Seeking the mother of all A/V switches
March 8, 2010 11:14 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a comprehensive A/V switch that receives pretty much anything and converts it all to digital signals for HDTVs and modern home theaters. Does it exist?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to technology (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Say I've got a mix of old and new video sources (DVD players, video game consoles, DVRs, whatever) and a brand-new HDTV and audio receiver. I want one switch to rule them all, with at least five input slots, all of which have the following ports:
Basically, no matter what I have will fit in the switch and play nice with it. Then, the switch needs to take the active signal and convert it to (either) HDMI or component for video AND Toslink for audio output. If the input already was digital it should passthrough without touching it.
This way, I only have one video cable running to the TV, and one audio cable running to the receiver, and the switch does all the heavy lifting. Does such a device exist? If so, what are any drawbacks I would need to know about? Is there noticeable latency in the digital conversion that could affect gaming or sound/picture sync?
If there are a number of this sort of product on the market and I just haven't been looking in the right places, here are a couple other features I'd like... A remote control (instead of a physical knob/button) and a customizable display that indicates "Laptop" or "Dreamcast" or whatever other input is currently active. I have a feeling that level of specificity is rather pie-in-the-sky. In that case, what is the best way to accomplish what I'm trying to do?