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Any recommendations on HDMI cables?


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#1 OFFLINE   purtman

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

I need to purchase some good HDMI cables for our upcoming home theater. How good are Bluerigger cables? I'm looking at around 35 feet, and I noticed that Bluerigger sells 35. I don't think 25 will be long enough for what I'm looking for.
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#2 OFFLINE   MysteryMan

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:25 AM

www.MonoPrice.com
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:57 AM

^^^ What he said.
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#4 OFFLINE   CCarncross

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:01 PM

I'll 3rd that...I havent bought cables from anywhere else for literally 5 years.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:10 PM

watch Fry's for deal of the week

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:17 PM

i got a 50'er w/ built in amplifier from monoprice... works perfectly! and it was really priced to sell!!

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#7 OFFLINE   purtman

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:48 PM

Any suggestions on which brand?

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:08 PM

any brand is OK if the cable don't degradate signal

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:23 PM

The beauty if HDMI is that ether works and works perfectly, or it doesn't work. Buy any cable and plug it in. If you get a picture, you are good to go.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:48 PM

If you buy from Monoprice, it's all their house brand. Any of them should be fine. If you're concerned about the length, get the Redmere cables with the active repeater built in.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:33 PM

If you buy from Monoprice, it's all their house brand. Any of them should be fine. If you're concerned about the length, get the Redmere cables with the active repeater built in.


Thanks. I had heard Monoprice in the past, but I didn't realize it sold its own brand. The name sounds more like a warehouse not a product developer.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:42 PM

Thanks. I had heard Monoprice in the past, but I didn't realize it sold its own brand. The name sounds more like a warehouse not a product developer.


I didn't realize it either, until recently. Good read: http://www.smartbusi.../0/0#&pageSet=0

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:25 PM

I'd avoid those Monster cables and any HDMI cable priced higher than most. They advertise you get better picture quality and sound of which is not entirely (if at all) true. HDMI is HDMI; CNET did an interesting article on this that can be found googling: Why all HDMI cables are the same :-)

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:39 AM

Gotta remember that we're in the digital age. On HDMI ALL signals are sent as Ones and Zeroes. A One does not go to a zero over a longer length of cable. It's either there or not.

The signal strength can get weaker over distance, but said distance, as I remember, is about 200 feet over a 'normal' HDMI cable.

As stated, buy the cheapest from Monoprice. If you get a signal you're good, otherwise send it back and get the Redmere.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:39 AM

HDMI is rated at about 45 feet without boosting or EQ, but you can get them to work at longer distances with the right conditions. True HDMI compliance for passive cables stops about 45 feet.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:50 AM

About the only thing I would add is if the TV is on an articulated wall arm and will be repositioned from time to time, you might want a better cable for being able to withstand the flexing.

However (there is always a however, ain't there?) some of the really good looking cables are quite stiff and might noodge the TV out of alignment on you, so there is that to worry about too.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:54 AM

HDMI is rated at about 45 feet without boosting or EQ, but you can get them to work at longer distances with the right conditions. True HDMI compliance for passive cables stops about 45 feet.


FYI.
extort from HDMI official site:

Q. Does HDMI accommodate long cable lengths?

Yes. HDMI technology has been designed to use standard copper cable construction at long lengths. In order to allow cable manufacturers to improve their products through the use of new technologies, HDMI specifies the required performance of a cable but does not specify a maximum cable length. We have seen cables pass "Standard Cable" HDMI compliance testing at lengths of up to a maximum of 10 meters without the use of a repeater. It is not only the cable that factors into how long a cable can successfully carry an HDMI signal, the receiver chip inside the TV or projector also plays a major factor. Receiver chips that include a feature called "cable equalization" are able to compensate for weaker signals thereby extending the potential length of any cable that is used with that device.

With any long run of an HDMI cable, quality manufactured cables can play a significant role in successfully running HDMI over such longer distances.


Q. How do I run HDMI cables longer than 10 meters?

There are many HDMI Adopters working on HDMI solutions that extend a cable’s effective distance from the typical 10 meter range to much longer lengths. These companies manufacture a variety of solutions that include active cables (active electronics built into cables that boost and extend the cable’s signal), repeaters, amplifiers as well as CAT5/6 and fiber solutions.

10m is eq 30 feet

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:29 PM

I have never tried monoprice for cables. Are they a reliable company ? I was on their website and the prices were great.. I just do not know about their shipping record and customer support.

Please let me know of your thoughts and experiences.

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#19 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:35 PM

the site is full of compliments to the company/site ...

 

Actually, you don't need to ask, just use Search and type "monoprice", you will get a lot of positive testimonials



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:14 PM

Monoprice's cables are great, and they're so cheap that, the next time I have to tear down my AV stack, I'm going to replace my current cables with their color-coded ones. :righton:


Edited by Reaper, 24 May 2013 - 03:33 PM.





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