Finally: A CHEAP remote controller 4-way component switcher !!!

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  1. Bill Slack

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    Here it is: http://www.inday.com/
    Only $187. All the specs look perfect on it. I think this is a must buy for a lot of people, including myself. I have not bought one yet, but a few folks on the AVS forum seem to be using it with fine results.
    Oops. Controller=controlled. Silly me.
     
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    187 bucks = cheap??? oh dear.
     
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    no, i dont know. i didnt know a component switcher would be sooo god damn expensive. sorry.
     
  5. Bill Slack

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    The next cheapest options are a 2-way autoswitcher for around the same price or an Extron RGBHV switcher with BNC-RCA adapters that, with a remote or auto-switching, is going to run you $600-$800 new and at least $300-$400 if you can manage to find the right one on eBay... so this a very welcome product!
     
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    bill.

    do you know why they are so expensive? do they need to be built from a certain / expensive materials?
     
  7. Bill Slack

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    The Extron ones are broadcast quality and are made of high quality materials and come with quite strudy casings.

    The other options (including) this one... well, the electronics are a fair amount more expensive than everything else out there. You need much more bandwidth to switch ATSC vs. NTSC. Also, a component switcher is much less mass-market than a regular NTSC composite or S-Video switch box, so any fixed cost involved have to be spread across fewer unit sales increasing the price.

    A good composite/s-video switch is still not cheap. I'd guess around $75-$100. There are cheaper electronic ones and mechanical ones that cost less, for sure.

    Back in 98 or so when I first got into this stuff I was looking for a remote controlled S-Video switch box and at the time the only one was around $300 or so... The prices will fall on component switch boxes in time; this box is an excellent first step.

    It DOES amaze me that there aren't more reasonably priced ones, especially with 4 or 6 inputs. There really is a demand out there. Heck, JVC is apparently selling a mechnical one for $75 (!)
     
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    Hmmm, looks pretty good. I like the small size. Easy to hide in the rack next to, say, an X-Box. [​IMG]
    In addition to the $187 model with remote, there's a $168 model that you can use with an existing learning remote.
    I've got the DVD player & the X-Box hooked up to my two component inputs now, but I'll be getting a STB this fall, and I'd like to hook my GameCube up to component as well. This little device looks like a perfect solution to that dilemma. Good find, Bill!! [​IMG]
     

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