If you’ve ever set up your TV to use with more devices than your TV has, you’re probably familiar with the HDMI switch. It’s a small box that accepts multiple HDMI inputs and directs them through a single output. With one, you can connect multiple devices to a single input on your television or monitor. Similarly, an HDMI splitter can take one input and output that video to two displays at the same time. Monoprice’s Blackbird 8K HDMI splitter/converter, as the name suggests, does both of these things.
This means that multiple source and display combinations can be created so you don’t have to buy an extra TV or monitor. For example, if you have a PC for work or competitive PC gaming, but want to swap out your PC’s output to your TV’s big screen for movies or casual gaming, just tap the buttons on Blackbird on the device or remote can redirect that video output up to 4K@120Hz or even 8K@60Hz.
But, if you also have a game control or streaming device you want to exchange order as well? And, what if you want to be able to play that console or streaming device’s video on both your TV and monitor? This adapter can also make that happen.
This is not the first device to offer this functionality. However, buying HMDI adapters online can feel like the wild west; you can never be sure the specs on that so cheap switch are real, if they even bother to list things like which HDMI versions are supported.
Even then, seemingly compatible devices may not work well together. Thankfully, Blackbird’s comprehensive, verifiable spec sheet makes it easy to see if it’s right for your needs. It includes support for:
- Resolution up to 8K@60Hz and 4K@120Hz
- HDMI 2.1 and HDCP 2.3″ compliant
- Video bandwidth 40Gbps
- Supports HDR, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Hyper Log Gamma (HLG) pass-through
- Advanced audio support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital EX, DTS High Res, DTS-HD Master Audio, Direct Stream Digital and many more protocols
- Supports Fastest Possible Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), V-active (FVA) and Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
- Advanced EDID Management (Extended Screen Identifier Data)
Not everyone needs something as complicated as Monoprice’s Blackbird 8K HDMI Switch/Split to perfect their setup. However, for those looking to use that expensive new one OLED TV As a monitor or gamers looking to mix console gaming setups and PC gaming setups, it can be a lifesaver, saving space and saving money.
After all, why spend money on a secondary or third screen that will take up more space when you can just extend the usefulness of your existing TV or monitor with this simple little device?
There are cheaper converters and splitters out there, but a few offer the versatility, verified support, and build quality of Blackbird. If it looks like it would make a great addition to your desk or TV stand, you can Pick it up now from Amazon or from Monoprice itself. If you want a cheaper option that only supports 4K, or if there are more devices than this model can handle, Monoprice maintains another line of Blackbird HDMI accessories to fit those needs as well.