Originally Posted by Nillaz
HDMI is notorious for being extremely finicky over long distances, and what works for one person will not necessarily work for the next. It's fine that your gear is in the basement, but could you test with short conventional HDMI cables anyway? I'd very much like to know the results.
So I ran some tests, with an interesting result.
For the HDMI Extender, substituting both a new CAT7 Ethernet cable and a short 6-foot new HDMI premium high speed cable, neither the FiOS STB nor the Panasonic UB-9000 Blu-Ray player works. It just seemingly cannot get by the HDMI handshake --- even though the HDMI Extender status light indicates a successful HDCP handshake.
Connecting the FiOS STB directly to the TV with the same (new) 6-foot HDMI premium cable works perfect.
Connecting the Panasonic UB-9000 Blu-Ray player with the same (new 6-foot HDMI premium cable) --- the player went into an automatic configuration mode. I thought it did this originally, but when it booted it always displayed SETTINGS on the local device display. After I configured it (again), it worked fine.
Then I connected it back to the Kordz Active Fiber HDMI cable (65.6-feet 20-meters), and guess what --- it worked perfectly. Prior to this test, it would only work with the fiber (optical) cable when the TV powered on. Now it works all the time in any state (e.g. TV powers on, TV switches from another input source, back and forth and up and down). Perfect!!!
So my final results:
HDMI Extender --- does NOT work in any way shape or form with both the FiOS STB and the UB-9000 Blu-Ray player.
Fiber HDMI cable --- works perfectly with both the FiOS STB and the UB-9000 Blu-Ray player.
That is one for two. I will have to get a "loaner" HDMI Extender of another brand --- the HDMI Extender works with my Full HD laptop but not with the Q90R and the UB-9000.
Closer ... but I'm giving up on this specific HDMI Extender. $300 down the drain.