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Went into my local Woolworths tonight (Cheetham Hill, opposite the Manchester Fort) with the intention of buying a HDMI cable, which I knew to be £15 quid or so as I'd bought one the other day.

I ended up walking away with a HDMI to DVI cable for £1 !

I want it to connect a graphics card to a TV, so it's perfect (the HDMI cable would have worked too as I have an adaptor, but this was a lot cheaper).

I also picked up a DVI to DVI cable for £1 too.

Not sure if it is just this store or others.
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#1
was it on sale or special offer?
#2
Seen these in Scottish stores.
#3
Not sure last time this was posted the ones in Keighley were still £10+
#4
Its worth mentioning that £15 for a HDMI cable is way more than you need to spend, they are about £3 online.
#5
belovedmonster
Its worth mentioning that £15 for a HDMI cable is way more than you need to spend, they are about £3 online.


Depends on the quality mate, its possible to spend a lot more. Hot deal.
#6
Ive seen av using both £60 cables and £5 cables.. and they seem the same!!! I think its only expensive analysing equipment that detects differences that us mere humans do not notice...
#7
bmcn
Depends on the quality mate, its possible to spend a lot more. Hot deal.


which I never understood...

digital is digital...

you cant be a bit pregnant.
#8
d0rm4nt
which I never understood...

digital is digital...

you cant be a bit pregnant.


like it :thumbsup:
#9
bmcn
Depends on the quality mate, its possible to spend a lot more. Hot deal.


HDMI is a 100% digital stream, there is no such thing as quality, either it works or doesn't. The only difference is how robust the cable is physically.

The reason it's possible to spend more is because people like to think they are getting the most out of their expensive new TV and shops take advantage of this and people's lack of knowledge on the subject.

I'll be honest with you, there have been a few studies that suggest the really high end cables might, might offer a slightly better picture if you are using really long cables, but even if its true it's the kind of small differences that you don't notice watching TV in your living room, and it certainly doesn't apply to the £15 cables sold on the high street either way.

If you are spending more than £5 on a cable you are either paying for the High Streets mark ups or you are buying Snake Oil.
#10
With digital, it either works or it doesnt... There are no in-betweens.

That being said, a 1m HDMI cable for £1 off eBay will be every bit as good as a £30 one out of PCWorld or wherever. £1 for a DVI->HDMI is damn nice though - just got a 15m one off eBay for £12.
#11
Yes, do not be duped by these stupidly overpriced cables - they are a complete and utter waste of money. A whole industry has been built upon deceiving gullible consumers. Nice work if you can get it!

Even for many analogue cables the difference won't be detectable either. The power of self-deception is very strong...
#12
And another thing - cables are the new extended warranties: the way retailers make their profits while keeping the headline prices low. Don't be fooled!
#13
Cracking deal, I just buy my HDMI cables of Deal Extreme for like £3-£4 (free p&p)
#14
Agree 100% only the foolish and ill informed buy expensive cables for connecting equiptment, its a fallacy, over short distances there is no noticeable gain.
#15
There was a double blind listening test conducted by a well respected website some time ago into digital interconnects between a dvd player and an amp, there didnt seem to be any difference between the cables, one of which was a home made job, a wire coat hanger.

Now as for speaker cable, lot of well informed people now suggest trying Twin and Earth electrical flex, (ie the stuff from B&Q, Homebase etc) or plaited Cat5e network cable.
banned#16
Whats the length of this cable then?
#17
i'm off to my local woolworth's to have a look see.
#18
I just went into my local woolworths in Chelmford and they didnt have any and couldnt order one either
#19
More expensive (better shielded) cables can make a difference if you have lots of EM interference, especially with very long cables. Below 10m though, even the cheapest of cables are probably good enough.
#20
Adnan786
Whats the length of this cable then?


Both the dvi-dvi and hdmi-dvi are 1metre lengths.

Just bought 6 - thanks OP
banned#21
phatbhoy
Both the dvi-dvi and hdmi-dvi are 1metre lengths.

Just bought 6 - thanks OP


anyone know where i can get longer length one for a good price? Good quality too. Like 10 metres or so.
#22
My collegue who looks at these forums pointed me to this deal before I got there myself! Bought a couple on the way home from work, heat added :)
#23
brought the last hdmi to dvi but they are £1

http://img19.imagehaven.net/img/thumbs/5MEJYU1DBJ_07102008007.jpg
#24
Adnan786;3140234
anyone know where i can get longer length one for a good price? Good quality too. Like 10 metres or so.
Possibly eBay.
#25
d0rm4nt
which I never understood...

digital is digital...

you cant be a bit pregnant.


belovedmonster
HDMI is a 100% digital stream, there is no such thing as quality, either it works or doesn't. The only difference is how robust the cable is physically.

The reason it's possible to spend more is because people like to think they are getting the most out of their expensive new TV and shops take advantage of this and people's lack of knowledge on the subject.

I'll be honest with you, there have been a few studies that suggest the really high end cables might, might offer a slightly better picture if you are using really long cables, but even if its true it's the kind of small differences that you don't notice watching TV in your living room, and it certainly doesn't apply to the £15 cables sold on the high street either way.

If you are spending more than £5 on a cable you are either paying for the High Streets mark ups or you are buying Snake Oil.


The signal that is sent through the HDMI cable is obviously an electrical signal and by the very nature of electronic signals, they are analogue. In order for the analogue signals to be converted to a digital signal at the receiving end, the amplitude of the waves determines whether the signal is to be interpreted as a 1 or 0. An amplitude threshold specifies this value.

We all know that electrical signals will attenuate over any matter that conducts electricity and furthermore, the longer the conducting matter, the more the attenuation. If the attenuation is so great then it can cause the amplitude to drop below the threshold, hence signals that are intended to be 1s will be interpreted as 0 by the receiver.

Now, this leads to the argument digital is digital and there cannot be any degradation of signal. Well, the above argument shows there can! A CD or DVD contains information that is to be read digitally but scratches or poor dyes on recordable DVDs can cause errors? Why? It is due to the signal being transmitted by light and the argument is very similar as with HDMI/DVI cables? Light is an analogue transmission and degradation or scratches on optical media leads to amplitudes in optical waves not being interpreted correctly.

The majority of short HDMI/DVI cables would not exhibit problems in transmitting HD signals because the attenuation is so small over such a small distance. For longer cables there is a greater risk for attenuation to affect the signal to such an extent that bits that should be read as 1 are being read as 0. HDMI boosters such as those made by Gefen can boost the amplitudes of these electrical signals if using a cheap cable that is quite long (such as 25m). More expensive longer cables will use materials of lower resistivity to reduce this phenomenen but in many cases the signal booster provides a cheaper option than some of the premium longer cables.
#26
Is there HDMI - HDMI cables for the same price?
#27
calathea
There was a double blind listening test conducted by a well respected website some time ago into digital interconnects between a dvd player and an amp, there didnt seem to be any difference between the cables, one of which was a home made job, a wire coat hanger.

Now as for speaker cable, lot of well informed people now suggest trying Twin and Earth electrical flex, (ie the stuff from B&Q, Homebase etc) or plaited Cat5e network cable.


You mean 1.0mm2 twin and cpc pvc/pvc cable :thumbsup:
#28
Why 1.0mm^2? Larger cross-sections will have lower reistance.
banned#29
thesonandheir;3236920
Is there HDMI - HDMI cables for the same price?

:w00t:
#30
My local Woolies have never even heard of this

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