HDMI Splitter & TiVo Bolt

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Legacy777, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Legacy777

    Legacy777 Member

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    I've searched and found several threads about splitters, but didn't find one that specifically addressed my issue.

    So I just took advantage of the Premiere to Bolt upgrade. My current Premiere is using component video with digital audio going to my TV. I am also using HDMI going to my Onkyo receiver. I do this so I don't need to have the receiver on all the time I'm watching TV. I would like to retain this flexibility with the Bolt, but since it doesn't have component video I'm wondering if I can just get a HDMI splitter and send one signal to the receiver and one to the TV. But I guess what I don't know is if the receiver is not on will the HDMI to the TV work properly.

    If this will work, any recommendations on HDMI splitters?

    Is there another configuration option I may be overlooking/missing that would still give me the flexibility to watch TV connected directly to the TV or through the receiver?

    Thanks!
    Josh
     
  2. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    It most likely WILL work.

    -KP
     
  3. Legacy777

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    Ok, thanks. I'll do a little research on splitters to find one that will suit my needs.
     
  4. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Don't be too cheap.

    The Sewell's are pretty easy to find and not too expensive and I've seen them work well.

    -KP
     
  5. tamathat

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    Does your Onkyo receive Optical digital (toslink) cable? Would be a lot cheaper than hdmi splitter
     
  6. kpeters59

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    HDMI audio and Toslink audio are not equal in quality.

    -KP
     
  7. Legacy777

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    I've narrowed down my search to these two. The less expensive one had good reviews on Amazon and was reviewed a lot. The more expensive one had good reviews, but less reviews. I can't tell from the specs alone what is different between them. The specs look the same. I've emailed the company to see what they say. I'll report back when I find out.

    The only thing about these is they are not HDMI 2.0 compliant, just 1.4b. The Bolt is 2.0 compliant. I debated on getting a 2.0 compliant splitter, but none of my devices or cables other than my Bolt are 2.0 compliant. Plus these had better/more reviews then the 2.0 splitters I saw.

    J-Tech Digital ® Premium Quality 2 Ports HDMI v1.4 1x2 Powered Splitter with UltraHD 4Kx2K

    J-Tech Digital JTD-MINI0102/4k 2 Port 1x2 Powered Super Mini Splitter Supports Ultra HD 4K Resolution and 3D
     
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    NoVa

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    I use the Toslink setup for my TV & HDMI for my receiver.
    Reason being that TV speakers sucks for the most part so for watching news, sitcoms - Tolslink is more than suffiice & @$5-10 - is plug & play.
     
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    tamathat

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    I use Toslink too and have had no issues, very stable. In fact I prefer it because it automatically turns my surround system off and on when I power the tv. No need to ever use the surround remote.
     
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  10. john brady

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    just to be clear, do hdmi splitters work TiVo bolt? I am trying to output the bolt signal to two different TV's. I have tried 2 different cheap splitters so far. what I get is a picture on each tv for 3 seconds, then it switches to tv snow and then back to a picture and so on. it is a powered splitter.
     
  11. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Is there any other information you might be able to provide?

    -KP
     
  12. john brady

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    what else would you like to know
     
  13. john brady

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    before the new bolt I used the premiere with the component for one and the hdmi for the other, worked fine
     
  14. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Well, it might be helpful if we knew what model HDMI Splitter. Cable lengths. TiVo output resolution. TV make model...anything more than nothing would be good...

    The Snow you're describing is a handshake issue.

    -KP
     
  15. john brady

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    SOWTECH 1X2 HDMI Splitter Version 1.4 Powered HDMI Splitter Dual Monitor HDMI Splitter for Full HD 1080P Support 3D (One Input To Two Outputs)
    1 cable 6 feet, other @15 ft, tv resolution both 750p one Viseo, one Magnavox, no more than 4 years old
     
  16. kpeters59

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  17. john brady

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    the other splitter was a famirosa, I believe it is also a Sowtech, thanks for the help
     
  18. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Does a different device work? Blu-Ray? Roku?

    -KP
     
  19. john brady

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    I saw the Sewell post from @ 10 years ago, do you know if they still work?
     
  20. john brady

    john brady New Member

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    I only hooked up a laptop and it did work
     

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