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So I just bought a new monitor and since it has an HDMI port, I figured I'd use it. That and supposedly, you get more/better color and picture quality.

Now the question is, does HDMI cable quality matter?
I mean, is it really worth shelling out the extra cash for a Monster cable?

The reason I ask is I used to do car audio, and you'd better believe that cable quality made a difference. For instance, the shielded monster RCA's would provide a much cleaner signal to the AMP since they weren't affected EMP's from the car.
Same was true with the power wires and speaker wires.

Anyway, back to the HDMI cables, so I hopped on newegg and saw a bunch of different cables and all sorts of different prices. Some shielded, some not. Then I started reading reviews, a lot of them had reviews stating that picture quality was deceased when going to a certain cable, or that audio wasn't heard and so on.
I mean DOA cables......

So at any rate, does supposed quality matter? If it doesn't, please state why not, if it does, then also state reasons.

Thanks.
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The signal that HDMI carries is digital, you either get it or you dont.

Check monoprice.com for cheap, good, quality HDMI cables.
    
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post #3 of 10
Signal is digital..1s and 0s, on or off..do not buy a Monster HDMI cable..buy something that looks sturdy, but not Monster

Monoprice will do the trick easily for you..

Also, HDMI and DVI are both digital signals so..you could use DVI as well.
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post #4 of 10
I've had £5 and £25 HDMI cables and the difference is very minimal, if at all. It's much different with audio as you mentioned, much much more noticeable differences for sure, but paying over $20 for a HDMI cable is a waste.

Also, DVI and HDMI are the exact same quality, just one carries audio and the other doesn't.
    
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Yeah, as already stated above, DVI and HDMI will have basically the exact same quality. The only advantage of HDMI is it carries audio as well, allowing you to use your monitor's built-in speakers if you wish.

and yes, if you decide to go HDMI, don't pay over $10 for a cable. www.monoprice.com is your friend!
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Its worth noting that HDMI does have standards with newest being 1.4. I think it added ethernet support and 3d (may be wrong). I ordered a 6ft one from amazon for $8 last week (for xbox 360) and it works fine. These are just like ethernet cables in that they have HUGE markup (for "convenience") in stores.


I don't think sturdiness matters much either. Not like you are going to be swinging on it
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Its worth noting that HDMI does have standards with newest being 1.4. I think it added ethernet support and 3d (may be wrong). I ordered a 6ft one from amazon for $8 last week (for xbox 360) and it works fine. These are just like ethernet cables in that they have HUGE markup (for "convenience") in stores.

Amazon.com: AmazonBasics High Speed HDMI Cable (6.5 Feet / 2.0 Meters) - Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return [NEW MODEL]: Electronics

I don't think sturdiness matters much either. Not like you are going to be swinging on it
Same thing at monoprice is here

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Although you do have to pay shipping @ monoprice.
    
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Thanks for all the replies fellas. (I'll rep ya later, heading out to a NYE party).

As for DVI, does it matter if the connector has all of the pins? I'm using DVI at the moment, and the cable my monitor came with, is missing probably 9 or so pins from the center.....
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Same thing at monoprice is here

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Although you do have to pay shipping @ monoprice.
Monoprice is great, but I have found that some of the cables are actually to sturdy. They are so thick along with the cord that they can damage the jack on your device as the weight of it can pull down.

I now use amazon or newegg.
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Thanks for all the replies fellas. (I'll rep ya later, heading out to a NYE party).

As for DVI, does it matter if the connector has all of the pins? I'm using DVI at the moment, and the cable my monitor came with, is missing probably 9 or so pins from the center.....
Look up DVI on wikipedia, the pins missing make the cable a single link DVI cable.
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