I currently have 4 HDMI inputs being viewed on 4 different displays via a Xantech HDMI4x4 matrix. I then control them via ISY99i (Insteon) using a Global Cache GC-100-18 to convert IP commands to RS232 (serial.)
The problem is that I now have more than 4 HDMI inputs that I would like to connect. How can I do so without spending hundreds/thousands of dollars?
Since an 8x8 HDMI matrix is too expensive for me, I have attached a quick sketch of my situation which shows another HDMI matrix added to the system. I was thinking that I would buy both a Monoprice HDMI4x4 matrix and a Monoprice HDMI4x2 matrix to increase the chances that the will play nice together. Same brand...similar behaviors?
The problem is, I really don't know the difference between a matrix, a splitter, and a switch in terms of HDMI. Which ones have a legimate chance of working together and which one do not?
Any insight would be appreciated.
Please note that using the same source on multiple displays is not a requirement of mine, though it won't be bad. At minimum, All I want is to be able to switch any input to the display I am currently watching.
EDIT: Let me clarify a bit more. There are two of us in the house. We each have our own Directv HDDVR, set up with our own personal settings (favorites, channels, ...) Often we use the Directv music stations to feed the audio system. Each of us have our own reciever. This eliminates the chance of a scenario such as: one of us being outside, listening to a directv music station on the audio system, and having someone else switch it when they try to watch something on TV.
The other five sources are shared. AppleTV is used more often then the remaining four and is likely to be used on all of the TVs (it is often used for another whole house audio source.)
The final four sources are games and videos. When used, we normally use them together (I'm not a gamer and only watch movies when she picks one out). For that reason I bundled all of these sources on the second matrix. Assuming that since all four sources enter the first matrix on IN4, only one of the four can be seen on any of the TVs at a give time.
All equiptment is (will be) in a A/V rack in the basement. The projector is also in the basement, and the bath and bedroom are on the second floor of the house.
Russound Cav6.6 (upgrading to C5 ASAP)
Russound DMS3.1 Media Streamer (3 Airplay, XM, or USB & 1 FM)
Russound SMS3 Media Server (will be eliminating)
Russound ST2 Dual FM Tuner (will be eliminating)
Russound iPod Dock (2) (will be eliminating)
Samsung 32" LED TV 720p
Samsung 42" Plasma 720p
Samsung 24" (not purchased yet)
Electrohome Showstar Extra (640x480 VGA) <--Upgrading soon
IP to serial-
Global Cache GC-100-18
Global Cache GC-100-18R
Xantech HDMI4X4 (may be replacing to get more sources)
Xantech 795-20 (amplified 4 zone)
Xantech 796-20 (expansion 6 zone)
coupled to Russound keypad integrated system
Universal Devices ISY-99i/IR
Sony DVP-SR200P DVD
Sony CX-960 400 Disc BluRay
Sony A/V (cira 2003) (should be upgraded)
Samsung DVD (component out) (not used)
Nintendo Wii (HDMI adapter needed)
Microsoft Xbox 360s
AppleTV (toslink to stereo adapter needed to also feed audio Russound controller)
Ipad Gen1 (2) w/ Airplay