Question with Video and HDMI Matrix
I've never worked with an HDMI Matrix before but I have a situation with my friends house where it might be needed, I wanted to ask you all if this scenario was a good use of a Matrix or if there is a better solution out there? Let me explain what I'm facing...
Currently he has a media closet on one side of his house (lets say its the east side), where his AVR is located and all of his A/V equipment, cable boxes, Blu-Rays, etc, I've been tasked with helping him de-clutter it all because he's dropping his Cox cable TV and wants to go nVidia Shields and Chromecasts throughout the house, he's a Google Play/YouTube TV ecosystem guy. He has a Pioneer Elite AVR with one HDMI output. He has 7 TVs mounted in various rooms of his house. Only 3 of these TVs will need a source from the AVR that also will play sound from the speakers he has installed in his ceilings (whole home audio system). So 4 of those 7 TV I will install a Chromecast and that will take care of the video needs in those rooms. Its the other 3 that are posing a challenge...
TV 1 is in his Living Room, the main location of watching TV and listening to music.
TV 2 is in his Master Bedroom, the 2nd most watched location of TV and listening to music.
TV 3 is on his back patio, mainly a leisure area to listen to Google Play Music and play YouTube videos
So the challenge is to get all 3 TVs, which have audio from the whole home audio system, to play the video source of choice to those TVs and play the audio out of the speakers. The ideal would be TV 1 and 2 would have their own nVidia Shields, TV 3 would have a Chromecast (nVidia Shield if necssary). TV 1 is also where Blu-Ray movies/concerts are played. As you know nVidia Shield and Chromecasts are all HDMI only inputs. So I need a solution that will allow me to push video from nVidia Shield 1 and BluRay 1 to HDTV 1 in LR, then nVidia Shield 2 to HTDV 2 in Master Bedroom, and finally Chromecast 1 (or nVidia Shield 3) to HDTV 3 on patio, and also play the audio over the speakers, not necessarily at the same time, he usually only is in one room at a time, so that doesn't matter if it can/can't do that, I suppose its nice if it can, but not a big deal if it can't.
Currently the LR HDTV is where the AVR HDMI Out is fed to, it has 3 sources right now to choose from, after the de-clutter, it will just have nVidia and Blu-Ray.
The other two (of the said 3) TVs have long run HDMI cables from the closet to each TV, so right now TV 2 has an HDMI from a Cox Mini box run to that TV in the Master Bedroom, but then its actually using splitter in the Master Bedroom that goes out and feeds to the HDTV 3 on the patio. So its like a mirror of the master, whatever is on in there is mirrored out there. Not ideal but works for now and gets something playing out side.
So the best case is to get all 3 of these TVs with nVidia/Chromecast signals, all from one location in the closet, and with audio overhead via the in ceiling speakers.
I know nothing about the ceiling speakers, the have wall plate mounts where he can control the volume and sources etc, I assume that is all hooked up into his AVR and I can investigate it more in depth when I start removing the Cox cables and all the spaghetti they have in the closet.
I'd like to know more about how HDMI Matrix systems work, it seems they may be my easiest fix for the 3 TVs?
The other discussed solution is a new AVR with more than one HDMI out, I've seen one with two, but do they have ones with more than 2 HDMI outs that would push the signal to the TVs needed?
It also seems that there is an issue with these nVidia Shields and the signal over the longer HDMI runs, I did a simple test and pulled the HDMI cable from the Cox Mini box that runs to the Master Bedroom (farthest room from the media closet) and I couldn't get a signal. Moved it around to some other rooms that were fed from same closet to other Cox TV boxes (swapped out) and they worked, so it seems some of the length of run is good for the nVidia Shield. He has some HDMI extender box in the mess of cables that I think might push the signal but its still not helping with the nVidia and the far away TVs.
So what I'd like to do is pull the Cox stuff out of the system, and basically setup two nVidia Shields and one Chromecast and one BluRay Payer to the AVR inputs and then output the signal to 3 different TVs. So its 4 different sources, to 3 different TVs, with sound over head from speakers.
The ideal situation would also just allow us to set the sources for each TV and not do a lot of manual matrix HDMI Switching by pushing buttons on a switch etc, just set it and thats whats always going to that source TV.
So is an HDMI Matrix capable of doing this kind of job or do I need to consider other options or a new AVR?
Last edited by ChrisMc73; 04-16-2018 at 08:22 AM.