Originally Posted by ntstambo2
Can someone also provide me a recommendation on cables? i know that there are a lot of overpriced cables out there that do anything special, but I want to make sure I buy the correct ones. I completely new to this so any assistance with this would be great. I'm also picking up a Darbee. Can I run everything into my receiver and then out to the TV or should I hook this up differently because I have the Darbee?
So far you've gotten the two opposing views on this subject -- digital data via HDMI.
The engineer's view is that any cable that passes the digital data performs exactly like any other cable that also works. In your case, any "high speed" HDMI cable with do the job. The HDMI 1.4 reference is related to the devices on each end of the cable and not to the cable itself.
The other point of view is that digital data is the same as analog data and the higher the price of the cable, that results in higher quality wire, the incrementally better job it will do passing all the zeros and ones that make up a digital signal. As far as I know, this point of view has never been substantiated with double blind tests.
As the length of the cable increases, construction quality needs to be improved to insure that all the ones and zeros reach their destination. You have to exceed at least fifteen feet for that to come into play. If you're putting an HDMI cable in the wall, then it's very important to test it before hand.
From my experience, most HDMI problems come from the connections at each end of the cable because there is no positive lock. HDMI cable problems can be repeated hand shake requests, or sparkles over the entire image. In the worst cases there can be entire blocks of data missing. In other words, it's a major failure that's easy to see, not a subtle change in video or audio quality.Edited by htwaits - 9/11/12 at 1:02pm