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If I have an HDMI cable with a lot of slack, can I simple wind (or roll) up the slack, use a twist tie to hold it together, and be safe?


I ask, because right now I really only need 6ft of HDMI cable, but for nearly $.50 more I can go with 10ft and was wonder if I should just go with 10ft and just rollup the slack for now, with peace of mind of having extra lenght for later.
 

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Coiling the excess will not cause any problem. As for the twist tie: it's a good idea to make the tie as loose as will work, simply because compression of the cable can cause a bit of an impedance bump, and the periodic nature of that bump (with multiple loops going through the tie) can cause trouble. Chances are it wouldn't, but it's always good practice to keep ties on cable as loose as possible.


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