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Old 11-06-2007, 01:41 AM
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Default hdmi cables that only support 720p and not 1080p?

Are there really any out there?

Monster cable makes it sound like you need their "best" cable to use 1080p resolution. I hooked up my crappy comcast cable no brand hdmi and it plays 1080p from the A30 toshiba to the jvc tv. I ordered a Monster 400 hdmi cable anyway since i need another. Is there any difference between a $12 ebay jo smoe one and a $179 monster?
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:53 AM
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Monster stuff is really overpriced. Some day i'd like to do a double blind test to see if i could really tell a difference.
Oh and here's the obligatory monoprice url .People swear by this stuff.


www.monoprice.com
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:14 AM
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You actually paid $180 for a cable? You sir got ripped off.
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:21 AM
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Monster stuff is really overpriced. Some day i'd like to do a double blind test to see if i could really tell a difference.
Oh and here's the obligatory monoprice url .People swear by this stuff.


www.monoprice.com
I should have bookmarked it.

There was an article last summer where some site like cnet or similar actually did do a test between Monster, Monoprice and "no name" HDMI cables. and the Monoprice actually came out on top. The no name cable did fine up to lengths of 10', but then failed tests of 12' cables and longer.

And the other myth is HDMI "1.3" cables - there is no such creature, except in advertising claims. It's the input/output HDMI connector on CE devices that is certified for different levels of HDMI; cables are just certified to meet HDMI standards, any version. I bought a couple of HDMI cables from Monoprice a year & a half ago to use on my 1st gen HD DVD player & HD satellite receiver, both HDMI 1.1, and now use those same cables for my A35 & Onkyo 605 - both hdmi 1.3.
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:39 AM
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monster cables are cool if you can get them cheap on ebay... i like it how they have that cool shielding over it... i ve 2 xbox monster game cables... they feel so good i wish they didn't have to stay behind my tvs... but im not picky i'll use generic cables same differance in pq and aq
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:16 AM
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i got 2 monster 400 hdmi cables off ebay for less then $50 so $180 for one is unthinkable. is there a difference? well...i HAVE used crappy ones and the monster cables made a big difference....but i've never used the monoprice cables...i'll be trying some of those to redo the the sub and speaker wiring on my Onkyo 804
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HDMI trasmits information digitally. The nature of digital information is that it's either sent or not sent (i.e. on or off, '1' or '0'). Therefore, the information, if sent, is theoretically sent in exactly the same manner, regardless of the brand of the cable, as long as they are manufactured to the same specifications.

Having said that, I've heard of signal degredation if the cable is longer than say 12', as someone else mentioned (hardly the distance between your TV and a/v components). Otherwise, I don't expect you'll be able to tell any difference.

Monster Cables are only (in my opinion) valuable for their durability, and for professional uses where the cables do have to be quite long. Analogue signals, however, can be a different story. All those "nitrogen gas injected" and "shielded" claims may actually make a difference for analogue cables, but in such instances you'll have to judge for yourself.
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:38 PM
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I'm using a 35 foot HDMI cable from Monoprice. I think I paid $45 for it. It works like a champ. I shudder to think what a Monster brand cable of equal length would cost.
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