Had a frustrating issue the other day. My 52 inch Sharp Aquos TV wouldn’t power up. It’s only 6 years old, so I was hoping to avoid any major repairs. I decided to take it off of the wall to unplug it to discharge the static electricity buildup to see if that would fix it. To my delight it did fix it. However, I made a dumb mistake when pulling it off the wall, I bent the hdmi cable connector. This generally ruins the cable. Mine is run through the walls, so I fixed one problem only to create a bigger one.
There are some extremely painful ways to repair an hdmi cable. Namely, the following:
1. Cut off the ending of the damaged hdmi cable and splice 19 wires to the matching 19 wires on another hdmi cable. For this to work successfully you should use the same cable type and brand in order to avoid having to match colors from competing brands, as they typically have different colors and mapping. The other negative to this approach is you would need to splice 19 wires with small phone cable splicers. The cost of 20 phone splicers at Radio Shack is approximately $22. Plus the cost of the hdmi cable you splice to.
2. There is an easier option. You could buy a connecter like the following: http://www.l-com.com/item.aspx?id=27557 thus avoiding splicing different colors together. The flaw to this approach is that you will have to obtain the mapping schema of the damaged hdmi cable in order to know where to connect each wire. This is not easily attainable from manufacturers as they occasionally change their mapping schemas.
Luckily, I’ve come across a 3rd option. With this IOGEAR GW3DHDKIT Wireless 3D Digital Kit with Full HD 1080P and 5.1 Channel Digital Audio you have the ability to avoid the hdmi cable repair completely. This wirelessly streams from your equipment or media center to your tv.
UPDATE: After 3 years, the IOGear box is still functioning flawlessly.
UPDATE 4/3/2017: Well after 4 years and 1 month, my Iogear is finally failing. The signal comes and goes. I think the transmitter is going out. After looking at competitors out there I decided to buy another IOGear, same exact model to see if I can use the same receiver on 2 different TV’s. They now sell units with up to 5 hdmi ports and multiple receivers.