Thanks for the post!
I checked out manual of the Marantz SR 7002 [http://us.marantz.com/DFU_SR7002_SR8...al_eng.pdf]and
called tech support (why? cause I love this stuff!) and learned the following that I though I'd share:
1. this receiver It will only output HDMI from one output at a time. You must select either HDMI output 1 or 2.
2.The onscreen display is not outputted via HDMI or component outputs( big down for me! why even have it if you cannot use it)
Maranzt are good, but they always seem to be a step behind on technology. It's a shame because they are excellent quality.
From all my extensive research on this subject, the only receivers that outputs a signal to both HDMI simultaneously are the Yamahas. As far as I could find there are none that output different signals to each HDMI (this is a matrix switch). Of course this will soon change (probably for next generation of receivers). The technology is available as seen on outboard HDMI matrix switches, but manufactures have to release new stuff in steps, so that they can continue to sell products. If they gave us all the latest stuff in one package, people would not upgrade as often.
I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
HDMI carries both audio and video signals which is the great benefit about it. But how can you say it the switch works
perfectly when you are not using as intended? It is working for you because you are only using a portion of its circuitry.
But why are you not using the audio portion of the HDMI? I hope you realize that you cannot enjoy the new generation of
surround (True HD, Master DTS, etc) without HDMI audio? Unless you are using the 7.1 analog outputs available in certain
higher end Bluray
players. How is your equipment setup? maybe I can suggest some different setups for you? Just a thought...
You are right that these cheap switches have problems, after all what do you expect for $100.Ther are many other matrix switches that have no problems The Gefen matrix switches work flawlessly, but are in the thousand dollar range, so I would not personally spend that money on them.
As Leon mentioned in his earlier, everyone seems to have problems with these cheap switches, I personally would not waste my time or money on them.
Anyhow, I hope this helps people out there.
Originally Posted by leonp
What a chore.
For those who have not read it let me summarize for you.
No one. Repeat - NO ONE has bought one of these 4x2 matrix switchers and had it work successfully for them (with both audio and video) without any issues at all. Most had anough issues to send them back. ESPECIALLY if they used 3-4 input devices and tried two simultaneously on different display devices.
The last post seems to be very helpful. I will also add to that list a Marantz unit SR 7002 with a list price of $1400 that has two HDMI outputs, and may be able to send different signals to each one at the same time. I can't tell from what I have read so far.
Thanks again to all who tried and failed. We all appreciate those who came before us!