Originally Posted by grandmaison
I want to be able to take the signal from my HDMI out on my Sony Bluray player and split it to send the signal to my Sony XBR-42HX929 and to my Pioneer AVreceiver. The receiver can't act as a switch for that HDMI device as it's not 1.4a and can't do the 3D stuff- sadly I bought it pre HDMI 1.4a.
Does any company make or sell such a splitter?
Yes, go through this forum's archives and you'll see lots of recommendations. That's the good news.
The bad news is that HDMI works by the lowest common denominator prinicipal since the cable only carries one video and one audio signal at a time. So, if you add a splitter with a non-3D AVR and a stereo TV, you'll receive a non-3D picture and stereo audio to both devices, if you use a splitter.
The EDID token is what is used by the sink devices (the TV and AVR in this case) to tell the source device (the Blu-ray Disc player in this case) what capabilities are available. You'll need to spoof the EDID so that the source device thinks it has a 3D device with multichannel audio. Those types of matrix switchers are available. The reason I mention a matrix switcher is that I don't know a regular switcher than has EDID spoofing available. Another option would be the "HDMI Detective" but then you would need to capture a valid EDID from a friends setup or someplace that both 3D and multichannel were available.
OK, now that I've probably confused you - here's one more. Since the audio is in a different part of the 3D stream than in a 2D stream, I doubt (but am not 100% sure) that when a 3D picture is shown, even if you do EDID spoofing, you'll get *any* audio through the AVR since the AVR wouldn't know where to look in the stream for the audio. With a splitter, obviously your TV won't have any audio either since you're sending multichannel and your TV only does stereo.
Now that we've gotten out the bad news, here is how I would solve this. Assuming your AVR has a multichannel input (with the RCA plugs), I would get a Blu-Ray player that has multichannel analog outputs and use those into the receiver. Then you don't need any type of splitter and the sound quality will be exactly the same as with HDMI. Make sure you setup your bass management properly (preferably in the AVR) for the multichannel inputs. That is critical. But, if you do that, you won't need a new receiver or a >$200 matrix switch and things will work the way you want them to.
If you don't want to buy a new Blu-Ray player then the only other option is a device that will provide 7.1-channel analog output from an HDMI audio signal. Those are available as well but may cost more than a Blu-Ray player.
Other than those options, if 3D is that important to you, you're on your way to spending more money on a new AVR.
Of course if you have a high end AVR and Blu-Ray player, the 7.1-channel analog outputs should already be there. It's just a matter of using high quality RCA patch cords to connect the two devices together.
Finally, just saying 1.4a doesn't mean that you get 3D or any of the other 1.4a capabiltiies. Every HDMI 1.4a capability is essentially optional - a manufacturer may or may not include them but can still list their device as a 1.4a chipset. For instance you can have a 1.4a TV that does not have 3D capability. So it was good that you listed 3D as what you were interested in rather than just saying 1.4a.
Yes, HDMI is really this user unfriendly (I got to post that twice this week - bonus points).