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How to Choose an HDMI Splitter

How to Choose an HDMI Splitter

Have you been told that you need an HDMI splitter to resolve an issue with your home entertainment system? If you are less than techno-savvy then you may find yourself somewhat baffled as to what exactly HMDI is, what it means when it splits, and how to select the best one for your needs. Read on to find out everything that you need to know you help you to be in the know.

Understanding What A Splitter Is And Does

Fairly inexpensive, an HDMI splitter is an item that will allow for the splitting of an HDMI source input (a single source) into multiple HDMI signal outputs – the outputs can be anywhere from two, to three, four or even more.

The most frequently seen splitter is one that splits one source into two; for example, you might wish to split the signal received on your satellite or cable box so that it can be watched on more than one television. For this to be effective, all devices need to be HDMI capable.

Degradation in the signal quality is a complaint seen by many who use HDMI splitters but the truth is that it depends entirely on the devices and incoming signal. For example, if you are using a quality device to split the feed from your cable box you may not notice any difference at all. However, if you are using a lower-end splitter and trying to split the feed from one of your devices, your Blu-ray player for example, it is very possible that you will see a very big difference in the quality of the output.

With this in mind, you should try to select an HDMI splitter that will allow you to receive the highest possible quality output, while still staying within your budget of course. Keep in mind that even some of the high-end splitters will work well with your existing equipment so you may want to do a bit of research before you head out to buy the highest rated splitter that you can find. Keep in mind that the output performance is highly unique one that will depend entirely on the equipment that you already have, as a general rule of thumb, lower-end splitter cables won’t provide you with the output performance that you are seeking.

If you plan on extending your HDMI signal beyond eight feet, you should keep in mind that a powered HDMI splitter could provide you with a high signal quality versus using a simple HDMI splitter cable. Many users of splitter cables have the complaint that there is a marked decrease in the quality of the signal that they receive if they are running cables over an eight foot distance. However, by incorporating a powered splitter, the HDMI signal will be amplified and therefore the signal quality can be preserved over a greater distance. As a general rule of thumb, HDMI splitters that are powered tend to be better overall performers because they are simply designed and built better than their low-quality counterparts.

When it comes to purchasing your new splitter you should be sure to do a considerable amount of research to find the best device that will work best with your existing equipment. It could prove to be incredibly frustrating to get your splitter home and set up, only to find that the signal output quality is leagues below what you were hoping for.

There are many online communities that can not only help to answer all of your questions but they can also help to point you in the right direction of a splitter that will work for your needs. You may be able to find someone with a set up that is similar to your own, which can make it a lot easier to select an HDMI splitter – simply select the one that works for the person you are getting advice from. A reputable electronics store service representative will also be able to help to point you in the right direction towards the type of splitter that will work with your current set up. Just be certain to purchase your new gadgets from a store that has a good return policy – in the event that something does crop up with the signal quality you will want the option to return it or switch it out for something that will better fit your needs.

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