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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bnwrx, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. bnwrx

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    My 2 HR's are in the living room. I run a long(65') HDMI cable to my bedroom TV. I had it connected to my HR21 for several years. No problems, nice picture. Recently I switched the HDMI cable to the HR44, because the RC71 remote seems quicker in RF than the old RF remote from the HR21. The picture is still very good, but when I press the "Info" bar or the "Menu" button, the black background of those graphics have what I would call "Snow" breaking up the solid color of the background graphic. I tried a new HDMI cable, no change. Then I switched the same cable back to the HR21 and the "snow" goes away.....? What may be causing this to happen? HDMI output on the 44 is "less" powerful than the 21? I probably can live with this as the picture seems unaffected but any suggestions appreciated......
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Your guess may be right on. I'd try moving to a spot where you can test with a short HDMI cable.....
     
  3. bnwrx

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    Thanks... Yea I did that. I moved the bedroom tv to my office(1st floor) and tried it @ 50', no issues at all. So that extra 25' is a struggle for the 44, but not the 21. The odd part for me is that it seems to only affect the black graphics?
     
  4. Steve

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    If you can get by with 60' instead of 65', this "redmere" HDMI cable should solve your problem: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10255&cs_id=1025507&p_id=9173&seq=1&format=2

    If you can get by with a 50' redmere cable, it's less expensive here: http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=wv1013&d=tech-tent-50-foot-high-speed-hdmi-ultra-slim-series-cable-with-redmere-technology-(wv1013)&sku=819728010136

    EDITED TO ADD: This site has both 75' and 100' redmere cables: http://www.cablesforless.com/75-Foot-HDMI-Cable-High-Speed-with-Ethernet-and-RedMere-Technology-P7149.aspx
     
  5. bnwrx

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    Thanks....I The BR TV gets very little use, so I can't justify cables at that price when I don't know for sure if its the cable. The 21's signal works fine with my current cables, so I'm thinking it has more to do with the 44.
     
  6. Steve

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    According to this article, conventional HDMI cables could max out at about 45' for HD, so I think you're lucky the HR2x's worked with the 65' cable: http://www.bluejeanscable.com/articles/how-long-can-hdmi-run.htm

    Those redmere cables have some kind of amplification technology built-in to the connectors that supposedly guarantees HD performance at longer distances. :shrug:
     
  7. bnwrx

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    Really good read....
    I especially liked these statements.....
    " ......This is one of the maddening things about HDMI: it's not really possible to say with perfect confidence that a long cable will or will not work in a given application because once one is in "non-compliant" territory, it all depends upon the characteristics of the devices in use. It's not uncommon, with long cables, to find that they work with one source or display and not with another."

    "....If you're in the longer-than-50-foot category, it gets dicier. We have had good consistent results with the Series-1 cable out to 100 feet, with reports of no trouble in the great majority of installations. Cable quality starts to be a real concern at these distances, and performance always is hard to predict, especially because the cable that works on one source/display pair may not work on another. There is, unfortunately, no really good way to know what will work without plugging it in."

    "...On the other hand, if your installation will not restrict your access to your cable, and if the inexpensive cable works well with your gear today, there's no compelling need to have the best possible cable quality."
     
  8. gov

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    Only device I recall having trouble with was the Panasonic Blu-ray/VCR combo. (yeah, there really was such a device).

    40 feet to a Samsung LED panel never worked. The DirecTV box worked with either cable I installed, and the Panny neither.

    Sorry I don't recall the brand of HDMI cables, but the TV was on a full axis mount, and I always spring for the good ones when there is movement in the install.
     
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  10. inkahauts

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    Redmere works great. Use a few myself.
     
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  12. bpratt

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    I have it placed about 3 feet from the TV. It does not need a power source, but you will need a short HDMI cable to run between it and the TV.
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Kinda an aside:

    Last year at CES I asked a company rep how far they could extend an HDMI run. He said a mile, but with an expensive booster...
     
  14. harsh

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    SDI-HD is good for about 100 meters over RG59 (about $140/end). Fiber is good for 20 kilometers ($170 for the pair on eBay, not including fiber).

    The OWLink solution that DIRECTV used with the HR21Pro was supposed to be good for 300 meters but I'm not sure OWL is still viable.

    I use the Monoprice wall plates ($32 w/IR back channel) with two 70' runs of shielded 350MHz CAT5 and the setup has been bulletproof with any and all devices. I think they rate it to 30 meters.

    While I love fiber and it is getting cheaper all the time, I really don't like fishing terminated cabling.
     
  15. bnwrx

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    UPDATE:
    I had time today to try this. I moved a 32" LG LCD from my office to the bedroom today and hooked up the HDMI cable to it. The picture and graphics are perfect!!
    So it could be the brand of TV combined with the cable length causing the issues. I put the bedroom TV in the office and it works fine there......
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Good sleuthing and research! Thanks for sharing.
     
  17. jimmie57

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    Here is an amplifier. But , even it says about 50 feet. Most of what I read is the gauge of the wire that you are using to get to that distance. Even extension cords and some electric devices specify what gage of wire to run the item at a long distance.
    From what I am reading you do not have a large enough wire to support the signal from the HR44.

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10113&cs_id=1011306&p_id=8154&seq=1&format=2

    Note: For best results, Monoprice recommends using 22 and 24 AWG HDMI cables to achieve the best results from the amplifier and to ensure the minimum signal loss over longer distances.
     
  18. bnwrx

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    Thanks jimmie57, but I think its resolved(see post #15).
    It is still curious to me though that it manifested itself primarily in the "black" graphics......
     

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