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Impact Acoustics HDMI Selector Review

by July 16, 2007
Impact Acoustics HDMI Switches

Impact Acoustics HDMI Switches

  • Product Name: 2-port 5-port HDMI Switchers
  • Manufacturer: Impact Acoustics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: July 16, 2007 15:05
  • MSRP: $ 129.99 (5-port); $84.99 (2-port)
  • Buy Now
  • HDMI Inputs: 5 (Rear)
  • HDMI Outputs: 1 (Rear)
  • Fully HDCP compliant for use with High Definition Movies and Broadcasts
  • Supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p video resolutions
  • Supports DDWG standard for HDMI-compatible monitors
  • Discrete Code infrared remote control (discrete on/off on 5-port only)
  • Infrared Extender Jack (5-port only)
  • LED display
  • IR remote or front panel control
  • LED displays video source selected

Pros

  • Discrete input selection
  • Small form factor
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No discrete power on 2-port version
  • Remotes may get lost in couch

 

Impact Acoustics 2 and 5 Port HDMI Switches Introduction

HDMI_Switch_Front.JPGThe thing about HDMI switchers is that you don't need one until you need one and by then, you REALLY need one. Some people have made the plunge and bought an HDMI receiver but there are plenty of people still on the fence. For them, they'd like to get the very best picture quality out of their HDMI capable transports and display but many displays only have one or, if you're lucky, two HDMI inputs. If you find yourself with digital cable, a Playstation 3 or one of the newer Xbox 360's, and a high def player or upconverting DVD player you're going to spend a lot of time switching cables or settling on non-digital outputs. Frankly, that's no good. Rather than deal with that, Impact Acoustics has come out with two HDMI switchers, either of which will surely fit your needs. Best of all, they are priced for the consumer and not just installers!

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Recent Forum Posts:

westcott posts on May 06, 2008 18:11
PhillyDan1969, post: 367887
OK the monoprice 4X1 HDMI switch failed when I connected my Toshiba HD-A2 and my Motorola HD-DVR, so I am going to spend the extra $60 some dollars and grab the Impact Acoustics 5X1 HDMI switch!!!

IA 5x1 worked for me on the HDXA2, the DN VPN622, and the BD-P1200 when the monoprice would NOT!!!
westcott posts on May 06, 2008 18:09
mike c, post: 409666
will this switcher pass all the fancy audio formats?

It has for me, so far. Which is more than I can say for the one I bought from Monoprice.
mike c posts on May 06, 2008 12:19
will this switcher pass all the fancy audio formats?
bandphan posts on January 31, 2008 07:27
http://www.gefen.com/kvm/accessories.jsp

popped this one in a home couple weeks ago in a whole house setup, no problems but overkill for most
PhillyDan1969 posts on January 31, 2008 01:41
OK the monoprice 4X1 HDMI switch failed when I connected my Toshiba HD-A2 and my Motorola HD-DVR, so I am going to spend the extra $60 some dollars and grab the Impact Acoustics 5X1 HDMI switch!!!
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