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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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#26 OFFLINE   B Newt

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:34 AM

Speaking of expensive cables I need a DVI cable for my new computer monitor. Officemax had just one in stock. It was a 10 footer for $79.00. I laugh at them went to fry's and found one for under $10.00.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:40 AM

Under 25' pretty much any brand will do and you really can't beat Monoprice.

The only exception for me was a 35' run in the walls/ceiling where I went with one from Blue Jeans Cable.
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#28 OFFLINE   SuperZ06

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:47 AM

Stick with Monoprice. Great cables at great prices.


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#29 OFFLINE   Carl Spock

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:54 AM

Audio and video are different. For video, digital is definitely better, has to be. What you see when using an HDMI cable is exactly what is supposed to be seen. There can be no variation.

You're still assuming the transfer is 100% perfect. Prove to me that is happening. There is no bit-for-bit check in the chain.
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#30 OFFLINE   hilmar2k

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:00 AM

You're still assuming the transfer is 100% perfect. Prove to me that is happening. There is no bit-for-bit check in the chain.


With HDMI, if the signal doesn't get to the other end perfectly, the pixel is blank. If the pixel is on, it is perfect.

HDMI uses TMDS error checking.

#31 OFFLINE   mcbeevee

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:04 AM

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

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

Nice article...hopefully it will put an end to the "Monster hdmi cables are better" debate!

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#32 OFFLINE   Wisegoat

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:08 AM

$4.99 for the 10 footer from Fry's. Have them on all my TV's for DVR, Blu-Ray and PC and all work perfectly. No glitches, errors, color shift, etc. Have used them for plenty of installs. Wouldn't pay anything more.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:37 AM

I am using a myriad of HDMI cable brands, including Monoprice, Vantec, and Monster Cable. When considering purchasing any HDMI cable, the quality of the end connector should be one of your primary considerations. I have purchase a few cables where the end fittings were so huge & heavy, they partially covered up the next HDMI input and tended to pull out. On a few of the inexpensive HDMI cables, the connectors molded end cracked shorting the cable just after a year. With cables you get what you pay for. However, that doesn't mean Monster Cable or any other high performance cable is necessary to connect your Directv dvr to your TV. Unless you own a premium high quality/performance TV, a good gold plated moderately priced HDMI cable should suit you just fine. All the sites suggested thus far have good options to choose from.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:50 AM

Pretty much all my HDMI cables are either the ones that came with my STB's, or monoprice.com.

I have never (And will never) puchase one from BestBuy or other retailers.
If I must have one now, in an emergency... maybe, but it would be returned as soon as I get a properly priced one from an online retailer.

(I don't normally like doing that, but when they are charing 1000% more then the next guy... )

I haven't had a single problem... My longest cable is 16ft.
Even at longer distances I would probably still go with Monoprice.

I have purchased well over 100 of their network cables, about 2 dozen HDMI cables, and all sorts of other monoprice devices (USB->CAT6 extenders)... and I think I have had had 1 1.5ft network cable go bad.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:56 AM

Pretty much all my HDMI cables are either the ones that came with my STB's, or monoprice.com.

Ditto. I recommend Monoprice products to friends and family.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:58 AM

Under 25' pretty much any brand will do and you really can't beat Monoprice.

The only exception for me was a 35' run in the walls/ceiling where I went with one from Blue Jeans Cable.


I used a Monoprice 35' for in-wall and have no problems.
Actually the run is much longer as I have my sources running into a switch (Monoprice), the switch running to my avr, my avr running to a wall plate (Monoprice), the interior cable running to another wall plate, and then from the wall plate to my tv. All cables are Monoprice and the picture is perfect.
When we built our house, I did all the wiring myself and got almost everything from Monoprice. If I had gotten Monster, I would have needed a second mortgage, lol.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:18 PM

Going to sound like a broken record here, but monoprice.com.

Been using a 40' HDMI cable since I got my HR20-100, and no problems of note. I have it paired with a monoproce HDMI switch for going between my HR and blu-ray player.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:36 PM

I use the Amazon Basics there cheap enough and always up to the latest specs, there not to thin and not too thick. I know there are cheaper cables, but once you put shipping usually comes out around the same price as the amazon cables with a prime account.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:42 PM

Talk about over whelmed..........:eek2:

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:50 PM

Monoprice here, no expensive HDMI cables in the house.

 


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:03 PM

I got 10 6' HDMI cables from Amazon for $32.40 (that's right, $3.24 per cable) delivered and I currently have six of them in use. The other two I use came with DirecTV receivers.

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#42 OFFLINE   prozone1

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:06 PM

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:14 PM

Only one HDMI port on my TV set and it is hooked up to the Media player, Other HD inputs are Component.

That reminds me I tried a 4 port HDMI switcher from Monoprice and when I added a BluRay player, neither sound or picture. Something is getting through since I do not get the no HDMI detected message however. I need to get in-touch with them.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:14 PM

http://www.amazon.co...=dp_ob_title_ce

$9.99 and they work great. If you order $25 worth of stuff from Amazon, shipping is free and there is no tax. You can't go wrong.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:20 PM

could you please post the link to those cables. i looked on slickdeals but didn't see it. thanks


Slickdeals has it greyed out.

This is the link to the product page but the $3.99 coupon (MLCK5D3W1JNL1) on the two-pack has expired...it's now the full $5.99. Free shipping, though.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:27 PM

One other difference in HDMI cables. The mechanical strength can different. I recently moved my media player and the HDMI plug on the end of the cable came off.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:33 PM

One other difference in HDMI cables. The mechanical strength can different. I recently moved my media player and the HDMI plug on the end of the cable came off.


The cable snapped at the junction with the plug? Or it fell out of the port? Quite a difference! A plug fitting tight in a port doesn't necessarily mean it's robust.... just that it fits tight; same with reverse.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:46 PM

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


I use Monoprice also

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

One other difference in HDMI cables. The mechanical strength can different. I recently moved my media player and the HDMI plug on the end of the cable came off.


What brand was it?
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 02:38 PM

When I got my first HD receiver (H20) from Best Buy, they tried to sell me a >$100 Monster HDMI cable. There were no other nearby sources so I got their cheapest (~$60 AR). One of my DVRs came with a HDMI cable and the others I have all came from Monoprice.




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