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How long can one run RCA composite cables?

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by Jay H, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Jay H

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    Thinking of extending a dish network 301 receiver to a bedroom from the living room area. Doesn't matter that we would only have one tuner, how long conceivably could one run standard RCA A/V cables before we have to consider signal loss? I'm taking a wild stab and thinking that we might need 60-80ft of cable to string it into the basement, under the floor to where the bedroom TV is now. We already have RG6 going into there from an external antenna for OTA broadcasts, so the wiring is easy.

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    I just ran 30 feet of svideo and audio cable from a dish receiver with no impact of quality.
     
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    Well... why not just slap some RG6 and move the whole receiver into the bedroom? This is usually cheap/easy and solves the control the box from a different room problem.
     
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    Um, because then the living room wouldn’t have a receiver? [​IMG]

    Jay, any considerations about signal loss for a long run (if any at all) would only be an issue if the secondary location had a high-quality sound system. Going to the TV directly, there’s nothing to worry about.

    However, to maintain the best possible picture at the other end I’d use coaxial cable like RG-59 for the video send.

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    Thanks folks, these are my parents we're talking about.... they're not exactly concerned too much about quality. My mom has been ill and spends a bunch of time in the bedroom (in a hospital bed)now so I thought it would be nice for my father to at least be able to watch the TV at night in the same room with my mom. Since he can't be in two places at once, we are OK with not getting another receiver and simply using the dish receiver in the living room. (But I still want the living room to have the dish since the better TV is there and not the bedroom [​IMG] )

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