Thanks for the replies.
The IO Gear Display Port 4x1 switch just would not work with my gear. I followed the instructions, used their cables, and still, while I could get an image, if I switched away I could never get it back.
This has been a nightmare, more details below.
Originally Posted by ifor
Thanks for the reply, and the link.
That price is obscene, and it looks very similar to the 2016 blackbird hdmi matrix, which is 1/4 of the price. It makes me worry that the guts are the same, and only the number on the sticker is different. I'm not saying for certain that is the case, however. https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_...hoCRyMQAvD_BwE
For perspective, that price is more than my TV, more than all four of my sources, and over 3 times more than both my PC monitors combined. It would be wiser to use the money to put a down payment on a Winnebago, go up the country, and forget about HDMI all together.
Originally Posted by 805jive
Originally Posted by FlyOnTheWall
go with monoprice..
fantastic company, great prices, good service, and 1 years warranty
So I did go with the monoprice. Got the 24179. It was on a holiday discount, and with a promo code I got it for under $300. Unfortunately...
-The 4k display can be set 4k/60/4:4:4, but the image flickers. That seems to be not entirely the fault of the switch, however. The AVR (Denon AVR-X2200W) has been known to do that from time to time, depending on the device and the cable. (Worth mentioning here that I also bought cables that listed 4:4:4 in the spec.)
-To its credit, if I plug it into the TV instead of the AVR, 4:4:4 works fine, but the sound passing through to the ARC is only stereo. I had a long fight with Sony about that, as they advertise the TV as passing through multichannel, but as with many things HDMI: it just doesn't work. Fortunately, I could use the s/pdif out to the DVR and get around that problem.... but....
-The UW 2560x1080 display only comes up as 1920x1080, and it cannot be manually set to anything else. Maybe this is a driver problem? Will work on that.
-The original 1920x1080 screen is just not working at all with this switch, though the last one was no problem.
-It does not seem to be able to auto-negotiate a working EDID, like some other switches I've used of theirs. It would be nice if I could select two outputs and have it handshake with a new EDID that works for both. I read a review on the product's page that said EDID is selectable per port. The manual does not make that clear.
-Last but not least, I put it into standby mode as part of troubleshooting, and now it does not want to come out. It may just be a dud.
I really wish this HDMI crap would just work from time to time. At this point 4k is not that new, and it would be nice to find something that performs as advertised. It's been over a year that I've been at this. The HDTVsupply.com purchase was my mistake, but I expected more out of the box from monoprice.
Still, let me give these guys the benefit of the doubt until I get in touch with support.
My fallback position if this does not work and I can't find a reasonably priced switch that does, is to get a good 4x1 switch for the UW screen, use the receiver as a switch for the TV, taking advantage of the multiple outputs on the GPU sources (cable can be split too). Essentially, I'd have two 4x1 switches.