I'm looking for an HDMI switch that has two outputs so that I can send video to an hdmi extender (and then back to the tv) and the other to my a/v receiver. My receiver is HDMI 1.3a and I'm looking to update my TV to 4k/HDR/etc. I'd rather not upgrade my receiver as the audio performance is very good and it would be a pain to change in my rack. It seems I can get a cheaper receiver with pre-outs but that would still be pretty bulky and require some effort getting things installed in my rack.
I'm assuming a matrix switch would operate a little differently then what I'm looking for which is essentially passing the same signal to two different devices like a splitter. If that isn't possible then is there something else that could accomplish what I want in a smaller form factor than a full receiver? I found these two devices but one only has one hdmi input and the other doesn't have 7.1 outputs (I only need 5.1).
Probably. The problem you're going to have is that the switch is probably going to try to force both outputs to the same resolution.
Was just starting to see that regarding the resolution. So the switch that you linked, if I output one to the tv (through an extender) and one to the receiver (hdmi 1.3a) would the tv only get 1080p? Thanks!
Assuming the above is correct and a matrix switch won't work, do you think I would have handshake issues if I did a switch like you first linked to a device like this and then from this device to an extender to my tv?
That's more likely to work. You can get a 4-to-1 switch from the same source, I think. Then run the output to something that will extract the audio without messing with the video. Then to your extender. That's a lot of pieces to the puzzle, though.