Posts Tagged ‘HDMI switcher’

Clarifying The Names – HDMI Switch v.s. Splitters v.s. Matrix v.s. Adapter

Saturday, August 14th, 2010



The first time I wanted to hook up my Xbox360, HTPC and Blu-ray player to my old HDTV which had only 1 HDMI port left, I didn’t know what device I should be looking for. I know what I want it to do for me, but I don’t know how to call it for me to google it. To be honest, I came up with “HDMI hub”, which I borrowed from a network hub which could split network signals for multiple computers. I was also thinking of “HDMI adapter” and “HDMI splitter”. Unfortunately, none of them were the popular names.

Such a product is actually commonly called an HDMI switch or HDMI switcher. Of course, there is no official name for it, but there are names more commonly used than others by the majority of the users. So knowing the right names help you research them better and find better prices before you decide to buy one.

After reading this article, you will get a much clearer picture of the common names of the many HDMI gadgets and what they do.

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How To Choose The Best HDMI Switch (HDMI Switcher)

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

the best hdmi switch

An HDMI switch (also known as HDMI switcher, HDMI selector) receives HDMI signals from multiple HDMI sources and sends the signals from one of them to your HDTV. This way, it serves as an agent to accept many HDMI signals for your HDTV, even if your HDTV has only 1 or 2 HDMI port(s).

You can connect multiple HD sources to your HDTV, such as your:

  • Blu-Ray player, HD-DVD player, DVD player with HDMI output;
  • PS3, Xbox360, Wii with HDMI output;
  • HTPC, or computers with HDMI ports;
  • HDTV box, satellite dish network, HDTV recorder;
  • HD camera, or HD Cam recorder;
  • Any other devices that are capable of outputting HDMI signals.

There are a few things you should consider before you buy an HDMI switch.
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Review: EnjoyGadgets 3 Port HDMI Switch

Friday, May 14th, 2010

1. Introduction

With Avatar’s Blu-Ray discs having sold 2.6 million copies in the first two days, it appears that we have been in the HD era longer than we thought —- so long that some of the HDTV’s early adopters find themselves in a slightly awkward position today, as there are so many HD devices to be plugged in, yet so few HDMI ports on their HDTVs for these many devices.

Early HDTVs tend to have just about 1 or 2 HDMI ports, maybe because there used to be not that many HDMI devices around in the market.

In order to connect your many HDMI devices to your HDTV, one way, of course, is to upgrade to a new HDTV which nowadays usually has 4 or more HDMI ports, but that also results in significantly lighter weight of your wallet.

A more economic way is to use an HDMI switch.

If you have many HDMI devices that you want to hook up to your HDTV, but your HDTV has only 1 or 2 HDMI ports, this article will give some in-depth information on a 3 Port HDMI switch.

2. What is an HDMI switch (HDMI switcher, HDMI selector), and what does it do?

An HDMI switch (also known as HDMI switcher, HDMI selector) receives HDMI signals from multiple HDMI sources and sends the signals from one of them to your HDTV. This way, it serves as an agent to accept many HDMI signals for your HDTV, even if your HDTV has only 1 or 2 HDMI port(s).

HDMI Switch

You can connect multiple HD sources to your HDTV, such as your:

  • Blu-Ray player, HD-DVD player, DVD player with HDMI output;
  • PS3, Xbox360, Wii with HDMI output;
  • HTPC, or computers with HDMI ports;
  • HDTV box, satellite dish network, HDTV recorder;
  • HD camera, or HD Cam recorder;
  • Any other devices that are capable of outputting HDMI signals.

HDMI Switch demo

People have come up with all kinds of creative names for HDMI switches. The most common names are HDMI switch, HDMI switcher and HDMI selector; however, it is also popularly known as an HDMI hub, HDMI adapter, HDMI switchbox, sometimes even HDMI splitter (although HDMI splitter receives one signal and outputs to more than one HDTVs), or any combination of these words.

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