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Blackbird 4K 4x1 HDMI Switch with Digital Coaxial and Digital Optical Audio Outputs
This is a high performance HDMI® switch with four inputs, one output, and separate digital and analog audio outputs. It supports HDCP repeater functions and fast switching between any of the four HDMI inputs. The system supports all 3D TV formats in addition to all HDTV formats up to 4K. Furthermore, the remote control gives you complete control over the selection of sources and makes the device incredibly easy to use.
- Supports multiplexed HDMI input
- Compliant with the HDMI, CTS 1.4a, DVI 1.0, and VESA DisplayPort 1.1a standards
- Supports CEC 1.4
- HDCP repeater support
- Supports 3D and 4K video with up to 16-bits/channel Deep Color
- Supports high-definition audio formats, including 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™
- Separate digital and analog audio outputs
- User's Manual (Sep 2, 2013)
Blackbird™ is a trademark of Monoprice Inc.
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®, the Symbol, and DTS + the Symbol together are registered trademarks, and DTS Master Audio™ is a trademark of DTS, Inc.
Questions and Answers
This unit will not convert any formats, it supports 2 Channel PCM only. Thank you for asking.
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To make matters worse, the build quality is cheap. The two audio connectors are so close, I could not plug in my analog audio and optical audio cables at the same time. The box itself is so small and light, that HDMI cables will just pull it to the floor unless it is mechanically clamped down in some way. To add some confusion factors, it comes with a cheap generic remote which has extra buttons having nothing to do with this switch, Monoprice states that it has a digital coaxial connector which it doesn't, and the documentation supplied is a joke.
PROS: Allows four inputs and a single output to the TV. Fewer cables visible to the wall mounted TV.
All inputs can take advantage of the optical (TOSLINK) output. Allows me to bypass the SAMSUNG TV lower quality audio setting for my SONOS soundbar.
CONS: Remote does not have a ON/OFF button.
Does not work well with my Samsung TV.
HDCP handshake with any of my inputs including DirecTV, Roku or LG Blu-Ray player. I previously used a Monoprice 5557 unit which was always troublesome.
This new switch meets and exceeds all of my requirements and has worked flawlessly for the past 6 weeks in all modes.
Note that there is an error in the web site spec listing. The switch does not support Digital Audio Out, only Optical and stereo. Highly recommended and for the extra $10, the older model (5557) should not be considered.
PROS: Meets all requirements of a high performance HDMI switch for advanced home theater setups.
CONS: None at this time.
The unit is solidly built and the lights aren't the blinding blue leds that plague some of the other Monoprice switches.
All in all the unit works as designed. The audio out is useful if there are grounding issues in your house as HDMI can pick that up with the audio signal. Coax cable is notorious for this. Whenever my cable box was plugged into my old Monoprice switch my audio was unbearable. The optical audio output on this switch doesn't allow the noise to travel to the speakers.
1 year ago
This is the issue where the audio is delayed coming out of the Sonos speaker (a Playbase in my case) relative to the video being seen on the TV (a 3 year old Sony).
It occurs when the signal from the cable/satellite box is fed into the TV, then the audio from the TV is sent to the Sonos speaker. The TV adds extra processing time which causes the de-sync.
[The Sonos speaker does have a delay setting, but it's to delay the audio in the event the audio is heard *before* the video. This issue is the opposite of that.]
Anyway, if you have this issue, this Blackbird 4K 4x1 HDMI Switch (#15375) will fix it. There will be some rerouting of cabling involved.
The reason I gave 4 stars is because the box doesn't support ARC. Or at least I couldn't get it to work. I was trying to watch Netflix via the TV's built-in app, and the audio continued playing from the Input #1 source. The ARC button on the remote has no effect (as expected since the manual designated it as "No Function").
Also, be aware that if you have a cable box like mine where it never actually turns off, the audio will continue to be heard, even if the TV is off (since it's no longer routed through the TV). And it doesn't look like you can turn off the HDMI switch box remotely. I ended up just muting the Sonos speaker when turning off the TV.
Another note, even though the the product name says "Blackbird 4K 4x1 HDMI Switch with Digital Coaxial and Digital Optical Audio Outputs", it:
1) Works fine on lesser resolutions than 4K like 1080p (my TV's resolution), and
2) Does not have a Digital Coax in or out, which doesn't matter in my case, but might for someone else. To be clear, this only has a Stereo headphone output and a Toslink output.
If you need a basic inexpensive fix, this will work. If you need more functionality (ARC, volume control, full remote control, etc.), look at some of the more expensive offerings.
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