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Best HDMI cables?

by audiovideotechnology / June 28, 2013 1:31 AM PDT

Hello all,

I am new here, so hi first of all Happy

I've got a question concerning HDMI cables. What brand can you recommend? We run a blog on technology devices and items and we use HDMI cables a lot. We have even reviewed two kinds of them: Monster cables and Connection Lab cables. I must admit that both were fine, but we've had some problems with Monster. Connection LAB seems to be less known but their stuff works perfectly. What do you think about them? Any experiences? Any better cables you can recommend?

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This sounds a lot like you are...
by Pepe7 / June 28, 2013 4:07 AM PDT
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...promoting the 'unknown' brand. Nice try, though.

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by audiovideotechnology / June 30, 2013 8:37 PM PDT

not really, mate... If I was to promote anything at all it would be our blog first, so... thanks for contribution though.

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3D and 4K data rates
by mjd420nova / June 28, 2013 11:33 AM PDT
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The newer cables that are touted for 3D and 4K will do fine in all applications. They are more expensive but have more shielding between conductors to handle the higher data speeds without cross-talk. For HDTV, the cheapest is as good as a $30. one. If it's to be installed, mounted or otherwise left undisturbed, any will work. The plugging and unplugging such as when a game system is used, things get moved around and the cable and connectors will get weak and exhibit intermittent operation.

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Then you find this to be "all the same."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2013 1:37 AM PDT
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20056502-1/why-all-hdmi-cables-are-the-same/

I have never encountered any HDMI cable issue unless had been bruised, cut or just worn out.

As such I just pick up the usual Amazon Basics and I'm done.

HOWEVER there is a lot of money to be made off the folk that don't know better so if you were to be a little dishonest and make some unverifiable claim then you've done so at a little expense to your Karma.
Bob
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shielding
by audiovideotechnology / July 1, 2013 1:11 AM PDT

I was wondering exactly about the shielding, because if you use the cables a lot, I guess, these more expensive and better crafted ones should do better, like you said...And I know the problems should appear when the cables are worn out but the thing is - how soon they will wore out Wink

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Now long will they last??
by mjd420nova / July 1, 2013 1:24 AM PDT
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How many times will it be plugged and unplugged in a week?? If the cables are supported so that the weight of the cable is not hanging on the connector, they might last the life of the install if never moved, regardless of the price.

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No wonder here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 1:54 AM PDT
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As your member name suggests you could cut open cables to compare but the brutal truth is that wear out here is mostly from folk that plug and unplug a lot. These folk often are very upset over repair bills to the TVs and more.

But there is a lot of bucks to be made off folk that didn't figure it out what CNET wrote above. And there are plenty of folk wanting it to not be true. Their business depends on mis-information.
Bob

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