Product Review (February 2008)
Accell Corporation™
UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch

By Kevin Nakano


The number of companies introducing HDMI switches during the year has increased significantly. There has also been several products that provide a way to split HDMI sources to multiple displays. HDMI can be a little tricky since the signal requires active electronics to repeat the TMDS signaling. Accell Corporation has once again come through to meet the demands of A/V users by introducing their new UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch. This product combines the best of both worlds with a 4 input HDMI switch and a 2 output HDMI splitter in a single product. Accell's UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch features Smart-Switch technology that automatically switches to the active HDMI source. The switch is designed to carry both multi-channel audio and high-definition (HD) digital video in resolutions of up to 1080p and is fully compatible with HDCP devices and compliant to the HDMI 1.2a specification. The HDMI switch is also designed to work with personal computers and DVI enabled devices when using an optional DVI adapter or HDMI to DVI cable.

The UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch includes a built-in Signal Repeater and a Signal Booster that enables the use of an HDMI cable from a video source to the switch in lengths of up to 82 feet (25 meters). In our experience longer cables have to be tested with the equipment being used. Often times one component may work fine while another encounters dropouts. The 4x2 HMDI Switch is lightweight and is compact in size measuring approximately 8" W x 5" L x 1.5" H.

Front Panel
Each of the HDMI inputs has an indicator on the front panel to show the selected input source. The output indicators provide status on the displays connected to the 4x2 HDMI Switch. The On/Off indicator provides power status of the unit. A manual input selector is used to manually select the input as an alternative to using the remote. The IR sensor located near the center of the unit receives commands from the small remote provided with the switch. Though the remote works well, we programmed the IR commands into our universal controller (RTI T4) to simplify the system. This allowed us to select the input based on the system settings.

Rear Panel
The Accell UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch features 24K gold-plated HDMI™ connectors and contacts for a solid, corrosion resistant connection. Included with the UltraAV switch is an IR Extender with a 5-foot cord. This allows the unit to be placed in a location where clear line of sight to the remote control is not required. The self-adhesive IR target can be placed in a location easily accessible to the remote's IR beam. The small IR remote worked well and had excellent range. The 4x2 HDMI Switch lacks an RS232 interface for direct control. The universal power adapter accepts 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz and provides 5VDC at 2 amps.

Setup and Performance
We ran a series of tests using a Dish Network Vip622 DVR and a Sony PlayStation 3 as HDMI sources. The output of the UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch fed our Mitsubishi HC5000 projector and a Mitsubishi LT-52133 LCD flat panel. Video quality was excellent with both displays and we never experienced any dropouts in the picture during our review period. The 1080i we used from the Dish set top box and HDMI capable DVD player produced consistently good video. The 1080p video sourced from the Sony PS3 looked as good as a direct connection from the player to the display.

Conclusion
The Accell UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch is a powerful product that can not only select from up to 4 sources, but can also provide high definition video (or standard definition) to two different displays. If you need this type of product you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that it retails for less than $200 with a street price around $150. That is an unheard of price for such a product. The best part is it can be integrated into a more complex system with automated control using the IR input. Accell has brought together two great functions into a single product while keeping the price affordable. The performance offered with the UltraAV™ 4x2 HDMI Switch is nothing short of amazing for the price and comes as a recommended product.

- Kevin Nakano




OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Projector: Mitsubishi HC5000 Full 1080p High-Definition LCD Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Video Processor/Scaler: Anchor Bay Technologies DVDO iScan HD+ A/V Processor
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T4 Controller
HDMI Cable: VizionWare Hi-Wirez 15-meter Active 1080p Cable
HDMI Cable: Accell UltraRun 45-meter 1080p Cable
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a Glance


UltraAV™ HDMI 2-1 Audio/Video Switch

Features:

  • HDMI Connectors: 4 inputs/2 output, HDMI Type A 19-pin female
  • IR Extender Length: 5-feet
  • Power: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
  • Dimensions: 8.03"W x 4.96"L x 1.48"H
  • Switch Weight: 11 oz.
  • Signal Booster: 82' max. cable length from video source to switch
  • HDMI 1.2 compatibleSwitch easily between any four HDMI sources

    Specifications:

  • HDMI Connectors: 4 inputs/2 output, HDMI Type A 19-pin female
  • IR Extender Length: 5-feet
  • Power: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
  • Dimensions: 8.03"W x 4.96"L x 1.48"H
  • Switch Weight: 11 oz.
  • Signal Booster: 82' max. cable length from video source to switch
  • HDMI 1.2 compatible

    Includes:

  • 4x2 HDMI Switch
  • Remote control with battery
  • 5-foot IR extender
  • Power adapter
  • Set-up instructions


    Company Information
    Accell Corporation
    44951 Industrial Drive
    Fremont, California 94538
    Tel: 510-438-9288
    Fax: 510-438-6775
    Support: 510-438-9288

    Part Number:K072C-003B
    UPC Code: 826388104488
    MSRP: $199
    Source: Manufacture supplied

    Warranty: 10-Year Manufacturers Warranty

    URL: www.accellcorp.com
    Support: support@accellcorp.com


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