Expensive HDMI cables are a waste of ££ (its all digital) - Read on

Found 2nd Jan 2008
Makes sense to me, the comments get a bit het up but in the end HDMI is a digital signal 1 or 0 so why spend a fortune on a cable

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Hasnt this already been posted. I remember reading it earlier.

i read what hifi and they say if you have top end equipment its definitely worth investing in quality cables

jimmydoodle;1407088

i read what hifi and they say if you have top end equipment its … i read what hifi and they say if you have top end equipment its definitely worth investing in quality cables



But that only really applies to analog data streams ie speaker cable, interconnects etc where you need good shielding to reduce crosstalk etc. I always use cheapo cables and tbh it DOES notice. Not all cables are created equal blah blah :lol:

The quality of hdmi cables has come up a few times, particularly when someone claiming not to be a self promoter was attempting to post a deal for 'high quality' cables. As has been mentioned it generally doesn't matter for hdmi cables, as long as the cable transmits the signal the quality will be the same although at much longer lengths 30m+ a higher quality cable may be needed, again that's still just to ensure the signal gets through.


With analogue sources such as component, d-sub there is a noticeable difference between cheap cables and more expensive ones.

John

Most of us probably wouldn't notice the difference but for high quality equipment you need good quality cables - it's not the price so much as the quality of the connection and that means the whole cable. Just because it is digital doesn't mean you will get a clean 0 or 1 at the other end of a poor quality cable. What happens is that the square wave signal (which is what a true digital signal is) can get rounded off at the corners by poor connections and cable so that the triggering off the digital circuits no longer happens at quite the right time. i.e. the leading and trailing edges of the signal are not longer as instant and the switching is not so precise.

As I said most of us would not notice the difference but difference there will be.

Can I add here that it's often the same for Optical cables too.

I once saw someone trying to sell gold-plated connector-type optical cables.

I'm not sure if it's the same for HDMI cables but as a suggestion, it's often best to buy the shortest length possible for Optical.

col;1409789

So I may as well get this … So I may as well get this onehttp://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=575793instead of this onehttp://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=539632?Thanks



Depends on how long you need it to be. I'd go for the 2nd one though as it looks nicer :lol:

Shengis;1409832

Depends on how long you need it to be. I'd go for the 2nd one though as … Depends on how long you need it to be. I'd go for the 2nd one though as it looks nicer :lol:



lol it does a bit, maybe 1 metre will be enough, but ebuyer do one for about £7 delivered (philex) 2 metres lol

decisions :-D
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