HDMI Cable £1 at Asda
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HDMI Cable £1 at Asda

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Found 15th Dec 2014
Reduced from £4 to £1, good if you just need a short HDMI cable better quality than a 99p/Poundshop purchase that you can just go and buy/click and collect in store.

"Basic 75cm HDMI cable for connecting HDMI devices up to your TV. Nickel plated connectors. Basic 75cm HDMI cable for connecting HDMI devices up to your TV. It has nickel plated connectors."

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Always worth having a spare....good price

Does it have nickel plated connectors though?

It's a myth about all the gold and different plating, don't be fooled, there's no scientific evidence to suggest you get a better signal anyway, it just helps the signal to be stable and not get corroded but as for sound and vision quality it's pure nonsense and for £1 who cares lol

Can't go wrong at this price!

stick to the monster cable 99 quid

Gold is used in all our electronic products and has been for a long time. Where there is a contact joint in an electrical circuit, its resistance to oxidisation helps the joint stay good for longer. It's not expensive, it's thin plate. It's not bling, its normal and much of it is out of sight. There are businesses that salvage gold from old electronic kit.

On a 1 metre, £1 cable in a domestic situation, it's virtually inconsequential though.

Because of all the rubbish that get's written about it, I find it hard to bite my lip and ignore high speed digital signal transmission is my job.

75cm?!?!

Thats rubbish

Poundland do a 1 metre one for £1 and have done for ages....

Original Poster

timj13

75cm?!?!Thats rubbishPoundland do a 1 metre one for £1 and have done for … 75cm?!?!Thats rubbishPoundland do a 1 metre one for £1 and have done for ages....



Cables and similar from poundland etc don't have a very good build quality, the connectors are normally slightly off and don't always fit very well. If you don't need a very long cable then this would be the better option of the two.

HDMI 1.4? i.e. supports 3D and 4k. Pound shop are 1.4

Thanks

Original Poster

petesbeat

HDMI 1.4? i.e. supports 3D and 4k. Pound shop are 1.4



Not sure tbh - although just checked the specs on the website and it says it's a 1.5m cable with gold connectors. If anyone orders /goes into Asda let us know what you end up with?

darkmongrel

Cables and similar from poundland etc don't have a very good build … Cables and similar from poundland etc don't have a very good build quality, the connectors are normally slightly off and don't always fit very well. If you don't need a very long cable then this would be the better option of the two.


I've never had any issues with Poundland HDMI cables. I very much doubt the Asda cable is better quality than the Poundland one.

It astounds me that anyone is willing to pay stupid money for these cables.

Heat!

The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I trusted his advice and bought one for £20. People tell me I was a mug for getting it but i'm too busy watching my HD clear picture to worry.

Enjoy your shoddy cheap cables and 240p SD quality picture.



Edit - If it wasn't clear this is a joke.
Edited by: "Smash41" 15th Dec 2014

lol.

Smash41

The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I … The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I trusted his advise and bought one for £20. People tell me I was a mug for getting it but i'm too busy watching my HD clear picture to worry.Enjoy your 240p cables and SD quality picture.



£20?

So he sold you the cheapest one?

Smash41

The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I … The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I trusted his advise and bought one for £20. People tell me I was a mug for getting it but i'm too busy watching my HD clear picture to worry.Enjoy your 240p cables and SD quality picture.


Yeah you're right, you are a mug. Who doesn't have HDMI these days?!

Thank you the ones from the pound shop are rubbish

Cheap is all well and good, i've had to throw away dozens of these £1 cables, but I do a lot of cable switching, and cheap cables are cheaply made and end up in the bin all the time

ITT people who don't pick up on internet sarcasm.

Smash41

The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I … The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I trusted his advise and bought one for £20. People tell me I was a mug for getting it but i'm too busy watching my HD clear picture to worry.Enjoy your 240p cables and SD quality picture.Edit - If it wasn't clear this is a joke.



*clap* *clap*

Edit - If it wasn't clear this is sarcasm

All these cables are rubbish i agree

Many of them fail probably becuase they are coming out of the same factory in china

Just bite the bullet and order a decent one...it actually saves you money in the end

All HDMI cables are not the same. There is a reason why £1 ones are £1 ... Ive found that they dont work with PS3s or between my laptop and TV.

