Originally Posted by sdg4vfx
Yeah, HDFury has great products and I'm glad I learned about them. But at a $400 price point I'm still considering options. One of them being that for that price I can get a "decent" current (or 1 year old) 7.2 AVR with 4K/HDR capabilities to tide me over until the HDMI 2.1 AVRs come out (holding off on an Atmos update until then).
... That being said, the unit you're looking at is a switch and a splitter so it does solve a lot of issues for multiple devices. (The $300 HDFury splitter units I was looking at only service one source device.)
I'm testing a couple of new (less expensive) devices today - I'll report back if I have any success.
Understood and seriously see your point wrt 3-400 quid cost for an HDFury product: I struggled with that same notion just a few months back. However, the challenge remains in that the market/manufacturers push us to continuously chase rainbow farted unicorns and upgrade our HiFi gear ever 1yr or so...and I personally consider Dolby Atmos one of those “gimmicks” (please don’t lynch me!!!). I’m one of those people that considers, in some cases, less (speakers) is more.
My personal POV is that, by acquiring an HDFury Vertex 2, it is an investment that will extend the usability of my current gear without needing to get on the latest HDMI 2.x bandwagon. Upcoming HDMI protocols might give us 8k video resolution (if our human eyes even can perceive that high), but I’d venture to guess that audio will still lag behind video.
Look, compared to video reproduction, the audio technology hasn't drastically improved in the last decade or so. Today's best speakers (even those costing more than a house) still leverage decades old technology (even 100+ yr old if you look at Faraday's induction laws) for operation...if I recall, the main part of a modern dynamic speaker, an electrostatic transducer, was invented around 1900s...electrical/audio signal passes through a wire, which in turn forces the diaphragm to pulsate and pushes air within a wooden box.
So I put my hard earned cash into audio gear (vs. video), invest into an HDFury product and my audio continues shine!!!