Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Looking for a component video switch part II

Just last week I was looking for a component switch to connect multiple HD devices to an older HD set that only had two component inputs. I'd put together a list of possible devices, and was trying to decide between them.

The decision has gotten more expensive (and complicated.) A couple of days ago I saw a write-up for the new Pioneer VSX-1020-K AV Receiver. I was intrigued by the promise of iPhone integration (and control!) and then I saw the 1080p video conversion mentioned and it occurred to me; this can do video switching (duh!)

Two component inputs, 6 HDMI inputs...

Okay, I'm an idiot; my current AV receiver does have video inputs; but they are composite and S-Video (not component) so I never thought to hook that up and use it to switch the video back when I installed  it five years ago, and so I never thought about replacing the AV with something more HD ready.

The pros of this solution - one less box, one less remote, a lot more inputs, and the cool looking iPhone app - are negated somewhat by the price tag. Essentially I'm looking at spending $500 more than if I got the component switch.

It's up for preorder at Amazon, expected in April. One of you needs to buy one and tell me what you think of it...

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