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    Blackbird - 8x1 HDMI 1.4 Switch, HDCP 1.4, RS232, Remote Control, 1080P@60hz
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    Which HDMI specifications does it support? 1.3, 1.4, 2.0, 2.1?
    A shopper on Dec 12, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The manual online (manual version 1.0) says HDMI 1.2. The manual that came in the box (manual version 1.4) doesn't say an HDMI version but says it supports up to 1080p (12 bit color) or 1200p (8 bit color).
    What resolutions does this support?
    A shopper on Oct 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Shopper,

    This unit supports a max resolution of 1080p. Thanks for asking.
    Does this switch automatically to each input when source is connected or is the remote required?
    A shopper on Sep 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It will make an attempt to switch, however if you have devices like I do that idle with HDMI out enabled, you will need the remote.
    Does the remote need a clear line of sight to the switch to work? This will be enclosed in the center pedestal of a conference room table (connected to 6 table insert HDMI jacks above).
    A shopper on Dec 3, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, thank you for your question. Yes the remote will need a clear line of sight for it to function properly. We would recommend product # 9194 as a solution for items that need to be in an enclosed location with no line of sight. I hope this helps, and of course if you have any more questions feel free to contact us!

    Does anyone know if this supports HDMI-CEC?
    New User U on Feb 21, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: It does not support HDMI-CEC in my testing.
    Does this support picture in picture? For example main display hdmi input 1 pip hdmi input 2?
    A shopper on Jan 17, 2018
    Does this have an optical out? If not do you make one that does?
    A shopper on Jun 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately we would not have an 8x1 with an optical output. We do have a 4x1 with optical output, product # 5557.
    Blackbird - 4x1 HDMI 1.4 Switch, HDCP 1.4, With Toslink and Analog Audio Extractor, 1080P@60hz
    Blackbird - 4x1 HDMI 1.4 Switch, HDCP 1.4, With Toslink and Analog Audio Extractor, 1080P@60hz
    Although it is recommended to use either a 22AWG, 24AWG, or active HDMI cables for this device, will there be any issues using a 30AWG?
    Ron F on May 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The could be issues using a thin 30AWG cable if it is not active. The reason being is that every time something is added to the signal from a source device to a TV, it adds resistance.

    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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    We cannot get the software to work in Windows 10 Ent 64bit. It keeps giving us a com issue. We have the switch connected via RS-323 to USB cable and there are no issues on that end. Is there any new software for this switch, or does anyone know of a work-around that will allow the software to communicate with the switch?
    New User U on Mar 12, 2018
    Hello! In the listing description it says the maximum supported resolution is 1600x1200 @ 60hz. Does that mean it doesn't support 1080p60? If so it'd be a dealbreaker for me. I'd appreciate anyone who can confirm what's the correct maximum supported resolution.

    New User U on Feb 8, 2018
    4.2 / 5.0
    48 Reviews
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    Mostly works
    Fortunately, I've only had one device that this switch didn't like... the other dozen or so I've connected have worked fine, even when connected over a long cable. The one device it didn't like was a laptop, so it wasn't the end of the world it might have even been a software issue.

    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.
    April 5, 2015
    I'm normally quite satisfied with MonoPrice products, but this one didn't meet my expectations.

    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
    July 1, 2014
    Was exactly as shown, a great must have to give yourself some more HDMI ports to plug in all the items you can collect. Games, dvd, bluray, all handled without a problem. A real asset to your home theater needs & wants list. I highly recommend Monoprice & this powered HDMI switcher

    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.
    August 11, 2013
    Installation was the switch feeding a 25' run to a HDMI splitter that then ran lengthy distances over cat6 converters to four outputs. I had tried several lower-cost switchers that, when placed in line, would not work (although a single feed would). After researching and reading about this unit, I decided to attempt to use it. To my pleasant surprise, it worked "first time, out of the box", with none of the many headaches I had with the previous switches.

    Shipping and packaging was fast too. Very happy with this purchase at this point.

    PROS: Works!
    November 4, 2013
    Only option for 8+ ports, misses key fundamentals. No 480p support.
    I got this 8 port switch so I could plug in all my old less often used HDMI devices at once. It's great when it works. But it misses some fundamentals:

    -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.
    May 24, 2017
    10 months ago
    I have two DVD changers, a Blu Ray, an HD-DVD and a standalone DVD player hooked up to 5 of the 8 inputs. So far no issues. A great deal for a good product.
    February 6, 2008
    Can't beat it for the price
    Works exactly as advertised. I like the "old style" remote with real buttons no membrane switches. I would prefer if the LEDs were a little dimmer, but at least they're not flashing. A great value!
    July 13, 2010
    This is working out pretty well as an accessory to my HT receiver. I don't particularly need any of the latest HDMI additions like 3D, CEC, ARC, etc. I've had to play around to see which input devices are compatible, but that's more a result of the pathetic HDMI specifications than a problem with the switch. So far, I've expanded the 4 HDMI inputs on my receiver to handle 8 devices with more room for expansion.

    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).
    February 16, 2015
    Long Term User

    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.
    August 10, 2011
    I bought this to upgrade from the Monoprice 5x1 switch because I need more ports. It works well although I had to re-arrange my equipment to accommodate the large size. The switch is heavy enough to stay put even with many cables plugged in (which was an issue with the 5x1 switch). The blinking red light was annoying enough that I ended up covering them up with electrical tape.

    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.
    November 2, 2011


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