How to run long distance HD cables from receiver to TV?

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  1. brequi

    brequi Thread Starter Member

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    I’m building a house and want to put my HD receivers in my basement mechanical room. What’s the most economical way to get a HD connection to my TV upstairs? My brother says to run 4 coaxial cables (3 for component video and 1 for digital audio). That seams like a lot of cables. I also don’t want to sacrifice quality.
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  2. joed32

    joed32 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Component quality would be fine, but why not just run 1 HDMI cable. Check monoprice for good prices.
  3. brequi

    brequi Thread Starter Member

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    HDMI

    It would be too pricey to run a 50 foot HDMI through the studs and then try to find a wall plate for it. right?
  4. thetech2009

    thetech2009 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Take your brothers advice!!! anytime you get into long HDMI runs you run into db loss and other loss(picture quality). actually directv dosent recomend using an HDMI connection
  5. rad

    rad Supporting Founder Supporting Founder

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    Come again, since when? Everything I've seen, even the ch 114 info says to use HDMI, you need HDMI if you want to use 1080p on PPV's.
  6. HCI

    HCI PIT MEMBER

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    Your not going to lose any type of picture quality through HDMI, if its there its going to be the same on a 100' run as it is a 3' run. Its almost like running cables from a satellite to a receiver, if you have a 25' cable run from dish to receiver your not going to see a difference in the quality of the picture than you are if you run a 150' cable, yes their will be some signal loss but the picture and the sound quality on the tv's will be the same.
  7. thetech2009

    thetech2009 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    thats what they are telling us with the new training." but by all means, if the customer wants it use it" there have been to many problems with hand shaking between differnent boxes and different tv's. i guess that is why they say that. most people dont even know what 1080p is. about 5% of my services calls, people have an HD box connected to a SD tv. Go figure
  8. harshness

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    Unless the temperature is always cool (<78F) in this room, I'd locate elsewhere. DVRs in particular do not react well to wide swings or consistently high temperatures.

    The rule of thumb for coaxial digital audio is that it is good for up to 50 feet with high quality cable. Note that not all DIRECTV HD receivers have a coaxial audio output.

    Digital audio is imperative to a proper surround sound experience.
  9. wildbill129

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  10. BlueEos

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    A quick gander at monoprice.com

    100' HDMI cable for less than $100.
    100' Component cable for less than $50.

    I went with a 40' HDMI cable and it works great for me. They even had HDMI wall plates to dress the installation up a bit.
  11. sddtvtech

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    new to me.. i didnt get that memo.
  12. Stargazer

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    How do those HDMI wall plate connections work to connect the Cat5e wire to the hdmi wallplate?
  13. wildbill129

    wildbill129 Well-Known SatelliteGuys Member

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    They have two RJ45connectors on the back. The HDMI plug uses a pair of Cat5e cables. (Two cables with four pairs of wires in each cable) You would have to use a RJ45 crimp tool and crimp an RJ45 plug on each end of the plug, making sure to use the same wiring configuration, usually T568b.
  14. Hemi 6.1

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    I have HDMI along with RG-6 and Cat 5 ran all through my house. They all go to a central location in the basement, for the day a master home receiver is released.:)
    But on a side note I have 1 HDMI run thats 150 feet, and doesn't seem to have a problem. I have a 222 that feeds my bar tv from my basement.
    I have a 40 inch sony mounted on the wall with no place for a receiver, So I use the RF remote for the TV2 and it works perfect.
  15. jcurrier

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    One thing that i use a ton at work that has really worked out well for me is a "rapid run" they are sold by cablestogo and have interchangable ends so you can put whatever you want.

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