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Old 04-28-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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There any difference in hdmi cables?

Lets say I go to b/b and buy a set there then go to radio shack and buy a set there is there a difference?


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Old 04-28-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Only the quality of materials
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buying the same brands of cable i.e. Monster? no difference. Off brands differences. In reality the $20 off brand cable and the $100 monster cable offer about the same performance.

I have a $6 cable and a $100 Monster cable and I cannot tell the difference.
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ok but sometimes do the cheaper cables tend to let the picture bounce or is that the provider?
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There is no difference between an expensive HDMI cable or a $8 cable from eBay. There is no varying difference in performance because it is all digital. An HDMI cable either works or it doesn't, there is no in between. It is all 1's and 0's, as long as they make it from the source to the screen, you're getting the best performance you can.

I have a lot of eBay cables, one of them even being a 25 foot and it still works perfectly. The only time I've bought a name brand cable (Monster) is because it was on sale for super cheap and it was more convenient than waiting for a package from eBay.

Monoprice is another good place to get cables.

EDIT: I will add that one thing you do need to watch for is making sure you get the correct version of cable for your needs. If you have 3D you will need a cable that is v1.4 (make sure it also says it supports 3D). If you have a receiver between the source and screen, it will have to support v1.4 as well. If you want ethernet connectivity throughout your devices, make sure the cable supports ethernet.
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Don't be fooled by the 120 or 240Hz rates either. It's a market scam to get you to buy the higher priced ones. The refresh rate has no effect on cable type.
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Don't be fooled by the 120 or 240Hz rates either. It's a market scam to get you to buy the higher priced ones. The refresh rate has no effect on cable type.
To add to this, there is no such thing as 120 or 240hz. The NTSC standard is 60hz, 120/240hz is a software gimmick within a TV.

The only time 120hz is true is in 3D because it is split (60hz per eye).
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Cables can (and do) make a difference, regardless of the signal they carry (analog or digital). The good thing with digital is that the amount of interference required to degrade the signal enough for it to matter is considerable.

There's no need for fancy cables (there's no need for anything Monster brand, period), however good cables will likely last longer, have better connections, and will ultimately be a better buy in the end. You can get good cables for just a bit more then the super cheap no name products. Save yourself the trouble and get a cable that will hold up, but by no means bother with anything Monster has to offer.
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amazon brand cables are what i use. had mine for 3 years and still works like new. paid 6 bucks for mine. they also support 3D and ethernet too, with plenty of size options.
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I got about 3 or 4 "display" Monster HDMI cables for about $6 bucks from the liquidation sale at my old job. Otherwise I think Monster's stuff way overpriced.
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