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IOGEAR offers automatic HDMI switch

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Mar 2007 16:34 User comments (10)

IOGEAR offers automatic HDMI switch IOGEAR is aiming to simplify home entertainment connections with the world's first true automatic HDMI switch. The new HDMI 2x1 Automatic Switch (HDAS) is the only product on the market that senses which HDMI product is currently in use, with IOGEAR's patented HDAS technology, and instantly locks and transfers the appropriate audio and video content to the connected HD display.
It also eliminates the hassle of having to plug and unplug HDMI cables between home entertainment equipment in order to connect to an HDTV that does not have enough input ports. According to In-Stat, HDMI-enabled device shipments will grow 78 percent per year through 2010. As the technology becomes increasingly incorporated into common consumer electronics products such as set top boxes, DVD players, gaming consoles like PS3, and even computers, end users may run into the issue of having too many HDMI-enabled pieces of hardware and not enough inputs on their televisions.

"The majority of new home entertainment products support HDMI, however, most televisions do not have enough input ports to connect to all of them at once," said Miranda Su, vice president of sales and marketing at IOGEAR, Inc. "Our new HDMI 2x1 Automatic Switch eliminates frustrations associated with having to continuously plug and unplug devices. Additionally, it is the only true automatic switch available that intuitively detects which source is active and delivers the audio and video content completely in sync with almost no latency."

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10 user comments

128.3.2007 19:26

omg teh 1337 finally i can buy a new tv without looking for one with 5 HDMI inputs :D

229.3.2007 3:51

They have those things up here in Canada and they cost anywere between $100-$150.

329.3.2007 4:01

This is the one I use:

http://www.octavainc.com/HDMI%20switch%203port.htm

It has 3 inputs, "Smart Scan" automatic switching, "Clear Eye" technology, and $10 cheaper than the Iogear.

The monoprice powered HDMI switches are also very popular and sell-out rapidly from their website.

429.3.2007 5:37

I've tried both the 5x1 monoprice and the 3x1 Octava and they both work well for HD-DVD, PS3, and HD cable box. The monoprice switches don't have autosensing but the Octava has - and it's pretty quick. I returned the monoprice and kept the Octava.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Mar 2007 @ 5:37

529.3.2007 10:35

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end users may run into the issue of having too many HDMI-enabled pieces of hardware and not enough inputs on their televisions.

Same thing that happened with usb.

630.3.2007 8:49

What if you have content running on multiple inputs which can happen no autoswitching there, I'll take the remote control system over autosensing any day. I've tried autosensing for my parents with DVD and VCR's and it wasn't pretty, totally confused them they would have to power down all devices except the one they wanted at the moment.

So it sounds good but is it easier and practical? I don't think so...

MonoPrice is a great place unfortunately their switch prices keep going up with the great demand of these.

730.3.2007 9:20

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What if you have content running on multiple inputs which can happen no autoswitching there, I'll take the remote control system over autosensing any day. I've tried autosensing for my parents with DVD and VCR's and it wasn't pretty, totally confused them they would have to power down all devices except the one they wanted at the moment.
With the Octava 3x1 - if you have multiple inputs on at the same time you can use the included remote to switch inputs. You don't have to power down all your devices as the switch doesn't "get confused." It still runs fine with all three inputs "live."

The autosensing is there so you you don't have to switch inputs when you start fresh and you're using only one device.

830.3.2007 12:46

I'll have to look at the MFG'r to see if they have a 4 or 5 input with possibly 2 outputs since that switch would be perfect then.

Thanks much for the great info on the Octava switch.

920.4.2007 23:17

I was catching up on the newletters, saw the comments and want to say thanks,to you folks, for the comments. I "need more input[s]", to borrow from a movies:). I do have stuff hooked up to the HDTV and could use more inputs. Checked the web site out. Does it look like the Octava's price is going to remain stable?

1019.7.2007 13:58

I have the Octava HDMI switch. I love the new HDMI 1.3 version which supports higher bandwidth.
Also has Smart Scan which works great for me because I just turn on the DVD player and it automatically selects the DVD player.
Also the HDMI switch will go to standby mode when I turn off the TV.

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