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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 2013-11-04, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Long HDMI Cable?

Need a 25 - 30 ft or so HDMI cable. St John's NL area, price a concern. Anyone suggest where to look?
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For that distance, make sure you purchase the thickest gauge possible - likely 22 gauge. Or go with RedMere technology HDMI cable. Monoprice is the best source and has been discussed often in the forum - search for "Monoprice HDMI cable" or similar terms.

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I just did an order to monoprice, I could of helped you out :/

Princess auto does have some longer hdmi cables, as does wall mart. I think Home Depot too.

Unless you pay for RedMere, the longer in wall hdmi cables are not light so after shipping + tax you'll be close to the same price as in town.
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I have looked around, but not bought yet, Princess Auto seems to be the place to go for cheapie cables, $40 for 25 ft HDMI, also good prices for longer ones, everything is about 30% the cost of the better (?) cables at Best B. Do I really need to be that concerned about the quality of the cable? Not interested in gaming, just want good quality streaming. HD TV is good quality but not a smart TV. What cable specs should I look for?
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The longer distance you run the more the quality degrades. The monoprice 22awg cl2 super long hdmi cables, like 25ft and up generally do not promise they'll do anything above 720p, though they CAN do 1080p there's no guarantee.

RedMere technology on the HDMI cable does two things. It will make the cable itself smaller in size and the "Redmere" is actually a chip put on the terminating heads of the hdmi cable to boost the video signal, allowing up to 4k video over a 50ft HDMI cable.

Poor quality cables will give you issues with syncing and HDCP. For example, you'll turn on your tv and it will blink a dozen times before it gets video or maybe it won't get video at all. It's important to have a good quality cable.

Monoprice's high speed in-wall cl2 rated 22awg HDMI cables are great quality but HDMI as a standard limits signal range for 1080p, hence RedMere technology to boost it to longer lengths.

Is this cable going to be installed in-wall in a somewhat permanent solution? If so, I'd suggest buying the most capable wire available today.
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Excellent info colin, thanks. Re my installation, my intention is to connect one end of the cable to an unused HDMI port on the back of the TV, string the cable behind the couch and chair and leave it there until I want to connect it to my laptop once in awhile, disconnecting the laptop when I am done viewing the downloaded movie on the TV. I am leaning towards the cheaper cables.
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If you go to the Monoprice website and click on a cable you'll find some tabs with information like description, specs, etc. For example, here are the specs on the 22ga 25' cable:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_...#specification

You'll see that it handles up to 4k, etc. For a few dollars more you can get the 30' RedMere cable with better specs listed in the description...

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2

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To be clear, 25ft is the max length of standard non-redmere cables that monoprice sell that they say support anything above 1080i (not 1080p). Most will do it. I have two 40ft versions of the exact cable you just posted 57, that do not spec anything above 1080p but both do it just fine.

Same cable you posted, but now 30ft
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2

So just as a heads up to anyone, it's not all equal.

25ft, guaranteed 1080p... 30ft, no guarantees.

RedMere however, will do 4k up to 50ft. :-D

(not stepping on your toes 57, just want to make that clear for anyone just stepping into the ultra long HDMI cable field.)
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Excellent info colin, thanks. Re my installation, my intention is to connect one end of the cable to an unused HDMI port on the back of the TV, string the cable behind the couch and chair and leave it there until I want to connect it to my laptop once in awhile, disconnecting the laptop when I am done viewing the downloaded movie on the TV. I am leaning towards the cheaper cables.
I would lean towards something other then one of the CL2 in-wall rated cables that both 57 and I have posted. Yes they will work, but they're so rigid, you will have a hard time using them. You'll need an extension off the main long piece going to your tv to plug into your laptop, because it will be too stiff to move around and eventually you'll move your laptop the wrong way and the HDMI lead on the cable will bend or break the less supported HDMI port in your laptop.

Suggest either the redmere or even the flat cable they sell, that's way more fluid for convenience usage like you want to do.
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I just did a quick search on rps's site http://www.rpssat.com/search?type=pr...q=25%2Fft+hdmi they have 25', and it's in Canada

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No way would I consider that cable for 25'. It's only 28 ga! I'm not saying it won't work, but it's a lot less likely to work than one that's 22 ga, or RedMere.

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I just bought a 40' RedMere from Monoprice and I couldn't be happier with it.
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Maximum length for a HDMI cable.

Hi: I just bought a new Sharp LC-70EQ10U (70") led t.v and I would like to know what is the maximum length I can go with a HDMI cable before I run into signal degradation. My bell HD box is some distance away,so I need a fairly long hdmi cable. Thanks,Huck
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Over 35' is pushing it. Over 50' will be taking your chances.
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