Simply put, the '4 in 4 out HDMI Matrix Box' allows up to 4 HDMI devices to be independently switched to one, two, three or four HDMI enabled display devices (HDTV or projector).
The four outputs can show the same or different source at the same time.
There are 8 infrared eyes, 4 emitters and 4 receivers. The eyes allow you to manage the equipment connected to your Matrix and also allow you to control which input is selected on the Matrix. This makes it very easy to control what is displayed on any TV in any given location. As seen in the second picture, the matrix is supplied with 3.5mm plugs and sockets, these connectors allow you to make up your own cable to extend the IR receivers to your TVs. The cable you use to extend the IR receivers can be very basic, CAT5 cable is sufficient and IR signals will transmit up to a distance of about 20 metres when this cable is used. The matrix works on a carrier frequency of 38Khz.
1 x HDMI Matrix (4 in, 4 out), 1 x Power cable (5V 350ma), 8 IR (infrared eyes, 4 receivers, 4 emitters, Double sided tape for mounting of the IR eyes, 4 x 3.5mm Plugs and 4 x 3.5mm Jacks for extension of the IR receivers and Mounting brackets
How to use it?
To maintain signal integrity, the Matrix is recommended for use with 720P, 1080i, 1080P or 3D devices. Set-up is easy too;
1. Connect the input HD devices to the Matrix (PS3, Blu-ray Player, etc). Connect the HDMI enabled display devices (HDTV or projector).
2. It is recommended for the initial set up that you turn on your display, the Matrix and then the sources.
3. Select the configuration you require, for example you may require 'Input 1' outputting to 'Output 1, 2 & 3' and 'Input 3' outputting to 'Output 4'.
What are the benefits?
A true Matrix can display any of the input devices (Blu-Ray player, PS3 etc) on any screen, at any time making it extremely versatile. A switch or splitter could never achieve this outcome.
1. Reduces cable clutter
2. You only need to buy 1 type of HD device instead of having to buy multiple devices for each room.
3. Less equipment is on show.
4. Cables up to 15 metres can be used with each port. If you require longer lengths of cable, we also supply HDMI CAT5 extender devices.
5. Simple plug and play operation
1. Manual Selection - The input can be manually selected by using the ‘source selection buttons’ on the front of the splitter box.
2. Key Lock - The ‘source selection buttons’ can be locked using the key lock button. This will eradicate accidental changing of the source. When the Matrix is left idle for over 60 seconds the ‘source selection buttons’ will be locked automatically, they can be unlocked using the ‘key lock’ button located on the front of the Matrix.
3. Infrared Remote Control and Eyes - The Matrix is supplied with a remote control which allows full control of all the functions. If the Matrix box is hidden away from view the infrared receiver eyes can be plugged in and positioned in a suitable position (near to each TV) for receiving information from the remote control, allowing you to control the Matrix and the equipment connected to the Matrix
4. HDMI - 2.25GBps 1080P/3D, Supports deep colour, DTS-HD and Dolby True HD
5. HDCP CompliantEDID Function
This is an clever function that ensures you get the most out of all the equipment connected to your Matrix. This is quite an advanced setting so don't worry if you don't understand, the Matrix will work fine without changing these settings.
If you have more than 1 display/TV/Amplifier (which may be of different HDMI versions and capabilities) you can set the Matrix to send information to the source of what type of signal it would like to be sent, as standard the Matrix will output '1080P 2 Channel Stereo' from source devices.
The Matrix has an EDID mixing mode (also known as copy mode). You use this to update the Matrix with the operating capabilities of a particular display/Amplifier, by copying the EDID information from the display/Amplifier to the Matrix. For example you may copy '1080P 5.1 Audio' back to the matrix from an AVR. When you then switch on a source device such as a PS3, when automatically detecting the audio settings, the PS3 will determine it can output 5.1 audio.
Another example, if the matrix was being operated in standard mode '1080P 2 Channel Stereo' and you had the following connected;
3x TVs (stereo audio) and 1x 5.1 Amp with a TV connected to the Amp
If you then decided you wanted to watch a film on the TV connected to the 5.1 amplifier, you could manually change the audio settings for your Blu-ray player or PS3 to output 5.1 and not stereo.
The settings are altered by using three 'Dip Switches' which are positioned on the side of the Matrix.
Additional information and FAQ’s
The Matrix equalises and amplifies to ensure no loss of signal transmission when using long cables (up to 15 metres). There is also an mini USB port on the side of the Matrix will allows you to update the firmware easily, if there are any firmware updates they will be available on our website. The HDMI connectors used are type A. Type A is the most commonly used connector and is used in Sky HD Boxes, PS3’s and most HD ready plasma and LCD televisions.