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I'm doing a home theatre install and will have a hdmi run around 50ft. I've read it's best to do this long of an run using cat5/6. There are so many converters out there ranging from reasonably priced to way over my budget. Has anyone done this? And what are the differences between the lower priced converters to the higher priced? Are there any products that users on this forum can recommend without breaking the bank? Thanks in advance.
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Daisy has the right solutions, but I prefer the baluns. I've done 50ft runs both ways, and gotten good results, but I recommend the baluns because as the HDMI specification has evolved, the output voltage requirement has remained pretty much constant, but the input voltage has dropped to allow for greater bandwidth, requiring greater efficiency (less loss) from the cable. On shorter runs this isn't an issue (older cables will perform as well as the "latest/greatest" irrespective of certification in most cases), but 50' is at the outside limits for an HDMI cable (some would say beyond the limit). It is possible that a 50' cable that works with some equipment may not work with other (newer) equipment. Good baluns are very reliable and the Niles baluns that Daisy linked to are very good ones at a fair price. I don't think you'll be disappointed with that solution. The cable is another matter. I'm on record as to my opinion of Monster products.
There are a couple of ways to accomplish the longer HDMI run. One good solution is an HDMI cable long enough, but it would need to be a good quality cable to avoid signal loss.
You could also go the CAT 5 route, but you would need a high quality transmitter balun and receiver balun. For cabling you would need two shorter HDMI cables and the necessary length of CAT 5 cable.
Personally I prefer just using a single quality cable, because you avoid all the additional conversions.
Anyone else have a suggestion?
Thanks for the advice. Ill try the "non Monster" HDMI cable i have first and see if it will work.
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