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I'm wondering if this is a legit site to purchase anything from...

http://www.uniqueproductsonline.com/hdovcat5ecae.html

How come this module is so much cheaper than many other suppliers? Is there any specs that set them apart?
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Pro99 View Post

I'm wondering if this is a legit site to purchase anything from...

http://www.uniqueproductsonline.com/hdovcat5ecae.html

How come this module is so much cheaper than many other suppliers? Is there any specs that set them apart?

I tried this balun and it worked - I was just getting a full dropout for a second every 10 minutes or so. I have Cat5e wiring not Cat6 so that could be the cause of it.

I switched to the more expensive Gefen balun, and I just get a sparkle every once and a while. So neither of them were perfect over my wiring, but the Gefen didn't ever dropout the signal.
post #3 of 10
Well for one thing it doesn't go very far. A higher priced unit with some electronics in it will likely go much farther and have some adjustments to get the best picture quality.

Don't skimp on this stuff, you will regret it.
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Pro99 View Post

I'm wondering if this is a legit site to purchase anything from...

http://www.uniqueproductsonline.com/hdovcat5ecae.html

How come this module is so much cheaper than many other suppliers? Is there any specs that set them apart?

I am using two sets of Vantora HDMI extenders. At $60 per set, they were the cheapest ones I could find and they are working perfectly with 1080p video (I'm not using it for audio) at around 75 feet on each run.
http://sewelldirect.com/Vantora-HDMI...ck_reviews.asp

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Well for one thing it doesn't go very far. A higher priced unit with some electronics in it will likely go much farther and have some adjustments to get the best picture quality.

Don't skimp on this stuff, you will regret it.

I agree that these have a shorter range than most of the more expensive extenders, but if you don't need longer than 90feet, or if you are only looking for 1080i, I think its crazy to not give cheaper ones a shot. Why would somebody pay 6 times the price for a longer range that they won't use? I know I would have regretted paying $400 for an HDMI balun when all I needed was a $60 HDMI balun.

As for the 'adjustments to get the best picture quality', I think you should say adjustments to render a reliable picture. Its not like a cheap hdmi balun will give you a sub-par picture. It'll either work perfectly, or it'll 'almost' work with obvious noticeable dropouts and 'sparkles', or it doesnt' work at all and you get a black screen. There are no subtle picture differences when it comes to a digital HDMI signal.
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I just picked up an Owlink FO2800 package at the local Circuit City closeout at a very reasonable price. It was the only one they had and most people probably had no idea what it was. Seemed like a good option for my new basement buildout project (I may use it for the projector or maybe the workout room).
post #7 of 10
And you don't think "sparkles" are degrading the quality of the picture?

I stand by my statement, you get what you pay for. I won't buy cheap - period.

If your spending 5-6K on a top quality set why are you going to worry about a few hundred for top quality supporting hardware?
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And you don't think "sparkles" are degrading the quality of the picture?

I stand by my statement, you get what you pay for. I won't buy cheap - period.

My point was that sparkles are an obvious problem and therefore do not qualify as a reliable picture. That would mean the balun has failed. Some of the more expensive baluns allow for signal adjustments, but if the OP, like me, gets a perfect HDMI signal with the $60 balun, did he 'get what he paid for'? What is the downside? It doesn't work and he returns it? So he's out, what? $10 in shipping?

I never said the $60 baluns (or the $99 baluns the OP mentioned) would work for him ... but I do think its rediculous for you to automatically assume that he'll regret trying them. Your definition of 'skimp' seems to rely mostly on price, but there is such a thing as VALUE. Monoprice.com comes to mind. Do you refuse to buy cables at monoprice because they are cheap?

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Originally Posted by fcwilt View Post

If your spending 5-6K on a top quality set why are you going to worry about a few hundred for top quality supporting hardware?

a) Where did the OP say he was spending 5-6k on a 'top quality set'?
b) Even if he did spend 5-6k on his display, if a cheaper balun produces a sparkle free, blackout free HDMI signal, then why waste $300? He could use that money to go towards other parts of his system.
c) For the same reason I'm not going to spend $300 on a simple tilt mount and instead, pay $40 for a similar mount on monoprice.com. Nobody sees it, I never touch it, and for my uses it gives me everything that the $300 mount has to offer. The price of the TV is totally irrelevant.
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Originally Posted by fcwilt View Post

If your spending 5-6K on a top quality set why are you going to worry about a few hundred for top quality supporting hardware?

I think I'll try the $60 dollar set before the $400 set. Making a decision based on price alone doesn't make much sense.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Pro99 View Post

I'm wondering if this is a legit site to purchase anything from...

http://www.uniqueproductsonline.com/hdovcat5ecae.html

How come this module is so much cheaper than many other suppliers? Is there any specs that set them apart?

I had gefens, then dropped these in, and found no difference.
Stayed with them for the last 6 months without any issues.
I was going to use the gefens in another part of the house, but then didn't so now I have gefens collecting dust. If you want to buy the gefen's for $60 plus shipping, send me a PM.
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