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2m Gold & braided HDMI cable 3 for £10 @ Asda
2m Gold & braided HDMI cable 3 for £10 @ Asda

2m Gold & braided HDMI cable 3 for £10 @ Asda

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£10 seems a lot for a 2m HDMI cable.

wombat6025;5681041

£10 seems a lot for a 2m HDMI cable.



The deal says 3 for £10?

Xb0xGuru;5681064

The deal says 3 for £10?



Ooops! Sorry didn't see that :thumbsup:

Edit: (Decent price but still not as cheap as the £1.71 cable from Tescos a month or so back ;-))

wombat6025;5681107

Ooops! Sorry didn't see that :thumbsup: Edit: (Decent price but still not … Ooops! Sorry didn't see that :thumbsup: Edit: (Decent price but still not as cheap as the £1.71 cable from Tescos a month or so back ;-))



To be fair, the Tesco ones (unless stated as above) were nowhere near the same spec.

Xb0xGuru;5682178

To be fair, the Tesco ones (unless stated as above) were nowhere near the … To be fair, the Tesco ones (unless stated as above) were nowhere near the same spec.



As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the other it doesn't matter, it's digital.

wombat6025;5681107

Ooops! Sorry didn't see that :thumbsup: Edit: (Decent price but still not … Ooops! Sorry didn't see that :thumbsup: Edit: (Decent price but still not as cheap as the £1.71 cable from Tescos a month or so back ;-))



Not to mention you actually need to have a use for all 3 to get the full value.

Still a decent deal.

These are rubbish quality, the braiding in the ones I saw were 'fraying' and the plugs were poorly moulded. It's part of the 3 for a tenner deal on dvd's cd's games accessories offer.

mfraser;5682696

As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the … As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the other it doesn't matter, it's digital.



Again another ignorant statement demonstrating no knowledge of chemistry, digital theory or manufacturing processes.

Gold plated contacts eliminated oxidation of contacts over time and better build quality reduces localised interference and increases durability.

Its simples??

Although these may not be great quality anyway from some of the other comments, its worth getting decent cables in the long run.

Wonder if the connectors use Asda smart price gold :roll:

As compared to the premium cables, well yes they do deliver better quality which only a proper audiophile could distinguish..

For the price not a bad deal at all..

room.hunter77;5682829

As compared to the premium cables, well yes they do deliver better … As compared to the premium cables, well yes they do deliver better quality which only a proper audiophile could distinguish...



No they don't. The bit stream input will be absolutely the same with bit stream output regardless of what inferior cable you use as long as it complies to the cable specification for that particular format and therefore has basic environmental conformance. This is the same as gold plated USB cables. HDMI and USB are both digital formats which means unlike analogue cables, gold plating them offers no advantage.

My Dad just bought ONE like this from John Lewis for £30. What a rip off.

AnnihilatorX;5682882

No they don't. The bit stream input will be absolutely the same with bit … No they don't. The bit stream input will be absolutely the same with bit stream output regardless of what inferior cable you use as long as it complies to the cable specification for that particular format and therefore has basic environmental conformance. This is the same as gold plated USB cables. HDMI and USB are both digital formats which means unlike analogue cables, gold plating them offers no advantage.



Galvanic corrosion between dissimilar metals will cause, in time, a poor connection on any type of connecting lead digital or not. Gold plating on a high-quality lead will prevent this as Gold does not react with anything and prevents the connectors reacting and building this corrosion. The plating needs to be 'thick' enough so as not to wear through. Cheap gold plated cables such as this have the thinnest of thin plating (hence their price) and will almost probably wear through after 1-2 'plug-ins' and IMO are no better than a regular steel shelled plug. Think of good gold plating as a condom for your leads! LOL

Just to add to your comments above, on an analogue TV / Radio, when experiencing a poor signal you will see / hear a snowy picture and crackling (white noise). If you have ever watched Sky / Freeview or indeed listened to a DAB radio when a poor signal you will have seen pixelization and in the case of the DAB radio, heard plips and clicks. A digital signal, RF or otherwise can be of poor quality regardless. A good cable will make a difference.

mfraser;5682696

As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the … As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the other it doesn't matter, it's digital.



It does matter - please either take my word for it or go do some research on the subject. Either way, don't be a sheep and repeat what others have in the past!

