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This seems a good price for a high quality HDMI cable. Amazon are selling it at £13.99 and that's supposed to be reduced by 19%. Dixons equivalent cable is £45.

* HDMI-HDMI Connectors to gain true 1080p high definition picture
* 24K Gold plated connectors for optimum clarity in signal
* 99.99% Oxygen free cable for minimum signal degradation
* Fully coated and shielded cord for minimum signal interference
* Silver soldering to ensure optimum signal clarity
* Heavy Duty Moulded Case
* Lifetime Warranty

Make the Most out of your new HD Ready TV with the latest in HDMI cables. Let Linx HDMI cables enhance your TV's performance against your standard connections. 24K Carat gold plated connectors, and silver soldered 99.99% oxygen free, coated and shielded cable ensure minimum signal degradation with maximum output.

Now reduced to £7.99
- RedOnRed
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#1
The Dixons equivalent product @ £48.98 including delivery.

Which makes the play.com deal seem a right bobby dazzler.
#2
It is a good deal looking elsewhere - I got one just after Christmas at this price and from what I can see there is no difference in quality between that one and the one I got with my Sky HD box. The HDMI cable is as good as it gets, it is digital so gold plating etc makes no difference - in fact this particular one is pretty damn chunky so I can now see it coming out of the side of my TV whereas the other one was flimsier so I could move it out of the way!
#3
This is a top find and one that I need (which makes a change:giggle: ).

Knowing how cheap scarts destroy picture quality, paying a bit more pays:thumbsup:
#4
Actually does not matter what quality HDMI cable you get as a cheap eBay one will give just as good a picture as an expensive £99 cable from PCWorld. The only situation that this cable could be beneficiary is if you have a lot of wires in your AV set up and that if you bought a cheap one it could be prone to electrical interference while this one probably would not. But as I said 99% of people would be better off going with the cheaper ones.
#5
But this is an expensive HDMI cable going cheap and from what I can see, once you've added shipping charges, quite often to Hong Kong or the USA, the cables on Ebay aren't that much different in price anyway.
#6
I know I would rather buy this for 9.99 from play than a cheap ebay one but what I am saying is that for £50 this cable is not worth it unless you need it because of signal interference in your AV setup. Basically this cable will not improve your picture quality.
#7
360points
I know I would rather buy this for 9.99 from play than a cheap ebay one but what I am saying is that for £50 this cable is not worth it unless you need it because of signal interference in your AV setup. Basically this cable will not improve your picture quality.


I sort of see what you're saying. My post is aimed at helping people avoiding paying £50 for this cable.

In terms of the cable and improving the quality. I don't think any cables, no matter how good, are ever intended to actually improve quality beyond what's possible. A decent cables purpose should be to give you the best signal you can get, without degrading it - which a cheaper cable might be inclined to do.

Getting a decent cable at a good price makes sense and with all the cables and power at the back of a TV it may help avoid cross talk and attenuation. Which is something an inferior cable may be prone to.
[mod]#8
Thanks for your post RedOnRed :thumbsup: Good price!
#9
Very good price RedOnRed, thanks! :)
#10
360points
Actually does not matter what quality HDMI cable you get as a cheap eBay one will give just as good a picture as an expensive £99 cable from PCWorld. The only situation that this cable could be beneficiary is if you have a lot of wires in your AV set up and that if you bought a cheap one it could be prone to electrical interference while this one probably would not. But as I said 99% of people would be better off going with the cheaper ones.


I believe you are wrong. This is a direct quote from a HDMI specialist from Yamaha.

"HDMI cables are available in different qualities. These will, just as other cables do, vary the quality
of the passing signal. Some cables can carry high bandwidth data over a greater distance than
others as a consequence of this degradation."

I have the PDF if you want further proof. Apparantly this is a common misconception about HDMI.
#11
360points
Actually does not matter what quality HDMI cable you get as a cheap eBay one will give just as good a picture as an expensive £99 cable from PCWorld. The only situation that this cable could be beneficiary is if you have a lot of wires in your AV set up and that if you bought a cheap one it could be prone to electrical interference while this one probably would not. But as I said 99% of people would be better off going with the cheaper ones.


You are wrong, a hdmi cable that meets proper standards will give you no problems

A cheap thin one will not meet HDCP requirements and not show any video content at all, I recently had this with my TV Drive and Denon DVD Player
#12
I thought the whole thing with HDMI is that it's a digital signal - so it either gets there, or it doesn't. So you'll either have sound and vision, or you won't. So, there shouldn't be any difference in quality between really expensive ones and cheaper ones - unless they're that cheap you don't even get a signal.
#13
Cheap = no signal, or just no video (but OSD/EPG works) So you're kinda right ;)
#14
Traveller


"HDMI cables are available in different qualities. These will, just as other cables do, vary the quality
of the passing signal. Some cables can carry high bandwidth data over a greater distance than
others as a consequence of this degradation."


While that's all true, a cable that can't carry a full 1080p signal is broken, and you can get a refund. There's no quality improvement from a "better" cable - the above quote from Yamaha is just typical of hifi world snakeoil language. Unlike the bad old days of analogue signals, where there was a continuous (if small) improvement by buying better qualities, digital cables have a very narrow gap between broken and 100% bit- perfect.

In practice, modern HDMI cables under 5m all work perfectly, no matter how cheap they are. Past that distance it's a little trickier as the attenuation means you need better quality materials and manufacture, which is why you'll see 10m cables getting a bit expensive, and 15m really expensive.


