If you take a look behind your television screen, chances are it will be a highway of black and coloured cords crossing over one another. Each cord, just like its power source, is essential to the proper functioning of your television.
In the past, when you wanted to watch cable TV, watch a DVD, or play on your gaming system, you would have to configure all the cords from the back to ensure the correct output was being presented on your screen. With a HDMI Splitter or Switch, at the press of a button, you can swap from one system to another with ease and no hassle.
What's the difference between an HDMI Splitter and an HDMI Switch?
An HDMI Splitter is a simple cable that takes a line from your TV and splits one HDMI source signal to just two outputs, so your devices eventually lead back to the same port. The preferred source can be selected by remote control. A common problem with older television models is that they don't provide enough HDMI inputs. Before turning on the second device, you will need to ensure the first one is turned off to prevent incorrect signal.
An HDMI Switch is a small box that you ‘switch' on to give you anywhere from two to five places to connect multiple source devices to a single HDMI input. With a Switch, you won't be able to play more than of the connected devices at the same time. A Switch is usually preferable if you plan to hook up two different gaming systems.
What to look for in an HDMI Splitter
When using an HDMI Splitter, you need to ensure that its cable is compatible with your ports. TV video HDMI cables are divided into classes and not on the version of HDMI that they support. Similarly, you should be paying attention to the audio format it supports. Once you know the answer to these questions, you'll know what budget to work with.
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