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Generic HDMI 1M Cable £1.99 @ B&M Retail

£1.99 @ B&M Retail
Just popped into B&M before and seen these going cheap. Tested it on my 360 and it's pretty good.
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Just popped into B&M before and seen these going cheap. Tested it on my 360 and it's pretty good.
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#1
HAHA, ex woolies stock there
#2
Not to shabby for £2 none near me. :(
#4
Just to caution people as I often do : 1m may sound quite long but once you're round the back of units, between shelves, sliding an item out to connect/disconnect, and routing up the stand of a TV for cosmetic reasons, that 1m soon gets used up, so worth trying a 1m piece of sting to see if 1m will be sufficiently long for your needs. (A lesson I learned from bitter experience when even a 1.8m one wasn't long enough for the task I had in hand.)
#5
Check Poundland. I picked up some £1 scart cables there. They may have a £1 HDMI cable. Only if you are passing though as I can't confirm this.
#6
Checked poundland but no HDMI cables at all. I suggest the 2M ones from zavvi for £4. Dont bother with ebay, theyre bad quality.
#7
great thing about digital is they either work or they don't.. and saying all the ones on ebay are bad quality is ridiculous anyway because surely some are better made than others.. but as i said, won't make any difference to the picture if it works ok!
#8
Yey! Can we start up that debate about whether cable quality matters for digital cables or not again? Please, please...... (it does btw)
#9
andyc1976
Yey! Can we start up that debate about whether cable quality matters for digital cables or not again? Please, please...... (it does btw)

It doesn't at all.
http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=ps3&thread.id=828972&view=by_date_ascending&page=1
http://www1.electronichouse.com/info/specials/hdmi_basics.html
#10
willww
Checked poundland but no HDMI cables at all. I suggest the 2M ones from zavvi for £4. Dont bother with ebay, theyre bad quality.


I got one off ebay for £3 and it seems to be working fine (I have nothing else to compare it too though).

I have had a 1 or 2 problems with the signal being dropped over the 4 months I've had it but I'm fairly certain its the tv doing that.
1 Like #11
andyc1976;4212605
Yey! Can we start up that debate about whether cable quality matters for digital cables or not again? Please, please...... (it does btw)
If you make misleading statements like that, then of course they need correcting. But this covers it:

Digital signals are not infallible. However, if they are used within their intended specifications, there will be no problem. And however cheaply you make a 1m HDMI lead, you're going to find it extremely difficult to make one that causes bit errors (signal degradation which is not corrected automatically by virtue of it being a digital system).

Saying that eBay HDMI leads are bad quality is daft - they are fine. An the one in this thread will be, too.
#12
Yes lets start this debate again. I just ordered an optical sound cable and laughed my c0ck off when I was offered a cable for £15 more with gold plated connections. There must be some absolute muppets out there. As the saying goes - 'There's one born every minute'.

Frank

PS: If you are unsure what we are talking about please use the search facility. Search for 'cable' & 'quality'
#13
not that hot.. remeber tho, 1m is tiny! my ps3 butts right up to my tv to get it to reach..

i got my 1m gold plated cable from amazon a couple months back for 56p!
#14
pibpob
If you make misleading statements like that, then of course they need correcting. But this covers it:

Digital signals are not infallible. However, if they are used within their intended specifications, there will be no problem. And however cheaply you make a 1m HDMI lead, you're going to find it extremely difficult to make one that causes bit errors (signal degradation which is not corrected automatically by virtue of it being a digital system).

Saying that eBay HDMI leads are bad quality is daft - they are fine. An the one in this thread will be, too.



:thumbsup:

:lol someone somewhere will still repeat cheap cable I got was rubbish, yes that's co's you're stupid and you bought a washing line.
#15
franktate
Yes lets start this debate again. I just ordered an optical sound cable and laughed my c0ck off when I was offered a cable for £15 more with gold plated connections. There must be some absolute muppets out there. As the saying goes - 'There's one born every minute'.

Frank

PS: If you are unsure what we are talking about please use the search facility. Search for 'cable' & 'quality'


Hiya, im looking for a toslink cable at a good price... where'd u order yours from?
1 Like #16
pibpob

Digital signals are not infallible. However, if they are used within their intended specifications, there will be no problem.

Just like analog signals really :) Saying that digital signals either work or don't work is the same as saying either your car works or it does not.

pibpob

And however cheaply you make a 1m HDMI lead, you're going to find it extremely difficult to make one that causes bit errors (signal degradation which is not corrected automatically by virtue of it being a digital system).

And this is the crucial point, with short cables you can get away with some fairly appalling cable specs. Try a 10m or 15m cable made to the same standards and you may be disappointed.

pibpob

Saying that eBay HDMI leads are bad quality is daft - they are fine. An the one in this thread will be, too.


Exactly, quite a few people selling Inox, QED and Thor cables on eBay, and even out of of the cheapies there is a vast range of different manufacturers.
#17
Nothing wrong with cheap cables (as long as they are long enough) and decently insulated.

