Customer reviews for 4-Port Component Video Switch with Digital Audio and Remote
Review 1 for 4-Port Component Video Switch with Digital Audio and Remote
Duration of Product Use:Less than a week
Level of Expertise:Expert
Passable if you're not picky
PostedJune 6, 2007
No, I do not recommend this product.
I mainly bought this because I had a need (too much and too irrelevant to explain here) to switch all my video games to component connections. This required a switch because my DVD player was already on my TV's only component input. My requirements were: 1.) component switching, 2.) some form of digital audio switching, 3.) remote control, 4.) signal not degraded to look worse than s-video would (because all the games were on s-video in the first place), and 5.) not cost an arm and a leg. This unit met all those requirements. All that said, you definitely will get what you're paying for. I'm using the unit with a 32" SD analog TV. If I had a very high-end system, I would have purchased something else. Also, for the indicator light comment above, the light is always on but fortunately dim enough that it's not particularly distracting. This switch is passable for a quick-and-cheap solution, however it would not be acceptable for anything more demanding.
Pros:It's cheap and supports switching between four component inputs with their associated analog and coaxial digital sound. It does that, and it does it well. The remote control features work nicely. The switch button is responsive and so is the remote control (i.e., no real noticeable delay between pressing the remote button and it switching). The remote supports discrete switching so you don't have to cycle through all the inputs when you use it. Everything is labeled well and the manual is thorough and well written.
Cons:It looks and feels very light and cheap, which I expected. The red input indicator is always on, even if you're not using it (there's no power switch). It *does* degrade the signal a bit (a little more bleeding than just connecting directly), and in my case introduced a bit of a rolling bar into the signal (your mileage may vary, my system has been known to have grounding problems).