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I just purchased a Roku 2 XS so I could watch MLB.tv premium, as well as HBO Go, and Epix HD. I am on long term disability because of my back, so I'm stuck in bed pretty much all day watching TV. I would appreciate it if you all could help me optimize my setup. I need input on which HDMI cables and ethernet cable I should be using.
First of all, here's a picture of the setup. This is in my bedroom, so no AV receiver or speaker system. As long as the sound is clean, I don't need high def audio just yet (though I'm considering adding a sound bar).
I'm using a 32" Sony Bravia KDL-32BX420 1080p LCD television.
My DVR from Verizon FIOS HD is the Motorola QIP 7232 2
My Blu Ray player is a Sony BDP-S185
And the aforementioned Roku 2 XS
My HDMI switch is from Monoprice. Product ID 8150. 2X1 non-powered HDMI switch
Here's my issue. As you can see from the picture I provided, I have a lot of extra cable, and I'm sure because of that I'm having some signal degradation. I ordered a 1.5 foot 28 AWG HDMI cable from Monoprice, but with the TV being wall mounted, I'll be damned if I could get that thing plugged into the HDMI input on the back of the TV. So I ended up using one of my existing HDMI cables, which is like 8 feet long. That cable runs from HDMI input 1 into the HDMI switch, and the switch has my DVR and my Blu Ray plugged in. HDMI 2 on the TV has the HDMI cable from the Roku plugged in (again, the same 8 foot long variety because I could not plug it in to the back of the TV). This particular Roku has wireless and Ethernet capability, so I am running an Ethernet cable from my modem into the Roku. It's just an old blue cable I had lying around extra. It's a CAT5E cable, labled as 24 AWG.
I need recommendations on which HDMI cables I should be using, as well as which Ethernet cable I should be running from my modem into the Roku.
Secondly, the HDMI switch is non powered, but it has an input for a 5V DC power line. Should I get one of these?
Maybe I'm crazy, but it seems when I'm watching the TV now, and one of my shows, the audio is not as clean. Again, this is running from the DVR to the HDMI switch, then to the TV. Also, the picture quality seems a little less sharp. Not a lot, but noticeable.
The Blu Ray sits on top of the DVR, and the Roku to the left of them. The TV's HDMI inputs sit on the side the Roku is on.
Help please! If I have to replace all the cables, that's fine. But I need 1 Ethernet cables (one from the FIOS Modem to the Blu Ray, another from the FIOS Model to the Roku). Then I need the following HDMI:
1 short HDMI from TV HDMI input 1 to the HDMI switch.
Then 2 HDMI cables from the switch to 1.) the back of the Blu Ray and 2.) to the back of the DVR. I need the best HDMI cables available for signal clarity, yet the flexibility to "twist them" so I can get the male ends into the inputs on the back of the DVR and Blu Ray.
Lastly, a HDMI cable to run from the Roku directly into TV HDMI input #2.
Your help would be most appreciated, everybody. Thank you so much!!!!