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    Monoprice Blackbird 4x1 HDMI 1.4 Switch HDCP 1.4 with Toslink and Analog Audio Extractor, 1080p@60Hz
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    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 ~ 192 kHz
    Dimensions 6.0" x 2.8" x 1.0"

    *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.

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    I bought a new LG tv but it has no audio outputs. It has 2 HDMI ports--one of which we use for Roku. My husband likes to use headphones but there is no headphone jack at all. Will this device solve our problems?
    A shopper on Dec 11, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, thank you for your question. This item does have a 3.5mm stereo audio out so you may plug your speakers or a headset/headphone into it and it should transfer audio out. I hope this helps, thank you!
    Im looking to connect my FireStick to my projector(which has no audio outputs). Would I be able to use this to send firestick to projector while sending audio to my soundbar?
    A shopper on Feb 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Yes, you would not have a problem having this unit send the audio to the soundbar via the audio outputs of the switch.

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    We have a Sonos PLAYBAR and two Play:1’s and have a non Sonos subwoofer. We are wondering if through this box, if the audio signal can be outputted through both the toslink for the Sonos PLAYBAR as well as coaxial for the subwoofer?
    A shopper on Feb 11, 2018
    Is there a version of this switch, that does everything this one does (5.1 DD optical output especially) that has 5 or more inputs? I've got a Wii U, XBOX 360, XBOX One, PS3 and PS4 so I need 5 inputs. Well, 6 inputs would give me breathing room.
    A shopper on Mar 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: This should do it.
    Monoprice 5x1 Digital and Analog Audio/Video to HDMI Converter Switch
    Monoprice 5x1 Digital and Analog Audio/Video to HDMI Converter Switch
    Does anyone know what the IR remote code is for this device? I have the original 1080P version bought back in 2012, and need the IR code that looks like this:

    A1234 (the A is whatever letter is supposed to be in the code, and then the 4 number digits).

    Please and thanks!
    Paul C on Sep 4, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this information is not available.
    My projector has DVI input and I use an HDMI to DVI cable to connect to HDMI devices and does not sync. Will this limit the optical audio to stereo only?
    New User U on Mar 10, 2018
    Does this switch pass through dolby digital 5.1 from HDMI through to the optical port?
    A shopper on Jan 7, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes works well
    Can you just use this as a basic switch, without using the audio stuff, where the audio goes with the HDMI? (I'm wanting to use it without changing my normal rig, where the audio goes to the TV then goes from there to the stereo, but keeping the option to go to toslink)
    A shopper on Jan 2, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. You do not need to use the toslink audio out. You can just simply use as an HDMI switch as the audio is carried by the HDMI signal.
    A shopper on Jun 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I see no reason why this would not work. Sound bars are amplified, and most of them you can manually adjust the volume. Keep in mind the digital optical output is affixed to level so all the adjustments would be at the Soundbar itself. I use this switch with a laptop, Roku, and Apple TV with the output going to a Vivitek projector. I use the analog output on the switch to a mixer. But if you use the Toslink port it would be not different.
    Have purchased a sonos soundbar and my sharp tv optical audio out won't work. Sonos suggest this hdmi switch will do the job, is this correct?
    A shopper on Jan 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Not enough information about inputs and outputs from your question.
    I am using this to extract audio from the HDMI output of an AppleTV and passing the video signal via HDMI to a projector and passing the audio signal vis Toslink to an old A/V receiver that does not have HDMI..
    Has anyone used this Switcher in a Church setting? I see alot of reviews based upon home Entertainment setups using Xbox, ROKO, APPLE TV, etc. I'm looking for a switcher that has seamless switching between (4) devices and auto syncing, so that there is NO lag or latency in the video...any suggestions?
    A shopper on May 9, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: There is some lag between switching connections. Maybe a second or two? I don't switch often so it's not an issue. It also cycles through connections 1-4. No other options.
    does this covert DD+ to DD 5.1?
    A shopper on Dec 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: This device extracts multichannel audio from HDMI for legacy receivers and preamps that do not have HDMI inputs. It does not convert audio.
    With HDMI switch can you connect a bluetooth transmitter?
    A shopper on Dec 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. The signal comes in to the box and is directed to one of the outputs, if that output goes to a transmitter, it doesn't involve the switch at all. Same for a signal coming into the box from a BT receiver.
    We have a optima projector with directv and a Sony DVD home theater system. Would this allow the speakers from the theater system to have audio while watching directv? We have a 4-1 splitter right now with no audio
    A shopper on Sep 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I have a similar setup (older TV rather than projector, dedicated non AV amp) and ause the audio splitting for multiple inputs. Most of the time when I have had audio issues it is be the source is outputting an audio stream that the destination does not process. Try setting the Direct TV box to output PCM/2ch audio as this is the simplest stream and see if that helps. When some of the newer DTS and Dolby standards are used the destination device as to understand them to work
    Does this switch resolve the "HDCP unauthorised content disabled" issue that prevents video from appearing on the screen?
    Don't have a 4K TV.
    A shopper on Jun 19, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: This unit will support HDCP content. You should have no issues with it detecting unauthorized HDCP content as long as the devices you are connecting support HDCP.
    Is there only one audio input? I'd like to connect another system that has a 3.5mm stereo and have it play through the same system.
    sophia l on Jun 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: All inputs are HDMI, there is a a Optical digital audio out but no audio input other than the original HDMI signal
    I bought this in late february. It works well, but the remote stoped working after about a month... Now I'm having a problem with the sound, since im using it as a switch between 5.1 sound capable devices, but with a soundbar that doesn't. So now Im not getting some of the audio tracks because the switch goes automatically in 5.1 and cannot be changed without the remote. is there any solution ? having the codes to the remote so it could be programmed on an other remote perhaps ? or being able to use the current physical button to switch sound modes too...
    A shopper on May 30, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Both of mine lasted less than a month. Switched to another brand
    A button on the remote stopped working. Can I get a replacement remote?
    Taylor M on May 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: While you can likely get a replacement remote, I recommend using a universal remote rather than the tiny remote this comes with. Then you can program the switch to automatically work with programmed functions. For example, I press "watch DVD," and my remote changes the TV inputs, switches inputs on the HDMI switch, and starts the DVD player. I don't have to think about the HDMI switch, and haven't touched the original remote in years..
    Will I lose 4k content while using this switch?
    A shopper on Jan 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It will not pass 4K content. It will identify itself as 1080p capable to any device to which it is attached. Said device will then send 1080p video.
    For 4K video, ensure any device (switch, TV, AVR, etc) supports HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. Technically, HDMI 1.4 supports 4K video, but equipment such as UHD Blu ray players require HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2.

