Are you looking for an HDMI splitter to connect multiple devices to one source, we have listed various types with two to 16 output ports. If you want to be able to control it remotely, choose an HDMI splitter with remote control. If you have 4K equipment, choose an HDMI splitter 4K. Make sure that the HDMI splitter supports at least the same standard as your HDMI equipment. If you want to view protected content, it is important that you choose an HDMI splitter that supports the correct HDCP standard.
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Connecting equipment with HDMI splitter
You can easily connect devices to each other with your HDMI cable. It is also possible to daisy chain devices. This is done as follows. For example, you have a blu-ray disc player and connect it to your audio receiver with an HDMI cable. Then connect the audio receiver to your flat screen TV or beamer with an HDMI cable. The audio receiver decodes the audio signal from the Blu-ray disc player.
The audio receiver also transmits the signal from the Blu-ray player via a second connection to your flat screen TV or beamer, which decodes and displays the image signal. This looping through of the signal is also called daisy chaining. To daisy chain your audio receiver does need a second HDMI connection. In addition, it is necessary that the device that transmits the signal, in this case your audio receiver, supports at least the same standard as your blu-ray player and your flat screen TV or beamer. Only then will the image be displayed at the highest possible resolution. If not, you can use the HDMI splitter.
Use of HDMI splitter
If you mix the signal between different devices with HDMI cables, it is important to pay attention to the version of the different devices. If there is a device in the chain with a lower version, it may happen that this device switches the connection to the lower HDMI standard. As a result, you cannot get the highest possible image resolution. This problem is easily solved by using an HDMI splitter that supports a high version.
You connect the splitter to the source and connect your audio receiver and flat screen TV or beamer to the splitter. In this way, you transmit a signal with the highest possible quality to all devices. An HDMI splitter is also a great way to connect multiple TV screens or monitors to one source. Think of multiple monitors in a restaurant, a canteen, a shop or at home in different rooms. When choosing, pay close attention to the version you want to use and choose an HDMI splitter that supports at least the desired standard.
Versions and standards
The introduction of this technology started with version 1.0, after which the standard has been further developed and versions 1.4 and 2.0 have been introduced. Version 1.4 is still a widely used version and is still widely used with new equipment. An HDMI splitter that supports the 1.4 standard is suitable for processing a full HD 1080p video signal, 4K at 30 HZ and 3D video. If you have equipment that supports the 1.4 standard, you can opt for an HDMI splitter according to the 1.4 standard. Since it is a digital signal, using this splitter will not affect the picture and sound quality.
If you have equipment that supports the HDMI 2.0 standard, choose an HDMI splitter that supports this 2.0 standard. This is particularly important for the proper transmission of an image signal with an HDR 4K resolution and a 60 Hz refresh rate. If you want to transmit a signal that is protected via HDCP, such as a film on a Blu-ray disc, it is important that the HDMI splitter supports the correct HDCP version.
High-Definition Multimedia Interface is what this abbreviation stands for. This standard defines not only the transmission protocol of the digital image and sound, but also the electrical interface and connector. In addition to the seven manufacturers who devised and elaborated the standard, more than eighty manufacturers have now joined. The big advantage for the consumer is that equipment from different manufacturers that meet the standard is easy to connect with a cable.
All the newer versions are compatible with older versions installed on older equipment, but unfortunately you will not be able to use the latest features of the most recent version. Finally, to clear up a misunderstanding. Do you have multiple devices that you want to connect to one input? For example, a DVD player, a Blu-ray player and a game console that you want to use in turn on one TV? Then you do not need a splitter, but an HDMI switch.