QED Qunex 1m HDMI cable now only £17.99 (was £39.99) delivered @ Play.com + Quidco
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QED Qunex 1m HDMI cable now only £17.99 (was £39.99) delivered @ Play.com + Quidco

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Found 10th Dec 2008
An excellent HDMI cable for an excellent price! I bought this cable last year for £40, so £17.99 seems a great deal to me. I just bought another as I'm about to buy a Sony Blu Ray Player.

Product details:
QED Qunex HDMI-P Cable
Length 1 metre
Version 1.3 Compatible and Full 1080p Resolution Supported
Custom Designed for Superior performance
Ultra-low signal crosstalk delivers excellent audio separation for exciting multi-channel home and cinema sound
Exceptional levels of screening ensure interference free signals
Gold-plated plug and pins for improved long term performance reliability.
Double screened cable and shielded plugs ensures high levels of
immunity from interference.
Custom designed plugs with gold plated contacts for improved long term performance.
30 AWG conductors ensure superior signal integrity over long cable runs.
Supports HDMI 1.3v
Lifetime Warranty

31 Comments

Original Poster

[SIZE="2"]Product review by What Hi Fi.

This multi award winning QED Qunex HDMI-P Cable (also known as QED Performance HDMI Cable) ensures excellent signal transfer when used for direct digital connections between suitably equipped components, including ‘HD Ready’ products.

QED’s award winning range of HDMI interconnects are specifically designed to offer the highest possible quality. All cables comply to the 1.3 Standard and will distribute 1080p signals.

HDMI is the first uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface supported by the consumer electronics industry. HDMI can transmit digital multi-channel audio as well as standard and high definition video formats utilising a single cable. Because HDMI is all digital, there is no signal loss due to the digital analogue conversion process. This allows HDMI to deliver an extremely dynamic Home Theatre experience.

"Awarded Best Digital Video Cable 2005 & 2006 by What Hi-Fi Magazine.

"This lead from QED lives up to the company's reputation for excellent cables and connections. It is already an award-winner, because its performance is unequalled." The Independent, 18th February 2006.

QED QUNEX HDMI-P has been designed to connect and transfer digital video and digital audio signals between a DVD or a Satellite/Cable box and the following components: AV Processor, LCD Display, Plasma, Projector and TV.[/SIZE]

I nearly commented then..... Mustn't get drawn in to ....... I'm off

COLD btw - too expensive for an HDMI cable...............................................................

£17.99 for a 1 metre cable:w00t:,its been proven by various website reviews and tv progs that there is no difference in hdmi cables at 1 metre long,only way it gets better if the cable is 3m and over,with it being a digital signal its a complete rip off...your just as well buying the tesco value hdmi cable for 4 quid...sorry cold from me

Although I would say that the cheapy cables, (at least the ones I get) tend to not fit as snuggly as the better ones. They had a tendancy to come out the socket with the slightest of movement. Can be a pain. The better ones do have a better fit.

Broadsword;3715975

Although I would say that the cheapy cables, (at least the ones I get) … Although I would say that the cheapy cables, (at least the ones I get) tend to not fit as snuggly as the better ones. They had a tendancy to come out the socket with the slightest of movement. Can be a pain. The better ones do have a better fit.



Get some cable-pants!

got 2 last year from Aldi's . £7.99 each..and im not caring what anybody says ......i have my dvd player and ps3 hooked up to em and they are as tight a fit as a ....well they are a tight fit and no issues at all with them......sorry wouldnt buy these overpriced cables at all ...........Colder than a polar bears nads from me im afraid.

I voted cold because you don't need to spend more than £5 on a cable, then I thought it's not about that it's about the deal, and in all fairness, even though you don't need to spend £17 on a HDMI cable, this is a hot deal.

M1LFHunter;3716554

I voted cold because you don't need to spend more than £5 on a cable, … I voted cold because you don't need to spend more than £5 on a cable, then I thought it's not about that it's about the deal, and in all fairness, even though you don't need to spend £17 on a HDMI cable, this is a hot deal.



First off.... LOVE the name :thumbsup:

Secondly... actually someone with an idea of what this site is supposed to be about, if somebody wants this cable and this is the cheapest it is then sorry but you cant vote it cold!?

A hot vote from me. I've got 4 of these cables for my AV system already. I paid a lot more......

Thing is you can't deny this is a bargain, for that cable. Considering that the 2m cable is £50.

Original Poster

[SIZE="2"]I think it's going to take a miracle for this deal to get above zero - I thank anyone who voted it hot; at least it will remain forever hot in my mind[/SIZE]:roll:

Hmm, £18 for a hdmi cable? Not voting, but can`t say yes thats a bargain. I am perfectly happy with the Ebuyer £2.99 delivered gold plated HDMI leads i bought thru here in the spring. They fit in my £35 Toshiba HD-DVD player very snuggly.

