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HDMI cables
« on: December 16, 2008, 10:07:53 AM »
So I purchased some HDMI cables back in 2007 when we got our HDTV and I hated the cables.  They were too inflexible and would constantly fall out of their ports (literally just slide out).  So I'm looking for some inexpensive HDMI cables that are very flexible and wont put any stress on the connectors themselves.  Any tips?  I've been looking at Amazon and don't even know where to start since there's so many options.   I need two cables, preferably 6 feet. 

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008, 12:43:35 PM »
So I purchased some HDMI cables back in 2007 when we got our HDTV and I hated the cables.  They were too inflexible and would constantly fall out of their ports (literally just slide out).  So I'm looking for some inexpensive HDMI cables that are very flexible and wont put any stress on the connectors themselves.  Any tips?  I've been looking at Amazon and don't even know where to start since there's so many options.   I need two cables, preferably 6 feet. 

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2008, 12:58:09 PM »

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2008, 01:43:24 PM »

I saw this on slickdeals.net this morning -

HDMI cables (6 ft) for $6.99 shipped

Meritline.com currently has a 10% off sitewide code: sw10poff
http://www.meritline.com/a-pair-of-6-feet-hdmi-male-to-male-digital-av-cable-28-awg.html

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2008, 11:51:59 AM »
samsung tv?
was a "common" issue with lots of their lcd tvs

i have philips ones and they seem to work fine

side note i had to have a service tech come look at my tv and he said hdmi cables are a waste
that the reg old rca comp ones are just as good but companies tell you hdmi is better
i know hdmi is easier but better i am up in the air on since i don't see or hear a difference when i switched
bottom line is i am glad i didn't spend a shitload on cables
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2008, 12:06:09 PM »
Corps like HDMI because it enforces copy protection.  You can get 1080P out of component, but they won't support that.


samsung tv?
was a "common" issue with lots of their lcd tvs

i have philips ones and they seem to work fine

side note i had to have a service tech come look at my tv and he said hdmi cables are a waste
that the reg old rca comp ones are just as good but companies tell you hdmi is better
i know hdmi is easier but better i am up in the air on since i don't see or hear a difference when i switched
bottom line is i am glad i didn't spend a shitload on cables
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008, 02:35:07 PM »
It's a toshiba DLP.  I do have my HD cable box plugged in via component and it looks fine, but moving my tv to see all these cables piled up is frustrating for cleaning and the sort.  I'll check out the links and pick up some HDMI's soon, thanks guys!
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2008, 09:38:03 AM »
Best place for any home theater cables is Monoprice.com.  Here is a good HDMI cable they have in stock right now:
http://bit.ly/Xp7y
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2008, 08:15:22 PM »
Has any one ever did a HDMI cable comparison test. I am also looking into get some HDMI cables for my PS3 and cable box. I was looking at the cable that sony sales for the PS3 and also comes with a usb cable. It is going for $70. I was looking at it this way we all spend so much money for mic cables and other cables for hour gear. But when we look at a HDMI cable to go from hour HD tv that we spent $1,000 or more. We look at spending $10 or less for the cables. Why is this ?


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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2008, 10:35:28 PM »
I bought three 6' HDMI cables and a HDMI > DVI adapter from monoprice.com about 1.5 years ago, and they have been great.
All plug snugly in the ports on my 32" samsung LCD, as well as anything else I've plugged them into.
The DVI adapter is great for plugging my powerbook into the LCD.

From what I've read, since HDMI is a digital signal, either it passes the signal properly, or it doesn't at all.
No need to spend $$$ on expensive cables.

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2009, 12:38:15 AM »
From what I've read, since HDMI is a digital signal, either it passes the signal properly, or it doesn't at all.
No need to spend $$$ on expensive cables.

Bingo.  And on top of that, all the expensive cables are exactly the same as the cheaper cables, just with higher markup (or fancier looking jackets). 
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2009, 08:37:22 AM »
it is a good idea to get one rated for in-wall if you are putting it in the wall...
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2009, 01:42:42 PM »
what is the connector at one end that allows you to connect the monitor out of a computer to hdmi?  loving my panny 42pz85....

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2009, 02:07:04 PM »
Anyone know of a place that sells an HDMI cable < 3'?  I'm going from my tv straight to a wall outlet directly behind it (my denon unit controls all my video too)

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2009, 03:14:31 PM »
what is the connector at one end that allows you to connect the monitor out of a computer to hdmi?  loving my panny 42pz85....

It's a DVI > HDMI converter:
http://tinyurl.com/2x87q2

Anyone know of a place that sells an HDMI cable < 3'?  I'm going from my tv straight to a wall outlet directly behind it (my denon unit controls all my video too)

Here's a 1.5':
http://tinyurl.com/2r4q8q
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2009, 03:18:25 PM »
Just noticed they also have a 1', and it doesn't have the ferrite cores:
http://tinyurl.com/7v8549
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2009, 10:43:05 AM »
got an email today from meritline
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2009, 01:26:52 PM »
I got in a huge argument about hdmi cables being digital and it not mattering on price, etc on my offroad message board.  Its hard to talk sense into people that believe the guy at best buy selling them the $100 hdmi cable knows what he's talking about.

I found these to be some good reads:
http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/long-hdmi-cable-bench-tests

Also...this is the good one to show people who claim their monster hdmi cable is better than yours:
http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/long-hdmi-cable-bench-tests/hdmi-cable-testing-results
(note how the Monoprice $9 cable is just as good as any in the lot)

The cable I got free with my PS3 costco bundle is total crap though.  It passes a signal just fine when it stays plugged in...but thats just bad craftmanship.


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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2009, 09:34:08 AM »

I saw this on slickdeals.net this morning -

HDMI cables (6 ft) for $6.99 shipped

Meritline.com currently has a 10% off sitewide code: sw10poff
http://www.meritline.com/a-pair-of-6-feet-hdmi-male-to-male-digital-av-cable-28-awg.html

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I picked up two cables from meritline, I'll report back once I get them and try them out.  Thanks!

Ed, thanks for the links, very interesting!
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2009, 12:52:54 PM »
I agree, Monoprice is probably the best place to pick up cables.  Because it's a digital signal (0s and 1s) it either works or it doesn't.  Also, HDMI is better than component cables, if for no other reason, the audio is better. 
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2009, 06:24:48 PM »
http://taperssection.com/index.php/topic,116378.0.html

same as above, except you can also get (3) 6' cables for $9.99 !

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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2009, 08:35:17 AM »
By the way, I installed the meritline HDMI cables, yep, they still slip out...its definitely the TV, so to keep the cables in place I twisted the cord up towards the TV and taped it to the TV to keep them in place so they don't slide out on their own. 
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Re: HDMI cables
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2009, 03:46:25 PM »
By the way, I installed the meritline HDMI cables, yep, they still slip out...its definitely the TV, so to keep the cables in place I twisted the cord up towards the TV and taped it to the TV to keep them in place so they don't slide out on their own. 

You might want to check these out.  I don't use these particular ones myself, but I do love bettercables' products, I use them for my favorite analog cable runs.

http://www.bettercables.com/ppc-locking-hdmi-cable.aspx Locking HDMI Cable
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