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Kitlope

join:2004-07-29
Edmonton, Ab
reply to ZombieBanner

Re: [Rant] I hate Future Shop! I hate Canada Post!

Yup. Just picked up 4 6' HDMI cables for a total, with shipping, of $23.90 from Monoprice.


Gone
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Fort Erie, ON
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said by Kitlope:

Yup. Just picked up 4 6' HDMI cables for a total, with shipping, of $23.90 from Monoprice.

Sometimes 123inkcartridges can be cheaper if you have a coupon code and qualify for free shipping, and it's amusing because they sell a lot of the exact same stuff - literally - as monoprice.


Wolfie00
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+1 for Monoprice. I ordered a bunch of their basic cheap HDMI cables and a USB adapter (unrelated) and they are all excellent. One of the cables fixed a problem I was having with some low-quality ones (HDMI protocol errors). I also tried a super-cheap cable just for fun and it barely worked at all. Yes, Virginia, HDMI cable quality does make a difference, even though we all know "it's just digital." It probably won't matter 95% of the time, but that 5% will get you.

I picked up a micro-HDMI cable at Canada Computers recently since I couldn't be bothered ordering just one cable from Monoprice. It was one of the generic store brands, and I was surprised to find "Monoprice" right on the molding. It was a ripoff price compared to ordering direct, but still half the price of a similar and probably lower quality cable from Best Buy. I don't mind if some flunky at CC makes a profit repackaging bulk orders from Monoprice -- it's better than selling crap. BTW, I think their cables come from a variety of sources. It was just this particular 6' microHDMI that was Monoprice.
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said by Wolfie00:

Yes, Virginia, HDMI cable quality does make a difference, even though we all know "it's just digital." It probably won't matter 95% of the time, but that 5% will get you.

If you're using 12 bit colour with high bitrate lossless audio it might matter, but for most a 3' HDMI cable for $2 from Dollarama will work just as well - and I know this from experience - as whatever shit Monster is flogging for 25-50 times the price.


Wolfie00
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I agree that for most, in the majority of cases, it doesn't matter. Also agree that Monster is grossly overpriced. You can get the same or better for less than one-tenth the price.

However, I can tell you from experience that in one application I have, cable quality definitely does matter, at least when using 1080p carrying audio (not HD audio or anything special). With cheap cables I would get occasional (maybe once a week) HDMI protocol error screens pop up and everything would stop. Funny you should mention that super-cheap Dollarama cable because I tried that too. That was the one that barely worked at all -- the colours were all off and flickering! With the Monoprice cables, I have not had a single problem, and it's been about two years.
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"The promoters of the global economy see nothing odd or difficult about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited world."
Wendell Berry


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You had a bad cable, simple as that. I use those Dollarama cables for 1080p60 with 5.1 AC3 audio and have had no issues at all. In fact, I'm using one right now with what I'm watching on my TV. They're fine.

The only time I've ever run into issues with cheap HDMI cables were when trying to use deep colour.


Wolfie00
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It's entirely possible that it was a bad cable. I never tried it with anything else. But the HDMI errors occurred with two different cables of the same make and type, both very cheap (the kind that are thrown in free with various devices). One would give the errors about once a week, the other might go for a month or more of average viewing. A direct replacement with a Monoprice cable solved the problem permanently.


lugnut

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Like I said earlier, the Future Schlock cables worked out cheaper than the Monoprice, plus Monoprice didn't have them in the length that I wanted.

On the subject of HDMI cables, I've ordered HDMI cables from Monoprice in the past. Those things are about as flexible as a steel rod. On most of my equipment these days I'm using dollar store HDMI cables simply because the Monoprice ones are too rigid and too difficult to make fit without a hydraulic press brake to bend them


donoreo
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said by lugnut :

Like I said earlier, the Future Schlock cables worked out cheaper than the Monoprice, plus Monoprice didn't have them in the length that I wanted.

I bet someone else is going to tell you that Monoprice is cheaper


lugnut

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said by donoreo:

said by lugnut :

Like I said earlier, the Future Schlock cables worked out cheaper than the Monoprice, plus Monoprice didn't have them in the length that I wanted.

I bet someone else is going to tell you that Monoprice is cheaper

At this point I'm waiting for the discussion to fork over to a comparison of the merits of wire rope vs. case hardened shackles


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HM anything special about them? Dollar store has them for 3 bucks I think it is. Not sure what spec the ones at the dollar store are. I do remember once at BB when working I was talking to a worker and said you know the cheaper cables are as good the super expense ones and he sit there tiring to say no it's not.

I mean it's one thing to say that to a customer you're tiring to sell to but damn homes I'm not buying them and it's funny the workers can get the $80 dollar cables for like under 10 bucks so that says a lot about the price.


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It's about perception, Marketplace did a show on this along with the overpriced accessories when you try to buy a TV

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDw2ZSDzlMw