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Great Switch if your want a custom look.
on August 20, 2009
The Oppo HM-31 is the best-looking HDMI switcher I ever had. The top of the switcher is black brushed metal, and the front and sides have a glossy black look. There are three LED lights to indicate which source is selected, plus an additional LED to indicate power. To the right is a Select button, so you can toggle through the inputs if the remote goes missing. It's tough to make something as utilitarian as an HDMI switcher look good, but Oppo pulls it off. The included remote is a weakness, as it has the slim, credit-card-style design, although we appreciate the separate buttons for each input. I definitely prefer full-size remote.
The three inputs and one output will allow you to switch between three connected devices. As mentioned above, there are discrete remote codes for each input, which make it easier to program with a universal remote, and universal remotes make it much easier to integrate an HDMI switcher into your home theater setup. For example, with an activity-based universal remote such as a Logitech Harmony, you can simply select Watch TV and it will change the respective inputs on the switcher, the TV, and the AV receiver without your needing to remember which input is which. Unlike most of my other switchers, the HM-31 does include some custom installer-friendly features such as an RS-232 port and an IR input.
The Oppo performed as advertised. The HM-31 is one of the few switchers with an HDMI certified port, although we found that the HDMI version didn't have a real impact on performance. IT had no problem passing 1080p/24 video along with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks in bitstream format. The speed of switches was pretty quick about 4 seconds which was more than acceptable for me.
Great little switch