Originally Posted by haverbach
Sorry I made too much of it; there was only one inappropriate response, everyone else has been EXTREMELY helpful.
You are correct regaring the inputs and outputs on my Marantz 6003 receiver. And you are also correct that my Oppo-83SE is connected to my Marantz reveiver via the receiver's MCH analog (RCA) inputs. Thererore, I have an "available" HDMI input on the receiver, and my computer motherboard has one HDMI output.
Given the above, and if I am understanding you correctly, I can run an HDMI from the computer to the receiver and thus be able to listen to my music (just as though I had used the Toslink optical output from the motherboard to the Toslink input on the receiver), AND view the Media Monkey interface (normally only on the computer monitor) on my 40" TV screen in the A/V setup. WOW!
Just two questions:
(1) Can HDMI cables be up to 30 or 40 feet long and operate reliably?
(2) In the setup described above, how would I control the Media Monkey interface from my livingroom setup? In other words, yes, I can see Media Monkey on my TV, but the computer itself is in another room.
The reason I mentioned the newer Marantz 6006 receiver is that it has an ethernet input that would connect to one's router. In the case of my Verizon FiOS service, I currently have a router that connects to my my computer and to the TV cable box. I was told by a Marantz rep that using the Marantz 6006 (w ethernet port connected to my router) will allow everything to be controlled my the Marantz remote control.
So that's what I know, or believe I know, thus far.
P.S. I have a few years on you, but I acknowledge that likely we both know who Heckle and Jeckle were, and also know that Roy Rogers' sidekick Pat Brady drove around in a jeep named "Nelliebell".
Ahh yes, Heckle and Jeckle. As well as Mutt and Jeff.
Anyway, answering number 1 from Wiki
Although no maximum length for an HDMI cable is specified, signal attenuation (dependent on the cable's construction quality and conducting materials) limits usable lengths in practice. HDMI 1.3 defines two cable categories: Category 1-certified cables, which have been tested at 74.5 MHz (which would include resolutions such as 720p60 and 1080i60), and Category 2-certified cables, which have been tested at 340 MHz (which would include resolutions such as 1080p60 and 2160p30). Category 1 HDMI cables are marketed as "Standard" and Category 2 HDMI cables as "High Speed". This labeling guideline for HDMI cables went into effect on October 17, 2008. Category 1 and 2 cables can either meet the required parameter specifications for interpair skew, far-end crosstalk, attenuation and differential impedance, or they can meet the required nonequalized/equalized eye diagram requirements. A cable of about 5 meters (16 ft) can be manufactured to Category 1 specifications easily and inexpensively by using 28 AWG (0.081 mm²) conductors. With better quality construction and materials, including 24 AWG (0.205 mm²) conductors, an HDMI cable can reach lengths of up to 15 meters (49 ft). Many HDMI cables under 5 meters of length that were made before the HDMI 1.3 specification can work as Category 2 cables, but only Category 2-tested cables are guaranteed to work.
As of the HDMI 1.4 specification, these are the following cable types defined for HDMI in general:
Standard HDMI Cable – up to 1080i and 720p
Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet
Automotive HDMI Cable
High Speed HDMI Cable – 1080p, 4K, 3D and deep color
High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet
An HDMI cable is usually composed of four shielded twisted pairs, with impedance of the order of 100 ohms, plus several separate conductors.
As for controlling a computer in another room, some use a device called "Harmony" which is a small RF keyboard and I BELIEVE has a range of 30 feet. There's actually quite a few of these that are no bigger than a TV or Stereo remote. As with most RF controllers, what you have between the transmitter and receiver will influence range, and so using a USB cable to move the RF receiver (attached to the computer) and getting it closer to the transmitter is a good idea. 30 feet RF transmission through furniture, walls and such is pushing the limit.
Don't buy the snake oil that you need $50 USB cables. Monoprice has a well deserved reputation on a good product at a fair price, IMO.