What is the Best HDMI Splitter for PS5?


A splitter, as opposed to a switch or switcher, is an adapter that allows you to hook up your media player to multiple monitors. A switch or switcher, on the other hand, allows you to hook up multiple media players to a single monitor. A matrix switch allows multiple media players and display hookups.

On that note, if you’re interested in doing a multi-screen setup for the Sony PlayStation 5, you obviously need an HDMI splitter to make it happen.

What is the best HDMI splitter for ps5? Keep on reading to find out.

Buying Guide for PS5 HDMI Splitter

When searching for a quality HDMI splitter for your Sony PlayStation 5, you essentially need to get one that suits your specific needs. This applies to any product, really. HDMI connections can be found on various modern TVs as well as every device you can connect to the display.

You can use it to connect your PlayStation 5 to various other display and audio devices, such as soundbars and AV receivers. It could help set up a dual monitor display as well. Aside from the PS5, it increases the display options for cable boxes and Blu-Ray Disc Players as well. 

Why Do You Need Multiple HDMI Ports?

Most TVs have more than enough HDMI inputs to handle device connection. A splitter specifically increases your media player outputs to allow you to have multiple video display connections as well as hi-fi audio for good measure.

To be more specific though, an HDMI splitter splits the video and audio feed of a media player like a game console, video disc player, cable or satellite TV box, and other media content providers. The split allows you to connect to multiple displays like HDTVs, projectors, and monitors as well as speakers.

This is different from an HDMI switch that allows you to connect all those cable boxes, disc players, and game consoles to one HDTV or projector. 

What’s the Difference Between a Splitter and a Switch?

Many people use “splitter” and “switch” interchangeably even though they serve opposite functions. The long and short of it is that the HDMI switch (not to be confused with the Nintendo Switch, a game console) allows you to switch from one media player to another connected to one display device. 

In contrast, an HDMI splitter splits the video and audio feed of a single media player to multiple display devices, such as a dual monitor or triple monitor display as well as a projector and HDTV combo with mirrored or duplicate displays.

A splitter, as its name suggests, splits a single signal (or two, as in the case of HDMI cables handling both the audio and video connection) into multiple ones to connect them to multiple HDTVs, projectors, or monitors.

How Do You Judge the Quality of an HDMI Splitter? 

You judge an HDMI splitter based on how solid its video and audio feed is. It should have a compact size so it doesn’t contribute to cable clutter. It can be a simple adapter with a cable of its own or a box with a single input and multiple outputs on the other end.

Most people reading want to get a switch to only use one cable to connect your TV to multiple devices. You can then switch from one source to another instead of swapping cables every time.

  • Match The HDMI Version: Make sure your splitter matches the HDMI version of the latest gear you wish to split signals with. Most inexpensive splitters follow the HDMI 1.4 specification for 1080p resolution displays. However, if you want 4K you need HDMI 2.0 and beyond instead.
  • Backward Compatibility: Even if your current sources aren’t Ultra HD and instead Full HD, they’re coming around to 4K soon in 2021. Besides which, HDMI 2.0 is backward compatible for FHD while also allowing UHD display signals.
  • The Maximum Resolution is the Minimum Resolution: When splitting a signal for two displays or more, the maximum resolution for all is the lowest resolution display. If one of your displays is 1080p, even a 4K source will send only 1080p. Only use two 4K displays to get 4K feeds.
  • 1×3 vs. 3×1: 1×3 is for splitters while 3×1 is for switchers. A 1×3 splitter refers to 1 input from the PS5 and 3 outputs for multiple displays. This is in contrast with a 3×1 switch, which allows 3 inputs from a PS5, Blu-Ray Player, and cable box to fit into 1 output for a single HDTV.
  • Copy Protection Blues: A splitter shouldn’t result in copy protection issues. It should send content through multiple TVs. However, this depends on HDCP handshakes. A high-quality splitter should bypass these HDCP handshakes without getting that dreaded signal cut.
  • Powered vs. Unpowered Splitters: While unpowered splitters are available on the market, like adapters with no power connection, it’s best to avail of powered connections. They cost slightly more but they give you fewer connectivity issues and no signal dropouts.
  • Matrix Switch: It’s possible to get a switch that doubles as a splitter, as in the case of a 4×2 switch. It allows 4 inputs for 4 devices—like a cable box, DVD player, Nintendo Switch, and PS5—split between two HDTVs or an HDTV and a projector with an HDMI port.
  • Cost: You can get splitters costing $10 or less but you can go with higher costing ones to ensure things like powered PS5 splitters with no connectivity dropouts or more bang for your buck in terms of more HDMI outputs (1×3 or 1×4 splitters versus basic 1×2 splitters).

