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I've bought a Chrome cast a while ago and was looking for a way to connect it to my basic TV which has only 1 HDMI port along with my PS3. This is a cheap yet not a bad solution. The best thing about these HDMI ports are the auto detection feature. For example when the PS3 is off, it is automatically casting the Chrome device and when you turn on the PS3 it switches back to that and when you turn it off it will cast on Chrome again. THere is also a button on it for if it failed to switch automatically.
I've tried to post an ebay version of this earlier, but it was removed by HUKD, however you can get it cheaper on ebay for £1.88 (which I did myself and received it within 10 days). I will put a link off ebay too and decision is yours which one to choose from.

The product feature are as below (copy and paste)

Original Betron Product *** Auto switches smartly between up to 3 HDMI sources to one high definition display . Support 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 4k
3D support, NO LOSS Full HD quality. Highly compatible with std HDMI devices. Manual switch override, Self-powering via HDMI. Supports upto 25m cable lengths each side. Ultra compact design (5cm by 5cm). 24K Gold-plated connector plug contactsHDMI v1.4(Latest/fastest spec). HDCP compliant. Fully HDMI Certified. RoHS & CE approved
One OUTPUT port and three IN port. Easy operation
Item weight: 45g
100% Brand new & high quality . Full satisfaction Guaranteed. 30 days money back guarantee, LifeTime Warranty

Amazon link credits to donslibi (thanks :) )
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I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

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ebay link for v1.3 @ £1.88: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330683306579

I've bought this one and is working fine, don't really think there is any difference between the both.

Edited By: mixmixi on Jul 20, 2014 23:17: update
#2
Really nice kit, I have one for the pi, dvd and occasionally connecting my phone to the TV, auto switch really convenient.
#3
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
6 Likes #4
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I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?
#5
OP - I take it this is the deal I posted on your earlier post that got removed? Would be decent to give credit where due.
1 Like #6
donslibi
OP - I take it this is the deal I posted on your earlier post that got removed? Would be decent to give credit where due.

Updated mate, sorry if I missed earlier, they removed the link and I had no way finding out who put the amazon link in comments.
#7
Just bought one, perfect for my needs
#8
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.
#9
Would love to know why the massive price difference between 5 port and 8 port
#10
mixmixi

I don't think that one supports 3D, also says supports HDMI 1.3b not v1.4.
#11
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Linky

'Impedance Match:
HDMI is based on a 100 ohm (differential) impedance. It is imperative that the switch be optimized to match this characteristic impedance. Any imperfections of the board layout will cause “reflections” which degrades signal transmission to the HD monitor. Think of “reflections” as signals that are lost between the inputs to the output. Utilizing careful RF and Microwave layout techniques minimizes these reflections'


Edited By: reddit on Jul 20, 2014 17:45
#12
Wonder if you could stack these to run another 3 port from another 3 port effectively giving you a 5 port
1 Like #13
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
http://tobidornot.com/wp-uploads/photo/hdmi-switch-3-port-3d-support.jpg
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

It's because the torrent was DVDRIP ;)


Edited By: iceman85 on Jul 20, 2014 17:54
#14
Thanks op.....ordered for my impending delivery of a chrome cast. My Tv only has 2 hdmi's and both used with Xbox and Wii U.
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josephmccowie
willww
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I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Linky

'Impedance Match:
HDMI is based on a 100 ohm (differential) impedance. It is imperative that the switch be optimized to match this characteristic impedance. Any imperfections of the board layout will cause “reflections” which degrades signal transmission to the HD monitor. Think of “reflections” as signals that are lost between the inputs to the output. Utilizing careful RF and Microwave layout techniques minimizes these reflections'


Contents of the link are from someone who clearly wishes to use 100 words when 10 will do in an attempt to make it sound as if they know what they are talking about, and if your being factually correct, the impedance issue is only relevant when transmitting the HDMI signal over long distances and gets brought up in the HDMI vs CAT5e cabling argument (when long distances are required, usually when kitting out pubs etc).
As mentioned, HDMI in its simplest form is either a 0 or 1. Its digital, so the switcher unless made of kitkat wrappers and cardboard will not effect the signal in any way. 5volts is a 1, with 0v being, well, a 0 ! In reality, its only when the voltage drops to roughly 4 to 4.4v that the 1 may be interpreted as a zero, hence the signal loss over long cables despite the signal being digital.

