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Old 11-08-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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I just bought an HD-DVD player for my HDTV. I know I'll see better quality if I go with HDMI cables than the ones they supplied (non-HDMI). So, somone mentions Monster brand HDMI cables as the the best. Very expensive...$69.95 for 1m cable. I then find a $29 Philips HDMI cable at a local big-box store.

So...why the variation in price? Why the different ratings? I have a 720p 40" Sony Bravia HDTV.
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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I just bought an HD-DVD player for my HDTV. I know I'll see better quality if I go with HDMI cables than the ones they supplied (non-HDMI). So, somone mentions Monster brand HDMI cables as the the best. Very expensive...$69.95 for 1m cable. I then find a $29 Philips HDMI cable at a local big-box store.

So...why the variation in price? Why the different ratings? I have a 720p 40" Sony Bravia HDTV.
If they work, absolutely nothing. The signal is entirely digitally encoded.

There may be some difference in shielding, though... *IF* that's the case, the "better" cables may hold signal over longer lengths before losing integrity, but unless you're looking for very long cable lengths, that shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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The monster cables say the are gold plated for better connectivity. Whether they are or not I have no clue. I don't have any HD toys so I don't really look.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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Oddly enough I was just speaking to a friend of mine about a week ago about this question. I am a bit of an audiophile and had similar questions when I first started buying components with HDMI, DVI and component video. I remember reading an article about speaker wire. An independent lab tetsed some major speaker wire manufacturers against regular lamp cord and the results were amazing. Seems like the lamp cord out performed some of the high end speaker wire. I will say this. I am a big fan of a Home Theater power centers. There are many manufacturers of power equipment (Panamax, Monster etc.) and I believe they serve an important part in your setup. If you have a lot of money invested in your system I highly reccommend it. I'm adding a link that gives you a low down on HDMI cables. Good luck to you.

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Old 11-08-2007, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I needed a HDMI cable not too long ago, and saw the expensive ones you are talking about. Then I looked at a HDMI cable for a M.S. X-Box, and this one was shorter in length, but cost $29.00. I bought this one instead.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:59 PM
 
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ha, we were in the same position just a month or so ago. We just bought the middle grade one. The most expensive one ... $70 for 1 meter like yours ... was just ridiculous! I think we ended up buying a 3meter or so one for around $50
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Old 11-09-2007, 04:57 AM
 
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I used to work at Best Buy when I was a teenager. One of the things that our sales managers wanted us to push the most was the gold plated Monster cables. I always felt guilty about doing this because in actuality there is no real difference. First, you have to realize that although gold may be a superior conductor, it's not very often that the output jack (or input jack) is going to be gold in the first place. So, your overall output (and/or input) isn't going to change. What may be true is that over a long distance the Monster cables may have a better shielding to them but typically we're talking about 6-10 feet. That's hardly enough length for any sort of degradation in audio/video quality.

Next, I'd like to let everyone know that our employee discont at Best Buy was 5% over cost. i.e- We paid 5% more than what the company paid for the cables. I remember when the gold plated USB Monster cables came out they were $39.99. Our cost.... a little over five bucks. The standard cable that was half the price? Also... a little over five bucks. So if that's any indication take it as you will. Now, every time I go to the store and see the price of cables I cringe because I know they are making pure profit off of them. Just think, every time the company sells one, they are making around $60 profit.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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I used to work at Best Buy when I was a teenager. One of the things that our sales managers wanted us to push the most was the gold plated Monster cables. I always felt guilty about doing this because in actuality there is no real difference. First, you have to realize that although gold may be a superior conductor, it's not very often that the output jack (or input jack) is going to be gold in the first place. So, your overall output (and/or input) isn't going to change. What may be true is that over a long distance the Monster cables may have a better shielding to them but typically we're talking about 6-10 feet. That's hardly enough length for any sort of degradation in audio/video quality.

Next, I'd like to let everyone know that our employee discont at Best Buy was 5% over cost. i.e- We paid 5% more than what the company paid for the cables. I remember when the gold plated USB Monster cables came out they were $39.99. Our cost.... a little over five bucks. The standard cable that was half the price? Also... a little over five bucks. So if that's any indication take it as you will. Now, every time I go to the store and see the price of cables I cringe because I know they are making pure profit off of them. Just think, every time the company sells one, they are making around $60 profit.
I'll add to your post. Yes gold is a great conductor however that gold plated conducter does not lead to a gold core wire (it's probably copper) so the gold plated connectors that are silver soldered to a copper core are probably a moot point. I agree that proper shielding is probably essential especially in situations where the homeowner has all his component wires zip tied in a nice neat little bundle behind his A/V rack along with all the power cords. I have a very good friend that was a wholesale manager for a large electronics firm that is now out of business who used to get me components at cost. I could not believe the difference between store prices and the price he gave me. The markup was incredible in some cases.
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Thanks to all....you've been so helpful. I'll be hooking the $29 cable up this weekend and will report back on the quality.

Sigh...remember when the only choice for TV's was whether you wanted Color or B&W???!!!! The instruction book that came with the HD-DVD player is, literally, the size of a freakin' magazine!
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:52 PM
 
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The instruction book that came with the HD-DVD player is, literally, the size of a freakin' magazine!
Oh it's deceiving ... the 2nd half is the Spanish version! heeheee
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