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HDBaseT 4x4 HDMI Matrix Switch and Receivers
Monoprice is a proud member of the HDBaseT Alliance
Take complete control over all of your video subsystems with this HDBaseT™ 4x4 HDMI® Matrix Switch kit from Monoprice!
The heart of this kit is a 4x4 Matrix Switch, which allows you to route signals from any of the four video inputs to any or all of the four video outputs, in any combination. The Matrix can be controlled using the included Remote or a PC via an RS232 serial connection and the included app.
In addition to the switching functions, this Matrix is also a video extender using the HDBaseT standard. HDBaseT is the superior standard for extending HDMI video signals to distances up to 100 meters over just a single Cat6 Ethernet cable (up to 70 meters using Cat5e cable). Additionally, it can be daisy chained up to 8 times, giving a maximum total extension distance of up to 800 meters!
The HDBaseT standard also provides for the transmission of infrared remote control signals and 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet (100Mbps) network traffic. The network connection is input to the Matrix and is distributed to each receiver of the same Cat6 cable that carries the video and IR signals. Each receiver includes a 2-port Ethernet switch for direct connection to network aware equipment or connection to a larger switch for local distribution.
This system provides a minimum data transfer rate of 6.75Gbps, which means that it supports High Speed 1080p and 3D video signals, as well as high definition multichannel audio, including Dolby TrueHD™ and DTS-HD Master Audio™. The kit includes everything you need to get up and running except the Ethernet cable. While it will function using Cat5e, we highly recommend using Cat6 or even Cat7 cables for best results.
- Supports 1080p and 3D video modes
- Supports high definition, 7.1-channel audio, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
- Distributes any input to any output
- Extend up to 100 meters using Cat6 cable (up to 70m using Cat5e)
- Can be mounted in a 19" rack (mounting hardware included)
- Supports forward or backward IR extension
- Supports minimum 6.75Gbps data transmission rate
- Supports HDCP v1.2
- Includes instructions and app for RS232 control
- Includes IR remote control
- Supports Deep Color up to 36-bits (12-bits/channel)
- Supports x.v.Color™
- Can be daisy chained 8 times for a maximum extension distance of 800 meters
- Extends 100Base-TX 100Mpbs network traffic
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.
- 1x HDBaseT 4x4 matrix
- 4x HDBaseT receivers
- 2x Rack mount ears
- 8x Mounting screws
- 1x 12V/5A AC adapter
- 1x AC power cord (polarized NEMA 1-15 to IEC 60320 C8 connector)
- 4x 5V/2A AC adapters
- 1x Remote control
- 1x CR2025 battery
- 4x IR transmitters
- 4x IR receivers
- 1x Utility CD
- 1x User's manual
|Video Inputs||4x HDMI®|
|Video Outputs||4x HDMI|
|HDCP Support||version 1.2|
|Data Transfer Rate||2.25Gbps per channel (6.75Gbps total)|
|Supported Resolutions||480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720, 1080i, 1080p|
|Supported Audio Formats||LPCM, Dolby® AC3, Dolby TrueHD™, DTS®, DTS-HD Master Audio™|
|Input Cable Length||Up to 16 feet (5 meters)|
|Output Cable Length||Up to 328 feet (100 meters) using Cat6|
|Deep Color Support||Up to 12-bits per channel (36-bits total)|
|Supported IR Frequencies||38 ~ 60 kHz|
|Operating Temperature Range||+5 ~ +131°F (-15 ~ +55°C)|
|Operating Humidity Range||5 ~ 90% RH (no condensation)|
- User's Manual (Jan 15, 2014)
- Specification Sheet (Jul 30, 2014)
- RS232 Control Application for Windows (Jan 30, 2013)
HDBaseT™ and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance.
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.
x.v.Color™ is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
DTS® is a registered trademark and the DTS logos, Symbol, DTS-HD™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are trademarks of DTS, Inc.
Dolby® and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby TrueHD™ is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
What's more is that I tested connecting one matrix to another matrix. I hooked one output from Matrix 1 into the input of Matrix 2. This way, Matrix 2 could take on even more outputs. This was my low cost way of connecting more than 4 outputs instead of buying an 8x8 matrix. This actually worked and the source connected to Matrix 1 passed A/V out to the input of Matrix 2 and then Matrix 2 output this to the TV connected to Matrix 2. So: Source to Matrix1-Input1 to Matrix1-Output1 to Matrix2-Input1 to Matrix2-Output2 to TV. It works!
The main caveat that people should know is that this matrix does not do EDID management. The output will be the lowest common denominator for all outputs. For example, if you have a TV which can only support 2 channel audio and a receiver that can support 5.1 channel audio, and both of these are receiving A/V from the same input, the input will only output 2 channel audio. The matrix will not be able to output 2 channel audio to the TV and 5.1 to the receiver because it can only output the same to both outputs. This should also be true for video resolution, it can only output the lowest common denominator for all outputs. If you are fine with this then this matrix works fine. If you need one input to simultaneously output to two different outputs having different A/V formats, then you will need a more expensive switch which can do EDID management.
