“This component video switch is pretty basic in most ways but it does a very fine job of adding three high definition sources to a HDTV set with ease”
Name of product: Component Selector w/Remote and Digital Optical 3-in 1-out
- IR Remote Control
- 3 Inputs of TOSlink, RCA Audio/Video available
- 1 output
- Very easy to install and use
- Very small; It didn’t require any manoeuvring or moving of TV set or device
- Remote control has good range
- Supports 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i
- Some loss of video quality when using gaming devices
- Could be more attractive
This component video switch is pretty basic in most ways but it does a very fine job of adding three high definition sources to a HDTV set with ease. The installation of the selector switch was very easy. I simply followed the simple instructions that guided me step by step (pretty much unplug TV and devices, connect devices to component video switch, connect switch to TV and plug everything in). By having such clear instructions I found this to be a good experience.
When I was looking for a component video switch I noticed a lot of them are not that compact. I have a limited amount of space around my home theatre so this was a must as I didn’t want to have run long cables. The tiny dimensions of this product (1.75”Hx9.35”x4.25”) really attracted me.
I have found the remote control for this component video switch to have good range and it responds fairly quickly. I enjoy that I don’t have to get up and use a manual selection button and that it works well enough for me to not have to purchase a universal remote.
Supporting 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i was important to me also as I use devices that use all those resolutions and wanted to be sure that it would be compatible with those resolutions. It preserves them very well for movies and okay for most gaming sequences.
The only negative things I can say about this component video switch are that there is a slight loss of video quality when gaming and that is not very stylish. First the “pet peeve”; the design of the device is quite square and bland. I wish that the design was a little more current and perhaps “artistic”. The real issue though is that during gaming there appears to be some loss in video quality. The picture just isn’t as crisp as it is when I watch movies through a DVD player that also goes through the component video switch.
Overall I am pleased with this and think that it is good option to use if you want a lower end component video switch.
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