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Hi there...


This forum is amazing. I could spend all day looking at DIY mounts and projector reviews. In any case...


I am a newbie to the font PJ scene, but I decided to get into it recently by purchasing the Dell 2100MP ($999 + tax) _and_ the Infocus X1 ($1275 AR) -- with the intention of evaluating both and returning one.


I want to be able to use both my HTPC and my DVD player on the projector, so the obvious solution is to send both the DVD signal and the HTPC signal into a VGA switch box (near all of my components) and then run a long VGA cable out to the projector. There are plenty of cheap VGA switch boxes out there, but I don't know if I will experience loss of video quality if I go with a cheapie. On one hand, I would never use the cheap VGA switches for my monitor which I run at 1600x1200, but since we're only talking about sending a max 800x600 signal through, I'm inclined to think I could get away with it.


Anybody have experience using various VGA switch boxes for this kind of setup? I imagine it's pretty common for anyone with both a DVD player and an HTPC.


Here's an example of a cheap switch box I'm looking at:

http://www.pccables.com/cgi-bin/orde...les.com&rcode=


Thanks in advance,

Paul
 

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 http://www.emscomputing.com/ProductI...oduct=12577388 ($59 shipped in USA for 2 ports)

http://www.techsavings.com/ProductIn...oduct=12576875 ($65 for 4 ports)


Both have plenty of bandwidth for HDTV resolution (rated above 1920X1080i). Switch is manual (round button on top to cycle through the 4 ports) or via hotkeys (needs keyboard). Needs AC adaptor (6 or 9v, I forget) if not connected to PS2 port of PC.

https://www.shopharmony.com/secure/p...ELF1DB104P.jpg


You won't like those $10 nonactive switcher. It'll ghost like crazy for anything above VGA and more than 3 feet SVGA cables.
 

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When you use the VGA port on the X1... it will bypass the faroudja DCDi.

Might want to consider this when you are comparing as it does clean up satelite and dvd very well.
 

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Microcenter stores have basic manual VGA switchboxes for $15. They might offer them online too. It's a simple switch.


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Huey That Belkin Omniview box didnt work for me. Using the LT150 and a Panny Directv High def reciever the LT150 would come in and out of sync every few minutes. Running a 480P signal worked fine. I too have recommened thid box to a bunch of people but didnt realize my problem was the switcher until I purchased a HDTV LCD monitor and witnessed the same problem.


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I'm using a manual rotary switch for selecting HDTV signals and see no ghosting at all.


I too tried the Belkin switch and had a problem with it. When I attempted to change from one input to another it would just sit there an blink.


The $10 to $15 mechanical switch appears to be an inexpensive solution. At least it was for me.


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SOme of the switchboxes are designed for use with PC's and need the Keyboard & mouse to be hooked up to work.
 
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