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post #31 of 38
Honestly I cant see any difference between the $50 Monster HDMI and the $12 Walmart in house special HDMI. Not going to make a difference whatsoever.

Gold plated just means "better" connection in theory because gold is very malleable so any scratches caused by plugging/unplugging the cable will easily be filled back in if plugged back into another HDMI socket. Other reasons are because gold doesn't corrode. Why would a HDMI connector corrode in the first place unless your submerging it into salt water? It's a gimmick.

Another thing is the shielding. Some have braided mesh around them to reduce interference from outside sources such as radio signals. It is true that all spark plug wires in airplanes are surrounded by wire mesh to avoid interference to the radios and its a proven fact and implemented in all aircraft. I guess cable manufactures think it also works the other way around with their HDMI cable. Also, probably a gimmick.
post #32 of 38
I have had some monoprice cables "go bad", cause video/audio dropout, handshake loss etc. But they are so cheap, who cares if I bought 4 for $10 and one went bad?

Fry's also sells a 4 pack of generic 6' HDMI cables for around $10 and those seem fine too.

I would only drop serious coin if you were buying a really long one. I did buy a $6 30 footer from monoprice and it seems fine, but the wire is SOOOO thin there cannot be that much shielding in there.

On that note I have some 10' + component cables that I dropped $50 each on. Too bad they are worthless now (I mean who uses component if you have HDMI ?).
    
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HDMI over Cat6 for long runs. IE over 30ft to reduce costs.
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

Honestly I cant see any difference between the $50 Monster HDMI and the $12 Walmart in house special HDMI. Not going to make a difference whatsoever.
Gold plated just means "better" connection in theory because gold is very malleable so any scratches caused by plugging/unplugging the cable will easily be filled back in if plugged back into another HDMI socket. Other reasons are because gold doesn't corrode. Why would a HDMI connector corrode in the first place unless your submerging it into salt water? It's a gimmick.
Humidity can cause it to corrode, but IIRC the amount of gold on a thousand CPU pins is worth less than a dollar, so it shouldn't cost significantly more.
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I have had some monoprice cables "go bad", cause video/audio dropout, handshake loss etc. But they are so cheap, who cares if I bought 4 for $10 and one went bad?
Fry's also sells a 4 pack of generic 6' HDMI cables for around $10 and those seem fine too.
I would only drop serious coin if you were buying a really long one. I did buy a $6 30 footer from monoprice and it seems fine, but the wire is SOOOO thin there cannot be that much shielding in there.
On that note I have some 10' + component cables that I dropped $50 each on. Too bad they are worthless now (I mean who uses component if you have HDMI ?).

Every cable I have purchased from monoprice still works great to this day, and that's with 5 years worth of use on my oldest ones
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Here's a very good resource explaining all you need to know about HDMI cables:
http://www.bluejeanscable.com/articles/hdmi-cable-information.htm
Here's your short answer from the article linked above:

The above and basically:

1) Only matter for long runs over 10 metres / 30 feet
2) HDMI 1.4 if you want to view 3D content on a 3DTV / 3D monitor or ethernet over HDMI, otherwise for everything else and most applications, even HDMI 1.2 is fine but most HDMI cables these days are HDMI 1.3a.

Difference between HDMI versions:

http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/hdmi-1.4-and-through-the-ages

Below explains what HDMI is in technical terms and why all HDMI cables are not the same:

http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/long-hdmi-cable-bench-tests

Also gold is only used in electronics because gold doesn't corrode. That's it. Nothing to do with better connectivity.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 10/9/12 at 12:00am
post #37 of 38
Haven't read the thread but:
There's no difference - apart from shielding. But will you notice that -> no.
I got myself some nice £10 HDMI cables, which have a very thick wire (thus won't break easily) and are well shielded (at the jack) - I also find them looking pretty over the £2 ones you can get from Amazon.
But digital signal wise - no it won't affect or improve the "quality" of the sound OR image.

Put it this way - more expensive ones look sexy and often last longer (we are talking of a longevity of over 5years on the normal ones)

There is only one thing to bear in mind (and here is where price differences will be seen):
HDMI 1.4 vs 1.3
1.3 being non-3D
1.4 being 3D capable.

Price difference between the two shouldn't be anything more than £5.
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http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-Diamond-2m-Braided-Cable/dp/B003CT2A2M/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
i bought this one and it's awesome, it turned my 720p hdtv to 1080p



Thats GENIUS
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