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post #61 of 357
Monoprice HDMI Cable for $2.84? Front page today. Sweet!!
post #62 of 357
All of my cables are form Mono. However I need a 25 ft audio cable that is very flexible. Any suggestion that is of good quality that sells close to @ Mono's prices?
post #63 of 357
Nice to see Monoprice is way ahead in this pool. When did they change their name to "other"??
post #64 of 357
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Originally Posted by Alex solomon View Post

All of my cables are form Mono. However I need a 25 ft audio cable that is very flexible. Any suggestion that is of good quality that sells close to @ Mono's prices?


What kind of audio cable do you need.
post #65 of 357
Monoprice.
post #66 of 357
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Originally Posted by mjones73 View Post

What kind of audio cable do you need.

Audio interconnect. To connect iaudio X5 MP3 player to home stereo.
post #67 of 357
Just get one from monoprice, they carry those also.
post #68 of 357
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Originally Posted by j_nolesfan View Post

I've heard horror stories about long runs of HDMI cable not working at all. Has anyone used the Monoprice HDMI and or component cables in lengths of 25-35 feet? If so, which model did you get from Monoprice? I'm leaning towards the 22 AWG for the HDMI because current loss is the biggest enemy of long cable runs for digital signals to the best of my knowledge.
Jeff

I got my 50 ft cable from Monoprice. Although I have only tested it at 1080i, it seems to work perfectly. Here is the cable I purchased.

HDMI Silver-Plated Copper CL2 Rated (For In-Wall Installation) Cable (22AWG) - 50ft (Gold Plated)

The funny thing is, it was the cheapest silver plated copper I could find, and it works great.
Ralph
post #69 of 357
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Originally Posted by mjones73 View Post

Just get one from monoprice, they carry those also.

I didn't see one. Do you have the model number?
post #70 of 357
Pretty much the most useless poll I've seen on this site -- where over three-quarters of the people recommend either monoprice or bluejeans, you'd think they'd be an option on the poll (instead of just being grouped into other).

fyi, I'm just learning about cables -- and after being steered in many directions by various internet sites, I find myself going back to monoprice. I was a little wary, because they're a sponser (right?) and that's always cause for pause. But it gets too many raves from people who don't think twice about slamming the less fortunate. The bluejeans site also has some good deals -- but it's primarily Belden cable with nice connectors (hence more pricey, for the most part). They do beat out monoprice in the "pretty good explanations/details department". . . . . I like the extra info. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

A visit to the other side of the lookingglass, aka the monster cable website, leaves more questions than answers. You're lucky if they give you the gauge -- I mean, can anyone explain why there are six or seven different monster hdmi grades . . . besides the price and the color of the stripe on the end, what's the difference between the monster 300 and 400? . . . . and I guess I need to buy the M-Series M1000 if I have 1080p, since the M850 and M860 only go to 720p/1080i. And if I have a flat screen I probably want the flatscreen cable with the mini-connector . . or wait, I think I have THX, and their aren't any hdmi cables under the THX section, so I probably want component cables . . . . . Now, I'm sure Monster makes fine cables -- but any company that goes to such lengths to make what should be a relatively simple buying decision that complicated . . . . . needless to say, they don't deserve my business.

I echo the earlier sentiment -- without the input from the avsforum-heads, I would be lost. I thank you all (well, most of you).
post #71 of 357
Yeah but, Monoprice does help sponsor this forum. I appreciate that and give them my business.
post #72 of 357
I just read this though, and it certainly taught me something, as I thought the same. But the question wasn't about where to buy them, but what brand. Or is it that monoprice is their own brand as well? If so, then I learned something else.
post #73 of 357
AFAIK, monoprice basically sells their own generic cable - at least mine don't have any other markings to indicate otherwise.
post #74 of 357
it's been a while since I have been to the forum, and things have changed. It used to be bluejeanscable.com, partsexpress.com, ramelectronics.net, and some other cable companies, now it's all monoprice all the time. (I never heard of monoprice before today). But I'll give them a try since I need my 15 foot HDMI cable before Saturday's install of my new HD DVR (D* HR20), and they are only about 50 miles away, so I should get the cable in the next day or two. I'll have to pay sales tax, but since the cable is so cheap the tax is a minor deal.

FWIW, I've used bluejeanscable.com in the past for some digital coax cable and I can say the quality was top notch and the prices were reasonable.
post #75 of 357
I'm looking for a 6' hdmi to hdmi cable . . . and a bunch of other cables, but this is my focus now . . . . after all my research, I narrowed down my cable vendors to four (Monoprice, Bluejeans, Cables for Less, My Cable Mart) -- all have good consumer feedback, with no www.bbb.org or www.resellerratings.com negatives.

