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Newbie with HDMI cable issues need advice plz!

post #1 of 10
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Hi I have put an older 50" 720p plasma above a fireplace at home. I ran two cheapie 50ft HDMI cables through back of fireplace to attic and back down through a wall in this TV room to hide cables. The cables have since stopped working, and the fireplace does not get used. I have used a shorter HDMI cable from tv to sattelite and blueray to confirm the cables are bad. Now i have to replace the cables. I have 11ft of cable slack from 50ft cables that come out of the wall, which is behind a couch.

Now what should i do, just buy two more 50ft cables? Or would a single cable work, and just get an HDMI splitter? I want to preserve the possibility of getting a 1080p set in the future and want whatever i decide on to work with that. Also should i bother to get an HDMI wall plate? Cables are just poked through wall at the moment. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 10
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I was thinking, should i just get a single 40ft HDMI cable, an HDMI/Coax wall plate, and an HDMI switcher? I already have a smaller HDMI cord to run from wall to switcher. Thanks.
post #3 of 10
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anyone?? redface.gif
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help please
post #5 of 10
I'll offer a suggestion and an opinion.

1) figure out how or why two HDMI cables "went bad". (critters chewing cables? Construction work that damaged cables?)
2) if this configuration worked before, I'd not choose to add a HDMI splitter. A wall plate is your choice for cosmetic purposes only and is your option.

You may have a problem finding a 50' High Speed HDMI cable for 1080p (at an affordable/practical price from a "reputable" manufacturer)..
post #6 of 10
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the 50ft HDMI cables i used cost around 13 bucks. i assume cables that cheap are hit and miss. so i guess ill just go ahead and get two better quality cables then? they are undamaged. thanks.
post #7 of 10
I'll aska again.... did the configuration (cables) ever work? I'd guess that 50' for $13, it's more "miss" than bargain. wink.gif

For 50', you should not get anything other than 22AWG cables. Getting a "standard speed" HDMI to work with 1080p @ 50' is hit or miss.

Just as an anecdote:
My neighbor had an HDMI cable "go bad". After careful inspection (by yours truly), I found that the outer jacket had been chewed by his cat. Only found it by "feel". The damage was not easily visible.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by stringer99 View Post

the 50ft HDMI cables i used cost around 13 bucks. i assume cables that cheap are hit and miss. so i guess ill just go ahead and get two better quality cables then? they are undamaged. thanks.

You need Certified High Speed HDMI cables. Most cables, from reputable mfrs as mentioned above, are certified to about 25' but you want to make sure that the cable you buy is certified for the length you buy. Monoprice, MediaBridge (that's what I use), BlueJeans all make good, certified cables at very reasonable prices. Stay away from the other "M" brand because their costs are unreasonably high and you don't really get a better cable than from the others. You can get certified cables at longer than 25' but you really have to shop carefully and know what you are buying. For the definitive answers to your HDMI cable questions, I would go to the HDMI thread and post your questions there.
post #9 of 10
Did both cables go bad at the same time? That seems too much of a coincidence.
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Originally Posted by HDMI Guy View Post

Did both cables go bad at the same time? That seems too much of a coincidence.
Maybe. But if he's got 50' cables for $13..... quality built?........
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