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Hey Guys,

Thought I'd chime in with a mini-review of a handy little piece of gear that may have slipped under the radar for most. The Pelican System Selector Pro is an 8 input component switch (1 in the front) with a handful of other features, which for the price ($99), can't be beat.

 

 

Since it's an active switch, the first thing I did was feed it a 720p signal. Bandwidth doesn't appear to be an issue as I noticed no difference in quality versus a direct connection. (includes 8 S-video/composite inputs as well)

 

Also included with this piece is a 3 port ethernet switch and a 3 port optical switch. I haven't tried either, but as soon as I can scrape up some Cat 5 I'll let you know how it works. I have no use for the optical portion, so someone else will have to verify it's functionality.

 

 

 

The front panel has backlit 'signs' that are swappable to let you know what input you have selected. The various panels read 'Xbox, DVD, Gamecube, etc...' and they even included some replacement panels for the N64 and some of the other older consoles

 

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The biggest selling point in my case was it's size. It is the standard 17" width so I couldn't pass it up. EB has this listed as shipping in October, but Gamestop started shipping theirs late last week. I highy recommend it if you're running out of inputs for your gear! :Rock:

 

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Gary

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Wow!

 

That's the coolest game switchbox I have ever seen. Great that it provides component, optical, & ethernet switching. Fantastic.

 

I assume you need to run all consoles via the same connection method? That is, all component or all s-video? I doubt it converts signals.

 

Damn...that thing is really nice. The only thing missing is coax digital audio. They're going to sell a ton of these.

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Camp,

I should've addressed that. It does not upconvert the signals to all one output, but it will output the correct signal for each input when selected. If you have your PS2 connected via S-Video, it'll output through the S-Video monitor even if other stuff is connected via component inputs (the component inputs/output do not override the others) Did that just make sense? :shock:

 

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Cool, Gary. When / if my receiver runs out of inputs, this'll be perfect.

 

As for the ethernet switch, does it SWITCH or act like a router? I ask because if it switches, it could limit one from having a PS2 and Xbox online at the same time.

 

Oh, btw - I have the same Bell'O rack.

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Hey Kelley,

It's not going to win any awards for build quality, that's for sure, but it'll do. The Tivo is sitting on it with no problems and you know how heavy those are. It does have a metal case with the typical component-type paint. In fact my only real gripe about the whole unit is the flip down front panel, wow, it just screams cheap and it's so flimsy. I can see it being broken quite easily.

 

A few other things that were brought up: I already talked to Josh about it, but the ethernet portion is strictly a switch. Each port is assigned to a specific input, so no simultaneous output.

 

And finally, this is a newly released item. GameStop just got them in last week. Why this thing is getting so little press is beyond me. Nothing is available on the Pelican or Electro-Source websites. In fact, I almost passed up the purchase because I couldn't find any solid specs regarding the size of the thing.

 

Gary

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Gary,

 

Thanks for posting this! This is exactly what I need! I've been holding off on something similar because I wasn't ready to spend the cash, but $99! Hell, I'll try it out! Looks like I'll be stopping by the local Gamestop tommorow :)

 

[EDIT] I see you have one of those that Panasonic Gamecube consoles w/ the extra bells & whistles... nice.

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Congratulations on the purchase. This thing looks like a pretty good deal for those with several gaming systems in the mix.

 

The recent addition of a PS2 to my gear list prompted me to get an Audio Authority 1154 Component Video Switcher. Since I only have 3 systems currently used with any regularity, I figured this was a good deal. It does the audio and video switching automatically, which, for a lazy fellow such as myself, works out rather well. :)

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Well we have a handful of CRT sets (and the odd RPTV) that take component in now, some of those with progressive scan support, but the two sets with the highest profiles currently available- a toshiba and a panasonic- have so many performance issues its not funny. So the answer is no. Right now, such a thing does not exist. :?

 

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The Audio Authority was the one I was going to get. But the cost meant I was going to have to put it off, and I wasn't thrilled about how tall it is. But it looks well made. Auto switching is nice.

 

I have 4 component devices at present, the 3 game systems and DVD player. The ethernet switch is a nice bonus, and might just push me into getting the PS2 online since the cabling issue is solved by this.

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I'm assuming that you hit a button to switch inputs. The JVC I have now is like that...and since it is sandwiched between the Xbox and PS2, next to where I sit, it's not big deal for me. The worst part is having to change the audio input separately from the video, having everything change over with one button is what I've been looking for.

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Yep, it is a push button switch, so I do have to drag ass over to the TV...much to my dismay :D

 

In regards to the Panasonic Q, it's pretty nice. Was it worth the extra cost? No way! I rarely play imports and lately I hardly play any domestic titles either.

But the ladies do dig the hip blue LED's, ya dig? ;)

 

Gary

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