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For those enjoying HD or Xbox, this is essential - and for under a tenner. Great reviews.

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Compatible with the latest HDMI v1.3 standard for ultimate performance
Supports full 1080p definition, as well all other standards
HDCP-compliant
24K gold-plated connectors for optimum signal clarity
99.99% oxygen-free cable for minimal signal degradation
Fully shielded cord to prevent signal interference
Silver soldering to ensure perfect connection


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Get the best possible picture and sound quality from your new HD television, DVD player, PS3 or Sky HD receiver with this premium-grade HDMI cable.

1Mtr length also for £7.99
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#1
It's been at this price since Sept (I know purchased 2 then) - quality of cable compared to other HDMI cables is EXCELLENT - so yes HOT !!! :-D
#2
might be worth reading about the HDMI cable scam. (opening a hornets nest here methinks!)

http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2007/12/31/lifestyles/life/22725785.txt
#3
not too bad a price for a long v1.3(1080p) cable from an established retailer. Voted hot.
#4
LaoTzu;1448190
might be worth reading about the HDMI cable scam. (opening a hornets nest here methinks!)

http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2007/12/31/lifestyles/life/22725785.txt

never read such twaddle in all my life....so a cheap HDMI cable is just as good as an expensice one because we are talking data.......if this plonker actually moved into the computing age and knew how computers/electronic equipment works then he wouldnt have written this ****......what a numbskull.....
well i have been in Telecoms/IT for 20 years+ and have been dealing with all things data for a long time now where poor cables will usually mean more failures, more failures means you wont get the correct data, meaning IT failures....now transpose that to TV, then if your data isnt getting through then your picture will breakup or lock because the tv hasnt received crucial data....you tv electronics wont correct what it doesnt know!!
what gets me is people spend 00's or 000's on a tv and speaker system then spend pennies on speaker cables and connectors rather than tens or hundreds...your tv/av system will be as good as the weakest part....**** cables will provide **** quality....reasonable cables will be good enough for most (£20 hdmi cable may be enough, the ones i use are qed or chord and are about £50each)
play dont state the make, so these are probably ****....any decent company would put their name to it....and for £40 you could almost buy very good cables from qed or chord.
#5
royals
never read such twaddle in all my life....so a cheap HDMI cable is just as good as an expensice one because we are talking data.......if this plonker actually moved into the computing age and knew how computers/electronic equipment works then he wouldnt have written this ****......what a numbskull.....
well i have been in Telecoms/IT for 20 years+ and have been dealing with all things data for a long time now where poor cables will usually mean more failures, more failures means you wont get the correct data, meaning IT failures....now transpose that to TV, then if your data isnt getting through then your picture will breakup or lock because the tv hasnt received crucial data....you tv electronics wont correct what it doesnt know!!
what gets me is people spend 00's or 000's on a tv and speaker system then spend pennies on speaker cables and connectors rather than tens or hundreds...your tv/av system will be as good as the weakest part....**** cables will provide **** quality....reasonable cables will be good enough for most (£20 hdmi cable may be enough, the ones i use are qed or chord and are about £50each)
play dont state the make, so these are probably ****....any decent company would put their name to it....and for £40 you could almost buy very good cables from qed or chord.



:giggle:

My Plasma has never looked better than with my £8 cable ;) £50 for a cable is a con full stop.
#6
royals
never read such twaddle in all my life....so a cheap HDMI cable is just as good as an expensice one because we are talking data.......if this plonker actually moved into the computing age and knew how computers/electronic equipment works then he wouldnt have written this ****......what a numbskull.....
well i have been in Telecoms/IT for 20 years+ and have been dealing with all things data for a long time now where poor cables will usually mean more failures, more failures means you wont get the correct data, meaning IT failures....now transpose that to TV, then if your data isnt getting through then your picture will breakup or lock because the tv hasnt received crucial data....you tv electronics wont correct what it doesnt know!!
what gets me is people spend 00's or 000's on a tv and speaker system then spend pennies on speaker cables and connectors rather than tens or hundreds...your tv/av system will be as good as the weakest part....**** cables will provide **** quality....reasonable cables will be good enough for most (£20 hdmi cable may be enough, the ones i use are qed or chord and are about £50each)
play dont state the make, so these are probably ****....any decent company would put their name to it....and for £40 you could almost buy very good cables from qed or chord.

So the 1's & 0's going down the cheap cable are different to the ones going down the more expensive one are they?

I have an expensive cable connecting my Sky HD box to my TV (only because I got it free). I can go on record here and state that I see no difference whatsoever with my picture.... from the expensive QED and the cheap cable that Sky threw in with the box.
#7
Gazza_UK
So the 1's & 0's going down the cheap cable are different to the ones going down the more expensive one are they?

