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Premium Metallic HDMI Active Equalizer Extender Repeater, Extend Up to 131FT
Supports 12bit per channel (36bit all channel) Deep Color.
Supports 3D at 225MHZ
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PROS: Worked perfectly
CONS: was out of stock for several months
I thought all hope was lost after I tried hooking up my tv to an extremely long, complicated run and all I could get was 480p (barely) from my PS3.
But I plugged this thing into the mix right before the tv, cranked it up to 7, and it works like a charm! Pushes 1080p60Hz without trouble.
If you are curious, here is the setup:
PS3 - HDMI Matrix switch via 3ft HDMI
HDMI Matrix Switch - HDMI Faceplate via 10 ft HDMI
HDMI Faceplate - Basement HDMI Faceplate via 50ft HDMI
Basement HDMI Faceplate - Basement Den HDMI Faceplate via 15ft HDMI
Basement Den HDMI Faceplate - This HDMI Repeater via 25ft HDMI
HDMI Repeater - TV via 8 ft HDMI
Altogether, the run is 111 feet with many couplers (faceplates, etc) sprinkled throughout.
I am very satisfied!
PROS: Cheap, low profile, and it works!
CONS: None so far
Furthermore, this "optional" accessory isn't even available on Monoprice according to customer service. If youre going to to have an optional item, at least stock it so it can be ordered.
CONS: Not really "Active" - no 5 volt power supply.
PROS: It works!
CONS: The instructions don't indicate how to use the numbers on the dial. Are ascending or descending numbers increasing the power? Should you start low/high? No idea.
Note: When I first got this Repeater I did not know I was supposed to adjust the blue EQ dial. It ships defaulted to 0 and at 0 it has no benefit that I can see. There were no instructions on how to use this dial. What the instructions should say is:
1) Start with the blue dial set to 0 on initial install
2) Turn the dial to a higher value one step at a time until the picture improves
* You may have to turn off and back on your devices to see the proper level of change
* Increasing the dial passed the optimal amount of EQ will cause degraded picture
* Increasing the dial passed the optimal amount of EQ may cause NO PICTURE
In my case EQ setting of 2 was the perfect amount, 3 - 5 caused increasingly worse sparkles and 6 - 7 caused NO PICTURE coming from my PS3 (Even though with my cable box it still continued to show a picture). The configuration I have is a 25' cable IN THE WALL hooked in to the back of wall plates (also purchased from monoprice) both on the PS3 side and the TV side. On the PS3 side I have a 6 foot cable going from the PS3 to the wall plate and on the TV side I had no choice (since the extender has two female ends) to use a short 1 foot cable going from the wall plate to the extender and one short 1 foot cable going from the extender to the TV. (Both of the 1 foot cables are 24AWG, all purchased from monoprice (product 4963))
PROS: Sparkles are gone
CONS: PS3 Deep Color still does not work
PROS: Unknown yet
CONS: Does not come with a power supply.
I would like MONO to either include the wall-wart - or at least sell it as an accessory so I don't have to search it our seperately. Thanks
Using active electronics to boost and clean up the signal can effectively double the range of a standard twisted-copper HDMI cable. Cable runs of up to 30 meters are the norm for this type of solution, which may be deployed as either a standalone signal management device, i.e., a repeater or booster box, or incorporated into the manufacture of the cable itself. Boxes are available in many configurations, usually incorporating both booster and equalization functions, and may also serve as repeaters or switchers. Active cables, on the other hand, embed the signal-enhancement electronics in the cable itself, with chips embedded in the connector housings. They are unidirectional, using different modules at the transmit and receive ends of the cable. All the technologies in this category require external power.
Beware products that draw power from the +5V power line. Although these may work in certain applications, different components draw varying amount of power from that line to communicate with each other. A cable that draws power from the HDMI cable may fail when components and the active components in the cable or external booster are all drawing from the same source.
PROS: nicely made unit.
CONS: power supply not included.
PROS: Works as expected
CONS: Does not come with power supply.
PROS: It worked like a charm!
ease of use