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Impact Acoustics 3x5 Component Video Matrix Selector Switch Review

by July 01, 2008
Impact Acoustics 3x5 Component Video Matrix Selector Switch

Impact Acoustics 3x5 Component Video Matrix Selector Switch

  • Product Name: 3x5 Component Video Matrix Selector Switch
  • Manufacturer: Impact Acoustics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: July 01, 2008 10:40
  • MSRP: $ 349.99
  • Buy Now
  • Audio Input: 3Vp-p

  • S/N Ratio: 65dB

  • Audio Input Impedance: 10kO

  • Note that the unit does not convert L/R audio to TOSLINK or TOSLINK to L/R audio.

  • Video Component Input Impedance: 75O

  • Video Bandwidth: [email protected]

Features:

  • Component Video Inputs: 3 (2 Rear, 1 Front)

  • Component Video Outputs: 5 (Rear)

  • Audio Inputs: L/R Analog Audio (2 Rear, 1 Front via 3.5mm jack), TOSLINK Optical Digital Audio (2 Rear, 1 Front)

  • Audio Outputs: L/R Analog Audio and TOSLINK Optical Digital Audio (5 Rear)

  • Compatible with all interlaced or progressive scan analog component video signals

Pros

  • Works
  • Easy setup
  • Discrete codes means integration will be a snap

Cons

  • No discrete IR input

 

Impact Acoustics 3x5 Component Video Matrix Selector Switch Introduction

3x5_InBox.JPGWhen I was told that there was a 3x5 Component Video Selector Switch on the way from Impact Acoustics for review, my first reaction was, "Now there's a product in search of a market!" How many home theaters really need to send three inputs to 5 different displays? Not many I'd guess. But this is a pretty common occurrence for professional settings (such as bars) and it is not inconceivable that someone with a bit of money and a large basement to renovate might use such a device. The key, as a reviewer, is not to judge a device on whether or not you perceive there to be a need for it but on its own merits. With that in mind, I cracked open the box and ran the 3x5 switch through its paces.

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