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Premium HDMI Cable Use

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by 1953, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

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    If you buy a cable and it works out of the box and then on the 15th day you have a issue - IT ain't the cable
     
  2. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Not sure 'penchant' is the right word, I rarely buy things with the intention of returning them. But I get your point.

    Rich
     
  3. Rich

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    Yup. But they sell lots of stuff that isn't cables. With my luck I always check return policies.

    Rich
     
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  4. WestDC

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    AHH-but you responded to cables as the reason
     
  5. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    No, I was questioning the return policy for...stuff in general. They both sell similar items to an extent. I know Monoprice is nowhere near as big as Amazon.

    Rich
     
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  6. Eva

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    Same here. And no overpaying like the Mon$ter stuff.
     
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  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I’ve dealt with issues on a couple items from monoprice over the years. One time they sent me another unit and said keep the other. And actually they did that both times. Can’t get any easier than that...

    And did you know monoprice stuff is now available through amazon?

    Eh, same price, not sure, probably amazon if it will come faster since I have prime.

    But if It was an emergency, and I need it that day, maybe monoprice since I can actually drive to their warehouse and pick it up. I can do that from new egg too. Amazon you still have to wait for them to ship things to their store by usc... if it’s not already there.
     
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  8. 1953

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    Ultra Thin or Standard
    About to order all new 4K certified Premium Monoprice HDMI's. Lengths 3' to 8'. No in-wall.

    Which do you recommend Ultra Thins or Standards?
     
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Standard, all the "ultra thin" or "flat" is targeting specific conditions for physical route it versus its signal attenuation
     
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  10. 1953

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    Would it’s signal attenuation apply to runs of 8’ or less?
     
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    did you mean for that "flat" kind ? IMO, on a verge - need to test and see how it will works
     
  12. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

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    Why Not try one of each? As far as in wall rated - I would use any of the
    ones you have listed in wall - in my house as it's already built - using fire rated ones are for new construction when building inspections or contractors are installing them.

    using them in your house installed in wall if their ever is a fire and you are burned up inside it won't be because a unfire rated cable caused you to die - LOL!
     
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  13. billsharpe

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    I guess I have been fortunate. The only items that I recall returning in the past five years or so are a broken battery-powered wine cork remover and a sound card, both purchased at Costco. The sound card worked but to my ears the improvement in sound over the TV speakers was not worth the $160 I paid for it. When I'm watching a music show on TV I send the sound to my stereo speakers line-in connector. That's a little extra effort on my part but the sound is greatly improved.
     
  14. mutelight

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    Unfortunately as signals become more demanding that is no longer true.

    For 1080p or below, almost any cable will work but when you start trying to pass 4K60 HDR signals, the cable quality matters a lot more.

    I had to replace a few 18Gbps Amazon cables because I would get blanking when sending 4K60 Dolby Vision signals to my TVs. Once I replaced them with Monoprice Premium Certified, the blanking issues went away.
     
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  15. Mark Holtz

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    Here is my two cents worth on premium cables....

    First off, the electronics retailers have better margins on selling the cables than they do on the DVD/BluRay players and the televisions they sell. Why do you think they have the manufacturers not include the cable in the products that they sell?

    Secondly, I don't think that Mobster Cables are bad cables. They are just horribly overpriced for the performance they give. I tend to prefer Monoprice cables.
     
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