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Audio/Video switch box

A video switch box connects multiple video devices, such as DVD players, VCRs, video game systems, camcorders, satellite TV systems or cable boxes, to a TV or audio system. The box allows you to switch different video sources into your TV. Your TV only has to have one input. By switching the box to the desired video source, you can select the video device you want to use at the current time while maintaining connections for all other video devices. No more swapping cables.

Video switch boxes come in various styles with some having automatic switching capability. Some have a built-in RF modulator and RF hookup. There are switches for composite, S-video, component video, DVI and HDMI video/audio. Some boxes are even remote controlled. The cost for the composite video level box is very low and they are available at electronics retail stores or online.

  • Works with any device that has an RF, composite video, S-video or audio output
  • Some will automatically switch to the input that has a signal
  • A "RF" modulator allows you to connect DVD players, VCRs and video game systems to older TVs that only have a 75-ohm RF antenna connection
  • Front inputs are especially convenient for quick connection of a camcorder, digital camera or video game system
  • composite video inputs (RCA-type connections)
  • S-video inputs
  • RF input
  • stereo inputs (RCA-type connections)
  • Composite video output
  • S-video output
  • RF output
  • External AC adapter


The yellow video cable and the red/white audio cables connect your devices to the video switch box.

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8K HDMI 2.1 Switch 120Hz 4K with 5 in and 1 Out HDMI

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Philips video switch box/RF modulator with 4 RCA 3-cable inputs (with S-video)
and 1 RF input with 1 RF and RCA (Phono) outputs to TV.
Selectable switching from automatic to manual.

Switch box

HDMI Switches, Splitters and Matrix

An HDMI switch is a device that takes multiple sources and selects one input at a time to send to a display such as a TV, sends one signal only to the display. Switches can have 2, 3, 4, or 5 HDMI inputs and usually one HDMI output. Connect streaming device, game, Blu-ray and select which one you want to view on TV. If your TV only has 1 or 2 HDMI inputs, the HDMI switch gives you many more HDMI device connections, so no more swapping cables.

An HDMI splitter is a device that takes one source and sends it to multiple displays simultaneously.

An HDMI matrix is the combination of a switcher and a splitter. It allows the connection of multiple HDMI devices to multiple displays.

With HDMI switches, check video resolution capability and audio format capability. You want a switch which can handle the resolution for your TV and your sound system. For example if you connect 4K Blu-ray player, you want the switch to be able to handle both 4K video and Dolby TrueHD audio. Also, make sure the switch can handle the HDMI handshake, HDCP compatible with your other gear.

3 in 1 Out HDMI Switch 4k HDMI can easily stream video from 3 HDMI sources to 1 display, Compatible with Xbox 360, PS4,PS3,DVB Receivers, Blu-ray Player, Laptop and most of other audio and video HDMI devices.

HDMI switch boxes can allow a TV with limited HDMI inputs to keep all your HDMI devices connected, no need to swap cables out, and you can easily switch to the device you want to use.

Some even have a remote control to switch inputs.

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