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Using the D* included HDMI cable...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Justin23, Apr 2, 2009.

Which HDMI cable do you use?

  1. D* provided HDMI cable in box

    0 vote(s)
  2. Other HDMI cable

  3. Used D* HDMI at first, now using other HDMI cable

  1. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    There was no HDMI cable in the box when I got my HR20-700 in January 2007.:eek2:

    That didn't bother me as the Samsung HD I had at the time didn't have an HDMI input. My newer Sony does and I bought a cheap HDMI cable at a local computer shop -- much cheaper than at Radio Shack or Circuit City. It's working fine -- no problems.
  2. Paul E Fox II

    Paul E Fox II Legend

    Jul 6, 2008
    In the living room I'm using the one that came in the HR22 box...I didn't get one with the HR21 in the Theater but I'm 99% all Monoprice in there.

    I agree that for longer or embedded runs you may want a more expensive cable but I honestly think that the monoprice stuff works just as well.
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I don't know.

    I have a big box of cables in my closet, including several different HDMI cables. I'm always moving equipment around and changing cables. I'm sure the ones I got with my DVR's are being used somewhere, but not sure where.
  4. vict

    vict Mentor

    Nov 26, 2007
    When we purchased our JVC LCD television 3 years ago, we had it professionally installed above our fireplace, and had them run an HDMI cable because we eventually knew we would use it. Then when we got our HR20-700 installed, I noticed it had an HDMI cable in the box, and thought sweet, another cable to use later.

    Normally I would do the receiver install myself, but it was free, and we needed a new dish, because we were going HD, so I just had a D* tech set it up. However, after he left, I noticed he had taken the included HDMI cable. I thought that was kind of shady, but oh well.

    We're using the included D* cable with our new HR22-100 though. Excellent picture on our 46 inch Bravia.
  5. Prince Oz

    Prince Oz Legend

    Jan 15, 2009
    I am using the one that I was using with E*. When D* came out, he asked me if I needed HDMI cables and i said yes. I got one for the HR23-700 and one for the H22 and used the HDMI cables I already had. I kept the ones the tech gave.
  6. sunking

    sunking Godfather

    Feb 17, 2004
    The second link is excellent and shows how all cables are not the same from a signal point of view, especially when distance is the primary factor. In this case the oscilliscope pictures are worth a 1000 words. That being said it shows that 99% of people(those in the < 6' range) are just fine with $5 monoprice cables.

    It'd be nice if they addressed a little bit more the quality of the connector connections between manufacturers. I'd like to see proof either way as to what happens when you are forced to bend the cable at a 90o angle .5" from the connector. This puts a lot of stress on the weakest point. My suspicion from observing varying cables is that you are better with a more expensive cable. But I've never done actual testing to back up this claim.

    I actually have 2 12' monoprice in the wall and they are just fine at 1080p. But I was aware of the possible issues when I ran them and was willing to take the chance.
  7. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    DirecTV gave you an HDMI cable? I have an HR20 and an HR21 and neither came with HDMI cables. Both had a set of component, but that's it.
  8. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    new....needed longer cables.
  9. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    I get cables from monoprice.com only because I usually need a longer or shorter length than the one that DirecTV includes...although I probably have one of their's in use as well.
  10. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    I was under the impression that the cable didn't matter for video, you could use whatever to connect our TV, but that it did matter for audio. Thought that you needed a cable that conformed to the latest HDMI standard in order to get lossless audio from your Blu-ray player to your Receiver (well, maybe only if it's bitstreamed).

    From Wikipedia "With version 1.3, HDMI supports lossless compressed audio streams Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.[20]"

    I use the DirecTV-supplied cables (which I think are HDMI version 1.2) for TV connections and version 1.3 certified cables from monoprice for Blu-ray audio/video connections to a receiver.
    (My Sony BDP-S550 bitstreams the lossless codecs, but the PS3 only does the lossless codecs as PCM)
  11. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    What? The video data is FAR larger than the audio data, and pushes the cable to the limits far more than the audio does.

    HDMI 1.3 cables aren't required to get bitstreamed audio, but bitstreamed audio wasn't added to the HDMI spec until 1.3 came out. That isn't a performance issue (though 1.3 required an increase in performance for video-related reasons), just a feature adoption issue. In other words, you need an HDMI v1.3 source device and v1.3 AV receiver (or other audio processor) to get bitstreamed lossless audio, but if the video is only 8-bit 1080/60i or 1080/24p, then an HDMI v1.1 cable is fine.
  12. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    No HDMI cable when My HR20-700 arrived in September of '06. I bought mine at Fry's for $15 for a 6'. This before I found out about MonoPrice.


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    HR20-700 my cable
    HR21-100 DIRECTV cable

    I couldnt vote twice so here are my choices
  14. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    You still did a LOT better than the average person. I can't tell you how many times I went to do an HD upgrade and there sits a 5' Monster Cable in the blister pack priced at $139... :nono2:
  15. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    What you say makes sense. Maybe you should go and edit the Wikipedia article and spell that out explicitly. :)
    Some posters on some other forums either didn't know what they were talking about of I mis-interpreted what they were saying about the HDMI 1.3. I certainly don't claim to be an expert. Should have put some question marks in my original post where I used the words "impression" and "thought".
  16. Voix des Airs

    Voix des Airs Cool Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    There is a pretty good article at Audioholics dealing with HDMI certification (the difference between 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.). I can't post the link because I don't have enough posts here but if you Google

    "HDMI 1.3 Certification - A Real Dilemma"

    it should be the first result. (but be sure to start on the first page of the article... I'm not sure which page Google points to.)
  17. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    My HR20-700 didn't come with a HDMI cable, so I bought one (before I heard about Monoprice). At least it wasn't a >$100 Monster.
  18. bidger

    bidger Hall Of Fame

    Nov 19, 2005
    Here's the article Voix des Airs referenced.

    And I use a combo of HDMI cables that came with my DIRECTV HD DVRs and from Monoprice.

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