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Multiple DVI/HDMI inputs?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Legal Eagle, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. Legal Eagle

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    It occurs to me that before long a single HDMI input isn't going to be much help - with all new equipment supporting this interface. So what do we do when SKY introduces its High Definition Service? Will we have to unplug the DVI equiped DVD player each time we want to watch Sky - or do any new LCD panels have more than one input?
     
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    I would hazard a guess that with LCD panels currently sporting 2 or more Scart inputs, these will gradually be replaced with 2 or more HDMI/DVI inputs in due course.

    Remember not so long ago, TVs had a single scart!!

    Del :smoke:
     
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    Also, coinciding with the development of more HDMI/DVI devices we will be able to purchase switching devices which will handle multiple inputs with one output for the TV. These are already available, but are a bit expensive at the moment. Prices will tumble when demand increases....

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    It is possible to 'daisy chain' HDMI much like SCART - but with no quality loss. So it would not be out of the question for future STB's/PS3 etc to have HDMI in/out - but to be honest they will probably be omitted on cost grounds. As Del mentions, displays are likely to have multiple inputs. However, one of the beauties of HDMI is that it is smart and that remote control functions can be passed from one device to another - for example you could press play on your DVD player, the AV receiver would select DVD input and choose the correct DSP function, the TV would mute but continue to accept all IR commands and pass them to any equipment hidden away. The best way to achieve this would be to have the AV receiver act as the hub, in which case having only one HDMI input on the TV would be more than adequate.

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    Are there any AV Receivers available with HDMI switching?
     
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    They're comin'!

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