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Suggestions for optical-based HDMI?
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Post 1 made on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 07:17
crosen
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For HDMI runs of 50'+, I typically use Snap's B-540-EXT-230-IR (or the next model up for the longer runs) over shielded cat6.  They are approx mid $400s MSRP.

For more reliability and higher bandwidth, I recently got some recommendations on this forum for extenders that use multimode fiber.  These recommendations were great, but cost in the $1k range and require field termination of fiber.

If I want to stick to the ~$400 range and avoid field termination of fiber, can I still get improved reliability and simplified installation using an optical-based HDMI solution?  Is this what I could expect from Celerity?

I see this 100' optical cable from Legrand, but the ends are not detachable, and I hate the idea of non-replacable ends.

Monoprice also seems to have a line of these products.

Overall, I feel like there are many optical-based HDMI solutions popping up, and I'm just trying to get a handle on them.

Last edited by crosen on February 8, 2018 07:25.
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Post 2 made on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 07:55
jrainey
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I would look at all things Metra for long HDMI solutions....we have had good results with the new titan chip Velox active cables....that is the copper solution...we have not used their optical cables (non-removable heads) but they are also DPL certified.

I know we have all wandered in the desert looking for the holy grail in HDMI....stick with Metra and let them do the R&D...
Post 3 made on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 08:28
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Post 4 made on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 16:13
kpeters
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So you should be aware that those CatX solutions all use lossy compression. I actually know some installer/integrator colleagues that weren't called back again after a pretty pissed customer found out then found out they were throwing away half the data because of a transmission medium problem after they bought these big badass TVs and players.

If you were looking at the Inneos BJK extenders over multimode, they just did a big price drop. The old price you were looking at was MSRP, and if you're an integrator going through a distributor like, you're gonna be able to get 40% off MSRP. I've used FutureReady Solutions. The Inneos kit *does* offer fiber included with the extender dongles in increments of... I want to say 10, 20, 30, up to 500 meters? DPL certification is also there, with the flexibility of whatever length you choose.

[Link: inneos.com]

You're also gonna have a future proofed solution when the new 8k stuff comes out, as the bandwidth of fiber is basically unlimited, so all you'll have to do is swap the end points while leaving the fiber in!

As far as Celerity, I've never had a good experience there. Those cables havean awful pull strength rating and break all the time, not to mention that there were a number of cases where they didn't even support 18G 4k right out of the box!
Post 5 made on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 16:51
DIY2PRO
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On February 8, 2018 at 16:13, kpeters said...
As far as Celerity, I've never had a good experience there. Those cables havean awful pull strength rating and break all the time, not to mention that there were a number of cases where they didn't even support 18G 4k right out of the box!

See my other thread about this issue. Long-run 4k HDR is terrible expensive and inconsistent right now.

Last edited by DIY2PRO on February 8, 2018 17:19.


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