I was looking for a recommendation for a long cable, around 50', to connect an iPod / iPhone to the front USB port of an Onkyo receiver. I have all of my equipment in a closet off of the media room, so I installed a bank of input jacks at the back of the media room so I can connect devices to the receiver without having to have the closet door propped open (such as for an iPod for music, laptop for slide presentations, USB drive for photo presentations, etc.) The run back to the closet is around 40'. I am including pics below to give an idea of what I am doing.
The port on the Onkyo works as designed when using the standard iPhone cable which is around 3' long.
I bought a 50' USB extender cable from Monoprice, which works just fine with other devices such as the PS3 Eye. It just doesn't work with the iPhone. That is an active cable and I am guessing that the active electronics are not compatible with the iPhone.
The Onkyo "sees" the iPhone and tries to read the files on it. It also does power (charge) the iPhone. It just sort of hangs the receiver which won't play the music on the iPhone when using that cable.
Note: I am not sure if the cable above is the EXACT same one as the one I bought, as I can not recall if the one I got was "Kinect & PS3 Move Compatible". But it looks exactly like this. Maybe it is something in the cables's electronics that makes it compatible with the Kinect or PS3 but that also interferes with the iPhone?
Has anyone had any luck with this particular cable, i.e.- maybe I just got a bad one? Or have you had better luck with a different brand of extender cable?
Monoprice also shows an extender that works over Cat5e or Cat6:
I would appreciate any thoughts on cabling this.