So here is the situation folks...
In my motorhome, I have 2 TV's, both flat panels. One of them can do 1080p, the other 720p. I am fine with having both at 720p for this, so lets just say they are both 720p.
For the sources, I have a DVD player with Component RCA outputs, and a Directv receiver with Composite RCA outputs. I also have a stereo system with RCA inputs.
What I have been doing is, converting both signals to coax, using a coax splitter, running coax to both tv's, and connecting an RCA to 3.5mm adapter cable to the stereo from one of the tv's headphone jacks. The cables get pretty messy, and I only do it on an as needed basis.
I am trying to clean this up and permanently mount some HDMI cables to run to the tv's, with permanent RCA's to the stereo.
How can I get the signals converted, split, and the audio spliced? Both tv's will always be watching the same thing, at the same time. The stereo will be used sometimes, but not always.
So far, the best solution I can come up with is something like this:
DVD player to some sort of component splitter. The splitter would leave me with 2 audio and video outputs. The audio outputs from one side would go to an audio switch. Both the audio and video from the other side would go to a component to HDMI converter.
The Directv receiver outputs to some sort of a composite splitter, which would leave me with 2 audio and video outputs. The audio from one side would go to the same audio switch as the component splitter mentioned in the last paragraph. Both the audio and video from the other side would go to a composite to HDMI converter.
Both HDMI outputs form the converters would go to an HDMI switch.
So at this point I am left with 1 audio output from the audio switch, and 1 HDMI output from the HDMI switch.
The output from the audio switch would go to the stereo.
The HDMI output would need to go to a splitter in order to get it to 2 tv's at the same time.
Is there a simpler way to do this? This seems like a lot of crap to buy and carry around. Is there one box that does all of this?
Also, while looking around, I see some HDMI splitters are actually a box that use a power supply. Others are just a cable with 2 HDMI ports on one end. Is there a difference in performance?