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Gold Plated v1.3 HDMI Cable - £3.18 delivered @ DealExtreme

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HDMI Version 1.3 - HDMI Male to Male Connection - Premium quality HDMI-HDMI cable suitable for use in HDTV, Home Theater, and business class projector based applications - Provide highest level of … Read More
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HDMI Version 1.3
- HDMI Male to Male Connection
- Premium quality HDMI-HDMI cable suitable for use in HDTV, Home Theater, and business class projector based applications
- Provide highest level of signal quality
- 1.5M cable length
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#1
Oooh gold plated eh :?
#2
i've seen somewhere that there is 1.3b? Is this true or is it just some marketing gimmick? Great price though ;)

EDIT: answering my own question but i found this using google: HDMI 1.3b has no effect on HDMI features, functions, or performance since the testing is for products based on the HDMI 1.3a specification

the above is the same for 1.3b1 and 1.3c
#3
Im after a 3m HDMI but havent found one at a good price, has anyone else seen one. thanks for post good price.
banned 1 Like #4
JAYKAY72
Im after a 3m HDMI but havent found one at a good price, has anyone else seen one. thanks for post good price.


Maybe this??? http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22611
#5
this is the most boring item that i've ever seen on here
#6
poppoppop
this is the most boring item that i've ever seen on here


:w00t:

Nowhere near as interesting as this eh? http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/379586/shoulder-snug-and-lap-blanket-80-of/
#7
teambintip


ha ha ha ha ha ha. Well funny. You missed my "wine glass you tie around your neck" deal though mate. That would have been even funnier.
You gotta admit though, a cable is boring. At least my snug and lap blanket had a hot chick modelling it.
#8
poppoppop
ha ha ha ha ha ha. Well funny. You missed my "wine glass you tie around your neck" deal though mate. That would have been even funnier.
You gotta admit though, a cable is boring. At least my snug and lap blanket had a hot chick modelling it.


Agreed :thumbsup:
#9
I thank you.
#10
Whats the point of gold plated?
HDMI is digital, so all 0's and 1's so either you get the signal or you dont, having gold plated wont make a difference.

So cheap HDMI cable from Asda, or gold plated one wont make a difference.

(Enter your anecdotal stories below)
#11
A couple of links that address this issue, whether they are correct is another matter >

http://www.jacobsen.no/anders/blog/archives/2007/03/02/hdmi_and_error_correction_do_your_cables_make_a_difference_v2.html

Feeling a little ashamed I'm quoting the Inquirer but here goes anyway >

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/510/1049510/punters-duped-buying-expensive

I'd say from what I've read, it doesn't matter really.
1 Like #12
JonDOnnis
Whats the point of gold plated?
HDMI is digital, so all 0's and 1's so either you get the signal or you dont, having gold plated wont make a difference.

So cheap HDMI cable from Asda, or gold plated one wont make a difference.

(Enter your anecdotal stories below)


Thanks for the offer - I'll happily oblige :)

I used to be in the camp which said 'it doesn't matter, it's all digital' but there's a major factor with cable quality.

My 360 runs absolutely fine with any HDMI cable I connected to it. The problem came when I got my PS3.

Running the console at anything other than 1080p/60 was absolutely fine - as soon as I went to 1080p/60, I got 'artifacts' - best described as 'very light snow' as well as the odd audio pop here and there. In other words, not good. Blu-ray movies are fine, since the PS3 switches to 1080p/24 where supported. The funny thing is my 360 runs at 1080p/60, so what's the difference? I will add it certainly wasn't interference as the cable was running directly from my wall mounted TV to the PS3 with nothing else in the way. I even introduced a mains cable to the mix, which didn't make the picture worse (which it should have done).

Well, the PS3 has a much broader support for Audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD - which is extremely bandwidth heavy. I resolved this by purchasing a proper PS3 HDMI cable. It was only a tenner and works absolutely fine. I can only assume from this that the cheaper cables - whilst stating they're HDMI 1.3 compatible - don't actually support the full bandwidth needed to meet this specification and only PS3s or standalone Blu-ray players would push the cable to the limit.

Because of this experience, I would revise my statement:

If you're buying an HDMI cable for anything OTHER than a PS3, it shouldn't really make a difference either way, but because the PS3 has a higher bandwidth usage, spend a little more money and get one made for the PS3 (I picked mine up in HMV for a tenner and have not had any issues with it since).
#13
You can still get interference on a digital connection, the cable is still "analogue" (copper wires and such). However on anything less than a 5m cable it's generally not an issue.
#14
JonDOnnis
Whats the point of gold plated?
HDMI is digital, so all 0's and 1's so either you get the signal or you dont, having gold plated wont make a difference.

So cheap HDMI cable from Asda, or gold plated one wont make a difference.

