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I got THIS ONE last week and it works just fine for me.
$4 shipped.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dham View Post
Just buy what ever is the cheapest. The quality doesn't matter until your running over 50'. There was a write up in pc mag about it. But it's kind of common knowledge. It's all digital.

I just bought the link depot ones and they work fine. I felt like I overpaid for them though because they were $4. You can get them on amazon for like $1 sometimes.

Don't ever pay over $10 for an HDMI cable. Unless it's really long.
yes what he said and make sure you tell this to everyone you know!
post #13 of 19
Too be completely honest i sat through a magnolia training today for Best Buy and i was a firm believer that all cables are created equal and this is especialy true for video but if you are going to hook up your system to a a/v receiver the audio differences are huge.

we were given a 120$ boombox to listen to with three different cables and there was a slight, very slight difference. then we hooked up B&W speakers to a denon receiver with a rocketfish hdmi cable then a AudioQuest cable with a certain percentage of silver (not trying to promote a product just my observations so ill leave the make out) and the sound difference was night and day!

I was absolutely surprised becuase i swore that if its digital its the same but there are certain aspect beyon my knowledge that affected the sound and it was noticeable.

mY advice, if you are goint to be striving for sound as well as video go for better cables.
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I would look on Amazon first. I bought 4 6' cables for $12 shipped.
    
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post #15 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by nategr8ns View Post
At short lengths, there is literally ZERO difference between HDMI cables.

I repeat: ZERO DIFFERENCE

Since the HDMI video and audio signals are digital, they can't be "distorted" by the cable. Either the 1s and 0s get through, or they don't.
This is untrue. The digital on or off statement is right, but people tend to misinterpret that as zero difference between cables. The build quality still matters, and poorly made cables can suffer from jitter (basically timing errors of the 1s and 0s).



HDMI is a complicated and fragile cable consisting of 19 wires, the most important being 4 shielded twisted pairs. Insufficient shielding or dielectric will both cause jitter, and many cheap cables lack both as cost saving measures.

Some effects of jitter:

Pops or clicks in the audio
Flickering display
Temporary loss of audio or video
Speckles of "snow" in the color

The more you tax the cable the more likely you are to experience jitter. So those who watch 1080P blu-rays with lossless audio are more likely to notice issues than those who torrent butchered 4.7GB movies for their PS3.

You don't have to get ripped off @ Best Buy, but don't buy the cheapest cable you can find on Ebay either. You can find cheap, well made cables at:

http://www.monoprice.com
http://www.bluejeanscable.com/
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post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by ItsEggrollTime View Post
This is untrue. The digital on or off statement is right, but people tend to misinterpret that as zero difference between cables. The build quality still matters, and poorly made cables can suffer from jitter (basically timing errors of the 1s and 0s).



HDMI is a complicated and fragile cable consisting of 19 wires, the most important being 4 shielded twisted pairs. Insufficient shielding or dielectric will both cause jitter, and many cheap cables lack both as cost saving measures.

Some effects of jitter:

Pops or clicks in the audio
Flickering display
Temporary loss of audio or video
Speckles of "snow" in the color

The more you tax the cable the more likely you are to experience jitter. So those who watch 1080P blu-rays with lossless audio are more likely to notice issues than those who torrent butchered 4.7GB movies for their PS3.

You don't have to get ripped off @ Best Buy, but don't buy the cheapest cable you can find on Ebay either. You can find cheap, well made cables at:

http://www.monoprice.com
http://www.bluejeanscable.com/
I completely agree. Get your quality cables at monoprice.com. Quality cables at dirt cheap prices. If u can afford the extra $1-$2, go for the thicker (lower AWG #) cables.
    
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Would also like to put my 2 cents in. I purchased a 25' 1.4 HDMI cable on ebay for 8 dollars shipped and it works just great. I have also purchased some from monoprice and those 2.99 ones on newegg (When they had free shipping). All have worked fantastically.
 
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Would also like to put my 2 cents in. I purchased a 25' 1.4 HDMI cable on ebay for 8 dollars shipped and it works just great. I have also purchased some from monoprice and those 2.99 ones on newegg (When they had free shipping). All have worked fantastically.
I agree with this, I buy all my cables on ebay (HDMI, USB etc). I bought one HDMI cable from Amazon later on (needed it fast) and the difference was not noticable. I have a 5.1 setup, with an Onkyo receiver, a Hometheater HD sound card and only watch 1080p blu-rays. Seriously, there is no difference in either audio or video with either cable. Maybe I just got lucky, but I kinda doubt it.
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This is untrue. The digital on or off statement is right, but people tend to misinterpret that as zero difference between cables. The build quality still matters, and poorly made cables can suffer from jitter (basically timing errors of the 1s and 0s).



HDMI is a complicated and fragile cable consisting of 19 wires, the most important being 4 shielded twisted pairs. Insufficient shielding or dielectric will both cause jitter, and many cheap cables lack both as cost saving measures.

Some effects of jitter:

Pops or clicks in the audio
Flickering display
Temporary loss of audio or video
Speckles of "snow" in the color

The more you tax the cable the more likely you are to experience jitter. So those who watch 1080P blu-rays with lossless audio are more likely to notice issues than those who torrent butchered 4.7GB movies for their PS3.

You don't have to get ripped off @ Best Buy, but don't buy the cheapest cable you can find on Ebay either. You can find cheap, well made cables at:

http://www.monoprice.com
http://www.bluejeanscable.com/
My tv sometimes has a problem with the sound like it's stuttering. So could probably be caused by the cable?
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