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Universal Screen Cleaner (Large Bottle) for LCD & Plasmas TV, all iPad, iPhone, Galaxy Tabs, and Smartphones
Cabernet Ultra Series Active High Speed HDMI Cable - 4K @ 60Hz, 18Gbps, 26AWG, YUV 4:2:0, CL2, 40ft, Black
Dimensions: 11" wide x 1.5" high x 5.75" deep.
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Important features this switch lacks:
No manual EDID management. A switch with manual EDID management lets you manually tell your source devices what the least common denominator of your displays is, for both audio and video. Why is this important? For several reasons. Say you have one TV that accepts Dolby Digital audio, but all your other TVS only will handle LPCM. With manual EDID management, you can manually send an EDID that forces all your sources to LPCM audio. This ensures the sources are sending signals that can be switched in a matrix scenario to all your displays. Another reason for manual EDID management is it makes switching sources faster, as the sources never know that anything has changed with the display. The source thinks the display is always connected. An alternative to manual EDID management would be for the switch to intelligently provide an "intersection" of all the EDIDs from your displays, and provide this least common denominator EDID to your sources. This switch does not even do this well. So, if your displays support different audio and resolutions, you will have problems with black screens and no audio.
No signal equalization/amplification. As I mentioned, HDMI does not handle weak signals well. This switch does not equalize or amplify the HDMI signal before it distributes it. So it basically is outputting weak HDMI signals. Depending on your cabling solution, you may or may not have issues with these weak signals. This is why it doesn't work with HDMI extenders over CAT5, because they also will weaken the signal further.
So will this switch work for me? Maybe. If you are:
- NOT using HDMI over CAT5 extenders
- All of your displays have the same audio/video capabilities
- Do not have extremely long cable runs
then it will probably work ok. It didn't work in my particular setup. I ended up buying a much more expensive switch that has the features this switch lacks and it solved every single issue I was having. I'm disappointed that Monoprice does not mention anything about how this switch handles (or does not handle) EDID in the item description. This is an important aspect of HDMI switching that the purchaser should understand up front. I had to figure out this on my own so I'm not happy with the purchase of this switch.
PROS: Metal chassis, inexpensive.
CONS: No manual EDID management, puts out weak HDMI signals.
Here are the 232 commands, working and tested. A regular null modem cable works (you can get at most electronic stores) female DB-9 on both ends. Baud is 9600, N, 8, 1
commands are simple (same as the commands for the 4x2 model) "X, NOT(X), d5, 7b"
X just goes from 0 to F as as you see below...
NOT is the byte opposite. So in hex, NOT(00) is FF
4 characters total (hex for all)
output 1: input 1 "00,ff,d5,7b"
input 2 "01,fe,d5,7b"
input 3 "02,fd,d5,7b"
input 4 "03,fc,d5,7b"
output2: input 1 "04,fb,d5,7b"
input 2 "05,fa,d5,7b"
input 3 "06,f9,d5,7b"
input 4 "07,f8,d5,7b"
output3: input 1 "08,f7,d5,7b"
input 2 "09,f6,d5,7b"
input 3 "0a,f5,d5,7b"
input 4 "0b,f4,d5,7b"
output4: input 1 "0c,f3,d5,7b"
input 2 "0d,f2,d5,7b"
input 3 "0e,f1,d5,7b"
input 4 "0f,f0,d5,7b"
**note, a regular null modem cable will NOT work with the computer software they provide, as the pinout of the cable they recommend is unusual and different. null modem cable works fine for home automation 232 control however. if you like, you can create a custom cable for the computer controlled software to work. this cable is pins 1-9 all straight through, except for pins 2 and 3 which are crossed. this custom cable will do both the 232 hom automation control, and their software.
ENJOY!! - Chris
In isolation, the extenders (PID 8201) worked great. As soon as you introduce this matrix switch, most would fail to keep a signal on the remote TV. Colors would blink out, lines would appear, audio would drop, etc. I had two of these switches for my master plan, so I was able to try them both. Same result. I had even used power adapters at both ends of the HDMI extenders, and that didn't help. I can plug in a cheap 1x2 HDMI splitter (I mean really cheap) and it handles the extenders just fine. This Matrix just did not want to work at all.
