DVI versus HDMI Cable Question

I currently have a Sapphire ATI Radeon 4850 video card.

It has (2) DVI out ports.

I am going to use the second port for a second monitor (LCD TV) in another room for streaming video and television.


For connecting my 2nd TV here are the current options I have found....

LCD TV --> 50' HDMI Cable --> HDMI - DVI Adapter (F-F) --> DVI Cable (M-M) --> PC

-or-

LCD TV --> HDMI - DVI Adapter (M-F) --> 50' DVI(M-M) Cable --> PC

Any other recommendations? I have found long HDMI-DVI Cables at a high price, and it appears using connectors and what not will be cheaper. Basically, I have DVI out card and a TV with HDMI in and it is 57' away. That is my problem and I am looking for input.

PS ~ If this should be in another thread location let me know.

Thanks,
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  1. What happened to the DVI->HDMI connector that came with the HD4850?

    Connect that to a 50ft QUALITY HDMI cable then to the LCD TV and that's your best connection option IMO.
  2. i agree with the large purple primate
  3. +1

    cartoon express strikes again
  4. This is a media PC. I dropped Cable and stream everything off the internet now. The adapter is used for my downstairs TV along with a shorterd HDMI since they are closer. I would need another adapter like that and a approx. 57' HDMI cable. I have to jump up to 75ft, which I found cheapest at about $95-100.

    By doing the other stuff with connectors and what not I can get it between $65-80.

    Any other advice beside getting another adapter and a really long HDMI?
  5. anything over 50 ft we run component over coax. Otherwise we run into interference or to weak of a signal.
  6. Below is the HDMI reference in wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-Definition_Multimedia_Interface

    HDMI cable without any activie component is limited to 49 feet. Amp, repeaters or equalizers are expensive for extended lenght HDMI.

    I'm using 25feet V1.3 HDMI cable and i have no issues. I can have Audio/Video on HDMI cable....

    Here's my setup for your reference to consider....(Its your choice)

    Video Card : XOC 4890
    Monitor Primary: 24' LCD Viewsonic Monitor 1080P
    Link: DVI/HDMI: I use ATI/HDMI Connector
    Monitor Secondary: 70 Inch HDTV Display 1080P
    Link: DVI/HDMI: I use ATI/HDMI Connector

    Notes:
    1) I use 2 25ft HDMI cable ( One for each DVI output of the 4890)
    2) I use 2 ATI DVI/HDMI connector: Call your Video Card maker and it will send you another DVI/HDMI connector for free. I called Diamond Multimedia and it sent me my second DVI/HDMI connector.
    3) Audio on HDMI: It only comes out on Primary Monitor. To switch the audio you switch Primary Monitor Definition.
    4) For V1.3 HDMI cable @ 25ft it cost me $49 each at Fry's. The brand is PTC. V1 HDMI cable is $29 for 25ft (same brand). V1.3 cable has a higher bandwidth and is better at extended lenght. Read the HDMI wiki for your reference. Check the internet for better options.

    Below is an extended HDMI with BUILT IN REPEATER...~ 89ft. It cost $189.9. Cheaper alternative may be available in the internet.

    http://www.frys.com/product/5928584?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    5) The cost of extended DVI cable is very close if not the same to HDMI. The HDMI carry the 7.1 Audio so i highly recommend going HDMI for both. One cable for Audio and Video. Refer to notes 2) with respect to DVI/HDMI connector.

    6) Good cables are generally thicker and the connectors are gold plated.
    7) Audio on HDMI only works when i use DVI/HDMI from ATI. I tried 3rd party converter(BFG, Belkin, PTC, )... No audio comes out. When i use the converter from ATI i can get the audio on the 2 DVI ouput (One at a time).

    Again its your choice
  7. If you are running it from a DVI port, you lose the audio. You want audio right?

    Sounds to me like you should just spend a few extra bucks and buy an Apple TV.
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