Monoprice Introduces 3D HDMI 1.4 Splitter for Older Receivers and Processors

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Many home theater enthusiasts who’ve dropped a lot of cash on new lossless audio receivers and processors were perturbed to discover that their new babies, with rare exception, would not be able to achieve passthrough for both lossless and 3D. Panasonic, and a few high end companies have since released players with dual HDMI outs, but that doesn’t solve the problem for the customer who doesn’t have one of those decks. Monoprice has introduced a new splitter that solves your problems. Coming in at around $50, the box is about as plug-and-play as it gets. Insert your player out into the in, and run two more HDMI cables out to the television and the receiver and you’re good to go. I’m honestly suprised that we haven’t seen more of these boxes out there, as this is essentially just a repeater circuit. Either way, customer reviews say it works well, so if you’re contemplating that 3D upgrade, but not a premium player line, give it a whirl.

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  • Mike

    I don't think this works. Based on this article I bought one of these, but when viewing 3d content, I get 3d video but no audio. 2d content I get both video and audio as expected. Based on the instructions from monoprice, I see nothing to suggest that this is intended to do anything other then to display the 3d content on two tv's.

    The splitter has no idea the second output will be audio only so it sends data in a 1.4 format, and the receiver can't handle it, which is the problem the author suggests it solves.

  • Mike

    Forgot to mention that I chatted with a monoprice technical support, and he said it wouldn't work.

  • Jeff Kleist

    I apologize that you had to go through that. When I initially wrote the story I called Monoprice to ask if how I described it would work, and they assured me it would. Obviously whomever I spoke to on the other end was misinformed. We'll change the story to reflect it.

    I'm really surprised that no one has produced such a product by now to be honest. There seems to be a lot of demand for it. Until then all I can suggest is picking up a player like the Panasonic 310 that has dual outs

  • Andrew Neagu

    I don’t know if this helps in any way, but I’ve just found this on a site in my Country. I’m from Romania, Eastern Europe. If this thing is for sale here, I don’t see any reason for something like this to be found at a store close to you. This little thing right here may be of Chinese origin, we’re kinda bombarded with Chinese stuff.
    I’m trying to connect a Sony Bravia 3D television set to a TV stand and a multichannel receiver at the same time. I’m not sure it will work but, for about was comes to be approximately 20 US dollars, I think it’s not that expensive.
    Here’s the link…