I have an expensive cable connecting my Sky HD box to my TV (only because I got it free). I can go on record here and state that I see no difference whatsoever with my picture.... from the expensive QED and the cheap cable that Sky threw in with the box.


Basiaclly it will be the same or cut out like mine did. Got a new cable and all is good. :thumbsup:
#8
mikeyp
Basiaclly it will be the same or cut out like mine did. Got a new cable and all is good. :thumbsup:

Been using the Sky one for nearly a year with no problems...the only reason I changed it over was because I got a free QED one with a recent magazine sub and I personally see no difference.

Why so many people seem to think like buying the so called award winning £83 Chord (example) HDMI cable is the way to go... is quite frankly beyond me. I suppose some people really do have too much money and have to offload it somehow
#9
Gazza_UK;1449091
So the 1's & 0's going down the cheap cable are different to the ones going down the more expensive one are they?

I have an expensive cable connecting my Sky HD box to my TV (only because I got it free). I can go on record here and state that I see no difference whatsoever with my picture.... from the expensive QED and the cheap cable that Sky threw in with the box.


no because if the cable isnt very good then your 1's wont go down the cable, they will be 0's, numpty!
I see so you know more than the experts....ok, sorry...:roll:
#10
Gazza_UK;1449113
Been using the Sky one for nearly a year with no problems...the only reason I changed it over was because I got a free QED one with a recent magazine sub and I personally see no difference.

Why so many people seem to think like buying the so called award winning £83 Chord (example) HDMI cable is the way to go... is quite frankly beyond me. I suppose some people really do have too much money and have to offload it somehow


if you spend 000's on a tv, dvd, speakers, then £83 isnt alot...i wouldnt spend that much...mine were rrp about £45 but i paid about £30 a cable (in fact some were free)......but then my setup has a much better effect in terms of picture and sound than the showcase cinema down the road...and i dont have to listen to some numpty chatting away or munching overpriced gross popcorn.

usually (but not always) you get what you pay for - i used to buy cheap products - but cheap these days nearly always means nasty....(it didnt until about 5 years ago)...a few years ago i once bought some scart cables from asda (phillips brand) and then b&q (own brand)....they were dreadful they didnt seat properly and the picture on my panny 32in crt was nice and snowy due to **** shielding! They went back to their respective shops and i bought a decent scart lead....perfect!

maybe you cant tell the difference - but some of us can - perhaps your sight/hearing arent find tuned as some - its a bit like a wine expert they can tell the difference between a good and exceptional wine - i cant tell the difference (only between rubbish and good) - but i appreciate that some people can because their pallete is more fine tuned than mine.

the same argument applies to cars, cameras, hifi, washing machines...and so on

i can tell the diffrerence and thats why i spend reasonable but not silly money on cables...

to those who cant tell the difference - why bother spending 00's or 000's on tv when if they are going to use cheap 99p cables...why not buy a beko tv from asda and connect it with a 99p scart lead.

i wouldnt be surprised if those slagging of the buying of expensive cables are the ones who have bought the totally pointless Belkin av power item from Dell! or an equally pointless power surge protector. If so, nuff said!
#11
royals
no because if the cable isnt very good then your 1's wont go down the cable, they will be 0's, numpty!
I see so you know more than the experts....ok, sorry...:roll:

Well your so called 20 years experience has certainly suited you well :lol:
#12
royals
maybe you cant tell the difference - i can thats why i spend reasonable but not silly money on cables...in fact why did you bother buying a decent tv...why not buy a beko tv from asda and connect it with a 99p scart lead.

Oh dear :lol:
#13
Gazza_UK;1449377
Oh dear :lol:

no offence to beko tv's (being pc now) but they should be categorised as gold fish bowl
banned#14
royals;1449359
if you spend 000's on a tv, dvd, speakers, then £83 isnt alot...i wouldnt spend that much...mine were rrp about £45 but i paid about £30 a cable (in fact some were free)......but then my setup has a much better effect in terms of picture and sound than the showcase cinema down the road...and i dont have to listen to some numpty chatting away or munching overpriced gross popcorn.

usually (but not always) you get what you pay for - i used to buy cheap products - but cheap these days nearly always means nasty....(it didnt until about 5 years ago)...a few years ago i once bought some scart cables from asda (phillips brand) and then b&q (own brand)....they were dreadful they didnt seat properly and the picture on my panny 32in crt was nice and snowy due to **** shielding! They went back to their respective shops and i bought a decent scart lead....perfect!

