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HDMI Switches

Postby dnelms » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:05 pm

I've used the Roku with HDMI hooked up and component hooked up. Looks and sounds better thru HDMI IMO. I've got 2 HDMI ports on my LCD TV. Both being used by satellite DVR and DVD player. So I've looked at the HDMI switches (with remote of course). I assume the safest thing is making sure it support HDMI 1.3 compliant? Is there anything else I should consider and does anyone who has a switch recommend any particular brand?
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Postby davige » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:14 pm

Gefen makes great products and will have what you need.
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Postby dnelms » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:22 pm

Thanks, but that is way more than what I'd wnat to put into a switch. The cheapest was $199. I have seen various switches in the $70 - $100 range. If I can't find one in that range, I've live with the component setup.
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Postby davige » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:27 pm

Search Amazon. They have a 3x HDMI 1.3, remote controlled switch for $100.
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Postby dnelms » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:39 pm

I've found a couple at Newegg and Monoprice that are very reasonable. The three things I'm making sure of is remote control, HDMI 1.3 compliant and HDCP compliant.
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Postby RTstratSpring » Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:47 pm

xtrememac makes one in your price range and it's 1.3

check out this link:


http://www.xtrememac.com/xtremehd/switcher/index.php
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Monoprice

Postby teddman » Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:21 pm

If you just want a cheap 2x switch that'll do the job, check this one out from Monoprice.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/produ ... 1&format=2

I use it to switch between cable & DVD on my LCD's single HDMI port, and it looks just fine. Only downside is that you have to get up to change the inputs, but the price is right at $18.50!
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Re: Monoprice: Good product but MUST USE SURGE PROTECTOR!!!

Postby kumasuki » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:43 pm

teddman wrote: cheap 2x switch that'll do the job,!


I too have this HDMI switch from Monoprice - however I learned a nasty lesson the hard way. When I got the switch my $100 multi-media surge protector had no unused outlets - soooo, I plug the switch into another wall socket. 2 weeks ago we had a lightening storm and BOTH my blueray player and my DVD player were ZAPPED (incredibly) only killing the HDMI ports!! The devices worked fine with every other port except the HDMIs which were connected to the switch. (the swicth still works though!)

Of course the devices are still crippled without HDMI - thank God I had surge warranty coverage for both! (but still had all the shipping expense and hassle).
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Postby teddman » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:00 pm

Are you sure you're talking about the same switch that I linked? The one I have doesn't use any power or plug into the wall, it is a passive pushbutton design.
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Postby kumasuki » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:03 pm

teddman wrote:the same switch that I linked? ...is a passive pushbutton design.


Mea Culpa! I have both the 2x passive and the 4-way (HS-41A0) w/remote - obviously my zapped devices were attached to the latter!
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Postby elorimer » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:01 am

Active switch for $30:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=4066&seq=1&format=2

If you have a universal remote maybe this helps with the always-on output of the box for passive switches.
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