HDMI Switcher or Splitter? I Need More HDMI Ports on My TV

If your TV has only one HDMI port, but you want to use several HDMI devices (such as PS3, Apple TV, Roku, DVD Player,etc.) on your TV. The best way is to get an HDMI device to expand your HDMI ports on TV. Do not try to unplug HDMI cable to change input device, which will damage your HDMI port.

On amazon, we will find two kinds of HDMI extended equipment: HDMI Switcher and HDMI Splitter, which one is right?

Firstly, let’s take a look at the difference between HDMI switcher and HDMI splitter.

HDMI Switcher is used to connect multiple HDMI devices to your TV with only one HDMI port, only one device can be entered at a time, we can switch the HDMI source via button on HDMI switcher or IR remote.

HDMI Splitter normally have one HDMI input and 2 or more HDMI output ports. If you want to display one HDMI source on 2 or more televisions / monitors at the same time, you will need a HDMI Splitter.

So if you need more HDMI ports on your TV, one HDMI switcher is the right choice.


Which HDMI Switcher is suitable for me? Just pay attention to 3 aspects.

HDMI Input Ports

If you have 3 or more devices, then you will consider 3 in 1 out or 4 in 1 out HDMI switcher. However if you have only two devices, you can buy a 2 in 1 out switcher. In general, the more HDMI ports on switcher, the more expensive and stability will be worse.

HDMI Version

Now the mainstream HDMI version is v1.4, HDMI v1.4 can support up to 4K30Hz, 3D 24Hz, 1080P full HD, 720 HD and below resolution video output. If your TV is 1080P resolution, just find a HDMI v1.4 switch.

If your TV is 4K TV, or plan to get a 4K TV, it’s better to consider an HDMI v2.0 switcher. HDMI v2.0 supports up to 4K 60Hz, 4K 30Hz, 1080P, full 3D and below video output, while supporting HDR and HDCP 2.2. There is essentially no compatibility issue for most HDMI devices.

HDMI 2.0 is more expensive than HDMI 1.4. If the product description have no HDMI 2.0, 4K 60Hz can also explain its HDMI 2.0 version.

HDMI Audio Extractor

Some HDMI Switch also supports audio extractor. If you want to split audio from HDMI source and output via soundbar or amplifier, you can use one HDMI switcher with Audio output. General it contains SPDIF Optical Toslink, Digital Coaxial, 3.5mm AUX and RCA L/R audio output and supported formats including Dolby Digital, DTS, AC3 DSD, Dolby True-HD, DTS-HD and  2CH PCM stereo audio.


Here are some recommended HDMI switchers on Amazon.

iArk 3×1 HDMI Switcher with SPDIF Optical and RCA L/R Audio Out [link on amazon]

3x1 HDMI Switcher with SPDIF Optical and RCA LR Audio Out 

  • HDMI Version: v1.4 (Support 4K @30Hz, 1080P, 3D @24Hz resolution)
  • Audio Out: Support 5.1CH Dolby Digital, DTS and 2CH stereo audio out
  • HDMI Ports: 3 input 1 output
  • Switch: Manually switch the button or IR wireless control
  • ARC (Audio Return Channel): Support. HOW TO USE: If your TV have a HDMI ARC port, you can connect HDMI ARC port on TV to HDMI output of this 3×1 HDMI switcher, then connect the Optical (Toslink) port from this switcher to your amplifier or speaker with Optical input port.


2×1 or 1×2 Bi-Directional HDMI 2.0 Switcher [link on amazon]

HDMI 2.0 Switch

  • HDMI Version: v2.0 (Support 4K @60Hz, 4K @30Hz, 1080P, 3D @24Hz resolution)
  • Audio: No Audio splitter, audio out via your TV
  • Switch: Manually


3 x1 HDMI 2.0 Switcher 4K 60Hz HDCP 2.2 HDR [link on amazon]

ROOFULL 3x1 HDMI 2.0 Switch Switcher 4K HDR HDCP 2.2 with IR Remote

  • HDMI Version: v2.0 (Support 4K @60Hz, 4K @30Hz, 1080P, 3D @24Hz resolution)
  • Audio: No Audio splitter, audio out via your TV
  • Switch: Manually and IR remote

More choices to get more HDMI ports on your TV, we will update here, you can also search “HDMI switcher“, “HDMI 2.0 switcher 4K 60Hz” or “HDMI switcher with audio out” on Amazon.



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