I have searched the threads, but it seems like the questions related to IR are more for specific use cases, so here is mine. I would assume this is the simplest possible question on IR, but I have no idea what I need.
I will have a wall mounted Plasma TV (most likely 65" VT60) above my fireplace, and my 2 components (cable box and Blue Ray) will be in a built in next to the fireplace behind a door. I had the contractor put some conduit in behind the tv to the cabinet where the equip will be, so I can run the wires. I want the install to look as clean as possible. If possible I do not want to see the eye for the repeater, but I understand that may not be possible. I need decent range, 12-15 feet, more would be nice. Can you guys point me to some options?
I used a Hot Link Pro in the past and liked it fine. The eye is pretty small and can be hidden easily.
They also have a long distance version where you can use cat5/6 to extend the relay length from the eye to the emitters. That may be useful for you based on the distance you need to go.
Thanks Walter. I saw the Hot Link on Amazon and thought it would be a possible solution, but wanted to see if anyone here had hands on experience
So I think it is down to the Hot Link Pro or Blast IR from Sewell
Does anyone have an opinion on which may be better? From reading the websites for both it looks like the Sewell is less expensive, but has a larger "eye". The Hot Link is more money, but it sounds like it can be completely hidden.
You might also check out Monoprice... I haven't used this product myself, but at this price it might be worth a try. The eye is larger than the Hot Link... but it's only $17.47 for the kit.
Buy a Xantech kit and be done with it. It's what the pros use, and for good reason. The reliability of a pro solution is worth the extra $.
Thanks. xantech seems to be a favorite on AVS, but I cant seem to find a retailer. Can you point me to one? Online or in PA?
Found it, I think. Is this
the kit you are recommending?
So I decided to have an installer hang my tv. He recommended Niles for IR. I have not seen much of Niles in this forum, and when I search on it, all of the posts are very dated. Does anyone know how the Niles gear stacks up to the Xantech? I am down to these two at this point.
I'll put in a good word for the Hot Link. Works well with my Motorola AT&T U-Verse cable box, which uses a higher pulse repetition frequency than most IR devices, and it causes many less sophisticated repeaters to fail. And, if you call them, you get their engineer (who might also be their CEO), and he's very willing to answer any techncial questions. Both Xantech and Niles are well regarded, but I've had good experience with Hot Link, and so have many others.
I only have experience with one IR repeater, so I can’t make any comparisons.
But, I’ve had a Cables to Go 40430 Impact Acoustics Infrared Remote Control Repeater
in my setup for the past 2½ years and it’s worked flawlessly. – Not one single problem or hiccup in that whole time.
I think it gets discounted from the current Amazon price (I paid $30, but that was 2½ years ago.), plus HERE
is one on Ebay for $35 with free shipping.