Before you do that, I'd try another receiver. I had problems with the 1020 and went back to a Yamaha. The 1020 moved to the bedroom where I'm not asking it to do so much.
It doesn't care how much you ask it to do..It only does one thing at a time..It's not a Multi-Tasker!
I have the VSX 1020 with 25 feet of HDMI and I do not think that 5 or 10 more feet would throw my system out of whack!
You did not answer my question Civilsurfer, do you have a Standard or High Speed HDMI Cable.
If you have a Standard HDMI cable then 1080P will not work correctly.
High Speed HDMI Cable
The High Speed HDMI cable is designed and tested to handle video resolutions of 1080p and beyond, including advanced display technologies such as 4K, 3D, and Deep Color. If you are using any of these technologies, or if you are connecting your 1080p display to a 1080p content source, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, this is the recommended cable.
Standard HDMI Cable
The Standard HDMI cable is designed to handle most home applications, and is tested to reliably transmit 1080i or 720p video – the HD resolutions that are commonly associated with cable and satellite television, digital broadcast HD, and upscaling DVD players.
Regarding a new cable, I doubt I'll go this way because it needs to be thicker likely, has to be 30 ft at least, and I'm running into problems drilling bigger holes for wider hdmi cables, so I want to stick with the one I have for now.
Bottom line here is that your problem lies in one or a number of places:
1) The Computer itself..Is it up to the task at hand?
2) The HDMI Cable..High Speed and hopefully Shielded.
3) Environment: Is there any other cabling going through this crawl space that might be causing interference with your HDMI Cabling, resulting in poor signal transfer?
4) The HDTV itself, have you tried another HDTV in it's place?
5) Internet connection Quality and Speed. Sometimes even if yours is up to the task, it can be the Streamer itself that is sending out a poor signal that can Pixelate and even break down.
It depends at what bitrate the signal is sent to you at.
The easy way to discount the Internet Streaming is to send a quality Video and Audio feed such as a 1080P M2TS or MKV file through the HDMI and to your HDTV.
In one or multiple areas your breakdown is occurring and it is up to you to troubleshoot it and discover where that breakdown is at.
Try to just run the HDMI cable to your HDTV out of the Crawl space, even if you need to take the computer to the HDTV or the HDTV close to the computer so the HDMI
cable is just run on the ground. Use the same length cable...if it works perfectly, then look at your crawl space and determine if you need better shielding.
Or why the crawl space is causing problems with your signal.
The cable diameter will not be bigger than the HDMI Connector itself.
If the HDMI end connector will go through the wall so will the cable portion of a new one.
With my cable the HDMI Connector is about the size of my thumb but the cable itself is about the size of my little finger.
Give or take a little bit.
Bottom line, if my setup is perfect at 25 feet, I can guarantee you that 5 more feet would not make any difference at all.I have a Gateway FX541S Computer with the Upgrades listed below:
1) XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card / Catalyst CCC Version 11.11 (just upgraded to 11.11)
2) DDR2 SDRAM Memory to 8GB up from the installed 3GB that it came with. I used Crucial Memory.
3) Installed second Internal Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB HDD / This drive stores my 1080P60 TM 700 Cam Vid's.
4) LG Internal Blu-Ray Disc Player and Rewriter / Model BH10
5) Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Tuner HD Card
6) Two External Western Digital My Book 2TB HDD's / One HDD is for my Blu-Ray's M2TS Video's, the other HDD is for Backup.
6TB's of extra HDD with my Gateway and all (knock on wood..LOL) work and play perfectly.
This HTPC Setup is connected to my VSX 1020 via a 25 foot High Speed HDMI Cable.http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/gat...-33058842.htmlMy other HTPC is an HPE 112y
It has a Blu-Ray player, 1TB main HDD and like my Gateway, I added a second Internal Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB HDD for 3TB's in the puter
and then I also have two external Western Digital 2TB HDD's.for a total of 7 TB's of HDD space.
Everything that is on my Gateway is on my HP. They are mirrored if you will, they back each other up, so they would both have to Crash & Burn for me to lose everything!
The HP is connected to my Elite VSX 53 with a 10 foot HDMI High Speed Cable from MonoPrice.http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage
I really like this HDMI Cable, I did not know what this "Net Jacket" thing was all about, but it is very nice, I'd get all of my cables in it if I could!http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-...-33968315.html
I put the above HTPC Information in this post so you can see exactly what I am using in my situation, with my 25 Foot HDMI cable and the Radeon 5770 Video card.
A Apples to Apples if you will.
It doesn't do any good for me to keep saying that mine works fine, if you do not know what MINE is..
You'll figure it out...That's what weekends are for! LOL!