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A Hi-Def multi-switch?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Michael Henry, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Michael Henry

    Michael Henry Second Unit

    Jun 28, 2000
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    Dallas, TX
    Real Name:
    J. Michael Henry
    Hey guys,

    My HD-ready TV (SONY HS-10) only has 1 HD input and I really need 3(!)...one for my progressive scan DVD, One for my XBOX, and one for a DirecTV HD box...

    Any ideas how I would get this working without hassle? I really don't want to have to manually switch the inputs (I will if I HAVE to) - but it would be nice if this can be done automatically...

    Any ideas?


  2. RoyGBiv

    RoyGBiv Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 10, 2000
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    There are two well-regarded switches. The one I have made by Zektor is 4 in, 1 out and controlled by remote. Each input has component video in, and the following audio inputs: audio analog (R and L) in, optical digital in, and cable digital in. The unit also switches optical digital to cable digital so that either input can be used with either output. I use this switcher, and it works perfectly. It is not cheap though, at $299.

    The other alternative many people use is the Audio Authority 4 in 1 out switcher. This one is "auto sensing" and will automatically pick the "active" input. There is no other control, and it doesn't switch any audio. Some people love this switch, and others hate the auto sensing which for them doesn't work. It is much less expensive. If I remember correctly, it is about $150.

    The last alternative is to use a receiver for all the video switching. Many receivers will switch component, but most have only 2 inputs with 1 output.

    There is a lot more about switchers and an active thread about them going on at


    in the HDTV hardware forum.

  3. Gabriel_Lam

    Gabriel_Lam Screenwriter

    Mar 7, 2002
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  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    This thread on Inexpensive HD Video Switching discusses several different options including the Zektor and Inday units. Many happy customers of both.

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