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Accell E090C-003B UltraCat HDMI over Single Cat5e/6 High Speed Extender

Accell E090C-003B UltraCat HDMI over Single Cat5e/6 High Speed Extender

Manufacturer: Accell
List Price: $499.00
Street Price:
Amazon.com: $499.00

Today’s Show:

Accell UltraCat HD

Up until now the longest HDMI cable run the HT Guys were able to successfully transmit video across was 50 feet. Those cables were pretty thick and hard to snake through walls and attics. We’ve tried longer cables but had no luck beyond 50 feet. Thanks to Accell there is a product that will allow you to extend your HDMI up to about 330 feet. The UltraCat HD HDMI extender uses HDBaseT technology to send video over Cat5e/6 Ethernet cables. ¬†You can even send IR signals over the same cable. The device has an MSRP of $500 and is available today.

Features:

  • Supports the latest HDMI video formats including 1080p/60Hz@48 bits, 3D & 4K
  • Fully HDCP Compliant
  • HDMI v1.4 compatible and 3D video supported
  • DTS-HD and Dolby True HD Supported
  • Uses a single Ethernet cable

Setup

Setup was as simple as 1,2,3. First you connect the source HDMI output to the HDMI input port on the transmitter. The connect the Cat5e/6 Ethernet cable to the UTP out port on the transmitter and to the UTP in port on the receiver. Finally, connect the display device to the receiver’s HDMI output port. You also need to connect the transmitter and receiver to power. OK, so its as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

More than likely you will need to attach the device to the ceiling on the receiver side and Accell has you covered. Both units have built in mounting ears for easy installation. If your equipment is located in a basement or an equipment rack without line of sight the UltraCat HD can send your IR signals down the same cable. For that you need to install the supplied IR TX/RX cables into the IR ports on the transmitter and receiver and then attach the emitter cables to the IR receiver on the source and display device with the included adhesive tabs. OK the install is a bit more than 1,2,3 but not by much.

Performance

Although the device can transmit data 330 feet we weren’t able to verify it because we didn’t have a cable that long. We did have a 100 foot cable which is twice a far as the longest run we have been able to achieve with an HDMI cable. The UltraCat transmit the data with no loss in quality from our Satellite Box. When the UltaCat receiver was connected to our AVR the 5.1 audio track came through loud and clear. The last test was to take a 1080p video signal with a Dolby TrueHD audio track from our Blu-ray player to our AVR. Again the UltraCat had no issues whatsoever.

The IR emitter worked without issues as well. We were only able to connect the receiver to one device with the included cables. If you want to control more than one device will need multiple emitters and we were not able to verify whether that works. However, if all you are doing is running a cable from the output of a switching receiver to the input of your projector you won’t need to worry about the IR signals anyway.

Conclusion

The UltraCat HDMI extender performed flawlessly in all our tests. With this device we were able to transmit an HDMI signal twice as far as the longest cable we have previously used. The only issue we had with it was the price. At $500 its a bit on the pricey side but it may be the only way you have available to get an extra long run HDMI signal to your TV or projector.

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Posted by The HT Guys, September 29, 2011 11:47 PM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.