I am wiring my new home for a multi-room setup. I have my rack in the attic, and am running about 55 ft of shielded cat6 cable to my living room on the main floor. The cat6 is very high quality, and the length is well within the posted specs of the baluns that I bought from monoprice ($20 a pair). However, I'm only able to get 1080i to work, if I try 1080p, I might see a flash every once in a while, but that is it. Strangely enough, when I tested these cables at 100 ft (before putting them in the wall, cutting and recrimping them), they worked with 1080p, albeit with sparkles. I figured once I shortened them that they would work. Can someone recommend a decent balun that will work for less than $200?
I would just use a long HDMI cable, but have to drill through brick (run out side the house), and really can't afford to make the hole big enough to fit the HDMI cable. I read that you can cut the cable, and then wire the cable back together once it's pushed through. Is this true? I'd rather know if it's even possible before cutting an expensive 60 ft HDMI cable.