I want to connect my PC [running win xp, or win7 @ 1920*1200] to my HDTV via HDMI over a distance that will require a 50ft cable to travel. I have found a few HDMI cables that are 50ft, but I see some question about if a 1080P signal can travel that far with no issues. Basically I will be playing 1080p and 720p .AVI & .MKV video files on my PC in windows media player and VLC media player, and then I plan to connect my HDTV to one of my DVI ports on my PC's GTX 260, with a DVI-HDMI adaptor, and then hopefully use a 50 HDMI cable to get it to the HDTV.
I'm looking for information as to how well a 50ft HDMI cable will work in this situation. I have found this one:
Another option, in case you try it and it doesn't work, is an HDMI extender, like this.
It will convert your HDMI cable into two cat 5e/6 cables and then back to HDMI. AFAIK these extenders can go about 250 meters. (The particular one I linked to was just an example; I am not endorsing that particular brand)
Any extension will suffer signal lost but some are not as significant and acceptable to what is required. Some equipment have built-in regulator as it regulate (maintain) the signal cracteristic close to spicified level.
A very high quality cables; @ 50 feet lenght will not require a booster. Booster is like multiplier so ANY signal (dirty or clean) is boosted to X amount to the level it is set. Converters are different as it converts the signal to be sent. However, resolution will be lost during conversion as well, especially if not properly implemented.
How much are you willing to give to get the resolution you need? cost is your enemy.
One thing you should try is to make your own HDMI cable using shielded CAT 6 cable. The twisted wires reduce interference plus the shield, so if you can get a HDMI male connectors or get a very short and cheap HDMI cable and cut the end to extend it. If this test does not work, at least you can still use the cable, just lose the head.
If you are looking for 1080p video resolution at 50ft I would recommend checking KVMSwitchTech. They offer a wide range of high end HDMI Extender and HDMI Cable extender solutions. I have used quiet a few of their HDMI products and they seem to work great. http://www.kvmswitchtech.com/cat5-hdmi-extender-c11633....