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I just moved in to new house in which every room and deck area is wired with Cat5 all leading to an AV closet. 3 rooms already have TV's and are using Key Digital KD-CATHD baluns. I want to add a few more tv's and the Key Digitalis have been discontinued. Not being anywhere near an expert in AV equipment I'm hoping some of you might be able to steer me toward other brands that work well and are the equivalent of the Key Digital. In addition all rooms are wired for sound.



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Panamax 8 Outlet Power Protection Device with Level 3 Filtration - MR4300


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If all the other rooms have the same wiring configuration - with two cat5e cables per location, you can use the inexpensive 2-cable baluns. You could also step up to the HDBaseT baluns which will be the "best" in terms of the features they provide. Monoprice is a good source for inexpensive versions of both. (I have seen a failure and a few other folks have as well on the Monoprice HDBaseT products - warranty period covered some of those - so YMMV on the reliability of that implementation vs. the more expensive brands...")


EDIT: This is probably the cheap equivalent of the old Key Digital product - always pick baluns that are "powered" (meaning they supply their own wall-wart 12V adapter).

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011012&p_id=6532&seq=1&format=2
 
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Originally Posted by Joe Fernand  /t/1524292/need-help-with-baluns-cat5-hdmi-extenders#post_24533879


Have a look at our HDCATIR (dual CAT) and HD70STP (single CAT) solutions – both are powered at the Transmitter (Source) end of the cable run!

http://www.octavainc.com/HDMI%20ethernet%20converters.html

http://www.octavainc.com/HDMI_extender_HD70STPEX.html


Your AVR will require a bit of 'planning' to get the best audio to the Cinema Zone - happy to help out!


Joe

Thanks for the reply. To be honest I'm a complete newbie to his, after looking at the links I'm not sure which I need. I'm guessing the top link since my house is wired with Cat5 not Cat6. I'm also not sure what the IF feature gain me. Anyway thanks


PS - I see you're in the UK, I'm assuming these are available in the USA?
 

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Originally Posted by missin44  /t/1524292/need-help-with-baluns-cat5-hdmi-extenders#post_24537258


Thanks for the reply. To be honest I'm a complete newbie to his, after looking at the links I'm not sure which I need. I'm guessing the top link since my house is wired with Cat5 not Cat6. I'm also not sure what the IF feature gain me. Anyway thanks

Either should work fine. Assume you mean the "IR" feature - you've already got an IR repeating system in place, so probably not worth paying for that duplicate feature (if that's the only difference).
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PS - I see you're in the UK, I'm assuming these are available in the USA?

Yes, Octava products are available in the US - www.octavainc.com to find a dealer...



EDIT: Yeah, "NOT" worth paying for duplicate functionality in your setup
 

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Originally Posted by jautor  /t/1524292/need-help-with-baluns-cat5-hdmi-extenders#post_24537344


Either should work fine. Assume you mean the "IR" feature - you've already got an IR repeating system in place, so probably worth paying for that duplicate feature (if that's the only difference).

Yes, Octava products are available in the US - www.octavainc.com to find a dealer...

Yes a typo, IR is what I meant. I'm also guessing you meant to say the IR is not worth paying for since since I already have an IR repeating system. Thnx
 

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Both the single and dual CAT systems will work over CAT5 - though the cable quality can in some systems become a limiting factor due to the bandwidth of the HDMI signal.


I would go with the dual CAT system and keep the single CAT solution (which is more forgiving of poor quality cable) in mind if you were to hit a problem.


If you PM me I can put you in touch with the team in Atlanta who can talk over your requirement with you.


Joe
 

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Hello Club Chapin


The IR Receiver and IR Blaster heads/cables are supplied with the kit.


The IR Receiver head (IR-RX-2060V) as shown on Pg8 of the Install Guide is 12mm (w) x 5mm x 30mm (excl. strain relief).


I use them with Fujitsu and Panasonic PDP’s at home and no issues.


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Originally Posted by Joe Fernand  /t/1524292/need-help-with-baluns-cat5-hdmi-extenders#post_24538007


Both the single and dual CAT systems will work over CAT5 - though the cable quality can in some systems become a limiting factor due to the bandwidth of the HDMI signal.


I would go with the dual CAT system and keep the single CAT solution (which is more forgiving of poor quality cable) in mind if you were to hit a problem.


If you PM me I can put you in touch with the team in Atlanta who can talk over your requirement with you.


Joe

Thanks Joe. I saw this note: CAT 6 cable is recommended for 1080P and best performance . Since I have Cat5 what would the the consciousnesses with Cat5 & 1080p?


I'll PM you also.
 

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The CAT5 cable 'could' limit the distance the system will pass 1080p over - if you find it is a limitation you can either limit your Source to 1080i or look at our HDBaseT-lite solution.


If 1080p is working with your cables it will be no different to 1080p over a CAT6 cable.


Joe
 
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