What is an HDMI Distribution Amplifier?

You likely know HDMI has become the new standard in signal format for high-definition video. Thanks to HDMI technology, we now have greater options for regulating, modifying, and boosting signals.

HDMI distribution amplifiers, or, as they’re sometimes called, HDMI splitters or HDMI distribution boxes, are one of the best modern tools for improving the quality of signals.

From home theaters to multimedia presentations at work, to the medical and automotive design industries, HDMI distribution amplifiers provide the highest resolutions. HDMI distribution amplifiers are widely used, and they are more and more in demand every day. The signal strength of video and audio in both contexts is crucial. But what exactly do HDMI distribution amplifiers do to ensure the integrity of signals, and how do they work? Read on for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this awesome piece of technology!

What Exactly is an HDMI Distribution Amplifier?

HDMI distribution amplifiers - HDMI splitters - HDMI distribution boxes… the technology goes by many names! They’re reliable and durable pieces of technology when made well and taken care of.

In a nutshell, HDMI distribution amplifiers are tools used to divide a signal (be it an audio or video signal) into multiple copies. An HDMI distribution amplifier copies signal exactly; in other words, after they’ve been multiplied, the new signals are identical to the originals.

With an HDMI distribution amplifier, you can display video and audio originating from a single HDMI signal to several different screens at the same time, i.e., to multiple TV or computer screens. This is a similar concept to the connection of many different speakers to a single amplifier.

The cool thing about HDMI distribution amplifier is that this piece of technology increases signal strength while it works – kind of like a two birds, one stone idea. Copying a signal weakens it, but an HDMI distribution box doesn’t just multiply or duplicate the input signal. It also increases the strength of the signal.


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What are the Different Types of HDMI Distribution Amplifiers?

All HDMI distribution amplifiers allow a single video source to be split into multiple outputs. Do you know how many different screens you’ll need to export the video signal to? Different types of HDMI distribution amplifiers can perform slightly differently based on this key factor. It’s important to know what kind of output you require when choosing an HDMI distribution amplifier.

  • HDMI Distribution Amplifier 1×2.
    An HDMI distribution amplifier 1×2 can be used to display content from a single HDMI source to two screens.
  • HDMI Distribution Amplifier 1×4.
    An HDMI distribution amplifier 1×4 can be used to display content from a single HDMI source to four screens.
  • HDMI Distribution Amplifier 1×8.
    An HDMI distribution amplifier 1×8 can be used to display content from a single HDMI source to eight screens.
  • HDMI Distribution Amplifier 1×16.
    An HDMI distribution amplifier 1×16 can be used to display content from a single HDMI source to sixteen screens.

How to Use an HDMI Distribution Amplifier:

  • Make sure you’ve plugged in your HDMI distribution amplifier where it will be unobtrusive. In the context of a media presentation in the office: if you’d like to stream a signal from a single computer, you can play the presentation on as many screens as your particular HDMI distribution amplifier allows. (Refer to the above list; depending on your HDMI distribution amplifier’s capabilities, this can be anywhere from two screens to sixteen screens).
  • With an HDMI distribution amplifier, all the TV screens or monitors you’re sending signal to will get the exact same full definition picture and surround sound audio as the original source.

How to Choose the Best HDMI Distribution Amplifier:

Making sure you have the correct HDMI distribution amplifier for your particular purpose is a task that, when done right, will save you a headache (and costs) in the long run. When in doubt, it’s best to consult an industry expert. Sending a quick email or giving Lightware a call will make sure you have the right tools for your industry. Here are some things to consider, broadly, as you’re making your choice:

  1. How many monitors you want to display.

    As we discussed above, different HDMI distribution amplifiers can display to a different number of monitors. The most common choices are 1×2 or 1×4.

  2. Whether your HDMI Distribution Amplifier can go the distance.

    Choosing an HDMI distribution amplifier with a sufficient range of coverage is critical. Make sure to measure and account for the distance between the screens you’d like to project a signal to when you’re making your choice.

  3. Whether your Device is Compatible with an HDMI Distribution Amplifier.

    The device you want to transmit signal from must have an HDMI interface to be compatible with an HDMI distribution amplifier. If you’re in doubt about whether your device is compatible, contact Lightware. Lightware can help you make sure the entire signal transmittal process goes smoothly. Did you know that HDMI distribution amplifiers will automatically project the lowest resolution of all connected output devices? If you’re considering purchasing an HDMI distribution amplifier, it may be worth it to make sure all your monitors are high resolution, too, for an optimal experience.

Implement All HDMI Technology Has to Offer

The technology of the present has enormous potential for the way we work, present information, and even enjoy quality free time in the future. HDMI is becoming more and more ubiquitous, and regardless of your industry, you should be able to make the most of it.

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