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HDMI® Active Equalizer Extender Repeater - Extend Up to 100FT
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PROS: This product is built around the Maxim MAX3815A which is a well respected HDMI equalizer. The HDMI standard provides the 5V source for the power supply, and since the MAX3815A runs on a 3.3V rail there is room to regulate even with the power loss in the cable. I bought this just to tear it down and I was impressed with the quality of construction and the price point, because the cost of the MAX3815A alone is 1/2 of the cost of this product. Unbelievable.
CONS: Remember that this device "robs" power from the HDMI source - 5V supply. Strictly speaking this 5V supply is required to provide only 50ma of current. The MAX3815A requires some 250ma of current. So, if the manufacture of the HDMI source is in strict compliance with the HDMI spec this is not going to work because it will be power starved. The addition of power jack so that the unit could be externally powered would fix this problem.
Except that it did. I went from being just barely able to sync a 1080P signal (and then, with sparkles all over/color shifting/banding.. It was totally unusable, and typically wouldn't even sync), to perfect (not a single artifact that I can see) 1080P with nice/easy sync to the screen. This thing is like a miracle for me I'd suggest that (given the price) if you're having trouble with any long HDMI run you try this first. There are certainly other/more expensive devices that will extend HDMI further but if you're "on the edge", this little "magic black box" might be all you need.
I ordered 2-50' cables with this repeater in the middle and he has been a happy person since February of '09.
He stated he paid $500 for the Monster cable. I did my research and he wasn't lying. At a fraction of the cost, Monoprice saves the day...again.
To those that it did not work for, I suggest a bad connection, poor cables or you had the repeater installed backwards.
This extender did the trick. It needs to be placed on the downlink end of the cable to do it's job.
The signal is now perfect and I haven’t had any problems since installing the repeater. It survived a hot climate, in an attic in Florida, since June 2012 and still works brilliantly. I highly recommend it for long cable runs.
PROS: Works perfectly
PROS: Works as advertised
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