Zektor HDS4.1 is the equivalent of Extra-Strength
Tylenol, except that it instantly removes multiple
HD hook up headaches. by
28, 2006 - It
used to be that a way to a man's heart was through
his stomach. Nowadays with the influx of healthy living,
it appears that if you want to get a man to fall for
you, supply him with something that will make all
of his wonderful television entertainment toys work
perfectly and you'll keep him forever. The Zektor
HDS4.1 Component Switch is such a beast, so ladies
like their toys and since the monstrous HDTV is only
one part of the entertainment equation, living rooms,
dens and other areas men hunker down in can be an
Amazon jungle of cables, electronics, speakers and
remotes. As the quest for the perfect TV experience
continues, so does the hunt for equipment that enhances
it. The onslaught of progressive scan DVD players,
DVD recorders, Xbox 360's, PS2's, Xbox's and the upcoming
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD technology littering these spaces,
some magical box is required to keep it all connected
to one HDTV without any signal loss, crosstalk or
other electronic idiosynchracies.
magical device, recently upgraded to the HDS4.1 is
a component video switch. It allows you to plug in
up to 4 component devices such as Xbox 360, DVD PS2
etc. so that you aren't having to get behind the TV
everytime you want to change entertainment devices.
It also acts as Dolby 5.1 multichannel audio switch.
I'm a fan of minimalist technology and design and
the HDS4.1 is the definition of that. The sleek looking
box is about the same width of the average DVD player
so you won't have any trouble finding a place for
it amidst your growing collection of audio/video devices.
The unit is shallow, meaning that if you place it
on top of a DVD player, the cables will gently hang
down onto the DVD player and then cascade off of the
end, therefore relieving any minute bit of undue stress
on the cables themselves. There are four buttons on
the front which can be pushed manually to switch between
devices, but since the HDS4.1 can interface with almost
any remote (my unit didn't come with a remote) you
would be well advised to sit back and let the remote
do all of the work. The unit comes built in with Zektor's
IIR (Intelligent Infra Red) system, which allows it
to "learn" almost any universal remote.
biggest concern I had when introducing the HDS4.1
into the mix was whether or not there would be any
discernible signal loss, degradation of the picture,
intereference or crosstalk from other devices running
simulateously. There was absolutely none - and I switched
back and forth between the switch and plugging into
the HDTV directly just to be sure. The gold clad,
silver-palladium relays which operate the analog signals
might have added some expense to the unit, but they're
worth their weight in gold. Almost literally when
you consider the $259 US price tag. But do you want
a switch that works flawlessly or not?
between resolutions is a breeze and depending on the
age of your equipment you probably won't even notice
any lag switching between a device that runs at 480p
or 1080i. The changes are smooth, without any interruption
and incredibly fast.
only complaint, make that slight complaint, was that
for the price the HDS4.1 doesn't come with a component
cable. You will need to purchase one separately so
that you can hook up the HDS4.1 to the TV and then
plug in your remaining component cables from various
electronic sources into the switch unit.
who are into the high def revolution know that audio/visual
crystal clear clarity doesn't come cheap. The HDS4.1
is pricey, but it does what it exactly what is says
and backs it up with proof. You won't find any degradation
of signal whatsoever with this unit. As more and more
component-driven units are released upon society,
the only conceivable drawback to this unit at the
moment is that in a year's time you'll need to purchase
another because 4 ins may not cut it. Maybe Zektor
is working on the HDS8.0. Stay tuned. The days of
getting up off the vibrating massage chair to change
the component inputs is over. Now just remember guys,
if your special lady drops this bad boy in your lap
as a present, she's a keeper. Who cares if she can
cook? That's why Pizza Hut was invented.
If you own the HDS4.0 here is what's new for the HDS4.1
and its features:
multichannel audio switch.
Noise free operation and to prevent ground loops,
analog grounds are fully isolated from the digital
switch features an additional analog channel. Use
it to switch composite video along with your component
video and analog audio paths.
as a 4 input 1 output, 5.1 analog audio switch
digital audio switching,
direct select front panel switches
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on this unit and other products.