Not much point in the £50 and upwards platinum plated over priced stuff. even a cheap one will be pixel for pixel exactly the same. Remember the signals in HDMI are digital e.g. 1s and 0s, on or off.

If you scoff, watch and read the below:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tIf8HLZK6a8

http://www.theps3faq.com/?q=node/10
#18
Have one of these myself and is working fine with my PS3
#19
mk-donald;4212162
Just to caution people as I often do : 1m may sound quite long but once you're round the back of units, between shelves, sliding an item out to connect/disconnect, and routing up the stand of a TV for cosmetic reasons, that 1m soon gets used up, so worth trying a 1m piece of sting to see if 1m will be sufficiently long for your needs. (A lesson I learned from bitter experience when even a 1.8m one wasn't long enough for the task I had in hand.)

the string will be better than this cable anyway
#20
willww;4212505
Checked poundland but no HDMI cables at all. I suggest the 2M ones from zavvi for £4. Dont bother with ebay, theyre bad quality.

aw, i thought all cables were the same
banned#21
you're forgetting the 2's
#22
As digital is perfect, why not make your own cables? I guess poor soldering and cheap quality high oxygen cable wont cause problems with a perfect digital signal. In fact, you could even join a few together and connect the whole street.
#23
I spent too much on a HDMI cable. I got too excited when I bought my new TV and just went for it and bought the stupid expensive cable. Not as bad as my mate who bought a £30 coax cable.
#24
cynikill;4213504
As digital is perfect, why not make your own cables?
If you read my posting above, you might understand things better.
#25
mikerj;4212915
Just like analog signals really :)
Yeah, except it's harder to argue against the self-deluded who claim that they can see or hear a difference.
#26
pibpob
If you read my posting above, you might understand things better.


Im not contradicting you, its the whole digital is digital so cannot degrade bridage. At these lengths, no problem, with longer cables (standard states 7m is max for certification), poor manufacturing, impure raw materials and other issues could all contribute to a faulty cable.
#27
cynikill
Im not contradicting you, its the whole digital is digital so cannot degrade bridage. At these lengths, no problem, with longer cables (standard states 7m is max for certification), poor manufacturing, impure raw materials and other issues could all contribute to a faulty cable.



lol @ w a l o f s

http://www.hdmi.org/installers/cablesconnectors.aspx

first para

The HDMI specification does not limit cables to any particular length, but instead sets performance criteria based on maintaining adequate signal strength. Therefore, cable length is not determined by the HDMI specification, but by the design and manufacturing quality of the cable.



Anways as per usual you pay your money if it works excellent if not get a refund.
#28
In fact, while in on a rant...

I agree that in some cases, and with a little look, a bargain cable is just that, BUT...
I recenty spent £50 on a 7M HDMI cable, and posted the deal as it was less that half retail price. There were some people who found it useful and agreed with the sentiment that it was a hot deal. The thread managed to rack up -370 or something because of the type of voting we often see here.

In my case, i justified the price for several reasons -
1. I ran the cable under the floor, up a chimney and inside a pipe with other cables. This took hours to put in place and to be certain i didnt have to redo it, i decided to spend the extra on a cable that would have been through stringent quality testing.
2. I couldnt find a budget 7m cable and didnt want the extra 3m.
3. The cable ran parallel to several other cables including a low voltage supply to a wii bar so i wanted the best shielding possible.
4. I had tried a £10 10m cable from ebay and had picture breakup.

Mods - Can i make a suggestion for the site (Appologies if it is already possible), add an option to display hot votes only and ignore spoiler (cold) votes. When an item retailing at £170 plus is available for £50, it is a good deal if its something you want. I dont care how many people are so inflexible in their views that they cannot see the value.
#29
does anyone know if HDMI cables can suffer the same interference problems as VGA cables can? Can you get shielded and non-shielded cables HDMI? And why have I never heard of B&M? Is it one of those "up North" things?
#30
i bet quality of that cable is worth that £2...
#31
OK, to respond to some of your points (I'm not leaving out things to bolster my case; merely because I don't disagree with them):

cynikill;4214270
The thread managed to rack up -370 or something because of the type of voting we often see here.
Indeed - because without an understanding of the engineering behind these things, people naturally tend towards "the price of everything and the value of nothing". When you consider the amount of disinformation that is pumped at us by marketing people trying to make you think that these overpriced things are worth the money, you can understand why it happens.
i decided to spend the extra on a cable that would have been through stringent quality testing.
But how do you know it's been through "stringent quality testing"? Does each cable come with a printout of its characteristics? There is no evidence that the expensive cables are tested any better than the cheap ones.
The cable ran parallel to several other cables including a low voltage supply to a wii bar so i wanted the best shielding possible.
The wii "sensor bar" cable carries DC - it generates no interference.
When an item retailing at £170 plus is available for £50, it is a good deal if its something you want.
That's the cost of everything and the value of nothing again - what is RRP?
I dont care how many people are so inflexible in their views that they cannot see the value.
They understand the engineering issues and that you don't need to spend that much money on an HDMI cable.
#32
CABLE QUALITY :thinking:

