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I have just bought a 3D TV - Do I need a 3D Ready HDMI cable?

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I have plugged my standard HDMI cable into the TV and it seems to work fine, with a crystal clear picture. However, I have seen advertised '3D Ready' HDMI cables. How is this better for 3D viewing tha… Read More
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
I have plugged my standard HDMI cable into the TV and it seems to work fine, with a crystal clear picture. However, I have seen advertised '3D Ready' HDMI cables. How is this better for 3D viewing than a standard HDMI cable, and should I buy one?
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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banned#1
any hdmi cable will work
#2
When we bought our 3d tv the guy in Currys said that we'd need a 1.4HDMI cable for the best picture rather than the standard 1.3, luckily he threw it in for free cos OH refused to shell out £60 for a wire.
#3
To connect a 3D signal at 1080p from a 3D Blu-Ray to a 3D TV you need a HDMI 1.4 cable, otherwise a HDMI 1.3 cable is fine. That said, an older cable may work fine at HDMI 1.4 spec (just not be offically tested\rated at HDMI 1.4).

Edited By: jah128 on Dec 08, 2010 10:47
#4
I dont normally go in for good quality cables but HDMI and speaker cables are two things i do spend the money on and i do notice the difference.
1 Like #5
SOSAGES
I dont normally go in for good quality cables but HDMI and speaker cables are two things i do spend the money on and i do notice the difference.


Stop it.
banned 3 Likes #6
SOSAGES
I dont normally go in for good quality cables but HDMI and speaker cables are two things i do spend the money on and i do notice the difference.

OMG! Do you use top quality ethernet cables too to stop all the 1's and 0's leaking out?

Edited By: csiman on Dec 08, 2010 12:20
#7
SOSAGES
I dont normally go in for good quality cables but HDMI and speaker cables are two things i do spend the money on and i do notice the difference.


X)
1 Like #8
csiman
SOSAGES
I dont normally go in for good quality cables but HDMI and speaker cables are two things i do spend the money on and i do notice the difference.

OMG! Do you use top quality ethernet cables too to stop all the 1's and 0's leaking out?


I paid £60 for the power cable for my kettle. I'm telling you now, my kettle makes the best cuppa in the North East.
#9
So I am getting the feeling there is no difference between a standard HDMI and a 3D HDMI...
#10
PennysMakePounds
So I am getting the feeling there is no difference between a standard HDMI and a 3D HDMI...


There's no such thing as a 'standard HDMI' and a '3D HDMI'. Cables wise there is very little difference between a HDMI 1.4 and a 1.3 cable (1.4 can have ethernet and audio return but neither are necessary for 3D); the only difference is a '1.4' HDMI cable is likely to have been tested\certified at higher bitrates needed for 1080p 3D pictures. The reality is that over short runs even a very cheap cable will be able to handle the bitrate without loss.

Edited By: jah128 on Dec 08, 2010 12:50
#11
Currys et al always to flog ethereally expensive cables. I'm guessing the mark up is incredibly high on them hence the pushy sales.
#12
Yea, I got my TV from Currys, and the sales guy just wouldn't drop it when I said I diddn't want one. He used phrases like 'you need this - in order for 3D to work'! I can see this catching a lot of non-tech wise people out!

Edited By: PennysMakePounds on Dec 08, 2010 13:35
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PennysMakePounds
Yea, I got my TV from Currys, and the sales guy just wouldn't drop it when I said I diddn't want one. He used phrases like 'you need this - in order for 3D to work'! I can see this catching a lot of non-tech wise people out!

I love these people I tend to wind them up and go in all kinds of circles only to go somewhere else becuase they're tried to con me.
#14
Currys and Comet sales steaff get bonuses for selling high end cables,So much so that when i told the salesman i definitely didnt want one he gave me one free and knocked the price off the TV so that i [paid the same but he got his "Cable" bonus,
#15
tonyg1962
Currys and Comet sales steaff get bonuses for selling high end cables,So much so that when i told the salesman i definitely didnt want one he gave me one free and knocked the price off the TV so that i [paid the same but he got his "Cable" bonus,

Lucky you! I asked they guy if he got any bonus from selling the cables (after I turned him down several times) and he said no. He point blank lied to my face!! I am probably over reacting, but how do they sleep at night :{
banned#16
I didn't think they got bonuses for selling high mark-up items anymore, they just get to keep their jobs?
[mod] 1 Like #17
SOSAGES
I dont normally go in for good quality cables but HDMI and speaker cables are two things i do spend the money on and i do notice the difference.


I have some magic beans for sale..........hit me up with a PM for more info. :D
#18
Accessories are marked up the most that's why they push them, at the end of the day they're just trying to hit their targets and earn more / not get fired.

