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Best way to send a 4K signal over longer distances

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by scaramanga, 8 May 2019.

  1. scaramanga

    scaramanga Tommy Harmer Staff Member

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    I'm rearranging my AV rack at the moment and running some cables again from scratch. As a 4K upgrade to my projector is on the horizon, it seems sensible to future-proof the cabling. Longest run is around 15-20m.

    So I'm already running 1080p over ethernet to both my projector and my tv. As far as I can see, my options are currently to keep the cables I have and use HDBaseT, or run a fibre optic HDMI cable or two. It appears as if the recommended option is fibre given no other constraints, but I already have CAT6 run all over the house. Is there really much difference between the two options?

    Thanks nerds.
     
  2. NoLimits01

    NoLimits01 Bobby Zamora

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    My two pennies worth...

    CAT6 using HDBT-lite extenders
     
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    glasgowspur Vedran Corluka

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    Be careful with fibre, a lot of the cables are using misleading ads, quoting figures that have nothing to do with anything.
    Cat6 'should' work for 4k and even hdr if its solid core copper cable.
    I'd order a fibre cable and an extender from amazon, try them over the 28 days and return which ever isn't suitable.
    The whole 4k hdmi is a pig in a poke, not helped by the format wars.
    Of course the other thing is a lot of 4k projectors aren't actually 4k but upscaling.
    It's something like £5.5k for the cheapest native pj.
     
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  4. scaramanga

    scaramanga Tommy Harmer Staff Member

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    I've looked at the "budget" 4K projectors and the native ones and the only difference I can see on a screen size like mine (92") is the clarity in darker scenes - which appears to be the case across all lower priced projectors.

    I'll try the ethernet option first, as it means not having to run any cables at all - if that fails then I'll look into fibre.

    Thanks
     
  5. Danishfurniturelover

    Danishfurniturelover Paul Walsh

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    Get the fella who cuts your grass to give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.
     
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  6. Jon

    Jon Jermaine Jenas

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    I think it would be a really good idea to go onto AV forums, AVS forums & any other random audiophile forum, and upload a “post from a newbie” asking if ‘cables actually make a difference or are just snake oil’?

    Please use that wording.

    See you in a decade.
     
  7. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Vedran Corluka

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    Better still, AV forums and Russ Andrews fibre optic hdmi or cat6?
     
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  8. Jon

    Jon Jermaine Jenas

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    :D If you’re going to open the Russ Andrews Pandora’s box, then please please please go with my personal favourite flame topic - “mains cables - is it worth spending £1000 on an upgrade and will I hear a difference?”
     
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  9. Jon

    Jon Jermaine Jenas

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    Jon Jermaine Jenas

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    I popped one of these into the kettle in the outhouse when we had some workmen around. https://www.russandrews.com/the-superkord500-sdii-uk-mains-w350-evo-rhodium/

    They were amazed by the better quality of water boiling and the wider more expansive water space it allowed.
     
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  11. Jon

    Jon Jermaine Jenas

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    The water seemed more ‘wet’.
     
  12. NoLimits01

    NoLimits01 Bobby Zamora

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    I have one on my iPod dock and I would listen to Spotify without one
     

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