Further reading: The Best HDMI Splitter for Apple TV

What is the Best HDMI Splitter for PS5? 

Here are the Top 7 HDMI splitters for the Sony PlayStation 5.

1. Female to Female Powered Duplicator Splitter That Also Handles 4K Video Streams 

Connector GenderFemale to Female
Splitter TypePowered
Size2.5 x 4 x 0.75 inches
Weight5.6 ounces
Features4K duplicator splitter with 1 female input and 2 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×2

The Orei or OREI 4K@60Hz 1 in 2 Out HDMI Duplicator Splitter is another 4K duplicator splitter that’s different from the Avedio in that it’s a female-to-female powered duplicator splitter box that looks like a small modem or router.

OREI 4K@60Hz 1 in 2 Out HDMI Duplicator Splitter
OREI 4K@60Hz 1 in 2 Out HDMI Duplicator Splitter

This means you need about 3 HDMI cables to make it work since it’s all ports, with one connected to the PlayStation 5 and the other connected to the two HDTVs, monitors, or projectors it’s supposed to display the game with.

2. A Nice and Basic Male to Female Unpowered HDMI Splitter 

Connector GenderMale to Female
Splitter TypeUnpowered
Size6.57 x 4.96 x 0.51 inches
Weight1.83 ounces
Features1 foot cable adapter with 1 male cable input and 2 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×2

 The Sorthos HDMI Splitter Adapter Cable is available to you for $10.95. This cost-effective splitter offers a basic two-way split between a single Sony PlayStation 5 HDMI video feed split into two monitor or HDTV outputs. Or you can mirror the same display on an HDTV and a projector.

HDMI Splitter Cable
HDMI Splitter Cable

It works for LCD TV, LED TV, HDTV, monitors, and projectors. It typically supports two TVs at the same time. It’s obviously compatible with the PS5, but it can only support up until 1080p/i, 720p, and 480p/i.

3.  A Slightly Cheaper Yet Dependable Male to Female Connector for Your PS5

Connector GenderMale to Female
Splitter TypeUnpowered
Size6.81 x 3.98 x 0.63 inches
Weight1.76 ounces
Features1 foot cable adapter with 1 male cable input and 2 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×2

The cost-effective SENGKOB HDMI Splitter Adapter Cable costs $9.99 and shares the same specs as the previous one. However, it has other things going for it, like the fact that it comes with its own HDMI cable that’s 30 centimeters or 11.8 inches in length.

HDMI Splitter Adapter Cable
HDMI Splitter Adapter Cable

It’s also renowned for its gold-plated connectors to ensure superior signal transfer. Alas, it’s mostly a PS3 type of splitter instead of a PS5 one, so it also has a cap of 1080p Full HD. IT can also operate as a signal router from one TV to the next, with the PS5 located in the other room.

4. 4K Powered Male to Female HDMI Splitter for True PS5 Dual TV or Monitor Action

Connector GenderMale to Female
Splitter TypePowered
Size8.5 x 5 x 0.59 inches
Weight3.52 ounces
Features1-foot cable 4K adapter with 1 male cable input and 2 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×2

 The Avedio 4K 1-in-2 HDMI Splitter delivers the goods when it comes to giving you the ultimate PS5 gaming experience. Why? It’s because, for about $13, you’ll get a beefier splitter that’s about more than twice the cost of other splitters because it delivers up to 4K Ultra HD feeds at 60Hz speed.

