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17-05-2003, 03:13 PM
i've recently rewired my house totally and included 3 cat5e cable runs to each room. i'm using these for my pc's and telephone system etc.
i play a lot of music direct from my pc into an amp therefore i would like the audio or video out on the pc to plug into the rj45 wall socket and then at the other end, emerge from an rj45 socket and plug into the audio or video in on the amp. can i transmitt audio or video over cat5e and if so, is there any signal loss etc?
17-05-2003, 04:17 PM
Not an expert in this but it's my understanding that longer runs require thicker cable so there will be signal loss using the Cat5e amongst other problems. I'm sure that someone will be along to give more technical reasons as to why you can't.
The only use I've seen for Cat 5e relating to audio is here http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/ffrc_e.html
17-05-2003, 05:06 PM
See here for some ideas:
Look at the NP200
22-05-2003, 09:07 PM
What about Kat5? There are units for transferring svideo/stereo over cat5 cabling...
23-05-2003, 08:51 AM
Cat5e is good for transmiting digital data signals over less than 100m - after that signal does degrade - this is if you are using good quality cable in the first place - make sure it is not put anywhere where it could be subjected to extreme temps (no good outside). The other issue of Cat5e is if it is laid near power cables - this can cause more problems than anything else. This is unless you use sheilded Cat5e.
The signal you will get from it regarding sound is very dependant on the quality of the cable and the the sockets you use - cheap sockets mean loss of information. The video signal will be even more surcepable to this.
PC are good at coping with loss of information and retransmiting it if it fails but only with another PC or switch at the other end - the AMP will not know if there is loss of info which may cause a problem. If you have already got cat5 everywhere try it - nothing to lose. :)~:-)~:smile:
As an IT Manager I have laid plenty of cable and for our big runs (and outside) we use Fiber Optic and for runs inside sheilded Cat5e. This transfers all our data and voice. I have never run an audio signal or sound direct to an amp though.
Hope that helps - good luck ;)~;-)~:wink:
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