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Anyone has sucess using a HDMI splitter with the HR21?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by CountryBumKin, Feb 20, 2008.

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  1. CountryBumKin

    CountryBumKin Mentor

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    I want to split the HDMI output of the HR21-200 so one feed would go through my Onkyo 705 and out to my TVs HDMI input #4 (for movies with 7.1 sound) and the other feed would go directly to my TV's HDMI input #5 (for times when I just want to watch TV without turning on the Onkyo). Then I can just use my remote to select Watch TV or Watch Movie and the remote turns on the appropriate devices and switches between the TVs HDMI inputs.

    I bought a HDMI (1.3) splitter from monoprice which was advertized as allowing one input (i.e. DVD) to feed two sources (i.e. two Monitors). The problem is that when I hook up the two feeds from the splitter I get no picture from either output. If I unhook one feed, I will get a picture.

    Is there a HDMI splitter that will do what I want? Has anyone doen this? Perhaps I need a splitter that actually switches between the two outputs. If this is the solution, I need a splitter that can be controlled by my (Harmony) remote. Any advise or recommendation is appreciated.
     
  2. jodyguercio

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    I dont know about a splitter but I saw an add for Parts Express that has an actual HDMI switch for around $80 that should work for you a little better.
     
  3. InterMurph

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    I don't think an "HDMI splitter" makes any sense.

    HDMI is a 2-way protocol; for example, the HR21 sends messages to your TV, and the TV sends messages back. The devices use these messages to negotiate resolution, refresh rate, progressive-vs.-interlaced, etc.

    A splitter would mean that your HR21 would send messages to two TVs, and receive messages back from two TVs. If those two TVs don't agree on the same parameters, it just wouldn't work.

    A zero-cost solution would be to use HDMI on one TV, and component video on the other. I believe your HR21 came with a component video cable.
     
  4. jodyguercio

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    But what if you only have one tv on at a time? A splitter would work just fine, as the HR21 would only be receiving the one message back. I am doing this exact thing with a tv on my patio and in my MBR and HDMI to both as component isnt a viable option.
     
  5. dave29

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    monoprice has a 4x2 matrix switcher to feed 2 devices
     
  6. Hansen

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    You will need to use a HDMI switch. Monoprice has several on their website. Here's a link to one that handles HDMI 1.3b (that will give you some future proofing should you go with a blu-ray that passes the 1.3b codecs to your AV receiver). http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=4088&seq=1&format=2 It runs about 39 dollars and has IR capability so you can program the macros in your Harmony to switch it. As noted by Dave29 there are also some others where you can have to HDMI sources coming in and switch between those as well as which one it is outputing. These are matrix HDMI switches.
     
  7. chicagojim

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    I actually am selling HDMI accessories. (switches, extenders, converters, etc).



    On the low end, a splitter won't work because of the signaling.


    And $80 for a switch is expensive. :D
     
  8. dave29

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    depends on the switch, it would be a good price for a 5x1 or a matrix switch
     
  9. joed32

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    I bought the splitter from monoprice and it was $99 at the time. It worked OK as long as one TV was off but I didn't like the picture so I returned it and got their cheap 1x2 manual switch. Works great except that I have to get up to switch,I was too cheap to buy the 1x4 with remote. Another thing I learned later is that you can turn it around and use it as a 2x1. I think you will always lose some signal with a splitter.
     
  10. flipptyfloppity

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    I don't think the splitter will work because the HR21 and TV use HDCP. HDCP prevents signal splitting by design.
     
  11. techm8n

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    I'm using a Digiview 5-Port HDMI switch with my HR21 and PS3 to my Samsung 50" Plasma TV. And control it with my Harmony 890 Remote.
     
  12. CountryBumKin

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    Thanks for the tip (and the link). I purchased the switch. I'll post back and let everyone know how it works.
    C Bumkin
     
  13. ultrablu

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    I have the HR21 as well. I am able to watch my TV with the amp off by simply connecting the HDMI directly to the TV and using an optical cable hooked directly to my receiver. When you want to watch movies with full surround (just turn the audio of your TV off when you want to listen to your amp. and switch the amp to the appropriate output) As far as 7.1 is concerned, the HR 21 will only transmit 5.1. therefore, your HDMI out is pretty much useless (from an audio standpoint), however, once and only once I did have an audio synch. issue (hdmi could theoretically eliminate audio synch issues). There are no Directv movies anywhere that are or will be in the near future in 7.1.... I picked up a good Phillips toslink at Sams for about 10 bucks.
     
  14. marksman

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    With the signal being completely digital, I am not sure why you would be seeing a degradation of quality using a splitter.

    It is not like the signal is weaker, it is either there or not. There can be potential processing issues, I don't know enough about what a HDMI switch does, although I have one, and have no problems with it. I just know that signal does not degrade like an analog signal.
     
  15. btmoore

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    Wrong and wrong.

    Yes HDMI implements HDCP which is a 2 way protocol that requires negoication. The HDMI/HDCP spec allows for HDMI/HDCP compliant Distribuation Amps/ Splitters and Matrix switcher to allow for multiple displays from one source. The problem is the standard is so convoluted and there are so many vendors who fail to implement the standards correctly (or maybe they are doing it correctly and the standard is too broken) it is a crap shoot if it will work at all. Component video is a much better choice to do distribution because the equipment just works.
     
  16. btmoore

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    Being Digital has nothing to do with it, it has to be with being digital and a parallel transmission media, which all has to do with starting with a bad standard (dvi) and then making it worse (HDMI), both standards only a committee could love. One of the fatal flaws is HDMI runs in parallel not serial, a little inconsistent in run can have a big impact on if the color signal bits show up at the same time with each other along with the clock staying in sync with those bits. I know, it is a bit complex, but trust me at these clock speeds this bits can get out of order very easily. If the morons who forced these standards on us used a serial digital standard as the baseline like HD-SDI you would of be able to run digital video for hundreds of feet using standard BNC connectors :bang
     
  17. 996911

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    Tobacco...
    Here is what I use. I have the HDMI signal come out of the HR20 and into the 2x2 and then 2 signals out. I have one signal run to my plasma above the fireplace and the other through the wall to the master bedroom. Both runs are roughly 15' and the signal is flawless and has been for over a year. I frequently have both TV's on a the same time so if I am cleaning or something and walking between living and master rooms I have the same program running.

    http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=2757

    FYI....this is a switcher. You have 2 inputs and 2 outputs. I have HR20 and BluRay in and Plasma1 and Plasma2 out. This is also a good solution if you only have 1 HDMI input on your TV so you can now have 2!
     
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