More than 1 HDMI device into single HDMI socket on TV?

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  1. cahonis

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    I only have a single HDMI interface on my TV and was wondering how/if it was possible to connect 2 or more HDMI devices into this interface?

    Only one of the connected devices would be on at any one time so I was wondering if there is such a thing as a splitter for HDMI or is it the case that I will only be able to connect one HDMI device to my TV?

    Thank you :)
     
  2. Dutch

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    Hi Dutch

    I beleive the Gefen HDMI switchers (2 to 1) are going for £150 at Maplins. If you want something that looks a lot nicer and not out of place, then I suggest the Dtrovision range:

    http://www.dtrovision.com/hds_41r.htm

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  4. cahonis

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    Thanks for your replies, much appreciated :)
     
  5. DanDT

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    Flippin heck!!

    I thought HDMI switchers were sort of like SCART multi-plugs, the ones you buy at Dixons for 10 quid!!

    Bloody hell those things are huge and expensive, why is that?!
     
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    Because of the HDMI Receiver and Transmitter chips in them? Digital signal switching is complex and needs microchips on PCBs, whereas analogue signal switching (like scart) can use a few resistors and wires.

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    Hi DanDT

    If only............they are like mini amps that have to be able to accept/distribute high-resolution digital video/audio without loss. Also HDCP compliance has to be catered for.

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    So I guess it's back to the old '1 x RGB SCART' problem with new TVs then?

    If it's even more expensive to do, then multiple HDMIs on TVs will be even more rare than multiple RGB SCARTS.

    Here we go again :rolleyes:

    I've just purchased a Pan 42PV500 which comes with 2 x RGB SCARTS :smashin: (about 10 years too late!) and only one HDMI :thumbsdow

    Now at the moment I only have one source to feed the one HDMI (a PC).
    But not too far away is....DVD with scaler, Xbox 360, PS3, Sky or Cable HDTV(?).
     
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    The lack of HDMI sockets will be a relativly short lived problem. Unlike RGB Scart (or component when released in the US) HDMI is a global concept. HDMI sockets are starting to appear all over the place. Already you can buy a reasonable price AV amp with HDMI switching. Hopefully we will also see kit with HDMI daisy-chain capability too.

    With such a small form-factor to the plug we may see products with ooddles of them, rather than the space hungry French inspired Euro-monkey scart.

    Not that I like HDMI though - heavy leads fall out of vertical sockets, just like some scarts did... progress! Now why does my DVI socket have little thumb screws....
     

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