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by: Parker2992 March 18, 2013 12:52 PM PDT

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HDMI problems - do I need to replace my Pioneer Receiver?

by Parker2992 - 3/18/13 12:52 PM

Help! I am pulling my hair out! I just remodeled a home and created at DIY media closet. I'm an amature, but I like this kind of stuff, and have just enough knowledge and skill to get myself into trouble. The closet is about 30 feet from the TV. I purchased a set of in-wall HDMI extenders. The wall extenders are model#A-1315WP from Amazon, but don't have a brand listed on the box. My TV is a Vizio VO42L. My AVR is a Pioneer VSX-519V. My DirecTV box is a Genie DVR. My DVD player is a cheapie Phillips DVP-5992.

The plan was to use my Pioneer AVR as a switch between DirecTV & my DVD player. The AVR would also run my in-wall 5.1 speaker system. This configuration worked perfectley for about 2 weeks, but then stopped transmitting video completley, even though the audio was still working:
[DirecTV & DVD player] -> AVR -> extender-> 2xCAT6 -> extender -> TV

This connection currentley results in a great picture with my DirecTV Gennie box but I have no way to run the in-wall speakers:
DirecTV -> extender -> 2x 50' CAT6 STP cables -> extender -> TV

When I hook up my DVD player in place of the DirecTV in the chain above, I get a good picture, but an "HDCP error" and the DVD player stops playing video after a couple of minutes, even though the on-screen menus are perfectly clear with no sparkle.

I suspected that something crapped out on the AVR, so I pulled everything out of the closet and hooked it up to another smaller TV in the bedroom. When I hook it up this way, without the extenders, it works some, but the picture has a lot of sparkle and blanks occasionally:
DirecTV -> AVR -> TV (Vizio VO320E)

Is the video function of my receiver shot?!? Did it go out just part way? I'm wanting to upgrade anyway, looking at VSX-1021K and would pull the trigger if I thought it would fix the problem. But I can't justify the purchase if I'm looking at the same problems after purchase. Any thoughts or recomendations would be greatley appriciated! Even though I like this sort of thing, I need to move on from this DIY project!

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