Experiences with Octava 4×4 HDMI Matrix Switch (HDMX44CAT-UK)

I posted the Unboxing of Octava 4×4 HDMI Matrix Switch (HDMX44CAT-UK) a while back having just taken delivery of the Octava unit.

Anyways, having owned and tried using the box for a over a month I am disappointed to report that I have returned it. The matrix gave me a host of problems, some of which I overcame with some rigorous trial and error techniques, others of which I wasn’t so lucky.

My full experience is documented over at AVForums in my Experiences with Octava 4×4 HDMI CAT6 Matrix Switch (HDMX44CAT-UK) thread. It is a bit of a long read so to summarise the final list of the unresolved issues that I experienced with the Octava matrix are as follows…

  • No sound on Sharp TV, regardless of EDID mode (unless I performed a complex cable swap, to force HDMI handshake, with every matrix reboot)
  • REVO/XBMC/HTPC would frequently get “lost” (no picture/sound routed to any receiver) by the matrix (when being brought out of standby normally). The only way to fix was to reboot both the REVO and the matrix
  • Certain sources (Xbox 360) not automatically detecting sink device as 1080P capable (wasn’t a immediate problem since I can manually force the source to do 1080P but could see issues going forward if I were to add other source devices that don’t have the appropriate settings)
  • Intermittent IR issues (I put this down to interference being emitted from my Samsung TV however when trying to debug the issue I found that pulling the IR cable out of one of the extenders would cause all IR to stop working all together from any extender, very strange, there seems to me there’s way to much ‘dependency’ in the matrix)

I am however pleased to report that I have recently taken delivery of a HD Anywhere 4×4 matrix and so far this works almost flawlessly out of the box. I am still testing however and will report more soon.

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  2. Garry says:

    Hi Oliver,

    How is your experience with the HD Anywhere box?
    Is it HDMI or Cat?
    Have you tried it yet with a 3D disk?

    Thanks Oliver,
    Garry.

  3. Ollie says:

    Hi Garry,

    My experience of the HD Anywhere so far has been excellent, everything is working without problem. I have the CAT6 matrix. Unfortunately I don’t own a 3D tv so I haven’t tried/aren’t able to test any 3D content.

    Thanks, Ollie

  4. George Ghir says:

    Hi Ollie,

    I am just going down this route now and your posts have been a real help to me. My only difference is that I will be looking for a 4×8 matrix, I was looking the Octava but they are still not released yet, luckly I saw your stuff on AVF and it has given me confidence on the GrandBeing.

    Thanks Dude!

  5. Ollie says:

    Thanks George, glad I can help.

    Note now that the new ‘edition’ of the HD Anywhere unit is now a 4×4 but with dual UTP (CAT) and HDMI outputs so in a way it is kinda a 4×8.

    Dan from HDCable has kindly swapped my HD Anywhere matrix for a new one (since I was asking about a dual UTP/HDMI before I bought and as a thank you for my good review on AVF). It arrived this week and is perfect, I am extremely happy!!!!

    So, so happy I have the dual outputs now as well as that was the main reason I originally choose the Octava over the HD Anywhere at the beginning.

    Thanks,

    Ollie

  6. Jatin says:

    Hi Oliver
    I read your reviews and you seem to know what you are talking about!
    I am going through these same issues right now and have a mix of 2d and 3d sources and devices, and have been recommended an octava 4×4 matrix from avforums. I need to be able to force the system into 3d mode. Will I be better off with the system from hdcable and does that system have forced 3d edid mode?

    Also would you know if I would have to upgrade my onkyo avr to a 3d compatible avr even if i have the matrix?

    I would be so grateful for any help you can offer

    Kind Regards

    Jatin

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