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Aten VanCryst VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch Review

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Let me tell you, having an HDMI switch makes a world of difference. I did not realize on how often I was getting up and switching cables on my HD devices until I no longer had to do it. I still catch myself jumping up to switch the cable from my satellite box to my Patriot Box Office. The Aten HDMI switch really simplified my life. The ease of using it makes it perfect for the wife and kids to operate as well. It does not take rocket science to select the wanted input and output. To make it easier, I used a labeler to place the correct port number on the front of the device so you could just look at what you wanted. For instance, if I wanted to play the PlayStation 3, I would see the letter "C" on it and know that is the selection I needed.

This Aten VanCryst VM0404H HDMI Matrix Switch makes managing your HDMI input devices and displays with little setup and management. This is a must for anyone who has several HD devices including HD satellite, gaming systems or home theater systems. It is quite pricey at about $525 for the unit and whatever extra cables you may need, there are none included with the switch, but if you invest in your home entertainment system this will justify the costs.



  • Up to four input and four output devices
  • Remote control for easy changing
  • Supports HDTV resolutions of 480p, 720p,1080i, 1080p (1920x1080); VGA, SVGA, SXGA, UXGA (1600x1200), and WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
  • HDMI 1.3b and HDCP 1.1 compliant
  • HDMI CEC Compliant
  • Built-in bi-directional RS-232 serial remote port for high-end system control
  • Power-On detection
  • All-metal casing
  • Rack mountable



  • Expensive
  • No HDMI cables included
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