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What Is an HDMI Input Splitter?
An HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) input splitter is an audio/video component that allows one device with an HDMI output to be connected to a number of other devices with HDMI inputs. It distributes and amplifies the signal into identical signals to provide high-quality HD video and audio to each receiving monitor.
As of 2009, HDMI connections provide the best means of sending high definition video and audio from a DVD/Blu-Ray player or a cable/satellite receiver to a high definition TV. HDMI allows for 1920 (horizontal) by 1080 (vertical) lines of resolution to comprise the HD picture, as well as Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound digital audio.
Connect the power cord and plug into an AC outlet. Use an HDMI cable to connect from the starting component to the splitter's input, then connect to as many TVs or monitors as the splitter has outputs with the use of more HDMI cables.
Video and audio signals can weaken and degrade as they are divided or if there is a long distance between components. HDMI input splitters also buffer and amplify the outgoing signals to prevent that signal loss.
HDMI input splitters are well-suited for locations such as restaurants, taverns, conference rooms, schools and offices where multiple HDTV screens are in use and high-quality video is still desired.
For an even larger number of TVs, HDMI input splitters can be connected in a row, creating a cascading effect that further amplifies and protects the original signal, even over greater distances.
HDMI Splitter Issues:
HDMI cables provide uncompressed data to travel from its source to the TV. What this means is that now, unlike cables of the past, no data is lost during transfer. This is how you would optimize your High Definition TV's picture quality. However, there are often TVs that have one less HDMI input than devices that you own. This problem is solved with the HDMI splitter. Thankfully, the issues with using this device are minimal.
Since splitters hook up many devices to one port, what can often become a problem is that the picture on the screen will appear "jumbled" or mixed up. This is usually due to the splitter sending data from more than one device at a time to the TV. To fix this issue, make sure the device that you do not want to use is turned off.
At certain times the image on the screen might blink or start to fade. This is usually caused by the cords being loose either in the splitter or in the TV itself. To fix this issue make sure all the cords are firmly plugged into the devices and do not touch the cords when in use.
As HDMI cords transmit both video and audio at the same time, if only one of these are coming through it is the sign of a problem with the cord. Test the other devices on the splitter to see if they have the same issue. If no other devices have the problem then it is only the HDMI cord for the one device that needs to be replaced. If all of the devices have the problem then it is likely that the HDMI cord going from the splitter to the TV needs to be replaced.