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Just wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a HDMI splitter. My plan is to split the HDMI output of my video card to one of my monitors and my TV. Then I also want a second splitter to split the output of my cable box to my TV and a monitor.

Would a passive HDMI splitter work like This One. Or would I have to get an active splitter?

EDIT:: Probably should have clarified

Video Card: 5850
Monitor: Samsung BX2231 (2 HDMI, 1 VGA in)
TV: Panasonic P42S2
Cable Box: Motorola HD QIP 71001
Edited by Imrac - 12/18/10 at 12:05am
 
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I'd be tempted to get an active splitter to avoid problems.

HDMI works on a "handshake" between devices to ensure HDCP compliance. So basically, anything that is protected wont display through a passive splitter.
    
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-High-Performance-Switcher-Switch/dp/B0015YWKYY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292687653&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Ultra High Performance HDMI Switcher, 3to1 Switch: Electronics[/ame]

I have that one, and it works great. It doesn't state it anywhere, but it actually can switch automatically. You can also switch sources with the button, or with the included IR remote. No external power required by the way.
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