Monoprice tech support said "these switches are not rated to work with those extenders". Of course, this isn't printed anywhere. They suggested I use a different matrix that comes bundled with extenders, but those extenders require a separate receiver box that is ugly compared to the clean in-wall install of the 8201 product. Too late for me to return $200 of extenders that won't do what I want, but at least I can get store credit for the two matrix boxes.
I would strong advise that you do not count on this switch working with an extender. If it does, good for you. It appears they are just too flaky to rely on.
PROS: Nice look. Solid construction.
CONS: Does not appear to consistently work with any HDMI over CAT5e/6 Extenders.
Input 1 - motorola cable box dch6416
Input 2 - motorola cable box dh6416
Input 3 - Xbox 360
Input 4 - PS3
Output 1 - 75ft cat5-hdmi to samsung 46" dlp
Output 2 - 50ft hdmi to samsung 50" plasma
Output 3 - 50ft hdmi to pioneer 50" plasma
Output 4 - 30ft hdmi to pioneer 60" plasma
I'm controlling the matrix switcher with an mrf350 and every room has a mx850.
I have used 4 rooms at once switching sources around to see if the switcher would blackout a room or do something indicating a problem but this $156 switcher worked GREAT. The only thing is i wish i bought it a long time ago.
PROS: Cannot beat the price. Works great.
Flawless audio/video. No flickering, or hesitation. RS232 control.
CONS: No complaints from me at this point. So far 100% satisfied.
Any cons would be nit picking. I got what i expected plus some:)
HDMI Input 2 gets a Blu-ray player.
HDMI Input 3 gets a Roku player.
Outputs A,B,C, and D are connected to four 7.1 channel receivers, which in turn feed various TVs.
If outputs A, B, and C all select Input 2 (the Blu-ray player), output D cannot select Input 3 (the Roku player). The swapped input selection is also true (if A,B, and C are watching the Roku, output D cannot watch the Blu-ray player). I did not have time to analyze all the blocked paths in this switch, but there are more that exist.
In my case above, I was able to find a working non-blocked configuration:
HDMI Input 1 gets the Blu-ray player.
HDMI Input 3 gets the Roku player.
In this case, inputs A,B,C and D can select either input independently.
This is pretty sneaky behavior, and it took me hours and hours of debug time to finally nail what was going on. Hence the low rating.
PROS: Inexpensive, easy to install, and multiple control options (IR, RS-232).
CONS: This switch is not have fully independent switching.
PROS: When the box is working, does what is advertised.
CONS: Poor AC-DC adapter reliability. I have had two failures in the year and a half I have owned the unit.
Last night one input couldn't be seen from any output. By this morning, no inputs worked.
Power On-Off didn't help and the unit was unresponsive to the front panel controls.
Ordered another one. I'll be happy if it lasts the same 4+ years.
PROS: Worked well. RIP. Will purchase another one.
CONS: Wish it had separate on-off codes
PROS: Works perfectly. I bought this switch to replace a 5 year old one that had failed. The old switch cost 4 times the price of the new one and had quirks from day one including intermittent audio and slow handshaking. The Monoprice switch works flawlessly. I’m using it to connect 4 televisions to 2 PVRs and a BlueRay. Two of the connected cables are 30 feet long but still no problem.
CONS: None so far.
1. Media Center PC
2. Xbox 360
1. Panasonic TH-50PZ700U
2. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U
3. Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
- Ram Electronics HDMI Elite Series, 3 @ 40'
PROS: 4x4 for under $200. Awesome price.
Discrete IR codes for all possible source/input combinations.
Picture quality looks just as good as without it in the middle.
CONS: No discrete "Off" command. So you can't program your remote macro to turn the whole thing off for sure.
Either it, my extender, or Onkyo receiver had trouble communicating "off" state