I just don't get how this is going hot, You can get them for a quid just about anywhere, Know wonder this place is so clogged up, Let's see if my pants Deal go's hot, Then were know.

Ordered two, thanks OP

Better value from poundland.
Asda: 0.75m - £1
Poundland: 1m - £1

COOOLLLLDDD!

Original Poster

CrazyBob

Ordered two, thanks OP



You're welcome, let us know if you get 75cm or 1.5m cables? It says different things on the description and specifications on the Asda website.

this worth a read from cnet website
cnet.com/new…me/

Why all HDMI cables are the same

Expensive HDMI cables are a rip-off and offer no difference in picture quality over cheap ones. So when a salesman tries to up-sell, politely tell him he's wrong and move on with the sale.

Right now you can buy a 6-foot-long HDMI cable for $3.50. Or $19.99. Or $99.99. Or $699.99. Salespeople, retailers, and especially cable manufacturers want you to believe that you'll get better picture and sound quality with a more expensive HDMI cable.

They're lying. You see, there's lots of money in cables. Your money.

Dozens of reputable and disreputable companies market HDMI cables, and many outright lie to consumers about the "advantages" of their product
Worse, the profit potential of cables is so great, every retailer pushes high-end HDMI cables in the hopes of duping the buyer into spending tens, if not hundreds, of dollars more than necessary.




Here's the deal: expensive HDMI cables offer no difference in picture quality over cheap HDMI cables. CNET has mentioned this before, but here's the science of why.

The signal
The first thing to understand is what's transmitted over the cable in the first place. HDMI uses Transition Minimized Differential Signaling, or TMDS.

TMDS has two basic aspects. The first is that the ones and zeros at the source (a Blu-ray player or HD cable/satellite box) are not exactly the ones and zeros your TV uses to create a picture -- at least, not in exactly the same order. Before sending the signal out via the HDMI output, the ones and zeros are rearranged to minimize how many transitions there are. So instead of 10101010, the transmission may look like 11110000. If you really like math, how it does this is cool, but it's not really important to understanding the concept as a whole
Even though this conversion is weird, it makes it much more likely that the data transmitted can be rebuilt on the other end (as in, at the display).

The second part of TMDS (the DS part) is the HDMI cable itself. Each HDMI cable is actually multiple small, copper wires. Two versions of the data are sent over different wires. One of these is out of phase with the "real" signal. The TV receives all the data, puts the out-of-phase signal back in phase, then compares it to the "real" signal. Any noise picked up along the way will now be out of phase, and as such it is effectively negated and ignored.

If you're an audio person, this is similar to how balanced (XLR) cables work.

TMDS works really well, allowing for short cables and fairly long cables to carry what is a pretty intense amount of data. It also means you can have inexpensive cables that work just as well as expensive ones.

More important to our discussion, it means that when something goes wrong, it goes really wrong. It's often said that with an HDMI signal, you either get everything and it's perfect, or it isn't perfect and you get nothing. In fact, I've said this. If you're getting an image that looks correct, and there are no dropouts in the audio or video, then you're getting everything that's being sent. If the cable is faulty, or it's a really long run with an under-built cable, most of the time you'll just get nothing. No picture at all.

The question I've often gotten is what if you're right on that digital precipice? That teetering space between "everything's good" and "I got nothin.'"

I'm glad you asked.
Video
As you've read, the ones and zeros of an HD image trot happily along, more or less, from your source to your TV. Over short runs, there really isn't anything other than a faulty cable (which itself isn't that likely) that would cause any issue. Over long runs, it's possible that interference of some kind, or a poorly made cable (more on this later), can reduce the "quality" of the signal to the point where the TV can't make heads or tails of it. Heads or tails -- that's a digital joke.

At this point, you're on the edge of the digital precipice. The most likely outcome is sparkles. Here's what they look like:
It looks a lot like snow, or static. The data received by the TV wasn't enough to figure out what those failed pixels are supposed to be. Your TV likes you, though, and it really wants to show you an image. So it builds the rest of the video, minus the failed pixels.

It's important to note that this artifact is pretty unlikely, even over long runs. You are way more likely to just not get anything at all.

