How Long is Too Long for HDMI will it Affect Performance

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How Long is Too Long for HDMI will it Affect Performance?
Home entertainment will never be the same again since HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) surfaced. It was admired and received a lot of compliments and
sure enough that HDMI definitely deserves to be acclaimed.
With the advantages of HDMI one of these is its capability to provide higher resolutions
(such as 1080p), high contrast details and superior sound. HDMI offers great things in
just one cable. The compliments for HDMI are well-deserved for it offers outstanding
images and sounds.
No matter how great a technology is there are still some limitations. HDMI may have
been showered with compliments and acclaims but there are also some drawbacks.
HDMI cable can be limited to its length. The longer you extend your HDMI cable the
greater the chance of experiencing problems in signal transmission.
Currently, the maximum length for HDMI cable is up to 50 feet. This is quite long and
with it you can already operate with HDMI devices with a 1.5m HDMI cable. If in case
you need to opt for a longer cable you should know that there is a chance of signal loss
or reduced picture quality also pick a cable with a lot of copper in it such as a 24 AWG
Cost Effectiveness
The quality of signal delivered by the HDMI cable is not dependent on the price of the
cable. However, the length of the HDMI cable can dictate otherwise. A common HDMI
cable offers the same quality even with shorter lengths but if you want to extend and
have longer cable which is more than 50 feet then you may encounter some
transmission troubles.
With longer generic cables you can experience a discontentment and a reduction in
quality such as picture distortion or sometimes no picture display at all. On the other
hand, costly cables have thicker wires that can reduce transmission problems and this
is the reason that makes the HDMI cable costly.
Device Enhancements
If you have a generic HDMI cable longer than 50 feet/ 15 meters and having a tight
budget then you can have these devices as your alternatives. It is best to know how to
solve the possible problems when they arise especially with your expanded cable

* Signal Boosters - The signal strength of HDMI cable diminishes as they are run
at very long lengths this device will help you stabilize the HDMI signal. Some
longer cables already have built-in boosters so you don't have to purchase them

* Signal Restorers - In times where signal is weaken you will need a signal
restorer. This device is responsible of re-synchronizing incoming signals back to
its original HDMI specification. You can just place the device at the end of the
cable and your HDMI signal is properly restored.

* Signal Equalizers - This device is also called signal enhancers, this device is
capable of eliminating unwanted noise interference without changing other
features of HDMI such as color. This device is also capable of increasing signal

* Signal Extenders - This device is responsible for making sure that it provides a
strong HDMI signals even during long runs. This device is also alike with a signal
HDMI cables does not normally give an efficient performance with lengths that extend
greater than 50 feet / 15 meters , however, you can still use it along with HDMI
accessories. The accessories mentioned above can assist you when using your HDMI
cable. It can strip you off of the worries that generic HDMI cables may bring. In this way
you can experience a one of a kind home entertainment that you will fully enjoy.