Kinivo 501BN Premium 5 port High speed HDMI switch with IR wireless remote and AC Power adapter - supports 3D, 1080p
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- Switches 5 high speed HDMI inputs into one output
- Can switch automatically (based on active input)
- Supports manual switching using the supplied IR wireless remote or the button on the device
- Supports 3D and HD resolutions upto 1080p
- 1 year warranty
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Kinivo 501BN is a premium quality High speed HDMI Switch for your gaming or home theater setup. It allows for switching upto 5 HDMI inputs into one output and supports resolutions upto 1080p.
Easy plug & play operation
Simply plug in the hdmi input sources into the input connections and the output connection to your TV or projector. 501BN will automatically switch to the currently active input source if there is only one active input. If there are multiple active inputs, then you can select the input either using the IR remote or using the select button on the switch. The HDMI signal from the selected input is passed through to the output HDMI connection.
Quality Picture and Sound
- Automating switching(smart function), IR remote controlled switching or manual switching
- Supports 3D, HDCP 1.2 compliant; Deep color up to 36-bit
- Guaranteed 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i Resolutions
- Works with all HDTVs, Blu-ray players, Xbox 360, PS3, Apple TV (all versions) and other HDMI devices
- Helps reduce clutter of HDMI wires being fed into your HDTV
Note: Apple TV keeps its HDMI port active even in the sleep state. Hence, auto-switching may not work with the Apple TV. Manual switching can still be used in this scenario.
- Kinivo 501BN HDMI switch
- IR remote control with battery
- AC power adapter
- User manual
All Kinivo HDMI products are backed by a 1 year warranty. Please contact us via email if you have any questions.
Top Customer Reviews
I use this item to connect three devices to a single 65-inch plasma: (1) DirecTV box; (2) Apple TV, newest 2015 Model; (3) Sony single-disc blue-ray, DVD player. I control the devices and activities with a Logitech hub and remote system. Both the Sony player and AppleTV respond to active input searches from the KINIVO, which resulted in random activation of either AppleTV or the Sony player. Most maddeningly, when the Apple TV would turn itself on or go into sleep mode, even when I was watching DirecTV, the TV would be turned off.
Turn Off HDMI-CEC (remote control through the HDMI cable connection). This is often a very useful feature, but probably only if the monitor or TV has multiple HDMI inputs. When you are sharing one input for multiple devices (which is the whole point of the KINIVO for me) it is a drag.
APPLE TV. You cannot turn off the unit. KINIVO describes it as a "non-compliant" device because it never turns off, it just goes to sleep and it will wake up when the KINIVO uses active input searches. But, the good news is that if your other devices have HDMI-CEC turned off, this will not cause a problem as long as you also turn off CEC on AppleTV (Settings->Remotes and Devices->Turn On Your TV With Your Remote->Off).
PANASONIC PLASMA. TC-P65S60. Go to VIERA tools (CEC is part of the Panasonic VIERA feature group). VIERA network control is not the problem. Go to TV MENU->Setup->VIERA Link Settings->Viera Link->OFF. TV will not turn off randomly again.
SONY DVD/Blu-Ray, DVP-NS71H. Go to the unit's menu preferences by pressing Display and selecting toolbox icon. Scroll down to the HDMI icon. In the sub-menu set CONTROL FOR HDMI to "OFF" (I had incorrectly read in a number of places that this could not be done for the SONY, but there it was in the menu).
Control your systems with the smart remote and you should not have any more random turn-offs or device activation, except Apple TV will occasionally turn itself on, but that should not interrupt your other activities.
Here is a review I did for YouTube because I wanted to let other people know about this great find. My wife suggested that I post it here and show people how great it works. In the video, I actually show you how easy it is to use.
Length of ownership: 13 months. First let me say that I LIKE my Kinivo 501BN. It may not be perfect, but it is a very handy device to have, and I use mine a lot. Initially I had five devices connected to its five inputs, but now I have four devices connected to its inputs: #1) Roku 2XS, #2) Toshiba DVD recorder, #3) Samsung Blu-ray player, and #4) Magnavox DVR (1TB model).
3) easy to connect,
4) easy to use,
5) switches up to five HDMI inputs to one HDMI output,
6) works with Logitech Harmony 900 remotes used in complex A/V configurations.
1) Automatic switching cannot be turned off.
2) HDMI input #5 failed at 1 year and 2 days.
3) HDMI input #4 is picky - works with some HDMI devices but not others.
4) After automatic switching, there may be no audio until the active port is selected manually.
