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With the emergence of HDMI as a popular audio/video connection, home theatre buffs will require HDMI switchers, but so will the cheapies who bought stripped down HDTVs with only 1 input.

The Octava 3x2 Cross Switch can take 3 HDMI/DVI signals and place them, in any combination, on 2 HD displays by bundled remote. They call it "Picture By Picture", which cracked me up enough to post the story.

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The unit also claims to improve digital video signals...probably by an ancient wizard imbuing the device with magical powers. But what we like? The unit runs $274, or about half the price of a popular 4x2 switcher. Until HDMI switchers are as inexpensive as their RCA counterparts, the Octava looks like a good deal.

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