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PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher Review

by December 07, 2006
PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher

PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher

  • Product Name: HDS-41R
  • Manufacturer: PureLink
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: December 07, 2006 10:50
  • MSRP: $ 549

Features

  • Easy switching between two (or four) digital video sources using remote control or the switch button on the switch
  • LED Indicators
  • Low cost solution for home theater integration
  • Plug-and-play - No software installation - Installs in minutes
  • Built-in RS-232 port
  • HDCP Compliant
Frequency Bandwidth: 1.65 Gbps (single link)
Video Resolutions: Supports up to 1080p HDTV / 1920x1200 at 60Hz(WUXGA)
Inputs: Two HDMI Female ports on the HDS-21R and four HDMI Female ports on the HDS-41R
Output: One HDMI Female port both the HDS-21R and the HDS-41R
Power supply adapter: DC 5V, 2A Power supply adapter (Included)
Remote control: IR Remote Control Unit (Included)
HDS-41R Weight / Dimensions: 3 lbs / 10x15x2 inches (WxLxH)
HDS-21R Weight / Dimensions: 2 lbs / 9x10x2 inches (WxLxH)

 

 

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Flawless switching (full 1.65Gbps HD support)
  • Passes HDCP-encoded signals and 1080p
  • Remote has discrete input switching (programs well into universal remote macros)
  • Solves cable-box-HDMI-to-receiver issue
  • RS-232C support for AMX, Crestron, etc

Cons

  • Flimsy ‘Select’ button on unit
  • Target pricing is geared towards custom installers

 

PureLink HDS-41R Introduction

HDMI is sweeping the electronics industry by storm and, not surprisingly, many manufacturers are not keeping up with the demands. On one hand you can get an HDMI-switching receiver, but you'll likely have to pay $1000 or more to do so. While this might be a cool upgrade, it really may not be something you want to rush out and buy - especially if you just bought a receiver last year that has all the latest DSP and trimmings, save the digital video support. For those people an HDMI switcher may just be the ticket.

Build Quality and First Impressions

The HDS-41R came boxed with the remote control, 5V DC power supply and User Manual. It was well-packaged and the unit feels sturdy, despite its light weight (about 3lbs). I wanted to pop open the unit to see exactly what an HDMI switch looks like underneath all that aluminum. I don't recommend users do this (don't try this at home, kids) because it will void the manufacturer's warranty.

Removing the four screws on the side allowed the unit to slide free, revealing the 7 LED lights and IR receiver mounted at the front of the circuit board. The back and front of the board are securely mounted to the aluminum base. Rear connectors are well-protected and firmly locked in place with the rear of the unit. I doubt that normal wear and tear will have any negative effects on this switcher, or its connectors, over time.

The front of the unit has LEDs for transmit and receive signals, power, and the four HDMI channels (the active channel is lit). A Select switch (which is a bit flimsy but never failed during my use) allows you to toggle through the inputs should the remote be out of reach. A remote IR sensor is also on front and worked well with an IR blaster system I have in Reference System 2. The rear of the unit sports the 5V DC adapter input, the 4 HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output connector. An RS-232C port means that this unit is well equipped to work with the "big boys" and makes it suitable for use by custom installers using AMX or Crestron systems (among others). Users can visit the PureLink website for RS-232 control codes and pinouts.

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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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