Check out the difference between Category 1 and Category 2 HDMI 1.3b cabling - there's information for this both on the wiki and the HDMI LLC homepage.

Gold plating on any connector is actually worse than the usual tin/nickel unless the mating half is also gold, even so it really shouldn't make any difference on any domestic electrical equipment designed in the last 30 years.*

Claining the signal is 'digtal' and hence any old cable will do is nonsense in this context ; there is very litlle / no error correction on HDMI payload, given the data rate it is very sensitive to the cable's impedance and isolation between conductors.

i'm not saying all cheap cables are crap, or that all expensive cables are wondeful, just that it isn't safe to asusme that any digital signal can be sent down any old cable and remain unscathed at the far end.

* speaking as someone with 30 years experience in high reliability electronics design.

A HDMI cable either works or doesn't work, it's not like a scart lead that is affected by what it's made of. People who pay £30 for a cable in Curry's or somewhere are mugs and get taken in by all the HD marketing crap! They probably buy it to go with their 1080p telly that they sit watching from the other end of the room!

fryster;5682996

A HDMI cable either works or doesn't work,


Wrong, see my preceding post.

Agree that 30 quid cables are likely to be a rip-of fthough.

mfraser;5682696

As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the … As long as all the pins on one plug are connected to all the pins on the other it doesn't matter, it's digital.



here we go again
if thats the case then why did my cheap 7 day shop HDMI cable fail to allow 1080p on my PS3
i had to pay more for a cable that could do it
im not saying all cheap cables cannot but people saying all cables are equal is wrong

can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not marketing guff from monstercable or something?

i've seen plenty of documentation which basically prooves it doesn't

its a digital signal

yes, over the next 20 years you might need to replace a SLIGHTLY corroded cable made of inferior metals, but thats all

its the entire reason digital TV works....you get 1's and 0's , nothing else matters. There is no interferance, there is no degredation...if you get the signal, then you've got the FULL signal, if you dont get the full signal, you get NOTHING. Digital is just that. All or nothing. There is no "it would be better with louder 1's"

yes, some calbe's arent up to spec at ALL, and you DONT get the signal through as required....but providing it's connected up correctly and is up to the HDMI minimum spec, you're fine

avsforum.com/avs…tml
can all you guys with chemistry backgrounds tell me how long it should take a standard connector to corrode to the extent you're claiming?
Because i've got a bag full of various cables at home, some of them around 20-30 years old, and not one of them is disintegrating in the bag as we speak.

sounds to me like a lot of people on here bought £30 cables and now feel a bit silly about it

d-signet;5683033

can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not … can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not marketing guff from monstercable or something?i've seen plenty of documentation which basically prooves it doesn'tits a digital signalyes, over the next 20 years you might need to replace a SLIGHTLY corroded cable made of inferior metals, but thats allits the entire reason digital TV works....you get 1's and 0's , nothing else matters. There is no interferance, there is no degredation...if you get the signal, then you've got the FULL signal, if you dont get the full signal, you get NOTHING. Digital is just that. All or nothing. There is no "it would be better with louder 1's"yes, some calbe's arent up to spec at ALL, and you DONT get the signal through as required....but providing it's connected up correctly and is up to the HDMI minimum spec, you're finehttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/archive/index.php/t-791375.html



um i bought an HDMI cable from 7 day shop(2 actually)
xbox 360 using HDMI 1.2 worked fine
PS3 using HDMI 1.3 wouldnt go beyond 1080i and signal dropped out
tried all the online fixes and in the end bought a 1.3b certified cable for about £10 on amazon
now 1080p works perfectly

so what was the cause if not the cable?

For gods sake...........

tracey37;5683157

For gods sake...........



Well said Tracey.

Home Bargains also sells single HDMI cables for £2.99

fryster;5682996

A HDMI cable either works or doesn't work, it's not like a scart lead … A HDMI cable either works or doesn't work, it's not like a scart lead that is affected by what it's made of. People who pay £30 for a cable in Curry's or somewhere are mugs and get taken in by all the HD marketing crap! They probably buy it to go with their 1080p telly that they sit watching from the other end of the room!



