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post #61 of 1162
If the cable is a 75ohm cable, yes. If it is no, or you do not know, recommend using a proper 75ohm cable. You certainly can't damage anything, but with an incorrect cable you may get ghosting problems.
post #62 of 1162
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Originally Posted by BruZZi View Post




Which Brand is It ???


BruZZi's Panasonic Plasma FAQ - bruzzi.ws
Lots of info for all Plasmas in general.

it's an ultralink XCV-6 component to XGA
post #63 of 1162
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Originally Posted by joetoronto View Post

it's an ultralink XCV-6 component to XGA

Never heard of it but they look nice.



BruZZi's Panasonic Plasma FAQ -> bruzzi.ws
Lots of info for all Plasmas in general.
post #64 of 1162
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Originally Posted by ChrisWiggles View Post

If the cable is a 75ohm cable, yes. If it is no, or you do not know, recommend using a proper 75ohm cable. You certainly can't damage anything, but with an incorrect cable you may get ghosting problems.

75 ohm for an audio cable?

Any RCA cable will work. It can introduce noise but I use different types all the time.
post #65 of 1162
Any benefit to getting the HDMI cables with net-jacket from monoprice (#2219) or should I just stick with the normal ones (#2412). Will be using it to connect cable box to lcd tv.
post #66 of 1162
Monoprice is a great company! I've heard great reviews on them. I went the cheap cable route and glad I didn't get screwed out of $100!
post #67 of 1162
Target Monster Hdmi $69.99
post #68 of 1162
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Originally Posted by imanoob View Post

Anybody know of a good cheap HDMI cable? I would prefer not to spend $150 on a monster cable when I know a much cheaper one will do the job. Thanks

Monster makes crap cables. Just expensive and performance stinks.

The top quality name brands are: BetterCables, AViC, and AudioQuest.


Since you're going digital, I would say BlueJeans may suit ya. You don't have to go too expensive with DVI/HDMI class cables..
post #69 of 1162
The Cable (VGA) that I bought off of Ebay for my 42" Panny worked well and Didn't fall apart !!
post #70 of 1162
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Originally Posted by DougRuss View Post

The Cable (VGA) that I bought off of Ebay for my 42" Panny worked well and Didn't fall apart !!

the cable didn't "fall apart", i broke it.
post #71 of 1162
How did you break a Pin off ??
post #72 of 1162
not sure where to put this!

when i go HDTV should cablevision update my cables from the street into my house.

id guess the cables are about 15-20 years old.,
post #73 of 1162
Very unlikely they are about to replace cables at that end unless they are shown to be faulty. The important cable is from the wall to your components and making sure your electrical is able to run Clean without interference and at the same time protects your investment, I use a Belkin PureAV PF40 line conditioner and it works great and got it with big time discount at Ecost once in the shopping cart.

So good connections then from the STB to the TV's with either component or HDMI/DVI and clean power/protection and you should be fine. I've never had Satellite but many state they compress HD alot affecting HD. If there was a problem exteernally it would impact everyone in the region but since it's buried or elevated and out of reach it's unlikely, if you do what you can to maximize the feed and issues occur then they may be able to test the lines externally.

It's sort of like when I suspect issues with my five T1 lines on my network I have to work from my equipment back to the smartjack and test before calling my Telco to exclude my equipment otherwise I get a billable service call at $150 per hour when they come out to test their end (if they are unable to do it remotely) - so take care of your end and minimalize electrical issues within the home and then work backwards knowing you've done what's needed internally rather than assume age of the cable has a role. I'm forced to do it so I don't waste my IT budget resources out of panic during a T1 loss. Usually issues occur from auto accidents, weather, rodents chewing through or construction diggers that fail to call Ms. Dig, or the smartjack locking up.

But after you've done all you can and issues persist they can come out and test the lines from the local box they may be connected to that feeds your home and they should be able to feed and test from point-to-point and I've heard of this being done and they can replace the section depending on the logistics.

Good Luck!
post #74 of 1162
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Originally Posted by DougRuss View Post

How did you break a Pin off ??

the space between the connection on the display and the pedistal stand is very small. the cable is reinforced at both ends and i had to push hard just to get the connector attached to the display.

i got it in there and then it popped out. i looked at it and it was missing a pin.

it's obviously hard to explain, lol.
post #75 of 1162
Another vote for Monoprice here. I went with the slightly more expensive HDMI cable that has the net jacket. It looked a bit more sturdy from the website pictures. I splurged for the slightly higher end one:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...ormat=2&style=

Still under $20 shipped to my house, and the picture looks just fine. No sparkling artifacts or anything like that, which tells me that the digital signal is getting from cable box to TV just fine. Happy with the cable, and impressed with the company.

