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TSpierreye
post Jul 9 2008, 10:56 AM, updated 13y ago

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Those who think digital is either it works or not should think twice regarding HDMI cable. Unlike digital audio running on coax or toslink, the bandwidth requirement for HDMI is high. Don't buy cheap cable if you run at longer length than 3m. Check out this article:
http://www.audioholics.com/education/cable...ble-bench-tests
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:17 AM

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actually toslink cables make a different as well...

my colleague whos been borrowing my cheap Choseal toslink cable for his PS3, recently bought a Philips toslink cable (much thicker and about RM199) and he says the difference is HUGE.
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:19 AM

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Line attenuation is notorious for lengthy cables, but for lengths of 1M and shorter, there are virtually no difference between Monster Cables and ultra-cheapos from Monoprice.
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:24 AM

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As long as built to standard there would be perceivable way that better cables would make a difference. Digital is already extremely error resistant as it is.
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:24 AM

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I'd stick to cheap hdmi cable for short lengths like stringfellow said. For longer lengths, it's a whole new ball game. I personally still find it pointless to spend so much on getting those really expansive (Monster comes to mind) HDMI cables.
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:26 AM

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mine alcheapo 10m hdmi cable looks fine to me
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:28 AM

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Excellent article. Will buy the most el cheapo cable available since running 720p only. biggrin.gif
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:34 AM

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There was a few challenges issued on Engadget/Gizmodo regarding claims of supposedly higher end(read: expensive) cables outperforming the cheaper ones, and the end result was there are no such thing. Doesnt stop the supposedly premiere cable providers from continuing to insinuate such claims. Get a cheap one will do, but make sure the build quality isnt suspect.
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post Jul 9 2008, 11:50 AM

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QUOTE(stringfellow @ Jul 9 2008, 11:19 AM)
Line attenuation is notorious for lengthy cables, but for lengths of 1M and shorter, there are virtually no difference between Monster Cables and ultra-cheapos from Monoprice.
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Agreed. thumbup.gif

But it's a whole different story for analogue cables. When I upgraded my speaker cables, the difference is very big, even my wife is saying that it sounds much better now.



This post has been edited by aiman04: Jul 9 2008, 11:54 AM
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post Jul 9 2008, 01:42 PM

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I always squeeze for some OK branded cables when I change hardware...so no need to buy cable one....tongue.gif

peasant mar..what to do..save RM1 is RM1 tongue.gif
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post Jul 9 2008, 02:17 PM

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one can buy cheap HDMI cables but not the bad cable

the difficulties is , how do we know if there are not bad cable
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post Jul 9 2008, 06:33 PM

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I am using the cheap one also, 1M long. And PQ looks fantastic.
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post Jul 9 2008, 07:38 PM

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Lengthy HDMI cost a bomb in bolehland, which I still think it is not worth the money. A 10M entry level HDMI from any reputable brand will set you back RM800 easily. As rx330 mentioned, his HDMI works fine.

I have tested my HDMIs before (Audioquest (2m) , Pioneer (free gift - 1m), Panasonic (1.5m) and cheapo 5M HDMI from online shop). Frankly speaking, nothing happens that caught my eyes. Same PQ

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post Jul 9 2008, 09:49 PM

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What is important is the build quality. Normally higher gauge wire with good shielding will be consider good build quality. Just don't buy untested unknown origin cable. One of the good source for cheap and good cable is blue jeans cable. I think they mostly use belden cable (reputable cable manufacturer).
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post Jul 12 2008, 10:43 AM

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I love my QED Performance HDMI. Very well built and purple in color wub.gif (I like purple hehe)

Can I see any difference from my other 3 cap ayam HDMI cables??

NOPE! laugh.gif laugh.gif
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post Aug 4 2008, 11:05 AM

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Hi.

If you are looking for cheap genuine monster cable, then check out this post:

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1. Monster S-Video Cable
http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/742712

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2. Monster Ultra 800 HDMI Cable
http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=756134

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post Aug 6 2008, 12:43 AM

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QUOTE(DigitalTech @ Aug 4 2008, 11:05 AM)
Hi.

If you are looking for cheap genuine monster cable, then check out this post:

1. Monster S-Video Cable
http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/742712

2. Monster Ultra 800 HDMI Cable
http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=756134
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bro,your hdmi cable not that 'cheap' la sweat.gif

digital no need this high end la.either you get the signal or not. nod.gif



p/s : not from net,but from my own work experiences
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post Aug 6 2008, 09:09 AM

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QUOTE(rx330 @ Jul 9 2008, 11:26 AM)
mine alcheapo 10m hdmi cable looks fine to me
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Mind telling me how much and where you buy? I might need one now coz i decided to move my HTPC back to the living room and need to connect my main rig to the LCD TV. I need about 12 feet i think.

Thanks.


Added on August 6, 2008, 9:16 am
QUOTE(DigitalTech @ Aug 4 2008, 11:05 AM)
Hi.

If you are looking for cheap genuine monster cable, then check out this post:

1. Monster S-Video Cable
http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/742712

2. Monster Ultra 800 HDMI Cable
http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=756134
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Harvey norman sell for RM1K+++!!!! Wah lau...really monster cable...eats your $$$...even RM300++ still expensive for me. sweat.gif

I'll rather build another cheap HTPC and put it straight in front of the TV...

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post Aug 6 2008, 12:30 PM

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That is why I always prefer digital connection whenever possible.You don't have to worry about upgrading the cable (until it is broken tongue.gif ).
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post Aug 6 2008, 12:39 PM

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hmmm.. how about component cables? old dvdp currently using the composite to plasma. i know pq will be better with component, but will the cheap ones do well?

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