Just get a HDMI 1.3 compliant cable for whatever length

It will have passed the highest spec test, ensuring the cable will provide the best picture/features available by HDMI

http://www.hdmi.org/learningcenter/faq.aspx
#33
CABLE LENGTH & QUALITY

Cable quality is important if cable is long

http://www.hdmi.org/consumer/buying_guide.aspx

"Standard and High Speed refer to two grades of HDMI cable, tested to different performance metrics. A Standard cable can transmit a 1080i signal for 15 meters (49 feet) or more, while a High Speed HDMI cable can transmit a 1080p signal for at least 7.5 meters (25 feet)"

Get HDMI 1.3 as this means the cable has a single-link bandwidth of 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps)
#34
pibpob
But how do you know it's been through "stringent quality testing"?

Because that is the added value you pay for when you buy a branded product such as QED.
When you buy an unmarked cable of ebay, how can you be sure it is indeed certified to whatever standard it claims to be. In a time when there are fakes of many items about (e.g. Sandisk card), why wouldnt someone shipping from the otehr side of the world claim their cable has passed go knows what standards when it hadnt.
#35
gg1pl
CABLE LENGTH & QUALITY
High Speed HDMI cable can transmit a 1080p signal for at least 7.5 meters (25 feet)"


How do you know you are getting a high quality cable? In my mind the only way to tell is pick one
by a manufacturer who cares about their reputation and is well known enough to be tested and varified by numerous sources. As i was looking at a 7m cable and wanting 1080p, I did and still do feel justified in paying the extra.
1 Like #36
sorry but cable quality DOES make a difference. I work as a Sound and Lighting engineer, and have learnt the hard way that budget cables, due to the quality of solder/cabling/insulation used are in fact a bit of a waste of time. Digital cables are less prone, but not immune to problems of quality. Also there is the question of durability (not so necessary in a home cinema set up I admit), and electrical inteference (cheap cables are definately more prone to this, but again not so much of an issue unless you have massive power sources kicking about, such as hi fi power/pre amps).


As for the budget-junkies who say you can't necessarily hear/see a difference between a budget and a quality cable - speak to any sound/visual/lighting engineer, and they will tell you that you most certainly can :whistling: I really only would buy a 'budget' cable if it was a simple stop-gap measure, or a last ditch option. Just my two pence!
#37
cynikill
How do you know you are getting a high quality cable? In my mind the only way to tell is pick one
by a manufacturer who cares about their reputation and is well known enough to be tested and varified by numerous sources. As i was looking at a 7m cable and wanting 1080p, I did and still do feel justified in paying the extra.


Reputation is one way to rip-off customers (Belkin is one of the worst - standard quality, stick a brand badge on it, sell SCART/HDMI cable for £30-£100 in Currys!)

From Play.com (I don't think they will be selling fakes or dodgy cables with false specs)

This one is £9.99 but only 5 metres - other shorter/cheaper lengths available

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/6017606/Synn-HDMI-1-3b-Professional-Quality-Cable-5-Metres/Product.html
#38
1.5m one available from company selling thru Amazon here for £2.95. [Edit: hmm, seems to have gone up in price now (£3.49). Still not a bad price though.]

MHP Computer Services Ltd do v.fast delivery too. Order it tonight and you'll likely get it on Friday. The 2 cables I bought turned up that fast (and work great!).
1 Like #39
I think some people may have misunderstood what I meant in my post. True digital signals are very difficult to cause interferance compared to analogue through cables (especially HDMI). I'm a Computer Science and Electronics student so I would know. What I meant by 'bad quality' cables from ebay were, they have really cheap insulation and plastic or nylon coating. The type that will ruin the inside of the cable with a sharp bend. The ends of the cable are also badly made, as in it's quite easy for the contact (within the end of the cable) to degrade over time, say if it's connected sideways into your TV. Not robust enough IMO.
#40
gg1pl
Reputation is one way to rip-off customers (Belkin is one of the worst - standard quality, stick a brand badge on it, sell SCART/HDMI cable for £30-£100 in Currys!)

From Play.com (I don't think they will be selling fakes or dodgy cables with false specs)

This one is £9.99 but only 5 metres - other shorter/cheaper lengths available

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/6017606/Synn-HDMI-1-3b-Professional-Quality-Cable-5-Metres/Product.html


Agree on the Currys front, but then they have a monopoly on the high street. I wouldnt buy a belkin cable any more that an own brand one. I especially hate the way they have products made with a different model number or are sole suppliers so they can offer the price match.

As far as cables, If you look at the play one, its supposed to be £50. Unfortunaltly its not long enough for me.

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