OP as others have said you just need a 1.4v HDMI cable you can pick them up for a few quid on amazon no need to spend lots on one.

tonyg1962
Currys and Comet sales steaff get bonuses for selling high end cables,So much so that when i told the salesman i definitely didnt want one he gave me one free and knocked the price off the TV so that i [paid the same but he got his "Cable" bonus,

Still would have made a good profit out of you as the accesory mark up will be about 60-70% whereas a tv mark up will only be 10 - 20%
#19
I find buying a really expensive printer cable really makes my printing much better quality....
[mod]#20
When i was really young i used to think new trainers made me run faster :D
#21
Is the one you get standard with SKY HD box, a 1.4?
#22
PennysMakePounds
tonyg1962
Currys and Comet sales steaff get bonuses for selling high end cables,So much so that when i told the salesman i definitely didnt want one he gave me one free and knocked the price off the TV so that i [paid the same but he got his "Cable" bonus,


Lucky you! I asked they guy if he got any bonus from selling the cables (after I turned him down several times) and he said no. He point blank lied to my face!! I am probably over reacting, but how do they sleep at night :{


no he didnt lie to you. there are no bonuses for selling certain items at all (I work for Currys...for now, looking to leave).
any bonus is done on margin per hour and its a measly 1-3% of the margin you made, depending on you & the store hitting targets.
premium cables ARE on the of 11 KPI's on which we're targeted tho, so the upsell is purely just for the numbers. it may earn a higher margin that the TV, but the extended warranty earns much much more, so thats what we're really pushing for if we want bonus.

if you don't hit minimum standards on the 11 kpi's constantly, you're on report for 4 weeks and you have that time in which to make the numbers up on the ones you're lacking, otherwise its re-training, fail again and its a formal warning, fail again and you're out of a job.

the things that will earn us bonus are the extended monthly warranty, mobile broadband connections and the new Infinity computer renting scheme.

previously there was say £5 for each copy of Office and Norton 350 sold together, £3 for a mobile broadband contract. now its ALL based on margin per hour.

so sorry, he didnt lie to you. he's probably just trying to avoid a **** and may genuinely believe the attrocious 'training' around those add-ons like HDMI cables.
me, I gave up on morals about a year ago. it just wears ya down.
I'm sick of giving the hard sell, if the customer wants one am happy to sell it to them.
if they say no, I don't care anymore
banned#23
Get your el cheapo £5 and under hdmi cables from amazon or poundland or elsewhere. Proof- I went to Currys before buying my 40" 3D Sony telly and a cheap £4 1.4 hdmi cable. Swapped out theirs (a £60 monster cable) and there was no perceptible visual difference on the telly both in 3D or 2D for either HD or SD. Even the sales guy said there was 1% difference if any. I did not test audio as it was only the tv speaker.

This expensive cable lark is a load of old tosh. It's preying on the psychological fear of uninformed buyers to waste more cash just to be "sure".

Caveat Emptor!!
banned#24
Get your el cheapo £5 and under hdmi cables from amazon or poundland or elsewhere. Proof- I went to Currys before buying my 40" 3D Sony telly and a cheap £4 1.4 hdmi cable. Swapped out theirs (a £60 monster cable) and there was no perceptible visual difference on the telly both in 3D or 2D for either HD or SD. Even the sales guy said there was 1% difference if any. I did not test audio as it was only the tv speaker.

This expensive cable lark is a load of old tosh. It's preying on the psychological fear of uninformed buyers to waste more cash just to be "sure".

Caveat Emptor!!
#25
Avoid the cheap £2 odd HDMI cables on amazon / ebay.. These ones:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1-8M-HDMI-Cable-Gold-Connectors/dp/B0017RW94A/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

It scares the crap out of me that so many people recommend them..

Yes, HDMI is digital and you wont notice a picture of audio difference between the one above and a £60 cable.. However.. These very cheap cables are not well constructed. Remember, HDMI cables have a voltage pin.. A poorly constructed HDMI cable can do everything from fry your HDMI ports to burn out your AV Receiver / TV completely.

Common issue i've noticed with these cables is sound / picture flickering (This seems confirmed by comments on amazon), In additional to sparking.. While my HTPC, Bluray Player and 360 wasn't sensitive to it.. My SkyHD box and a PS3 were. Thankfully, nothing got messed up...

I buy HDMI cables in the £5-£10 price range now, never have any issues.

Edited By: spritey on Dec 15, 2010 18:16
#26
I had the same yesterday when looking to buy a 3D TV, the guy in Comet told me I had to have the 1.4 HDMI or the 3D wont work. The cables he recommended were the Monster 1 meter at £79.99 or the 2 meter at £99.99, but he was happy to discount to £50 on a £1,200 deal. I walked away!

How many unsuspecting consumers have been ripped off. Surely there's a case for Trading Standards here?

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