PROS: Low cost, controllable through IP via app & RS232
CONS: No EDID management
CONS: Unit fails.
1. A Motorola based Comcast HD Set Top Box
2. An HDMI Output from a Denon AVR-3312CI, which has first been relayed through a Monoprice 1X4 w Cat5 out Splitter. This run brings the Denon output to my Node Zero Utility Room where the switch is located. Denon's attached sources include a Sony BluRay player, Sony 995 400 disc DVD changer, Vintage Pioneer laser Disc player and a Mitsubishi VCR. Too, the Denon's sources include the HDMI output from an Onkyo NR 626, the output of which, has been fed to the Denon though a Monoprice 2X4 Switch from another room.
3. A Samsung Ipolis Surveillance DVR output is connected after having its VGA output Scaled to 1080P
4. Finally an Apple TV device is connected to the fourth port.
All of this works flawlessly with excellent sparkle free 1080P performance at my four sink locations.
A word about my run lengths is in order here, I happen to own a Time Domain Reflectometer(TDR) with which I was able measure the lengths of each of my Cat5e cable runs. These turned out to be between 90 to 130 feet. And my in house cable plant is wired with 568A throughout. Note that all manufacturers of HDBaseT recommend 568B cable plants and that it is claimed that there is a length penalty for using 568A. It's therefore good to have an idea of your distances and wiring format.
Now regarding IR, I had some initial difficulties which turned out to be due to my lack of understanding of just how the IR TX/RX's worked. After some false starts and some further understanding, I am happy to report that all my sources are being suitably IR controlled.
Let me point out that three of my sources are Network devices(Denon AVR-3312, Onkyo 626 and AppleTV) As such, these devices can be controlled by Ipad/Iphone Apps, in addition to IR.
PROS: Excellent performance as a 4x4 HDBaseT Matrix switch.
Very good proactive Support from Monoprice Techs.
Meets all my requirements for the matrix
CONS: Proper use of the IR transmitters can be a bit confusing. This is a possible user shortfall and not a problem/defect with the switch.
Everything about the 10682 is fairly straightforward. Plug and play, basically. One of the bonuses is that you only need a single cat5e (or greater) to each TV. Seems to work well, switches inputs WAY faster than the 8151. It feels like a clunky $30 chinese piece of electronic hardware. The front panel buttons are so "loose" that they all point in slightly different directions. It doesn't affect function, but -1 for fit&finish. I'm not sure how this product can command 5X the cost of the 8151. Perhaps there is a HDbaseT licensing fee? Not sure.
Anyhow, the only real functional bugger is that the individual receiver boxes are very sensitive to the position of the cat5e input cable. That is to say if you tuck the box up behind your wall mount TV and put any sideways strain on the cat5e input cable/plug, the entire show comes to a halt. Not only will that specific TV not handshake, but it also caused intermittent video loss at my other TVs. So, if the 10682 isn't working, just make sure there is no sideways strain on the input cables. This single little factoid took about two days and a few tech support chats to figure out, so hopefully it saves somebody some time!
PROS: Actually works. Finally. I came from the infamous 8151, and this unit is an upgrade.... which it should be, considering it's 5x more expensive. Fast switching between input signals.
CONS: Cost. Input cable position sensitivity.
PROS: Good price. Good video and audio.
CONS: 2 units failed in 13 months. Poor user documentation.
Must say that this unit is very nice, all the tvs sync so there isn't noticeable audio sync issues between the rooms with TVs.
This is very nice for parties and other entertaining, as I can start music videos or interesting visualizations and it works out very nice.
PROS: Great for the money, no problems with signal/quality of audio/video
CONS: Had a receiver die, but they replaced it quickly.
PROS: Inexpensive compared to other options
CONS: Control over IP is not available outside of the included software
PROS: Cost effective and very easy to setup. Does exactly what you'd expect it to
CONS: As pointed out in previous posts, it downscales audio functionality and video resolution to the lowest available on the sourced outputs
So far, I'm quite impressed with this new unit. I suppose time will tell. It does everything I ask of it. Having two 100-meg LAN connections at the far end is a nice touch. You can hook up a streaming device or a PC or something without running an extra cable.
Be mindful of turning the matrix switch off when you're not actually watching TV. If the unit is left on for more than a few hours (8-12 I'd guess) it has an internal fan that really kicks into high gear and makes quite a racket. I guess it's good that it has that measure to protect itself from overheating, but it would have been nice for Monoprice to have designed a quieter cooling solution for it.
Overall, while this unit is incredibly expensive, it seems to do what it was designed for, so it gets a thumbs up from me. Rest assured if it ever craps out on me like my 8151s did, I'll be back here to let you know!
PROS: Works as advertised. No cut outs or distortion. Nice having two LAN connections.
CONS: Loud fan if left on for a while. No way to switch inputs at remote end.
PROS: It works well so far
CONS: I am not able to highlight the rs-232 commands on the pdf. I really don't want to manually type each one out. Their is a lot of chance for error not to mention the pain in the ass.