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I have 2 older receivers that do not have HDMI inputs and I am considering a HDMI 4x2 matrix switch. I am currently using a 4x2 component switch that also switches digital audio. Are there any HDMI switches that also switch digital audio (coax or optical)? I have found many but they only have one spdif output, but I need two. What good is only one spdif output? Am I missing something here? Thanks.

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Why do you want to move to an HDMI matrix if you don't have any gear that supports it? You're not likely to see any improvement in image quality at the display(s), and you're already limited to the audio capabilities of SPDIF...

The single digital audio output is probably to handle "one legacy device". Meaning, if you've got a bunch of legacy devices, you probably aren't using the product.

If you have one primary display and are concerned with getting "the best possible image" from a BD player, just run one HDMI cable directly (bypass the matrix), and keep everything else the same.

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If you're set on 4x2 HDMI distribution, just keep using your component matrix for the audio side. HDMI matrices w/ no separate audio are much more abundant.
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Why do you want to move to an HDMI matrix if you don't have any gear that supports it?

All my source components have HDMI (and most new ones are going to HDMI only) and my 2 TVs have HDMI. It's only my 2 AV receivers that don't have HDMI. It just seems weird to me that the HDMI matrix switches only have one spdif out. I was hoping to simplify my wiring with the HDMI switch but it doesn't look like I'll be able to unless I get a new receiver.

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best result would come from using a 4x2 hdmi matrix and two of these:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...wAw#scoring=tp
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If you're set on 4x2 HDMI distribution, just keep using your component matrix for the audio side. HDMI matrices w/ no separate audio are much more abundant.

That's a very interesting idea for a solution. Let the HDMI sources dumb down to 2-ch, but keep the DD/DTS audio support for any receivers in the mix...

(not as good as leaving it alone, but yeah, I like it )

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