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HDMI Cables

PostThu Apr 16, 2015 4:15 pm

My main television set - the big one that is connected up with more speakers than there are at a rock concert - was on the blink, or so I thought. I kept getting instances of digital interruption from broadcasts. I thought that there was something wrong with my aerial or the aerial wire, but no, everything appeared in order. Next I had a look at all the other wiring - spaghetti junction, connecting the DVD player, the Denom Box thing and the TV - and couldn't see anything wrong there either. I eventually found out that the problem rested in the HDMI cables. Taking them out and substituting the connections for component leads solved the issue.

What I would like to know is this - if there is someone out there who can please explain? Do HDMI cables just wear out? The cables I had attached have not been touched in 4 or 5 years so I cannot see that exce4ssive tampering had anything to do with the issue.

I also thought that HDMI cables were the way to go in order to receive the best available picture and sound, but lately reading up on things when I was sorting out this mess, I read that component leads are just as good and allow a 1080 signal through.

I find it all intriguing as with everything becoming more and more complicated, we virtually have to become electrical engineers in order to be able to work anything! :(
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Re: HDMI Cables

PostTue Apr 21, 2015 4:40 pm

HDMI cables are rated by how fast and how much data can
move through them. Regular HDMI cables from 5 years ago
may not be capable of higher bandwidth transmission of data
like 1080p or 3D video.
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Re: HDMI Cables

PostTue Apr 21, 2015 4:53 pm

syd wrote:HDMI cables are rated by how fast and how much data can
move through them. Regular HDMI cables from 5 years ago
may not be capable of higher bandwidth transmission of data
like 1080p or 3D video.


Thanks for the input Syd. The cabling was working fine up until a couple of months back, and then things slowly got blotchy. It could be that the cables were too old - but, now having replaced them with component leads I find that these work fine and I am hesitant to fork out money on more HDMI cables which may also end up going on the blink.
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Re: HDMI Cables

PostTue Jun 02, 2015 3:28 am

There are 3 or 4 HDMI cables classes.
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Re: HDMI Cables

PostTue Jun 02, 2015 6:24 am

Any Category 2 cable should be fine for what you need. I buy them from amazon for 5 bucks or so and they work perfectly. If you are paying more than $10 for an HDMI cable, you are wasting your money. Why anyone would want to use component these days is beyond me.

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