(Enter your anecdotal stories below)


I'll call troll. And not a very good one either :whistling:
#15
teambintip;5004628

i just put that on the front page lol
#16
For what its worth I can also echo the PS3 problem.

Got a cheap cable of ebay for the PS3 but ever 20/30s the screen would flash green and flick of and back on. Did not have anything else to try it with but after buying a more expensive cable (still only around a tenner though) I had no more problems.
#17
AlanK
For what its worth I can also echo the PS3 problem.

Got a cheap cable of ebay for the PS3 but ever 20/30s the screen would flash green and flick of and back on. Did not have anything else to try it with but after buying a more expensive cable (still only around a tenner though) I had no more problems.


hey - that green flicker thing happens to me....
it happens when i start up a program, eg. going from XMB to PlayTV/Game.
i thought it was just normal on all PS3's, i guess i'll need a better cable if i want it to stop - probably wont bother seeing as its not that annoying.
#18
K1LLER HORNET
hey - that green flicker thing happens to me....
it happens when i start up a program, eg. going from XMB to PlayTV/Game.
i thought it was just normal on all PS3's, i guess i'll need a better cable if i want it to stop - probably wont bother seeing as its not that annoying.


Yep, since a majority of PS3 games only support 720p it's more than likely the same problem of bandwidth.
#19
Excellent, a friend just spent £60 on a 1m HDMI cable will be interested to see how this matches up, lol at him.
#20
The thing that is claimed about expensive cables is that the picture quality and sound quality is better than a cheap one. The PS3 problem is due to the lower transmission rate of the cheap cable where it needs to be 1.3 compliant. The rule of thumb is:

As long as the signal can get to the end of the cable intact it doesn't matter what the cable is made of or how much it costs. Over a longer distance 5m or so you might start to get some interference that will cause drop outs in the signal but this will be seen as drop outs in the picture/sound, not a degradation in the actual picture itself.

Cables are the new extended warranties.
1 Like #21
JonDOnnis
Whats the point of gold plated?
HDMI is digital, so all 0's and 1's so either you get the signal or you dont, having gold plated wont make a difference.

So cheap HDMI cable from Asda, or gold plated one wont make a difference.

(Enter your anecdotal stories below)



Yes, just os and 1s, that's why all our home broadband connections are running at 100Gb right?

Nyquist. Nyquist. Inter-Symbol-Interference, Nyquist. Attenuation.

There are no 0s and 1s going down these cables. There are shaped analogue pulses called symbols that represent encoded information. It is decoded back to 0s and 1s at the receiving end, usually with an error correcting process to replace lost information. Tricks are used to squeeze the most possible information into a symbol and try and use the max theoretical bandwidth of a cable. The better the quality of the components and the screening etc, the better the cable works.

Gold plating is for corrosion resistance and anti-oxidisation. The joint in a connector is only a touch contact and the metals involved need to resist corrosion, as the oxidised corrosion layers affect the contact and therefore the signal.

Over 0.5 metres it's not a big deal, but HD video is starting to push cable bandwidth.
1 Like #22
calathea
The PS3 problem is due to the lower transmission rate of the cheap cable where it needs to be 1.3 compliant.


The PS3 problem is based on it needing a Category 2 HDMI 1.3 cable (high speed).

I've just dug this out of the Wikipedia for HDMI:

To reduce the confusion about which cables support which video formats, HDMI 1.3 defines two categories of cables: Category 1 certified cables, which have been tested at 74.5 MHz (1080i/720p), and Category 2 certified cables, which have been tested at 340 MHz (1600p).[57] Category 1 HDMI cables are to be marketed as "Standard" HDMI cables, and Category 2 HDMI cables are to be marketed as "High-Speed" HDMI cables


Therefore, not all HDMI 1.3 cables are the same.
#23
I agree with the last few techie posts - i.e. there is no such thing as digital really - it's all analogue in the end. The better the quality of cable the better the analogue signal received. HOWEVER, what makes it digital is that once the received signal is better than a certain quality threshold it makes NO difference how much better it is. On shorter signal runs (say 3m or less) most reasonable quality cables should be perfectly fine.

Personally, as someone who has done quite a lot of high-speed digital design at RF (i.e. radio frequencies), I WOULD go for gold plating every time as the impedance of the connectors has a BIG bearing on how well the cable performs - especially the earth bonding/shielding. Also, without gold you have a potential problem later if the connections oxidise and the impedance rises. I've watched the HDMI spec evolve over the last 15 years or so and IMO it is somewhat sensitive to poor performing cables. You really don't have to pay a lot for gold plating and it's worth the price if you buy carefully. This deal is good (and a LOT better than the rip off pricing at Curry's, Comet, etc!) but you might save even more by being sensible on FleeBay. FWIW I bought a 2m 1.3b cable there recently for a PS3 which was gold plated and cost me £1.37 delivered..... It works just fine at 1080i at least, and looking at its construction I've no reason to believe it wouldn't be good for 1080p. The critical things to look for in picking a good HDMI cable are "gold plating", "1080p" and "1.3" (or later - i.e. 1.3a, 1.3b, or 1.3c as the compliance testing improves), and if you can actually handle or see the cable then make sure it isn't too skinny (i.e. decent conductors and earthing all take space, and a very thin cable is likely to have very little copper in it).

