When building your perfect home entertainment system, odds are you’ll be spending a lot of money on things like gaming consoles, an Android TV box, maybe even a Blu Ray player. What do you do, though, when you want to use all this gear in other rooms of your house? Let’s say you want to stream Netflix on the small TV in your kitchen, play video games in your bedroom without unplugging and dragging everything into another room? Maybe you even own a restaurant or small business and you want to have multiple TVs playing the same program or advertisements?
The answer is an HDMI splitter. Or maybe a few!
Like a power bar or audio splitter, an HDMI splitter takes the input of one of your gadgets and sends a mirror image of the signal to two, four, or eight other displays around your house or business — some even have 16 or 32 outputs (but for this list, we’re going to stick with what will work for most people.)
We’ve compiled five HDMI splitters that will work for most peoples’ homes that range from two and four outputs, and come from brands like Orei, Techole, eSynic, TESMart and Gana (which is our top pick).
If you stick around after our list, we’ll go over some shopping advice so you know what you’ll need to get the most out of your home entertainment devices and HDMI splitters. What’s the difference between an HDMI splitter and a switch? What are the advantages of powered HDMI splitter? We have your answers below!
|Product Dimensions:||19.9 x 14.6 x 2.8 cm; 150 g|
The first on our list comes from Gana, and is a discrete and powerful little 1x2 HDMI Splitter that fits in the palm of your hand and is powered — so you don’t lose quality in your signal. This is perfect for those looking to use one Android TV box for multiple TVs as it’s ideal for 1080p output, but can support your 4K content as well.
|Splitter Configuration:||1x2, 1x4, 1x8|
|Product Dimensions:||10.16 x 7.62 x 2.54 cm; 244 g|
This HDMI Splitter comes in three different sizes to accommodate up to eight outputs from one device. Being HDMI version 1.4a, it can support all the top audio signals including various Dolby sound technologies, as well as Deep Colour video formats up to 1440p, rather than just 1080p. This solid HDMI Splitter is made of metal for durability and better heat dissipation — it’s built to last.
|Splitter Configuration:||Splitter 1x2, Switch 2x1|
|Product Dimensions:||9.91 x 7.87 x 3.05 cm; 4.54 g|
This Aluminum HDMI Splitter from Techole can give you great 4K and 2K displays at 30Hz, and 1080p at 60Hz, and can even support 3D content for two TVs or projectors. Like the Gana model, this mighty little Splitter is powered so you don’t have to worry about signal drops, and it still manages to fit in your hand, making it portable to take with you anywhere.
|Product Dimensions:||12.95 x 9.65 x 1.27 cm; 113 g|
Another model from Techole, this HDMI Splitter is instead a four output with HDMI version 1.4 so that you can split great quality to everywhere it needs to go. Having four outputs makes this ideal for those who have a TV in the living room, office, and kitchen, and maybe even a projector in the basement — watch your online streaming services or DVDs and Blu Rays from anywhere in the house.
|HDMI Version:||Unspecified, but at least 2.0|
|Product Dimensions:||19.6 x 8 x 2.4 cm; 780 g|
This is probably the best in our lineup. If you’re looking to split only the highest displays for things like video games or 4K HDR TV, movies, etc. then this will be the HDMI Splitter for you. This one is capable of displaying all of the best Dolby engineering, whether that means audio or visual, as well as the best colour outputs. This is the presently used version of HDMI so you won’t have to worry about incompatibility in your devices.
Buying an HDMI Splitter online can be awfully confusing when many products contain both “splitter” and “switch” but the difference between the two is that a splitter takes one input and sends it through multiple outputs — as mentioned at the start of the article, this allows you to be able to use things like your Roku TV box in your living room and bedroom or basement without having to disconnect and move things around the house.
A switch, then, is the opposite. They’re useful for when you don’t have enough HDMI inputs on your TV so then you can connect two, four, or eight things into the same switch, with one HDMI cable going to your TV.
That being said, there are some models of switches that are bidirectional, meaning you can take an HDMI switch, turn it around and now it’s an HDMI Splitter. (Note that none of the HDMI Splitters we’ve included here are advertised as being bidirectional.)
This is actually a really important point that many people often overlook. Most cables that you use for any A/V reason shouldn’t ever really be longer than 6’, as the longer the cable the further the signal has to travel — this means more signal degradation, more lag, more potential drops of signal entirely.
When you combine HDMI cables through a splitter, you’re just lengthening the cable even further, but when the splitter is powered it acts as a support to the signal; it gives it some fuel so it makes it the rest of the way with renewed strength!
Most devices that need an HDMI cable may come with the cable it requires, but when you’re getting an HDMI splitter, odds are you’re going to need at least 2 more HDMI cables! Throughout this article, we’ve mentioned various “versions” of HDMI cables. The most recent version that’s now emerging is the HDMI version 2.1, but many of your devices will use anything from 2.0 down (though probably not any lower than 1.3).
The differences in cables matter a lot when you’re trying to split. For instance, if you use an HDMI 2.0 cable but your outputs are 1.4s, you’ve just drastically slowed the signal and 2.0 cables have a bandwidth of 18Gbps, whereas 1.4s sit just above 10Gbps.
Remember that whatever signal is weakest will be the signal that is displayed on your outputs. An HDMI 2.0 can do anything a 1.4 can, but a 1.4 can only do so much!
When you browse through customer reviews you’ll notice many people acknowledging that they didn’t understand that when using an HDMI splitter you’re only going to mirror the exact output. Some people assumed that it would help them create a 2 monitor display, but this is not the case.
An HDMI splitter is a great way to not only save money by avoiding duplicate Android TV boxes, gaming consoles, etc., but you’ll save the time and stress of having to move all your devices around the house depending on where you want to use them. Simply plug in and use your tech anywhere in your house.
We're always looking for more feedback! If you've purchased one of the HDMI splitter on this list and would like to share your experience, please comment below and let us know what you think about our picks.