maybe you cant tell the difference - but some of us can - perhaps your sight/hearing arent find tuned as some - its a bit like a wine expert they can tell the difference between a good and exceptional wine - i cant tell the difference (only between rubbish and good) - but i appreciate that some people can because their pallete is more fine tuned than mine.

the same argument applies to cars, cameras, hifi, washing machines...and so on

i can tell the diffrerence and thats why i spend reasonable but not silly money on cables...

to those who cant tell the difference - why bother spending 00's or 000's on tv when if they are going to use cheap 99p cables...why not buy a beko tv from asda and connect it with a 99p scart lead.

i wouldnt be surprised if those slagging of the buying of expensive cables are the ones who have bought the totally pointless Belkin av power item from Dell! or an equally pointless power surge protector. If so, nuff said!

Another so called expert taken in by the great HDMI cable con :whistling:

Mate, a scart is different to HDMI hence the difference in quality between them. If an HDMI cable will either work or it wont regardless of cost! I've compared a £2 one to my brothers £70 one (yes, he too got ripped off!). Absolutely no difference between them whatsoever and I do have a very fussy eye.
#15
I HAVE this cable and HAVE Compared it to a £100 on (Mate plugged his in) - and yes I do have a decent branded set up.... they are VERY VERY good quality, sorry i've thrown the packaging out and would posted... SO HOT HOT HOT
#16
This is the most anyone should pay for a HDMI cable - you are simply wasting money paying more than a tenner...HDMI cables ar ethe biggest scam in the AV world......don't get suckered.
#17
[QUOTE=royals]never read such twaddle in all my life....so a cheap HDMI cable is just as good as an expensice one because we are talking data.......if this plonker actually moved into the computing age and knew how computers/electronic equipment works then he wouldnt have written this ****......what a numbskull.....
well i have been in Telecoms/IT for 20 years+ and have been dealing with all things data for a long time now where poor cables will usually mean more failures, more failures means you wont get the correct data, meaning IT failures....now transpose that to TV, then if your data isnt getting through then your picture will breakup or lock because the tv hasnt received crucial data....you tv electronics wont correct what it doesnt know!!
what gets me is people spend 00's or 000's on a tv and speaker system then spend pennies on speaker cables and connectors rather than tens or hundreds...your tv/av system will be as good as the weakest part....**** cables will provide **** quality....reasonable cables will be good enough for most (£20 hdmi cable may be enough, the ones i use are qed or chord and are about £50each)
play dont state the make, so these are probably ****....any decent company would put their name to it....and for £40 you could almost buy very good cables from qed or chord.[/QUOTE

This reminds me of the story of the emperors new clothes...............
#18
Oh Dear. I seemed to have started another argument.
..............munching overpriced gross popcorn.

Hey ROYALS theres nothing wrong with popcorn - I am addicted to it.
Good debate though

Also, there's a TEN POUND one here ..... now reduced.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B000V5CW3C/203-7723585-2821513?SubscriptionId=17ZNWQMWNAY2K2SFHV82
#19
When you receive digital tv from a freeview box, don't you either get a picture or not at all?
#20
rizla01, when you say xbox in your description of the cables uses, do you mean xbox360? or the original xbox? Ta.
#21
Royals - to put it simply - you are an idiot :whistling:
banned#22
nokmond;1471153
Royals - to put it simply - you are an idiot :whistling:

Have to agree with you there :thumbsup:
#23
Do we have a new breed to add to the litter. Enter expensive HDMI lead fanboy :giggle:
#24
I remember a friend nearly getting ripped of when buying a cable from Richer Sounds. They wanted something like £80 and the salesmans patter was unbelieveable.

This is one of the best write ups I have read on why not to spend silly money on cables. Having said that I dont think £10 is silly money!

Since this question gets asked like 15 times a day, and I usually end up responding to them, I'll make a general post... Sure would be nice to be stickied, but since that won't happen, at least highlight it and keep the URL so you yourself will have an easy time "replying" to the onslaught of questions...

I originally wrote this as a reply to a post, but thought it made more sense standing on it's own... So here goes...

"Question: Is there any difference between a cheap (i.e. $10 HDMI cable) and an expensive (i.e. $150 HDMI cable)???"

I have an EE degree. I work as a broadcast engineer. I live and breath digital and analog signals every day. So yes, you could say I'm qualified to give the answer to this question...

That answer is, "No, an expensive HDMI cable will make NO difference in the quality of your picture OR sound"

I'll give you the more complex reason first, then an analogy... Hopefully one will make sense... If you don't want all the real technical stuff, just skip down to B for a real simple explaination...