Have voted this deal hot as it IS a good price....
#24
calathea
The thing that is claimed about expensive cables is that the picture quality and sound quality is better than a cheap one. The PS3 problem is due to the lower transmission rate of the cheap cable where it needs to be 1.3 compliant. The rule of thumb is:

As long as the signal can get to the end of the cable intact it doesn't matter what the cable is made of or how much it costs. Over a longer distance 5m or so you might start to get some interference that will cause drop outs in the signal but this will be seen as drop outs in the picture/sound, not a degradation in the actual picture itself.

Cables are the new extended warranties.

Quote from AV forums
While conventional wisdom says a wire is a wire, a poorly constructed cable can seriously degrade video quality. Used with a digital connection, a bad cable can mangle pixel data, resulting in a speckled image; with an analog link, it can distort the signal, resulting in faded colors or blurred details. So the question is not whether a good cable is essential, but whether you need to spend a lot to get a good one
banned#25
Does anyone know if the HDMI carry the audio aswell ?

Cus i bought some gold 5m cable of ebay for my mate.
He plugged it into his laptop and to his telly but he's not getting any sound ..
#26
z0mg
Does anyone know if the HDMI carry the audio aswell ?

Cus i bought some gold 5m cable of ebay for my mate.
He plugged it into his laptop and to his telly but he's not getting any sound ..



He'll have to change the audio device to HDMI on his laptop in order to hear anything through TV. Right click on the volume > playback devices > HDMI (set default)
#27
calathea
The thing that is claimed about expensive cables is that the picture quality and sound quality is better than a cheap one. The PS3 problem is due to the lower transmission rate of the cheap cable where it needs to be 1.3 compliant. The rule of thumb is:

As long as the signal can get to the end of the cable intact it doesn't matter what the cable is made of or how much it costs. Over a longer distance 5m or so you might start to get some interference that will cause drop outs in the signal but this will be seen as drop outs in the picture/sound, not a degradation in the actual picture itself.

Cables are the new extended warranties.


well spoken
1 Like #28
JAYKAY72
Im after a 3m HDMI but havent found one at a good price, has anyone else seen one. thanks for post good price.


I bought a 2m cable delivered on ebay for £4.49 - I often buy my cables from there as most shops online will charge an arm and a leg for postage as they usually only sell them with big items. Have a look on there for what it's worth.
#29
Hey, what about a platinum cable? Surely then you will be able to get 2160 (rather than 1080) deffinition!
====
To summarise previous threads:
Gold team: "Gold is good, my picture is better"
Copper team: "Cable can be a piece of string as long as the zero's and one's get there"
Gold team: "But if you have a 28ft cable it matters"
Copper team: "That's cable length and a different issue to quality"
blah, blah, blah

Yes if you buy a 'quality' (correct deffinition is 'fit for purpose') cable it will reduce the likelyhood of the cable breaking, but if you want a 1m cable that you will never touch when it's installed, then this is a quality cable. Yes I know it's maybe no good for proffessional, super digh deff, long runs etc. - But am I buying it for any of that?
#30
HOT ... try to ignore all the techy stuff and focus on the DEAL
suspended#31
sorry i wouldnt recommend anything thats on dealextreme, i ordered about 10 things and they are all really really poor quality.

A gun shaped lighter I bought nearly set my house on fire when it exploded...
banned#32
pork89
sorry i wouldnt recommend anything thats on dealextreme, i ordered about 10 things and they are all really really poor quality.

A gun shaped lighter I bought nearly set my house on fire when it exploded...


With all respect I don't see how an HDMI cable would burn down your house.

That is just like saying, you can buy guns from USA but your house later that day isn't going to be gunned down if you go to USA is it? :thumbsup:
#33
Divine
With all respect I don't see how an HDMI cable would burn down your house.

That is just like saying, you can buy guns from USA but your house later that day isn't going to be gunned down if you go to USA is it? :thumbsup:


He didn't say the lead would burn his house down he said a faulty lighter nearly burned his house down as an example of one of the 10 poor quality products he bought from them
#34
I have 8 of these HDMI cables in my setup and they are all perfect and look great!
suspended#35
Divine
With all respect I don't see how an HDMI cable would burn down your house.

That is just like saying, you can buy guns from USA but your house later that day isn't going to be gunned down if you go to USA is it? :thumbsup:


Divine, You know what I meant (or are you really that stupid...?) :thumbsup:
How is it anything like buying guns?!
I wouldn't be suprised if this cable didn't actually work...

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