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Topic # 205472 14-Nov-2016 20:16
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Hi all. I have run out of hdmi inputs on my reciever and am hoping someone can enlighten me on switches as I have read about them but have had no practical knowledge of them.

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  Reply # 1670994 14-Nov-2016 20:56
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Any need for 4K, or just 1080p?




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  Reply # 1670996 14-Nov-2016 20:57
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Well a new TV is on the cards so imagine I will probably go 4k.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1670998 14-Nov-2016 20:58
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Options on 1080p would be helpful tho.

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  Reply # 1671027 14-Nov-2016 21:53
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Not local but I purchased two of these from Amazon and only ever used one of them, it always worked seamlessly, only supports 1080p however: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EO1GMNU/ref=pe_385040_30332190_TE_M3T1_ST1_dp_1

 

I suspect the key is just making sure that they're compatible from a technical perspective (max resolution, HDCP etc.), otherwise they should all do the job OK.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1671032 14-Nov-2016 22:03
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I just have a cheap Transonic 4-to-1 I picked up for $10 in the clearance bin at The Warehouse several years ago - the only Transonic device that hasn't let me down. It works fine at Full HD 1920x1080 and auto switches in the priority order you connect.

 

There are lots on TradeMe as cheap as $15 including shipping.

 

HDMI switches on Trade Me

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1671115 15-Nov-2016 09:22
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I have 4 of these. IR reciever is on a wire so can have them stuffed down behind all the consoles and stuff, and I have one of the left of the TV and one on the right so I can change them by aiming the remote at the IR reciever for the one I want to change.

 

USB powered, but I find its not needed. LEDs are stupid bright so some black electrical tape is needed to cover them.





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  Reply # 1671165 15-Nov-2016 10:00
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@freitasm: A link on this page is stuffing the layout.

 

 





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  Reply # 1671169 15-Nov-2016 10:02
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My HDMI switches are the cheapest I could find on Aliexpress. They have always worked perfectly for me at 1080p and still do. 

 

 





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  Reply # 1671444 15-Nov-2016 16:07
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Depends what you are trying to achieve.

 

If you don't need 4K now then I would suggest just getting one of the cheap as chips 1080p models. Given how little they cost, you won't have lost much if you decide to replace it with a 4K one later.

 

Depending on your setup and use cases, it might also be worth paying extra to get a proper matrix splitter. 4x2 matrix splitters aren't that expensive in the scheme of things, and let you route any input to either or both of two outputs. Which is handy if you (say) might want to use an HDMI-over-ethernet solution to route your Sky box or other video source to a bedroom telly as well as the main telly. Also handy if you want the ability to route inputs to a capture device as well as the telly without swapping cables.




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  Reply # 1672084 16-Nov-2016 14:24
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Thank you all for your helpful replies. I will look at getting a cheap 1080p one for now and see how that goes with my setup.

 

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