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Hello, The cable you need is called the Pioneer "System Cable" and consists of a VGA and a DVI cable siamese-tied together. This is a tough cable to find but the combination of a standard DVI-D, and 15 pin HD cable would work. There is a 3Meter at the link below of the pre-made Pioneer cable below:
Or if you'd rather purchase these separately and need a longer length, then let me know how long you need these cables, and I can send a link.
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Alternatively though, it would be better for the DISH installer to simply leave the Pioneer's Media Receiver closer to the TV as they are designed to be (the DVI cable will have signal dropouts over about 18 feet), and simply use a longer cable from the DISH receiver to the Pioneer's Media receiver. This would be preferred and actually more reliable.
25 feet is considered too long for the Pioneer's system cable for reliable operation. It would make more sense for the DISH installer to run a longer cable from the DISH receiver to the Pioneer's Media receiver instead. Over 18 feet, the DVI cable that Pioneer uses would have signal dropouts- this is simply the protocol for DVI cables. I can still try to locate these cables for you, but at that length you're going to have a less reliable signal transfer to the TV, than you would if the DISH installer simply left the Media receiver close to the TV and ran a longer cable from the DISH receiver. Let me know how you'd like to proceed.
You're welcome for the information. I've installed for years and have experienced DVI dropouts first hand when installing 12 TV's that used this format of connection.
If you want to go this route, you will need to purchase a DVI cable, AS well as a special format Pioneer VGA cable- since the Pioneer uses a proprietary cable that is essentially these two cables put together.
Below is a 20 foot DVI cable:
Unfortunately that multi-pin VGA type cable I am not able to locate as it looks like Pioneer uses a different format of this cable.
The second cable, I've found is a 20 pin "MDR" cable, and thus far I am unable to find one that will work.
Yes that is correct. If buying anything other than the 3M Pioneer cable- you need to purchase two separate cables and essentially retro-fit the existing cables to get it to work.
The 3M (10 feet) is the one I originally sent you that link to, which is the same one you said you already have.
Correct. Can I ask why the DISH installer cannot simply run his cable longer from the DISH box instead of trying to find these rare and expensive cables from the Pioneer MR to the display panel?
Okay, and no problem. It is really not recommended to extend the Pioneer's system cable, and much more practical to extend the DISH receiver cable to the TV. I've never seen an installer make this request on a TV that uses a Media Receiver in the 20 years I've been installing, so it is bizarre. Especially because the Pioneer's signal from the box to the TV will be unreliable at that length.
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