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Hi everyone. I am in the process of building a new house and we are at the point to start running wire in the walls before the dry-wall goes up. I am locating all my AV equipment in a closet about 30 feet away from the location where my plasma will go (new Panny V10 58"). I purchased these Monoprice cables:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

I am also bought these wall plates to make things clean:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

My question is does using the wall plates potentially degrade the signal (I was always taught the less connections the better). On one hand I want things to look clean, on the other hand performance is important to me.

Thoughts?
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I just used the wall plate and found it to be fine. HDMI either works or does not.

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HDMI either works or does not.

Yup but, with poor connections, it can alternate between those two states.

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Thanks guys...I will leave enough slack in the wall so that if I have any problems I can just switch to one of these:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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The ONLY foolproof solution for HDMI is conduit. Just FYI.
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HDMI's biggest fault is the non-secure connection. I am always hesitant to suggest using HDMI cables behind the wall(or any inaccessible place) due to that fact. If you lose signal, it is a pain to find the problem(it could end up being a loose connection).

But, in this case, it may be your best solution. Like someone said previously, HDMI will either work or it will not(no gray area, or snowy area). So, if you can install everything with the plate, and it works, try to leave the cabling in a way where gravity doesn't pull the connection down and out, etc. Good luck!
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I just used the wall plate and found it to be fine. HDMI either works or does not.

That's oversimplifying things a bit...there is a middle ground where you'll get "sparklies" etc, and there's also a big issue with intermittent dropouts...signal works great, then goes away randomly and for no apparent reason...this can be caused by anything from the poor physical connection to handshake issues.

you're definitely smart to plan properly, and i agree, conduit is the best safeguard if possible.
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