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#1 Marshall

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:20

Hello,

 

I have a question regarding HDMI cables for my Plasma. If you do an extensive search via google, you find mixed reviews. Some say that expensive cables (particularly Monster cables) you will see a significant increase in picture quality. Others say an HDMI cable is an HDMI cable, doesn't matter what brand.

 

Can anyone shed some light on this subject, would my money be well spent choosing the Monster cables? Will I see a noticeable difference in picture quality?

 

TIA :)




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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:24

No... Not unless your running more than 3 meters of HDMI cable, and even then you would barely notice the difference in sound and picture quality. (But spend at least $10 on a cable though)



#3 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:27

I bought el cheapo cables (that isn't a brand by the way) from ebay

the ones connecting my blu ray player and ps3 cost my less than £12 UK with postage, almost 3 years ago (I think)

version 1.3 I think, I forget, Panasonic 50 inch plasma, panasonic blue ray player with 5.1, sony ps3

I don't personally think you need those uber expensive ones (this opinion is based purely on the fact that I didn't and I acknowledge that there's good and bad in all cables)



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:29

I bought a 2m cable from Asda (Walmart) for £3 ($4).  Works perfectly.

 

I used to work for a company that retailed Monster Cables - absolute scam.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:31

One simply cannot have any picture quality problems with digital signal. Either it'll fail spectacularly (skip, display combing or macroblocks) or be just fine.

That said, over long distances *all* kinds of cables display these problems because of insane bandwidth requirements - but that can be also due to poor equipment.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:33

The truth is that the signal is sent digitally, unless there's a brake in the cable to effect the signal... then cheaper cables work fine.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:41

Ok, what about standard cables vs. high speed (any brand?)



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:40

Going too cheap can get you loose fitting connectors (if you are unlucky)

Other than that, image quality is identical.

EDIT: You might as well get HDMI 1.4 cables. That should future proof you a bit.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:42

HDMI is digital.

 

You either get the signal or you don't. You'll clearly see that there's a problem. You'll either get a No signal from TV, intermitent image or "white blocks" that are clearly visible. I heard you can have a color cast problem but never saw it with my own eyes.

 

Personally i try to buy not too cheap and avoid no brand cables. I had some problems with really cheap no brand cables in the past. But you don't need to buy 100$ Monter Cable. Some 10$ basic Phillips cable wil do the job.

 

But the bottom line is if the cable works the quality will be the same.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:51

Digital is digital. It works or it doesn't for the most part. You can having handshaking issues with some cheaper cables. Monster is pure marketing and anyone telling you otherwise are liars.

 

Spend $8-15 for a decent cable if you want as they sometimes offer nicer end connectors or feel but that's purely aesthetic more so than function.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 22:54

I got a 10ft HDMI cable for free. It works great.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 23:03

Rather informative and self-explanatory:

 

http://news.cnet.com...s-are-the-same/

http://reviews.cnet....he-same-part-2/

http://reviews.cnet....e-are-the-same/



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 23:07

Just get something decent from Monoprice: http://www.monoprice...d=10240#1024004

Their premium line are good products.



#14 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 23:07

... or just send me VAST amounts of money.

It won't help you, but I'll be grateful :p



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 23:12


EDIT: You might as well get HDMI 1.4 cables. That should future proof you a bit.

 

There's no such thing as an 'HDMI 1.4' cable. Version numbers apply to devices, not cables. In fact since 2010 or 2011 HDMI.Org has prohibited the use of version numbers on cables because it was just a marketing lie that confused consumers.

 

And another endorsement for Monoprice cables here, they work great and have a solid warranty if they ever give you grief.