I voted hot simply because this is less than half price - so its a good deal.

:?

I get these for £2.60 at work...

has been proven time and again that is simply no difference at 1m between most expensive and cheapest, only a fool buys this, or ppl with more money than sense, although i suspect its the "oh i use £30 cable and get vastly superior date picture"speech to his mates, or lack of i shud say.

I agree - £18 for a £50 cable is a good deal. I bought one of these last year and paid £45. Using rubbish cables on decent equipment is a waste of time. If your equipment is half decent you'll see much better colour rendition and picture quality. If you're using budget equipment then there's no point. If you don't undertstand anything about electronics/HDMI etc you shouldn't rubbish the deal just because of ignorance.

Either way this is a good deal and voted hot from me.......

welsh_andy;3717383

has been proven time and again that is simply no difference at 1m between … has been proven time and again that is simply no difference at 1m between most expensive and cheapest, only a fool buys this, or ppl with more money than sense, although i suspect its the "oh i use £30 cable and get vastly superior date picture"speech to his mates, or lack of i shud say.




Utter rubbish - proves my point exactly.

Original Poster

[SIZE="2"]Will somone please provide a link to some information that might educate me regarding cables and their comparative quality i.e. why £50 cables are no better than £5 cables. If the cable I posted is a waste of money, I should learn why so that I don't buy anymore or recommend it to any of my friends. :?[/SIZE]

windhoek;3719890

[SIZE="2"]Will somone please provide a link to some information that … [SIZE="2"]Will somone please provide a link to some information that might educate me regarding cables and their comparative quality i.e. why £50 cables are no better than £5 cables. If the cable I posted is a waste of money, I should learn why so that I don't buy anymore or recommend it to any of my friends. :?[/SIZE]



HERE is a comprehensive look at the issue.

CNET's quick guide to HDMI cables is an easier read.

Short video clip

Most people tend to find that they can't distinguish between cables of vastly diffing prices, myself included. I guess that's why it's so chilly in here right now.

scottc seems to represent the other side to the argument. Hopefully he'll return to substantiate his 'better colour rendition and picture quality' comment.

Hyperdrive;3720535

]HERE is a comprehensive look at the issue. ]CNET's quick guide to HDMI … ]HERE is a comprehensive look at the issue. ]CNET's quick guide to HDMI cables is an easier read.]Short video clipMost people tend to find that they can't distinguish between cables of vastly diffing prices, myself included. I guess that's why it's so chilly in here right now.scottc seems to represent the other side to the argument. Hopefully he'll return to substantiate his 'better colour rendition and picture quality' comment.



You can find some reference material on the QED website as well (]qed.co.uk). The digital HDMI cables carry vast amounts of information between the source (e.g. DVD, Blu Ray etc) and destination (e.g. Plasma, AV Amp). The ability of the cable to carry the quality of the source data to it's destination dictates it's quality. In this case the QED cable is built with shielding to protect from interference, has quality gold plated connectors to help make a better quality connection, and has higher quality conductors to ensure the flow of data is high. A £3 job will be the exact opposite, although will "do the job".

Essentially a good cable should convey data from source to destination without affecting the signal (e.g. colouration - or adding to the signal, or deterioration of the signal) - i.e. the cable should be transparent. The signal being transmitted is pretty weak already - so a cable with high quality conductors means more of the original signal gets through to the destination - and if that's a plasma, then the plasma decodes more information and you get a better picture; if it's to an Amp then there is more information for the converter to convert into the surround-sound you hear.

If you're using a £20 dvd player and a cheap TV you won't see any benefit from this cable. If you have anything half decent (and most stuff these days is) then you'll benefit.

If you want to get a "Geeks Guide" then look at this: bs.armourhe.co.uk/1/n…htm.

I'm using two of these cables in my home right now and they are brilliant. Hope that helps somewhat. You posted a great deal for a great product. There are some comments on the thread from people who obviously have no clue what they are talking about.

Got this cable free on a magzine sub offer on HUKD

QED make good cables & for what it is this is a good offer

Do more exspensive cablrs help a systems quality :thinking:

Only my opinion if you are sending info from A - B

& want what started at A to reach B as intact as possible use good cables

If not anologur signals will be lacking & dull

Digital signals will requier your equipment to error correct lost info

Bog standard cables are a false econnemy :thinking:

Would Ispend £50 no £17 yes :santa:

I'm well into my AV stuff, and spent a good bit on scart cables in the past, but HDMi si 1's and 0's, it either works or doesn't... you don't see USB cables costing the earth and having all this fancy stuff because it's not required. HDMI is no different. Granted on a 20m run I might be tempted with something good, but on a 1m run? No difference IME. I use £4.99 lidl cables (which I hasten to add have gold plated connectors) and they provide the same quality of image as my freebie IXOS cable that I got...