I see the 28 awg cable available from $5-8 and "premium" 24 awg cables for $15-40. Monoprice has certified theirs for hdmi 1.2a, My Cable Mart for 1.3 -- Bluejeans doesn't sell a 28 awg cable. Only My Cable Mart has ferrite cores (I understand that's a plus) for both of their cables -- Monoprice has it only for the 28 awg. Bluejeans, Cables for Less don't mention ferrite cores or hdmi 1.2/1.3 certification. Question. if 1.3 certified cables are available for nearly the same price, it would make sense to go that way, right? (monoprice says don't worry about it). Ditto on ferrite cores, right? (meaning it's a benefit that's worth a "very small" premium)

I realize that for this short a distance, I should probably just go with the cheapest decently made 28 awg cable -- but I may end up going longer and for now I'm just trying to learn. (a month ago I would have been buying Monster).
post #76 of 357
Uncle Joe, I have all monoprice cable including analog and digital audio, speaker cable and banana plugs and HDMI switcher. I also have 28 AWG 3 ft and 24 AWG 50' HDMI cable form mono. They all work perfectly. All of their products are of a very good quality. Save your money and go with Mono.
post #77 of 357
I'm new so please bare with me. Obviously, after reading this thread monoprice.com is the way to go. That being said. I purchased a Samsung DLP yesterday and need to know which hdmi cables to get, which gauge because I will be hooking hdmi through a onkyo receiver for surround sound and was told there was a problem with cheaper wires when running through an audio receiver. I guess I will need three cables <6ft. One for the dvd player and one for the dish satellite rec and the other from the receiver. Is this an optimal way to hook surround sound up? Is there a difference in sound and picture? Your comments are appreciated.
post #78 of 357
I voted "Other" = monoprice. Ever since I tried some of their cables, I won't shop anywhere else, unless I have to ("need one today").

mp3019 -- Using 3 HDMI cables is the easiest way to go. You will also get the best sound that way, because your receiver will pull the audio off the HDMI and do the correct decoding. The only other choice is to use the digital audio connections (coax or optical) - but that may not give you the best audio decoding.

As for gauge, it depends on the length of cable. For 6' lengths, you can go with 26AWG or 28AWG. The difference is that the heavier gauge has less capacitance and impedance per foot of length (= greater bandwidth). For 6' or less, it really doesn't make that much difference. HDMI cables will either work or they won't.

I personally would go with 6' 26AWG (you don't want to get them too short, since you can't make sharp bends and you don't want to put any strain on the connectors on your equipment (it can break the internal solder joints to the circuit boards). If you have 3' between the boxes, go with 6' cables. If you have 5' between boxes, go with 8' or 10' cables (always allow an extra foot, minimum, on each end for strain relief).
post #79 of 357
The real choice is between the 28 awg and the 24 awg -- 26 awg may be out there, but for those of us regular folk buying ready made cables, not really.

From what I've read (and not contradicted) -- for hdmi:
The 28 awg is better, but it comes with some negatives -- it's heavier and not as flexible, so if the connections aren't snug (or if you have a tight space or if you move the cable alot) that extra weight may loosen the connection. So if you want the BEST cable and don't have tight-fit problems, 28 awg is MAYBE worth spending the few extra dollars. It also gives you peace of mind that you made an entirely performance based choice (although that may be imaginary).

But if you go the cheaper 24 awg route, you'll very likely not going to notice ANY performance difference -- unless you have Spider Man type senses -- and it's probably the way to go. And if you obsess (like me) about ferrite cores and hdmi 1.3 certification for a 6' connection issue, you're probably overthinking.
post #80 of 357
I am the new proud owner of a Sharp Aquas 37" 1080p LCD screen and an LG sound system. But the sound is not the problem.
Im working on a setup that will use my High end computer as the primary source of video to the TV, using Windows XP media center edition.

Firstly, I was a sucker, and purchased the Monster 400 cable at futureshop for $100 bucks. DVI - HDMI.
I currently have a Radeon X800 Pro video card with DVI out.
I think Im going to buy the Saphire Radeon HD 2600 XT with dual dvi out (It says it has hdmi out, but after reading deeper, it really just contains a converter)

Anyways, using this setup, I can run 720p no problem , but when I try to run 1080p (1920x1080x60) which the video card is supposed to be able to handle, and the tv is supposed to be able to handle, It goes all distorted and green with a lot of stripes through it.
After much screwing around, I decided (by believing the monster website) that I needed the next cable. Monster 800. Which is only hdmi-hdmi. So I still have a Monster 400 converter temporarily with a monster 800 ($200!) hdmi cable, but it is still giving the same result....

