Solution: I didn't move my gear, but I had a little play in the cable length so I was able to cut off 10 ft, and I'm going to a 24AWG instead of the more common 28AWG HDMI. I'm installing it tonight, so I'll let you know if it works! My receiver doesn't seem to mind the longer cable in this case it's the Epson.
The 24 awg may indeed be an answer, I have been building some cables using this wire gauge and they are working perfectly up to 50 feet. I experimented with 26 and 28 awg with lesser results. I know 22 awg cable exists and it may well be an answer (other than amplification) over longer distances but I have yet to find the proper connectors for that gauge.