Why pay more for something that makes no difference?

Technically it's hot because it's cheap for the product, but the product is awful value to start with, so er... cold.

read the technical details - HDMI cables don't carry 1's and 0's, they carry an electrical current:

"The information reaching the cable from the player is digital and the information the TV is expecting is digital. But cables don’t deal with digits, they deal with real-world analogue signals that are used to represent those digits" - from QED

.......anyway, we digress - fact of the matter (whether you like it or not), £17.99 for a cable which originally sold for £50 represents approx 60% discount which is a Hot Deal if you are looking for this type of product - and that's what the site is about.

If you don't like the product don't vote it cold "just because"

Original Poster

[SIZE="2"]Thanks for all your input; I've certainly read some interesting stuff. However, after reading the comments here and the (linked) articles, it's not obvious to me that the arguments put forward are objectively verifiable (somewhat analogous to religion or moral relativism?). A certain degree of subjectivism seems to be a key factor in determining whether there are perceptible differences in quality between a £10 and £100 HDMI cable.

At the end of the day however, I've ordered a cable and I'm happy with my purchase - for I'm sure we're all agreed that it won't be any worse than a £3 cable! :thumbsup:[/SIZE]

scottc;3720908

You can find some reference material on the QED website as well … You can find some reference material on the QED website as well (]www.qed.co.uk). The digital HDMI cables carry vast amounts of information between the source (e.g. DVD, Blu Ray etc) and destination (e.g. Plasma, AV Amp). The ability of the cable to carry the quality of the source data to it's destination dictates it's quality. In this case the QED cable is built with shielding to protect from interference, has quality gold plated connectors to help make a better quality connection, and has higher quality conductors to ensure the flow of data is high. A £3 job will be the exact opposite, although will "do the job".



If a cheap one metre cable is capable of supporting the bandwidth requirements without drop out, as many people claim theirs are perfeclty capable of doing, then why invest in a cable at far greater expense. Irrespective of quality differences, the results will be identical.

Essentially a good cable should convey data from source to destination … Essentially a good cable should convey data from source to destination without affecting the signal (e.g. colouration - or adding to the signal, or deterioration of the signal) - i.e. the cable should be transparent. The signal being transmitted is pretty weak already - so a cable with high quality conductors means more of the original signal gets through to the destination - and if that's a plasma, then the plasma decodes more information and you get a better picture; if it's to an Amp then there is more information for the converter to convert into the surround-sound you hear.



Deteriation of the signal is an issue with HDMI, but only with longer cable lenghs, where's it's probably best to stick with a brand you trust. A cable that's not up to the job is easy to identify though, we're not talking subtle differences in picture quality here. When they start to fail, you know about it.

read the technical details - HDMI cables don't carry 1's and 0's, they … read the technical details - HDMI cables don't carry 1's and 0's, they carry an electrical current:"The information reaching the cable from the player is digital and the information the TV is expecting is digital. But cables don’t deal with digits, they deal with real-world analogue signals that are used to represent those digits" - from QED



This is true, but the display device has to recreate the original bitstream. If it can't do this accurately and any bits are unrecoverable, sparklies are going to initially start showing up,. If you're not seeing them, then the picture will be as good as it's ever going to be.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Hyperdrive;3721993

This is true, but the display device has to recreate the original … This is true, but the display device has to recreate the original bitstream. If it can't do this accurately and any bits are unrecoverable, sparklies are going to initially start showing up,. If you're not seeing them, then the picture will be as good as it's ever going to be.



Yep

"The information reaching the cable from the player is digital and the … "The information reaching the cable from the player is digital and the information the TV is expecting is digital. But cables don’t deal with digits, they deal with real-world analogue signals that are used to represent those digits" - from QED



Yes that is a theory, but unforunately, its not correct.

Parity (error checking) is part of the HDMI standard. Either a 1 and 0 got there or it didnt. If it didnt, it would be retransmitted before you even knew it.

Lol these ripoff cables make me laugh. Unless your sending data over several metres (over 10m) it doesn't make a difference like others have said it's digital either 1 or 0. Interference at this range is negligible.
The only thing to look at are the input/output sockets make sure they ain't fragile.

scottc;3721451

read the technical details - HDMI cables don't carry 1's and 0's, they … read the technical details - HDMI cables don't carry 1's and 0's, they carry an electrical current:"The information reaching the cable from the player is digital and the information the TV is expecting is digital. But cables don’t deal with digits, they deal with real-world analogue signals that are used to represent those digits" - from QED



Isn't it a case that the 1 is represented by a voltage over a certain amount - doesn't matter how much more just enough to trigger a correct response.
Loss of a large chunk of the voltage would still mean it went over the threshold.
as long as the cable is short the signal would be strong so should be ok?
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