Originally Posted by Crazy8canuck
No worries, thorough is good.
As it stands Im in the 10-12 ft range, from the AVR to the TV. The xbox COULD be placed out with the tv if needed. I knew there are range issues HDMI 2.1 but im not pushing 8k at 120hz (or 8k at all so I was unsure how vital that would be)
The best practice here is to test your controllers with the XBox at the rack connected to an HDMI Input on the AVR. If they work, then eARC is not even necessary for you. (You’d only need eARC if you’re wanting the TV apps to play audio through the system). ARC is hit or miss, by the way. Sometimes you can do everything exactly right, and it just doesn’t work. I’ll get flamed here I’m sure, but ARC is sort of a strange animal. When mixing the various mfrs ARC equipment, sometimes they just don’t like each other, throw in the many different possible HDMI cables and you compound the ARC issue.
So... that said and assuming everything works from the rack out (I still always use the AVR’s ARC output and the TV’s ARC input), you’ll want to assure you have a proper cable. I like BlueJeans cables. They use Belkin cable and fabricate their own ends. They sell a variety of types and qualities in many lengths. I’d get a good one that meets your distance needs.
So... if you CANNOT get the controllers to work, then you might even want to run an longer HDMI from the Xbox back to the AVR. Same setup (inputs/outputs), just longer cable into the AVR Input since the XBox isn’t going to sit on the rack. You should have no issue with a 15’ run with a good Blue Jeans HDMI cable.
These are best practices. I haven’t addressed ARC (because I hate it!, too finicky AND - I don’t feel this is a situation it was intended for).
I don’t think you can use a non ARC input on the TV and route that back to the AVR through the ARC input your AVR occupies. TV’s are not matrix switches, (like an AVR or Straight HDMI matrix is). If it came down to it, you could probably install an inexpensive HDMI Matrix switch at the TV, but then you’re dealing with ARC again.
Good luck with it all. It should all work fine with the above, but I think you know these options already.
Anyone else? What’d I miss?
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