Originally Posted by MWRecords
I tried your recommended setup and video works perfectly. Problem with that is that I lose my hdmi audio to the Onkyo. I have the Onkyo updated with the latest firmware. I'm not sure it is the receiver because before I had the receiver I was using a monoprice hdmi switch pid 5557, and it had the same issue with the bluray player. That issue was actually one of the reasons I upgraded to the Onkyo 709, to take over the hdmi switching. I also tried replacing the bluray player thinking that there may be an incompatibility with it. I switched from a Samsung unit to a panasonic unit. I should have the equalizer today, they wanted me to try it in three different positions, between the bluray and receiver, between the receiver and the extender, and between the other extender and tv. I was kinda hoping that the signal was being degraded running through the receiver and/or switch and adding the equalizer might help... Fingers crossed.
I just meant to use that configuration as a test, not as a premanent solution.
OK, so if you eliminated the receiver, then everything works. That would seem to indicate this is a problem either in the receiver or the extender.
You have to remember these are digital components not analog components. A "degraded signal" in this case means bit errors. So, correcting bit errors doesn't necessarily mean just boosting the voltage on a line. With the exception of boosting your Cat 6 run, there is nowhere in your configuration that appears to be susceptible to bit errors due to voltage drops.
If bit errors are being introduced in your 3' or 6' cables, then the cables would have to be faulty but the test you ran yesterday says they are fine. It also says the Blu-Ray player is fine. The TV also gets cleared since it interfaced with the extender properly.
However, not recognizing the proper EDID configuration (or failing HDCP or just parsing the video) and therefore not being able to pass that along could be the result of a faulty interface.
If your amp/eq doesn't work, then make sure you have every HDMI option disabled in the Onkyo other than straight passthru resolution. Make sure HDMI CEC is off and 3D is off (for now) and no 4K and nothing that could change the HDMI signal from what the Blu-Ray sent. The Onkyo will make some changes to the signal since it has to send a compatible audio signal to the TV but you want to minimize those changes.
Bottom line is if the amp/eq doesn't work and there are no HDMI options you can change, then I think you're looking at either trying a different brand of extender or different brand of receiver. You'll find both manufacturers will tell you that their system is working perfectly but together they can't talk properly. Both sides are at fault and neither is. It goes that way with interface problems. Only solution is to try a different chipset and many manufacturers use the same chipset throughout multiple products.
I'd ask you to try a different Cat 6 run outside-of-wall, but that cable got cleared by your test yesterday as well.