mirrodie
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An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:54 pm

We have 3 HDMI cables in our home set up.

Now, usually I buy the cheapest ones available. But recently my longest cable of 15 feet failed, mainly because of hte tight turn it has to take to get into the TV from the wall. So there goes that cable. Also looking at whether or not I need a port saver.

So since then, I re-routed a path for a new cable and bought a Monster Cable, which really goes against my grain. From what I've read, a digital signal is either on or off, so there no need to but such an expensive cable (over 125 bucks vs getting similar for 15 bucks.)


I'm wondering if there are thoughts otherwise. The reason I opted for the Monster this time was I'd be covered by the lifetime warranty. But still, gotta wonder if its worth it.

I look forward to your knowledge, as HDMI qualities is not something I've seen discussed here.
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:03 pm



Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
The reason I opted for the Monster this time was I'd be covered by the lifetime warranty. But still, gotta wonder if its worth it.

Buy a Monster Cable AND the cheap one, connect both, see the difference, then return the overpriced monster cable to Best Buy for a full refund  Smile
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:19 pm

Mt99, I see what you are saying, there is no difference but I'm wondering if its a bit more rugged.

I already lost the first cable simply because it was made like garbage and not rugged.
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:19 pm

If the cable is very long (more than the specified maximum for its type), or the conditions or its quality very poor, it can matter even for digital signals. Other than that it should not make a difference. As long as it works, the result will generally be exactly identical.
 
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:20 pm

For the prices of cables, check out Monoprice.com-a friend recommended it to me, just bought an HDMI cable from there last week-$4.67 for a 3ft HDMI cable.
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:22 pm



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 2):
Mt99, I see what you are saying, there is no difference but I'm wondering if its a bit more rugged.

I already lost the first cable simply because it was made like garbage and not rugged.

Yes, mechanical quality can differ; But for any multi-core cable the (individual) minimum bending radius will always be critical to obey. Bend it sharply (and/or repeatedly) and you will regret it sooner or later.
 
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Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:25 pm



Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
The reason I opted for the Monster this time was I'd be covered by the lifetime warranty. But still, gotta wonder if its worth it.

You could replace the cheap cable 7 times for that price. Your TV will wear out before you have to replace the cheap cable 7 times.
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Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:36 pm



Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
But for any multi-core cable the (individual) minimum bending radius will always be critical to obey. Bend it sharply (and/or repeatedly) and you will regret it sooner or later.

And the original one was insanely fragile, as it was barely bent.

I was starting to think like airfoils guy. As long as I can access the wall, I think I might return the Monster and just buy based on ruggedness. The rocketfish looked rugged without being as expensive.
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:40 pm



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 2):
Mt99, I see what you are saying, there is no difference but I'm wondering if its a bit more rugged.

Think about it this way - with what you paid for the monster cable you can buy a stock of 10 cheap ones and replace them as often as necessary..

Yup turning radii are a bitch!

PS.. Did u get a PS3?
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Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:42 pm



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 7):
I was starting to think like airfoils guy. As long as I can access the wall, I think I might return the Monster and just buy based on ruggedness. The rocketfish looked rugged without being as expensive.

Sounds like a good idea.
 
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RE: An Hdmi Is An Hdmi? How True?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:58 pm

Yeah. I've got a nice simplified set up actually.

I got the PS3, which is now running our music, DVDs and BluRays, on one HDMI cable going into the receiver

a second HDMI runs from the cable box to receiver. So 2 HDMIs into the receiver...

The receiver has HDMI switching, so then I have the one long HDMI leaving the receiver, through the wall, and into the TV.

I'll look for prices online. Seems the consensus here is the same as I thought. Go with cheap but rugged.

Thanks so much gentlemen!
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