OK, so I finally got the IR extender to work. For some reason, there are 2 separate 12V DC power hookups on the extender box, the one I had it hooked up through didn't work so well, so once I switched to the other....wallaaa....it works like magic. Not had a single problem since. The one labeled "POWER" was what I was using, it supposed to be for a continuous outlet, the other labeled "STATUS" is supposed to be if this is plugged into a switched outlet, like the back of a receiver. Anyhow, the STATUS port seems to work 100% better, so I don't understand it but it works so I'm happy!
Now on to my next dilema. I have a 2nd row couch now, and discovered once I got it in place that the riser I built is just too low to see over 1st row comfortably. I have 2 choices:
a) Build another complete level on top of my newly carpeted riser approx. 4-1/2" tall, building the new level 8-10" smaller in dimension than existing to create a step up onto it. This would require removing the baseboard trim, pulling up the carpet around the front lip and cutting the lip off to provide a flush front surface, and then the carpet guys coming back to carpet the new level.
b) Just building a simple 4" tall box the size of the couch itself to boost it up. The pictures below has 4-1/2" of wood under it to simulate this. It's not bad to get into the couch, a little awkward, but not bad. It really helps to see the screen.
Any suggestions or preferences of what you would do in this situation?