There are many times when we cannot have the source of the video and audio signal (a computer, gaming console, etc…) close to the monitor, TV or projector. Of course, we can use longer HDMI cable but there are limitations in length which is around 50 feet (15 meters) for the 1080p signal. Often the distance between computer and TV is much larger and here comes the HDMI extender into play. In this article, I’m going to try to find out which is the best HDMI extender on the market. There are lots different products of course, but I will focus on those who don’t compress the video signal and can support up to 4K resolution. It means there is no loss of picture quality. These types of extenders are usually a bit pricier, but in my opinion, it is not worth sacrificing the video quality over a coin.
So which is the best HDMI extender for 4K uncompressed video?
1. 4KEX70-ARC 4K ARC HDMI Extender from AV ACCESS
This HDMI extender comes in a robust aluminum casing. For the audio and video transmission, it uses HDBaseT technology. This means the audio/video signal is totally uncompressed therefore there is no quality loss. It supports 4K at 60Hz, fully compatible with 3D and HDR content. Premium ARC feature allows you to free the audio from on-demand content within a SmartTV with ARC or optical audio return functionality.
It also has a Bi-directional Infra Red (IR) and pass through so you can use the remote control from a great distance pointing directly towards a transmitter unit.
Another useful feature is that it supports PoE (Power over Ethernet). It means you need to plug the power supply adapter only to one unit. The other unit gets the required power via ethernet cable.
MAIN FEATURES AND RANGE:
- 5m/115ft: 3840 x 2160 video@30Hz/24bit True Color with Chroma subsampling color palette 4K@60Hz 4:2:0
- 60m/200ft: 1920x1080p HD video@60Hz/36bit Deep Color Via Cat6a/7 cables:
- 40m/130ft 3840 x 2160 video@30Hz/24bit True Color with Chroma subsampling color palette 4K@60Hz 4:2:0
- 70m/230ft: 1920x1080p HD video@60Hz/48bit Deep Color
- Supports ARC function, if ARC switch is on, the transmitter can receive S/PDIF audio signal returned by TV
- Bi-directional IR and RS232 pass through