I'm going to buy a new Sony HDTV soon to replace my aging Bravia, which I'll give to my parents.
My old TV uses VGA for PC input, the new ones uses HDMI so I need to find a cable for it so I can use my gaming rig with it.
I've looked around and thought I'd give Geeksquad a chance and ask them what HDMI cable I should use on a 1080p TV for a video card, and they asked what card. I told them its the OC'ed GTX 770 4GB model by Gigabyte, and they told me the rocketfish cables are good for the money and I should be happy with that. I looked at them and they wanted $60 for a single cable! What!?
I looked around more online and everyone is saying one of two different things. HDMI cables are all the same because the signal is digital and none of them have loss, and HDMI cables are not the same and have different amounts of loss depending on the quality of the cable. I'm just looking for a definitive answer. I don't know what to get now. I'm starting to think the second opinion is right because I just tried a free HDMI cable from Comcast with my DVR box and the picture was horrible. I went back to my old component cables and the picture is far clearer, while the HDMI picture was pixelated and blocky.
My current TV has a standard VGA port for computers, but it creates a buzzing noise over the TV speakers no matter what computer is plugged into it. I tried that free HDMI cable with my new computer and hooked it up to my old Sony in one of the standard non-pc inputs, and again it looked terrible. Edges and outlines were all exaggerated and pixels seemed to be larger and run into each other... and that was just with the desktop background. I unhooked it and junked the cable. If all HDMI cables really are the same, I do not want. That can't be right. I can't believe a 10 year old VGA cable has better picture quality than a modern HDMI cable.
I really want to buy something locally so I don't have to jump through any hoops or pay for shipping if I need to return it. If I can't, I'll understand.