Gefen Releases 1:5 HDMI Switcher - Necessary for Consumers? 
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Friday, 05 December 2008

While not professional installer grade, Gefen has released a new, working HDMI 1.3 switcher.  Ready for this?  One HDMI video/audio input and five HDMI video/audio outputs.  Hmmmm.  Can someone explain the function of this box?

Seems like the switcher is backwards.  Shouldn't it be 5 signals in and one signal out.  Honestly, who needs to send one signal to five displays.  A consumer doesn't and venues need a whole lot more complex distribution setup than one in and five out.

But, apparently this switcher supports full DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD passthrough as well as 1080p bandwidth.  Gefen even includes a six-foot HDMI cable.  Their press release states the device can be bought for a "minimal fee."  Right.  And minimal means what exactly?

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