Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch Review and Photos

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Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View with Accessories

Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View with Accessories
Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View with Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a photo of the box that the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch comes in and what you should find inside. On the left is the provided wireless remote, the actual 5x1 switch box is in the center, and on the right is the AC power adapter. Also shown is the included instruction/quick setup guide.

The Features and Specifications of the Accell UltraAV K072C-010B include:

1. Supports for resolutions up to 1080p - also includes 3D compatibility.

2. 6.75 Gbps (225MHz) Transfer rate capability.

3. 36-Bit Deep Color Support.

4. 3-Way Switching - Auto, Manual and Remote Control.

5. HDMI Authorized Test Center (ATC) Certified.

6. Works With all HDCP Compliant HDMI Devices.

7. HDMI Connections: 5-inputs 1-output (rear mounted).

8. HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) compatible.

10. Maximum cable length support for non-amplified HDMI cables.: 5m (16ft.) ea. input and 15m (49ft.) output.

11. Dimensions: 6.7"(W) x 3.8"(L) x 1.45"(H).

12. Weight: 10.6 oz.

13. PowerAdapter: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 1A Max.

14. Operating Power: 6V, 2A, 12W Max.

Review

The Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch provides a way for users to expand the number of HDMI-equipped components that can be connected to an HDTV. Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch comes with an AC adapter and wireless remote that make installation and use easy.

Using two HDMI sources OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Disc Player, OPPO DV-980HD Upscaling DVD player, and a variety of HDMI cable lengths (3ft to 15ft), I found that both the HDMI handshake and signal integrity was not an issue. When comparing direct connection of the HDMI components to the HDTVs used ( Westinghouse LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor and Samsung LN-R238W 720p LCD TV ) vs HDMI signals going through the switch before going to the HDTV, the switch did not introduce any visible artifacts or changes in the source signal quality. In addition to video, there was the switch did not have any problem passing all the available surround sound formats, as well as 2 and multi-channel PCM audio signals. NOTE: 3D pass-through function not tested.

In addition to direct-to-TV connection, I also connected the source components alternately to an Onkyo TX-SR705 Home Theater receiver and Yamaha YSP-2200 Digital Sound Projector (on review loan), then routed the HDMI output of both units to an HDMI input on the Accell switcher, then to the TV. I also connected the source components first to the Accell switcher, then to receiver or digital sound projector, and then from either the receiver or digital sound projector to the TV. In both connection cases that there were no handshake issues between the receiver, switcher, or TV.

I also tested the 5x1 HDMI switch when using an HDMI-to-DVI conversion connection setup and did not experience any HDMI handshake issue or connection glitches with the components I used.

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For a closer look at the front panel of the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch, proceed to the next photo...

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Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View

Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View
Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is the front of the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch. As you can see, there are indicators for each input that is selected. Each button is also paired with an indicator light, which is placed above each button. Starting on the left is the power buttons, the Auto/Manual input select button, an IR sensor for the remote control beam, followed by the manual direct access HDMI input selection buttons.

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For a closer look at the front panel of the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch when in operation, proceed to the next photo...

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Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View - Powered On

Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View - On
Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Front View - On. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is the front of the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch when in operation. The power indicator is red (shows orange in this photo due to the effect of the camera's flash), while the Auto/Manual indicator and source select indicators are green. In this photo HDMI 2 is the selected source input.

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For a closer look at the rear panel of the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch, proceed to the next photo...

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Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Rear View

Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Rear View
Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the rear panel of the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch. As you can see everything is clearly labeled. Starting on the left the five HDMI inputs, one HDMI outputs and the AC Adapter connection.

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For a close-up look at the remote control provided for the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch, as well as some closing comments, proceed to the next photo...

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Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Remote Control

Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Remote Control
Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a very extreme close-up photo of the remote control provided with the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch. As you can see, the remote control is not much larger than a credit card. The remote features an On/Off button and two ways to access the HDMI source inputs (Auto/Manual). The manual direct access source select buttons located in the orange/red square on the bottom half of the remote.

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Final Take

Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch can be a great addition to your home theater setup, especially if you have run out of HDMI connections on your TV. The Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch allows the user to connect up to five HDMI sources (Blu-ray Disc Player, DVD Player, HD Cable/Satellite Box, etc...). This switch provides great connection convenience without sacrificing signal integrity. The only feature that would make this switcher "better" would be the addition of a second parallel HDMI output that would allow more flexibility when using a 3D TV in combination with a non-3D capable HDMI-equipped home theater receiver.

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