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I currently have a Mits WS-55819 HDTV that has a RCA DTC-100 for OTA DTV reception hooked up for my one DTV input. I have a HTPC almost done and have used the s-video output on the ATI card but would like to use the VGA output for better PQ.


Has anyone used a VGA switchbox to select between two different sources for only one input on there CRT or RPTV? I talked with AA and they don't have a product that will work. I saw Belkin has some cheap looking manual switchboxes but i wonder if they can handle the hi-def signals. Any suggestions? Thanks.


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Stay away from the mechanical switches!. VGA switches like you are looking for are often found on ebay. The brand name escapes me at the moment.
 

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lovebohn,


Take a look at one of these from Extron. http://www.extron.com/product/produc...pe=6&view=desc


I have used their SW4 switch for over a year and have been thrilled with it. Good quality build. Also, I will tell you for the most part, with the VGA switches, you get what you pay for it - so be careful. I highly recommend these switchers. And I believe jkaiser may have been thinking about this brand and you can find them on eBay.


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Consider the affordable Belkin Omniview E Series KVM switchers. It's active and has plenty of bandwidth for HDTV. You can only use the SVGA portion and ignore the PS/2 ports. You'll need external AC->DC adapters though as it normally draws power from the PS/2 port. Make sure you use high quality, shielded, triple-coax, short-as-possible VGA cables with the appropriate male/female ends to connect your equipment to switcher and then to your display device. www.pccables.com is a good, affordable place for these cables. Switching is manual via the button on top to cycle through your video sources or by hotkeys if you have HTPC hooked to it.


Here is an example: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...p?sku=B20-7038 ($60 for 2 ports) and around $80 for 4 ports.

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Or Zektor HDS4, which allows you to use as 4x1 Component or RGBHV switch with Toslink and S/PDIF. It can be controlled by a remote (not included).
 

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Jay,


Is there a price listing on the web page? How much did you pay for the four port you own?


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You can get an Extron SW2, 2-source, either manual or autoswitch, either DB15 or RGBHV (BNC) connectors, on Ebay for not too much money (
 

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I have had no problem with VGA distribution Amps. They are not expensive, and do the job quite nicely, especially if you have a long VGA cable run.


With an amp, you can run both signals at the same time.
 

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I found the switch box i was in need of. I did go with the Extron brand after doing some research and searching on the web. I didn't receive the item yet but will post if i have any problems with the setup. If anyone else is in need of a simple two port auto switch let me know, i think there might be a few more NOS for sale.


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