Connections Choices?

MeloB

Novice Member
Hi All,

I am in the US and I need help making a decision regarding cables. I know it has been discussed all over the internet but wanted your educated opinion. I have the following equipment:

Panasonic ZT60
Denon AVR - X2300W - R 7.2
Oppo BDP-93 Blu Ray
Sony PS5
Cable Box (Fios)

The receiver, Blu-Ray player and the PS5 will sit in a cabinet about 20ft away from the TV and the walls are finished. I will need to fish the cables through the finished walls and by my calculations I need 1 cable from the Receiver to the TV and another, dedicated one, from PS5 to the TV (Blu Ray and Cable Box connected via the Receiver). My dilemma is this:

My current TV, though I love it and it's great, is not 4K so will probably have to be upgraded to the latest at some point. That means that cables that I lay inside the walls will have to be future proof, to the extent that is even possible, as it is a major pain to get that done in my case. Main goal is to do this work now and don't worry for the next 10yrs, hopefully. As far as I know my options are:

1. HDMI - all the cable ratings for Ultra High Speed ones are for lengths typically less than 15ft (5m) and so at my length of 20ft what really are my options? I am considering the "Monoprice 113755 HDMI High Speed Active Cable" which comes at 20ft. But in terms of being "future proof", is it the answer?

2. HDMI over Ethernet - considering also the other option of laying out a CAT8 ethernet cable and connect the AVR and TV this way with extenders on both ends. If I go this route, this I think is upgradeable for the future but what I am not sure of is whether I will be sacrificing any quality for 4K viewing or even 8K when available. Is this type of connection lossless?

What else am I missing or need to consider?

Appreciate your comments/suggestions and please take it easy, I am new around here ;)

Best,
Mel

 

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
AVForums Sponsor
I’d go with Hybrid Fibre HDMI cable over an Active Copper cable for all of your runs over 5m.

Use solid core, UTP, non-CCA/CCS, CAT6 for the Extender runs - no need for CAT7, CAT8.

The Extender tech is always behind the curve so best used as a backup plan.

Joe
 

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