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Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post
Fact: I bought an inexpensive 25 ft HDMI cable to feed my 63" plasma hanging above my fireplace. I needed the length to feed through my cable management system. It was incapable of the required bandwidth to lock onto a 1080p signal and carry high resolution audio at the same time.

Fact#2: I bought a nicer HDMI cable and all problems were solved.
It depends on the version of cable you bought. 1.0 up to 1.3, most of the versions carry different bandwidth
    
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Anything more than 75 cents a foot, shipped, is robbery.
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I dont even have to read the story to know expensive HDMI cables are a scam. Its a digital signal. End of story.
That's where you're dead wrong buddy.

The signal is digital but the medium used is copper. While majority of people use <4m cables which will not constitute a problem at distances >10m is where you'll start having issues especially with 12-bit signals.

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idk why this is still being discussed.

hdmi is going to get replaced with cat6 in a few years anyway, but i guess then best buy will find a way to charge $50 a ft.
Yes it's called HDBaseT.
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We compared cords.

I told him he wouldn't see a difference. He did. I could not.
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Can't say this really surprised me. Reason I bought the cheap ones for my PC to TV setup.
    
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post #96 of 181
The quality of the cable only needs to be high quality at longer lengths. Most people's home setups will be well served at 12 feet and below. Cheaper cables will work perfectly fine at this length and below.

Firewire and USB are digital but they experience signal drop at really long cable lengths (~25ft). That is why you need signal repeaters for that.
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Just as some insight, I had a friend who worked at best buy and got me one of the 40 dollar monster hdmi cables for 4 dollars. Which was the employee pricing, which is equivalent to how much best buy gets it from the manufacturer.

So I can't really see how there could be much of a difference
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I prefer monoprice.
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2 words Best Buy..
2 Words: Garage Sale!

(I got like 8 of these 6-12' HDMI Gold Plated Cables for anywhere from $1-$5)

So who cares if it's a scam, they serve a real purpose, higher quality digital connection to video & sound, where other connections only offer video or are low quality, like RCA... I've always had issues with RCA, but maybe it's the boards in the components, who knows...

Even if they don't deliver high definition as it claims, some people NEED them, so you can make money on them, I usually resell them for $20 to $40 each..
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monoprice ftw!
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