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    Would you pay over 30 quid for a HD Lead ?

    Just got a good deal on a new TV.
    Then the guy asked for the equivalent of 30 quid for a HD lead.

    I didnt bother as I already have 2.
    I swear Ive seen them in Poundland back home as well

    But are they really worth the money HD leads ?

    Have you paid more / Do they make a difference ?


    This one's nearly 700 bucks.


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    Nope. The last one I bought in a store was AUD $12.

    They always try to add on shite, gold plated cables, surge protectors. None of it is needed.

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    there was some "scientific" study done on those expensive cables

    it turned out that the shitty cables had better output that the expensive ones but didn't lasted as long as the expensive ones

    simple trade-off really,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Do they make a difference ?
    Obviously yes, if you want to watch HD output on a HD screen you will need a HD cable.

    30 is a rip off, although it is worth paying a little more for a cable that meets HDMI standards.

    Here's an interesting article.

    Does the price of a HDMI cable affect the picture quality?

    "Will using a 5,000 USB cable make your printer better?" asks Chris Pinder, Managing Director at HDcable.co.uk, rhetorically. "I've been selling HDMI cables for years and I can say 100% that the technology, and specifically the price of an HDMI cable will not affect the picture quality by one pixel."

    The innovations and price differences, says Chris, is to do with things like different sized connectors – slim designs for fitting better into wall-hung super-slim LED TVs, for instance – rather than materials used in the actual cables.

    "Under five metre an HDMI cable made correctly cannot introduce any degradation to picture and sound quality," says Chris. "There are no subtle variants. If you have a digital photo that you email to 5,000 people, the quality will be the same on. It's the same principle with HDMI."

    "There's a greater variation in how TVs are set-up in homes than differences in cable quality," says Tim O'Malley at Wavelength Distribution, which sells Supra HDMI cables. "You might find three people, each with different HDMI cables, but the quality of the picture will differ because one TV was simply unboxed and switched-on, another was adjusted by the user, and another was fully installed and calibrated by the person that sold the TV."

    What makes a good HDMI cable?


    One that works – there is no upgrade argument to be had. Conducting material used in the HDMI cable is all-important, though relatively standard.

    All official HDMI cables use the best insulation possible, the same quality plugs, and usually solder-free
    cold-welding that prevents copper strands from being joined. HDMI cables carry gigahertz of very high frequency signals that travel on the surface of conductor material – usually copper, sometimes silver.

    Many HDMI cables are actually hollow since the signal travels around the outside of the cable, which is why upgraded versions for long runs tend to be silver plated, rather than solid silver.

    More important is that a HDMI cable is lain flat – something that's actually tricky to do even in a basic set-up – because every bend or kink reduces the bandwidth (speed) of the cable.

    On that note, steer clear of 'flat' HDMI cables; there's simply not enough room for a twisted pair of copper wires to conduct without interference.

    There's another problem here that actually increases with price; the heavier the cable, the better quality is probably is … and the greater likelihood that it will fall out of, say, a TV's HDMI input. It's more evidence for those that think that the HDMI standard is poorly thought-out, riddled with basic problems and just isn't up to the job.

    http://www.techradar.com/news/video/...-cable-1071343

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    No, I'd get one off ebay for about 10 bucks.

    Re expensive vs cheap cables, as far as stereos go, I'm pretty sure someone used some old coathangers and beat market leading shielded and gold plated cables.




    On a related note, a pal has HD True and got a new gigapixel HD TV, I was watching movies there the other day, and I have to say, most movies, unless they are specifically filmed with HD in mind, look terrible IMHO.

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    I bought one of those samsung smart tvs.has some stupid things on it like skype. Whats all that about.? Last thing u need is aunt Maureen on the box whingin about the british weather w when youve just settled down to watch the footy

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    internet TV, the future

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    I like the HDMI cables with gold bits at the end, I think they look dainty and pretty.

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    Necron mentioned coathangers earlier Moog.
    They are a lot like hd cables really, you never see them hanging behind and hiding away.

    Do you have some mahogany ones ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Necron mentioned coathangers earlier Moog.
    They are a lot like hd cables really, you never see them hanging behind and hiding away.

    Do you have some mahogany ones ?
    I have some jolly large coathangers, to accommodate my heavier garbs. Such as my Albert Speer Nazi leather greatcoat, which weighs about 6 kilos. My Jimmy Savile satin pantalloons are on a regular coathanger, my Ian McKellen Richard III military tunic likewise, and my silver lame jacket in a drawer.

    My HDMI cable is beautiful, not just the gold endy-bits but the black woven cable. It would make a lovely manly rope-style necklace worn over a tight black t-shirt.

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