HDMI tv port broken

One of my ports is broken, either as purchased or I did it. Anyway I'm a bit confused on wether to use a splitter or a switch. What I want is to use the port that works, and connect it to two consoles from the TV port that works. Which do I need?

Thanks

https://www.cnet.com/tech/home-enter...

Link to help you decide.

You want an HDMI switch. Something like this might work for you - maybe even overkill with 4 input ports, but leaves room for expansion; there are others with only 2 or 3 ports if you want to keep it trim. If your TV is 4k, make sure to get a switch that supports 4k, which I think means you want at least HDMI 2.0; if your TV is 1080p, then you can get away with less than HDMI 2.0, though really the price difference isn't much among these devices.

Thanks folks for the information. Looks like a switch is what I need.

merphle wrote:

You want an HDMI switch. Something like this might work for you - maybe even overkill with 4 input ports, but leaves room for expansion; there are others with only 2 or 3 ports if you want to keep it trim. If your TV is 4k, make sure to get a switch that supports 4k, which I think means you want at least HDMI 2.0; if your TV is 1080p, then you can get away with less than HDMI 2.0, though really the price difference isn't much among these devices.

Second all this! But the reliability of these things can be scattershot (like most generic electronics).

Just as an example (not recommending these specific ones) I originally ordered one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

in 2017. A year later, I can't remember why specifically, I decided to upgrade to a switch that supported HDMI 2.0. So I got this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

Which died almost immediately. So I replaced it with:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

Which seemed to work fine for about a year and then it died too.

The original HDMI 1.4 switch got swapped back in and it's still working working pretty well.

Keep that remote for swapping inputs handy, lol. The auto switching features on these things can be super aggressive (and humorously other times inconveniently absent), and depending on your setup getting up to press the switch on the device itself may be just as annoying.

ccoates wrote:
merphle wrote:

You want an HDMI switch. Something like this might work for you - maybe even overkill with 4 input ports, but leaves room for expansion; there are others with only 2 or 3 ports if you want to keep it trim. If your TV is 4k, make sure to get a switch that supports 4k, which I think means you want at least HDMI 2.0; if your TV is 1080p, then you can get away with less than HDMI 2.0, though really the price difference isn't much among these devices.

Second all this! But the reliability of these things can be scattershot (like most generic electronics).

Just as an example (not recommending these specific ones) I originally ordered one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

in 2017. A year later, I can't remember why specifically, I decided to upgrade to a switch that supported HDMI 2.0. So I got this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

Which died almost immediately. So I replaced it with:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

Which seemed to work fine for about a year and then it died too.

The original HDMI 1.4 switch got swapped back in and it's still working working pretty well.

Keep that remote for swapping inputs handy, lol. The auto switching features on these things can be super aggressive (and humorously other times inconveniently absent), and depending on your setup getting up to press the switch on the device itself may be just as annoying.

Thanks for the heads up on these.

This post got me thinking about how my new TV should be arriving late next week, and I realized only two of the ports are HDMI 2.1, and one of THOSE ports is the eARC port I need for my soundbar.

The selection of [email protected] switches available right now doesn't seem as robust as HDMI 2.0, which, fair enough since it's relatively new by comparison.

There's one 2-port model that seems to be the standard Shenzhen clone:

https://www.amazon.com/HEZOOMS-Switc...

And versions of that device are generally in the $30-40 range. Seems workable, two inputs, one output, and a single physical button to swap between them (no IR blaster or remote).

One of the only proper/fully featured switches I could find is the Denon AVS-3:

https://www.denon.com/en-gb/product/...

Which has 3 inputs, CEC, and an IR sensor/remote. But... it's $200. So for 1 extra port and CEC/IR support you'd be paying quite a premium over the generic switcher above.

I think what I might have to do is connect one console to the soundbar directly, then plug the soundbar into the eARC port, leaving the other HDMI 2.1 port available for a second device. That's the only way I can think of to have Atmos/DTS:X audio support and [email protected] support on both devices.

If it turns out that won't work for some reason or that I'm misunderstanding how eARC works I'm just going to snag one of the $30 2-port [email protected] switches, because even if I like automating everything with my Harmony Hub, for a savings of $170 I can get off my butt now and then to tap the input switch. Then I'll plug my soundbar into the HDMI 2.1 eARC port, and the switch+consoles into the second HDMI 2.1 port, and I *think* that'll get me 120hz on everything.

Just in case anyone else is in a similar situation figured I'd share that here. Although if you've gotten a higher tier TV than I did you might not have to worry about it because all your HDMI ports might be 2.1 for 8k/[email protected]

After poking around online I found the Ali Express version of a $300 8K capable switcher:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005...

Honestly, the Wolf-something or other looks like it's straight up just an Alibaba/Express device renamed and marked up a lot.

For $25 I went ahead and rolled the dice. So it'll be interesting to see how well it works... when it gets here in January.

Since this has an RF remote it should theoretically be possible to use it with the Harmony Hub, as well.