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The pins on my Rift cable appear in line at a glance, except for one pin off to the far side. On examining other HDMI cables, this seems to be a shared feature so probably nothing to worry about.
As for cables, there shouldn't be any specifics necessary. I know that after a certain distance for USB you need an active repeater cable. If I do get a cable, I'm going to go with the suggestion made by an Oculus representative to tape the Rift and adapter together to prevent ever accidentally disconnecting them.
Thank you for the response. So would something like the following work, or would it introduce latency?
I used this USB cable.
and this HDMI cable.
My bad I thought I linked it.. [link]
I was thinking something like this [link] plugged into a usb hub