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Location: Northern, VA - Washington, DC
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I'm just going to agree with Joe on this one. I've used the Monoprice 4x4 HDMI Matrix and it was terrible. The displays all blank during switching, and many times it would not properly show sources. It was a complete headache and I pulled it out in favor of going with a component video matrix switcher which has been unstoppably reliable.
I'm not sure what 'cheaper' product is out there which does non-blanking HDMI switching. I generally refer to the Gefen Toolbox 8x8 HDMI matrix which is a bit under $2,000, then pair it with Monoprice HD-Base-T extenders at about $190 per unit.
Not exactly inexpensive, but I would expect a far higher level of reliability out of these types of products than I have personally seen from my Monoprice 4x4 HDMI matrix.
In the next few weeks I'm getting a demo 8x8 Gefen unit in so I can do some testing and I will let others know how well it works (or not).
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