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Blackbird 4K 1X4 HDMI® Splitter
Get the most of out of your system on four displays with this 1x4 HDMI® Splitter with 3D and 4K Support from Monoprice!
This HDMI splitter allows you to connect your HDMI source device to up to four displays at once. This eliminates the need to buy any additional source devices, or to move them back and forth between rooms.
This splitter provides up to 10.2Gbps data throughput and includes support for High Speed HDMI features, including 3D video and the advanced 4K cinema display resolution, so you can be sure that your system still outputs the highest possible video quality.
The splitter supports two different output modes that can be selected through the switch on the back. One mode (A) allows the splitter to output the highest common available format to all displays, while the other mode (B) selects the format of the first active display and outputs to any other compatible displays connected to the splitter.
Note: Monoprice strongly recommends using 22AWG, 24AWG, or active HDMI cables with Redmere technology to achieve the best results from the amplifier and to ensure minimum signal loss over longer distances.
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- User's Manual (Apr 1, 2013)
I will have to send this unit back.
PROS: Picture is clear, no artifacts
CONS: Doesnt pass Dolby Digital sound to my receiver
PROS: Does what it's supposed to do without any handshake issues.
PROS: Great picture, easy setup, high quality product
PROS: Fast service with reliable equipment. Worth the expense, overall.
CONS: US vs Canadian dollar exchange rate, cross border duty. Pricey shipping.
Since I don't want to use the Projector or High End AVR daily splitting the HDMI correctly is a high priority.
As it stands now, I have all input devices connected into the High End AVR. From there the signals are sent out into this 4 way splitter. The 3rd output cord goes to the Projector. The 2nd directly to the LED TV. The 1st output to the Entry Level AVR.
This setup allows me to connect and select any and all of my HDMI devices with the High End AVR and view them on the HDTV without powering on EITHER receiver. This is perfect while channel surfing or watching YouTube videos. Sound comes from the TV speakers (in the Netflix PS3 app I'll have to pause and select the "2 channel audio" stream for sources with 5.1 Surround Sound. Same goes with DVDs, pause and select the 2CH track).
If I want to have 7.1 surround sound for movie viewing on the HDTV (or if there isn't an audio track in a format that is supported by my TV) I can turn on the low end AVR and mute the TV speakers. I don't even have to switch HDMI inputs on the HDTV.
If I instead want to use the Projector with the High End AVR and 7.1 I can do that as well. No switching HDMI cords.
I set the switcher to Mode B, so it polls each output device individually.
**I was originally using another Monoprice switcher (PID 6192), it worked in the above setup mostly but a few devices had issues with it. For whatever reason my Sony PS3 and Sony's NSZ-GS8 Google TV box would only "autodetect" a max resolution of 1080i. The PS3 let me manually select 1080p and would display 1080p but Google TV OS won't let you pick a resolution it doesn't "detect".
Also HDMI signals from my ancient all-region Upscaling DVD Player and Comcast Motorola cable-box when passed-through the High End AVR in Standby, then to the splitter and finally out to the Low End AVR, would always change their HDMI audio signal to 2CH audio even when the 2CH HDTV was disconnected from the old splitter.
This new splitter fixed the above problems with those devices!
PROS: Great piece of equipment! Sturdy electronic principle.
CONS: Ended up not being what I needed but decided to keep it anyway. I will most likely find a good use for it.
PROS: Easy to setup, works great
PROS: Works as expected. Easy to hook up.
CONS: None so far.
PROS: Powerful signal boosting, Easy reset button, low price.
All TV's are connected with Redmere cables, the longest is currently 20'. Things soon will become more interesting as I add a 43" Sony 4K LCD on a 50' cable. Since there is no 4K material currently available on cable it really won't be challenged. It gets 4K material over Ethernet. During the install I didn't look at the instructions as it was replacing a 1x2 splitter and the connections were straightforward. While this splitter does not do 18Gbps there is little worry: there will likely be no 18Gbps material until we get 4K Blue Ray players as the current 4K suppliers (Netflix, Amazon & YouTube) employ various levels of compression which generally affects the frame rate or color depth. Those with fiber to the house have a potential for 18Gbps but the providers are not going to improve their backbone equipment until they have to.
Small, unobtrusive, cheap, performs as specified
They are not free and require you to pay for it. In 20 years you might have to upgrade it but they'll probably be $10 by then.