I am not - I use a receiver (Marantz) to do my HDMI switching. your switcher shouldn't be making the image soft - if its a decent switcher. Its just re-routing wires, not messing with the signal at all.
You can use an HDMI receiver (Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony, etc.) or a HDMI switch (example linked below). Is your VanCryst a splitter, or a switch?
Thanks @DogP and @luke7110!! I got this all going today - and works like a charm. I still need to get that nice acrylic case for it (trying to find someone to make it for me) and getting the wires all nicely routed - but works exactly as advertised!
Looks perfect with my HAS - so there must be something with the CBOX that is causing the video noise.
I will try it out in my arcade cabinet on Monday - which again, is my intended use. I suspect it will be perfect there, as its a standard JAMMA cabinet (so no extra devices to go through)...
Hooked it up to my CRT - still have the video noise bars in the background - the colors are ok though - or maybe because I can easily adjust the brightness down.
In a bit I will pull out my meanwell and HAS and run it through that to see.
Just got mine hooked up - having a few smallish issues - probably user error.
I haven't hooked this up to a CRT yet - so right now, its running through my normal bench equipment - which is CBOX Supergun -> OSSC -> Samsung LCD panel
1) The RGBs video is "hot" - whites are over saturated, etc...
Ideally - what I would do is try to find a romboard that works - so I can verify that the mainboard works without issue.
Besides that - check to make sure all the eproms are properly inserted and that the multi is appropriately attached.