Originally Posted by johnd12491
I just went through this. I needed to get HD to my 2nd HD TV, 65 feet away. The sat box 2nd output was RF coax and SD only.
I first tried a wirless HDMI Rcvr/trans, this worked marginally, it would be fine and then no signal.
I sent that back and got a 65 foot 24 ga HDMI cable with booster built in, this came off ebay for $129 . Then I added a Rocketfish splitter and now I am happy.
Next I want to add 5.1 audio to the 2nd TV, I think it should work through the audio return on the TV going to a Home theater.
Hope this helps .
Remember for the Audio Return Channel (ARC) to work, the TV and the receiver must both support the capability. If you don't see ARC listed as a capability, the TV or receiver doesn't support it.
Also remember that for 5.1-channel audio to work, all components in the HDMI chain must support 5.1-channel over HDMI. In other words, if you include a stereo TV somewhere in the HDMI chain, then the source components will only include a stereo audio output for compatibility, even if everything else can handle 5.1-channel audio.
So that brings-up the question of what type of signal does an ARC-enabled TV send to a receiver? I did a quick look-up on the AVSForum and it turns out the answer is "depends on the TV". Some Samsung models will only send stereo to the receiver, while other Samsungs will send 5.1-channel. The Panasonics reviewed will send 5.1-channel audio over ARC. The one item noted was that if you are only getting stereo going to an AVR, there was nothing a user could do to change that.