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Ok, here's the situation. I'll be getting a new computer soon and I want to hook it up to my home theater system in addition to the pc monitor. My desk is 25ft away from my tv but I will have to go around the sides of the room to reach it resulting in probably needing a 50ft cable. From what I understand there is no way a dvi to hdmi cable will carry that signal that far. What are my options if there are any?


Here is what I am thinking, but realize I don't have any experience with this sort of thing. Plug a dvi/hdmi converter to the back of my pc and run a 50ft hdmi cable to my tv for the picture and a 50ft digital coaxial cable (i think that's what its called. the orange colored one) to my receiver for audio. If the hdmi wouldn't work at 50ft, could I get two 25ft cables and join them with a hdmi repeater? Does digital audio degrade over distance like video or is the video all that I will have trouble with?


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If you buy a good cable, such as the Beldon bonded pair wire from Blue Jeans Cable, it should work at 50'. If not, you could try adding a booster/repeater at the end of the cable (near the TV).


An alternate is to use a HDMI-to-CAT-5/6 converter which are designed to work at well beyond that distance.


These are about the cheapest and smallest I've seen http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/22...ni_Dongle.html but I don't know how well they work.


Here's are some other converters http://www.hdtvsupply.com/hdtocaad.html . Many require two CAT-5/6 cables but some only require one.


The low cost of CAT cable as compared to a long HDMI cable somewhat offsets the cost of the converter.


If you want to run HDMI you might want to add an HDMI out video card to your PC. NewBiz has this ATI card for sale with rebate for a good price http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-9997223-58.html . The advantage is that this should also transmit the audio.


You shouldn't have any problem with the audio over that distance.
 
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