Only @ Best Buy Turn 1 HDMI source into 2 with this Rocketfish™ RF-G1182 splitter that delivers 1080p content, 3D capability, and 5.1/7.1 surround sound to most HDMI components. The included AC adapter ensures reliable power.
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Does Exactly What It is Supposed to Do
Posted by: OldNAchy from: Fairfax, VA on
I have an LG 55LM7600 3D Smart TV mounted over my fireplace for main viewing and a 24" 1080P Toshiba set for gaming. HDMI input from my Cable #COX# Whole House DVR, XBOX360, and 3D Bluray player are routed thru my home theater receiver -- Denon 3D AVR1913 -- to its HDMI out port. In the past, I used an 8 ft HDMI cable to switch ouput between a larger TV to my 24" Toshiba by physically switching the cable from one TV to the other. With the new LG set installed on the wall this was not possible. Cable switching would have to occur at the HDMI output of the receiver, an option I did not like.
This HDMI splitter was purchased to solve that problem. The install was simple. The HDMI out from the receiver is routed to the HDMI in of the splitter with a short HDMI cable. HDMI out 1 is to my LG TV via the installed 12 ft HDMI cable. HDMI out 2 is to my Toshiba 24" TV via the 8 ft HDMI cable. Everything works fine, although as other reviewers noted, there is a slight delay in the picture displaying on each TV. Things that I noticed in use of the splitter:
It obviously has to be powered on. I did not like the idea of it being on when not in use -- I solved this problem by plugging in the splitter to an available power outlet on my cable box and setting the outlet to provide power only when the box was on.
The splitter can be used:
-- with only one HDMI out hooked up and outputting to a TV.
-- with both outputs hooked up, but only one hooked up and outputting to a TV.
-- With both outputs hooked up and outputting to TV's.
-- with a 3D source going to one TV, with the other TV off, or the other TV not supporting the signal.
I have used the splitter with my Cable DVR, XBOX, and 3D Bluray player #2D and 3D# with no problems at all. Still need to test the Bluray player with a regular DVD, but do not expect a problem. Note that the Bluray player is outputting in HDCP format, all outputs are going thru my receiver and I have had absolutely no problems.
The only reason I have rated this as a 4 vs. a 5, is that the cost is high IMO. More reasonable at Amazon, but still a little high.
I decided to buy at BB only because I had a gift card and some RZ certificates to bring down the price.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Works exactly as I expected
Posted by: Tampa8 from: Ct/Fl on
My satellite receiver only has one HDMI output. If I go through my audo receiver, then the audio receiver has to be on all the time and it's one more thing for my wife to have to fiddle with. So I got this splitter and go directly to the TV, and to the receiver for sound. Now my wife can watch the TV as usual, or I can add the Receiver sound for full 5.1 or TRUE HD audio.
The splitter does send all audio formats to my receiver with no problem, I am using generic HDMI cables, not any of the expensive brand name ones.
17 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Cannot View Simultaneously
Posted by: AVsnob from: Rancho Cucamonga, Ca on
I hooked this up going from a cable box to a 32" LCD and a 58" plasma. The build quality is good and it works splitting the signal to both televisions without pixelation or video noise. However, it does not allow me to view both TVs at the same time. I used Rocketfish HDMI cables (it doesn't make a difference if you use Monster). For my purposes this is okay because I won't be watching both TVs simultaneously. I gave it 4 stars for price because a similar unit on a popular online retailer was almost twice as much. I originally tried a non-powered unit from another company which was only $15, but it didn't even work at all... so it was $15 wasted. I've read elsewhere that the performance may also depend on the size of TVs you are sending the signal to. If you consider $99 too expensive, shop around and you will see that for a "POWERED" HDMI splitter it's actually inexpensive. (Note: There is a blue LED light on the front of the splitter that cannot be turned off).
41 out of 55 found this review helpful.
Great product, easy to install
Posted by: PJF725 from: Phoenix, AZ on
We recently set up our bedroom with two HDTVs, one mounted on each side of an island in the middle of the room. (There's an exercise area on one side, sleeping quarters on the other.) We wanted to be able to run both TVs off one cable box. The cable company couldn't provide a splitter but directed us to "Best Buy or another retailer." We went to Best Buy.
I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but the Rocketfish splitter did the trick. It was easy to install and came with all the cabling needed to get the job done. It takes three HDMI cables - one from the box to the splitter, and one for each TV.
At $150, it seems a little pricey to me, but what isn't these days? I've had it for more than a month, and I take it for granted now. All in all, it works well, and I recommend it.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Gets the job done
Posted by: lickwidsnake from: on
Had to buy this for work and Best Buy was the only place that a HDMI splitter in stock. Had I the luxury of more that a few hours of time, I would have ordered online.