A) Wires send electrical signals... Plain and simple. Anything sent over a wire is ultimately just a voltage/current applied to that cable. Let's say we're talking about an analog video signal that's 1 volt peak to peak... In other words, measuring from the LOWEST voltage to the HIGHEST voltage will give a result of 1 volt... With an analog signal you have "slices" of time that are "lines" of signal... It's too complex to go into here, but basically you have a "front porch" which is known as the "setup"... This is what helps your tv "lock onto" and sets the "black level" for the signal. After that you've got each line of the image (455 half cycles per line). Again I won't go into how chromanance (color information) and luminance (picture or brightness information) is combined, seperated, etc.. It's too complex for this discussion, but irregardless, just know that following that porch you've got all the lines of the picture (and some that don't show up on the picture... these carry closed captioning, test signals, etc...). All of these "lines" of information when you look at them on a scope look like this...


That waveform is all of that information in analog form... In other words, if you look at one VERY SMALL timeslice of that waveform, the EXACT position of the form (i.e. what voltage is present) represents what information is at that position...

Because of this, it's VERY EASY for other radiated signals to get "mixed in" with that information. When this happens, the more "noise" you get mixed into the signal, the more degraded the picture will be... You'll start to get snow, lines, weird colors, etc... Because "information" is getting into the waveform that doesn't belong there...

With digital however, (i.e. the signal sent over an HDMI cable), the information is encoded differently... At it's lowest level, it's nothing but a string of bits... In other words, each signal is either ON or OFF... It doesn't care if a particular timeslice is 4.323 volts or 4.927 volts... It's just ON... See on the right side here, the "square wave" pattern?


That's what a digital signal looks like... For each "slice" of the signal, the "bit" is either on (if the signal is high) or off (if it's low)...

Because of that, even if you mix some noise, or even a LOT of noise into the signal, the bit will STILL be on or off... It doesn't matter...


Now, for a slightly easier to understand analogy...

B) Think of it this way... Let's say you have a ladder with 200 steps on it... An "analog" signal represent information by WHICH step the person is on at a certain time. As you move further and further away (get "noise or interference in the signal), it's very easy to start making mistakes... For example, if the person is on the 101st step, you might say he's on 102nd, or as you get further away, you might start making more and more mistakes... At some point you won't know if the person is on the 13th step or the 50th step....

NOW... In a digital signal, we don't care if he's on the 13th or 14th or 15th step... All we care about is rather he's at the TOP or the BOTTOM... So now, as we back you up further and further (introduce more noise), you might have no idea what STEP he's on, but you'll STILL be able to tell if he's a "1" or a "0"...

THIS is why digital signals aren't affected by cheaper cables, etc... Now eventually if you keep moving further and further back, there may come a point where you can no longer tell if he's up or down... But the good news is, digital signals don't "guess"... If they SEE the signal, they work... If they DON'T, they DON'T.. LOL

So if anyone ever tells you they can "see the difference" between HDMI cables, etc... You can knowingly laugh to yourself and think about how much money the poor sole wasted on something that was pointless.


Now, I've seen others say that they make a difference in audio... ALL audio carried over HDMI is STILL in digital format... So again, since it's a digital signal, it will not make ANY difference at all....

I've also seen various posts in regards to things like "Make sure you get a v1.3 cable"... The various HDMI versions determine the capabilities of the DEVICES on either end of that cable (most of the HDMI versions (other then 1.0 to 1.1) have to do with AUDIO and how many channels / type of audio are carried...) Because of this, the cable itself is NO DIFFERENT... It's just marketing that some companies charge more for a "v1.3" cable then a "v1.1" cable, etc... The cables themselves will work now and WELL into the future for any other HDMI versions that come along the way....

So there you have it... Hopefully it's clear enough to understand and hopefully it will help prevent a few posts...
#25
Jesus man, its a £10 cable, not £80, do we have to have this drivel every time a HDMI cable is posted.

And not one of you has even commented on the build quality.

I have cheap ones that dont stay in the sockets very well, they come out if you move the device only a bit.

Honestly, its boring now the same thing every time.
#26
Broadsword
Jesus man, its a £10 cable, not £80, do we have to have this drivel every time a HDMI cable is posted.

And not one of you has even commented on the build quality.

I have cheap ones that dont stay in the sockets very well, they come out if you move the device only a bit.

Honestly, its boring now the same thing every time.


Next time read my post. 2nd line I dont think £10 is a lot to spend on a HDMI cable! Hence I think its a good deal. My post was highlighting why not to spend £80 on a cable and instead get one of these - although it may not have been clear!

Edit - Oh and I'm entitled to post when and where I want. Just as you are entitled not to read my post!

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