I recently upgraded from a 50" flat panel plasma TV to a rear projection setup. I purchased the Panasonic PTAE8000U projecting onto a fixed 110" screen. The projector is sitting on a shelf in the room behind seating postion, and projecting through a small window. The projector is about 30-35' from the sources. For media providers, I have a Panasonic Bluray, Xbox, AppleTV and Dish Network DVR, all routed through a Pioneer Elite AVR. Bluray and Apple TV are connected to the AVR via 3' High Speed HDMI cables from Monoprice. All else via component video. AVR is currently connected via a 40' Ultra Slim High Performance cable w/Redmere (PID: 9431).
A bit of background, but here is what is happening and what I need advice on:
When I first set this up, I used a 35' HDMI cable from Media Bridge. The issue I was seeing is that when watching a Bluray movie, periodically and most notably if there is a scene transition from dark to white or very bright, the projector would lose video signal and handshake from the AVR completely. AVR would still be playing audio. I would have to switch to another source on the AVR and then back to the Bluray, handshake would take place and we were off watching the movie again. This might happen 1-2x per movie, otherwise everything was looking great. I decided to replace the Media Bridge cable with a 35' BlueRigger cable which was specifically CL3 rated, however, this made no difference, the projector completely lost the signal.
I returned the BlueRigger cable to Amazon and went to Monoprice and their Redmere cables. Now, the issue has changed, but is no less enjoyable. Now what happens is there is a signal drop but it does not do it so as badly as before when the signal was completely lost and required a re-handshake, instead now the picture goes black for a couple of seconds then the picture comes back by itself.
So, I am trying to figure out what the issue is here, how to diagnose, and get to a resolution. I feel like this is cable related, however, I am seeing people using even longer lengths and apparently no problems. Changing the cable did change the issue I am seeing, but is it strictly cable related or could this also be a problem with the AVR? Should start looking into powered HDMI solutions? HDBaseT? A new AVR?
I should note, this is all 2D 1080P 60Hz as presently my AVR does not support 3D (something to upgrade in the near future). I would like to do 3D in the future and am expecting my issues to magnify at that time.
Thanks in advance for any help/advice.