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HDMI solution - should I consider a splitter?

DennisG Avatar
2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
My current TV has 3 HDMI inputs.

I have a HTPC which gets regular use,
a cable box which has occasional use,
a PS3 used rarely
and now a chrome cast, now tv and apple tv which don't get used enough for the fact that I don't have enough inputs and changing them is fiddly.

I've looked into hubs - came across this thing on ebay - 5 ports for less than a tenner.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-PORT-HDMI-Switch-Switcher-Selector-Splitter-Hub-iR-Remote-1080p-For-HDTV-PS3-/320914574958
I'm also a little concerned that they talk about issues with powering devices. apart from the chrome cast and its USB power requirements, are there any concerns with the other devices I've listed?

are they any good? is there any degradation in quality? is there an alternative/better solution?
as always, any advice and guidance is hugely appreciated.
DennisG Avatar
2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#1
I use this switch. It represented the best price/review ratio at the time and it still seems to do so now.

It gets its power from the devices you connect - I use it with a HTPC, a PS3 and a gaming PC. All those devices provide enough power for it to work flawlessly - it automatically 'switches' to the right device when you turn it on, or there's a button to cycle through manually.

I know for a fact that neither the Chromecast nor the ATV work with these switches, but you could connect the Chromecast and ATV to HDMI inputs 2 and 3 on the TV, and the switch with the HTPC, cable box and PS3 to HDMI input 1 and everything should work fine.

I know they've sold loads and have good feedback, but I'd recommend looking on Amazon since you can get a much better idea of how well the product works through the more detailed reviews. Also free next-day delivery with Prime trial (with non-Prime accounts£9.99 items also have their delivery charge waived even though they're under £10)

There's not really an easier way, but there won't be any degradation in quality (HDMI is digital). If there were problems, they'd be in the form of flickering and obvious problems like this one:

http://www.gamerguides.co.uk/temp/elgato-into-intensity-pro-amarec-capture.jpg

It wouldn't just be reduced clarity or dull colours as was the case with analogue signals.

Edited By: josephmccowie on Jun 30, 2014 23:27
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josephmccowie
I use this switch. It represented the best price/review ratio at the time and it still seems to do so now.

It gets its power from the devices you connect - I use it with a HTPC, a PS3 and a gaming PC. All those devices provide enough power for it to work flawlessly - it automatically 'switches' to the right device when you turn it on, or there's a button to cycle through manually.

I know for a fact that neither the Chromecast nor the ATV work with these switches, but you could connect the Chromecast and ATV to HDMI inputs 2 and 3 on the TV, and the switch with the HTPC, cable box and PS3 to HDMI input 1 and everything should work fine.

I know they've sold loads and have good feedback, but I'd recommend looking on Amazon since you can get a much better idea of how well the product works through the more detailed reviews. Also free next-day delivery with Prime trial (with non-Prime accounts£9.99 items also have their delivery charge waived even though they're under £10)

There's not really an easier way, but there won't be any degradation in quality (HDMI is digital). If there were problems, they'd be in the form of flickering and obvious problems like this one:

http://www.gamerguides.co.uk/temp/elgato-into-intensity-pro-amarec-capture.jpg

It wouldn't just be reduced clarity or dull colours as was the case with analogue signals.


I've got a similar one to that for either £2.50 or £3.50 off eBay
Does the job perfectly
#4

Probably made in the same Chinese factory but with different branding put on it X)
#5
Got this one which I think is better as it does not need an additional HDMI cable and the ports are lined up to make cable management easier. Auto switches fine (even with a Chromecast) though there is a manual button too

Edited By: tallpete33 on Jul 01, 2014 12:05
#6
Thanks guys.
Don't know which two people down voted the first answer but it was full of useful info.

Went for this for now at £1.88
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330683306579

Will be a little frustrated if it doesn't support Apple TV and/or Chromecast because I want the TV's 2 spare sockets to be used by the devices that constitute 90% of my use.

Also curious as to whether the fact that these are HMDI v1.3 will have an effect on performance at all? Assuming not.
#7
DennisG
Thanks guys.
Don't know which two people down voted the first answer but it was full of useful info.

Went for this for now at £1.88
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330683306579

Will be a little frustrated if it doesn't support Apple TV and/or Chromecast because I want the TV's 2 spare sockets to be used by the devices that constitute 90% of my use.

Also curious as to whether the fact that these are HMDI v1.3 will have an effect on performance at all? Assuming not.


The one I have works with the rasberry pi, not sure about your devices.
The one you ordered is from Hong Kong, may take a long time to arrive if you needed it in a hurry
#8
update
The splitter arrived - only about a week from HK is probably a record for the countless items I've ordered from there

It worked with chromecast but not apple TV.
with a bit of jigging around, I will be able to connect all devices but not quite in the manner I would like to.
having too many hdmi devices = FWP

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