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HDMI cables: School me

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by shavedape, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. shavedape


    Jun 3, 2009
    Got a PS3 that I'm running on the old coaxial (the red, white and yellow) type of cable and am looking to upgrade to HDMI cables. It will be used with a 1080p 47" TV. Dumb question but aren't all HDMI cables the same regardless of price? I mean, they are digital cables so as long as the cable carries 0's and 1's then it works even if I'm not spending tons of money on a monster cable? Also, for a PS3 it just uses a basic HDMI cable, right, nothing different? Thanks for the feedback.
  2. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008

  3. -Jeremiah-


    Feb 25, 2010
    You're absolutely correct! Don't fall for the marketing. Get yourself a basic HDMI cable from Radio Shack or your local electronics store.

    Read this for a better explanation than I can give: Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables

    If you want a good quality Made in USA cable from a reputable company look no further than Blue Jeans Cable. I am not affiliated but I am a satisfied customer.

    The connector that you are currently using is called an RCA cable. Coaxial is the round cable with a single copper wire core and it usually has a screw-on connector. It's what the cable and satellite companies use. :embarassed:
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010
  4. Patrick Graham

    Patrick Graham Footlong Jr.

    Sep 7, 2001
    Kokomo Indiana
    It's a digital signal that travels the HDMI cable.

    I'm using 4 HDMI cables that I got on EBay for 99 cents each, free shipping. They are probably from the same factory in China that makes all the worlds HDMI cables. They work great.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010
  5. alba666

    alba666 WWJGD

    Dec 19, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I have used Blue Jeans cable as well as Monoprice. Both are great. When I did a lot of research on HDMI cables about 2 years ago, there is not much to worry about up to about 50'. Then the really good cable pays off. Monoprice is cool because they have LOTS of other stuff CHEAP. Just got a box of stuff in today for $40 that would have been over $100 easy at the Besty.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010
  6. boozer


    Jul 24, 2007
    Hilltop, USA
    If you have a Harbor Frieght store nearby, I buy HDMI cables there.

    Don't fall for the hype, "My colors look brighter with my $200 cable".

    "You must have a nitrogen injected cable"
    "I spent $2000 for my tv, whats $100 for a cable to make it look its best"

    Think about how much digital info is passing through your little red or blue CAT-5 cable on your computer right now, did you spend $100 for it?

    I bought my first HDMI cable at Wal-Mart for $14.99. Now they sell the same cable for $29.99. Because they can.
  7. shavedape


    Jun 3, 2009
    Thanks for the replies guys. Got another question: If I want to connect two DVD recorders together but they only have HDMI out ports can I how can I connect them to keep a digital flow? Is that possible? I can't find a cable that connects HDMI to the DV in port and if I could I doubt it would work as I understand they are two different animals. Is there an HDMI adapter that might make this weird chain possible -- DVD to DVD to TV?
  8. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Central Florida
    Does anyone make an ab switch box for hdmi
  9. kc8ykd


    Oct 6, 2005
  10. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Central Florida
    How much are they from Harbor freight??????
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010
  11. I'd like to put in a plug for my buddy's website:

    He lives here in the same town as me, I've known him for years & done business with him. Bought myself some Cat 6 cables off his site, they are great.

    He's an honest guy and will serve you well.

    He sells just about any cable you want - if you don't see it on his site, email him & he can probably get it for ya.
  12. JimmyN


    Sep 29, 2006
    Analog and digital are two completely different animals. With analog you need low resistance cable and connections since analog works on signal amplitude and any resistance clips the signals highs and lows degrading the audio/video quality.

    But digital is done with numbers so picture quality is not effected by resistance in the cable/connectors. A "1" is a "1" and a "0" is a "0", whether it came in over a piece of coathanger wire or a gold plated $100 monster cable. With digital it either works perfectly, or it doesn't work at all if the connection is that bad.

    They make HDMI/DV cables and adapters. One of my monitors is an HDMI input and the cable has a DV connector on the other end to plug into the computers video adapter. Note that HDMI includes sound but DV does not, it's video only. So an HDMI to DV cable or adapter won't carry sound since it's not present on the DV connector.

    For analog such as speaker connections I use high quality cables, but for digital signals I use the cheapest cables I can find and pay $.99 to $3.95 rather than $29.95 or more at Best Buy.
  13. GlockerMike

    GlockerMike God Help Us

    Jul 4, 2007
    I got my HDMI cables from over 2 years ago. Recommend them highly.
  14. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
  15. filthy infidel

    filthy infidel 100% Infidel

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Carolina
    Love it! I'm pretty sure my house has the very last tube-tv in the country. The 32" or so Sony (don't know the size, don't even care) keeps chugging along.
    My bro in law will visit and bi+ch and moan about it. At his house in naw jawsay, they have HDMI Blu-Ray Hi-def 60" plasma whatnots.
    The first plasma was destroyed by their hellion child (threw a toy into the screen). The second one has a huge spiderweb crack where same child did same thing. We wanted to watch a movie, but the DVD player was not found by the TV. He cussed at it, I looked at it, the HDMI cable had been yanked and inserted to the DVD player so many times that the pins in the DVD player had been bent to oblivion.
    I said "let's just use the S Video cables and hook it up, he screams "It won't upconvert, it just won't upconvert!". I tell him I don't care, let's just watch the movie. He's getting his car keys saying "damn $700 DVD player.....".

    They probably should have raised their son themselves, perhaps with a touch of discipline, rather than paid for au-pair after au-pair and plasma TV after plasma TV....

    At home, my stuff just works. No Blu-Ray, don't care. If the kids shove a bottle rocket into the TV, we'll look into an upgrade, but not today.
  16. rahrah12


    Sep 15, 2008
    If you have Comcast Cable they give out the hdmi cables for free
  17. shavedape


    Jun 3, 2009
    Thanks for the info. I ordered a couple from shop4tech and the total came to $5.80. They don't charge shipping. Good company.