Pros: Simple to use and setup, does what it is supposed to do.
Cons: $100 is excessive something that looks and feels so unimpressive. You can find much better alternatives for better prices.. The plug for the AC adapter that goes into the box itself is very thin and the hole is very small. One knock would probably bend it or too many unplugging/repluggings would probably make it loose and you'd have to tape it or glue it in place.
Other: Does not come with HDMI cables.Only thing that I can say about that is to shop around.
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Works as expected
Posted by: CCATL from: Atlanta, GA on
The TV in my den and the TV in my kitchen are on the same wall, just different sides. I was very apprehensive about purchasing this HDMI splitter due to all of the negative comments. I went ahead and decided that I would buy it, try it, and if it fails, return it. I plugged it into the outlet, then plugged in the HDMI cable from my cable (which was on). I then plugged my 42" Sony 1080P television into the #1 output slot. The TV came on as normal in about 2 to 3 seconds. I then plugged in my 22" Samsung 1080P into the #2 slot and it too came on after just a few seconds. Both sets have the same picture and sound as always. I can turn either TV on and off independently regardless. It doesn't matter if the other set is on or off. I don't have to have both sets on at the same time in order to have full service. I can walk into my kitchen and turn on the 22" set by itself as long as the cable box is on in the den or I can turn on just the 42" set in the den independently. I can turn the sets on and off without any effect on the other. The only reason that anyone would know they are on the same box is that if both sets are on at the same time, which they rarely are, they are on the same channel. When I turn on either set, the other set turns black for about 2 seconds just as it does when you change a channel with digital cable. I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase. Note: the instructions clearly state that if you are running two different resolution sets such as a 720P and a 1080P, you must plug the lower resolution set into the output #1. The splitter will then downgrade the service from 1080P to 720P which will effect your 1080P set. This is necessary as the 720P set is unable to process the 1080 signal. Failure to follow this order will result in problems.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Does the job, just a couple of snafus...
Posted by: JTizzle from: on
Does a great job splitting the signal from my cable provider box to two tvs with no issues. I ran a 40' cable out to my garage/man cave so we could watch whatever was on in the family room out there too and it sends a signal over that distance just fine. When you first turn on the tv it can take a second to load, but that may have something to do with the distance/length of the cord. You also have to restart the splitter occasionally (unplug it from the power source and replug it in) so that it does not intermittently flash on and off. I think that is due to sometimes having both tvs on and sometimes only having one on which I think somehow affects the signal. The signal/picture quality is otherwise just as good as it is with the hdmi cable running directly to the tv from the cable box. If you don't want to spend a lot of money and you do not care if the same channel is on in two places, this is a good product.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
What you might need, but beware!
Posted by: bobinator from: calofornia on
The box claims it is HDMI1.4 compliant. Well it does pass 3-D signals (and that's probably the part of the 1.4 specification additions that most people are looking for), but misses things that were added to HDMI in earlier standards. It doesn't even pass 24 frame video (1080p/24), one of the first things added to HDMI, and will not handle DSD (SACD) or Hi-bandwidth PCM (DVD-AUDIO music discs). If you need these features, BEWARE! This has the 1.4 compliant additions to HDMI (sort of), but not neccessarily the earlier 1.3 or 1.2 compliant additions.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: SkipG from: York, PA on
I have two HMDI cables at my Comcast SA8300HD box. One goes direct to my Panasonic Plasma and the other to my Yamaha RXV1800 surround receiver. I would typically switch the cables depending on if I wanted full surround sound or just TV sound. I was getting tired of swapping the cables, so I bought this splitter. Now both HDMI cables are active. One reviewer below indicated that this will not work with a Comcast box. Mine works fine with the SA8300HD.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Splitter versus Switch
Posted by: Hittmk from: on
We have an older Vizio LCD TV on which we wanted to set up an Amazon Fire Stick. However, the TV has only one HDMI port and it was already being used. My husband and I went to Best Buy (our "Go-To" place for technology) to see what would be needed to help us accomplish what we wanted to do. The associate listened to our needs and suggested the listed splitter. The splitter worked great and was easy to install. However, it was not what we really needed. The splitter required us to interchange or disengage HDMI cables every time we wanted to switch from VHS player to Amazon Fire Stick. Luckily at a later Best Buy visit, we were set up with an appointment to have our whole house reviewed for technology updates and the representative who came took a look at our splitter and said we were sold the wrong item and what we needed was a HDMI switch. He made sure that an exchange was offered us in the store and everything works great now -- no more changing out cables. I would recommend the splitter, but would encourage buyers to make sure what you are purchasing is actually taking care of the problem.