It is frustrating to have paid extra for a 1080p tv and only be able to run it at 720p! Does anyone have any suggestions ??? Is it the cable? And do I need the 22AWG in order to run at such a high rate? It will only be 6ft. I know the distance isnt long, but Im more concerned about the quality.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

Sidenote: Thanks guys, I am totally ordering cables from monoprice and returning the optical and hdmi cables I bought from futureshop. What a rip off!
post #81 of 357
Hello, I recently purchased a new HDTV and a 6 dollar hdmi cable from newegg. Nobody here seems to mention newegg for good hdmi cables. Anyway, the reviews for that cable were good, so i got it. The picture on my tv is not the greatest, a lot of video artifacts, microblocking, pixelation, etc. I'm wondering if a new hdmi cable from monoprice would be better, especially if its hdmi 1.3a. I'd be willing to try it out since its so cheap if any of you think it would make a difference.
post #82 of 357
A bad HDMI cable would lead to "sparklies" which are dropped data, your problems sound more like a source issue. What are you using for HD? Have you tried hooking it up via component to see if the problem clears up?
post #83 of 357
I am hooked up to a comcast HD DVR via HDMI. I have tried component and the picture is pretty much the exact same.
post #84 of 357
Monoprice.
post #85 of 357
monoprice.com. Very well made cables at cheap prices. All my cables are from monoprice and all work perfectly including a 50' HDMI cable.
post #86 of 357
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Originally Posted by mjones73 View Post

Many forum members have been very happy with HDMI cables from monoprice.com, don't waste your money on a Monster cable...



Amen, Among the best place to order Good Quality HDMI Cables with the best price possible.
post #87 of 357
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Originally Posted by tropez29 View Post

I am hooked up to a comcast HD DVR via HDMI. I have tried component and the picture is pretty much the exact same.

Sounds like your STB and/or feed from Comcast is the problem then. Check the Recorders forum for info on DVR's, you should be able to verify the signal level coming into it and make sure it's high enough.
post #88 of 357
Blue Jeans cable is your best bet for top quality at a great price. Thay are authorized belkin cable builders I believe.
post #89 of 357
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Originally Posted by soConfused! View Post

I am the new proud owner of a Sharp Aquas 37" 1080p LCD screen and an LG sound system. But the sound is not the problem.
Im working on a setup that will use my High end computer as the primary source of video to the TV, using Windows XP media center edition.

Firstly, I was a sucker, and purchased the Monster 400 cable at futureshop for $100 bucks. DVI - HDMI.
I currently have a Radeon X800 Pro video card with DVI out.
I think Im going to buy the Saphire Radeon HD 2600 XT with dual dvi out (It says it has hdmi out, but after reading deeper, it really just contains a converter)

Anyways, using this setup, I can run 720p no problem , but when I try to run 1080p (1920x1080x60) which the video card is supposed to be able to handle, and the tv is supposed to be able to handle, It goes all distorted and green with a lot of stripes through it.
After much screwing around, I decided (by believing the monster website) that I needed the next cable. Monster 800. Which is only hdmi-hdmi. So I still have a Monster 400 converter temporarily with a monster 800 ($200!) hdmi cable, but it is still giving the same result....

It is frustrating to have paid extra for a 1080p tv and only be able to run it at 720p! Does anyone have any suggestions ??? Is it the cable? And do I need the 22AWG in order to run at such a high rate? It will only be 6ft. I know the distance isnt long, but Im more concerned about the quality.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

Sidenote: Thanks guys, I am totally ordering cables from monoprice and returning the optical and hdmi cables I bought from futureshop. What a rip off!

No matter what HD signal source you provide your new Sharp Aquas 37" 1080p LCD TV, it will display the video at 1080p. That's its native resolution. Whatever you are watching is 1080p. Your TV is upconverting the 720p input. Your efforts to provide it with a 1080p signal means the upconversion will be accomplished by your computer rather than by the TV. Are you sure it's worth it?

Dana
post #90 of 357
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Originally Posted by joarda2 View Post

I'm looking at a new 63" 1080p plamsa from Samsung and browsing thru the manual they state that if you don't use 1.3 hdmi cable you may have problems...paraphrasing here. Are all monocables 1.3 and backwards certified? Is there such a thing or more hype. I was on mycablemart site and in the FAQ they do talk about this and say their cables are all 1.3 and back certified and they are pretty cheap as well.



The external devices that support lower versioned HDMI mode may not implement sound output for the TV with the latest HDMI
version (HDMI 1.3).
In this case, connect to HDMI3/DVI IN and DVI IN [R-AUDIO-L] on the side panel of the TV.
➢ Part of lower versioned HDMI cables may cause annoying flickers or no screen display.
In this case use the cable that supports the latest HDMI version (HDMI 1.3).
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