Originally Posted by AV_Integrated
If you have a good universal remote, then I would hook your sources up to a NON automatic switch and use the remote control to switch between sources.
I've been very happy with my Harmony 890 pro for years. The auto-switching feature would be a nuisance to me.
I would really start saving for a new A/V receiver. Perhaps one with dual zone HDMI outputs on it to really simplify your setup.
Really nothing to do with money. Not saying I have unlimited funds, but it's much more about the time to pull components out of my system, re-wire everything, reprogram my remote for a new A/V receiver, etc...a lot harder than just adding a switcher to the mix.
I thought hard about getting a new receiver or a processor/amp combo, but I like my Denon and it works just fine, it just doesn't have HDMI. You'd be hard pressed to find a receiver or processor that does a better job with Blu-Rays than my Oppo BDP-95 through it's 7.1 output. As far as the second zone HDMI, when I remodeled my house in 2005, I did not pull an HDMI cable from my equipment closet downstairs to my TV above my fireplace upstairs. It's a 75' run, and back then 75' HDMI cables cost a ton, if they were even available. So I ran component and Cat-5. I do have a conduit and I could, relatively inexpensively, fish an HDMI cable now, but I don't see the point. Picture is fine and I watch movies downstairs. I'd pull a wire now, but one thing I learned when I remodeled is actually to not pull wires for future use - I wired my whole house for a Crestron system, but instead of spending $1,000 on a Crestron wifi tablet, I control my whole house music with a $99 airport express and free apps on the iphone. At some point (and there may even be a way to do it now), there will be a wireless HDMI receiver on my TV that I can run from my basement. Until then, I'm fine with what I've got upstairs, and the switcher is really a somewhat disposable item as one day when I do switch receivers and TV's, I won't need it.
Originally Posted by alk3997
No it won't because TV2 is not connected with HDMI, so it is (almost) completely independent of HDMI.
And, yes, a universal remote that also sends its output to the switchers is the most reliable way to work the system. With two locations you may want to look at an RF-based remote that works with a small base station that then sends the IR signal.
That's awesome - that solves the blinking issue. I've already got the RF remote (Harmony 890 Pro as mentioned above). All the more reason to keep the upstairs TV component only for now.
I found a couple of non-auto switching options - one is Monoprice's 5x1 mini switch, which I guess does what the bigger switch does but does not auto-switch. The other option would be a 4x2 or 5x2 matrix switch - I wouldn't used the second output (yet), but matrix switchers won't auto-switch when something is turned on, since by their design they are meant to have multiple components on at once.
Originally Posted by Joe Fernand
ARC – if not required our switch will function as a more conventional non-ARC HDMI Switch.
HDMI + Optical Switch – my thinking being you can save having to toggle the AVR and let the Switch do all the work (ours can keep HDMI + Optical locked or unlocked – listen to one view another).
HDMI Auto switching – can be enabled/disabled and with discrete codes it is easy to control the Switch with a programmable remote.
Long term – no worries about your Broadcaster disabling the YUV Outs at some later date, your ATV dying (new ATV’s don’t support YUV) or your DLP dying? You may eventually be forced to consider a 4x2 HDMI Matrix and ditch YUV.
Joe, your products look great and I do appreciate your help. Unfortunately hooking my DVR's and Xbox up to the switcher with an optical connection will only give me stereo sound from the connected components, so it's a little more than I need. I agree it is nice to have one less source to toggle through, but that's why I couldn't imagine not having a decent universal remote. Hopefully at some point long before any of the events you mention (YUV outs not being supported, my Apple TV or DLP dying), I'll have upgraded my whole system
. Right now the most compelling case for me to run an HDMI wire to my upstairs TV is to get the new ATV and be able to use AirPlay, but it's not enough yet to make me ditch the original ATV and create a blinking issue with my TV's. I'd put a new ATV downstairs but the Xbox is taking my last S/PDIF. I could go stereo only on one of my directv receivers, but again not really necessary. If only, as AV-Integrated mentions above, the HDMI could support stereo + surround on the same connection, I'd be all over the ARC switch and I'd buy a new ATV to combine with my old one. For now, I'll just have to upload to YouTube to watch home videos on the big screen (or wire my iphone into the HDMI switcher).
I really appreciate everyone's help!!