It's not as simple as this - if you're using a substandard HDMI cable (those of us with PS3s and 1080p TVs will tell you all about this) you'll get audio popping, glitches/artifacts on screen as well as random digital 'snow'. The fact remains that a 1080p signal (both video and audio) is an awful lot of bandwidth at 60fps. Since HDMI (unlike Ethernet) doesn't use TCP protocols, it'll keep sending the digital packets regardless of the quality of the previous one. If it failed, tough - it's a broadcast stream and needs to be continually sending data. If you have digital TV, you'll already know this.

spamcan61;5682994

Gold plating on any connector is actually worse than the usual tin/nickel … Gold plating on any connector is actually worse than the usual tin/nickel unless the mating half is also gold, even so it really shouldn't make any difference on any domestic electrical equipment designed in the last 30 years.*Claining the signal is 'digtal' and hence any old cable will do is nonsense in this context ; there is very litlle / no error correction on HDMI payload, given the data rate it is very sensitive to the cable's impedance and isolation between conductors. i'm not saying all cheap cables are crap, or that all expensive cables are wondeful, just that it isn't safe to asusme that any digital signal can be sent down any old cable and remain unscathed at the far end.* speaking as someone with 30 years experience in high reliability electronics design.



^^^ What he said.

d-signet;5683033

can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not … can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not marketing guff from monstercable or something?i've seen plenty of documentation which basically prooves it doesn'tits a digital signalyes, over the next 20 years you might need to replace a SLIGHTLY corroded cable made of inferior metals, but thats allits the entire reason digital TV works....you get 1's and 0's , nothing else matters. There is no interferance, there is no degredation...if you get the signal, then you've got the FULL signal, if you dont get the full signal, you get NOTHING. Digital is just that. All or nothing. There is no "it would be better with louder 1's"yes, some calbe's arent up to spec at ALL, and you DONT get the signal through as required....but providing it's connected up correctly and is up to the HDMI minimum spec, you're finehttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/archive/index.php/t-791375.html can all you guys with chemistry backgrounds tell me how long it should take a standard connector to corrode to the extent you're claiming? Because i've got a bag full of various cables at home, some of them around 20-30 years old, and not one of them is disintegrating in the bag as we speak.sounds to me like a lot of people on here bought £30 cables and now feel a bit silly about it



Read my comments above - others who use HDMI cables for high bandwidth applications (such as PS3 running at 1080p/60) will tell you horror stories with cheap HDMI cables. In reference to the comment made by HDMI_Org, it's 2 years out of date. HDMI LLC announced this year that HDMI 1.3b would come under two categories - Cat.1 (1080i) and Cat. 2 / High Speed (up to 1600p). Cables certified at Category 2 are suitable for 1080p applications. Your £1 HDMI cable will more than likely be category 1, unless it says 'High Speed' or 'For PS3' written on the packaging.

d-signet;5683033

can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not … can somebody show me any proof that it DOES matter? Proof thats not marketing guff from monstercable or something?i've seen plenty of documentation which basically prooves it doesn'tits a digital signalyes, over the next 20 years you might need to replace a SLIGHTLY corroded cable made of inferior metals, but thats allits the entire reason digital TV works....you get 1's and 0's , nothing else matters.



no no no no .

You might transmit 1s and 0s from the DVD player, PS3 or whatever, but they won't be decoded correctly if the impedance and crosstalk of the cable are so poorly controlled that the very fast rising and falling edges of the 1s get distorted ( producing 'ringing' for example) and the TV or whatever has to guess whether it actaully is a 1 or a 0. I can assure you 100% that this does happen, part of my day job is analysing and fixing this sort of problem ( not with HDMI, but other high speed digital interfaces)

I am not repeat not trying to justify 30 quid cables, just pointing out that it's abit more complex than thinking that sticking 101010 down a cable automatically means that you'll decode 101010 at t'other end.

As pointed out previuously gold plating is indeed marketing ******** and always has been.

custardy;5683084

um i bought an HDMI cable from 7 day shop(2 actually)xbox 360 using HDMI … um i bought an HDMI cable from 7 day shop(2 actually)xbox 360 using HDMI 1.2 worked finePS3 using HDMI 1.3 wouldnt go beyond 1080i and signal dropped outtried all the online fixes and in the end bought a 1.3b certified cable for about £10 on amazonnow 1080p works perfectlyso what was the cause if not the cable?



