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Sewell Direct Ibis - 2x1 or 1x2 HDMI Bi-Directional Switch with HDCP Passthrough, 3D and 1080p Support
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- No external power required
- LEDs indicate port usage and Supports full 1080P resolutions
- Plug and play
- Simple switching features and HDCP Passthrough
- Full HDMI 1.3 compliant
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Sewell Direct SW-8876 Ibis - 2x1 or 1x2 HDMI Bi-Directional Switch with HDCP Passthrough
Have a setup where you need to connect two high-definition HDMI sources like a Blu-Ray player or PS3 to a single HDMI display like your big screen LCD? Or, do you want to switch your single high definition video source easily between two displays? This HDMI bi-directional switch will work for you.
One huge benefit that the Ibis has over other switches on the market is that it can be used with two sources and one display- a PS4 and a Blu-Ray player for instance. Additionally, it can be used with one source and two displays- you can send the signal from your Blu-Ray player to an HDTV and a projector.
The switch supports full HDCP passthrough, so you don't need to worry about data encryption. Plus, a simple LED system lets you know which source or display you'd like to switch to. A simple push-button design lets you easily move from one to the other and back. Plus, it's about the most affordable 1x2 switch on the market, even without it's bi-directional capabilities.
Ibis is easy to hook up
All you need is three HDMI cables and you're set.
- No external power required
- LEDs indicate port usage
- Simple switching features
- Plug and Play
- Supports full 1080P resolutions
- HDCP passthrough
- Full HDMI 1.3 compliant
Style: 2x1 or 1x2 Port
Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking for a splitter to switch your HDMI signal between two devices, you can't do better than this Sewell box.
I have a home theater projector that I use a few times a week for sports and movies and was concerned that frequently plugging and unplugging the HDMI cable from my TV would damage the HDMI port. While there were powered options that would output to both displays simultaneously, I was looking for a non-powered switch - the back of my home theater setup already looks like the snake pit from Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I did not want something else to plug in. This device has idiot-proof setup and is extremely easy to use. It renders the signal at the same quality as a direct connect from my AV receiver to the TV/Projector does.
1. This will SWITCH a HDMI output signal between two devices. It WILL NOT display the signal to both devices simultaneously. IF you want to display a single HDMI output to multiple devices simultaneously, you will need a powered box to amplify the signal.
2. I have only used this to switch an HDMI output signal between two devices. This is a bidirectional switch, so you can also use it to connect two HDMI outputs to a single display or other device. I have not tested this functionality, but would guess that it works just as well the other way.
My longest connection spans 43' over four cables, two of these switches, and a powered splitter (my projector lacks audio out and has the sound quality of a cell phone from 1987). As far as I can tell, there's little to no noise, distortion, etc. but when I watch Netflix via XBox and it goes in to 'movie mode' or whatever, I get artifacts, but if anything it just makes it seem that much more theater-like! The menu screens are fine, and when I use my computer on the projector it also is fine. And to be fair, that could just be because of the aforementioned 43' of cable, the splitter that was so cheap it didn't have a brand; or both. Too many variables to pin it on one thing..
Just be prepared though - they have blue LED's as indicator lights. They are SUPER BRIGHT! As in, concerned I may have damaged my eyes, it physically hurt, bright. As in, I can still see light coming through the electrical tape I put over them bright. B-R-I-G-H-T. Warnings aside, covering them with masking tape leaves them visible in daylight. Covering with electrical tape lets just enough light through to see in low light conditions, which is perfect for something like a movie room where it's nice to see but you don't want it lighting up a corner of the room. Actually I bet one of these could light an entire room. BRIGHT.
As at least one other person noted, the blue LEDs on this thing are bright. Very bright. I was able to reduce it enough for my tastes by putting eight layers of blue painters tape over the top of each one (and they are still easily visible). A very easy fix, so no big deal, but I don't know why they had to be that bright to begin with.
So, I recommend it. My only suggestion to you is to consider the orientation of the input and outputs. IMO, this isn't a convenient form factor to place on a desk or in an entertainment center. I like the boxes with the inputs/outputs on the back and the selector buttons on the front. However, those didn't get as good of reviews, so I picked this one. It works perfectly for me because I have it on the floor in my office and push the button with my foot, but I wouldn't want it in my main living room system. Also, there is no remote control for this like you can get with some other switches.
UPDATE: I purchased their newer 3x1 switch for my parents in December 2014, and they say that it works great. They aren't overly tech savvy, but the switch is very simple to set up and use. I really like the new form factor of the 3x1 that addresses the orientation of the inputs/outputs that I mentioned in my original review. Based on my positive experience with the 2x1, and my parents' positive experience with the 3x1, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these switches if they have the features that you want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this after one of the HDMI ports went out on my T.V. This did everything it said it would and worked with my cable box. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Steven marcus
Great product. Works well! We are using it now for the family room TV system. I plan to buy another one for the bedroom TV set-up.Published 14 days ago by rose
Nice little switch box. Works just fine for what I needed.Published 15 days ago by Timothy L. Upleger
This little device is small but does the trick. Use it to switch between 2 HDMI inputs (DVD, DirectTV) and output to TV. Bought 2- 1ft HDMI cables and hooked it up in seconds.Published 16 days ago by BobM