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Blackbird 4K Pro 5x1 HDMI Switch with HDCP 2.2 Support
The Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 5x1 HDMI® Switch with HDCP 2.2 Support distributes five HDMI sources to a single HDMI display. It can handle video up to a 4K at 60 frames per second and delivers up to 10.2 Gbps bandwidth, assuring a great 4K picture.
Its support for the latest in High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and HDMI specification guarantees system compatibility and stability. The included infrared remote control allows for easy remote switching and control. Backed by Monoprice's one year warranty and support, the Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 5x1 HDMI Switch is the go-to solution for your current and future 4K switching needs.
- Compliant with the latest HDMI and HDCP specifications
- Supports video formats up to 4K@30Hz with 24-bit RGB/YCbCr 4:4:4/YCbCr 4:2:2, and up to 4K@60Hz with 12-bit YCBCr 4:2:0
- Supports 3D frame sequential video formats up to 1080p@60
- Supports high resolution VESA mode video formats up to QSXGA@60Hz
- Supports 7.1-channel LPCM, Dolby TrueHD™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™
- Supports smart auto switching from inactive inputs
- Includes an infrared remote control for easy remote switching and control
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.
Dolby® and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby TrueHD™ is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS® is a registered trademark and the DTS logos, Symbol, DTS-HD™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are trademarks of DTS, Inc.
Questions and Answers
The auto-switching also works poorly. The $12 switch that this one was intended to replace did a far better job of sensing which device is currently active and switching accordingly. This switch gets confused with always-on devices and ignores newly powered devices. The correct behavior is to default to the always-on item, switch to newly powered items, then switch back to the always-on item when the second item shuts down. This switch just stays on the always-on item, ignoring your intention to use a different source.
Big thumbs down.
The product description doesn't make this clear, but the IR receiver is not built into the box. Instead it is attached to a long wire plugged into a mini jack on the front of the switch. This turned out to be a boon for me, since I didn't have to put the switch itself near my Harmony Smart Hub or its IR blaster and simplified cable management.
The manual that comes with the switch is not complete. It provides no information about the purpose of the circular arrow button on the remote, and doesn't contain any guidance about positioning the IR receiver.
The product doesn't appear to have any actual model number, either, which made integrating with my Harmony remote a little more work. I ended up creating a new device:
Model Number: Blackbird HDMI Switch
Easy to set up
CONS: Manual is useless
Heavy for its size
No mounting holes
Monoprice needs to describe the switch properly on their site.
The Bad: The product description here states 18gbps of bandwidth, which falls in line with HDMI 2.0. The box that the switch ships in is labelled as HDMI 2.0 5x1 Switch. The manual states that the switch is HDMI 2.0. The manual then goes on to state that the switch runs at 300mhz, supplying 10.2gbps of bandwidth. These are HDMI 1.4 numbers. Also stated in the manual is that 4K@60hz is only supported at 12bit 4:2:0. HDMI 2.0 is specified at 4K@60hz, 24bit 4:4:4.
The switch will work fine for most of today's 4K, sub-60hz content, but you will eventually find properly defined HDMI 2.0 sources that don't allow control over color depth that will fail to function on this falsely labelled switch. Poor form, Monoprice.
This little device packs quite a punch. It is very, very well made even though it comes from China. The body is made of metal and has a nice weight to it. It will stay put and not move around once placed. It took of all 2 minutes to hook up. Really easy process. Works like a charm. It auto switches inputs. No need for the remote which is included. No HDCP 2.2 handshake issues at all. Switches inputs very quickly as well. A very solid switcher that I hope will last for years to come.
If you are in the same situation as me and are on the fence about this product, fear not. It is very well made and works flawlessly. Purchase with confidence.
PROS: No HDCP 2.2 handshake issues
Switches inputs very quickly
Auto Switches inputs
Metal BodyVery Well Made
PROS: HDMI 2.0 compliant supporting 18Gbs for 4k @ 60 FPS
1 year ago
2 months ago
PROS: Functions correctly and reliably.
CONS: Loose IR cable jack.