There's a difference between a broken cable (see above) and the varying picture/audio quality over 2 working cables. The idea of crisper sound, or warmer colours is completely rediculous when testing HDMI cables.

trickards;5683257

There's a difference between a broken cable (see above) and the varying … There's a difference between a broken cable (see above) and the varying picture/audio quality over 2 working cables. The idea of crisper sound, or warmer colours is completely rediculous when testing HDMI cables.



Absolutely - I couldn't agree more.

If you're getting a stable image and audio from a HDMI cable, it'll work as well as any other.

Yup, the gold dip really sells it to the Magpies.

Get something with decent sheilding or cross talking will be the problem.

You can have the best TV and auxs in the worlls, but cheap ass interconnects will kill it. 10% of the price on cables min. So unless your tv, dvd and PS3 are worth £100, keep shopping

Rant over and out

It's a cable. Buy the cheapest one that you can find and guess what it works and still does the job.

james-young;5683285

10% of the price on cables min. So unless your tv, dvd and PS3 are worth … 10% of the price on cables min. So unless your tv, dvd and PS3 are worth £100, keep shopping


So you're saying that because my PS3, 360, DVD player and TV cost around a grand, I need to spend at least £100 on 3 HDMI cables? I'm pretty sure the £6 ones I bought are more than adequate, I run the PS3 at 1080P and I've never experienced any of the interference or corrosion mentioned by anybody in thread.

RedOnRed;5683332

It's a cable. Buy the cheapest one that you can find and guess what it … It's a cable. Buy the cheapest one that you can find and guess what it works and still does the job.



we're not going to have a meeting of minds on this one are we? some cheap cables work properly, some don't. Some expensive cables work properly, some don't. Ye cannae defy the laws of physics.

Just my 2p worth.

Here are the facts regarding cables which everyone in this thread is actually saying the same thing.

As long as the signal can get from one end to the other intact then the price of the cable doesnt matter.

HDMI 1.3 cables will be different to HDMI 1.0 cables but if you compare two HDMI 1.3 cables, one that cost £3 and one that cost £100, as long as the £3 can transmit the signal down the wire then its working perfectly fine.

The problem is that magazines, What HiFi is very very bad for this, will say that somehow a better, more expensive cable can make the picture /sound better, this is clearly just nonsense.

So, there are two very very different arguments that have gotten confused in all the digital cable talk.

1.You need a decent enough cable so that the signal can get to the other end intact.

2. As long as point 1 is satisfied the cable will not change the contents of the datastream and there will not have any effect on the picture/sound.

It makes me cry to see salesmen in Dixons selling people £80 monster cables

top post 'calathea', very well summarised. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I bought a Argos HDMI cable for £4.99 it works perfectly and presents full bluray 1080/24p on my sony 1080/p lcd tv

cbrpaul;5683475

I bought a Argos HDMI cable for £4.99 it works perfectly and presents … I bought a Argos HDMI cable for £4.99 it works perfectly and presents full bluray 1080/p ( note the p ) on my sony 1080/p lcd tv



Which one did you get? The Wharfedale or the Mikomi?

good shizzle

I don't think £80 is nearly enough for a really good designer cable that will truly compliment my up-market set-up (if anyone can be bothered to look behind the TV). Anyone know where I can get a really smart gold-plated cable with a few diamonds on it and a Burberry-check sleeve? :roll:

Xb0xGuru;5683505

Which one did you get? The Wharfedale or the Mikomi?



Mikomi :thumbsup:

They seem to sell out fast i had to travel to another argos stor to get mine , infact i bought 3 now ,

1 for my sony Bluray
1 for my sony HD recorder
and 1 for the Xbox ,

I believe they are gold plated terminals also !!!

Puffer;5683668

I don't think £80 is nearly enough for a really good designer cable that … I don't think £80 is nearly enough for a really good designer cable that will truly compliment my up-market set-up (if anyone can be bothered to look behind the TV). Anyone know where I can get a really smart gold-plated cable with a few diamonds on it and a Burberry-check sleeve? :roll:



if it's anywhere it'll be here :-D

russandrews.com/cat…BHZ

cbrpaul;5683805

Mikomi :thumbsup: They seem to sell out fast i had to travel to … Mikomi :thumbsup: They seem to sell out fast i had to travel to another argos stor to get mine , infact i bought 3 now , 1 for my sony Bluray 1 for my sony HD recorder and 1 for the Xbox , I believe they are gold plated terminals also !!!



Oh best mention , that they are only 0.5 mters long though !!!
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