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4x1 HDMI® Switch with Analog, Digital Coaxial, and Digital Optical Audio Outputs
If you're looking to expand the input capabilities of an A/V receiver that doesn't support HDMI®, then this 4x1 HDMI Switch from Monoprice may be the perfect solution for you!
This 4-way HDMI switch features S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio, Digital Coaxial Audio, and analog 3.5mm stereo audio output ports, allowing you to connect to the audio inputs of any AV receiver or amplifier. A built-in DAC allows simultaneous audio for HDMI as well as the three audio only outputs.
The switch supports the full High Speed HDMI resolution (1080p@60Hz), supports all HDMI 3D modes, Deep Color up to 36-bit total, and high definition multichannel audio, including Dolby TrueHD™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™. One HDMI input is on the front panel of the switch, making it easy to connect the HDMI output from mobile devices, such as your Android phone.
- 4x HDMI audio/video inputs with one front-panel input for convenient connection to portable devices
- 1x HDMI audio/video output
- 1x S/PDIF Optical (Toslink) audio output
- 1x Digital Coax audio output
- 1x Analog 3.5mm stereo audio output
- Integrated audio converter for simultaneous digital and analog audio output on all audio output channels
- Selectable 2-channel (stereo) and 5.1-channel audio output for digital channels (5.1-channel output requires 5.1-channel input and output)
- Audio sampling rate of 44.1 to 192 kHz
- Supports uncompressed LPCM audio
- Supports compressed DTS® Digital, Dolby® Digital, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby TrueHD audio
- Support for 1080p and 3D video output
- Supports 225 MHz/2.25 Gbps per channel (6.75 Gbps total) bandwidth
- Supports 12-bit per channel (36-bit total) Deep Color
- Full HDCP support
- FCC, CE, and RoHS compliant
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.
- User's Manual (Mar 28, 2013)
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.
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.
|Audio/Video Inputs||3x HDMI on rear panel, 1x HDMI on front panel|
|Audio/Video Outputs||1x HDMI on rear panel|
|Digital Audio Outputs||1x S/PDIF Optical (Toslink)* and 1x Digital Coax*|
|Analog Audio Outputs||1x 3.5mm (1/8") stereo|
|Supports High-Speed 1080p HDMI||yes|
|Supported Video Resolutions||480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p|
|Supports 3D Video||yes|
|Fully HDCP Compliant||yes|
|Supports Deep Color (x.v.Color) at 12-bits per channel (36-bit total)||yes|
|Uncompressed Audio Support||LPCM|
|Compressed Audio Support||DTS Digital, Dolby Digital, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby True HD|
|Audio Sample Rate||44.1 to 192 KHz|
|Dimensions||6 x 2.75 x 1 inches|
* The S/PDIF Optical (Toslink) and Digital Coax audio output formats are based on the HDMI audio output. If any of the sync devices (e.g., HDTV, Projector, etc.) connected to the output can only support stereo audio, then the S/PDIF Optical (Toslink) and Digital Coaxial outputs will be limited to PCM stereo audio.
- HDMI Switch
- AC Adapter
- Infrared Remote Control
- User Manual
Since I installed it and configured my HT remote for it I have had only one glitch. At one point a couple months ago the digital audio from the switch stopped. At the suggestion from Monoprice support to power cycle the switch (unplug it), that was cleared up.
Those LEDs!!! Initially I put a piece of electrical tape over the lot of them, but I found I sometimes needed to know the state of the switch as it doesnt always pick up the IR from the HT remote (my experience with this is that such occurrences seem to be inversely proportional to the items price) and I need to switch it to the correct input. So I poked a pinhole in the tape in from of each. That worked for the most part...reducing the LEDs to a less annoying level but allowing me to see their state. But it was not very elegant looking. I should point out that the channel and 2/5.1 LEDs are fairly narrow beam non-diffuse body types so the appear way brighter anywhere directly in from of the switch than well off to the side. The PowerOn/Standy dual LED is a diffuse body type that prsents a more unifor - but too bright intensity on and off axis.
So after living with it covered with tape for over a year I decided to open it up and see what I could do about the problem. All the LEDs except the PowerOn/Standby dual LED use a 681 Ohm SMT current limiting resistor. I found that by increasing these resistors to 5000 Ohms (4.99K) these LEDs light output became acceptable. They could still be reduced more and remain visible, but I stopped there. That is about a factor of 7 reduction in current thru the LEDs. For the dual power LED I used a 2000 Ohm for the red and 1500 Ohm for the blue in place of the resistors originally there. This brought the red output down to something more suitable to a "Standby" mode brightness and the blue LED output close to matching the other blue LEDS. In the process I think I put a marginal blue channel LED into a failure mode but I found a 3mm NTE clear blue LED at my local electronics parts store that seems to match the other blue LED outputs with the came current limiting resistor. If yours is out of warranty, like mine and you arent afraid of desoldering and soldering tiny SMT resistors, this is a good solution to the excess light problem.
