Originally Posted by bradleyheathhays
My panny currently has one of these installed as an HDMI input and I'm looking to add another box just like it for a 2nd HDMI input. So I google TY-FB8HM to see where to buy these things and come up on some warning about using this device will limit your TV's resolution, and some other complaints. I believe my TV is only rated up to 720p anyway, but not entirely sure.
Your Pro Monitor (it's actually not a TV) panel is 768p, not 720p. All input resolutions are scaled to 768p.
There is no issue with adding a 2nd TY-FB8HM HDMI terminal board, it will function exactly like your existing one. All input signals will still be scaled to the panel's 768p native resolution.
Would someone who is more familiar with these type devices than myself recommend that I go ahead and get another one of these for my new input, or is there another model I should be looking at?
There is no other model of terminal board that will work on a 9 series Pro Monitor. IIRC there was a Dual-HDMI board for the newer 10 series monitors, but they are not backward-compatible with the older 9 series so if you see one of these, don't buy it as it wont work in your monitor.
Also, what's the best place to source this kind of thing. Most of the hits I came up with for this model were listed in English Pounds.
The TY-FB8HM has been hard to find for several years now. You could try contacting some independent business-focused AV installation contractors (that install monitors in office buildings, airports, board rooms, and conference rooms etc) as they may have new or used TY-FB8HM terminal boards they'd be willing to sell you, but in this day of HDMI devices this board is probably still in high demand. The TY-FB8HM board is the same whether it was used in Europe or North America so if you find one from overseas, it will work.
In the meantime, i second dingo99's recommendation of an HDMI switch - i've used them on some installs and they work fine. Some have a remote and some have just manual pushbuttons on the unit (both these work well), but some are auto-sensing and i've had mixed luck with the auto-sensing feature so don't count on one working reliably depending on your source devices.
What are all the devices you're connecting to this monitor? If you're just trying to add an additional High Def input and it doesn't necessarily have to be via HDMI, the existing PC input on your monitor can be reconfigured in the settings menu from PC to RGB for use as a 2nd Component Input, then you can get an inexpensive Component-to-VGA Breakout Cable to connect a cable box etc to the monitor with Component Video, freeing up your existing HDMI input for an HDMI-only device (like a Blu-Ray player). In my experience there is virtually no picture quality improvement provided by HDMI vs Component on a 768p display so if one of your devices is a cable box or sat receiver, Component Video would suffice for that.
But if you absolutely have to have 2 HDMI inputs (or more), i'd just get a good switcher and continue the hunt for the HDMI board.