+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
Hardware Thread, HDMI cable in Technical; ...
  1. #1
    Zourous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    East Sussex
    Posts
    337
    Thank Post
    96
    Thanked 117 Times in 39 Posts
    Rep Power
    54

    HDMI cable

    Does anyone know why HDMI cables differ in price so much for what seems like essentially the same thing? I'm after a12m one which I can get as cheap as £7 or as much £25+. Is it a build quality thing? It doesn't seem to make any sense.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    41
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 10 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    11
    The expensive ones are gold plated (ohh shiny)

    Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables

  3. Thanks to jammmie999 from:

    Zourous (28th December 2013)

  4. #3


    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    3,003
    Thank Post
    265
    Thanked 795 Times in 602 Posts
    Rep Power
    289
    The wonders of marketing and hope over evidence.

  5. Thanks to pcstru from:

    Zourous (28th December 2013)

  6. #4
    hawc's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Somewhere in one of the Shires.....
    Posts
    768
    Thank Post
    73
    Thanked 77 Times in 58 Posts
    Rep Power
    37

  7. Thanks to hawc from:

    Zourous (28th December 2013)

  8. #5

    elsiegee40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    10,795
    Thank Post
    1,790
    Thanked 2,181 Times in 1,616 Posts
    Rep Power
    771
    From what I have read there is no benefit in buying expensive HDMI cables. Personal experience of very cheap ones from eBay has been excellent. Don't waste your money.

  9. Thanks to elsiegee40 from:

    Zourous (28th December 2013)

  10. #6


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.403651, -0.515458
    Posts
    8,878
    Thank Post
    226
    Thanked 2,669 Times in 1,968 Posts
    Rep Power
    786

  11. 2 Thanks to Arthur:

    FragglePete (29th December 2013), Zourous (28th December 2013)

  12. #7

    Michael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    9,262
    Thank Post
    242
    Thanked 1,568 Times in 1,250 Posts
    Rep Power
    340
    As above being gold plated adds to the cost, as well as the length of course. Also there is no such thing as HDMI 1.3 or 1.4 compliant cable. It's the device, such as a TV, games console or an amplifier which determines the version of HDMI supported.

    At 12m you should be OK, but anything above 15m you'd probably need a powered booster.

  13. Thanks to Michael from:

    Zourous (28th December 2013)

  14. #8
    Zourous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    East Sussex
    Posts
    337
    Thank Post
    96
    Thanked 117 Times in 39 Posts
    Rep Power
    54
    Thanks guys, I brought a cheap one originally but that one is now playing up (after over a year of it working fine) so it made me think twice. Strangly the HDMI from my tv to my HDMI splitter was failing to work properly but feeding the same cable direct to my freeview box or pc worked fine . I thought it must be the splitter, but no. I tried another splitter and the same thing happened. In the end I had to take the tv off my wall to try it with a shorter spare HDMI plus the splitter and that all worked fine. I will now buy a new cheap 12m HDMI to correct this strange issue.

  15. #9

    twin--turbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Carlisle
    Posts
    2,334
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 381 Times in 340 Posts
    Rep Power
    150
    We did a back to back test on one of our LG LED TV's, An expensive BlueRay player and 1 x 1.99 cable and 1 x £60 cable.


    6 of us watched the same sceen out of a film a few times over. I was the one in the know for the cable swap the others had no idea.

    At the end the consesnus was that there was very little to tell at all and the 5 decided that they prefered the £1.99 cable

    Perhaps spending £10 just for build may help especialy if beeing unplugged lots. But not convinced about expensive ones at all.

    Rob

  16. #10
    chazzy2501's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    South West
    Posts
    1,782
    Thank Post
    213
    Thanked 263 Times in 213 Posts
    Rep Power
    67
    12m is quite near the limit for non amplified cable (15m) I'd go to ebay and buy a "24 awg" cable 24 is the cable thickness. I have a 15m awg24 cable and it works great for my projector (even with a parasitic multiplexer).

  17. #11


    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5,413
    Thank Post
    1,436
    Thanked 876 Times in 562 Posts
    Rep Power
    645
    As I understand it, this holds good for any electrical item that is plugged in or switched on. It's good for so many switches or insert/removals. If you plan to switch on and off a lot, then get a good one. If it's occasional use, save your money.

  18. #12

    Andrew_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Winchester
    Posts
    2,961
    Thank Post
    64
    Thanked 374 Times in 284 Posts
    Rep Power
    159
    Snake oil, or no snake oil. That is what governs the price.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Connecting a laptop to tv using hdmi cable
    By Kirky in forum Windows 8
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 24th June 2013, 09:57 AM
  2. [Pics] Amazing Saving On 26' HDMI Cable! [Free Shipping!]
    By DaveP in forum Jokes/Interweb Things
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24th January 2013, 03:54 PM
  3. Replies: 18
    Last Post: 14th May 2012, 01:32 PM
  4. SCART to HDMI cables
    By beeswax in forum General Chat
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 16th November 2010, 08:21 PM
  5. Very cheap and expensive HDMI cables - what's the difference?
    By dgsmith in forum AV and Multimedia Related
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 11th January 2010, 09:25 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •