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I need to get HD signal from a DirecTV HD DVR (HR20) to my new Samsung 19" LCD HDTV that is in the kitchen while the DVR is in the family room. While I have a single Cat 5 and two coax cables near the kitchen TV, I cannot find a solution that will allow me me to send HD video and analog audio over these existing wires (I can send HD video and digital audio over the Cat 5, but the LCD HDTV only have analog audio inputs). So, I'm thinking the best solution might be to run a 50' HDMI cable from the DVR to the HDTV. Some of the run will probably need to be outdoors to avoid tearing up my walls too much.

Does anyone have experience using an HDMI 50' cable with a HR20 HD DVR? Any problems with video quality? Do I need an amplified cable? Any known compatability issues for HDMI with Samsung HDTVs? Other options that I've missed?

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This thread addresses the 50' HDMI Cable question
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=983609

It might be difficult to find an HDMI cable that is UV rated for outdoor use, if it's an issue.
Problem with HDMI cables is you must drill holes / provide conduit large enough to accommodate it's end connector. Perhaps buy some split loom to surround it where it is exposed to help prevent damage also.

As far as using the existing cables. The two coax runs can be used for your analog audio by simply placing RCA connectors on each end. You can send Component Video over the Cat-5 via http://www.gemelec.com/compvideo.htm

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You can also send component video and analog audio over your single Cat5. Gefen and NTI both have a single cat5 solution. They are a bit more than the traditional 2 Cat5 baluns, but it would serve your purpose. Don't get caught up in the hype that HDMI is a better signal than component.

http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=4141#buy
http://www.networktechinc.com/hdtv-extend.html
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Thanks for the reply. Both options look like they meet my needs and are a lot better than cutting holes in the walls. Any experience with the two devices to say which one performs better? They are slightly different in price, not enough though to choose the less expensive one if the other performs better.

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