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Crestron® DigitalMedia™ 16x16 Switcher-DM-MD16X16-CPU3

Model #: DM-MD16X16-CPU3
At a Glance

A fully modular and expandable 16x16 DigitalMedia matrix switcher offering ultra-fast digital video and audio switching and lossless HD multiroom signal distribution for all types of AV sources.


Get to know this product.

A fully modular and expandable 16x16 DigitalMedia matrix switcher offering ultra-fast digital video and audio switching and lossless HD multiroom signal distribution for all types of AV sources. Based on the 3-Series® platform. Provides complete management of SD, HD, UHD, 2K, 4K60 4:4:4 HDR, and computer signals with advanced HDCP support, EDID resolution management, CEC signal management, USB signal routing, integrated Ethernet switch, simultaneous 7.1 and stereo audio, H.264 streaming, and a full range of selectable input and output types.

The DM-MD16X16-CPU3 delivers an advanced 4K60 4:4:4 AV signal routing solution to provide the foundation for a complete DigitalMedia™ system. The DM-MD16X16-CPU3 affords ultra fast switching and lossless distribution of HDMI® and other signals to support digital media players, HDTV receivers, computers, cameras, and display devices.

The DM-MD16X16-CPU3 is configurable to handle up to 16 AV sources. The outputs are configurable to provide up to 16 DM, HDBaseT®, and/or HDMI outputs, or up to 8 H.264 streaming outputs, in a single chassis. Based on the 3-Series® platform, the DM-16X16-CPU3 provides enterprise-grade security.

Integrated Ethernet networking and USB distribution provide a complete connectivity solution combined with built-in Crestron® control for managing the displays and other room devices without any additional wiring. User-friendly operation, setup, and troubleshooting tools are provided through the DM-16X16-CPU3 front panel, or via Crestron Toolbox™ software, to allow for easy setup. A web browser interface is also provided.

4K Ultra HD

The DM-16X16-CPU3 is designed to meet the extreme bandwidth requirements for handling 4K and Ultra HD video signals. Support for 4K video also ensures support for the latest generation of computers and monitors with native resolutions beyond 1080p and WUXGA.

DigitalMedia 8G+® Technology

The DM-16X16-CPU3 provides full support for Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ devices as well as first-generation DM CAT and DM Fiber products, letting you take advantage of the latest Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ technology.

A DigitalMedia 8G+ system handles high resolution video signals and can simultaneously distribute stereo and multichannel surround sound signals that support high bitrate 7.1 audio formats as well as uncompressed linear PCM. Signals are transported over one CAT type twisted pair cable or one strand of multimode or single-mode fiber.

HDBaseT® Certified

Using DigitalMedia 8G+® technology, the DM-16X16-CPU3 can be connected directly to an HDBaseT compliant device without requiring a DM transmitter or receiver.

H.264 Streaming

The DM-16X16-CPU3 streaming input capability enables IP cameras and other H.264 encoded sources to be distributed via DigitalMedia alongside HDMI and other non-streaming sources. It also allows DM switchers to be bridged together for simplified routing of HD content between buildings and global offices. Large-scale streaming to computers and mobile devices can be facilitated through integration with a streaming media system such as a Wowza® or Kaltura® media system.


Any streaming input or output may be configured to stream via the CONTENT LAN or LAN port of the DM switcher or via a dedicated CONTENT LAN port of a DMC Series input or output card. Control and content can be combined on a single network or can be isolated onto separate networks.

Modular Architecture

The DM-16X16-CPU3 features a modular architecture with 16 input card slots and 8 dual output card slots. A wide selection of input cards is offered to support a complete range of digital and analog AV signal types as specified in the following specifications table.

Output Expansion

An HDMI pass-through output is provided on every input card to allow the inputs of up to five DM switchers to be daisy-chained, enabling the configuration of very large distribution systems with many outputs. Using five DM-16X16-CPU3 switchers, for example, it is possible to support up to 80 separate outputs.

QuickSwitch HD™ Technology

Digital media signals are typically encrypted to protect against unauthorized viewing. After authenticating displays or signal processors, a source device must issue a key before delivering an output signal. Crestron QuickSwitch HD technology manages these keys to ensure fast, reliable switching and immunity to blackouts.

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. Auto-Locking technology virtually eliminates any noticeable gap while switching.

EDID Format Management

DigitalMedia technology manages the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) that devices use to communicate to eliminate conflicts that may arise when one source is routed to multiple displays or audio components. Via Crestron Toolbox software, the format and resolution capabilities of each device can be assessed, allowing the installer to properly configure EDID.

  • Delivers a unified HD signal distribution solution incorporating both point-to-point wired and IP streaming technologies
  • Provides lossless HD AV signal routing over twisted pair copper wire or fiber
  • Integrates video, audio, networking, and control over one wire or fiber strand
  • Enables high-performance H.264 streaming from any input source up to 1080p or WUXGA
  • Affords full matrix switching with ultra high 12.5 Gbps backplane data rate
  • Allows streaming of 1080p signals over an IP network with no distance limitations
  • Enables device control via CEC
  • Allows independent scaling for every display through select output cards and DM receivers
  • Distributes and routes USB HID mouse and keyboard signals
  • Allows full audio and USB breakaway switching
  • Private Network Mode — requires just one IP address for the complete DM system
  • Includes a built-in web server
  • 7-space 19 in. (483 mm) rack-mountable

Misc. Specs

Depth (in.)15.65
Width (in.)17.28
Height (in.)12.22
Color Finish NameBlack
Manufacturer WarrantyLimited warranty. See store for details.
Product Weight28.4
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