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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
I bought a 5.1 Vizio surround system thinking that I could run all of my devices into my TV, and then toslink from the TV into the 5.1 system. It didn't work that way. My TV down-mixed everything into 2 channel stereo and then sent that to the system. No good. After some searching I found this switch and thought it could work. It does! So now I have all of my HDMI devices (cable box, ps4, wii u) plugged into the switch and toslink from the switch to the surround system. Everything works as planned and I get high quality video and audio. Perfect solution.
CONS: Front LEDs are WAY too bright!
When watching a DVD or Blu-Ray on my Playstation 3 I wouldn't get center channel audio. Netflix or any other source from the PS3 was fine. Turns out there is a setting in the Video section that handles DVD and Blu-Ray audio that needed to be changed to bitrate in order to get 5.1 audio to pass correctly through this switch. I only found this out after reading every single review on this site and finding another customer that had the same issue. It would have been nice if Monoprice's tech support had been able to resolve this issue.
PROS: Optical out
CONS: Piercingly bright LEDs
Lack of recommended device settings for some extremely common devices
PROS: Concept is great and it allows me to run my playstation 3, apple tv, and comcast cable to my TV which only has one HDMI input port
CONS: Screen often goes black and I have to unplug the switcher and do a hard power cycle to get the picture to work - I think this is a wattage issue
When I now try to watch movies using my ps3 I cannot hear dialogue. I can hear back ground music and special effects but no dialogue
I contacted Technical support and they couldn't help
That was when I discovered that they will not pass Amazon's 5.1 Dolby to their optical output. Neither the TiVo Roamio nor my Roku 3 have Dolby sound when processed through this switcher.
The 'normal' HD channels coming off the TiVo (such as HBO) work fine for Dolby from the optical jack, but Amazon programs result in no output unless I change the switcher to 2.1 sound, which is unacceptable.
If I run an optical cable directly from the TiVo to my audio setup, Amazon Dolby works just fine, so it's definitely something in the switcher.
Be aware of this if you have a similar setup. I don't know if Monoprice has a switcher that does route Amazon Prime Dolby from HDMI to the optical output, but this one most definitely does not. Between the two switchers, I kind of feel like I wasted about $100.
Thank you for your review on PID 5557. I am sorry to hear about the issues experienced with surround sound after adding the TiVo Roamio and Roku 3. Unfortunately, it is possible that Amazon Prime Instant is outputting surround sound in Dolby Digital Plus (like Netflix currently does). I recommend checking with Amazon just to verify for sure as I was unable to find this information in their FAQ. If this is the case, this switch would not be capable of supporting that as it does not support DD+, sorry to say. This switch is only compatible with LPCM, DTS Digital, Dolby Digital, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby True HD. Please let me know if you are able to verify the audio format and I will be happy to further assist you if needed. I truly apologize for the trouble and I hope this helps.
Tech Support Associate
Contrary to what is stated in RED in the description, even when HDMI output device - my TV - only handles two-channel stereo, as long as input HDMI device attempts multichannel and 5.1 CH is selected on remote, I receive Dolby Digital, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby True HD audio at my receiver. Awesome! Very pleased with Monoprice's support and pricing as well.
PROS: Seamlessly provides digital audio streams from up to four HDMI devices to a non-HDMI receiver.
CONS: Virtually none.
PROS: Easy to set up, price, features
CONS: LEDs (yeah, others are NOT exaggerating!) Difficulty with 5.1 Dolby out via optical.
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)
In the room I am using this in, My Display only has 1 DVI input and my AV Receiver does not support HDMI and only has 2 Toslink Optical inputs. So this switch has taken HDMI from 2 Dish network receivers, 1 Blu Ray player, and a PS3, and switches it all. It even converts the HDMI audio to a Single Toslink, so I was able to remove the spiderweb of Toslinks and my 3 to 1 Toslink switch.
It does the job well.
In fact there are only two annoyances that caused me not to rate this product at a 10. The first is the 4th HDMI input is located on the front panel. Not optimal in my opinion. The second reason, an most trivial... who the heck spec'ed out those LEDs? They are too bright and I have had to filter them with paper tape.
Otherwise, a great product.
1. Since the LEDs are ridiculously bright, I took a piece of black duct tape and used a hole puncher to make little round disks to cover them. Now they are at a "normal" brightness.
2. I have a Comcast HD DVR STB attached to the switch and originally it only outputted stereo PCM audio via coax/optical. To fix this, I had to change the HDMI audio setting on the STB from "Auto" to "Pass through". To get to the HDMI settings, I powered off the STB and then pressed "menu" on the Comcast remote. From there you should see the menu.
3. The HDMI audio options on my Sony DVD player is either "Auto" or "PCM". Since my HDTV does not do 5.1 audio, my DVD player will only send PCM stereo audio via HDMI. To workaround that, I hooked up the digital coax directly from my DVD player to my audio receiver. My audio receiver will accept either optical or coax for the same source. The coax signal will take precedence over the optical signal so I never have to change my the source on my audio receiver.
4. To workaround the problem of having to power cycle the HDMI switch whenever the video signal refuses to sync, as suggested by another reviewer, connect the power cord of the HDMI switch to a switched outlet on your audio receiver. That way when you turn off your audio receiver, the HDMI switch gets powered down as well. It'll save you from having to get up to manually power cycle it.
Due to the video sync issue, non 5.1 audio and super bright LED, I can only give this product a 9 out of 10. The audio issue might not be an issue with the HDMI switch, but maybe Monoprice can work around it. If this were a more expensive switch, the rating would be lower.
Hope the tips provided will help others.
I can't believe that Surround Sound systems still do not pass sound through their HDMI ports. It is ridiculous to think that I always want to have the subwoofer on or that my wife can figure out why the TV is off but the sound is still on. Using this, I've have only one connection to my receiver using the TOSLINK. All my hdmi connections go through this beautiful box. To clarify, this box allows you to have full hdmi sound pass through, and allow all devices to split the hdmi audio into a TOSLINK or Digital Coax, and pass that into your receiver. So you can have surround sound when you want it, and normal tv speakers when you don't. I got it hooked up to my learning remote as well which makes it perfect!