By takua108 20 Comments
So I've been in college for like a month now, but my A/V setup has been crap. I've had to unplug cables left and right to switch between my PC and Xbox 360 and, because I don't have a TV in my dorm but do have a monitor, I had to buy a series of cables that would separate out the audio and video to make it all work.
Finally I got fed up with it, and ordered a three-way RCA switch and a three-way HDMI switch. Tonight I finally got everything all set up, and here's how it looks:
So yeah, now all I have to do to switch between my PC, laptop, and 360 is press a button on the remote (1 for PC, 2 for Xbox 360, 3 for laptop or other "auxiliary" device) and switch the RCA switch to the same number, and then boom, it works. The only downside is only my PC gets full 5.1 sound; everything else gets 2.1.
(Also, the damned HDMI switch [which was only $5.00 on Amazon, by the way] didn't come with a DC adapter, so I had to pick one up from Wal-Mart for three times the price of the device itself.)
I do have a second monitor, my old 22" 1680x1050 scratched and dented LCD, and I'm considering setting it up as a second monitor for the PC only.
So yeah... does anyone else have any cool low-ish budget dorm-room setups? Not including the key devices themselves, all the cables and switches probably cost about $60.