May 23, 2006
will accounce today their UltraAV High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 2 to 1 Switch for home theater and presentations that is perfect for video enthusiasts. Most new HD displays and projectors are equipped with only one HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector requiring consumers to manually connect the source devices or purchase an expensive switch, which at $250 to $300, may be out of reach for many consumers. Common HDMI sources include DVRs, set top boxes, satellite receivers, and DVD players.
The UltraAV HDMI Switch allows concurrent access to two video sources, eliminating the need to get off the sofa to plug and un-plug HDMI devices every time you want to use a different video source. The 2-1 Switch supports 1080p resolutions, is backward compatible and is compliant with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) devices. The UltraAV 2 to 1 Switch also works with DVI equipped devices when using an optional DVI adapter.
The switch requires no external power. Most Switches serving this need are bulky and carry a $250-$300 price tag, but Accell’s 2-1 Switch is small and carries an MSRP of just $99.99. Included with the Switch is a programmable wireless remote and an mountable infrared sensor. An IR Extender is included for when your Switch is not in line of sight to your remote control. The extender has a 5-foot cord, a miniature IR target and is self-adhesive for convenient placement, for when you want to install the Switch in an out-of-sight location.
It will be available next month (June).