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8X1 Enhanced Powered HDMI® Switcher w/ 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 1080p@60Hz
- Dimensions: 13.5" x 5.1" x 1.8"
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)
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.
* HDTV resolution up to 1080p, PC resolution up to 1600x1200 60hz.
* Support RS-232 Control.
* Remote controller for operation.
* Hot pluggable.
* Auto skips over the power-off and unplugged cable.
* Dimensions 342x104x45mm
* Weight 1170g
*Monoprice continually strives to improve its product line to bring our customers the best products available. Therefore, changes may be made to listed specifications without prior notice. Item received may not match photo or specs shown.
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.
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.
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: 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.
PROS: Easy to use with large buttons that give a status as to HDMI items that are active and a red light indicating the one selected going out. The status lights are extremely useful in telling what items are turned on and active, as well as the one you have selected to send out. Quality of the unit appears to be better than expected. Good value for the price. Includes rack mount which was very nice and was handy. It also has rubber feet on the bottom of the unit for table mounting.
CONS: The holes in the rack mount ears are not machined correctly, and take some effort to get them to tighten up. The holes are not lined up and so it is hard to keep a screw straight when tightening the rack ears up to the rack. That was very aggravating and it made you want to drill the holes out bigger in order for it to fit correctly. Still, for the price and to include rack mount ears as an option, is very good.