    From product description: Supported Video Resolutions are 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p.
    From product manual, video output is HDMI 1.3b. HDMI 1.3b DOES NOT support 4K video.
    Can I plug a PS4 and Nvidia shield into this via HDMI..then output the video to my TV with HDMI out while also sending all audio (dd.5.1 and dts included) to my sound bar via spdif?
    A shopper on Aug 17, 2018
    1. Where can I get a new remote? 2. Or else how can I switch to 2CH from 5.1 without a remote? 3. Or how do I program a universal remote to operate this?
    A shopper on May 7, 2018
    Is there any latency in the sound or image when splitting a HDMI-signal? I want to split the sound and image from a chromecast, send the sound to the amplifier and the image to the projector.
    A shopper on Mar 28, 2018
    Does it supports hdcp 2.2?
    Dany F on Jun 23, 2017
    Does the 4x1 HDMI Switch with digital audio output transmit in PCM format?
    A shopper on Jun 16, 2017
    4.1 / 5.0
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    Bought it to "strip" 5.1 audio from HDMI and send to surround system. Works great.
    I bought this HDMI switch to "strip" audio from my HDMI devices and send it over toslink to my 5.1 Vizio soundbar. It works perfectly for that.

    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!
    December 15, 2014
    PS3 Settings!
    I though I was going to have to return this item after many back and forth emails with Monoprice's tech support and one RMA failed to get my issues resolved but it turned out to be a device setting issue.

    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
    January 13, 2013
    HDMI switcher 4 channel
    As of right now I'm moderately satisfied with my purchase - I would love for technical support to help with this problem

    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
    July 18, 2011
    Used it for 14 months now..work for me
    This switch lets me easily connect my tablet, smart phone or video camera HDMI output to my home theater. The thing that made it different for me is that my home theater sound processor is pre-HDMI and I use a projector for video so I need to connect HDMI video and digital audio to the system separately. This is not a problem for all my other sources such as the Sat/OTA receiver, Sony PS3, etc as they have separate digital audio outputs. It had been a hassle connecting portable devices with only an HDMI output to the system until this switch. Now it is a piece of cake.

    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
    January 9, 2014
    Probs with HDMI HDCP and the PS3
    So I’ve been waiting product for this for ages and was very excited to finally see it in stock so I nabbed one that same day!

    While the product does seem to work just fine (technically speaking) it turns out that unfortunately it’s not the right as-is solution for me :(

    My hope was to buy something that would allow me to use my PS3 as a media player and connect the output directly to my TV (via an additional HDMI switcher box, available at monoprice and which works great btw) and to my AVR/Amplifier via the TOS link. While this setup does work (basically) the PS3 and this splitter box seem to honor the HDCP restrictions too harshly/literally at least IMO, please see my investigations/elaborations below...

