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4x2 True Matrix HDMI® Switch with Remote Control (Rev. 3.0)
If you're like most people, you have your home theater setup in one room, but have TVs in other rooms as well. This gives everyone in the house the ability to watch what they want, when they want. But what if the kids want to watch a DVD while you want to watch the big game in the living room with your friends? You can lug the DVD player to the other room for the kids, but a better solution is to use an this 4x2 True Matrix HDMI® Switch from Monoprice!
With this switch you don't need to move equipment from room-to-room, nor do you have to buy duplicate equipment for the other room. This matrix provides 4 HDMI inputs, which allows you to connect the Xbox 360™, cable box, blu-ray player, and the output from your Android phone. Any of these four inputs can be independently selected for either of the two outputs. Both displays can select the same or different inputs.
The switch includes a remote control, allowing direct selection of any of the inputs for each of the two outputs. Additionally, the matrix can be controlled by a computer, via an RS232 serial port, as well as front panel controls.
The matrix supports the full High Speed 1080p@60Hz HDMI video resolution and features a 6.75Gbps bandwidth, sufficient to support 3D video, 36-bit Deep Color, x.v.Color, and high-definition multichannel audio, including Dolby TrueHD™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™. It is powered by an included 5 VDC, 2A AC adapter. The four input and two output HDMI ports are gold plated to ensure smooth, corrosion-free connections. It measures about 10.2" x 4.5" x 1.3".
A spare/replacement remote is available as PID 6166.
Note: Monoprice strongly recommends using 22AWG, 24AWG, or active HDMI cables with Redmere technology to achieve the best results and to ensure minimum signal loss over longer distances.
|Deep Color Support||Up to 12-bits/channel (36-bits total)|
|Audio Support||PCM, Dolby®-AC3, DTS®7.1, DSD|
|Data Transfer Rate||2.25 Gbps / channel (6.75 Gbps total)|
|Input Video Signal||0.5 ~ 1.0 volts p-p|
|Input DDC Signal||5 volts p-p (TTL)|
|Maximum Cascade Layers||6|
|Maximum Output Cable Length||49.2 ft. (15m)|
|Maximum Working Current||1200mA|
|Input Power||5 VDC, 2A|
|AC Adapter Input Power||100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz|
|Operating Temperature||+23 ~ +95°F (-5 ~ +35°C)|
|Dimensions||10.2" x 4.5" x 1.3"|
All power ratings are measured with all channels driven.
* EIA 1kHz Power refers to maximum average power in watts at 1kHz with 0.005% THD and noise.
** FTC Full Bandwidth Power refers to maximum average power in watts from 20Hz to 20kHz with 0.03% THD and noise.
- User's Manual (Jul 8, 2011)
- RS232 Control Codes (Jun 2, 2009)
- RS232 Control Application for Windows ver 09.0.1 (May 20, 2009)
HDMI®, the HDMI Logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
Xbox® and Xbox 360® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
DTS® is a registered trademark and the DTS logos, Symbol, DTS-HD™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are trademarks of DTS, Inc.
Dolby® and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. DolbyTrueHD™ is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
1. Sometimes both screens black out momentarily when switching just one screens input.
2. Sometimes it takes a couple of zaps from the remote to get it to receive a signal -
a. this could be due to the long HDMI run (50 ft) from my HTPC
3. The auto smart selection feature can be annoying - you have to remember to switch a device on first before switching the input on the switcher, and if you turn off whatever youre watching, the switcher will automatically switch it to the next input receiving a signal (e.g., I get done with the PS3, turn it off and suddenly the TV is on the screen). It can be a nice feature but would be nice if we could turn it off too. I was able to get around this by programming my universal remote to switch a device on before switching the input on the HDMI Switcher.
Here are my inputs/outputs (I use it to switch video only)
1. ATT U-Verse cable box (Motorola VIP1216)
2. Music Mountain HTPC
3. Samsung DVD/VCR (DVD-VR357)
4. Sony PS 3/Blu-Ray
1. Samsung LCD (LN40A630) split with InFocus Projector IN74 (splitter from Monoprice)
2. Westinghouse LCD Monitor (LCM-22W3)
All in all - a great product at a great price!
What was really interesting is that this equipment would randomly turn itself off, sometimes not for a while, other times it would turn off within just a few second after turning it back on. I thought there was an electrical problem and was thinking about buying a high end surge protector/power filter. I actually determined that it was the RF/IR remote control transceiver that was causing the problem (not a monoprice product). I changed the frequency on that device and the HDMI switch has been fine ever since then.
If you need to switch video from set top boxes, but nothing that outputs some funky resolutions like a PC will - this will work well.
PROS: Works great as advertised. Will support some common PC resolutions such as 1680x1050 in addition to standard HD Video resolutions. Everything my Samsung plasma supported, this unit also supported.
CONS: This will not support resolutions beyond 1080p. So, I cannot send a 1920x1200 image to my 24" LCD. This won't fill my needs, but this unit is a great trick none the less. Tested with Nvidia GTX580, two dell 24" (one is older without HDMI, used a passive HDMI-DVI adapter and worked just fine) and my Samsung PN58B550 (not all at once, of course). I could not use the Nvidia control panel to force the display resolution to 1920x1200. The switcher just was not having it. Lower resolutions worked fine however. I took a risk and tried to get the product to do something it was not advertised to do. It didn't work. Oh well.
PROS: Being able to switch any of 4 sources between two displays.
CONS: Subpar remote.
PROS: Allows true 2x4 HDMI switching Very clear/clean picture
CONS: I shut off my A/V system using a outlet so as to reduce any residual power consumption. However when I turn it back on, the unit goes on automatically. Would be nice if it stays shut off until I am ready to turn it on.
PROS: Works as advertised.
CONS: None yet.
I send the HDMI to the master bedroom via a Geffen HDMI over Cat5E extender, I have used this switch to convert my entire home to HDMI and removed my component matrix switch.
Highly recommended if you are looking for a multi-zone HDMI matrix switch!!!
The only complaint so far is the BRIGHT blue status LEDs. A little electrical tape will fix that.
It did the job and well for the price but know that this unit is not for the unititiated.