Today, the HDMI switch is the most common audio-video connection around. It allows multiple ultra HD sources to connect to a single ultra HD display. The 8×1 HDMI switch allows up to eight HDMI sources to connect to one HDMI display.
With more HDMI devices gaining popularity in the home theatre market, the need for simultaneous access to different HDMI A/V sources is becoming more necessary.
The 8×1 HDMI switch offers an easy and cost-effective way to add HDMI capabilities to your home theatre system. It allows you to switch between 8 HDMI A/V sources such as satellite box, HD-DVD player, Blu-ray player, gaming console, etc., connected to your display unit.
Features of 8×1 HDMI Switch
- The remote control and push-button features allow users to quickly and conveniently switch between HDMI sources.
- The front panel LEDs increase the aesthetic value of your HDMI switch and indicate the source device at a glance.
- It supports up to DCI 4k video and 4:4:4 chroma subsampling
- One of the best features of this HDMI is that it comes with an IR remote and RS-232 control method. It is flexible and can be switched via button and IR control. The multiple screen split mode satisfies different visual habits.
- It is easy to install and used for meeting halls, sports bars, and other places.
- It supports HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- The 8×1 HDMI switch is HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and CEC compliant.
- It can transmit uncompressed audio and provide users with the best experience.
- The switcher supports fast switching.
- It extends the transmission distance, thereby improving the transmission signal.
Buying Guide for HDMI Switches
There are several factors to consider before buying an HDMI switch. Keeping these tips in mind will help you understand the terms and features HDMI switchers are equipped with.
One of the things you should look out for when searching for a suitable HDMI cable is the number of ports in the required switch. Tech geeks who have more than one device that requires an HDMI switch are interested in the availability of ports.
4-5 ports are typically sufficient for power users. However, if you need more ports, some HDMI switches offer more than 5. Normally, an HDMI switch for home use will have about 6 inputs.
Automatic vs. Manual Switching
HDMI switches have two types of controls, namely automatic and manual switching. The HDMI switch automatically moves to the active port in automatic switching. This takes convenience to a whole new level since you don’t have to manually change the port.
Also, the HDMI switch will connect to the device with power. For some people, the automatic switch is a pain. They prefer to change the sources manually when they are ready.
On the other hand, you have to change the input manually with a remote control or a push button with the manual switching feature. Some HDMI switch devices offer manual and automatic features for ease of usage.
HDCP simply means High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and is a security measure for data protection and infringement. It prevents users from copying videos and music to other devices while streaming.
All media devices are HDCP compliant due to copyright laws and security measures. Besides, the media will not play on non-compliant HDCP devices. HDCP compliant HDMI 2.1 is highly recommended for games that stream media.
The HDMI switch is often confused with other devices like the HDMI splitter, HDMI matrix, or HDMI distributor. Although they all describe similar devices, their functions are slightly different.
The switch you get must support the video resolutions you want to send. For instance, if your device output 1080p video like a Blu-ray player or streaming stick, you should get a switch that supports 1080p.
If you have newer models of audio-visual devices with 4k output resolutions, you should get a switch that is 4k compatible and passes 4k/60HZ or 4k/30Hz for everything to work.
Why is an HDMI Switch Necessary?
Here’s a scenario, you have a cable box, PS5, Blu-ray player, and a Roku streaming stick. Your TV has only two HDMI inputs, and you want to connect all your devices. What can you do? Perhaps you could connect two and leave two devices disconnected.
Let’s not forget the untidiness. It can get unsettling having to connect and reconnect. The primary function of an HDMI switch is that it allows you to connect multiple devices to your TV, monitor, soundbar, and projector. However, you can connect four inputs and a single output with the HDMI switch.
What’s the difference between an HDMI Switch and HDMI Splitter?
An HDMI switch connects multiple devices to one HDMI port, such as a TV, projector, Soundbar, or computer monitor. The HDMI splitter’s function is to send the output of one device to multiple screens or projectors. Many people mix both up, and we are happy to clear the confusion.
Although some devices can perform both functions, they are very few. It’s common for both devices to pop up when you search for one of them in an online store. Some manufacturers also use these terms when describing both.
Passive VS. Powered Switches
Generally, a passive switch is easier to install since there will be no need to run power. Passive devices have significantly smaller switchers and don’t need an external power supply. The larger counterparts with more inputs will likely need external power.
The powered switch is better if you need a longer cable run or the HDMI device doesn’t output a strong signal.
How to connect an HDMI Switcher
Connecting an HDMI switcher is a simple process. Firstly, determine where you are going to position the switch. We recommend placing the switch between your external device and your TV.
This prevents you from running the HDMI cables too far. Keeping the length of your cables as short as possible will reduce clutter and increase the chances of clearer picture quality. Here are a few other things to consider.
- Ensure you have the correct length cables that you need to connect your devices to your output device?
- Determine where the power connection will be if your switch needs power.
- If you manually change inputs, ensure easy access to the switcher.
- Will your switch need to be visible for the remote control to work?
Which is the Best HDMI Switcher?
Ensure you consider all the features above before buying an HDMI switcher. The best switcher should offer you everything you need. The best part is they are relatively affordable as well.
We take pride in manufacturing high-quality HDMI switchers and have a team of experts to help you make the right choice. Contact us now for more information.