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A digital signal is resistant to noise and degradation, not immune to it. It appears some people don't understand logical 1 or 0 is an electric voltage range.
It also greatly depends on the frequency at which those 1s and 0s are being trasfered at. Typically, HDMI is only dealing with around 400 MHz; much too low to have to really worry about its transfer.

Now dealing with the speeds at which your CPU are working at, seepage is a major concern for those electrons in that digital signal.
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I own a $75 6" HDMI Monster Cable and a $3.99 6" HDMI Rosewill from Newegg and can't tell a difference. That Monster is the first and last Monster product i'll ever buy lol
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Think of it this way. If someone goes to buy a 2.5k LCD TV 100$ for HDMI is nothing lol. He/She would thing getting 10$ HDMI cable doesnt go well with their 2.5k TV.
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Think of it this way. If someone goes to buy a 2.5k LCD TV 100$ for HDMI is nothing lol. He/She would thing getting 10$ HDMI cable doesnt go well with their 2.5k TV.
My personal audio set up consists of a $24 25" cable. It cost roughly $600 CAD. The family has a $2500 worth of audio equipment and a $2000 TV. Their cable is all of $25 and are quite happy with it.
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I agree with this article, however it would be much more convincing if they had performed more experiments with a much larger sample size. They mention statistics in the article but why not apply them so that the evidence is irrefutable?
 
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You only need to worry about quality when you're purchasing a cable of over 20 feet. I lost the article, but feel free to search for it. They used the same equipment to test the cables.
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I prefer monoprice.
+1

I just got a 25' high speed HDMI from monoprice for $16!
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post #78 of 181
The info was good, the testing was meh. Audioholics.com's tests are far more comprehensive scientific and objective wise.

http://www.audioholics.com/education...ion-conclusion

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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.

At long lengths (over 10 meters) you really need to pay attention to the manufacturer if you don't want to risk running into potential problems with 1080p and future formats such as Deep Color. With that said, just about any cable at or under 10 meters will pass 720p/1080i and nearly everyone will pass 1080p at 8-bit color as well.

If you have an existing HDMI cable and are running into problems, we'd suggest at least attempting the insertion of an active component at the sink (display) side. This is going to be far cheaper than ripping out your walls and re-running new cables - and likely just as effective.

HDMI has proven to be a moving target and there is no telling what crazy (likely unnecessary) format they will try to push down the cable next. Due to this, it's always good to "overbuild" your cable install, especially if it's a longer distance and going to end up behind drywall.

If you're not prone to upgraditis and think 1080p will be your maximum resolution for the life of your install, don't sweat it...
The fellas at Audioholics don't like the HDMI standard in general mainly because it's a 'sidegrade' from DVI as opposed to a real upgrade.

The first page explains very well how HDMI works:

http://www.audioholics.com/education...le-bench-tests

More complicated than you think:


Edited by chinesekiwi - 2/16/11 at 3:31pm
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The fellas at Audioholics don't like the HDMI standard in general mainly because it's a 'sidegrade' from DVI as opposed to a real upgrade.
Hasn't it always been a sidegrade though?
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Hasn't it always been a sidegrade though?
Yes but they argue in other articles, it could of been so much more than it is now. They are annoyed that's it's really no real upgrade from DVI or older formats.
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