So is there really a difference between "high speed" HDMI cables

Discussion in 'Home Theater Audio' started by tsmacro, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    And regular HDMI cables? Or is this one of those things like a "HD Antenna" or those overpriced "monster" cables?
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Uh, the HD antenna analogy. Digital either works or it doesn't, unlike analog which can have all sorts of degrees of faithfulness.
  3. casinoman59

    casinoman59 Cool Member

    Jan 25, 2006
    Hanford, Ca.
    Don't buy your hdmi cables from the stores buy online like amazon I know that you want the 1.3 versions of the cable and don't pay more than $15
  4. FlyingDiver

    FlyingDiver All Star/Supporter

    Dec 3, 2002
    On the road...
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
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  6. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    I know, I laugh anytime I see an antenna advertised as an "HD antenna". An antenna is an antenna it picks up signals and doesn't care if those signals happen to be analog or digital, HD or otherwise. That's what I was trying to figure out if a high speed HDMI cable was in any way different than a HDMI cable that doesn't claim to be high speed, is this just another case of marketing or is there a real difference?
  7. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    I agree. :)
  8. Volatility

    Volatility Legend

    May 22, 2010
    Those monster cables are a scam so are any other ridiculous priced HDMI cables. Like an HDMI cable is an HDMI cable as HD is digital. With analog however, you can have all types of variances. CNET did an interesting and informative article on this:
  9. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule!

    Mar 22, 2004
    From -- The High Speed HDMI cable is designed and tested to handle video resolutions of 1080p and beyond, including advanced display technologies such as 4K, 3D, and Deep Color. If you are using any of these technologies, or if you are connecting your 1080p display to a 1080p content source, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, this is the recommended cable.
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  10. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    For those who enjoy burning C notes, there is Monster Cable. For those of us who live in the real world, .
  11. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    There are quality differences between different manufacturers of HDMI cables, but its not so much that you would see PQ differences, but more in the robustness and quality of the cables construction. And some cables work better over longer distances than cables from other makers. Monoprice cables are excellent quality at a very reasonable price. Monster cables are excellent quality at a very UNREASONABLE price. :lol:
  12. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    In my vast experience, using "hi-speed" HDMI cables gets the shows I like to me sooner (thus, the "hi-speed" designation) -- sometimes as much as a day or two earlier. In fact, I'm watching a new program from this coming Saturday right now! ;)

    Oh, and another thing, recording shows in advance of the actual air date takes up much less space on my HDD -- something about them being thinner, I suppose.
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  13. Mike 204

    Mike 204 New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I never used to think so but now I do. With Directv I had intermittent audio sync problems. When re-doing my wiring rats nest to add apple TV, I swapped out the cheaper HDMI cable from my DVR with a new more expensive "high speed" one from Sam's Club and guess what.... haven't had an audio sync problem since. I'm convinced.
  14. FarmerBob

    FarmerBob Godfather

    Nov 27, 2002
    When they dropped the numerical nomenclature it was only a matter of time before something, 1.3a, 1.3b, 1.3c, 1.4 . . . that made perfect sense would become a cluster f*ck. In conversations with many of the major online cabling providers they have mentioned that there has been a serious increase in WTF inquiries since they started using this naming structure.

    The previous mode made perfect sense. Butchya know, who are we to dictate what makes sense?

    Just read the article listed above and am seriously surprised that cnet, the puppet of all industry, would publish a piece like that. But it's right, I bought all new cabling for my new 3D (don't use it), 4K, Deep Color AVR and for 15 "high speed" mainly cables two sizes (12" and 18") in all the colors they had and two monitor supply cables (4 & 5') for less than $30 from Monoprice and all the toys see them and acknowledge that they are 1.4+ and completely suitable.
  15. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...


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