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Switch for "1 to 2" HDMI?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by JimDillon1, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. JimDillon1

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    I've got 2 HD TVs set up for HDMI attachment to my ViP722. One main one in the living room and one downstairs in the workout room. I have a 12 foot HDMI cable strung to the downstairs unit. The problem is I've been unable to find a "1 to 2" HDMI switch. All the HDMI switches I've found enable multiple perpherals to attach to one TV, (eg "2 to 1" or "3 to 1"), but not visa versa.

    Currently I'm manually plugging and unplugging the HDMI cables into a "2 to 1" switch, but I'm afraid of plug fatigue over the long term. Does anyone have knowledge of a good (and reasonalby priced) "1 to 2" HDMI switch?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Bill R

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    Jim,

    What you are looking for is called a HDMI distribution amp. There are a few companies that sell them but they are not cheap. MCM Electronics (http://www.mcmelectronics.com) sells a 1 x 2 model (that is what you need) for $99.95. The part number is 33-10540. You might be able to get one cheaper by searching the net.
     
  3. E91

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    I'm sure you've thought of this, but since all the outputs on the VIP722 are hot at the same time, you could get a high def signal using component cables on the set that is closest to the receiver.
     
  4. digital223

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    Although I would like one, I do not own an A/V Receiver, and have not researched them.
    I do know their rear panels have mutilple HDMI inputs....but not sure if there are multiple HDMI out. Assuming there was could the Jimdillon1 [original post] send HD content from his VIP722 to both of his tv's via the A/V receiver ?
     
  5. E91

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    I can't speak for all receivers, but I know that Harmon Kardons have multiple inputs and only one HDMI output.
     
  6. BattleZone

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    I am aware most A/V receivers have only 1 HDMI output...........
    But I stated, assume there were multiple HDMI outputs would it send hd content to both TV's.
     
  8. E91

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    Sorry I misunderstood!

    Isn't HDMI output always capable of HD content?
     
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  10. BattleZone

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    No degradation in PQ; that's one of the benefits of a digital signal, but it's also why you need a splitter with active electronics.
     
  11. E91

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    Thanks! This is very useful information to know.
     
  12. JimDillon1

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    Thanks for all the great insight.... very active forum, glad to have joined. I added a signiture with my configuration as some were guessing when the advice was given.

    1) With the Onkyo I only have one HDMI output, so no dice there.
    2) On the component out suggestion - I do have BlueRay / 1080p capability so I really want to maintain that with HDMI (I've heard component out is not full 1080p - true?)

    I think I'm going to bite the bullet and spend the $100 on a proper switch. Thanks all for your advice!
     
  13. JimDillon1

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    Thanks Cmnore! Just ordered the splitter you recommended for $67.
     
  14. Cmnore

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    Congrats!
     
  15. E91

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    We had discussed the component/1080p issue in another thread. I don't personally have any relevant experience but other posters here (who obviously know more than I do) believe that component is capable of 1080p.

    For me, the switch is still a great idea because running an HDMI cable into another room is far easier than running the three jacks for a component along with a toslink for sound.
     
  16. JimDillon1

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    http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...01&cp_id=10113

    WARNING!!! Careful when buying the above splitter. It seemed to have serious incompatibilities with my setup. I connect the 722 and my PS3 though the Onkyo SR605, then to the splitter and then to the two TVs. Weird results - the PS3 worked fine while the 722 output to both TVs was wacked... the output to the Sony did not work at all, the output to the Toshiba was missing audio.

    I did notice that the switch is HDMI 1.2a, and I probably should have made sure it was 1.3a compatible. Both the Onkyo and PS3 are 1.3a compatible, I have been unable to find the HDMI version for the 722. (however, should not the HDMIs been backward compatible?).

    Anyway, I'm returning this and looking now for an HDMI 1.3a compliant splitter. I'll let you know what I find.
     
  17. lujan

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    I haven't had good luck with splitters of any type. You don't get any of the new audio formats with the splitters (such as TrueHD, DTS HD Master, etc.). I also had trouble getting plain old DD 5.1 with an HDMI splitter. I now connect one TV via component and the other via HDMI.
     
  18. E91

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    Thanks for posting this information, Jim. Very, very helpful.
     
  19. Bill R

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    I still say that you should get a HDMI distribution amp. They work in a lot of situations where splitters won't.
     

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