If it's so unlikely, why do I bring it up? Because it's important to understand that it is impossible for the pixel to be different. It's either exactly what it's supposed to be, or it fails and looks like one of the images above. In order for one HDMI cable to have "better picture quality" than another, it would imply that the final result between the source and display could somehow be different. It's not possible. It's either everything that was sent, or full of very visible errors (sparkles). The image cannot have more noise, or less resolution, worse color, or any other picture-quality difference. The pixels can't change. They can either be there (perfect, yay!) or not (nothing, errors, boo!).

All the claims about differences in picture quality are remnants of the analog days, which were barely valid then and not at all valid now. There is no way for different cables to create a different color temperature , change the contrast ratio , or anything else picture-quality-wise.

At this point some of you are saying "but sparkles are noise." No, I consider sparkles an example of a signal failure and as such requires a new HDMI cable. If you see sparkles, you need a different cable.

Another potential "fail" is a failure of the HDCP copy protection, which shows up as a total snowy image, a blinking image, or something else hard to miss. This is actually even less likely, as the TMDS is more likely to fail than the channel HDCP requires for its handshake. I have seen this in my testing, though, so it's worth mentioning.

See what I mean, Anything can go hot around here these days, This just come into my head from shopping the other, Didn't think it was a deal of any kind worth messing with, Was just a cheap promotion amongst hundreds of others you get in supermarkets, But it seems, This is what the people want.
Edited by: "babylon" 15th Dec 2014

how does this compare (in quality / features) vs the amazon ones that support ethernet / etc?

Don't believe it, Get's all the way to 200°, Then a so called Super Moderator has just found that it's a repost, And deleted everything and everyone like it and they never existed, How rude.

What happened to the old system that told you it was a repost and stopped you in your tracks, And it dose show how much junk there is here now, Of course something that went hot 2 weeks ago is gonna go hot again, That so called deal is probably on page 1000 somewhere.
Edited by: "babylon" 15th Dec 2014

darkmongrel

You're welcome, let us know if you get 75cm or 1.5m cables? It says … You're welcome, let us know if you get 75cm or 1.5m cables? It says different things on the description and specifications on the Asda website.



I was after 75cm, hope it's that!
Collecting on Wednesday

jayjayuk1234

Cheap is all well and good, i've had to throw away dozens of these £1 … Cheap is all well and good, i've had to throw away dozens of these £1 cables, but I do a lot of cable switching, and cheap cables are cheaply made and end up in the bin all the time



So these cheap cables are keeping you in a job then?

I didn't see any at my local ASDA. The cheapest they had were £5.

Smash41

The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I … The guy in Currys told me that the cables they sold were better. I trusted his advice and bought one for £20. People tell me I was a mug for getting it but i'm too busy watching my HD clear picture to worry.Enjoy your shoddy cheap cables and 240p SD quality picture.Edit - If it wasn't clear this is a joke.


since you said it is a joke, it ain't fun to poke you around...

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kevlfc

stick to the monster cable 99 quid


Rubbish. It's a digital signal, ie a bunch of 0s and 1s. The only loss you'd get is over long distances, not 1.5 or 2 metres. An illusion dreamed up by salesmen to up their profit margin.
And yes, I have trialled it- proved it to a salesman in Comet once, who was desperately trying to sell me one of these cables.

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jayjayuk1234

Cheap is all well and good, i've had to throw away dozens of these £1 … Cheap is all well and good, i've had to throw away dozens of these £1 cables, but I do a lot of cable switching, and cheap cables are cheaply made and end up in the bin all the time



I've been using poundland cables for 3 years and they're still going strong, have been switched round a lot as well

petesbeat

HDMI 1.4? i.e. supports 3D and 4k. Pound shop are 1.4



No and yes respectively.

It supports 3D and 4K but isn't an HDMI 1.4 cable because there's no such thing. HDMI cables are essentially all the same. The standard does technically allow 'Category 1/standard speed' cables for lower resolution connections but they're very rare and it also allows cables with ethernet wires (HDMI with Ethernet) but that has no impact on the video signal.

cnet

So when a salesman tries to up-sell, politely tell him he's wrong and … So when a salesman tries to up-sell, politely tell him he's wrong and move on with the sale.


I'm a really nice guy, but I think even I would struggle with that!

Blatant lies & cheating should be dealt with accordingly.
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