Does it make a difference in pic quality,depending on how expensive my hdmi cable is?

I want to get the best poss pic on my full hd 1080p television. ive asked the question lots of times 2 sales people in electrical stores and have got a very mixed response. can anybody tell me weather the major exspensive cables are better and worth spending all the money on. i will add im not rich, but i am a bit…

Don’t get the HEAVY Hi Dollar cables…they only break off the HDMI jacks in the TV set and make you pay $400 for a new Input Board.

Try to FIND just plain old HDMI 1.3 cables…They are built for the HIGHEST Digital Bandwidth possible Without weighing a ton….

HDMI 1.3 is what you want…And if you can’t find them, don’t worry about it, because that would mean they no longer supply such a thing as HDMI 1.1 cables anymore…

I just bought cables with NO MARKINGS on them and they work great.

I just took a look at TV Joe’s stuff…
BETTER cables? Ferrite CORES? Extra Shielding??
WHAT PART OF DIGITAL SIGNAL do you NOT understand here…
It’s NOISELESS and impervious to MINOR interference fields…Now get out your Van de Graff generator and prove me wrong why don’t you…

For cables which are carrying analogue signals (such as SCART connectors or Component Video) then there is a noticable difference between cheap and more expensive ones. If you’re using SCART for anything then spend your money on good verisons of these. For HDMI cables, which carry digital signals only, there is not so much improvement between cheap and expensive ones. Having said that, you should be aware that the attenuation effects of cheap ones will be greater. The better cables will have less internal resistance, generate less of their own ‘electrical noise’ and also have better screening from interference. They will also be mechanically stronger. So, the longer the cable, the greater the signal reduction – and the greater is your risk of it picking up interference; and the greater is it’s chances of suffering from an affect called “dispersion”, where the digital signals can sometimes get “out of step” (and give some interesting artifacts to your pictures). The “quality” of the cable that you buy also depends on the quality of your equipment. It doesn’t matter what your screen size or sound system is. You should be aware that the ability of your television to reproduce HD pictures in their full glory depends on the inherent Quality of the set AND the inherent Quality of its peripherals (the HD source device). That is, if you have a cheap tv set then you’ll probably not see a picture improvement just by using expensive cables; but if you have a really Good tv and you’re feeding it from a really Good Blu-ray player, then a good HDMI cable will enable the system to give a noticably better picture. Also, a long cable will have more ‘pull’ on the conectors – even if you use a strain-relief device – so you need to be sure that they’re good quality and not likely to come apart or be a bad (loose) fit in the sockets. This means that for a long cable you shouldn’t buy the cheapest ones. Four metres is a very long cable, so opt for something less than the rip-off price but do pay more than the cheap-and-nasty type. There will come a point where the price has escallated by more than the noticable benefit. Sorry it’s a long answer but it’s a good question and deserves more than a simple (yes/no), and uninformed, answer. The decision is yours but take into account the quality and specification (particularly Contast Ratio) of your tv and HD source before you spend a lot of money.

No it makes absoulutly no difference if you buy a £40 one or a £5 one.Ive tried both but no difference whatsoever.Because i lost the reciept to the £40 one i got from Currys i couldn’t get a refund so i had to stick with it

If your cable is less than a metre long then don’t waste your money on an expensive one.

Analogue systems such as SCART do need good quality expensive cables for best performance. That is probably where your salesmen got their ideas from, but digital signals are not so prone to cable-induced distortion.
Remember that salesmen are not technicans and can often be completely fooled by a simple question such as “which is best – NICAM or HDMI?” (see below).

Don’t pay more than about £30 for a metre cable. If you want longer than a couple of metres then cable construction quality will become more important.

Answer: they are completely different things – NICAM is an analogue sound standard, HDMI is a digital-rights managed av interface. To attempt to answer it would be like trying to compare chalk and cheese. I’ll bet that 90% of Curry’s or Comet staff would try and bluff it. Try it on them and see.

Buy the heaviest and most expensive cable you can afford! I had a cheap cable and I could see another channel bleeding onto my screen. I bought a heavy duty shielded cable and that sorted it. Makes you wonder why people manufacture shoddy cables in the first place, be a cheapskate not…….
I am standing on a bucket with my hair sticking up – electrostatic-ally! ; )

Its not about cost, it is about quality, a Citroen can do a 100mph and so can a Volkswagen, which one would be more reliable? Cheap cables corrode over time or do not withstand much bending without the internals becoming loose. Gold plated, oxygen free and most importantly ‘shielded’ cables are the way to go, cheap cables do work but it is likely that you will not be getting the most from your new 1080p set. Check these out, very good value, call Mike and you can have one for £30 😉…

In my experience there’s very little difference between expensive, name brand HDMI cables and cheaper, generic HDMI cables. A family member picked up two name brand HDMI cables for our new HDTV. We needed another one, so I ordered a generic that was $20 cheaper. I haven’t noticed any difference in quality between them.

Well – gold plated contacts will conduct better than standard ones – BUT – Put two systems side-by-side, with the different cables attached, nad you’ll not be able to tell the difference.

The gold are supposed to be better, but i don’t think so.

personally i think it doesnt make much difference, u would only tell if you sat inches from the screen, the difference is minimal, get an average priced cable and you’ll be fine

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