Originally Posted by mifronte
As a software developer, the frequency of the drop outs appears to be like a memory bug that occurs at no pattern except the longer you go without an event, the more likely the event will occur.
What you're describing here sounds more like some sort of device interface issue than a cable issue; it could be something like an occasional failure to connect on an HDCP handshake, or something like that. It's not the sort of thing that cable ordinarily can cause, so I would be surprised if a cable swap would fix it.
Originally Posted by mifronte
Note, the two 15ft HDMI cables by Monoprice and Blue Jeans Cable looks exactly identical with the exception that the Monoprice cable has a net jacket. Both are Chinese made which was a real sore point for me that gave me the impression that Blue Jeans Cable was just another "Monster" selling snake oil because at the time of purchase, Blue Jeans Cable had not disclosed that their HDMI cables were from China and yet they were selling at a premium compared to Monoprice.
I think you and I may have discussed this in another thread at some point. I would like to make a few things clear:
First, I do not know whether Monoprice has used the same Copartner stock in any of its cables that we used in the Series-2. I do know, however, that Copartner makes a wide variety of HDMI cable stocks, most of them round-jacketed. The fact that both cables were round-jacketed Copartner stocks does not mean that they were the same cable, and in fact, I think that the cable from Monoprice which you are talking about was a tin-plated, rather than a silver-plated, version. I am reasonably sure, from what I know of the assembly houses involved, that they were not assembled in the same plant where the Monoprice cables were being assembled.
Second, we actually did discuss the Chinese origin of the Series-2 cable on our site. At no time did we state, or imply, that we ourselves manufactured the Series-2 cable. When we introduced the Series-2 we had the Belden HDMI in development, and at that time or shortly thereafter, we brought that development project up in articles on our site. We pointed out that we were routinely asked by customers why we simply rebranded a Chinese HDMI cable rather than making our own, and we explained that, in fact, ALL sellers of HDMI cable at that time simply rebranded Chinese cables because there were no manufacturers of HDMI cable outside of China. As we explained, we hoped to change that, and eventually we did. Today, our Belden HDMI cables are the ONLY HDMI cable stocks not made in China (although--as we also make clear on the site--they are terminated there).
It certainly was my impression at the time that it was common knowledge among our customers that our HDMI cable, and all competing products, were Chinese-made. I was asked by customers on the telephone, dozens of times, why we would outsource this supply rather than manufacture these cables in-house.
Our cable was more expensive, at the time, than the lowest-priced Monoprice products. However, those lowest-priced Monoprice products generally used a tin-plated copper 24 AWG stock from Copartner, while the Series-2 used a costlier silver-plated copper stock. The cable cost more at retail simply because it cost more to make. While prices both on our site and at Monoprice fluctuated over time, to the best of my recollection our prices on cables made using 24 AWG silver-plated Copartner stock were usually lower than Monoprice's pricing on cables made using 24 AWG silver-plated Copartner stock. Whether those stocks were in fact the same I cannot say for certain; but our pricing was always competitive, and we never misrepresented the origin of the goods to anyone.
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