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Cheap 50ft HDMI Cable, why not?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm getting ready for the last run in my home, it will be a 50ft HDMI cable from the media server to my bedroom.

I want to buy a decent quality cable at a good price. I have seen 50ft HDMI cables on eBay for $23 shipped. I know you get what you pay for, however, the cables sold at Harbor Freight are dirt cheap and seem to work fine.

Any reason I shouldn't buy one of the "cheapies" off the net? It's an easy run and can be redone later without ripping out drywall.

I know this question has probably been asked before and I apologize if I'm not in the right area of the forums.

Thanks, Chris.
post #2 of 13
Harbor Freight sells HDMI cables? Hmm, didn't know that, thanks.

I know many people on here use long HDMI cables such as what you are proposing, without problems. I don't know if the cheap ones are less reliable than the more expensive ones, though.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yea, I got a 6' and a 12' for under $16 on sale.
post #4 of 13
I paid much less than 16 bucks, or 8 if you meant the combined price... for a 6 foot HDMI cable from Monoprice.com

Try their prices too.
post #5 of 13
For 50 ft. I probably go with thicker gauge wire than what might be on a real cheap cable. Monoprice sells 50 footers in various gauges, I'd be inclined to go with the thicker. MP seems to be down right now or I'd give your a link. For a link to MP click their icon near the top of your screen(under the tabs).
post #6 of 13
Monoprice is down because of some reported credit card number mishandling. When they come back up, they say they are only going to accept PayPal and Google Checkout at first, until they get the credit card stuff straightened out.
post #7 of 13
HDMI is spec'ed for 30'. Beyond that it may or may not work without a repeater/extender.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

HDMI is spec'ed for 30'. Beyond that it may or may not work without a repeater/extender.



I also need a 50' run. What do I do with this information? How do I make sure it does work at 50'?

Thanks!
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post #10 of 13
Have you looked into HDMI over CAT6 cable? It may require an extender or video distribution box but those can be cheaper than a 50ft Monster HDMI cable. The advantages to running CAT6 is you can change out the ends and the video distribution box in the future to re-purpose it for future needs such as newer HDMI standards.

5 years ago if you would have run a 50ft HDMI cable it would've been HDMI 1.1 cable. Today you would be limited by that cable. 5 years from now you'll be running a new HDMI cable but you wouldn't have to run new CAT6, just replace the media extender.

If you go CAT6 I'd recommend running as much cable as possible to cover future needs. That would be a minimum 2 runs of CAT6, 2 runs of RG6 and so on. Many companies sell this stuff bundled for easy home runs. Some bundles have fiber optic included. That would cover anything you'll need for a very long time.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by vandyhorn View Post

I also need a 50' run. What do I do with this information? How do I make sure it does work at 50'?

Thanks!

Best bet is to buy one, hook it up and try it with your equipment.
post #12 of 13
After playing with 50' and 100' HDMI cables and using different output sources, it depends greatly on what the output power is on your source. The new BluRays seem to do great where the older DVD players seem to have problems. The extenders work good to boost the signal through. I would check every cable before you run it and then find out you can't push the signal through it. Most cable boxes and Dish recievers doo a good job, had some trouble with the Direct TV box, but it was a couple of years older.
post #13 of 13
I bought a 50 ft HDMI with, I think, AWG 22 wire. This was before HDMI 1.3 so must be HDMI 1.2, I am presently running through an ONKYO sr607 receiver to a Mits 4900c 1080p projector with this cable.

Playing PS3, DirecTV HDDVR, XBOX360 and PC at 1080p with no issues.

It was under $50 back then at Monoprice. Anywhere you can find a reasonablely priced cable with similar specs would be worth a try.
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