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i just noticed this application for the 1st time (in the item pics)




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$8 cables are expensive for you? Over here that's a steal.

But....

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When I worked at Wal-mart, I always told people that the difference between cheap and expensive was nothing.

When I worked at Future Shop (Best Buy in Canada) I worked off commission, I'd make $20 of selling 1 cable so obviously I made the $400 cables sound like the second coming of Christ.
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do they make HDMI cable by the spool?

I've heard the exact same thing from audiophiles, my solution was buying a spool of 12 gauge copper wiring. Anyhow i wouldn't spend a lot unless my OCD kicked in and i just HAVE to to have EVERY cable in my setup to be the same brand.
    
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Ok, back in the day when all audio and video signals were analog, more expensiver cables ACTUALLY made a difference in signal quality.

With digital signlaing, it would take a a large voltage drop for a "1" to come out as a "0" and vice versa. If the signal passes, it works, period. It's the beatuy of digital.
even if the signal (1/0) doesnt passes it can still work as long as it doesnt happen too often. crappier cables have higher bit error rates (how often a 1/0 gets flipped) by definition of being crappier.

crappier does not necessarily imply cheaper
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do they make HDMI cable by the spool?

I've heard the exact same thing from audiophiles, my solution was buying a spool of 12 gauge copper wiring. Anyhow i wouldn't spend a lot unless my OCD kicked in and i just HAVE to to have EVERY cable in my setup to be the same brand.
From what I've noticed, our installer orders them by X amount of feet.
eg. 1,2,3, 5, 10, 15, 17.5, etc etc etc.

I don't think they come in spools.
Then again I'm no expert.

Would be interesting to learn to cut your own HDMI cables if they did come in spools.
(like network cables, or speaker cable, but somehow I don't think its quite that simple. )
post #57 of 181
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Honestly, The only thing I like about the 100$ monster cables I sell at best buy is that When a new technology comes out you get the free upgrade. So when the High end 3d Bluray 70gbps hdmi's come out youll get that cable for free. Its not all a scam. but for most people who wouldnt know the difference it iss too much money.

Visually you wont see much difference depending on the cable. For those of us with 7.1 surround setups we will hear the difference even on non surround systems you can tell.
No you won't.
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I've got about a 75ft run from my component room to my projector for our 120" screen in our theatre.

Our inexpensive no name cable carries our 1080 signal flawlessly
Are you sending multichannel lossless audio formats (DTS-MA,Dolby TrueHD,etc) over that 75 ft length or are you just using DD,DTS,etc?
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Just went over this a few months ago with a friend. He needed an HDMI cord for his new 52 inch tv and I gave him an extra I got from Monoprice. Days later he found a sleeved Sony HDMI cord at Walmart for like $40. He loves his $40 cord. We compared cords.

I told him he wouldn't see a difference. He did. I could not. He says the color is better, more vibrant, with the Sony cord. I don't see it. Do like the sleeve on the cable. That's it. Think the marketing got him and the Sony name.
    
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Digital means the cable doesn't matter. It works or it doesn't. As I've always told people.

However, the war for reasoning will never end.
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