Originally Posted by az1324
A lot of my devices don't have component ports. I put in a 4x4 HDMI matrix for <$400. An 8x8 HDMI matrix can be had for $1500. An 8x8 HDBaseT matrix can be had for $3k. Not top of the line, but acceptable.
As long as you are okay with stereo, this is true.
The problem is that EDID will force everything to stereo if there is a stereo sink at one end of the system. This impacts any full HDMI system without proper EDID management. Works great in a stereo-only setup, which will exclude almost all high-end home A/V systems. There are (finally) some audio extractors which are supposed to emulate EDID and force the highest level audio settings regardless of the sinks at the end, which is a good thing, but will kill audio to any TV which needs internal speakers. Probably cheaper to add 'better' speakers than to use the speakers in the TV.
Then you get into blanking issues as related to HDCP where when a shared source is routed to any room. The cheap HDMI switchers, that I have seen, including Aurora, Gefen, and Atlona blank all connected displays as HDCP is renegotiated across all the outputs.
Does it work? Yes! It certainly does work. But, for $1,500 on the cheapest end, it works significantly worse than a $100 component video switcher does right now.
Don't get me wrong, HDMI is inevitable, but I am hopeful that for $2,000 we get a HDMI solution that has proper EDID management, does stereo audio extraction, and performs non-blanking switching without HDCP renegotiation. I have used cheap HDMI solutions, but they feel, in every manner, cheap.