Although no doubt some smart ar$e will find a link somewhere that totally disproves this and shows how a perpetual motion machine gives free energy.......
#16
reddit
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Linky

'Impedance Match:
HDMI is based on a 100 ohm (differential) impedance. It is imperative that the switch be optimized to match this characteristic impedance. Any imperfections of the board layout will cause “reflections” which degrades signal transmission to the HD monitor. Think of “reflections” as signals that are lost between the inputs to the output. Utilizing careful RF and Microwave layout techniques minimizes these reflections'


Yep indeed this can happen. The actual signal going along the cable can degrade depending on the quality of the hardware along the path - cable or switchbox, splitter, whatever.

HOWEVER if the signal is still good enough by the time it has reached your monitor or TV that it can still show a picture then there is *NO* difference. It's a digital signal, if the TV can render the picture then it has reached the TV. If there are problems with the signal reaching the TV good enough that the TV can display it, you will know about it.

There is a small side case where certain monitor/TV back-end hardware might not be quite so uniform at delivering error-free vs error-corrected frames to the front-end that displays it, but I think this is gonna be extremely minor such that most people won't notice and a fringe case. If you get a picture you get a picture.

(I should say when I say "this can happen" I'm referring to the impedance bit, not the softening of the picture bit!)

Edited By: tin on Jul 20, 2014 18:27
#17
reddit
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Linky

'Impedance Match:
HDMI is based on a 100 ohm (differential) impedance. It is imperative that the switch be optimized to match this characteristic impedance. Any imperfections of the board layout will cause “reflections” which degrades signal transmission to the HD monitor. Think of “reflections” as signals that are lost between the inputs to the output. Utilizing careful RF and Microwave layout techniques minimizes these reflections'


Obviously you may see huge artefacts and flickering with a poorly shielded cable or a budget cable over a long distance.

There is no degradation of signal that would be observable as a not-as-sharp picture, or not-so-vivid colours.

Your original post is garbage as the picture would be identical or unusable. It wouldn't just be 'not quite as good'.



Edited By: josephmccowie on Jul 20, 2014 18:27
#18
Also - what I actually came here to say - this is the excact same switchbox that Tesco sell for £23.50 ;)
#19
josephmccowie
reddit
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Linky

'Impedance Match:
HDMI is based on a 100 ohm (differential) impedance. It is imperative that the switch be optimized to match this characteristic impedance. Any imperfections of the board layout will cause “reflections” which degrades signal transmission to the HD monitor. Think of “reflections” as signals that are lost between the inputs to the output. Utilizing careful RF and Microwave layout techniques minimizes these reflections'


Obviously you may see huge artefacts and flickering with a poorly shielded cable or a budget cable over a long distance.

There is no degradation of signal that would be observable as a not-as-sharp picture, or not-so-vivid colours.

Your original post is garbage as the picture would be identical or unusable. It wouldn't just be 'not quite as good'.



You are completely missing the point but as you choose to be offensive with your remarks, there is no point in even attempting debate.
#20
I've had one of these since about 2007 when my TV had just one HDMI port.

Still going strong, although I don't use it. Great bit of kit for the price.
#21
Good to see it back in stock, ordered to replace an older cheapo one that has sound issues from interference occasionally
#22
Needed one of these for my eldest son's room.
Cheers.
#23
reddit
josephmccowie
reddit
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Linky

'Impedance Match:
HDMI is based on a 100 ohm (differential) impedance. It is imperative that the switch be optimized to match this characteristic impedance. Any imperfections of the board layout will cause “reflections” which degrades signal transmission to the HD monitor. Think of “reflections” as signals that are lost between the inputs to the output. Utilizing careful RF and Microwave layout techniques minimizes these reflections'


Obviously you may see huge artefacts and flickering with a poorly shielded cable or a budget cable over a long distance.

