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8x1 Enhanced Powered HDMI Switcher with Remote
It seems like everything uses HDMI® these days, from home theater equipment to your Android phone. With so many HDMI devices in use, most televisions quickly run out of available HDMI input ports. You don't want the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables whenever you want to watch or play something different and you don't want the expense of new TV. Just get this 8x1 Enhanced Powered HDMI Switch from Monoprice!
This switch has eight input and one output HDMI ports on the back, each of which is gold plated to ensure smooth, corrosion-free connections. The switch is powered by an included 9 VDC adapter, which is designed for international use with four different plug modules for the US, UK, Australasia, and the EU. The included remote control allows you to cycle through the eight inputs or access them directly using the numbered buttons. Additionally, the switch can be controlled with a computer via the RS232 serial port on the back panel.
- HDCP compliant
- Supports HDMI resolutions up to 1600x1200@60Hz
- Supports RS232 control option
- Includes remote control
- Measures 13.5" x 5.1" x 1.8" (342 x 104 x 45 mm)
- Weighs 41.3 oz. (1170 g)
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 (Dec 28, 2007)
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Questions and Answers
This unit supports a max resolution of 1080p. Thanks for asking.
What this can do is add too much resistance for the small gauge to handle and cause handshake issues which would be anything from off colors, bad audio, flickering picture, to no signal at all.
Thicker gauge cables help maintain a strong and reliable signal versus using a small thin gauge like a 30AWG cable. It may work if you wished to try it out, we just recommend using the thicker gauged cables to prevent this. I hope this helps.
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What I really don't like, though, is that the switch won't let you select an input when the connected source isn't active. When I press Input 5 on the remote, I expect it to select Input 5, no matter whether the signal on that input is alive yet or not. This makes using the switch with a Logitech Harmony remote control difficult often a device hasn't been fully powered on when the Harmony sends the command to select an input, so the switch just ignores it. It would be nice if there was a way to disable this "feature."
Also, the auto input select feature infuriates me as well. I don't want it switching over to my Roku because my Xbox is installing an update and its HDMI output shuts off for a fraction of a second in the middle of rebooting. It's another feature I wish I could turn off. My remote is smart enough to manage switching inputs I don't need a switch that tries to be handle this on its own, messing things up in the process.
PROS: Works with nearly every device I've connected to it.
CONS: It won't let you select an input that isn't currently active.
The auto switching "feature" is infuriating, as it will switch away from a source you're watching if the connected device is rebooted or powered off, even for a fraction of a second. I'd rather it only switch sources when I tell it to.
First the LEDs are two bright and I'm annoying by the red LED constantly flashing below the selected input. I'll try installing black electrical tape over the LEDs... hopefully that will help!
Second, the 'User manual' (a single sheet double sided 8 1/2") was obviously not written or checked by someone who speaks English as it's poorly written and full of grammatical errors. It also fails to explain what some of the buttons on the remote do.
Finally, I find it VERY annoying that the switch falls back to other inputs (normally Input 1) if you happen to reboot the device connected to the active input.
PROS: 8 inputs.
Works with Logitech Harmony (supposedly - not tested yet)
CONS: Annoying blinking red LED
Poorly written instruction sheet
Falls back to other inputs if connected device is reset while input is active
PROS: It does just exactly what it is suppose to do, and it does iit great. PS3, BluRay,HD-DVD, and 2 400 disc Sony DVD's , all without a hitch.Only had 3 options on the back of Mistubishi but now I have plenty!
You will want this to grow your options too.
CONS: OH how the lights are bright. And with no way to dim or turn them off, I came up with my own solution. I used a hole punch on electrical tape and made 95% or better coverage of the lens, and its not bad at all now. It gives just enough glow to see what its connecting to, although its never made a mistake you could block them completely I suppose. Only flaw, well I can live with that.
Shipping and packaging was fast too. Very happy with this purchase at this point.
-BLINKING RED LIGHT, seriously distracting, c'mon monoprice, get your engineers a little bit of UX/UI training. I had to cover the front of mine with electrical tape. I would've preferred to hide it, but I need line of site for the remote.
-Remote, looks very generic, confusingly has a bunch of non-functional extra buttons.
-Autoswitching poorly implemented. Even when I explicitly switch to a new input, it will sometimes switch back if it doesn't detect a signal right away. There should be an option to disable this.
-Doesn't do 480p. Yep, some old HDMI devices use 480p (I know it's crazy). My TV can support the signal, it's just the switch that can't handle it. Big deal breaker for retro-gamers, early-adaptors, collectors of old format media, people with cheap cable boxes, etc.
All that said, near as I can tell it's the only HDMI switch out there with 8 or more ports.
8 months ago
PROS: Lots of inputs.
CONS: Bright blinking LEDs that can't be turned off. They also can't be covered easily.
Not compatible with all HDMI input devices (nothing is).
PROS: I have used this unit for over 3 years now. Mounted it in a rack and its performance has been excellent! I have eight devices plugged into it, and it makes life so much easier. Of course you could spend a good chunk of coin and buy a new AVR with 7-8 HDMI ports now to do the same thing. Now if we can get Monoprice to do a 8x2 matrix switcher.:)
CONS: Can't get another remote for unit from Monoprice if you were to lose it.
PROS: Works perfectly with all of my devices: Xbox-360, PS3, SageTV HD300, Boxee Box, PVR, laptop. Works with Harmony remote. Heavy enough to stay put with cables plugged in.
CONS: Lights are little bright, wouldn't be so bad if the red one didn't keep blinking.