content providers use to protect their DVDs, Blu-ray™ Discs, and broadcast signals against unauthorized copying. Viewing HDCP encrypted content requires the source device to "authenticate" each display in the system and issue it a "key" before the content can be viewed. Ordinarily this causes a complete loss of signal for up to 15 seconds each time a new source or display is selected anywhere in the system. To make matters worse, every source device has a limited number of keys available, so connect too many displays and the source will simply stop outputting a signal without warning.

Not to worry — Crestron QuickSwitch HD manages the keys for every HDCP-compliant device in the system, maintaining continuous authentication for each device to ensure fast, reliable routing of any source to any number of display devices.

Auto-Locking™ Technology
Crestron Auto-Locking Technology enables super fast signal switching by instantaneously configuring every device in the signal path as soon as the signal hits the first device. Whether switching between sources or TV channels, Auto-Locking significantly reduces the time it takes each device to sense the new signal and configure itself to handle the changes, virtually eliminating any noticeable gap while switching.

EDID Format Management
With all of today's varied AV sources comes a multitude of confusing video and audio formats to keep track of, and chances are not every device in your system supports all of the same formats. Such conflicts can wreak havoc any time you route one source to more than one display or audio component. The Blu-ray player that's feeding your 1080p projector in the theater may restrict itself to a lower resolution, or even shut off completely, if someone decides to view the same signal on a smaller TV in another room. And, instead of enjoying your theater's incredible 7.1 surround sound, you may find yourself limited to 5.1 or even plain old stereo.

The DM-MD6X6 eliminates such conflicts by managing the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) that modern digital devices use to communicate their capabilities. Through the DM-MD6X6, the format and resolution capabilities of each device can be assessed, allowing the installer to configure EDID signals appropriately for the most desirable and predictable behavior.

A Scaler for Every Display
High-performance scaling capability can be added to the DM-MD6X6 using select DM 8G+ receivers with built in HD and 4K scalers.[2] By placing an independent scaler at every display device, DigitalMedia truly delivers the most flexible and user-friendly solution for routing multiple disparate sources to many different display devices. This "Distributed Scaler Approach" ensures an optimal image on every screen no matter what sources are selected. Distributed scaling allows a high-res computer source to be viewed on any display in the building. It also allows a high-definition 3D source to be viewed on lower-resolution 2D displays without compromising the original signal, letting you share your theater's Full HD 1080p 3D image with smaller, lesser displays in other rooms.

Multichannel HD Audio Routing
The DM-MD6X6 allows for the routing of signals containing multichannel surround sound audio, supporting high-bitrate 7.1 formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™, as well as uncompressed linear PCM.

Built-in Ethernet Switch
In addition to transporting digital video and audio, DigitalMedia can also extend high-speed Ethernet to display devices that require a LAN connection. Ethernet is also utilized internally by the Crestron control bus to manage all of the DM devices in the system and provide display control in each room. Through its 10/100 Ethernet port, the DM-MD6X6 provides a single-point connection to a home network or corporate LAN, requiring just one IP address for the complete DM system including all connected DM receivers.

USB Signal Routing
With built-in USB HID (USB Human Interface Device) signal routing, the DM-MD6X6 lets you control a centralized computer or media server using a mouse or keyboard in another room. The mouse/keyboard can be connected to any DM 8G+ receiver that includes a USB HID host port, while the host computer is connected to the USB HID device port on the DM-MD6X6's rear panel. Crestron also offers USB over Ethernet Extenders (USB-EXT-DM), which may be used to enable the routing of multiple USB devices of virtually any type, all seamlessly managed through the DigitalMedia system.[3]

CEC Embedded Device Control
The primary objective of every Crestron system is to enable precisely the control desired for a seamless user experience. DigitalMedia provides an alternative to conventional IR and RS-232 device control by harnessing the CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) signal embedded in HDMI. Through its connection to the control system, the DM-MD6X6 provides a gateway for controlling many devices right through their HDMI connections, potentially eliminating the need for any dedicated control wires or IR emitters.

Easy Setup
Every step of the DM-MD6X6 setup is designed to be quick and easy using its front panel or Crestron Toolbox™ software, configuring inputs and outputs automatically while letting the installer make intelligent design decisions along the way. Out of the box, the DM-MD6X6 front panel supports basic signal routing for testing and troubleshooting during installation. The front panel label strips can be customized using Crestron Engraver software or standard 3/8" tape labels, allowing for the clear designation of each input and output. Inputs and outputs may also be designated by name through the software to appear on the LCD display.

Please refer to the DigitalMedia Resources Webpage at http://www.crestron.com/dmresources/ for additional design tools and reference documents.

