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Old 06-15-2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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This question has probably been asked since time immemorial, but what HDMI cables does everyone use? I know stuff like Monster (and almost everything else Best Buy and other retailers attempt to peddle) is insanely overpriced, but I think quality--to an extent, of course--must make some kind of difference? To this end, I stumbled across ECore, a line of cables sold by a company called ShowMeCables (a quick Google should turn it up). They offer different lines of cables (varying in length and component quality) for different usage scenarios--a definite plus, one would think, over one-size-fits-all cables like AmazonBasics or Monoprice.

Before I take the plunge and buy one for my MacBook Pro, I'd be interested to hear what you guys think/recommend. Thanks much!

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This question has probably been asked since time immemorial, but what HDMI cables does everyone use? I know stuff like Monster (and almost everything else Best Buy and other retailers attempt to peddle) is insanely overpriced, but I think quality--to an extent, of course--must make some kind of difference? To this end, I stumbled across ECore, a line of cables sold by a company called ShowMeCables (a quick Google should turn it up). They offer different lines of cables (varying in length and component quality) for different usage scenarios--a definite plus, one would think, over one-size-fits-all cables like AmazonBasics or Monoprice.

Before I take the plunge and buy one for my MacBook Pro, I'd be interested to hear what you guys think/recommend. Thanks much!

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"They offer different lines of cables (varying in length and component quality) for different usage scenarios--a definite plus, one would think, over one-size-fits-all cables like AmazonBasics or Monoprice."

I'm at loss to understand what you are talking about. Monoprice offers dozens of different HDMI cables-- various Lengths, Wire Gauge, Colors, Standard vs. High Speed-- what do you mean by "one-size-fits-all"?

And what "plus" does a high-priced "professional" cable offer a home user over a 6' $3.28 cable that works perfectly? seriously-- what is the "definite plus" of which you write?
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Quality of the cable is important only in that a bad termination or a stiff cable jacket might cause some handling or wiring issues.

The signal travels exactly the same inside on a $3.00 cable as it does in a $199 cable.

The Amazon or monoprice ones are perfectly fine.
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Besides Monoprice I also use http://www.firefold.com and bounce back and forth depending on who has the better deal.

FWIW, I bought a bunch of HDMI cables from Firefold 4 years ago for $2.87 each (they're $4.99 now, last I looked). They've been through 3 TV's, a couple receivers and everything from HD-DVD, BD, Roku, Xbox and Playstation and still work fine. This was at the time when Monster's were selling for $186.00 here. LOL

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"They offer different lines of cables (varying in length and component quality) for different usage scenarios--a definite plus, one would think, over one-size-fits-all cables like AmazonBasics or Monoprice."

I'm at loss to understand what you are talking about. Monoprice offers dozens of different HDMI cables-- various Lengths, Wire Gauge, Colors, Standard vs. High Speed-- what do you mean by "one-size-fits-all"?
I mean with respect to an individual brand of cables. Monoprice may sell a ton of different cables, but no one single brand that has sub-brands of differing specs. This may seem like a pointless discussion, but I guess some people (me included) would find such organization easier to deal with.

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And what "plus" does a high-priced "professional" cable offer a home user over a 6' $3.28 cable that works perfectly? seriously-- what is the "definite plus" of which you write?
Not everyone on this forum is a home user
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I got my toslink and hdmi cables from monoprice and am very satisfied. The build quality is above average, and I have had no problems.

If you're the kind of user who is always plugging and unplugging cables, you'll probably want something intended for the field so it will hold up against this kind of usage. Even then, you'll have to decide if that extra cost is worth it: you could always buy a few of the "consumer grade" cables.

If I plug in a cable and it works as expected for bunch of years, even with the occasional plugging and unplugging, that is high enough quality for me. Spending anything extra for the same experience is wasteful IMHO.
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One thing many fail to consider or maybe they are not even aware of is this - All HDMI cables are made or assembled in one of three factories in China. Doesn't matter the brand, connector or anything else. Even the often touted better Belden HDMI cable that states "Made in America" is assembled in one of these labor camp factories. They are all the same when rolling of the factory line. Maybe one has a different end connector but in effect there is absolutely no difference.
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One thing many fail to consider or maybe they are not even aware of is this - All HDMI cables are made or assembled in one of three factories in China. Doesn't matter the brand, connector or anything else. Even the often touted better Belden HDMI cable that states "Made in America" is assembled in one of these labor camp factories. They are all the same when rolling of the factory line. Maybe one has a different end connector but in effect there is absolutely no difference.
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One thing many fail to consider or maybe they are not even aware of is this - All HDMI cables are made or assembled in one of three factories in China. Doesn't matter the brand, connector or anything else. Even the often touted better Belden HDMI cable that states "Made in America" is assembled in one of these labor camp factories. They are all the same when rolling of the factory line. Maybe one has a different end connector but in effect there is absolutely no difference.
Interesting.

You say at most there are 3 different HDMI cables available on the planet - aside from length and cosmetic differences.

Therefore, if I randomly selected 4 HDMI cables, cut them in half, I would find at least 2 of these cables to be identical.

I would be interested to see independent data that supports this.
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Interesting.

You say at most there are 3 different HDMI cables available on the planet - aside from length and cosmetic differences.

Therefore, if I randomly selected 4 HDMI cables, cut them in half, I would find at least 2 of these cables to be identical.

I would be interested to see independent data that supports this.
No that is not what I posted. I did state that there are 3 manufacturing/assembly factories. Of course there are different wire gauges as well as connectors depending on brand but internally they are all the same spec. and functionality wise comparatively.

Please read a bit more carefully.
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You seem very hung up on "There are only 3 HDMI cable plants in the world and they are in China." It is not obvious to me why this is relevant.

You invariably connect that to, "HDMI cables are the same." Yes, I understand it is your opinion that all HDMI cables are the same when speaking in terms of performance.

If this is true, what difference does it make where they are made?

What difference does it make if a given cable comes from 1 of 3 factories in China or if the same cable came from 1 of 237 factories on every continent on the planet, plus 2 factories on Mars?

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No that is not what I posted. I did state that there are 3 manufacturing/assembly factories. Of course there are different wire gauges as well as connectors depending on brand but internally they are all the same spec. and functionality wise comparatively.
If they have difference wire gauges, then internally they are not the same.

Let me guess, you mean they all meet the same technical specification.

You do realize that meeting a manufacture spec or a test spec does not garauntee iniform results?

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They are all the same when rolling of the factory line. Maybe one has a different end connector but in effect there is absolutely no difference.
all the same
absolutely no difference

You painted yourself into a pretty tight corner.

Still looking for independent verification of your "only 3 HDMI factories in China" statement.

I have some contacts in the cable and wire business. I will reach out next week and see that they can contribute.
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