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#366173 - 02/10/12 01:19 AM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
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That is one problem with Monoprice, they are so inexpensive that return shipping costs for the odd problematic piece is more than the cost of another purchase.
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#366668 - 02/15/12 07:54 AM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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So I got the Monoprice 4x1 switcher model HDX-401E and now my oppo DVD running through HK 645 works but the damn Samsung Bluray still does not?? I dont get it. I believe the model number is BD6500 on the bluray. If I turn on Bluray then switch it nothing happens, if I switch it first then turn on Bluray I get the opening screen of the player "welcome to samsung bluray" (or something like that)then the screen goes blank and thats it, no video or audio. I have tried different ports and switched cables. I only have the DVD and Bluray running through switch, Fios box has seperate feed to monitor. Anybody have any ideas?

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#366670 - 02/15/12 08:44 AM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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I used to have a previous Samsung BD___ can't remember which #, model that worked fine. However, since I can't remember the model #, that is irrelevant.

However, I can tell you there are simply some devices that are not HDMI switch friendly. For instance, after a lot of troubleshooting, I discovered from some Sony forums that a PS3 almost always needs a direct connection as it does not play nice with almost any switch.
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#366679 - 02/15/12 10:56 AM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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This HDMI/HDCP handshake issue for many pieces of equipment never seems to go away and it is a pain. It has come to the point where now a number of companies like Atlona, HDFury, Geffen and others have introduced separate products to deal with this issue, however, once again, it results in having to spend more money to deal with a problem that the individual hardware manufacturers should have solved long ago.


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#366689 - 02/15/12 12:02 PM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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Maybe I am better off running the AVR to the monitor with component cables (TV is 720p) and use optical audio cable from both DVD and Bluray to AVR? I am more concerned about audio quality than video quality with the DVD anyway. Will I get the same audio quality using optical cable as I will with HDMI?

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#366820 - 02/15/12 11:58 PM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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As long as you are only listening/watching Cd/DVDs, yes you will get the same audio quality. Once you move to Blu Ray you have to use HDMI to get the HD Audio tracks.
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#366838 - 02/16/12 07:23 AM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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Thank you. Is there any reason to run 8 channel analog instead of optical when playing cd and DVD?

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#366978 - 02/16/12 11:35 PM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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There isn't any real difference from the 8 channel analog out from your DVDPlayer to the optical out and having your avr do the decoding.
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#367008 - 02/17/12 07:08 AM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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Thank you...I got the switch to work on Fios box and HK 645. I am going to run HDMI from Oppo DVD to AVR to switch to TV, HDMI from BR to TV and 8 channel from BR to AVR then HDMI from Fios DVR to switch to TV and Optical from Fios DVR to AVR. After all the help I got from you great guys here I believe this is the ideal setup for optimal quality.

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#393271 - 05/19/13 03:50 PM Re: HDMI Switcher recommendation [Re: mreed]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
Recycled thread! smile

My inquiry is prompted by my increasing fascination with the possibilities of AppleTV. I might want to give it a go as a music client and to put iPad content onto the bigger screen.

Two problems.

First, my trusty old Onkyo 805 only has 3 HDMI inputs. While my ancient TV has two, the switching and audio routing on the TV is sufficiently cumbersome as to merit derision but not consideration.

Two of the three HDMI inputs on the Onkyo are taken by the DirecTV and the blue-ray player. We use those a lot and I don't want to mess with them, especially relative to programming the remote.

The third input is currently used for XBox 360. That's the one I want to split with the AppleTV.

My first inclination was to get a Monoprice switcher and be done with it. But there are a lot of models, and I thought I'd try to check with you all about both specific item numbers, and also whether you know any perils of trying to get my two particular devices to play nice. Does the AppleTV ever really turn itself off?

Second problem is that if I use the ATV for a music client, I need to deliver both analog and digital sound to the Onkyo, because a lot of my music consumption is in Zone2.

Is there a single box out there that will not only switch the HDMI but also do DAC work?

Or is this going to require multiple devices or end up being "just get a new receiver so never mind"?

Reminder - cheap.

Thanks!
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