Regarding Con #1) For some people automatic switching is a plus. If you have DVR or other devices which turn on an off to record shows then you DON'T want automatic switching, as while you are watching one show, a DVR turns on to start recording and the Kinivo's "automatic switching" immediately switches over to the DVR that just turned on. This is VERY ANNOYING when watching a movie or other program. I wish that the automatic switching could be turned off. If the automatic switching could be disabled I wouldn't have movies I'm watching interrupted every time a DVR or DVD recorder turns on. The manual describes a "priority" system where lower number ports take priority over higher number ports. Perhaps it is the equipment I've connected to the Kinivo, but I've found little evidence of port priorities. No matter which port the Roku is connected to, its playback is interrupted anytime either the DVR or the DVD recorder powers on, as the Kinivo switches to whichever device powered up.
Regarding Con #2) A couple of days after my Kinivo's 1st birthday the fifth HDMI input failed. No matter what you connect to it, all you get is a screen of 1920x1080 digital noise.
Regarding Con #3) The fourth HDMI input has always been "picky" as to what you can connect to it. I doesn't like either of my Blu-ray players (different brands), my Roku, or any computer or laptop I've tried. It works just fine with either of my Magnavox DVRs, my Toshiba DVD recorder, or my WD TV Live. Note that HDMI inputs #1, #2, and #3 work fine with ANY device I've connected. The "picky" nature I refer to depends upon the device and ONLY applies to input #4. One Blu-ray player's output flashes on and off continuously. The other Blu-ray player's video is great, but the audio is very choppy and loaded with pops and clicks. The video and audio of the Roku 2 XS works fine for a few minutes and then a noise pattern overlays the video image. A few minutes later the video goes black and the audio drops out. Once input #4 is in this state, they only way to make it useful again is to disconnect the Kinivo's power cord for a few seconds. Again, the Roku works great if connected to input #1, #2, or #3.
Regarding Con #4) This happens more with some devices than other, and seems to depend more on the input device than the input port.
Again, I really like the Kinivo 501BN despite some issues, and you can't beat it for the price.
I purchased this switch as I had run out of HDMI ports on my HDTV and needed to attach an additional HDMI device. I'm happy with the Kinivo 501BN 5 port HDMI switch as it meets my needs, was very easy to set up, is very easy to operate, has a wireless remote control, and operates with sophisticated programmable remote controls like the Logitech Harmony 900.
The switch is small, and fits in well with other small devices. It generates very little heat. There is a small power adapter at the wall end of the power cord. Due to its small size, I placed it on top of my WD TV Live box, with my Roku 2 MX sitting on top of the switch.
The remote that comes with the Kinivo is small, and when flat on a table, is smaller than a credit card and about the thickness of four or five credit cards. The remote is powered by a button cell which comes with the remote. The range of the remote is very good, and seems to bounce off walls quite well.
Switching is fast compared to my TV. There are individual device buttons on the remote as well as up and down buttons.
The reason I give the switch four stars and not five is that there are a couple of interesting quirks that, depending upon how you use the switch, may be considered either a "feature" or an "annoyance".
When you power on an HDMI device connected as an input to the switch, the switch changes from whichever input is currently selected to the just powered on HDMI device. Thus, if I'm watching something on my WD TV Live or Roku and my DVD recorder's timer turns it on to make a recording, the switch switches over to the DVD recorder and I have to switch it back manually. Not a big thing, but it can be annoying. It would be nice to have this as a configurable setting, but at the price of this switch, this probably isn't practical.
Related to the above, sometimes when it decides to switch to a just powered on device there is no audio. Pressing the button for that device restores the audio. Again, not a big thing, but it can be annoying.
The above ONLY occur when a device other than the one you are watching is powered on. I've never had any loss of audio or other problem when switching inputs via the individual device buttons or up-down buttons.
I'm VERY happy with my Kinivo switch and have recommended it to friends and family. If you need to connect more HDMI devices than there are HDMI inputs on your HDTV or home theater receiver, the Kinivo 5 port switch is a great solution.
I've used other switches in the past and it always seemed like I was sacrificing quality for convenience. That's not the case with the Kinivo switch. It doesn't drop signals and the quality of picture and sound isn't hindered at all from passing through the switch. Looking at the size of the switch (a little larger than an Apple TV) I was skeptical. I'm not a skeptic anymore. This is the switch to buy. I've uploaded a photo of the switch sitting atop my set-top box, next to my Apple TV for a size reference.