There is no degradation of signal that would be observable as a not-as-sharp picture, or not-so-vivid colours.

Your original post is garbage as the picture would be identical or unusable. It wouldn't just be 'not quite as good'.



You are completely missing the point but as you choose to be offensive with your remarks, there is no point in even attempting debate.

Can't hear you over my HTPC setup which looks and sounds perfect with the cheapest HDMI cables I could find...
#24
excellent!!! cheers!!
#25
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Clearly it is possible. It depends what he means by 'slightly' poorer. ie. green or purple blocks on the screen, monochrome microblocking.
#26
HedgyHoggy
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Clearly it is possible. It depends what he means by 'slightly' poorer. ie. green or purple blocks on the screen, monochrome microblocking.

It isn't possible for it to be 'slightly' poorer. Blocking, flickering or extreme noise are not examples of 'slight' degradation. Slight degradation implies reduced clarity and diminished vibrancy and so on.
#27
The ebay link is for HDMI v1.3b, the OP is for v1.4. What if, anything, is the practical difference? Thanks.
#28
Cheers OP ordered, won't have to swap between my systems anymore. Been looking for something like this on the cheap.
#29
brought one when this was last on here and mine struggles with my PS3. Im using all high speed HDMI leads. I get white snowy flashings. But its about what you expect for an item this price tbh.
#30
I bought this after seeing the auto-detection feature, but when it came this wasn't mentioned on the packaging. It definitely works thought. Fantastic, simple piece of kit!
#31
ozodimal
The ebay link is for HDMI v1.3b, the OP is for v1.4. What if, anything, is the practical difference? Thanks.


I'm using the eBay one with my ps3 and chrome cast. No problem atal. I really don't think there's any difference as with these cheap gadgets when the new versions come out, Chinese sellers usually start selling them instead of old ones. It doesn't have any versions etc on the box.
#32
Doesn't work for the Sky 3D boxes
#33
Looks good for the money
#34
mixmixi
ozodimal
The ebay link is for HDMI v1.3b, the OP is for v1.4. What if, anything, is the practical difference? Thanks.


I'm using the eBay one with my ps3 and chrome cast. No problem atal. I really don't think there's any difference as with these cheap gadgets when the new versions come out, Chinese sellers usually start selling them instead of old ones. It doesn't have any versions etc on the box.


How is this powered? Does it need a separate power source.
#35
I'm after a cheap Sky HD and PS4 compatible switch. Every time these deals are posted I see folks mentioning power issues with these devices. Any recommendations? Ta.
#36
i purchased 2 of these when the last deal was post for amazon and on both of them i get little white dots (like static) all over the picture i have tried all the ports on both of them and the same happens no matter which i use, if i remove it and plug the hdmi cable into the device i get perfect picture with not white dots

Edited By: Sabutai on Jul 20, 2014 22:25
#37
Cheers OP. I've got 7 hdmi devices near my TV currently. Cable switching is such a chore
#38
Soooo need one of these in my life!


HEAT!
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josephmccowie
HedgyHoggy
josephmccowie
willww
reddit
I have one of these but found that picture quality was slightly poorer than with a direct connection to the TV.
Is that actually possible? Considering hdmi is digital?

Not at all possible. At all.

Clearly it is possible. It depends what he means by 'slightly' poorer. ie. green or purple blocks on the screen, monochrome microblocking.

It isn't possible for it to be 'slightly' poorer. Blocking, flickering or extreme noise are not examples of 'slight' degradation. Slight degradation implies reduced clarity and diminished vibrancy and so on.

You're forgetting that he might be really really really stupid.
#40
ozodimal
The ebay link is for HDMI v1.3b, the OP is for v1.4. What if, anything, is the practical difference? Thanks.

Think 1.4 is supposed to be 100% compatible with 3D, and also can have some sort of Ethernet transfer capability (with the correct cable)

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