PROS: HDMI = Digital audio
Front panel HDMI input
CONS: LEDs WAY too bright for a darkened room
PROS: Works fine.
Switches to the correct ports relatively quick.
Passes 5.1 audio to Toslink.
Programmable in a Harmony 880 remote as a MonoPrice HDX-401TA. (Big plus for me)
CONS: I gave it a 9 because of 2 issues.
1. Port 1 is in the front instead of in the back. I would rather it was in the back, but I can see if someone wanted to hook something up temporarily to the switch, then the front would be useful.
2. The LEDs are real bright. I'm not sure why manufacturers are doing this now, but I really don't want to have LEDs blinding me while I'm trying to watch TV or a movie.
In steps this little device. This allows me to split full digital hdmi to full digital hdmi and good ol fashioned rca for the patio speakers. My initial concern was that it would introduce a bit of a delay but they are absolutely dead-on in sync. I couldn't be happier and would recommend this to anyone with similar issues.
PROS: - much smaller than i expected
- audio plays in sync through all outputs simultaneously
- no sound/video noise
CONS: - LED's are too bright (hello electrical tape)
This switch allows you to simultaneously output audio out of the SPDIF ports and analog ports.
Came in handy for my satellite receiver which is in a separate room from my Denon surround. I ran an HDMI cable from the satellite to the switch in a separate room. From the switch, I run HDMI video to my front screen projector and SPDIF to the Denon receiver. Works perfectly. Sounds very good.
PROS: 4 HDMI to ONE and Optical audio out. Perfect for me because my projector only has one HDMI in and doesn't handle sound so I've got all my inputs going into the switch and sending the image from the desired input to the projector and the sound to the surround sound system. great build and quality
CONS: Very minor things and FYI for other buyers. LED indicators are very bright and annoying for a dark home theater setup so I had to tape them over. No way of knowing if the switch has been muted, I found this out the hard way after trying to re-insert the wires a few times only to realize my kid had pressed mute on the remote !!! HDMI (in) port (1) is on the front which for my setup isn't the best and the remote is VERY small but those are both exactly as shown in the pictures so no surprises there.
PROS: It does as it is supposed to do until the remote quits working
CONS: Remote is very cheaply made and cannot be bought independently.
I am a very happy camperI later found out that one of my friends also uses Monoprice products and he was happy.
PROS: Works great both for Picture and Audio switching
Front HDMI port is very convenient
The main thing I was worried about was that it would not be able to provide surround sound audio. I had read about other devices that could only provide stereo because that is what the TV said that it could use via HDCP. Thankfully that doesn't seem to be the case with this device. I had no problem getting surround sound to my receiver through the optical port.
I currently am using three of the ports for: an AT&T U-Verse cable box, an XBOX360, and a DVD player. The only thing I am really disappointed about (why this is a 9 rating, and not a 10) is the port on the front of the device. The output goes to my older Pioneer receiver over optical and my newer Epson HD projector. The colors are much better than they were over component (dark areas on Halo 3 don't seem to be as dark now).
My purchase from monoprice also included 3, 3 ft, flat style HDMI cables for the 3 sources, and a 30 ft, flat style HDMI cable to run to the projector. I was worried that the 30 ft cable would cause issues, but so far it is working great with the switch.
After purchasing, I read more in-depth and saw that a lot of people were having problems with their devices not detecting 5.1 audio since the switch was detecting the audio type that the OUTPUT supported. I was worried because my LCD monitor only supports stereo audio through the HDMI cable.
Well, I decided I would let the order process and wait to test it out in person, and I'd just return it if it didn't work properly.
To my surprise, the device actually works perfectly and detected the 5.1 audio right away.
The xbox 360 worked perfectly. The PS3 had a bit of trouble with the center channel like other people have mentioned, but there are some instructions on one of these reviews that tells you how to fix the problem.
Overall I'm really happy with this and urge people to at least try it with their setup. If it doesn't work, you can always return!
PROS: Perfect video quality
Perfect audio quality
CONS: Device MUST be the last device to turn on.
Super bright LEDS
Input 1 is on front. IMO the front port should be input 4.
My only complaint is that the blue LEDs are really bright but I've compensated by putting them at the bottom of my component rack.
I have left HDMI port 1 (at the front of the switch) open for connecting to my HD video camera and digital camera. The ports on the switch seat the HDMI cables well and have not slipped at all in the 2 weeks I've had it hooked up. It's probably not a problem for most HDMI ports but it was a bit of a headache with my old component video cables.
The switch itself is pretty small which allows you a lot of flexibility in placement. The remote is tiny and I'm not sure I can "learn" it's functions on my universal remote but will give it a shot over the next few weeks. For now, I just have to be careful where I leave it. :)