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Poll: Tell us about the HDMI cable you use with your DTV HD-DVR Receiver (454 member(s) have cast votes)

Tell us about the HDMI cable you use with your DTV HD-DVR Receiver

  1. I use a low cost HDMI cable (237 votes [52.20%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 52.20%

  2. I use a moderate cost HDMI cable (32 votes [7.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.05%

  3. I use an expensive HDMI cable (7 votes [1.54%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.54%

  4. My HDMI cable provides high quality output as compared to others I have used or seen. (91 votes [20.04%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.04%

  5. My HDMI cable provides good/adequate output as compared to others I have used or seen. (22 votes [4.85%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.85%

  6. My HDMI cable provides so so output as compared to others I have used or seen. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. What brand HDMI cable do you use? (answer in comments) (32 votes [7.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.05%

  8. Do you recommend the HDMI cable you use or some other brand? (answer in comments) (33 votes [7.27%] - View)

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#1 OFFLINE   1953

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:50 AM

Since I most probably will be buying one or more new HDMI cables thought it might be a good idea to poll you folks regarding the price range category, supposed quality and brand.

Please participate in this poll and followup comment segment.

Thanks!

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#2 OFFLINE   mobandit

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:53 AM

Since I'm most probably will be buying one or more new HDMI cables thought it might be a good idea to poll you folks regarding the price range category, supposed quality and brand.

Please participate in this poll and followup comment segment.

Thanks!


Unless you have to have the "best" (according to the advertising hype) an HDMI cable from someplace like monoprice will work just fine. I avoid the high end cables as the "better" quality is debatable, especially at the length of cables I use (typically under 10 feet).

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#3 OFFLINE   wilbur_the_goose

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:55 AM

Monoprice. Inexpensive is the way to go. Stay FAR away from Monster.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:59 AM

Got my last one at a local Menards for 9.95, works just fine. Otherwise I'd go with Monoprice.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:12 AM

Monoprice. Inexpensive is the way to go. Stay FAR away from Monster.


Why do you advise staying away from Monster Cable?

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:28 AM

This HDMI CABLE 10ft 28AWG High Speed HDMI Cable w/Ferrite Cores - $4.95

Ordered from Mono price dot com :)

It works great for my wall mounted TV :) and the price was a big factor in my selecting it.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:31 AM

Monoprice. Inexpensive is the way to go. Stay FAR away from Monster.


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Why do you advise staying away from Monster Cable?


Have you checked their prices? I refuse to pay more for the cable to connect the Blu-ray player than I paid for the player itself.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:36 AM

Why do you advise staying away from Monster Cable?


Monster Cables are just overpriced. You can't go wrong with Monoprice and with their customer service if anything goes wrong they will fix it for you.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:38 AM

Why do you advise staying away from Monster Cable?


Because they have about a 400% markup on their prices. Go with monoprice.com. They have better cables for a lower price.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:41 AM

Stay away from the "better" cables. Unlike analog signals, which can be affected by the cable material's conductivity, HDMI cables transmit a binary signal. That means it's either on or it's not.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:52 AM

Stick with Monoprice. Great cables at great prices.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:55 AM

Stick with Monoprice. Great cables at great prices.

Agree.

I've purchased over 20 cables from them...never one single issue with any of them.

As for the HDMI cables...they vary in length, shielding, thickness, and contact ends (gold coated are nice)....the good news is all are a fraction of the cost of going somewhere else.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:02 AM

Monoprice. Tops.

However, check today's Slickdeals for 2 six-footers for $2.00 with free shipping.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:18 AM

Price is only one reason. I also don't like their litigious nature. Going after Fenway Park or Pixar over a movie name is bad enough, but going after small businesses or places like Blue Jeans Cable is way overboard.

Personally, I generally get my cables from Amazon, but only because I have prime, so can get them about the same price or slightly more and get them faster. Otherwise, I'd use Monoprice.

Unless you need plenum grade cable, or a really long run, you don't need expensive cables. And that does not mean Monster expensive.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:25 AM

Stay away from the "better" cables. Unlike analog signals, which can be affected by the cable material's conductivity, HDMI cables transmit a binary signal. That means it's either on or it's not.


100% correct. The beauty of HDMI is that it is impossible to introduce any noise to the signal. Each pixel either works (and it shown 100% accurately), or it doesn't and that pixel is blank. You will never get a pixel that functions and is anything other than exactly what it should be. So if you hook up your HDMI cable and all the pixels are present and accounted for, then the cable is functioning at 100% and no other cable could provide better PQ.

And I buy my cables from Monoprice.

Edited by hilmar2k, 31 May 2011 - 09:31 AM.


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:27 AM

I use Blue Jeans cable. I can't say I see a difference, but then, I don't have problems and I like the way they look and feel. Plus they aren't that expensive.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:48 AM

I will echo the others. MONOPRICE.COM!!!
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:48 AM

I don't think that I have ever spent more then $7 for a HDMI cable. Have yet to have one fail on me.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:54 AM

Here's a recent article from pcmag where they tested various hdmi cables.

http://www.pcmag.com...,2385272,00.asp

I use inexpensive cables without any problems.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:57 AM

Stay away from the "better" cables. Unlike analog signals, which can be affected by the cable material's conductivity, HDMI cables transmit a binary signal. That means it's either on or it's not.

I've been fighting digital-is-digital battles for years, and sonically, I've always won the argument that that may not be true.

I'm not suggesting to spend a lot of money here, but I've also heard the difference between optical and coaxial digital connections of a CD player to an amplifier, with the only change being the cable, so I'd be careful here.

There is no real-time, input-output, bit-for-bit analysis going on anywhere in our systems. We are always assuming the transfer is perfect, and that error correction will take care of the problem when it isn't. What if that's not the case?

You aren't listening to or watching the bits. You are listening to and watching algorithms that transfer those bits back to analog. Instead of all things being equal, things may not be equal.

Edited by Carl Spock, 31 May 2011 - 10:02 AM.

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