Originally Posted by xraffle
Also, those cables are also very thin, which is not good especially for HDMI cables. The Monster ones are thicker, which makes them less susceptible to interference and will therefore, produce better quality.
I suggest you do some research - maybe a basic electronics course? Ever heard of Faraday's laws? Ohm's law? Some basic theory regarding shielding and mutual inductance might help you understand what we're trying to tell you.
Your statement here is enough to prove that you do not understand the most basic concepts of how signals travel in a cable.
Oh and I advise you to stay away from 6 ft cables if your equipment is less than 6 feet apart. The longer your cable is, the more signal degradation you'll get. Oh wait, you guys don't believe in signal degradation.
No, we all "believe" in signal degradation. However, the guys you are trying to argue with actually understand what signal degradation means, and also understand how to read an eye pattern on a scope.
Now, I'll ask for your technical opinion - what difference is there between a signal that is very slightly inside - say 25% - the allowable tolerance for a digital input as opposed to a signal that is 50% of the way between the ideal and the limit? How does the input detection circuit respond to this difference, and why is it significant? What would you expect the impact to be on the picture displayed on the screen? Why?
Also, since you seem to be an "expert", I'll ask you this: What is the danger in going beyond 6 feet unnecessarily? Which of the following effects would expect the difference to be manifested in?
> Increased signal rise time
> Reduced peak signal voltage
> Increased hysteresis in the transmitter
> Increased hysteresis in the receiver
> Increased conducted EMI
> Increased radiated EMI
> Increased conducted EMI susceptibility
> Increased radiated EMI susceptibility
Once you've told us which if these you expect to be the danger of on overly-long cable, then you should be able to describe why that is. What physical mechanism acting within the cable do you expect will be the cause for the reduced performance?
I've dealt with both worlds all of my life, so I know what I'm talking about.
"Both worlds"? Which two worlds would those be? I'm guessing that digital electronics design isn't one of them...
Talk to a salesman at Best Buy and they'll also tell you that you need Monster Cables for the best, possible quality. Call them liars or whatever you want, but I personally know a few people that work there. They don't lie about stuff like that. They just know more about that stuff than you.
The last time I asked a Best Buy salesman about a display's handling of 1080p/24, he really put me in my place with his superior knowledge. Especially when he went to his website to try to figure out what I meant by 5:5 pulldown vs. 3:2. Yeah, those part-time college students know a lot more about electronics design than a 20-year veteran engineer.....
Please tell me this was a troll response....