The 9 Best HDMI Switchers to Buy in 2016

Hooking up devices to your TV has never been easier

With the increased number of home theater components equipped with HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connections, such as DVD players, DVD recorders, Blu-ray players, media streamers, and satellite and cable boxes, it is easy to run out of HDMI inputs on many TVs and/or Home Theater receivers (especially older ones). An HDMI Switcher is a useful product for owners of HDTVs and/or home theater receivers that do not have enough connections for HDMI source components. For some suggestions on HDMI switchers that may work for you, check out my current favorites.

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DVDO Matrix44 4K Ultra HD HDMI Switcher

DVDO Matrix44 4K Ultra HD HDMI Switcher with Remote Control
DVDO Matrix44 4K Ultra HD HDMI Switcher with Remote Control. Image provided by DVDO

If you looking for an HDMI switcher that provides extensive flexibility for both home and commercial use - then check out the DVDO Matrix 44.

The Matrix 44 is a switcher than can output up to four different HDMI sources to any of its four HDMI outputs independently - that means that you can not only send one source to four video display devices, but you can also send four different sources to four different displays.

The DVD0 Matrix44 is 3D, 1080p, and 4K Ultra HD compatible, and adheres to HDMI 1.4/HDCP 2.0 specifications.

The Matrix 44 also provides a handheld remote control, but can also be controlled via RS232 Serial port or Ethernet/LAN connection, if needed, or desired. Firmware updates can be installed via the USB port.

The DVDO Matrix44 is available through authorized DVDO Dealers, Installers, and online partners.

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Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 3x1 HDMI Switch

Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 3x1 HDMI® Switcher
Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 3x1 HDMI® Switcher. Images provided by Monoprice

Here is an HDMI switcher that is low on price, but high on capability. The Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro is active switcher (requires AC power) that provides 3 HDMI inputs and 1 output that are high-speed capability (up to 18GPs), which makes it compatible with 3D and 4K resolution content containing up to 30 or 60fps (depends on color format) and with HDCP 2.2 copy-protection, is also compatible with any HDMI source that is currently in use now, and in the near future (including 4K streaming content from compatible external media players. '

Also, on the audio side, the Blackbird 4K Pro is also compatible with 7.1 channel uncompressed PCM audio, as well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio signals.

A credit card sized remote control is included.

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DVDO Quick6 6x2 4K UltraHD HDMI Switch

DVDO Quick6 6x2 4K UltraHD HDMI Switch with Included Accessories
DVDO Quick6 with Included Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Expanding the number of HDMI inputs isn't the only benefit of the DVDO Quick6, this innovative switch adds some additional features that can provide some practical upgrades to older HDMI-equipped TVs, and both HDMI and non-HDMI equipped home theater receivers.

To start the Quick6 provides a total of six HDMI inputs, all of which are 3D compatible, but four of them are also pass 4K resolution and two more also provide MHL-compatibility. There are also two HDMI outputs that can be configured to pass audio and video to two video display devices, or, if needed or desired, pass video to your display device and audio to your home theater receiver.

However, that isn't all, PIP enables you to display two HDMI sources on the screen at once, and InstaPrevue displays thumbnails of all your active HDMI sources for easy input selection. There are also additional useful features provided.

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IOGEAR GHDSW4K4 4-1 HDMI Switch

IOGEAR GHDSW4K4 4-1 HDMI Switch
IOGEAR GHDSW4K4 4-1 HDMI Switch. Image provided by IOGEAR

The IOGEAR GHDSW4K4 4-1 passive HDMI Switch (no external power required - powered by HDMI connected devices) is a product that can be used to expand, up to four HDMI input sources that can be accessed by your HD (including 3D) or 4K Ultra HD TV, even if it only has one HDMI input. The IOGEAR HDMI Switch is very easy to use, provides convenient input auto-sensing, is fully HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compatible for video and Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD compatible for audio, and does not degrade signal quality from HDMI sources. Also, this switcher is DVI-compatible (requires HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable).

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Kanex Pro SW-HD4X1AUD4K 4 x 1 HDMI Switcher

Kanex Pro SW-HD4X1AUD4K HDMI Switcher
Kanex Pro SW-HD4X1AUD4K HDMI Switcher. Image provide by Kanex Pro

The Kanex Pro SW-HD4X1AUD4K active HDMI Switcher (external power required) is a product that provides four HDMI inputs sources and one HDMI output. The SW-HD4X1AUD4K is compatible with 1080p and 4K video signals.

However, one thing that is different is that the SW-HD4X1AUD4K also has two dedicated audio only outputs. This allows users to connect video only to a TV or projector and send the audio separately to headphones (3.5mm connector), to a stereo amplifier/receiver (via 3.5mm to RCA adapter), or a home theater receiver via digital optical output.

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IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO Switcher

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Package Contents
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Package Contents and Features. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO Switcher distribution allows you to connect up to four HDMI and one component video source components to a central HDMI switcher, which can distribute both audio and video to up to five video display devices. One output connection is wired, but up to four connections can be made wirelessly (up to 200-foot distance).

You can do the following: Watch the same source on two TVs, watch one source on the wired HDMI TV and up to four others via wireless receivers at the same time, watch one source via direct HDMI connection and one other source via up to four wireless receivers (or you can watch one source on all five TVs).

However, due to technology limitations, you cannot watch a different source on each of the four TVs via the wireless receivers - the wireless transmitter can only send out one source at a time - it can't send four different sources to four receivers to view on four different TVs.

The Matrix PRO Switcher is 1080p compatible, but not 4K compatible (yet - as IOGEAR puts it).

The GWHDMS52MB includes switcher and one wireless receiver.

Also available in kits with 2, 3, or 4 wireless receivers.

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Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502

Nyrius Aries Home Plus Model NAV5502 - Package Contents and Features
Nyrius Aries Home Plus Model NAV5502 - Package Contents and Features. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 is an interesting HDMI switching solution. The Home+ is a kit that combines a two-source HDMI switcher with both a wired and wireless connection option for video displays.

The kit comes with a switcher/transmitter where you can connect your sources. The switcher/transmitter can then be connected to a video display device that is close by using a standard HDMI cable.

However, using WHDI technology, the Home+ can also transmit the same selected HDMI source to a wireless receiver (comes in the box). You can then connect a short HDMI cable from the wireless receiver to a TV, monitor, or video projector. Transmission distance can be as much as 100 feet.

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Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch - Model K072C-010B

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

The Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Audio/Video Switch can be a great addition to a home theater system. An HDMI Switch is a useful product for HDTVs with only one HDMI input connection. With the increased number of components equipped with HDMI connections (DVD players, DVD recorders, Blu-ray players, and Satellite and Cable Boxes) one HDMI input provided on many HDTVs is not enough.

However, with the Accell UltraAV 5x1 HDMI Switch, you can now expand an HDTV's single HDMI input up to five inputs. This switch is very easy to use and does not degrade signal quality from HDMI sources.

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Atlona AT-HD4-V42 4x2 HDMI Switch

Atlona AT-HD4-V42 4x2 HDMI Switch - Front View with Accessories
Atlona AT-HD4-V42 4x2 HDMI Switch - Front View with Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

If you are looking for a way to add more HDMI inputs to your HDTV, video projector, or home theater receiver, consider the Atlona AT-HD4-V42 4x2 HDMI Switch. The Atlona AT-HD4-V42 allows users to connect up to four HDMI source components and either view one source on two different HDMI-equipped TVs and/or video projectors, or if you have a 3D TV and a non-3D HDMI-equipped home theater receiver, the Altona 4x2 switch can send a separate video signal to your TV and audio signal to your home theater receiver at the same time.

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