Is HDMI switch bi-directional

Lets suppose I have a HDMI switch box that takes two inputs and has one output and allows me to switch between which input I want to display on a device connected to the output (e.g. in #1 xbox, in #2 psp, out TV)

Can this be easily reversed, that is, if I have a single input (PC for example) can I plug it into the "output" on the box and use the switch to send the signal to either of two monitors connected to the "inputs" on the box if I only want one of the monitors on at a time? e.g. in #1 TV #1, in #2 TV #2, out PC

thank you
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  1. It can't be reversed. HDMI requires a hardware handshake that will not happen if you were to do what you have described, you might consider looking at an HDMI signal distribution block, that would do what you are describing. It simply produces an identical HDMI signal on both monitors. If you are dealing with an unsuppored resolution, the box is not smart enough to fix itself, so both monitors have to support the same Res.

    http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/383151642-HDMI-Splitter-Amplifier-1x2-Dual-Output-1-to-2-1080p-Free-Shipping-1321-wholesalers.html
  2. Thank you for your reply - that is a bummer because actually I don't want both monitors to be on at the same time. I would just like to have a switch box where I flip a switch and the output changes between the two screens (rather than to unplug and plug the cables). Would it be possible with DVI instead of HDMI?
  3. You can always use a KVM switch if you want a hardware switch. The distribution block does the exact thing, just without a switch for $25, vs the KVM's $100.

    http://www.buy.com/prod/siig-2-x-1-usb-hdmi-kvm-switch-2-port-external/228229174.html
  4. I've found this 2x1 or 1x2 HDMI Bi-Directional Switch with HDCP Passthrough - that seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. Now, if only I could find the same for DVI (for less than a few hundreds) - but seems I'll have to settle for HDMI
  5. you can use a cheap HDMI to DVI cable.
  6. Yes, that's what I'm hoping for ... but the PC output is DVI, so I first need DVI-to-HDMI and then back HDMI-DVI. Should work in theory but ... I'm a bit skeptical :D
  7. HDMI and DVI are cross compatable. Worst case, your sound would/could get stripped from the signal at the monitor.
  8. Sound will get stripped/will not exist. DVI does not carry sound because the port does not support it, not because the cable does not support it!
  9. rubbateckie said:
    Sound will get stripped/will not exist. DVI does not carry sound because the port does not support it, not because the cable does not support it!


    This is partially incorrect. Newer video cards (Nvidia 4xx or higher, and not sure on the ATI side) output Audio via their DVI connecters when used in conjunciton with an HDMI to DVI cable, or adapter. DVI used alone does not include audio.
  10. jcoultas98 said:
    This is partially incorrect. Newer video cards (Nvidia 4xx or higher, and not sure on the ATI side) output Audio via their DVI connecters when used in conjunciton with an HDMI to DVI cable, or adapter. DVI used alone does not include audio.

    Ah interesting, thanks for the clarification! Out of curiosity, do you know if any consumer products accept sound over DVI?
  11. No, that is mainly a PC Video card feature, i've never seen that on a standard CE device. Though i'm not 100% there isn't one.
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