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Chris Hassell
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Chris Hassell posted on Tue, Oct 26 2021 7:43 PM

We’re moving into a new house soon and the family room and kitchen are on the same floor. I intend on having TVs in both rooms (Beovision Eclipse in the family room, kitchen TBC) and I’m thinking it’d be great to be able to synchronise what’s on both TVs (because there will be a lot of walking between rooms whilst cooking for kids etc). A lot of the content will be watched via Apple TV (although sometime built-in apps from the TV)  

Anyone got any thoughts on this? Is the best way going to be a matrix?

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Sandyb replied on Tue, Oct 26 2021 8:45 PM

Hey there Chris.

Yes a matrix is a clean way to do what you want. That said, it is awfully expensive.

I went the matrix route, less to keep things in sync, but more because I wanted a screen only in my second room and no supplementary hardware.

And the sources I wanted to share between rooms were my Apple TV, Sky Q, Blu Ray and PS5 - so there were a few reasons to go matrix.

If most of what you will be watching on the second (or both) screen, surely just an Apple TV behind each screen will do the job. Yes they wont be in sync, but a matrix install is now frightfully expensive. From what Daniel (in Islington) tells me the newer Atlona matrices are a lot more than they were, and though mine is a Pulse 8 (an Atlona clone essentially) and not quite so dear.

There may be HDMI splitters that do the job for you - short of a full matrix - which are quite a bit cheaper. 

Those may be a better place to start.

 

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Hello mate!

Thanks for the info. I have thought it might be overkill so might be better to just have a splitter take an Apple TV from the family room to the kitchen over cat6! Out of interest how do you do it with the PS5 and the controllers? Do you have USB extending there too?

Cheers

Chris

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Sandyb replied on Tue, Oct 26 2021 11:28 PM

I have 4 things / sources connected to my matrix - Sky Q / Blu Ray Player / Apple TV / PS5.

The matrix and all the sources live in my home office - nothing is in my lounge or living room, bar the 2 TVs.

The PS5 controllers, being bluetooth and pretty strong from what I see, work wirelessly whether I take one into the bedroom or lounge.

So I can play PS5 in either room, while the PS5 lives in the home office.

My home office room housing the PS5 is about 8-10 meters away from both my lounge and bedroom - both are on one side of the corridor, the home office on the other side.  It works absolutely fine - but for much larger distances / separations, that might be more of a challenge.

All sources plunge into the matrix serve their video / audio to the bedroom / lounge over cat6, with a cat6 to HDMI converter (small) box at the TV end - thats part of the standard HDMI matrix setup. Atlona now do a (second) different matrix architecture, Omnistream - seems very clever, but pricey.

Not sure if any of that helps!

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