Avedio links HDMI Splitter 1 in 2 Out
Avedio links HDMI Splitter 1 in 2 Out

No longer will you get a downgraded PlayStation 5 experience when playing Devil May Cry 5 or Final Fantasy VII Remake by having a splitter that only supports 1080p signals. You’ll get to see all that raytracing in action using this powered male-to-female splitter.

5. This Affordable HDMI Splitter Is Universally Compatible to Multiple Devices 

Connector GenderMale to Female
Splitter TypeUnpowered
Size5.39 x 5 x 0.67 inches
Weight1.83 ounces
Features1 foot cable adapter with 1 male cable input and 2 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×2

The Pawfan HDMI Splitter Adapter Cable claims to handle 4K connections. However, this is misleading in that it downgrades the signal to 1080p like with SENGKOB and Sorthos. It is one of the more universally compatible splitters we’ve tested, working on various TVs, monitors, and media players.

HDMI Splitter 1 in 2 Out
HDMI Splitter 1 in 2 Out

Costing about $10, this splitter is slightly more limited in that only 1 output device can be active at a given time unless both TVs are the same size. This means when using an HDTV and projector connection, you need to turn off the TV in order to use the projector and vice-versa.

6. A Powered 4K HDMI Splitter with 4 Outputs Instead of Just 2

Connector GenderFemale to Female
Splitter TypePowered
Size‎4.72 x 3.94 x 2.83 inches
Weight2.4 ounces
Features4K splitter with 1 female input and 4 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×2

The VKBAND HDMI Splitter 1 in 4 Out is a 4K powered HDMI splitter that’s different from the rest of the splitters on this list because it has 4 outputs. This means you can hook up more than 2 HDTVs to your PS5.

 VKBAND HDMI Splitter 1 in 4 Out
VKBAND HDMI Splitter 1 in 4 Out

You can also hook up a projector, dual monitors, and an HDTV to it, if not use the extra output for audio. It’s user-friendly and reliable at giving you exceptional sound and a clear Ultra HD picture. It’s also fast-cooling and made of heavy-duty metal.

7. Just Like the OREI 1×2 But with 4 Outputs Instead of 2 and with Scaler to Boot 

Connector GenderFemale to Female
Splitter TypePowered
Size2.5 x 4 x 0.75 inches
Weight5.6 ounces
Features4K duplicator splitter with 1 female input and 4 female splitter outputs.
Number of Ports1×4

 It figures that only Orei could beat Orei. The VKBAND HDMI Splitter 1 in 4 Out is a beefed-up version of the Orei 4K 1×2 with 1×4 or female 1 input and 4 female outputs. On top of being compatible with the PS5, it also caters to even streaming devices like Roku and Amazon TV Fire Stick.

Orei 4K 1x4 HDMI Splitter Duplicater
Orei 4K 1×4 HDMI Splitter Duplicater

Additionally, this powered behemoth of a splitter can automatically scale the resolution of your video to match the TV, so make sure you have 4K TVs or 4K projectors hooked up to it in order to get a 4K maximum resolution across the board. 

Points to Ponder

The highest-rated of the splitters is OREI 1×4, followed by OREI 1×2 and Avedio 1×2. This makes sense since they all support 4K video connections.

An HDMI splitter offers you various ways to enjoy your PS5. You can split the connection in order to allow for a dual monitor display, especially if your videogame supports such. You can also use the extra port in order to hook a high-definition sound system to your PS5.

Alternatively, you can hook up your PS5 to the TV while putting a second feed onto your projector, thus mirroring the videogame on twin displays for a bigger audience. It also helps you from needing to swap HDMI cables in order to shift from one display to another.

References:

  1. Geoffrey Morrison, “HDMI switch or HDMI splitter? If you’re tired of swapping cables, this is for you“, Cnet.com, July 22, 2021
  2. James Core, The Ultimate Guide to HDMI Splitter Technology, thetechnologyland.com, 2020

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