By far the most concerning 4K-related shortcoming of the Quick 6, though, is that it doesn’t support the HDMI 2.0 standard. This is hardly surprising, of course, given that the HDMI 2.0 standard hasn’t been ratified yet! But it’s being worked on as we speak, and will be essential in 4K’s future fortunes since without it – if you stick with the HDMI 1.4 spec used by the Quick 6 – 4K sources can only be shipped between devices at frame rates of up to 30Hz. HDMI 2.0 is needed to provide support for 4K at 50Hz/60Hz/even higher frame rates.
Before anyone gets too angsty about this, it’s worth considering that as the AV world stands today the Quick 6’s current support of 4K at 30fps should be sufficient to handle 4K movies (be they downloaded or on some future high-capacity disc format) since movies are generally shipped with 24Hz frame rates. But the 30Hz limit could certainly be an issue for future 4K broadcast formats. Not that we currently have even so much as a speculative date for the launch of such broadcasts right now.
When it comes to its bread and butter job of switching between inputs, the Quick 6 is pretty much exemplary. The InstaPort S technology ensures that there’s no sitting there scratching your nose waiting for an input switch to take place, even if you’re going from HD to 4K or vice versa.
Switching is nice and stable too, putting no stress on your display with undue flickering or signal fluctuations, and the signals themselves seem to pass through the system with no noise being added.
Digital sound, too, survives the journey through the switch box immaculately, no matter what digital route it takes.
The only performance issue we had with the Quick 6 was a curious operating bug whereby sometimes calling up the device’s onscreen menus could cause connected devices to suddenly believe the Quick 6 no longer supported the ‘HDCP’ anti-piracy HDMI ‘handshake’.
Fortunately we figured out that you could solve – seemingly permanently – this potentially very aggravating problem by turning off the CEC option (which permits enhanced communication between connected compatible devices and the Quick 6), and then turning it back on again if CEC is a feature you want to use.
If you’re looking to bring a slightly aging home cinema system up to modern-day speed, or just want to add much more source flexibility to your system, then the Quick 6 is an unusually feature-rich and accomplished switchbox for its money.
The only significant reason to at least think your purchase properly through is the inevitable issue facing all HDMI-heavy products being released right now: will the upcoming HDMI 2.0 spec and future 4K products move beyond the Quick 6’s capabilities?
Judged on its own merits, the Quick 6 is cutting edge by switchbox standards with its InstaPrevue feature and 4K/MHL support. With that in mind, it’s also unexpectedly affordable. Just remember that updates to HDMI standard could complicate things in future.