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Old 12-29-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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ok so i just bought a toshiba 40" 1080 LCD tv and i have some questions regarding HDMI cables and also color stream RCA cables.

my dvd player, u-verse digital cable box, and xbox 360 all have HMDI outputs and color stream outputs. well my xbox only has color stream unless i missed the HMDI olutput.

I went to best buy to look at HDMI cables but left with color stream cables because of the price difference. planning on getting HDMI cables later. but now i'm wondering if i should've just spent the extra money and went with the actual HMDI cables.

so the colorstream cables are only "enhanced" RCA visual cables right?

and is the HDMI cable the sole transmission of "high def" audio and video signals from the source to my new TV? in other words if i have the HDMI cable coming from my dvd player or u-verse box into the HDMI input of my new tv, i will have full audio and video?

what are the differences between HDMI cables and color stream cables? and also does anyone know the average signal quality from color stream cables?

i'm leaning towards going back to best buy today and buying the HDMI cables and i just want to know that i'm making a smart choice.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:35 PM   #2
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First go here to get your high quality HDMI cables at low prices. They are as good as ANY other cable no matter the price - www.monoprice.com.

Second, I assume by colorstream cables you mean component cables (green, red, blue) which are HD cables and would work well for your Xbox and cable box although they would require you use an audio cable as well. They can/will give the same high quality image as HDMI but are not as convenient. Once you see the prices at monoprice you will probably just but 2 or 3 of them anyway and everything should work great with a minimum of cables lying around.
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First go here to get your high quality HDMI cables at low prices. They are as good as ANY other cable no matter the price - www.monoprice.com.

Second, I assume by colorstream cables you mean component cables (green, red, blue) which are HD cables and would work well for your Xbox and cable box although they would require you use an audio cable as well. They can/will give the same high quality image as HDMI but are not as convenient. Once you see the prices at monoprice you will probably just but 2 or 3 of them anyway and everything should work great with a minimum of cables lying around.
By using monoprice.com, you could even afford to expedite the shipment so they come in a couple days and still be far cheaper than BB or CC.
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Another thing to keep in mind when using component video cables: you will be limited to 480P if upconverting via DVD. With the low prices offered by monoprice, I suggest upgrading all three to HDMI.
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ok well i just ordered a 3ft and a 5ft HDMI cable, and a pair 6 foot component cables for only $22 with shipping! that's totally badass!
best buy sells 6ft HDMI cables for like $70 and component cables for $34. thanks guys
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Ditto as above. I have ordered cables from monoprice and can't believe the quality of the cable for the price you pay. You will be very happy. It's always good to have a spare on hand just in case you add another component to your system.
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Go to monoprice they are as everyone said before me the best. I buy from them for work all the time, and you can't beat there price. And don't even bring up monster cables...


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haha well now that you said that... i have to......

so what's the deal with monster cables? you're paying for the name or what?
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so what's the deal with monster cables? you're paying for the name or what?
Yep. You certainly are.
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overpriced!!!!! Look it up on here there are all believers on both sides but from what I have read htey are not neccesary and cost way too much.

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So now that we have the PLACE to buy them fingered out. Now what size should everyone be buying? I went to BB to get mine a long time ago and just got the 22 AWG. On the Mono site they have 24 and 28 AWG. So what's the best way to go? Just curious.
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I believe you want the bigger wire for longer run's, I remember reading somewhere that for shorter than 10 feet you could go smaller. I always buy the bigger wire because I figure yu can't go wrong with that. I am sure there is someone on here that could pump out the specs and why for whatever length you are running.

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The only reason to have a larger diameter cable is for added resistance to damage. It doesn't have any impact on signal quality. For small distances and in protected spaces, I use 28AWG. For all of my in-wall installations, I use 22AWG to help protect the cable from wood splintering, nails, screws, attic traffic, etc.
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Thanks for posting the place to buy cables, I've been looking for a good place to buy. I don't mean to hijack this thread but I do have a question to add concerning HDMI cables. I just bought a 1080P capable LCD but I have very old, probably first type, of HDMI cables. Should I upgrade to a 1.3a or better cable?
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Thanks for posting the place to buy cables, I've been looking for a good place to buy. I don't mean to hijack this thread but I do have a question to add concerning HDMI cables. I just bought a 1080P capable LCD but I have very old, probably first type, of HDMI cables. Should I upgrade to a 1.3a or better cable?
yes your gonna want the 1.3a cables for the best picture. go to monoprice. i got mine from there and its so cheap that you mine as well get them
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