Multiple hdmi devices to multiple screens

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by EvilZombie, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. EvilZombie

    EvilZombie
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2015
    Messages:
    4
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    4
    Location:
    Rugeley
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi, I have two TV screens in my front room, the main "family" TV and one I use for gaming which hides away in a concealed cupboard I built. I occasionally like to run my consoles (ps4 and xboxone) through the family TV, which usually consists of me rummaging round switching hdmi cables around. Is there anything on the market that would enable me to have the two consoles connected to both tvs, and have the ability to use either TV without having to keep swapping cables around? A real first world problem I know
     
  2. Member 581642

    Member 581642
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    11,106
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +2,501
  3. EvilZombie

    EvilZombie
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2015
    Messages:
    4
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    4
    Location:
    Rugeley
    Ratings:
    +0
    Ah cool thanks for your reply, although that is a bit more than I wanted to pay! Would a hdmi splitter work in reverse? So if I connect one splitter to my ps4 to both tvs, and another one to the Xbox and again to both tvs. Does that make any sense?
     
  4. Member 581642

    Member 581642
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    11,106
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +2,501
    Yes two splitters would also do it, but make sure they are powered ones
     
  5. EvilZombie

    EvilZombie
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2015
    Messages:
    4
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    4
    Location:
    Rugeley
    Ratings:
    +0
    At the risk of sounding dumb, what difference does having a powered one make? I don't plan on having it display on both screens at once if that has anything to do with it? Thanks for your swift replies
     
  6. Member 581642

    Member 581642
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    11,106
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +2,501
    No its more to do with that cheap ones draw power from the HDMI cable which is a bad idea, the HDMI spec doesnt allow for that
     
  7. EvilZombie

    EvilZombie
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2015
    Messages:
    4
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    4
    Location:
    Rugeley
    Ratings:
    +0
    Ok thanks for your help
     
  8. Joe Fernand

    Joe Fernand
    Distinguished Member AVForums Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2002
    Messages:
    28,933
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    The Borders
    Ratings:
    +3,575
    And ensure you understand a Switch and a Distribution Amp (Splitter) are very different devices - you can't use a Switch in reverse as a Distribution Amp.

    Joe
     

Share This Page

Loading...