Think of it this way: who ever upgraded their USB or hard disk cables to get better quality? They either work perfectly, or completely trash the signal. Very rarely you get one on the borderline which only works occasionally, but that comes under the category of broken just as much as not working at all. With HDMI it's even more binary working/broken, because typically they're carrying multiple layers of encryption. Miss just one bit, and it doesn't make the picture "less warm" etc, it just drops a huge chunk of data. Also, due to P/B frames a dropped bit will likely mean skipping several frames rather than one.
#15
He's right you know...I once went out and bought a £50 scart lead because of the snake oil thing....made ****** all difference.

They're not to be trusted...none of 'em.
#16
Thanks for this RedOnRed :) Excellent find! There's also an HDMI cable that comes free with a Samsung camera dock £3.49 at Amazon before postage. Don't think it's as good as this one though ;-)
#17
voted hot and added rep. just ordered one.

great find.
#18
Going to phone play.com tomorrow to get the £2 difference in price otherwise it's going back.
#19
they won't refund the price difference happened to me with a game they wanted me to ship it back unopened and rebuy it!!!
#20
I beg to differ i have just received this e-mail from them.
So never say never :-D

Dear **********

Thank you for the email.

On view of your account and the short time between the dispatch of
your order and the drop in price we can confirm that we have today
credited the £2.00 back to your card. This should process within 3
working days.

Please be aware that at this point in time our usual policy does not
extend to offering refunds should prices drop. However we are grateful
for your suggestions and will forward your request onto the relevant
department for their investigation. If we feel that our customers will
benefit from your suggestion, we will ammend our website so it is
worth periodically checking it for any further updates.

We hope that this information is of some help to you.

Kind regards

Email Support Team

Play
#21
abacus
I beg to differ i have just received this e-mail from them.
So never say never :-D

Dear **********

Thank you for the email.

On view of your account and the short time between the dispatch of
your order and the drop in price we can confirm that we have today
credited the £2.00 back to your card. This should process within 3
working days.

Please be aware that at this point in time our usual policy does not
extend to offering refunds should prices drop. However we are grateful
for your suggestions and will forward your request onto the relevant
department for their investigation. If we feel that our customers will
benefit from your suggestion, we will ammend our website so it is
worth periodically checking it for any further updates.

We hope that this information is of some help to you.

Kind regards

Email Support Team

Play


wow, good result...even if it is only £2. nust have been a nice email you sent
#22
Oh well!
Even at £9.99 it is a great cable. Came this morning and what an improvement.
#23
lawe
Oh well!
Even at £9.99 it is a great cable. Came this morning and what an improvement.


Is it improving your picture?
#24
lawe
Oh well!
Even at £9.99 it is a great cable. Came this morning and what an improvement.


What cable were you using before, out of interest?
#25
husband is away just now. I have one of those 42" Panasonic Viera's from Currys xmas special. Not sure how its connected but know its not HDMI. We have a Pioneer DVD Home Cinema and a Sky + box - do we only need te DMI lead if we have a Sky HD box or do Sky boxes\ older home cinema systems have HDMI connections? Sorry to ask but hubby connected it all and its awkward to get in about to check!
#26
nikkiandmidgets
husband is away just now. I have one of those 42" Panasonic Viera's from Currys xmas special. Not sure how its connected but know its not HDMI. We have a Pioneer DVD Home Cinema and a Sky + box - do we only need te DMI lead if we have a Sky HD box or do Sky boxes\ older home cinema systems have HDMI connections? Sorry to ask but hubby connected it all and its awkward to get in about to check!


Hi Nikki (and midgets!). There's no need for you to have an HDMI cable for Sky+, it doesn't have it. The DVD player might though. If it's not connected through HDMI already, you would get a better picture if it has the capability. Do you know what model it is?
#27
Dout it, its ot a recent putchase - the DVD player says AAL7333? Guess thats the model number but it wasnt obvious? Just think the picture could be better so any advice apprciated. Please pm me or recommend a different area I can post this on if you tink we are going too far off thread and its not of help to anyone else!
#28
In answer to the two questions:

RedOnRed
Is it improving your picture?


Yes, I think so. I asked my wife for her opinion and she said that it was an improvement. That's good enough for me :thumbsup:

Bargain Hunter
What cable were you using before, out of interest?

I was using a "as given in the box" cable that came with another DVD player. Don't get me wrong, that cable was ok, but having seen the big difference between cheap scarts and one's that sell for £15+, I will stick to higher quality cable, which makes this is a bargain!
#29
lawe
I was using a "as given in the box" cable that came with another DVD player. Don't get me wrong, that cable was ok, but having seen the big difference between cheap scarts and one's that sell for £15+, I will stick to higher quality cable, which makes this is a bargain!


As mentioned before scart is analogue, so better quality cable *can* make a difference. HDMI is digital so wont make any difference in PQ at this distance.

The human imagination is a wonderful thing, or else I must be missing out and better get a 'gold-plated-methane-injected-quadruple-insulated' USB cable that links my Xbox 360 to my HD-DVD add-on...
#30
sideysid
As mentioned before scart is analogue, so better quality cable *can* make a difference. HDMI is digital so wont make any difference in PQ at this distance.

The human imagination is a wonderful thing, or else I must be missing out and better get a 'gold-plated-methane-injected-quadruple-insulated' USB cable that links my Xbox 360 to my HD-DVD add-on...


For me, the PQ has improved but I think it's more to do with build quality than the cheap ones that are given. Connection was not right on the other cable, while this is more stable.

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