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Gone
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reply to Wolfie00

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

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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Gone
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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