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I'm either using the cable that came with my Xbox elite or two hdmi cables I got from Harbor Freight. Yup, Harbor Freight and they work.

Harbor Freight sells HDMI cables? confused.gif I've gotta keep an eye out for that next time I'm in there. (there's one just down the street from my house)
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Hey, let's go for another 10 pages of the same damn argument!!! wooo! I'll instigate!



Yo, isn't gold plated better cause of the metal is more expensive?
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post #163 of 181
5 meter hdmi cable for 8$ > 2 meter ~50 monster cable ftw?

showed no diff in quality.girlfriends dad was happy then.
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I once made the mistake of paying $100 for a Monster HDMI cable. That was 6 years ago though and I was new to the technology. Never again. Seeing people buy high priced cables in Best Buy makes my stomach churn.
 
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Yo, isn't gold plated better cause of the metal is more expensive?
the reason for the good plating is to stop oxidisation. if you never have to unplug your cables, its a non issue, because the contact area will not oxidise.
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WRONG! That kind of statement completely undermines what HDMI is and how complex it actually is. HDMI has to carry a lot of bandwidth.
Yeah I know, I was being sarcastic.

I read that article years ago and I linked to that article many times in this discussion, no one bothers to read these days. I remember the author was joking in the end too:

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Your take-away from all this should be the following:

* At lengths less than 4 meters you can just about use silly string (OK, not really) and get HDMI to pass at any current resolution. At less than 3 meters you'll even extend that to 12-bit color and possibly the next crazy idea HDMI Licensing decides to throw at consumers. Don't spend a lot on these cables and if you want to save money you won't let anyone at a big box store talk you into buying from them.

Many people here are ignorant of the fact that most of the cables they use are under 4m (13.12ft.), the problem that exist in longer cables, >10m, will never arise.

It's only when they carry that ignorance with them to buy longer cables is when they'll run into problems.

In fact, Blue Jeans Cable is the only company that holds an HDMI compliance certificate under 1.3a (CTS 1.3b1) for a 45-foot long cable (passive cable).

You can also join our discussion here on why people are dumb, ill-informed, shallow, near sighted, etc.
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i got a £10GBP cable and it looks about the same if not better than my friends £250GBP gold plated cable we also got the same TV and we were both using Gran Turismo 5 on PS3
    
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I've known for a long time that it doesn't affect signal quality, but I bought a quality HDMI cable because of some reviews on the cheap ones saying that they short circuited and broke their equipment, also there we some complaints saying that the cable just broke and stopped working.

Anyway the one I bought was only like 2x the price of the cheapest ones so I felt it was worth it.
 
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I thought this was common knowledge... Anything digital; either works 100% or not at all.
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There's no such thing as preference when there's no difference.

Sure, you don't spend 99 cents on a cable because it's going to be terrible, but there is a point where the manufacturing price of the cable becomes apparent, and where quality difference is completely negligible.

I wouldn't spend more than $20 on a cable, something standard like 8M, which is approx £15 over here.

Sound? I wouldn't ever use HDMI for sound. There's a reason we have seperate cables for that, all in one is nice but with proper cable management again, difference is negligible, if not better when using proper audio cables.

My bro installs huge TV's, high quality audio equipment and general consumer electronics in the A/V market, he actually tells people not to pay loads on cables.
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