Key Features

  • Provides a low-cost, high-performance multiroom HD AV signal routing solution
  • Distributes uncompressed digital video and audio over CAT5e twisted pair wire [1]
  • Affords a true one-wire solution using DigitalMedia 8G+® technology
  • HDBaseT® Certified — Enables direct connection to other HDBaseT certified equipment
  • Features independently-switchable DM 8G+™ or HDBaseT outputs for 5 remote displays
  • Allows up to 330 ft (100 m) wire distance to each display
  • Includes one HDMI® output for a local display or audio processor
  • Provides inputs for 6 HDMI, DVI, or DisplayPort Multimode sources [4]
  • Handles video resolutions up to Full HD 1080p
  • Handles computer resolutions up to WUXGA
  • Handles 3D video and Deep Color
  • Handles Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD®, and uncompressed 7.1 linear PCM audio
  • HDCP compliant
  • QuickSwitch HD® technology manages HDCP keys for fast, reliable switching
  • Auto-Locking™ technology achieves rapid switching between disparate sources
  • Performs automatic AV signal format management via EDID
  • Allows independent scaling for every display through select DM® receivers [2]
  • Enables USB HID mouse and keyboard signal extension
  • Expanded USB routing capabilities available using USB-EXT-DM USB over Ethernet Extenders [3]
  • Includes integrated Ethernet switch
  • Private Network Mode — requires just one IP address for the complete DM system
  • Provides Power over DM for PoDM compatible receivers
  • Provides easy setup and diagnostics tools via front panel or software
  • Includes built-in universal power supply
  • Allows native Crestron® system integration via Ethernet
  • Standard component width or 2-space rack-mountable


  1. For DM 8G+ or HDBaseT wiring, use Crestron DM-CBL-8G DigitalMedia 8G Cable or third-party CAT5e (or better) UTP or STP. (Crestron DM-CBL DigitalMedia Cable or DM-CBL-D DigitalMedia D Cable may also be used.) The maximum wire length for DM 8G+ is 330 ft (100 m) between devices. Shielded cable and connectors are recommended to safeguard against unpredictable environmental electrical noise which may impact performance at resolutions above 1080p. Refer to the Crestron DigitalMedia Design Guide, Doc. #4546 for complete system design guidelines. DM 8G+ is compatible with HDBaseT Alliance specifications for connecting to HDBaseT compliant equipment. All wire and cables are sold separately.
  2. Item(s) sold separately.
  3. USB-EXT-DM USB over Ethernet Extender Modules are sold separately. Refer to the USB-EXT-DM spec sheet for more information.
  4. HDMI requires an appropriate adapter or interface cable to accommodate a DVI or DisplayPort Multimode signal. CBL-HD-DVI interface cables are available separately.
  5. Any wiring that is connected to a PoDM or PoH PSE port is for intra-building use only and should not be connected to a line that runs outside of the building in which the PSE is located.

This product may be purchased from an authorized Crestron dealer. To find a dealer, please contact the Crestron sales representative for your area. A list of sales representatives is available online at www.crestron.com/salesreps or by calling 800-237-2041.

The specific patents that cover Crestron products are listed online at: patents.crestron.com.

Crestron, the Crestron logo, Auto-Locking, Crestron Toolbox, DigitalMedia, DigitalMedia 8G, DigitalMedia 8G+, DM, DM 8G+, and QuickSwitch HD are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Crestron Electronics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association in the United States and/or other countries. Dolby and Dolby Digital are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories in the United States and/or other countries. DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio are either trademarks or registered trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. HDBaseT and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance in the United States and/or other countries. HDMI and the HDMI Logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. Specifications are subject to change without notice. ©2015 Crestron Electronics, Inc.


2012 CE Pro BEST Awards

CE Pro BEST Awards recognize the most noteworthy new products and technologies for the custom installation channel. Crestron products were honored in the following categories:

A/V Preamplifier/Processor/Switcher

6X6 DigitalMedia ™ Distribution Center

Digital Phone System/Dedicated Intercom

Rava ™ SIP Intercom

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize superior products and services that help Commercial Integrator readers run their businesses better and be more profitable. A panel of commercial industry members, including editors of Commercial Integrator magazine and leading integrators, selected the winners in each category.

Crestron proudly accepted six 1st place awards:

Matrix Switchers:
DM-MD6X6 DigitalMedia Distribution Center

Large-Scale Control Systems:
MC3 3-Series Control System

Video Conferencing/Telepresence Systems:

Universal Remote Controls:
UFO Waterproof Remote

Video Distribution Systems:
DigitalMedia Presentation System 300 (DMPS-300-C)

Wireless Microphones:
FreeSpeech Dual-Channel Wireless Mic System

2011 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards

CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards is the most prestigious form of recognition in the custom electronics industry. These highly sought after awards are presented each year to recognize industry excellence while commending the outstanding work of its members at the annual awards banquet at CEDIA EXPO 2011.

Crestron products won two first place awards in the following trendsetting categories:

Best New Product:

6x6 DigitalMedia™ Distribution Center

Sonnex™ 24X8 Multiroom Audio System

2011 Exc!te Awards

CustomRetailer Magazine's Exc!te Awards winners were selected from over 400 nominations of products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional. The impact these products have on the custom electronics industry is felt in the custom installers' productivity, the dealers' technology offerings, the industry's vitality, and most importantly, the homeowners' satisfaction.

The following Crestron products were first place winners:

Most Exc!ting Multiroom Audio System: Sonnex™ 24X8 Multiroom Audio System

Most Exc!ting Video Product: 6x6 DigitalMedia™ Distribution Center


Last Updated: Mar 2, 2015


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©2015 Crestron Electronics, Inc.