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Enjoy Easy Entertainment with an HDMI Switch

Switching between different sources of HDMI input on your TV doesn't have to be a hassle. An HDMI switch can solve all your problems in a single stroke, and you don't need a great amount of technical know-how if you want to use one. eBay has many kinds of HDMI switch devices available for you to choose from.

How does an HDMI switch work?

An HDMI switch includes a control box which has as many as eight HDMI inputs as well as an output for your TV. Make sure that you buy a switch that has enough ports in order to accommodate all of your devices. To connect the HDMI switch, simply connect a cable from the output port into your TV. Some switches have labels on each of the ports so that you can easily see which device goes into which port. When connecting the switch to the TV, be sure to not use a random component port because there's a separate port just for this purpose.

How does an HDMI switch differ from an HDMI splitter?

An HDMI switch lets you choose between two or more HDMI signals. For example, you can use a switch to toggle between your set-top box and a game console. An HDMI splitter simply splits a signal so that it can be transferred to more than one device at a time.

Should you opt for a 4K-compatible HDMI switch?

If you already have 4K, then you'll need a switch that supports 4K. It is a good idea to buy a 4K-compatible switch, even if you don't have 4K so that you can future-proof your system. When you eventually upgrade to 4K, this means you won't have to buy a new switch.

What is an HDMI switch for?

If you don't have an AV receiver, changing media sources on your TV will usually require you to get up and physically swap out cables on your devices. An HDMI switch lets you easily change devices with the touch of a button, including gaming consoles, DVD players, and set-top boxes. There are a lot of features that you can choose from when buying an HDMI switch, such as:

  • The number of ports, usually between two and eight.
  • Regular or high-speed, which are both 4K-compatible.
  • Remote or button controls.
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