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Are there any HDMI switches/splitters that output 1.3 and 1.4 at the same time?

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I will soon have a 3D capable TV and I'm looking at how to avoid buying a new receiver. My existing receiver is HDMI 1.3 only.

I read about a Panasonic Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs. One is for HDMI 1.3 audio (for older receivers) and the other is HDMI 1.4 meant to go directly to the TV for 3D support. I want to do more than Blu-ray in 3D, but I like that solution.

I will have a PC hooked up to the new set like I do with the one it's replacing, so for now I will watch 3D Blu-ray discs and play 3D games on that. I'll do the audio via 6 separate analog cables and I'll run the video from the nVidia card via HDMI directly to the set. Ultimately I'd like to be able to use PS3 and Xbox for 3D content too.

So... my question is: "Is there a 4x2 HDMI switch (or similar) that can output 1.3 for audio and 1.4 HDMI at the same time like that Panasonic player?"

It seems like it should be technically possible, but I haven't figured out if such a thing exists.
post #2 of 9
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...#specification
post #3 of 9
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Monoprice has informed me that (contrary to advertising earlier this year) they do not currently offer a device that will strip the audio from HDMI 1.4, translate it to HDMI 1.3, and resend it over a separate HDMI 1.3 connection. I believe that the link above is for a device that will strip out the lossless audio formats only, and send them over a non-HDMI digital output. So you would loose lossless surround formats. If anybody has had success with this actually sending the lossless formats via HDMI 1.3 while simultaneously sending HDMI 1.4 to another device, that would be great news!
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Originally Posted by avted View Post


Monoprice has informed me that (contrary to advertising earlier this year) they do not currently offer a device that will strip the audio from HDMI 1.4, translate it to HDMI 1.3, and resend it over a separate HDMI 1.3 connection. I believe that the link above is for a device that will strip out the lossless audio formats only, and send them over a non-HDMI digital output. So you would loose lossless surround formats. If anybody has had success with this actually sending the lossless formats via HDMI 1.3 while simultaneously sending HDMI 1.4 to another device, that would be great news!

Typo above -- it strips out the non-lossless formats.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hmm, yeah, that's not quite what I was looking for. It's an interesting option with the digital coax output, but I'm not sure I'd want to compromise audio just for 3D.

It could very well be that such a device doesn't exist. I don't imagine there'd be *all* that much demand for it.

I'll probably just skip the PS3 and Xbox 3D experience for now. Most of my gaming these days is on PC anyway, and I can watch the limited number of 3D Blu-rays I have on that.
post #6 of 9
this one supposedly can do it:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10113&cs_id=1011306&p_id=7522&seq=1&format=2
Edited by machine156 - 10/11/12 at 12:55am
post #7 of 9
If you read the reviews on that mono price unit you will see that it does not work for this application
post #8 of 9
What other 3D sources will you be using? If it's Cable or Satellite TV, the signal will more than likely be SBS which can pass through HDMI 1.3 AVRs without issue (other than a finicky issue w/ DirecTV channel 103, though there is a work-around). As such, one of the Panasonic BD players would allow you to bypass the AVR for 3D BD video, send lossless audio to the AVR via the secondary HDMI, and, send your other 3D sources directly through the AVR. You would still need to use a simple HDMI switch to switch between the BR player and AVR output before going to your display, but these are $10-$15 and can easily be seamlessly integrated into your system assuming you use a macro or activity based universal remote.

I'm in a similar spot, but since I already have a 3D BD player with single HDMI output, I'll just default back to SPDIF and give up lossless audio for the few rare occasions I watch a BD (3D or otherwise)... this isn't a big loss for me since I've centralized nearly all of my movie and much of my TV viewing into XBMC through HTPC or ATV2 around the entire house.
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Hehe, well, I originally posted that a year ago, and I've just continued to use the PC for 3D Blu-rays. As it turns out, I didn't get into stereoscopic gaming really at all, so that worked out fine - no need for a switch like I was hoping someone would make to deal with multiple sources. It would be slightly more convenient to use a stand-alone player, but I don't watch all that many 3D movies, so it's not a big deal. I'm actually glad I didn't spend money on a special player or a new receiver.
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