Originally Posted by candicoop
I need to run about 25-ft of HDMI cable through a wall to connect my receiver, Blu Ray, and other devices to my LCD. I figure I will get about 30-ft to be have some extra slack just in case. The cable will likely be bent a bunch while is it traveling from the components to the LCD.
1. For this type of situation, should I look for a specific gauge of cable?
2. Do I need the cable shielded or anything else?
3. Any other recommendations?
Since you are running a Blu-Ray player, you'll want a High Speed HDMI cable. The cable advertising should say the words "High Speed" and should not
reference a particular version of HDMI, such as 1.4a or 1.3b.
The maximum length of HDMI cable is about 25 feet. However, if you have to have the extra 5 feet, you can get away with a wall plate and add a small amount of cable from the plate or even a high gauge Standard Speed cable at 30' should work for Blu-Ray (just leave deep color off as a precaution - it doesn't really buy you anything anyway).
Watch out for bend radius. If you crimp the cable, you broke the cable. Also be aware that many of the connectors do not like bending and will either break the connector on the cable or in the component.
Try to stay High Speed if you can for the largest amount of margin in speed.
Also, do not spend more than $2 a foot of high speed cable (maybe somewhat less on shorter cables such as 6').