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If you don't have the TV or audio equipment, it's not worthwhile for you to invest in equipment to "test" your HDMI cable first. If you have a friend that has HDMI in both a source (like a DVD player) and their TV, then you could simply take the cable to their house and plug it in. If it's a perfect picture, great; if you get "sparklies" or something else that doesn't look right, get a new cable.


As far as HDMI cables go, I'd recommend looking at monoprice.com (or one of the AVSForum sponsors like Tartan Cable, Blue Jeans Cable, etc.). I'm not sure how long of a run you're looking at, but something like this http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


or this http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2 would be good, depending on the length you need. (I notice that your link was for a 6' long HDMI cable; at that length, pretty much any cable will be fine, but I'm not sure you really want to run a 6' cable in a wall, do you?).


They're CL2-rated (better shielding for in-wall installation), version 1.3 certified, relatively cheap, and perform as well as anything out there.
 

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The only foolproof HDMI installation is conduit. I also recommend you pull Cat6 so you can do media adapters if the HDMI cabling fails, though obviously if you have conduit in place it is fairly easy to pull some cat6 through that.

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Also what other cables should I run in the walls before I start the drywall.

I have no idea. I don't know what your system is and what wires it requires. Likely a whole lot of wires should be pulled beforehand for any decent home theater system. But without having any idea what you're doing... who knows?
 
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