Originally Posted by jst3712
Cool, I'll definitely take that into consideration, thanks! And yes, it makes more sense.
I think the cost involved with that will be worth it in the end, considering I already have all the bits and pieces I need to hook up my DVR via HDMI (CAT6 cables, HDMI over CAT6 extender, wall plate & socket, etc.). Otherwise I'd go through a lot of trouble by opting for the VGA solution (VGA splitter, VGA cables, VGA over CAT5e balun, stuck with some of the HDMI parts, possible loss in picture quality, etc.).
I'll just give you guys an update on the cable. Today I purchased a 'HDMI to DVI-D adapter' to plug into one end of a standard HDMI cable, and I experienced the same issue as I did with the 'HDMI to DVI-D cable' (fixed), so it's definitely not the cable/connector. I just needed to prove that to myself. I'll return the adapter now as I won't be needing it.
I guess I would like to get your opinion also on HDMI over CAT5e baluns. How good are they? I will be using 2x 20m CAT6 (compatible with the balun). I've been told that, because it's digital, there shouldn't be too much loss in picture quality over that distance.
There should be zero quality drop. As an all digital signal, the zeroes and ones should look perfect.
As for the baluns, I think Joe and I, and most others would agree that HD-BaseT is the most solid way on the market to deliver HDMI over cat cabling.
HDBT is rather pricey. In the USA, about $200 starting price for a transmitter/receiver set.
My experience with dual cable cat extenders has been VERY hit and miss. I've used different models from several different companies, and results have been mediocre to poor at higher resolutions, but excellent at lower resolutions (1080i/720p). I have NOT used them with computers, so I have no comment there. I have had very poor results with 1080p content.
I regularly use low-end and high-end HDBT solutions, and they all work perfectly. The cheaper solutions are more prone to complete product failure (bad power supplies, internal power failures), but when they work, they perform identically to the high-end solutions.
The product you linked in your first post is pretty 'cheap' overall, but all I can do is wonder if it will work. It may work great, it may not. If you keep the resolution to 1280x720, then I would expect it to be just fine.
But maybe not.
Sorry, nobody can really say for sure, so you should check out all the reviews on the product that you can, and make sure there is a good return policy.
Here's some more 'local' reading which may direct you to some Australian HDBT solutions: