Making the decision about how to extend the distance between and HD
source and an HDTV is not easy. The current specification for high
definition state that the signal can travel up to fifteen feet without
degradation. Since HD is all-or-nothing, any degradation at all results
in a choppy image that may be impossible to watch.
Here is some great information (courtesy of Gefen, a high-quality manufacturer of
AV accessories). Check out our DVI
extenders and HDMI
TECH TIP: Extending HDTV - Which Method is Right for You?
With so many choices, how do you determine the best method to extend
The easiest way, with consideration to pricing factored in, is to
measure the distance. Keep in mind, however, that high profile
professional applications may want to utilize the current high-end
method of fiber optics cabling combined with sender and receiver
50 Feet or Less (at 1080p):
Cable + Booster
Boosters are ideal for short run applications, especially where space
is tight as the small boxes take up minimal space. Particularly
beneficial for HDMI displays and cables.
150 Feet or Less:
Sender + CAT-5 cable + Receiver
DVI and HDTV (HDMI) CAT-5 Extenders use advanced technologies that
enable cost-effective CAT-5 cables to carry HD resolutions for DVI
components. A prime example is the V-Link, VGA over Cat5.
200 Feet or Less:
Cable + Repeater + Cable
Repeaters work similarly to Boosters, but allow you to “daisy chain”
cables and repeaters to reach longer distances.
330 Feet +
HDTV Extreme Cables
High-end cables interweave fiber optics components with DVI connectors
to transmit perfect HD visuals up to 330 feet.
1640 Feet or Less:
Sender + Fiber Optics cable + Receiver
Gefen DVI-1000 HD and HDMI-1000 HD extenders are the best solution for
guaranteed performance at even the longest distances. Fiber optics
combined with sender and receiver transmission technologies maintain
the integrity of the DVI and HDMI signals.