Seeing as the Zektor MAS7.1 is discontinued, and I have to return mine, which was on loan to me for 2 years, I need to find a replacement before this Thursday.
My requirements are:
3 inputs switching HDMI 1.3 spec, plus 3 inputs switching 7.1 analog audio through dry contacts (no op amps or active devices degrading the audio).
I found some cheap Chinese made switcher that only has one analog input, the MX0402-AU1, and most of its inputs are HDMI only. It converts HDMI audio to analog for the output analog jacks, but the manual I downloaded only talks about PCM digital audio.
Same goes for the Octava, a similar unit.
The other main problem is bass management.. my center channel speaker only goes to 90Hz, and presently, my Oppo BDP-83 redirects the center channel output to the subwoofer or main speakers that have subwoofers and that works great. It's not clear that a HDMI audio decoder in a cheap Chinese switcher like this Grandbeing branded switcher would understand the Oppo's assignment of bass from the center channel to the mains.
The other concern is losing the potentially superior analog audio of the Oppo, using HDMI audio. I don't know how good the DACs in the cheap $299 switch would be.
With only one set of analog inputs, I am uncertain as to how that would work with three players having analog audio 7.1 outputs to be switched.
Does anyone else make a switcher that has 3 7.1 inputs to go with 3 HDMI 1.3 digital inputs?