    The problem is (at least how I perceive it) related to the fact that my TV does not support HD multichannel audio i.e. 5.1/DTS etc… (I suspect most TV’s are like this, that’s kind of the point for most of you I’d say, ‘cos if it did and you had a s/pdif pass-through you wouldn’t need this splitter anyway as you could just use your TV to split off the audio).

    Anyway as a result this splitter box determines (correctly so, technically speaking) that the best “allowable” audio quality is only 2 channel prologic (because that’s what the TV says via HDCP). The PS3 then respects this limitation and down-mixes my full multichannel audio source into just 2 channels :( Even though my amplifier supports literally all input audio types I’m scuppered by this limitation! Basically the signal limitations for both audio and video are defined by the HDMI device. A better implementation of this device would be to only honor the video constraints of the HDMI (because HDCP rules need to be respected) and override the audio limitations with full-spec audio for want of a better way of saying it (assuming that’s allowed by the HDCP rules, who knows).

    So I have (at least as l believe) proven this to be the my issue because if I connect my splitter to a target HDMI device that does support multichannel HD then the PS3 is becomes decidedly happy with that and lifts the down-mix restriction and allows full multichannel HD audio to flow through both the HDMI and TOS link interfaces, yay (sort of).

    I therefore feel this device will not perform as many of you expect/hope, specifically if your target HDMI device (TV or whatever) doesn’t support HD multichannel audio, this made me sad because my TV doesn’t...

    That all said there is a solution (at least for me) but that solution is only possible if you can leverage an HDMI device that supports full HD multichannel audio which clearly isn’t my TV in my case. I achieved this by using my AVR as a target HDMI device (it has HDMI inputs but doesn’t support 1.3 spec, that why I’m in this predicament in the first place). What I did (and may sound a little messy) is use a an additional HDMI splitter (a separate additional piece of h/w available at monoprice) to split the output of this device (the HDMI/TOS link thingy) into two HDMI outputs, one connected directly to the TV (for video, obviously) and the other connected to the amplifier to authorize full quality audio, messy I know but it works. By doing this I got the PS3 to output full multichannel HD audio via the TOS link!

    For the rest of you I hope you have the same option as me, if not maybe you can use some other device as your second HDMI target to achieve the same result (for me the HDMI switch works too, think about that for mo :)). It might be good for someone to make an HDCP fully qualified null-dongle for this purpose (i.e. in confunction with a splitter). Or maybe it's just better to improve this splitter in a future rev :)

    BTW for those of you who are one step ahead of me on this you might ask why didn’t I just use the HDMI splitter to split the signal and be done (i.e. audio via HDMI, I tried that earlier this year). The reason it didn’t work is because my amplifier won’t receive audio unless it’s connected to a TV or some sort of legitimate HDMI target device and unfortunately because of various other complexities (related to my amp not being 1.3 HDMI spec) I couldn’t get it to work, the PS3 refused the split. Basically the PS3 is very fussy!

    FYI in closing my DirectTV box doesn’t really care about any of this, you get full HD audio regardless, if all I wanted was a solution for DirectTV is works great the simple way, as you would expect/hope, go figure...

    Anyway that ends my assessment of this thing.

    Best of luck to you all...

    Monoprice is awesome btw, that's why I bothered to write all this down for the monoprice community benefit and all that good stuff. I'm very happy with almost everything I've ever bought from this place!

    November 18, 2009
    simultaneous audio = perfect for my needs
    I have a receiver that won't allow a digital input to be used for zone 2 (patio). My problem was that I am using a HTPC and when i want to play music by the pool I would have to plug in an analog cable and go into the control panel and change the default sound device. Then, when i wanted to play a movie with surround sound i would have to reverse it back to HDMI. Huge pain. After much research about how to get windows 7 and/or XBMC to output through multiple sound devices simultaneously I found out this is a common issue and very few solutions exist and only for specific hardware. But I digress.

    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)
    September 22, 2011
    Does NOT decode Amazon Prime Dolby sound to optical
    These switchers (I own two) really fit the bill for me for about a year until I got a new TiVo Roamio with access to Amazon Prime streaming.

    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.
    September 15, 2015
    Response from Monoprice

    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.

    Gabby V.
    Tech Support Associate
    November 18, 2016
    Monoprice Administrator
    Works very nicely
    The HDX-401TA was a very welcome device to my downstairs entertainment center.

    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.
    October 31, 2009
    Works great
    Works as advertised. At $50, it's 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.

    February 27, 2010
    Excellent useful product
    This product does exactly what it claims at a terrific price. Few products provide this unit's useful functionality and none anywhere near the price. I am thrilled to have found this item as I can now route my Wii, and Blu-ray HTIB through my superior sounding Denon AVR-2802 surround system.
    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.
    February 13, 2011