I'm truly astonished that Monster can get away for selling much the same thing for 5x the price.
post #76 of 1162
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Originally Posted by Boochie View Post

I'm truly astonished that Monster can get away for selling much the same thing for 5x the price.

Monster gives great margins to the dealers. So of course sales reps push them.
post #77 of 1162
About the only thing I can say is , I'm sorry.
post #78 of 1162
Chances are the installers will evaluate that when they come to do your install. You could ask at that time. They can do a signal strength test if the picture you are getting is not up to par.
post #79 of 1162
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Originally Posted by mercury View Post

not sure where to put this!

when i go HDTV should cablevision update my cables from the street into my house.

id guess the cables are about 15-20 years old.,

Definitely... if you are "upgrading" to digital cable... then your coax cable, outside and inside your home, should be "upgraded" to shielded RG-6.
post #80 of 1162
jltv, you are so right. My son works for BB and I paid 1/3 of what the retail price was for a 4' HDMI monster cable. Talk about profit margin!
post #81 of 1162
Hey, just got great news that my Panny th-42PHD8uk is coming in 2 days. Have an HDMI cable that I got a great deal on but now need component cables for the DVD player.

Any reviews on Acoustic Research cables? They are the alternative to Monster at Best Buy. Normally I wouldn't buy there but I got a gift card and might as well use it.

Thoughts? Alternatives?

Thanks
post #82 of 1162
AR cables are fine, if you want to spend your gift card.
post #83 of 1162
Thanks Marty. I know everyone loves monoprice and blue jean and a million others. Was just checking. I appreciate it.
post #84 of 1162
Yeah, but people are willing to buy it! My next door neighbor dropped $150 for an HDMI cable, nearly 10x what I paid. His is 12ft long to the 6ft cable I bought, but still!

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Originally Posted by jltv View Post

Monster gives great margins to the dealers. So of course sales reps push them.
post #85 of 1162
They'll probably just do it. When I switched to digital cable a few years back, the company I had at the time (then MediaOne) ran new cables to the house without me bringing it up. They'd already wired the neighborhood for digital services, but they were upgrading the final run from the lamppost to customers' homes only as needed.
post #86 of 1162
Since we get alot of Cable Questions and Inquiries, please put your questions here.

I have merged the other threads with this one.

Thanks.

Dave
post #87 of 1162
I just ordered the Pioneer PDP-5060. I was curius the best way to hook it up to my HD cable box. Should I buy HDMI cables or just use component cables? I have heard mixed opinions.

Thanks for any help.

-Moo
post #88 of 1162
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Originally Posted by MooNew63 View Post

I just ordered the Pioneer PDP-5060. I was curius the best way to hook it up to my HD cable box. Should I buy HDMI cables or just use component cables? I have heard mixed opinions.

More people here seem to like HDMI better than Component (including me). To me HDMI looks a little sharper and the colors are a teensy bit subdued in comparison but that's easily fixed in the user menu. And the Audio is better through HDMI than it is through the regular red/white connections if you're using those. I now have two SA8300HD DVRs connected to my TV with both type of connection and the one with the Monoprice $7 HDMI cable looks better than the other one with the $19 AR/BB Component cables.

However some people report that Component looks better with their particular setup so maybe some equipment/TV combos don't respond to HDMI as well. The best way to know for sure is to just order and HDMI cable and try it yourself - it's under ten bucks shipped.
post #89 of 1162
made this a sticky

this is the place for cables/switchers/power conditioners talk (and related accessories)
post #90 of 1162
One thing is for certain -- don't waste your money on a $100 HDMI cable from Monster or the like. Total waste of money. For the price of a cheap meal you can get an HDMI cable from monoprice that will do the job.

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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

More people here seem to like HDMI better than Component (including me). To me HDMI looks a little sharper and the colors are a teensy bit subdued in comparison but that's easily fixed in the user menu. And the Audio is better through HDMI than it is through the regular red/white connections if you're using those. I now have two SA8300HD DVRs connected to my TV with both type of connection and the one with the Monoprice $7 HDMI cable looks better than the other one with the $19 AR/BB Component cables.

However some people report that Component looks better with their particular setup so maybe some equipment/TV combos don't respond to HDMI as well. The best way to know for sure is to just order and HDMI cable and try it yourself - it's under ten bucks shipped.
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