Originally Posted by GWZ
Hi Andy, thanks for the reply. I probably didn't explain myself very well. I'm not so much concerned with future proofing as I am that I won't get reliable 1080p 3D over a 50ft run. From what I've read Coln seems to recommend a "HDbaseT device" as the best solution for long runs (which I'm assuming is HDMI over CAT 5/6 (Ethernet)). I'm not wanting to go HDMI over CAT 5/6 for the run from the Rcvr to the PJ due to cost and it seems a 30ft run is more reasonable to expect good performance from HDMI cables. I should add I'm assuming the cheap (<50$) converters probably aren't the best choice so I'm looking at the $200ish ones. If anyone has any experience with the lower cost converters, please let me know what brand you have. It's a bummer that the HDMI amplifiers don't seem to work better. The only HDMI cable with built in "chipset" (amplifier) that I've found is $160 for 50ft. There really shouldn't be any difference in that than a "plug in" amp (if it used an equal quality chipset)....
Let's review the choices:
- A 50 foot standard speed cable - if you get a good cable (24 awg) this will likely work over 50 feet for 1080p/24 3D. I use one. You'll know right away if this works or doesn't. OK, may take five minutes or so, but you'll know if you start to see sparkles or lines or even no picture at all. Cheapest option.
- An active HDMI cable. Designed to length the transmission distance of a specific length of cable. We don't seem to talk too much about this option but I've seen a few listed here.
- Convert to Cat 5e/6. This basically converts the HDMI signal to Cat 5e/6 cable and allows greater lengths. Have to make sure the converter works with 3D. Does not provide any additional capabilities beyond HDMI.
- HDBaseT - different than the convert to Cat 5e/6 option. Provides additional capability including power.
- Fiber (or fibre) optic - Larger distances, more cost
Keep in mind that "Ethernet over HDMI" is a pre-existing HDMI capability added as part of HDMI 1.4a spec. No manufacturer seems to have implemented this capability yet. But, if implemented by the source and sink devices, this would allow Ethernet to be sent over the HDMI cable. However, just because a device has an Ethernet connection and an HDMI connection, it does not mean that Ethernet over HDMI has been implemented (likely it has not, at this time).
So, that's the current landscape. You might consider spending the money on a good standard speed cable and just see if that works. It would be the simplest solution.