HDMI Switcher Review: Octava HDMX42 4×2 Matrix Switcher

Octava HDMX42 4x2 Switcher - Physical Tour

The Octava HDMX42 matrix switcher is very industrial looking. It’s front is finished in a light gray, with a series of LED lights to indicate sources and outputs selected (on the left side of the front). It also has a infra-red sensor in the front, a jack for an IR extender, and two buttons on the far right that control the device switching.

Appearance

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The Octava HDMX42 matrix switcher is very industrial looking. It’s front is finished in a light gray, with a series of LED lights to indicate sources and outputs selected (on the left side of the front). It also has a infra-red sensor in the front, a jack for an IR extender, and two buttons on the far right that control the device switching.

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Octava HDMX42 Switcher Inputs

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As previously mentioned, the HDMX42 switcher has 4 HDMI inputs. They support HDMI 1.3, CEC, Deep Color, HDCP etc. They are also backward compatible with devices with DVI outputs. Immediately below is a photo of the back panel of the Octava matrix switcher.

In addition to the four HDMI inputs, widely spaced in the center, there are the two HDMI outputs, one on the left, the other toward the right. Further right is the Toslink optical digital audio out. On the far left, is the power supply connector.

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Remote Control

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The credit card remote control is shown here. Octava obviously uses this remote with other devices as well, as it has several buttons that are not used with the HDMX42.

At the top of the remote there are four letter buttons, A-D. A and B are the buttons for selecting outputs. The C and D buttons are not used. Also at the top are a + button and a – button. Those can be used to toggle between adjacent input sources.

Tthose buttons, are buttons numbered 1 – 5 and a * button. Once again, not all are used, only 1 through 4.

At the bottom is the Off/On switch, and Aux button (not used, best I can tell), and the LED light (off/on) control.

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