Originally Posted by Roomraider
It appears that the problems people here are having would be common handshake issues. Depending upon the HDMI receiving units, whether it be reciever, projector, display or Tv the matrix will always revert to the lowest signal amongst them while watching in tandem.
example: "1080p projector on A & 1080i display on B"
Well the unfortunate deal here, is the matrix will revert to 1080i if both are tuned to the same 1080p source. This is the only disappointment I've noticed with any of these switching devices, including the higher priced units, the problem remains.
According to your setup, the Matrix would work better for you than just a standard splitter. Besides the Matrix is an active unit unlike most passive splitters, meaning more cable distance with the least amount of PQ degradation.
Hello - new guy here. Both to the forum and to the idea of distributed A/V.
I think that I might be in the clear here with the ability to save a lot of money by using one of these units. From what I understand, the passage quoted above sums up most of the problems with these 4x2 and 4x4 units. Thus, if in my case, where all my displays are 1080p (even if 2 sources - comcast cable boxes - are 720p; does that matter?) and I'm processing my audio separately, I should be perfectly OK with these... right?
A 720p plasma came with the house, but it sounds to me like that'd be what throws a wrench into everything. But is that only the case if it's on? Because it'd become the guest bedroom TV and we rarely have guests. In fact, I wouldn't mind having it completely disconnected except when someone visits, at which time I'd just give them their own Comcast box directly.
All my audio gear is at least a decade old and thus doesn't even take HDMI, so I'd be just using optical digi out for audio (or analog!), so any effect this switcher has on audio is completely irrelevant to me. Whatever remote solution I use will just handle the input switching and whatnot if I want something in surround.
So if I've got:
1) Comcast Motorola DVR 1
2) Comcast Motorola DVR 2
3) AppleTV (for now - we'll see if I like it; got it mostly for music but then learned I'm better off using a HTPC with a USB DAC)
4) LG BR player
1) Panasonic 1080p plasma (50pz77u)
2) Epsom 1080p projector (8100)
3) [as yet unpurchased 65" plasma]
4) old old Pioneer 720p plasma - can be separate
[might make #4 a smaller screen above the jacuzzi or something if we find that we use it]
and I use my own combo of preamps/amps/multizone audio stuff, I should be OK?
Because that would be awesome. And I'd have a whole bunch more money to spend on speakers instead of video stuff. I care more about audio anyway.
I should note that I'm in no rush to do this - if I'm demonstrably better off with a higher priced unit I can wait til it's affordable to me. I'm fine with one cable box per TV and the BRD on the projector for now. It's what I'm used to anyway. But if this can meet my modest demands, that'd be great.